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My Time Off
You'll be glad to know that I enjoyed my time off between TechAlums.
We married off another niece, this time to a Northern alum, and it was great fun ribbing him at the reception in the Memorial Union Building. We were outnumbered, though, and he is a former offensive lineman, so we kept it all in good fun!
We also had our whole family together again, so the week off was great family time.
I also played in the 50th International Frisbee Tournament in Hancock, and I saw people I hadn't seen since the 1970s and 1980s. We assembled an OLD Paul's Bar team, and we named my son captain, since he was the smartest among us. He did a nice job with the team. At one point, I thought to myself, he's telling me what to do, and he's right!
But then, it shouldn't have surprised me. He is, after all, a Tech student.
FIRE DESTROYS TWO STUDENT HOUSES: Lightning during a thunderstorm is
believed to have sparked a fire that severely damaged two student residences
in Houghton early Sunday morning, July 8. At about 5 a.m., the Alpha
Xi Zeta house, on 1201 East Houghton Ave., and the residence next door,
1203 E. Houghton Ave., caught fire during the storm. The students in
the houses at the time of the fire are safe and were apparently unharmed,
though the homes appeared virtually destroyed. One woman in the Alpha
Xi Zeta house noticed a fire in either the tree or the house next door
and woke everyone else at the sorority. The eight women escaped before
the attic was consumed by flames. Three of the four students residing
in the adjacent home were out of town; Rob Frankovich was alone with
his dog, Bear, who he believes probably saved his life.
DONATIONS BEING COLLECTED FOR FIRE VICTIMS: On behalf of Alpha Xi Zeta, Student Activities is collecting funds for the two houses damaged by the recent fire on Houghton Avenue. If you would like to contribute, an account has been set up at the Michigan Tech Credit Union to help students replace their personal items and assist them through these times. The account is called Alpha Xi Xeta/Houghton Avenue Fire Fund, and its number is 1260600. If you cannot make it to the credit union, please feel free to drop off donations at the Student Activities Office, Memorial Union 112, and they will make sure the donations get to the credit union. Other fundraisers will be occurring throughout the summer and into the fall as well.
LEVY RECEIVES 2007 RESEARCH AWARD: Miguel Levy,
who investigates that most ephemeral of substances, light, is the winner
of Michigan Tech’s
2007 Research Award. In nominating him, Physics Chair Ravi Pandey and
MSE Chair Mark Plicta credited Levy for “pioneering contributions
to the fields of magneto-photonics” with applications in industries
ranging from telecommunications to entertainment.
RTC STUDENTS' AMAZING PET FEATURED
ON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS: Jim and Casey Rudkin’s dog has gained fame, if not fortune, thanks
to the writing skills of the couple’s 10-year-old daughter, Zo.
The Rudkins are both PhD students in rhetoric and technical communication.
Last summer, after one of their two dogs died, they adopted a mixed-breed
puppy with no eyes and named him Murdock. “He’s been a great
dog, an excellent pet,” says Casey. “He’s a little
black-and-white dog--his mom was a border collie--and he gets around
with hearing, smell and feel.” He is such a great pet that he inspired
Zo, a fifth-grader at Houghton Elementary, to submit an essay on his
sterling qualities for the National Geographic Kids Most Amazing Pet
MICHIGAN TECH MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD TEAM POSTS SEVENTH-BEST GPA IN NATION
"This is a notable accomplishment for our program," said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. "Like the women's team, I'm proud of the men for doing a great job both in the classroom and on the track." To be nominated, the team must carry a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average.
Note: The Michigan Tech women's track and field team held the top cumulative
grade point average (3.580) among Division II teams, as announced by
the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association recently.
Adapted from the Daily Mining Gazette
FOOD TALK OFFERS SURPRISES: Early settlers to the
live off deer or rabbits, and they didn’t live like Daniel Boone
or Davey Crockett, according to author Larry Lankton, professor of history
at Michigan Tech. But they did have to worry a lot more about food than
we do today. “We might worry about what we’re having for
dinner,” he said. “They had to worry if they were having
dinner.” Lankton, who did extensive research on the Copper Country
for his books “Cradle to Grave” and “Beyond the Boundaries,” gave
a talk on early Keweenaw Foodways Saturday at the Keweenaw Heritage Center
at St. Anne’s in Calumet.
REGULATING TO CLEAR THE AIR: Guy St. Germain is
doing as much as he can to make people understand that regulating tobacco
smoking in public spaces is not an issue of limiting personal freedoms,
but rather it’s
a health issue. St. Germain, who is health officer and administrator
at the Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department in Hancock,
said the regulation he’s been promoting over the last several months
is based on a draft created by a legal firm in the Lower Peninsula. “It
is similar to other laws that have been adopted by communities downstate,” St.
TOWNSHIP MULLS DAM'S FUTURE: Stanton Township could
tear down the rest of the timber-crib Redridge Dam. It could also tear
down the steel dam just to its south. Or it could reroute the Salmon
Trout River around either the wood dam, or both dams. One thing has
been ruled out: The status quo. Township officials, consultants and
Department of Natural Resources officials investigated future options
surrounding the two dams during a fact-finding tour of the dams Wednesday.
The two dams--the Redridge Dam, built in 1894, and the 1901 steel dam
that succeeded it--hail from the mining era. The Atlantic and Baltic
Mining Companies built both to supply their mines with water. From
1901 to the mid-1960s, the wood dam was submersed, emerging again after
the steel dam’s reservoir was
HOUGHTON OKS LOANS, BIDS: The Houghton City Council
recently approved city Revolving Loan Fund money and bids for work
for six downtown buildings receiving facade grants from the state.
The businesses are: Coon’s
Alignment & Repair, 401 Shelden Ave.: $13,273 ($5,000 grant), Briggs
Building (Pizza Works), 414 Shelden Ave.: $72,740 ($32,416 grant, $39,824
loan), Bezotte Building, 506 Shelden Ave.: $32,950 ($16,475 grant, $16,475
loan), H&R Block, 323 Shelden Ave.: $66,758 ($33,379 grant, $33,379
loan), Suomi Restaurant, 54 Huron St.: $104,000 ($46,420 grant, $57,580
loan), Ala Building, 317 Shelden Ave.: $56,288 ($24,416 grant, $31,872
loan), The Downtowner Lounge, which is also renovating its facade, will
be considered separately. All facade work must be completed by Oct. 1
at the latest, said City Manager Scott MacInnes. Mayor Eric Peterson
complimented MacInnes on his work, “This is exactly what the revolving
loan fund is used for,” he said.
The Michigan Tech chapter of Alpha Phi Omega will be celebrating its 60th anniversary
in December. As part of the historical records of the fraternity, we
are looking for alumni to contribute their stories and/or photos to the
APO alumni website. We would also like to update the alumni contact database.
Thank you, and in L, F, & S
Just a quick comment to Ken's email in the July 2 TechAlum News: Yes, I certainly recall the in-house radio station WDHH in our dorm. My first roommate, Joe Rowe, was a disc jockey at the station in 1967 as the "Abdominable Snow Toot." I thought the station had a pretty good selection of LPs at the time and we all enjoyed the "background" music during our studying.
Pat Harris 1970
I was a DJ at WDHH during the 1976-1977 school year. The FCC did shut us down at the end of the 1977 school year.
Ed Strieper 1978
Dennis; in reply to Ken Hafeli's note about WDHH, broadcasting from lovely Douglas Houghton Hall, I had an afternoon slot one day a week in Spring 1964 through Spring 1965 while I was a resident. We used to joke that the call sign stood for "We Don't Have Hits." Ken accurately described the "edgier" format; one night one of our DJ's played a Red Foxx album, which for 1964 was definitely over the top. Atmospheric conditions that night resulted in the signal not only getting out of the building, but also skipping all the way to Calumet, where an offended listener took it upon himself to phone a complaint to the FCC. The powers that be had us clean up our act after that, for a while...
Pete Dohms, '67
I had a show on Sunday evenings, and would drag my own albums over to the station. I played a lot of John McLaughlin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and other performers who were getting very little airplay on the regular broadcast stations. The console itself was homemade, constructed out of a sheet of Masonite, and there were two studio turntables on the right side of the desk. I was instructed on the importance of running a "tight board" with very little dead air.
WDHH wasn't exclusively alternative rock, though. The guy who had the Sunday night show after me played a lot of easy-listening music, such as the Carpenters, etc.
Thanks for bringing back a lot of fond memories!
Joe Fishbein '75
P.S. I also remember Joe Kirkish very well. He lived next door to me when I lived in the Beta Sigma Theta house; I used to wander over to his apartment every week to watch the Monty Python show.
Ken Kok '64
You could really extend the radio experience on that station, which had a small studio down in (as I remember) the basement of the Wads megalith...I remember trying out Ornette Coleman playing some very avant-garde jazz in the fall of 1968, and getting a non-stop barrage of complaints from dormrats who wanted a much more "mainstream" sound.
But nobody reprimanded me.
Regarding dorm radio stations.
During the winter of 56-57, there was an am station operating in wadsworth. I think it may have also been connected to DHH. It was located in a small room on the first floor at the back of the entrance lobby. There were a couple professional style turntables and a desk. There was a shortage of people to operate it. I had a "show" from midnight to 2 am Saturday evenings for several months. there was no music collection, we each had to bring our own. I was actually residing in DHH, but they were so hard up for program, that they didn't object to my residence. my theme song was "In The Still of the Night". I don't have the slightest idea of who made the recording.
Bruce Kelly 60, 68, 69 if you are wondering about the class numbers. I enrolled as part of the class of 60, then was asked to leave due to inadequate performance. I returned married and more motivated and finished BSEE in 68, then MSBA in 69.
Skip Thomasser '78
Jason: You can't beat playing Frisbee with your son (who was our captain) for a great time! Lots of memories, too!
3, West Michigan Whitecaps Baseball
26, Second Annual Detroit Tigers Outing
ON CAMPUS: Complete job descriptions are available by e-mailing jobs at mtu.edu
ThermoAnalytics, Inc. is seeking a full-time Contract Administrator to monitor financial activity under government and commercial contracts, including cost reconciliation and financial reporting and act as a liaison with program managers. Duties include weekly cost analysis, contract review and audit, labor utilization analysis, timesheet entry, coordination of training programs for timekeeping, maintenance of contract accounting procedure documentation and monthly invoice preparation and submission.
The successful candidate must possess a minimum of 3 years experience with government contract accounting or contract administration and possess strong communication and computer skills including word processing and spreadsheets.
Salary commensurate with experience. Compensation includes a comprehensive benefits program with fully-paid family health insurance, 20 days vacation, 10 paid holidays, 401(k) plan and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
Interested persons should submit a cover letter
and résumé to:
For other off-campus positions, visit the alumni section of the career center's web site (http://www.career.mtu.edu/alumni.php)
Michigan Tech is on the web at <http://www.mtu.edu>. For the alumni pages, click on "Alumni/Friends" at the top of the home page.