The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of getting ready for fall semester and squeezing in the last bit of summer.
Labor day started the first week of classes and my family and I walked across the Mackinac Bridge, something we've avoided for the last fifty years. What a thrill! With a record crowd of 57,000, we walked from St. Ignace to Mackinaw City and enjoyed the incredible views, camaraderie, and perfect weather: sunny, 70s, little breeze.
As a bonus, we recognized some soldiers who were helping patrol the bridge as part of the Army Reserve. When we got home, we were able to tell their moms they were okay. And even a two-hour wait for the bus (longer than the walk itself) to bring us back across couldn’t dampen our spirits, or anyone else’s from what we could tell. It was one of those great Michigan moments you just have to do once. Actually, we made plans to walk the 75th anniversary!
We arrived back in the Keweenaw to students moving in, playing volleyball, and enjoying root beer floats as a way to kick off Welcome Week. Wednesday was the Community Expo, pictured above, and the executive team served breakfast on Thursday. The short week on campus culminated in K-Day having to be moved inside for the second year in a row (including the hot dog eating contest pictured below). The SDC was packed with student organizations and Tech students getting out of the windy, rainy, cold weather.
I’m sure alums have their own favorite K-Day stories, and I’d like to hear a few!
Finally, we went to the football game on Saturday, in perfect football weather. It was in the 60s and mostly sunny, and the team didn’t disappoint. After a slow start, the Huskies got rolling under the leadership of quarterback Steve Short and put 44 points on the board to Indianapolis’ 30. Short ran for four touchdowns, and Robert Haynes, the 100-meter track star, returned an interception in a hurry for another touchdown.
The crowd was a sea of yellow as students sported free t-shirts, and the Pep Band was in great form: singing “You Are My Sunshine” to two embarrassed Public Safety officers, joining the cheerleaders and messing up some cheers, and taunting the Indianapolis team: “Gimme an I, an N, a C. What’s that spell? Incomplete!”
On the soccer fields, the ultimate Frisbee team was practicing, and beyond them the trees were in various stages of changing. Fall has officially been kicked off, and we are ready!
The colorologist was at the game, too, and he said trees were at least 30 percent turned and way ahead of schedule. “If you don’t believe me, you can ask an expert,” he said. Who, I wondered. “Read this article from the Free Press,” he said. Sure enough, Tech’s own Dave Karnosky, forestry professor, is quoted here. The important part is “it’s very beautiful.”
MICHIGAN TECH, SWEDEN WORK TOGETHER
ON BIOFUELS: The Swedes have a goal: to make Sweden petroleum-independent. They
are well on their way already, and Michigan Tech’s expertise in biofuels will help them accomplish
that goal—and help the University and the economy of Michigan in
the process. During August, a team of three from Michigan Tech visited
Sweden as part of Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s investment
mission. David Reed, vice president for research, and David Shonnard,
professor of chemical engineering, toured biofuel plants and a university
in northern Sweden. President Glenn Mroz attended the Swedish-American
Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneurial Days, where Governor Granholm
was the keynote speaker.
STUDENTS RECEIVE DEVLIEG FELLOWSHIPS: Three Michigan Tech graduate students
have received the university's 2007-08 DeVlieg Fellowships. In the MS
category, Karen Hauch (Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics)
will receive $1,500. In the PhD category, Patricia Nadeau (Geological
and Mining Engineering and Sciences) and Jason Moscatello (Physics) will
each receive $3,000. The fellowship winners were selected from among
the nominees by a committee convened by the Graduate School, including
representatives from each Michigan Tech school and college.
OF BLOGS AND BIOTECH—DAPCEP COMES TO CAMPUS: The cohort of teens
from greater Detroit are gracious in their praise of the Upper Peninsula.
It's "scenic," "green" and "pretty"; they
carefully avoid other adjectives that might arise in the minds of young
folk from the big city. However, what they really liked about their visit
to the north country was not the lakes, not the trees. It was the up-to-the-elbows
educational experience they got at Michigan Technological University,
courtesy of DAPCEP, the Detroit Area Precollege Engineering Program. "They
dissected a heart and eyes, and you'd think it was Christmas," said
their teacher, Michael Larson. "These kids are awesome."
ADMISSIONS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE: Admissions has launched a new website
designed to promote the university, provide plenty of important information
and make it quick and easy for prospective students to become applicants.
The new site, www.admissions.mtu.edu , provides easy access to the most
important facts sought by students looking for a college: in-depth information
on every major, financial aid, campus visits and online application.
TECH STUDENTS USE NSF GRANTS FOR
GREATER GOOD: It’s a might and
a maybe and probably a long way down the road, but Michigan Technological
University students Matt Barron and Meghan McGee believe the research
they are working on today could help someone tomorrow. The graduate students,
both working in biomedical engineering professor Seth Donahue’s
lab under his direction, have been granted coveted National Science Foundation
grants, Barron last March and McGee two years ago. Each grant is worth
$40,550 for the first year of a possible three-year project, for a total
Receiver Bobby Slowik
FOOTBALL'S 44-30 WIN OVER INDY
IS EIGHTH STRAIGHT IN GLIAC—Huskies
Turn Four Takeaways into 17 Points: A slow start didn’t derail
Michigan Tech’s bid for an eighth consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference win. The Huskies compiled just 36 first-quarter yards
before exploding for 44 points in a 44-30 victory over Indianapolis today
at Sherman Field. Michigan Tech quarterback Steve Short accounted for
five of the team’s six touchdowns on the day and the Huskies’ defense
did the job with four takeaways.
WOMEN TRAIL RUNNERS CAPTURE SECOND
WIN—Huskies Clip UMD and Four
Other Teams: The Michigan Tech women’s cross country team made
it two in a row to start 2007 by winning the UMD Campus Quest hosted
by Minnesota Duluth today. The Huskies held off the host Bulldogs by
two points in the win, and also defeated four other squads in the process.
Michigan Tech combined for a team score of 38, followed by UMD (40),
St. Scholastica (82), Lakehead (86), Wisconsin-Superior (140), and Finlandia
ASHLAND SWEEPS DOUBLES IN 6-3 WOMEN'S
TENNIS WIN OVER HUSKIES—Tech's
Oliveros Moves to 2-0 at Number One Singles: Less than 24 hours removed
from a marathon match against Mercyhurst, the Michigan Tech women’s
tennis team played another today. The Huskies went five hours against
Ashland before falling, 6-3, at the Gates Tennis Center. Unlike yesterday
when Huskies’ doubles pairs pulled out two of three points, they
were shut out by the Eagles.
VOLLEYBALL NIPPED BY NORTH DAKOTA—Huskies
Fall in Five Games (29-31, 29-31, 30-28, 30-24, 15-8): Michigan Tech wrapped up its play in the
UMD Classic today with a five-game match against North Dakota. Unfortunately
for the Huskies, the Sioux came out on top. Michigan Tech (2-5) won the
first two games with identical 31-29 scores before dropping the final
three games, 30-28, 30-24, and 15-8. “I’m highly disappointed
in the weekend,” said head coach Krista Mikesch. “This was
a team we could have beaten. We need to get back in the gym and put this
behind us to get ready for the start of our conference matches next week.”
Adapted from the Daily Mining Gazette and WLUC TV6
NEW PARK HEAD TALKS WITH COUNCILS: The
Keweenaw National Historical Park’s new superintendent discussed
long-term plans and the progress toward rehabilitating the Quincy Smelting
Works during a joint meeting of the Hancock and Houghton city councils
Wednesday. In their first meeting in May, the councils voted to support
the demolition of the smelter if funding for its rehabilitation could
not be acquired by 2010. Superintendent James Corless said the park,
Franklin Township and the cities have been working to address hurdles
with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Environmental
PLANS READIED FOR BRIDGE REPAIR: Reairs to the Portage Lake Lift Bridge will lead to traffic detours near the bridge beginning in a week and a half. The Michigan Department of Transportation will be repairing concrete expansion joints on the bridge beginning Sept. 17 and continuing through the weekend of Oct. 13. The $195,000 project was spurred by defects found during an inspection a year and a half ago. The detours will be in place 24 hours a day. Construction on the bridge will likely start around 8 a.m. and continue until nightfall.
HUNDREDS TAKE PART IN PORTAGE BRIDGE
WALK: Walkers took in the Portage
Lake Shipping Canal from both sides during the Bridge Walk on Labor Day.
About 220 people participated in the walk, sponsored by Portage Health,
which started at 9 a.m. at Kestner Waterfront Park in Houghton. They
walked along the canal to the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, crossing the
bridge and heading into Hancock. After walking through Porvoo Park then
under the bridge on the Hancock side, they crossed southward back to
Houghton and walked down Shelden Avenue, returning by way of the lakefront
to Kestner Waterfront Park. It was a new route this year, which is the
fourth year of the bridge walk.
While I did not attend Michigan Tech while MacInnes was coaching, I know that he stood for everything great about Michigan Tech hockey. About time he was given the proper recognition, eh?
Caryn (Turrel) Sugden ‘90
Caryn: Yes, this is long overdue, and we are very excited about it up here!
We are vacationing in copper country. yesterday after
church at St. Al's we went to the welcoming reception luncheon. as we
were sitting eating a young man and his parents joined us. during the
discussion I asked where he was living on campus - Douglass Houghton
Hall. I asked room number - he answered 336. that is the same room I
was in when I started at Tech in the fall of 1956.
There were two stations at Tech in the early days, 1960's. W8YY was
in the old EE building. WA8CQR was in the elevator penthouse in Wads.
The only one that was active was the Wads station. I remember that the
transmitter was a Central Electronics single sideband exciter with an
external VFO. I do not remember the receiver. I had a novice license
at the time so did not get to be active.
Editor's Note: After a little digging, I discovered we were originally alloted $25,000 to create the Michigan Mining School over 1885 and 1886, and we rented the old Houghton Fire Hall (still standing) for $25 a month. By 1888, our allocation from the state had increased to $104,000, and soon new buildings were targeted, beginning with Hubbell Hall.
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