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5-6 Keweenaw, Homecoming 2007

10 Cleveland, Dinner

13 Football Tailgate, Saginaw Valley

20 Football Tailgate, Northern


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And, on Parade Day, there was much dancing.

September 24, 2007 (Vol. 14, No. 11)

A bimonthly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends of Michigan Technological University

Edited by Dennis Walikainen (MS ’92), Senior Editor, University Marketing and Communications

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In This Issue
* Memories
* At Tech
* Tech Sports
* Around the Keweenaw
* From the Email Bag
* Featured Alumni Benefits
* Job Opportunities

The first weeks of class meant surveying students were out. . .

and other students were just hanging out in front of Fisher. . .


The last couple of weekends were memorable for more than a few reasons. The first weekend marked the Parade of Nations through Hancock and Houghton, where more than eighty nations were represented. The theme was Smiles Have no Borders, and plenty of smiles were evident among the marchers and spectators.

The Pep Band split into two groups and rocked the beginning and end of the parade. And speaking of rocking, the Cass Tech High School Band (pictured, lower left) entertained the main intersection in downtown Hancock, where we viewed the festivities, and elsewhere along the parade route.

There were several floats, too, including the Permanent Floating Riot Club, who, you will be glad to know, are still "out there." They combined Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean (I think) in their "float."

The students from China (pictured above) entertained with an amazingly elaborate dragon dance. And many other groups used music, dance, and/or costumes to represent their nations. Later, they all ate and danced some more at the food festival in Dee Stadium.

Last Friday, we had a nasty rainstorm that caused power outages around the Keweenaw that morning and resulted in some flooded parking lots on campus and in the streets on Houghton and Hancock.

The last weekend also meant another rummage sale at our house. It's always a time to get caught up with neighbors who wander by, some whom we haven't seen since the last rummage sale. It's also amazing what some people will buy.

The sale itself was smaller than in the past, and we sold some more memories: the loft from our son's room, where he hasn't slept for a couple of years now; the chair from our daughter's first apartment, an unbelievable six years ago.

The strongest memory for the last couple of weeks, though, came on September 11. On campus, our Air Force ROTC held a rememberance reveille and retreat, including an early morning memorial run along the Keweenaw Waterway. Army and Air Force ROTC cadets once again stood guard at the memorial in front of the ROTC building in blustery, rainy, cold conditions. Remembering.


"From Quincy Hill," he said, "it looks 50-60 percent turned." The last rains helped slow down the color season, he said. "But the drought before means some bare spots, and some green leaves have fallen. Prime time is coming next weekend, I bet." Guaranteed? I asked. He just laughed.

At Tech

by Jennifer Donovan, public relations director

Fall enrollment is up at Michigan Tech, including more women and more ethnic minorities. Enrollment figures submitted to the state on Thursday for the fall semester show 6,738 students, 194 more than a year ago. The increase reflects successful recruitment of new students and an exceptional retention record. Undergraduate applications soared to 5,046 this year, the most ever in Michigan Tech's history, and the retention rate for freshmen returning for their sophomore year increased 2 percent, to an impressive 82.7 percent.


Michigan Tech is hosting the fourth YES! Expo on Thursday, Nov. 8, at Ford Field in Detroit. This unique career-awareness event targets middle and high school students, mostly from urban Detroit, to inspire them to pursue education and careers in engineering and science. Nearly 60 companies, 25 universities and colleges, and many other organizations provide and staff exhibits to show students the interesting careers available in technology fields and the educational pathways to those careers. To date over 16,000 students have registered to attend.

There is also an Alumni event taking place on Tuesday, November 6: Behind the scenes at Yes! Expo. Click here for details.


Submitted by the Career Center

Career Day 2007 (Tuesday, October 2) is fast approaching, and it will be another record breaker with 278 employers registered. Last year 234 employers were in attendance. This larger number of employers is a indication of the strong job market for Michigan Tech graduates. All faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to participate in this event.

Sue Beske-Diehl remembers what it was like years ago when she came to Michigan Technological University. Both a wife and mother, and a full-time professor, it was difficult not having on-campus childcare to lean on. "I almost thought of quitting my job," she recalled. Luckily in her case, she and her husband shared a combined position, and were able to take turns caring for their daughter. "I thought a lot about others who weren't as fortunate."


Tech Sports

#1 GRAND VALLEY STATE POWERS PAST FOOTBALL HUSKIES, 48-6: Despite fireworks from Marvin Atkins on the first play from scrimmage, #25 Michigan Tech was defeated, 48-6, by #1 Grand Valley State in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football game at Sherman Field today. Six Michigan Tech turnovers proved costly as the Huskies' nine-game league winning streak was snapped and the Lakers' winning streak was extended to 31 games.


VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS MERCYHURST TO OPEN HOME SCHEDULE: Five different players tallied five kills or more to lead Michigan Tech to a 3-0 sweep of Mercyhurst today in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference volleyball at the SDC Gym. The Huskies (3-8, 1-3 GLIAC) gave the home crowd of 418 fans lots to cheer about in their home opener, winning the three games with scores of 30-27, 30-22, and 30-23.


WOMEN'S TENNIS PICKS UP 8-1 WIN AT LSSU: Michigan Tech gained its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's tennis win of the season today at Lake Superior State with a decisive 8-1 score. The Huskies evened their record to 2-2 overall (1-2 in the GLIAC). Tech led, 3-0, after the doubles matches. Nicole Kirch and Amy Palmgren overcame a 7-3 deficit at number one to post a 9-8 (6) victory. Silvia Oliveros and Nathalia Rondelli gained an 8-2 win at number two, while Samantha Jang-Stewart and Asel Otunchieva prevailed, 8-4, at number three.

Upcoming Events

Friday, Septmber 28
Volleyball hosts Saginaw Valley State, 7 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)
Women's Tennis at Grand Valley State, 3 p.m.

Saturday, September 29
Women's Tennis at Ferris State, 10 a.m.
Volleyball hosts Northwood, 4 p.m.
Men's Cross Country at Roy Griak Invitational, 11 a.m.
Football at Hillsdale, 2:30 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)

Saturday, October 6
Football, Homecoming vs. Ferris State, 1 p.m.

Around the Keweenaw

Adapted from the Daily Mining Gazette and WLUC TV6

LDFA APPROVES BID FOR POWERHOUSE WORK: The Local Development Finance Authority approved a bid for the renovation of the Powerhouse incubator building in Houghton. J. Clark submitted a low bid of $855,075 for engineering on the project, which includes buildout of the second and third floors, reworking of the first floor and installation of a generator. The Michigan Tech Enterprise Corp. SmartZone began using the then-vacant building in 2003. The revamp will expand the building's usable square footage from 7,500 to 14,500.


HANCOCK COUNCIL TABLES LAND SALE AT SWEDETOWN: A proposed sale of City of Hancock land near Swedetown Creek was tabled Wednesday following the latest in an outpouring of public sentiment against the sale. The City Council considered a resolution to sell two parcel-one 100 feet wide, one 20 feet wide-on Government Lot 5, immediately east of Swedetown Creek. City Manager Glenn Anderson said the city has discussed selling the land for at least the past four years. Proceeds from the sale would likely go towards the city's recreation spending, such as city parks and the Hancock beach.


GRANTS WILL HELP PRESERVE FORESTS: Funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund will help complete the largest single land protection project in state history. On Thursday, State Sen. Mike Prusi, D-Ishpeming. applauded Gov. Jennifer Granholm's approval of grants including $1.1 million for the Great Lakes Forest Project, through which the state is buying working forest conservation easements on roughly 248,000 acres in the Upper Peninsula.


NEW SIDEWALK IN TOWN: SafeLane is making its U.P. debut. After a test of its capabilities on a Minnesota overpass and a Wisconsin bridge, the anti-icing compound created by two Michigan Technological University Keweenaw Research Center employees has finally made its way to Hancock. Earlier this month, Greg Budweg, owner of Jim's Pizza in Hancock, joined assistant research engineer Toby Kunnari and project manager/research engineer Russ Alger in spreading the epoxy and aggregate on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant on Quincy Street.

From the Emailbag

The colorologist may have some catching up to do on the technology front...


Tim Bottenfield '83, '86

Tim: Our colorologist is as low-tech as you can get!


Why on earth is the US Hockey Hall of Fame induction in Grand Forks, ND?? The Hall is located in Evelyth, MN!! I haven't been there in a number of years (although I pass by annually), but Tech had great coverage there at one time.

Ray Tabar

Good question, Ray. And, while we are complaining, Houghton is the birthplace of professional hockey. . .


Hope all is well.

This might be 'old news' to you, but I haven't laughed so hard in many, many years! Brought back a ton of memories of 'da Tech. Take care.

Part One (Part Two next time): You know you're a Tech student, if

-You've ever had to dig through several feet of snow just to get your car out of its parking space... 3 days in a row.
-You see the thermometer is at 15 degrees and don't bother grabbing a jacket.
-You think of 6 inches overnight as just "a dusting".
-You use a yooper scooper.
-You curse the day you decided not to buy that 4 wheel drive vehicle.
-You've heard of the fabled "Lot R", but don't know where it is because it's not on any map.
-You say Houghton has a rush "hour"-but you're really only referring to those occasional 20 minute periods during which you may see more than 3 cars stopped at a light.
-You have to drive 2 miles out of your way just to find streets with a shallow enough grade so that you can actually make it up them without sliding backwards on the ice.
-You know what a "yooper loop" is, and you're finally starting to figure the thing out.
-Going to Perkins at 3am doesn't seem odd, but only because Taco Bell closes too early.
-You know where Jim's is, and why you would be there at 1 am.
-You consider a week of positive temperatures in February a 'heat wave'.
-You have ever seen snow still on the ground as you drove home for summer vacation.

To be continued. . .

Jason Tuisku

Great stuff, Jason! And, we have had real traffic jams here, with work on the Lift Bridge. 1/2 hour to one hour to get to West Hancock from Tech!


Not that this is an earth shaking event or a great news item. At K-Day 1956 my future wife, Pat Wilks of Baltic, became engaged, we got married the week-end before graduation and just had our 50th anniversary. We were both really sorry not to be able to attend the Tech reunion.

Ron Hanson '57EE

Actually, Ron, nowadays this is earth shaking. And you get bonus points because my father was born in Baltic!


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Get involved! Serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors

The Michigan Tech Alumni Association is calling for nominations for exceptional individuals to serve on its Board of Directors, one of three governing boards at Michigan Tech.

As the policy-making body for the Michigan Tech Alumni Association, the Board of Directors establish programs, set priorities for the Association, and work with the Director of Alumni Relations.

The Alumni Association works to engage alumni with the University in many ways, including increasing participation in chapter events, recruitment of prospective students, enhancing networking with HuskyLink, (Michigan Tech’s online community), promotion of Michigan Tech in areas where alumni live and assisting the Michigan Tech Fund with increasing annual unrestricted gifts.

The deadline for nominations is December 1. More information about the Alumni Association Board as well as the nomination form can be found at: or by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 906-487-2400.


Looking for Outstanding Michigan Tech Alumni and Friends!

The Michigan Tech Alumni Association supports a wide range of award programs to recognize the many outstanding achievements of alumni and friends. Consider nominating a deserving individual for one of the following awards:

Outstanding Service Award: presented to alumni and friends making significant contributions to the success of the Alumni Association and/or the University

Outstanding Young Alumni Award: presented to alumni under the age of 35 who have distinguished themselves in their careers. The award recognizes the achievement of a position or some distinction noteworthy for one so recently graduated.

Distinguished Alumni Award: presented to alumni who have made outstanding contributions both in their careers and to Michigan Tech over a number of years.

Honorary Alumni Award: honors individuals who have provided service and support of the University characteristic of a dedicated alum. The Association reserves this award to recognize the strongest non-alumni supporters of Michigan Tech.

Help us recognize the many outstanding accomplishments and contributions of our alumni and friends! The deadline for nominations is December 1. Award-winners are selected at the Association’s Winter Carnival meeting each year, with awards presented at the August Alumni Reunion.

For more information on the awards, past recipients and the nominating process, see or by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 906-487-2400.

Job Opportunities This Week

ON CAMPUS: Complete job descriptions are available by e-mailing jobs at

Manager of Employment and Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

ExSEL and Academic Enrichment Programs Director, Educational Opportunity
Position duration is dependent upon external funding



For off-campus jobs, go to the alumni section of the Career Center website for alumni jobs.

Also, there is a new local job board.


Michigan Tech is on the web at <>. For the alumni pages, click on "Alumni/Friends" at the top of the home page.

Dennis Walikainen
University Marketing and Communications
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1295
(906) 487-3510