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October 22, 2007 (Vol. 14, No. 13)

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

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

For past issues, see our archives.

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

A full house for the Northern game.

Campus mall and the colors keep changing.

Charles Nelson still teaches Tolkien. . .

Rivalries and Transitions

As the school year progresses, we are seeing the change of the season and the rekindling of rivalries.

The hockey Huskies split with two other UP schools last weekend, losing to Northern then defeating Lake State. They swept Minnesota State Mankato at home this weekend.

Also this weekend, the football huskies lost a heartbreaker to Northern, missing a game-tieing touchdown with 20 seconds left. And locally, Houghton defeated Hancock in the 55th Copper Bowl. I could hear the PA announcer echoing through our West Hancock neighborhood.

The backyard is covered in leaves, and that means we'll be raking soon as we prepare for the next season. The "S" word is in the forecast for Tuesday night. We hope it melts before next weekend.

We also had Family Weekend recently. Parents and siblings came back to campus to see their students, ride on the Keweenaw Star, see Alan Parsons Live Project, tour Quincy Mine, and more. They also got to tour the Greek houses, and could check out the Troupe.

Make a Difference Day was held on Saturday, and Tech students showed their involvement and caring again this year. From the folks who put it on: "Student Organizations sponsored a variety of projects from helping out at the Humane Society to cleaning up underwater debris in the Portage (the Aquanauts, the scuba club, actually dove and picked up trash!) to organizing historical documents in Ripley. We had 25 projects, which was up from 19 last year and we had 274 volunteers and over 25 project heads." They also cleaned up Nara Nature Park, and more.

On campus, a long-time ParentNet email acquaintance and his family stopped by to finally meet. His daughter is finishing up her PhD in chemical engineering here soon. She's on her way to Arizona and a great new chapter in her life.

It's all normal, moving from one season to the next, celebrating rivalries and the friendly competitions along the way.


“There are three colors on the Houghton Canal Road,” he said. "Yellow, brown, and bare." Still worth a trip? I asked. "You're joking," he replied. "It's always worth a trip back! Besides, there are still some green trees, and no, they are not all pines and spruce. Even a non-twig knows that."


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.

At Tech

MICHIGAN TECH, YALE WILL STUDY GREAT LAKES WATER: Without water, the world as we know it would grind to a halt. Individuals, animals and plants, farmers and manufacturers all rely on water for production, for transportation, for life itself. But what is water's real and future value to our economy and society? Scientists at Michigan Technological University and Yale University have received a grant of nearly $2 million from the National Science Foundation to analyze the quantity, quality and availability of water in the Great Lakes region.

It takes a lot of computing power to fight AIDS or dengue fever—a life-threatening tropical disease—or to figure out how human proteins fold. An enormous amount of computing power. But if the problem gets broken down into millions of tiny pieces, it only takes a little bit of computing power, multiplied by a lot of computers. So IBM is tapping the power of millions of personal computers—at Michigan Tech and all over the world—while they sit idle at night or on weekends and holidays.


POWER WALKING: A BACKPACK THAT CHARGES YOUR IPOD? The stress and strain absorbed by your backpack could one day recharge your cell phone. Researchers at Michigan Technological University have designed a strap that will capture the energy generated by the up-and-down movement of a hiker's pack and turn it into enough voltage to power small electrical devices. "It's pretty cool," says Henry Sodano, an adjunct professor of engineering">mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics, who recently accepted a faculty appointment at Arizona State University. "We are harnessing free energy that would normally be lost."



CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF WOLF-MOOSE RESEARCH: Scientists have been studying the interactions and interdependence of wolves and moose at Michigan's Isle Royale National Park for nearly half a century. As Wolf Awareness Week approaches, a consortium of educational, governmental and natural resources organizations has banded together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the longest continuous predator-prey study ever conducted.


MICHIGAN TECH MBA PROGRAM RANKS IN TOP100 WORLDWIDE IN SUSTAINABILITY, ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: During its first year of existence, Michigan Tech's Master of Business Administration program ranked in the top 100 MBA programs around the world for its emphasis on sustainability and social/environmental issues.

Tech Sports

MINER'S CUP GOES TO NORTHERN IN TIGHT AFFAIR AT SUPERIOR DOME: Half a yard was all that separated Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan today in the teams’ annual battle for the Miner’s Cup. Steve Short’s quarterback draw on fourth down with 23 seconds remaining in the game came 18 inches short of the goalline, giving the host Wildcats a 34-27 victory at the Superior Dome.


GWILLIAM RECORDS FIVE POINTS IN 7-1 WIN OVER MINNESOTA STATE: Michigan Tech junior Malcolm Gwilliam recorded career highs in goals (2), assists (3) and points (5) to pace the Huskies to a 7-1 win to complete the weekend of Minnesota State. The seven goals was the most the Black and Gold scored since they defeated Alaska Anchorage 9-0, Oct. 27, 2006. Freshman Jordan Baker opened the scoring with his first career goal at 2:09 in the first period after using some nifty stick work to get through the Maverick defense.


MEN FINISH EIGHTH ON GLIAC CHAMPIONSHIP TRAIL: Adam Airoldi and Brian Stetter both finished in the top 30 of a strong field at today’s Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships to help Michigan Tech gain eighth place of 12 league teams. Grand Valley State won the race with a near-perfect score of 19. Wayne State was second with 81, followed by Ashland (85), Saginaw Valley State (102), Hillsdale (127), Ferris State (139), and Northwood (206). Michigan Tech (208) finished ahead of Lake Superior State (265), Findlay (269), Mercyhurst (304), and Gannon (378).



WOMEN 11TH AT GLIAC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Michigan Tech women’s cross country team had a tough day today at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships. The Huskies didn’t run their best times and it resulted in an 11-place finish among the 13 teams at the race. Grand Valley State won the race with a score of 20 after having individuals place second through nine. Wayne State was second with 82, followed by Ferris State (129), Saginaw Valley State (135), Northern Michigan (165), Findlay (173), Hillsdale (183), Lake Superior State (209), and Ashland (241), Northwood (241). Michigan Tech (257) defeated the two hosts of the event Gannon (310) and Mercyhurst (313).

Upcoming Athletic Events

Thursday, October 25
Volleyball at Lake Superior State, 7 p.m.

Friday, October 26
Volleyball at Northwood, 7 p.m.
Hockey hosts North Dakota, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)

Saturday, October 27
Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 4:30 p.m. (Memorial Union)
Hockey hosts North Dakota, 7:37 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)
Football hosts Gannon, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)

Friday, November 2
Women's Basketball at DePaul, 6:30 p.m. (Live Radio, 93.5 FM)

Saturday, November 3
Women's Cross Country at NCAA Regional, 10 a.m. (Edwardsville, Ill.)

Around the Keweenaw

Adapted from the Daily Mining Gazette

GEORGE GIPP'S BODY EXHUMED FOR DNA TESTING: The body of Notre Dame football hero and Laurium legend George Gipp was exhumed from his gravesite at Lake View Cemetery Thursday. The disinterment was done for DNA testing in conjunction with an upcoming book on Gipp’s life written by historian Michael Bynum. Gipp, an All-American football player at Notre Dame, died of complications from pneumonia in 1920. On his death bed, he reputedly told coach Knute Rockne to ask the team to “win one for the Gipper.”


REPAIRS MADE TO CALUMET THEATRE ROOF: The condition of the Calumet Theatre was once again a topic of discussion Tuesday for the Calumet Village Council. Jim Lowell, theatre executive director, told the council members that one of the rainstorms in September caused some serious leaking from the roof above the second balcony. The rubber membrane covering the roof had a 20-foot-long tear allowing water to seep into a hole in the roof. Both the hole and membrane were repaired.


FORMER GREMLINS STAR WORKING HARD FOR MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY: Ask a basketball coach about Svetlana Kovalenko, and there are some words you can expect to hear. Intense. Dedicated. A winner.She has rode that competitive streak from a childhood playing club ball in Russia, to high school stardom with Houghton, and finally to becoming one of the leaders of the Marquette University (Milwaukee) team.


HOUGHTON RECEIVES $1 MILLION GRANT—Small Cities Initiative aimed at downtowns: Houghton is one of seven Michigan cities to receive a new federal grant aimed at downtown revitalization. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority announced the $1 million award for Houghton Friday as part of the Vibrant Small Cities Initiative.


MDOT—BRIDGE GOOD TO GO: Construction on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge concluded four days ahead of schedule. Work began Sept. 17 and progress was swift according to Al Anderson, a construction engineer at the Michigan Department of Transportation Ishpeming service center. “Everything went well and they put enough manpower on it to get it done quick,” Anderson said. The workers replaced the bridge’s expansion joints, which, because they leaked, were an indirect threat to the structural integrity of the bridge.


From the Emailbag

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Did anyone see the freighter go under the lift bridge on 10/13/07?

My son said it was this boat:

Chris Lowe from the Parent List caught it on the web camera and sent them to me and he said it was ok to share with everyone.

Chas @ Schmohz

Great photo, Chas and Chris. We got our first load of road salt soon after this one. Bad sign. And, this is a good reminder to watch those webcams!


You know you're a Tech student part II jogged my memory regarding a few experiences during the winters of '61/'62 and '62/'63. Also jogging my memory was the 51 letters my benevolent aunt saved that I wrote her about experiences at the Soo and then at Houghton from 1959 to June 1963.

We used to call the 6 inches or more of snow that fell at night between 1 and 6 am a "glump." I guess it was a term someone invented to describe a heavy snowfall during the night that practically no one saw.

A "pothole" was a foot deep hole in the melting snowpack on the main paved roads. A classmate from Chicago once drove me to the campus from our rented house, hit a "pothole," spun around 180 degrees and then decided to drive his car back to our house and walk to the campus. He vowed not to take his car out on those roads again until the packed snow had completely melted.

In a letter to my aunt dated February 2, 1963, I commented that the high schools have had several days off because of the snow and cold (-10 to -20 below at night) but that we had just 2 hours off one day.

In every letter I wrote my aunt in October I comment about snow flurries and/or snow.

The 8 hour drive to Pinconning from Houghton in the winter months was not fun, creating a different set of harrowing experiences that I commented on in past newsletters.

Being an economically poor student I did not have a stocking hat until my senior year (in a letter told my aunt I had to buy a hat) let alone an automobile. Most of my friends did not have an automobile until a job had been secured late in the senior year so we did not have to contend with driving in inclement weather - we just walked everywhere.

Tom Cieslinski, '63


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Perhaps you are using an entirely different program, but even so there must be a similar “tool” setting.

Keep up the good work,

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University Career Center Services

Michigan Tech alumni are in high demand by employers throughout the US. Alumni can take advantage of a wide range of services including:

  • Post your resume, search for jobs in eRecruiting.
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Visit or contact the Career Center (906) 487-2313 for more information.


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Job Opportunities This Week

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Non-Tenure-Track Professor of Practice, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies

Career Advisor, Career Center, Position duration dependent upon external funding

Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry



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.


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Dennis Walikainen
University Marketing and Communications
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Houghton, MI 49931-1295
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