In our ongoing effort to improve TechAlum, we are changing formats beginning Monday, February 4.
We’re sure you will like the new version, as we have created it, in great part, with your input. You will receive a simple email that will provide you with a link to a new, more-robust web version of TechAlum.
This does a couple of really great things: it makes our email message must cleaner since we are limiting the use of images and other items that bog it down, and it also allows us to do more with the web, which is a much better place for a newsletter to converse with you.
All the departments will remain: At Tech, Around The Keweenaw, Tech Sports, and, most importantly, the Email Bag—the heart and soul of TechAlum. It is through the Email Bag that we hear your voices, and that means the most to us (and probably you, too).
We are excited about the new format, and we will do back-to-back issues. February 11 will highlight all the Carnival happenings, and it’s an example of the special editions that we can do much more easily in this format.
Finally, I’d like to thank all of you for your input, patience, loyalty, and kind words as we continue to improve. You have made TechAlum a lot of fun to work on. In fact, you have made TechAlum, period. Our ongoing conversation with you has made it what it is, since its inception long ago.
It’s an honor to talk with you regularly, and rest assured, the best is yet to come.
Dennis Walikainen ’92
Snowfall Totals from KRC, through January 18
Snowfall to date: 89"
Snowfall total last week: 72"
Snowfall total last year: 59.5"
CARNIVAL SITE IS LIVE: The 2008 Winter Carnival website is now live and can be viewed at www.mtu.edu/carnival. "Frightful Creatures with Chilling Features" is the theme this year, and the site features links to all the news and events.
ALUMNI TRAVEL PROGRAM IN THE WORKS: We hope you will help us plan a pilot alumni travel program to accompany five students in the first cohort of the Pavlis Leadership program on a pilot international project in Kumasi, Ghana, July and August, 2008. The program is structured as follows:
* July 1: Students complete a five week program on campus including
cultural and language training with Michigan Tech Ghanaian students.
1. Neonate heart monitor – acceptability,
usage, guidelines, training issues with hospitals, clinics and midwives
(assisting the International Business Ventures Enterprise team)
Click here http://www.PavlisInstitute.mtu.edu for more information on the Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership.
To help us assess alumni interest in participating in this program, please click here to access the short survey.
MLK OBSERVANCES AT TECH: Michigan Technological University is holding
a series of events Jan. 21-26, in recognition of Martin Luther King's
birthday, observed Monday, Jan. 21. The MLK events are sponsored by the
Black Student Association and Educational Opportunity. MLK Week observances
are capped by the Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet, set for 6 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 26. State Rep. George Cushingberry (D-Detroit) will be the keynote
speaker; he will be introduced by State Rep. Mike Lahti (D-Hancock).
CE ALUM TO BE HONORED AT BLACK ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARDS CONFERENCE
Moussa Sissoko, a 2004 civil engineering graduate,
has been selected as Modern-Day Technology Leader in the 22nd Annual
Black Engineer of the Year Awards and will receive the award in Baltimore
this February. Modern-Day Technology Leaders are people of color who
are shaping the future of engineering, science and technology through
outstanding performance and achievements that merit national recognition.
Sissoko is a structural engineer at Black & Veatch Energy in Ann
HYBRID CRUISIN': A layer of packed snow covered
M-26 from Ripley to Lake Linden. M-203 running along Lake Superior
and the Portage Lake Shipping Canal down into Hancock was mostly white. “We haven’t seen
dry pavement since we left Houghton,” Todd Cimermancic said. Behind
the wheel of a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox he and a team of Michigan Technological
University students have modified into a gas/electric hybrid, Cimermancic
wasn’t criticizing local plow crews. He was just pointing out the
reality of the conditions their vehicle — they call it the “Huskynox” — needs
to perform in.
BELOVED FORMER TECH PROFESSOR DIES
AT 51: Inetta Harris, a former Michigan
Technological University fine arts professor and Juilliard-trained soprano,
died in Oakland, Calif., Monday from long-term health-related issues.
She was 51.
TECH DEFEATS HILLSDALE, 84-67,
IN BATTLE OF GLIAC DIVISION LEADERS: Four players scored in double figures to lead the
Michigan Tech women’s
basketball team to an 84-67 victory over Hillsdale today in a battle
of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Division leaders today
at the SDC Gym. The North Division-leading Huskies won their ninth straight
outing to improve to 15-3 on the season and 8-1 in the league. The South
Division-leading Chargers fell to 5-2 in conference play and 12-3 overall.
TWO HUSKIES REACH 1,000 POINTS
ON SAME NIGHT: The
stars aligned at the Student Development Complex Gymnasium tonight
as two Michigan Tech basketball seniors — one from the women's team and one from the men's team — both
reached the 1,000-point milestone in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference (GLIAC) doubleheader.
SKI TEAMS FINISH FOURTH AND FIFTH
AT NCAA QUALIFIER: The Michigan Tech men's Nordic ski team finished fourth and the women's
team finished fifth at the second of four NCAA qualifying meets at
the NTN Trails today. We left ourselves in a little bit of a hole," said head coach Joe
Haggenmiller. "We will have better days in the future."
Upcoming Athletic Events
Thursday, January 24
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Friday, February 1
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All Times Eastern
Adapted from the Daily Mining Gazette
STORMY KROMER TO TALK WITH OLYMPICS: After the
opening ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics, Bob Jacquart was beseiged
by more than 200 phone calls and e-mails asking him why the U.S. athletes
wearing Stormy Kromer hats. Now Jacquart, owner of Jacquart Fabrics,
which manufactures Stormy Kromers, has a chance to present his case for
putting the iconic hat on the heads of U.S. Olympians. He has a meeting
Saturday with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s CEO Jim Sheer.
A STRUCTURE FOR SAFETY; WEATHER
TOWER GOES UP IN COPPER HARBOR: A new tower will act as more of a bridge for the people
of Keweenaw County. “It
basically provides a link of communication to people up here that didn’t
exist,” Houghton/Keweenaw County Emergency Services Coordinator
Jack Dueweke said of a new weather tower erected Thursday in Copper Harbor.
EASEMENT MAY THREATEN TREES: A request for an easement through the Houghton
County Marina failed to receive approval from the Houghton County Board
of Commissioners Tuesday. County Attorney Jim Tercha made the request
on behalf of Franklin Township and the Portage Lake Water and Sewer Authority.
UP MAKES WEATHER CHANNEL TOP-10
WINTER LIST: It
may seem like kind of a strange tourism promoter, but The Weather Channel
recently picked the Upper Peninsula as No. 6 in its top-10 list of
Winter Family Getaways. Whether or not that designation will translate
into more tourist dollars is uncertain, but at least one marketing
professional doesn’t think
it will hurt.
Editor's Note: We've been on this "remember when" tangent lately, and I'd like to ask if any of you recall the days of the annual snowball fight across US Highway 41, between Wads and the Walker Building. It was a short-lived tradition, if I remember correctly.
Also, "Prince's Point" on the Keweenaw Waterway near campus: where'd the name come from?
And, I never did hear if Muddy Waters jammed with Tech students back in the 1970s.
As usual, thanks in advance for the info!
Regarding Concerts at Tech:
Back around '60 or '61, the Ralph Marterie Orchestra performed in Sherman Gym. I remember that, in between pieces, he told Jewish jokes. Laughter was sparse, not because of being offended - thank goodness for the absence of PC in those days - but hardly any of us knew what he was talking about.
Frank Shoffner '62
Linda Ronstadt had her first big hit, "Different Drum" with the Stone Poneys during the Summer of Love--1967. When she was announced as the headliner for Carnival, we were all excited--we didn't get big names (as a rule) to head to the Copper Country in those days. When she showed up, she had another band with her (we later learned it was mostly members of what became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)--and they played nothing but country music. Slide guitar, Nashville twang, that sort of thing.
Trust me, this was NOT what most of us had come to hear--we had expected
folk-rock and pop sounds. Bob Dylan was about to release Nashville Skyline,
which brought country music out of the Grand Ol' Opry and into the pop
mainstream, so perhaps we were seeing leading-edge uber-hip musicianship.
Worse, Ronstadt was nearly dead drunk during the performance. When a few boos erupted, it got ugly as she started criticizing us as an audience. It was all rather weird and many people walked out before the show in Sherman Gym was over.
Mike Anleitner, '72
Dennis: I graduated from Michigan Tech in 1958 and during the '57-'58
winter, Louis Armstrong entertained at Sherman Gym. Being one of my all
time favorites, I made sure I got tickets. My date? As I was married
and living on Sheldon Ave., there is no way I would have gotten out of
the apartment without my wife. The show was fantastic, as back then,
most of the Louis Armstrong band were originals. I was fortunate a couple
of years later to again see and hear him and his band at Northern Michigan
University when he appeared there.
Your piece on Tech concerts reminded me of how uncool we were back in
Sadly, he passed away a year or two ago, so at MTU will be the last time I see him play.
Hi Dennis – I remember going to see Maynard Ferguson in the early 80’s. After the concert I was allowed to see him backstage before any reporters were even allowed back. My mother worked for the National Association of Music Merchants under the President, so I had the right connections. Maynard’s lips were still blue when I was talking to him!
Thanks for a great newsletter!!
Cindy Richardson Unangst
The Northwest Michigan Alumni Chapter and Scholarship Group are hosting a mixer at Mt. Holiday Monday January 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. There will be a gathering in the bar area and also tubing is available through Mt. Holiday ($10/hr/tube). If there are any questions people can contact me firstname.lastname@example.org . Or they could also check out our new webpage: www.huskylink.mtu.edu/northwestmichigan . Thank you.
-Tim Wolf '05
Editor's Note: I sent George a link featuring a certain former student who lived in our house.
This article appeared in the on-line version of The Wall Street Journal.
NEW Michigan Tech Email Service for Alumni
Alumni can now take advantage of a new email service provided by the Michigan Tech Alumni Association in cooperation with Michigan Tech's Information Technology Services.
Alumni email accounts include:
Sign up for your alumni email account today through the HuskyLink online community www.huskylink.mtu.edu. If you are not already a member, visit www.huskylink.mtu.edu/join for details on how to join.
Once you have set up your “@mtu.edu” email account, you can access your email on the web from anywhere by visiting huskymail.mtu.edu or set up your favorite email program (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc) to use Michigan Tech's email server.
More Alumni Benefits & Services information <http://www.admin.mtu.edu/alumni/products/>
ON CAMPUS: Complete job descriptions are available by e-mailing jobs at mtu.edu
For other 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 <http://www.mtu.edu>. For the alumni pages, click on "Alumni/Friends" at the top of the home page.