June 2,2008
Vol. 14, No. 27
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North End Golf

The sunny, windy, 70-degree day was too much. I flew up north to Calumet Golf Club to walk on as a single.

"It's all foursomes after four," the woman at the counter said. "Unless this two lets you on."

The grey-haired woman with bright blue eyes was just walking to the counter. When asked, she said, "My husband’s a new golfer and really nervous." I said I understood and I'd wait to get on.

She looked at the sign-up sheet and said, "Oh, come on. He’ll be okay."

Shaking hands with them, and identifying myself, I noticed Bob's hands trembling. He is nervous, I thought.

We all got off the first tee in good fashion, even though I found a sand trap near the green. Before we got to our second shots, Sue caught me and whispered. "Bob’s got Huntington's disease. That's why he shakes."

I watched him more intently on the next tee box, but I couldn't detect the telltale shaking of the dread disease. He drove very well again, and I started joking that I didn't think he was a rookie at this game.

At the third tee box, Bob slid up to me after he found out I worked at Tech, and he proudly said he had an ME degree. "Class of '65. I put four kids through there, too." We talked about Tech and golf and the lousy spring weather as we made our way around three and onto four. Play was slow, but we didn't care, having waited since October to swing the clubs.

The course is perched on a hill, and near the clubhouse, you can get great views of Calumet, with some leftover mine shafts and many church steeples dotting the horizon.

My putting woes came back, and we all struggled with bogies on four before marching downhill toward a creek that runs through five. There, on his own, Bob struggled with some shots in deep rough, then a shot or two into the creek.

"Drop it out here, hon." Sue suggested. "Nah." Bob was going to get out of the rough and over that water his way. And on the third attempt he did, but way right.

He took the maximum score: ten (when you quit counting to save your sanity), and the next par three had me long and left, and many shots later I was also shaking my head, as the three of us laughed at what should be an easy hole.

On seven, I finally got hold of one, nipped the top of a tree and left it a seven iron away from the green that was guarded by a pond.

Bob and Sue weren't so lucky, following each other into the pond. I commented how nice it was that, when one went in the water, the other one followed. Sue had a little fight in her: "I was just dumb. I tried to be fancy and fit it through there." She motioned back toward the trees that confined her options.

On the eighth hole, after Bob and I hit nearly identical tee shots, I finally got behind him to watch him putt, as my putt would be nearly identical but shorter than his.

There, his hands firmly gripping the putter, he trembled. The putter seemed to vibrate in his hands. He steadied himself as best he could and hit the ball. Short. I would do the same, and he joked that I was learning from him. "I wish I could blame you," I said, lamenting the curse of my putter.

On the last tee box, I flubbed a short one into the tall grass, and they offered to let me hit again. I had already used my "mulligan," so I struggled on, finally getting a decent seven-wood on the ball to get near the green in front of the clubhouse.

Bob was struggling more now; off to one side of the green, he hammered the ball off the opposite edge to a steep embankment, where it rolled down the hill. "You go hit that," Sue said. "You'll need to practice from that spot in case you end up there in the future."

"And you will," I offered, knowing the closing hole was a tough one and would test his mettle for many rounds of tomorrow. Or so I hoped. I missed yet another putt as we finished. "Do you want to know your score?" Sue asked from the cart.

"Sure, give it me straight. I can take it."



"I had a 50!" Sue said. "And Bob had a 58."

"That’s not bad!" I said in his direction as he stowed his putter away.

I shook Sue's hand and thanked her for including me in this great Sunday. Next, I took Bob's hand, and it was steady as a rock.

"Keep going," I said. "You’ve got the swing: nice and easy."

At Tech

Distinguished Teaching Award Winners Announced

by Karina Jousma, Tech Today student editor

Professor Randall Freisinger of the Department of Humanities has received the 2008 Distinguished Teaching Award in the associate professor/professor category, and Professor of Practice Robert Mark of the School of Business and Economics has received the award in the lecturer/assistant professor category. The award carries a cash prize of $2,500.

Freisinger info

Marks info

Michigan Tech Selected for Federal Demonstration Partnership

Michigan Tech has been accepted as a member of a select group of research institutions and federal agencies in Phase 5 of the Federal Demonstration Partnership. The partnership’s primary goal is to increase the time available for those performing research to perform the research and decrease the administrative burden while still maintaining effective stewardship of federal funds. More

New Ballast Treatment Could Help Shield Superior from Deadly Disease

David Hand, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan Tech, has devised a simple way to treat ballast water in vessels ranging from pleasure craft to ore boats. His method is designed to kill the virus that causes viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), an often-fatal disease that has been attacking fish populations in the lower Great Lakes. More

Student from Italy Shows What Was and What Is

by John Gagnon, promotional writer

Alessandra Brignola, of Genoa, Italy, came to Michigan Tech in 2006 to study and now returns to Europe after leaving behind a telltale footprint—actually a footpath—in Houghton.

Brignola has fashioned a brochure out of her master's thesis. Called the Houghton Visitors' Tour Guide and Map, it singles out the train station, city hall, Dee Stadium, the old fire hall, Pearl Street, Tram Street, Tech's Academic Office and ROTC buildings, and four churches. More

Alumni Around the World

Kentucky Area Alumni—A Night at the Ballpark

louisville baseball
Alumni from all over Kentucky came out to Louisville Slugger Field in downtown Louisville to enjoy the company of fellow alumni and friends and a evening of fun and baseball. Local alumni volunteer Laura Hivala '00 helped organize the group, which is excited for more events in the future. The group got to experience the evening in the outfield picnic area which was capped off with a post-game fireworks display.

Fill in the Blanks

spring fling

Here's a tough one: Spring Fling (with some leaves!), maybe 1998. Any clues? We'll put them in the Email Bag.

Fill in the Blanks: II


I know a little about this one. Rosa Parks was our commencement speaker in 1989, and her speech was: "Live by the Golden Rule." Any class of '89 folks out there remember it?

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Tech Sports

Metz Earns All-Academic Honors

Basketball   Andrea Metz  

Michigan Tech senior Andrea Metz was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team for cross country and track and field.

“Andrea embodies what a student-athlete should be,” said Michigan Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret. “This award represents all the hard work she puts in both athletics and academics.” More

Sports Events View Composite Schedule
Northwood Women's & Men's Basketball, 6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
North Dakota Hockey, 8:37 p.m.
Saginaw Valley State Women's & Men's Basketball, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
North Dakota Hockey, 8:07 p.m.
Wayne State Women's & Men's Basketball, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
Hillsdale Women's & Men's Basketball, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
Coleraine, Minnesota Women's & Men's Nordic Skiing, Central Super Tour

Around the Keweenaw

Preschool Celebrates 50 Years, Diversity


Michigan Tech Preschool, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is its own microcosmic melting pot, with a regular population of non-English-speaking students. “There may be two or three in any given class because we serve a lot of the Daniell Heights families,” Teacher/Director Janeen Stephenson said. More

Local Passenger Boats Respond to Fuel Prices


Local passenger boat services are taking various approaches to dealing with continuing high fuel prices. Rates are up on the U.S. National Park Service’s Ranger III ferry service to Isle Royale and the Keweenaw Star sightseeing boat while the Isle Royale Queen IV out of Copper Harbor has put in place a $4.50 fuel surcharge for adult passengers. More

Smelter Cleanup Begins


People walking around wearing white jumpsuits, helmets and respirators are an unmistakable sign work, particularly asbestos removal, has begun on the project to preserve the former Quincy Smelter Works in Ripley. Brian Kelly, EPA on-scene coordinator for the agency’s removal program based in Gross Ile, Mich., said asbestos will be or already has been removed from 12 of the 18 structures at the site. More

Laurium Manor Inn Turns 100


One hundred years ago, one of the largest and most opulent of the area’s homes was under construction. A century later, it still looks pretty good, says Julie Sprenger, a 20-year owner of the Laurium Manor Inn, located at 320 Tamarack St. in Laurium. More

From the Email Bag


I don't remember 1968 as much as I remember 1967. I was only 5 years old, but my father was a cop in the city of Detroit during the 1967 riots. I remember being scared seeing my dad leave for work in his riot gear and not knowing if I'd see him again. I remember horrible stories and images on the TV news. I remember people talking about keeping their guns loaded and handy "just in case." My memory of that whole time is filled with emotions that even now come flooding back as I type this email.

Thankfully the riots only lasted ~5 days and my dad came home as he always did. I know that not everyone was that lucky.

The city didn't know what to expect and they over-bought rations for the police. After everything was over, they sent the excess rations home with the officers. We ate SPAM and white bread sandwiches for weeks. I've never had SPAM after that.

Tom Fedorka
BSME, 1984

Editor's Note: Those were tense days, Tom. We had neighbors who were policemen patrolling our streets for us.


I was only 9 when the Tigers won the world series that year, but do remember it. Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton - just a few of the names that come to mind.

I also remember the events of the previous year and the curfews that were imposed. I remember my dad driving side streets home to avoid major roads after visiting some relatives ;-)

John Alaniva '83


Hi Dennis,
I was a freshman the fall of 1967 so 1968 was my winter & spring freshman terms and the fall term of my sophomore year.

In the picture of the admin building construction, I agree that second from right is Ray Smith and I am fairly sure that the far right is Dean Harold Meese. However, the jpg is not a good enough resolution to zoom in to be really sure.

One of the issues that was big at Tech during that time was “in loco parentis.” At that time, all women under the age of 21 had to be back at the dorm (if I remember correctly) by 11:00 on weeknights and 1:00am on weekends.) The only way we could be out overnight was if we had a written invitation by a married woman to stay at their home. (Not that THAT was ever abused!!) I was secretary for Coed Hall (now McNair) and therefore on the Inter-Residence Hall Council so involved in student government. We presented to the administration the concept that perhaps they should drop the “in loco parentis” policy and let women come and go as they pleased, like the men.

We finally compromised and won administration approval to let parents set hours for their daughters. I had to present my case to my father that I was responsible enough to be allowed come and go as I wished – fortunately I was successful. And so the fall of 1968, many of the women were allowed to come in at any time of the night. But that change necessitated a procedure to unlock the door to let them in. So the University hired co-eds to take shifts and sit in the lounge from 11 – 6 to let the late-night women back into the dorm. I took one of the jobs and found it was a great opportunity to get my studying done and get paid for it at the same time.

Enjoy your newsletters!

Gretchen Paupore ‘71


Hockey Stick Identified

I have a hockey stick signed by a Huskie team from the 70's and want to know which season it represents. I remember all these guys and how much fun it was watching our Tech Huskies win championships. I just can't place the year. Some of the recognizable signatures on the stick include:

John MacInnes
Mike Usitalo
Glen Weller
Rick Yeo
Jim Murray
Mike Zuke
Jim Warden (?)
Lorne Stamler
Bill Steele
George Lyle
Randy Owsley
Dave Jensen
Jim Nahrgang
Bob Deluise (?)
Graham Wise

Any information you could help with would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Doug Luciani

Editor's Note: I told Doug he had a stick from that great 1975 year and that it would look great in my basement "man cave." And that's the late, great Bob D'Alvise. There was some talent on that roster.


Thanks – I appreciate the newsletter, not just as an alum, but a native. My oldest daughter just finished her first year in Bio-med, and loves the school and the area. This may also influence #2, who is going to the Women in Engineering class in a few weeks, and #3, a fourteen-year-old son already says he wants to go to Tech. The influence of happy, connected alumni on family and friends on recruiting new students can’t be underestimated.

Ken Price

Four More Engineers on the Way!

Jeremy and Tanya (Horner) Lewandowski, both MTU grads and now living in Bellaire, MI, recently found out they were expecting.....quadruplets! Here is a link to a local TV stations story...


We have also set up a website for the Lewandowski's, that link is also shown below.


At the website, there is a blog section that Tonya regularly updates, and there is a section that gives some background on the Lews. We have several events planned for the family, the most notable being a golf outing September 13th in the Traverse City Area. There are also some raffles being held to help the family, and more details will be uploaded onto the quadruplets site.

Dennis, if you could please pass this information on to MTU alums, we would really appreciate it. We would obviously love to get as many Tech people to the golf outing as possible, as it will be a great time and a worthy cause.

As for the Lewandowski's, I really can't say enough about them, it's going to be a pleasure to try and help them with this challenge. Thank you for the time, love the newsletter, keep up the great work!

Tim Bonk '95

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