September 8, 2008
Vol. 15, No.1
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Working for a Living


We have recently heard of some interesting jobs that Tech students have done to pay for school: chainsaw carving and pedicures, for example.

It started us thinking about what other jobs have alumni or their current Tech students have had.

I did the usual: dishwasher at the old Colonial Steakhouse, furniture mover at Gartner's warehouse, bartender at Paul's Bar.

So, what odd jobs have you had in the past to get a little "spending cash" for those Tech years?

Drop me a line.

Dennis '92



I ran into the colorologist over the weekend and I was surprised by his prediction.

"It's just starting, but it's going to be a quick change this year."

Not like last year?

"Nope. It was too dry. We got enough rain of late to straighten things out."

Back to normal?

"Whatever that is, yes."

At Tech

Nationwide Football Events Hosted by Alumni


On Thursday September 18, your Michigan Tech Huskies will be taking on their arch rival Northern Michigan for the Miner's Cup. The game is one of six NCAA Division II football games chosen to be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network (DirecTV Channel 613, Dish Network Channel 152) and also Fox Sports Detroit. Alumni volunteer leaders, with the help of the Michigan Tech Alumni Association, are hosting twenty game watching events spanning four time zones.

Locations include: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, MI; Atlanta, GA; *Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Dearborn, MI; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; Green Bay, WI; Houghton, MI; Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI; Lansing, MI; *Livonia, MI; Menominee, MI; Novi, MI; Peoria, IL; Reno, NV; Saginaw, MI; Traverse City, MI; Washington DC/Arlington, VA; Washington DC/Columbia, MD. Venues range from local sports bars and private VIP rooms to country clubs. For details please visit

*Hosted in conjunction with Northern Michigan Alumni

In addition to cheering on the Huskies on TV, the Michigan Tech Alumni Association and the Library Bar and Restaurant are hosting a tailgate at Tourist Park in Marquette before the big game. If you are unable to make it to one of the many events, we encourage you to tune in and watch the Huskies take back the Miner's Cup.

Students Take Summer Reading Selection to Heart

Dozens of Michigan Tech students opened their hearts and emptied their wallets Thursday, not for iPhones, concert tickets or even textbooks, but to build schools for the poorest of the poor. They did it freely and exuberantly, on a spontaneous dare. About 75 hand-picked undergraduates were preparing to mentor 1,400 incoming students arriving for orientation when leadership trainer Paul Wesselmann issued a challenge based on Michigan Tech's Summer Reading selection. They all had read Greg Mortenson's bestseller, "Three Cups of Tea," about his struggle to educate the poor, especially girls, in Pakistan and Afghanistan. More

Tech Names Three Endowed Chairs, Adds Sustainability Faculty

In a bold, first-ever Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative (SFHI) that cuts across academic disciplines to focus on a research theme, Michigan Technological University has named three professors to endowed chairs and hired seven additional new faculty members. Their research focuses on sustainability. Michigan Tech’s Board of Control adopted the new hiring concept last year, as a multi-year drive to enhance the University’s competence in selected research niches and to increase the size of the faculty to a level appropriate to a leading technological research university. More

K-Day Returns to McLain Park

The abandonment of campus, the steady flow of students through downtown Houghton and Hancock and the over 1-mile long line of cars parked along Highway M-203 could only mean one thing: It was K-Day on Friday. K-Day, short for Keweenaw Day, is a Michigan Technological University-sanctioned event held every year to mark the end of Welcome Week and the beginning of the school year. This year, K-Day returned to McLain State Park after a two-year absence during which the weather forced it to be held on campus at the Student Development Complex. More

What a Sleep Study Can Reveal About Fibromyalgia

Research engineers and sleep medicine specialists from two Michigan universities have joined technical and clinical hands to put innovative quantitative analysis, signal-processing technology and computer algorithms to work in the sleep lab. One of their recent findings is that a new approach to analyzing sleep fragmentation appears to distinguish fibromyalgia patients from healthy controls. More

Alumni Around the World

Copper Harbor Fat Tire Festival

President Mroz
President Glenn Mroz (left) along with alumni volunteers and students from the Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF) worked hard to provide much needed hydration to participants in the 2008 Fat Tire Festival in Copper Harbor over the Labor Day weekend. Many of the participants in the 13 & 23 mile races were Michigan Tech grads or students.

With record temperatures of 84 °F / 28 °C the cyclists were very thankful for the refreshments sponsored by the Alumni Association at the mid-point aid station located at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and at the finish line in Copper Harbor. Many thanks to volunteers Glenn Mroz ‘74/’77, Gail Mroz’86, Mike Abbott ‘80/’88, Mary Jane Lowney ’77, Jim Tervo ’74, Dan Dalquist ’76, Susan L. Amato-Henderson, KML’s Cormac Ronan, and students Travis Pond and David Heiden.

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Bio Lab. We think it's 1983 or 1984. Any idea? Email me.

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Tech Sports

Huskies Hold Off Hillsdale for 39-36 Win

Another one possession game produced another win for the Michigan Tech football team as it outlasted Hillsdale, 39-36, at Sherman Field in both team’s Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener today. The game’s frenetic pace, which produced a combined 885 yards of total offense despite steady rain, did not end until the Huskies tackled the Chargers’ kicker on a potential game-tying field goal attempt with 1:33 to play. More

Home Athletic Events to be Streamed on Huskies Live

For the second year, Huskies Live will be Michigan Tech fans' source for live and on-demand video streaming. All Huskies hockey, football, basketball and volleyball home events will be available both live and on-demand to fans around the world through Huskies Live at .

Subscriptions to Huskies Live cost $11.95 per month or $59.95 for the entire 2008-09 athletic season. Live video streams include synchronized audio feeds from WKMJ Mix 93.5. In the near future, Huskies Live streams will include time and score graphics and multiple camera angles.

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Tech Volleyball Splits at Lewis Flyer Invitational

President Mroz

Senior Kelsey Skoog
The Michigan Tech volleyball team posted a 3-1 victory over Wis. Parkside before dropping a 3-0 match to No. 18 Indianapolis today at the Lewis Flyer Invitational. The Huskies are now 5-3 for the season. The Huskies, who had 12 different players see action in the match, finished with a season-high .377 attack percentage against Wis. Parkside. They also recorded a season-high nine service aces. “We came out strong against Wis. Parkside. We had good ball control in the match and that’s what we need to do on a nightly basis,” said head coach Krista Mikesch. “Overall it was a good regional win for us.” More

Stetter Wins 8K, Kangas Fifth

Sophomore Brian Stetter won the men’s eight-kilometer race to lead Michigan Tech today at the Pre-GLIAC Meet hosted by Lake Superior State. He finished in a time of 26:31.47. The Huskies had six runners in the top-nine to finish with a perfect score of 15. Ferris State finished second with 57 points Lake Superior State in third with 68 points. More

Around the Keweenaw

Ontonagon Fire Cause Still Unknown

ontonagon fire

The cause of the Sunday fire in Ontonagon that destroyed seven buildings remains unknown. "It's still undetermined, (the state fire marshal) hasn't finished his report yet," Ontonagon County Sheriff John Gravier said. Officials believe the fire started in a building owned by Jason Pragacz at 518 River Street. A party occurred there Sunday morning and police are conducting interviews with people who attended it, Gravier said. More

Houghton to Remove Skywalks


The Houghton City Council Wednesday approved a significantly under-budget bid for the removal of skywalks in downtown Houghton. The low bid of $83,999 came from Martineau & Morris in Houghton. Yalmer Mattila of Houghton, the only other bidder, came in at $97,717. "We're hoping we'll have them down by the 15th of October," said City Manager Scott MacInnes. More

Chassell Festival Celebrates Life

In the 19th century, copper wasn't the only industry in Houghton County; There were also many timber operations, and some of those were worked by French Canadians, who settled in and around Chassell. During the first-ever Festival Joie de Vivre Thursday through Saturday at the Chassell Heritage Center and Chassell Centennial Park celebrating French-Canadian culture in the Chassell area, some traditional contests conducted by some of the loggers in the logging camps were demonstrated by members of the Michigan Technological University Forestry Club. More

Monte Carlo Destroyed by Blaze


A popular Hancock bar is down, but not out, after it was gutted in a fire Tuesday morning. The Monte Carlo suffered extreme smoke, water and fire damage in the fire, which started around 10:30 a.m., said Hancock Fire Department Capt. Mark Dennis. Firefighters left the scene around 2:35 p.m. While the building is unusable in its current state, Dennis said the owner plans to re-open the bar. More

From the Email Bag

Dump Truck


The Hobo Dump Truck was created by the Brothers of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity for the Homecoming Parade in 2005. I am in the top, right corner, waving to the crowd. Those were the days…

Ben Biesterveld
MTU ‘06


The photo of the Dump Truck in the Hobo parade is Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity's 2005 Homecoming float. We take great pride in our school spirit and hard work during the Homecoming events and is one of our favorite times of the fall semester. I am standing on the front wearing the white cap. We had so much fun rolling down the streets of Houghton in a dump truck painted with school colors!! It was definitely one of many great memories at Michigan Tech!

More photos of us building this float can be seen at:

Dan Framarin '06

Thanks, Ben and Dan. I remember watching the dump truck go by and seeing it at the football game. It was hard to miss!

An Alum Visitor

Oh yes, my dad [Ernest Townsend] went to school at Tech and was a member of the honor society. When he graduated he was offer a position teaching. He was a mining engineer and I remember as a child he would be gone summers touring the mines in the west. I don't remember when be left mining but he went to school in Chicago to get his MS, I think but don't know for sure, in business. He started the Business Dept. and solicited donation from alumni to build the first Student Union. No State funds. He continued to school summers in Chicago, working on his PHD until the war started and he couldn't get the courses he needed. Later in his career he became Comptroller (Treasurer). After he retired he served on the Village of Houghton Council and helped to write the City Charter. That is why City Manager Ray Kestner named the street after him.

I enjoyed meeting you too Dennis- it's good to put a name with a face. Houghton is a terrific place and Tech a special place in my heart.

Joie Morlock

Thanks, Joie! It was great to put a face on Townsend Drive, too. After you left, I did a little digging in our centennial history book and found some information on your dad. Quite the guy, indeed!

About TechAlum

Hello Dennis,
I must say the e-newsletter is just fabulous. I love how easy it is to navigate and share stories, and I like the participation aspect of the "Fill in the Blanks" and "From the Email Bag." I also enjoy the local news section highlights, as it's always nice to know what's happening with Quincy Mine and the local businesses up there. I work as an online newsletter editor myself (at a university in Connecticut) and with your permission, I'd like to steal some of your ideas from the online TechAlum-e for my own newsletter! It really is a useful news piece and I look forward to every issue.

- Olivia Bartlett STC '01 and proud sister of Tommy Bartlett '08, who just landed a fantastic job as a circuits engineer at Union Pacific in Omaha thanks to his MTU degree in electrical engineering!) I will miss staying with Tommy at his "Audio Engineering Society" house on Clark Street when I visit the area. You wouldn't believe the speakers those guys had constructed in their house!

Olivia: It's an honor to talk to alumni about the university they love. In fact, the alums make the newsletter, with all their input. Thanks for the nice note.

And, speaking of the Audio Engineering Society: rumor has it you could hear their Carnival music all the way out on Denton Road. That's volume!

Hockey Seats


Are the seats in the hockey arena done yet? Do you have pictures you could forward?

Jim Carroll

Jim: You can see that they are going to look very nice!

Think Snow?

Put this on your calendar.

Plan early to bring the family to this "Winter Carnival" in Frankenmuth.

Zender's Snowfest - January 21-26, 2009

WAY TO GO Team Phi-Phi Zeta Lambda Chi!

In their 1st year of competition our guys took 1st place and Peoples Choice and have been elevated to the HIGHEST competition level for 2009. Plan to participate in snow sculpting by contacting Scooby or Adam below. Plan to come out to cheer them on to another Victory!

P.S. Besides all of the Family Friendly Fun, The Warming (Beer) Tent is as big as a Football Field and Great Fun! Check out the site

Mike Muller

Mike: It's never too early to think statues, I guess, either up here or below the bridge.

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