September 22, 2008
Vol. 15, No.2
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The Game, Parade, and Games


Nothing can top a good, old-fashioned beating of NMU. As many of you know, that's what happened on national TV Thursday night. In locales around the nation, Huskies fans celebrated, including West Hancock, where we watched the game on our deck in a beautiful fall night, temps still in the 60s. We slept well.

Saturday, the Parade of Nation celebrated all the great people who make up the Tech and Keweenaw families.

As I watched, I thought of my grandmother, who came from Cornwall and could make a great pasty! Luckily her daughter learned the recipe and is passing it on to us and our children. I also thought of my father's parents who came from Finland. Grandfather never quite mastered English, but we found a way to communicate.

Nice crowds in both downtowns enjoyed the flags and costumes, then went to Dee Stadium for more food and festivities.

Finally, an ultimate Frisbee tournament was held on campus, run by the DiscoTech Frisbee Club, including my son, and more than 100 Tech students were running, jumping, and getting dirty under 60ish temps and partly sunny skies. Students were also playing softball, soccer, disc golf, and beach volleyball on the athletic fields, plus some intramural flag football on the new Sherman Field turf.

Overall, it was a great weekend to be surrounded by students from around the globe, across the Portage, and down the hall.

Dennis '92


29 percent, he said.

That's quite a jump in two weeks.

And two more weeks will be its peak.

So, now you're a poet?

No, he said, I'm a Twig.

At Tech

Student Dies in Auto Crash

A one-car accident early Sunday morning has claimed the life of a Michigan Tech student. The vehicle, carrying four passengers and the driver, was traveling on Pike River Road in Chassell Township. Shortly before 3 a.m. the driver lost control, and the car left the roadway, hit a tree and rolled over several times. Lee Drelles, 19, of Ludington, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. More

Number of New First-Year Students Up 12 Percent, Total Enrollment Tops 7,000

The bike racks are full, Houghton's rush minute is a few seconds longer and there's a good reason why. More first-time freshmen are coming to Michigan Technological University this fall—and total enrollment is higher—than at any time since 1983. The numbers are buoyed in part by a boomlet in the number of 2008 Michigan high school graduates. "The increase in incoming freshman enrollment at Michigan's public universities is up about 4 percent overall," said John Lehman, the University's assistant vice president for enrollment services. More

Tech Offers First Peace Corps Master’s International Mechanical Engineering Program

The US Peace Corps has approved the establishment of a Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) program in mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech, the first and only one of its kind in the nation. It brings to six the number of PCMI programs at Tech, the most offered by any university in the country. Michigan Tech has PCMI programs in Applied Science Education, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Forestry, Mitigation of Natural Geological Hazards, Rhetoric and Technical Communication and now, Mechanical Engineering. More

From Xbox to T-Cells: Tech Researchers Borrow Video Game Technology to Model Human Biology

A team of researchers at Michigan Technological University is harnessing the computing muscle behind the leading video games to understand the most intricate of real-life systems. Led by Roshan D'Souza, the group has supercharged agent-based modeling, a powerful but computationally massive forecasting technique, by using graphic processing units (GPUs), which drive the spectacular imagery beloved of video gamers. In particular, the team aims to model complex biological systems, such as the human immune response to a tuberculosis bacterium. More

Tech, SmartZone Receive $3 Million to Renovate UPPCO Building

Michigan Tech and the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation (MTEC) SmartZone will receive a federal Economic Development Administration business incubator grant of $3,020,000 for renovations and “greening” of the former UPPCO Building in downtown Houghton, Mich. Michigan Tech purchased the building in July. MTEC, a private, nonprofit corporation, manages the SmartZone, an economic development and high-tech business incubator serving Houghton and Hancock. The University and MTEC were co-applicants for the federal grant. More

Alumni Around the World

Hundreds Gather Across Nation to Cheer on Huskies

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Michigan Tech Football Huskies defeated Northern Michigan, 47-21, for the Miner's Cup in front of a capacity crowd of 8,672 at the Superior Dome in Marquette.

Over 300 alumni and friends came to Tourist Park in Marquette for the Library Tailgate. More than 110 members of the famous Husky Pep Band arrived in full stripes playing their favorite songs intimidating Wildcat fans at the stadium over a mile away.

They then started a precession to the Dome and continuing to play up until game time where it was already decided they would not be allowed to play inside during the game.

Miss Group Picture from Columbia, Maryland - The Greene Turtle

The most exciting stories took place at the twenty-one venues across the country where hundreds of alumni came out to support their Huskies and meet other local alumni, friends and families. "About 100 here!!!", stated Green Bay Network Leader Paul Nygaard '93.

Other locations were reporting attendance numbers well beyond the HuskyLink RSVP's. After winning the t-shirts in the halftime raffle, alumni were claimed to rip them open and put them on over what they were wearing at the time.

Many groups started discussions of what event they would like to do next.

"Every alumni volunteer did an amazing job organizing and supporting their location. Each event was a huge success." - Brent Burns '03, Associate Director of Alumni Relations.

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Tech Sports

Huskies Claim Miner's Cup with 47-21 Win

Phil Milbrath exploded for 189 yards and four second half touchdowns to lead Michigan Tech to a 47-21 win at Northern Michigan tonight at the Superior Dome. The win, witnessed by 8,672 people at the dome and a national television audience on FSN Detroit and CBS College Sports, was accompanied by the Miner’s Cup, the traveling trophy for the rivalry. “We’ve been waiting all year to have a chance at getting the trophy back,” said Milbrath. “We executed our offense in the second half, and the offensive line won the war of attrition and opened some big holes. It feels great to get the Cup back in our trophy case.” More

Women's Volleyball Defeats Ferris, 3-2

Michigan Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead before defeating Ferris State, 3-2, in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action Saturday (Sept. 20). With the win, the Huskies improve to 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the GLIAC while the Bulldogs fall to 7-7 overall and 1-4 in league play.

Oliveros Advances at Regional

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Senior Silvia Oliveros

Michigan Tech women's tennis player Silvia Oliveros has advanced to the semifinal of the singles draw at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Great Lakes Regional. The seventh-seeded senior, who has been the only Husky to win a match in the regional, is 3-0 in singles play. More

Stetter Finishes Fourth in Men's CC

Michigan Tech sophomore Brian Stetter finished fourth at the Midwest Collegiate Open Saturday (Sept. 20) to propel the men’s team to a third place finish overall. Stetter finished the eight-kilometer course in 26:22. Wis. LaCrosse won the men’s meet with 40 points, Edinboro was second with 78 and Tech was third with 103 points in the 16 team competition. “I was really happy with the way that the men raced today,” said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. “I was happy to see success from top to bottom and have our team turn in a solid result. Our performance today shows that we are strong team.” More

Around the Keweenaw

Fatal Shooting under Investigation

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Michigan State Police are conducting an investigation into the shooting death Wednesday of a Osceola Township man by a Houghton County Sheriff's deputy. According to a written statement from the MSP Calumet post, the investigation is being conducted at the request of Houghton County Sheriff Brian McLean. More

Chili Reception


Copper Country United Way President Karin Van Dyke calls the organization's annual Chili Challenge a "friendraiser," not a fundraiser. Friends in the form of restaurants and cafeterias, health and human service organizations and community members were on hand Tuesday evening for the fifth annual event hosted by the United Way, a volunteer organization that raises money and distributes it to area non-profits. For only two dollars, participants could sample chili from the 10 vendors stationed around the newly-renovated Memorial Union Building Ballroom at Michigan Technological University. More

KNHP Looks at Italian Hall

The village of Calumet and the Keweenaw National Historical Park may be closer to an agreement regarding the park taking over supervision of the Italian Hall Park after the board of trustees received a memorandum of understanding concerning the issue Tuesday. More

Colleagues, Friends Remember Jeff Moyle

Friends and colleagues say Jeff Moyle will be remembered as a man who lived life to the fullest. Moyle, 30, died Sunday as a result of a parasailing accident in Chassell Township. The eldest son of Denise and Tom Moyle, Jeff was president and CEO of Moyle Construction & Development Inc., with offices in Houghton and Marquette. Kevin Geshel, director of development for Moyle Real Estate & Development and spokesperson for the family, said in Moyle's short period as president, he brought the $80-million company to a high level of success. More

From the Email Bag

Working While at Tech

Editor's Note: We received some really great responses to this one (and still getting more), so we have plans to use some that don't appear here elsewhere. Stay tuned.

Back in the fifties and early sixties, our country just didn't have the wide variety of fast food restaurants and chain stores to work in so during my first three summers at home from Tech, I worked in the fields picking beans for the princely sum of a dollar a bushel. I also picked corn and baled hay which was very strenuous. During the last summer before my senior year and graduation, I worked at GM Technical Center as a summer student trainee. The time spent out in the fields under the hot sun and getting filthy dirty gave me an appreciation for working in an air-conditioned office and wearing a nice suit to work every day. Ah, those were the days!

Don Robinson, 1963


Hi Dennis,
One somewhat unique job I had one summer was shaping Christmas trees. With I being 6' 7" I could shape some of the taller trees that otherwise would get left to mother nature for there shape. One that might that may be fairly typical for Tech student, but often under appreciated is the student janitor. Cleaning those bathrooms on Saturday and Sunday mornings after student had over indulged in their beverage of choice and not hitting the toilet, shower, or sink was quite an experience. Working the Front Desk in Coed Dorm and Leading the MEEM Department's part of the Summer Youth Program was much more enjoyable. Other summers where more typical like washing dishes at a local restaurant, stock boy at a local department store, maintenance for a Pipe Line company, etc. Thanks for the topic of discussion. It brings back a lot of fond memories.

Keith Knickerbocker
BSME '83 and MSEM '85


I worked summers chipping out cement mixers with an air hammer - yes I climbed into the trucks and chipped them out, as well as all the upstream equipment. It was a ready mix plant that also made concrete blocks - which also had mixers to he chipped. The noise and dust and generally poor working conditions put cash in my wallet and determination to complete a degree.

While at school I worked at Roy's pharmacy for 4 years - wonderful employer. I also took out student loans.

Wasn't easy, but worth it.

-Randy Berry
Comp Sci 1982


worked cleaning the women's bathrooms in DHH on the weekends, cleaning rooms in DHH one summer, and at the desk in DHH--sorting mail and checking out sports equipment and magazines. I wonder if the dorm still gets Playboy? I remember reading Playboy just to piss off the guys who eagerly waited for it every month!!!

amy rapaich moser 76


While I didn’t have the opportunity to participate. It was rumored that John McInnes was instrumental in getting some of his hockey players summer jobs in a uranium mine.

The joke was you could find a hockey player in the dark during the fall term just by looking for the glow.

Kenneth R. Oscarson, P.E. – ‘69

Ken: We believe that rumor is true. The mine was near Sudbury, but I don't about the glowing part.


Thank you for putting together the very informative and entertaining Alumni Newsletter. I always look forward to reading it. I was intrigued by your request for work that students did while in school. Like most students I had a few jobs while up there. I was one of the first employees of the Sears store, delivering appliances from Ontanogan to Baraga and all points in between. With the small old mining houses and the winters you can imagine there are plenty of funny stories to go along with that. I did that for a few years and was later able to tap two of the Keweenaw's most abundant natural resources, snow and student housing. I came by a stroke of luck to know the owner of the Gazette apartment building. He owned a few other apartment complexes in Houghton and Hancock as well. I started shoveling snow for him at $20 a day. It took me an hour every morning that it snowed, which as we know can be everyday for a week or more. It worked great for me, it had me up early and I made as much as I would have in 4-5 hrs of minimum wage after school (it was $4.25/hr at the time). I also helped clear roofs, almost saw his son take a dive off the roof of the 3 story Lakeside apartments in Hancock. After that I wasn't so keen on shoveling roofs. I parlayed that into a summer job renovating apartments after the students left, painting, repair etc. Learned there to always shut the power off when doing wiring!! (even if it means you have to go to the truck for an extension cord and drop light), and that staining overhead decks ranks right up there with water torture...

I count myself as lucky in that I was fortunate to never have to work in food service or in the dorms

Nate Hincher
Akebono Corporation
Foundation Brake Test Engineering


In the Summer of my Junior and Senior Years I worked at Bendix Aerospace in South Bend Indiana analyzing components from Aircraft Landing gear systems, quite interesting.

While at Tech I did some early morning Lifeguarding at the SDC pool. But the more interesting job I had was my senior year, '87, when Tim Walilko and I coached the Houghton High School Swim team. That year the Lady Gremlins swim team took 2nd in the UP finals. We lost out to Hancock that year and finished just ahead of Marquette. We clinched 2nd with the last relay!

John M. Flynn, Jr.

Fill in the Blanks: Med Tech Photo

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The picture in the "Fill in the Blanks" section is indeed from 1983. My twin brother Mark, and I are in the background of the picture, which was taken during a Lab for the Medical Technology class "Urinalysis and Body Fluids", fall quarter 1983. Alice Solden, class professor, is in the foreground. I am sorry but do not remember the names of the other classmates in the picture.

Mike Hiltunen MT(ASCP), MBA
Class of 1986


Hi Dennis,

I'm a Clinical Lab Science alum, c/o 2003, and I recognize the blonde woman on the far right as our program director, Alice Soldan. She's still director and could probably help you identify the class, if you like. is her email.

Christina Gardner

Thanks, Christina. I'll give Alice a shout.


Hi, The photo is in one of the Med Tech labs. Alice Soldan is the instructor (blond, sort of leaning behind the microscope in the right front corner of the photo).

Kathryn Oliver, Class of 83


Detroit Area Football Party


Hi there, how are you doing?

I recently went down to Doc's Sports Retreat in Livonia for the Michigan Tech vs. Northern football game. While the Tech fans were outnumbered by the Northern fans, we still had a great time. It was fun being able to see some of the people I graduated with
along with listening to the stories from the older alumni. Here are some pics from the event in case you want to use them.

Talk to you later,
Jeremy Stocks '07


Jeremy (pictured far left): Thanks for the great shots. So, just how quiet were those Wildcats?

Isle Royale

Dennis, I just caught up with the August issue highlighting the Tech Alums at Wolf-Moose 50th on Isle Royale. This summer I read the Nevada Barr book, Winter Study, that is a fictionalized murder mystery taking place on Isle Royale. Rolf Peterson is written into the story and Phyllis Green is acknowledged for her support in the National Park. This may have been highlighted in earlier alumni news, but I missed it. I enjoyed reading this book (and also the earlier Isle Royale-set mystery, A Superior Death) just to remember the beauty of the setting from my visit to Isle Royale while at Tech.

Nancy Bach

Charlotte, NC, Needs Engineers!

Dennis, here's an interesting article in the Charlotte NC newspaper stating that several large companies will be hiring over 1000 engineers for Charlotte job opportunities in the next several years. They're particularly interested in engineers who have already had some post-college experience. In addition to these big companies mentioned, there are many small manufacturing firms in the area who are back into expansion mode after some job losses overseas. (I've done quality/Lean training and consulting for a number of them).

Charlotte is a great place to live. The weather is warm - no snow! But the mountains are just a couple hours away and have lovely hiking, rafting, and skiing. The community has major sports teams, great dining, performing arts, and more. Public education is very good. State universities are high quality and cheap at in-state rates. Would you want to put this link in the Alumni news email or jobs section? Chris, can you pass this on to the career center folks?


Nancy Bach BSChE 76

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