November 3, 2008
Vol. 15, No.5
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Muck and Pluck

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This team refuses to quit.

Continuing our family tradition, my son and I ran in the annual Muck Run Saturday.

It was a frosty morning, sunny and 29 degrees. He beat me, again, but we had a great, grueling time.

The Tech Trails, where the Muck Run is held, are all uphill at the end of the five-kilometer course. (The Tech Cross Country teams put on the event.) But our cheering section saw us through to the end, and we pledged to do it again next year.

Then, we caught another great finish at Sherman Field, were Tech scored with 29 seconds left to beat Tiffin.

With another win at Northwood next week, the Huskies still have a chance for the playoffs, and I wouldn't bet against the cardiac kids.

Dennis '92



"It's over," he said, "but that's okay."

He seemed overly buoyant about it.

"It's bird season, and you can actually see 'em now."

Any luck?

"A great walk in the woods, regardless of the success."

You're philosophical now, too.

"And, with no shooting, you don't have to clean the guns."

See you next year.


At Tech

YES! Expo Brings Kids, Cats and CADS to Ford Field

YES! Expo

It's a very hands-on, button-pushing kind of day. For nearly 15,000 Detroit area middle and high school students, the future is coming to Ford Field on Thursday, November 6, and it's a future filled with the excitement of designing things, making things happen, changing the world through engineering and science. More

David Karnosky Passes Away

Dave Karnosky

David Karnosky, one of Michigan Tech's premier scientists and mentors, died Friday, Oct. 24, at his home in Chassell. He was 59. He was a professor of forest genetics and biotechnology in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and had recently accepted an appointment as the Robbins Chair in Sustainable Management of the Environment. In addition, he was the director of the University's Ecosystem Science Center and directed the Aspen FACE (Free-Air Carbon dioxide Experiment) near his hometown of Rhinelander, Wis. More

Michigan Tech Receives $1.6 Million in NSF Grants to Expand High School Enterprise

Last year Michigan Tech piloted a program in three Michigan high schools to give high school students a tantalizing taste of what real life is like working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). It was such a resounding success that the National Science Foundation has climbed aboard, awarding Michigan Tech $1.6 million to expand its High School Enterprise Program to eight high schools in cities and towns all over the state. More

Idle Farmlands Could Become Profitable Carbon Storage Banks

Michigan's recently enacted renewable energy portfolio legislation sets new requirements for green energy production in the State. Michigan policymakers believe energy plantations could be a major source of biomass fuels. But could northern Michigan farmers earn a profit converting idle farmland to tree plantations as biomass energy crops? More

Climate Change, Acid Rain Could be Good for Forests

After more than 20 years of research in the northern hardwood forests of Michigan, scientists at Michigan Technological University's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science have reached a surprising conclusion: Moderate increases in temperature and nitrogen from atmospheric pollution actually improve forest productivity. More

Alumni Around the World

Saginaw Alumni Event

Saginaw Alumni

More than 200 Michigan Tech alumni and friends tailgated in the crisp fall weather on the Saginaw Valley State University campus last Saturday to reconnect and enjoy great food provided by the Library Restaurant and Brew Pub. In spite of the dropping temperature and high winds, Michigan Tech football fans filled the visitor stands to cheer on the Huskies as they took on the Cardinals. Many thanks to the SVSU alumni relations staff, our and our Michigan Tech volunteers RC (Dick) Crannell '65, Jeff Joynt '78, and sisters: Stephanie Krieger, Ashley Wisniewski '05 and Susan Rohn.

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Sig Eps
Some photos are just too good. This Jeep is in DHH, 1951, coming in from the east entrance.

"The Jeep belonged to me. The event was quite an experience. In the photo I am on the right helping to direct the car and Jack Lockwood is in the driver's seat. The Tech Adm wasn't too happy regarding the event. Then, Dean Partlow (sp), wanted to expel me for good but then put me on probation for a long period."
—Guenther Frankenstein '54

Any other witnesses?
Email me.

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usg This is a USG roundtable with round tables in 2000, we think. Remember? Email me.

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Tech Sports

Football Huskies Gain 32-28 Come-from-Behind Win vs. Tiffin

The Michigan Tech football team scored 15 points in the final 5:35 to overcome an 11-point deficit and defeat Tiffin, 32-28, today at Sherman Field. Quarterback Steve Short found freshman Stephen Worthy open in the end zone with 29 seconds remaining for the go-ahead score to lift the Huskies to 7-3 overall and 6-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. More

Hockey Huskies Split with Anchorage


Michigan Tech sophomore forward Jordan Baker scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season in the Huskies 2-1 loss to Alaska Anchorage Saturday (Nov. 1). Tech (2-4-0, 1-3-0) finished the game 1-7 on the power play and Anchorage (5-2-1, 2-1-1) was 0-2. More

Seven Enshrined into Hall of Fame

hall of fame

The Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame formally inducted seven new members during a ceremony tonight at the University's Memorial Union Ballroom. Kim Hoppes (1991-94; volleyball and women's basketball), Don Lehman (1959-62; football), Al McLeod (1968-71; hockey), Jerry Muff (1968-71; men's basketball), Carie Pejka (Tull) (1988-92; women's basketball), Mike Usitalo (1970-74; hockey) and John Young (1989-93; hockey) joined a group of more than 150 of Tech's greatest student-athletes and supporters. More

Around the Keweenaw

Piece of Missing Plane Found

missing plane

Justin Hicks was out watching the waves at the Houghton Breakers last Sunday afternoon with some friends when he noticed something that looked out of place on the rocks."I saw a large piece of metal, so I went out there and picked it up," said the Michigan Technological University student. "I had no idea what it was." More

Calumet Township Considers Wind Turbine Rules

The search for alternative non-petroleum-based power sources is happening not only on the national and state level, but also on the local level, including Calumet Township. Paul Lehto, Calumet Township supervisor, said Wednesday the township board of trustees has been considering the possibility of establishing rules allowing the development of wind power in the township for residences and businesses. "We are developing two ordinances," Lehto said. More

Getting Ready for the Snow

Funding shortages are a concern for most local governments in Michigan, and Kevin Harju, Houghton County Road Commission engineer, said the cost for road salt this winter at $44.76 per ton is up 16 percent from last year when salt cost $37.93 per ton. "I would say a majority of (the price increase) is fuel related," Harju said. More

Houghton Council Tackles Signs

The Mine Shaft and Rock House Hardwood Grille's owner mounted a defense of his business's handheld signs at the Houghton City Council's meeting Monday night. The business has been stationing workers carrying signs promoting specials and upcoming and events through high-traffic areas in Houghton, which the city says violates the ordinance. The city has stepped up enforcement against the business in recent weeks, sending Code Enforcement Officer Don O'Donnell to the business to deliver a letter and with police making multiple visits to the site. More

From the Email Bag

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Sig Eps

Hey Dennis,
I just wanted to pass along how much I enjoy reading the newsletter – it really does bring back those great feelings from being at MTU and gets you out of the “reality of the workplace” for a short moment as we read about Tech and the Keweenaw!

The picture from the “snow bowl” is a picture of our kickoff team from that year. No. 5 was our kicker, Grant Botz, and I am in the middle of the picture (#39). Our group of seniors that year and a good chunk of the juniors keep in touch regularly and that game is always one we look back on and smile. The Northwood players did not want to be up there - let alone playing in the snowy blizzard! A lot of them failed to bring long sleeve shirts and the northwest wind was blowing snow directly into them on the visitor’s sideline. We beat them 54-7, but ultimately ended up sharing the conference title with them. It was a great season, especially one to end our careers with.

Hopefully this year’s group can keep it up and make a run at the playoffs!

Andy Luehmann ‘04

Andy: They are looking good, and need a win and a little help from another team or two.


The last game of the season. I don't remember who we were playing but it was just the band and the team. There were so few fans that the band sat on the 50 yard line, built a snow man, had a snow ball fight with the son (I think) of one of the opposing coaches and sang carols when their instruments froze up.

Janice Knight (1980)


I remember that football game against Northwood very well. That was the year that the future of the Husky football program was in question and they proved their worth by making it into the playoffs. The Northwood team was going to be a tough rival, but mother nature smiled upon us and let the snow and ice fall. Probably the biggest reason that we won that game was the fact that the Huskies could run on the slippery field and Northwood could not. For us in the stands, it was an experience none of us shall forget. As a sophomore, it was the first time I got frostbite at Michigan Tech. We would have to periodically stand up and brush off all the snow and ice that had accumulated on us. It was a lot of fun and just one of my great memories from Tech.

Jeremy Stocks '07


I played in the Pep Band at a football game in 1971, 1972, or 1973, when it snowed so hard that all of the lines on the football field were completely covered by snow, and it was so cold that my trombone slide froze. However, I don't remember the opposing team.

--Robert Aho, Biological Sciences, '74


Can’t remember the opponent but there was a game in 74 that was a mess. They used the radio station to rally students to shovel the field before but it didn’t do much good.

Martin Vonk


I was on the cheerleading squad in 1981, and we had at least one home game where we were cheering in the snow. The air was so cold and dry that, with all of the clapping we did, my hands cracked in several places. I can’t remember who we played (it’s hard to believe it’s been almost three decades ago!) but it would probably have been the last home game of that year.

Darryl Johnson


Yes, I remember a snowy game during the 1978 or 1979 season. The field was plowed leaving snow banks around the sidelines. It looked more like an outdoor skating rink than a football field. Very difficult for the refs and players to see the white lines.

Tom Troher ('85)


As a pep band alum, I participated in several snowy football games. The one that stands out was the second wintry weekend in a row, and back-to-back home games that left us wondering what sadistic soul wrote the football schedule. We trombones had had trouble the previous week with our slides getting sticky due to the formation of ice crystals on the cold metal, and with snow in the forecast, tried to be prepared. Being engineers, we decided to use rubbing alcohol instead of water or oil to wet our slides, counting on the lower freezing point to assist us.

It helped for awhile, but the cold temperature and near-whiteout conditions eventually took their toll. We ended up, 6 of us, all letting our slides freeze in different positions, ensuring that between all of us, we would continue to be able to play!

I'm pretty certain I'd never been so cold in my life. Or since!

Kevin Britton ('97)



I was a varsity cheerleader for Tech for the 1981 and 1982 football seasons. One of those years we had a home football game in which it snowed the entire game and with at least a foot of snow on the ground when it started. They ran a brush-type snow remover at one end of the field while the team was playing at the other end, trying to at least keep the yard lines clear.

We had 8 girls and 8 guys on the cheerleading squad, 3 guys in the press booth, and NO fans in the stands that day. We would take turns climbing over the snowbank to get warm in front of the big jet heaters that the team had on the sidelines.

My partner kept asking me to massage her arms and legs to try and keep them warm, so it wasn't exactly a bad day.

James A. Head
MET 1987

Micomi Club?

An eBay seller has an MTU relic (Michigan College of Mines) for sale/auction on the web.

Have you ever heard of the "Micomi Club?"

Perhaps this thing belongs in an MTU archive/museum or something.

Frank Shoffner '62

Frank: We are tossing this out to our alums for their input. And, it was great seeing you up here last week. You saw some good football and hockey!

And a reminder to alums, if you are in Houghton, look us up.



In the days before the first Zamboni at Dee Stadium; between periods of hockey games Tech had a bunch of what looked like Houghton High students come out on the ice with shovels, form a line and go around the rink scrapping off the ice chips. Then, two wheeled tanks full of warm warm were pushed around spreading new water.

Any chance you, or one of your readers, have a picture of those water boxes? I maintain my hockey league's web site here in Albuquerque, NM and would love to have a picture of one of those "pre-Zambonis" for the nostalgia section.

Dick Kuenzer

Dick: We'll toss it out to our alums, and I'll do some digging, too.

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