December 29, 2008
Vol. 15, No.9
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Faculty First-Person: Jim Gale

jim gale
Editor's Note:
We were fortunate to catch Jim Gale's last econ class at the end of fall semester. His thoughts on teaching at Tech for thirty-eight years follow.

"My graduate training was at the University of Iowa after spending two years working in an agricultural bank in Iowa. I have agricultural roots and use ag examples as much as possible in class. (Ag Econ BS degree from Iowa State University.)

"My areas of concentration were money and banking and macroeconomics.

"As I was driving the U-Haul truck to Houghton from Iowa City on August 15, 1971, it was announced on the radio that President Nixon had put in place a series of wage and price controls to reduce inflation. Secretary of the Treasury John Connelly had also at the same time let the US dollar float on international money markets.

"These were two major shocks to the macroeconomy. I could not wait to get to an economics class and review the implications. My passion for reviewing the economic or financial aspects of current events has never wavered.

"Another item worth mentioning is that some of us who teach economics classes figure we have had 7,000 to 8,000 students over the years. I have every class list and grade list and can go back and recall many of the students. (And, many I cannot recall.) Over the years, I have started to have the children of students I taught in the past.

"I have several fond memories. One is observing the successes of students on campus and out in the market place. Secondly, I have enjoyed working with very smart colleagues on the Tech campus and being a member of a community of scholars. Thirdly, watching MTUís reputation be enhanced over the years has been rewarding to those of us who contribute our small part.

"The downside is the work to prepare lectures for delivery that will keep students interested in the subjects of economics and finance. The upside is having students ask insightful questions.

"Hobbies and interests include playing basketball with the young guys in the Noon Basketball Association (NBA), listening to the Michigan Tech Jazz bands and combos, and, lastly, studying and analyzing agricultural systems."

"Future plans include more frequent visits to see our grandkids, building a pole barn, working a couple of papers on topics of interest and spending more time on community activities."

The Final Class
And, in the Chem-Sci Building on a cold December afternoon, Jim Gale taught his last econ class.

Focusing on rules versus discretion in fiscal and monetary policy, he found the "current economic meltdown, the need for policies, and [Ben] Bernacke and [Henry] Paulson fascinating."

The twenty-odd students assembled in the tiered classroom listened intently as he compared the economy to a "supertanker: tough to control." And he acknowledged that administrative input in a crisis was all about timing and very hard to do.

Through the wall of windows, the sun popped out briefly while large snowflakes sauntered down. Then clouds took over again.

He cut his lecture short this day, and he seemed genuinely stunned at the spontaneous applause that broke out.

We weren't.

Dennis '92

Happy New Year's!


Snowfall Totals
Total 81" (More than 100" at Negaunee)
On the ground 27"

Last Week
Total 54.5"
On the ground 22"

Last Year
Total 72" (on 1/7/08)
On the ground 15.5"

At Tech

Michigan Tech Wins Two Chiefs Partnership Award

The Natural Resources Conservation Service of the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service has named Michigan Tech a winner of a Two Chiefs Partnership Award for participation in a conservation project called Biomass Utilization and Restoration Network in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (BURN-UP). Robert Froese, Maria Janowiak and Jim Schmierer from the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science represented Michigan Tech on the project. More

MITEP: Bringing Knowledge to Middle Schools in Michigan

by Tom Schneider, student writer

First impressions are everything--especially in education. This is the driving idea behind a five-year project led by Michigan Tech geosciences and education faculty to improve science education in Michigan. Faculty will work with middle-school earth science teachers to improve instruction and curricula for what is often a student's first science class. More

Student Strives for a United World

Amy Storer is a small-town person with big-time dreams--and an opportunity that she calls "an amazing experience." Storer is one of 12 college students nationwide, and the first from Michigan Tech, to participate in the Ford Motor Company Global Scholars Program in Washington, DC. The auto firm partners with The Washington Center on Internships and Academic Seminars, a nonprofit organization, to prepare college students for civic leadership and sustainable development around the world. More


As we approach the end of the 2008 calendar year, we want to take a moment to remind our alumni and friends that it's not too late to make an annual contribution in support of Michigan Tech - and still receive a 2008 tax deduction.

You can phone the Tech Fund offices at 906-487-2310 or toll free at 877-386-3688 to make your gift with a credit card. You also have the option of making your credit card gift through our secure online gift site by going to These online gifts can be made up until 11:55 (EST) on December 31.

The Michigan Tech Fund offices will be closed on December 24 and 25, but will reopen on December 26, 29 and 30 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. On Wednesday, December 31 the office will be staffed from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Alumni Around the World

Alumni Gather in Thailand

thailand dinner

The first alumni dinner in Bangkok, Thailand, in ten years was attended by Paul Bergum, Wilailuck Suvachittanont, Wera Wongcroawal, Peerapong Triyacharoen, Natee Tangtrakarn, and Parinya Chakartnarodom.

Dean of the Graduate School Jackie Huntoon, Dr. Chistopher Wojick, and Jacque Smith, director of graduate marketing and advancement, also were in attendance. Tech has over fifty alumni in Thailand.

All of the alumni at the dinner also helped with recruiting at the 5th OCSC Expo, held on November 29 and 30. The alumni helped to meet, engage, and collect over 200 names of prospective students that are interested in Michigan Tech. The dinner was held on at The Square restaurant in the Novotel Siam Square Hotel.


Alumni Gather at GLI


Mary (Hunter) Crawford '84 and Mike Crawford '86 of Howell Michigan enjoy pickled eggs imported from the Doghouse by Brent Burns '03, Associate Director of Alumni Relations for the GLI Michigan Tech Alumni Party. The Crawfords have attended almost every GLI since the early 1980s.

After enduring ticket lines which extended around the Joe Louis Arena building on Saturday, Huskies of all ages from as far away as California enjoyed the 44th annual Great Lakes Invitational Tournament last weekend. Alumni and friends were shoulder to shoulder in the Garden Room of the Joe reconnecting with each other and managing to consume sixteen jars of pickled eggs during the pre- and post-game gatherings.

Unfortunately the Huskies fell to Michigan in the first round but came back in the consolation game to beat the North Dakota Fighting Sioux 2-1 for third place.

Many thanks to volunteers Derhun Sanders '97 and his son Cameron, Dan Batten '88 and son Brett and Bill Musselman for helping out.

Fill in the Blanks

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This is from the Nara Sugar Camp and features some Twigs. Any info on this one? Email me.

Fill in the Blanks: II

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Maybe you were in this math study group from 2000. Email me.

Fill in the Blanks: Youth Programs


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Tech Sports

Huskies Finish Third at GLI


Sophomore forward Jordan Baker scored the game-winning goal at 14:02 of the third period to lift Michigan Tech to a 2-1 victory over No. 18 North Dakota in the third place game of the 44th Annual Great Lakes Invitational Tournament today. Baker leads the team with nine goals this season. He was assisted on the goal by freshman Brett Olson and senior Alex Lord. “We came to the rink with much more focus,” said head coach Jamie Russell. “Our penalty kill was outstanding tonight, and Ryan Angelow did a great job in the third period with faceoffs.” More

Holt and Springborn Lift Huskies over Wayne State

Michigan Tech used 18 second-half points from Robby Springborn and a late 13-3 run to pull out a 69-60 victory over visiting Wayne State in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball today. The Huskies shot 48 percent from the field and made 20-of-24 free throw attempts to win its second in a row for the first time this season. Trailing 51-47 with eight minutes to play, Georgio Holt drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key. One minute later, he swished two free throws to start the Huskies’ spurt. More

Tech Women Sweep Wayne State

Four players scored in double figures to lead No. 14 Michigan Tech to its sixth straight win — a 73-58 triumph over Wayne State in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball today at the SDC Gym. Starters Katie Wysocky and Sarah Stream combined for 35 points while Lisa Staehlin and Alicia Schneider totaled 22 points off the bench to lift the Huskies to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in league play. Tech outscored the Warriors (2-6, 1-4 GLIAC) 40-25 in the second half, but the margin was still just four points with less than six minutes to play before the hosts pulled away. More

Harvey Wins Nordic Sprint Race

Senior Chris Harvey won the 1,500-meter freestyle sprint in the open division to lead the Michigan Tech Nordic ski teams at the Minnesota Valley Sprints last weekend (Dec. 20-21). Tech had three other skiers finish in the top-six of the race. Senior Steve Pribyl finished third, junior Charlie Keller was fourth and senior Erik Mundahl was sixth. More

Around the Keweenaw

Main Street Calumet Gets Master Level Designation

For Tom Tikkanen, receiving awards is a nice acknowledgment of the work done by members of Main Street Calumet, but the most recent acknowledgment the organization received could also mean a better chance of receiving state and private funding for downtown projects. Tikkanen, who is executive director of Main Street Calumet, said on Dec. 22, the Michigan Main Street office in Lansing announced the local organization received the national master level accreditation. More

Hitting the Slopes

This holiday season, Nick Sirdenis found one of his presents not under the tree, but on the ski hill. "We're 100% open, the fresh snow we got the last couple days was a nice little Christmas gift," said the Mont Ripley Ski Hill general manager Friday. "I went out just this morning and took a few runs, it was just incredible. It was beautiful." More

Lindell's Returns to Lake Linden


After roughly two years of being closed, a historic Lake Linden restaurant is alive again. Lindell's Chocolate Shoppe reopened under new ownership on Dec. 6. Owner Julie David of Lake Linden said she has extensive experience working in restaurants and thought about opening one for many years. She chose Lindell's because of the building itself and its history. More

Hancock Plans Tech Center

A 2001 plan to build an industrial park in Hancock, which was shelved after state and federal government officials objected to its location, has morphed into a planned technology park to be built on the same 40-acre site. More

From the Email Bag

Fill in the Blanks I: Sorority House in Winter

D Phi E house

Although this was taken several years after I graduated, I would recognize the D-Phi-E house anywhere! I was an active member in the late 90’s while I was a student, and still have lots of fond memories of that house. In fact, I just got together with a couple sisters last weekend out here in DC!

Thanks for the memories,

Laura Haas,
Biological Sciences, ‘00

Fill in the Blanks II: 2 Campus Protests?

Editor's Note: The photo to the left did appear in the 1970 Keweenawan. The following color photos, courtesy of John Baker, are also from the 1970 protest over the Kent State shootings. It appears there was another protest, in 1972, which indeed had only one photo of a classroom full of students striking in that Keweenawan.


I believe this was taken in front of the Union, spring of 70, after the Kent State ruckus. That is probably the Chem-Met building going up in the background.

Several of us, got an appointment with Governor Bill Milliken and drove to Lansing to work with his staff at setting up better lines of communication to avoid a Kent State situation in Michigan. As I recall, it did very little to help my Calculus grade.

George C. Ellison


The photo that appears to be a protest or rally may have been a memorial rally following the shootings at Kent State University. That would have been May of 1970 and the time of year indicated by the lack of leaves on the trees may support that time frame. It appears that the ME-EM
building was still under construction during this photo and there are some faces I recognize from that era.

Larry Ras ' 73


1970 ProtestDennis,
The Protest Photo looked vintage enough for my time at Tech. Sure enough, I found myself in the picture! Don't remember the specific event, but we had more than one poorly attended war protest on our conservative campus (compared to UM and other liberal schools of that time). We were all worried about being drafted and Tech kept us pretty busy! Not a very diverse crowd of students, eh? That's the way it was. It was the 1969-70 school year. I was an RA that year in Tombstone Territory and I recognized one of the guys from my house, George Ellison, in the photo, too.

The enlarged photo shows the ongoing massive utility improvement program that was under way at the time - remember the steam tunnel that was installed right down the center of campus? US-41 had been removed by the time this photo was taken, even though there is a car in the middle of campus in the photo. You can see the new Chem-Bio building as well as the soon to be removed Sperr Hall along with the ME-EM building and McNair Hall. Koenig Hall had been removed the summer of 1968 just before I got to Tech. We were still watching hockey at Dee Stadium, too! A whole lot of MTU history was being removed, and the change that followed was significant. What a great photo of a dramatic time at Tech.

What a great place it was - and still is!

By the way, the white pine tree that was mentioned in the mailbag was a survivor of the steam tunnel construction. The tunnel ran so close to it that cables were installed to keep it from falling into the excavation. I was surprised that survived all these years, but noticed last winter that it was looking pretty sick. It'll be a real shame if we lose that tree. Thanks for the old photos.

John Northrup
Civil Engineering 1972


protestI believe the gathering in front of the Union occurred in the spring of 1972 after Nixon extended the Vietnam war into Cambodia. This is what passes for a campus protest to the war at MTU.

Ken Williams
class of ‘75


Hi Dennis:
Here's an educated guess for the protest group in the photo in this week's newsletter. I believe it is a group protesting the Kent State shootings in May 1970, you can see black arm bands on some of the students, it was a big deal at that time on campus.

Tom Maki, BSCE 1971


Hi Dennis,
I’m guessing 1970. Could be the first Earth Day, which was held on the steps of the Union. The pic looks like it was taken from above the steps, looking out toward the then new ME-EM building and the old (I think) Spurr Hall, when 41 still when through campus. There’s someone in front wearing a Keweenaw Liberation Front t-shirt – they pushed for environmental awareness even then.

Some of the faces look familiar (I started there in ’71), but not enough to be able to name them. Hope you find out more…

Candy Goulette


I not only remember this—I was the chairman of the committee that organized what I believe was the only student strike in Tech history. There are more pix (but no real narrative) in the 1972 Keweenawan.

And the time frame was late April or early May 1972, not 1969 or 1970. You can tell by the construction work in the background on the mall—the sidewalks and landscaping—which was not started until the MechEng building was completed.

The protest was directed at a renewed bombing campaign against North Vietnam and it was part of a wave of anti-war campus protests before the 1972 election.

The two people I recognize for certain are Jim West and Dave Shangle—my Phi Kappa Theta fraternity brothers. I also see a “KLF” t-shirt down in front, which stood for Keweenaw Liberation Front. The KLF was, as I recall, more of an environmental activist group but they were certainly opposed to the Vietnam War; I think Kerry Irons, one of the key people in the KLF movement, is in the picture down in the lower left corner.

The entire story is complicated, and even today, controversial to some. As the US was withdrawing troops in early 1972, the North attacked the South army, and was on the verge of routing the South army, which retreated in panic and disorganization. American bombing beat back the North army, but then more bombing (probably the most intense of the entire war), including civilian targets in the North (like water supply systems), started.

Many people in the US were upset, and, even though the Kent State incident had slowed student protest, more protests broke out—for me, the military events in Vietnam suggested that the South could never defend itself, and that the people of the South weren’t willing to die to defend their freedom. At that point, close to 50,000 Americans had been killed in the war. Support for the war had decreased to a low point; President Nixon had said he would end the war with a secret plan, GI’s were coming home, and now this renewed failure of the South army suggested that we might never leave Vietnam.

When protests started on other campuses, more than a hundred angry students called on the Student Council to become involved. A special meeting of was held in the lecture hall in the Civil Engineering building, and the room was packed. Tempers were running high; some of those present were advocating protest actions that could easily become violent. As president of the senior class, and a member of the Council, I was asked to organize some meaningful form of protest, and we eventually settled on a rally and teach-in—or symposia about the war. Most classes were cancelled; it was effectively a one-day student strike.

The picture is from the rally, which was held on the steps of the Union. Lectures followed; there were no confrontational incidents as far as I know.

My personal feelings weren’t completely ideological; I primarily acted because I believed our guys were dying for nothing. And I can also tell you that Ray Smith, the University President at that time, spoke with me at commencement in June. If he was in anyway disappointed or angry about the protest, he never said so to me. He treated me with respect and warmth when we talked. My guess is that he was relieved that the day passed in a very orderly and polite fashion. It’s easy to forget that the architecture of the Admin Building was reputed to have been a result of concerns about student-driven political violence—the small windows, the constricted entrance way, no grand lobby area—few people remember that administration buildings across the country were occupied by student protesters for days at a time on some campuses.

Finally, I think it’s important to note for the record that I enlisted in the Army in August—after getting my degree—and served my two years and got an honorable discharge.

Best wishes,
Mike Anleitner ‘72


I was at Tech in the timeframe suggested and remember we had a couple of rather benign protests around the front of the student union. From the picture, it looks like part of the chem-bio building in the upper left corner. The 65 Chevy in the upper right indicates that part of the old highway through the campus still existed at that time of the photo.

I can only remember one or two gatherings such as in the photo. Didn't amount to much. Just someone talking about our involvement in the Vietnam war. As student body, we were a pretty apathetic bunch and didn't do all that high-profile protesting seen on other campuses. Couple of folks wore black armbands. Some stared at the ROTC cadets during drill practice. Not much else.

Brings back memories!

Joe Moore
BSME, 1973


Not sure if Tech had a history of Vietnam protests, but this photo looks like the one I remember from fall of 1971, my freshman year. A nice looking co-ed came through DHH (men only then) one night shouting that students were gathering at one of the engineering buildings to discuss recent Vietnam War actions. She was able to get over half of DHH out of their rooms to join in within minutes. We packed a lecture room and heard about how Nixon was ordering full scale bombing of Laos and that U of WI Madison was planning a protest. We all voted to have one of our own and hoped that students would skip classes one afternoon and listen to anti-war speeches. This photo appears to be from the steps of the Union from where the speakers stood. If this is that day in 1971, I am probably not in the picture since I only stayed for awhile and didn’t want to miss my math class! I always remembered with amazement how that young co-ed got us all moving so quickly!! A classic Tech moment!!

I am copying a friend (below) to see if he remembers.

John Garrett


I do remember this – I was thinking 1970, but if you were there it would have been 1971. Those kinds of protests were kind of foreign to MTU though and as I remember it was rather quiet and docile as compared to those happening on the larger campuses like U of M. Unfortunately I couldn’t identify anyone in the photograph.

Hey, in the Alumni Profiles section in Chemical Engineering sort the second person shown is Sean Asiala – he is my Edward Jones investment rep (he’s also a hockey goalie)… small world isn’t it.

Douglas B. Taylor



The large protest crowd was part of the response to the Kent State shootings in 1970. I knew a large percentage of that crowd. The university sort of shut down in protest; a strike was called but not everyone participated for fear of falling behind in their classes or in disagreement with the idea of a strike.

The one person for sure that I recognize is sitting on the ground to the left of the table (third person over with sunglasses). That's John Schaefer with his KLF (Keweenaw Liberation Front) sweatshirt beneath his open jacket. See page 179 of the 1970 yearbook for more details on the KLF :)

Kerry Irons, '72


The picture shown in your email, was the protest regarding the Kent State / National Guard shootings.

Look in the 1970 year book, there were a number of speeches (some by faculty) that day.

G Kent ‘70


The photo of the protest from 1969 or 1970 was actually from May, 1970 and it was part of the campus protests that took place nationwide after the Kent State tragedy in Ohio. There were 3 days of protests and many classes were cancelled and while it stayed peaceful, it was still the largest anti-war rally in MTU history. Note that I’ve got a series of photos (in color) which I could mail to you if you would like them. I did some free lancing back then and one of the photos I took at the protest was published in the Year Book (1970). If you have a copy look on page 12 (the color shot is mine). That was a good year as I also have photos on pages 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 as well as of course 12. BTW, all of my photos which had anything to do with my years at ‘da tech’ (1965-1971) were donated to the university historical archive several years ago and so some dusty file cabinet there’s somewhere near a 1,000 B&W and color slides of campus life and the area around the university all documented and hopefully preserved and safe (I donated the original negatives and slides as that what was requested at the time although I scanned them all before I donated them and still have copies of the images in my archive).

John R. Baker, P.E.


I didn't attend tech until the 80s, but from what I have been told MTU was pro-Vietnam. Just like there was two pro-Iraq war parades in this decade. Is there still a sign commemorating People's Park on the way up to the SDC?

John Schuring

John: People's Park is gone now. St. Al's parking lot and the street expanded into the plot of trees.

Chopper on campus

chopperThis is a picture taken in August, 1966 when the Enstrom Helicopter folks came to Tech to review the results of a heliport survey taken as part of the MSBA program.

Ted Schuster

Book Bags

Hi Dennis,
Just reading the latest alum newsletter and the comments about the book bag in the "Remember This?" section. Ahh, the book bag. Almost as great an invention as the snow scoop. It sure was a nice thing to have on those cold and windy winter days trudging back and forth between the old forestry building and the main campus. You could carry all of your plunder and still put your hands in your pockets to keep them warm. If you were a good packer, you could get the whole day's worth of books, notebooks, pencils, lunch, etc. in there. I don't know how they held up so well. I still have mine. It's a bit worn but still quite useable. Must be considered a bit too "geeky" by today's standards. By the way, I still have my original 1968 snow scoop too !! <g>.

Doug Davies '69

Naked Swim Classes, continued

At the Mt. Clemens YMCA swim class in '63 it was required to swim buck naked. As a 4 year old I didn't think much of it, but wondered why the instructors wore swimsuits. When it was time to take the group pool photo we were instructed to splash hard to hide our birthday suites. A year later the 1st day of class we walked up to the pool in our usual lack of attire only to learn the policy had changed. Swimsuits were now required.

Rick Moran '80


You are a cruel person to have a bunch of now or near seniors trying to remember faces and names. The Sherman Gym pool. Yes I took swimming PE in winter quarter. Once in the pool it was a great equalizer of men. I understood the females did wear swim suits. I still would like a reasonable explanation of why just birthday suits.

My favorite PE was Fly and Bait Casting taught by the AD B???? come on some help here.

Ferdinand 69

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