January 26, 2009
Vol. 15, No. 11
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Winter Sports

John MacInnes
Tuning up for broomball.

Saturday night found us on campus for a lecture, and we took a quick tour of some early statue progress and broomball action.

The wonder of youth.

I had to fight the urge to just sprint into the Rozsa Center after prying my finger off the camera.

The windchills were at least -20F, but this corner of the campus was hopping. The Pep Band had country music playing as they constructed an impressive ice bar.

All three broomball courts were being used. The new one is located near the Rozsa Center parking lot. You can view the action on the black and gold courts here.

You can view other statue progress, too. The Delt Sigs are on Statue Cam 1, and the Walker Cam is repositioned to show another statue. The Carnival site is up.

Portage Cam/Ripley Cam shows the ski hill, and there are three Trail Cams to catch cross-country skiers on the Tech Trails.

We've been doing more snowshoeing this winter, but we haven't been out much in the recent cold spell. We'll leave that to the students.

And, in Madison, the Badgers couldn't beat the snowball fight world record that we set in 2006. And another link.

But then, they aren't Huskies.

Dennis '92


Snowfall Totals (We are running out of places to put it.)
Total 159" at the airport, 200"+ elsewhere
On the ground 37.5"

Last Week
Total 143.5"
On the ground 35.5"

Last Year
Total 89"
On the ground 23"

Snowfall Totals over the Years

At Tech

Richard, Elizabeth Henes Endow Professorship in Math

Michigan Technological University gave Richard Henes an education that enabled him to found and run several successful companies. Now he’s giving back to Michigan Tech—again. Henes and his wife, Elizabeth, are donating $1 million to endow the Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professorship in Mathematical Sciences at Michigan Tech. More

Alumni Association and Career Center
Working Together for Students and Alumni

Your Alumni Association is working with the University Career Center to address urgent issues for our students and alumni as a consequence of the global economic downturn. Several corporations have been forced to downsize, laying off our alumni and many have also instituted a hiring freeze resulting in fewer job offers for our students and even circumstances where existing offers have been rescinded.

Needless to say, this is impacting our alumni and the newest graduates most urgently but is also causing significant problems for those students who were anticipating co-op and intern positions for next term.

It is times like this that the power of the Michigan Tech alumni network can shine!

There are many ways that you can help students and fellow alumni, or access services if you need to secure a new position. If you know of an organization that is looking for top notch people, please contact Jim Turnquist '79 Director, Career Services jaturnqu@mtu.edu or Tina Giachino, Manager, Job Development tgiachin@mtu.edu; or call the Career Center at 906-487-2313

This information will be made available to alumni and students preparing for graduation through NACElink. If you are looking for a new position, check out the resources available from your Alumni Association and the University Career Center here http://www.alumni.mtu.edu/careertools/

Clean Snowmobile Challenge Marks Tenth Anniversary

When the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge kicks off March 16 at Michigan Tech, it will celebrate a milestone: a decade devoted to developing greener, quieter snow machines. Set for March 16-21 at the Keweenaw Research Center, the Clean Snowmobile Challenge is a collegiate design competition of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Engineering students from participating schools take a stock snowmobile and reengineer it. Their aim: to reduce emissions and noise while maintaining or boosting performance. More

Alumni Around the World

Oshkosh Alumni Gathering

Oshkosh truck and ME-EM alumni
Bill Predebon, ME-EM department chair and Adam Johnson, assistant director of corporate development, mechanical engineering, visited alums at Oshkosh Corporation as part of a series of development meetings and ME-EM departmental updates in Eastern Wisconsin. Oshkosh Corporation is a corporate partner with Michigan Tech and is involved in activities from undergraduate senior design to sponsored research.

Mechanical engineering grads at Oshkosh pictured in front of Oshkosh's DARPA competition vehicle, TerraMax. (partial listing, not in order): Bill Predebon, Adam Johnson’98, Seth Newlin '94, Gary Schmiedel '83, Tom Lyga (non-alum), Michele Larson '92, Stephen Nimmer '71, Mike Billmeier '07, Todd Cimermancic '08, Aaron Rositch '97, Travis Turner '08, Rick Jarek '05, and Ryan Beauchamp '99.

Anchorage Alumni Event

anchorage alumni get-together

The Huskies hockey team traveled to Anchorage, Alaska, this past weekend and were greeted Saturday night by fifty alumni and friends.

Alumni volunteer leaders Vicki '90 and John Chekan '86, hosted the annual event by shipping in Pasties from Calumet to the Sullivan Arena.

Many prizes were won, however three went to the family of Justin Marcum '00. The Huskies came away from Alaska with two exciting 3-3 ties.

Big winners Justin Marcum '00 and his son Rylan (5).

Alumni Travel with Students to Ghana Planned

Opportunities exist for alumni interested in supporting students in this global leadership program to participate in the Summer 2009 trip to Ghana when three groups students plan to return to Ghana on July 1st.

The pilot cohort of Michigan Tech's Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership spent five weeks in Kumasi, Ghana last summer working on a variety of projects designed to make a difference in the lives of the local populace while providing them opportunities to develop and expand their leadership skills.

Some of the projects included:

  • Educating the communities they visit on the need to improve water quality and suggest ways that this can be accomplished
  • Introducing laptop computers designed for developing countries into a local elementary school
  • Researching the need for safer and more efficient cooking stoves that do not emit harmful toxins
  • Holding a recruitment event to encourage Ghanaian students to consider MTU as an institution to further their academic careers
  • Training medical professionals in the use of a infant heart monitor designed by the International Business Ventures (IBV) Enterprise team. This device is inexpensive yet effective in detecting heartbeats in non-responsive infants who die from lack of treatment because they are abandoned as stillborn.

Contact Brenda Rudiger in the Office of Alumni Relations for more information at brudiger@mtu.edu or calling 1-877-688-2586.

For more information on the Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership please visit http://www.pavlisinstitute.mtu.edu/ Also, you can check out the studentsí blog: http://www.travelpod.com/members/pavlispilots

Fill in the Blanks

snowboard race

Snowboard Race from Carnival 1999, we believe. Were you there? Email me.

Fill in the Blanks II: Cyclone Taylor


The legendary Cyclone Taylor drops the puck at the MacInnes Ice Arena in 1977. His grandson is the North Dakota player shown to right. That's Husky Stu Ostlund. Any memories of this one or Cyclone Taylor?

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Tech Sports

No. 10 Women's Hoops Team Improves to 12-0 in GLIAC


Junior guard Sarah Stream

The 10th-ranked Michigan Tech women’s basketball team put together a strong game at both ends of the floor to defeat Lake Superior State 74-56 today at the SDC Gym. With the win, the Huskies move to 15-2 overall and 12-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference — their best open to a league schedule in school history.

"I was really proud of the way we played today,” said head coach John Barnes. “We cut down our mental mistakes, played good defense and boxed out."


Cold Shooting Means Loss to Lake State for Men's Hoops

Michigan Tech’s late comeback bid fell short in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball game today as the visiting Lake Superior State Lakers claimed a 58-51 victory. The Huskies had a cold shooting night at 29 percent in falling to 9-8 overall and 6-6 in league play. Tech, which trailed by as many 17 in the second half, used a 12-1 run to close within 53-47 with 1:46 to play. LSSU missed five free throws in the final 90 seconds, but the shots wouldn’t fall to get the hosts any closer. More

Hockey Huskies Tie Two, 3-3, at Anchorage

For the second night in a row, the Michigan Tech hockey team battled to a 3-3 tie with Alaska Anchorage at Sullivan Arena Saturday (Jan. 24). Freshman Brett Olson scored two goals for the Huskies and sophomore Deron Cousens added two assists. “I thought we took a good step this weekend,” said head coach Jamie Russell. “I think there are an awful lot of positives to take from this weekend. We wanted to get four points and the sweep but we battled back from a 3-0 deficit and a 2-0 deficit. We didn’t give up a power play goal and we had four power play goals of our own on the weekend.” More

Tech Places 10 Skiers in Top 30 at Super Tour

The Michigan Tech men’s and women’s ski teams made a strong showing in the first NCAA qualifying meet of the year at the Mt. Itasca Super Tour Saturday (Jan. 24). The Huskies placed five skiers in the top-30 in both the men’s and women’s 10-kilometer classical race. “We skied pretty well today,” said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. “It was nice to get back in the groove of racing after returning from Alaska. Unfortunately the temperatures were only slightly warmer than they were in Alaska.” More

Ferris Football Game to be Played at Fifth Third Ballpark

Michigan Tech’s 2009 football game at Ferris State will be called the "Battle At The Ballpark" and take place at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Mich. The game will be played on Saturday, Oct. 3, under the lights with kickoff set for 7 p.m. (EDT) on the home field of Minor League Baseball's West Michigan Whitecaps. The announcement was made today through a joint partnership between FSU Athletics and the Whitecaps. More

Around the Keweenaw

National Park Officials Like Plans for Quincy Smelter Site

The Environmental Protection Agency recently published a document about clean-up efforts at the Quincy Smelting Works site, and officials at the Keweenaw National Historical Park think it's a good product. During his report to the KNHP Advisory Commission Tuesday, Superintendent Jim Corless said he and the park staff approve of the EPA Record of Decision for the smelter site, but offered a few suggestions. "The park will be responding that we are essentially in agreement with it," he said. More

2 Dead in Baraga County Homicide, Shooting

A Michigan State Police trooper fatally shot a man suspected in the killing of a 23-year-old female Keweenaw Bay Indian Community tribal member Thursday night, according to authorities. According to a press release from the Michigan State Police L'Anse post, the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Marquette Office are investigating the homicide that occurred on the reservation. More

Jibba Jabba Thrills

jibba jabba

Traditions here in Houghton run deep. Events like Bridgefest, Winter Carnival and Heikinpaiva are deeply embedded in Copper Country residents' minds and calendars. The changing times have done nothing to stop these traditions, but the efforts to start new traditions are still being made. That was the thought when the owners of Rhythm skate shop started planning out the Jibba Jabba Rail Jam. The first Jibba Jabba Rail Jam took place this weekend, right in the heart of the Copper Country, downtown Houghton. The city closed off the southern end of Huron Street, just north of the Portage Lake District Library, and east of the Rhythm skate shop. More

From the Email Bag

Coach MacInnes

1970 Protest

Hi, Here are some pictures from the first Face Off Fracus which was put on by Phi Lambda Beta sorority with opponents from the Inter Fraternity Council. These are from 1958. I only have the scanned photos now. My originals were in my scrapbook which is now at the Alpha Gamma Delta house. The large pictures were taken by the Lode staff, I believe.

Gail Richter '61

Gail: These are priceless images! Thanks!


Dennis --
I appreciated and enjoyed your recollections of the late, great John MacInnes in last week's Alumni Letter. He was a true gentleman, great coach and an outstanding ambassador for MTU. I first met John when I was a high school senior --when my parents and I visited Houghton to see what Tech was all about, versus other schools that I was considering. He gave us a very insightful and honest look at what to expect, and I was sold! That was 1962, a year that Tech won the NCAA hockey championship.

After that, I did not have any serious contact with him other than seeing each other around the campus. But I was impressed with the fact that he remembered me and always asked how things were going. The ensuing years saw some great hockey, with stars like Tony Esposito, Rick Best, Ricky Yeo, Wayne Weller, and many, many more! It was a fantastic era in collegiate hockey. I cannot remember all the stats, but during those years (62-67) I am sure we won a lot more than we lost. I never missed a game at Dee Stadium, playing in the Pep Band for the first couple of years, and then sitting next to the Penalty Box as a guest of Peggy Foley and her family's season tickets. Those were the days!

I don't know if anyone else remembers, but there was a 'black spot' on the John MacInnes heritage that occurred during that era. It seems that the East Coast liberal press was dismayed that a 'hick, minor league school' like MTU could be such a major contender in national collegiate hockey, and TIME Magazine did an exposé on our program. I wish I had kept a copy, but I didn't. As I recall, it was an unnecessarily critical article about John and his dedication. It focused on his pre-game jitters and resulting gastro-intestinal issues.

In the summer of 1967, I found it necessary to attend the summer session in order to pick up the one or two classes that I needed to graduate. As it was during the VietNam build-up, it was further necessary that I take 8 credit hours to be considered a 'full-time' student -- and thereby avoid the draft. So, to round out my schedule with 8 credits, I signed up for a PE class -- Golf 101, with John MacInnes as the instructor! It was great -- two afternoons per week on the Portage Lake links. He taught us the basic mechanics, the rules and etiquette, etc., and we all had a good time.

To this day, I am still not a very good golfer -- but I do have a helluva slap shot!

Best regards,
Bruce Osten, Class of '67


It is always nice to hear stories about my father, John MacInnes, and I appreciated reading the one you wrote in the newsletter. I will watch the newsletter with interest to see who responds to your quest for stories. In anticipation of you receiving more than you may have bargained for, I wanted to express an interest in seeing any and all that you receive even if you don't publish them. Would you be willing to forward them to me? If there would be an easier way than via e-mail, let me know.

Thanks so much.

Patti Angell (MacInnes) ('75)

Northwest Michigan Scholarship News

The Michigan Tech Alumni Scholarship Committee—Northwest Michigan Chapter (MTAS-NWM) would like to announce that they will be awarding at least one $1,000 scholarship and two $500 scholarships this spring to local students who will be attending Michigan Technological University for the first time this upcoming school year (Fall '09).

The scholarship will be awarded based on scholastic achievement, extra curricular involvement, financial need and an interview process. An application for this scholarship is available in the Guidance Counselors' Office of all Grand Traverse and Leelanau County High Schools and Northwestern Michigan College.

An application may also be obtained by contacting Cindy Kring at ckring@chartermi.net or calling 231-938-2452. Hurry, the application deadline is March 2, 2009.

Broomball Photo

song bookHi there,

The picture is too small to really see the faces. Can you link the pictures in the newsletter to larger versions?


Emily Alfson

Emily: You are correct! You can click on it now!


I don’t recognize anyone in the photo – I’m much older. My daughter is a freshman this year and has here broom, tape, and shin guards already to play. What I’m wondering is, when did broomball officially start? I remember playing for my hall team (third floor east Coed) during Winter Carnival in 1980 at Dee Stadium. The rinks on campus weren’t there. Was 1980 the first year for broomball? I don’t remember it before then.

Kristin (Dunn) Goetze, ‘81

Kristin: According to the IRHC Broomball Website, their broomball began in the early 1990s. Well, how about it alums? When were you first playing broomball?

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