February 23, 2009
Vol. 15, No. 13
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Honored seniors and their families (left): Brandon Ball, second from left, and Fedrick Bowe, second from right.

More honored seniors (below, left): Sean Geary, second from left, Alicia Schnieder, middle, and Robby Springborn, second from right.

With time running out, junior guard Sarah Stream dribbled down the floor, squeezed between two Hillsdale defenders, and launched a long 3-pointer. Good! The huge crowd erupts, and she was fouled! She makes the free throw, and with 1.8 seconds left, a Hillsdale defender launches a shot from the sideline beyond halfcourt, and it went in. Deep-Fried Food StandAnd that was just the first half.

The two teams traded many baskets, and the Huskies fell short, 98-91, but still have the advantage for the playoffs. Stream would score her 1,000th point in the contest.

The women will host the GLIAC North Tournament, beginning Tuesday, March 3.

Saturday was Senior Day at the SDC Wood Gym, and it was time to honor the players who have played four years for the basketball Huskies (pictured above). It was bittersweet, not only because they were playing their last regular season home games but because both teams lost. Robby Springborn also got his 1,000th point.

It was also Breast Cancer Awareness Day, and pink shirts could be seen everywhere in the crowd. Some of the players even had pink shoelaces, and the coaches sported pink ties.

The hockey Huskies set a new team record and tied a WCHA record with their seventh tie a couple of hours later in the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

The SDC was the epicenter of activity for a couple of days, and it was great to see so many people enjoying it.

The playoffs should be very interesting!

Dennis '92


Snowfall Totals
Total 230" (247.7" in Keweenaw County)
On the ground 32"

Last Week
Total 212.5"
On the ground 38"

Last Year
Total 143"
On the ground 36"

Snowfall Totals over the Years

At Tech

Faculty Member wins NSF CAREER Award

The National Science Foundation has named Roshan D’Souza the recipient of a 5-year NSF CAREER Award. D’Souza, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics, heads a team of Michigan Tech researchers who are harnessing agent-based modeling, the computing mechanism behind some of the most popular video games, to understand complex biological systems. More

Granholm Presents Higher Ed Appropriations Budget

Governor Jennifer Granholm has presented a budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year that would cut higher education appropriations by 3 percent. Under such a plan, Michigan Technological University's appropriation would be reduced from $49,518,500 to $47,870,800. The proposal will be taken up and possibly amended by both houses of the state legislature before a final version is adopted later this year. More

Students Test Employment Prospects at Career Fair

If the economy were as good as the buzz at the Multipurpose Gym Tuesday, job prospects for students would be great. As it is, the all-day Career Fair attracted 126 companies, fewer than last year but better than expected, according to Jim Turnquist, director of the Career Center. Some companies were just testing the waters, most were hiring only co-ops and interns, and a few had full-time positions. Tim Doubleday, a fourth-year student in chemical engineering from Battle Creek, was looking for an internship. "I'd like to get experience and a job," he said, "but there's not a whole lot out there." More

Union Pacific (UP) is Up on Tech

Although new to Tech, David Connell isn't new to Tech graduates. "We've hired four or five Michigan Tech alumni in our office in the past three years alone," said the Union Pacific (UP) vice president of engineering. On this, his first recruiting trip to Tech, Connell was impressed by the Career Fair and identified four or five more people whom they will probably move to the next level of the interviewing process. More

Bagley to Lead Society for Industrial Microbiology

Sue Bagley
Susan T. Bagley, professor of environmental microbiology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Technological University, is the new president-elect of the Society for Industrial Microbiology (SIM). Bagley is an associate editor of SIM News and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. She has been program chair for the society's annual meeting and has convened and presented at numerous meeting sessions. More

Alumni Around the World

Keweenaw Chapter Helps Out with Career Fair

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Members of the Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF) serve pizza to two corporate recruiters.

The Keweenaw Chapter of Alumni and friends hosted an event for the corporate recruiters who were on campus for the Career Fair last week. The reception gave these hard working folks a chance to relax and network with each other after spending a very busy day talking with the hundreds of Michigan Tech students looking for career opportunities.

Help Attract and Shape Tomorrow's Engineers

Michigan Tech's Youth Programs is looking for Role Model Speakers for our Explorations in Engineering (EIE) program. EIE brings academically talented students from traditionally under-represented populations in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to our campus for one week.

During this week they engage in an innovative hands-on learning experience involving nine different fields of engineering and participate in two group engineering projects. Youth Programs is looking for practicing minority engineers to come interact with this exceptional group of students on July 5 and 6 this year. Role models will be providing this group a fifteen-minute overview of what their job entails, they will display some of their companies engineering accomplishments at a one and one-half hour Expo event, and then they will participate in a barbeque at McClain State Park, where they will have a chance to interact with students on a one-on-one basis.

We invite you to team up with Michigan Tech and help shape the future of these academically talented individuals that are striving to enter that pipeline to success. Please contact Rose Martell at rmmartel@mtu.edu to inquire about this opportunity. Thanks for making a difference!

Steve Patchin
Director of Youth Programs Outreach and Engagement

Tenth Anniversary of the Clean Snowmobile Challenge

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March 16 through 21st Michigan Tech will welcome teams from colleges across the US and Canada for the 10th anniversary SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. The Clean Snowmobile Challenge is the Society of Automotive Engineers' newest collegiate design competition. Teams of engineering students from 13 participating schools have reengineered stock snowmobiles to reduce emissions and noise while maintaining or improving performance.

On St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday March 17, all are welcome to attend the grand opening ceremonies beginning at 11 a.m. at the Keweenaw Research Center, located next to the Houghton County Memorial Airport. From there, the public are invited to cheer on the snowmobiles as they head south for the Endurance Run parade and cross through Hancock and Houghton via the Bridge around noon on their way to Baraga.

All teams will have their sleds on display Wednesday, March 18, at the Copper Country Mall from 6 to 8 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by to view the custom snowmobiles and talk with the young engineers.

On Saturday, March 21 beginning at 10 am, catch the exciting Polaris Acceleration and Objective Handling events taking place at the Keweenaw Research Center Test Course.

All events are open to the public free of charge. For details on the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge 2009 visit: http://www.mtu.edu/snowmobile/

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It appears that College Avenue used to still snake through campus in the mid-1970s, if this photo is identified correctly. Email me.

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Tech Sports

No. 5 Hillsdale Tops No. 16 Tech in Women's Hoops

Katie Wysocky and Sarah Stream both scored career highs in points for the 16th-ranked Michigan Tech women’s basketball team, but it was not enough in a 98-91 loss to No. 5 Hillsdale today at the SDC Gym. The visiting Chargers committed just three turnovers and held a 36-25 rebounding advantage to come away victorious in a battle of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference divisional leaders. The two teams are now tied with 17-3 league records in the race for home-court advantage in the GLIAC Tournament. If they finish with the same conference slate, the Huskies would have the tiebreaker over the Chargers in virtually every scenario. More

Springborn gets 1,000th Point in Men's Basketball Loss

Robby Springborn tallied his 1,000th career point on Senior Day at the SDC Gym today. Unfortunately, it was in a losing effort as visiting Hillsdale came away with a 64-56 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball victory. Long-range shooting proved to be the difference in the game. The Chargers (14-10 overall, 12-8 GLIAC) were 8-of-19 from 3-point range while the Huskies (12-13, 9-11) were 0-of-13. More

Four Named WCHA Scholar-Athletes

The Michigan Tech hockey team had four players named WCHA Scholar-Athletes for 2009 by the league office today (Feb. 19th). Three of the selections, senior Derek Kitti, senior Mike VanWagner and junior Eli Vlaisavljevich, were named to the team for the second time. Sophomore Bennett Royer was also selected to the team for the first time. More

Huskies Tie WCHA Record, Tie Minnesota Duluth

The Michigan Tech hockey team tied the WCHA record for most ties in league play with seven after skating to a 2-2 tie with No. 15 Minnesota Duluth Saturday (Feb. 22). Tech became the seventh team in league history to record seven ties and improved on its own record of six set in 1995-96. Michigan Tech is now 5-22-7 overall and 1-18-7 in WCHA play and Duluth is 16-9-7 overall and 10-8-6 in the league. More

Around the Keweenaw

Missing snowmobiler found dead

A snowmobile rider declared missing Wednesday was found dead at the mouth of the Swedetown Creek in Hancock Thursday. Hancock Police Chief Mike Beaudoin said the body of 41-year-old Richard Scott was found at about 2 p.m. on a bank of the creek mostly buried in snow by a friend of his who was involved with the search for Scott. He was last seen on Feb. 8, and the Hancock Police Department entered him as missing into the Law Enforcement Information Network Wednesday. Scott's machine was also covered by snow. More

Kennecott Mining Project Deferred

Development of the Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company nickel and copper mine on the Yellow Dog Plains has been "deferred until market conditions recover." The announcement was made Thursday in one line from a 38-page press release from Kennecott parent company Rio Tinto, which discussed the global company's 2008 financial performance. More

Calumet Mulls Property Sale

The Village of Calumet and the Keweenaw National Historical Park may be close to making a deal for the park to purchase some village property. At the regular meeting of the village council Tuesday, Comptroller Sue Dana said she had been contacted by KNHP Superintendent Jim Corless about the Italian Hall Park property on Seventh Street. More

Shelden Ave. Project Nears

Preparations for Houghton's upcoming $4.5 million streetscape project are continuing. City Manager Scott MacInnes reported to the council Monday on the upcoming project. There will be another $76,000 from the Michigan Department of Transportation. There are seven sources of money for the project, MacInnes said; as a result, there are seven pages of spreadsheets being used to keep track of what money is being used where. More

From the Email Bag

National Snow Sculpting Champs!

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Greetings MTU Friends,
I am writing you today to share good news of some proud MTU Alumni.
Max Dehtiar (Chem Eng 2006 - Midland, MI)
Luke Dehtiar (Enviro Eng 2004 - Rockford, MI)
Ryan Olszowy (Mech Eng 2002 - Morrice, MI)

As you may remember, the three of us have been competing in the State of Michigan Snow Sculpting competitions for the past 3 years. In February 2008 we placed 1st in the State of Michigan competition, and therefore we qualified for the U.S. National competition in 2009.

In January we again competed in the State of Michigan Snow Sculpting Event to ready ourselves for national competition and we placed 2nd in our division.

This past week we competed in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, WI. Competitors from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa, Nebraska, returning National Champions from MN, NY, IL, WI, Alaska, among others, comprised the seasoned field of winnerscompetitors. The weather was much to warm and created some issues. The U.S. National People Choice Award had been decided by an unexpectedly lopsided vote and was awarded to us, "Team Michigan". Shortly after, the U.S. National Snow Carving Grand Championship was awarded to three artistically challenged engineers from Morrice, Midland and Rockford Michigan. As you can see in the attached pictures, we were three very proud Huskies.

The next step will be looking ahead to an invitation to international competition, as well as defending our state and national titles.

It truly was an amazing experience and we met so many great MTU alumni & MTU friends from Chicago, the greater Lake Geneva area & from around the country.
If you have questions or want more information feel free to contact me.
I would love to hear from you.

I thought I should pass along the good news, some pictures, links and a local news article.




Ryan R. Olszowy


The Great Broomball Debate, and a Challenge!

Hi Dennis,
The mention of an alumni broomball tournament in the most recent newsletter really caught my attention, but it seems strange that it would be for Homecoming and not for Winter Carnival. I really think an alumni winter carnival broomball tournament would draw in quite the crowds, perhaps you could pass on the suggestion and see if it might be possible? I know me and a few of my fellow alums have been thinking about going up for Winter Carnival again one of these years, but being able to get our old broomball team back together would be just enough of a push to get us to do it for sure. We could easily get a group of 6 of us back up there, and I'm sure there's countless other recent alums who would do the same!

BJ Tomiko '03 CS

BJ: This is a great idea! I think I hear a challenge being tossed out to alumni broomball teams! You would just have to work with IRHC to get some space, since it's so busy up here at that time.


So, when did broomball officially start at MTU?

Joe Brownson '87

Joe: I've traced it back to 1960 or 1961, depending on when the 1961 Keweenawan photos were taken. Perhaps an alum knows?


Here is photographic proof that Broomball was being played at MTU prior to the 90’s, this photo having been taken in Dee Stadium in February1970.

John R. Baker, 71


A quick check of pages 24 and 25 in the 1963 Forester, of which I was Business Editor, shows a photo of broomball being played at Dee Stadium by the Forestry Intramural team with what appears to be a volleyball. The accompanying blurb indicates that the Forestry team emerged victorious again, indicating that the game was played prior to 1963.

Tom Cieslinski, '63

Teke's Statue

TKE statue

Thanks for showing that photo of the 'SNO'-K Corral from the good ole days in the Winter Carnival announcement. There was a period there where us Tekes won first place in statue three out of the four years I was there (just missed a hat trick!). We didn't participate in the other winter carnival activities because we knew what the community and visitors came to Tech to see: Great Statues (and the hockey game!). If my memories serve me, our statues were "Don't Shoot 'Till You See the 'Snow'-Whites of their Eyes" a Snuffy Smith cartoon for the 'Icy Trips Through the Comic Strips' theme. "A Salute to America's Serv'ICE' Men" (I forget the theme). And my favorite, the "Three 'Ice'keteers - All for Snow and Snow for All" was where we pioneered the use of PVC tubes to extrude small-diameter swords for the 13 sword fighters in that bar fight scene. Detail was incredible for that statue. FYI we drank shots from the ice goblets at the bar afterwards.

Tom Venus BSGE '86

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.

Featured Alumni Benefits

Tech on iTunes U


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Visit http://itunes.mtu.edu/ for easy, 24/7 access to:

  • Stay Connected—Hear the latest lectures from your former professors. Find out what's happening on campus. Connect with the Michigan Tech community.
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  • Sync Up—Find, download, and organize Michigan Tech educational content on your Mac or PC the same way you do music and movies. Then sync to your iPod or iPhone to learn anytime, anywhere.


More Alumni Benefits & Services information http://www.admin.mtu.edu/alumni/products/

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