August 24, 2009
Vol. 15, No. 26
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Homecoming News

Homecoming 2009 will feature an Alumni-Student Broomball Tourney!

It's time to strap on the helmet and tape up the broom again! The MacInnes Student Ice Arena will be home to an alumni and student broomball tournament for Homecoming, October 9 and 10.

"We want to get more younger alums involved, and we thought this was one great way to do so," said Mark Mitchell '77, president of the Alumni Association, when we caught him after the recent Alumni Reunion.

"We love reunion, especially this year with the incredible Class of 1959, but we want to reach out to younger alumni." he said. "Alums tend to reconnect later on, when they are in their forties and fifties, and we want to make sure we talk to them before that, too."

Thus, the Homecoming broomball tournament, and there will also be the traditional football tailgate, as the Huskies battle the Findlay Oilers in GLIAC action at Sherman Field. Expectations are high for this year's football squad, as they return nearly everyone from an 8-3 team.

The Colorologist is calling for a nice show of color that weekend, too. In addition, Northern is in town that Friday night for hockey, and Lake State plays hockey here Sunday!

As for the broomball, Mitchell says the tourney will be coordinated with the Inter-Residence Hall Council, which runs the massive broomball action all winter.

"They'll supply referees and help with the rules and enrolling of teams," Mitchell said. The tourney is tentatively slated to run from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., Saturday, October 10, with two rinks running side-by-side in the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Concessions will be open, also.

Mitchell was also pleased with the new Alumni Association board and their participation in many of the reunion events this year. "We scheduled our sessions so they could interact more," he said. "We'll continue to do that, since it worked so well."

Mitchell said there is a nice mix on the Alumni Association Board, and they are creating many new ways for alums to get involved with Tech, its students, and their departments. So, good things are happening on campus and with your alumni board.

Now, more than ever, it's a great day to be a Husky!

Dennis '92, '09

At Tech

Undergraduate Engineering Rankings Rise

us news
Michigan Tech's undergraduate engineering programs rose in the latest US News & World Report rankings, placing 64th in the nation among engineering schools whose highest degree is a doctorate. Last year, undergraduate engineering at Michigan Tech ranked 70th. Environmental Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering both made the top-20 lists of specialty engineering programs in the nation. Environmental Engineering ranked 15th and Materials Science and Engineering ranked 17th. More

Tech Hires Seven Multidisciplinary Computational Innovators

In its second Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative (SFHI), Michigan Technological University has hired seven new faculty members to conduct research in computational discovery and innovation. They come from some of the best research universities across the country and the world. They will join six different departments at Michigan Tech. More

New Cafe Opens in the Library

The J. R. Van Pelt and Opie Library now has a café that is handy, cozy and handsome—the ideal place to grab a cup of coffee or a sandwich, read the paper or do some work. The venue, tucked into the northeast corner of the first floor, opened Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, under the solicitous watch of Donna Blake. More

GM Gives Tech Three Hybrid Vehicles for Research and Education

General Motors has donated two Saturn Vue hybrids and a Chevrolet Malibu hybrid—the Chevy that a top GM executive drove to Washington, DC, last spring to meet with Congress—to Michigan Technological University. The vehicles will be used for research and education. More

Alumni Around the World

Fourth Annual Tigers Outing

Tigers gameDetroit Chapter Leader Dan Batten with his children Andrea and Brett.

More than 100 Michigan Tech alumni, students, family and friends endured the 87 degree heat to attend a pre-game patio party at Comerica Park last Sunday. Also in the crowd was a large contingent of Alpha Gamma Delta alumni and active. Unfortunately the Tigers lost the game in an extra inning to Kansas City.

AGD sistersAlpha Gamma Delta sisters enjoy the game.

Do you have photos or stories of your own alumni gatherings? Share them by emailing or posting them in HuskyLink.

MIS Get-Together

MISMichigan Tech alumni reconnect at the Michigan International Speedway.

Several alumni reunited at a campground at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) on Saturday, August 15th. A group from Crystal Falls, MI were proudly flying the "Yooper" flag only 100 feet from a group of Phi Kappa Tau's and a Kappa Delta Psi.

Two of the Crystal Falls alumni were also KD's. The group shared some beverages and stories from their time on campus. They talked about plans for a larger scale gathering at one of the two NASCAR races held each year at MIS.


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Homecoming 2005
Speaking of Homecoming, this 2005 photo featured the sisters of Phi Delta Chi. Were you there?
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Fill in the Blanks II: Sig Rhos and the Copper Falls Mine

Copper Falls Mine
This is the winch on the 2nd level of Copper Falls used to hoist parts from the 9th. Turning the flatcar on the turn table are, from left, Professor Dobell, Leo Rutter and Robert Jacobs. This winch remains near the Sig Rho house, as they are the ones who got it out: an eight-month project! Remember?
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Tech Sports

VIP 4 Pack Football Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets for Michigan Tech football’s popular VIP 4 Packs are currently on sale at the central ticket office (906-487-2073) and online at Each VIP 4 Pack comes with four tickets to every Huskies’ home game and access to the VIP Tailgate Party prior to each game with free food and beverage provided by the Library Restaurant and Brew Pub. Preferred parking in lot 24 and game program recognition are also included. More

Football Ranked 28th in Preseason Poll

Michigan Tech received votes in the American Football Coaches Association Preseason Top 25 Poll. The Huskies were third in the “others receiving votes” category, effectively ranking them 28th nationally. Tech tallied 42 points in the poll. The No. 25-ranked team was Central Missouri with 72 points. Besides Michigan Tech, three other Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference members appear in the poll. Grand Valley State is the AFCA preseason favorite at No. 1. Ashland ranks 15th while Wayne State received 21 poll points. More

Black Tops White in Women's Basketball Alumni Game

The competitive drive never dies. At least that’s true with former Michigan Tech women’s basketball players. The Black Team defeated the White Team 56-52 in tonight’s alumni game as 24 former student-athletes donned Huskies jerseys for a little bragging rights. Both teams played to win, and the White made things interesting with a late run to get within 54-52. The Black Team iced the game at the free throw line. More

Around the Keweenaw

Keweenaw County Looks at Broadband

Residents in Keweenaw County without available Internet may soon get service, if everything goes according to plan. Charlie Hopper with Inc., approached the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners Wednesday evening to update the board about broadband access to unserved and under served communities. According to, the federal government has appropriated $7.2 billion to expand broadband access across the United States, which would impart service, increase jobs, provide long-term economic benefits and spur investments in technology and infrastructure. More

Calumet Tries Reverse Angle Parking

Stefani Kulpe was visiting Calumet Friday from downstate Plymouth when she unintentionally violated a new parking system on Sixth Street in the village. Kulpe had pulled front-first into one of the reverse angle parking spaces on the east side of the street despite the presence of signs indicting the space was reverse-angle parking only. "I never saw the sign," Kulpe said. More

Scott Building Residents Concerned About Noise

For about one year, residents of the Scott Building apartments have been calling the Hancock Police Department to complain about noise and illegal activity in the parking lot immediately to the east of the building, but a police official said they've done everything they can do about the situation. More

From the Email Bag

Funky's Karma Cafe


Yep, I remember Funky's—wheat germ shakes, and the silverware kept in an old shoe bag hung on the wall—I only ate there ONCE, and remember, I was a LOCAL.

I am sure the food was considered good for the times—bean sprout sandwiches just didn't cut it, when you could have a TOGO's number sixteen!

Vicki Betts '79

Vicki: I fondly recall the Togo's 16 and 8 and cheesesteak. There is still a Togo's in Marquette, I believe.


Funky's Karma Cafe had the BEST whole wheat crust, individual size tomato and mozzarella cheese pizza. It was a real treat to go down there for lunch or an early dinner. The food was excellent.

Kris Krause '76

1996 K-Day



I believe the person just right of the middle in the blue shirt/tan shorts and baseball cap is Zach Owens.

Thanks for the memories!

J. Arbuckle

Classes of '99, 2000 and 2006

Photo is clickable.

Connecting with David Chimino

Dear DK Walikanen

Greetings from very hot Arizona.

I was at the MTU reception that was held in Arizona in January. A much more civilized time of the
year in win which to have a reception. I spoke to someone there who told me that David Chimino was still living. I called him the the other day and yes he is still living. I had a good conversation with him. He was my early physics teacher. It occurred to me that he would be a very good source of information on the source of the history of tech in the 1945 to 1951 time period. I arrived there in 1951 and had a very good time there. I left in 1955. I went to graduate school at U. of Illinois. My first job was a summer job with Seymour Cray in St. Paul. Then I taught at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where I met my wife. We then did a Post-Doc at Cornell in Ithaca, NY. Then we settled down here in Tempe Arizona where I taught for 33 years.

Back to the idea for history of tech. I remember very strongly the drawing program and the shop program, especially the blacksmithing part. I asked David about that and he says he remembers that program very well. I think his memory is much better than mine is at my age. If you don't have some sort of a program of the history of such programs of early class room and early hands on programs I think it would be a good idea. Many physics departments taught such hands on programs. I am not sure if they still do.

Roland Hanson

The Goose Goes On

Hi Dennis,
I seem to remember the North Central was some times called "The Ruptured Duck." Someone else can confirm that or not.

I do have a good story related to North Central and one of my first business related travels after graduating Tech in '72. I am pretty sure it was 1973, but no later than the summer of '74. I had a flight from Flint (where PCS was HQ'd at the time, later became XYCOM in Salinas near Ann Arbor) to Chicago. I got to the plane just before leaving and so the only seat was between two gentlemen in the right front row who were already into a lively conversation. The one on my right was discussing his motivational talks and most recent was in Flint. He was telling the fellow on my left how important it was to keep doing something after you retire to "keep the blood flowing" and "maintain your health" and other positive aspects of older living and it was clear he was in his 70s or so. On my left this younger fellow (turns out he was just 5 years older than me, but he looked older to me) was discussing his new company and how it was competing with the post office and how things were changing that people needed stuff the very next day instead of waiting for postal arrivals and so on. The two had a few words with me; where from, college, job, etc. Well the flight is short (even in a turboprop) to Chicago and just as we were landing the two gentlemen remembered to exchange business cards. The person on my left was Fred Smith of FedEx and the one on my right was Ray Bolger. I had their business cards for so long, but now I cannot find them. Sometimes I wished I had taken Fred up on his offer to "stop by to see what he could offer."

Donald J Arndt '72 EET

Donald: That is Ray Bolger, the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, correct? Wow!

Golf Outing at Grand Rapids Country Club

Chas Thompson from Schmoz Brewery has announced a golf scramble Sunday, August 30, at Grand Rapids Country Club. The event costs $60 per person and includes 18 holes, cart, and lunch. More

Reunion, etc.

Hey Dennis.... I enjoy the Newsletter and had a great time at this year's reunion ('69).

Can you change my e-mail address?


Bill Johnson

Reminder: Alums: I can help you with your email problems with HuskyLink/TechAlum.

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