September 21, 2009
Vol. 16, No. 2
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The Rivalry

Tech vs. Northern. Enough said.

"Do you have any eligibility left?" head football coach Tom Kearly asked a radio interviewer Saturday. He had just lost his starting quarterback, running back, and the game to Northern.

It was the latest, albeit sad, chapter in our greatest rivalry.

Many other games stick in my mind. I recall the 2001 game at home when they beat Northern, 33-28, for the first time since 1952 (although they didn't play each other every year). More than one old football alum around me had tears in their eyes.

I recall the first win in the Superior Dome in 2005 and last year's victory on television, also in the Dome.

In other sports, too, it's intense. I remember a 1-1 tie in the 1980-81 hockey season that remains the most intense end-to-end, nonstop action I've seen. It was with good reason: both talented teams made the final four in hockey, and we beat Northern 5-2 in the consolation game in Duluth.

My son's ultimate Frisbee team experienced it, too. They played Northern last spring on the new turf at Sherman Field, and they hated losing to them in close games, as they should.

I'd love to hear your memories of Northern competitions, too.

Dennis '92, '09

Return of the Colorologist

I caught the Colorologist at the Northern game.

You're late, I said.

The leaves aren't. They seem to be changing in front of my eyes.

Where are we at?

12 percent.

You sure?

Yep. Peak will be Homecoming weekend, and we'll be playing Northern in hockey!

Nice timing.

Tell Ma Nature.

At Tech

NSF Awards Nearly $4.2 Million for Research at Michigan Tech

Eight research projects in eight different fields at Michigan Tech are receiving grants totaling $4,172,719 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Funding for four of the projects comes from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, also known as federal stimulus money. More

Enrollment Up Again

Enrollment rose again this school year, topping last year's number by 118 students. Fall enrollment figures tallied last night totaled 7,132. A surge in Graduate School enrollment accounted for the increase, including increasing enrollment of international graduate students. The Graduate School reported 1,189 students, the most ever and a 21-percent increase over fall 2008. The number of international graduate students is up more than 17 percent. More

Tech Wins Ford College Community Challenge Grant

Michigan Tech is one of five universities nationwide selected to receive a 2009 Ford College Community Challenge grant. The $50,000 grant will enable Michigan Tech undergraduates and community partners to continue and expand a winterization project for low-income elderly residents of the community. More

Vable Publishes "Mechanics of Materials" Textbook Online

There are at least two good reasons to check out Madhukar Vable’s undergraduate textbook “Mechanics of Materials.” 1. You can find out lots of interesting stuff: e.g., how good engineering actually saved thousands of lives in the World Trade Center attacks, why it only took three hours for the unsinkable Titanic to sink. 2. It’s free. More

Family Engineering Inspires Students (and Mom and Dad)

The full professor has come full circle. Neil Hutzler, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan Technological University, has published broadly, advised numerous PhD students, and performed research for more than three decades. Now, he is using his expertise to develop new engineers a couple of generations younger than him. More

Alumni Around the World

Alpha Gams in Houghton; K-Day in DC;
Pub Nights in Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati/Dayton

Alpha Gamma DeltaAlpha Gamma Delta Reunion (Click photo for larger image.)
September 4-6, Houghton

Alumnae from around the country came back to Houghton to celebrate 30 years of sisterhood in Alpha Gamma Delta. They enjoyed a wide range of activities including a road rally, alumni bar crawl and wonderful banquet dinner in the Memorial Union Building. "It was great to see so many sisters back to celebrate. I know everyone truly enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to our 35th Reunion in 2014!" Catherine Burns '03.

DC K-DayWashington DC Area K-Day
September 11, Arlington, VA

A group of DC area alumni celebrated K-Day at Bailey's Pub while shooting pool and sharing stories. Chapter Leader Chris Pyhtila '97 welcomed everyone, handed out giveaways and ran a drawing for Husky t-shirts. Future events in the area include a Maryland area pasty picnic October 18.

IndyIndianapolis Pub Night: Left to Right: Joy Bump, Dave Bump '62, Katie Roxbury '09, Haijo Kiel
'07, Bill Glander '85, Wally Renn '53

Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati/Dayton Pub Nights
September 17–19
This past weekend, Alumni events from nearby cities enjoyed three separate evenings at their local pubs. Local chapter leaders and Associate Director of Alumni Relations Brent Burns '03 welcomed guests and provided an update on Michigan Tech and Houghton including pictures of the new hockey box suites in John MacInnes Student Ice Arena, new residence hall construction behind McNair, and the almost completed downtown Houghton streetscape project (brick pavers). There was plenty
of laughs as alumni had to share their favorite moments at Tech in return for their raffle prize gifts.

At the Indianapolis event Wally Renn '53 (hometown Calumet) shared his story of working 1.5 miles underground in Centennial Mine (1 mile north of Calumet) during the summers to help pay for school. Wally, who started college at age 16, was also a member of the Army ROTC and sent to the Korean War upon graduation. His mechanical engineering skills were so prized that he was not allowed to leave the maintenance station in Japan. "My Captain said in 30 day's you're going over (to Korea). He said that every month for a couple years."

All three chapters are excited for more activity in months to come. Thanks again to the Chapter Leaders: Sara (Mantila) Roosa '04—Indianapolis; Laura Hivala '0— Louisville; and Chris Trusock '98—Cincinnati/Dayton.

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

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Tech Sports

Northern Takes Miner's Cup with 48-16 Win

The weather was perfect, and the second-largest crowd in Sherman Field history (4,027) was on hand for today’s football battle for the Miner’s Cup. Unfortunately for the home fans, it was Northern Michigan walking away with a 48-16 victory over Michigan Tech in the Upper Peninsula rivalry game. More

Tech Wins in Five Sets

The Michigan Tech volleyball team had four players record 10 or more kills in a thrilling five-set victory over Grand Valley State in front of a lively crowd at the SDC Saturday (Sept. 19). The Huskies improve to 5-8 overall and 3-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and the Lakers fall to 7-6 overall and 3-2 in the league. More

Stetter Finishes in Top Ten

Michigan Tech junior Brian Stetter had yet another stellar performance finishing ninth at the Midwest Open - a race that featured schools from Division I, II, and III. Stetter, who crossed the line with a time of 25:35.4, was the second Division II runner to cross the line, bested by only Northern Kentucky’s Drew Harris. The University of Louisville took the race on both the men’s and women’s sides with scores of 17 and 43 respectively. Stetter led the Tech men to a sixth place finish, ahead of GLIAC foes Tiffin and Northwood. More

Sports Events View Composite Schedule
At Grand Valley/Ferris Women's Tennis, 3:00 p.m./10:00 a.m.
At Minneapolis Men's and Womens' Cross Country, 10:00 a.m.
Findlay Women's Volleyball, 3:00 p.m., Radio
Grand Valley Football, 6:00 p.m., Radio
Tiffin Women's Women's Tennis, 1:00 p.m.
At Ashland Women's Volleyball, 7:00 p.m.
Ashland Women's Tennis, 11:00 a.m.
At Tifffin Women's Volleyball, 2:00 p.m.
At Grand Rapids Football vs. Ferris State, Battle at the Ball Park, 7:00 p.m., Radio
Ryerson Hockey, 7:07 p.m., Radio
At Findlay Women's Tennis, 3:00 p.m.
At Marquette Women's and Men's Cross Country, 3:00 p.m.
Northern Michigan Hockey, 7:07 p.m., Radio
At Northwood Women's Volleyball, 7:00 p.m.
At Wayne State Women's Tennis, 10:00 a.m.
Findlay Football (Homecoming), 1:00 p.m., Radio
At Wayne State Women's Volleyball, 2:00 p.m.

Around the Keweenaw

Ft. Wilkins to Host Geocaching Event

After a successful inaugural event, Fort Wilkins Historic State Park is hosting its second annual GO-Get Outdoors geocaching event Saturday, Sept. 26. "It's still warm and the colors are just starting to turn, so it's a good time to be outside and doing stuff," Park Supervisor Lee Verberkmoes said. "Last year we didn't have a real big turnout, but our goal is just to get more people to come out to the park and enjoy a family-oriented outdoor recreation activity." More

Hancock to Help Clean Up Debris

The owner of a building damaged in a fatal fire July 25 found a company to clear debris from the building, and he appeared at the Hancock City Council meeting Wednesday to ask council members for assistance in paying the contractor $75,000 for the work, which they did. More

Clelia II Visits Successful

Houghton city officials are pleased with the first run of cruise ship visits this summer, and say next year will be a chance to work out kinks. "Overall, it was a great success," said Police Chief John Donnelly. The Clelia II made 12 visits to the city this summer, the last of which came Sunday. The 290-foot, 4,077-ton ship is owned by the Great Lakes Cruise Company of Ann Arbor. The ship carried about 75 passengers. Tickets for the cruise typically cost between $5,000 and $10,000. More

From the Email Bag

Fill in the Blanks: Library Bar

Library BarEditor's Note: Some images cut across the generations! I believe that is a Tech hockey player in the lower left-hand stained glass window.

The "upstairs" of the Library in Houghton.

Tony Pizzi


Above the Library Bar’s doorway.

Jim Boggs, 83, 97, 03 Alum


I recognize the stained glass window from the Library Bar from the 1970-1990's before it burnt down.

Bonnie Janssen


Isn't this on the second floor of the old Library bar?

Jeffrey J. Tafel, CAE


Hi Dennis!
The window shown is probably from the old Library bar before the fire or from a church. I couldn't blow up the picture.

Debby Gregorius Kozol '84


Looks like the Library Bar

Dan Liebau


Actually, I guess I should say the Board of Trade. I think that's what it was called in the 'olden days' when my Dad went to da Tech.

Jason Tuisku


Greetings Dennis,

That has to be the second story front of the Library Bar. Before that it I believe it was the Board & Trade bar.

I passed under it and through the entrance several times.....

Dan Bessinger
BSME 1969


This looks like one of the windows that was on the Library Bar before it burned down.

Chris Gosling '79


YEs, that is from the Library Bar, circa 70s. Back when the downstairs had peanuts on the floor and good food and drinks, and the upstairs was a bit fancier, but NO peanuts.

Steve Madison
Da Tech, 81, circa 70s

More on Professor Chimino

Hi Dennis,
The latest newsletter carried an article about Prof. Chimino and triggered a few memories. I recall a sophomore class in statics that might have been taught by him first hour AM during winter quarter when it remained pitch black outside until about 9:30 AM. I arrived at Tech in the fall of '49, graduating in '53, So the class was Winter term '51. I recall at least two classmates, one an H&T, regularly falling asleep during lectures and slowly sagging toward the open side of their desk chairs until they defied the laws of gravity. It kept more than one of us awake trying to predict the exact moment they would fall onto the floor, but somehow an internal gyro would snap them upright at the last moment. This was a hands on attempt to calculate the pull of gravity on a teetering object that
no one ever solved.

The story of a blacksmith shop class reminded me of a similar one in Pattern Making during which we were required to make 4 sand casting patterns that could be used to make a damp sand mold for castings of Cu, brass, or cast iron. One particular pattern was a 5 or 10 ton axle jack that had some pretty demanding drafts. I'd been a woodworking hobbyist from an early age so wanting get straight A's on my patterns I tossed my initial jack pattern in the waste drum and about four guys all scrambled for it. I think it was Dick Agricola who retrieved it.

I had arrived at Tech with my first pair of ski's, a boy scout woodworking merit badge project, that I had made in the Monroe high school shop. They were Ash obtained from a farmer' mill near Ida,
and were over 7 feet long with a very minimal tip curvature and natural edges. After trying to use them for the first time in about 2 feet of Ripley snow during Thanksgiving break it was clear that they needed major mod if I wanted any lift out of the snow. The solution turned out to be the college power plant and with help from one of the engineers we rigged a 5 gallon pail to accept a live high
pressure steam line, wrapped burlap sacks around the tips, manually bent them inside the pail, and braced them to cool after achieving what proved to be a workable tip curvature. Unfortunately first
experience with Bear Trap non-release bindings and the Ripley rope tow in January after Christmas break was not as successful. I did however survive a sprained left ankle in time to compete with the
Track team that spring.

Bob Carnahan, '53


When I arrived at Tech in 1954 to study physics and engineering, I was told by some upper-classmen to take every course I could that Dave taught. Over the ensuing 4 years I did just that, and those classes, and Dave Chimino's tutelage, formed the foundation of my thinking for the remainder of my scholastic studies and on into a 45-year career in R&D. I adopted and adapted his approach to any and all problems and was truly infected by his essential curiosity. I can not think of any individual professor or teacher whose influence loomed as large for me.

I freely admit that I was a student who was perhaps more interested in the fun I could have than in the GPA I eventually achieved and the memberships in the honor societies I held. I hunted and fished, trekked through the Copper Country, played in the band and sang in the chorus, joined the amateur radio group, served on the Lode and Keewenawan staffs as photographer, and engaged in any number of non-varsity sports, including target shooting, gymnastics, and weightlifting. Oh, yes: I attended many a keg party. I tutored underclassmen in physics and other subjects and taught physics lab sessions. Dave seemed to know all of this, but with his undoubting encouragement I did learn to place a very high value on the understanding of the physical world that Tech was teaching me.

By the time Tech threw me out of there in 1958, with a shiny, new honors degree in Engineering Physics, I knew that I had a long way to go to complete my education to my satisfaction. So I continued into grad school at MSU and U. of Minnesota. But I also knew that I had enjoyed a period of learning that was the equal of any other in the world. I had had a blast, I had associated with brilliant minds, and I had been taught and encouraged by the very best. What halcyon times!

It is perhaps a small tribute to Dave Chimino that I attempt to use what I understand of his basic approach when I serve to teach and coach middle school children in the sciences. In my attempts to open the kids' minds I recall Dave's infectious curiosity and try to engender that same spirit in the kids. I must add that it works like a charm.

John Gonser
Engineering Physics 1958


I must have missed an issue of the newsletter somehow, but I gather from the e-mails in the latest edition there was some mention of David Chimino.

I remember him quite vividly as one of the most interesting and conscientious instructors I ever had. He taught (or attempted to teach) physics to us , I believe as Sophomores, and we were probably the biggest bunch of lunkheads he ever encountered.

He gave an exam one day and, on the following day came back with the results. The average for the class was zero, based on the grading curve then in use. Mr. Chimino (I don't recall whether he was a PhD at that time)was so distressed by the results he was on the verge of tears and felt that it was failure on his part to properly convey the message to us. He beat himself up over the whole thing when it probably should have been the rest of us getting the beating. He was just one of many memorable professors or instructors that were around in those days, some of whom I only knew by reputation, such as "Gilly" Boyd. I did get to experience Walter "Flunkenbush" first hand in Calculus, which I managed to survive somehow, although some of my friends were not so lucky. He was famous for writing equations on the blackboard with the right hand while erasing them with the left hand.

Dr. Polkinghorne was then head of the Civil Department and in his lectures on the History of Architecture, which I found fascinating, he would frequently send erasers flying into the audience if he caught someone napping. He had an amazingly strong and accurate arm for an old man. There were others, some of whom made a less favorable impression, that I won't mention, but it may have been my own fault in some cases.

Dave Elack '60


If I remember correctly when asked how he drew the perfect circles Professor Chimino said "You keep the radius constant". I had him for Electricity and Magnetism. He gave a oral exam at the end
of the year. Physics majors really got grilled; I was Applied Physics so we got off easier, he would coach us a little bit. We used to call him the "Great God Dave". One of the best teachers I ever had!

Gary Rhoney '65

Funky's and the Blue Goose

I may have missed an earlier set of e-mails about "Funky's Karma Cafe". Where was this located? If it replaced an earlier establishment, what was the name of the predecessor. It might show my advanced age, but the menu described sounds rather grim - but since I wasn't there I can't judge it.

The only nickname that I ever heard for North Central Airlines was "Blue Goose". The management at North Central said that their symbol was actually a mallard duck, but admitted that even they called it a "blue goose". Throughout the airline industry the carrier was called Blue Goose. It had a positive reputation (even among other regional airlines) as having an excellent safety record. I used to fly Blue Goose up to Houghton every fall, since my parents didn't want to come up until the fall colors were at a peak. I would fly from Lansing to Green Bay to Houghton/Hancock. It sure beat the Greyhound bus.

George E. Wright, '70
Encinitas, California

George: I believe Funky's was on the first block of Shelden, left-hand side. Alums?

The Old Bridge

two bridges

Maybe some of you younger engineers don't recall the christening of the liftbridge between Houghton and Hancock.

We lived in an upstairs just west of the bridge in Hancock and watched it during its construction. The night before the governor was to christen the bridge, most everyone in Houghton and Hancock was awakened by the long sounds of a ship's horn, or whatever that thing is called on a ship.

The only person sleeping was the lift bridge operator who was supposed to sound the bridge's horn to alert the ship that all was well. With no response, the ship's captain put all engines in reverse.

After some time, he threw out the anchors dragging up some communication cables between the two cities. Finally, the ship was grounded at the base of the bridge. The next morning the governor broke the champagne bottle on the bridge with a huge ore boot in attendance. No problems, except for a few communication cables and an embarrassed bridge authority. (It's been 50 years, so some of these details may be suspect.)

Merle Potter '58, '61

Down Under

I have done a lot of work in and with the Aussies and used to write a column for Australian Journal of Mining. Australia in general, but particularly Western Australia is working hard to develop their vast mineral industry. Of course, the vastness of the state and the distances that have to be
traveled have prompted the development of extremely advanced rail transport systems for bulk handling.

During the times that I have been there, living in motels etc, I have run across many railroad designers and engineers who have been imported from around the world. Many from the UK, because of the language. It would seem to be an excellent place to find jobs for the grads of the Tech railroad programs. Tech grads have gone to Queensland U for grad work (Matthew Otte)
in recent years. I would think that contacts could be made with the Aussies, if they have not already been developed.

I have attached a copy of a monthly report from Australia. Mentions a lot of Rail roads.

Keep up the good work. Doug Seeber sent me a copy of the history of copper from the 1924 Year Book. Amazing.

More later,

Robert E. Brown, Publisher HHS '49, Tech '53

Hands-on Education

I was especially struck by Roland Hanson's letter in the September "From the Email Bag" section. He related a bit about his experiences at Tech about taking some "hand's-on" programs in drawing and shop, including blacksmithing in the late 1940's. His career was obviously very successful and included some very high tech experiences - how I would have loved to been able to work with Seymour Cray in the early supercomputer years. He concluded his memories with the comment about how "hands-on" programs would be a good idea, I assume, for engineer studies. I agree. My undergraduate career included quitting Tech for two years and working at Buick, as an hourly worker in final assembly and the foundry. I eventually graduated from Tech with a BS in Math and had the opportunity to also work at American Univ., Johns Hopkins and MIT's Sloan school of business. Because I started my career at NSA, I had the wonderful opportunity to experience very high tech experiences and all that that entailed. I often felt that my hands on experiences on the assembly line and in the foundry, as well as many, many hands on jobs as a teenager, helped me in my career immensely. I finished my career as an Executive VP managing large R&D engineering groups.

And while on this track, I would like mention that I also think those folks who learn how to "compete", i.e., how to always play to win and most importantly how to deal with the consequences of winning or losing, have a great advantage in the R&D world and other similar lines of work.

Joe Wood 1967

Panorama of Houghton


Hi Dennis:
Am enclosing a 3 pics overview of Houghton, as seen from atop the hill in Hancock, over US 41.

The pictures were taken by me in 1982.

Hope you like them.

F. Cabal

Editor's Note: We've included the panoramic shot here.

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