October 19, 2009
Vol. 16, No.4
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Tech Family Ties

Kilpela family
Left to right: Jonathan, freshman, pre-med; Mikael ’05 civil engineering; Tauno ’48 mechanical engineering, who worked as a mechanical engineer for C&H Mining Company and later for Tech’s Institute of Wood Research; Don ’76, liberal arts; and David, junior, civil engineering. They’ve also graduated Dan ’03, physics; and Sam ’09, physics.

Three generations of the Kilpela family have attended Michigan Tech!

We are looking for more families with generations of Michigan Tech graduates. We’d like to hear from you about your families whose grandparents, parents, and children went to Tech. Also, we’d like to know about families with siblings and and/or extended family members who graduated from Michigan Tech, such as aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.

You can help us find our great stories about Michigan Tech generations! Just email me your Tech connections, with years and degrees earned, if possible. You can also attach photos, if you have any.

Thanks in advance for helping us out.

Dennis '92, '09
(And, Emily '92, Laura '05, and John '10)

The Colorologist

You nailed it! Peak color was last weekend, I told him.

Yea, but you couldn't see the leaves for the snow. You could barely see the Huskies for the snow!

So, now are we past peak?

Past golf, past everything.

You sound depressed.

I just swapped the lawnmower for the snowblower: saddest day of the year.

I couldn't argue.

See you next year.

He waved and left.

At Tech

Pat Nelson Gift Supports Varsity Women's Soccer at Michigan Tech


The generosity of a longtime supporter of Michigan Tech is bringing varsity women’s soccer to Michigan Tech. Pat Nelson of Kingsford gave the University a gift to cover 100 percent of the costs of starting up the new athletic program, including initial equipment, locker room renovation and first-year coaching salaries. More

MTRI Receives NIH Grant to Study Wildfires, Health

Where there’s smoke, there may be health risks. And where there’s climate change, there may be more—and more intense—wildfires. What does that mean for the health of people downwind from the smoke? More

Philanthropic Support for Michigan Tech Continues Strong

Fundraising has become a particular challenge due to economic conditions, but philanthropic support for Michigan Tech continues to be strong, the Board of Control heard at Thursday’s regular Board meeting on campus. More

MSU Announces Early Assurance Program for Tech Premed Students

The MSU College of Human Medicine and Michigan Tech entered into an agreement today that provides a link between premedical students at Michigan Tech and MSU’s medical school. More

Michigan Tech EcoCAR Team Hits the Road

For over a year, Michigan Technological University’s EcoCAR Enterprise team members have been brainstorming and building a next-generation hybrid vehicle on their computers. Now they are ready to roll. More

Alumni Around the World

Homecoming Events Attract Young Alumni

alumni broomball champs

2009 Alumni Cup Champions—D-Gel Dynasty (Alumni) team members: back row (left to right): Ben Carlson '07, Don Misson '06, Michael Misson '09, Jesse Rosenow '07, Matt Bradt '05; front row (left to right): Dave Wingard '08, Jeff Lipari-Jordan '08, Adam Misson '08. Photo by Jeremiah Baumann.

The Michigan Tech Alumni Association hosted multiple alumni events homecoming weekend. For the eighty-seven alumni who registered for one or more of the homecoming activities, more than 60 percent graduated after 2004.

Friday kicked off with registration at the Downtowner where the first 50 alumni received a free homecoming t-shirt and mug. From there, they headed to Hancock Beach for the cardboard boat races and a cookout. Over 800 hot dogs were served in one hour. The Alumni Association also
provided towels to the racers, which included an alumni boat, the SS Been There Done That. Alumni and friends capped off Friday's activities in the new South Husky Skybox watching the Huskies defeat rival Northern 5-3!

On Saturday, alumni got to experience the popular VIP tailgate from the Library Restaurant and Brew Pub during the homecoming football game against the Findlay Oilers. A special snowstorm was provided so everyone felt more at home. Saturday night, alumni and students competed for the Alumni Cup in the first Alumni Broomball Invitational at the MacInnes Ice Arena. The sixteen team single elimination tournament included 12 of last season's best student teams and four alumni teams battling for over 5 hours. In the final game, in front of many fans and the Pep Band, the alumni team upset the students 2-0 to be the first team engraved on the cup.

Let the tradition begin! Alumni 1-Students 0.

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

Submit Your Nominations for the Alumni Association Awards

Know a great alum or friend of the University? Here's a chance to help get him or her the recognition he or she deserves.

The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2010 awards program:

  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Honorary Alumni Award

The deadline to nominate is December 1 and the awards are presented each August at the Alumni Reunion. Award descriptions and nomination forms are available at http://apps.alumni.mtu.edu/awards/

Questions? Contacting the Office of Alumni Relations, at 877-688-2586 or alumni@mtu.edu. .

Fill in the Blanks

facultyHumanities faculty from 1994 (It's clickable.) The department is throwing an anniversary celebration for its STC/STA/RTC programs, Friday and Saturday, December 11–12. You can register here. If you have fond memories of any of these faculty, email me.

1958 Campus Tree Tour

Trees on campus.
Campus tree tour with Professor Veenstra. Remember? Email me.
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Tech Sports

Recent Results and Upcoming Events

After a week off, Michigan Tech opens its 2009-10 league play Friday and Saturday (Oct. 23-24). The Huskies play at Colorado College for the first two of 28 Western Collegiate Hockey Association games this year. Tech's first home WCHA games will come Oct. 30-31 vs. St. Cloud State.

Michigan Tech finished its 2009 fall regular season schedule with a 7-2 record to tie for second in the GLIAC standings. It's the highest GLIAC finish for the women's tennis team in the program's 33 seasons. Tech will travel to Midland, Mich., for the GLIAC Tournament Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 24-25).

Michigan Tech will play its first home volleyball matches this weekend since Sept. 26. The Huskies went 5-2 in the seven matches since it last played at the SDC Gym. Friday's (Oct. 23) match vs. Lake Superior State will be broadcast live on Mix 93.5 FM radio.

The third and final Michigan Tech fall sports luncheon will take place Thursday (Oct. 22) at noon in the Begg Conference Room of the Peter Grant Hockey Educational Center. Football coach Tom Kearly and tennis coach Mike Axford will be the featured speakers. A complimentary light lunch will be provided, and the event is open to the public.

Last Week's Results

Volleyball (11-11, 7-4 GLIAC)

All Matches at GLIAC/GLVC Crossover (at Lansing, Mich.)
10/16 --- Lewis 3, Michigan Tech 1 (18-25, 25-23, 18-25, 17-25)
10/16 --- Michigan Tech 3, Rockhurst 1 (27-25, 26-24, 24-26, 25-14)
10/17 --- Michigan Tech 3, Southern Indiana 0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-19)

Women's Tennis (7-2, 7-2 GLIAC)
10/17 --- Michigan Tech 6, at Lake Superior State 3

Football (1-6, 1-6 GLIAC)
10/17 --- at Indianapolis 38, Michigan Tech 20

Hockey (1-1, 0-0 WCHA)
Did not compete

Cross Country
Did not compete

What's Happening This Week

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009

Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM (link on lower left-hand side)

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009
Fall Sports Luncheon, 12 noon (Grant Hockey Ed Center)

Friday, Oct. 23, 2009
Volleyball hosts Lake Superior State, 7 p.m. (WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)
Hockey at Colorado College, 9:37 p.m. (WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009
Women's Tennis at GLIAC Tournament, All Day
Cross Country at GLIAC Championships, 11 a.m. (at University Center, Mich.)
Football hosts Saginaw Valley State, 1 p.m. (WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)
Volleyball hosts Saginaw Valley State, 4 p.m.
Hockey at Colorado College, 9:07 p.m. (WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009
Women's Tennis at GLIAC Tournament, TBA

All times Eastern. Home events in bold.

Turnovers Costly in Tech's 38-20 Football Loss at Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis scored 24 points off of five Michigan Tech turnovers en route to a 38-20 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football win tonight at Key Stadium. The Huskies (1-6 overall, 1-6 GLIAC) held the hosts to 32 rushing yards and 231 yards of total offense but UIndy (3-5, 2-5 GLIAC) picked off three passes and recovered two fumbles to defend its home field. More

Volleyball Huskies Cruise Past Southern Indiana, 3-0


The Michigan Tech volleyball team posted a convincing 3-0 win (25-19, 25-15, 25-19) over Southern Indiana to close play in the GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Tournament. The Huskies (11-11) hit a season-high .396 in the match thanks to 50 kills on 106 attempts with only eight errors. Across the net, the Screaming Eagles (11-12) finished with a .167 hitting percentage. More

Tennis Wins Sixth Straight at LSSU

Michigan Tech clinched at least a tie for second place in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s tennis standings with a 6-3 victory at Lake Superior State today. The Huskies finished their 2009 fall regular season with a 7-2 record thanks to six straight wins. More

Around the Keweenaw

Turning the Lights on Shelden


Last week folks passing through downtown Houghton got to see Shelden Avenue under a new light. Actually, passersby were under a new set of lights installed last week by Wright Electric on the 100 through 500 blocks of Shelden. More

Sigma Pi donates to Pigs-n-Heat

Sigma Pi's annual haunted house is anything but a fright for fire victims. The Houghton City Council recognized the Michigan Technological University fraternity Sigma Pi Monday night for their $5,000 donation to Pigs-n-Heat. More

Salt Boat Arrives

salt boat

The lake freighter Algosoo passes through the Portage Lake Lift Bridge Monday to drop a load of road salt in Hancock. Bridge Operator Bob Paavola said although the boat tried to pass through the bridge at 12:47 p.m., the captain thought it was riding too high in the water to be safe, so he backed up and pumped water from the canal into the boat's ballast tanks for about 15 minutes. After another 20 minutes of maneuvering, the boat passed through.

From the Email Bag

Quik Stop

quik stop

Ah yes, the Quik Stop, right there in Houghton, near the miner statue as
you drive into town. It reminds me of late night walks back to campus, after
a few beverages. That was usually the best time to eat there. We use to
call it the Quick Slop.

Love these old photos. Wonder you have any of the Longshot, in Houghton.
That was a great place with lots of 70s tunes, with a sunken dance floor.

Steve Madison, Da Tech 81, Circa 70s



We deliver! And the vintage 1975 description from the Gazette is priceless: Houghton's new Longshot Bar is a marvel to behold emphasizing the western, barn and rustic type atmospheres. The new establishment employs 12 persons in the realm of bar tenders, waitresses and music instrument operators. According to Manager Don Meyers, the business is excellent and the place only had its formal opening Wednesday. It is located one block east of the Douglass House and the management now is thinking of furnishing cold sandwiches to its patrons. It operates a Lounge Room where patrons may analyze athletic contests and stress the happenings of the community. The Longshot can look back more than a century, to the former Miller Hotel on Shelden Avenue. The photo shows the bar to the right and the Lounge Room, left.


I sure do remember the "quick stop" sometimes corrupted to the "quick slop", but it was the first fast food burger joint in town. Must have ben about 1975, giver or take a year...

George and Phyllis English (class of '77)


I lived across the road from the Quick Stop during my senior year, however, I can only remember eating there a few times. I guess we would rather drive 100 miles to Marquette for McDonalds. If I remember correctly, the Quick Stop was more of a local hangout. The spot where our apartment was is now a Best Western.

Chuck Dickerson 79



That Quick Stop sign brought back memories, but not because I ever ate there. My wife and I married on her graduation day in 1973, and we moved into a triplex rental downtown so I could finish the last term of my masters in business. We spent a very pleasant summer living on Sheldon Ave. before taking jobs downstate. On Friday and Saturday nights, we'd see the same car go by a half dozen times as the locals cruised Houghton and Hancock and back again.

Imagine my shock/disappointment when I came back to Houghton a few years later to find our old apartment torn down and replaced by the Quick Stop!

Kerry Irons '72


Ate there once. Learned a tough lesson...food at Wads wasn't all bad.

D Kubisch '82


If I remember properly, the Quik Stop (pictured) was a fast-food drive in on the east end of downtown, practically next door to Diamond Mikes. This would have been just west, and across the street, from today's Best Western. At the time, this was the only fast food in Houghton, and perhaps north and west of Negaunee.

Charles Rogers '78.


That was the fast food restaurant on the south side of Shelden in the first block. Their pancakes were better than their hamburgers.

George Hermanson 73/75


WOW!! Can't believe there's actually a photo of the sign!! We called it the 'Slow Slop' instead -- it was a more fitting name for that burger joint.

Becky '74


Aah the Quik Stop, thanks for bringing back those memories.

I worked there my freshman year (1977-78), the joys of serving Tech Students at 2:05 am just after Diamond Mike's closed....

Then having to clean up the mess they left as they continued staggering back to Tech ;-)

As for the article on the deer crashes, add Liz and I to those stats. we each hit a deer 7 days apart with a different vehicle last month..

Bob Gilreath 1981

Alum Begins Fund-raising Drive for Women's Soccer

This week the University announced that Women's varsity Soccer will begin in the fall of 2010. (Story here.) As a player and President of the MTU soccer club in the 70's and 80's and current Men's Club adviser this an important announcement for me.

I have just made a donation to MTU Athletics directed to MTU WOMENS VARSITY SOCCER (see link below for online donations)

I ask all former MTU men's and women's club members and anyone else that feels the same as I do to make a contribution to this new program.


Bob Gilreath

The link: www.mtf.mtu.edu/give then select athletics and put "women's soccer" in text box.

More on Vetville, Power Plant Drive

vetvilleBob Carnahan is right. Including the Al Boyer identification. The car was parked away from the fence so we didn't have to shovel it out. There's a dog before you get to the car. He was our Husky mascot. He's out for his evening dewatering, no doubt.

Dick Berry 1950


I know of power plant drive housing. Verdie Cox lived there when I was in high school. His son was a good friend of mine and I spent lots of time there.

Jim Pruner "61


Hi Dennis,
I graduated in the Class of 1959 and lived in the married housing units in Lower Woodmar from 1957 to 1959. The roofs were rounded, and divided into two families per Quonset. Each family had two bedrooms, one bath, a combined kitchen/living room, a fairly large entry because of the snow being so deep in the wintertime and a little storage space.

The round roofed building in the lower row at the far right hand side of picture was the community washroom with sinks, clothes washers and dryers and lots of clothes lines to hang up clothes and sheets, etc. You soon found out the best times to get your laundry done. We just set our alarm for between 12:00a.m. & 3:00a.m. and there was no problem getting all the washers or dryers you wanted!

Best regards,
Gary F. Tucker
Missoula, MT

Panorama of Houghton


Thanks, Dennis.

I really do appreciate your letters from MTU twice a month. Nothing like the feeling of nostalgia. I vividly remember playing ball, frisbee, etc. in the lot directly across the street from our house, and the high school was just a fixture. So many changes since I've been up there: the Library, the Walker building,... way too many to list. I've also made some connections with old friends through the Alumni directory. Thanks for that, too!

Enjoy your Monday.



Your note on the panoramic view of Houghton: "Editor's Note: One more look here, including the old Houghton High School." What do you mean "old Houghton High School"? Is it gone? Has it moved? What is in its place? My senior year (83-84), I lived kitty-corner (or katty-corner) to the school at 301 South Ave. Great times, and great memories of the walks to and from campus, even in the dead of winter. My old roommate in that house, Gary Peters, still lives in Dollar Bay.

I just took a look at Google Maps, and the satellite and street views show the empty lot where the Houghton Gremlins used to learn. And more Googling tells me that the high school is now on Gundlach Rd. Holy Wah! That's quite an expansive campus (again, looking at Google Maps). My how the times have changed...

Well, thanks, as always, for the walk down Memory Lane. Have a great week!

Best regards,
David Clark
Raleigh, NC
Class of '84

Editor's Note: Yet one more look here, including the old Houghton High School. And thanks to you alums for your notes. You make this newsletter what it is!

I-Nite Video

The web streaming began October 5 and will run for six months.

Robert DeGabriel


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