November 2, 2009
Vol. 16, No.5
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Caught Studying

Nicole Stemen
Nicole Stemen takes a break from Aristotle.

We are just past midyear exams here at Tech, in week nine, and we caught some students hard at it in the School of Business and Economics computer lab on a cold, dreary, grey Tuesday morning.

Eric Nichols, an electrical engineering major, was busy with a business elective, BA2210 Web Applications and Development. A third-year student, he anticipates graduating in “about a year and a half.”

From Monroe, Michigan, Nichols hopes “to get a good job in photonics. Photonics is the study of light,” he said. “I hope to help make faster computers, maybe working for IBM or GE.”

When he’s not studying or plotting his future, Nichols says he tries to relax and get away from the books by using the Tech Experience offerings: he snowboards in the winters and cheers on the Huskies on the ice and elsewhere.

Mont Ripley Ski Hill is one of the main reasons he chose Tech. He also checked out Grand Valley and the University of Toledo, “but I wanted to go where there was plenty of snow.”

Nearby, Nicole Baumruk was also hammering away at web development. The third-year MIS major from Appleton, Wisconsin, was focusing on “servlets on the client-server side of data programming.”

She hopes to graduate in spring 2011 and would like to work in an IT department somewhere, in databases and web development.

Baumruk chose Tech because five cousins went here. “It was a small-size college, which I wanted,” she said. When she’s not studying or working, Baumruk looks forward to water skiing and working with Big Brothers and Big Sisters back home.

The cloudy day was visible through the windows next to Nicole Stemen, a fourth-year marketing major from Lake Linden who was deeply into Aristotle for a rhetoric class she was taking.

“I like it,” she said. “It’s a different kind of course.”

She hopes an internship at the Disney Company comes through. She would work with youth marketing if she got the job, with assignments such as hosting high school bands when they went to Disney World.

She said she has always been interested in working with Disney, and finally applied for three internships, one of which has gone on to the interview step. Stemen is also involved with Alpha Gamma Delta sorority: “It’s a fun time. We were in the Homecoming parade with other sororities and fraternities.”

When she graduates, she wouldn’t mind working for Disney, or, “if I don’t find what I like in marketing, I might look at law.”

Despite the Keweenaw weather, it’s safe to say the three students’ futures look bright.

By the time I was out of the room, they were back into databases, code, and ancient Greeks.

Dennis '92, '09

At Tech

Chemical Engineering Grads Among the Best in Design Competition

Two May 2009 Michigan Tech chemical engineering graduates were among the best in the US this year in AIChE’s National Student Design Competition in the individual category. Terry Mazure and John Krystof placed second and third, respectively, for their solutions to a large-scale chemical engineering design problem. More

Michigan Tech MBA Honored Again by Aspen Institute

Michigan Tech’s School of Business and Economics MBA program has been honored by the Aspen Institute’s 2009-10 edition of Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools. The School is rated 58th on a list of the top-100 business schools, and has “demonstrated significant leadership in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its MBA program,” according to the Aspen Institute. More

Powwow: Alumna Guides Youth, Celebrates Native Traditions

For the fourteenth year, the Spirit of the Harvest Powwow graced the Michigan Tech campus. A radiant, out-of-this-world affair, it featured regalia as colorful as the fall forest, with chanting that sounded both heartfelt and heartbreaking. More

Grad Student Takes Aim at Sugar Maple Dieback

When Tara Bal brings a 12-gauge into the woods, she doesn’t worry about exceeding her limit. Bal, a Michigan Technological University PhD student in forest science, isn’t a hunter. She is more of a gatherer, using the shotgun to bring down sugar maple leaves from the forest canopy. More

School of Technology Plans New Robotics Program

Michigan Tech's School of Technology is partnering with industry to develop a new course in robotics and industrial automation designed to give students both industrial and University certification. More

Alumni Around the World

Colorado Springs and Indianapolis Events

alumni broomball champsColorado Alumni Hockey Event
More than seventy alumni visited the World Arena in Colorado Springs last Saturday October 24 to watch the Huskies play Colorado College. Even though the Huskies lost a tough battle 8-5, alumni had a chance to enjoy their annual pasty dinner, shipped in from the UP. Many alums are also planning on making the drive to the Denver Hockey pasty event in February. Special thanks to Chapter Leaders Kurt Eckert '76 and Nick Milicia '75.

alumni broomball champsIndianapolis Chapter Tailgate
Local chapter leader Sara Roosa '05 organized a tailgate on Saturday October 24, for the area to support the Huskies football team as they played the University of Indianapolis. More than thirty alumni shared some stories over a beverage and hot dog before cheering on the team.


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Tech Sports

The Wrap-up

What's Happening This Week
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009

Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM

Friday, Nov. 6, 2009
Volleyball at Ferris State, 12 noon
Hockey hosts North Dakota, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009
Cross Country at NCAA Regional, 11 a.m. (Kenosha, Wis.)
Football hosts Northwood, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Volleyball at Grand Valley State, 4 p.m.
Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (at Memorial Union Ballroom), 4:30 p.m.
Hockey hosts North Dakota, 7:37 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

All times Eastern. Home events in bold.

Complete Schedule


Last Week's Results

Hockey (2-4-0, 1-3-0 WCHA)

10/30 --- at Michigan Tech 3, St. Cloud State 1
10/31 --- St. Cloud State 3, at Michigan Tech 1

Volleyball (13-12, 9-5 GLIAC)
10/31 --- at Michigan Tech 3, Northern Michigan 2 (25-14, 19-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-7)

Football (2-7, 2-7 GLIAC)
10/31 --- Michigan Tech 21, at Tiffin 14

Cross Country
Did not compete.


Top News of the Week

Michigan Tech will induct seven individuals into its sports hall of fame during an official induction ceremony Saturday (Nov. 7) at 5 p.m. The event will take place in the Memorial Union Ballroom following Tech's 1 p.m. football game vs. Northwood and prior to its 7:37 p.m. hockey game vs. North Dakota. The seven inductees are former football players Don Boldt and Ron Ray, former hockey player and coach Herb Boxer, former women's basketball standout D. J. Evans, former sports information director Dave Fischer, former cross country and track star Chris Klaes and major donor John Opie.

Michigan Tech held Tiffin to 148 yards of total offense en route to a 21-14 victory last Saturday (Oct. 31). Brent Heim's 68-yard pass to Bobby Slowik early in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winning points. The Huskies' defense produced a season-high five sacks including two from sophomore Chet White. Tech will wrap up its 2009 schedule by hosting Northwood Saturday (Nov. 7) at 1 p.m.

Michigan Tech defeated arch rival Northern Michigan 3-2 in a five-set thriller on Halloween Saturday. The Huskies dominated set five with a 15-7 score to earn the season split with the Wildcats. With the win, Tech clinched a berth into the GLIAC Tournament. The Huskies will play at Ferris State and Grand Valley State this weekend to wrap up their regular season.

WBB Picked to Win GLIAC; Wysocky Named Preseason Player of the Year

The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team has been picked to win the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division for the second straight year, and Katie Wysocky has been honored as the league’s preseason Player of the Year it was announced today during the league’s annual media day teleconference. In addition, Wysocky and Sarah Stream were both named preseason All-GLIAC North Division. More

Four Women's Tennis Players Gain All-GLIAC Recognition

Michigan Tech had three women’s tennis players named to All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Teams and another receive honorable mention as the league announced its postseason awards today. Sophomores Victoria Zhilkina (St. Petersburg, Russia) and Ploy Suthijindawong (Bangkok, Thailand) both garnered All-GLIAC First Team accolades. Junior Nathalia Rondelli (Macae, Brazil) was named All-GLIAC Second Team. Junior Asel Otunchieva (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) gained All-GLIAC Honorable Mention. More

Around the Keweenaw

It's Done!


Traffic is back on Shelden Avenue in downtown Houghton. Since the road opened at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, the traffic has been consistent down Houghton's main drag for the first time since the road project began in early May. So far, reactions have been positive. More

CCCAC Focused on Going Green

The Pittsburgh Glass Center is an art glass workshop and a gallery built using many "green" technologies. That is the goal of people involved with the Copper Country Community Arts Center, so representatives of the PGC came to Hancock Wednesday to talk about their efforts with people who are interested in greening the CCCAC. More

Flu Closes Hancock Schools

Although the number of students absent from Hancock Public Schools Tuesday morning wasn't high enough to close the schools, by the end of the day the number of students who went home ill with suspected H1N1 flu prompted officials to suspend classes until Monday. Superintendent Monica Healy said at the start of classes Tuesday, the number of absences was at 16 percent of the student population, so she decided to keep school open. However, at 12:30 p.m. the rate was 21 percent, and it continued to rise. More

From the Email Bag

Family Ties

My husband's family has a long line of Tech grads starting with his grandfather in '42, his father in '75, his mother in '77, myself in '94 and my husband in '95. There is also a rumor of his great-great grandfather attending as well, but I was unable to find his name in the directory.

This long line was possible due to Tech's ever increasing curriculum offerings. His father ('75) was a Business Major, his mom ('77) was in the now defunct Nursing program and I was an STC. Our hope is to have our children attend as well because we would hate to break the tradition now!

Susan Wagner


Dear Dennis,

I have a very rare lineage at Tech: one that involves women. I graduated from Tech in 2005 and my sister, Molly, graduated from Tech in 2007. Our Michigan Tech lineage starts back in, I believe, the 30s with my great Aunts, Mary Banks Woodruff Krohn and Ester (Eddy) Banks Brodeur '36. There is (at least used to be) a picture of Aunt Mary in the Career Services building on Houghton Ave. as Winter Carnival Queen. Unfortunately I don't know a lot of graduation dates or majors. I looked up what I could find on the alumni directory. Most of this came through email conversations with my dad.

George H. Banks was my grandmother's father (and Aunts Mary and Eddy's father). He was originally from Sandusky, Ohio, and lived in Park City, Utah. My dad did not know exactly how George Banks ended up in Houghton. He married Gertrude Lange, who was either from Houghton or the immediate area. He worked for the Corps of Engineers and was head of the Portage waterway. He must have gotten some education some where, but I don't think that he ever went to Tech.

In the Banks family there were 5 kids. The oldest was Robert Banks, and four girls: my grandmother Grace Banks Bush, Coie Banks Kerschner, Aunt Eddy, and Aunt Mary (in that Order).

My dad wasn't sure where Robert Banks went to school--he could have gone to Tech. He ran a sprinkler company in Detroit, possibly Ace Sprinkler Co, putting fire Sprinklers in buildings. My dad was thinking (but is not 100% sure) that he may have invented his own sprinkler head. My dad remembers that Robert Banks was connected with Tech to the extent that when they were building new buildings he would come up and install the sprinkler systems.

My grandmother, Grace, was the oddball and went to MSU to become a teacher.

Coie Kerschner's husband was Lewis (or Louis) Kerschner. I don't know if/where Coie and/or Lewis went to college. Lewis ended up working in Detroit for the Corps of Engineers.

Aunt Eddy's husband (who she probably met at Tech) was Alvin (Nap) Brodeur '34, who was also from the Houghton/Hancock area. Nap's sister was Alice Brodeur Sullivan '45 and her husband went by the Sullie. According to the Alumni directory, there is a few male Sullivans that graduated from Tech in the 40s, and her husband could have been one of them.

Aunt Mary's first husband (who she probably met at Tech) was Frank Woodruff '39. He was a mining engineer and worked for several mining companies all around the country. At some point Frank was also on the Tech Board of Control. Frank died quite suddenly, at a relatively young age. We have a family scholarship at Tech that was started by Frank Woodruff, the George H. Bank's Endowed Scholarship. It is given to any family member that goes to Tech. If no family goes to Tech, I believe it is rewarded to a graduating senior.

The other members of the family who went to Tech were the Brodeur (Aunt Eddy's) kids. At least James Brodeur '68 graduated from Tech before he went to medial school. He is or used to be a part of the Portage Health System in Hancock. His Brother Dan and sister Jonie may have also gone to Tech, but my dad was not sure. Jonie's husband is Chuck Matrosic '63. He was in the military and for a while he was teaching either ROTC or some type of engineering at Tech. He later taught at Ferris State. Jonie and Chuck now live on Torch Lake.

My Aunt Mary celebrated her 90th birthday this summer. My parents were able to make the trip to Arizona for her party, but I was not able to. I know this is pretty long winded for the newsletter, but it was really fun researching my family!

Margaret Bush '05


You asked for stories about Michigan Tech generations, so I'll add mine. Our family has four generations so far, from my grandfather (T. R. Maki) through my parents (Jack and Joan Holland) and me and my husband (Alan and Jeanne Karkkainen) to my sons (Matt and Adam Karkkainen). Our more extended family includes 27 Michigan Tech degrees among 24 graduates. My grandfather
was the first holder of a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering to teach that subject at Tech, and my father holds the first PhD in Chemistry, and taught at Tech in the 60's, 70's and 80's. A listing of my family and their degrees follows.
First Generation:
T. R. Maki - BS ECM - 1931; MS ECM - 1933?
Second Generation:
Jack Holland - BS ECM - 1948; MS ECH - 1949; PhD ECH - 1967
Joan Maki Holland - BS SGN -1949
Ed North (uncle) - BS ECM - 1948
Carlo Karkkainen (father-in-law) - BS EMY - 1950
Gail Brown Griffeth (cousin) - BS SMT – 1955
Ted Puuri (husband's uncle) - BS EME – 1959
Carl Puuri (husband's uncle) – BS FFR – 1960
Third Generation:
Jeanne Holland Karkkainen - BS SMA - 1972
Alan Karkkainen - BS EME – 1974
Howard Puuri (husband's cousin) – BS BBA - 1974
Jack Voisine (brother-in-law) - BS EEE - 1975
June Holland Klein (sister) - BS BBA - 1975
Robert Klein (brother-in-law) - BS ECM - 1976
Karen Karkkainen Hawke (sister-in-law) - BS SMA 1976
Mel Hawke (brother-in-law) - BS EME – 1977
Dianne Puuri Larson (husband's cousin) – AAS ZTNU - 1977
Scott Karkkainen (brother-in-law) - BS EME - 1985
Earl Brogan (brother-in-law) - MS SRC - 1988
Janice Holland Brogan (sister) - MS SBL – 1995
Tom Puuri (husband's cousin) – AAS TFR - 1994
Fourth Generation:
Matthew Karkkainen - BS EME - 1999
Bridgett Mason Karkkainen - BS BBA - 1999
Adam Karkkainen - BS ECP - 2006

I may have forgotten some, I sure hope not!
Jeanne Karkkainen

Editor's Note: Wow!


Hi Dennis,

Two of my brothers and I graduated with Metallurgical Engineering degrees from MTU. Two of us had a child graduate from Tech and the other had two children and a son-in-law (still working on a PhD in Materials Science) graduate from MTU. Only two generations so far but who knows?

Al Niemi


Here's our family list of Tech grads (and one current student). Both of my parents (June & Ben Nyman) worked at Tech. That should count for something.

Me - Jill Nyman Botz - 75
My husband - Jim Botz - 74 & 75
My daughter - Lindsey Botz Rykal - 01
My son - Grant Botz - 06
My sister - Janet Nyman Delecke - 75
Her husband - Richard Delecke - 75
My sister-in-law - Lori Botz Pike - 81
My nephew is a current student - Ryan Pike - 11
My cousin - Jim Corlett - 75
My cousin - Kris Hoiem - 72 (I'm guessing)
My cousin - Steve Nyman - 72 (I'm guessing)
My uncle - Paul Valenti -71

Jill Botz


Dennis, not exactly "grads" but our family does have a three generation connection with Mich Tech.

Richard (Dick) Chandler was on the faculty in the Business Department in the 60's and 70's; I graduated from Tech in 1975 in forestry, married Dick's daughter (Jane) and currently our youngest daughter, Kendra, is in her second year at Tech in Biology.

Sorry, no group photos. Unfortunately Dick passed away before any photo opportunities with his grandkids. I do have a recent one of Kendra (attached) hopefully a 2012 grad and current alpha xi zeta sister.

mike schira

College Bowl 1964

college bowl
I was blown away to see the College Bowl team from 1964 on page 32 of the Fall 2009 Michigan Tech magazine. Thanks very much for printing it.

I certainly remember the trip and the competition. Ohio Wesleyan took a big lead but we made a charge at the end and just failed to catch them when none of us could remember that Anna Sewell wrote "Black Beauty" as time ran out.

Thanks again.

Raymond C. Ganga 1964

Quik Stop

I'm a little slow responding to this one. In '73 or '74 I lived in a house at the east end of town that was torn down to be replaced by a fast food joint, which turned out to be the Quik Stop. It was an okay house. When I saw what replaced it I thought "What a waste," and we still had to drive 100 miles to Marquette for 'decent' fast food!

Barbara Matz, 1974



Oh, these memories of the QuickStop from the late 70s.

Here's an earlier rebuttal to the "first fast food in Houghton west of Negaunee". In the fall of 1947 my SECOND rented room (after leaving a bedbug-infested room on Montezuma) was a room over the Grenadier restaurant located on the south side of Sheldon Ave. close to the post office building and across the street from the Dodge/Chrysler dealer. The Grenadier served good burgers and fries (30 years before the 70s) and the smell wafted up through the floor to the rental rooms. Fortunately, my roommate was the night cook there and provided the occasional free burger at months-end when the money was gone.

I have lots of photos--if only I was an accomplished pc junkie....

Les Reid '51

The Old Bridge Again

I recall, perhaps in '59 or '60, when the present bridge wasn't very old, a ship was coming through the canal one night and the bridge did not raise. This caused the ship captain, after blasting his horns repeatedly without response, into the emergency mode of dropping his anchors. The dragging anchors, in turn, tore up some submerged cables in the canal. Apparently, the bridge operator had fallen asleep. I recall the operator's name, Red Sullivan, because at that time there was an NHL player (NY Rangers?) with that name.

Frank Shoffner

The Longshot Bar

I am still chuckling over that article from the Gazette about the Longshot Bar! Believe it or not, I was one of the original employees working as a combination DJ and Bouncer during my senior year at MTU. Disco was KING at that time and we kept the mirrored ball rotating and the bodies out on the famous sunken dance floor with all the standards by Donna Summer, the BeeGees, Gloria Gaynor, KC and the Sunshine Band, and the Commodores. I was missing one of the most important pieces of male Disco costuming because I could not afford to buy a silk shirt that could be worn with the top 3 or 4 buttons unfastened down the front. Fortunately, I was good friends with 4 very talented seamstresses who lived in the Plywood Palace apartments across from the MTU Union. Using a sewing pattern they found at Omar the Tentmaker's Outlet Store, they stitched together an authentic custom-made silk Disco shirt for me that I wore proudly at least one night each weekend. Needless to say, Terri, Charlotte, Margaret, and Linda rarely had to pay for a drink while I was on duty at the Longshot!

John Helge

1959 Football Alums

1959 FootballWe found the names: Orvil Watia, Clay Willman, Bill Wiljanen, John Kwiatkopwski, Dale Hanes, Dave Courtney, and Bill Millar.


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