November 30, 2009
Vol. 16, No.7
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The Last Round

Verdie Cox hole
A tough hole to remember a great guy: Number Six at PLGC, with Number Five green in the background.

I've never heard a golfer exclaim "I played too much golf this year!" Instead, you will hear a golfer say he or she didn't get enough rounds in. I fall into the latter category. I was just too busy this summer and fall: road trips, Frisbee, work around the house, etc.

So, with temperatures still in the low 50s, we snuck out for one last round on Sunday November 22nd. We were not alone. Seven other vehicles were parked in the lot, and smiling golfers dotted the fairways and greens as they all realized they were cheating old man winter.

Portage Lake Golf Course had a good year, as evidenced in a story here.

The course has always meant a lot to me. It's where I really learned the game, played on a high school team, and created many memories with my family and friends.

I chatted with legendary coach and teacher Verdie Cox more than once, especially about the nine holes that he helped design. I told him that parring Number Six, named in his honor, was like a birdie anywhere else.

Once, my son was trying to qualify for a high school golf meet and came home all excited: he missed the cut, but he "birdied Verdie!"

Memories dot every hole: a monster drive interrupted by the lightening siren on 12, a near hole-in-one on 8 (I'm still waiting for my first), hitting a few trees on 18 and hearing the old judge, Stephen Condon, ask: "Who's the lumberjack?"

I've seen bear, deer (including one on that last round), eagles, herons, cranes, beavers, rabbits, and skunks on the course over the years. And I've laughed more than I've cursed, high praise given my skills as a golfer.

So, as I sat down with family at another great Thanksgiving and counted my blessings, I admit my mind wandered a bit southeast as I thought "If I'd only made that putt on 7. . . "

Dennis '92, '09

At Tech

Youth Programs Helps Science Score Big with Young People

Michigan Tech took its traveling STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Road Show to Grand Rapids last week, inspiring thousands of elementary and high-school students to “score with science” at a hockey game and science expo. More

Sudhakar Pandit Elected a Society of Manufacturing Engineers Fellow

Sudhakar M. Pandit, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, has been named one of nine new Fellows of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a professional society serving the manufacturing industry. More

Building a Grid that Plays Nice

It's unlikely that you'll crash the local utility system by turning on your microwave. But in smaller electric grids it's not that hard for a single, power-gobbling component—say, central air-conditioning—to blow the proverbial main fuse. More

Alumni Around the World

Texas Alums Gather in Austin, Dallas, and Houston

Houston Aeros

Texas alumni and friends gathered last week in Austin and Dallas for informal pub nights to network, share their Tech memories, and catch up on what’s happening on campus. Many thanks to John Soyring '76 who spoke to the group in Austin, and to chapter leaders Jerry '73 and Mary White, who  assisted with the event in Dallas.

Houston alumni and friends gathered to network and watch the Houston Areos take on the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday, November 20. Thanks to Alumni Association Board member Johnny Peavey '74 for organizing the event.


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

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

Northwest Michigan Alumni Announce Scholarship

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 2010).  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 or calling 231-938-2452. Hurry, the application deadline is March 3, 2010.

Youth Programs Announces 2010 Offerings!

Michigan Tech’s Youth Programs is rolling its most exciting line-up of precollege programming yet, led by suggestions from our past participants and their parents.
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Our new Summer Youth Programs Explorations include

  • Digital Journalism, Pod-Casting and More
  • Explore the Forested World!
  • Great Lakes Biology on the Denis Sullivan
  • Industrial Archeology: Uncovering the Past
  • Keweenaw Mountain Biking
  • Mobile Robotics
  • Mountaineering EcoChallenge
  • Pavlis Summer Leadership Institute
  • Psychology in Action
  • Rail and Intermodal Transportation
  • Wilderness Mountain Bike Tour
  • Wilderness Survivalyouth program

Highlighting our new explorations will be Great Lakes Biology on the Denis Sullivan. Participants will board this three-masted topsail schooner in Bay City, Michigan, then sailing up Lake Huron, through the Soo Locks and across Lake Superior to Houghton, learning biology in a way you have never experienced before.

We are offering two exciting hands-on courses in which you can earn 3 college credits each, while living like a true college student with peers from around the nation and world!

  • Cryptography
  • Spatial Visualization / Engineering Design

We have rolled out a new website (

Michigan Tech’s Youth Programs has been exciting young men and women about learning since 1972. As loyal Michigan Tech Alumni, you will be first to receive our new innovative catalog in early December, just in time for Christmas! We encourage you to visit our website for more information regarding our programs. Also, if you would like to make sure you are on our mailing list, or if you have any questions regarding our programs, please feel free to contact us by e-mail ( or by calling our staff at (906) 487-2219. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Tech Sports

The Wrap-up

What’s Happening This Week

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009
Cager Club Luncheon, 12 noon (Grant Hockey Ed Center)

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on Radio Mix 93.5 FM

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009
No. 1 Women’s Basketball hosts Wayne State, 5:30 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball hosts Wayne State, 7:30 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)

Friday, Dec. 4, 2009
Hockey at Wisconsin, 8:07 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009
Nordic Skiing at NMU Wildcat Open (Weather permitting)
No. 1 Women’s Basketball hosts Northwood, 1 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball hosts Northwood, 3 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)
Hockey at Wisconsin, 8:07 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)

All times Eastern. Home events in bold.

Complete Schedule


Last Week’s Results

Men’s Basketball (1-4, 0-0 GLIAC)
11/27 — at Southern Indiana 72, Michigan Tech 55
11/28 — No. 7 Bellarmine 79, Michigan Tech 66 (at Southern Indiana)

Hockey (3-9-0, 2-8-0 WCHA)
11/27 — at Minnesota State 5, Michigan Tech 2
11/28 — at Minnesota State 3, Michigan Tech 2

Women’s Basketball (3-0, 0-0 GLIAC)
Did not compete

Nordic Skiing
11/25-28 — Michigan Tech at Yellowstone Ski Festival (at West Yellowstone, Mont.) No Team Results

Top News of the Week

Michigan Tech will host the first of three Cager Club Luncheons Tuesday (Dec. 1) at 12 noon in the Begg Conference Room of the Grant Hockey Educational Center. Basketball coaches Kevin Luke and John Barnes will be the featured speakers. The event is open to the public and a complimentary light lunch will be provided.

Michigan Tech’s basketball teams will play their first home regular season games Thursday (Dec. 3) vs. Wayne State. The No. 1-ranked women’s team will see its first action at home after three road games to start the year. The men’s team has not played at home since a Nov. 10 exhibition game vs. Finlandia and has opened with five road games.

Wysocky Named GLIAC North Player of the Week

Michigan Tech women’s basketball player Katie Wysocky (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) has earned the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s first north division player of the week nod of the season. The senior forward racked up 48 points and 39 rebounds in three games last week to help the top-ranked Huskies start the year 3-0. More

Mavericks Hang On for 3-2 Win Over Hockey Huskies

Michigan Tech scored twice in the final 3:34 of the third period but came up one goal shy falling at Minnesota State 3-2 in WCHA action Saturday (Nov. 28). The Mavericks opened the game with a pair of goals by Kael Mouillierat at 1:22 and Zach Harrison at 4:45. After a scoreless second period, Mouillerat capitalized on an odd-man rush to score what would hold up as the game-winning goal at 3:16. More

Around the Keweenaw

Black Friday Draws Early Shoppers

Black Friday

Heather Norton found everything she was looking for Friday morning. With much of her Christmas shopping complete by 5:30 a.m., she was ready to check out at Walmart and start wrapping. "I got Rock Band, a table and chairs, toys, a coffee pot and pajamas," she said. More

Soldiers Welcomed Home

They're back. At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, 114 soldiers from the Calumet-based 1431st Sapper Company of the Michigan National Guard's 107th Engineering Battalion filed into the Calumet High School gymnasium, where they were welcomed by a full house of cheering family, friends and supporters. More

Keweenaw Mountain Lodge open for winter

The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge will now be open for the winter, for the first time in 75 years. Located just outside Copper Harbor, the lodge will be open seven days a week starting Dec. 28 and will feature cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, a toboggan run, an ice rink and a brand new snowboard terrain park. More

From the Email Bag

Houghton Flour Mill

flour mill
It was on the lake front just down the hill from Franklin Square. It was run by Milo Slagg and his wife during the 1930-40's. I think Milo died and Julia, his wife, continued to run it. Seemed like the main man in the actual operation was Curtis __________ or something like that. May have been Eggleston whose father was a plumber in Houghton. (as i remember it and it gets foggier each year....) However, the location is right. If you went down the hill from Franklin Square, the old Carroll Foundry was on the right and the Flour mill was just ahead or slightly to the left.

Bob Brown '53


I'm not sure but I think the flour mill was on the Houghton waterfront west of what is now the Super 8. From the photo it appears to be across from the ski hill. The Hamar Quandt lumber yard was in that area also. When we arrived in Houghton in 1956 a family by the name of Curt Eggleston, members of the Presbyterian Church, were connected to the flour mill "family".

Jerry MacInnes


It appears to be the Ripley ridge in the upper right-hand corner, Mt. Ripley Ski hill would be my best guess? That would place the building down on the canal near where the salvage yard is today. Just my two cents…

Bryan J. MacKenzie



The Houghton Flour Mill was located between the railroad tracks and the waterfront just east of the National Park Service property. That's Mt. Ripley in the background upper right. This would have been right about where Franklin Street would have hit the waterfront had it extended north beyond Sheldon Avenue.

Steve Haas
Sammamish, WA


I think the mill was west of the bridge in the neighborhood of the Bosch brewery.....

College bowl possibly the other person was Paul Moore (Chem, 1962)

Gary Rhoney


believe it was in the row of buildings approximately across M26 from B&B bar, or Hardee's, . there was several garages, school bus garage, had my 36 Terraplane worked on there, several times, Milo
Slagg ice house, stored ice from Portage Lake, I was born March of 1922, been around for a while!!

Bob Fricke

Bob: I believe there was an ice house located across from the B&B and Hardees. Alums?


Looks like the old Bosch Brewery out on the Canal Road, bet it was out that way

John Trotter


The Houghton Floor Mill building looks like the back of the present day Backroom Books. Maybe that is Mont Ripley in the background?

Not sure, but just my first impression...

Brian Crawford

Brian: Backroom Books used to be Kirkish Furniture. Before that, I don't know.

SkyWest Airlines

Think of the amount of sleep that the crew will get. If they are lucky they will be at the hotel by 1 AM. The back to the airport by at least 5 AM to get the weather briefing, prepare the plane, etc. So they will be lucky if they get 4 hour of sleep. And we wonder why crews get tired in the cockpit.

Chris Hill

1964 College Bowl

college bowl

Bernie Guanera was the alternate.

Last I heard, Bernie was CEO of Behre Dolbear in Denver, a major minerals industry consulting firm.

Frank Shoffner

Bash at the Big House


The Bash at the Big House was probably one of the single greatest and most fun events the University has put on outside of Tech. The GLI tournament is a great time too, but the shear magnitude of the Bash was amazing. I was fortunate enough to be able to play with the band on the field. The band did a great job putting together a great show and having a great rehearsal with us alumni earlier in the morning. We were able to get up to speed quickly. Of course, get up to speed meant "follow the student next to you." Da Tech crowd's response to the band coming out of the Tunnel was the best feeling I've had since our Men's Basketball team hosted the NCAA regional tournament. Having around 30,000 Tech fans scream and clap along to the 2001 Theme vamp we play was just awesome. I think my favorite moments were rushing out onto the field the first time, fertilizing an egg on the field ("Every Sperm is Sacred") during half-time, and the after game "Battle of the Bands." They should have renamed that "Our Band is better than your band" ;o)

bashHere is a picture of our view of the crowd/field (above), while entering for the half time show. It was a reenactment of "the Ministry of Silly Walks" from Monty Python. I also included a picture of some band members (current and alumni) being a little silly pregame (left).

Ward "Wardo Rican" Rietz Jr.
MSE 2003
Huskies Pep Band 1999-2003

p.s. seeing Gary play later that night in AA, when we took over the bar (Mitch's Place?) and created a little piece of Houghton was a sight to see.


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