January 11, 2010
Vol. 16, No.9
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Broomball Memories

Verdie Cox hole
Broomball under the lights.

125 years.

That's how long Michigan Tech's been around, and you savvy alums probably noticed the commemorative logo in the masthead above.

It's a great time to sit back and reflect and at the same time celebrate the Tech of today and tomorrow.

With that in mind, we have a great, new website: http://www.mtu.edu/125, where you can share your memories and see those of others.

TechAlum will be celebrating the 125th with you and the rest of the Tech family, and we are beginning with broomball memories. There is a special spot under the Traditions link on the 125th page.

One of my favorite Carnival activities is grabbing some hot chocolate from the IRHC stand and then watching some broomball at night. Something about the night air and shadows that makes it all surreal, especially if it is snowing.

This year, they will be playing in a new location on three rinks between the Walker Building and the White House. The web folks tell me they'll have new webcams up, too, and you'll be able to watch the action from home.

So, send in those memories and share some here. Let's all celebrate this great institution and all it's meant to us.

Dennis '92, '09


Snowfall totals (at the airport)
Season total: 105.5"
Snowfall last week: 12"
On the ground: 27"

Last year's total: 117.5"
On the ground: 32.5"

At Tech

Tech Showcases New Professional Master of Engineering Program

Automotive engineering is entering a new era of hybrid electric-drive vehicles that demand a special set of skills most automotive engineers didn’t study when they went to college. To prepare engineers to thrive in this hybrid/electric world, Michigan Tech is developing an interdisciplinary professional Master of Engineering program with graduate and undergraduate certification in propulsion technologies for hybrid and electric vehicles. More

VPA Plays Receive Kennedy Center/ACTF Honor

The two one-act plays recently produced by Michigan Tech's Visual and Performing Arts Department (VPA)—“The Bald Soprano” and “The Lesson”—were performed at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. The Region III festival was held at Saginaw Valley State University from January 5 to 9. More

Alumni Around the World

GLI Alumni Action

Polish Consul
The Huskies Pep Band and Tech fans gathered once again for the 45th Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena December 29 and 30 to cheer on their Huskies Hockey team.

Tech alumni and friends got together at the Garden Room party hosted by the Alumni Association to enjoy pickled eggs “imported” from the Doghouse (16 jars!) and purchase e tickets and GLI t-shirts. Winners of the Red Wings and Huskies jersey raffle were Dennis J. Wyllie ’70 and Carole McGlynn.

Sadly, the Huskies lost the first round to MSU and dropped a 5-3 decision to Michigan to finish fourth.

Many thanks to volunteers Dan ’88 and Brett Batten, Bill and Andrew '11 Musselman and Eric Kerstner for helping out.

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Alan ParsonsHow about the Alan Parsons Live Project in 2006, with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra? I'd love to hear your memories on this or any other concert. In reviewing old TechAlums, I found several notes about Bob Seger.
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Grenadier Restaurant

Grenadier Restaurant
Special bonus points if you remember the Grenadier Barbeque and/or what was housed in the building subsequently.
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Tech Sports

The Wrap-up

What’s Happening This Week

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010
Cager Club Luncheon, 12 noon (Grant Hockey Ed Center)
Hockey hosts Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8:00 a.m., Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010
Women’s Basketball hosts Hillsdale, 5:30 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball hosts Hillsdale, 7:30 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Friday, Jan. 15, 2010
Hockey hosts Alaska Anchorage, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010
Women’s Basketball hosts Findlay, 12 noon (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball hosts Findlay, 2 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Hockey hosts Alaska Anchorage, 5:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

All Times Eastern. Home events in bold.

Complete Schedule

Last Week’s Results

Hockey (3-18-0, 2-14-0 WCHA)
1/8 — at No. 15 St. Cloud State 4, Michigan Tech 2
1/9 — at No. 15 St. Cloud State 5, Michigan Tech 1

Women’s Basketball (12-1, 7-1 GLIAC)
1/7 — No. 5 Michigan Tech 88, at Ashland 65
1/9 — No. 5 Michigan Tech 89, at Tiffin 63

Men’s Basketball (3-10, 2-6 GLIAC)
1/7 — at Ashland 73, Michigan Tech 62
1/9 — Michigan Tech 90, at Tiffin 73

Nordic Skiing
1/2-8 — Michigan Tech women finish 5th, men 6th in College Cup at US Nationals (at Anchorage, Alaska)

Top News of the Week

Saturday has been dubbed Econo Foods Kids Day at Michigan Tech athletics. Econo Foods has partnered with Michigan Tech to provide 500 free kids tickets to Saturday’s athletic events. One ticket will be good for all three Tech athletic events on Saturday—women’s basketball vs. Findlay at noon, men’s basketball vs. Findlay at 2 p.m. and hockey vs. Alaska Anchorage at 5:07 p.m. Tickets are for youth age 14 and under and will be available for pickup beginning Wednesday (Jan. 13) at noon at the service desk at Econo Foods.

After playing 11 of their last 13 games on the road, the hockey Huskies will begin a seven-game home stand at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Three of the seven will come this week. Tech hosts arch rival Northern Michigan in a rare Tuesday game before welcoming in WCHA foe Alaska Anchorage Friday and Saturday.

Former Tech Player Named Head Coach of St. Louis Blues

Davis Payne
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced Saturday that the club has named former Michigan Tech player Davis Payne as interim head coach. Payne becomes the 23rd coach in the history of the St. Louis Blues replacing Andy Murray, who was relieved of his duties.

“Davis is very knowledgeable of the players in our organization and we feel he is the best candidate to coach our team,” said Davidson. “He has nine winning seasons at the minor league level which includes an ECHL Championship in 2006.


Zimmerman Drains Six 3-Pointers in 89-63 Win at Tiffin

Michigan Tech overcame a slow start to defeat Tiffin 89-63 today in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball. Katie Zimmerman tied a school record with six 3-pointers and Katie Wysocky added 21 points to help the Huskies move to 12-1 overall and 6-1 in the league. More

Riikonen-Purtsi's Top-10 Finish Leads Team at US Nationals

Michigan Tech senior Henna Riikonen-Purtsi finished her week at the US National Championships with a fourth place finish in the “B” Final and 10th overall in the classical sprints Friday (Jan. 8). Her 10th-place finish is believed to be the best ever by a female Michigan Tech skier at the US National Championships. More

Men's Basketball Hits 16 3-Pointers at Tiffin

Michigan Tech drained 16-of-28 3-pointers en route to a 90-73 GLIAC men’s basketball victory at Tiffin today. Matt Gaedke (25 points) and Tyler Molesworth (23) both notched career highs to help the Huskies improve to 3-10 overall and 2-6 in league play. More

Around the Keweenaw

Fire Destroys Surplus Outlet

surplus outlet
An early Saturday morning (December 26) fire destroyed the Surplus Outlet store on Shelden Avenue, and the five apartments on the second floor of the building, but there were no injuries. Houghton Fire Chief Jim Lightfoot said a call about the fire came to the fire department at about 3:45 a.m. More

Stupak Talks Healthcare

US Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, spoke to an overflow crowd of hundreds at Michigan Tech Thursday night in a town hall meeting dominated by talk of the health care bill. The meeting was part of a week-long trek through the western Upper Peninsula. More

Hit-and-Run Suspect Still at Large

The Houghton Police Department has released new information about a hit-and-run incident on Shelden Avenue Wednesday evening. A 78-year-old female and an 80-year-old male were struck by a red vehicle at approximately 6:34 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Shelden Avenue near Quincy Street, as they attempted to cross south on Shelden, according to police. More

From the Email Bag

MBA Students Featured on TV6

Hi Dennis,
The story on the MBA student projects from spring 2009 on the elimination of trans fats from the supply chain was aired last night on TV6.

A summary link is below.

Dana Johnson

Hi Dana --

The story on Portage Health's trans fat-free initiative ran on TV6 news last night. Thank you very much for assisting Ashley Palumbo with this story.



Jane Nordberg
Marketing Communications Specialist

Life's Rules

* Lerman's Law of Technology: Any technical problem can be overcome given enough time and money. Corollary: You are never given enough time or money.

* Murphy's First Law for Wives: If you ask your husband to pick up five items at the store and then you add one more as an afterthought, he will forget two of the first five.

* Law of the Search: The first place to look for anything is the last place you would expect to find it. Corollary: It will not be in the last place you expect to find it.

* Kauffman's Paradox of the Corporation: The less important you are to the corporation, the more your tardiness or absence is noticed.

* The Salary Axiom: The pay raise is just large enough to increase your taxes and just small enough to have no effect on your take-home pay.

* Miller's Law of Insurance: Insurance covers everything except what happens.

* First Law of Living: As soon as you start doing what you always wanted to be doing, you'll want to be doing something else.

* Weiner's Law of Libraries: There are no answers, only cross-references.

* Isaac's Strange Rule of Staleness: Any food that starts out hard will soften when stale. Any food that starts out soft will harden when stale.

* Kenny's Law of Auto Repair: The part requiring the most consistent repair or replacement will be housed in the most inaccessible location.

* Second Law of Business Meetings: If there are two possible ways to spell a person's name, you will pick the wrong one. Corollary - If there is only one way to spell a name, you will spell it wrong anyway.

* The Grocery Bag Law: The candy bar you planned to eat on the way home from the market is hidden at the bottom of the grocery bag.

* Yeager's Law: Washing machines break down only during the wash cycle. Corollary: All breakdowns occur on the plumber's day off.

* Lampner's Law of Employment: When leaving work late, you will go unnoticed. When you leave work early, you will meet the boss in the parking lot.

* Quile's Consultation Law: The job that pays the most will be offered when there is no time to deliver the services.

* Loftus' Law: Some people manage by the book, even though they don't know who wrote the book or even which book it is.

* Lovka's Dilemma: You never get away, you only get someplace else.

Frank Shoffner

Fundraiser for Bruce Clarke '79, '82

Bruce Clarke
Alum Bruce Clarke '79/'82 (civil engineering) has been battling Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia since his diagnosis in 2003. Since that time he has undergone 4 series of chemotherapy which unfortunately have not knocked out the cancer. His doctors have now advised him to undergo a stem cell transplant at Karmanos Cancer Research Center in Detroit, with his brother as donor. This treatment is intensive and will require him to be in the hospital for an extended time of up to 6 months and possibly even a year. The hospital requires that a family member be present for his stay and fortunately his wife Jean is available to do that. The loss of his income while in treatment will result in a tremendous financial burden on his family. 

As friends, we have come together and organized a fund-raising event for Bruce and his family to be held Saturday, January 23, 2010 at the Family Life Center in Assumption Church in Belmont. The event will be a fun evening of music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres and raffle.

We are asking you to donate a raffle prize such as a gift certificate, gift baskets, travel, sporting event or performance tickets or cash donations. Any new items that would be appealing as a raffle item would be greatly appreciated. Donations have already started coming in just from word of mouth. Our venue rental fee has been waived by Assumption Catholic Church in Belmont, Two To Tango Disc Jockeys have volunteered to provide our music free of charge, Red Wing tickets have been donated by the Reisinger Law Firm, some table munchies have been provided by an anonymous donor (but we do need more!), and Williams & Beck is providing all promotional and printing costs. Your name will be prominently displayed at the raffle as the donor of that item. Companies that provide large prizes or cash donations valued at $250 or more will also receive additional promotion before and after our event in our advertising and press releases. All monies generated  from this fundraiser will go to the Clarke family to alleviate some of their financial burden, allowing Bruce and Jean the peace of mind to concentrate on Bruce's recovery from his transplant.

We are hoping that you can find it in your heart to help one of our own with a donation.

Just give us a call and we would be happy to come by at your convenience to collect any donated items.  Thank you so much in advance for your support. And we hope you will join us for this event come January.

The "Clarke Family Fundraiser Donation Card" requires: Name, Address, Telephone, Email, & Donation Amount. Please send to:

Clarke Family Fundraiser Committee
c/o Dawn Taylor
6440 Botany Bluff Dr. NE
Belmont, MI 49306

OR if you would like to donate raffle items, please contact:

Dawn Taylor (616) 365-2434
Kathy Uzarski (616) 361-9821

Fundraiser is Saturday, January 23, 2010, 7:00 pm. Tickets to the event will be $10. and available at the door. Music, Dancing, Hors D'oeuvres at the Assumption Church Family Life Center, Belmont, MI.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to call me at (616) 874-2500.

D. Eric Strang

Featured Alumni Benefits

Michigan Tech Group Insurance: Liberty Mutual and the Alumni Association

liberty mutual
As a Michigan Tech graduate, you qualify for a special group rate on your auto, home, and renters insurance through Liberty Mutual. For a free, no-obligation quote, contact your Liberty Mutual Representative today!

Eastern  Michigan: Renee Kurowski (989-832-4865) renee.kurowski@libertymutual.com
Western Michigan and the UP: Chris Napolillo (800-865-1870 ext. 56821) christopher.napolillo@libertymutual.com


More Alumni Benefits and Services information http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/products/gear/

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Job Opportunities

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Assistant Research Scientist, Michigan Tech Research Institute-Ann Arbor

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Complete Job Descriptions are available on the Human Resources website.

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