January 25, 2010
Vol. 16, No. 10
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Learning to Lead

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The SAE Enterprise gives students a chance to build and lead a team.

One of the great things about college is learning to succeed (or fail) in the classroom and as you lead an organization.

I was entrusted with a leadership position and was mostly successful (I think), but I learned from my mistakes, too. That's part of a well-rounded education.

Students need mentors to help them learn these lessons, too, and Michigan Tech's got a great system set up in that regard. You can help a student by sharing your professional experience.

With the Alumni Association’s new mentoring program, you can share your expertise and network with students and recent graduates. You can show your passion for your industry and profession and possibly get them interested in pursuing a career in that area.

The program encourages you to post useful career information in the Mentoring Directory within HuskyLink, the online alumni community, which can be searched by current students looking to form a mentoring relationship via e-mail, phone, and visits.

The length of the professional networking relationship is up to you. It is not designed to interview candidates or inquire about a position; but, if an employment opportunity arises, there is no restriction on hiring a mentee.

If you wish to become a mentor, please visit http://mtu.edu/alumni/connect/mentoring and follow the easy steps to complete your Mentor Profile.

Many thanks to Ken Guenther who attended Tech on an US Army program in 1945, for his generous financial support that has helped make this program possible.

For more information, email alumni@mtu.edu or call toll free at 877-688-2586.

And don't forget send in those Leadership stories for the 125th anniversary website. If you were involved with USG, leading a student org, helping run a fraternity or sorority, send in your story!

There's a great new Facebook page, too.

We want to hear from you!

Dennis '92, '09


Snowfall totals (We have barely scooped for a week.)
Season total: 112.5"
Snowfall last week: 3.5"
On the ground: 22"

Last year's total: 159"
On the ground: 37.5"

At Tech

Graduate School Reports Record High Enrollment

Preliminary numbers of graduate students enrolled at Michigan Tech have hit a record high of 1,189 for the spring 2010 semester, nearly a 22-percent increase over Spring 2009. The numbers include 71 first-time master's degree students and 31 first-time doctoral students. More

Scholarships Available to Career Changers

Michigan Tech alums who are interested in pursuing a career as a mathematics or science teacher in secondary schools are eligible for one-year fellowships, under a new Tech program funded by the National Science Foundation for the next five years. Anyone with a degree in engineering, science, or mathematics can apply for these $18,000 awards to study at Michigan Tech for one year. Recipients will take courses in teacher education that lead to student teaching and teacher certification in math or science. The deadline to apply for the 2010-2011 academic year is March 1. 

Further information is available at the program website—http://noycescholars.mtu.edu. Or interested individuals can contact the Michigan Tech Division of Teacher Education (Brad Baltensperger, chair 906-487-2425, or Judy Anderson, certification officer 906-487-3570).

Memorial Grove Tree Count Climbs to 54 and There is Room for More

A campaign to plant a Memorial Grove on the Michigan Tech campus has generated sponsorship for 54 trees so far, and due to very strong interest the University is extending the campaign until Jan. 31. The trees—both deciduous and conifer—will be planted this spring along the heavily-traveled eastern approach to the campus on Highway 41. More

"Send a Kid to Camp" Scholarships

Youngsters often lose interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics--the STEM fields--before they hit high school, particularly students from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences. Yet those fields form the foundation of a modern technological society. More

Planning for the Worst: Could Anything Have Helped in Haiti?

Last week's destruction in Haiti resulted from a huge earthquake near a susceptible population. The increased number of residents living in hazardous places around the world is the motivation behind a unique graduate program at Michigan Tech. More

Yap: Harnessing the Divas of the Nanoworld

Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) are the divas of the nanoworld. In possession of alluring properties, they are also notoriously temperamental compared to their carbon-based cousins. On the plus side, they can withstand incredibly high heat, well over 1,100 degrees Celsius, says Yoke Khin Yap, an associate professor of physics at Michigan Tech. More

Alumni Around the World

Alumni, Students, and Staff at Auto Show

Jay Meldrum (left), director of KRC, and Pete Cattelino, director of YES Expo and educational programs, help out at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Michigan Tech was invited by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to participate in the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

“We were invited because we are leading the way in professional education in hybrid electric vehicles and battery technologies,” said Carl Anderson, associate dean for research and graduate programs in Michigan Tech’s College of Engineering.

Instrumental to the Michigan Tech display was the support of General Motors. A long-time partner with Michigan Tech and a key partner in the professional masters program, GM provided a Chevy Volt test vehicle and more than thirty GM/Michigan Tech alumni to staff the booth during the public weeks.

Michigan's Lt. Governor John Cherry (center) GM's Leslie Kilgore '95 and Michigan Tech's Adam Johnson at the black-tie charity event.

A number of Michigan Tech alumni are working on the Chevy Volt program, notably Doug Parks, BSME ’84, who is the Global Vehicle Line Executive and Global Chief Engineer for the Volt platform. GM’s Leslie Kilgore (BSME ’95) and Michigan Tech’s Adam Johnson finished off the private week events with the black-tie Charity Preview on Jan 15th and GM’s Brian Kuykendall (BSME ’02) helped open the pubic show.

The exhibit was in the MEDC Alternative Energy Showcase on the lower level of the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit and featured a quarter-mile indoor ride-and-drive test track surrounded by landscaped and forested terrain. Nearly 715,000 visitors passed through the show during the private and public weeks, an increase from 2009.

General Motors/Michigan Tech Alumni Breakfast
On January 20, more than 160 Michigan Tech alumni and GM staff joined faculty, staff, and students at General Motors’ Tech Center in Warren for what has become an annual breakfast meeting. Michigan Tech Advanced Motorsport Enterprise students showcased competition vehicles like the Clean Snowmobile, Mini Baja, and Formula SAE for question and answer sessions, while presentations were made from Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz, GM’s Global Vehicle Line Executive and Global Chief Engineer Doug Parks (BSME ’84), Vehicle Development Engineer Matt Spruit (MSME ’03), and Vice President, Global Vehicle Program Management Terry Woychowski (BSME ’78). Special recognition was given to the late Tanya Klain (BSME ’90), who was instrumental in founding the annual event and a passionate supporter of Michigan Tech. After the presentations, Michigan Tech faculty and staff met with Woychowski for a strategy session and then joined other alumni in downtown Detroit at Michigan Tech’s booth at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Cobo Center. Michigan Tech attendees for the breakfast also included:

Gail Mroz, Director, Stewardship and Events
Dale Kero, Director, Development
Todd Stewart, Director, Institutional Partnerships
Adam Johnson, Assistant Director. Corporate Partnerships
Bill Predebon, Departmeent Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Dan Fuhrmann, Department Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jeff Naber, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Carl Anderson, Associate Dean, College of Engineering
Bob DeJonge, ME-EM Senior Design

Bret Schulte, Baja SAE
Vaughn Schrotenboer, Baja SAE
Kyle Steinkamp, Formula SAE
Kyle Rowe, Formula SAE
Jeff LaTulip, Supermileage
Derek Harden, Clean Snowmobile Challenge
Kevin Snyder, Formula SAE

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Tech Sports

The Wrap-up

What’s Happening This Week

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8:00 a.m., Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010
Women’s Basketball at Grand Valley State, 6 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball at Grand Valley State, 8 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Friday, Jan. 29, 2010
Hockey hosts Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010
Nordic Skiing at Central Super Tour (Cable, Wis.)
Women’s Basketball at Ferris State, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball at Ferris State, 3 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Hockey hosts Minnesota State, 5:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010
Nordic Skiing at Central Super Tour (Cable, Wis.)

All Times Eastern. Home events in bold.

Complete Schedule

Last Week’s Results

Women’s Basketball (16-1, 11-1 GLIAC)
1/21 — No. 5 Michigan Tech 91, at Saginaw Valley State 54
1/23 — No. 5 Michigan Tech 72, at Lake Superior State 67

Men’s Basketball (4-13, 3-9 GLIAC)
1/21 — at Saginaw Valley State 74, Michigan Tech 69
1/23 — at Lake Superior State 67, Michigan Tech 64

Nordic Skiing
1/23-24 — Michigan Tech at Central Region Super Tour, Minneapolis, Minn. (team results unavailable)

Hockey (3-20-0, 2-16-0 WCHA)
Did not compete

Top News of the Week

The top two women’s basketball teams in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will meet on Thursday (Jan. 28) in Allendale. Both Michigan Tech and Grand Valley State sport 11-1 league records and will square off in a 6 p.m. tilt at the GVSU Fieldhouse. Tech has won six straight including both of its contests last week to start a four-game road swing. More

The Nordic ski teams enjoyed a successful weekend at the Central Super Tour thanks to six top-five finishes. Senior Oskar Lund won the men's 10-kilometer freestyle (23:24) and finished fifth in the 15-kilometer classic (38:32). Senior Jesse Lang finished third in the freestyle race in a time of 24:04. Senior Henna Riikonen-Purtsi finished fifth in the five-kilometer freestyle (13:23) and followed up with a third place finish in the 10-kilometer classic race (31:06). Fellow senior Liz Quinley was one spot back in the classic race finishing fourth (31:10). The Nordic skiing teams will continue Central Region racing this weekend (Jan. 30-31). More

The Michigan Tech hockey team will continue its seven-game home stand with two Western Collegiate Hockey Association contests against Minnesota State this weekend. The Huskies and Mavericks will face off at 7:07 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 29) and 5:07 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 31). More

Former Tech Hockey Coach Amo Bessone Passes Away

Former Michigan Tech hockey coach Amo Bessone died Monday (Jan. 11) in New Mexico. He was 93. Bessone posted a 20-31-2 record in three seasons on the Huskies bench. He then moved on to Michigan State where he coached for 28 seasons with a record of 367-427-20 and led the Spartans to the 1966 national championship. He was also the Huskies coach in the first Winter Carnival in 1950 when they defeated Michigan State 11-3 and 10-0. More

Around the Keweenaw

Park Projects Moving Along

The pace of the Keweenaw National Historical Park Union Building project in Calumet is "quickening," according to Jim Corless, and it's expected it may be open, partially at least, in 2011. Corless, KNHP superintendent, said Tuesday during his report at the regular quarterly meeting of the KNHP Advisory Commission at park headquarters on Red Jacket Road, some of the funding for the project is from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. More

Riding the Rail

Ben Noren was in Houghton Saturday for the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Festival at the Michigan Tech trails when he coincidentally ran into the Jibba Jabba Rail Jam event while walking downtown, which was quite a surprise for him. "It's sweet," Noren said of the Jibba Jabba. More

Surplus Outlet may be Ready by Summer

John McRae is determined to keep his Surplus Outlet store operating in downtown Houghton, but when it reopens, it will be significantly different from what people have gotten used to over the last two decades. More

From the Email Bag

Concerts at Tech

Alan Parsons
The Guess Who, mid-1970s.

Hi Dennis,
The cold weather here in South Florida makes a good conversation starter about REAL cold weather and snow in Houghton!

About concerts, Alpha Kappa Psi sponsored and promoted two in the (then) Student Ice Arena. In May of 1974 we had The Guess Who from Canada. They were quite comfortable with the Copper Country and the climate. Interestingly, one of the opening acts was to be the yet unknown Bruce Springsteen who didn’t show. The next year we had the dueling bands of Ted Nugent and Cactus opened by a local favorite band with a name similar to Styx. Ted Nugent wanted to go smelt fishing with us but we when we woke him up at 4:00 am in his room at the Best Western he was no longer enthused.

Tom Arbuckle ‘75

Tom: I was at the Nugent concert. Terrible Teddy shook up the Ice Arena!


I guess I am too old. I don't even know who Alan Parsons is. The concerts I remember were the Kingston Trio and Louis Armstrong. Now that was music.

Andy Robinson "61"

Andy: There's good folk music now, too. Try Matt Jones, Gillian Welch, or Bright Eyes.


My favorite concerts at Tech were when Billy McLaughlin came over from Minnesota. He always played a few songs solo, and then brought out a band and played the rest of his concert. Amazing guitarist, and what’s more amazing since that time (‘89-‘91) is that Billy was diagnosed with an incurable disease called focal distonia, a debilitating disease that paralyzes muscle movement in the affected muscles. He could no longer play guitar right handed. He has since re-learned all of his guitar skills, left-handed, and is playing around the world again, left-handed.

Amazing story. He has a web site that tells the whole story.

Tom Giese


I remember seeing Harry Chapin and his brother Tom back in either ’79 or ’80. I think it may have been ’80 because Chapin died the following year (’81) in a car accident. I can’t remember the building it was held in (it was in a gym before the SDC was built). After the concert (which was great!) Harry and his brother stayed after the concert and invited whoever wanted to in the crowd, to come down and play basketball! It was a great time that I hadn’t thought about in some time until I just read your newsletter. Thanks for reminding me!

Greg Lewis – MTU- ‘82

Greg: I saw Harry up here, too, but I thought it was a couple of years earlier. He used to do many concerts for charity, before it was in vogue.

The Old Greased Pole

greased pole
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Hi Dennis -
Here is a good photo from years ago. This was the greased pole battle held during early fall. It featured a piece of women's undergarment on the top of a heavily greased telephone pole. The sophomores defended the pole from the new freshman class. Their mission was to capture the undergarment and ours was to not let that happen.

Since I am right in the center of the photo defending the pole, it had to be the fall of 1960. I searched the microfilms of the Daily Mining Gazette for Sept and Oct from that period with no luck finding any details about this "event". For some reason or another I think this photo may have appeared in one of the Milwaukee newspapers of the time. I have no idea what their photographer might have been doing up here at the time. My good friend Mike Dyer, who lives out on the island of Kauai has kept a copy of this photo all these years and he scanned it and emailed it to me. He is the guy in the right center foreground taking a forearm to the chin.

Some of the other sophomores in the photo that I recall are Larry Hunter (MTU basketball player and the tall fellow on the left side of the photo), Bob "Andy" Anderson on the extreme right side (he later became president of Kappa Delta Psi), Carl Bentley is the shorter person with dark hair and eyes in the left hand side of the photo near Hunter, Paul Balan, Dave Wilson and John Stocke. Some of these guys are deceased.

It would be interesting to see if you could generate some more facts on this event plus a few more names. But I would sure like to know the circumstances of how the photo was taken.

Bill Deephouse

Jon Davis Passes Away

Jon Davis

Jon inspecting the acoustic ceiling of the second floor of the Library, made out of egg cartons. (Tech Archives)

Local businessman Jon Davis passed away recently. A spring memorial in Eagle Harbor is planned and the Plowe Funeral Home in Houghton is in charge of arrangements.

Jon was best known as the owner of the Library Bar and Restaurant, and he was instrumental in the promoting and operating of—and participating in the Lake Superior Pro Rally and the International Frisbee Tournament, both of which are still held on the Keweenaw Peninsula every year.
Complete Obituary

"Through These Portals . . . "

Best Engineers sign
One of my fondest memories is walking into the Union and beneath a sign into the cafeteria that hung from the door that stated " through these doors walk the world's finest engineers."

Is the sign still up; any pictures?

Michael Thede 1974

" a tech degree, the best investment I ever made"

Editor's note: Our astute MUB staff shot this and I sent a copy to Mike.

Frank's Life List

Frank Shoffner's Life Rules made for great reading! I'd suggest a few more:

Idiocy Axiom: If you make it idiot-proof, they will build a bigger idiot. Corollary to the "Law of the Search": It's always in the last place you look; after all, you stop looking once you find it.

and my own personal rule:
Britton's Law of Arrangement: The hand holding the packages is the one required to reach into the pocket for the keys.

Thanks for the great read! And Happy Anniversary, Tech!

Kevin Britton ('97)

Grenadier Restaurant

Grenadier Restaurant
I remember the Grenadier. It was owned by a high school classmates father. It later became Chuck's bar where we would go to drink after intramural hockey games. We even tried to study for tests there--that was challenging.

Jim Pruner 61


Didn't that location become a barber shop by the late '60's? Didn't the
Texaco station across the street become a car dealership?

Chris Otis - '70

Why is it that all my wrong answers end up being published?
(Actually all my answers are published. They just all happen to be wrong.)

Chris: You are correct (in part). The Texaco dealer did become a car dealership. But, Jim Pruner above is correct about the Grenadier. It became Chuck's, which became Spanky's, which became Diamond Mikes.

More Women's Housing

Grenadier Restaurant

Pryor House—This was the "new" girl's dorm in addition to Smith House for 1958-59. It was a yellow house across from the College Motel.

Grenadier RestaurantRobinson House—This is the house that was used instead of Pryor House for 1959-60 and I stayed for my junior year. It was in the triangle between DHH, Sherman Gym and Wads. That was my last year on campus, (4th year was interning 12 months) so I don't know how long it was used.

Gail Richter '61

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