September 20, 2010
Vol. 17, No. 2
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Students Help and Celebrate Their Home

A good crowd lines up for Pakistani cuisine in the MUB

Led Zeppelin was pouring down from the speakers as the MUB Food Court was getting hot and busy for a Friday noontime rush hour.

But this day was different. In addition to the usual pizza, burger, and fries odors wafting across the ground floor, some Pakistani dishes added their spicy aromas to the mix.

It was the school year’s first Khana Khazana, a feast featuring a different international dish each week, and half the proceeds were going to aid the flood victims in Pakistan. From the looks of the lineup, money was being made.

“It’s really bad at home,” said Saqib Jawad Sheikh during a break from the action. “We have friends involved with the relief efforts there. We are all from big cities, and it is mostly a country disaster, but it is devastating.”

Twenty percent of the country is flooded from the worst rains in eighty years, he said. And the countryside is so impassable that helicopters are the only lifelines.

“Thus, the army is in charge,” said Ahsan Iqbal, who was also cooking and serving. “They are talking about ten years with no crops in these areas. Twenty million people are affected.”

It has impacted livestock, too, and it could be decades before they totally recover, if they ever do, Iqbal added.

The media coverage has been scant of late, and Saad Sikander was convinced that “earthquakes and tsunamis and tornadoes get more coverage,” he said. “That, and it is so remote, you just can’t get back in there.”

So, the Pakistani students are doing their part, and it coincides nicely with the Parade of Nations taking place the next day. Some eighty nations will be represented in the parade and food festival. All the Pakistanis will be marching and cooking some more, but they won’t be asking for funds during the parade.

“It is a celebration,” Sikander said. “It would not be appropriate to talk about the disaster in that atmosphere.”

As for the food?

The chicken biriyana had some serious zing to it, in both the chicken and the rice, a blend of onion, garlic, cumin, and you name it. The somosas looked like mini-pasties, and they, too had a kick, in a good way. They can be served veggie or with meat, the guys told me. These were veggie and very tasty. Finally, sheer khurma is a sweet soup for dessert that had a hint of cinnamon in it. Very nice.

“I will email you to see if you liked it!” Sikander hollered to me, as I left the busy MUB for my quiet office with food in tow.

I’ll reply as an honest critic: the food was fantastic, and the cause: “a whole lotta love.”

Dennis '92, '09


Can you recall any Parade of Nations stories? Share them through the 125th anniversary website or the Alumni Association Facebook page? You can send me your memories, too, of course.


I caught the colorologist at the football game.

"They're getting going," he said. "At least 20 percent."

When's peak season then?

"Nice for homecoming weekend. And some left for the next weekend."

You're pretty confident.

"I'm a twig and I married an accountant!"

Enough said.

At Tech

Parade and Festival: 'What a Great Day'

The Parade of Nations and the Multicultural Food and Music Festival graced the campus and community Saturday for the 21st time. It was a day on which different people did the same thing--celebrate diversity. The theme of the day: "Many Nations, One Heart." More

Ahlborn Named Distinguished Educator by Concrete Institute

tess ahlborn
Tess Ahlborn has received the 2010 Distinguished Educator Award from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI). The award recognizes educators who have made significant contributions to the educational mission of the precast concrete structures industry. Ahlborn, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, teaches concrete design classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level and has contributed substantially to improvements to the course work in her 15 years at Michigan Tech. More

Enrollment Exceeds Expectations: Diversity and Graduate Student Numbers Increase

Michigan Technological University enrollment has topped projected numbers for the fall semester. Data reported to the State Budget Office last night show that the public research university’s enrollment totaled 6,957, including 5,716 undergraduates and 1,241 graduate students. More

Aunting: Book Illuminates Why Aunts Matter

Perhaps she let you do things mom and dad didn’t. Maybe she made you work hard but paid you for your chores. There are myriad other examples of relationships most of us have had with aunts, and a new book explores their importance in our lives. Aunting: Cultural Practices that Sustain Family and Community Life has been published by Baylor Press. Authors Laura Ellingson, associate professor of communication at Santa Clara University and Patty Sotirin, professor of humanities at Michigan Tech uncover many stories and some surprising nuances about our interactions with our aunts—those who are related and those we choose. More

Alumni Around the World

Ohio Alumni Cheer on the Huskies

Paul GoodeThe Huskies first football game vs. Lake Erie College had some nice support.

Over 45 alumni and friends from five states made the trip to Ohio to cheer on the Huskies for their season opener against the Lake Erie Storm. Cleveland Chapter Leader, Keith Kessler '78 and his wife Robin sponsored food and drinks at a local park before the game. Other chapters represented included Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Columbus. The Huskies dominated the Storm with a 42-13 victory.

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 5 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 spring 2011 semester is November 1 and for the 2011-12 academic year is March 1.

Further information and an application is available at the program website. 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).

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Sig Rhos and the Pump

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Tech Sports

Huskies Stop High-Powered Wayne Offense in 24-7 Football Win

"A total team effort.” Those were the words used by Michigan Tech football coach Tom Kearly to describe his team’s 24-7 victory over Wayne State this afternoon. The Huskies dominated time of possession, gained twice as many yards and seemingly made all the big plays to claim their home opener in front of 2,417 fans at Sherman Field. “This is not 2009,” said Kearly. “This is a new football team with new leadership. We’re playing well right now. I think the key is defense. When you have a good defense, you have a chance to win every week.” More

Women's Basketball to Play Preseason Game at Notre Dame

Head women’s basketball coach Kim Cameron today announced that the Huskies will be playing at Notre Dame in a preseason contest this November. The Huskies will travel to South Bend, Ind., to face the Irish on Nov. 3. Tipoff at the Joyce Center has been set for 7 p.m. Michigan Tech, fresh off its second straight NCAA Elite Eight appearance, will take on a Notre Dame squad that advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinal in 2009-10. More

Sports Summary

What’s Happening This Week

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010
Volleyball hosts Northern Michigan, 7 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010
Men’s Tennis at ITA Regional, All Day
Volleyball hosts Lake Superior State, 7 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010
Men’s Tennis at ITA Regional, All Day
Cross Country at Roy Griak Invitational (St. Paul, Minn.)
Women’s Tennis hosts Grand Valley State, 10 a.m.
Women’s Soccer hosts Northwood, 11 a.m.
Football at Indianapolis, 2 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Volleyball hosts Northwood, 4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010
Men’s Tennis at ITA Regional, All Day
Women’s Tennis hosts Ferris State, 10 a.m.
Women’s Soccer hosts Saginaw Valley State, 12 noon

All times Eastern. • Home events in bold.

Last Week’s Results

Football (2-0, 2-0 GLIAC)
9/18 — at Michigan Tech 24, Wayne State 7

Women’s Soccer (2-4, 0-3 GLIAC)
9/17 — Grand Valley State 5, at Michigan Tech 0
9/19 — Ferris State 3, at Michigan Tech 2

Volleyball (2-7, 1-4 GLIAC)
9/17 — Ashland 3, at Michigan Tech 0
9/18 — at Michigan Tech 3, Lake Erie 0

Cross Country
Did not compete

Women’s Tennis (1-2, 1-2 GLIAC)
Did not compete

The Michigan Tech women’s tennis team will play its first home matches of 2010 this weekend. The Huskies host Grand Valley State at Gates Tennis Center Saturday (Sept. 25) at 10 a.m. Ferris State comes to Houghton on Sunday (Sept. 26) for a 10 a.m. match.

Around the Keweenaw

Students Clean Up Beach

One hundred twenty seventh-grade students at Washington Middle School can now properly identify invasive species and they know of the havoc these plants can wreak on their favorite backyard spots. As part of the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, the seventh-grade class in Calumet spent Wednesday participating in the fifth annual Adopt-a-Beach program at Calumet Waterworks Beach. More

Stanley Cup Visits Hancock

It's been touched by the National Hockey League's most elite players for generations, it's the item hockey players dream of from a very young age. Today, the Stanley Cup visited Hancock Central High School where middle and high school students got to see and even touch the sport's biggest symbol of success. More

Portage Township Plans Quarry Injunction

It was announced at the regular meeting of the Portage Township Board of Trustees Monday an injunction against the operation of Valley View Quarry was today in Houghton County Circuit Court. Supervisor Bruce Petersen said township attorney Nicholas Daavettila will file the injunction to stop operation of the quarry on Green Acres Road. More

From the Email Bag

Quincy Mine "Tour"

wads move-inDennis,
It was a pleasure meeting with you on the campus. I enjoyed our talk on the "good old days". I mentioned to you our ventures in the old Quincy Mine. Attached is a picture of our group on the 29th level. From left to right is Ernie Kitzner, can't remember, myself and Mark Cross. If you look to the rear you will see our names marked on the rocks with our carbide lamps. As the years went on we went much deeper. There were no keep out signs, no danger signs, nothing to keep us out. The main shaft and timber chute were open. We made our first decent in October of 1947. It became a thing in Douglas Houghton Hall to place on the bulletin board how far down your group went the past weekend. When winter comes I have some pictures of the Ski Team 47-50 and Fred Lonsdorf who became a personal friend.

Paul Goode 50

More on the Union (or MUB)

Being my normal “dollar short, and a week late” due to a trip to New York last week, I feel compelled to give you a late email on the Union photo. Those steps up to the doors bring back so many memories of a very late night in 1958. Some time in the wee hours, my roommate and I happened to look out of our dorm room window on the second floor of the almost completed Wadsworth Hall East construction site. There in front of our window sat a pretty large bulldozer and we speculated as to whether or not one needed a key to operate the thing. Since we were respectively an electrical and a mechanical major, we figured that we could find out, and out we went to learn that no key was required, just hit the start button and it purred like a kitten!

Sensing that the statute of limitations has passed for our transgression, let me explain how, in the dark of night, we drove the beast across US41, through the trees in front of DHH, and up the sidewalk to the Union Building. I was doing the driving, while my roommate was leading the way, and watching for automobile headlights (as I recall, none went by during the entire trip). I finally drove it up the steps and parked it on the small landing in front of the doors, then we shut the thing down, and took off!

That is the one and only driving of construction equipment that I ever did, and I always felt very guilty when I went back to campus and saw the one big chunk out of one of the steps

(next to the top as I recall) that the tread on the machine made going up the stairs. Fortunately, a subsequent remodel erased the evidence.

Jim Cote’ – ‘61

Jim: Your secret is safe with us!


Jerry Davison’s letter describing the “Union Building” Cafeteria reminded me of an unsuccessful effort I made in 2007 when I was back for my 50th reunion. In 1954, the KD winning Winter Carnival Snow Statute was a winter scene with sleighs, trees, a river and a bridge. I accidentally took some time exposures late one evening that resulted in a unique set of colored photos of our otherwise white winter scene. Four different enlargements (about 3’x 4’) of those photos were displayed on the back wall of that Cafeteria-just above Jerry’s lunch bucket-for many years (I think). In August 2007, I tried to find those enlargements in the Archives in the basement of the library without success. While I probably have the original slides somewhere in a closet full of faded photos, I would love to recover the actual enlargements. If anyone on your distribution list has some clue-after all these years-as to what happened to those enlargements, I would be most grateful. Thank you.

All the best,

Tom Smegal-Class of ‘57


kent state rally
Yes, I also spent many a day in the Student Union between classes. Down in the snack bar there would to be marathon games of ‘Hearts’ which would seem to run all day with people joining in and dropping out as they would come and go to classes. The Student Union also provided employment for many ‘Tech Wives’ (my wife worked in the snack bar for a short time before she finally got a job over at the hospital in Hancock). And since it was conveniently located it also proved to be the ‘venue of choice’ for both official and unofficial activities such as being where much of the homecoming activities were held as well as dances and formals (my wife and I attended several of Military Balls held there and hosted by the ROTC organization). And as for ‘unofficial’ events, the most memorable, at least while I was at ‘da Tech’, was the protest rally held on the front steps during the Kent State incident in May 1970 (see attached image).

Anyway, on my visits to the campus, which for the last few years have been fairly often (I’ll be there again in October) due to our company’s relationship with the University, I always make it a point to stop by the Union if for no other reason than to visit the book store and buy a couple of new sweatshirts.

John R. Baker, ‘71

John: Thanks for the pix. Those were tough times.


Hi Dennis,
I remember the Union very well ...

In 1963 we gathered around the jukebox to listen to a new rock and roll group from Liverpool called "The Beatles". We thought they looked a little strange with their mop top hairdos, but the music was good!

Also, that winter we had a bad cold snap and after walking to campus from my apartment in Hancock for morning classes, I was surprised to see that the Union was full of students. It seemed that the power house had lost steam pressure and many of classrooms were too cold to hold classes. We all sat around the Union drinking coffee and hot chocolate until mid-day when things finally warmed up enough to attend class.

Wayne Trombley - '67 BSME


Hi Dennis,
I just read your article about the Union back in the late 50's and so enjoyed everyone's comments. I attended Tech from 56 till graduation in 60 and have many fond memories of time spent at the Union as a commuting student from Hancock. My only regret is that I was unable to attend this my 50th reunion year in August due to family commitments.

Please keep up these newsletters via the email, they are so enjoyable.

Thank you, Yours in Tech,
Gemma Guidotti Santelli, Class of 1960

The Beaches

the beaches
I remember seeing people sunbathing behind Wads on days when it was maybe 45 degrees outside. Sometimes there was actually a little SNOW on the ground.

Although I never did it myself, plenty of my friends did.

Griff Coxey S > E > C; Class of 1977


In the late 70's after the record snow falls, desperate for the sun, we found the beach along the back of West Wads, it would open when the sun appeared again in late April. The sun would reflect off the back of the dorm and block the wind. Grates over steam piping were good spots when the snow hadn't cleared.

Best regards,
Mark Panetta


A warm sunny spot on the south side of DHH always had lots of extremely white bodies soaking up some rays in the spring.

Becky (Rowe) Smits ‘86


I remember the beaches. When the sun would come out in the spring it would be common for people to sit outside and enjoy the sun. At many times we had to sit next to the building because the sun was warm but the wind and the air was still quite cool. I can remember more than once sitting in the sun looking at the snow bank.

What I found interesting is that the picture your used may be me (the one in the foreground). Are there any dates on the archived photos? I was there from the Fall of 78 and graduated in May 81.

Bill Looney

First-Year Memories

Hi Dennis,
One of my first year memories is as follow: My first year there, I was 20 years old. I came from Green Bay, WI, where the drinking age for beer and wine was 18. One of the first bars we found was downtown on Sheldon Avenue. The bartender (owner I think) always asked for an ID if anything but Bosch beer was ordered but never asked if Bosch beer was ordered.

Rick Noyes '59

Blue Skirt Waltz

Hi Dennis
Frank Townsend, BSCE '62 here. I have a hopefully easy question.

As I remember, during the hockey games between 2 & 3rd period, a waltz was played over
the loudspeakers and we sang. However, old age and poor memory on my part. Was the
song "Blue Waltz"? Do you have the words and/or an MP3 version? Do they still play that


Frank: That was an easy one, thanks to Nick Enz, director of bands, who responds, below:

The link on the Pep Band page is working now [PDFs of songs]. I have also included an MP3 of the Copper Country Anthem (aka The Blue Skirt Waltz). If Frank is interested, the pep band's CD, which includes the Blue Skirt Waltz, is for sale through the VPA office (906-487-2067) or through CD Baby or CD Universe:


Bad Bridge Accident

While following some links from a Haggarty Insurance website about a 1923 cross country trip along the Yellowstone Trail I came across this one.
Gail Richter

Thanks, Gail. We just celebrated the "new" bridge's 50th anniversary, and it got stuck a couple of times, in case you didn't hear!

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