November 15, 2010
Vol. 17, No. 6
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Group Projects

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Sharing the knowledge: a team presents.

Group projects bring Tech students together for a common cause: delving deeper into a subject.

At times, this can be smooth sailing, but students will also need to use time management, conflict resolution, and negotiation skills to get the project done. In fact, they learn much more than the communication skills for the presentation, which are also important.

Having watched teams of freshmen present recently in my Perspectives of Inquiry class, I can say that, for their first college presentation, they learned from it, and they did some good work.

While all used the ubiquitous PowerPoint, each team gave it their unique spin. One used beautiful color combinations, another had a great uncluttered layout scheme, still another combined it with video via YouTube, music clips, and fun images.

As the group stands nervously in front of the class, they are imparting new knowledge to us: the history of music in one country, a bizarre series of instruments from another, modern genres created in yet another location.

I've learned techno music began in Detroit but exploded in Germany and France. Flamenco music is still very important to Spain, heavy metal is big in Finland, and Italian pop videos can be even stranger than ours.

And I know the students are learning, too. Most importantly, they are turning critical eyes and ears toward their assignments and producing interesting, new knowledge to share.

Sound familiar?

Dennis '92, '09


You can share your group project stories through the 125th anniversary website or the Alumni Association Facebook page. You can send me your memories, too, of course.

At Tech

NASPA Selects Glenn Mroz for 2010 President's Award

Glenn Mroz
NASPA, a professional organization of student affairs administrators in higher education, honored Glenn D. Mroz, president of Michigan Tech, with its 2010 NASPA Region IV-East President’s Award. The award was presented at a reception and gala at the NASPA Region IV-East annual meeting in Minneapolis on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. More

Michigan Tech's Naber Named SAE Fellow

Jeff Naber
Jeff Naber, an associate professor of mechanical engineering–engineering mechanics, has been named a fellow by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Fellow is the SAE’s highest grade of membership and recognizes important engineering, scientific and leadership achievements. Members must be nominated by another SAE member to be considered for the honor. More

A (Graduate) Family Affair

Alex Hu
The rigors of graduate education are daunting enough, and adding a new child into the mix can raise the stress level into the stratosphere. Now the Graduate School at Michigan Technological University has helped ease the burden for Lihui Hu, a PhD student in computer science who has just given birth to her first baby, a boy named Alex. More

Former ME-EM Chair Klaus Weinmann Dies

Klaus J. Weinmann, former chair of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics, passed away Wednesday while on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands. Weinmann, who led the ME-EM department from 1993 to 1997, came to Michigan Tech in 1970. He was the director of the Manufacturing/Industrial Area and focused his research on manufacturing engineering and metal forming. More

Alumni Around the World

Alumni Rally in Duluth and Texas

duluth alums
Mitch's Misfits (hockey cheering section and student organization) presidents reunite for the hockey Huskies in Duluth. Left to right: Tim Braun '04, Bethlyn McCallum '08, Scott Hater '10, Gina Salvo '12.

Over eighty alumni and students came out to Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth on Saturday, November 13, to support Huskies Hockey. The Mitch's Misfits were singing all the pep band songs for the entire restaurant to hear. Alumni gladly sang along and relived a bit of their college days.

Texas Tour
Alumni and friends ranging from the Class of ’53 to ‘10 gathered at their local pubs in Austin (November 11), Dallas (November 12), and Houston (November 13), to share their Michigan Tech memories and discuss future opportunities to get together. President Glenn Mroz ’74 spoke to the groups in Austin and Dallas about what’s happening on campus and provided details on the Generations of Discovery capital campaign.

austinAustin, TX, alums: from left, Joe Corso ’77 and Ryan ’08 and Ashley ‘08 Ploetz as small business owners, discuss the opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs.

dallas In Dallas, President Glenn Mroz with Frank Wu ‘65

Also attending from Tech were Gail Mroz ’86 director of donor stewardship and development events, Shea McGrew, vice president of university advancement and Brenda Rudiger, director of alumni relations.

houstonAnd, in Houston, Nathalie ’03 and Paul ’04 Brandes with Bryan ’01 and Beth MacKenzie.

Special thanks to the chapter leaders who helped organize these events: Ryan ‘08 and Ashley ‘08 Ploetz of Austin, Ann Marie Stimpson ‘78 of Dallas and Cory ‘00 and Angela ‘00 Hammond and Bryan ’01 and Beth MacKenzie of Houston.

Alumni Awards Nominations Open

Know a great alumnus/a or friend of the university? Here's a chance to help get them the recognition they deserve.

The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2011 awards program:

  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Honorary Alumni Award

NEW: The Michigan Tech Alumni Humanitarian Award will be presented to those alumni who, through their outstanding involvement and dedication, have made a significant contribution of volunteer leadership or service which has improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to their Alma Mater. This award acknowledges the considerable impact our alumni have on our world.

These awards are presented each August at the Alumni Reunion. Award descriptions and nomination forms are available at or by contacting Danielle in the Office of Alumni Relations, 7-2400 or The deadline to nominate is December 1.

Remember, you can always flag an individual as an award prospect when you are entering a contact report. Simply indicate the award they might be considered for in the "Recognition Opportunities" section.

Questions about getting your MBA? We've got answers.

Registration for the Tech MBA® Online 2010–2011 webinar schedule is now open! Our virtual events discuss topics such as paying for your MBA (and getting your employer to help), choosing the right program, and specifics including how engineers and women benefit from getting MBA degrees. Here is the link to our webinar schedule:

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metamporphosisMaybe you were involved with Metamorphosis and this incredible set with a pool from 2005. Email me.

The Old Dorm Room, Before and After. . .

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From the 1974 Keweenawan. Did your room look like both of these?. Email me.
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Tech Sports

Huskies Shut Out NMU 12-0 to Claim the Miner's Cup


The Miner’s Cup will reside in Houghton for the next year after the No. 22-ranked Michigan Tech football team defeated Northern Michigan 12-0 in a smashmouth-style game played in blowing wet snow. The Huskies (8-2, 8-2 GLIAC) held the Wildcats (5-6, 5-5 GLIAC) to 24 yards passing and 132 total yards in recording the program’s first shutout since 2000. “It turned into a survival contest today,” said head coach Tom Kearly. “I guess that’s the way it’s supposed to be when you play your UP rivals in the last game of the year." More

Huskies Not Selected for NCAA Bid

Michigan Tech’s 2010 football season is officially over after the Huskies were not selected for a berth into the NCAA Division II Playoffs. Tech finished the year 8-2 but could not make its way into the top six of the region to earn the postseason bid. Tech entered last Saturday’s (Nov. 13) game vs. Northern Michigan as the No. 7 seed in the region. The Huskies won 12-0, but all of the higher-ranked teams that Tech needed to lose ended up winning their games. More

Sports Summary

What’s Happening This Week | Composite Schedule

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010
Men’s Basketball hosts Bemidji State, 7 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM

Friday, Nov. 19, 2010
Blueline Club Luncheon, 12 noon (Grant Hockey Ed Center)
Women’s Basketball hosts Finlandia, 5 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball vs. Rockhurst, 6:30 p.m. (at St. Joseph, Mo.) (Live Radio, WMPL 920 AM)
Hockey hosts Minnesota, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010
Cross Country at NCAA Great Lakes Region Championship (at Louisville, Ky.), 10 a.m.
Women’s Basketball hosts Minnesota Duluth, 5 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball at Missouri Western State, 8:30 p.m. (Live Radio, WMPL 920 AM)
Hockey hosts Minnesota, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ 93.5 FM)

All times Eastern. • Home events in bold.

Last Week’s Results

Hockey (3-4-2, 1-4-1 WCHA)
11/12 — at No. 2 Minnesota Duluth 5, Michigan Tech 3
11/13 — at No. 2 Minnesota Duluth 4, Michigan Tech 2

Football (8-2, 8-2 GLIAC)
11/13 — at Michigan Tech 12, Northern Michigan 0

Cross Country
Did not compete.

Top News of the Week

Hockey Huskies Return Home to Play Minnesota
The Michigan Tech hockey team will play its first home games in more than a month with a home series vs. Minnesota this weekend. Games are Friday and Saturday (Nov. 19-20) at 7:07 p.m. at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Huskies are undefeated at 1-0-2 in three home games so far in 2010-11.

Basketball Season Kicks Off
Both Michigan Tech basketball teams will get their regular seasons rolling this week. The men host Bemidji State Tuesday (Nov. 16) at 7 p.m. at the SDC Gym, then hit the road to participate in the Hillyard Classic at Missouri Western Friday and Saturday (Nov. 19-20). The women host a four-team classic this weekend with games against Finlandia Friday and Minnesota Duluth Saturday.

Cross Country Headed to NCAA Regional
The Michigan Tech women’s cross country team as well as Brian Stetter from the men’s team will travel to Louisville, Ky., this Saturday (Nov. 20) to compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Region Championship. The Huskies will race against a deep field with hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, which will also be held in Louisville on Dec. 4.

Around the Keweenaw

KEDA Group Hears About Biomass

Traxys first came to the Upper Peninsula in 2000 for copper refining. Since then, it has spread out to other locations in the Upper Peninsula with a different goal: Biomass. Mike Reid, vice president of Traxys Energy Group in White Pine, spoke at Wednesday's Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance meeting in Hancock about the company's Upper Peninsula and world holdings. More

Fire Scorches Cliff Drive

Fire officials are investigating the cause of a brush fire Monday that burned 3.2 acres of land situated on the northern end of Cliff Drive near Phoenix in Keweenaw County. According to Allouez Township Fire Chief John Kaura, the department was dispatched at 12:42 p.m. to Cliff Drive where the fire appeared to have started behind Cliff Cemetery before spreading up the cliffs. "To access the fire we had to take the North American Trail up," he said. More

Valley View Quarry Case Heading to Court

Portage Township officials and some neighbors of Valley View Quarry have filed separate lawsuits claiming the mineral extraction company's operations violate a township ordinance, but quarry owners claim it's a legal operation. More

From the Email Bag

Union Lounge

Union Lounge
Here's a blast from the past. I was hunting through some old photographs and found this. This is a "giant postcard" (6" x 9") of the first floor lounge in the Union.

The main entrance and stairs are in the left background. The copyright is 1954 L. L. Cook Co. Milwaukee WI.

Gail Richter '61

Thanks, Gail! I made the photo clickable, so the alums can appreciate this shot!

35th Anniversary of the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

I thought of this item to share a few weeks ago when a major storm system moved into the upper Midwest. It was described as a major cyclone the likes of which were not seen since 1975 when the Edmund Fitzgerald went down. Now today, I recall the day 35 years all too well as I struggled to go across campus. Every step seemed to be into the wind regardless of the direction I took. The area between the high rise buildings was pretty intense. We saw several people blown down and needed help to get back up. Walking across campus was almost impossible that day. I was taking a 400 level electronics communication course from Prof. Oswald in old Hotchkiss Hall. He used that day to make a point on reliability stating this is a day you do not want to be out servicing marine radar. We did not learn until later that day of the tragedy of the Fitz.

I also liked the story on the lift bridge. I met a retired engineer through my church. He did not go to Tech but as a young newly graduated Civil Engineer recalled how the lift bridge was the first project he worked on. He enjoyed the article as well.

Thomas Mohr

Tom: Thanks for the great memories and nice note. I remember that night very well. Scary.

DHH Memories

In regards to your 11/01/10 Newsletter regarding DHH: I was a resident of DHH in 1969 & 1970 when lofts were everywhere. Almost everyone had one, because of the high ceilings. In fact, the higher corner rooms mentioned in the article were almost 20' high and one year they had entire 2nd floor bedrooms; which were later outlawed upon inspection.

Lofts were very prevalent during that time because of extensive construction on campus and "borrowed" building materials. The temporary 4x4s, needed for campus steam tunnel construction, were ideal. We used new wood that could be stained; but a lot of them were banged-up or covered with concrete.

Tim GeBott - Class of 1975


No lofts in DHH 1955 to 1959. Douglas Tech refers to the Douglas House downtown. Overflow went to the Douglas Hotel. Barracks behind DHH were full and overflow were housed in DHH basement ballroom 'till dropouts left. Everything was full and last of the overflow went downtown. Their walk to the Doghouse bar was inside the building and a real advantage during winter quarter.

Dan Rivard '59


I was a resident of DHH 1966 through 1970. The first loft I observed being built was in 1968, first floor Southeast wing, center room in the front.

Donald L. Haney

Klaus Weinmann

We at SME received word today of the passing of Professor Klaus Weinmann. I don't know the exact details, but I believe he was on a cruise. You probably know he was professor emeritus of ME-EM and was living in California and still actively contributing at UC-Berkeley. His wife, Professor Sigrid Weinmann, was also long-time faculty at Tech. I have seen Klaus, always with Sigrid, at each annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), of which he was a founding member. He attended every one of the 38 years of the conference. Klaus has a bio a mile long, but I hope you will mention it in the next TechAlum issue.


Thanks, Dennis. Nice article in Tech Today (above). I did not know he received his BS in the U.S. I assumed he came here for graduate studies after an initial degree in Germany, but then again it was East Germany and a different situation.

I got to know Klaus slowly over the last 15 years at the NAMRC meetings due to the Tech connection. (And it was held twice at Tech, but not when I was involved with the conference.) He always seemed a bit gruff and intimidating, but I knew I had finally “arrived” when one year he and Sigrid both gave me a warm German embrace! Two years ago when NAMRC was held at Clemson University, we at SME realized that Klaus had never given the Founders Lecture and that he was the last of the founders who had not. He had been so involved for years and spoken for other reasons that we just thought he had done it. He was so excited and it was a thrill to hear his lecture on metal forming and imagine what a great teacher and mentor he had been. He always had pertinent and probing questions for the presenters of the papers at the conference sessions.

Take care,
Ellen Kehoe

Dave Dutelle '67 and Tim Rosemeyer '68 Cross Golf Paths in California

Thought you might be interested in these Alumni shots. Dave (left) and I met through a mutual friend so we got together for a round of golf.

Tim Rosemeyer

Thanks, Tim. It's snowing here. I'm jealous, and then you both shoot nice scores!

More on Tech Football

A little bit of football history—
In 1948 Tech and U of M were undefeated and an article in Time magazine mentioned the 2 undefeated Michigan teams. Tech issued a challenge to U of M to play for the Michigan title at the Winter Carnival. I believe the game was to be on snow shoes. U of M refused. I believe they used the excuse that the Rose Bowl was the only postseason game that they were permitted to play. The Lode's next headline was "Michigan Yellow".

Bill Balmer


Here is the link about Michigan College of Science and Technology

Luckily I was one of the students who got a MCST sweatshirt

Les Syring

Les: Another slice of history that's new to me. Any other alums recall this?

Old Campus

old campus

The Shops Building in the foreground and Sperr Hall (mining) with the tower. I believe that is Hotchkiss, (EE) behind Sperr.

Don LeHeup '62


The first building is the Shops Building which had a machine shop, forge, pattern making, and mechanical drawing facilities. The second is Sperr Hall which housed Mining Engineering.

Pete Sandretto Jr ME "64


The one on the left is Koenig? Hall (Metallurgy?) the one on the right is definitely Sperr Hall, the old Mining Department home!

Gary Rhoney '65


I think the building on the far right is Sperr Hall.

The crappy stuff in the air is just plain old Houghton snow

William King '52

Editor's Note: And that stuff is just starting here.

Kudos to DC Event

Great Job MTU and Mind Trekkers at STEM! It was great to see you all in Washington DC! My kids had a blast! Their favorite "the Ice Cream and the science part was great too." Out of all the booths you had some of the best hands on activities for all ages!

Hope to see you again next year!

Shelley Bolbrugge (Williams) - BSEE '94

Thanks and Connections

Thanks for the information. It is good to follow what is happening at MTU.

By the way, I graduated with a BSEE in 1973 but I was originally scheduled to graduate in 1970. A couple of years in the army helped delay that date. I lived with a former hockey player, John Gibbs, who played from 1966 until 1970. Not one of the stars but on the team never the less. I lost track of John. We went to High School together and MTU together.

Can you help me locate John Gibbs, class of 1970?

Terry Deford, P.E.

Editor's Note: We put Terry in touch with the HuskyLink connection: a great way to find old friends.


Want to let you know that I enjoy your alumni news reports. Anyway, starting this Nov. 16 th, I will be in Lake Worth / West Palm Beach, Florida for the winter months. If there are scheduled any MTU alumni social events: during 2011 in FL kindly let me know.

Keep up the good work,
All the Best,
AS the Finns say "Terveisia"
Bob Liimatainen

Bob: The Alumni Relations folks have gotten back to you, I believe, with any Florida events info.


Will there be a Alumni party for the DU Hockey Games in Denver in February?

Stephen Bernerr

Stephen: It looks like Saturday, Feb. 19. Info at HuskyLink (actually, just the date, more to come, it says).

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