November 29, 2010
Vol. 17, No. 7
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Road Trips

group project
On the road again.

It never seems to fail: the old Thanksgiving Day storm. This year, we really got one: eight inches overnight in Houghton/Hancock and much more in the outlying areas. Wet. Heavy. Nasty.

I was reminded of driving through holiday storms over the years.

I drove through campus once and you couldn't see the buildings or houses from the highway because of the blowing snow. We had someone with a warning light leading us through the mess.

Another time, coming home, I followed a Baraga County snowplow around Keweenaw Bay, and it was white knuckles all the way to the Houghton County line. The plow driver pulled over to make his return run, and I waved "thanks" and flashed my lights so he knew I meant it!

This year, we did our road trip before the big snow hit, thank goodness. We heard of many local fender benders, however.

The snow stopped and the roads were cleared up enough for the students returning to campus after Thanksgiving Break, including the campus, which our Facilities crew keeps very clean.

We saw many students out Saturday night already. They looked like they were getting ready for the sprint (slide?) to the finish of the fall semester, after a little shoveling, of course.

Dennis '92, '09

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

At Tech

Army ROTC Program among the Elite

Glenn Mroz
Michigan Tech's Army ROTC has been singled out for excellence at a recent army national leadership conference, where it ranked first among ten small programs and third among all forty programs in the UP and nine other states of the Midwest. More

Museum Will Live on Top of Mabbs Mine Shaft

Jeff Naber
The irony of an old mine shaft being discovered during the construction of a new mineral museum building is not lost on Ted Bornhorst. Bornhorst is curator of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, whose new building will straddle the old shaft. With the help of the Michigan Tech Archives, the professor of economic and engineering geology at Michigan Technological University has been able to trace historical references to the shaft as far back as the 1860s, when it began its short lifespan. More

It’s All About the Benjamins: Pitching the Next Big Thing

Alex Hu
In a packed lecture hall at Michigan Technological University, future entrepreneurs were strutting their elevator pitches in an annual competition to see who could best sell their business plan in three minutes or less—the average time it takes to ride an elevator. More

Alumni Around the World

Alumni Awards Nominations Open

alumni house
Alumni Relations' "new" home: the Alumni House.
Please stop by if you are in town.

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.

2009-10 Honor Roll of Donors Posted Online

For the first time, the University has published its annual donor list exclusively in an electronic format. Anyone wanting to take a look at the 2009-10 list of names can go to

In previous years the University printed the annual honor roll as either a stand-alone booklet or as part of the Michigan Tech Magazine. The move to an online version was done as both a cost savings measure (both printing and postage costs) and to enhance our current “green” efforts across campus.

A Reminder from the Michigan Tech Fund

As we approach the end of the 2010 calendar year, we want to take a moment to remind our alumni and friends that it's not too late to make an annual contribution in support of Michigan Tech—and still receive a 2010 tax deduction.

You can phone the Tech Fund offices at 906-487-2310 or toll free at 877-386-3688 to make your gift with a credit card. You also have the option of making your credit card gift through our secure online gift site by going to These online gifts can be made up until 11:55 (EST) on December 31.

The Michigan Tech Fund offices will be closed on December 23 and 24, but will reopen on December 27, 28 and 29 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. On Thursday, December 30 and Friday, December 31 the office will be staffed from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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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BreakersWere you out on the Houghton Breakers in November 2006? Email me.

More on the MUB 1958

dorm room
From a postcard: "Memorial Union - Michigan College of Mining and Technology. Tech's new Memorial Union is the center of students' out-of-class activities. The Union contains student and alumni offices, dining rooms, snack bar, guest rooms, bookstore, barber shop, and recreational rooms." Barber shop? Email me.
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Tech Sports

Milbrath Makes Finalist for Harlan Hill

Michigan Tech football player Phil Milbrath (Norway, Mich.) has been named one of nine national finalists for the Harlon Hill Award, which is given annually to the best player in NCAA Division II. The senior running back joins former Huskies Lee Marana (2004) and Dave Walter (1986) as the only players in school history to earn the honor. More

Concordia-St. Paul Beats Tech Women 78-70 with Free Throws

The No. 14-ranked Michigan Tech women's basketball was defeated for the first time in 2010-11 as Concordia-St. Paul converted 27-of-28 free throws in a 78-70 victory in the final game of the Radisson Roseville Thanksgiving Basketball Classic today. The Huskies, who normally a very good free throw shooting team, made just 9-of-18 in falling to 3-1 on the year. More

Men's Basketball Team has Huge Second Half for Win

Michigan Tech outscored UW-Parkside 49-to-23 in the second half to claim a 71-62 non-conference men’s basketball victory. Post players Mike Hojnacki and Ali Haidar combined for 42 points in the game (34 in the second half) to help the Huskies improve to 5-1. “The guys had to make a decision to play hard, and they did,” said head coach Kevin Luke. “We set some goals to cut their lead in the second half by playing within our systems, and we were able to do that.” More

Sports Summary

What’s Happening This Week | Composite Schedule

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM

Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
Hockey hosts Colorado College, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010
Nordic Skiing at NMU Wildcat Open
Men's Basketball at Northern Michigan, 11 a.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)
Women's Basketball at Northern Michigan, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)
Hockey hosts Colorado College, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010
Nordic Skiing at NMU Wildcat Open

All times Eastern. Home events in bold.

Last Week's Results

Hockey (3-6-2, 1-6-1 WCHA)
Did not compete

Men's Basketball (5-1, 0-0 GLIAC)
11/26 --- at Minnesota State 63, Michigan Tech 61
11/28 --- Michigan Tech 71, UW-Parkside 62

Women's Basketball (3-1, 0-0 GLIAC)
11/26 --- Michigan Tech 74, Southwest Minnesota State 53 (at St. Paul, Minn.)
11/27 --- at Concordia-St. Paul 78, Michigan Tech 70

Nordic Skiing
11/25-27 --- Michigan Tech at West Yellowstone Super Tour (no team scores)

More News of the Week

After its third weekend off since mid-October, the Michigan Tech hockey team will host Colorado College at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Games are slated for 7:07 p.m. both Friday and Saturday (Dec. 3-4). The home series will represent the Huskies' final two games in Houghton in
2010. The next home series won't come until Jan. 14-15 vs. St. Lawrence.

A small group of Nordic skiers kicked off the season at the West Yellowstone Super Tour last week. Luke Gesior posted the highest finish for the Huskies, placing 25th in the classic sprint race (4:42). Sondre Sandvik was the top-finisher in the 15-kilometer race (41:01), and Petter Sjulstad led the team in the 10-kilometer classic race (29:25). Alice Flanders was the top finisher in the 10-kilometer freestyle with a 45th place finish (33:31). Malin Eriksson finished a team-best 29th in the five-kilometer classic race (18:16).

Around the Keweenaw

Digging out from the first big one

The first lake effect storm moved through the Keweenaw Thursday and Friday dumping as much as 15 inches in some places. Justin Titus, National Weather Service meteorologist in the Negaunee Township office, said the snowfall is the result of a storm system, which started on the West Coast and moved east. More

Bad weather no match for bargain hunters

Sarah Meiser is visiting from downstate West Branch, and she and some family members decided to brave the blowing snow to drive from Lake Linden to look for bargains at the Houghton Shopko department store. Meiser said her sister and nieces wanted to take part in Black Friday shopping, so she came along. "We looked through the flyers and saw some good deals," she said. More

Volunteers Provide Feast and Friendship

Seniors across four counties were treated to a full-course meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, pumpkin pie and more. That came thanks to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, which prepared close to 1,100 meals Thursday. The dinners, intended to provide food and companionship to seniors who might otherwise be spending Thanksgiving alone, were served at seven sites in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. More

From the Email Bag

Dorm Room 1974

dorm room
Heck, I thought the bottom photo (below) was my room for a second!

I was a Freshman in the Fall of ’74 and living in what was then called Co-ed Hall. There were three of us in an end room on the fifth floor, I believe (Mama’s Boys), and even though the room was a tad larger than the other rooms, building a loft very similar to the one in the picture was essential to gain some additional living space (besides being the “in thing” to do). I remember building the loft based on what we saw in other dorm rooms, hence the similarity in design. It not only provided some additional living space but also a spot for the full-sized, used refrigerator that we managed to find locally. I may be mistaken, but my memory tells me the refrigerator only cost us $5! What was the refrigerator for? Beer, of course (at that time, the drinking age was 18). How we got the refrigerator into our room is beyond me, however.

Ahh, the good ol’ days!
Russ Kerlin

dorm room

I can relate to that top photo. Looks like the view of an empty Wadsworth Hall room on opening day. I almost feel like I’m there.

The bottom photo is indeed representative of what our rooms became. The big thing back then was gray weathered barn wood. Guys used to literally “wallpaper” their rooms with that stuff. I guess the school got the idea too because one of the lounges in the lobby portion of Wadsworth got “barned” too.

Joe Moore
BSME, 1973


From the window in the background and the shelf type desk I'd say Wadsworth...
DHH had the crank out casement windows and two big wooden desks placed back to back..

Gary Rhoney

Thanks Appreciated

This is a prodigious job, well done. The mix of the new & the old is a wonderful device. I'm sending it to a few former faculty members that I'm sure will appreciate it.

Joe Kirkish

Joe: Thanks for the nice note, especially nice getting one from a legendary prof.

Old Campus

old campus
Now that’s the Tech I remember when I attended from 1954 to 1961. I taught in the mechanics department for three years after I earned a couple degrees. The campus looks a little different now.

I sure spent a lot of time in that shops building. We were graded on how well we built a coke fire, and how well we pounded out a few links of a chain on an anvil. Needless to say, I haven’t used much of that bit of experience since. But, the numerous courses in free-hand sketching, drafting, building a vice and other assorted items has come in handy now and then. I reckon engineering education has changed considerably since then.

Merle C. Potter, Professor Emeritus of M.E., MSU


The guys are all correct! The photographer (top black and white photo) is standing in front of Hubbell Hall - only the edge can be seen, the next building to the right is the Mechanical Building and finally to the right featuring the tower is Sperr Hall (called the Civil and Mining Building). The faintly seen building in the background with the antenna tower on top is Hotchkiss Hall - Electrical Engineering. And yes, snow is in the air, it was always in the air - and on the ground - I seem to remember one worrisome day in July 1954 when there was no snow - we all stayed inside to protect ourselves from the sun....

William Saul
class of 1955

old campus

Wow this is great—I finally am getting around to sending in an answer—I guess that is what happens after you finally retire.

The two buildings (top black and white photo) are: the first main one in the lower part of the picture—the one with the porch between the two main sections is the old Mechanical Engineering Building and the one in the background (upper right hand side) is the old Sperr Hall—it was the Mining Engineering Building. The tower is really part of the building to the rear. The other building right on the extreme lower section of the picture—there is only a small glimpse of the building showing is Old Hubbell Hall – once known as Old Main.

Really enjoyed looking at the students in the picture and their old “toot bags” that we all carried our books in as we kept our hands warm going from class to class. I still have mine—it was bought in September of 1961 as I entered as a freshman. I wonder how much it is worth today on e-Bay?

Les Syring

Les: I'd guess another alum, or two, has looked on eBay for the book bag!


In reading the Newsletter this week, the section on the “old campus” caused me to recall some old campus “antique” postcards I picked up while visiting the Keweenaw a few years back. See attached, enjoy. Might want to share these.

Keith W. McMackin

Keith: These are fantastic! Thanks!

The Old Memorial Union Lounge

Union Lounge
That is how I remember the lounge, not having seen it since 1956.

John Albee

More on Football

It was nice to see the football team be so successful this year. Especially since the preseason picks did not look so favorable from what I recall. As it turned out they were most likely one win away from making the playoffs. Maybe a weaker SVSU team was let off the hook. That's why the games are played. The one question I have to ask is; was Tech hurt by having a ten game schedule? It looked like the teams that made it all had 11 game schedules. It would be interesting to hear any comments from the coach on that. Will tech go to an 11 game schedule?

Scott Cambensy '96


Coach Kearly responds:

There were 7 teams that played 10 game schedules that made the playoffs so that was not what kept us out We were ranked ahead of hillsdale but got bumped because they beat us head to head and got bumped by Colorado Mines because of the Earned Access Rule.


And I looked up the Earned Access Rule:

“Earned access to the playoffs can be gained by a conference if a conference representative finishes in the top eight of the final super regional rankings.”

But the NCAA does not just allow seven (or eight teams) into the playoffs. What this means is that if a team that finishes seventh or eighth in the final regional rankings represents a conference that is not in the top six, that team can “bump” up to the sixth spot and take that team out of the playoffs altogether (that is, if the sixth seed’s conference is already represented).

Old Dorm Room, Revisited

Hi Dennis,
The picture entitled DHH Memories is not DHH. I was a resident in ‘56-57 and the student desks faced each other. That picture looks more like the other dorm which had desks against the wall and end to end.

Rick Noyes ‘59


I'm the one on the top! DHH 1958.. we weren't allowed to make any
changes to the room!

Gary Rhoney

Summer Reunion of KDs

The attached photo was taken in Summer of 2010 at the Lahti cottage on Lac Labelle and features, in order, left to right: Hal Williams '54, Don Lahti '55, Steve Danis '53, Bonaventure ("Chief") Sager '55, and Paul Leach '54. Suffice it to say that it was a GREAT GET TOGETHER of five fellow KDs, along with our wives and companions.

B. F. Sager, '55, EE

Old College Name

My (hopefully not faulty) recollection is that we were somehow told that the name of the college was being changed to Michigan College of Science & Technology but that we would have the choice of having our class ring inscribed as either Michigan College of Mining & Technology or Michigan College of Science & Technology. I chose MCMT. Then some time later, we were informed that MCST was out and instead MTU would be the new name, and anyone who ordered an MCST class ring could not have it replaced with either the old name or new name. But, anyone who ordered an MCMT ring would be allowed to get an MTU ring instead. I chose MTU. Also, page 48 of the 1964 yearbook has a picture of George Romney signing the legislation changing the name of the college from MCMT to MTU, effective January 1, 1964.

Andy Perrie, '64

Back in the UP: Back Then and Now

Hi Dennis,
I spent the first few days of deer season in the UP with Keith Montambo, (Forestry Class of 1955). We were DHH room-mates and first hunted together in the fall of 1951. Keith flew to New Jersey and we got together at my Camp in Pennsylvania in October for the early deer season. Then I flew into Iron Mountain for the Mich. hunt at his Camp.

While in Mich., Keith showed me the attached photo of his Dad, Ray J. Montambo displaying his “Fast and Fancy” handgun expertise for what appears to be a Forestry Class.

We have no idea where the photo was taken or the time frame. We can identify Bert, Gene, Hammer and Sloan, but that’s about it.

We enjoy your newsletter, keep up the good work.

Best regards,
John N. Kressbach (Forestry, 1956)
Keith R. Montambo (Forestry, 1955)

John: I made it clickable, so our alums can take a shot at more information!

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