December 13, 2010
Vol. 17, No. 8
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Through Their Eyes

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Pride in the moment.

Entering the SDC just before the Midyear Commencement ceremony, I ran across some family members anxiously awaiting the event.

Ruth and Don Suchomski, from Wausau, Wisconsin, were waiting to watch their son, Mike, get his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

"He'll be working with Nexteer in Saginaw," she said. "He'll be working on electrical power steering systems." Grandparents Ray and Arlene Suchomski were also in attendance. Ruth was going to remind Mike to phone home, often.

Matt Swanson was getting photographed in the Multipurpose Room with wife, Anna, by sister-in-law Emily Thompson. Somehow, Matt got his PhD in Materials Science while they raised two children, now ages three and one!

Matt will be working at the CERL (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory) in Champaign, Illinois, focusing on energy systems.

A Chassell couple I knew was hurrying to their seats. The Violas, Tim Sr. and Audrey, were awaiting Tim Jr.'s walk on the stage to get his bachelor's in mechanical engineering.

"He'll be working with [local engineering firm] GS Engineering, starting Monday," the elder Tim said. Audrey was happy that their son could remain close to home after getting his degree.

Finally, Kim DeBusshere was waiting with her husband, Paul, outside the Multipurpose Room. Their son, Sean, was getting his bachelor's in mathematics at age 20 and looking at graduate school at Tech or elsewhere. From Traverse City, Kim said that they are inspired by Sean.

"It was hard, though," said Paul.

"It's a hard school," I responded, with pride.

Dennis '92, '09

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


Snowfall Contest

The Alumni Relations Office is kicking off their first Snowfall Contest, and you are invited to participate!

They'll be looking for total number of inches for the year and the last measurable snowfall at the Keweenaw Research Center (where we get our snowfall stats).

You'll have until January 15 to enter, and winners will be announced by June 1, 2011.

The grand prize will be a free hotel stay at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. There will also be prizes of winter survival kits: chooks, scrapers, etc.!

Simply go to and enter your best guesses.

Then, sit back (and laugh, if you wish), as the Keweenaw gets buried (or not) this year.

At Tech

Congressman Stupak the Featured Speaker at Commencement

Jeff Naber
Congressman Bart Stupak will address Michigan Technological University graduates at Midyear Commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 11. A total of 292 students will be receiving bachelor’s degrees. In addition, 85 master’s degrees and 24 doctorates will be awarded. Stupak will receive an Honorary Doctorate in Environmental and Energy Policy. More

An Element of Nobel-ity: Michigan Tech’s Carbon Connection

Glenn Mroz
Who ever would have guessed that the business end of Dixon Ticonderoga No. 2 pencils would someday be the next big thing? John Jaszczak, perhaps. He was not all that surprised that the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics was presented to two Russian-born scientists who created atom-thin sheets of carbon, called graphene, made from graphite. More

Michigan Tech Research Paper Places Tops in the World

Alex Hu
At the Michigan Technological University Board of Control’s regular meeting on December 10, 2010, Chair Marty Richardson announced that work by a Michigan Tech professor, two alumni and a member of the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics External Advisory Board has been recognized with the prestigious Paul A. Siple Award for the best paper presented at the biennial Army Science Conference. More

Alumni Around the World

Snowfall Contest Kicks Off

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Enter to Win!
Snow is a popular topic of conversation among Michigan Tech students, alumni and friends. From snowball fights across Highway 41 to digging out the wrong car in the parking lot after a blizzard, there are many great stories about snowy experiences in the Keweenaw. Correctly predict the amount of snow that will fall in the Keweenaw this season and win a stay at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit. Visit to enter.

Some of our Newest Alumni at Midyear Commencement 2010



Julie Jarvey of Calumet always dreamed of studying primates a la Jane Goodall, and now, armed with a BS in Wildlife Ecology and Management, she is heading to Ethiopia to observe wild gelada monkeys in Simien Mountains National Park. After completing degrees in construction management and civil engineering technology, Justin "JJ" Rhorer of Milford will be working on the CSX railroad. He will miss Tech, "by far my favorite place in the world," and Sigma Tau Gamma, "a family of brothers I can never forget."



Komar Kawatra, professor and chair of chemical engineering, prepares to hood PhD graduate Joshua Carlson of Escanaba, who is now working as a chemical engineer for Cliffs Natural Resources in Ishpeming. Casey Rudkin had an enthusiastic cheering section as she received her PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication, including daughters Boudicca, 15, and Zobeida, 14, and husband Jim, also a student in the RTC program. Rudkin is now teaching at Temple University, in Philadelphia.

Husband and Wife Pursue MBA, Thanks to Scholarship

Brendan ‘05 and Christine ‘06 Andrews graduated from Michigan Tech with degrees in civil and mechanical engineering. After working for a few years in the Appleton, Wisconsin, area, the couple wanted to further their education and increase their career opportunities.

The Tech MBA Online has been a nice fit, they said. Being able to complete courses while remaining in their current jobs has been great. Getting a break on tuition is even greater!

“The online program is the perfect way for working students to obtain a meaningful degree while continuing their careers,” said Christine.

“And the scholarship has helped us immensely,” added Brendan. “Pursuing MBA degrees is a big change in our financial situation, and we wouldn’t have been able to take advantage of this opportunity without the scholarship.”

The Tech MBA Online will welcome its second class in fall 2011, and the Dean’s Scholarship of $2,000 is available to alumni. Additional benefits and financial opportunities are also available.

Learn more: or

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.

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Tech Sports

Dernovsek's 3-Pointer Gives Tech 64-61 Win at Tiffin

Michigan Tech senior Lucy Dernovsek swished a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left for the game-winning points in a 77-74 GLIAC women’s basketball victory at Tiffin today. The No. 15-ranked Huskies overcame a 33-29 halftime deficit to improve to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in league play. More

Tech Holds Off Tiffin for 77-74 Men's Basketball Win

After leading by 24 at halftime, the Michigan Tech men’s basketball team held on for a 77-74 win at Tiffin in GLIAC action today. The Dragons had a potential game-tying 3-pointer bounce off the back iron as time expired, giving the Huskies their eighth win in nine games this season. More

Pietila Nets First Goal in Tech Hockey Loss

No. 10 Nebraska Omaha completed the weekend sweep of Michigan Tech with a 3-1 win at the Qwest Center Friday (Dec. 10). Aaron Pietila scored the lone goal, the first of his career, for the Huskies. “Tonight we gave an unbelievable effort,” said head coach Jamie Russell. “We had three of our defensemen playing through injury tonight. Their courage and determination was outstanding.” More

Sports Summary

What’s Happening This Week | Composite Schedule

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010
Cager Club Luncheon, 12 noon (Grant Hockey Ed Center)

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM

Friday, Dec. 17, 2010
Hockey at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010
Nordic Skiing at Midwest Junior Olympic Qualifier
Men’s Basketball hosts Ferris State, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)
Women’s Basketball hosts Ferris State, 3 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010
Nordic Skiing at Midwest Junior Olympic Qualifier
Men’s Basketball hosts Grand Valley State, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)
Women’s Basketball hosts Grand Valley State, 3 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)

All times Eastern • Home events in bold.

Last Week’s Results

Hockey (3-10-2, 1-10-1 WCHA)
12/9 — at Nebraska Omaha 5, Michigan Tech 2
12/10 — at Nebraska Omaha 3, Michigan Tech 1

Men’s Basketball (8-1, 3-0 GLIAC)
12/9 — Michigan Tech 81, at Ohio Dominican 75
12/11 — Michigan Tech 77, at Tiffin 74

Women’s Basketball (6-1, 3-0 GLIAC)
12/9 — Michigan Tech 72, at Ohio Dominican 58
12/11 — Michigan Tech 64, at Tiffin 61

Nordic Skiing
12/11-12 — Michigan Tech at Grandview XC Ski Challenge at Ironwood, Mich. — Results below

First of Three Cager Club Luncheons Tuesday
Michigan Tech will host the first of three Cager Club Luncheons Tuesday (Dec. 14) in the Begg Conference Room of the Grant Hockey Educational Center. Basketball coaches Kim Cameron and Kevin Luke will be the featured speakers. The event is free of charge and a light lunch will be served. The other dates for 2010-11 luncheons are Jan. 11 and Feb. 15.

Nordic Skiers Race in Ironwood
Jesse Smith posted a pair of top-10 finishes to lead the Michigan Tech Nordic ski teams at the Grandview XC Ski Challenge in Ironwood, Mich., Dec. 11-12. He finished sixth overall in the 10-kilometer freestyle (25:13) and seventh the following day in the 10-kilometer classic race (28:55). Alice Flanders was the top finisher in the women’s five-kilometer skate race finishing sixth in 14:28. Malin Eriksson paced the women with an 11th place finish (34:45) in the 10-kilometer classic race.

Around the Keweenaw

Snowmobiling Season Begins

Snowmobiling officially began Dec. 1 in the Copper Country, and already the season is kicking off. "It started last weekend with the snowmobilers up here, and this weekend's looking like it will be a full house," said Sandy Manninen, manager at the Parkview motel in Twin Lakes. "We've definitely seen snowmobilers, and we've gotten a lot of calls about it." More

Healthier Meals for Children

Because many children spend hours at day care, they often eat there, and a new program is teaching day care providers how to make nutritious meals for their young charges. Renee Marion, community childcare specialist with the Upper Peninsula Great Start Regional Child Care Resource Center, said because of a $1,500 grant Share Our Strength, beginning Nov. 9, the agency has provided local day care providers lessons on creating healthy meals. More

Restaurant Opening Delayed Until Spring

A combination of bureaucratic process and possible misunderstandings about the process have caused a months-long delay in the opening of a restaurant in Hancock. In November 2009, Julie and Jim Cortright began the process to get a liquor license, which was supposed to be transferred from the Golden Harp in Twin Lakes. The license hasn't been transferred yet, and that has delayed the opening of Habanero's Fresh Mexican Kitchen on the ground floor of the Scott Building on the corner of Quincy and Reservation streets. More

From the Email Bag

The Breakers in 2005 and 2006

Hi Dennis,
I love going through all the old pictures of Michigan Tech and the area. I was born in raised in South Range, MI, and wound up at Michigan Tech - who would have thought?

This is in regards to your picture posted of Breakers, November 2006. I was out there November 2005 which I don't know if the storms were about the same, but I remember it extremely well. I was a freshman, and I was a photo-techie in the darkroom for the photography class. My friend Tom Adolphs, also a freshmen at the time, was a student in the photography class, and asked me if I wanted to go take pictures of the waves at Breakers before I had to work my shift in the darkroom. We drove out to the Houghton side of the breakers, and to our surprise there was a large crowd out there. Mind you this was the fall after the summer redesign of Breakers(grass laid over the stamp sand, fences put up, and an actual "parking area"). While out there, I remember seeing a huge wave heading for the parking lot and Tom took off running to the other side of the parking lot, and I in a panic jumped on the hood of his car - and still got soaked by the wave.

breakersI was working with a 35mm film camera that day, and sadly with all the excitement I rolled the film wrong, so it never caught while I was taking pictures. Tom on the other hand was working with a dSLR and captured a lot of beautiful images from that day. They are attached with this email. All the images white balance were set for florescent lighting, and that's why the images are more blue tinted. The left photo is the actual natural lighting. I'm found in the top shot, trying to "protect" myself I guess? I ended up showing up for my shift in the dark room just in time, and I got to sit there for three hours in soaking wet cold clothes, but it was definitely worth it!

Photos taken by Thomas Adolphs.


Gabrielle Iwaszko
(formally known as: Gabrielle Pastore)
MTU Spring '09 STC

Gabrielle: This is a great series of photos, and I made these two clickable. My son graduated with Tom from Hancock High! Small world.


I was there along with my wife to be, Dana (MSCE 2008), on October 31, 2006. It was quite the storm. The gales of November came early that year. Waves were in the 20 ft range out at the buoy off shore if I remember correctly. We could lean considerably into the wind. I've got a video of that day up on YouTube at:

If you would like the video in another format please met me know.

Thanks for brining back good memories of da UP.

-John Gaffney
MSCE 2007

John: WOW! Glad I wasn't there!

Alum Researches Iowa Dam Collapse

Hey Dennis,
Here's some interesting info on our friend Wayne King. He was a civil from Tech who graduated in '76. He got his 15 minutes of fame....

Art Rathke,0,826780.story

Union Back in the Day

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This is the view of the Union that was most familiar to me. I used to walk up from my rooming house at 1517 East Houghton, in 1959-1961. My housemates and I interrupted study at 9:00 p.m. each weeknight for coffee in the snack bar. The cafeteria served pasties (“gut bombs”) and “rectangular hamburgers” (Dr. Clyde Works’ appellation) quite regularly. There was indeed a barber shop. Must have been cheaper than downtown, as I did use it.

Denis Hayner


Dennis: The barber shop was located on the lower elevation and to the right as one entered the snack bar. As I recall, there were two barbers and they gave very good, inexpensive haircuts. I had many over the four years and am reminded of them when I look at my 1958 graduation picture.

Jim Ombrello


When I arrived in the fall of '67 the barber shop was active and I even got my hair cut once or twice (rare in the late 60's). As you come down the stairs from the lobby where the Book Store was you took a sharp right to the shop.

If you took a sharp left at the bottom there is a door going under the stairwell where our darkroom was for Lode/Pictorial photographers.

I thank Joe Kirkish for getting me better organized in my photographic thinking.

Dave Brooks BSEE '67


Hi Dennis , the picture of the inside of the old MUB brought back many memories. Being a local yocal, I spent many a night studying in the main lounge area. On Thursday night we ( the locals) would take a break and go down and watch the Flintstones and then The Untouchables. Growing up in Houghton I remember when the MUB was built. I started Tech in the fall of '58 and like a lot of folks in those day ended up on the five year plan. Spent a lot of time in the old ROTC building and went into the USAF after graduation - gave the USAF over 20 years and retired from the Pentagon in 1984. My wife and I own a vacation home behind Dollar Bay and return to the Copper Country for the summer and 5/6 weeks in the winter to go snowmobiling. Thanks for keeping the spirit of Da Tech alive.

Paul E. Gauthier class of '62


The barber shop was on the lower level. There was always at least one barber there. 8:00-6:00 I think. Some days there were two and on rare occasion a third. My Dad took me there to get my first haircut ever at a real barber. Even had the red and white pole mounted to the wall. They sold these really cool plastic brushes and combs too!

Take care,
Paul Meese


That is correct there was a barber shop on the ground floor ---it was located right between the ER Lauren Bookstore and the Cafeteria on the ground floor.

The barbers used to cut your hair to the right specs if you were in either AFROTC or Army Rotc.

Les Syring


Old Forestry Photo

Hi Dennis,

I can’t shed any light on where or when, but in the front row, starting with the 7th guy from the left (dark shirt) are Bernie Mayer, Tom Smith, Ray Hendrikse, and Bruce Whitmarsh.

Dave Lee
Forestry, 1956

Alums: It is still clickable.


Hi, Dennis

The pistol shooting demonstration by Ray Montambo was part of the Freshman Welcome held by the Forestry Department on September 26, 1956. It was held in the parking area of the Forestry Club's Otter River cabin. Mr. Montambo was a fabulous marksman and trick shot artist trained by the world-famous Ed McGivern of Great Falls, Montana.

I can identify several members of the Forestry Class of 1957.

In the front row: 2d from left - Don Jones; 7th from left - Bernie Mayer, followed by Tom Smith, Ray Hendrikse, Bruce Whitmarsh, Hammer Steinhilb, and (kneeling) Chris Peterson.

Still in the front row, but 2d from the right is Bud Spiroff and, 5th from the right is Dick Madison.

The tall guy 4th from the left in the second row is Dick Norlin, center on Tech's basketball team and my roommate.

The glamorous blonde in the back row that shows up just behind Dick Norlin's head is Claudia Simons (Spiroff), the first female Forestry graduate Class of 1958.

The guy sitting on the stool just in front of Mr. Montambo, with his back to the camera and wearing the backwoodsy hat, is me.

Great memories!

Ron Sadler Forestry '57

Thanks, Ron!


I was really surprised to see the photo John Kressbach submitted. I have that picture in an old Forestry file. On the back it is marked "Shooting demonstration. Montambo. Otter River Camp c. 1960." I have two other pictures taken that same day.

The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2011. We are collecting stories, photos and mementos from over the years - anything that our alumni would like to share. The friendships and traditions of many foresters run deep, evidenced by John and Keith's story of meeting as freshman and still hunting together to this day. I would love to hear from any of our graduates who have information to share.

Our alumni may enjoy viewing the old photos we have scanned and are now available online at We are always adding to the collection and we appreciate all comments. Our old yearbooks are also available for online view

Carrie Richards


Old Campus Revisited

old campus
Hi Dennis,
I looked at this photo before and wondered about the boy on the left and the girl behind him. It's hard to tell with everyone so bundled up, but he looks suspiciously like Dan Stock ('60?) and she could be my roommate, Jean Rogier. She was tall and usually didn't use her bookbag. I don't think she thought that it was "cool." Also, notice the skirt! As drafty as they are we only wore skirts to classes and maybe slacks to labs; never jeans unless some wore them to shops.
It's fun looking at the old photos and seeing the comments. The campus is almost unrecognizable now for those from my era.

Gail Richter '61

Gail: Maybe Dan or Jean can respond, if they are out there.


Dear Dennis,

You do a great job on the Newsletter. It's always a joy to read.

Your pictures and stories of the original buildings brought back a lot of good memories. When I started at Tech in 1963, several of those old sandstone buildings were used extensively for their classrooms, despite the fact that they violated local fire ordinances. Hubbell Hall, which was beautifully finished everywhere inside with polished wood, was particularly vulnerable; and its single, central staircase would have acted exactly like a chimney in a fire. Fortunately, it did have exterior metal fire escape stairs.

The Engineering Graphics building, which was similarly finished, however, had no such fire escapes. When I took classes there, I wondered at the large coils of heavy rope, each anchored just inside a window in every second-story classroom. Then I realized--those were the fire escapes for that building! Thankfully, no fires ever tested that solution before it was torn down.

Neil Foreman '67


Thanksgiving Snow Storms

Look up records for Thanksgiving around 1965. For the total weekend snow, I generalize it as about 50-inches. The following Monday, Tech was closed. The only time I remember it being closed. It was closed because the students could not get back to Tech from lower Mich.

Tom Poskie

Tom: I've contacted our local weatherman about some data. Stay tuned.


Reading about snow up north brings back memories of my time at MCMT and winter driving from and to Detroit.

Yes, the snow data continues of interest to those of us who reside in the tropical south. Not a single snow flake so far here in tropical Lansing.

Will you have a prominent location for your snow data in forthcoming issues of your newsletter? Where?

Thanks for your interesting newsletters, with or without snow.

Lyndon B (1956)

Lyndon: Funny you should ask: We've got a snowfall contest we are starting, and the charts are located there, too.


You asked for stories about harrowing ‘road trips’ from the past. Well the worst I can recall was the trip back to campus after Thanksgiving 1966, my sophomore year. Actually my part of the trip wasn’t all that bad, it was the rest of the people, including my brother, who got the worst of it.

I was riding back on Sunday from the Gaylord/Grayling area (50 miles South of the bridge) with a guy who was driving a 1956 Corvette (I suspect the posi-traction saved us). When we got to the bridge it was starting to snow pretty good and on our drive along US 2 we decided to head North away from the lake at first opportunity and so we turned onto 117 at Engadine. While the snow was heavy there was virtually no traffic and we just kept going, up to M28 and then across the Seney/Shingleton straight (we were breaking trail as there was no tracks at all) but by the time we got to Munising it had pretty well cleared up and it was a clear shot the rest of the way. We did stop in Marquette at the Big Boy there on M28 and that’s when we first learned how bad the storm really was (we had no radio). It was only effecting the Eastern half of the UP and it appears that we had managed to just get ahead of it. When we finally did get to campus it had taken us about 9 hours for what was normally a 6 hour trip, but the place was like a ghost town.

As for my brother (he was a freshman) he had ridden with some other guys and they left about a half-hour after I did and that 30 minutes made all the difference in the world. To start with, they stayed on US 2 all the way to 77, which was the preferred route as it was more direct and a few less miles, but in this case it proved to be a very bad choice. They managed to get maybe 10 or 15 miles up 77 when they were forced to stop for an albeit minor accident involving a bus or a truck or something, but whatever it was it closed the road completely and there was no way to clear it in the middle of the storm so people were having to find shelter wherever they could. My brother’s group ended up staying in some bar (I’m sure they had a good time) until they finally got the road cleared and they could get underway again, but that was near midnight on Monday. By then the storm was long past and once the plows had managed to get through and the accident got cleared they headed to campus, but by the time they got there is was Tuesday morning and they just crashed, but that was OK as classes had been cancelled for both Monday and Tuesday, NOT because of snow conditions on campus, but because so many students and faculty were stuck in transit that it was not worth the effort. While I can’t say that this was the first time classes were ever cancelled due to a weather related event, I suspect it was one of first times and as I said, not really due to local conditions, but rather as a consequence of weather conditions elsewhere which directly impacted the ability to hold classes.

Anyway, we had a few other good winter storms from time to time while I was at ‘da Tech’, but that Thanksgiving Sunday in 1966 still stands out as the most memorable for me.

John R. Baker, ‘71
Irvine, CA


Eight inches? That's nothing. Thanksgiving eve 1945 it started snowing and continued for two days; about 50 inches fell.

Gil Sloan, '48



Thanks Dennis! Great job!

love the mining story... was a geo major 60-62 before dropping out after car crash...

jim lehmann

Joe Kirkish

It's good to see messages from Joe Kirkish in the Email Bag. Joe was my English instructor in my first term at Tech, way back in the fall of '58. The class was held in the old Admin building at the west end of the campus. My swimming class was the hour just before English. During the last half of that term, my hair felt like a pile of sticks on top of my head by the time I walked from Sherman Gym to the Admin building.

Now retired and living in Elkhart, Indiana, I enjoy writing articles for publication. So Joe's teaching has stuck with me through all those years.

Paul Filpus, BSCE, '62

Paul: Joe is still writing a weekly column for the Gazette and doing movie reviews.


kds Hey Dennis, I'm wondering if the B. F. Sager who sent the photo of the KD
reunion is the B. "Frank" Sager I had as an EET professor a Lake Superior State ('74-78). I can't say I recognize him, but then it's
been 32 years and my memory isn't as good as it used to be - and that guy's a lot older than I remember Frank being. Timing would be about right though and if so - Hi Frank! I had Doc Berry at MTU and Frank at LSSC and I think both had the same mission - but I survived both.

Steve Smith ('71-73)

Old Dorm Room

dorm room
Funny as it might be, that picture of the empty dorm room from 1974 might as well have been from 2003 when I moved into the 4th floor of Wads. My roommate and I built a loft as well, but it wasn't quite as elaborate as some that were described as having a second floor.

David VanderMolen
Civil Engineering 2007

Tech's Name

I have one more thought to add to the issue of MCST, as I was finishing up during that name-confused period. My class ring, which I've worn daily for nearly 50 years, says "Michigan Technological University" around the stone. However, the seal on one side is "Michigan College of Science & Technology". At least that's what I remember, as it is worn smooth and pretty much illegible after all those years. It is possible the seal has "Mining".

Larry Doyle
Class of 1964

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