December 27, 2010
Vol. 17, No. 9
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Teaching Satisfaction

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The Class of 2015 (or so): Nobody sleeping in this 8 o'clock.

As I mentioned earlier this year, yours truly taught a session on Perspectives of Inquiry this fall. The course on critical thinking and communications was enlightening to me, and I hope, to the students.

It was an 8:00 a.m. course, so you can imagine (and remember) the pros and cons of getting up so early and functioning, let alone learning, as eighteen-year-old freshmen, all twenty-one of them.

There were times when I felt I was doing most of the talking, but it was subject matter that meant a lot to me and of which I knew I could discuss: the history of rock and roll.

It was daunting, too. It took me two weeks just to get up to 1960, with necessary time spent on the early forms of blues, country, jazz, etc. I can't imagine history professors doing US history from the 1600s to the Civil War. And some instructors do so in accelerated classes!

But there were moments when the students were engaged and carried the conversations. Not just a matter of "this band is great and that one's not," the students would debate some interesting topics: censorship and lyrics in modern songs, downloading and file-sharing, and what is poetry in music, among others.

When they debated and I could play moderator, it was most enjoyable. And, it was intense at times, too.

But that's great!

They were learning to make their points—with the necessary information to back them up—and they challenged each other, and me, to do the same.

It was also one definition of a Tech education, I think.

Maybe next time, I'll . . .

Dennis '92, '09

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

And: Don't forget to enter your snowfalll prediction in the Alumni Association's Snowfall Contest (details below).


Speaking of snow—

Total to date (at the airport): 58"
On the Ground: 24"

Last year's total: 81"
On the ground: 27"

At Tech

Sharing the Airwaves: Tech’s Tian Researches Cognitive Radio

Imagine yourself driving along an interstate highway, with about a thousand lanes of traffic zipping by. You notice that there are only a few cars in the outside lane, and you’d like to move over there. Unfortunately, that lane is set aside for specially licensed vehicles, and yours isn’t one of them. In fact, you’re only allowed to drive in one lane, the one you’re in right now. Even if traffic in your lane gets so thick it grinds to a halt, you’re stuck. Too bad for you. More

Bob Janke, Former Physics and Biology Professor, Dies

Robert A. Janke, 88, a resident of Boston Location, passed away early Wednesday morning, December 22, 2010 at the Franklin House of PortagePointe where he had been a resident patient since March of 2009. He was born in Rosendale, Mich., a son of the late Arthur and Edna Janke and was raised in the Detroit area. He was a graduate of Birmingham High School, University of Michigan with a degree in physics, Michigan Technological University, where he received a master's in physics and the University of Colorado where he received a doctorate in biology. More

Tech International Grad Student Enrollment Bucks National Trend

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First-time international graduate student enrollment is up 3 percent nationwide this year. At Michigan Tech, it’s increased more than 16 percent. Why is Michigan Tech bucking the trend? “There are a couple of reasons,” says Jacque Smith, director of marketing for Michigan Tech’s Graduate School. “First, it has to do with the types and quality of programs we offer.” More

A Look at Clouds from All Sides Now

Alex Hu
Clouds play a crucial part in regulating climate, but precious little is actually known about clouds’ inner workings and their role on Earth. A group of Michigan Technological University scientists hopes to change that, thanks to a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation. More

Alumni Around the World

Chicago Pub Night

Alumni representing five decades of graduating classes braved cold weather and Midwest snow storms to attend one of the Alumni Pub Nights in Downtown Chicago and in Schaumburg. Alumni had the opportunity to network, share stories and hear an update on Michigan Tech from President Glenn D. Mroz '74/'77. Many attendees had previously met at one or more of the recent Chicago Chapter Networking events hosted Patricia Henderson '77 and Marie Cleveland '82, whom were also in attendance.

Do you want to have an event in your city? Contact your Chapter Leader by visiting or email the Alumni Relations Office at

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. The deadline is Tuesday, February 15.

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.

Online MBA Scholarship Available

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

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Ever catch a little shut eye in the library: the one on campus? Email me.

Computer Science Students in 2006

midyear 2005Recognize anyone in this CS group shot from 2006?. Email me.
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Tech Sports

Huskies Top GVSU in Battle of Two Top Teams

No. 12 Michigan Tech defeated No. 9 Grand Valley State 60-55 on December 19, in a battle of nationally-ranked women’s basketball teams. The Huskies knocked down 11-of-21 3-pointers and held the Lakers to their lowest point total of the season in moving to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in GLIAC play. More

No. 11 GVSU Defeats Tech Men

The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team played a close game on December 19, against No. 11-ranked Grand Valley State but couldn’t get over the hump. The Huskies (9-2, 4-1 GLIAC) were within five of the Lakers (9-1, 5-0 GLIAC) five times in the final five minutes before GVSU claimed a 70-61 victory. More

Sports Summary

What’s Happening | Composite Schedule

Wednesday and Thursday, December 29 and 30
Hockey Huskies at Great Lakes Invitational, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit:
Wed., Dec. 29, 7:36 p.m. vs. Michigan; Thurs., Dec. 30 vs. MSU or Colorado College, 4:06 or 7:36 p.m. Huskies Radio

Thursday, December 30
Women's Basketball at Southern Indiana, Evansville, 6:15 p.m. Huskies Radio
Men's Basketball at St. Joseph, Renssalaer, Indiana, 6:00 p.m. Huskies Radio

Sunday, January 2 through Saturday, January 8
Women's and Men's Nordic Skiing at US National Championships, Rumsford, Maine

Thursday, January 6
Men's and Women's Basketball vs. Northern Michigan, 5:30/7:30 p.m.
Huskies Radio

Friday, January 7
Hockey at St. Cloud State, 8:07 p.m. Huskies Radio

Saturday, January 8
Women's Basketball vs. Marygrove, 1:00 p.m.

Hockey at St. Cloud State, 8:07 p.m. Huskies Radio

All times Eastern. • Home events in bold.

Around the Keweenaw

Hancock Named "3rd Snowiest City"

According to The Weather Channel, Hancock is the third snowiest city in the United States. With an average annual snow total of 218 inches over the past 30 years, Hancock finishes short of only Boonville, N.Y., and Valdez, Alaska. "If you live in the Keweenaw, you knew you were in the top 10," Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson said. "Now we have the information to back it up." More

National Park Impact Estimated at $42 Million

In 1992, members of Congress decided it would be a good idea to create a national park based on the mining and smelting of copper, so the Keweenaw National Historical Park was created. Scott See, KNHP Advisory Commission executive director, said a park with the purpose of preserving and interpreting the copper mining era was a new idea at the time. "It was determined there was a story to tell," he said. More

Hancock Council OKs $4.5 Million Bond for Houghton Health Facility

The Hancock City Council gave its unanimous approval Wednesday to the proposed $4.5 million bond issuance for the expansion of a Portage Health Houghton facility. At the council's regular meeting, Brian Donahue, Portage Health chief financial officer, said the proposed bond issuance will not exceed $4.5 million. The funds will be used to expand and add equipment to the hospital's MacInnes Drive facility in Houghton, and for new equipment at the hospital's main facility on Campus Drive in Hancock. More

Cell Coverage Comes to Lake Linden

Late last week, residents in Lake Linden suddenly found themselves with more bars than they'd previously had. Not the kind with alcohol, but bars representing the newly activated cell phone coverage available in the village. "We're absolutely delighted to finally have service after three years of trying to get it," Village President Edward Fisher said. "This is critical for our community's growth." More

From the Email Bag

1970 and 1971 Commencements

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Asking if 1970 was the last commencement at Dee Stadium, I know it wasn’t as I graduated in 1971 and had my commencement there.

Dan Schmidt
Class of ‘71


Not sure about '70, but '65 was still in Sherman Gym.

Tom Wade
BSCE 1965


I believe we had our graduation ceremony at the Dee in June of 1971

John Lendel 71'


On a similar track. When was the last WCHA hockey game at the Dee? I think it was 1971. We paid for the new arena in activity fees, but never saw the finished product



Just an observation; today's graduates get a speech by a politician, Bart Stupak, while back in 1971 we got to hear from a renowned philosopher, Eric Hoffer (see attached photo, below). While I can't say for sure when the last graduation was held in Dee Stadium, I do know that 1970 was NOT it, since I graduated in June 1971 and that was held at the 'Dee'. The attached photo was from that day That's me in the middle with the bright orange tassel swinging to the front. (Photo left)

John R. Baker, '71
Irvine, CA

Thanks, John, again for some great images. We have other shots of Hoffer, but none in color!


The last commencement at Dee was June 1971. The commencement speaker was Eric Hoffer, a noted author at the time. He gave a very short speech – under 10 minutes but the Dee echoed so badly that I couldn’t hear a word. Fortunately, the speech was printed in the yearbook.

Gretchen Paupore (’71)



Midyear Commencement 2005

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I was there graduating with a BS in Civil Engineering. I can't pick out myself, civils were somewhere near the front on the left hand side. However, I can see my parents and older brother sitting on the aisle 5 rows up. My mother, Robin, is wearing a black sweater and is seated next to my dad, Guy, and my older brother Pat. My father, Guy Jeske, is also a MTU alum with a degree in Geological Engineering in 76'.

I was just saying to a recent graduate of NC A&T how pleased I was to graduate in the winter, I remember it as a brief and meaningful ceremony.

Thanks for all the fine work, I look forward to the Alumni Newsletter each week.

Ariana Jeske
Civil Engineering 2005

Ariana: Great that you can see them! It is still clickable.

The Breakers

breakers I saw the pictures of the breakers in 2006 in the newsletter. It reminded me of a trip on a dark windy night, November 10, 1975, when 60+ mile per hour winds were howling through campus. My roommate, Jim Johnson '77? and I took a ride out to the Hancock Breakers at McLain Park. This was the night the Fitzgerald went down near Whitefish Point. The waves were coming out of the northwest straight at the breakers and the waves were flowing (not crashing) over them like they weren't even there. It was an awesome sight in the headlights of his car parked up on the shore shining down the path to the beach.

The next morning there were five ore boats anchored in Portage Lake waiting out the storm.

By the way, it was almost impossible to walk across the wind tunnel between MEEM and Chem Met that day and a few airplanes at the airport got flipped over.

Bruce Kettunen '76

Those Trips Back to Tech

I read the harrowing road trip from the past in the latest newsletter and thought you might be interested in one of my own I left my home in Levering (12 miles south of Mackinaw City) on my motorcycle on a beautiful fall Indian summer day to return to MTU for my junior year in 1949. When I got a little east of Saint Ignace it started to rain. Soon the rain turned to sleet and the road turned very slippery. It wasn't long before the sleet started to freeze on the road and it became really slippery. At that time Rte 2 was a two lane concrete road that traveled alternately through thick forest and then through areas that had no tree cover.

When I hit the open areas the wind caught me and I began sliding off the road towards the ditch. Fortunately I was able to get through the open areas without crashing but it was nip and tuck. When I turned north on 41 it was still sleeting and by the time I got to Marquette it had started to snow and it was very cold. In order to combat the cold i stopped in Marquette bought a quart of wine to combat the cold.

I finally arrived in Houghton but by that time I was frozen stiff and more than a little bit drunk. When I pulled up to the only traffic signal in Houghton at that time, which was red, i stuck my leg out to keep the motorcycle up but my leg was numb and I couldn't hold it up and I fell. Some of my buddies were standing on the sidewalk when this happened and they thought it was hilarious. However they helped me up and took me to the nearest bar to warm me up.

Art Shurtleff, 51
San Diego, CA

Art: I've got a couple of great articles (in Microsoft Word) written by Karl Bohnak, our TV weatherman. One refers to 1966, and the other one is 1985. I can speak for the '85 storm. What a mess!

More on the Memorial Union Barbers

Back in the late '50s, the union barbers were named Tom and Vic. As I recall they wore white shirts and bow ties. Got my first 'flat top' there.

Mike Bahrman, BSEE '70

GLI tickets

Hi, I'm Henry Hepfner '74. Are discount tickets being offered for GLI this year? I've been watching for the info in the newsletters and maybe I've missed the notice. Any information would be greatly welcomed. Thanks.

Henry: I copied the Alumni Relations folks.

You can purchase discount GLI tickets through Ticketmaster by visiting There are instructions on how to visit the Red Wings Ticketmaster site and use our discount code. As an alumni, you receive $5 each ticket except for the $30 tickets. Let me know if you have any questions. Almost 600 tickets have been sold so it should be another great alumni event at GLI. Don't forget to come down to the basement of the Joe and get your pickled eggs and GLI t-shirts. Thanks, see you there.

-Brent Burns

Been to Antarctica?

I graduated in the spring of this year and my continuing studies have taken me all the way to Antarctica, where I am waiting at McMurdo Station, the main American base, until I can go out to my field camp to install GPS units to track isoelastic and inter-glacial rebound from the changing mass of the ice sheet. As I have been walking around McMurdo with my MTU hat on, I was wondering if any other Tech grads have been to Antarctica and what types of research they had done if they have been down here.

Jacob Heck
B.S. in Surveying Engineering '10

Jacob: We will repost your question about fellow grads who have travelled there in HuskyLink and on our Facebook and Linked in pages. You can access those through the links listed below.

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