January 10, 2011
Vol. 17, No. 10
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Leaving a Legacy

The dream continues for another generation.

It's another great perquisite of your Michigan Tech education: if you send your children or grandchildren here, they receive an Alumni Legacy Scholarship.

It's a nice chunk of change, too: $1,000 for Michigan residents, and non-Michigan residents receive an award equal to the difference between nonresident and resident tuition.

In addition to the world-class education, and the savings, you'll get to share experiences with your child or grandchild, such as hanging out at the MUB (or Union, back in your day), working on a Carnival statue, and studying in the library (the on-campus location).

The students (and better half) at our house have also discussed the joys of Fisher Hall lectures, labs that don't always go as planned, and cramming for finals weeks, among other highlights.

But, like you, we all survived and thrived here, and we were transformed by the educational experience. As they came back to campus this past weekend for spring semester (and fought through some snowy roads), the students will continue that great tradition.

You can check out the Alumni Legacy Scholarship here: http://www.admissions.mtu.edu/legacy

Dennis '92, '09, proud parent of John '11 and Laura '05

Don't forget to enter your snowfall prediction in the Alumni Association's Snowfall Contest.


Speaking of snow—

Total to date (at the airport): 94.5"
On the Ground: 38"

Last year's total: 117.5"
On the ground: 32.5"

At Tech

Ott Recognized for Landmark Computer Science Paper

Linda Ott
Linda Ott didn’t just write the code. She helped software engineers write it better. Now, almost three decades later, her landmark discovery has been honored. The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (ACM SIGSOFT) recognized a paper she coauthored, “The Program Dependence Graph in a Software Development Environment,” with a 2010 Retrospective Impact Award. More

Alumni Team Up for Star Wars Defense System

3 AFROTC Alums
Three alumni of Michigan Tech were instrumental in the successful test launch of a missile defense system that uses incredibly complex engineering and science, including lasers. Colonel Andy Dobrot ’85, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Meyers ’93, and Major Jack Hedenberg ’91, all Air Force ROTC alumni, worked together on the Airborne Laser Test Bed (ALTB), part of the Missile Defense Agency’s Ballistic Missile Defense System. More

Alumni Around the World

Another Great Party at the 46th Great Lakes Invitational at the Joe

gliOnce again, GLI provided an opportunity for more than 1,000 alumni to watch our Hockey Huskies in action and hear the Pep Band in full force December 29 and 30 at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. Alumni, students and friends reconnected at the Detroit Chapter’s Garden Room Tech party.

Eric P. Steinberg PE ’88, ’90, ’91 and his children Rebecca and Dominik, were the lucky winners of the Red Wings jersey.

The group managed to consume sixteen jars of Doghouse pickled eggs (fourteen in the first night!) and many also purchased GLI t-shirts and other Tech gear. The raffles for the autographed Husky and Red Wings jerseys earned quite a bit of cash as well for the Detroit Chapter scholarship fund. Even though our Hockey Huskies were not victorious, a great time was had by all. Many thanks to Dan ‘88 and Brett Batten, Darnishia Slade ’98, and Kelly ’00 and Doug Jost ’00 who helped out.

Do you want to have an event in your city? Contact your Chapter Leader by visiting http://alumni.mtu.edu/chapters or email the Alumni Relations Office at alumni@mtu.edu.

Calling all former Blizzard T. Huskies

We would like to invite all alumni who were part of the Blizzard T. Husky mascot team over the years to Alumni Reunion August 4-6, 2011. Unfortunately, due to the secrecy surrounding Blizzard's identity, we don’t know who you are!

Please contact Alumni Relations—alumni@mtu.edu or 1-877-688-2586—and let us know you would like to be on the invite list.

BTW, although the dog mascot was revived in 1970 by Kathy (Fiori) ’71 and Bill ’71 Wassberg, it was not until 1997, that was it was named Blizzard T. Husky.

Career Re-Tooling Workshop Announced

A resume and extensive work experience aren’t always enough to secure a job in a recovering economy with large applicant pools. Michigan Technological University’s Career Re-Tool Workshop provides job seekers, and anyone looking for a career transition or promotion, the resources to re-tool their career strategy for a challenging job market.

"The Career Re-Tool Workshop is the boost you need to get out of the job search slump. Attendees can expect to learn the benefits of re-tooling a career through education, using social media for job search, and other resources to get the job you desire. I'm happy to be a part of this event to help get Michigan back to work,” said Terry Woychowski '78, VP of GM Global Vehicle Program Management and panelist at the event.

The two-hour workshop will take place on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at the Engineering Society of Detroit office located in Southfield, Michigan. Kicking off at 5:30 p.m. with snacks and networking, the workshop will feature short presentations and a panel discussion titled, “Re-Educating our Workforce.”

Area professionals will speak to educational opportunities and resources. The confirmed panelists include: Dr. Terry Woychowski, VP of GM Global Vehicle Program Management; Dr. Ann Marie Sastry, CEO of Sakti3; and Lauren Rosen, Business Consultant for Michigan Works!.

This free event is the third in a series of Career Re-Tool Workshops created by the Tech MBA Online program in Michigan Technological University’s School of Business and Economics. The series is one part of Michigan Tech’s effort to re-educate Michigan’s workforce.

The Engineering Society of Detroit is located at 20700 Civic Center Drive in Southfield, MI 48076. To reserve your seat at the event, register at http://careerretool.eventbrite.com or call Tech MBA Online Program Ambassador Hajj Flemings '96 at (313) 215-3513.

Snowfall Contest Reminder

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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 www.mtu.edu/snowfall to enter. The deadline is Tuesday, February 15.

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Tech Sports

No. 10 Women Shake Off Slow Start, Win 58-48 Over NMU

Not even a slow start and cold shooting could keep the No. 10 Michigan Tech women’s basketball team from gaining its 10th win of the season. The Huskies blocked 10 shots and won by a 10-point margin, 58-48, over rival Northern Michigan, Thursday night. It wasn’t glamorous, but it went in the win column to help Tech improve to 10-1 overall and 6-0 in GLIAC play. More

Men Complete Sweep of NMU with 74-60 Win

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The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team finished off the season sweep of arch rival Northern Michigan tonight with a 74-60 victory at the SDC Gym. The Huskies (10-3, 5-1 GLIAC) didn’t come close to putting up 109 points like they did in Marquette earlier this season, but they did manage to hold the Wildcats (6-7, 1-5 GLIAC) to 24 fewer than the 84 they allowed in the first meeting. More

Sports Summary

What’s Happening | Composite Schedule

Tuesday, January 11
Cager Club Luncheon, 12 noon (Grant Hockey Ed Center)

Wednesday, January 12
Huskies Drive Time on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM, 7:30-8 a.m.

Thursday, January 13
Men’s Basketball hosts Lake Superior State, 5:30 p.m. (93.5 FM)
Women’s Basketball hosts Lake Superior State, 7:30 p.m. (93.5 FM)

Friday, January 14
Hockey hosts St. Lawrence, 7:07 p.m. (93.5 FM)

Saturday, January 15
Nordic Skiing at NCAA Qualifying Series (Duluth, Minn.)
Men’s Basketball hosts Saginaw Valley State, 12 noon (93.5 FM)
Women’s Basketball hosts Saginaw Valley State, 2 p.m. (93.5 FM)
Hockey hosts St. Lawrence, 5:07 p.m. (93.5 FM)

Sunday, January 16
Nordic Skiing at NCAA Qualifying Series (Duluth, Minn.)

All times Eastern. • Home events in bold.

Last Week’s Results

Hockey (3-15-2, 1-12-1 WCHA)
1/7 — at St. Cloud State 3, Michigan Tech 0
1/8 — at St. Cloud State 5, Michigan Tech 1

Women’s Basketball (11-1, 6-0 GLIAC)
1/6 — at No. 10 Michigan Tech 58, Northern Michigan 48
1/8 — at No. 10 Michigan Tech 71, Marygrove 35

Men’s Basketball (10-3, 5-1 GLIAC)
1/6 — at Michigan Tech 74, Northern Michigan 60

Nordic Skiing
1/2-8 — Michigan Tech 5th of 19 teams at US Championships (at Rumford, Maine)

Top News of the Week

Cager Club Luncheon Tuesday
Michigan Tech will host the second of three Cager Club Luncheons on Tuesday (Jan. 11) at noon in the Begg Conference Room of the Hockey Educational Center. Basketball coaches Kim Cameron and Kevin Luke will give updates on their teams. All are welcome to attend, and a complimentary lunch will be provided.

Junior Hockey Night Set for Saturday
Saturday’s game against St. Lawrence will be Junior Hockey Night sponsored by Walmart. All youth wearing a hockey jersey will be admitted for $3. All youth are welcome to skate with the Huskies after the game and will be eligible for numerous raffle prizes from several Houghton-area businesses.

More Home Hoops; Women Battle for First Place
Michigan Tech will host GLIAC doubleheaders Thursday (Jan. 13) and Saturday (Jan. 15). The women’s game Thursday (Jan. 13) against Lake Superior State will feature the last two undefeated teams in the GLIAC.

Ski Team Fifth at Nationals
The Michigan Tech Nordic ski team finished fifth out of 19 college teams at the 2011 US Cross Country Skiing Championships. Individual highlights included: Luke Gesior eighth in the under-23 classic sprint, Alice Flanders 12th in the junior women’s five-kilometer freestyle race and Malin Eriksson eighth in the freestyle sprint.

Around the Keweenaw

A New Roof in the New Year?

Calumet Theatre
An online voting system, which could bring $250,000 to make repairs to the Calumet Theater roof, is going well with one month of voting time left. Laura Miller, Calumet Theatre executive director, said in December, the theatre roof project received enough votes in the Pepsi Refresh Project to keep its eligibility into January, the last month for voting. More

Houghton Adopts Complete Streets Ordinance

Giving people an option of transportation methods, including those which rely on human power, is the goal of the Complete Streets planning concept, and the city of Houghton is the first Upper Peninsula community to officially adopt it. More

Heikinpaiva Time

Heikinpaiva kicks off Monday with a new class added to two weeks worth of fun-filled Finnish-themed events. From 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jim Lohmann will present a build-your own-five-string-kantele class at Zion Lutheran Church in Hancock. The kantele is a traditional Finnish stringed instrument. More

New Look for the Lodge

Many changes have taken place at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in an effort to bring the best possible service and goods to the local community and tourists. KML General Manager Dan Harri has been in his new position for just a few months but the new and improved lodge is beginning to take shape. More

From the Email Bag

Commencement, Revisited

Dennis, I enjoy reading the newsletter. I saw in one of the articles that Eric Hoffer spoke at the 71 graduation. I graduated in 73. I didn't know of Hoffer at the time but had read his books since then and was surprised he was at Tech when I was there. The person writing in the newsletter said his speech was printed in the year book. I would love to get a copy.

Any ideas now to do this? By the way. If you know Hoffer you would know Dee would be the appropriate place for him to give a speech.

Tom Permoda 1973

Tom: I've attached his speech here, as a PDF.


I graduated in June 1972 and we were the first class to have the graduation at the new Student Ice Arena.

Jim Nankervis BSCE 72


Dear Dennis,
I had the pleasure of attending the 2010 Mid Year Commencement to see my grandson Nick Laurila receive his diploma. it was a great day.

What really impressed me was the standing ovation for the the newly commissioned ROTC cadets after they took their oath. It made me very proud to see how they were appreciated by the audience. They will soon be in harms way and they received a nice send off from every one attending.

Chuck Laurila '59

Chuck: The ROTC ovation is goose bumps for me every time.

Road Trips

Hi Dennis,
I plan to get voice recog. software to record myriad winter adventures traveling between home and campus from '49 to '53, they've become family folklore by now.

My treks freshman year were from Monroe, MI with memories of long lines waiting for the ferries, The bridge wasn't completed until later in the 50's so it was imperative to get a jump on the caravan's heading S for Christmas and Spring break or you could spend 2 hours or more in a packed car, windchills below zero outside, or in the waiting room on the return if you could get in.

My family moved to S. Minnesota in the summer '50 and remarkably placed me 250 miles closer to Houghton but facing 6 of those roundtrips, with each episode trying to outdo the others. Included were, getting off the train in Iron Mt. at 1AM because the Soo Line transfer at Pembine wouldn't wait for the lunker that started out in Calumet. Waiting hours for the Greyhound from there to Duluth
and Minneapolis with only a good luck $2 bill for sandwiches. That bus broke down somewhere near St. Cloud, we were delayed for hours in a blizzard waiting for a sub to arrive from Mpls.

Those were the days for shoe fads, can't remember the exact order but there were the blue suede loafers, white bucks, and saddle shoes. A Delta Sig brother, Jim Byrd ME '53, lived in Dearborn and drove a '36 Ford w/rumble seat. He was accident prone on those winter trips and on one occasion slid off the road somewhere below L'Anse. For the time it was a tragedy, the rear window got punched out and his pair of Blue Suede loafers didn't complete the trip back.

He had another episode heading S in the same area when his car skidded sideways when he tried to stop to avoid hitting a pack of dogs on an icy bridge. The car and passengers were the only survivor's. During the summer of '52 I interned at the then new GM Research Center in Warren and bought my first car, a '41 Ford. Getting a check for $105 2X/month (Cost of living index of c/a/
$110 was paid quarterly) barely covered a shared room rent and food after repaying loans to friends , the car cost $250 and I borrowed $150.

I car pooled with another Delta Sig working full time at GM who sold me breakfast of coffee, one egg, 2 slices of bacon, & 2 pieces of toast each morning before heading to Warren. At the end of the summer my tab for cost of food was $8.75, my loans were all prepaid, and I'd repaired a broken manifold exhaust pipe with a Miller's beer can.

No Al cans in those days so I cut out the ends and wire wrapped it around the pipe and headed back to Minnesota. Several thousand miles later that repair failed in March '53 just North of Rhinelander heading back to the UP. The highway was unpaved almost all the way to US2 and on failing the entire exhaust system dug into the mud and remained there vaulting the rear of my car forward and proceeding with a roar. I sold the car for $50 a few days before graduation and heading for Naval OCS.

The good old days, gone at last.

Bob Carnahan

Bob: Today's Tech students had plenty of snowy roads to deal with this past weekend! Another Tech tradition.

The Breakers

I sure enjoy the newsletter – great job.

Bruce Kettunen’s response about the breakers brought back memories for me as well. We took geology / mining classes together. He headed to the iron mines, I went to the salt mines…

The night of Nov. 10th 1975, I took a friend (Dana Glenn – Pre-med 77?) and we hiked up Mt. Bohemia to the fire tower – wild outdoor adventure for us. I can still clearly picture the 3 ore freighters moored in Bete Grise Bay far below us, waiting out the storm. We got the news of the Edmund Fitzgerald the next morning.

I started at Tech in the fall of 1971. That year we enjoyed Husky Hockey in the new Ice Arena, but they may have played the first couple games at the Dee. It’s a little fuzzy now !!! Sorry to hear of the demise of the pipe organ – I helped a little at the restoration project the winter of ’71 – ’72.

Dave Plumeau

8 O'clocks

You taught an 8 am course!! Very difficult.

I am teaching one starting this week; Mathematics of Finance.

Tell me, how do the students manage to stay up so late?

Don Saari

Don: I haven't pulled an all-nighter in years, so I have no idea!

Old Photos of the UP

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Hi Dennis,
This website (below) was forwarded to me by a friend. There are historic photos of many towns in Michigan and many interesting ones of Houghton & Hancock. I found it interesting to see a photo of the Kerredge Theater all by itself before the Scott Hotel was built. The Kerredge burned down during my sophomore year awhile after we had Winter Carnival skits there.

The site is from a studio in Marquette. I see that they also restore old photos which I'm going to take advantage of.


Gail Richter '61

Thanks, Gail. My favorites are of Tezcuco Street in Hancock, but that's a story for another time . . .

Antarctica Response

In response to Mr. Heck's inquiry:
I had a close personal friend, John Sorenson, who spent his entire career in Antarctica working for USGS. John was a civil grad around 1964-1966. He was the one that encouraged me to attend MTU. Unfortunately, John died of cancer shortly after his 20-and-out retirement from USGS. I still believe the ozone hole had something to do with his demise; so you take care down there Mr. Heck.

Tim GeBott '75

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