January 24, 2011
Vol. 17, No. 11
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MLK Week

MLK week
Honoring Rev. King on campus.

It was Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. week here at Tech. On Monday, the actor Barry Scott read the "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the MUB. There was a nice crowd on a cold, snowy day. They marched over to the Rozsa Center for a reception and tribute to Rev. King.

There was also a birthday party, blood drive, basketball invitational, Service Saturday, and banquet Saturday night, where the president of the Detroit City Council, Charles A. Pugh, was the featured speaker.

Another new event was the Traveling Trunk Exhibit in the library (photos in the slide show above). It featured images from King's life, including what he brought with him to his marches and speeches. There were also reprints of two of his most famous speeches, a video, and many books about him.

A crowd had gathered there noontime Tuesday, and as we perused the exhibit, I talked with another staffer about where we were when we heard he died. I was an eleven-year-old in Detroit, and I remember the event through my parents' reactions: my mom was very sad and crying, and my dad was sad and angry.

The fellow staffer summed it up: "Why do the peacemakers' lives end this way?"

In the exhibit, small pledge cards were left out, to honor his memory, that we could fill out.

"I will: respect all people; live a life of loving, not hating; choose patience over anger, nonviolence over force; actively promote freedom, justice and world peace."

I signed and dated mine, and it hangs in my office.

Dennis '92, '09


Snowfall Totals—

Total to date (at the airport): 115"
On the Ground: 42"

Last year's total: 112.5"
On the ground: 22"

At Tech

Tech Students' Winning Satellite to be Launched into Orbit

A team of Michigan Technological University students has taken first place in the prestigious University Nanosat 6 competition, earning the rare privilege of having the Department of Defense launch their custom-made satellite into orbit. The University Nanosat Program is sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory, which handpicked 11 university teams from dozens of applicants across the nation. More

Small, Mighty and Mysterious: Researcher IDs Atmospheric Aerosols

Lynn Mazzoleni
There’s a lot more to the atmosphere than air. With every breath, we inhale a nearly invisible mish mash of tiny particles known as aerosols. From droplets of water and trace gases like sulfuric acid to specks of volcanic ash and industrial soot, aerosols usually go unnoticed. But they can be powerful, capable of destroying the ozone layer, shutting down air traffic, and morphing global climate. More

2011 Clean Snowmobile Team Tests New Catalytic Muffler

Michigan Technological University’s SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge team has been working with two emissions control firms to test a new, lighter, noise- and emissions-reduction system. “The big edge is packaging and weight,” said Jason Blough, the team’s advisor and an associate professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics. “The technology allows the catalytic converter and the muffler to be in one unit.” More

Alumni Around the World

Jazz Lab Band Hits TC and Manistee Areas

Jazz Lab Band
Jazz Lab Band at the Traverse City Opera House.

The Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Associate Professor Mike Irish, toured downstate in early January, traveling just under 1,100 miles in three and a half days. They played concerts and clinics with two or three, 60 to 90 minute programs per day for about 2,800 public and private school students. They also played two evening benefit concerts supporting local music booster clubs in Traverse City and Manistee. What great ambassadors for Michigan Tech!

Many thanks to alumnus John Helge, '76 (affectionately known as "Sarge") for his financial support for the evening concerts in Traverse City and Manistee. Also to Robert DeGabriele who was instrumental in making the Traverse City concert a success.

More on the trip can be found here.

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.

Alumni Association News

New Members joining the Michigan Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors
Stephen L. Kamykowski ‘70 Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Warren, OH
Timothy N. Thomas ‘81 Mechanical Engineering, Rolling Hills Estate, CA
Robert G. Wojcik ‘91 Electrical Engineering, Marengo, IL
Jeffrey J. Zeman ‘97 Environmental Engineering, Manitowoc, WI
Chris L. Moore ‘01 Business Administration, Kingsford, MI
Jeffrey A. Sudderth ‘06 Mining Engineering/Economics, Painesdale, MI
Jean-Celeste M. Kampe '80 Chemical Engineering, '87 Metallurgical/Materials Engineering, Hancock, MI

The new officers of the Association are
President Paul J. Ninefeldt '96 Chemical Engineering, Orange, CA
Vice President Sally P. Heidtke '81 Chemical Engineering, Iron Mountain, MI
Treasurer Jacque C. Smith '85 Mechanical Engineering, Houghton, MI
Secretary Lisa A. Fernstrum '91 Biological Sciences, Menominee, MI

The Michigan Tech Alumni Association will be holding their bi-annual meeting February 10 -11, 2011 in the Alumni Lounge in the Memorial Union Building. All are welcome to attend. For more information on the Board of Directors visit http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/notables/board/members/members.html

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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Julie London
From the Gazette: "Julie London, the famed songstress, arrived at Franklin Township's Memorial Airport Friday noon to be greeted by a delegation of Tech emissaries before whose student body she entertained last evening." Shown greeting the star are Tech Carnival bigwigs, Dave Stallard, with glasses, and Don Truax." 1965, remember? Email me.

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Tech Sports

Women's Hoops Dominates Battle of Top 25 Teams at Grand Valley

women's basketball

The No. 8-ranked Michigan Tech rebounded from its Thursday loss at Ferris State in a big way. The Huskies scored their highest total of the season in defeating No. 19 Grand Valley State 84-64 in a battle of top-25 teams. Tech is now 14-2 overall and 9-1 in the GLIAC. GVSU fell to 13-4 overall and 7-4 in the league. More

Duluth Completes Sweep of Tech Hockey


No. 5 Minnesota Duluth completed the season sweep of the Michigan Tech hockey team with a 3-0 WCHA win Saturday (Jan. 22) at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Jack Connolly opened the scoring for the Bulldogs with a shot from the slot for his 12th goal of the season at 12:24 of the first period. J. T. Brown recorded the lone assist on the goal. More

Sports Summary

What’s Happening | Composite Schedule

Wednesday, January 26
Huskies Drive Time on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM

Thursday, January 27
Men’s Basketball hosts Northwood, 5:30 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)
Women’s Basketball hosts Northwood, 7:30 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)

Friday, January 28
Nordic Skiing hosts Central Super Tour
Hockey hosts Wisconsin, 7:07 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, January 29
Nordic Skiing hosts Central Super Tour
Men’s Basketball hosts Hillsdale, 1 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)
Women’s Basketball hosts Hillsdale, 3 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)
Hockey hosts Wisconsin, 7:07 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, January 30
Nordic Skiing hosts Central Super Tour

All times Eastern • Home events in bold.

Last Week’s Results

Hockey (3-18-3, 1-14-1 WCHA)
1/21 — No. 5 Minnesota Duluth 5, at Michigan Tech 0
1/22 — No. 5 Minnesota Duluth 3, at Michigan Tech 0

Women’s Basketball (14-2, 9-1 GLIAC)
1/20 — at Ferris State 63, No. 8 Michigan Tech 60
1/22 — No. 8 Michigan Tech 84, at No. 19 Grand Valley State 64

Men’s Basketball (10-7, 5-5 GLIAC)
1/20 — at Ferris State 70, Michigan Tech 60
1/22 — at No. 18 Grand Valley State 77, Michigan Tech 63

Nordic Skiing
1/22-23 — Michigan Tech 3rd of 9 teams at Central Super Tour (Minneapolis, Minn.)

More News of the Week

Tech to Host Super Tour Event
The best skiers in the Midwest will descend on Houghton this weekend for the Michigan Tech Super Tour. The series of weekend races will start Friday afternoon with a sprint prologue. The action will continue Saturday with the classic races and conclude with the freestyle race on Sunday. The races, which are free to the public, will feature skiers from youth to professional.

All Home Weekend
Every Michigan Tech athletic team that’s in season is hosting a home event this week. Hockey hosts Wisconsin for a weekend WCHA series Friday and Saturday (Jan. 28-29). Basketball hosts Northwood Thursday (Jan. 27) and Hillsdale Saturday (Jan. 29). Nordic Skiing hosts its first home event since early December with the Central Super Tour Friday through Sunday (Jan. 28-30).

2011 NCAA Hockey Regional Tickets On Sale
Tickets are now on sale for the 2011 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Midwest Regional hosted by Michigan Tech at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis., March 26-27. Tickets can be purchased through the SDC Ticket Office at 906-487-2073.

Around the Keweenaw

Hancock Council Approves Annexation

Over the years, various Hancock city councils have made purchases of land to expand the city boundaries, and the current city council took action Wednesday to continue that expansion. By a unanimous vote, the council approved annexing a 140-acre undeveloped parcel on the city's northern boundary near Tomasi Drive purchased in 2008. More

Trail Groomers Receive Permanent Radio System

For years, groomer operators in the Copper Country took to the trails alone, without cell phone service or radios. If they happened upon a snowmobiling accident, there was very little they could do to help. If their machine broke down, they worked alone to fix it. If they had groomer issues, they were forced to spend the night in the groomer machine on the dark, snowy trail. More

Who’s Calling?

phone booth
The once-omnipresent phone booth has mostly vanished from the landscape. But they're booming in Mason. That's thanks to Mason resident Greg Piper, who has purchased three booths since 2009 and placed them throughout the town in 2009 and 2010. A friend of his, Boyd Anderson, also owns a booth in Mason. More

From the Email Bag

Pep Band from 2006

Pep Band
2006 is a long time after I left the school but the Pep Band is by far one of my favorite memories of Tech.

In '74 the people who joined a musical group like the Pep Band, at a school that didn't have a music degree, weren't doing it for the one Phys Ed credit you could earn. They were there for the love of playing music with others that had the same love.

I stayed a member of the band for all four years and had the enjoyment of going to GLI each year and the NCAA Championships in St Louis (the band got in trouble for starting a cheer, "Boston S_ _KS!" after the organist finished his Lets Go theme and at one point it made it clearly onto the audio broadcast) and Denver (what a semi-final game that was). In those days we had the original old striped overalls (Red, Yellow, White, Black and Brown) with yellow sweatshirts underneath and a plastic hard hats.

One of my best memories is of home football games at Sherman Field (do you know how much beer can be carried in a Sousaphone case). DK was the director and his outlook was that the stands were too short for anyone to see a formation so why worry. Instead we did "artistic entertainment".

The best one ever was our single song performance of "Alone Again Naturally" which started with a single trumpet player on the field playing the song and ended the same way. In between we all made our way onto the field in different ways, started playing with him and after playing one complete verse as a group, we all slowly left the field.

I remember the flute section, which only had one male in it, came onto the field with all of the girls pushing baby carriages with their instruments in it and the one "daddy" there to help them. Our Tuba section drove onto the sidelines in a single car which had our instruments strapped to the top and at least one or two people in the trunk. Don't really remember how the show was received, but who cares, we had a blast.

Best Regards,
David Jackson, BSEE '78


In the edition of the newsletter that just came out, you have a photo of the pep band from 2006. I went to click on it since i'm in it (top left corner on a bass drum) but it redirected to a place saying it wasn't available.

I can probably give you names of a good number of folks in that picture if i could see it a bit larger.

Jeremy Mr. Sunshine Loucks

Jeremy: It's clickable!

Old Photos, Old Cars

old car
The "Old Photos of the UP" reminded me of a vignette from my own past.

Several years back, I was in da' Copper Country on my annual late April trip to "beat the water" for steelhead - yes, occasionally I actually catch one.

Anyway, late one afternoon I was at a charming bookstore on Fifth Street in Calumet, near Pine Street. After a leisurely visit, I walked out the door and was transfixed by a Model A Ford parked
across the street. As I circled the car, admiring it, an older gentleman walked out of the bookstore and greeted me.

I said, "What a lovely old lady!"

He responded, "Yes. Would you like a ride in it?"

Of course I fell all over myself accepting his invitation, and he drove me around Calumet for around ten minutes. The gentleman lived nearby, and the Model A had been in his family since it was new. He had inherited it from his mother.

What a wonderful Copper Country experience!

Frank Shoffner '62

Calling Class of '50 Miners!

We are committed to the Leader Dog program out of Rochester MI. Where could I find out who is remaining out of the 1950 Mining class? Would be interesting.

Dewey Bjork

Editor's Note: We hooked Dewey up with our Alumni Relations folks, in the person of Brent Burns, who replies:

Thank you for your email. The HuskyLink online directory allows you to search the 1950 Mining class at Michigan Tech. Deceased alumni have a yellow ribbon next to their name. Please visit http://huskylink.mtu.edu/join to activate your account and become a member. You will need your first time number. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 906-487-2400 or alumni@mtu.edu. I have also attached a document of the 1950 Mining Engineering class directory search.

Thanks again,

WMTU Stories

A friend forwarded your message to me, indicating you are looking for people who worked at WMTU or other campus radio stations.

I was involved in the re-startup and operation of WDHH in the 1972-73 time frame. A couple of EEs living in DHH, whose names escape me, dusted off the old equipment and got the station on the air again. It was, I believe, a 10-watt carrier-current broadcast, meaning that it could only be heard in DHH. The studio (basically a converted closet in the dorm) had two turntables and a homemade board.

I was living in Coed Hall at the time, and had a show on Sunday nights. The station’s library was negligible, so I would drag a bunch of my albums over for the show. I played a lot of fusion jazz (John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, etc.), rock, folk and whatever else I felt like playing. At that time, WRS was basically top-40 programming, and we saw ourselves as an alternative station, much like what was going on with WABX and WKNR-FM in Detroit. I recall that someone had taken a 45 RPM record of something by the Archies, cut a chunk out of it that looked like a bite mark, and put it on the wall with a sign reading “Bubble Gum Should be CHEWED and not PLAYED!”

If you want any more info, feel free to email me. I’ll try to remember what I can.

Joe Fishbein ‘75

Editor's Note: Joe and I have since connected, as I have with many other alums. I've got great stuff for a story, but would still enjoy any more memories.

More on Antarctica

Hi Dennis,
Read Tim Gebotts comments about Jo(h)n Sorensen.

Jon Sorensen was my brother graduating from MTU June 1970. He was drafted in to the US Army upon graduating, spent most of his time in the US. Upon discharge he went to work for the USGS out of Denver. Most of his time with the USGS was spent verifying elevation benchmarks in NM, TX, WY and AK. He commented once how incredibly accurate the bench marks were, he was verifying them with a laser theodolite. He part of the first winter crew at the new South Pole Station in 1973-1974. He also spent a summer in Antarctica but not at the South Pole. After he left the USGS he and his wife lived west of Boncarbo, CO and he worked several other jobs including on the US Army facility east of Trinidad, CO. Jon was diagnosed with lung cancer and after a valiant fight passed away in January 1987.

Ron Sorensen ('69)

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