February 7, 2011
Vol. 17, No. 12
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New Features for Carnival

There's no hitting in broomball!

Broomball and the other events are heating up. The queen has been chosen, and the statues are taking shape. Winter Carnival 2011 kicks off this Wednesday night with the all-nighter.

The campus is buzzing, of course, and there are many new ways to enjoy Carnival this year, in addition to the traditional favorites. (And, we'll have a special Carnival Edition of TechAlum next Monday, too.)

For our hungry visitors, the Library Café, Campus Café, MUB Commons, and all dining halls will have special hours, and you can buy guest tickets for the dining halls for only $8.

Admissions tours will be departing from the library Saturday at noon, 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. in addition to the normal Friday tours from the Administration Building. The library will also have extended hours and an information booth.

In fact, there will be helpful staffers all over campus. Just look for those wearing the "Ask Me" buttons or Admissions Office jackets.

The residence halls and Hillside Place (the new apartment building) will have tours Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

There will be free parking all over campus and bathrooms available in the MUB and Fisher Hall.

Broomball fans can get their photos taken in real equipment, thanks to the IRHC folks. Just show up at the rinks in front of Walker from noon to 3:00 p.m. Saturday.

The Outdoor Adventure Program will have ski and snowshoe rentals available (snowshoes after the Bigfoot Snowshoe Race on Saturday) and hot chocolate.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will have special hours Friday, noon to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m., in the Hamar House.

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra is performing Saturday at 2:00 p.m., and comedian Pablo Francisco (for adults) performs Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. both at the Rozsa Center.

Finally, the Somnium fusion event takes place Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the Rozsa, with some Tech alumni involved. It's a free combination of music, visual arts, and multimedia.

And this is just the new stuff! As you can see, we've given everyone many opportunities to enjoy different aspects of our greatest event. (Even the Dog House has a statue going up downtown!)

Dennis '92, '09


Snowfall Totals—

Total to date (at the airport): 130"
On the Ground: 43"

Last year's total: 134.5"
On the ground: 25.5"

At Tech

Read All About It! Michigan Tech Gears Up for 2011 Winter Carnival

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Sculptors at Michigan Tech have been hitting the books with an icy vengeance this year, building snow statues reflecting this year’s Winter Carnival theme, “Thousands of Pages Unfold in Bitter Cold.” Sponsored by Blue Key, the Winter Carnival recess is officially Wednesday, Feb. 9, through Sunday, Feb. 12. One-Nighter statue event. More

Alumni Gifts Underwrite New Computing Research Center

The new Paul and Susan Williams Center for Computer Systems Research will soon provide a space where Michigan Tech’s computer scientists and engineers can put their heads together. Equipment and furnishings for the 10,000-square-foot center are made possible by a gift from Paul Williams, a 1961 electrical engineering graduate. Williams, of Torrance, Calif., is a retired engineer who spent nearly all of his career with Hughes Aircraft. More

Governor Appoints Two Michigan Tech Board of Control Members

Governor Rick Snyder has appointed two Michigan Tech alumni to the University’s Board of Control, effective immediately. The new Board members are Julie Fream, vice president of Visteon’s North American customer group, global strategy and communications, and Terry Woychowski, General Motors’ vice president for global vehicle program management. More

Alumni Around the World

Michigan Tech Alumni Events in California

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Scenic view of Silicon Valley.

Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz ‘74/77 and Gail Mroz ’86 toured California for a series of Pub nights with area alumni. In San Diego, the Mroz’s were joined by Linda Ott, professor of computer science and Dan Fuhrmann, chair of electrical and computer engineering. Alumni ranging from class years 1963-2010 enjoyed the opportunity to get together and share their Tech memories.

The Sunnyvale and Oakland Pub Nights brought out more than 100 alumni and friends to hear about what’s happening at Tech. Darrell Radson, dean of the School of Business and Economics joined the group to talk about the exciting things happening in the area including the new online Tech MBA program.

Many thanks to volunteers Nathalie Osborn '95, Paul Retlewski '81, Larry Laurich ’65 and Debbie Campbell '76 for their help in organizing these events. A special thank you to our Assistant Director of Corporate Development Adam Johnson ’98 who hosted the Bay Area events.


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.

Class of '72 Represents

John '72 and Sylvia Northrup back on campus.

We had a nice chat with the Northrups when then stopped by the office while on campus.

John, a civil engineering grad, did some photography back in his Tech days, and Sylvia worked on campus, also, back then. Sylvia fondly recalled Professor Stone in biology and the gang in the old athletic department.

John played in the Pep Band here and even did a musical stint with that university in Ann Arbor. He had fond memories of the corner spot in the Dee for Tech's band, a spot I knew well from my high school days, since our band would play in the same area.

John says, additionally: "I retired from GM's Worldwide Facilities Group in 2002 as Director of Project Management, had fun working at a Harley-Davidson Dealership until 2006, and since then Sylvia and I have been traveling, renewing old friendships, visiting our son and daughter, following our Huskies athletic teams and enjoying life. We especially enjoy our annual trips back to Tech."

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.

SYP Kicks Off 2011 Offerings; Alumni Discounts

Youth Programs Opens Summer Enrollment and Announces 2011 Offerings!

Michigan Tech’s Youth Programs is rolling out its most exciting line-up of precollege programming yet, led by suggestions from our past participants and their parents.

Our 2011 new Summer Youth Programs Explorations include

  • Engineering the Human Body
  • Creating 3-D Models for Virtual Reality
  • Designing the Future—Mechanical Engineering,
  • Trees, Tracks, and Trails
  • Backpacking the Porcupine Mountains
  • Becoming Bill Gates

Also exciting are

  • our 3rd year of the National Summer Transportation Institute
  • and the 2nd year of Rail and Intermodal Transportation, both with very exciting field trips
  • Blacksmithing
  • the Pavlis Leadership Institute
  • Mobile Robotics
  • Mountaineering EcoChallenge

We have also rolled out a new website (www.youthprograms.mtu.edu). Check it out!

Michigan Tech’s Youth Programs has been exciting young men and women about learning since 1972. As loyal Michigan Tech Alumni, you will be first to receive our new innovative catalog in February! We encourage you to visit our website for more information regarding our programs.
Also, if you would like to make sure you are on our mailing list, or if you have any questions regarding our programs, please feel free to contact us by e-mail (yp@mtu.edu) or by calling our staff at 906-487-2219. We look forward to hearing from you, and seeing your children this summer!.

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

Tech Beats Wayne 68-54 in Women's Hoops

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The No. 8-ranked Michigan Tech women's basketball team took care of business on the road today with a 68-54 victory over Wayne State. The Huskies have now won five in a row to improve to 18-2 overall and 13-1 in the GLIAC. Paired with a Lake Superior State loss, the Huskies have taken a two-game lead in the GLIAC North Division standings. More

Wayne Defends Home Court with Win over Men's Basketball

The Michigan Tech men's basketball team couldn't shake off a slow start in losing at Wayne State 84-61 in GLIAC action at the Mattaei Center today. The host Warriors (16-4 overall and 12-2 in the GLIAC) shot 61 percent including 57 percent from 3-point range to beat the Huskies (11-10 overall and 6-8 in the league). More

Sports Summary

What’s Happening | Composite Schedule

Wednesday, February 9
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)

Friday, February 11
Hockey hosts Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, February 12
Nordic Skiing at CCSA Championships (at Ishpeming, Mich.)
Men’s Basketball at Lake Superior State, 1 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)
Women’s Basketball at Lake Superior State, 3 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)
Hockey hosts Bemidji State, 5:07 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, February 13
Nordic Skiing at CCSA Championships (at Ishpeming, Mich.)

All times Eastern • Home events in bold.

Last Week’s Results

Hockey (3-22-3, 1-18-1 WCHA)
2/4 — at Alaska Anchorage 4, Michigan Tech 1
2/5 — at Alaska Anchorage 4, Michigan Tech 2

Women’s Basketball (18-2, 13-1 GLIAC)
2/3 — No. 8 Michigan Tech 75, at Findlay 43
2/5 — No. 8 Michigan Tech 68, at Wayne State 54

Men’s Basketball (11-10, 6-8 GLIAC)
2/3 — at No. 4 Findlay 100, Michigan Tech 60
2/5 — at Wayne State 84, Michigan Tech 61

Nordic Skiing
SuperTour at Tech Trails

Top News of the Week

Michigan Tech will hold its annual Winter Carnival festivities this week on campus. A week full of events from queen coronation to stage revue to snow statue building will be capped by the Huskies' hockey series vs. Bemidji State. Games will be Friday (Feb. 11) at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday (Feb. 12) at 5:07 p.m. Visit wintercarnival.mtu.edu for more details on Winter Carnival.

The No. 8-ranked Huskies won both of their games last week including a 75-43 victory at GLIAC South Division-leading Findlay last Thursday (Feb. 3). Tech, at 18-2 overall and 13-1 in league play, has taken a two-game lead over Lake Superior State in the GLIAC North Division standings with five games to go. The Huskies’ next game will be at Lake Superior State on Saturday (Feb. 12).

Around the Keweenaw

Obama to Visit Marquette

President Barack Obama will visit Marquette Thursday to talk about expanding Internet access, the White House said Friday. In his State of the Union address, Obama called for expanding high-speed wireless Internet access to 98 percent of Americans within five years. Doing so is part of a three-part plan the president outlined to help America "win the future." More

SmartZone Touts Loan Program

The Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation SmartZone is helping companies that wish to start, expand or relocate to the Copper Country by offering assistance through the MTEC SmartZone Loan Fund. Jonathan Leinonen, MTEC SmartZone program director, said MTEC SmartZone's Loan Fund provides loans from $5,000 to $50,000 to encourage expansion of existing firms, assist start-ups and attract new technology businesses in an effort to create technology-based jobs in the Keweenaw. More

Trail Planning for CopperDog Going Well

It was snowmobiles, not sled dogs, that made the first full swoop over CopperDog 150 trails last weekend as organizers got their first real look at the snow-covered trails that will host the second-annual CopperDog 150 March 4 to 6.More

From the Email Bag

Pep Band from 2002

Pep Band Dennis,
Wow, that [2006 photo] sure looks very similar to this picture back in the 2002-2003 academic year (I don’t recall if I sent this to you a few years back or not). A good number of the faces are the same too. I guess I’d be more worried about that if it was 10 years apart, rather than 4. ;o) Of course, I know of at least one member who was going for his PhD, so he’s excused.

I’m the crazy guy in the red bones jersey (that the section has retired for a more school colors friendly option) with my arm around two members near the middle. For those who know me, the halo is fitting as well. The pictures were taken in the Rozsa Center front Lobby.

The 2002-2003 season was the first year Dr. Alton Thompson was directing the band, and I do believe he’s the one who came up with calling the band “The Second Best Feeling in the World!” As well as a few other monikers.

I’ll try to send you a list of names that I can recall in the near future. I think with the two pictures, you might get a few more responses.

I bet if we asked a bunch of Pep Band alumni to share some funny band related stories we could get some good stuff.

Ward “Wardo Rican” Rietz, Jr.
MSE ‘03
Huskies Pep Band ’99-‘03

Wardo: It's clickable!


I get a kick out of the stories about Tech's Pep Band in their 'uniforms' usually showing the stripped outfits. My reason is I was in the pep band my first two years at Tech. The director was Franz Schubert...at least I hope that was his last name; and I am sure it was his first. Anyway, WE did not have any uniforms, just our plain jane street clothes. I think the reason many of us joined was to pay our 10-cent admission and stand in the little space located just above and to the left (if standing on the ice) of the goal on the west end. We had fun then as I know the band has had since. Too bad we did not have 'uniforms' as it would have added to our delight.

And I remember the day John MacInnes got his Zamboni machine. He was so thrilled to get this professional ice machine. Unfortunately he added to the unemployment roles of the local kids who used to push snow shovels around the ice between periods. Ah-h-h, those were the days.

Rick Martin, PE, F.ASCE, '68

Julie London for Carnival 1965

Julie London

Julie London with Dave Stallard, with glasses, and Don Truax.

Yes I do remember. She was about 8 ½ months pregnant.

Bob Gardner 65


I remember the Julie London concert well. My girlfriend (future wife) was visiting for Carnival and attended the concert with me. We were in the front row and Julie asked if anyone had a Marlboro cigarette. I started to reach for mine and my girlfriend poked me and told me to leave it in my pocket. The guy two seats down produced an Marlboro and Julie sat on his lap and sang the jingle “You get a lot to like with a Marlboro.” I have never forgiven my wife for that!

Don Truax was a fraternity brother of mine and he died a few years ago.

Harry Glidden class of 1965


I vividly remember this occasion. My wife Pat & I were close friends with Dave and Patty Stallard. Dave was just tickled to be meeting the talented and beautiful lady and talked about it for days. Seems like yesterday.

Bill Perkins, Applied Physics ‘66


Alums Rock Frankenmuth, Again!

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The team of Michigan residents Luke Dehtiar, Max Dehtiar, and Ryan Olszowy competed in the World Class Single-Block Snow Sculpting Competition which ended on Saturday morning, January 29, 2011. Judges awarded them 2nd place, and the team also received the "People's Choice Award" in their category. Their snow sculpture was titled "Chillin' With the Band."

This team was featured in an article in Michigan Tech Magazine, Spring 2009.

--submitted by Frankenmuth resident Dan Haubenstricker '80

Great work, as usual Dan. You make us proud!

WDHH Mystery: When did it end?

Joe [Fishbein] said the EE guys got the station working in 71-72 and he did his disk jockeying around then to 73. After that he lost track and was not a dorm resident so he had no info after that since the station's broadcasts were limited to DHH. I don't know anyone that went to Tech in that time frame so I'm at a loss to get anything more.

But it was fun while it lasted. Not sure if I mentioned earlier, but we broadcast the away hockey game with Michigan in '59, I think (sent to us over a special telephone line and coupled into the station thru a hybrid transformer supplied by one of the professors in the EE dept). An exclusive. The only problem was that the Kingston Trio gave a concert that night which everyone (including me) attended so the hockey audience was very limited.

You do a fabulous job keeping everyone up on the history of Tech. Keep it up.

Pete Rankin '59 EE

Thanks, Pete. Maybe an alum out there can help us find out when WDHH went away.

Great Images of Tech Trails, etc.

I've featured this blog before, but the new images of the Tech Trails make a return trip appropriate:


Just to make you homesick for the Keweenaw.

Oobleck at Green Bay

I had the opportunity to attend an Einstein Project Science Fair in Green Bay a couple of weeks ago with my grandkids. One of the exhibits was from MTU.

They had a demo that was a product where if you walked slowly across it, you sunk, and if you went quickly, you stayed on top. The kids liked it; but, what is the practical application-or is it still a work in progress? Who might have some answers?

John Arneth BSEE -63

John: It does show some possibilities for chemicals, but it is mostly just for fun. And it works. The school kids love it!

Greetings from Zimbabwe

Hi Dennis,
I enjoyed your latest newsletter. Hey, this middle age stuff is ok! My wife and I decided to skip the Michigan winter this year and move to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship I'm teaching various physiology courses at the National University of Science and Technology there for 2011.

Best wishes,
David Grewe, '59

Keep teaching David! We'll keep shoveling snow!

Alum is Illinois Teacher of the Year

And Major Vincent Rukstalis '67 is up for a national award. See it here.

Featured Alumni Benefits

Michigan Tech on iTunesU

iTunesUMichigan Tech is now in session on iTunes U, an area in the iTunes Store where the University shares knowledge with the alumni community—and the world. On iTunes U, you’ll find a wealth of audio and video content, including course lectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations, neat videos, podcasts, and more.
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On Campus

SFHI Faculty Positions in Energy and Health

Coordinator of Marketing and Operations, Housing and Residential Life

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Technical Writer, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute- Center for Technology and Training

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Complete Job Descriptions are available on the Human Resources website.

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