February 28, 2011
Vol. 17, No. 14
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Two Rooms

Two Rooms
A tragic love story that unfolds across time, distance, and world events.

Two squares were laid out on the floor, a mat placed in the center of each square, and a monstrous wall of images was the backdrop to the minimalist world of Two Rooms, a play performed by the Tech Theatre Company recently.

The focus was on the words instead, and the actors brought us back to Beirut, Lebanon, and the bad old days of hostages, government indifference or mis-involvement, media manipulation, and more.

Michael was the hostage, hands bound, who tried to maintain his sanity in Beirut, as Lainie, his wife, designed a similar room in Washington, DC, to share in her husband's suffering.

Along the way, we encountered complexities of the 1970s and 1980s Middle East that sound eerily similar to today: the US was not entirely welcome, violence was rampant, revolution was in the air.

Closer to home, Lainie was manipulated by the media and the State Department, as she simply wanted to get her husband home. As she thought out loud, the background images reflected civil war-torn Bierut; as Michael talked, the backdrop turned to marshes near their DC home, where Lainie studied birds and Michael escaped his captivity, at least psychologically, for awhile.

In addition to the massive images, the soundtrack of war permeated the play, at times jarring audience members out of their seats.

The questions were many: What does it mean to be an American? Why don't they like us? Why will we have to pay for our actions?

The ending was surprising, and as we left the McCardle Theatre, we were thinking about the many meanings.

VPA Chair Roger Held directed, with students Dani Sweet as Lainie and Tobias Mahan as Michael. Student Elizabeth LaRouche was the government official and faculty member Dennis Kerwin was the media hound. All were excellent.

Dennis '92, '09


Snowfall Totals—

Total to date (at the airport): 148"
On the Ground: 18" (We had a big meltdown recently.)

Last year's total: 144"
On the ground: 30"

At Tech

Governor’s Proposed Budget Cuts are Challenging But They Won’t Change Michigan Tech’s Strategic Priorities

State budget reductions proposed last week by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder could cost Michigan Technological University more than $10 million, President Glenn Mroz told the University’s Board of Control at its regular meeting in Houghton today. He reassured them, however, that Michigan Tech is prepared to respond without sacrificing the University’s core values or strategic goals. More

Mind Trekkers in Jackson, Detroit for National Engineers Week

Mind Trekkers
National Engineers Week? Doesn’t sound like much of a cause for celebration. But kids of all ages are going to be celebrating it in Detroit and Jackson this weekend, by oozing through oobleck, making the hair on their head stand on end and gobbling ice cream made with liquid nitrogen. More

Michigan Tech Researcher Grooms Snow Roads in Antarctica

It’s spring in Antarctica, 50 degrees below zero, with a constant blustery wind. Perfect for traveling in and out of McMurdo Station. That’s because the offshore frozen ocean provides a reliable landing strip within a mile or so of McMurdo. Come summer, the sea ice melts, and planes have to land on the Pegasus Runway. More

Alumni Around the World

Arizona and Colorado Events Attract Alumni

Glenn Mroz
Tuscon and Scottsdale Events

Tech alumnae share stories! From left, Sheryl Wright ’91, Kate Litteral ’74, and Sara Christopherson ‘97.

Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz ‘74/’77 and Gail Mroz ’86 visited Arizona to attend pub nights with area alumni on February 15 and 16.

arizoneIn Scottsdale and Tucson, the Mroz’s were joined by alumni ranging from class years 1951 to 2009 who enjoyed the opportunity to get together and share their Tech memories.

Darrell Radson, dean of the School of Business and Economics, joined the group in Scottsdale to talk about the exciting things happening in the area including the new online Tech MBA program.

Left: metallurgical and materials engineering alumni, John Petrusha ’60 and Peter Nagy ’71 catch up at the Scottsdale Pub Night.


Over 115 alumni and friends attended the annual Colorado K-Day Pasty Dinner in Denver before watching the Michigan Tech vs. University of Denver hockey game on Saturday, February 19. Organized for over twenty years by Denver Chapter leaders Dave '79 and Ellen Nelson '79, with their son and new graduate Scott Nelson '10, the Denver event is one of Tech's largest outside of Midwest.

The Huskies skated to victory on Friday night only to have a tough game on Saturday. However that didn't deter the large alumni crowd from cheering on their alma mater. Thanks again to all those who attended.

Video of Denver alums singing.


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.

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!.

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Tech Sports

Ladies Top Northwood 68-51 Behind Big Second Half

women's hoops
The No. 7-ranked Michigan Tech women's basketball team won its 10th straight game and closed out the regular season with a hard-fought 68-51 victory at Northwood today. The Huskies outscored the Timberwolves 44-28 in the second half to improve to 23-2 overall and 18-1 in league play. More

Men Wrap Up Regular Season with 88-77 Win at Northwood

men's hoops
Mike Hojnacki and Ali Haidar combined for 40 points to lead Michigan Tech to an 88-77 victory at Northwood in GLIAC men's basketball today. The Huskies scored 48 points in the paint for their fifth straight win to improve to 16-10 overall and 11-8 in the GLIAC. More

Three Goal Second Spells Trouble for Tech Hockey

ali hader
No. 20 Minnesota claimed a 5-2 win over Michigan Tech in a penalty riddled game in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday (Feb. 26). The two teams combined for 101 penalty minutes, including 50 by the Huskies. More

Sports Summary

What’s Happening | Composite Schedule

Wednesday, March 2
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball at Grand Valley State, 6 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)
Women’s Basketball hosts Tiffin, 7 p.m. (WMPL 920 AM)

Friday, March 4
Blue Line Club Luncheon, 12 noon (Grant Hockey Ed Center)
Hockey hosts North Dakota, 7:07 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, March 5
Men’s Tennis vs. Aquinas, 4 p.m. (at Orlando, Fla.)
*Men’s Basketball at GLIAC Tournament Semifinal, TBA
*Women’s Basketball hosts GLIAC Tournament Semifinal, 1 p.m.
Hockey hosts North Dakota, 5:07 p.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, March 6
Men’s Tennis vs. Presbyterian, 8 a.m. (at Orlando, Fla.)
Women’s Tennis vs. Presbyterian, 8 a.m. (at Orlando, Fla.)
*Men’s Basketball at GLIAC Tournament Championship, TBA
*Women’s Basketball hosts GLIAC Tournament Championship, 2 p.m.

*With win in previous round of GLIAC Tournament

All times Eastern. • Home events in bold.

Last Week’s Results

Hockey (4-26-4, 2-22-2 WCHA)
2/25 — at Minnesota 5, Michigan Tech 2
2/26 — at Minnesota 5, Michigan Tech 2

Women’s Basketball (23-2, 18-1 GLIAC)
2/24 — No. 7 Michigan Tech 64, at Saginaw Valley State 54
2/26 — No. 7 Michigan Tech 68, at Northwood 51

Men’s Basketball (16-10, 11-8 GLIAC)
2/24 — Michigan Tech 71 at Saginaw Valley State 67
2/26 — Michigan Tech 88, at Northwood 77

Nordic Skiing
2/26 — Michigan Tech at American Birkibeiner/Korteloppet (at Cable, Wis.) no team results

Men’s Tennis (1-1, 0-0 GLIAC)
2/25 — Michigan Tech 9, at Ripon 0
2/27 — at St. John’s (Minn.) 5, Michigan Tech 4

More News

Women Hosting Fourth Straight GLIAC Tourney
The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team will host its fourth straight GLIAC Tournament this week. The Huskies face Tiffin in a quarterfinal game Wednesday (Mar. 2). With a win, Tech would host the GLIAC Final Four Saturday and Sunday (Mar. 5-6). The Huskies have hosted each of the last three GLIAC Final Fours, winning the championship twice.

Hockey Closes Regular Season this Weekend
The Michigan Tech hockey team will close out the WCHA regular season with a pair of home games against North Dakota. The Huskies’ two seniors, Bennett Royer and Deron Cousens, will be honored with an on-ice presentation following Saturday’s game. The pair will also be the featured speakers at Friday’s Blue Line Club Luncheon.

Men's Basketball Enters Postseason on Hot Streak
The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team won both of its games last week to wrap up the regular season with five straight wins. The Huskies received the No. 6 seed in the GLIAC Tournament and will travel to No. 3-seeded Grand Valley State Wednesday (Mar. 2) for quarterfinal game. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.

Two Skiers Earn Trips to NCAA Nationals
Mikko Harju and Malin Eriksson will each represent Michigan Tech at the 2011 NCAA Skiing Championships March 9-12 in Stowe, Vermont. It will be the first trip to the NCAA Championships for both skiers. Harju earned first-team All-CCSA honors this season after finishing as the top skier for the men’s team in eight out of the 10 races he competed in this season. Erikson was a second-team all-CCSA selection and won the 15-kilometer classic race at the CCSA Championship Feb. 13th.

Men's Tennis Opens 2011 Campaign
The Michigan Tech men’s tennis team opened its 2011 schedule with a 9-0 win at Ripon last Friday (Feb. 25). The Huskies have 17 matches on their regular season schedule before the GLIAC Tournament April 15-17.

Around the Keweenaw

Problems Remain with Jail

fallout shelter
Though Houghton County's $15 million proposal for a combination jail, sheriff's department and district court was voted down in November, the problems it was meant to address remain. How best to address it is the subject of a public forum being held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Commons Room on the ground floor of the Memorial Union Building on the Michigan Technological University campus. More

Crowd Hears Rail Industry Update

When Mike Franke first wanted to work with railroads, his friends thought he was crazy. "When I joined the industry back in 1968, I worked on the freight side during college, and fellow students couldn't believe that I was going to work for the rails," he said. More

Hancock Schools Thank Donor for $100K Gift

A $100,000 donation to Hancock Public Schools is going to come in handy during this period of reduced state aid, and Monica Healy wants to officially thank the family of the donors. During the regular meeting of the Hancock Schools Board of Education Monday, Healy, who is superintendent, said the schools received the donation from Marijan and Ingrid Markul just before she became superintendent in July 2009. At the time the donation was received, it was placed in an interest-bearing certificate of deposit account. More

From the Email Bag

Carnival Statue Timeframe Narrowed Down

delt sigs
Pretty sure that was from the Carnival in 1964 (at least I know I'm close, as it was during my era -- '63 thru '67).

Regards, Bruce Osten


Was searching thru some memorabilia and came across the Feb 1965 copy of the Lode and the attached picture (below).

Sorry the scanner wouldn't capture the whole page, but you get the idea.

Tom Wade
BSCE '65


Statue Memories

1973 statue
Thanks for the update, and especially the ‘From the Email Bag’. I was a freshman that year at DHH, and I too spent a lot of hours on that statue, especially the fireplace and details. I was also in that skit that Ken, Bruce and others wrote, as one of those mission impossible guys, and if I remember correctly we caught that ‘pasty eating fellow’. Lots of snow, lots of beer, lots of broomball, and lots of fun, is what I remember.

It is hard to believe that it was only 38 years ago….and I was really that young once.

Thanks for sharing, you have brightened my Valentine’s day – and warmed my heart.

Dave Hoot
Class of ‘76

Dave: Thank you for the nice note, and come back and visit. You'll like what you see!


DHH. The feedback cleared away the clouds!
Again, great job with the newsletter---- keep up the fine work.


I don't wan't to take anything away from the 1973 DHH Statue. It was a wonderful piece of artwork and engineering, but their suspended figure was not a first. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture but one does exist in the Lode Pictorial for I believe 1970. St. Albert the Great suspended snow and ice in the form of a dolphin and shark with structure designed by Christopher Zoppa, a civil engineering student. It was all fabricated on site with essentially scrap lumber and steel cable. Others may remember better than I, but I seem to recall a figure of nearly 40 tons of suspended ice in that sculpture. I also remember rules limiting the amount of structure in a statue at that time, and we were pushing the limit.

Winter Carnival was a great one for us that year, and I often think of how much better we could have done in the classroom if we'd put the same kind of effort into studies. However, we all need fun too.

Gregory Switek

Carnival Memories Continue

Hi Dennis,
Seem's hard to believe the past remains so fresh especially catching up on Carnival once again. Some of my treasured memories include bringing my full sized Indian Headdress to campus for a Delta Sig skit celebrating a WHDF radio serial program "Swift Arrow", famous for interruption of a world series Baseball game one year to air the program. My handmade headdress was an Indian Lore merit badge project for scouts. The skit was a hit, but alas my headdress was abducted never to return. On another occasion Bob "Dink" Pemberthy, hockey Husky, also an acrobatic skater made his featured ice show entry on Dee stadium's natural ice swinging from a rope attached to the building rafters. Luckily he tested it before the show hitting the ice on his knees having forgotten to account for his weight stretching the rope, a Forestry major OK?

I was saddened to read that the Snowshoe event is no longer competitive, should I return my two iconic 2nd place finish medals in the half mile race for a trophy case somewhere on campus? For two years I had a slight advantage as a distance runner and Captain of the Tech Track team, I raced one year on Alaskans and another on Bear Paws. I was sure that I'd win on my third and last try in '53 except for two major changes, first off the venue shifted from an uphill 200 yd climb that circled back for the remaining 600 yds. The new location was 800 yds s through a cemetery somewhere above what was Upper Woodmar. Secondly the entire varsity Nordic ski team entered (fully rested and in peak condition) and of course swept the field, no ineligibility declarations were ever filed. They may have even worn stubby X-country skis, who can remember? Those were exhilarating days.

Bob Carnahan
Met.Engr. '53

Alum Contributes to Jeopardy's Watson!

In case you were not already aware, Ellen Bauman's work on 10 gig Host Ethernet adapters for the clusters is part of Watson.

The Watson video at this web page was filmed at IBM-Austin yesterday afternoon:


The University of Texas at Austin computer science department had members that contributed to Watson also.

John Soyring

Zimbabwe Alumni Search

Hey Dennis,
There are a lot of mines in this country: diamonds, gold, platinum, copper and coal. Would you be able to find a mining or geology Techman in Zimbabwe? Then we could take a picture and have a story for you about our meeting.

Thanks for the nice snow statue pics!

David Grewe

Editor's Note: We searched, David, and you are our lone representative there, that we know of.

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