March 14, 2011
Vol. 17, No. 15
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Registration Revolution

Two Rooms
From the 1964 Keweenawan, the rigors of registering for classes.

You've come a long way, Huskies. From the days of the course cards and "bullpens" in the gym, there's been a revolution in registering for classes.

There were some interesting interim steps, according to staff in the Registrar's Office. But today's online system is immensely popular, although you can still talk to a real person when you have problems.

There is one drawback to online registration.

"Students miss the social aspect," says Mike Johnson, associate registrar. "They would see everybody when they were in the MUB ballroom, standing in line." This was in the early 1990s.

scheduling"We would hire eighteen temporary employees," Johnson says. "And they would be there with their terminals and help the students find a class, when one they wanted was full. We had temps who would come back every semester, they were waiting for us to call them in."

Today, it's an entirely new, one-stop arrangement for students. It's still in the Admin Building, but that's about the last similarity.

Now they can do it all in one place or go online.

"Paying bills, registering for classes, ordering transcripts, looking up classes," was what current registrar Theresa Jacques said is possible through the online processes.

"Just about all of their University business, even applying to grad school, can be done online," she says, including through the kiosk in the Registrar's Office (pictured left).

But, when students do run into trouble, they can talk to helpful folks like cashier Paula Theiler in the same, newly remodeled office. Her most popular questions?

"How much do I owe?" "What is that charge for?" "Why do I have a hold on my account?" and "When will I get my refund?"

So, the more things change, the more they sound eerily familiar.

Dennis '92, '09


Snowfall Totals—

Total to date (at the airport): 150"
On the Ground: 14"

Last year's total: 150.5"
On the ground: 27.5"

At Tech

Clarkson Claims Top Spot in Clean Snowmobile Challenge

Clarkson University won the overall competition in the 12th Annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge held over the past week at Michigan Tech’s Keweenaw Research Center (KRC). Clarkson took top prize in the internal combustion category and third place in the zero emissions category. More

Physics Students Receive Two National Honors

physics students
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter at Michigan Technological University has been selected as an Outstanding SPS Chapter. The recognition comes on the heels of the chapter’s Blake Lilly Prize. The prize recognizes chapters that “make a genuine effort to positively influence the attitudes of school children and the general public about physics.” Only four chapters in the nation received the award. More

March is the Time to Start Eating Right

March is National Nutrition Month, and Michigan Tech takes that seriously, encouraging students, faculty and staff to live healthy by eating healthy. Nutritional meals are served in the residence halls, including a full complement of salads—“everything you could hope for in abundance, ” says William Hall, associate director of residential dining, which feeds 1,900 students. More

Alumni Around the World

Silicon Valley and Florida Alumni Events

Glenn Mroz
San Jose Student/Alumni Social

Almost 30 alumni joined 16 Michigan Tech students, faculty member Bob Mark '72, and development staff Adam Johnson '98 at a student reception at the Computer History Museum on March 8th San Jose, CA.

Alumni Shankar Mukherjee ’86 and Dale Luck ‘79 gave testimonials and entrepreneurial words of wisdom to the students, and technology company Barracuda Networks spoke about their success with Michigan Tech employees, and compatibility of the work ethic of the Bay area to the hard working, technical nature of Tech students. Alumna Pooja Gupta ‘03 said, "It's really great to see all the interaction between the students and the alumni. What an incredible opportunity for everyone."

orlandoThe students spent their Spring Break week touring hi-tech companies in Silicon Valley during the day, and exploring San Francisco by night. The students paid their own way in an effort led by the School of Business and Economics.

Some highlights included a full morning on Google's Mountain View campus, (spearheaded by a trio of Googlers including Tech alumna Danielle VanDyke ‘06,) a presentation and data center tour at Brocade Networks led by alum and donor Dave House ‘65, and a technology tour of alum Tom Porter's ’68 Napa winery.

Orlando Pub Night prize winners (from left) Sanjeev Musalimadugu ’97, Hua Li ‘05 , and Joel Carter ‘97

Michigan Tech Makes a Circle Tour of Florida

Starting in Fort Myers Beach on Tuesday, March 1st and finishing in Miami a week later, Alumni and friends gathered to share their Tech experiences and hear about what is happening on campus. President Glenn Mroz, Gail Mroz and VP for Advancement Shea McGrew traveled with Alumni Relations Director Brenda Rudiger to Fort Myers, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville to meet with alumni.

On March 8, alumni and friends in the Miami area had dinner with ten students who were in Florida to participate in an Alternative Spring Break program (left). The students were tasked with cleaning sea turtle nesting beaches in Biscayne National Park and helping with a restoration project in the Everglades.

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

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— 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.

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Registering in the bullpen in Wood Gym, 1986. Remember? Email me.

2005 Clean Snowmobile Challenge

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Tech Sports

Huskies Headed to Regional Final Again

women's hoops
No. 3-ranked Michigan Tech found its outside shooting touch in time to drop in 11 3-pointers in a 70-51 victory over Drury in the NCAA Women's Basketball Midwest Regional Semifinal. Sam Hoyt scored a career- and game-high 22 points to lead the Huskies (28-2) into the NCAA Regional title game for the third straight season. More

Tech Hockey Season Ends With Loss at North Dakota

men's hoops
Ryan Furne gave the Michigan Tech hockey team a 1-0 lead but No. 1 North Dakota answered with three straight goals to claim a 3-1 win in game two of the WCHA playoffs Saturday (March 12). More

Tech Skiers Conclude Competition at NCAA Championships

The Michigan Tech Nordic ski team closed out competition at the NCAA Skiing Championships Friday (March 11). Malin Eriksson finished 21st in the women’s 15-kilometer classic race in 56:53. Mikko Harju also turned in a good race finishing 22nd in the men’s 20-kilometer classic race in 1:07:59. More

Sports Summary

What’s Happening | Composite Schedule

Monday, March 14
Women’s Basketball hosts NCAA Midwest Regional
Championship: Michigan Tech hosts UW-Parkside, 7 p.m. (Live Radio Mix 93.5 FM)

Wednesday, March 16
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. (Mix 93.5 FM)

Friday, March 18
Men’s Tennis at Grand Valley State, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 19
Men’s Tennis at Ferris State, 10 a.m.

All times Eastern • Home events in bold.

Last Week’s Results

Hockey (4-30-4, 2-24-2 WCHA)
3/11 — at No. 1 North Dakota 8, Michigan Tech 0
3/12 — at No. 1 North Dakota 3, Michigan Tech 1

Women’s Basketball (28-2, 18-1 GLIAC)
3/11 — at No. 3 Michigan Tech 72, Lewis 56
3/12 — at No. 3 Michigan Tech 70, Drury 51

Men’s Tennis (4-4, 0-0 GLIAC)
3/5 — Aquinas 8, Michigan Tech 1 (at Orlando, Fla.)
3/6 — Presbyterian 5, Michigan Tech 4 (at Orlando, Fla.)
3/7 — Michigan Tech 9, Misericordia 0 (at Orlando, Fla.)
3/8 — Michigan Tech 6, Southern New Hampshire 3 (at Orlando, Fla.)
3/9 — at Saint Leo 9, Michigan Tech 0

Women’s Tennis (10-9, 6-5 GLIAC)
3/6 — Presbyterian 9, Michigan Tech 0 (at Orlando, Fla.)
3/7 — Michigan Tech 7, Winona State 2 (at Orlando, Fla.)
3/8 — Michigan Tech 8, Southern Indiana 1 (at Orlando, Fla.)
3/8 — Michigan Tech 9, West Virginia Wesleyan 0 (at Orlando, Fla.)
3/9 — at No. 24 Saint Leo 5, Michigan Tech 4

Around the Keweenaw

CopperDog 150 Teams Praise Organizers

Copper Dog
In its first year, everything went right except the weather, in the second year it was just about perfect. Early Sunday afternoon dogsled teams sprinted to the CopperDog 150 finish line in downtown Calumet, culminating in a three-day 150-mile sled dog race through the Keweenaw Peninsula. More

Glide - N - Gorge Combines Eating, Skiing

Carie Raboin was finishing up skiing the trail at Maasto Hiihto at about 2 p.m. Sunday, and the fact it was sunny made the day a pleasure for her on the course. "It's a lovely ski," she said. More

Options Heard for Jail Problem

A Michigan Tech senior design team brought members of the public up to speed on the work to find a replacement for the county's jail, sheriff department and district court at a meeting at Tech Tuesday night, and also solicited more ideas to incorporate into their study. More

From the Email Bag

St. Al's Statues from 1970

st. al Dennis,
In the last newsletter in the mail bag there was note from Gregory Switek where he mentions the snow statue constructed in front of the St. Albert the Great chapel which employed so-called 'suspended' figures. Anyway, I've attached a couple of photos which I took during the 1970 Winter Carnival which shows these suspended figures.

John R. Baker, '71
Irvine, CA

Great stuff as usual, John!

st al

Carnival Statue Finally Dated

delt sigs
The picture “Let’s Call it Fire, Stoney” was Winter Carnival 1967. I remember it so I went through my yearbooks and came up with the year.

Eileen Armstrong (nee Erickson) ‘70


Dear Dennis,

The year for the prehistoric tractor tire statue was 1967. I was the Keweenawan editor that year, and the photo is in the yearbook.

Neil Foreman '67


Mystery Continues

That appears to be a ’58 Ford and a ’62 Toronado in the foreground which I’m sure you know.

Merritt Brown

Merritt: I thought it was an old Lincoln Continental on the right, but you might be correct.

We still don't know the story behind the pic.

Alumni Reunion Accommodations

Could you furnish a link to available accommodations for the August reunion

Don Fritzsche, class of'61


Don, Dennis forwarded your request for more information on accommodation options for Alumni Reunion. There are a number of great places in and around Houghton but they do book up fast.

You can see the lists here:

If you have any additional questions, just contact us at

Looking forward to meeting you at Reunion!

Brenda Rudiger
Director, Alumni Relations

APMP Gets $50K, Makes Money in First Week


This is sort of cool, the students made $355.15 in their first week of trading!

Joe Dancy

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