April 11, 2011
Vol. 17, No. 17
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Rec Sports

Right down the middle on number 17 at PLGC.

We all know that Tech students need breaks from studying. Historically, we've used our involvement in organizations, cruising the towns and backroads of the Keweenaw, and other ways to let off steam (and frustration) from the paper chase. That's as is should be: work hard, play hard.

And it occurred to me that we really have great venues and facilities to burn the calories, defeat an opponent (perhaps another student org?), and clear the brain for more equations and theories.

Today, thanks to the Experience Tech fee, students can easily use these facilities when every they wish.

Like many students and alums, I've spent hours of enjoyment here—

The Portage Lake Golf Course: since 1903, Tech students have hacked, I mean played, their way around this nice layout. A second home for some, it makes spring even sweeter and extends fall even longer. (I've golfed in a knit hat and gloves, and this year, it should be open soon.)

Tech Trails: Some of the nicest jogging scenery I've ever witnessed, and it's so close to everything. Bikers love it, and are always on it, weather permitting or not. Skiers rave about it, too, especially at night. Now, if I can only find those old Jarvanens.

Mt. Ripley: In one of the neatest recent stories, international students have been hitting the slopes in droves. The snow guns and lights have really added to the length of ski days and the ski season, too.

Camping and hiking: Tech's Outdoor Adventure Program guides folks on local and regional excursions, including biking and paddling. With all the OAP offers, that freshman fifteen is easy to avoid!

There are many more opportunities, organized or not, for Tech students and all of us to get out and enjoy the Keweenaw. In fact, I feel a jog coming on.

Dennis '92, '09



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At Tech

Michigan Tech Tops the Nation in Numbers of Peace Corps Master's International Volunteers for Sixth Year in a Row

Michigan Technological University once again has more Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) graduate students actively serving as Peace Corps volunteers than any other college or university in the nation. Michigan Tech has 32 PCMI students currently on Peace Corps assignments. There are also a number of students on campus fulfilling the academic portions of their master’s degrees. More

Do Bears Hold Key to Treating Osteoporosis?

All it takes is a few days of bed rest for human bones to start to weaken. Stretch that out many weeks, and we risk full-blown osteoporosis and its attendant woes of broken hips, wrists and vertebrae. Bears hibernate for months on end. Yet, when they wake up in spring, their bones are just as strong as before they settled down for their long winter’s nap. More

AACSB Extends School of Business and Economics Accreditation

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International has extended the accreditation of Michigan Technological University’s School of Business and Economics for five years. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education. It has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools. Today, there are 620 business schools in 38 countries that maintain AACSB accreditation. More

Alumni Around the World

Speaking of Rec Sports: What Are the Odds?

smith and greenCasey Smith and Don Green.

smithCasey Smith took Bronze in the snowboard division for men 55-59.

This might qualify as the most unusual meeting of two Michigan Tech alumni that we have heard of… who would have thought … at circa 10,000 feet on a ski hill at a national ski and snowboard championship… from opposite ends of the US… with Casey Smith '76, '80 coming from Alaska and Don Green '50 from Mississippi

These two met at the start line for the 2011 NASTAR National Ski and Snowboard Championships held in Winter Park, Colorado, March 25–27. Casey competed in the snowboard division for men 55-59, and Don was competing in the male 80–84 division for skiers. Don has qualified for these national championships every year since 2002 and won a silver medal this year.

Casey took a bronze this year and in previous competitions he has taken home two gold medals and two silver medals. Why does he compete in a sport traditionally considered a young person’s activity? "To me it builds on Tech's philosophy of building a foundation for a life-long physical activity and learning … with Tech's special location that allows an extremely wide range of four season outdoor, indoor and underwater physical activities not available at other universities …."


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HuskyLink: Celebrating Four Years of Creating Connections

Since its launch in February 2007, HuskyLink has registered over 14,600 members and has attracted over 109,000 unique visits from 142 countries around the world. HuskyLink's exclusive alumni features complement Michigan Tech’s presence on today’s mainstream social networks such as Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.

HuskyLink is the only resource where you can access the entire Michigan Tech alumni family through its versatile online directory, which averages over 50,000 hits per year. Alumni and students can network with others by searching standard directory fields, or class year, major, and employer.

Other unique features include our professional mentoring program, which allows students to connect with alumni for career guidance.

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Tech Sports

Women's Tennis Tops St. Norbert 8-1

Even though it was playing its first match in a month, the Michigan Tech women's tennis team found a way to get a win. The Huskies defeated St. Norbert 8-1 at Gates Tennis Center today and improved to 11-9 on the season in the process. Tech brushed off any rust early enough in doubles to win at all three positions. Nathalia Rondelli and Ploy Suthijindawong had the easiest win at No. 1 with an 8-1 score. More

Tech Closes Men's Tennis Home Season with 9-0 Win

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Michigan Tech won its fifth men's tennis match in a row today at Gates Tennis Center, sweeping Lake Erie 9-0. The Huskies did not surrender more than four games at any flight in improving to 9-7 overall and 5-3 in GLIAC action."We played well and did not let them in the match," said head coach Mike Axford. "It was great to close out our home stand with a win." More

Around the Keweenaw

Learning at the Library

A mix of ages came out for a lesson in drawing nature Wednesday at the Hancock Public Schools Library. Wendy Halperin, a Michigan children's author and illustrator, led a crowd of about 35 in basic pencil and crayon techniques and drawing objects such as native wildflowers and trees. The event was co-sponsored by the Copper Country Reading Council and Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative. More

Unemployment Rates Down in Copper Country

Every county in the Copper Country, and 14 of 15 in the U.P., dropped in the most recent numbers, released by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth. Baraga had the highest rate in the four-county area at 21.7 percent, a decline of 0.4 from January and 5.2 points lower than at the same time last year. More

Copper Dog Board Donates to Keweenaw Trail Services

Many key factors went into running a successful dog sled race in the Keweenaw last month, but perhaps none were more important than the trails hundreds of dogs from across North America raced their paws all over. More

From the Email Bag

Alums Over There, Continued

Previously in TechAlum, we heard from 1Lt. Casey Luskin in Iraq. Suzanne Berkovitz asked for his mailing address.


You’re awesome! I will send something and pass on to other Tech grads! I really appreciate it…

Suzanne Berkovitz

Suzanne: Glad to help.

From Casey Luskin:
That's pretty cool that COL Best saw that and is in the Fort Hood area, thanks for forwarding.
My address is as follows:

1LT Casey Luskin
Crazyhorse Troop, 1/3 ACR
COS Kalsu, Iraq
APO, AE 09312

Old Professors Remembered

I may have the spelling wrong but I remember Ed Vendette who taught US and European history at Michigan Tech 69-73. He was a great teacher and brought history to life. To this day I love history and historical books. After I got back from Vietnam (1973) and finished my undergraduate degree I took a business law course from Professor Barstow. He guided me and helped me pursue a Juris Doctorate and ultimately an LLM in Taxation. Not sure how this helps but it does reinforce the fact that Michigan Tech has always had great compassionate professors that help students grow and achieve success in life.

I graduated in June 1973 and the commencement ceremony was held at Dee Stadium and yes they had Plexiglas.

Ron Hughes

Commencement Coming Up, Registration. . .

Just wanted to let you know that I'll will be at Tech for my daughter Mary's graduation next month. I hope this becomes a continuing trend for my descendents like the family that was featured in the Alumnus magazine.

The registration revolution article shows just how far the school has advanced in the last 39 years and also brings back memories of the dreaded lines if you needed to make any class changes. Technology is such a wonderful thing!

Harold Kennedy '72

Harold: Drop/add cards are dead! Amen!

Thanks are Nice



Ray: Glad we could clear it up.


Dennis: Very nice article about capturing the feeling and spirit of all Tech supporters in St. Joe!

Len Bolduc


Old Time Pix

A Tech classmate mailed this to me and it’s great. Be sure to look at the ‘H’ listing as there are some great pictures of Houghton and Hancock.



Hey everyone check out this web sight it is really awesome.

This is really cool if you have ever wondered how things looked in the past. It has pictures from every where you can think of in Michigan.

Pictures of towns long ago in Michigan.


John: Nice images. The towns have changed, but you can find some familiar buildings.

Forestry Alum Wins in Archery

This is the woman that represented Canada in Archery in Italy at the time of our last Alumni meeting in Sudbury in 2010.

Her name is Sheila Madahbee '00 and is a graduate of MTU in Forestry.

Ken Napes


Just thought I would share some good news with you all.

I just won the U.S. Indoor Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky today (March 27).
I shot a 598 (out of 600) with 81x's in the Adult female bowhunter freestyle division.

I won by 4 x's, 2nd place had 3 ladies tie with 598 and 77x's.



Congrats Sheila: Keep shooting!

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