August 8, 2011
Vol. 17, No. 25
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Golden Moments with the Golden M's

Kathleen (Hellman) Kilponen and Gail Richter, both Class of 1961, at the Golden M Pinning Ceremony.

The Golden M Ceremony has become my favorite part of Alumni Reunion. This year's just proved the point.

Freshmen traditions and faculty favorites were a couple of the themes when the Class of 1961 convened Friday to get their Golden M pins and certificates from President Glenn Mroz and Director of Annual Giving Paula Nutini.

Jim Bacon recalled the pajama parade to Hancock for the frosh, which was the last “because things got out of hand. The dean had to bail me out of jail.”

Ed Witkoske, too, remembered the last parade, where “the Hancock cop lost possession of his revolver. We had the greased pole, then, too.”

The freshmen would attempt to get to the top of the pole, festooned with a certain female undergarment, but the sophomore class stood in their way.

“We attempted a panty raid on Smith House, too” he said.

Smith House was the female student housing near campus, but the raid didn’t go well.

Resident Gail Richter remembered. “Our house mother was horrified,” she said.

Luckily, the Tech men “had no idea what to do when we got there, even the guys on the roof,” said Donald Stefanelli. “Besides, the state police had the house surrounded by the time some of us arrived.” More

Dennis '92, '09

At Tech

Board Attends Dedications of Seaman Museum, Paul and Susan Williams Center for Computer Systems Research

williams center
Dedications of a new mineral museum building and an endowed center for computer systems research topped the agenda for the Michigan Tech Board of Control at its regular meeting on Thursday, Aug.4, 2011. Both projects were accomplished with private support from donors. More

Class of '41 Remembers

Nick Laurila '10 and Emil Szten '41

Emil Szten '41 remembers one thing above all others from his tenure at Tech. "The snow!" That, and the natural ice surface at Dee Stadium, where the hockey Huskies played. "They had to wait for it to get cold enough before they could play." Before the days of ice plants and even residence halls, Szten made his way through the Michigan College of Mining and Technology, getting his bachelor's degree in civil engineering before joining the Navy in the war effort. More

Michigan Tech a Best in the Midwest Again

Michigan Technological University is one of the best universities in the Midwest, according to the Princeton Review. It is one of 153 institutions the Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” on More

Alumni Around the World

Pasty Picnic Conversations

Cheryl, Beth, Pamela, and Dave.

At Thursday's pasty picnic, the Hollingsworth-Hiatt (left) gang was well represented. Husband Dave Hollingsworth and wife Pamela (Hiatt) Hollingsworth, both class of '86, were eating with Pamela's sisters, Beth McFalls '77 and Cheryl Hiatt '75. All four gathered around Tech's Clean Snowmobile Challenge sled, and Beth wanted to take it for a spin.

Dave, a civil and business grad, works with the Michigan Concrete Association, and Pamela, also a civil alum, does CAD for Ford in Dearborn. She's also involved with Women in Engineering program for Tech.

Beth, an EE, is a former Winter Carnival Queen and works for Consumers Energy in Jackson. Cheryl, with geology and geological engineering bachelor's degrees and master's in geology, works at the GM Tech Center in Warren.

The foursome was having a great time with the Alumni Relations staffers, Blizzard, and yours truly before diving into their pasties (mostly catsup, not gravy). More

MBAA Golf Outing at Reunion

Registration at the MBAA golf outing.

Twenty teams teed off at the second annual MBAA golf outing during reunion. The team of Alex Macleod, Evan Witt, Daniel Holmberg, and Cole Cook took first prize with a great score of 58 in the four-person scramble.

David Fritz, Chris Cooney, Matt Augustine and John Sandell took second, and John Moyer, Ed Knoch, Cale Wendel, and Steve Viznko took third. The first place team also took the skin on 17 with a birdie, and McLeod won longest drive and Cook won longest putt. Eldon Johnson took closest to the pin.

Golfers experienced hot temps for the first nine and a blessed breeze and cloud cover for the second nine with lunch in between.

The amount of golfers was double the previous year and plans are to double it again for Alumni Reunion 2012.

Pierre Bekwone '08 was in charge of the event for the MBAA and thanked his team of volunteers: Katie O'Connell, Alexandra Kitchen, Amanda Gagne, Pye Yuan, Qike Hu, Thomas Merz, Jaspreet Virdi, Andrew Musselman, and Jason Yang.

Dean Darrell Radson remembers the late Professor Bob Mark during the event. The second place team donated their winnings to the Bob Mark Memorial Elevator Pitch Competition.

No-Pay George's?


Frank Shoffner and his "No-Pay George" Hat

During Reunion, Frank Shoffner '62 stopped by and I got a little hometown history, in my case, Hancock.

It seems there was a hotdog stand between the old Golden Pheasant (Brass Duck, now Uphill 41) and the old Venice Supper Club (now Gartner's Gallery), called No-Pay George's.

The place did a great business, especially on hockey nights, according to Frank. Of course, the challenge was to not pay, then buck up later.

Some of the bar stools were known to disappear then reappear mysteriously, too.

I'm sure some alums can contribute stories . . .

Fill in the Blanks


The Class of 1959 raised some nice cash back when. Remember? Email me.

Alumni Golf 2007

pasty picnicYou can probably get the names, and the sport, from a 2007 golf gathering. Email me.
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Tech Sports

Huskies Season Ticket Kickoff Set for Tuesday

Michigan Tech Athletics will host its first-ever Huskies Season Ticket Kickoff Event for all fans at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena on Tuesday (Aug. 9). This free-of-charge event will run from 4-7 p.m. and will include skating, games, prizes, free food and an opportunity to purchase season tickets for all sports. More

Olson and Pietila Take Part in NHL Camps

Two Michigan Tech hockey players took part in National Hockey League Development Camps recently. Senior Brett Olson worked out with the Boston Bruins, while incoming freshman Blake Pietila attended the New Jersey Devils camp. More

Tech Soccer Ready to Kick Off 2011 Season

The Michigan Tech women’s soccer team has high hopes for the 2011 campaign. The Huskies return 17 players from the inaugural season, where they finished with a 7-10-0 overall record and a 5-10-0 mark in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. More

Around the Keweenaw

Shedding Light on an Icon

Last July, the Quincy Shaft Rockhouse No. 2 was lit from the outside for the first time in 97 years, and the act received mixed reviews from the public. As a result of that test lighting, Glenda Bierman, Quincy Mine Hoist Association manager, said last month, the QMHA board of directors decided to permanently light the exterior of the building, located on U.S. 41 north of Hancock. More

Riding for Veterans

Watching a pack of motorcycles riding in unison with United States flags flying freely behind them is something to see. Even more touching is the cause for which they ride. "I remember when my dad was getting older and the flag would be raised it'd come on TV and he'd start crying," said Duke Mayo, Chapter 1 President of the Forgotten Eagles. More

Chamber of Commerce Members Ponder Role in Community

What's the role of the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce? Members of the Chamber board sought answers to that question Thursday morning at the monthly Eggs & Issues forum at the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn in Houghton. More

From the Email Bag

That Old Mug

purest sign
The picture you included in the last Alumni Newsletter titled "Old Mug Found" sparked my interest. After a little research the symbol on the mug is a vintage ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) logo. I've included a link to the only website I could find that displayed it.

Thanks for all your great work on the newsletter, it always makes my day when I receive it!

TJ Bates, E.I.T.

TJ: Thanks for the note. I got schooled on this one from many alumni!


ASME, American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Regards, Dan Flynn '73


To answer Marty’s question the logo is that of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

ASME authors a number of engineering specifications used in boilers and pressure vessels. As well as welding standards etc…

Keep the newsletters coming, it's always good to hear from the copper country

-Tim- MTU class of 2007


The initials on the mug stand for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Arlona Kolb
Class of 1983


Hi Dennis!
The initials on the mug are asme, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Rodney Hartung Class 61 ME


The logo on the mug is the old logo of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

There is always so much interesting stuff to read in the newsletter! Thanks, as always!

Ellen J. Kehoe


I believe if you read the mug emblem clockwise you have ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Bill Worman '64


Dennis, the mug is from the Mechanical Engineering student chapter. They were originally purchased in about 1956. The design and logo were created and paid for with our order of mugs when I was student chapter president. ASME stands for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The date was projected graduation year and on the back each had your name and or nickname. Mine is still proudly displayed with other memorabilia from MCMT! Enjoy the newsletter.

Frank Agosti


The initials on the mug in the photo have got to stand for the "AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS". I was a student member in the early 70's

Allyn Schultz BSME (73)


The photo I attached in my previous email concerning the A.S.M.E. initials (start at top of Mug and read clockwise) is of my lapel pin ( similar to Mug logo) that was given to us when we joined the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
They published a monthly magazine and I kept my membership for many years after graduating from Tech in 1962.

I enjoy your newsletters. Keep up the excellent work.

Dave Dowhos Class 0f 1962 (Mech Eng)


That has to be the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Al Hagelthorn 54


The symbol on the mug is that of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. I am an ASME Fellow and recently received the ASME Distinguished Service Award. Not bad for a Chemistry grad with a MS in Nuclear Engineering. I am a past chair of both the ASME Nuclear Engineering Division and also the ASME Energy Committee.

Ken Kok

MUB: Not the Lobby!

Doesn't look anything like the Memorial Union Lobby to me, looks more like the bookstore. As I recall, when you came into the lobby from Collage Ave. Immediately to your right was the lounge. to the left was a hallway for administrative offices ,( I think the Lode office was there). The lobby was quite spacious itself. At about 3 o'clock was a glass top counter where you could by candy,gum,cigarettes,cigars (my favorite being rum soaked Crooks),and various necessities that were often sold to you bay a pretty girl. Straight ahead was another hallway with a stairway on the right that took you to the lower level where the barber shop, snack bar, cafeteria, bowling ally, AND small bookstore were located. I may have some details wrong, but the picture is definitely not the lobby.

Jim Smith - 64

Jim: The continuing education of me! This was not the lobby, as witnessed by many alumni.

Bosch Brewery Fire

Bosch Brewery Fire
Hi Dennis!
Your article on the brewery brings tears to my eyes as I remember
going there with a case of empty's and for $2.00 get a case of short
pours and of course we had to wait in the forman's tap as they filled
the case. What a deal!!

Rodney Hartung Class 61

Rodney: I heard a story of an old horse who would pull a delivery cart from Houghton to the brewery and wouldn't turn around and go back until he had a bucket of Bosch!

Alums in the Yukon!

Good Morning
I just received the latest news from Houghton. One year ago we were on our way to Houghton for my 50th reunion. Wish we were back again this year.

We just returned from an extended trip to Northern Alaska and the Yukon Territory. I ordered in advance Tech Alumni shirts and caps. I was surprised at the number of persons who stopped us and were either Tech graduates or who had family members who were either at Tech now or who had attended in the past.

Some of these took place in the Yukon where there are less than 35,000 people who live there.

Enjoy the newsletter and trust you have a great week in Houghton.

Allan D. Pedersen
Class 1960

Alums in Tanzinia, too!


In July I was in Tanzania again checking out research projects that seven of our grad students are working on this summer. As I was getting my ticket to board my flight from Kilimanjaro International Airport back home, I was approached by a disbelieving Alexis Troschinetz who was getting on the same flight. Alexis was traveling with eight other professionals from the Twin Cities—six of them were Michigan Tech alum! In the photo below are four that I had in classes or worked with in extracurricular groups on campus —all graduated about five years ago, left to right: me, Dan Nesler (BS '02 EnvE), Alexis Troschinetz (BS '04 & MS '05 EnvE), Ben Arcand (BS '00 & PhD '05, MEEM), Jen Koehler (BS '03, CivE). The group had just finished three weeks of wandering around northern Tanzania (nine days climbing to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and several in the magnificent national parks there, including the Serengeti). Great to know our alum have a thirst for adventure and personal challenge.

Small world indeed.

And at Alcoa!

Good afternoon,
My name is Michelle Foy and I graduated in 2010 with a degree in environmental engineering. During the career fair my senior year, I was able to land a job with Alcoa as an environmental engineer in a new development program for environmental, health, and safety Professionals. I started working for Alcoa in Hampton, VA in June 2010. Nick Nathan, also a graduate of environmental engineering in 2010, entered the same program in May 2010 working in Cleveland, OH. Nick and I are a part of the second group to graduate through this 12-18 month program. Nick has recently "graduated" and relocated to Whitehall, MI and I will shortly be placed in South Carolina. I hope Nick would agree with me that Michigan Tech was a great stepping stone to the start of a fantastic career with Alcoa.

Just last week Nick and I met up with the interns and the rest of the "Beta" class. We took a picture of everyone in the program that is enrolled or who has graduated from Tech. On the left is Nick Nathan graduate 2010 and on the right is Alex Roll a soon to be graduate from Michigan Tech. One person missing from the picture is Charles Smith.

I'm Proud to be a Husky!

Michelle Foy
EPS - EHS Beta

And in Alaska

Good morning Dennis & Erin-
While on a recent trip to Alaska with classmates from MTU I snapped these couple of photos (attached), I thought they turned out okay so here's offering them up for whatever use you may find for them. The shots were taken at the top of Wolverine Peak, in Chugach State Park, just east of Anchorage. The adventures included: James Van Every '06 (business), Matthew Tormohlen '06 (forestry), Chase Nelson '07 (environmental eng), and myself '06 (civil eng).

Best wishes-
Andrew Smith

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