August 22, 2011
Vol. 17, No. 27
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Welcome (Back) to Campus

RAs
Resident assistants (the North Wads Super Heroes) on a team-building scavenger hunt in the Ad Building. It's back-to-Tech time!

I cruised the bookstore the other day, checking the textbooks to see who is teaching what in my old department. "Once a student . . ." I guess.

As the campus gears up for fall semester, I still feel the pull of the classroom and the classmates that were the most interesting times of my life.

Orientation kicked off this weekend, and the sight of all those students, moms, dads, siblings, and Tech staffers lugging their belongings into the residence halls also takes me back. It's a long way from a crate of LPs, stereo, and two boxes of clothes that sufficed every fall for four years.

Back then, I had a day and a half orientation that is long forgotten now.

Today, the students are immersed in all things Tech and Keweenaw. The orientation program is comprehensive and complete, and you can read about it here.

So, what are your first-year memories? Still friends with any old roomies? Teammates? Brothers or sisters? Any stories that bear repeating (and are repeatable)? Faculty remembrances?

We'd love to hear them and share them with your fellow Huskies.

Dennis '92, '09

At Tech

Alum's Tricked-out Toy Truck a Lifesaver for US Troops

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Ernest Fessenden and his older brother Christopher followed different paths. Chris enlisted in the army in 1993, right after graduating from Shelby High School. Five years later, Ernie enrolled at Michigan Tech and in short order earned BS and MS degrees in computer science. More

Board of Control Chair Pledges Bequest to Michigan Tech

Marty and Jerry
Marty Richardson, chair of the Board of Control, and her husband, Jerry Richardson, have made a planned gift of $1 million to Michigan Tech's Board of Control Endowment Fund. The endowment produces income to fund special projects as recommended by the president to the Board of Control. Philanthropy is a cornerstone of the Michigan Tech tradition, Richardson explained. Alumni, Board members and friends who give their time and money keep Michigan Tech strong for future generations. More

Michigan Tech Hires 11 New Faculty in Health and Energy Initiatives

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Michigan Technological University has hired 11 new faculty members as part of the University’s most recent Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative (SFHI). The research done by seven of the new hires focuses on the cross-disciplinary theme of Health: Basic Sciences, Technologies and Medical Informatics. The other four new faculty members conduct research in Next Generation Energy Systems. More

How Do Native Hawaiian Birds Survive in a Fragmented Forest?

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When humans cohabit with Mother Nature, they tend to leave footprints behind. They fragment the natural forest landscape into patches of trees and other vegetation separated by the diverse products of their labors—agriculture, residential development, industry. More

Alumni Around the World

Come Back to Campus for Alumni Homecoming: October 7–8

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Registrations at the DT, Cardboard Boat Races and Cookout at Hancock Beach, VIP Football Tailgate, Huskies Hockey Skybox Social, and best of all, Alumni Cup— Alumni vs. Student Broomball tournament (revenge!). Stay tuned for details at www.mtu.edu/alumni.

Class of '68 Stops By

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Chuck Crewson '68 and his wife, Kathi, stopped by last week, having driven to Houghton from Minneapolis, in spite of their GPS! Chuck was a business graduate who worked in sales for many years. His business had taken him around the nation and to a good piece of Europe. He settled in Sacramento many years ago. On this trip, he and Kathi had already hit the Library Restaurant and were looking forward to visiting family in Tower, Minnesota, where yours truly also has family. If we end up related, you'll be the first to know.

Fill in the Blanks

freshmen

Freshmen wearing beanies and pajamas. Remember? Email me.

Move-in Day 2005

Move-in Day 2005Maybe you were unloading in 2005. Email me.
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Tech Sports

Michigan Tech Names 2011 Sports Hall of Fame Class

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Michigan Tech will induct seven new members into its Sports Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8. The induction class of 2011 includes former men's basketball player Jeff Boinski, former hockey player and assistant coach Dan Farrell, former women's basketball player and coach Darla (Innes) Olson, former football player Jeremy Monroe, former men's tennis player Steve Nykerk, former hockey player Bill Terry and former volleyball player and coach Krista Valdivia. The seven inductees will join the 186 members already in the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame, which was started in 1985. More

Huskies Picked 2nd in GLIAC Football Preseason Poll

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The Michigan Tech football team has been picked second in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division in the league's 2011 preseason coaches poll. The Huskies, who finished 8-2 a year ago and in second place in the GLIAC North, trailed only Grand Valley State in the poll. More

Sweeney and Cecere Join Hockey Huskies for 2011-12

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Michigan Tech hockey coach Mel Pearson as added two more players to the team's 2011-12 roster. Riley Sweeney (Delta, British Columbia/Surrey (BCHL)) and Nick Cecere (Des Moines, Iowa/Lincoln (USHL)) will attend Michigan Tech and play hockey starting this fall. More

Around the Keweenaw

Chamber Unveils Plaque for Jon Davis

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The toughest part of making the new plaque commemorating Jon Davis' life was condensing it into 228 words. The plaque honoring the late businessman and event organizer was unveiled Wednesday afternoon at the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce in Houghton. More

Board Votes to Close Lodge for Winter

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The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge will be closed for the winter. At its regular meeting Wednesday evening, the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to shut down operations during the winter, closing in October and reopening around Memorial Day. More

Work Ongoing at Smelter Site

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Work on stabilizing buildings at the former Quincy Smelting Works site is progressing, and the plan is to have all buildings closed in by the time the snow flies. Glenn Ekdahl, supervisor of site owner Franklin Township, said besides the Phase 2 building stabilizing efforts, which began at the end of July, work is also being done on an Environmental Protection Agency-funded project to cover with soil and seed an area of stamp sands on the east side of the site. More

From the Email Bag

Great Images from Late 1950s

Hubbell Hall
Dennis,
I remember sitting in class in Hubbell Hall, I think it was on the fourth floor, where you could see through the outside wall where the sandstone joints had parted and the wind could come in. Never forgot to dress well.

Fall on College Avenue was always picturesque.

Finally, I'm sure everyone remembers this bridge; I believe construction started soon after to eventually replace it. What year were these taken?

Best regards,

William 'Bill' Saul, class of 1955

Bill: These are fantastic! I made them clickable, so alums can get a better look. The bridge photo would date around 1958.

College Ave. bridge

Golfing at the 2007 Reunion

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Hi Dennis,
The duffers in the Fill in the Blanks are all former Tech basketball players. From left to right:

Justin Dahlager '03
Matt Cameron '03
JT Luginski '03
Caleb Lamz '03
Kelsey Fors '06

The pic was taken at Portage Lake GC at the men's bball outing during the 2007 reunion.

Thanks,
Caleb Lamz '03

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Dennis,
Those guys are my teammates from 2003 basketball team that hosted regionals at the SDC. L to R are Justin Dahlager, All-American Matt Cameron, All-American JT Luginski, Caleb Lamz, and Kelsey Fors. This was from the August 2007 MBB reunion golf outing . . . I was probably making faces at them during this picture. Keep up the good work and I'll keep reading down South.

Keith Fogle, PT, DPT
Biological Sciences, MTU '03
Baton Rouge, LA

Keith: That's still the biggest crowd ever at the SDC, but the women came close a couple of times in the last two years. I've been at them all, and the atmosphere was electric!

Bosch Brewery

Bosch Brewery Fire
Dennis
Meant to write you earlier on the Bosch Brewery photo.

When I graduated in June 1967, I bought a half barrel of Bosch to take home back to Canada to celebrate.

Never returned the empty stainless steel keg … I guess I can't get my deposit back??

Perhaps I should put it on ebay ha ha ??

Cheers

Ron Starr
Mech Eng '67

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Dennis: Long time reader, first time correspondent. I am a proud grad BSME ’84. In my time at Da Tech, I have this vague recollection of Leinenkugel beer being what you might call an “affordable” brand. OK – it was dirt cheap. I swear my buds and I bought Leinies in old time cardboard cases – the bottles were scratched up from reuse and there was even a deposit on the case. Am I just getting old and feeble of mind? ‘Cuz it amazes me that Leinenkugel is marketed as a premium brew and sells for top dollar. Perhaps you and your readers can weigh in? Would love to know if I’m truly losing my mind. Thanks!

Regards, Mike “Zeke” Zelek

Class of ‘84

Mike: Also amazing is that they still brewed Bosch down there in Chippewa Falls, WI, for awhile. It wasn't the same, however.

Longyear (Class of 1910) Relative Checks In

Hi, Dennis –
I am not an alumnae of MCM, but my father was in the Class of 1910, or about that time. I have a lovely gold medallion of his, on the reverse side it has his name: J. M. Longyear Jr., and also the title of the stage entertainment that he wrote: “In Tobero," and he is listed as “Musical Director”. In those years the students of MCM put on Musical plays every year, mostly originally composed and acted, etc. He was very musical.

I enjoy your e-mails.

Marion L. Sonderegger

Class of '49 or '50

HI TO MICHIGAN TECH ALUMNI WHO ESCAPED THE CIVIL WAR WITH ME.

DECIDED TO FINALLY RESPOND TO MOTIVATION TO JOIN OTHER RETIREMENTS. CLASS OF
'50 OR '49 HOWEVER THE CREDITS WORKED OUT.

1. WORKED WITH SIEMENS CORP AS SALES REP FOR MY OWN COMPANY IN NORTHVILLE,MI
AND THE DETROIT AREA WITH A P.E. IN MECHANICAL DOING THINGS THAT I LEARNED AT TECH
AND IN MILWAUKEE WITH OLD ALLIS-CHALMERS BEFORE THEY BROKE UP.

2.TECH WAS A REMARKABLE SCHOOL BUT I HAD 2 SONS TAKE THEIR ENGINEERING AT MSU
WHERE ONE PITCHED FOR THEM FOR 2 YEARS AND DEVOTED THE LAST 2 TO ENGINEERING
AND THEN JOINED GM WHERE HE IS TITLED AND HAD A DAUGHTER GRADUATE FROM THERE
AND GOT MARRIED IN 2011 ON GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND BEACH.

I ALSO HAD A GRANDSON PLAY HOCKEY FOR CONNECTICUT U AS GOALIE AND ANOTHER GRANDSON PLAY ON HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPS IN MICHIGAN BASEBALL. NOW WE ARE ENJOYING GRANDSON DAVID BEING VOTED TOP HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMER IN MICHIGAN AS A SOPH AT SALINE HIGH SCHOOL WHERE THEY WON THE STATE CHAMPS FOR 2 YEARS AND HE SWIMS AT U OF MICH CLUB WOLVERINE WITH PHELPS AND LOCHTI. HE BEAT HIS FATHERS SWIM RECORD WHEN HE WAS IN 8th GRADE AND IS WORKING TO SATISFY TIMES THAT ARE COLLEGE CALIBER. IF THAT AIN'T ENOUGH WE HAVE A NEPHEW WHO PUNTS FOR OL' MISS AND IS RATED #1 IN THE COUNTRY IN KICKING.

3. I AM RATED 159th IN MY GOLF CLUB WHO HAVE 159 MEMBERS. BUT I DID
WIN THE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP ABOUT 6 STRAIGHT YEARS AND A FORMER PRO
JOINED AND THAT ENDED THAT.

4. I REMEMBER BOB KUST WHO I WENT TO TECH WITH FROM UW MILWAUKEE BECAUSE
WE FELT IT WAS A GREAT SCHOOL BOB WAS CAPTAIN OF BASKETBALL TEAM AND I DID
HELP SCOTT LEU GO TO TECH WHERE HE WAS BASKETBALL CAPTAIN AND A GOOD FRIEND
OF A SON IN HIGH SCHOOL.

MICHIGAN TECH WAS A WISE SCHOOL CHOICE. WE WILL TRY TO GET UP THERE THIS YEAR .

AND
BEST WISHES TO ALL OTHER ALUMNI AND STUDENTS

DAN BOLAND

The Old MUB Bookstore

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The picture of Frank Harwood at the counter - don't know the customer - in the book store at the MUB.

He was a great guy. Also remember old Gordy O'Rourkinen who managed the pool room downstairs by the bowling alley.


It was O'Rourke but he always answered to the Finnish version.

Onni Perala

Onni: You've got good eyes! It is still clickable.

Class of '62 Making Plans for Next Year's Reunion

Next year will be my 50th anniversary since graduating from Tech. If possible, I would like to attend next years reunion. Is it scheduled? If so when and what do I need to do to participate.

Eugene "Steve" Robbins 62 Forestry

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Gene, I am delighted that you are already looking forward to your Michigan Tech 50th Class Reunion next year.

The Reunion dates are August 2-4, 2012 and we will have more info available early in the year.

Looking forward to seeing you then,
Brenda Rudiger
Director of Alumni Relations

Hollingsworths Check In

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Hey, Dennis - thanks for the awesome press! We just returned from our extended vaca, and are just now seeing this. It was a pleasure meeting you while we were at Tech. We thoroughly enjoyed being there, and attending the Alumni Reunion. We definitely plan to come back and I am inspired to become more involved with the Alumni Association.

Thanks, again, for taking time to meet with us.

Pamela Hollingsworth '86

Pamela: The best part of reunion is meeting new and old alums!

Home Sweet Home

From Alum Darrell Joque:

http://www.cleveland.com/religion/index.ssf/2011/08/god_reminds_us_that_were_not_i.html

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Cash Course
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Job Opportunities

On Campus

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