January 17, 2012
Vol. 18, No. 11
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Old Time Hockey

A salute to the fans: the Huskies thank the North End hockey supporters for a great night.

The pregame music was echoing outside the old hockey barn on a chilly Saturday night. Droves of people had parked their cars on the icy surface and were streaming into the building to catch a glimpse of the past, present, and the future.

Michigan Tech's Hockey Huskies returned to the Calumet Colosseum (formerly the Armory) for the first time in more than three decades for an intrasquad game.

"John [MacInnes] used to bring us up here every fall," Head Hockey Coach Mel Person said between the two 25-minute halves. "It was a great tradition that we wanted to bring back."

The fans agreed, and their only price of admission was some canned food for the Salvation Army.

One longtime local hockey observer recalled the olden days as he watched the game from up in the corner of rink. (The whole aura is very similar to Dee Stadium, when Tech played there.)

"MacInnes always wanted to do something with the community here," he said. "We always enjoyed it when Tech came up."

Another mom and son remarked at the speed of today's players.

"They seem even faster because we are sitting so close," she said.

Fans lined the top of the stands on the sides and ends. And we perched among three generations up in the ballroom.

The elders joked about "a lot of Finn names" on the Tech team this year. The youngsters hoped for a tie and a shootout, and they got their wish.

The gold team scored with 2.4 seconds left to tie the game, and at first the Zamboni door opened to signal the end.

"Shootout! Shootout!" screamed the fans.

"There will be a three-player shootout," said the PA announcer, as the Zamboni door closed again.


"We'll pick the black team to win," the oldtimers said.

"Watch Olson score the winner [for the yellow]," said the younger fans.

The old guys were right this time, and all the fans left satisfied with a good night of hockey. Perhaps the youngsters would have some black and gold dreams of their later that night.

(A special thanks to Bob Gilreath '81 '97 for the better hockey images you see above.)


Snowfall Totals
Total to date: 59.5"
On the ground: 10"
In last week: 8"

Total last year (Jan. 24): 115"
On the ground: 42"

At Tech

Mind Trekkers Brings Self-Adjusting Specs, More, to Science Expo

What if, instead of candy bars or miniature American flags, children with eyesight problems in economically deprived parts of the world received lightweight, inexpensive, self-adjustable eyeglasses? More might learn to read and write. More futures might look brighter. More

What the Mining Debate is Missing

As mining is resurging in North America, debates across the continent over mines are simplified: “Do we prioritize jobs or the environment? Companies or communities?” These are worthy debates. Yet should the issue of mining really be reduced to “pro-con” statements? Michigan Tech experts from a wide range of disciplines say no. More

Water Beckons Graduate Student

Graduate student Ben Savonen knows a thing or two about the importance of water. As a competitive swimmer and former captain of the varsity swim team at Ohio State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, he spent a lot of time in and around it. More

Alumni Around the World

Special Volunteer Opportunity: Wolf-Moose Research Program

Isle Royale, Summer 2012

Join us in the field for a Moosewatch research expedition as part of the Wolf-Moose Study program on Isle Royale!

Do you have an interest in wildlife ecology and wolf-moose dynamics? Are you passionate about wilderness camping and our National Parks? Are you a hardy soul with a tolerance for bugs, lack of conveniences, and long days of rugged hiking? If so, please consider a special opportunity to volunteer for the renowned wolf-moose study at Isle Royale National Park. Expedition teams are being organized right now

Expedition #1: May 5–13, via Voyageur II, Grand Portage, MN
Expedition #2: May 14– 21, via Queen IV, Copper Harbor, MI
Expedition #3: May 26–June 3, via Voyageur II, Grand Portage, MN
Expedition #4: July 31–August 8, via Ranger III, Houghton, MI

Please visit www.isleroyalewolf.org (click on Research Expeditions in the left hand column). to learn about how you can participate this summer. You will find information about the Moosewatch research expeditions, photos, and how to apply.

If you have specific questions, please contact Ken Vrana, director, Isle Royale Institute.

We hope to see some of you on the island this summer!

John Vucetich and Leah Vucetich
Rolf Peterson and Candy Peterson

Our Copper Country Snowfall Contest is Back!

snow tunnel

Predict the total amount of snow to fall in the Keweenaw this winter for a chance to win a stay at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit.

It has been a strange year for snow in the Copper Country this season but that has not stopped more than 650 alumni who have entered the snowfall contest so far with predictions ranging from 112.3 to 400 inches. Early last week we would have given better odds for a low number but after last week’s snowfall, we may have to change our minds.

Last winter, more than one thousand alumni and friends entered the contest but Ron Streib, a 1969 Metallurgical Engineering alumnus, was the winner with his prediction of 178.3 inches.

Enter your snowfall prediction for the 2011-12 season before February 15th at http://apps.alumni.mtu.edu/snow/

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Fish Bowl

Remember the Fish Bowl and these snazzy computers from 1984?

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Formal Recruit Day 2006


The sororities had formal recruiting day in 2006. Are you in here?

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Tech Sports

Baker's Hat Trick Propels Huskies to Sweep of UAA

Senior Jordan Baker tallied a hat trick with a goal in the first and two more in the third to lift Michigan Tech to a 6-4 victory over Alaska Anchorage tonight at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Huskies (8-7-1 WCHA) evened their overall record on the season at 11-11-1 by earning the series sweep of the Seawolves (6-12-2, 3-12-1). More

Kasuboski's 3-Pointers Lift Huskies to Win

men's hoops
Senior Lynn Giesler tallied her first double-double of the season with 14 points and a season-high 10 rebounds to lead the No. 19 Michigan Tech women’s basketball team to a 59-42 win at Saginaw Valley State Saturday (Jan. 14). Tech improves to 11-3 overall and 6-2 in the league and has won the last 10 meetings against Saginaw Valley. More

Saginaw Upsets Tech Men's Basketball

women's hoops
Junior Ali Haidar scored a career-high 36 points for the Michigan Tech men’s basketball team in a 77-71 loss at Saginaw Valley State Saturday (Jan. 14). Haidar shot 15-of-23 from the field and finished 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Haidar’s streak of double-doubles ended at eight after he finished with seven rebounds. More

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From the Email Bag

Crossing the Mighty Mac

Mackinac Bridge
Hi Dennis,
I think it was just before Christmas break, 1964. We were heading downstate, driving in a blizzard. We prayed all the way across as the wind pushed us from side to side. We gave a sigh of relief when we finally reached the lower peninsula. The roads were so snow covered you could barely tell were the road was. About 20 minutes after crossing, a report came over the radio that the Big Mac was closed due to bad weather. I'm not sure what we would have done if the bridge had closed before we got to there. I was riding with my roommate, Bob Curry and his brother, Dan. That was one of the worst trips downstate that I encountered.

Thomas Trefzer
BSME 1967


My wife and I were returning to Tech after the Fall term, '77, driving my trusty '71 Ford Maverick. I had just completed my steel structures class that included bridge design. It was a very windy day and just after we got on the bridge, a pickup with camper flipped, blocking all 4 lanes. We were stopped right at the peak of the main span, the entire bridge filled with cars and trucks. We could feel the bridge deck swaying several inches back and forth beneath us in the wind. Needless to say, I found myself wondering what factors of safety the designers used for Mighty Mac!

Fortunately, they were able to get the truck moved enough after about 1/2 hour that we were able to continue on our way.

Bob Doster, BSCE, '77

It might have happened the same time Jim Blevins took the picture. I am guessing we were returning to school after Christmas break in either '68 or '69. It was pretty nice out when we stopped for lunch near the last entrance ramp to the bridge. When we came out after lunch, there was 6-8" of snow frozen on the north side of the truck (yes, the side not the top). When we got up on the bridge, the Bridge Authority stopped us, walked around the truck, then asked us if the cover on the box was bolted down "real good." Of course we said yes. We were then told we "might" make it across. What the Authority didn't know was that in addition to the three of us in the front seat of the pickup, there were three or four more in the bed of the pickup under the cover. The winds were howling as we creeped our way across. The bridge was closed shortly after we got across. I always understood that to be the first time due to weather.

We continued on. We stopped at Munising for supper. By that time the truck was beginning to balk. After supper the decision was made to continue on vs. staying in Munising. We had a commitment to make it to classes the next day. The owners of the restaurant advised that we take Hwy 94 to avoid the snow and winds coming off the lake on Hwy 28. Bad decision. The balking truck continued to get worse and so did the snow and wind. No snowplows were out, at least not on 94. It was impossible to keep the windshield clean. I spent the next several hours with my nose plastered against the windshield giving the driver instructions. There was absolutely no traffic besides us, so we were fortunate that the truck ran on. I think all the extra weight in the back end helped with the traction. It was well into the wee hours in the morning when we finally made it to Houghton. As I recall, it was 14 hours from the bridge to Houghton, and we were never so happy to be there. School closed for the day. I am pretty sure that was the only closing in my 5 years at Tech.

I don't know who the truck owner/driver was. It would sure be nice to hear from him if he reads this.

Ray Tabar


I was raised in the lower peninsula (troll), but all of my grandparents live just north of “the bridge”. It’s safe to say that during my childhood I probably crossed the Mighty Mac over 100 times. Here are a few of my favorite crossings:

* Ice Sheets: All traffic was being detoured into Mackinaw City on a calm sunny morning in the winter. I’ve heard of the bridge closing for wind, but there was none. After talking to an officer, it turned out that there had been an ice storm the night before and 2” thick sheets of ice were falling at random off the towers. As the sun hit the towers you could actually see huge sheets of ice falling into the roadway below. If they could be seen from Mackinaw City (2.5 miles away?) you know they were big. Very glad I wasn’t below on the bridge when one of them fell.
* Stuck ON the bridge: After a vacation to Deer Park with Ken Wheeler (MEEM '05) and his family in middle school, we got stuck in a traffic jam at the peak of the bridge. We were on the metal grate, and by opening the van door could see all the way to the water. I learned that day how much the bridge actually sways in the wind and that yes you really are very high in the air!
* Forgot the toll: I was northbound traveling alone and didn’t have any cash, only had my credit card for gas. Pulling up to the toll booth I realized that all I had was $0.50 in the ashtray. After giving me a very confused look and mild interrogation (you forgot what?) the toll person allowed me to continue. Oops!

Matthew Barens – MEEM ‘05


Don't have any photos crossing the bridge back in the 60's but since retiring and taking up the hobby of tractor restoration I have had the opportunity to participate in the Antique Tractor Crossing for the past three years. Last September we had 820 tractors in the parade. Great fun and a nice way to enjoy crossing the bridge.

Tom Wozniak
BSME '65


I remember crossing the Mackinaw Bridge on a motorcycle in a high wind. I had to lean the bike into the wind at about an very steep angle to negotiate the crossing. However, when reaching the towers, I had to return the bike to vertical (the towers completely blocked the wind) and then lean back into the wind on the other side. Needless to say my wife, riding on the back, did NOT enjoy the crossing.

Jon Luse (76)


I had several memorable drives to and from Tech, but one in particular stands out. A friend and I needed to finish a project for one of our classes before we were free to head home for the Christmas/New Year break. We pulled an all nighter working on the project, attended our normal classes in the morning, then finished the project and turned it in minutes before the 5 PM deadline. My friend didn’t have a car, so I drove him to the mall where we did some Christmas shopping. There was a nasty blizzard predicted and it was beginning to snow pretty good. I dropped him off at his dorm to pack and to take a power nap while I headed to my apartment to do the same. Neither one of us could sleep after packing, so we decided to get some caffeine and hit the road to try and beat the storm. We headed out from Houghton around 7 PM. We called his parents who would pick him up at my folk’s house in Ellsworth (~340 miles) and we estimated we’d be there between midnight and 1 AM.

The roads were covered with fine powder so you couldn’t see much past the hood ornament of my ’79 Pontiac Bonneville (the land Yacht). On the way to Chassell there was one car that was literally creeping along in the dead center of the road. The ditches were plowed well back from the road, and after a couple miles I made the decision to pass on the right in the ditch. Then we started making better time, and my trusty friend whose only job was to keep me awake promptly began snoring. We stopped on the far side of Marquette for gas and continued on, he promptly began snoring again. The weather was degrading steadily. By the time we cleared the Seney Stretch it was snowing horizontally and I was staying on the road by following the snow bank on the right shoulder. We later learned that the Seney Stretch was closed 20 minutes after we go through it.

I decided to take 28 to 123 to avoid being near the lake in the nasty weather. The winds were howling and my friend was now wide awake as we were bucking some pretty good drifts. We were listening to traffic info as we go closer to the Mighty Mac and there was talk of closing it due to high winds. I increased my speed to an absolutely reckless 60 MPH, but it made it easier to get through the drifts. We got to the bridge and at the toll booth the attendant instructed us to keep our speed below 20 MPH on the bridge and highly recommended that we follow the convoy of semis as it was very windy and he was closing the bridge behind us.

The convoy was only going 10 MPH, so I moved to the center lane to pass. About halfway across the bridge and with 2 trucks left to pass I noticed that my steering was doing very little to change my direction…..the problem was not ice, but the fact that the wind was providing too much lift and my tires weren’t making good contact with the road surface. It was a good thing we didn’t pack light. I had to slow down to 10 MPH to get more control and I had to fight to keep it in my lane. We cleared the bridge around 12:30. The remaining 70 miles took us about 3.5 hours and we almost got stuck in several drifts along the way. By the time I reached my folks house I’d been up for close to 48 hours with the last 9 hours in some of the worst weather I’ve ever driven through. Ahh, but what a memory.

Thanks for the Newsletter. It’s the next best thing to being up in Houghton.

Paul Hastings- Senior Engineer (MTU BSME ’95)


Heading back to campus following the Christmas break in January of 1971. We started back from the Hillsdale, Mich., area late Sunday afternoon (classes were to start on Tuesday) with five of us packed into a Volkswagen Beetle. It started snowing heavily once we were north of Lansing. Near blizzard conditions by the time we reached the strait in the early A.M., and we were almost out of gas. We crossed the bridge with the "reserve tank" light glowing — which it had already been doing for a number of miles. The snow was several inches deep on the bridge and we were all wondering if we'd make it. We did and slip into St. Ignace around 3 a.m. No gas stations were open and the only thing we could find where we could get in out of the weather was a 24-hour laundromat, where we camped out until morning.

Seemed like we always hit bad weather on the bridge either heading north or south for every break -- Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring. Always heard stories about them closing the bridge, or only letting smaller cars go across in the lee side of a semi, but never actually experienced that.

I went to Tech from N.W. Ohio (just south of the state line). A lot of my friends sort of considered the straits to be the end of the earth. It amazed them when I'd tell them that when we crossed the bridge, we still had more than 250 miles to go before we'd get back to Michigan Tech. They all decided Tech must be pretty close to the North Pole.

Pat Tearney
Port Washington, Wisc.


My favorite memory of crossing it was during the infamous Thanksgiving Drive ’85. The bridge was icy and swaying back and forth – they closed it right after we crossed. This was before the infamous Yugo getting blown off the bridge in 1989, when they changed the outer railings.

Cynthia Protas Hodges



Three friends and I crossed THE BRIDGE the evening of November 10, 1975, in a terrific wind storm, returning from working controls on the Press on Regardless Rally. (The rally may have been called something else that year, perhaps the Marquette 1000). I was driving my 1972 GMC "Jimmy". We got through the toll booth OK, but they told us there had been an accident, that the wind had blown a semi over, onto a car, and that the state police had closed the bridge while the wreck was

We were in the eastern lane of the two southbound lanes, stopped on the causeway; there was a semi loaded with drywall on our right, somewhat shielding us from the wind. I walked around outside for a few minutes. I had to hold onto the truck to keep from being blown over. A police car shortly came off the bridge, northbound, with two ashen faced girls in it. A bit later, a wrecker dragging a car, followed. The car, which I think was a Chevy "Nova", was smashed flat from the "B" pillar back. Those were very lucky girls.

After waiting quite a while, I drove over the median and returned to the toll booth. The attendant told me that every time the wreckers tried to right the semi, the wind caught it and took it out of their control. They refunded our toll money, and we submerged into a bar in St. Ignace for burgers and beer.

Thus fortified, we returned to the bridge. The attempt to clear the wrecked semi had been abandoned. They had gotten it into the two southbound lanes and were about to open the two normally northbound lanes as a two way road with police cars leading groups of cars to control speeds. They put us into what would normally be the western lane for northbound traffic. We were three cars behind the police car, waiting to be the first group escorted across. By now the waves
and wind had so increased that water was hitting my truck at side window level with each wave. It was like someone was throwing five gallon pails of water at us every few seconds.

The actual crossing, at about 10mph behind the police car, was certainly safe, but the buffeting from the wind kept your attention, big time.

It was a very impressive lesson on the power of nature. It was only the next morning that we learned of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Joseph Guzek
Chem E, 1964


(Pictured left) entering the UP Saturday (12/31/11). It was sunny on the LP side.

My fondest memory of crossing the bridge was just being able to do it! When I went up to Tech for my freshman year I took the ferry. That Thanksgiving going home we were able to cross the bridge instead. What a difference. It’s always a fun experience to cross the bridge no matter how many times I’ve done it traveling back to Michigan. I’ve also done the walk several times.

On another note, I’ve been meaning to respond about the girls housing. Joyce Buerge wrote a good letter about it, but she was off a year on Pryor House. I lived there during my sophomore year 1958-59. Then we were moved to Robinson House.

Also, as far as I know Smith House was never a sorority house. However, it may have seemed that way to some. There were no sorority houses while I attended.

Gail Richter ‘61

Gail: Great photo! My son was crossing it this day, too! Complete change of whether between the two peninsulas.


Fond memory or not, as a freshman driving up from detroit in september 1957 i had to take the ferry across to the U.P. going home for the thanksgiving break the bridge had opened so we were able to take the bridge. you may be able to get some good stories of the dash to catch the ferry prior to the bridge opening. it is my understanding that there were only a few chances to take the ferry every day. you better be there or it would be a long wait for the next ferry. consequently tests, especially finals for the first term (christmas vacation) were scheduled with an eye to the downstaters ability to get to the ferry. i would be curious to know how true this is.

As a side light: this was the last time i went home for thanksgiving as happened in 1957 and pretty much each year after the first real snowstorm hit on the saturday or sunday after thanksgiving and made the trip back to houghton from the detroit area pretty much a nightmare and much longer than the normal 12 hour trip.(this was prior to any interstate such as I-75) on two lane highways. and yes you young whippersnappers we had saturday classes and tests on the saturday of winter carnival too. a lot of good memories, not just of the bridge.

Kent A. Werger '61


I remember one time in 1978 or 79 when we were heading back down for break, probably at Christmas with four of us in the car. They had traffic stopped due to high winds. They set up convoys with trucks and we were traveling behind one when a gust moved the car from the right lane to the left in an instant. That was about the only time we took Dave's car and I was not driving. It was an amazing display of nature with the wind coming off Lake Michigan through the strait. I'm glad he was driving that old Dodge instead of us being in my Gremlin. His car was a lot heavier and I would have hated to be on there in my little car.

Mark Jamieson
Forestry, class of 1981


Hi Dennis, The bridge covered with 2 feet of snow is still more inviting than 2 mile long traffic lined up beau coup hours for Ferry crossing N and S with 40 below windchill. I have old 8mm movies of my oldest son running circles around deck capstans from the summer of 1955 or '56 returning to the Keweenaw on leave from the Naval Base in Newport, R.I. He and his brother are 1/2 blooded Irish Finns born in the Naval Hospital. Seems just like yesterday.

Bob Carnahan


My favorite trip across the bridge was the one I did on foot with my mother, daughter, and son-in-law in 2009. The whitest knuckles were a few years ago when mine was the last car allowed across before closing because of high wind and the speed limit was down to 10 or 15 miles per hour. It's a long five miles at that speed.

Greg Switek

Pat Paulsen's Wine: the Bidding Continues

Pat Paulson
Bob Carnahan has offered up this bottle of vintage Pat Paulsen Wine from 1982 (yes, that Pat Paulsen).

The Bid History

Tom Arbuckle '75 $82.00

Jeff Paulson '93 $99.00

Jim Blevins '72 $200

Jeff Paulson '80 $225


From Bob:
Hi Dennis,
We'd like to keep the bids coming in until a couple of weeks before the current [Generations of Discover] Campaign ends in June 2013, now less than 18 months away. When the winning bid is published, the check will go to the Michigan Tech Fund as a donation with the amount credited 50/50 to the winner and donor. The larger the better for all three!

My hope is that other alums might be inspired to offer up a variety of mementos for auction such as Pledge Paddles, beer mugs, letter jackets, M club blankets, WW2 surplus book bags, slip sticks and circular slide rules, winter carnival trophies, medals, etc. Artifacts that might otherwise be lost in time, be discarded, or otherwise unappreciated. It will be interesting to see what might come forth and I believe compile to make a serious total toward the $200M campaign goal.

I have two second place medals from the Winter Carnival 1/2 mile Snowshoe races of '51 and '52. I'd be happy to put one of these up for auction as well, They're even more rare than the Cabernet.

Go Huskies,
Bob Carnahan '53

Thanks, Bob. These are great ideas. By the way, I literally ran into Pat Paulson on the streets of Hancock back in the 1970s. I raced out of a building and right into him! I later caught up with him in the Kaleva and got an autograph.


Anyone can bid. Just send an email to alumni@mtu.edu, and they'll record your amount.

You can let TechAlum know, too, so our alumni can follow along.

Mystery Husky (and Giants Fan) at Lambeau Field

football fan

Hi Dennis,
Here's a photo from today's Green Bay Packer/New York Giant football game. NYG just scored a TD and the fan on the right has an MTU hat on. This was a nationally televised game. Thought you might find it interesting.

Jeff Conradson, ME 1994

Jeff: I saw this, too, and we need to find out who this is!

Even More on the Ore Carriers

I love the newsletter – especially the recent articles about the Edmund Fitzgerald and the other ore carriers. My Dad was one of the Houghton-Hancock bridge operators in the late 60’s and 70’s. He was on duty the evening of Nov. 10, 1975 when the Fitz disappeared. I had already graduated from Tech and was working in Milwaukee but I recall Dad talking about the radio traffic he heard between the Fitz and the ship following her, the Arthur M. Anderson. I believe he was emotionally moved when he heard the Anderson report that the Fitz disappeared from radar and radio contact was lost. Dad retired in 1976 and has since passed away.

Of interest (to me, at least), my son is a current student at Tech and lives off-campus in a house formerly owned by one of the other bridge operators.

Keep up the great work on the newsletter!

Duane (Dewey) Olson ‘72


I am sure I am not the first to comment, but the ore carrier that pulled up the phone lines swung into the bank in front of the old railroad station. As I remember, the bridge attendant had not had a heart attack; he was asleep. This would have been the new lift bridge and the week before dedication. Soon after a radio was installed on the bridge, allowing ore boats to contact the bridge before they entered the Canal. The ore boat had slid about half it's length into the bank, and a tug, I believe from Gundlach, pulled it out. I remember being amazed that such a small boat could do the job. A couple years later, the same ore boat hit the Zilwaukee Bridge in downstate Michigan.

Myron H Berry '82

LeaderShape 2005

LeaderShape 2005

I found myself in the photo in the TechAlum Newsletter from LeaderShape 2005. I can recognize a few others as well.

Crystal Buchanan
Class of 2008

Crystal: Tell us where you and your friends are. It is still clickable.

Wisconsin Broomball Heating Up

Got the itch to play broomball? Well, there's a great tourney coming up!

  • Saturday Jan. 28, 2012 (all day) at the home of Josh and Jana Fogarty in Random Lake, WI
  • "Official" Tech-style rink, with full boards, lighting, scoreboard, warming areas, seating, food and beverage (potluck).
  • You do not need your own team. Just indicate your intent to participate to the Fogartys and they will arrange teams beforehand for the tournament.
  • BYOB (bring your own broom). Jerseys from past broomball teams are strongly encouraged!
  • All are welcome at all skill levels, and not just current and former Tech grads. Last year there were about 60 participants plus their families, the most ever.
  • Contact Jana at janafogarty_at_gmail.com to be added to the mailing list for specific details.

    Jeff Zeman
    BS Environmental Engineering ‘97
    MTUAA Board of Directors 2011-

The Old, Old Library

Ray Saliga
Jim Schluckbier '69 recollection in the Email Bag (January 3rd Newsletter) of the old Library being located in the ROTC building is incorrect. The Library occupied three levels in the Administration Building located north of the ROTC building. I don't know if that building still stands. I still have a copy of the 1964 Library Guide (it's been stored inside the cover of the dictionary I took with me to Tech in the fall of 1965.) I've attached a scan of the cover and the library floor plan on the inside of the cover for the enjoyment of those Tech students who like to reminisce about their days at Tech. Always enjoy reading the TechAlum Newsletter.

Jeffrey Dillon
BSCE 1969

Jeffrey: This is great and it's clickable, so you can see a PDF with the schematic on the inside.

Thanks from a Legend

I'm getting to appreciate this article more & more - what a wonderful (but time consuming, I'm sure) way to reach all of us!

Joe Kirkish

The time flies by, Joe, just like a really good movie!—Ed.

Panty Raid/Snowball Fight

Per the story about the snowball fight/panty raid of 1966, I recall it as well. Unfortunately I was an RA in Wadsworth (the ‘pits’) that year and so I and the other RA’s were expected to remain above the fray and to stand by in case anyone got hurt. On more than one occasion I had to take an injured student to the nurse’s station (infirmary) in Wads in the middle of night as the result of some on-campus ‘activity’, such as a snowball fight that got out-of-hand. Sometimes it was a bit more serious, such as once when one of ‘my boys’ got in a dust-up with some of the ‘locals’ who were upset when they thought that he was paying too much attention to some of the high school girls. Fortunately there were no broken bones, but I suspect that he may still have some scars to remind him of that night. Needless to say, since the wounds were limited to only a few stitches the local authorities were not too keen on following-up and of course the school never wanted anything like this to get too much press so these situations never got much attention from either side. Of course, for guys like us RA’s it meant that we sometimes had to intervene to keep something bigger from happening when talk of ‘getting even’ started to circulate.

Speaking of snowball fights, I can recall that if one did breakout that someone would always call the WLS radio station in Chicago to announce it on the air. Back in the mid 60’s, WLS was a clear channel (50,000 watt) AM rock & roll station that was one of the most popular among students and they would take calls and would always comment about the guys calling in from ‘da Tech’.

John R. Baker, ‘71
Irvine, CA

John: I grew up listening to WLS and WCFL ("The Voice of Labor") every night as a teenager!


Hi again,

Jim is at least 14 years too late for a first panty raid. There was one attempted at Smith House after the last pajama parade in 1957.

Gail Richter ‘61

Coed Hall

I wish to correct part of Jim Balazar’s e-mail regarding Coed Hall. He was correct in saying it was completed later in the fall of 1966, but he was wrong saying the coeds moved in from Wadsworth Hall. We moved in at the start of the quarter—3 to a room until the remaining rooms could be finished. We had to be ready for workmen on the floor everyday around 7:30 am. If you’ve seen the rooms, you can imagine how 3 women fared.

Michele Bussone class of 70

"Cup-Holder Lady" Profiled in Free Press

Interesting article in yesterday’s FREEP about MTU grad Chris Shinouskis….there’s an article about her in O! Magazine-Oprah’s magazine. She’s known as the ‘cup holder lady’…….good little piece for your newsletter.

Dick Storm

AQIP Coming to Campus, Seeks Input

Michigan Technological University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) under the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).  As part of its reaccreditation process, commission representatives will be on campus for a Quality Check-up Visit on March 14-16, 2012. Michigan Tech invites public comment about the university, which should be sent directly to the Commission using the following link or mailed to

Public Comment on Michigan Technological University
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Featured Alumni Benefits

Michigan Tech Group Insurance

Liberty Mutual and the Alumni Association
As a Michigan Tech graduate, you qualify for a special group rate on your auto, home, and renters insurance through Liberty Mutual. For a free, no-obligation quote, contact your Liberty Mutual Representative today!

Eastern  Michigan: Renee Kurowski (989.832.4865) renee.kurowski@libertymutual.com
Western Michigan & the UP: Chris Napolillo (800-865-1870 ext. 56821) christopher.napolillo@libertymutual.com
 Outside of Michigan: Call 1-800-981-2372 or visit the Liberty Mutual website –   http://www.libertymutual.com/mtech


Liberty Mutual provides funds to the Michigan Tech Alumni Association as part of this collaboration. Agreements like this help support a wide range of programs and services for alumni and students.

Michigan Tech Gear

Show your Michigan Tech Pride!s

Official Class Rings and Diploma Frames

Michigan Tech License Plates

Michigan Tech Collector Blanket

University Images—Michigan Tech Clothing and Giftware

More Alumni Benefits, Services and Discount program information

Job Opportunities

On Campus

Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative: Positions in Water and Transportation

No additional postings at this time.

Apply using new online system at http://jobs.mtu.edu

Complete Descriptions are available on the Human Resources website.

Off Campus

Keweenaw opportunities: http://www.keweenawprofessionaljobs.com/

Other employment opportunities: Check out the Linked in group exclusively for Michigan Tech Alumni.

Also, visit the Career Tools webpage for more options.