February 28, 2012
Vol. 18, No. 14
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Almost, Maine: Nearly Houghton

Almost, Maine
Islands of snow and structures set the scenes for Almost, Maine.

The Tech Theatre Company took us to Maine in their latest production, but it all looked eerily familiar.

Almost, Maine was a village with snowmobiles, a friendly tavern, northern lights, camping, ice fishing, plenty of snow, and, in the end, we discover that everybody knows everybody else.

There were many metaphors for love and loss along the way on a small-town Friday night.

A young couple has a dalliance under the northern lights and shooting stars. Another woman camps out in someone's yard, trying to make amends and mend a broken heart. Another couple is splitting up in the Moose Patty Cafe, but they both land on their feet.

Apartment dwellers get entangled in a laundry room and ruminate on pain and love and painful love. Young lovers seem to be splitting up, with lots of literal baggage being returned, only to be united and engaged.

Two ice fisherman fall in love, literally on the ice, and by the end of the play must crawl off the set. Another couple argues about a missing boot and a skating date that goes bad. (The boot appears out of the sky.)

A woman named Hope returns to Almost to finally say "yes" to a marriage proposal (too late?). And, finally, a snowmobiling couple finds romance after a trail ride and the tomboy's epiphany.

The set was the usual astounding assembly: islands of snow set off each scene. Wooden cabins, bar, houses, and apartments surrounded an icy lake (shaped like a heart). And a Polaris and an Arctic Cat graced stage right.

The northern lights ran through the room. Lighting brought us from scene to scene as did the space music that was also a nice intro, transition, and finale.

What was revealed at the end was the power of love, up-north style, and the talent of our students, faculty, staff, and community, who never disappoint on the other side of campus.


Snowfall Totals
Total to date: 118.5"
On the ground: 26"
In the last week: 18.5"

Total last year: 148"
On the ground: 18"

At Tech

President Mroz Testifies Before Michigan Senate

Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz testified in Lansing on Wednesday, Feb. 15, before the Higher Education Subcommittee of the Michigan Senate Appropriations Committee. His testimony was part of a presentation by the Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), an organization of CEOs from the state’s largest employers, representing among them one-quarter of Michigan’s gross domestic product. More

New Sled Will Help EMS on the Trails

Michigan Tech's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team is excited about a new snowmobile-pulled sled, with good reason. “It means no more carrying someone out from the trails on the backboard,” says Dustin Gaberdiel on this winter afternoon. “There’s a hypothermia issue, too, ” added the second-year computer networking and systems administration major from Newberry, extolling the time saved with the snowmobile and sled. More

Board of Control Approves New Degree in Engineering Management

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At its regular meeting, Michigan Tech's Board of Control approved a new Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management degree, to be offered by the University's School of Business and Economics. This degree is designed to satisfy the growing needs in industry and our economy for individuals with strong skills in both business and engineering. More

Alumni Around the World

Columbus and Dallas/Fort Worth Gatherings

Pictured, left to
right: Gary Reed '82, Kathleen Reed, Rebecca Reed, Esel Reiser, Jim Reiser '83 at the Dallas/Fort Worth hockey viewing at Buffalo Wild Wings.

A great time was had by all!

Michigan Tech alumni gathered in Columbus, Ohio, and the Dallas/Forth Worth, Texas, areas on Saturday, February 18, 2012 to cheer on the Hockey Huskies.

Big thanks to Chapter Leaders John McDermott '92 and Ann Marie Stimpson '78 for organizing the events!

LA Kings Game Get-together


Post-game festivities with alum John Scott (right, in tie), who plays for the Blackhawks.


Tech alums are featured on the scoreboard!

The Southern California Alumni Chapter gathered for an action packed afternoon. The group started at the Yard House Live for a social, then headed over to the Staples Center for a very special LA Kings event. A Group Photo on the Ice, Spotlight on the team beach and a surprise guest, Blackhawks player John Scott '10! Thank you to Paul Ninefeldt '96 and Tim Thomas '81 for organizing the event! More images here.

Help us Recognize Tech’s Excellent Teachers

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Faculty Development seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contribution to the instructional mission of the University. Based on over 50,000 student “rating of instruction” forms, ten finalists have been identified for the 2012 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty, and alumni to aid in its deliberation process.

The finalists for the two awards include:
Associate Professor / Professor Category

  • Andrew Burton (Associate Professor)—Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Will Cantrell (Associate Professor)—Physics
  • Mary Durfee (Associate Professor)—Social Sciences
  • John Jaszczak (Professor)—Physics
  • Christopher Plummer (Associate Professor)—Visual and Performing Arts

Assistant Professor / Lecturer / Professor of Practice Category

  • Timothy Eisele (Assistant Professor—Chemical Engineering
  • Philip Kendall (Lecturer)—Mathematical Sciences
  • Elizabeth Reed (Senior Lecturer)—Mathematical Sciences
  • Thomas Werner (Assistant Professor)—Biological Sciences
  • Roger Woods (Lecturer)—Business and Economics

Comments on the nominees should be sent to the Center for Teaching via its comment website. Comments are due by Monday, March 30, 2012.

The process for determining the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients from this list of finalists also involves the additional surveying of their classes. The Distinguished Teaching Award Decision Committee makes the final determination of the award recipients. The recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award will be formally announced in the fall.

Michigan Tech National Society of Black Engineers Detroit Events

The Michigan Tech NSBE Chapter will be coming down to Detroit during their Spring break to do PCI activities.

They want to know if the Tech Alumni who are in the area will come out and support them.

Details are below. Please contact the NSBE President (Ornella Nkurunziza onkurunz@mtu.edu) if you'd like more information. I look forward to hearing how you supported your former NSBE chapter!

Kari Jordan
NSBE National Vice Chair

  AM (8-11:30am) PM (12:30-3pm)

Family Engineering Event

(6:00-8:00 pm)

Family Engineering School Contact

Tues., March 6

Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy

at Halley
2585 Grove
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 494-8100


Spain K-8 School
3700 Beaubien
Detroit, MI  48201

(313) 494-2081

Paul Robeson/ Malcolm X Academy

at Halley
2585 Grove
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 494-8100

Jeffery D. Robinson, Ph.D.
(313) 421-7244 cell

Wed., March 7

Mae C. Jemison Academy
16400 Tireman
Detroit, MI  48228
(313) 584-5525

Davison Elem/MS School
2800 E. Davison Street,
Detroit MI, 48212-1680
Dianne Holland, Principal

(313) 252-3118

Mae C. Jemison Academy
16400 Tireman
Detroit, MI  48228

 (313) 584-5525

Coy Robinson, Principal

Thurs., March 8

Henderson Academy
16101 W Chicago,
Detroit MI, 48228
(313) 852-0512
Deborah Manciel, Principal

Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School
7635 Chatham,
Detroit MI, 48239-1027

Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School
7635 Chatham, Detroit MI, 48239-1027

(313) 849-2363

Deborah Griffin-Ferguson

Fri., March 9

Pershing HS
18875 Ryan          
Detroit, MI  48234    
Donna Thornton, Principal

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Scholarships Available to Career Changers

Michigan Tech alums who are interested in pursuing a career as a mathematics or science teacher in secondary schools are eligible for one-year fellowships, under a Tech program funded by the National Science Foundation until early 2014. Anyone with a degree in engineering, science, or mathematics can apply for these $25,000 awards to study at Michigan Tech for one year. Recipients will take courses in teacher education that lead to student teaching and teacher certification in math or science. The deadline for returning professionals to apply for the 2012-13 academic year is May 1.

Further information is available at the program website—http://noycescholars.mtu.edu Or interested individuals can contact the Michigan Tech Division of Teacher Education (Brad Baltensperger, chair 906-487-2425, or Judy Anderson, certification officer 906-487-3570).

Summer Sports Camps

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Hot camps, cool place.

Registration for the 2012 Summer Athletic Camps is now open! This year's camps include basketball, football, soccer, tennis, cheer, learn to skate, figure skating, hockey, mountain biking and volleyball. Check out the individual schedules and camp details at www.mtu.edu/sportscamps.

As a benefit only available to our alumni, a 10 percent discount is redeemable for all children and grandchildren of alumni. Just mention this special TechAlum Newsletter offer when filling out your camp application in the "How did you hear about our camp" section.

2012 summer sports camps will take place June 13–August 24. Save the dates on your calendar and camp UP here! Combine a family vacation with a fun camp, where your child or grandchild is guaranteed to learn techniques to improve their sport. Develop skills, learn from professional staff, perform at a higher level and experience the Keweenaw summer.

Please note that the ice related camps are subject to cancellation/schedule changes based on a potential construction and renovation project in the ice arena. Full refunds will be honored to all registrations for this matter. Additional information will be provided when available.

Contact us at 888-829-9688 or sportscamps@mtu.edu with any questions. We look forward to seeing you at camp this summer!

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Tech Sports

Pietila's Late Goal Lifts Tech 3-2 Over St. Cloud

On Senior Night at the MacInnes Student Ice, it was freshman Blake Pietila scoring the game winner with 1:38 remaining to lift Michigan Tech to a 3-2 victory over St. Cloud State. Tech (14-16-4 overall, 11-11-4 WCHA) earned the series split with the victory and remained in the hunt for home ice in the WCHA playoffs. More

Men and Women Both Hosting GLIAC Opponents!

The GLIAC Tournament field has been set and Michigan Tech is the only school to have both teams hosting a first-round game Wednesday (Feb. 29). The women are the fourth seed and will host the fifth seed Lake Erie at 5:30 p.m. The men, who are co-champions of the North Division, are the fourth seed and will host fellow North Division champion Ferris State, the fifth seed, at 7:30 p.m. More

Tech Men's Basketball Team Wins GLIAC North Title

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The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team won the GLIAC North Division for the first time since the 2002-03 season thanks to a 77-67 GLIAC win over Northwood in the final regular season game of the season Saturday (Feb. 25). “This means a lot to the program,” said head coach Kevin Luke. “We are getting the program back to where it needs to be.” More

Hoyt Hits for 37 in Win over Northwood

Sam Hoyt
Junior Sam Hoyt closed out the regular season in grand style scoring a school record 37 points to lead the Michigan Tech women’s basketball team to an 88-75 win over Northwood Saturday (Feb. 25). The Huskies, who scored a season-high 88 points, improve to 19-6 and 14-5 in the league. More

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Around the Keweenaw

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From the Email Bag

TKE Statue

TKE statue
Dennis, the photo is found on page 15 of the 1976 Michigan Tech Lode Winter Carnival Pictorial. The Sculpture took First Place in Class IV.

Mike Hansen ‘78


This statue was in 1976. It was the winning snow statue.

Chris Becker, LEED AP


I think the year of the photo was 1976. I’m thinking that only because it was a bi-centennial theme that year for carnival.

Tom Mohr 1976


tke statueDennis,
February, 1976 is indeed the correct date for the statue. I've attached three color slides my Dad took. Looks like it was a beautiful day in the "yoop".

Bob Spencer '79

Bob: They were great! Thanks. I made this one clickable.


Dennis --
Another fine job this week! Looking at the Carnival Statue articles, it strikes me that I cannot recall too many times in the past 50 years that my fellow Phi Taus or our friendly rival Delt Sigs did not come in first or second in the fraternity statue competition. I could be wrong, as I was out of the country and out of touch for about 10 years, but my recent memory has to be pretty close to the fact.

Keep the good Newsletters coming!

Best regards,
Bruce Osten, Class of 1967


That TKE statue was one of the years that I was at Tech - maybe 75 or 76.

Debbie Hamm


The snow statue in question "Don't shoot..." was from 1976 according to my MTU yearbook page 218 top.

Have fun

Rodney Cencich 1976


snow statueNow you did it.

You had to make me go and drag out the picture of our house's statue from the 1977 Winter Carnival

This was Tombstone Territory's entry. As I remember, we got an honorable mention. Probably would have done better, but we ran out of time before we could get the final details completed.

There was a hidden tree trunk running from the ME-EM end to the hand, and the "sno-yo" string was an iced over rope.

Good memories!

Bob Spencer

Great one, Bob! It's clickable.

Pat Paulsen's Wine: We Need New Bids!

Pat Paulsen wine
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


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.

Bosch Beer

The Bosch Beer articles also bring back good memories. The best was that we always went for a "tour" at the brewery after Friday classes, but following the first time we never made it past the Tap Room -- ha! Another good memory is of one of Mike d'Amico's Marketing or Sales Management classes back in about 1966 or '67. We all had to do and present a marketing-related "Case Study," and one done by a couple of my fraternity brothers won first prize, hands down. They created and conducted a Copper Country-wide survey on the possibility of Bosch supplementing their offering of six-packs with eight-packs (3 of which would fit into the same 24 bottle case as 4 six-packs). It was their thought that an eight-pack would be more attractive to the consumer. For their presentation to the class, each team member tossed a case of Bosch (full of 3 eight-packs) up onto the front table and said, "Here's our Case Study!" Then they handed out bottles of beer to everyone in the class while they reviewed the survey results. As the class met late in the afternoon in the old Forestry Building, no one else was around at the time and there were no following incriminations of the stunt. I'm pretty sure that they each got an 'A' for that effort!

Bruce Osten '67


bosch beerRecently I read from the Email bag from which someone commented on the demise of the great Bosch brewery and the loss of the Gilt Edge premium beer. The statement read like this - the loss " had to be in the late 60's or early 70's." First, anyone interested in the history of the Houghton area, such as I am, must read the book, Joseph Bosch and the Bosch Brewery Company by local resident and historian Clarence J. Monette. This book is available through the Houghton County Historical society and local stores.

To give a brief history, Joseph Bosch (brewery founder) was 4 years old when he came to America from Germany with his parents in 1854. In 1867, he and his parents resided in Houghton briefly and then moved to Lake Linden where he ultimately began his brewery operations as a young man. He died in Lake Linden in 1937 at age 86 after 63 years in the local brewery business and is buried in the local cemetery in Lake Linden. Existing evidence of his former presence can be seen today in the Michigan House Restaurant (love the wraps) in Calumet when he built this building in 1905 to serve as a bar to sell his beer. The Lindell restaurant in Lake Linden was built by Bosch in 1888 as a warehouse to store his beer.

bosch beerBriefly, the end of the Bosch brewery formerly and officially came to an end on Friday Sept. 28, 1973 where festivities were held at the brewery at the Canal Road location. This was after 99 years of successful beer production. The end came mainly due to cheaper beer and certainly not better tasting beer coming into the area for distribution and sale. The festivities at the brewery began early in the day on Friday and continued well after 6:00 pm that night on Sept.28. After the initial plant festivities and speeches in the afternoon, a number of horses pulling a wagon from the 1800's and hauling a one-half barrel of beer (brewed the old time way) marched 4 miles to Schmidt's Corner bar (the bar still exists today) and more celebration took place and so well deserved. As much as I myself enjoyed beer (thanks to my German background) and love of local history, what a sight this must have been!!

Beer was served at 5 cents a glass -"Five cent beers were in style to relate back to the days when a nickel could purchase a good draught of the suds."

The attendance at the bar was so busy that people "were almost crawling over one another."

Today the UPPCO (Upper Peninsula Power Co.) occupies the property and little evidence of what was once a brewery is sadly gone.

Terry Braun -66

"Good" Old Days

Don Mikkola

Dear Dennis,
As always your newsletter is great; it always gets this "old fart" thinking about years and times gone by. I don't know what this issue did to inspire me to regal in some of my old Tech days. Maybe it was a combination of you, Winter Carnival and Don Mikkola.

Don and I were Met. Eng. classmates and I later saw and talked to him when I was recruiting for now defunct National Steel. Anyway to make a short story long ,something pushed my "nostalgia" button and made me think about all the wonderful times my wife and I had while attending da Tech.
I was a returning toot...returning from a tour of duty with the air force in Korea...with a wife,child,four year old car and very little money. Probably no different than any other returning Vet!

We arrived at married housing on the Saturday before school started thinking we were going to be living (as the brochure stated) in this wonderful apartment. My wife went in with the baby while I started to unload the car. To my surprise when I brought the first load in, Gay was sitting on the couch bawling her head off. I said,"what's the matter?" She said,"look at this dump you brought me to!!!" I looked and it was deplorable!!! There was a two foot hole in the sleeping couch. There was trash and approx. 50 wire coat hangers scatted through out and two single beds the size of army cots. Further inspection showed kitchen cupboards made of orange crates without doors(probably installed by WWII Vets)!!! I only mention this because,in spite of a shocking start, Gay and I had some of the best years of our lives in these very sparse quarters!!!

That's enough nostalgia for now. I hope the new married quarters are somewhat better!!

Best regards, E.W.(Bill) Olson '60

Bill: You should come back to campus just to see Daniell Heights!

1950-51 Hockey Team with Bob Bunney

50-51 Hockey Team


Note from Mining Gazette that Bob Bunney died.

Back row: Joe DeBastiani, Doug Peterson, Bob Bunney, Doug Koski, Lloyd Rautiola, Amo Bessone (Coach), Bob Brown, Dunc Robertson, Conway Adams. Front row: Bob Bammert, Dick Rowe, Lawrence Lamb, Mel Weir, Ben Ricchi.

This was not the entire team, it was just some of us exploring the grounds of the Broadmoor.Doug Koski is the guy with the crew cut on Bob's left. Bob married Doug's younger sister, Joanne who survives him.

Here he is with his future brother-in-law, Doug Koski, standing next to him. I also did not know that he was a forester and a Delta Sig.

Also, here is a picture of the 1950-51 Mich Tech team with Bob Bunney 50-51 hockey teamin the back row on the left.

This trip was the first one by a Tech athletic team that was done by air...the DC-3 from Fontana in Iron Mountain. We talked about that a
while back. It was the first hockey series for the 1950-51 season. It would be Amo's last season at Tech before moving to Mich State. It
was also the season following the bus crash of the team returning from Mich State where Bob Gitzen and Dick Loutit were killed near Gaylord, Michigan on Jan 14, 1950.

(The photos are clickable for larger views.)

Bob Brown

Yzerman in the House

The 3-3 tie with UNO was not what got my son, an MTU Sophomore, the most cranked up at the hockey game Friday (2/10).

Although Mel has done a truly amazing job building up the Huskies hockey team, the hockey program, and the pride of the students and alumni, what had my son most excited last Friday was the appearance of Steve Yzerman at the game.

Tom Knudstrup

Tom: Yes, Stevie Y. was here, and I missed it! He was scouting for Tampa Bay.

Delt Sig Chain Guy

Delt Sig

RJ "Diggler" Meyers is the guy in the 2006 Winter Carnival Picture. He was one of our statue chairs that year for Delt Sigs. Last I knew he's working for the Michigan DOT so he probably has plenty of time at work to check his email and respond back himself.

I believe the theme that year pertained to cartoons and our statue was titled "Aladin's Land of Frozen Sand". We had miles of ice chain all over our statue site that year and ended up with a #1 Statue in the Fraternities Division. We took first place again the following year in 2007 but haven't seem to have much luck since. Phi Taus must have stolen our ice bender because they've taken first place the last few years. I didn't make it up for carnival this year, but seeing all the statue pictures already has me planning a trip for next year.

Jason Edwards 07

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