June 19, 2012
Vol. 18, No. 22
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MacInnes Student Ice Arena:
Forty Years Later

Ice Arena
Today's pipes look a lot like the old ones.

It was love at first check: in the Huskies' first ten games at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, their record was 6-1-3.

Three years later they would raise their NCAA Division I Championship banner.

Lorne Stamler '74 remembers a great record at the Dee before they moved: 15-0 at home! He initially missed the atmosphere of the Dee.

"The Ice Arena could hold more people, so the noise level seemed to be the same," he said. "The dressing rooms were great. We thought we where in the big time now, with a room to hang our clothes and then walk thru to the showers and then the main room where we put our gear on. Yes I would say we got used to it in a very short time."

Forty years later, the MacInnes Student Ice Arena is getting a new ice plant.

Bob Hauswirth '60, long-time manager of the Ice Arena, had nothing but great things to say about the shape of the current facility.

"I think it's in better shape now than when we opened it up," he said. "The maintenance guys have done a really good job for forty years. It's a first-class building and especially with the skyboxes and all. I love the Dee, but this is a real professional atmosphere."

And the folks installing the new floor said the old one was still level after all these years!

That's a testament to the original construction crew, and the building stands as a witness to the students who helped pay for it, the coach whose name it bears, and the memories old and new that begin from that ice.

Dennis '92 '09

At Tech

A Mystery Solved: 3 Wolves Drowned at Isle Royale National Park

During their 2012 Winter Study, Michigan Technological University population biologist John Vucetich and wildlife ecologist Rolf Peterson started wondering where the wolves of Isle Royale National Park had gone. They only found nine wolves, and as far as they could tell, only one was a female. They expressed serious concern that the wolves of Isle Royale might be well on their way to extinction. More

Engineering Better Bikes for Wounded Vets

Achilles Freedom Team

Michigan Tech’s involvement with the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans began when Linda Stouffer called Terry Woychowski on behalf of the General Motors Military Discount Program and asked for advice. Soldiers were coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq with crippling injuries—leg amputations, paralysis—but with their competitive drive fully intact. More

Steel Bridge Team Earns 2 Firsts, Fourth Overall in Nationals

Steel Bridge Team
Michigan Tech’s Steel Bridge team brought home two first places and placed fourth overall in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition competition at Clemson University May 25-26. The Tech team earned first places for lightness and construction efficiency. Teams from 47 universities in the US, Canada, Mexico and China competed in the national event, sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and the American Society of Civil Engineers. More

Alumni Around the World

Alumni/Admissions Gathering in India

On June 4, more than fifteen prospective students and some of their parents attended the first ever admissions/alumni event in Bangalore, India. Brent Burns, director of corporate partnerships and Jodie Filpus, director of MBA admissions and recruiting, were visiting Bangalore with nine Online Tech MBA students for their international residency at the end of their two-year cohort program. Alumni and prospective students from India were invited to a Michigan Tech presentation and Q&A session at The Gateway Hotel in downtown Bangalore.

The prospective students had a chance to meet each other and learn more about the UP and the great school that they have been accepted to attend. At the end of the night, students were already discussing which residence halls they wanted to move into and more logistics about living the the .P. As of June 1st, there were 287 accepted students for this fall from India. Nicknamed the Silicon Valley of India and the fastest growing city in India, there are over 90 colleges supporting the large variety of IT and engineering companies in the Bangalore area.

Chicago Dinner with Les Cook

Lou Malnati's logo
On Wednesday, June 6, Chicago-area Michigan Tech alumni plus a current student who is interning at Honeywell got together at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria. Lots of mingling and great conversation as well as a presentation given by Les Cook, vice president for student affairs. Big thanks to the Chicago Alumni Chapter for organizing the event!

Saginaw Golf

On Saturday, June 9, alumni gathered at the Sawmill Golf Course for golf and a pasty dinner. The team of Jeff Joynt '78, John Swartz '59, Ted Rosingana, and Joe Rosingana won the tournament with a score of 62, 10 under par! Jim Kosinski '65 made the longest putt on No. 16, Ted "Turbo" Rosingana won the longest drive on No. 10, and Jeff "Norton" Joynt '78 won the closest to the pin on No. 15. Everyone had a great time! Big thanks to Saginaw Chapter Leader Dick Crannell '65 for organizing the event!

Keweenaw Belle Wins Women of Michigan Tech Beer-Naming Contest

To mark our celebration of women at the Reunion this year, the Keweenaw Brewing Company (KBC) has created a special Hefeweizen brewed with locally grown berries. The contest to help name this beer garnered 110 creative suggestions. Alumni and friends were then asked to vote on the five finalists chosen by the reunion planning committee. A total of 462 votes were received and the winner was Keweenaw Belle. This special beer will be served at the KBC taproom in Houghton as well as at Alumni Reunion events on campus August 2-4.

Congratulations to Charles Laurila, a 1959 mechanical engineering alumnus who suggested the winning name. Charles will receive a KBC party pack.

Other finalist were Copper Queen, Women, Unfiltered, She’s A Keeper, and Holley Berry.

Don’t Miss Alumni Reunion 2012!

Pasty Picnic

Plan to reconnect with your classmates and check out what’s new at Michigan Tech during Michigan Tech’s Alumni Reunion August 2-4, 2012.

Online registration is now open, just visit www.mtu.edu/alumni and click on the Reunion link under “Get Connected” or “Alumni Favorites”. You can also call toll free at 1-877-688-2586 to request a Reunion registration packet.

Bring the whole family to enjoy a variety of Reunion events for all ages including picnics, Tech Talks, department open houses, outdoor adventure trips, hands-on children’s science demonstrations, boat rides, and more!

The featured classes will be the Golden M’s (those who graduated 50 plus years ago), the classes of ’62, ’72, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’02 and a special group reunion for Men’s Basketball alumni.

Women of TechThe 2012 Reunion will also be the first ever to celebrate the women of Michigan Tech. All female graduates, former students, faculty and staff are invited to a number of special events during Reunion including an all Greek social and a Saturday evening “Girls Night Out” hosted by the Presidential Council of Alumnae.

There will also be special events in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Department of Biological Sciences, the 85th anniversary of the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics department, and the 35th anniversary of the Michigan Tech Student Foundation.

Can’t make it up to the Copper Country this year? You can still participate by sharing your Tech memories and letting your classmates know what’s happening in your life. Visit www.mtu.edu/reunion for details.

More Fun Facts

  • In 1970, 9.73 percent of the student body was female (it's around 26 percent today).
  • The 1959 Keweenawan was dedicated to faculty member Ella Wood, who began her association with Tech in 1927. She was retiring after having been involved with, among other items, establishing the Language and History Department, the first sorority, and the International Club.

Canoe, Bridge, Rifle Team Alums Looking to Reconnect

Were you a member of the Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge or Rifle teams?

These teams are looking for former members to collect and exchange stories and keep everyone up to date on what's currently happening with the team.

Katherine Gauthier, a member of Michigan Tech's concrete canoe team is working on reconnecting with Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge team alumni. In the spring of 2013 they will be hosting the ASCE Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge competition at Michigan Tech and would like to contact former team members to inform them of the team’s progress over the past years, and inviting them to come support us.

Zachary Simpson, the current Coach of Tech’s Competition Rifle Team is hoping to reconnect with former members of the NCAA team (19xx - 1980), or the club team (1990 - present.) While they are not an NCAA team anymore, the students are still competing as a collegiate club and find ourselves competing against other collegiate clubs and NCAA teams. He is hoping to collect and exchange stories and keep everyone up to date on what's currently happening with the team.

Please contact alumni@mtu.edu or call 1-877-688-2586 to be added to these lists.

Still Time to Provide Your Support

If you haven’t taken the opportunity to make your 2011-12 Annual Fund gift to Michigan Tech yet, there is still time. The University’s fiscal year comes to a close on June 30, 2012, so you have until the end of the month to reserve your spot on the annual Honor Roll of Donors. Options for making your year-end gift include:

  • Phone the Michigan Tech Fund at 1-877-386-3688 (toll free) or 1-906-487-2310 and make your gift with a credit/debit card.
  • Make your gift online with a credit/debit card by going to www.mtu.edu/giving
  • Mail your gift to:
    Michigan Tech Fund
    Michigan Technological University
    1400 Townsend Drive
    Houghton, MI 49931

Your phone or mail gift must be received by Friday, June 29 at 3:00 pm (EST) to be included for the 2011-12 year. Online credit/debit card gifts can be made up until midnight (EST) on the 30th.

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distillation plant


This is an old shot of the "distillation plant" in 1943.

Is this the same as the chemical processing lab we currently have?

It's clickable.

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2006 R/V Agassiz Run


Were you on the Agassiz with Marty Auer in June 2006?

It's clickable.

Any other Agassiz experiences?

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Tech Sports

Ice Plant Replaced at MacInnes Student Ice Arena

new ice
Forty years after the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena (then called the Student Ice Arena) opened, Michigan Tech’s hockey facility is getting a new ice plant, which is the system and equipment needed to make and keep ice. The $1.2 million project called for the building’s original Freon 22 direct system to be replaced by an industry-standard ammonia brine indirect system. More

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Around the Keweenaw

Daily Mining Gazette | WLUC TV-6 | Marquette Mining Journal

Elderhostel at Isle Royale

We currently have some openings in programs for 2012 that might be of interest to faculty, staff, and alumni of Michigan Tech. The Isle Royale Institute coordinates Road Scholar programs at Isle Royale National Park in partnership with Elderhostel, Inc. Three Road Scholar programs will be offered in 2012 during the following dates:

  • June 24–30, 2012
  • July 8–14, 2012

For further information and to register for a program, click on the link or call 800-454-5768.

Isle Royale, Lake Superior, and the Keweenaw Peninsula: Search on Program #1583RJ in the upper right corner. 7 days total; 3 full days and 2 partial days at Isle Royale.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Ken Vrana
Director, Isle Royale Institute
Michigan Tech

From the Email Bag

Not a Thimbleberry Bush!

BTW, The last picture on the pics. that are cycling near the top is NOT of Thimbleberries!

Saaranen's Forestry Consulting
Walter Saaranen, ACF

Walt: Oh, did I hear it on this one. At least it wasn't a blueberry bush!


Thimbleberry blossoms? Really? They look more like Bunchberry flowers to me! Or were you trying to see how many people would pick up on your "mistake"?

Jeanne (Holland) Karkkainen '72

Jeanne: No, I didn't do this on purpose. I just liked the photo!


Nice Pictures from the Keweenaw on the newsletter. Please note the ID on the last picture is Bunchberry, Cornus canadansis L. , not thimbleberry. I saw it in bloom on my hikes in the Keweenaw over Memorial Day weekend. Such a pretty flower!

Kate Clover

Kate: I never heard of Bunchberry until now!


Hi Dennis,
Not to rain on the parade of fine photos in the latest newsletter, but the final photo in the string isn’t showing thimbleberry blossoms, those are Bunchberry, Cornus canadensis, a member of the dogwood family. And, they are not blossoms at all. They are actually part of the leaf structure. (I’m a forester and couldn’t help myself <g>.)

Doug Davies ‘69, ‘72

Doug: The forestry majors were all over this one!

2005 Chain Drive

Chain Drive
Hi Dennis,
I recognize a few faces in the crowd (still clickable), most notably my teammate from Tech's mountain bike team, Ryan Labar, front left, prominently wearing his Tech jersey. He was an STC major at the time; now he is putting the degree to work as the assistant editor of Bike magazine (pretty cool, huh?) . I think I see another teammate on Ryan's right, fellow ME Mark Klein, as well as Dr. Dave Watkins from the Civil department way in the back of the photo.
We thought that it said good things about Tech when we could ride with our professors (go Dave and Dr. G and Michelle and Norma!).

Lianna Miller


2005 Chain Drive! Front right side of the start line. Gold frame. That's me.

Sam Kilpela

Sports Memorabilia from 1950

Carnahan and Boyer
On the sports side, I may have sent the attachment to you in the past. I'm not certain but here it is again. The photo (clickable, with Lode article) of myself and Al Boyer was taken in the spring of 1950, my freshman year. Al was the team captain and a WW2 navy vet, the weather was bad that spring with 17" of snow on the track canceling the first meet of the year for a short season.

My family moved to S. Minn from Monroe, MI that summer and I transferred to U of M only to find that engineering was a 5 year program and I had one lecture section with 1600 students whereas Tech had a total enrollment of 1200.

I quickly made one of life's better decisions, got a release from Minn and returned to Tech missing 3 weeks of the 12 week fall quarter. D. O. Wyble was glad to see me back as noted in the Lode article that fall. I went on to become track team captain and enjoyed great camaraderie with some of Tech's legendary athletes, Ray Puro came off the ice and proved to be a catapult with the javelin and Larry Looby, big red, running the hurdles after dodging tackles on the gridiron along with Ray.

A sidelight to U of M was my return there following graduation from MCM&T and almost 4 years in the Navy. I made a lifelong friend in Dale Stein, a fifth year senior in 1957 in the Metallurgy at the time, and continue to share fond memories of some interesting profs at the U.

Bob Carnahan, '53

Terminals from 1984

1984 Computer
I didn’t get to use one of those terminals at Tech, I graduated in ’81, but I sure got to use one working at Northrop on the B2 program. Of course it wasn’t called the B2 Stealth Bomber program back then, it was still Classified so we were called the Advanced Systems Division (ASD). I used a Computer Aided Design And Manufacturing (CADAM) terminal to crank out thousands of drawings for the Avionics Integration Laboratory in Pico Rivera California. Northrop had 2 rooms of these terminals and our whole group, the Hardware Design organization (Electrical and Mechanical), spent hours pushing the buttons on the left and using the light pen to select what we wanted to change. For most of us who used the terminals a lot, it was like typing, we did not have to look at the buttons, just select the right one and keep on clicking the light pen. About 2 to 3 hours in a row was about all an engineer could handle, then you had to get up and walk away for a much needed rest.

Thanks for the memories,

Ray Fassbender, ‘81

Thanks from CA

Hi Dennis – I do enjoy these. I attended Tech for a year and a quarter and – no lie – on my second day of classes knew that I had been airdropped into a land of people far smarter than myself. I eventually transferred to another university and curriculum with zero regrets.

I’m a writer living in LA now but have fond memories of my days there and do send small sums of money from time to time for the simple reason that I believe in both the university as well as the critical need for both engineers and the monetary backing of the study of science as a whole.

Keep these coming.

Bill Bekkala

An Alum on Campus and Tech Fastpitch Softball?

Hi Dennis,
I was helping my daughter move so I didn't get a chance to come by till late in the day. I'll be back sometime in the next year or two. I just wanted personally thank-you for the great job communicating with the alumni. It is such a change from the first few decades after I graduated. Obviously, electronic communication helps a lot but someone has to take the initiative to use it. Keep up the good work!

One of your newsletters recently talked about sports the school used to have. The school did sponsor a men's softball team in a local fast pitch league. This was as I recall primarily during the summer quarter. I believe Omer LeJeunesse was the coach. I remember seeing them play when I went to school one summer. I don't know if the players were all students or not. There is probably someone out there who knows a lot more about the program then I do but I thought I would pass on what I knew.

Hopefully I'll meet up with you sometime. Meanwhile, keep up the good work.

Harold Kennedy

Harold: I was sorry to miss you, too, but I bet there are some alums out there who played fastpitch. It was huge up here in the 60s and 70s.

Pat Paulsen's Son Offers to Sign the Wine

Pat Paulsen wine

Monty Paulsen, Winemaker and owner, Pat Paulsen Vineyards, will sign the bottle of wine.


The last bid was $225, and we have this additional info:

Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/01/85. Based on collections of Presidential Candidate memorabilia, a 20-34 year old uncorked bottle of his wine should go for $850. Based on current availability, likeability, and popularity. Just the bottle may bring as much as $300. And for those lucky enough to have a signed bottle...$1,600! [That's signed by Pat Paulsen.]

Kyle Austin
Class of ‘91


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.

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