September 25, 2012
Vol. 19, No. 2
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Celebrating All of Us

Indian wedding invitation
We were invited to an Indian wedding Saturday!

As we were running toward the beginning of the Parade of Nations Saturday, against the wind, a couple of things occurred to me.

The first was that, with the American and Finnish flags flying in downtown Hancock, as they always are, two-thirds of my heritage was covered (Cornwall was missing).

The second was, we were glad the wind would be with the parade marchers, as it was 47 degrees with a steady 20 mph breeze from the west.

The sixty-plus groups of students, faculty, and staff from Tech and Finlandia didn't seem to mind the cold, as they wound their way through the two downtowns to the Dee for food, music, dancing, and fun. There were an estimated 3,000 people in the Dee.

One group, in particular, caught our eye. The folks from India were staging a "wedding" to share with all. "Tamu" and "Mamu" were pulled in a "horse-drawn carriage." They were even handing out large invitations to everyone along the parade route, and they had a great turnout for the wedding.

One of my peoples, the Finns, were early in the parade and were represented by Finlandia and Tech students.

As we huddled against the cold, packs of spectators would break out into applause and cheers as different groups went by. The Mexican contingent had a particularly boisterous sing-along.

It was really interesting when they were bunched up: Albania, Argentina, Austria, and Bangladesh represented a few continents and some beautiful flags.

China had a large contingent and had their multiperson hand-held dragon moving back and forth along the street, accompanied by a large drum.

At the end were Taiwan and then Zimbabwe, which was represented by our Director of International Programs and Services, Thy Yang. She was all smiles, as well she should have been. The 23rd Parade of Nations made us all feel fortunate to be here and be a part of it all.

TV coverage here.

Dennis '92 '09

The Colorologist

In downtown Houghton, he was staying warm on the sunny side of the street, on a leeward side of a building.

"Approaching 30 percent," he said.

It seems to be turning fast.

"Yeah, the last week was a turning point."

That's pretty funny.

"I hope it will peak for Homecoming, but it will be really nice, too, when Grand Valley comes to town Saturday."

I hope you're right.

"I love all the colors of the Keweenaw," he said, smiling, as he looked out on the parade.

At Tech

Numbers of Women Engineering Undergrads, Grad Students Increase

Blizzard and student
Michigan Tech submitted its official fall undergraduate and graduate enrollment figures to the state on Sept. 12, 2012. The total number of students on campus this fall is 6,945, including 1,410 new undergraduates, both first-year and transfer students. Of those new undergraduates, 1,027 are Michigan residents, 349 are women, 93 are underrepresented minorities and 54 are international students. More

Growing Better Poplars for Biofuels

Victor Busov
It took mankind millennia of painstaking trial and error to breed hardier, healthier food crops. “We can’t wait that long to develop better crops for biofuels,” says Victor Busov, a plant geneticist at Michigan Technological University’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. “We need to move faster to meet the needs of tomorrow, and the only way we can do that is through knowledge.” More

Boots to Briefcases: Veterans as Entrepreneurs

Army entrepreneur
As one million veterans return to the American workforce, some will venture into entrepreneurial employment, either as leaders or team members. One Michigan Technological University professor wants to find out if there is a difference between their initial interest and overall success compared to the general population; then he wants to give them a hand. More

Keeping it Safe at Mont Ripley

Between the raindrops on a cool weekday morning, workers at Mont Ripley were filling huge trashcans with water—via hoses, not the sky. It was part of a five-year safety inspection, this one the first for the newest chairlift, the Copper Lift, built in 2007. Operations Manager Kevin McClellan was working with Ted Noonan, lift mechanic. More

Old Mont Ripley video here.

Alumni Around the World

West Michigan K-Day

Seventeen alumni and friends came out for the West Michigan K-day
event featuring hamburgers and dogs on the grill and beer from Schmohz
Brewery. Although it turned cool and cloudy, rain didn't start until the event was over! Big thanks to Chas Thompson '91 who did another great job as the grill master.

Pictured: Lin Harber, Mike DeJonge '65, Kathleen Cabrera '92, Chas Thompson '91.

Football vs. Walsh

Walsh Tailgate
On Saturday, September 15, the weather was perfect for watching football in Canton, Ohio! More than thirty alumni from the Columbus & Cleveland Chapters gathered for a tailgate then cheered on the Football Huskies as they took on the Cavaliers. Big thanks to Chapter Leaders John McDermott '92 & Keith Kessler '78 for organizing the event!

Upcoming: Homecoming and Make a Difference Day

"You Are My Sunshine," sung to last year's Homecoming Queen.

Homecoming 2012

There are many unique traditions at Michigan Tech and Homecoming is one of the best! Scheduled for October 12-13, some of the festivities you don't want to miss are the cardboard boat races, the VIP football tailgate, the hockey suite and of course the Alumni-Student Broomball Tournament! To learn more and to register, visit the HuskyLink Homecoming site.

Make a Difference Day

October 27th is Make a Difference Day- a national day to give back to your community. Use the link below to submit a project in your city and we'll take care of spreading the word to local alumni and friends!

What will you be doing to make a difference?

Alumni Poll!


Football Poll Results

You love the Bash at the Big House and spending an afternoon at a game, in any era.

Bash at the Big House, 33%
Spending a fall afternoon at Sherman Field/Hubbell Field/Engineers Field, 24%
Other, 11%
Just beating Northern anytime, 7%
The Vets Club leading the cheers in the 1970s, 7%
Beating Grand Valley in 2010, 6%
The Snow Bowl(s), 6%
Beating Northern in their dome, 4%
Playoff game at home in 2004, 2%

Some of Your "Others": The TKE bell ringing at the edge of the end zone. Hobo Mixer and parade! The funny pep band halftime routines and cheering on the team. Hobo cars parked just outside of the end zone. Tail Gate Party at Marquette. Coolers were allowed. Winning the final game of the 1974 season at home which concluded undefeated. Our daughter, Cathy, crying each time the Cow Bells Sounded and the Cannon Blast. Larry Ras leading Tech to 10-6 win at Grand Valley. VanWagner/Trombley in the 70s. Undefeated season 1948. Double-team blocking with Tom (Pigpen) VanWagner to spring brother Jim for yards. 1999 Triple Overtime Win over Saginaw Valley; Rain, Sleet, Snow, and Sun! The Cheerleaders. Celebrating at the old Library Bar. 9/8/12: My stepson's first tackle as a Husky (Brett Gervais #14). Handlng out complementary beer at the 1976 Homecoming game. Bringing a keg to Hubbell Field.

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Muck Run


The Muck Run from 2006.

Were you there? It is clickable.

Email me.


Homecoming 1969

1969 Homecoming

We have no idea what they were doing on this float.

Any ideas?

Email me.

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Tech Sports

Football Stays Unbeaten with 35-10 Win over Findlay

The Michigan Tech football team controlled both sides of the ball in a 35-10 victory over previously undefeated Findlay today at Sherman Field. Tech (3-0 overall, 3-0 GLIAC) racked up 385 yards of total offense while limiting the Oilers (2-1, 2-1) to just 10 points (27 points below their 37.0 average). More

Soccer Sweeps Northern Michigan 5-0

Five different players scored for Michigan Tech in a 5-0 GLIAC soccer win at Northern Michigan Saturday (Sept. 22). The Huskies improve to 5-2-0 overall and a perfect 3-0-0 conference record after completing the season sweep of the Wildcats. More

Volleyball Wins 3-0 at Lake Erie


The Michigan Tech volleyball team led nearly every statistical category in a 3-0 GLIAC win at Lake Erie Saturday (Sept. 22). “I was happy to get a 3-0 win on the road to bring our conference record back to .500,” said head coach Matt Jennings. More

Sports Roundup

What’s Happening Next Week

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8:00 a.m. on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM
Volleyball at Northern Michigan, 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Fall Sports Luncheon, 12 noon (Opie Hockey Suites)

Friday, September 28, 2012
Men’s Tennis at ITA Regional (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Soccer hosts Findlay, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Men’s Tennis at ITA Regional (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Cross Country at Roy Griak Invitational (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Women’s Tennis hosts Ferris State, 10 a.m.
Volleyball hosts Wayne State, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Football hosts Grand Valley State, 6 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, September 30, 2012
Men’s Tennis at ITA Regional (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Women’s Tennis hosts Grand Valley State, 10 a.m.
Soccer hosts Tiffin, 12 noon
Volleyball hosts Findlay, 3 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

All times Eastern • Home events in bold.

Last Week’s Results

Football (3-0, 3-0 GLIAC)
9/22 — at Michigan Tech 35, Findlay 10

Women’s Soccer (5-2-0, 3-0-0 GLIAC)
9/22 — Michigan Tech 5, at Northern Michigan 0

Volleyball (5-7, 2-2 GLIAC)
9/21 — at Ashland 3, Michigan Tech 0
9/22 — Michigan Tech 3, at Lake Erie 0

Cross Country
9/21 — Michigan Tech men 6th of 17 teams, women 6th of 17 teams at UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational

Women’s Tennis (6-3, 3-3 GLIAC)
Did not compete

Top News of the Week

The Drive for Five is on at Michigan Tech football this weekend. The undefeated Huskies (3-0) hope to draw a record 5,000 fans to this Saturday’s home game vs. No. 3-ranked and undefeated Grand Valley State (4-0). The game will be just the second-ever night game at Sherman Field. The first was a Sept. 26, 2009, vs. Grand Valley State. The school record for attendance is 4,332, set Aug. 28, 2004, in a game vs. Northern Michigan. Tickets for this Saturday’s game will cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

After a Tuesday (Sept. 25) match at Northern Michigan, the Michigan Tech volleyball team will make its long-awaited home debut Saturday (Sept. 29) in a 1 p.m. match vs. Wayne State. Tech will have traveled more than 6,300 miles and played 13 matches before getting a chance to play at the SDC Gym this weekend.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams are headed to Minneapolis this weekend to take part in the largest cross country meet in the nation, the Roy Griak Invitational. Last weekend the Huskies competed at the Blugold Invitational. Bradon Kampstra led the men’s squad with a 12th place finish in 25:52 and Amanda Halonen was top women’s finisher in 31st place in a time of 23:11.

The second of three fall sports luncheons will take place Thursday (Sept. 27) at noon in the Opie Hockey Suites at the SDC. Football coach Tom Kearly will be joined by first-year volleyball coach Matt Jennings and tennis coach Kevin Kalinec, and they will give updates on their teams. The fall sports luncheons are open to the public and free of charge. A light lunch will be provided.

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Around the Keweenaw

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From the Email Bag

The "Rock"

All I remember was a large piece of "flow copper", a glacial erratic of almost pure copper, on a pedestal. I believe it was in front of DHH, along US 41, during 1952-1956. The "rock" was about 3 X 2 feet, by 1 foot thick. The bottom was smooth and the edges worn, having been dragged along by the ice.

Jim Bailey '56


I would guess that the one next to the EERC is the original that was next to 41 in front of Hotchkiss (is that the way it was spelled?) and the massive one is probably from when they were excavating for the new museum and came upon the old mine.

Kent Werger


Kent: That is where I shot these photos. We might have solved the mystery.

The sign is clickable, and can you spot the typo?


Dennis- The "rock" was there during my time at Tech from 1950 to spring of 1955. It was actually a large piece of float copper mounted on a concrete or stone pedestal and located on campus, as Ted Reuschel indicates, on the north side of US 41 along the sidewalk. However, I don't recall having to pay homage to it as a freshman. The Mineral Museum staff must know where it is now,

Al Robertson '54

Al: Good memory! Here it is.


Dennis; after sending the email I saw the note about the "mystery rock" (described as "copper?"). I remember it well; it indeed was a piece of mass copper about 8 feet long (east-west) by about 5 feet deep (north-south) and 6-8" thick, oxidized to the usual "copper green." It was mounted on a pedestal (I believe constructed of stone but perhaps made of a good grade of concrete) in front of the former McNair Hall (west of what we called the Civil-Geology building) on the north side of US-41 (which at the time was situated north of Fisher Hall, north of the Union, etc.). Its purpose was to help advertise the Seaman Mineral Museum, which was on one of the McNair Hall upper floors. As such I would expect to find it listed in the historic records of the Museum.

Good luck on running down its history.

Pete Dohms
Geological Engineering '67

Pete: I think you are right, and we have it solved.

Snow Bowl Identified

Northern football
This isn’t from the 80s – this is from the mid-90s – there was a brief period where we adopted the Texas A&M style helmet decal. I am 90% certain this is from 1995 and the players pictured from left to right are:
89-Dirk Tachick
65-Nate Post
80-Mark Villa
78-Dan Schultz (Dan's ankle is taped up like crazy because he hurt if off-season jumping off the portage bridge)
The last person in the photo is 75- David Horn. I'm betting 1996.

Chris Porter

Chris: it is now clickable.


Hi Dennis,
If I had to hazard a guess I think that picture was taken when I was on the team around the 1995 season. I think that might be Dirk Tachick (#89) at tight end, maybe Rob Rogalski at tackle (#69), and Scott Garrison (#78) as the pulling guard. Thanks for sharing the photo.

Chris Fillyaw


I remember the football game at the end of frosh week in 1963. It started to snow during the game. It was early September! It was still SUMMER!!!! I think 100 guys quit right there.

Mike Helminiak '67
Met Eng

Space Shuttle Flyover

space shuttle
This afternoon here in SoCal the Space Shuttle Endeavor was seen by millions as NASA performed a flyover before landing the very last time. The Shuttle will be moved to the Southern California Science Center later in October. I managed to take the attached photo as it was making a low pass over Disneyland at about 250 knots at 1,500 feet and I managed to get 6 shots (this is the best) from a residential street in Anaheim about a block from Disneyland.

John Baker

John: Thanks. I know they did a flyover at Goddard Space Center in DC, too, for another retired shuttle.

Old Mont Ripley Video

Nick Sirdenis from Mont Ripley told me about an old video of the ski hill from the 60s on YouTube. Theresa Coleman-Kaiser and I were watching it this morning and she mentioned you might be interested in it for the Alumni Newsletter! Here is the link:

Megan Ross '00

1964 Michigan College of Mining and Technology Ring

ring ring

Hi Dennis,
Thanks for the MTU name change history. Although I don't remember participating in "the student poll", I do recall the argument for a name change from "College" to the thought-to-be more prestigious "University". University indicates that it is formed of a number of colleges, which was true for MCM&T.

I've proudly worn my class ring for nearly 50 years. It has "Michigan Technological University" around the top, but the very-worn seal on the right side is "Michigan College of Mining & Technology". In my five years in Houghton, I managed to attend and finally graduate from MCM&T, MCS&T, & MTU.

Timing is everything, including class rings.

Larry Doyle
Class of 1964
Grand Ledge, MI

Larry: Glad to help solve the mystery. I'm glad we didn't end up Michigan University of Technology, the MUTs!

More on Doc Berry

Hi Dennis,
The clip in the newsletter about Doc Berry sure brought back memories. My fondest memory was Nov 23, 1963. I had Doc's class at 1 PM that day. Doc was never late for class except for that day. When Doc walked in the class, he was crying. That was the day President Kennedy was shot. All Doc could say was the President is dead..... class dismissed! I remember that scene like it was yesterday and it happened almost 50 years ago.

Thomas Trefzer 1967 BSME


Hi, I was so sorry to read the note & Obituary about Dr. Myron Berry. He taught Physical Chemistry when I was at Tech (1953-1960) and was my MS Thesis advisor. His knowledge was incredible. Maybe was his only MS Student(?). Seems to me he started teaching Freshman Chem shortly after I got the MS in P. Chem In 1960. I did get to see him a couple of times after I graduated, and he was delighted to see that I was working in Physical Chem most of my career.

Ora Flaningam


How can I get a copy of your pdf re: Dr Berry. Thanks . . .

Dan Sundberg ‘68’ and 71

Dan: Here it is: Doc PDF.

Your Michigan Tech Credit Card

I was delighted to see your promotional article on the MTU
credit card. My wife and I have been using ours for quite some time. It is really interesting when it is recognized and comments are made about Tech, all good by the way. A very smart young lady from Kingsford is an entering Freshman this year, I believe in ME.

Yours truly,
John W. Jamar BSME ‘52

John: We like them, too!

More on Frosh Week

Dennis; the Frosh Week email postings were well timed. This past weekend I was rummaging through some old boxes and came across my Michigan Tech Lode copies from my first 4 months at Tech (September 1963, et seq.), along with my Freshman Beanie. Prominent in the first few issues of the Lode were the stories of the introduction of the Class of '67 to "college hi-jinks." OOPS; much of what went on had slipped my mind...

Probably the "worst" from the college's standpoint (we weren't MTU yet; that came later in the year) was the Freshman Class' return from the "Tomato Fight" with the Seniors at Mt. Ripley. Some of the "boys" (remember, the toot to coed ratio then was 35:1) got into a running skirmish with local high school athletes, one of our frosh "borrowed" a US-41 road sign to use as a shield, and there were reports of vandalism in the Union. To the best of my recollection, the September 1963 events took Dr. Van Pelt's blood pressure past the boiling point, and ours was the last Frosh Week at Tech.

Pete Dohms, '67

Pete: I'd love to hear more about the old tomato fight. I know there was an old snowball fight, too, to celebrate the first snowfall, at least into the 1980s. Alums?

The Beginnings of "Sieve"(?)

Cool article shared by Tech Hockey Guide. Click the link and then search "Sieve" on the page to make life easier. (or scroll down to Tracy Miller '73)

Jonathan Hamilton

Another New Alum!

I attended the now defunct Industrial Learning Center located in the old Naval reserve building west of the bridge on the Hancock side. I finished the Combination Welding course in 1979 and we had a graduation at the South Range V.F.W. I received a certificate of completion and graduated as a certified welder in vertical and overhead welding. I do not know where my certificate is and my welding certification ran out years ago. But I do remember fabricating a wood stove for the administrator of the I.L.C. I also was a student instructor towards the end of my training. I do use the skills I learned in my current position as a Tool Design engineer.

Pat, Class of ‘79

Pat: I believe you are an alum, and I'm copying the folks who know.


Pat, we certainly are considered a member of the Alumni Association. We have you listed in our database as an "Alumni non-degree" which simply indicates that while you did not receive a degree, you did complete a significant amount of coursework here at Tech. We have your preferred class year listed as 1979.

As a member, you are eligible to access the association's benefits and services. A list of these can be found at

Brenda Rudiger
Director, Alumni Relations

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