October 23, 2012
Vol. 19, No. 3
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Stealing the Cup (Again)

Current student Jacob Gefroh (orange pants) scores the second goal in Alumni Cup final. Orange ball is in the left side of the net.

We finished Homecoming (see overall results) weekend with the 4th Annual Alumni Cup Broomball Game, sponsored by the Alumni Association and IRHC Broomball and held after the Saturday night hockey game (an 8-4 whipping of Lake State).

There, the Moo Crew bravely defended alumni honor vs. the Pirate Sheep, the student team.

Every year the crowd gets larger and louder for this event. Six alumni teams and 16 student teams had played down to the final, a new record for team participation, too.

As the game began, the alumni did a cheer, as the student team (over-confident, maybe?), stood silent. Alumni Association Treasurer Bob Wojcik '91 did the ceremonial ball drop.

As we watched the early, intense action, one question to alum Matt Goldsworthy '12 seemed obvious, "Don't you just want to knock somebody down?"

"Oh, yeah!" he exclaimed.

He lamented the one-step check rule, which was actually enforced, he said.

He just graduated this May, and it was his first time back from his downstate home. "It's a long drive from Plymouth," he said.

A couple of current students were recruited on the Moo Crew to fill out the roster, Brian Hughes and David Cook were ME's who were clearly enjoying playing with the "old guys," whose grad years were from 2009 to 2012.

Senior wildlife ecology major Jake Gefroh scored first for the Pirate Sheep, near the end of the first half. There was also a controversial roughing call on the alumni, but they overlooked it and continued pressing hard.

Senior Dave Weyland from Shelby Township added a goal in the second half for the student team. The biomed major was off to a job with the Department of Defense after graduating. His brother Ben, another biomed, was also on the team.

The alumni made valiant efforts all game long: sliding to break up passes, driving toward the Moo Crew net, hustling back and forth the length (really the width) of the ice.

Alas, Gefroh scored again, and it ended 3-0. The students won our cup, again.

"You'll get 'em next year," a fan shouted down to the Moo Crew.

They left the rink smiling.

Dennis '92 '09


The Colorologist

Bare trees all over the place.

"We'll be raking for days," he said.

It's good exercise.

"So is shoveling snow, and that's over-rated, like the Minnesota Gophers."

It's nice to beat them (see story), at least a split.

"There's more coming, and so is winter. See you next year."

Don't forget to vote.

"You bet."

At Tech

Superior Ideas: A New Funding Tool for Michigan Tech Research

Superior Ideas
Anyone familiar with Michigan Tech knows that it is a hotbed of superior ideas. A new initiative by the same name—Superior Ideas—was unveiled at the Board of Control meeting. Superior Ideas is a crowdfunding web site, where anyone can contribute any amount to help support research projects, David Reed, vice president for research, told the Board. Donations are tax-deductible, too. More

Two examples (we'll be sharing a couple in each edition of TechAlum).

Keeping Tabs on Lake Superior Sturgeon: There are many unmarked fish; the majority of the sampling has matured since the study began, resulting in outdated figures. The native population is threatened, and sturgeon are either threatened or endangered worldwide. Sturgeon play a crucial role in aquatic ecosystems, helping to clean up organic lake matter and stabilize marine environments. Sturgeon link.

A New Method For Analyzing Social Norms: The ability to more accurately predict large-scale social change is crucial to the long-term success of policy. Our computational simulation will be the first of its kind to employ complexity theory, social constructivism, and a nonlinear methodology to investigate norm change. This will help predict large-scale social changes—such as shifts in political attitudes or in consumer confidence. Social norms link.

The Latest Site Stats

Since Superior Ideas has launched, it has had over nearly 7,000 page views.
Nearly 2,000 unique individuals have seen the site.
Adrienne Minerick's Infant Teardrop project is still the most popular with roughly 9 percent of all the traffic.
Nearly 2,800 people have been reached through Facebook.

Nontraffic stats:
Over $3,500 donated
Over 30 donors

Alums can can check out the entire site and contribute here. And don't forget to like them on Facebook and Twitter!

Michigan Tech Cadet Receives Air Force Research Award

Jacob LaSarge
Michigan Tech’s Jacob LaSarge has received the prestigious US Air Force Cadet Research Award, presented annually to one Air Force cadet in the nation. The Air Force chief scientist selects the winner from among nominees submitted by the nation’s 145 ROTC detachments. More

Salt Power: Watt's Next in Rechargeable Batteries?

Now, the gold standard in the industry is the lithium ion battery, which can be recharged hundreds of times and works really well. Its only problem is that it is made with lithium, which is not cheap. It could get even more expensive if more electric vehicles powered with lithium ion batteries hit the road and drive up demand. More

Student's Art on Display in State Capitol

Lindsey Licht
Lindsey Licht, a fifth-year exercise science major, is also an artist, and two of her sketches have been selected for display in the House of Representatives Office Building in Lansing, part of the annual Art in the House exhibit. More

Alumni Around the World

Alumni Homecoming 2012 Recap


More than 100 Michigan Tech alumni and friends from all over the country gathered on campus October 12-13 for Alumni Homecoming 2012. After Friday’s Homecoming parade, alumni, students, and friends were warmed by chili served by the Alumni Association while they cheered on students competing in the cardboard boat races.

Saturday’s Alumni-Student Broomball Invitational preliminary alumni rounds brought out competitive spirits and big appetites that were satisfied at the VIP football tailgate catered by the Library Restaurant and Brew Pub.

cupThe weekend’s events were capped off with a skybox at the Saturday night hockey game directly followed by the 4th Annual Alumni-Student Broomball Invitational championship game. The student team, The Pirate Sheep, claimed the Alumni Cup this year.

Volleyball Team Alumni Get-Together in Aurora, Illinois

Alumni and friends cheered on the Michigan Tech Volleyball team in Aurora on Saturday, October, 13. After the tournament the group gathered for a pizza social with the team.

Reminder: 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?

Help Us Recognize Outstanding Alumni and Friends

Know a great Michigan Tech alumnus/a or friend of the university? Here's a chance to help get them the recognition they deserve.

The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2013 Alumni Awards:
• Outstanding Young Alumni
• Outstanding Service
• Distinguished Alumni
• Honorary Alumni
• Humanitarian

These awards are presented each August at the Alumni Reunion.

Please consider nominating deserving individuals for the 2013 Alumni Association awards program.

Award descriptions and nomination forms are available at http://alumni.mtu.edu/awards/ or by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations, 906-487-2400 or alumni@mtu.edu. The deadline to nominate is December 1.

Alumni Poll!


Fall Colors Poll Results

Where was your favorite spot to catch the fall colors?

Brockway Mountain, 43 percent.
US 41, South of Copper Harbor, 23 percent.
Covered Drive (Houghton Canal), 12 percent.
Back roads north of Hancock, 4 percent.
Quincy Hill, 4 percent.
Mont Ripley, 2 percent.
Tech Trails, 2 percent.
Back roads south of Houghton, 2 percent.
Sherman Field, 1 percent.
Campus mall, 1 percent.
Other, 7 percent.

Some of Your "Others": 8,000 feet above ground level over Baraga when we'd have the fall skydiving party; Beacon Hill; With a shotgun along the Pilgrim River; Redridge; On the top of the Cliffs of Cliff Drive, when the sun is coming up in the morning; all of the above; Canal Road out to North Entry; The Fire Tower above Lac LaBelle and Bete Gris; Mandan Rd; Flying over Keweenaw; Mt. Bohemia; Mount Lookout; Portage Lake Golf Course; Trimountain; From a Tech Research Vessel traversing the waterway; The cemetery.

Fill in the Blanks

Make a Difference Day


Were you part of Make a Difference Day in 2005? These students did a little pumpkin carving for seniors.

Any other Make a Difference Day stories?

Email me.


Homecoming 196?

1969 Homecoming

Egg toss from Homecoming in the 1960s. Not sure of the year. Any ideas? It's clickable.

Email me.

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Tech Sports

No. 1 Minnesota Edges Tech 3-2, Splits Series

Michigan Tech skated deep into the third period tied with No. 1-ranked Minnesota before the Gophers scored the game winner for a 3-2 victory. Seth Ambroz scored on a shot from the slot with 3:35 remaining, and the teams split the WCHA-opening weekend series. Minnesota (3-1-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) held a 34-18 advantage in shots in the game, but Tech (2-2-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) found a way to stay in the game. More

Ferris Tops Tech 56-49 in Football Shootout

Tyler Scarlett threw for 380 yards and a school-record six touchdowns, but it was not enough to get Michigan Tech football a road win at Ferris State. The host Bulldogs compiled 601 yards of total offense and converted many key fourth downs to win 56-49 in a shootout. More

Volleyball Fights Cancer

The women's volleyball team is raising funds for the American Cancer Society and St. Jude's Children's Hospital, and you can help. Pledge so much per vball kill. You can pledge at anytime and have the option to pledge a separate amount that will support the Michigan Tech volleyball program. At the end of the season, the kills will be counted and your total dollar amount will be collected. If you have any questions, call 906-487-2595 or email Nicasio Paquiz Jr. at npaquiz@mtu.edu. More

Sports Roundup | Huskies.com

Petan Makes ESPN SportsCenter Top 10
Hockey freshman Alex Petan’s game-opening goal vs. No. 1 Minnesota last Friday (Oct. 19) was ESPN SportsCenter’s No. 3 play of the day. Petan dove to stop a pass from teammate Jujhar Khaira on a breakaway. The 5-8, 155-pound winger then got back to his feet and roofed a shot for his second collegiate goal.

Volleyball Wins Four of Last Five
The Michigan Tech volleyball team has won five of its last five matches to run its record to 9-15. Huskies swept its two home GLIAC matches last weekend with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Tiffin and a 3-1 triumph over Ohio Dominican. Tech has six matches left on its regular season schedule. The final four will be at home, but coach Matt Jennings and his squad will have to make a trip to Ferris State and Grand Valley State this weekend.

Curtin/Scarlett Set Records in Shootout
Matt Curtin continued the best stretch for a wide receiver in school history with 10 catches for 178 yards and three touchdowns at Ferris State last Saturday (Oct. 20). The senior has 34 receptions for 637 yards and 11 touchdowns over the last four weeks. He has shattered the school record for TD catches in a season (nine) with 12 this year. Quarterback Tyler Scarlett also set a record during the 56-49 loss to Ferris by throwing six touchdown passes. That performance tied Steve Short’s mark at Winona State in 2007.

Cross Country Runners Succeed at GLIACs
The Michigan Tech cross country teams had seven women and four men run personal bests at the 2012 GLIAC cross country championships hosted by Northwood last Saturday (Oct. 20). Amanda Halonen finished 26th in the women’s six-kilometer race with a time of 22:22. Kyle Hanson (45th, 25:38) was the Huskies’ top runner in the men’s eight-kilometer race.

Around the Keweenaw

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

From the Email Bag

Joe Kirkish

Doc Berry
Joe at WGGL in 1969.

Very nice story about Joe.

One of his accomplishments was WGGL-FM. He was the impetus to get it on the air in the late 60's. It is now the NPR outlet for Minnesota public Radio in the western UP. It first started in the old Sperr Hall building as a very low power station.

Could you do a story on the station and how it was created?

Chris Hill


Joe responds:

I was working summers at a boys camp (teaching photography) and spent my nights in the darkroom when all was quiet. Brought a radio for background sound and discovered the Wisconsin Public Station out of Brule, not far away. Fascinated that so much good stuff existed: mostly classical music with UofW lectures and all kinds of other good talk shows.

I felt we should have something like that at Tech, so I started the ball rolling—first, some fine Tech students who could help with the tech side, then to President Ray Smith who smoothed the way to getting other departments to help us work out the busy stuff with Washington. Then, at my next time in DC, I dropped in on the Fed Broadcasting offices—found SNAFU wherever I turned, but with a little help from Phil Ruppe (our congressman) pushed and got approval.

We found two top floors of the old water tower on campus [Sperr Hall], piled our instruments in and were on the air: 10 watts power in record time—at 1/3 the cost if it had been done commercially. Odd, I don't even know the year, but with a little more help from Ray, we managed to get up to 250 watts, to be reached from a radius of about 50 miles, then with NPR help went up to 550 watts, and before we knew it we filled a gap to cover most of the UP, parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canada with 100,000 watts. FM, of course, pioneers with it. The rest is history.


Seeing Joe’s picture reminded me of several things about him. I had Joe as a freshman English instructor one quarter during the 1959-60 school year. Most of my memories of him were generated during the summer of 1963 when I stay in Houghton to work with Dr. Kenny in the chemistry department. I lived in an apartment ( I believe it was owned by the McGinty’s(?) ) on College Ave. that was above Joe’s. I remember going to the dress rehearsals of the musical presentations that were given in the Calumet theater. Joe wrote the reviews for the Mining Gazette. I also remember the hours he spent in the darkroom working on his photos trying to find just that right one that might be published on the cover of the Sunday Magazine of the Milwaukee Journal.

By the way Frank, Dr. Heath was still leading the freshman chemistry program during the 59-60 school year. He was the person who convinced me to major in Chemistry.

Ken Kok ‘64


Dear Dennis,
It was really good to see the article on Joe Kirkish. He is a real Copper Country success story. You didn't mention it, but he left a very successful career in the photographic industry to return to Houghton to teach. He told me that, before returning there, he took several photos that became the covers of successful record albums. He really enjoyed being with Tech students and helping them.

While I was there, he worked unselfishly with us on the Keweenawan yearbook, which has sadly been discontinued. It would not have had anywhere near the quality it did without his help.

Neil Foreman '67


I recall Joe with fondness - he was one of the reasons I stayed at MTU. I always appreciated his ability to bring some culture and refinement into an otherwise very technical curriculum.


Edward S. Neumann, PhD, PE, CP, FAAOP

Alums and the Space Program


Endeavor gets a lift over the LA Angels stadium. Thanks to Glenn Jamar for the photo.

Regarding the latest newsletter, I thought I’d respond to the email from Don Afman titled “Alums and the Space Program”.

I began working at Hamilton Sundstrand (recently renamed UTC Aerospace Systems) in 2001 and I was assigned to the Solid Rocket Booster Auxiliary Power Unit (SRB APU) program. I spent 7 years working on the program. We also made the APUs for the Orbiter vehicles. The APUs are turbo machines that provide power to the hydraulic systems that steer the rockets. The use Hydrazine to spin a turbine wheel at ~72,000 RPMs (supersonic) which drives the gear box. The APU is then mated with a hydraulic pump in the vehicle.

I was amazed at how much content Hamilton Sundstrand had on the Shuttle and the Space Station. We had the APUs for the Boosters and the Orbiter Vehicles, mechanical flight control for the body flap and rudder speed brake on the Orbiters, the U.S. space suits from the Apollo missions to the suits currently in use on the International Space Station. We made the Waste Collection System (space toilet) and a unit which makes potable water from urine, components used in the life support systems, just to name a few. It was an honor and privilege to work on the program and I look forward to the Space Launch System that is currently in design as the next generation vehicle.

Over those 7 years I got to go to the Cape twice, but never witnessed a launch in person. However, I did get to sit in the command chair of Atlantis while they were preparing it for the last Hubble repair mission. I also got to get in the back compartment where the engines and other equipment are housed.(see attached photos)

Paul Hastings- BSME MTU ‘95


I'm betting there were a fair number of us working in the various Space Programs. We had at least two in our company and there were others here at KSC. If you could get information from all the centers involved in the Shuttle Program, you'd find a good number in that program alone.

Glenn Jamar, Class of 59


Dear Dennis,
Space flight was no stranger to Tech in the 60's. I remember my dynamics class taught by Dr. Dawson who, I believe, was involved in the Apollo Program. He utilized our IBM 360-model 40 computer which was identical to NASA's in 1967 for modeling orbit trajectories. He was brilliant and a fine instructor.

Jim Balazer, P.E. EE 71


I loved my career designing aircraft engine turbomachinery with GE, but my first job out of MCM&T in 1961 was more interesting to me in a way, because space technology was so new then.

Pratt & Whitney Aircraft had the contract to design and produce the fuel cells for the Apollo command module (not the infamous oxygen tank that failed on Apollo 13). They had 500º F molten potassium hydroxide electrolyte between sintered nickel electrodes backed with oxygen and hydrogen. Water that was produced was condensed out of the recirculating hydrogen supply. There was no “standard” way to design a fuel cell in those days, so anything you did was new. I designed the spherical nitrogen tank (center of picture) that was used to provide a reference pressure, a pump to supply coolant to the condenser, and miscellaneous improvements to the hydrogen circulating pump and various pressure regulators.

Other aircraft engine companies would try to hire engineers away from P&WA, and after about three years I took that fork in the road.

Denis Hayner, BSME 1961

Copper Harbor and Interstates

You might find this a fun one.

Copper Harbor farthest from an interstate highway.

Kerry Irons '72

Kerry: Thanks. We consider this a good thing!

Hockey via Videostreaming and Old Local Radio Stations

I finally succeeded in getting my online streaming package just in time for the third period of Sat night's (10/13) homecoming win over the Sault, 8-4. They had dropped the away game on Thursday with LSSU 4-2.

I can't believe I can watch it live when we couldn't even get the World Series on WHDF in '52 because it was wiped out by a serial program about an Indian crusader named Straight Arrow riding a horse called White Wind. Instead of "Hi Ho Silver" his cry was "Scratch Gravel, Up and Away White Wind". Believe it or not! This became a Winter Carnival Theme of the Delta Sigs (celebrating that black out of the broadcast) by an Indian galloping across stage on a broom horse shouting "Scratch Gravel White Wind, Up U Gigi!" The headdress a full eagle warbonnet that I'd made for an Indian Lore merit badge for BSA and mailed up to Tech for a prop. It amazingly disappeared following the Carnival Skits in the Kerredge Theater in Hancock. Alas pore Yorick, No one knew him at all!

Bob Carnahan '53


Hi Dennis,
Just finished watching a re-run of Friday night’s game against Minnesota on the Score network. What a great game. Boy, the Huskies sure have improved over last year’s squad. The Pep Band was also in fine form. We missed hearing the Copper Country Anthem between the second and third periods because the play-by-play guys, who were clearly biased for Minnesota, were jabbering all the way through it. They did, however talk a bit about John MacInnes and Dee Stadium and what a “treat” it was for visiting teams to play there. Sure do miss the 25-cent admission and freezing our butts off standing along the railing in the SRO section. Hopefully, we will get more Tech games on TV this year. Much better hockey than the NHL in my opinion.

Doug Davies ‘69,’72

Doug: We were pretty good last year, too. Both nights this weekend were full of loud crowds!

The Float Copper Story Continues

float copper
The large piece of float copper that was once located on the MTU campus is not the same one that is now on display in Marquette. Check out this link for the story on the "loaner" in Marquette.

Al Niemi

Thanks, Al. We heard from many on this one!


The large copper mass displayed at Tech is not the one in Marquette. That one was found in 1997.

The piece on campus was mounted on a concrete base, as I recall a couple of attempts to steal it were unsuccessful during my tour at Tech.
Another link with good pictures of the piece of copper in Marquette which came from Hancock.

Steve Erickson BSEE 1972


I hope you are the correct one to contact about this.

The float copper is still on campus or at least it was last Spring. If memory serves it is located near the EE building.

As for the one at Marquette it is definitely NOT the one from campus. It was found off Plymouth Road several years ago. Call the number on the sign if you want the rest of the story. This I am sure of. The campus copper may have been moved to the new Seamen Museum site but I did not see it this August when I was up. I have a picture of the campus float taken in 1965 in front of Hotchkiss Hall. Sorry the color is bad but it has changed with age. (Haven't we all.) File attached. According to the note on back it weighted 4,800 pounds. Definitely not the largest float found.

Jim Hird ME 68

Jim: Thanks. It's nice to see Hotchkiss in the background.


copper 1972
This copper float was there when I first saw the campus in Fall of 1958, and , as seen in the photo, was still there in 1972. From the photo shown previously in the TechAlum Newsletter I believe it is still there. It appears to have been moved due to all the growth on campus.

John F. Lingg 1965


Here is more of the back story on how it was found.

Melissa DeLuka '00


1983 Pyramid

1983 pyramid


My roommate Margaret Basket, is on the bottom row 2nd from left.

That would have been our freshman year!

Lynn Grady

And Some IDs on the 2007 Pyramid

2007 pyramid
Hi Dennis,
It looks like Samantha Stauch on top of the pile, and possibly James Juip on the right of the second row from the bottom. Cheers!

-Nathan Miller, 2010


Hi Dennis,
I have two ids for you on the 2007 Homecoming pyramid photo. The gal on the top is Samantha Stauch - we both lived on 5th floor E. McNair from 2006-2008. I think she probably graduated in 2011. The fellow, third row from the top (second row from the bottom) on the right is James Juip, another one from 5th floor E. McNair. I'm guessing the pyramid is all 5th floor E. McNair folks (Healthy Living House, which was pretty active in those type of events), although I don't recognize any of the other guys. Hopefully someone else from that era will chime in. Although, honestly, it's pretty strange to see photos from my time at Tech (2006-2010) in the alumni newsletter, since it was just a few years ago!

Keep up the good work,

Anne (Aho) Cox
BS Social Sciences '10

B&B is Closing

We just got word that the B&B in west Houghton is closing on November 1. Many alums will recall their famous pickeled eggs.

Another Legendary Snowball Fight

Hi Dennis,
I too remember my first snowball event in 1966. The battle between Wads and DHH (supported by the Hockey jocks) ended up being a battle between the DHH team and the local police. Shortly after the Wads/DHH fight began, the creative DHH team managed to block the old US 41 route through campus with some very large snowballs. The police with their "can do" attitude attempted to drive through the snowball wall. With the superior design engineering of the snowballs, the squad cars ended up on top of the snowballs...stuck. As the officers exited their vehicles, they of course became the new targets. I'm sure each was hit by several hundred snowballs as they chased students through the DHH grounds and eventually though the building. Another win for the DHH team!

I miss those days...

Bill Boutwell, '71

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