November 6, 2012
Vol. 19, No. 4
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What a Team!

Soccer is a contact sport. Sophomore defender Danna Kasom misses a header and goes head over heels.

In just their third year of existence, the women's soccer team has claimed a share of the GLIAC Championship and hosted a playoff game last week. As the winds of Sandy blew in, a small but vocal crowd cheered on the team in the afternoon contest.

"Take a shot when with the wind!" a fan shouted. Good call. It was a steady 20-plus, with gusts, from the north, making the 38 degrees feel much colder.

Tech spent much of the first half in the Tiffin end and seemed in control most of the game. They broke through with a penalty kick, scored by junior forward Katie Boardman in the 19th minute. It was Boardman's seventh goal of the year.

Three shots in rapid succession followed soon after, to no avail. Defender MacKenzie Jordon had a long shot just off the mark. Freshman forward Lexi Herrewig had a breakaway and just missed.

Hot chocolate and warmer environs (the press box) helped in the second half, and it was enlightening to hear a radio broadcast of the match, a first for me.

Herrewig would score off a header from a cross by Boardman, two minutes in. Defender Jenna Proctor just missed a goal, as the Huskies kept up the pressure, against the wind now.

"Let's go, ladies!" The crowd was still loud.

Sophomore defender MacKenzie Jordon had a nice header that almost found the net. Sophomore forward Amanda Whiting would tally the third and final goal in the seventy-fourth minute.

They then traveled to Allendale, home of Grand Valley State, who was hosting the final four of the playoffs. Although they lost in a shootout to Saginaw Valley, the accolades came pouring in: Head Coach Michele Jacob was chosen Coach of the Year in the GLIAC, and GLIAC honors went to Lindsey Van Rooy, Kaitlyn Boelter, and Melanie Hoffman. Full story here.

We caught up with a couple of players and Coach Jacob when she returned from downstate.

"It's amazing to see how far our program has come in three short years," said sophomore Janelle Riedl. "We've proven that hard work and determination really does pay off."

Jacob concurred. "I can't believe where we are right now," she said. "This year was so much fun. The girls took it upon themselves to be in the best possible shape in the pre-season, and they were physically and mentally ready. Their hard work paid off with winning games."

They believe in the system, Jacob said. "Day in and day out, they believed they could win."

Highlights from the year?

"Finally beating Northern, for one," she said. "We lost to them in OT the last two years, so we finally beat them then played them a week later and beat them again, 5-0. It was an exclamation point on the year."

She had praise for Assistant Coach Chuck Coan, too.

"He's got thirty years of experience, so he has a wealth of knowledge and is a crucial component to our success," Jacob said. And loud voice, I suggested. "Yes, when he get's excited you know it! I'm a little quieter, so it's a good balance!"

And, they are returning all but one player next year. That player, Melanie Hoffman, left some parting words.

"As I prepare to move onto the next chapter of my life, I know I will always be able to look back on the memories and successes of my soccer Huskies. I am so honored to have been a part of something so great. We have set the bar high after this successful season, but there is still much more room to improve. I know the team has what it takes to raise the bar even higher. I can't wait to see what they can do!"

We can't wait, either.

Dennis '92 '09
P. S. Check out the Homecoming video. More great memories.

At Tech

Superior Ideas: A New Funding Tool for Michigan Tech Research

Superior Ideas
A new initiative—Superior Ideas—is a crowdfunding web site, where anyone can contribute any amount to help support research projects. Donations are tax-deductible, too. Two examples:

Sleep Apnea's Link to Heart Disease—Sleep disorders affect nearly one in three adults. Since chronic sleep deprivation leads to cardiovascular disease—the number one killer in the United States for almost 100 years—this is a critical health issue. We will investigate sleep disorders in great depth to better understand the connection between sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease. Sleep apnea link.

Mind Trekkers: Cool Science Demos for Kids—Help us share the excitement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with students from across the country in grades four through twelve. The Mind Trekkers STEM roadshow travels to schools and science festivals, inviting students to engage with our exciting, hands-on demonstrations—all facilitated by current Michigan Tech students. Mind Trekkers link.

Since Superior Ideas has launched:

  • Nearly 10,000 page views
  • Over 3,000 individual visits
  • Adrienne Minerick's teardrop project is still the most popular, with 8 percent of the traffic.
  • About 2,000 people are reached through Facebook every week.
  • Nearly $7,000 donated
  • 45 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 Student Takes Two Mountain Bike Championships

Jacob LaSarge
Michigan Tech won two more national championships and they didn’t happen on the ice or in the classroom. Paul Mayes won the dual slalom and downhill events at the 2012 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Championships, held Oct. 20-21 in Angel Fire, NM “It’s exciting to be able to repeat in dual slalom, but the downhill title means more to me coming from the Midwest,” said Mayes, a mechanical engineering major and member of Michigan Tech's Copper Country Cycling Club. “I crashed in downhill last year, so I really wanted to perform well this year.” More

Running Ultramarathons in the Kalahari: Student Says Why Not?

For most of us, running a marathon is a dream, somewhere between being a rock star and an all-star slugger. But for environmental engineering student Breanna Cornell, a marathon didn't seem to be quite enough of a challenge. After watching the ultramarathon documentary "Running the Sahara" in her local running store, Cornell, whose goal was to run a marathon after high school, realized that a marathon was not the limit of what was possible. More

Alumni Around the World

SVSU Tailgate

The Huskies outnumbered the Cardinals when 176 Michigan Tech alumni (above), friends and family filled the tent with black and gold during a joint football tailgate with SVSU on Saturday, October 27.

John Hutto '93 '95 was the winner of the signed Michigan Tech football helmet at SVSU.

Alums Gather in Delaware, Twin Cities, South Carolina, Pittsburgh

Hockey Game Watch
Tech Hockey was televised October 19 and 20. Alumni and friends from the Columbus, Delaware, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Twin Cities and West Michigan chapters gathered to watch the Michigan Tech Huskies take on the Minnesota Gophers. A good time was had by all—good time reminiscing, good food, and a few pints of beer.

chili Delaware

Twin Cities

South Carolina

Football Helmet Finds a Home in KC

"Hoist the Helmet" gathering at Chappell's Sports Bar in North Kansas City. It was a fun evening for the local KC Huskies that attended. Left to right: Fred and JoAnn Roman, Joe Panella, Joey Panella, Jim Chappell, David Soine, Anne Marie Panella, Paul and Debbie McCool.

Keweenaw Alumni Chapter Hockey Skybox Social

The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter enjoyed skybox seating with about fifty fellow alumni and friends for a social at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena this past Friday as your Michigan Tech Huskies took on the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks. They enjoyed pizza, beverages, mingling, and an overall good time with fellow alumni and friends.

Any proceeds from this event went towards the Keweenaw Alumni and Friends Chapter Annual scholarship to support local Michigan Tech Students. This scholarship will benefit a student in Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties.

Thank you to all who came!

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 or by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations, 906-487-2400 or The deadline to nominate is December 1.

Alumni Poll!


Service Project Poll Results

What was (is) your favorite service project?

Working with animal shelters, 16 percent
Visiting seniors, 14 percent
Raking leaves, 13 percent
Red Cross blood drive, 13 percent
Cleaning up litter, 8 percent
Habitat for Humanity, 8 percent
Winterizing homes, 4 percent
Clothing drive, 2 percent
Other, 20 percent.

Some of your "Others": constructing Freedom Park, Meals on Wheels, child passenger safety, student tutors, developing energy-related documentation for ASME, any project by Alpha Phi Omega, People's Park at St. Albert the Great, underwater cleanup with Aquanauts, volunteering at the hospital, volunteering at soup kitchen, working on maintaining local hike/bike trails, mentoring, roof shoveling with APO, road scholar program, helping military veterans, Service above Self with Rotary Club, cutting wood for the elderly, serving donut holes and hot chocolate at Winter Carnival.

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Tech Sports

Football Huskies Dominate Hillsdale 42-14

Michigan Tech dominated all facets of today's football game with Hillsdale in earning a 42-14 victory at Sherman Field. The Huskies scored touchdowns on four of their six drives in the opening half and shut out the Chargers in the second half to move to 6-3. Tech, with only one game remaining on its 2012 schedule, has guaranteed itself a winning season. More

Soccer Falls in Shoot Out

The Michigan Tech women's soccer team was eliminated from the GLIAC women's soccer tournament by Saginaw Valley State in penalty kicks Friday (Nov. 2). Neither team scored in regulation and SVSU advanced in the penalty kick shoot out 4-2. "We had a hard fought battle today and unfortunately penalty kicks were the decider," said head coach Michelle Jacob. "We showed a lot of heart and determination, and I couldn't be more proud of these players. They have accomplished amazing things throughout the season." More

Michigan Tech Falls to UNO 5-3 on Home Ice

The Michigan Tech hockey team fell to Nebraska Omaha 5-3 in front of 2,981 fans at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena tonight. The visiting Mavericks used a three-goal second period to build a two-goal lead it would not relinquish. For the second straight night, UNO forward Zahn Raubenheimer was a thorn in the Huskies' sides. He tallied two more goals to finish with four on the weekend. More

Volleyball Charges Past Hillsdale

Michigan Tech dominated the first two sets (25-17, 25-12) but would need all five (21-25, 17-25, 15-13) to defeat Hillsdale Saturday (Nov. 3) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference volleyball action. "This by far is the biggest win of the season for us," said head coach Matt Jennings. "We came out strong and had a very balanced attack throughout the match. Maddie led a great offense tonight, which allowed several of our players to contribute. More

Sports Roundup |

Volleyball Wraps Up 2012 This Weekend
The Michigan Tech volleyball team earned a big 3-2 victory over Hillsdale last Saturday for its 10th win of the 2012 campaign. The Huskies are 5-11 in league play with two matches remaining on their schedule.

Men's Hoops Picked to Win GLIAC; Women Tabbed Second
Both Michigan Tech basketball teams are expected to have strong seasons according to the GLIAC preseason polls. The men were picked to win the GLIAC North Division with senior Ali Haidar being named GLIAC Preseason Player of the Year. They open the 2012-13 season Wednesday (Nov. 7) with an exhibition against Finlandia. The women were picked to finish second in the GLIAC North. They play an exhibition at UW-Green Bay last Saturday (Nov. 3) and will officially open their season this Saturday (Nov. 10) vs. Concordia-St. Paul.

Runners Finish Season at NCAA Regional
The Michigan Tech cross country season concluded Saturday (Nov. 3) at the NCAA Midwest Regional hosted by UW-Parkside. Eric Parsell was the top finisher for the men’s team, crossing the line 67th in a time of 32:40 over the 10-kilometer course to help the Huskies finish 13th of 34 teams. Amanda Halonen led the women’s team to a 20th place showing (of 35 teams) with a 52nd place finish in a time of 22:48 over the six-kilometer course.

Around the Keweenaw

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

From the Email Bag

Make a Difference Day Remembered, Honored

Make a Difference Day
I recognize that picture from Make a Difference Day 2005. Circle K would always have a group that went to the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock to carve pumpkins, make cards, and just visit with the seniors. The girl on the left helping to carve the pumpkin is Jill Garrity. I was there somewhere that day as well doing the same thing.

Thank you,

Jeremy R. Stocks


Traverse City's Make a Difference Day alumni team got some ink. They appeared in USA Weekend, too!—

You’ve made it big! Goodwill International’s “Goodwill Today” features YOU—TC’s very own ‘Make A Difference Day’ team of 25 volunteers from your Michigan Tech’s Alumni Group who invested last Saturday under the capable leadership of Shawn Weber. Together you transformed the exterior people spaces and landscape of the Goodwill Inn. Thank you so much for your commitment, hard work and “service with a smile”!!

We hope you’ll be back to team with us again next year!

LuAnn M Heinert, CVA
Goodwill Industries

"Blue Skirt Waltz" Recalled

I attended Michigan Technological University in 1953-1954 and the Blue Skirt Waltz was already a tradition at the hockey games at Dee Stadium. I met my first wife there, MTU students were slangly known as "Toots".. I referred to my fiancee, Dawn Michaud as a "Tootess". The school was Michigan College of Mining and Technology. Dawn passed away in 1973 and I let my second wife Dona,know about the Blue Skirt Waltz at Tech.

Imagine my surprise when I Googled the Blue Skirt... and saw the Tech band play at your current hockey facility... still going some 58 years later. I'm sure though that the Copper Country Anthem rhythm can't be felt like it was in the wooden bleachers in Dee Stadium.

I visited at my 50th reunion in 2007, enjoyed myself and recalled my days at "K" day and my days at the Delta Sigma Phi house on the hill.

I'm in a nostalgic mood and am remembering fondly my Tech experience.

Don Whalen

Don: It's still a great tradition, as you note. Just did it this weekend! Here's a link from awhile back. We have better crowds now, and an even larger Pep Band presence!

End of the Earth Postcard

Hi, I'm the brother of John Marchesi. His name is on the back of the postcard. The original photo for that postcard was Vertical. The photo did make the school paper. I do have one where John was featured in small newspaper. The daily mining gazette. The date of the paper is December 23, 1985.


Frank: We still love the postcard, and some days it is still true.

Huskies Fabric Available

Hi Dennis,
Please share this link from The Portage Quilt House featuring the Michigan Tech Sports Logo.
I just learned about the original fabric at the Madison Quilt Show.

Go Huskies!

Debby (Gregorius) Kozol ‘84

More on Joe Kirkish

Doc Berry
Hi Dennis,
My roomie and I shared an apartment at 1206 College Ave., 2nd floor, down the hall from Prof. Joe Kirkish. I recall his interest in the FM station then as well as our accepting his invite to listen to comedy album(s) by Bob Newhart ( The Buttoned-Down Mind of Bob Newhart e.g.). This was during my Junior year at Tech (1961-62).

Also, I had Prof. K. for an 8:00 A.M. Sat. Speech Class in Spring, 1963, my Senior Year . A speech elective at 8:00 A.M., giving speeches after several Friday evenings "socializing" at the Board of Trade (later the Library) the night before, proved challenging ! Great scheduling on my part, right ? What was I thinking !! Pulled an A though, as it was a great class. Prof. K was a true pioneer in the fine arts at Michigan Tech !

Best regards,
Bruce Gall
BSCE- 1963 ( MCM&T), BS Eng. Adm.- 1968 (MTU)

Bruce: Joe still does his movie reviews, which are on the Alumni site here.


I see you ran a story about Joe Kirkish. When the MTU radio station was up in the tower of Sperr Hall, Jack Natkin and I shared an office downstairs. One afternoon Joe Kirkish came by with a problem. The FCC was to issue the station a call sign, but WMTU was already taken,so what should we suggest? They wanted five choices to pick from. After some joking around, I suggested we call the station WGGL, Wiggle, and the theme music would be a belly dance. Well, to fill in the list of five, he put it in and joila! Sachs's suggested call sign was the one the FCC chose.

Jack Natkin left MTU for San Francisco, went back to radio and died rather mysteriously. I stayed on at MTU and retired in 1986.

--Harley L. Sachs, prof. emeritus


If you decide to do an article on the early days of Tech radio ... WGGL-FM ... I can provide perspective from student's viewpoint.

Thanks, -Stan Smart '69

Stan: I'm always looking for student experiences from back in the day!

Return of Mining Engineering

Hi There:
Glad to see Tech get back their Mining Engineering program. That is where it all started from. M. C. M. Michigan College of Mines.

Dewey Bjork

The Ontonagon Boulder

Fascinating history on the Michigan Tech Copper Mass. In the early 50's it sat prominently somewhere near the current site of Ray Smith's bubble greenhouse. I had mistakenly thought it was the legendary Ontonagon Boulder discovered on the W. Branch of the Ontonagon River was worshipped by the Ojibwa and confirmed in 1667 by a Jesuit priest.

The Ontonagon territory had become a 17th century Safari destination for Europeans and serious beaver trapping region (for Beaver fur hats etc.). It wasn't removed until about 100 years later and wound up eventually in the Smithsonian in D.C. this one weighs 3,708 lbs but fell victim to sampling over the many years and transit. Wikipedia gives a good accounting of it's history.

On the general subject, two fascinating books on UP Copper history are "Red Metal" , by C. Harry Benedict (The C & H Story) U of M Press 1952 and "This Ontonagon Country" by James K. Jamison (Story of an American Frontier). The second was republished in 1965 in Calumet by Professor Ray Drier, a member of the Metallurgical Engineering faculty and famed for his Carbon 14 dating studies of ancient mining sites on Isle Royale.

My copies of both were acquired long after graduating but have given me a much greater appreciation for Michigan Tech and it's history. The morphology it has undergone over the just the past 6 decades is a remarkable testimony to inspired faculty, leadership, and alumni. It's unfortunate to hear our nation's leaders commenting that 50% of college graduates are unemployable while failing to point out that beacons of promise are shining from institutions like ours, strategically focused on the long term needs of the country and placing 95% of graduates even during troubling economic times. I think it was Sgt.Preston of the RCMP Yukon Territory whose cry was "On you Huskies".

Bob Carnahan '53

B&B Pickled Eggs

Dennis, with the upcoming closing of the B&B, do you think they might share their famous pickled egg recipe with the masses?? I understand why they would want to protect it while a viable establishment, but if it’s published the B&B will live on forever, not only in our memories but in our pantries!

Jamie Holden

Jamie: We have plenty of versions here, although I can't vouch for their taste compared to the B&B or Doghouse, for that matter.

Snowball Fight in 1972

I was a freshman in DHH in 1972. The snowball fight with Wads came with the first snowfall. Most of the battle was out in front of Sherman Gym, but it extended across US 41.

There used to be coal trucks cycling back and forth from the coal dock in Dollar Bay to the power plant in L'Anse, running 24 hours a day. When one of these ran through the fight he got plastered on both sides with snow.

A Michigan State Police car came along and decided to try to put a stop to the fight. He drove over the curb on 41 and into the crowd in front of Sherman Gym. He got stuck and plastered with snow. For some reason he got out of the car and became an instant target. At that point, not wanting to be involved in a shooting I got scarce and went inside. I don't really remember how he got rescued but the car was gone in the morning.

It was a long time ago but I don't remember any snowball fights in the following years. Maybe that was the last one?

Bruce Kettunen, '76

Bruce: I thought it went into the 1980s. Alums?

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