December 4, 2012
Vol. 19, No. 7
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Lessons Learned from Lovecraft

Let us entertain you.

The visual and performing arts department explored some work by horror writer H. P. Lovecraft this weekend. In addition to marveling at the talent of the student actors, we were able to discover some lessons in the madness.

The way the four mini-plays were performed was quite different from the norm. Two student narrators, Laura Larsen and Sean Miller, set up each piece as husband/wife hosts who welcomed us into their home before scaring us with their tales.

They then took turns acting out the stories ("devising" is the theater term), performing solo for some twenty minutes each. That's a lot of lines to deliver! More than 2,000 words, as a matter of fact.

Miller was first up, as he recounted the Statement of Randolph Carter, a tale of a pair of men who peruse a mausoleum, with a less-than-successful outcome for one of them. Harley Warren, beyond all reason, chooses to explore an underground crypt. It doesn't work out well for him, as he warns his partner to flee before it's too late.

Via telephone that Warren took with him down below, Carter doesn't hear him after while, but does hear a voice: "You fool, Warren is dead!" I wouldn't hang around. Lesson: Listen to your friends.

Larsen took a turn as a Paris resident living in an apartment on the Rue d’Auseil. She discovers The Music of Erich Zann playing above her. At first it is beautiful, but when she dares enter his apartment, the music turns evil and Zann goes mad.

In the end, as the music lurches out of control, a sudden wind blows out the candles, sends Zann's musical notes out a window, and she fails to capture them before they disappear into the darkness. That's the key here: no lights in the City of Lights, and she escapes the room, building, street, and section of Paris before joining Zann in his madness. She can never find the street again. Lesson: Some things are best forgotten.

Next The White Ship beckoned Miller away from this lighthouse into fantastic new worlds. When he sails for many days, he encounters these new locales, both good and evil, and the sounds and sights alternate accordingly. He experiences heaven and hell both.

At the end, he is sailed to his most beautiful vision yet, only to discover that, hidden there, is his original lighthouse, where the clock says no time has passed (so he's never left). Lesson: The grass isn't always greener.

Finally, Larsen, lost in a rainstorm, seeks shelter in what looks like an abandoned house. The story is the Picture in the House, and of course the house is not empty. An old man, played by student Gregory Dnesco, comes down to the parlor, where the two look over an old book.

The old man is fascinated by a grotesque photo of a sheep cadaver, implying he's done that but yearns for more exotic dissecting. Something hits the picture from above; she realizes it is blood, and looking up, a red spot on the ceiling grows before her eyes. A hellacious clap of thunder jolts us out of our seats and kills all the lights in the theater. Lesson: Don't go into creepy old houses.

We applauded heartily when we stopped shaking, and we left in wonder of a cast of students who somehow pulled it off, in addition to their studies, activities, and all things Tech.

Dennis '92

P. S. Involved in the arts when you were here? Shoot me a line.

Snowfall Totals

Season to date: 20.5
On the ground: 1.0

One year ago: Not much

At Tech

Students Converting Van into Mobile Med Clinic for Ghana

Kennedy and Jacquart
A team of Michigan Tech students is developing a mobile medical clinic for the rural poor of Ghana. The students are converting a van that was donated by Husky Motors in order to build the clinic. People have access to hospitals in Ghana's cities, but those living in rural areas do not have even the most rudimentary medical care. More

Superior Ideas: A Funding Tool for Michigan Tech Research

Superior Ideas
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:

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.

Making Heart Bypass Grafts Safer: Coronary artery diseases result in over 500,000 heart bypass grafts each year in the United States, but more than one-fifth of these patients are not candidates for the procedure due to changes in their vascular system or previous use of veins for other procedures. We aim to provide a solution for patients in this critical—and life-threatening—situation.

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

Adventures in Entrepreneurship, Courtesy of NSF

Elevator Pitch
For every brilliant discovery that finds its way into the marketplace, there are hundreds that never escape the pages of scientific journals. The National Science Foundation is addressing that disconnect with its Innovation Corps, or I-Corps, Teams. Physics professor Yoke Khin Yap is the first Michigan Tech faculty member to be part of an NSF I-Corps Team, along with postdoctoral researcher Dustin Winslow and John Diebel, assistant director of technology commercialization, innovation and industry engagement. More

Alumni Around the World

Austin and Houston Pub Nights

Austin Pub Night

On November 12, more than a dozen Austin area alumni gathered together at the Black Star Co-op and Brewery to share stories and hear an update from Michigan Tech Director of Corporate Partnerships Brent Burns '03. Alumni from five different decades laughed about hockey games at the Dee and the challenges of Austin start-up companies. If you ever travel to Austin, look up some alumni in the HuskyLink directory, and I'm sure they will show you a good time in this bustling city.

Houston Pub Night

On November 13, over twenty alumni traveled to what is becoming a regular pub night venue for area alumni, Watson's House of Ales, west of downtown Houston. The alumni group, which was heavily dominated by oil and gas employers, enjoyed a talk from new Dean of Engineering William Worek He was joined by Michigan Tech's Chair of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics William Predebon. The Houston alumni group is getting to know each other better after their third alumni pub night in eighteen months. With much of the group traveling the world, it is nice to reminisce about the place that all called home at one time in the Upper Peninsula.

Don't Forget the Annual Fund

Annual Fund
As we approach the end of the 2012 calendar year, we want to take a moment to remind our alumni and friends that there is still time to make an annual contribution in support of Michigan Tech – and receive a 2012 tax deduction on your federal tax return (if you itemize.)

You can phone the Michigan Tech Fund at 906-487-2310 or toll-free at 877-386-3688 to make your gift with a credit card. You also have the option of making a credit card gift via Michigan Tech’s secure online gift page by going to These online gifts can be made up until 11:55 (EST) on December 31 to ensure a 2012 contribution.

The Michigan Tech Fund offices will be closed on December 24 and 25, but will reopen for business on the 26th, 27th , and 28th from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm each day. In addition, on Monday, December 31 the offices will be staffed on a limited basis from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (EST).


Copper Country Snowfall Contest is Back!

Hubbell Hall
If you accurately predict the total amount of snow to fall in the Keweenaw this winter you could win a a stay in a campus guest room (located in the Memorial Union Building & Wadsworth Hall) and a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit.

According to the Keweenaw Research Center, a total of 132 inches of snow fell during the 2011-12 season last winter. There were 944 entries in the Second Annual Snowfall contest ranging from 73.8 to 400 inches. Scott Yager, a 2010 Electrical Engineering Tech alumnus earned the grand prize with his prediction of 131.5 inches.

Brian Baldwin, a 1989 Computer Science alumnus, was chosen from all entries to also win a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit as the Consolation Prize.

Check out the Snow Memories posted by alumni and friends:

Enter your snowfall prediction for this winter at

48th GLI at the Joe

The 48th Annual Great Lakes Invitational will be held at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Saturday–Sunday, December 29–30.

Since its founding by Michigan Tech in 1965, the Great Lakes Invitational Hockey Tournament has brought thousands of Michigan Tech Alumni, Husky fans,and friends together for one of the greatest traditions in college hockey.

The Detroit Chapter invites you to join fellow alumni and friends for the annual pregame party downstairs at the Joe in the Garden Room (outside Olympia Club). Get your Doghouse pickled eggs and raffle tickets for an autographed Husky or Red Wing jersey!


Saturday, December 29th
3:30 p.m. Michigan State University vs. Western Michigan University
7:00 p.m. University of Michigan vs. Michigan Tech

Sunday, December 30th
3:30 p.m. 3rd place game
7:00 p.m. Championship game

Alumni Poll!


Road Poll Results

Your least favorite stretch of road

Seney Stretch 44%
Southern I-75 11%
US-2 in the UP 9%
Mackinac Bridge on a windy day 9%
Amasa Stretch 5%
M-26 in the UP 5%
US-141 from Green Bay north 4%
Northern I-75 3%
US-2 in Wisconsin 3%
US-41 or I-43 from Green Bay to Milwaukee 3%
I-35 in Minnesota 1%
US-8 in Wisconsin 1%
Other 4%

Some of your "Others": I-94 in Detroit during rush hour, I-75 from Flint to Detroit, US-41 from Marquette to Houghton, M-28 along the lake during a snowstorm, All are awesome: lived away from MI for too long and glad to be back, Agate St., US-31 between I-75 and US-131, 294 through Chicago, Munising to Marquette M-28, I-94 across southern MI, 1-4 through Orlando FL, US-41 from Marquette to L'Anse, US-127 between St. Johns and Ithaca, my home downstate in the headlights, Covered Road, Unpaved US-45 in 1953 Rhinelander and past Military Hill, US-41 from Menominee to US-2, Hitchhiking across the Portage Bridge in February at 2 a.m., Baraga to Chassell: almost there and it seemed to take forever!

Fill in the Blanks

Campus 2007


Remember a November 29, 2007 snowstorm?

It is clickable.

Email me.


Thanksgiving Storms


From the Archives:

The ultimate winter storm was Thanksgiving 1985, as witnessed here.

The caption says it all.

There's an email letter below, also, about the Thankgiving storm of 1966. Got your own fond memories?

Email me.

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Tech Sports

Late Tech Goal Earns 4-4 Tie with Bulldogs

Michigan Tech scored two goals in the final six minutes including one by Steven Seigo with 50 seconds remaining to salvage a 4-all tie vs. Minnesota Duluth tonight. The Huskies fought back from a pair of two-goal deficits to earn a point in the WCHA standings. More

Skiers Close Weekend With Freestyle Races

The Michigan Tech ski team closed out the Michigan Tech Opener on a high note with five men and two women finishing in the top-10. "I was pleased with our races today," said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. "We had decent performances for our first weekend of racing." More

Women's Basketball Posts Win At Walsh

men's basketball
The Michigan Tech women's basketball team remains unbeaten in GLIAC play after an 80-54 road win at Walsh Saturday (Dec. 1). "As a team we grew and got better today," said head coach Kim Cameron. "We committed ourselves to defense and took care of the basketball. We came out strong in the second half and didn't let up. Our young players got some valuable minutes that will help us be a better team." More

Sports Roundup |

Busy Week for Hockey
Michigan Tech will renew the rivalry with Northern Michigan Tuesday (Dec. 4) when the two teams meet in Marquette. The rare midweek tilt will face off at 7:35 p.m. at NMU’s Berry Events Center. The Huskies are in the midst of a stretch in which they play five games in nine days. After the Tuesday game, Tech will travel to Wisconsin for a two-game WCHA set Friday and Saturday (Dec. 7-8).

Home GLIAC Hoops
The Michigan Tech basketball teams will play their first home GLIAC games of the season this week. The Huskies welcome Findlay to the SDC Gym Thursday (Dec. 6) for a doubleheader beginning with the men’s game at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday (Dec. 8), Hillsdale will come to Houghton for a doubleheader tipping off at 1 p.m.

Around the Keweenaw

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

From the Email Bag

US 41 through Campus

Fisher Hall
As I recall, at least through March of 71', US 41 went directly through campus as shown in the photo. The new Environmental/ Chemistry(?) building had just housed its first quarter of classes and the new union had been recently completed. Bosch beer was $.89 a sixpack and Guilt Edge-the premium brew or the social elite-was $.99. Ice fishing at Schlater's Lake was a challenge that year but at least the road to High Rock Bay was plowed.

Jim Balazer, P.E., March EE 71'

Jim: Don't forget Sauna Beer! Also brewed in the Sportsmen's Paradise.


I started at Tech in the fall of 1968, as I remember, they started that fall and finished sometime in 1969.

Dusty Barclay



I worked for L. W. Brumm construction company out of Marquette on the relocation of the highway. This was done during the summer of 1969. This job paid union scale and started at $3.99 per hour and ended later in the year at $4.49 per hour. That was really big money for a summer job at that time. The job entailed shoveling concrete in front of the paving machine. A job well suited to a young person who was in reasonable physical shape at the time. Seemed to have no problem with spending money during the 1969-1970 school year.

Bob Tercha


During the 1968-69 school year the campus was full of construction. New utilities were being run through campus and at one point we had to cross a bridge between Wads and Fisher Hall. Someone even put a sign on it that read "Beware of Trolls." U.S. 41 at that time ran between the newly opened Chemistry-Biology Building and the Union, Library, and Fisher Hall. Construction on the relocated roadway began that year with the removal or relocation of the houses and other buildings that were in the right-of-way. By the time the fall quarter began in late September of 1969 the new highway was nearly complete and not yet open to traffic. I cannot recall exactly when it opened, but I am certain it was opened before the end of that quarter. At first northbound traffic used the old road, and southbound the new. That I recall easily in that I got my only traffic ticket by traveling the wrong way for a few hundred feet on the new road instead of going the long way around to get to the Cracker Barrel.

Greg Switek


I know I’m getting old but I’m almost positive 41 was between Fisher and Wads when I got there in the fall of 1970.

Marty Vonk


I attended da Tech from 73 to 79 and the road by Fisher Hall that you’re showing in the picture still went thru campus during that time. Maybe it was early 80’s?

Jim Heim


It was relocated from the front to the back of Fisher Hall in the summer of 1969. When I can back for my sophomore year in the fall of 1969, it was still under construction.

The contractor was using the new technology yellow flashing lights on the barricades. He probably lost a couple dozen a night as well as the warning signs and they showed up in the windows at Wads. Finally the contractor had enough and the school said all the stolen signs and lights needed to be in the incinerator rooms by Monday morning or the State Police were going to have search warrant issued. Monday morning the rooms were overflowing and there was no search warrant issued.

The contractor didn't take any more chances and used the old style kerosene "smudge pots' for the rest of the project.

One of my fond monuments of Tech:)

Tom Byle BSCE 1972


I started at Tech in the Fall of 1970, and the highway had already been moved… I don’t remember the house at the west end of Wads … so this must be say 1969 or earlier…

Pat Parker


When I arrived on campus in August of 1968, my parents dropped me off at Sherman Gym after parking along US 41 just to the west of the building. The highway was still running through the middle of campus at that time. I believe that construction began that year. By the fall of 1969 I was living in “Moose’s Manor” (Moose Larsen) which was (is) located on East Street along the new highway location. We had to cross the highway to get to the Cracker Barrel, a favorite “convenience” store located just to the south of the union building. I believe the new US41 location was open to traffic in late 1969. The campus changed dramatically during my 4-1/2 years at Tech with opening of the Admin building (Ft. Smith), Co-Ed Hall and the new ME-EM building.

Thanks for your informative newsletter and the great memory joggers. I appreciate the work you do to keep the alumnae connected.

Larry J. Ras


The old house in the photo next to Wadsworth Hall was torn down while I was living in Kybo House in West Wadsworth Hall (1967 – 1969), so the photo can be no later than that. And US-41 was still in front of Wadsworth Hall when I graduated in 1971.
– Bill Bawn ‘71

Da Tech Is . . .

Da Tech Is . . .

Thanks again to alumnus Bill Walters, who sent these along, and Denny and Cher LeSage, who drew them.

Doc Berry and the Library get a shout-out this time.

1972, we believe.

And clickable.


As for Da Tech is. . . You only have three finals this quarter, all are on the same day, and the last of which is from 7:00PM to 9:00PM on Friday. Not really much of an exaggeration.

I had only two one quarter. The first was Monday morning, the second was the wonderful Friday evening slot.

Greg Switek

Alumni Encounter in Dallas

Hi Dennis,
I recently traveled to and from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for Thanksgiving, and on my flight out of Texas I happened to sit next to a Michigan Tech alumni who recognized me from my time at Tech! Neither of us had Michigan Tech shirts on, yet somehow she knew - we both graduated in 2010 but otherwise had never met (that we know of). Shout out to Microbiologist Jessica B., it was great running into you.

My question is, how often do others randomly encounter Michigan Tech alumni? This was the first time I had met an alumni outside of the U. P. and I was quite excited to have made the connection. It would be interesting to hear if anyone else has had run-ins with Tech alums in interesting places.

Nathan Miller

Good question, Nathan. I'm sure our alums can give us some examples of run-ins.

More on nanoMAG

Former Michigan Tech Vice President for Research Ray Decker and alum Steve Lebeau with their winnings for nanoMAG Bioabsorbable Implant.

They took second place of 329 entries at Emerging Tech Competition, part of Accelerate Michigan.

Crain's Detroit Business story here.


Michigan Tech/Northern Interfaces

Hi -- I am planning to write an article ---about - years ago when Tech students used to get dates for the big dance from Northern Mich. U, It was a widespread affair that lasted for many years -- now, with female enrollment at Tech rather large the practice is no longer necessary. My cousin Jean Richardson married a tech student George Wachter as a result of this practice --Hugh McPhail, a tech graduate married Mary Alice Dobson who was an NMU student--there must have been more. Is there anyone at MTU who might be interested in this subject - if so, I would appreciate hearing from them.

Frank Richardson -1950 NMU graduate.

Frank: I know there are alums who remember these long-distance dates.

Thanksgiving Drives

I noticed in the details of the "Other" category for Memorable Thanksgiving voting the '66 trip that took 47 hours. I was in a '61 Ford with 5 other guys (and one of the back doors had been sprung and didn't close--brrrrrr!). Any names associated with the vote? I would sure like to connect with anybody in that massive jam-up on US 2 and subsequent trek back to campus.
Lou Best '70

Lou: I think this might take the cake as far as horror stories on the road. Wow.

Ives Makes Crew Chief

Greg Ives (ME 2003) was just announced to be the new Crew Chief for the Nascar Nationwide Series team piloted by Regan Smith in 2013. The vehicle is owned by JRM Racing, an affiliate of Hendrick Motorsports. Previously, Greg was the chief engineer for the #48 Hendrick Motorsports team that was piloted by Jimmy Johnson to 5 consecutive Nascar Sprint Cup Series Championships. Here's a link to the press release.

Bryan Sebek

More on the Old Video

Fantastic video !!! I started in 1971, and we were a bit more casual in our habits and dress !! I’m surprised how many buildings I didn’t recognize – some big campus changes between 1965 and 1971. Stan Pamel (Mining ’80) stepped into my office during the video and we both got a good laugh.

Please include him on the newsletter e-mail, if you would: [Our Alumni Relations crew took care of this.]

I, too, have a copy of Denny and Cher’s fine work – so many memories, so much truth to their cartoons.

Keep up the great work, and happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Dave Plumeau....

Here's the video link, again, Dave. It is a pretty cool piece of history! And thanks for the nice note.

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