January 29, 2013
Vol. 19, No. 11
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Raptor House
Raptor House getting into it.

The frigid weather finally broke toward the weekend, and students were out in earnest constructing statues.

Friday night, It was 16 degrees with a bit of wind and lots of big snowflakes coming down.

The Phi Taus were split between skits and statue, and Derek Sugden, a fifth-year bio sci from Bad Axe, was on his way up the scaffolding.

"We still have a long way to go," he said. He was looking forward to getting into detailing, especially the ice work.

"We slush behind the structure, so the water doesn't get in the way," he added.

The ASTs had a great turnout, and that had been the case for a few nights, according to statue chair Leona Parent, an MIS major who is graduating in December. "My last statue," she said. They were going to attempt four-scaffold height: a first, she said. "Last year, we only went two and a half."

The Ridge Roamers were building their first-ever statue in front of the Academic Office and ROTC Buildings. Brian Weisner, a fifth-year ME from Hugo, Minnesota, said it would be a climbing wall, and people will be able to try it (after signing a waiver), from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. during Carnival.

A bevy of Tekes were scrambling around their huge statue near the Admin Building. Statue Chair Justen Kosmowski, a third-year environmental engineer from Manistee, was chosen because he had a construction background.

The Tekes also had the best sound system, courtesy of local business Sounds and Motion.

"They've been great," Kosmowski said. "Facilities and the grounds crew, too, moving snow around."

"We can't work if the temp is 18 below," he added. "So, we are making up for lost time from earlier in the week."

Finally, Raptor House (formerly Nirvana), from Wads and located near the Walker Building, also had good numbers this night.

"I'm happy with the turnout," said chair Andrew Lewis, a third-year chem engg from Zeeland. "This is our fifth or sixth night."

As our hands turned too cold and the car's heater was calling us, one of Raptor's residents went running by, shirtless, chased by friends with snowballs.

The night shift at Carnival, it seems, is clearly meant for younger blood.

• Here's a 1928 Carnival Video!

• And TV coverage from this year.

Dennis '92 '09


Snowfall Totals

Snow to date: 95.75
On the ground: 30 inches

Two weeks ago: 48.25 inches
On the ground: 6.5 inches

One year ago total: 94.5 inches
On the ground: 30 inches

Don't forget our snowfall contest!

At Tech

Michigan Tech Ice Rink Goes Green

ice rink
Question: What can make both ice and heat and reduce Michigan Tech’s carbon footprint while doing so?
Answer: Michigan Tech’s new ice-making system at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The ammonia brine-based system not only makes ice for the hockey rink, it heats the rink’s sub-floor, preventing frost from forming under the insulated concrete slab. Heat generated as the ammonia is compressed to be used as a refrigerant heats 100 percent of the hot water used in the arena and maintains a comfortable water temperature for the nearby swimming pool and dive tank. More

2013 Clean Snowmobile Challenge on Track for March 4-9

snowmobile challenge
Teams of college students from across the Snow Belt will converge on the Copper Country March 4-9 for the 2013 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. Their aim is to reduce emissions and noise and increase fuel efficiency while preserving the riding excitement demanded by snowmobile enthusiasts. And for the first time, anybody, anywhere can support that mission through the crowdfunding site Superior Ideas.

Snow Going for Road-Building Engineers in Antarctica

snow road
Russ Alger is biding his time. It pays to be patient in McMurdo Bay, since nothing comes easy in Antarctica. Fortunately, Alger is on his sixth visit to this scientific outpost, and he knows the ropes. During his first trip, in 1994, he helped scout the first trail to the South Pole. More

BOSS Snowplows Donates Snowplows, Spreader

THE BOSS Snowplows and the company's president, Dave Brule, '72 electrical engineering, have donated winter equipment to Michigan Tech, including three plows, a tailgate spreader and accessories. The equipment, transportation and installation labor is valued at more than $19,500. More

Alumni Around the World

Six Days of Winter Carnival Giveaway

All alumni are invited to experience a bit of this year's Winter Carnival by participating in the Six Days of Winter Carnival Giveaway sponsored by the Michigan Tech Annual Fund.

Prizes will be awarded daily from February 4th to the 9th, plus all entrants will have a chance to win the grand prize of a 2014 Winter Carnival package.

Click here for more.


Husky Happy Hour—Upstate New York

Seattle Alumni
Alumni and friends from the Upstate New York Chapter gathered for a Husky Happy Hour at Van Dyck Restaurant and Lounge on Monday January 22. Big thanks to Chapter Leader Becky Nold ‘85 for organizing the event!

“We had a lot of fun! There was a lot of interest in getting together again!”



Duluth Hockey Gathering

On Saturday, January 12 close to eighty alumni, friends and students gathered for a spirited hockey pre-game gathering in Duluth. After a pizza feast and raffle, the group cheered on the Huskies as they faced the University of Minnesota- Duluth bulldogs.


Brunch at Marie Catrib’s: Grand Rapids, MI

The West Michigan Chapter gathered for their annual breakfast at Marie Catrib's on Sunday, January 27. They had a full house and had to stop taking reservations nearly two weeks before the event! Each attendee had a chance to say something about themselves so there were a lot of great stories to share.

Clifford McMann '50 speaks to alumni. He is with his daughter Sally Howard.

Save the Date for Alumni Reunion 2013, August 1–3!

Make plans to catch up with fellow alumni and rediscover campus during Alumni Reunion 2013. The featured groups for Reunion 2013 include the Class of 1963, 1973, 1983, 1988, 1993, 2003, the Golden M's (those who graduated fifty-plus years ago), and the Women of Michigan Tech.

A variety of activities for all ages will be offered including family activities, campus tours, seminars, pasty picnics, and much more!

For a preliminary schedule, lodging information, and to RSVP, please visit www.mtu.edu/reunion

Michigan Tech Alumni Provide Useful Feedback in Survey

In a recent survey, more than 3,000 Michigan Tech alumni shared their views on current Alumni Association programming and how the organization can provide additional opportunities for engagement.

Each completed survey generated a $5.00 donation to the Alumni Association’s Student Initiative Funding program which provides financial support for student organizations.  The fund now has $15,055 available for worthwhile student initiatives.  In the past two years, Blue Key, Pep Band, MTSF-Oozeball, Women’s Leadership Council, Keweenaw Pride, Advanced Motor Sports (AMS) Enterprise  LeaderShape, among others, have received funding from this program.

Survey participants also had the opportunity to enter into a draw for an iPad mini™. The lucky winners were Tricia Sebes ’96, Melanie Nizzola ’04, Scott Thayer ’90 and Christina Kionka ’72.

A summary of the survey results will be posted on the Alumni Association website in mid-February.

Alumni Mentoring Moved to LinkedIn

The Alumni Association has made some exciting changes to expand the alumni-student mentoring program and we wanted to share! The goal of the program is to connect alumni and students, so we have moved the program from HuskyLink to LinkedIn to capitalize on an easy-to-use social media format. The group is named Alumni-Student Professional Networking.

LinkedIn is a primary professional networking social media site for over 161 million people worldwide. The ease of use and accessibility are unparalleled, and we feel this new format will not only increase both student and alumni participation in the program, but also provide an easier, more casual format to network with students and new graduates. Plus, with the privacy of the group restricted to Michigan Tech Alumni Association members you can rest assured that there is a limited, targeted audience viewing posts within the group.

Students have already posted some great questions, so get involved and join the conversation! To learn more, please visit our website: www.mtu.edu/networking.

New Poll

Copper Country Snowfall Contest is Back!

statue and child

2011 Photo Contest winner, by Erik Meinke.

If you accurately predict the total amount of snow to fall in the Keweenaw this winter you could win 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.

Snow to date: 95.75
On the ground: 30 inches

Two weeks ago: 48.25 inches
On the ground: 6.5 inches

Check out the Snow Memories posted by alumni and friends: www.mtu.edu/memories/snow/

Enter your snowfall prediction for this winter at http://mtu.edu/snowfall/

Fill in the Blanks

statue building


No idea on the year or anything else on this photo. 1980s?

Email me.


2005 Broomball Action



The logos read "Douglass Houghton." Can you ID anyone in this one?

It is clickable.

Email me.

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Tech Sports

Duijndam Runner-Up Finish Highlights Ski Weekend

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Lynn Duijndam highlighted a weekend of racing at Giants Ridge with a runner-up finish in the women's 15.7-kilometer freestyle race at the St. Scholastica Invitational Sunday (Jan. 27). The previous day she finished 17th (20:43) in the 5.8-kilometer classic race. More

Huskies Win in Overtime at LSSU

men's hoops
Senior Ali Haidar tied his season-high with 35 points to lead Michigan Tech to an 83-79 overtime win at Lake Superior State Saturday (Jan. 26). He added nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block. The Huskies drained a 3-pointer on three of their first four possessions of the game and finished with five in the half. Tech would lead by as many as nine points in the first half and held a 35-29 lead at halftime. More

Women Sink Lakers

women's hoops
The Michigan Tech women's basketball team drained a season-high 11 3-pointers in a 70-58 win at Lake Superior State Saturday (Jan. 26). The Huskies shot 37-percent (13-35) from the field in the first to lead at the half 34-30 thanks to five 3-pointers and eight turnovers by the Lakers. Tech improved to 52-percent (12-23) from the field in the second half and drained all six of its 3-point attempts. More

Around the Keweenaw

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

From the Email Bag

GSG Research Colloquium

Research Colloquim
On behalf of the Graduate Student Government (GSG), I want to personally invite Michigan Tech alumni to attend this year's Graduate Research Colloquium in the MUB on February 21-22.

Sponsored by the GSG, this year's colloquium will feature poster and oral presentations by more than one hundred graduate students. We would love to have alumni attend some of these sessions. We also are trying hard to find judges to help rate presentations for recognition awards. Please take a look at our schedule and our Abstract Book to find out more.

While many of these topics are admittedly quite technical, students have been asked to contextualize them for nonexperts; those judges who are not familiar with the technical content will instead consider the student's presentation skills and poster design. Let me know if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

Kevin Cassell
President, GSG (krcassel@mtu.edu)

The Birth of Broomball?

The recent Broomball article triggered a memory of mine from 1961.

Broomball had never been played before at Tech, there was no League. In 1961 a group of us Canadians organized a Single Day Event “Broomball Round-Robin Tournament” at Dee Stadium. Our team the “Untouchables” went undefeated. See page 72 of the 1961 Yearbook.

Not sure why there were Class A & Class B Groups. Some things you don’t remember.
I do however remember going around Houghton asking stores, bars, etc. for any old Brooms that they could part with. We cut them down and taped them with Hockey Tape and had enough paddle Brooms for our team.

So Broomball has been at Tech for over 50 years.

John W Smith ‘62

John: I found the Keweenawan from 1961, and you are correct! No pads, helmets, facemasks!


Hi Dennis,

Nice to see there will be some state-of-the-art scoreboards for the broomball. I played on a fraternity team in the ‘60s in “beautiful” Dee Stadium. Scores were kept then on notebook paper by the guy that drew the short straw. He had to try and write with gloves on so his hands wouldn’t freeze. It is a great sport. Too bad the scoreboard components couldn’t be sourced in North America.

Doug Davies ‘69, ‘72

Mind Trekkers Meet an Alum in Green Bay

Mind Trekkers
Mind Trekkers and Ken Sikora (clickable).

I am the president of the Student Organization, Mind Trekkers. On January 12 we went to the Einstein Project Science Expo in Green Bay, WI and a Michigan Tech Alum came and found us to talk to us. His name is Ken Sikora and I believe he said he graduated in 1970. He graduated with an engineering degree (I can't remember which one) and pursued engineering as his career. He is now retired and has taken up the hobby of bee keeping with the Brown County BeeKeepers Association.

I'm not sure if this is the kind of think you put in the newsletter but I thought it would be nice to notice someone who even in his retirement spends his time educating other people about science (bee keeping) and has a blast doing it.

I attached the photo of the Mind Trekkers crew that went on this trip. Ken is in the middle.




And, from Ken, quite a story:

Hey Kim!

I'm the guy you took a picture of at the science fair, here in Green Bay. I was there representing our honey bee club and educating people on bees, and having them sample various flavors of honey. I sure didn't expect to hear from anyone from Tech afterwards, regarding my stopping by your booth. I must say, I was impressed with the demonstration you guys had. Good job!

I graduated in December of 1970, with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Tech. I was married and with one child at the time. I started in June of 1968 and went to school all year around until I graduated. After graduation, I got a job in my home town of Iron Mountain, Michigan, before eventually moving to Green Bay. After working for an architectural-engineering firm for a few years, I started my own consulting business out of my home, doing plumbing, HVAC, and electrical design. I did that for 35 years. In 1990 we also started an indoor air quality testing and balancing company of air and water systems. Again, out of our home, which is still in operation today.

As a side note, I returned to visit Tech on February 2, 1981, as the president of our local ASHRAE chapter in Appleton, Wisconsin. The regional education director out of Milwaukee and I, flew there for an evening meeting with students who were interested in forming a student ASHRAE chapter. We had flown there in a single engine airplane. On the way back, we ended up ditching the plane in a forest, near Bootjack, Michigan (Lake Linden area). It was 11:00PM, with the temperature at 10 below zero, when we began losing the oil in the engine. So, we were forced to land immediately. Lucky for us, though the plane was demolished, one of us got out, walked toward a yard light down the road, and woke up the residents. Eventually, the remaining three of us (two were pilots), were pulled out and taken to a hospital. Lucky for us there was at least three feet of snow on the ground to absorb the fuel and to cushion the fall. The plane was demolished after skipping over tree tops, then hitting two tall pine trees and flipping over, landing upside down. We all survived, some worse off than others. Just thought I would tell you of my experience at Tech, after graduation.

Can I put a plug in for gardening and the honeybees? I just want to remind you students to plant a garden someday. The benefits are many. Gain a spiritual connection with nature and feel the sun, the wind, the heat, the chill and gain a special appreciation for the rain on your garden. Improve your health from the free exercise and eating fresh home grown and safe food. Help our planet by reducing the food mileage and improving the habitat for many of God's creatures. We are all aware of the problems honeybees are having surviving in our world. Honeybees, a keystone species vital to the food chain on our planet, are healthiest when there is a wide diversity of pollen from gardens, flower beds, wildflower prairies, etc. Bees are not merely responsible for one-third of the food we consume, but are responsible for pollinating many of the most anti-oxidant, phyto-chemically rich foods in the human diet. Thank you!

See you next year at the Science Expo!

Ken Sikora, 1970

GeoTravel Nears Goal

Bill Rose has taught for 42 years in Tech’s geoscience program, and every year has led groups of investigators from around the world to earth’s volcanoes and volcanic regions. When he retired last December he started a special endowment fund to help students gain more field experience. We go to great places but don’t have enough support to fully share the experience. Erika Vye, a doctoral student just traveled to India as a helper for Elissa Piispa, work supported by Aleksey Smirnov, world leading paleomag expert on our Geofaculty. “I was all for it—new food, new culture, new language---and I was excited to learn more about the science”. Rose wants to help 10 or more students to share similar travel opportunities with projects, field trips and workshops each year “We can hope to connect with a few more fund helpers to put us over the top.” The fund drive effort is explained and detailed in the following website: http://www.geo.mtu.edu/~raman/GeoTravel

Possible Future Tech Project?

CBC photo.

This looks like a natural opportunity for Tech to make it international. Next year is at Western in London, ON.

CBC Website

Rick Page, PhD, RPBio

Rick: I'll pass this idea on to the faculty and students let you know what happens.

K2 House

Old computer
I don’t think it is in this picture. As I recall it was on the eastside of the parking lot of the ski hill.

I was on the ski team at Tech from 79-83. Several of the senior members of the ski team lived in the K2 house during its last year of existence. The K2 house was condemned in1979, 80 at the latest.

After we got the news that the K2 house was going to be condemned the K2 house had one final party to celebrate its life housing some of the ski team members and a locker room for all ski team member’s skis. Rumor has it ….. a few pops were consumed that night of the party which inspired creative decorating and new safety features were added to the house. By the end of the night the last of the 6-10 TV’s stacked in the living was “broken” (Tradition was not to throw out old TV’s when they died- they just were used as a stand for the replacement). “For safety” A new escape route from the second floor to the first floor was created right in the center of the second floor hallway. Finally the living room was converted into a labyrinth with all of the skis hanging by their tips in the ceiling by holes created and strategically located by the tails of skis. It was a sight to behold as “rumor has it”…..

Best Regards,

Roger Frakes

Early Snowmobile!

Have you seen this? It looks like something that could have been developed in the UP.

Fordson Snow-Motor video.

Gail Richter

Gail: I could have used one last weekend!

Boarding Houses

Dennis: In regard to the latest Alumni Newsletter about house cooks...to go back to the time of the 40's the idea of boarding houses, or local people who set a large table and took a selected number of students to feed them. I lived on Jasper Street and remember Mrs. Frimodig on the top of the bluff in the middle of Jasper...She fed a large number of guys and when we were little, probably pre-World War II, we would go up and bug the students who would wait outside for the doors to be opened.

I think this was the offshoot of the depression for income generation. There also were no college provided housing. Douglas Houghton Hall was the first Dormitory and it was completed just before the war. It was used for housing the Air Force and ASTRP (Axx Traps to the locals), I am sure that wartime money helped pay for the construction.

There were a number of "boarding Houses" Some had rooms for a few students, but many did not and only fed students.

Bob Brown

Bob: Thanks for the great info. I remember "Sylvia's" located close to Tech. Anyone remember that one? It was just a kitchen, no boarding, I believe.

Challenge X Guys Identified

Challenge X car
I recognize all the guys in the photo from the fill in the blanks 2006 Challenge X photo. I actually think I took the photo

Blue shirt on the right is Matt Janicke
Green Shirt middle is Kyle Holihan
Gray Shirt is James Perander
Blue shirt in the back is Mark Van Arsedale
That is me in the white shirt.

Todd Cimermancic

"Cold" Weather in LA

This is a riot. Jimmy Kimmel & LA newscasters reacting to the cold weather.

Sounds like shorts weather for the UP.

Gail Richter

Wolf and Moose Study Begins

Hello, Friends!
Winter Study 2013 begins THIS week! John & Rolf will soon be on Isle Royale observing the wolves and moose once again. You can follow all the adventures and discoveries at "Winter Study," which is part of our regular website. Notes from the field will be updated every few days throughout Winter Study.


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