February 12, 2013
Vol. 19, No. 12
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Heroes and Villains and Snow and Ice

Raptor House
The Wall of Sound.

During the All-Nighter, the Audio Engineering Society was setting up its wall of speakers and power supply.

"Does it go to '11?'" I asked.

The students just smiled and pointed behind the creation. There sat a 70 kilowatt generator. It was pushing a lot of wattage and probably hits "12."

It was just one prep taking place early in the night.

climbing wallI was anxious to see how the statues had progressed in two weeks. The Ridge Roamers completed their ice-climbing wall and had a line to try it out. I passed.

Ridge Roamers' ice-climbing wall.

Raptor House had another good turnout and had built up another level. Impressive turnouts were also found at FYE-Wads (and that would payoff in a win Thursday morning) and with the Pep Band, who were selling the deep-fried candy bars while hosting the mini-golf course, with lit-up counter.

The Society of Women Engineers were nearby with their great SWE-kabobs, meat or veggie, and Delta Phi Epsilon did their traditional Teeter-Totter-a-thon.

The TKE's and Phi Taus had both made great statue progress, and Thursday morning it would be hard to judge among them, the Sig Eps and Delt Sigs. All impressive.

I caught up with TKE statue chair Justen Komokowski, who I met two weeks ago. He was just hanging on.

"I'm proud of my guys," he said. He should have been. Among the many features of the statue was an "invisible woman" made out of ice.

The Phi Taus spent Thursday morning with brooms, cleaning off the statue from the constant fluffy flakes coming down. A couple guys had been up for thirty-six straight hours. "Can I go to bed now?" one asked as the judges left.

Some Delt Sigs logged forty-eight hours straight. "It's all worth it." They estimated 4,000 total man hours among twenty-nine members since the holiday break.

teeter totter
The Delta Phi Epsilon Teeter-Totter-a-thon.

The Sig Taus did their grundy run on Thursday, too, raising money for Big Brothers/Big Sisters Friends of the Elderly and making the local TV news.

Thursday night, both the men's and women's basketball teams defeated Ferris State, and Friday found the campus crawling with visitors, many with children and cameras in tow. The temperatures really started warming up, and there was even some sunshine.

The rubber-necking continued over Saturday, with big crowds all over campus and downtown. Folks were lined up out the door at a few local eateries.

Saturday night, we watched the inspired Hockey Huskies defeated Alaska Anchorage, 6-1, to win the MacInnes Cup for Carnival; the first time in three years, with a 10-6 total goals advantage. The crowds totaled more than 7,000 for the weekend! Earlier, both basketball teams won again. Large crowds there, too, spurred the teams on to victory.

Sunday's freezing rain/snowstorm waited until late Sunday afternoon, giving family and friends time to say goodbye and hit the highways before the mess hit us.

We know many already have their reservations in for next year's Carnival. (No Vacancy signs were everywhere.) We'll welcome them back to do it all over again, with our incredible students leading the way.

• TV Coverage
Audio from the All-Nighter
• And lots of photos here.

Dennis '92 '09


Snowfall Totals
Snow to date: 122.75 inches
On the ground: 32 inches

Two weeks ago: 95.75 inches
On the ground: 30 inches

One year ago total: 97 inches
On the ground: 16 inches

Don't forget our snowfall contest! Enter NOW! Contest closes Friday, February 15.

At Tech

Phi Kappa Tau Takes First in Fraternity Statues

Phi Taus
"The Incredibles" animated movie was the inspiration for Phi Kappa Tau's winning statue in Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival. The Hancock-based group took first in the fraternity division for their diorama that combined massive size with plenty of details sculpted in ice. All the creations had to follow this year’s Winter Carnival theme: “Heroes and villains find their powers, in these frozen winter hours." More

One Night in Many Lives

At breakfast, the judges are wide-eyed and alert, like parents on Christmas morning, ready to observe and be proud. They speak in almost hushed tones of the glimpses they’ve caught of completed statues. Most of them are a generation older than the students whose work they are judging. The room is brightly lit, much like the work lights students feverishly worked under the last 16 hours. More

Rice-Cell Cocktail Kills Cancer Cells, Leaves Normal Cells Alone

rice cells
Juice from rice cells knocked out two kinds of human cancer cells as well or better than the potent anti-cancer drug Taxol in lab tests conducted by a Michigan Technological University scientist. Plus, it did something extra: it played nice with normal cells. More

Actors Flying High

flying actor
The visual and performing arts department is sending its actors flying in its latest production, Stealing Fire. Literally flying. “The first challenge is to keep it safe,” Director Christopher Plummer, associate professor of sound, says during a recent rehearsal. Actor Paige Borel is strapped into a harness, going through her paces, some airborne. “And it actually means different types of rehearsals," More

Alumni Around the World

Your Alumni Association/MTSF All-Nighter Crew

alumni association
MTSF students helped the Alumni Association kick off Winter Carnival by helping to serve over 600 mugs of hot chocolate during the All-Nighter. Students, alumni, and friends were happy to be warmed up with a mug of hot chocolate on the chilly night, and each doggy guest received a pet bandana and a treat. A big thank you to Liberty Mutual who generously donated 500 stainless steel travel mugs for this event!

All-Nighter Jon Davis Memorial Chili Run

chili run
The tradition continues . . . decades ago, when the Library was run by the man with the handlebar mustache, an amazing occurrence happened during Winter Carnival All-Nighter. A van would magically 'show up' at each statue site, offering chili to the cold statue workers. The man behind this magic was none other than Jon Davis '59, proprietor of the Library Restaurant. Jim 'JC' Cortright, head busboy of the Library Restaurant and Brew Pub, continues his promise to reconnect with this lost tradition . . . the Chili Run lives on! This year two vans traveled across campus delivering 100 gallons chili.

Chili Run was sponsored by: Michigan Tech Keweenaw Alumni Chapter, The Library Restaurant and Brew Pub, Undergraduate Student Government, Michigan Tech Student Foundation & Michigan Tech Dining Services.

Keweenaw Alumni Gather for Hockey Huskies

The South skybox at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena was full of cheering alumni and friends for the Hockey Huskies match-up against the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves last Friday! Everyone in attendance enjoyed a variety of snacks and drinks and cheered as the Huskies posted an early lead in the 1st period. There was dismay as the Seawolves squeaked past the Huskies to win it 5-4 in the final minutes of the 3rd period, but despite the disappointment, everyone involved had a great time.

Many thanks to Keweenaw Chapter leader Travis Howard '06 for hosting the event.

Six Days of Carnival Winners Announced

The Michigan Tech Annual Fund sponsored a Winter Carnival give-away contest last week. Daily prize packages were awarded, and all entrants were eligible to win the grand prize of a 2014 Experience Winter Carnival package. Individuals were encouraged to enter the contest by "liking" the Michigan Tech Annual Fund Facebook page which saw an increase of 3,450 likes by the end of the contest. Winners were announced daily, but if you missed it, here is a complete list of the daily winners along with the winner of the grand prize—

Day One: Ann Parry '86
Day Two: Sara Nurmela '99
Day Three: Susan Wagner '94
Day Four: Aaron Dufrane '95
Day Five: Jerry Philo '80
Day Six: Liz Glaser '98
Grand Prize: Alicia Huntley '99

Rosie the Riveter Tour, Northern California


John Lyrenmann’09, Lindsey Lyrenmann, Kari (Klaboe) Nasi ’09 and Marjo Jaroch ’08.

On Saturday, February 9, alumni and friends from the Bay Area Alumni Chapter took a behind the scenes visitor center tour of the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

Big thanks to Chapter Leader Debbie Campbell '76 for organizing the event!


“We all had a different image of what it was like to live in DHH… but we all remembered the sauna!”

Kevin Trowbridge ’07, Debbie Campbell ’76, and Donald Johnson ‘53

Last Chance for Snowfall Contest! Deadline is February 15.

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.

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/

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.

Graduate Research Colloquium Invitation

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)

Carnival Poll Results

What was your Favorite Carnival activity?

All-Nighter 22 percent
Huskies hockey 20 percent
Statue building 20 percent
Broomball 12 percent
Skits 9 percent
Time off from studying 6 percent
Special events 3 percent
Queens 2 percent
Other 7 percent

Some others: drinking beer, the Lode Daily, skiing, friends coming to see me, Sno Ball listening to Jazz Band, importing women from downstate, after 3 years of all of the above went winter camping at Hoar Lake, wall paintings in Wads, dog sled race, looking at all the statues, SKUM party was the best, triple board Risk games, ski races, the old Wesley House crew in the early 80s, SWEish kebobs, handing out donuts with APO, pancakes, frat parties.

Fill in the Blanks

statue building


2007 and the gang is just getting going on a one-nighter.

Any idea what group?

It is clickable.

Email me.


Old Carnival Statue



Looks political in nature. No idea what "Hershey" meant. Must have been the Vietnam years?

Photo by Joe Kirkish.

Email me.

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Tech Sports

Huskies Win Winter Carnival after 6-1 Rout of Seawolves

cc ski
The Michigan Tech hockey team claimed the John MacInnes Cup as Winter Carnival Champions for the first time since 2010 with a 6-1 victory over Alaska Anchorage today and 10-6 advantage in total goals on the weekend. Milos Gordic, who had two goals and two assists in the series, was named Winter Carnival most valuable player. More

Men's and Women's Basketball on Detroit-area TV

The Michigan Tech basketball games at Wayne State Thursday, Feb. 14, will be broadcast on Comcast, only available in the Detroit metro area. The men's game starts at 6 pm with the women to follow 25 minutes after the conclusion of the men's contest.

Huskies Sink Lakers

men's hoops
The Michigan Tech men's basketball team held Grand Valley to 13 first half points in a 69-51 win Saturday (Feb. 9). The Huskies dominated the first half shooting 55-percent from both the field (12-22) and from behind the arc (6-11). GVSU shot 32-percent (6-19) from the field and 11-percent (1-9) from deep. More

Seniors Key to Women's Basketball Win

women's hoops
Michigan Tech seniors Sam Hoyt and Emma Veach combined for 44 point to lead the Huskies to a 69-58 win over Grand Valley in GLIAC women's basketball action Saturday (Feb. 9). "I am super proud of our seniors and how they led our team on Winter Carnival against two good teams," said head coach Kim Cameron. "They held us together, and everybody else played for them." More

Around the Keweenaw

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

From the Email Bag

2005 Broomball

Looks like a "Dorm Rats and the Greek" game. The guy on the far right looks like Casey Coolich, in the black shirt in the middle looks like
Justin Koski, and white shirt in the back right looks like Christina



I can’t identify anyone in the photo, but I do remember that sweatshirt. The Douglass Houghton Hall Council created them in 2003 or 2004 while I was president. I believe Scott Schneider designed the logo, based off of the Manchester United soccer team’s shield. It was a good thick MTU weather rated sweatshirt and to this day is still one of my favorites!

Todd Olsen

Kyle and Todd: Thanks for the scoop. It is still clickable.

Archives Fire Update

I think a worthwhile item in your next Newsletter would be some details on the fire in the Library Bldg. with respect to the water-soaked records. Have they been successfully recovered? What were they records of? Any info would be very much appreciated .

George L. Schutte , Class of 1953


Hello George (and Dennis):
Things are trundling along here.... We have completed structural repairs in the storage room (floors, ceiling, shelving) and have also done some in-house treatment of about 700 boxes lightly affected by the water. These are now back in the right place. We sent an additional 800 boxes out of town for treatment by a professional firm.

The first truckload containing about 1/3 of the returning material should be delivered tomorrow. Still some work to do with that (and the other two batches), but we're hoping to have everything wrapped up in early April.

At this point, we only know of about 10 boxes that were unrecoverable. Mainly materials from the United Steelworkers local in White Pine and some constituent files from former Congressman Phil Ruppe.

But we're not sure what to expect from the treated documents returning in the coming weeks.

Thanks for your interest,

Erik Nordberg
Michigan Tech Archives

That's Some Cloud!



God Bless the UP!

And daa say dis ain't God’s country!

John Baker

John: Hard to argue that one!


And the Top of the Bridge

Check out this interactive panorama from the top of the bridge -

And a Video Journey through Hancock and Houghton

Hang on to your hat: video


Yes, I do remember "Sylvia's" as she was my Mother. She started her business in November of 1945 and finally retired in May 1986. It was estimated she served over one million meals before she closed her doors. She loved all of those kids and treated them all as family. Mom spent her last three years in Dallas and passed away in December of 1999 at the age of 83. We enjoy the alumni news, keep it up.

Judy Combellack Kesler

Hockey in Alabama

I was watching the news on Channel 19 in Huntsville, AL a couple of weeks ago and they announced that UAH (University of Alabama Huntsville) hockey team was joining the WCHA next year. I have not been able to find anything more on this and am wondering if Tech will indeed be coming to Huntsville, AL to play hockey in the future? As an alum . . . I'd love it! Please let me
know about this possibility.

Thanks so much!
Mary Eastman "91 STC


We will indeed be going to Huntsville for hockey in the future. With the recent addition of UAH to the league, the schedule for next year is still unfinished. I don't have any dates, and there's no guarantee we'll travel there next year. It may be the 2014-15 season before we play in Alabama.

Wes Frahm
Director, Athletics Marketing and Communications

Alums in Shanghai

Hello Dennis,
My family was recently transferred to Shanghai, China. Is there an alumni group here?

Debbie Olsen Hester '82

I am delighted to hear that you are interested in getting involved with our China Alumni Chapter. Let me connect you with our current Chapter Leader in China - Peipei Zhao '09.

Also we do have a Facebook page for our China Chapter.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!

Kay Larson, Alumni Relations

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More Alumni Benefits, Services and Discount program information 

Job Opportunities

On Campus

Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiatives in Water and Transportation

Other Postings
IT Project Manager, Information Technology Services and Security

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Apply using the new online system at http://jobs.mtu.edu.

Complete Descriptions are available on the Human Resources website.

Off Campus

• The Mosaic Company: Mining Operations Supervisor--Four Corners, FL, Job ID #: 6466 www.mosaicco.com

• ControlTec, Houghton: Java Developer

Other employment opportunities: Check out the Linked in group exclusively for Michigan Tech Alumni.

Also, visit the Career Tools web page for more options.