April 23, 2013
Vol. 19, No. 17
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Two New Brew Crews

Appleton Beer Co.

Perhaps inspired by our own Keweenaw Brewing Company (Dick Gray '82) and Schmoz Brewery in Grand Rapids (Chas Thompson '91), a couple of husband-wife alumni teams are bringing craft brewing to two different locales: Appleton, Wisconsin, and Zeeland, Michigan.

We caught up with them as they branch out in new careers and take a shot as business people.

Mairi (Smith-Risk) Fogle '09 and Ben Fogle '08 are the Appleton brewers, Ben is a brewer and production manager, and Mairi is the marketing director.

"Between the two of us, we have taken on a large share of the responsibilities, but there are many other people involved as well at varying levels of ownership," Mairi says. "Ben's dad (Jeff) is the president of the organization and Ben's stepmom (Leah) is the chef."

Other alumni are involved: Carl Pierce '08 is also a brewer/owner and Evan Zaborski '10 is an owner and part of the construction crew.

"We are building the twenty-barrel brew system, kitchen, and bar ourselves in what used to be an auto parts shop on College Avenue in Appleton," Mairi says. "We are optimistic that we can open this summer, and we we will have a full bar in addition to the beer, but our primary focus will be on our beer."

She said her menu will be a beer-centric, with all food will having beer in it or will go well with beer.

"We are very focused on educating our customers on craft beer and being transparent in everything we do," Mairi said. "We will have the brew system visible through floor to ceiling windows, and the distribution line and kitchen will be visible through large windows that we've pulled out and restored during the renovations."

They've focused on sustainability, too. They've re-used much of the wood torn out of the building for tables and benches, recycled steel for our equipment, and using the spent grain for bread and will be giving the rest to local farmers as feed for their animals. They are on Facebook.

Tripel RootAcross Lake Michigan in Zeeland (southwest of Grand Rapids), Nate '05 and Laura '05 Gentry are converting a 115-year-old building downtown into a restaurant and brewpub called Tripel Root (www.tripelroot.com).

Zeeland might be considered a unique place to start, since they just reversed their alcohol sale ban in 2006.

But, times have changed, and accenting their family-friendly focus, Tripel Root will be open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Tripel Root will also offer artisan stone breads made with spent grains left over from the brewing process.  It will serve its own beer along with wine and "guest taps" from other microbreweries.

Nate's interest in brewing started early.

"He was home brewing while we were at Tech," Laura says. "We lived in one of the subdivisions up the hill from Shopko. Nate also was a bartender at The Library for a few years."

Tripel Root aims to bring more people to the downtown area. "We love the Zeeland community and look forward to working with the city and local businesses and organizations," she said. The last use for the building was a bank, and the drive-through will be replaced with a door and outside seating area.

They have been working hard.

"After a weekend of working on demolition, we filled our first 20 yard dumpster and have made progress on taking down the inside walls," she says.

They are also working on fundraising.

"If anyone is interested in an opportunity to be a part of our Founding Members Mug Club, contact us at info@tripelroot.com."

News story on Tripel Root and downtown Zeeland. They are on Facebook, too.

Are there any other alumni brewers out there?

Dennis '92 '09


Snowfall Totals
I should refuse to acknowledge this.

Okay, 304" for the season in Keweenaw County, before today. 216 in Houghton County. 30" for April. We've lost the ol' sense of humor.

At Tech

Scientist's Discovery Could Lead to a Better Capacitor

A new process for growing forests of manganese dioxide nanorods may lead to the next generation of high-performance capacitors. As an energy-storage material for batteries and capacitors, manganese dioxide has a lot going for it: it’s cheap, environmentally friendly and abundant. More

Bear Baiting May Put Hunting Dogs at Risk from Wolves

Bear hunters will tell you that a good way to attract a bear is to put out bait. And in 10 states, including Michigan and Wisconsin, that’s perfectly legal. Hunting dogs are another useful technique in the bear-hunter’s toolkit, and 17 states say that’s just fine. More

Concrete Canoe Team Paddles the Competition Again

For the 13th time in 15 years, Michigan Tech’s team has nabbed the regional title in the ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition. “We have a super group of students on the team,” said Bill Baxandall, the team’s faculty advisor. “They work really hard and put a lot of extra effort into the product." More

Gupta Named Fellow by Society of Plastics Engineers

Mahesh Gupta
Mahesh Gupta, a professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics at Michigan Technological University, has been named a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Fellows are selected based on outstanding achievements in the field of plastics engineering, science or technology or in the management of such activities. More

Alumni Around the World

Southern California Happenings

Southern California
On Saturday, April 20, alumni and friends (above) from the Southern California Chapter gathered at the Dorothy Alice Vinyard for an afternoon of wine tasting and reminiscing. Many thanks to our hosts for the afternoon Walt '63 and Nancy Hurtienne.

On Sunday, April 21, alumni and friends in Southern California had an exciting afternoon at the ballpark to watch Los Angeles Angels play Michigan's own Detroit Tigers. The group met up for a post-game social at JT Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery. Many thanks to Chapter Leader Paul Ninefeldt for organizing the event!

Detroit and West Michigan Gatherings

Detroit skateFamily Skate Night
On April 14, close to sixty alumni, friends and future alumni joined the Detroit Chapter for a fun skating event. Skaters of all ages warmed up with hot chocolate and cookies between laps. A fun time was had by all!


West MichiganWest Michigan Spring Dinner
On April 16, the West Michigan Chapter hosted their annual spring dinner at the Egypt Valley Country Club. Guy Meadows, director of the Great Lakes Research Center, was the featured speaker of the evening. Alumni and friends were able to catch up with each other, enjoy Schmohz Brewery specialty beer, and win some great raffle prizes!

Huskies Summer Sports Camps—
Develop. Learn. Play. Stay.

Registration for the 2013 Summer Sports Camps is now open! This year’s camps include basketball, football, soccer, tennis, cheer, dance, learn to skate, figure skating, hockey, mountain biking and volleyball. Check out the individual schedules and camp details at www.mtu.edu/sportscamps.

As a benefit only available to our alumni, a 10 percent discount is redeemable for all children and grandchildren of alumni. Just mention this special TechAlum Newsletter offer when filling out your camp application in the “How did you hear about our camp” section.

2013 summer sports camps will take place June 8–August 23. Save the dates on your calendar and camp UP here! Combine a family vacation with a fun camp, where your child or grandchild is guaranteed to learn techniques to improve their sport. Develop skills, learn from professional staff, perform at a higher level and experience the Keweenaw summer.

Huskies Sports Camps—the best play, coolest coaches, and most fun you’ll have on the ice, field and court! Contact us at 888-829-9688 or sportscamps@mtu.edu with any questions. We look forward to seeing you at camp this summer!

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

2012 Pasty Picnic
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

Fill in the Blanks

2007 Spring Fling


Back when we had spring, 2007, we had a fling. Fishing for Coke bottles.

It is clickable.

Email me.


Spring Fling in 1995

1995 Spring Fling


Rocking the mall back in the 90s.

Recognize anyone?

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Tech Sports

Mother Nature Wins 2013 Spring Football Game

Michigan Tech has cancelled today's annual spring football intrasquad game due to weather. The snow and drifting from yesterday's storm left Sherman Field unplayable. "It's unfortunate we can't play today," said head coach Tom Kearly. "The spring game's always for the players, and they've worked really hard this spring to improve themselves. More

Men's Track and Field Wins Hillsdale Invitational

track and field
Despite high winds and cold temperatures, the Michigan Tech men's and women's track and field teams won seven events at the Hillsdale Invitational Saturday, April 13. The men's team took the team title and the women finished fifth. "Pretty excited that we won a meet, especially one with a high caliber of competition as the Hillsdale Invitational," said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. "It was a great team effort with numerous student-athletes scoring in a number of events." More

Around the Keweenaw

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From the Email Bag

Vietnam Traveling Wall and Alumni

vietnam names
Good Evening Dennis:
I would like to again thank you for your assistance in obtaining the names for Michigan Tech graduates or students whose names are on the Vietnam Wall.

The week was a huge success as far as the large number of citizens who attended the various events that were held as well as visiting the "Wall" which was open 24 hours a day.

On Tuesday the 16th we were told to prepare to feed 185-200 persons who would be riding motorcycles from Virginia as an escort for the Wall. They stopped in Raleigh, about 60 miles from Goldsboro to fuel up and I received a call from the USO Center advising me that they had at least 350 riders there. I checked at the county line and found out that there were another 125 riders waiting. We fed over 500 riders.

I placed a card with a yellow rose and the following statement on the card for each of the individuals.

"Your fellow classmates at Michigan Tech University remember you as a student and as a true warrior. May you rest in peace. Because of your service and your sacrifice we are able to enjoy our FREEDOM today. Go Huskies."

Each of the cards, which has the individuals name and date they were killed, was placed in a Memory Vault that will be opened in fifty (50) years on the 100th anniversary of the Vietnam War. A picture was taken and a copy will be sent to you by Richard Horton, rhorton5@nc.rr.com.

It is reported that 12,000 people lining the last 2 miles that the Wall traveled to arrive at Wayne Community College tournament. We had another 30,000 plus individuals visit the Wall.

Allan D. Pedersen 1960
Base Liaison Coordinator
USO of North Carolina
Seymour Johnson AFB

Allan: Thanks for remembering our alumni in such a great fashion. This is a very meaningful and powerful tribute. Plans are underway to add the names of alumni who perished in the wars after Korea in the Memorial Union Building.


Hello Dennis,
I'm not sure if other names have been added to the list of MTU graduates who were killed in Vietnam but I wanted to make sure Thomas Pakula's name was on the list. Tom was a graduate of Stambaugh high school (before it became West Iron County) and graduated with a degree in Forestry in August, 1967. He was killed in action on December 27, 1969.

Jim Svendsen
BSME 1973

Jim: We have received some new names, Thomas Pakula's among them. Thank you.


Reference the article in your March 26, 2013 newsletter about MTU graduates whose names are on the Vietnam wall.

The list should include: SP4 Thomas V. Pakula, US Army, KIA 27 Dec 1969, Panel 15W Line 99. Hometown Stambaugh, MI

Tom was my classmate, Forestry, Class of 1968.

Please forward to Allan Pedersen.

Joel Wagenaar

Joel: I did pass this name along, to ROTC, also.


Fred Wozniak (?) is on the wall. He graduated in 1963. He was in the Air Force. Fred was a member of Phi Kappa Tau.

Be well, John ‘63

John & Kathy Keagle


Dennis; following up on the names of former Tech students who are on "the Wall" - 2 of my good friends from '67 were shown (Jim Siddons & Chuck Baldwin) but a third was not. John Nahan, who would have graduated in 1967 departed Tech after the summer session (surveying & field geology) of his sophomore year, joined the Marines (like his father in WW II and his grandfather in WW I) and was sent to Vietnam. After he completed his 12 months he "re-up-ed" for a 6 month extension and was killed (in '67 I believe). I have found his name on the Wall in Washington, but I don't know where I have the record of the panel & row. Perhaps Allan can track Johnny down so he can be properly honored.

Pete Dohms, '67

Pete and John: Allan and ROTC now have both of these names.

Ontario Plate

license plate
Grant Nuttall shows his alma mater.

Any other plates out there? Grant's got Florida and Ontario covered.

Alum in India

I thought I would send along a photo of me while I was in India visiting my brother. He is currently over there on an ex-patriot assignment and I thought it would be a great opportunity to visit a different country and a different culture.

As he was familiar with the "tourist spots", he was an excellent tour guide. We visited many places, including the picture of me at the Taj Mahal. My brother explained to me that the best time to see the Taj Mahal was in the morning so as to beat the rest of the "tourists". With it being the winter months in India, I dressed appropriately.

At the time, I didn't even think about the fact that I was wearing the 2012 GLI Tournament shirt in which our Huskies won it all. Once I looked at the pictures, I cracked a smile to myself and thought you would enjoy it.

Carl Owens '95

Professor John Allison Passes Away

John Allison

From the obituary: In 1967 Dr. Allison and his family moved to Houghton, where he was an Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department of Michigan Technological University (MTU). There he taught organic and inorganic chemistry, including polymer and organometallic chemistry, until his departure in 1983. In 1984 he was granted Emeritus Associate Professor status at MTU. Throughout his professional career he wrote numerous papers covering a wide range of subjects in chemistry and also received a patent in 1965 (Copper Isocyanide Complexes). He was a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and Sigma Xi, an honorary society.

Huskies Hockey Jersey: We Have an Answer!

I think the Hockey Jersey was worn by the goalies Tony Esposito, and Rick Best as shown on page 134 of the 1967 year book. Those were two great goalies. Thanks for all your work on providing a great news letter.

John Kade 1969

John: Good eye! I've put the image here, and the photo with Rick Best shows it even better (best?).

What's funny is that the white jerseys did not have the floating H. And how about two All-American goalies on one team?

I wonder if that ever happened since?

The photo is clickable.


More on Vetsville



Interesting e-mail on vetsville. We lived on the water front row year 49-50 and watched the ore boats taking the short cut. interesting. We were also on the hill in Woodmar.

Dewey (50) Bjork

Dewey: I'd love to get a photo of the other one up the hill.


Some of the row closest to the Portage was there and occupied when I was at the Summer Youth Program in 1970. They were gone and replaced by a road in 1972 when I started classes for real.

Bruce Kettunen '76


Re: the article on Vetsville, the veterans(married students) housing of the mid-fifties. I came to the Tech campus in Sept. 1954 when we were still MCMT. Although not a vet, I had many friends who were and I remember that at least a couple of them lived in that village that was located behind the then Sherman gym. The photo looks very familiar of the view from DHH where I lived for two years. As I recall, the married students housing had the nickname "fertile valley"..

Dick Masica '58

Beta Sigs Identified

On Top Steven Nerat
In Grey Hoodie Josh Ruedisueli
Aaron Oaks Bottom Right
Glasses Far Left Luke Gustafson
Bottom Left Red and White Shoes Carl Rokes
Jumping off of top Adam Pankonin
Pink Bandana Theodore Yonke
Top Right Pink Detroit Lions Hat Amy Meyers

Aaron Oaks
Electrical Engineer Wyandotte Hub

Good work, Aaron!

Tracking, not Recommended

I came across some pictures of our tracking adventures during “73-74” years at Tech. I have often told stories about “tracking” but have been met with dubious stares, so I was glad to uncover these pictures.

Our favorite stretch of tracks was from behind Al’s Halfway to the roundhouse in Houghton . This section of abandoned track was all downhill, so we would put the car in neutral and climb out on the roof and hood. The car would maintain 10 to 15 mph with no one at the wheel . The bridges were a special thrill.

Living in Hubbell, we would also get on the tracks at the Hancock marina and take them all the way to our door step in Hubbell. This section of track was still live, so the trip always had the potential to be exciting. And yes, beer was usually involved.

C. Dennis Leep PE “75”

Dennis: I had a '67 Buick Special that looked a lot like that top car.

Kudos and Warm Wishes

I always enjoy reading the Newsletter. The pictures (past and current) are always interesting and bring back memories of time spent in the Copper Country. Great to see young minds are still growing exponentially at MTU.

Have a great one, and stay warm!

Gordie Mosher, MTU Football 1996-2000

Thanks, Gordie. Today's students never cease to amaze me. As for staying warm, 16 degrees Sunday a.m.

Jacobsville Lighthouse and Sandstone

I noticed that the lighthouse is listed for sale. Did the stone for the original building come from that area? The question about the stone was for MTU buildings. Not the lighthouse.

Chris Hill

Chris: Yes, some of our early buildings feature Jacobsville sandstone, and so do the "brownstones" of New York City. Here, Academic Office Building and ROTC Building for sure.

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