June 4, 2013
Vol. 19, No. 20
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Harbor Run

Gay smokestack
Saturday's Harbor run started in Gay, our route to the top of Michigan. Note the lack of leaves.

Saturday was a typical Keweenaw early June day, if such a thing exists. Cool, sun, rain, sun, warmer, clouds, sun. And that was all before noon.

We decided it was time for a Harbor run. Funny, when we say "the Harbor" we always mean Copper Harbor. It is understood.

We decided to take the Lake Linden-Gay-Lac La Belle route, and some changing weather came along for the ride.

It was sixty-seven and sunny when we left West Hancock and headed east and north.

By the time we hit Gay, it was in the 50s, a breeze coming off the big lake. Some folks were out at their camps, doing spring cleanup. The roadside parks weren't entirely ready for us "tourists" either. Everything is late this year.

Looking across Lac La Belle, we could see a heavy fog rolling down the hills toward the water. An omen?

We caught the mail truck in Lac La Belle, and the marina was loaded with trucks and boat trailers. There must have been a fishing derby, we thought.

The covered drive was more light green and thin-of-leaves than we had seen it before. Even Mandan was just waking up, so to speak.

The shopkeepers in Copper Harbor bemoaned a lost spring with little mountain biking (huge up here now), but there were several cars parked at the restaurants and gift shops, in the midst of the fog and chill.

Taking the "other Harbor" route back, the fog made photo-taking a challenge. We were now close to twenty-five degrees colder than "back in town." The foggy, rolling trip back was kind of cool, with views of the rocks in Superior popping in and out of view.

We were the only people at the Eagle Harbor lighthouse, and the rest of the town seemed to be just waking up for the season, too.

Some of the creeks and waterfalls along the way seemed to be rushing pretty well still. 300-plus inches of snow will do that.

By the time we stopped at Eagle River (my favorite town in all of the Keweenaw), we were running back and forth to take photos. But, the beauty endured.

We cruised home along Highway 41, and the cold weather followed us. But, we were warm in our vehicle and in all the great memories we've had "up the Harbor" over the years.

Dennis '92 '09

At Tech

Migration Patterns Reveal Much about US Population

The drop of Detroit’s population is well documented, but a Michigan Technological University researcher says there is a surprising kernel of information in the decline. Richelle Winkler, assistant professor of social sciences, says Detroit attracted fewer young adults in the 1980s and 1990s than did revitalizing cities like Chicago. Then, with the economic recession between 2000 and 2010, more young people actually left Detroit than people of other ages. More

Scientists Design Calibration System for Next-Gen Telescope

Super-high-energy galactic gamma rays have trillions of times more energy than visible light, and they disappear in the atmosphere before they hit the Earth’s surface. So if you want to detect these mysterious phenomena, a regular telescope isn’t much help. To learn about the highest-energy gamma rays, scientists build elaborate observatories, and one of the most advanced is the new High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory, high in the mountains about six hours from Mexico City. More

Researchers Receive Two Great Lakes Restoration Grants

river research

Two Great Lakes restoration research projects by Michigan Tech researchers are among 12 selected for funding, the University of Michigan Water Center announced today. Fifty-four research teams from universities near the Great Lakes and beyond submitted proposals for nearly $570,000 total funding. More

Former Board of Control Member C. J. Moskowitz Passes Away

C. J. Moskowitz
Charles Moskowitz, 89, of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., passed away Monday, May 20, at his home. He was a member of the Michigan Tech Board of Control in the 1960s. Former Board member Jim Mitchell ’65 recalled Moskowitz as being a “loyal Tech man” and very involved, especially with downstate Tech gatherings over the years. Michigan Tech staff members recalled him as an exceptionally nice man, always pleasant to work with. More

Alumni Around the World

Locating Alumni Veterans for Memorial Wall

Vietnam Alumni
Dear Friends,
The veterans memorial wall in the MUB includes names of Michigan Tech alumni who died in service to our country in World War II and the Korean War. We hope to update the wall to include names of those who died in Vietnam or in later conflicts. If you are aware of alumni who paid the ultimate sacrifice, please send their name and any information you have to alumni@mtu.edu or by phone at 877-688-2586.

Thank you.

Glenn Mroz '74 '77


Great Lakes Research Center Tour and Social

On Sunday, May 19, over fifty guests from the Keweenaw Alumni and Friends Chapter explored the newest building on campus. The staff of the Great Lakes Research Center led a tour, highlighting the many features of this state-of-the-art building, as well as the research it is enabling. Many thanks to chapter volunteers Travis Howard ’06 and Jacque Smith ‘85 for organizing the event!

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

2013 Snowfall Contest Winners Chosen

This was quite the winter in the Copper Country, in fact on May 8th, a front page story in the local paper described it as persistent.

There was a trace of snow on the morning of September 12th but it wasn’t until after the New Year that the majority of the season’s accumulation fell. We received 67 inches in January and our best snow day was February 19 with 12 inches falling in that 24 hour period with high winds causing Tech to close for a day and a half due to the extreme weather.

On the positive side, the Nordic ski trails were in excellent condition until the end of April and Mont Ripley had their longest season ever.

The Alumni Association’s third annual Snowfall Contest collected 560 entries ranging from a low of 75 inches to a high of 312 inches. The official snowfall total for the 2012-13 season was 225.75 according to the Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center’s weather station located near the Houghton County Airport.

There were four predictions of 225 inches and we used the tie breaking question of when the snow would stop falling (May 12th) to choose the winner. Robert Ungeran '67 will receive a two night stay in a campus guest room, plus a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit (Tech Hoodie, Gloves, Hat, Scarf, Blanket, and Snowbrush.)

Paul Marttila '95 was chosen from all entries to receive the consolation prize of a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit.

Thank you to all of you who entered the contest. Stay tuned for the Fourth Annual Snowfall Contest for the 2013-14 season which will kick off in November on mtu.edu/alumni.

Check out the snow memories of alumni and friends at mtu.edu/memories and post your own stories about winter at Tech.

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Slate River

In 2007, a group of students with the Blue Marble Security Enterprise team were looking at parking lots.

Recognize anyone?

It's clickable.

Email me.


Copper Harbor Agate Shop from Long Ago

Thought you'd enjoy this shot of the old Agate Shop from 1957.

As you might recall, Doc Berry owned this later on.

It's for sale!

Email me.

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Tech Sports

Update on Former Huskies in NHL

rec site
Several Michigan Tech hockey alumni have made news in the National Hockey League recently. Here's a quick look at former Huskies in the NHL. Andy Sutton (1994-98) (left) announced his retirement from the NHL last week, ending a 15-year career. The defenseman played in 676 NHL games with seven different teams including the Sharks, Wild, Thrashers, Islanders, Senators, Ducks and Oilers. More

Michigan Tech Releases 2013-14 Hockey Schedule

track and field
Michigan Tech today released its hockey schedule for the 2013-14 season. The Huskies will play a 38-game regular season slate encompassing 28 games in the revamped Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Highlights of the schedule include: the 49th annual Great Lakes Invitational to be played outdoors at Comerica Park Dec. 27-28 . . . More

Around the Keweenaw

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

From the Email Bag

Slate River Class from 2006

Slate River

The girl in the brown Carhart on the left is Michaela (Polster) Crum.


Hey Dennis,
Left to right: Michaela Crum, Josh Richardson, Walt Rathbun (me), Poonam Reddy, and Ben Beard. Richard Leach is standing behind Dr. Bornhorst, and that's Bob Barron on the far right, Dr. Bornhorst's assistant and keweenaw rock hound extraordinaire.

MTU must love that photo: students eagerly listening to a professor making interesting-looking gestures right there in the field. I've seen that one on the website a few times. Wish I could remember what he was talking about.

-Walt Rathbun ('08)

Thanks, Walt. Mystery solved.


Michaela Crum (Polster) front left female.

Aaron Oaks
Electrical Engineer Wyandotte Hub


Pretty sure that’s Ben Beard in the red Twins hat. I was coaching cross country and track at that time and Ben was a runner and nordic skier. Not sure what he’s up to now.

Ryan Towles ‘99

More on Funky's Karma Cafe

Funky's Karma Cafe
The guy with the beard is Harry Gable. He lived near me for a while in the Stanton Twp community of Beacon Ridge. I think the girl next to Bill is/was Chip Ransoms wife but I do not remember her name. These were some of the people who organized and started the Keweenaw Food Co-op which was located in Hancock in the mid 1970's. Are any of them still in the area?

Fred Wark 1975

Fred: I know the Co-op is still thriving, approaching 1,000 members, and Chip is still around, I've heard.


Thanks for the great job with the Newsletter. I enjoy and look forward to it.

Best regards,
Larry Wittenbach '61

Thank you, Larry. It is the alumni who help make it happen.

On Bob Keen

Bob Keen
I really appreciated the article about Bob Keen. He is one of the kindest people I have ever met. You did a great job on the article.

Becky Christianson

Becky: He was a lot of fun to interview! Thanks for the note.

Biker Alumni Check-in

I wanted to send you a picture of my husband (Chris Warren '08) and I during our recent Zoo-de-Mack bike ride. As you can see we sported our Michigan Tech jersey's proudly! We were amazed by the number of people who commented on them saying they were too Huskies including a gentleman who works at Fanuc Robotics and is looking forward to retirement back in da UP. Saw a couple C3 [Copper Country Cycling] jerseys too! A few names that I do know include Jody (Kositzky) Schaub, Trish Goggin ('11) and Jason Beck ('11). Overall beautiful ride and great to see Tech well represented.

Lauren (Bendes) Warren ('07)

More IDs from the 2006 Commencement

Hi Dennis,
I was reading through the alumni newsletter and saw the 2006 graduation photo. I recognize two people in the picture. The first is Andrew “AJ” Duquette who had just gotten his BS in Chemistry or Chem E, and my roommate (and best man at my wedding) Phil Gaudette who received his BS in Biology. I have circled them in the picture below for your records.

Thanks for sharing

-Tim- Class of 2007 (BS MSE)


In the most recent TechAlum Newsletter, there is a call for ID's on a commencement photo.

Lower right hand corner, blue collar, double cords - Phil Gaudette.

Hope all is well in the beautiful UP.

Scott Isaacson
BSBA, MIS - 2006

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