August 13, 2013
Vol. 19, No. 25
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New Faces, Old Friends

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Emily '06 and Evelyn Weber and some pasty fixings.

New to the Alumni Reunion this year was the pasty-making demonstration, which brought out Emily (Grosvener) Weber '06 and her daughter, Evelyn. They would experience the event hands-on. "It was fun!" was Evelyn's response.

Emily was a plant ecology and environmental science major, and this was her and Evelyn's first reunion. Husband Paul '06 would catch up with them later as they joined a family lab (exploring a trout stomach), boat tour, Pasty Picnic and the St. Albert the Great 50th Reunion. They were married at St. Al's.

Paul teaches computer engineering at Lake State, and he has a PhD in that area from Tech.

Also at the pasty-making demo was Alan Pearson '62, who was really making a trip of it. Originally from Iron River, he was touring in his motor home and was fresh from a Winnebago convention in Iowa.

"Fort Wilkins, agate picking, waterfalls," were his next priorities.

A civil engineer, he had spent his career as a dam safety engineering in California and Colorado. He wants to be close to the kids and grandkids. Don't we all. More on pasty-making.

Casey Ann Talento '03 was enjoying her pasty at the picnic. Sunny and windy, it was great weather with no bugs. She's using her environmental engineering degree in Pittsburgh in the natural gas sector. She was joining her ten-year class photo, alumni dinner, and waterfall tour. This was her first reunion, too. She is a sister of Theta Chi Epsilon.

Nearby, Ron Radunzel '88 was eating with wife Sandy and kids Emily and Matthew. Ron was a mechanical design engineering tech grad and was working with Federal Mogul in Grand Rapids.

Family Radunzel was also doing a scenic tour: Harbor Run, McLain Park (for a week), Redridge, Breakers.

"He remembers everywhere, we don't need the GPS," Sandy said. He enjoyed those locations as a student, he laughed.

At Tech, they, too would be exploring trout stomachs, touring the Great Lakes Research Center, and enjoying the Nara Nature Park and Trails.

Gary '63 and Heather Vedova were checking out the SAE vehicles on display at the picnic. They were anxiously awaiting the Golden M Pinning the next day, after visiting a couple of local establishments that night. The boat cruise and awards dinner were also on their schedule.

Gary finished his real estate law career and they got into inn keeping: a beautiful little place with food and fifteen units two hours south of Toronto in Port Stanley.

His goal: "Get my two sons running it."

I ran into the Vedova's and many others at the Golden M Pinning Ceremony Friday. I also saw Tom Irwin '63, who was in charge of the Class Gift ($215,000), Dan Batten '88 '90, Lisa Fernstrum '91, and Bill Deephouse '63. The stories were incredible, and it made us wish we were back on campus back in the day.

More on the Golden M Pinning here.

We also had a chat with Frank Shoffner '62, who made his annual Pasty Picnic stop and commiserated with some classmates, recalling the names and faces gone by, in addition to a little Copper Country Cruisin'.

As usual, we wished there was more time to fit it all in. We did our best and had a great time. See you next year, or before.

Dennis '92 '09

At Tech

Michigan Tech a Best in the Midwest Again

Le Mans
Michigan Tech has again been listed in Princeton Review’s Best 378 Colleges. In the 2014 edition, Michigan Tech was named a Best Midwestern College for the third consecutive year. The Best 378 Colleges report focuses on undergraduate education. “Michigan Tech offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book,” says Robert Franek. . . More

Professor Takes a Journey on Streetcars Past

Bill Sproule’s expertise in transportation—and a love of history and rail transportation—led to a book on local streetcars, just published. Sproule was prepping for a presentation on the book at Michigan Tech’s Alumni Reunion when he stopped by to discuss the rewards and challenges of producing a book with some 200 photographs. It’s a labor of love with a serendipitous beginning. More

Heat Up the Forge, Examine the Crime Scene—Summer Youth Programs Explores College Life

Don your safety glasses, slip on a spark-proof smock and fire up the furnace because students enrolled in Michigan Technological University’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) materials science exploration are eager to share what they’ve been up to in the blacksmithing shop. More

Athletes Advance the Strategic Plan

From their athletic achievements to their academic excellence, Michigan Tech’s student athletes embody the University’s vision and promote its strategic plan, Athletics Director Suzanne Sanregret told the Michigan Tech Board of Control at its regular meeting today. “We are here to celebrate the success we’ve had in the classroom and on the field, courts and ice,” Sanregret told Board members in a report on Michigan Tech athletics. She cited four conference championships, plus the Great Lakes Invitational hockey championship. More

Alumni Around the World

More Student Sendoffs

West Michigan
Alumni and friends from the Milwaukee (above) and Iron Mountain/Kingsford (below) Alumni Chapters met up with incoming Tech students in their areas to celebrate their upcoming years at Michigan Tech.  Many thanks to our Alumni Volunteers and Regional Admissions Managers for organizing the event!

student send-off

West Michigan – Whitecaps Baseball Outing

Saturday, August 3 was a beautiful day for a ball game.  Alumni and friends from the West Michigan Chapter met on the 3rd Base Deck for a pre-game BBQ and social.

 Everyone enjoyed perfect weather and the ball game.  Many thanks to John Gutierrez ’94 for organizing the event!

Check out the West Michigan Facebook page for more event photos:

Bob Brown '53 Stopped in

The diamond anniversary class was in attendance for reunion. We know Bob Carnahan '53 was around, and so was Bob Brown '53 who stopped by to share stories about local families we both knew. We also talked about Gilly Boyd, legendary metallurgy professor who was mentioned often over the weekend.

Gilly also had his own PT19 training plane and was involved in Tech's educating of Air Force officers. RPI was also involved in the WWII training. The pilots and navigators were drilled here, Brown said. Gilly golfed with Bob's dad, so he thought he had "an in" with him. Not so. The old professor was tougher on those whose family he knew. "I expect better of you," he said "So, you better buckle down!" Brown got the message!

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Tech Sports

Khaira to Sign NHL Contract with Edmonton

Chris Conner
Michigan Tech hockey coach Mel Pearson announced today that sophomore Jujhar Khaira (Surrey, B.C.) is foregoing his final years of eligibility to sign a contract with the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. The 6-3 forward will attend their upcoming prospects camp and their main preseason camp with the goal of making the Oilers' opening day roster. More

Around the Keweenaw

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From the Email Bag

Greenhouse Mystery

Afternoon Dennis,
My husband Craig (BSCE 80) and I (BSCE 81) have had this conversation several times over the years. What is the purpose and which department is responsible for the greenhouse located between the ME Building and the EE Building. Over the years, including visits, we have never seen anyone go in or out of that building. We joke that is MTU’s X File Location and they are conducting alien plant life experiments there. I have asked other Tech Alumni and no one seems to know.

Thanks in advance for clearing up this mystery.

Diane Holmes

Diane: I know biological sciences is in charge, and I've dug up a YouTube tour.

A Dog Mystery to Solve

Does anyone have any memories of a fraternity St. Bernard (named Prince, perhaps?) who became somewhat of a community fixture in the early 1960s? If so, Marcia Goodrich (, editor of the Michigan Tech Magazine, would love to hear from you.

Dog House Mid-70s

Douglass House
I believe the young lady in front on the right is Julie Howell.

Dan Thomas (Migrant) BS Forestry 1975


More on "Woodmar"

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Richard Kirkbridge 67 questioned the location of the Woodmar trailer court. It was up on the hill beside the old football field. The football field served as a grazing site for several cows, yes we did practice there amongst the dung. It was also close to the old forestry building. I did not take forestry nor did I live in Woodmar, I only remember it from football.

Paul Goode “50”



Wanted to let you know that I showed the original picture to my mom, Jeanne Watz ‘50, and the first thing she said was that it looked like Woodmar, close to the Sherman gym location.

Mary Ness ‘78

Our Funny Border to the North

Bizarre border between Canada/USA...

Well narrated, entertaining and amusing!

John Baker

Great Article, Wrong Caption

This was in this morning's Sunday Des Moines Register. It is a nice article about the Copper Country, but they got a bit confused about the bridge pic caption! There is a lift bridge in Duluth, but this isn't it! I hope the reunion went well.

Iowans on the Go: For a Superior trip, travel north

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Tom O'Connor 1973

Thanks, Tom. And we get to live here!

Remembering Marie

Marie Catrib
How can I get a copy of the June 18,2013, Vol19,#21 newsletter resent to me?

I'm not sure if the article on Marie Catrib was longer than on the opening page or not. She was a great gal. Her cheesecake was awesome, still some of the best I've ever had, and so many different flavors to choose from.

She also had some cabbage soup that had a ton of pepper at the bottom that always turned out to be a eye watering surprise. My wife got to meet her a few times to confirm her warm spirit and hospitality. I know there are many students out there with fond memories of her. She will surely be missed.

Robert Lyzak

Robert: Our archives are located in the upper right-hand corner of the newsletter, under the Alumni Association logo. And, yes, she was something special.

Recalling the Real Alberta

I have also been reading with interest one of the articles in the recent Michigan Tech Gift Legacy dealing with Tech's Ford Center in Alberta. Years ago whenever we drove through that area on our way to Green Bay or Chicago, we always referred to that section of road as Ford's Woods. It was only a narrow 2-lane road, and you had to be on the lookout for deer, which could suddenly leap out in front of your car without any warning.

And speaking of the name "Alberta", my brother, Jim, met up with Alberta Jean Johnson at a tennis tournament in Iron Mountain, and they had quite an affair going until World War II came along. She was referred to then as just "Jean". She was a very good tennis player and came to The Copper Country to play in one or more tournaments at the Agassiz Tennis Club between Hubbell and Lake Linden.

Best regards, Bob Lovell

Colin Paterson Contact Info Sought

Good Morning Dennis,
Enjoy the Newsletter very much, particularly as Larry Feldauer states re: photos & write-ups 'from years gone by'.

I was at Tech when Colin Paterson was there & knew him well. Do you have an e-mail address for him or some other way I can contact him to pass along my congrats.

Bill Gobert '69

Bill: Thanks for the note. Our Athletics Communication and Marketing crew came through on this one.

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