September 24, 2013
Vol. 20, No. 2
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Here, There, and Everywhere

Chinese students
China celebrates outside Dee Stadium.

As the representatives of some sixty nations were lining up in Hancock for the Parade of Nations, the sun came out and it was starting to warm up.

Veterans of the parade, which turns twenty-five next year, recalled many a cold parade day, like last year when it was 47 and really windy.

In any kind of Keweenaw weather, however, participation in the parade and by the viewers is usually quite good, and this year was no exception.

The first person I ran into was Sergei Akhmatdinov from Ufa, Russia. He is a freshman in computer engineering and as baffled by all the recent politics between our two nations as anyone else.

Nearby, Social Sciences Professor Mary Durfee was gathered with a group of students from Malta. They are attempting to create the first international chapter of MindTrekkers, that fantastic traveling science demonstration that has enthralled school kids around the Midwest and in DC.

Patrick Kohler, a master's student in ME from Stuttgart, Germany, was finishing his thesis before returning home and a nice job with Mercedes-Benz. Yes, he'll get to drive some cars, as there are four plants nearby.

As the parade progressed, the weather clock in downtown Hancock read 67 degrees, and it was sunny and windy. The Chinese and Indian groups had the largest contingents.

Kids with bags for candy dotted the street, and, as the parade snaked over to Houghton, we ran to Dee Stadium.

There, amid the amazing aromas, some forty booths were set up selling food and other goodies. A stage graced the far end, and two huge rows of tables lined the floor, ready for the onslaught.

And it came.

The line out the main entrance was impressive, as all the representatives handed over their flags to be displayed near their food booths. My new German friend even ended up on the local television news, with his Finnish friend, as well as a woman from Cameroon and another from India, in their native dress.

TV6 coverage.

It was a nice representation of today's Michigan Tech: a great global family celebrating each other by parading, breaking bread, singing, dancing, and lots of smiling and laughing.

Dennis '92 '09

P.S. Watch for the new TechAlum coming in October!



It's really changing on my street.

"Mine, too. I'll be raking before you know it."

Football season.

"The Huskies look tough again."

Coach Kearly has them going.

"Soccer beat a Division I team! And volleyball has bounced back."

You're quite the fan.

"I get around."


"Twenty-three percent turned."

At Tech

Generations of Discovery Campaign Meets and Beats Its Goal

Campaign total
When Michigan Tech launched its Generations of Discovery capital
campaign in 2006, announcing a goal of $200 million, there were some doubters. Remember 2006—when the housing bubble burst and the stock market was heading for its 2008-09 crash, kicking the country into a major recession? But Michigan Tech did it—and then some. At a campaign celebration at the University’s Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Campaign Chair Dave House announced that Michigan Tech has raised $215,366,353, More

Female and Graduate Student Enrollment Rises

students on campus
Michigan Tech, like other public universities in the state, submitted its official fall enrollment numbers to Lansing this week. The news was very good. Michigan Tech has 1,252 first-year students, the largest freshman class since 2008. The average ACT score and high school GPA of those those students are at an all-time high, at 26.7 and 3.66. More

Sleeping Better, Looking Better

sleep mask
Getting treatment for a common sleep problem may do more than help you sleep better – it may help you look better too, according to a new research study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Researchers from Michigan Technological University and the University of Michigan Health System conducted the study. More

Biggest Snowball Honor Returns to Michigan Tech


In 2006, Michigan Tech was basking in Guinness glory, having nabbed three wintery world records. But records are made to be broken: one by one, each toppled in the intervening years, and those radiant moments of victory faded into memory. Last winter, a hardy band of mechanical engineering students had had enough. That was when Michigan Tech’s ASME student chapter pledged to bring at least one of the University’s long-lost Guinness World Records to Houghton. More

Alumni Around the World

Campaign Celebration Brings Alumni to Campus

alumni tour
As part of the Generations of Discovery campaign celebration, many alumni were in town. Tours were held across campus, featuring many of the initiatives supported by campaign funds, including Blue Marble Security student Enterprise.

Tiffin Football Tailgate

Tiffin tailgate
Alumni and friends gathered for a Football Tailgate to cheer on our Michigan Tech Huskies while there were in Tiffin, Ohio, on Saturday, September 14. Many thanks to Columbus Chapter Leader John McDermott ‘92 for organizing the event!

Make a Difference on October 26

Make a Difference 2012
The Twin Cities Rake-a-thon Team from 2012.

October 26 is Make a Difference Day—a national day to give back to your community, and a great way to connect with other alumni in your area! Use the link below to submit a project in your city and we'll take care of spreading the word to local alumni and friends!

What will you be doing to make a difference?

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Tech Sports

Mead Named GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week

Junior kicker Garrett Mead kicked five field goals and scored 17 of Michigan Tech's 29 points in a 29-7 win over Walsh Saturday in Houghton. The junior from Alpena, Mich., booted field goals of 31 and 19 yards in the first half and added 24, 37 and 27 yarders in the second. With his performance, Mead set school records for field goals in a game (the old record was three) and kick scoring points in a game (the old record was 13). The Huskies attempted just three field goals all last season. More

Huskies Top Division I Green Bay 1-0 in Soccer

Michigan Tech earned a 1-0 road victory at NCAA Division I UW-Green Bay Sunday in women's soccer. The Huskies' fourth shutout win of the season came with an eight-save performance from goalkeeper MaryBeth Spoehr. Tech managed to keep the game scoreless through halftime even though the host Phoenix held a 12-0 lead in shots including six on goal. More

Huskies Win Second Straight Five Setter, Top SVSU

The Michigan Tech volleyball team extended their home win streak to five matches as they defeated the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals in another five-set match. The scores were 25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 22-25 and 15-8. The Huskies got straight to work in the first set as sophomore middle blocker Sylvie Rokosh set the tempo with a kill to start the game. Freshman outside hitter Aubrey Ficek had three kills to put away the set. More

Around the Keweenaw

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From the Email Bag

Alum Reports in from Kuwait

Since you have the "Alumni Around the World" column in the newsletter, I thought I'd send you this.
This is me, currently deployed to Kuwait, proudly displaying my Tech Winning GLI t-shirt.


Dave Gillahan
BSME and ROTC, 1996
MSME, 2009

Great photo, Dave. I made it clickable. Thanks for serving for us.

Forging the Seal

I thought this video might bring back some fond memories:

Automation from Long Ago

Some amazing engineering here:

Frank Shoffner '62

Mary Ann Beckwith Exhibits in Lansing

All are welcome to the opening of the exhibit October 4, 7-9 p.m. I would love to see Tech alums.

Lansing Gallery, 119 N. Washington Sq., Lansing. Exhibit runs until November 8.

Mary Ann Beckwith, Professor Emeritus

Last Person Identified in 2006 Move-in Photo

Move-in Crew

Hi Dennis,
The "guy on the left" from the 2006 move-in crew picture is Jared O'Connor. Now you've got them all!

Anne (Aho) Cox '10

Thanks, Anne.


To remind everyone:

Hi! I know 5 of the faces...The ladies(L to R): Esther Johnson, Meghan Martin (Burr), Katrina Sanders, Erika Johnson, and Anna Bradfish (Stenvig)

I don't recall the name of the guy on the left.

This was from my 3rd year as an OTL.

Best regards,

Jacobsville Sandstone and Hubbell Hall


Attached are a couple of other photos of Hubbell Hall from the Fall of 1968. The first picture shows the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ style buildings. This photo was taken just a couple of weeks before they started the demolition, as shown in the second photo, of Hubbell Hall to make way for the new ME-EM building.

I had a couple of classes in Hubbell Hall my freshman year, 1965/66, but by 1967 it had been pretty much abandoned since there were so many problems with the building, including broken windows and Hubbell and Chem Scicracks in the stone work,

But it was a beautiful example of the ‘brownstone’ which was quarried on the other side of Portage Lake near Torch Bay, as shown here in an old ‘Picture Postcard’ from around 1907:

The ‘Brownstone’ quarry was located at Jacobsville near Portage entry. In fact, this particular type of ‘sandstone’ was known as ‘Jacobsville Brownstone’ and was used quite extensively in buildings erected near the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

Hubbell Hall demolitionAnyway, keep up the good work.

John R. Baker, ‘71
Irvine, CA.

Thanks, John. I never saw this view of the new and old, or the actual quarry work.


Bed Race from the 1980s

bed race
Hey Dennis.
The group on the left is the Beta Sigma Theta entry that year.

From what I can see the bed man is Brian Fry. Second from the left (in the hat) is Brian Pellerito. The slowpoke cheerleader in the back is Eric

Bet Sigs -> best group of guys I've ever been associated with.....

Ken Daining (ME '88 and Bet Sig AA pledge class Fall 1984)

Thanks, Ken. It is still clickable.

Another Horticulturist

You might ask if anyone remembers one A. B. Boggs who grew flowers in the tower at Hubbell Hall.

A somewhat quiet, a bit colorful if eccentric calculus instructor.

Onni Perala

Good question alums: does anyone recall Boggs?

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