January 13, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 10

I’ll See You Later

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As you’ve seen at the top of TechAlum each issue, I’ve been home dealing with some health issues. The good news is that I’ve made some progress, but the bad news is I’ve got to continue working on them full time. And that means retiring from Michigan Tech and TechAlum.

For over thirty years, I’ve often written about the Michigan Tech family, whether that was the faculty and students with whom I’ve worked, the staffers and administrators I’ve gotten to know across campus, and especially my colleagues here in Marketing and Communications.

But becoming an alumnus and meeting so many of you through TechAlum and in person have been my career highlights and another extension of my family.

I came to Michigan Tech initially as a local, through Huskies football and hockey. In the 1970s, those were great times, and Tech has returned to those levels of excellence. You can add basketball, volleyball, and soccer into that mix.

Seeing my family become alumni was my personal highlight. Nothing beats walking across that stage until you see your wife and son and daughter do so. Wow! And we have many other family alumni, too.

But, I’ll miss my alumni family. I’ll miss the visits with Frank Shoffner and John Baker. I’ll miss the great emails from Kerry Irons, Joe Dancy, Les Reid, Greg Switek, Bill Deephouse, Don Kohlemainen, and I’m going to forget so many that I’ll just apologize now. I’ve got to give a special shout-out to Joe Kirkish for his friendship, encouragement, and photos over the years.

I’ll never forget Doc Berry stories, the Thanksgiving drive of ’85, the GLI get-togethers, Tech closing (or not) for weather, and the difference between a Convair 580 and a DC-3! And your love of music and concerts at Tech. Wow, I thought it was just me!

And of course getting corrected (see the airplanes above) was such a funny occurrence that I often said I should just make mistakes on purpose, so I can get all the great responses. Not to worry, I made plenty of mistakes unintentionally!

For ten years, I’ve told everyone that this was the favorite part of my job, and I know that will hold true for Kevin Hodur (another RTC grad) as he takes over. I inherited something great from Dean Woodbeck and, with great support, was able to make changes and improvements. I know the same will hold true for Kevin and his support team.

After all, you deserve it. You are Huskies.

Proudly, I am, too.

Dennis ’92 ‘09

P.S. And a big “thank you” to my editor at home. I couldn’t have done any of it without you.

At Tech


Salvaging the Ecosystem after Salvage Logging

After a forest fire burns a large swath across timberlands, logging companies often are not far behind.  They come in to do what is called salvage logging—salvaging the timber that has not been completely destroyed by the fire.

It sounds like a good idea, since even the timber from burned trees can be used for . . . [ Full Story ]


Flashes from Faster-than-Light Spots May Help Illuminate Astronomical Secrets

If you sweep a laser pointer across the Moon fast enough, you can create spots that actually move faster than light. Anyone can do it.

At a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle, Wash., today, Robert Nemiroff, a physics professor at Michigan Technological University, reported that this theoretical curiosity may turn out to be . . . [ Full Story ]


Hackers Could Make Smart Homes Stupid–or Worse

Imagine the smart home of the future. Thanks to a central controller and wi-fi, not only does the thermostat power up and warm or cool the house as you are heading home. Smart light bulbs come on low at dusk and brighten up as the sky gets darker;  your washing machine starts a load of . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World


Husky Hockey at Madison

The Chicago and Madison alumni chapters joined forces to host an epic pre-game event on January 3rd. The group met up at the Essen Haus for good food, fun prizes, and a couple boots of beer. Coach Pearson along with a few members from the coaching staff stopped in to visit with the group and . . . [ Full Story ]

MTUAA Board of Directors Winter Carnival Meeting

All are welcome to attend the meeting of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors on February 5 & 6 in the Memorial Union Building on campus.  Agenda items include selection of the 2015 Alumni Association award recipients, launch of the new Michigan Tech Visa® card program, committee reports and university updates. A copy of the . . . [ Full Story ]

December Snowfall Contest Winner

Congratulations to Steven Brinker, ’02 ME, for winning the monthly snowfall contest for December. There were 288 predictions received, but only Steven’s guess of 37.5 inches precisely matched the KRC reports for December snowfall. Steven will receive a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit for his winning guess.

While it is too late to guess the . . . [ Full Story ]

Michigan Tech Athletics Grand Raffle Tickets Available

Huskies fans, it’s not too late to purchase tickets for the annual Michigan Tech Athletics Grand Raffle, which has a top prize of ,000. Winners will be drawn Mar. 3.

Tickets are available online or from Michigan Tech student-athletes.

Nineteen other winners will be drawn in addition to the top prize of ,000. The second- and third-place . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Howard J. Haselhuhn, III ’10, ’13


The ASISC research center at Michigan Tech is a partnership of academic institutions and industry with interests in mineral processing. Members pool resources to address a diverse spectrum of interdisciplinary research questions. Their primary goal: to develop a new generation of sustainable, economical mineral processing technologies.PhD student Howard Haselhuhn is an ASISC researcher focused on . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports


Tech Men Defeat Ashland 79-69

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Michigan Tech outscored Ashland by 12 in the second half to claim a 79-69 GLIAC men’s basketball victory today at the SDC Gym. Five Huskies scored in double figures as Tech won its sixth consecutive league game and improved to 9-3 overall and 6-2 in GLIAC play.

Ashland had the hot . . . [ Full Story ]


Tech Moves to 11-1 with 63-39 Win over Ashland

HOUGHTON, Mich. — The No. 24-ranked Michigan Tech women’s basketball team continued to roll with a 63-39 victory over Ashland today at the SDC Gym. The Huskies are now 11-1 overall and 7-1 in GLIAC play.

Much like it did in its 75-35 win over Lake Erie on Thursday (Jan. 8), the Huskies jumped . . . [ Full Story ]


Copley Spends Weekend With Washington Capitals

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Former Michigan Tech goaltender Pheonix Copley got a brief call up to the NHL’s Washington Capitals over the weekend, serving in a backup role in the team’s 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday (Jan. 10) in Washington DC. He returned to the Hershey Bears of the AHL Sunday (Jan. . . . [ Full Story ]

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From Here to There (or There to Here)

It may not be the Mighty Mac, but the Portage Lake Lift Bridge is a feature of life here in the Keweenaw. After decades of service, the bridge will be getting a thorough makeover—starting this weekend with an overnight closure.

That got us thinking of our favorite bridge memories: the bridge going up in the . . . [ Full Story ]


Heading Downtown?

Shelden Avenue is like an extension of Tech. The shops have changed over the years, but it’s still a vibrant downtown. Where did you used to go? What did you do? With whom? Let us know your best Shelden memories.

From the Email Bag

MAILBAG Legacy Dad grad photo

Two Generations of Tech

Here is a picture of my father, Ernesto B. Ferrer, and I in front of Koenig Hall at his graduation. He graduated with a B.S. In Chemistry in 1949 and went on to get his Masters in Chemistry in 1951. He spent his entire career with the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

I enrolled at . . . [ Full Story ]

Broomball Memories

Our women’s broomball team name was the “Hanson Sisters.”  I think what might have been better is that my broomball broom was named “The Mood Swing.”

Bridgette L. Rillema, P.E. ’96

Fans would cheer “Go Nads!” I was a member/captain of the 4-time MTU Championship NADS broomball team from 1993–1998. Love thinking of all the memories had . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech’s Legacy

In the 12/16/14 edition of the Tech Alum Newsletter, John Lehman spoke of “The Legacy of a Tech Education,” based on referrals and attendance by relatives and friends. He also asked for examples from other families.

Here’s our story, actually the blending of families through two family legacies. When I was in high school, I . . . [ Full Story ]

A Perfect (Statue) Storm

I was a freshman in DHH the winter of 72-73. Did you ever become part of one of those “perfect storm” organizations where everything came together just right? Our statue was one of those perfect storms.

We had some gifted people putting together plans for our statue. It included prints and a new thing for . . . [ Full Story ]

Featured Alumni Benefits

Michigan Tech Alumni Group Insurance Programs

As a Michigan Tech graduate, you qualify for a special group rate on many of your personal insurance needs. Visit http://www.mtu.edu/alumni/benefits/ for details

·         Auto, home, and renters insurance through Liberty Mutual.
·         Pet Health Insurance through ASPCA
·         Long Term Care Insurance – AlumniLTC®
·         Short-term health insurance - GradMed®
·         Travel Insurance through USI

These partner companies provide funds to the Michigan Tech Alumni Association as part of this collaboration. Agreements like this help support a wide range of programs and services for alumni and students.

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