January 28, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 11

Frozen Hoses, Cold Noses

Delt Sigs had hose problems, too. Kinking and entanglement issues.

Sunday afternoon found a small number of student groups out working on statues. It was 6 degrees and very windy. All three broomball courts were hopping, however.

Army ROTC  had a good turnout, and they said Air Force ROTC, always located near them, was out earlier.

“We’re on our fourth hose,” said Kevin Erkkila, a third-year computer science major from Midland. “We keep bringing them inside to thaw out.”

Like all the groups, they had missed four days because of the cold, and they were trying to make up ground (lost under 30-plus inches of snow). Blue Key rules don’t allow students to work in -18 F windchill. A good rule.

The Sig Eps were lamenting a small detail structure that tilted over from 40 mph winds.

“Even if we just take it apart, that takes time,” said Jordan Pontini, a fourth-year MSE from Battle Creek. He vowed to “keep pushing.” The lost days forced them to reconsider some structure work, and they’ll focus on details, making it all look good for the judges that Thursday morning.

The Delt Sigs had hose troubles and some structural problems, too.

“We’re still doing pretty well,” said Cody Campbell, a fifth-year biochem major from Imlay City, Mich. “We’ve got a leaning wall that we’ll shore up with front supports and wings to stiffen it.” The depth of snow was such that they couldn’t dig to the ground for a base.

The Phi Taus had a good number working. Michael Braun, fourth-year chemical engineer from Pinconning, remembered having to truck in snow on the very first week back last year. No problem with that this year. “Plenty of snow!” he said.

A full slate of broomball games were under way at their 5:15 p.m. starting time. A little dusting of snow and the deep chill didn’t stop the players. It was worse just watching, as a good number of students were doing.

Overheard from different groups:

“I can’t play, I strained my knee.”

“Well, maybe we just focus on our last game and not the score of this one.” Laughter.

“Are you ready for the big playoffs?”

and the ever-present: “Goalie, 5-4-3 . . .”

The organization of this sport, including all those refs and scorekeepers, is a source of amazement. Maybe it shouldn’t be, though. If the students do it, it’s going to be done right.

Any broomball memories? Email me. And don’t forget the first outdoor Alumni-Student broomball games at this year’s Carnival!

Dennis ’92 ’09


Snowfall Totals
Our snowbank is 25 feet wide.

Keweenaw County numbers.
Keweenaw Research Center  totals.

At Tech


Alum Explores a Mystery (and a Curse?)

Marty Lagina  made his living through natural resource exploration. Then the 1977 Michigan Tech alumnus and Michigan native did some unnatural exploring to solve a 200–500 year old mystery. Featured on the History Channel, Lagina, his family and friends attempted to solve the “Curse of Oak Island,” based on the legend of a Nova Scotia island. “I’m . . . [ Full Story ]


Tech Helping People Cross the Digital Divide

It is hard to believe that only a few years ago, we used a dial-up connection to check our emails on AOL and asked Mapquest to plot our way to our vacation destination. Now, we have the Internet and GPS at the touch of our fingertips with smartphones and tablets. Many of us have grown . . . [ Full Story ]


Three Awarded Henes Associate Professorships

Three faculty members in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics have been appointed to associate professorships endowed by Richard ’48 and Elizabeth Henes. After graduating from Michigan Tech, Richard Henes earned a law degree and went on to become a successful entrepreneur in Arizona, both through his Henes Manufacturing Company and as a real estate developer. . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Around the World

New York

Upstate New York Chapter

Alumni and Friends from the Upstate New York Chapter came together for an exciting evening of local hockey. The group met up at Times Union Center as Union College takes on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.   Many thanks to Chapter Leader Rebecca Nold ‘85 for organizing the event!

Marie Catrib's

Brunch at Marie Catrib’s: West MI Chapter

The tradition continues!  Alumni, friends and family from the West Michigan Alumni Chapter gathered for a Sunday Brunch at Marie Catrib’s Restaurant for the eighth consecutive year.  They had a full house in spite of weather that reminded them of winter life on campus.  Everyone enjoyed sharing stories and eating from the buffet.  They even . . . [ Full Story ]


Alumni-Student Broomball Challenge

Wishing you could play broomball outdoors like back when you were a student? Now’s your chance! The Alumni-Student Broomball Invitational will be held during Winter Carnival 2014 on the outdoor broomball rinks. Dust off your gear and gather up your team for this action-packed event! Team space is limited, so don’t delay. Visit huskylink.mtu.edu/broomball2014 . . . [ Full Story ]


Moosewatch Dates Announced

Moosewatch dates for 2014 are finally confirmed! Join us in the field to participate in wolf-moose research on Isle Royale. You will find information about the Moosewatch research expeditions, dates, photos, and how to apply on our website. Students, be sure to check out our College Intern program! We hope to see some of . . . [ Full Story ]


Save the Date for Summer Sports Camps

Shake off the winter blues and start thinking summer! 2014 Summer Sports Camps are just around the corner–share the Husky spirit with the sports-minded young people in your life. We offer 22 programs in nine sports for youth and pre-college students. Michigan Tech’s own coaches coordinate the programs, and include
• 2012 GLIAC Women’s Soccer . . . [ Full Story ]

Alumni Profile

Michelle Boven ’99


While Michigan Tech is a predominantly male university, women have many opportunities to excel. Michelle Boven, a 1999 mechanical engineering graduate is just one real-world example of this. She was selected as the 2006 Distinguished New Engineer by the Detroit Chapter of the Society for Women Engineers for her accomplishments.Growing up in Saginaw, Mich., Boven . . . [ Full Story ]

Tech Sports


No. 6 Ferris State Tops Tech 3-0

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Michigan Tech suffered a 3-0 setback to No. 6-ranked Ferris State tonight in WCHA hockey at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The visiting Bulldogs scored one goal each period to earn the series split. Tech (8-14-6, 6-8-4 WCHA) and Ferris State (18-6-3, 13-3-2 WCHA) both had 25 shots on net. The Huskies could . . . [ Full Story ]


Skiers Dominate Sprint Races

The Michigan Tech Nordic ski team finished its weekend with the sprint races on Sunday (Jan. 26) at the Mt. Itasca CCSA Invite. The Huskies once again dealt with bitter cold temperatures but had seven podium finishes. The Huskies swept the senior women’s race as Lisa Koenig edged out teammates Lynn Duijndam and . . . [ Full Story ]


Huskies Fall After Late Jumper at SVSU

The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team fell victim to a last-second jumper by Shelby Herrington and were defeated 63-62 at Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 25) afternoon from James E. O’Neill Arena. The Huskies have now dropped two straight and are 12-4 overall and 10-2 in the GLIAC. Paige Albi gave Tech a 62-61 . . . [ Full Story ]

Fill in the Blanks


Chip and Dale from 1960

Frank Agosti ’58 dropped off some slides awhile back, and I finally get to use some. This classic shows Koenig Hall in the background, Sperr Hall was on the left in the photo, but I don’t know the building on the right.

I’m sure our alums know. Email me.


2007 Carnival

These buildings look eerily familiar. Some real damage, though.

Maybe your worked on them?

Email me.

From the Email Bag


Not Coldest, but Snowiest

Dennis, Great job on the Newsletter, thank you! I just wanted to weigh in on the article from 1/15/14, “We are Not One of the Coldest Colleges?”. I quickly read the article that it linked to and they mentioned that if your school wasn’t on the list that it was because of lack of student reviews . . . [ Full Story ]


Professor Pintar

It was nice to see a short blurb on Anton Pintar. I credit him with being the most influential person on my engineering learnings and problem solving skills. I truly hope that is life is fulfilled on a daily basis.

Larry Carbary 1982 BSChE


It was great reading the profile
. . . [ Full Story ]

Remember This Sign?

I used to fish the Pilgrim in the late 50′s and remember a hand painted sign at an intersection out in the country. It read “Tis Vay Ta Hagot Peach”. Anyone else remember it?

Bill Kincaide,
Class of 59

old slide rule

More on Slide Rules

Hi Dennis,
I have been reading the “slide rule memories” and found it very interesting. In the back of my center desk drawer, I have kept for all of these years, a Frederick Post Postrig slide rule No. 1462H. On the bottom right corner of the front of the slide rule is an imprint” . . . [ Full Story ]



I graduated in 1959 from forestry. I have the Bulletin for that last year from MCM&T. I also have the Directory of Students, Faculty and Staff for that year (price — $.15). Oh the good old days!! As a Freshman in 1950, tuition for in-state students was free; I was out-of-state, so I had to . . . [ Full Story ]

Plastic scoop

Snow Scoops, New and Improved

attached is a picture of the newer version of one of the most important things I ever learned to operate during my career as a twig and a yooper

Fred Wark 1975

student orgs

2006 Student Activities Fair

Hi Dennis,
Although I have no recollection of the event, I am the one in the purple shirt. To my left are a few “Maggot boys” from Maggot Hall; Grant Bolla in green and Kevin Kayser in grey. I’ve forgotten the names of the others, but I recognize the faces!

Kate Smith
. . . [ Full Story ]



Dennis, I was lucky enough to attend the GLI this year. Great view from the box right behind “home plate”. See the photo.

Rick Whisler

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