March 1, 2004 (Vol. 10, No. 39)
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An award-winning weekly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends of Michigan Technological University. Written and distributed by Dean Woodbeck '78, Director of News and Information Services.
In this issue:
A number of features of UP winters escaped me when I was a student at Tech. My wife will tell you that is no surprise at all--then or now.
As an example, I remember seeing the Sno-Go, but didn't realize how loud it can be, particularly at 3 a.m., when Hancock likes to do its residential street widening.
But I can't get over the need to shovel the roof. When we first moved back here, a co-worker intimated that the rule of thumb is to shovel the roof every 100 inches. I was up there three times that first winter, doing something I never realized needed to be done--and I hated it. I had visions of my feet missing the top rung of the extension ladder and me taking the express route to the ground.
When we built a house 12 years ago, the builder said there was no need to shovel--the house is built to stand the load. In fact, shoveling would void the warranty on the shingles. Sounded good--real good--to me.
Still, all that roof snow must go somewhere when it melts, like the driveway, where it then freezes overnight. So, until recent years, up on the roof I still would go. Now, I just lay in a supply of ice-melting chemicals.
If you drove by yesterday, though you would have seen me out with the snowblower in 36 degrees and it hasn't snowed for days.
You would also have seen my son on the roof, which would explain everything. He was surprised when given permission to head for the heights. With shovel and snow scoop in hand, he had stern admonitions not to fall off or dig so deep as to hit the shingles. Turns out, there was plenty of snow to move without digging so deep. He had his fun, pushing tons of snow from roof to driveway and even building a snowman on the roof.
Unfortunately, he missed part two of my instructions: that snow removed from the roof must then be removed from the driveway. Because the temperatures soared into the 40s over the weekend, it was some wet, heavy snow. While gravity assisted the first phase of the operation, the second phase would include two guys with shovels and some internal combustion mechanical help.
It was great to be
out there in just a sweatshirt, although we came inside wearing eau du
Husqvarna, a rare combination of gasoline, exhaust and sweat. While distinctive,
the scent is not appreciated by the women in the family. The clothes (and
their wearers) were banished to the basement washer and shower, respectively.
Snow Watch '03-'04
As of February 28, 2004
At Da Tech
GROWTH: In the year ending Dec. 31, the Michgian Tech Fund's endowment
portfolio posted an overall return of 26.9 percent. The portfolio, now
valued at $48.8 million, serves as a large portion of the university's
endowment. Income is used for scholarships, fellowships, faculty support
and campus enrichment programs. More:
RECOMMEND PAY RESTORATION: Michigan Tech's administration plans to
ask the Board of Control to restore the salaries and wages of those affected
by the recent pay cuts, CFO Dan Greenlee told the University Senate Feb.
25. The recommendation comes after a periodic review of general fund revenues
and expenditures. Based on the latest figures, the administration has
determined that the general fund can be increased by approximately $4
million through transfers between other funds without compromising the
university's overall financial condition. More:
NABS NSF GRANT: Mahesh Gupta's fledgling enterprise has just received
a $100,000 vote of confidence in the form of a Small Business Innovative
Research Grant from the National Science Foundation. Gupta, an associate
professor in ME-EM, started Plastic Flow, LLC, in 2002 to provide consulting
services to plastics manufacturers. The firm, located in the Michigan
Tech SmartZone, markets Gupta's PELDOM software, which helps take the
guesswork out of making extruded plastic products. More:
FOR FEDERAL AWARD: Three undergraduate students have been nominated
for the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for sophomores and juniors in
science, math and engineering. The federal award provides up to $7,500
per year and is intended to encourage undergraduate students to deepen
their knowledge of their fields. Each nominee has begun to develop a research
agenda and works closely with faculty at Michigan Tech. Winners of the
nationwide competition will be announced in April. More:
FOR MORE INFORMATION
from Tech, see the weekly newsletter
SMARTZONE TO RENOVATE FACILITY: The Michigan Tech SmartZone has awarded DP Construction of Chassell the contract to renovate the fourth floor of the old Portage Hospital for use as a business incubator, including wet and dry labs. Officials hope for an early summer completion date or the 12,750 square-foot project.
Keith Johnson, president of ThermoAnalytics, was the featured speaker
in the first BizNet meeting Thursday, sponsored by the SmartZone. The
monthly networking event will showcase business developments and technological
breakthroughs. Johnson discussed some of the technological advances the
company is pursuing. The company creates software which details the effects
of temperature changes on products.
JURY TO HEAR HIT-AND-RUN
CASE: A jury will hear the case of a Michigan Tech student charged
with five counts in the fatal hit-and-run death of another student. The
trial of Christopher Lee Haddix of Midland, Mich., will begin June 14.
Haddix is charged with four felonies in connection with the death of Jeremy
Larsen, of Scottville, Mich. Charges include operating under the influence
of liquor causing death, operating under the influence causing serious
injury and two counts of failing to stop at an accident scene that resulted
in serious impairment or death.
Hockey (8-21-5 Overall,
Men's Basketball (19-6
Overall, 13-5 GLIAC)
(16-10 Overall, 11-7 GLIAC)
Men's Tennis (1-5
Overall, 0-0 GLIAC)
Women's Tennis (8-6
Overall, 6-4 GLIAC)
From the E-mailbag
Dean sez: Two typos
brought mail this week. In one headline,
OK. Let's see how
we can get by the spam filters, which
E-mail from Richard Fosgitt (rfosgitt(at)bartowandking.com)
Couldn't resist a
response to your headline: POLICE
When I read the headline,
it conjured up images from
on your skiing adventure and thanks
Dean sez: For those
unfamiliar with "The Full Monty," see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119164/.
The movie is about six
E-mail from Doug Davies '69 (Doug.Davies(at)gems3.gov.bc.ca)
Regarding this headline
in the Newsletter:
E-mail from Randy Burt '89 (Randy.Burt(at)clarkeng.com)
Dean, I read your
testament to stamina, strength and
As for the Woodbecking,
last time I checked Ironwood
E-mail from Tom Johnson (thomasj(at)freeway.net)
You gave us your
random thoughts about your ski race.
Did the race go to your head that much?
Dean sez: Fortunately, my wife was driving and she knows east from west. Me, I'm Dean the Dyslexic Directions machine.
E-mail from Rob Plumley (rplumley(at)systemscontrol.com)
nice job! It took me a second
E-mail from Dean Waldenmaier '86 (madisonisr(at)yahoo.com)
finishing the Birkebeiner! Right
You'll never guess
what restaurant just opened 5
If you look at the
map on their site
E-mail from Greg Borzick '98 (gborzick(at)co.chippewa.wi.us)
I heard your name
called off on Main Street Saturday.
While on the trail,
I talked to one of the "ding-a-
Congrats on finishing. I know I had a tough go of it.
From: Ross Hubbard '99 (hubbs76(at)yahoo.com)
Congrats on finishing
the Birkie. I can sympathize
E-mail from Brian Brown (bcbrown(at)mmm.com)
I love the newsletter,
been reading it since 1995.
E-mail from Heather
While I don't recall
ever seeing the "gator" performed
E-mail from Troy Moore '96 (taebek(at)hotmail.com)
I just wanted to
let your faithful reader know that,
E-mail from Bill Ellerthorpe (marbil(at)ispwest.com)
Thanks for the weekly
news, really enjoy reading about
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