Day: December 19, 2011

Commencement Legacies

Business Administration grad Tonina Clements with her dad, John '86.

It’s always great to see the generations converge at graduation, even more so when there are alumni from two or more generations gathering. Such was the case at Midyear Commencement.

Tonina Clements (left) will be an assistant manager at Walmart in Houghton. The business administration grad was happy to remain in the Keweenaw and dad, John ’86 was up from Alpena with the family to celebrate the day. John’s degree was in industrial management back in the day.

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Lindstrom Named Player of the Week

Lindsay Lindstrom, senior Marketing major and women's basketball standout, was named the GLIAC North Player of the Week.

After working hard in practice all week and studying game film as well as scouting reports, the only thing more rewarding for an athlete than winning on Thursday and Saturday is being awarded Player of the Week Honors on Monday.  Senior forward Lindsey Lindstrom has been a member of Michigan Tech’s women’s basketball team for five years including her redshirt season in 2007-08.  A key member in the team’s run to the Division II National Championship game just one year ago; Lindsey has been an important factor in the Huskies balanced scoring attack during her tenure as well as being the team’s premier defender. 

In recognition of her efforts this last week Lindsey was named the GLIAC North Player of the Week, after helping lead the team to a perfect 2-0 record last week with wins over Ohio Dominican and Tiffin.  For the week, Lindstrom averaged 12.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 62.5 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from three-point range. In the win over Ohio Dominican, Lindstrom grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and also added four points and four assists. She then posted a career-high 21 points and added three rebounds and three assists against ODU.

Lindstrom’s hard work does not stop when she steps off of the hardwood.  She is a Marketing major within the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Tech where she has maintained a 3.44 grade point average despite her commitments to the basketball team.  Coordinator of Academic Services, Brad Wagner says, “Like many athletes at Michigan Tech, Lindsey shows tremendous dedication to achieving objectives.  She knows how to get the job done and carries herself in a professional, mature fashion.  As anyone who knows her can attest, she is very pleasant to be around.”

We wish the Michigan Tech Huskies all the best luck as they progress through their conference schedule and into the tournament season.  

Pat Joyce’s Last Michigan Tech Lecture

Dr. Pat Joyce pictured with colleagues and friends during his retirement celebration.

The irony of his last lecture topic wasn’t lost on professor of economics Pat Joyce. On a bitterly cold December morning, thirty-eight years after he started teaching at Tech, he spoke on Social Security.

He explained the vagaries of the often-maligned government entitlement program in language the students could understand and challenged them to think broadly about it. One example was the two scenarios regarding its future existence: Alfred E. Neumann or Chicken Little—“What, me worry.” or “The sky is falling.”

It’s one part about teaching at Tech he’ll miss the most, he says.

“I’ll miss the student contact,” he says. “When a student comes back fifteen years later and says I had an impact on what they did. How they learned to be skeptical. How, when they are given a cost for something, their time or their money, to look at alternatives.”

Those life lessons resonated with his students, it seems, and he was comfortable here, he says, with students who thought like engineers, even if they weren’t.

“They think linear, A then B then C then D,” he says. “They play hard and they work hard.”

During his tenure as faculty representative for athletics, he was particularly proud of the student-athletes’ GPAs, which were routinely higher than the average of the overall student body.

“I don’t know how they do it,” he says.

And, of course, he’s seen a change in teaching over the many years, exemplified by a student nearby in the library who was texting into her phone as she listened to music on her iPod and typed on a laptop.

“Now I use Blackboard [online course management system] and post documents there, where I used to put them on reserve in the library,” he says.

He does lament the “connected” students’ communications that have replaced the face-to-face talks in his office. Or at least phone conversations.

“I call my sister, but my daughter communicates via Facebook,” he says, illustrating the generational differences.

He’ll miss his colleagues, too.

“The culture here is so collegial,” Joyce says. “The faculty share responsibilities because we are all in this together. If someone asked you to take an eight o’clock section for them, you did it.”

He compared the change in faculty in the School to the Northern Lights.

“You watch them and they stay the same, it seems. Then, right before your eyes, they’ve completely changed.”

For the future, he will remain in academia, at least part time, as a research professor.  He has studied human decision-making with current associate dean Tom Merz.

“My wife, Kathie, and I will be in Croatia next fall,” he says. “I’ll be teaching at the University of Split.” They visited the area in 1994 and fell in love with it. “Kathie can take cooking classes in nearby Italy, too.”

In the more immediate future, he’ll communicate in-person with his grandchildren (all six) and children in South Bend and Ann Arbor.