Summer Youth Program Seeks Area Scholarship Applicants

Michigan Tech's Summer Youth Program has scholarship funding for up to 15 students from Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties through an Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) called UNITE.

AEOP calls UNITE a summer experience for "talented high school students from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)."

Students participating in the program will feel more confident in pursuing STEM-related college degrees and will gain insight into the college application process through workshops and mentoring.

To boost students' enthusiasm for science and engineering, UNITE will use the same kind of engaging, hands-on STEM activities Tech's Summer Youth Program is known for.

UNITE is open to current ninth through 11th grade students. The scholarship will cover all costs for selected students to participate in one week living on-campus and three weeks as a commuter student.

Applications are being accepted through Friday, June 3. The application can be downloaded here.

Burkwald Awarded Copper Club Scholarship

Cory Burkwald, a third-year Geology major, has been chosen to receive a Copper Club scholarship. The $10,000 award is for the 2016-17 school year.

Burkwald, a Naperville, Illinois native, also participates on Michigan Tech's Cross Country and Track and Field teams. 

Headquartered in New York City, the Copper Club Inc. is a leading organization for networking, educational grants and events for those who support the copper industry.

In a letter informing Burkwald of his scholarship, Andrew G. Kireta, Sr., executive director of the Copper Club, said, "through this program, the copper industry identifies and recognizes exceptional individuals who have excelled in the study of mining and metallurgy."

Burkwald is Michigan Tech's first recipient of a Copper Club Scholarship in the 20-year history of the award.

Hackman Participates in Autism In-Service Seminar

Wendy Hackman, Facilities Management AFSCME custodian, was invited to participate in the 2016 Autism In-service seminar held from May 17 to May 18 at the Great Lakes Research Center. The seminar was sponsored by Michigan Tech Career Services and the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD). The guest speaker for the event was Maria Peak, director of Adaptive Social Program Providing Instruction Recreation and Enrichment (ASPPIRE) Inc. of East Lansing.

This year's seminar focused on Coaching Skills for the On-the-Job Trainer and Autism Spectrum Disorder Overview and Strategies for Employment Success. Hackman, who provides custodial services for the Rozsa Center, has been actively coaching adult students from the CCISD Community Transition Program over the last four years.

Community Transition Program Teacher Karyn Juntunen has worked hand-in-hand with Wendy over the years to help her better understand the CCISD students, their needs, strengths, weaknesses and strategies for moving forward toward employment success in the community. This training enabled Wendy to learn more skills such as how to make accommodations for all students with disabilities, how to gather information for documentation, how to develop visual schedules and task analyses and how to better understand the complexities of the Autism Spectrum Disorder.

"Wendy has done an outstanding job with my students over the years," Jutunen said. "She has a positive, calm, and patient approach to working with them which makes it very successful. I think she really benefitted from attending the seminar in order to add to her 'toolbox' for job coaching students with disabilities."

For more information on what programs ASPPIRE has to offer feel free to open their link.

Memorial Union Closed Monday

The Memorial Union will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. The building will reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 31.

GSG Hosts Softball Clinic

The Graduate Student Government is holding a Softball Clinic from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow, May 28 at the Tech ball fields. 
 
This clinic is for those who want to learn to play softball or for experienced players who want to get in some practice. Experienced players are welcome to come and help.
 
If your gear needs some dusting, bring it along and if you don't have any gear, don't worry, they've got you covered. 
 
Everyone is welcome and lunch will be provided to registered participants. You can register for the clinic here.

Notables

S. Komar Kawatra (ChE, Dept. Chair), has been recognized by Online Engineering Programs blog as one of the 25 Chemical Engineering Professors You Should Know.

The list is comprised of some of the outstanding professors and universities in the field.

Online Engineering Programs wanted to recognize some of their great contributions to academia on their blog as well as the rise in online education.

Read more.

Reminders

In observance of the Memorial Day Holiday, there will be no Tech Today Monday.

The deadline for items intended for Tuesday's issue of Tech Today is noon today (May 27).