Women in Engineering Offers Exciting Opportunities

“I’ve never been in a place with so many girls who have interests similar to mine,” says Rebecca Stover, soon to be a junior at Muskegon High School in Muskegon, Michigan. “I love it here, and I don’t want it to end.”

Stover is among 140 young women in grades 9-11, from 10 states, who attended Women in Engineering at Michigan Technological University. The highly competitive scholarship program provides a chance for young women to investigate careers in engineering and science.

If Stover, a self-described “nerd,” realizes her career goals, she won’t become an engineer or scientist, but sees those areas as important to her future profession.

“My goal is to study forensic law at Yale. But I want a foundation of math and physics before I go to law school.”

WIE, which kicked off Michigan Tech’s world-renowned Summer Youth Programs, recruits and attracts outstanding young women who excel both in and out of the classroom. The program also attracts, as Stover found out, student leaders.

 “We do a lot of group activities. I have always been a leader, but here all the girls are leaders. It took a bit of adjustment to work with so many who are just like me. But everyone enjoys working with others so we’re just trying to figure it out.”

Olivia Smith, of Mancelona, Michigan, also had some adjusting to do when it came to working in a group.

“In school and other activities, I tend do everything myself,” she explains. “Here, I found that I can trust everyone.”

The two girls come from vastly different backgrounds—Stover has more than 250 students in her class whereas there are less than 45 students total in Alba High School, where Smith will be a sophomore this fall.

But they do share something in common, in addition to their love of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Both have come to Michigan Tech and the WIE program by virtue of their academic merit—and by chance.

Earlier this year at industry outreach events in Grand Rapids and Traverse City, Amanda McConnon, assistant director of the Center for Pre-College Outreach, the department which conducts the SYP at Tech, came up with an idea.

In a variation of the door prize concept, businesses attending the two events were entered into a drawing. But instead of a gift basket, the winners had the chance to change the life of a young woman from their community by giving her a scholarship to Women in Engineering at Michigan Tech.

Wolverine Power Cooperative of Cadillac, Michigan and TGW Systems of Spring Lake, Michigan were the winners of these unique prizes.

McConnon says she’s pleased with how things have worked out so far. She says the idea is to get companies who recruit Michigan Tech graduates to become involved in recruiting students to come to Tech for college.

“They know they want Michigan Tech grads,” McConnon says. “This program shows them we want high school students from their back yards to experience Michigan Tech.”

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No Tech Today Monday

There will be no Tech Today Monday in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. Tech Today will resume on Tuesday July, 5. The deadline for submission of articles for the July 5 edition, either by online form or email, is noon tomorrow, Friday July, 1.

Tech Alumni Make Headlines

Michigan Tech alumni made a mark in the sports and television area this week. 

Tanner Kero was featured in the blackhawkup.com article "AHLers Will Be Key in 2016-17," by Sean Fitzgerald.

The author says that Kero is a player "the Blackhawks could call upon." Kero was called up to the Blackhawks from the AHL's Rockford IceHogs early last season. In his 17 games with the big club Kero, from Hancock, had a goal and two assists and saw time on multiple lines and the penalty kill. In Rockford, Kero had 20 goals and 19 assists in 60 games. This summer Kero will be an instructor with Michigan Tech's Hockey School. Read the article.

Michigan Tech alumni Bob and Trish (Weyandt) Evans appeared on national TV Tuesday night as contestants on "America's Got Talent," on NBC. The couple combined juggling, acrobatics and unicycling to impress the judges. Comedian Howie Mandell, one of the judges said "It was great, it was dangerous and we loved it." The judges advanced Bob and Trish to the next round. 

Before becoming jugglers and Youtube sensations, they were both athletes at Michigan Tech. Bob was a four year letter winner on the men's basketball team, while Trish competed in cross country and Nordic skiing. Watch "America's Got Talent" online.

Little Huskies Scholarship Application Deadline Set for July 31

The Little Huskies Child Development Center has scholarships available to families through the Access to High Quality Early Childhood Education Scholarship Fund. Families are welcome to apply for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  

The purpose of the scholarship fund is to remove financial roadblocks to allow Michigan Tech’s most needy families access to high-quality early childhood education at Little Huskies. The focus demographics are undergraduate, graduate and low-income employee families. Their success at Michigan Tech is a guiding principle. Go to the Little Huskies web page for more information and an application form. 

A completed application and all required materials must be submitted and received no later than 5 p.m. July 31 for the 2016-2017 academic year. Materials may be sent electronically to eva-marie.hatfield@gretchenshouse.com or mailed to: Eva-Marie Hatfield, Little Huskies Child Development Center, 500 MacInnes Drive, Houghton, MI 49931.

2016-17 Hockey Captains Announced

Michigan Tech Hockey Coach Mel Pearson has announced the Huskies' captains for the upcoming season. Cliff Watson (Appleton, Wis.) will serve as the captain. Shane Hanna (Salmon Arm, B.C.), Brett Baltus (Nanaimo, B.C.) and Michael Neville (Woodbridge, Ont.) will be alternate captains.

Watson is a senior defenseman who has played in 117 career games with 27 total points on five goals and 22 assists. He has been named the Gitzen-Loutit Memorial Award winner as the team's top defensive player three times in a Huskies uniform. The San Jose Sharks draft pick posted two goals and 8 assists during 2015-16 with plus / minus of +10. A main stay on the back end has only missed one game since attending Michigan Tech.

Hanna is a senior defenseman who gained All-WCHA Third Team honors in each of his past two seasons. 

Neville is a senior forward with 37 career points to his credit. A steady two-way center, Neville was named the team's Rick Yeo Unsung Hero Award recipient the past two seasons. 

Baltus is a senior forward who has played in 84 career games with 39 total points on 16 goals and 23 assists. He was named the 2015-16 winner of the Harold Meese Sportsmanship award. Baltus was also named to the WCHA All-Academic Team the previous two season.

Season tickets for 2016-17 Michigan Tech hockey remain on sale for $204 apiece until tomorrow (July 1). The SDC Ticket Office at 7-2073 is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For the full story and more on Husky Athletics visit michigantechhuskies.com.


Location Changed for Raptor Presentation

Due to a forecast of inclement weather, the location for the presentation by the Chocolay Raptor Center scheduled for today, has been changed. The event will begin at 1 p.m. today (June 30), in MUB B001.   
All are welcome to attend this fascinating presentation by the non-profit rehab and education center out of Marquette. They focus on the rehab of sick, injured and orphan raptors, educating the public about raptors and other birds.
Check out their facebook page to see photos and videos of the birds.


Chris Crouch Retirement Social

A retirement social for Detective Sergeant Chris Crouch will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today (June 30) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Stop by to wish him well as he begins a new chapter in his life. Refreshments will be served.


Fall 2016 PHF Graduate Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for fall 2016 Portage Health Foundation Graduate Assistantships are now being accepted. The deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, July 7 to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Email submissions to gradschool@mtu.edu are preferred. Instructions on the application, evaluation process and full eligibility requirements are available online.

These assistantships are available through the generosity of the Portage Health Foundation. 

For more information see the original Tech Today story.

In the News

L. Syd M Johnson (HU) is interviewed about concussions in hockey in the City Pages article "When the cheers died, NHL players were left with badly damaged brains."

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Equipment Operator II, Facilities Management. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

In Print

Silke Feltz (RTC PhD student, HU) and and Adam Feltz (CLS) have published a book review of Michael Bishop's "The Good Life: Unifying the Philosophy and Psychology of Well-Being in Philosophical Psychology."