Scholarships Available for Robotics Program

Summer Youth Programs, in collaboration with Nina Mahmoudian (ME-EM), are accepting students into two Intro to Robotics explorations this summer.
Open to students who have completed grades 6-8, the program also has a scholarship component especially for local youth.
The program will allow students to experience the field of robotics and the application of robots to human life. Working with two robots (GUPPIE and Neu-pulator) students will learn how robots can help explore the environment and augment human capabilities.
Students will practice the engineering design process through experiencing design, production and programming a robot. 
Spots are available for boys and girls next week (July 11-15). The week of July 18-22 is a girls-only exploration. Contact Summer Youth Programs ( or 7-2219) for more information.

Registration Open for 2016 Amazing Challenge

Registration is open for the fifth annual HuskyPAW/SWEAT Amazing Challenge to be held on Saturday, July 30.

If you’re not familiar with the HuskyPAW/SWEAT Amazing Challenge, it’s loosely based on the TV show “The Amazing Race.”

Teams complete a series of challenges while they race toward the finish line. These are a mix of physical activities and mental challenges or puzzles. A challenge needs to be completed in order to receive a clue to move forward. While this can be a competitive race for many teams, it can also be a fun family event completed at your own pace.

Register your team of colleagues, friends and family. Teams are limited to four adults, although teams made up of families with children are allowed more than four members.

The deadline to register is Friday, July 15, but space is limited. HuskyPAW members will receive bonus points for participating.

Volunteers are also needed the day of the event. If interested, email Shannon Brodeur.

Rozsa Season Ticket Packages go on sale August 1

What happens when you combine breakdancing with roller skates, circus with bicycle mechanics, culture-clash with dancing and singing and three ballets in two nights? You get the Rozsa Visual and Performing Arts 2016/17 season.

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts is the home of visual and performing arts at Michigan Tech. The Rozsa Visual and Performing Arts 2016/17 season is nearly here with season ticket packages going on sale August 1, offering the best discounts available.

From BreakSk8, to two nights of Russian National Ballet, to Cirque Mechanics' Pedal Punk, to "West Side Story," there are so many great shows at the Rozsa available at 20 to 40 percent off single ticket prices if you buy early.

Season tickets are available for a limited time only. For more details visit or contact Bethany Jones for more information.

Volleyball and Basketball Season Tickets and Football VIP Tickets on Sale Now

2016-17 Basketball and volleyball season tickets are on sale now at the Central Ticket Office in the SDC (7-2073). In addition, Football VIP tickets will also go on sale.

Basketball season ticket packages are $150 and include a reserved seat at all Huskies basketball home games in 2016-17 encompassing 13 regular-season dates and 26 total games. At roughly $11.50 per date you receive a 17 percent discount off individual game tickets.

The basketball teams combined for a 30-23 record last year including a 19-7 mark at the SDC Gym. 

Volleyball season tickets are $90 and include a reserved seat to all nine Huskies volleyball home matches in 2016. At $10 per match you receive a 17 percent discount off individual match tickets which are $12 apiece.

The volleyball program has taken consistent strides over the last four seasons under Coach Matt Jennings, with a 19-12 overall record (its highest win total since 2008) and 10-8 in conference play. 

Each Football VIP 4 Pack comes with four tickets to every Huskies' home game and access to the VIP Tailgate Party prior to each game with free food and beverage provided by the Library Restaurant and Brew Pub. Free preferred parking in lot 24, free game program (first 300) and game program recognition are also included.

VIP 4 Packs cost $380, and up to $200 may be tax deductible. The VIP ticket program is in its 13th year. Michigan Tech's home opener on Sherman Field is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 vs. Walsh.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the SDC Central Ticket Office, by calling 7-2073 or online.

Ticket office hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Questions about Football VIP 4 Pack tickets should be directed to Randy Heinonen, director of athletic partnerships and annual giving, at 7-1604.

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PLGC Hosts Senior Scamble

Michigan Tech’s Portage Lake Golf Course recently held its Three-Person Senior Scramble. PLGC members John, Brien and Ray Ricci beat fellow PLGC members John Lobeck, Butch Vollwerth and Dean Peterson in the first sudden-death hole. Both teams fired 11 under 61s to force the play-off.

Jim Parker, John Vaara and Chuck Lucchesi finished third with a 63.

Winning the first flight was Tom Romps, Alan Larsh and Fred Gaff with a 65. They beat the second-place finishers Dennis Harbour, Dan Farrell and Joe Evans in a tie breaker. Finishing in third place was the team of Pat Rose, Don Morin and Mike Usitalo.

The second flight was won by Doug Larson, Russ Erkilla and Mike Augustine , second was Bob Mikesch, Roger Lewis and Bob Perreault and finishing third in the 2nd flight was the team of Len Bolduc, Ralph Schaller and Ted Fredrickson.

Closest to the pins was Alan Larsh on Number four, John Vaara on number eight and Vaara again on 14 and Bob Warrington was closest on hole 15.

The next Senior Scramble is Wednesday, August 3rd.

Portage Lake will host a junior tournament on Sunday, July 10. Call 7-2641 for more information.

Pair of Huskies Invited to Sharks Camp

The San Jose Sharks will host the team's annual Prospects Development Camp at Sharks Ice tomorrow through Tuesday.

On-ice workouts are scheduled to begin on Monday morning (July 8). Michigan Tech will have captain senior defenseman Cliff Watson (D/Appleton, Wisc.) and sophomore Jake Jackson (F/Maplewood, Minn.) in attendance.

The Prospects Development Camp roster is expected to include players in the Sharks system, players who have been drafted but not signed by the Sharks and other non-roster camp invitees.

Watson was selected by the Sharks in the sixth round (168th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. 

Jackson, who is entering his second year with the Huskies, was selected by the Sharks in the seventh round (201st overall).

The Huskies in all will have eight student-athletes attend NHL camps of six different clubs this summer. Take a look behind the scenes on SnapChat (@MTUHuskies).

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Chinese Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Chinese cuisine is featured at this week's Khana Khazana serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the food trailer in the MUB Circle.

The menu features:

  • Ma Po Tofu
  • Sichuan Stir-Fried Potatoes
  • Jelly Fruits Salad

Cost is $6.95 for the full meal. Like the Khana Khazana Facebook page.

In the News

GoodCall, a website that offers consumer information, published an article on Dartmouth College graduating more women engineers than men. The article quoted Adrienne Minerick (ChE), associate dean for research and innovation in Michigan Tech's College of Engineering. Read the article here.

Job Posting

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

Office Assistant 5, Human Resources. 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.​

On the Road

Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon (CLS/CS) and his graduate students Jason Sterkenburg (CLS), Steven Landry (CLS) and Ridwan Khan (CS) presented five papers at the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) which was held at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia July 3 through July 7.

The papers presented were "Tempo-fit heart rate app: Using heart rate sonification as exercise performance feedback", "Musical robots for children with ASD using a client-server architecture", "Listen to your drive: Sonification architecture and strategies for driver state performance", "LifeMusic: Reflection of life memories by data sonification" and "Towards an in-vehicle sonically-enhanced gesture control interface: A pilot study."

Sterkenburg and Khan's research proposals were selected for the doctoral colloquium at the conference and their travel was partly supported by NSF.