Breaksk8, Roller Derby Girls Featured in Upcoming Parade of Nations

Plans for this year’s Parade of Nations are rolling right along. The headline act this year is Breaksk8, a professional jam-skating team that likes to push the limits of what can be done with wheels under your shoes.

They have toured the world and appeared in films. Breaksk8 will skate in the parade on Saturday, Sept. 17 and put on a colorful show at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on the Michigan Tech campus later that evening.

The Keweenaw Roller Girls (KRG) will also skate in the parade. On Wednesday, Sept. 14—three days before the parade—the KRG will host an Open Skate for the community at the Houghton County Arena.

The KRG website describes roller derby as a fast-paced, full-contact sport that takes place entirely on quad roller skates. It is primarily played by women.

"Passport to the World" is the theme of the 2016 Parade of Nations. The 27th annual event is a celebration of the international heritage and flavor of the Keweenaw. 

It kicks off with a parade from Hancock to the Dee Stadium in Houghton, with floats, bands and marchers in traditional dress carrying the flags of their countries. A cultural festival featuring food, crafts and entertainment of many nations will follow the parade.

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Alumni Reunion KAC 5K

Join fellow alumni and friends for a 5K Run/Walk on the Tech Trails. All proceeds go to support the Keweenaw Alumni and Friends Chapter Scholarship and the Michigan Tech Cross Country Team.

The event will be held Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Michigan Tech Trails. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. at the Trailhead. The walk begins at 8:30 a.m., the run begins at 9 a.m. with the awards ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m.

The cost is $15 for preregistered participants and $20 for race-day registration.

You can register here or by calling 877.688.2586.

SDC Multi Purpose Room Closed July 26-Aug. 7

The SDC multipurpose room is closed now through Aug. 7 for floor refinishing.

The wood gym will be available for open recreation activities that were scheduled in the multipurpose room with one exception. The wood gym will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. for basketball camp and no open recreation will be available during these times.

New Funding

Steven Elmer (KIP/LSTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $50,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.
The six-month project is entitiled "I-Corps: A New Assistive Device for Wheelchair Users."


CTT and TTAP Staff Attend National Conference

Staff from the Center for Technology and Training (CTT) and the Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) both, part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, attended the 2016 National Local and Tribal Technical Assistance Programs (LTAP/TTAP) Conference held in Madison, Wisconsin, July 18-21 hosted by the Great Lakes Region LTAP and TTAP centers.

The annual session brings together staff from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), several state Departments of Transportation, various municipal agencies and the nation's 58 LTAP and TTAP centers across the country.

CTT staff who helped plan and facilitate the conference included Sr. Project Manager of Training and Operations Chris Codere, Research Engineers John Kiefer and Peter Torola and Technical Writer Victoria Sage. Technical writing intern Stephanie Hubble won the competition for NLTAPA's conference logo redesign. Sage, in collaboration with Workshop Coordinator/Marketing Assistant Andi Barajas won third place in a national poster design competition.

The poster highlighted the CTT's renovations to the training material for their Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER) system.

TTAP staff attending the conference included Director John Velat, Technical Editor Scott Bershing and Web Developer/Staff Associate Chris DelReal. Velat was the association president last year and turned over the title to the new president.

In the News

Keweenaw Now, a blog of community news, published an article about Abhilash Kantamneni, who founded and headed the Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) while doing graduate work at Michigan Tech. Read the article here.