Code Ninjas Workshop Saturday

The Code Ninjas Workshop for middle school girls is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Rheki 112.

Code Ninjas is for girls interested in programming computers, making and playing games,concerned about the environment and you interested in virtual reality?

Participants will learn about bees, learn to program in Processing, learn how their program can make a difference, talk to role models who program in their jobs and meet other young women interested in programming.


This workshop will focus on learning to program with an environmental theme: What is happening to the bees?  We will design 3D simulations and games around the theme of bees.


Then participants will view the games in an Oculus Rift interactive virtual reality. Included in the workshop are sessions teaching girls how to program computers, an expert will discuss the environmental crisis facing bees, and panel of programmers from industry will discuss their experiences.


The following is a tentative schedule for the workshop.

9 - 10:30 a.m. Introduction to 3D Programming

Students will learn to draw simple 3D shapes.  We will teach them how to use setup and draw methods, data types, and variables. Students will use graphics and colors to make a simple scene.

10:30 - 11a.m. Presentation about bees

A Michigan Tech student who studies hive-collapse disorder will talk to girls about things that impact bees, and how they can help bees to continue to pollinate our food supply.

11 a.m. - noon Programming with Objects

Girls will be introduced to objects and classes.  They will learn to use objects and the functions and variables inside of classes.  Girls will learn how to make a plan for their simulation and divide in into smaller steps that can be done sequentially.

Noon - 1:00 Lunch

1 - 2 p.m.  Programming

Girls will program their own simulations and will work by themselves or in small groups.

2 - 2:30 p.m. Role-model Interviews

Girls will meet women who have careers/educational backgrounds in computer science, and will be able to ask them questions.

2:30 - 3 p.m. Programming

Girls will continue programming their own simulations and will work by themselves or in small groups.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Oculus Showcase!

Girls will demo their code in the Oculus Rift.   Parents are welcome to come at 4:00 to see their daughter's simulation.

4:30 p.m. Parent pick-up.


Sarah Larkin-Driscoll and Miriam Eikenberry-Ureel, local high school students and Michigan regional winners of the prestigious NCWIT Aspirations Award, will present the workshop. They aim to teach middle school girls how to write programs that can be displayed in a 3D space.

Lunch and healthy snacks will be provided.


The workshop will cost $10. There are a limited number of need-based scholarships available thanks to funding from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).

Space is limited and participants must register. The deadline to register is today. Register online.


This workshop is sponsored by an AspireIT grant from the National Center for Women & Information Technology and facilitated by the Michigan Technological University Computer Science Department.

Cliff Drive Parking for Wednesday Clarified

Details of Wednesday's Cliff Parking Initiative have been released. From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 28) Cliff Drive will become one lane, north bound one-way from the U.S. 41 intersection near the Rosza Center to behind Alumni House.

Faculty, students and staff parking along the lakeshore will still be able to access Phoenix Drive from the Cliff Drive entrance across from Wells Fargo Bank.

This is for one day only, to accommodate corporate interviews. Cliff Drive will turn into a north-bound one lane road. The north lane, (closest to the water), will be marked off to create 170 parking spaces. The spaces are for recruiters only. The south lane, closest to the center of campus, will be one way. Vehicles can enter from the Rozsa Center entrance and exit at Alumni House to U.S. 41. 

Signs will clearly mark the one-way street as well as temporary recruiter parking spaces.

Career Services thans everyone for their support. Questions regarding the Cliff Drive Parking Initiative can or be directed to Steve Patchin.

Career Fair Tomorrow

Career Services cordially invites you to attend the 2016 Michigan Tech Career Fair, the third largest in our school’s history. Come see the fruits of your labor as your students venture into the professional world. Over 330 companies are registered to attend the fair because they have an interest in the students that you have helped to develop. We hope to see you there.

 The Career Fair is from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 27) at the SDC.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funding Opportunities

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium announces funding opportunities in the following categories:

  • Undergraduate Fellowship
  • Graduate Fellowship
  • Pre-College Education
  • Public Outreach
  • Teacher Training
  • Research Seed Grant.

Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for fellowship grants. The internal Michigan Tech deadline is noon Wednesday, Nov. 9. Instructions detailing proposal submission procedures and requirements are available online.

For more information, email Paige Hackney or call 7-4371 in the Pavlis Honors College, 722 MM Building.

Note: Proposals must be submitted electronically after being approved by the Office of Sponsored Programs. Proposals exceeding stated page limits or submitted without prior review by Michigan Tech will not be considered for funding. Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to all MSGC funding opportunities.

Soccer to Host "Let's Kick Cancer" Game

The Michigan Tech soccer program will host a "Let's Kick Cancer" game on Sunday Oct. 2 when Ohio Dominican University comes to town for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest.

The Huskies are partnering with the Women Living with Cancer Support Group that provides support for cancer patients. Each player will have a warm up t-shirt that will be available for bid online using the women's soccer Facebook page, with the minimum bid being $20. A check will be presented at halftime of the game with the proceeds from the bidding.

Fans can also make monetary donations throughout the week as well as items which will go into care packages for the patients. A list of items fans can donate is below:

  • Bottles of Hand Sanitizer gel
  • Hand Cream
  • Chap stick/Lip Balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Pens
  • Thank You cards
  • Thinking of You Cards
  • Sticky pads
  • Small spiral notepads
  • Book Marks
  • Kleenex purse packs
  • Life Saver Mints
  • Cough Drops
  • Small individually wrapped chocolates
  • Small items for men-bungee cords, carabiners, flashlights, small tools etc.
  •  Any other small items for women-purse mirror, nail clippers, etc.
Donation boxes will be available at the ticket office inside the SDC and also during the game on the Oct. 2. The Michigan Tech women's soccer team Facebook page to bid on t-shirts can be viewed by clicking here.

Castro's Daughter to Visit Tech

Alina Fernandez, the daughter of Fidel Castro, will share her first-person account of growing up in Cuba and the changes facing that country. Her talk is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Memorial Union Ballroom B.

Her visit is part of Hispanic Heritage Month and the Social Justice Lecture Series. Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! For more information visit our Facebook page.

Employee Benefit Series - Provide For Your Future and Protect Your Loved Ones

Providing for our future and protecting our loved ones is something we all think about. With this in mind, Benefit Services in conjunction with the Office of Advancement is offering employees an opportunity to learn more about Medicare, Transitioning From Career To Retirement, Estate Planning, and Estate Planning Tools.
We will host a four-week series that will include each of these topics beginning Oct. 17.
There will be one session each week and each session will last for 90 minutes. The first 60 minutes will include the topic presentation with the last 30 minutes reserved for questions. If you are interested in attending one or all of the sessions offered, complete the registration form.

For a full description of each session, dates, times and locations, please visit the Benefit Services webpage. Space for each session is limited.

We hope you will join us and look forward to seeing you there!

Contact Benefit Services at 7-2517 or should you have any questions.

Registration Open for Safe Place Training

Registration is now open for Fall 2016 Safe Place training. The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students, and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA).

The program addresses a wide range of terms that LGBTQIA students use to define themselves, unpacks the complicated notions of identity in relation to sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, addresses issues that LGBTQIA students often deal with during the coming out process, and examines concerns that LGBTQIA students face both in and out of the classroom. Safe Place training also explores the many ways that YOU can work toward creating more safe, inclusive, and affirming spaces and environments on campus. Times and dates of training, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program are available online.

Reminders 9/26

Kliakhandler Lectures The Week

The Second Annual Kliakhandler Lectures will be held Thursday and Friday (Sept. 29-30) at Michigan Tech. Richard Stanley of MIT will deliver the lectures which are sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences and funded by a generous gift from former faculty member Igor Kliakhandler. The Kliakhandler lecture series brings a top mathematician to campus each year to give a pair of lectures. Read the Tech Today story


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

Randy Gardner, PE, senior project manager, Westwood Professional Services, Madison, will present "Overview of Utility Scale Wind and Solar Site Design" from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Sept. 26) in GLRC 202.


Knitting for Wellness Lunch and Learn

WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness invite you to join them for a Lunch and Learn, Knitting for Wellness, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 in Memorial Union Ballroom B3.

Did you know knitting has health benefits? Join Silke Feltz, knitting enthusiast and Humanities PhD student, to learn about resources, knitting at Michigan Tech and more. New and seasoned knitters are encouraged to attend.

Register at HuskyPAW, members may claim 100 bonus points for attending. Feel free to bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.


HuskyDeals for the Campus Store and University Images

You asked for it, the Campus Store and University Images listened. The HuskyDeals Google group is here to share information about our current promotions and services. Our intention is to distribute relevant information using a very limited amount of communications through this group. The group is voluntary, join or leave at any time.

For some examples of what we'd like to share or remind you about, see Tech Today article.

Join now by emailing or searching your Google groups for "HuskyDeals" and selecting the "join" option.

IT Connect

IT Outreach Tables

Michigan Tech IT conducts a campus outreach event every week during the school year; please stop by! You can discuss any IT-related concern with a member of our staff. This is an opportunity to give us feedback in a formal or informal way.

Our outreach table travels around campus, and this week we’ll be located in the:

  • Memorial Union Building--Keweenaw Commons
  • Thursday, Sept. 29 from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm

We’d love to hear your ideas, and how we can improve. If you have any additional comments or questions, please contact us at or call 7-1111.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, September 26, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. 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.

Infrastructure Architect , Information Technology. Apply online.

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