Randy Owsley Memorial Scholarship Winners Named

Five undergraduate students at Michigan Technological University have been selected to receive inaugural Portage Health Foundation/Randy Owsley Memorial Scholarships.

Randy Owsley made an impact that would last a lifetime, in fact, beyond his lifetime. During the 18 years he was the Head Athletic Trainer for Michigan Tech, he worked with a group of student trainers who bonded with him and with each other. Even after Randy left Tech in 1988, he continued to influence them and their careers. That cadre of former student trainers have remained close today.

Owsley died on Thanksgiving morning, 2015. Although his former students are a living legacy of his impact, these former students wanted to establish a lasting tribute here at Michigan Tech. Working in partnership with Portage Health Foundation, these alumni have created and funded the Randy Owsley Memorial – Portage Health Foundation Scholarship. Every dollar the alumni gave, the campus-wide Portage Health Foundation grant matched to help them reach their initial goal of providing five, $1,000 scholarships this year to five student athletic trainers. The long-term goal is to endow the scholarship fund as a lasting tribute to Randy and his influence.

The scholarships are designed to create opportunities for students participating in Michigan Tech’s Athletic Training Internship Program, for those enter health science and engineering professions.

The $500 scholarships, which are renewable for an additional semester, are named after the late Randy Owsley, who spent 18 years as the Huskies’ head athletic trainer and passed away in 2015. Former student athletic trainers who worked with Owsley worked in launching the scholarship as a means of keeping his name associated with Michigan Tech and to show gratitude for the service he provided athletes and life lessons he taught student trainers.

 The scholarships were presented at a ceremony this past fall.

 This year’s scholarship winners are:

  • Marissa Kinney, Berkley, Michigan, a fourth-year medical laboratory science major now in her second year as a student athletic trainer.
  • Kelsey Saladin, Maple Grove, Minnesota, a third-year exercise science major in her second year as a student athletic trainer.
  • Emily Gilkes, Edgewood, Kentucky, a fourth-year biological sciences/pre-med major in her third year as a student athletic trainer.
  • Sydney Smuck, Traverse City, Michigan, a second-year exercise science major in her second year as a student athletic trainer.
  • Hali Evans, Lake Isabella, California, a third-year (transfer) exercise science major in her second year as a student athletic trainer.

In addition to submitting their resume, applicants were required to submit a 300-word written response or one-to-three minute video response addressing two questions; “How has athletic training internship played a role in health promotion in our local community” and “How has the athletic training internship helped you academically and in the profession that you desire.”

Jason Carter, professor and chair of Michigan Tech’s Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology says he was impressed with the quality of the applicants.

"These are excellent students from multiple majors and I am very pleased they will have a chance to be rewarded for their high levels of engagement with our athletic trainers and our sports teams. They deal with amazing real-world situations that will prepare them well for careers in health care professions," Carter said.

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Change in Internal Proposal Deadline for Jan. 23

Due to the large number of proposals expected to be submitted to sponsors on Jan. 23, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) finds it necessary to adjust the internal proposal deadline for this specific date only to two working days prior to the sponsor's deadline.

The additional time will allow for our analysts to perform sufficient review of all proposals to ensure sponsor deadlines are not missed. The internal deadline for those proposals due to sponsors on Jan. 23 will be  7 a.m. Jan. 19.

In order to apply the revised deadline equitably to all PI's, proposals sent to SPO after this internal deadline will not be submitted to sponsors.

28th MLK Banquet Jan. 16

Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion for Michigan Tech's 28th annual MLK Banquet Celebration. This long-standing tradition at Tech shows the strong community we create and that as Huskies we can work toward a more equitable future.

This year Robert Scott will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Scott manages several key projects in support of the diversity and outreach strategy and programs across the Engineering College at the University of Michigan.

The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 in the MUB Ballroom. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are free but registration is required at the following link

Redmond Named Rookie of the Week

Michigan Tech freshman goaltender Angus Redmond was named the WCHA Rookie Player of the Week Tuesday. He led the Huskies to a runner up finish at the 52nd Great Lakes Invitational last week.

Redmond stopped 47-of-48 shots (.979 save percentage) on the weekend. The Langley, British Columbia native led Tech to the GLI Championship Game with a 2-0, 24-save shutout victory over Michigan in the semifinals. He then turned aside 23 shots in a 1-0, overtime loss to No. 14 Western Michigan in the title game.

Redmond continues to lead the country with a 1.27 goals-against average, while he ranks fourth with a .942 save percentage and sixth with a .781 winning mark (12-3-1).

Tech is 13-8-3 and wraps up nonconference play at No. 12 Notre Dame this weekend. Both games will be televised on the NBC Sports Network. Friday's game starts at 7:35 p.m. with Saturday's faceoff at 7:05 p.m. from the Compton Family Ice Arena.

Kautzer to Represent USA at Youth World Championships

Amanda Kautzer of the Michigan Tech Nordic Ski team will represent the United States at the Youth World Championships. Kautzer competed at the youth biathlon trials conducted by the United States Biathlon Association (USBA) last month.

Kautzer qualified by placing first in the sprints and is one of four athletes to represent the U.S. at the World Championships in February.

"We are excited to have Amanda competing on a high level and having a great opportunity to represent Team USA and Michigan Tech at the World Junior Championships," Michigan Tech Head Coach Joe Haggenmiller said. "She has worked hard over many years to earn her spot on the team. We are very proud of her accomplishments and look forward to more top level racing this season."

The press release which contains official results from the event can be viewed by clicking here. Find out more about Husky athletics by visiting michigantechhuskies.com.

PhD Defense Thursday

Chemical Engineering PhD student Zhichao Wang will present "Surface Enabled Isoelectric Focusing in a Lab-on-a-Chip Device: Fabrication and Optimization for Protein Separation and Detection" at 9 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 5), in Chem Sci 201.


Making A Difference Award Ceremony Today

Everyone is invited to a reception honoring the nominees for the 2016 Making a Difference Award Ceremony. The reception is scheduled for 2 to 3:30 p.m. today in Ballroom A of the Memorial Union Building. The recipients for each category will be announced at the reception. Read more in the original Tech Today story.

Mini-professional Development Day

Just a reminder the SAA Professional Development Committee is planning a mini-professional development day event on Thursday (Jan. 5).

If you already registered, thank you! If you haven't responded yet and would like to attend, you can still do so today. For more details and to sign up for any sessions, click on this link.

Retirement Social Friday for David Kent

Information Technology invites the campus community to a retirement social to recognize David Kent from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday (Jan. 6) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

He has provided more than 35 years of service to the University and has worked in various capacities within Information Technology throughout his career.

Kent has also served as an alternate on the University Senate. Please join us in thanking him for his contributions over the years and to wish him well in his retirement. Refreshments will be served.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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

Assistant Grants Analyst, Sponsored Programs Office. Apply online.

Office Assistant 6, Information Technology. UAW internal and external Posting 1/4/2017 – 1/10/2017. External applications will not be reviewed until after all internal applications. 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.  

In the News

A new material developed by a team led by Yun Hang Hu (MSE) has been featured on several science blogs including Electronic Specifier, ChemEurope.com and Energy Daily.


The Detroit Free Press published an article about a Michigan Tech student project to turn the sounds of the wolves, moose and climate of Isle Royale National Park into music. Read the story.