Code Ninjas Programming Workshop for Middle School Girls

The Code Ninjas Workshop for middle school girls is June 18 - 23. Code Ninjas is for girls interested in programming computers, making websites and helping everyone use technology.

Presenting the workshop are Sarah Larkin-Driscoll, a second-year student and Miriam Eikenberry-Ureel, an incoming freshman. Both are from the Computer Science Department.

Are you interested in web design? Building smartphone apps? Programming a video game? Do you wonder what it might be like to be color-blind? What about someone who can’t comfortably tap on an iPhone? How can computers help a speech-impaired person talk?

Join us for a week-long workshop where girls grades 6 - 9 explore, design and program web pages and apps for special needs groups.

Make a web page with special settings for color-blind users. Explore using a mobile device from an elderly person’s point of view. Program a video game and then make your own custom controls. Make a web-based game with custom links and resizable text. Learn about careers in game development, web design and usability testing. Meet other girls interested in computing. Tour a research lab where people use computers to create better lives.

Workshop Dates:

  • June 18: noon - 3:30 p.m. Web Design Basics
  • June 19: noon - 3:30 p.m.  Web Design for the Visually Impaired
  • June 20: noon - 3:30 p.m. Web Design for Mobile Devices
  • June 21: noon - 3:30 p.m. Game design for special needs
  • June 22: noon - 3:30 p.m. Make a game controller
  • June 23: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Design a program of your choice

These workshops are located in Rekhi Hall, room 112. Space is limited, so register for this free workshop by Sunday ( June 10). No prior programming experience is necessary. Questions? Contact

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.

Introduction to Lean Workshop

The Office of Continuous Improvement is again offering the Introduction to Lean workshop for Michigan Tech employees. Training is from 1 - 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21.

The training will be held in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. There is no cost for this training.

To register for the course, complete this brief form by selecting a workshop date and entering your name and department. Once registered, we will add you to a calendar event for the workshop.

Lean is a systematic, intentional model for creating and sustaining an environment where continuous improvement is the norm. Since 2008, Michigan Tech has experienced a Lean transformation, learning to increase customer value by eliminating waste and optimizing operations.

In the Introduction to Lean workshop, you'll learn basic Lean concepts and methods you might encounter on the job. You'll learn about Lean culture and the principles of Lean thinking and participate in problem-solving using the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) model.

You'll use the "5 Whys" to discover root causes, identify waste and unsafe acts and conditions and recommend process improvements. When you finish the workshop, you'll be ready to actively participate in a kaizen (improvement) event led by others.

Campus Store Closing Early Friday

The Campus Store will close at 2 p.m. Friday (June 8), for mandatory training. University Images will remain open for their normal business hours — 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The North Coast Grill and Deli Closing Early Friday

The North Coast Grill and Deli will close at 2 p.m. Friday (June 8) for an active-shooter training course being held in the building that requires the Memorial Union Building to be locked down at that time. 

We will resume our normal summer operating hours at the North Coast Grill and Deli on Monday (June 11). 

Call for Bridgefest Volunteers

The Bridgefest committee is looking for volunteers to help out with this year's event.

Bridgefest is Father's Day weekend (June 15-16) and Michigan Tech is among the sponsors. Full Bridgefest information can be found online.

Consider helping out with this community event. We have needs for set-up (Noon to 3 p.m. June 15), tear-down ( 9 a.m. June 17) and shifts for security, checking IDs, selling drink tickets and serving beer and wine, 3 p.m. to midnight June 15, noon to midnight June 16.

Additionally, we need help in shifts selling wristbands and supervising inflatables and children's games, noon to 7 p.m. June 16.

If you are interested, email with your availability. The committee will coordinate that information into volunteer assignments and confirm with you. Feel free to email with any questions.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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 6, Sponsored Programs Accounting. UAW Internal & External posting 6/6/2018 – 6/12/2018. External applications will only be reviewed after 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.  


The annual Staff Service Recognition Award Luncheon will be held at noon today (June 6), in the MUB Ballroom. President Glenn Mroz and Staff Council Chair Jenn Biekkola will present awards for five-year increments of service to more than 120 staff members. Recent staff retirees will also be recognized. See the list of this year’s recipients on the Staff Council Blog.

Tickets for the lunch are no longer available, but you may join the awards presentation beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m. For more information and a list of Staff Council Service Recognition Award Committee members, read the original Tech Today story.


Panopto-Huskycast maintenance downtime

On Saturday (June 9), the Panopto Huskycast video platform will be upgraded to version 5.7.

This upgrade will require system downtime between 7 and 11 p.m. During this time you will not be able to access recordings and any attempt to upload from Panopto recorder clients will result in a "Server unable to connect" message.

Contact Michigan Tech IT at or 7-1111 if you have questions about this outage.


Engineering World Health’s Team Teaches STEM in Haiti

Over the fourth week of May 2018, Engineering World Health’s (EWH) team of Michigan Tech students participated in teaching the first high school class ever held at the HUT Outreach center in Les Cayes, Haiti. Haitian students were exposed to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) topics like electronic circuits, forces and bridges through hands-on learning lessons.

The team included LEAP Leader Megan Byrne. Byrne was recruited and trained as a peer mentor through the newly established first-year engineering LEarning with Academic Partners (LEAP) program. LEAP is implemented by the Department of Engineering Fundamentals, which provided support for the Haiti trip.