Category: Outreach

Psychology Ambassador: Tim Raymond

Tim Raymond is not only interested in psychology, but everything else in between. His hobbies include martial arts, billiards, making charcuterie boards, and debating everything and anything. He also owns a soap and cosmetic company that specializes in wholesale. On campus, Tim is involved in psychology-related organizations, works as a resident assistant, and volunteers as a tutor.

Tim thinks that the psych program at Tech is like one big family. He explains, “from my first day in a psych class, everyone made me feel welcomed and interactions with others have been smooth and effortless! The professors/instructors are top-notch and really work hard to help their students understand the concepts they’re learning through real-world applications.”

Psychology Ambassador: Ashley Van Handel

During her time at Michigan Tech, Ashley Van Handel has been heavily involved with the Association of Psychology Students. She also became a research assistant in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, which helped her gain experience for when she attends graduate school in the future.

Ashley thinks that personally she benefited from the internship program that the psychology program offers. CLS partners with several organizations throughout the community to allow students to gain hands-on experience in a field of their choosing. Ashley was able to intern with the Special Education Department at the Copper Country Intermediate School District. This allowed her to further her experience by working with children that have developmental disorders. Previously, she had worked in ABA therapy services as a behavioral treatment technician. Interning at the Copper Country ISD helped her expand her experience into a school setting.

Psychology Ambassador: Hannah Karaniemi

In her free time, Hannah Karaniemi creates art, plays her ukulele, and bakes sweet treats. At Michigan Tech, she is involved in the Psi Chi International Honor Society, the Association of Psychology Students, IRHC Broomball, and the Health Occupation Students of America organization. She also serves as an ambassador of the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences to help guide new students and as a statistics lab instructor. Other than her educational experiences at Tech, Hannah has worked for the Center for Pre-College outreach as a student coordinator for the Summer Youth Programs.

She believes the psychology program offers endless opportunities. With the help of the extraordinary staff in the department, she was able to conduct research as an undergraduate student and participate in a cooperative education program with the manufacturing company Kimberly-Clark. The program has prepared her for her future in the field of psychology and has allowed her to pursue a well-rounded education.

Psychology Ambassador: Tyrell Buckley

Tyrell Buckley is a student-athlete at Michigan Tech as a member of the hockey team. Sports have always been a strong of passion of his, as he grew up playing many different sports before focusing strictly on hockey. He wishes to continue to have sports in his life in the future, whether it be by still playing hockey or working with athletes in some way. He likes to go hiking in the summer and enjoys wakesurfing and jet skiing on the lake in his hometown. For several years, he has worked at a hockey school during the summers as a power skating instructor in Penticton and has enjoyed coaching kids.

Being a part of the Psychology program at Michigan Tech has been a great experience for Tyrell because he has developed great relationships with his classmates and professors in the department. He has felt very supported throughout his time here and attributes a lot of his success in the classroom to the professors that have taught him. “Their methods of teaching material for various courses and the opportunity they give students to participate in real studies to further learn in a hands-on way has helped me find areas of psychology that are particularly interesting to me,” he says. He has had an excellent experience in the Research Methods class conducting his own research that focused on the effects of mindfulness and pre-game rituals on self-reported confidence. He thinks that this was a great opportunity to work on using all the methods needed to conduct research and learn the skills that are needed to present his results effectively to fellow professors and students in the Psychology program.

Special Agent Nicole Lopez to Present at the Rozsa Center

Before she became an FBI agent, 2008 Michigan Tech graduate Nicole Lopez guarded terrorists in military prisons and conducted night raids as part of an elite military team identifying High Value Targets in Afghanistan.

None of the accomplishments came easy. Hearing loss, discovered in early childhood, presented extra hurdles. But the Psychology major, who minored in Military Arts and Sciences and Spanish (later earning a master’s in Forensic Psychology), knew that figuring out what you want and pursuing the goal for as long as it takes will take you where you want to be –from Army ROTC cadet and setter on the Michigan Tech Women’s Volleyball team to a fulfilling career investigating violent crime.

Farewell Dr. Stacy!

Dr. Stacy and students

The Association of Psychology Students hosted a farewell party for Dr. Peter Stacy on December 12. Known for his sweet tooth, students and staff made sure cake, cookies, and hot chocolate were on hand.  Dr. Stacy worked for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for 30 years prior to joining CLS in 2006. When comparing his 13 years with CLS to his previous career, Dr. Stacy believes his biggest impact has been with the students here at Michigan Tech.

“Dr. Peter Stacy has been one of the most wonderful people I have ever had the privilege to work with. His teaching is amazing; award winning in fact. Our students love him, and he cares very much about our students’ futures. As an adjunct faculty, he worked just as hard as a full-timer! For the past 13 years we have had the honor of working with Peter in his “second career” and will always consider him part of our family.”-Susan Amato-Henderson, Department Chair

Faculty and staff also took the opportunity during the party to recognize the 5 psychology students graduating at the end of the Fall semester.  Graduates were given gift bags with items to commemorate their time here at CLS. Once again, congratulations to the following students:

Elis Brehob
Adam Dodge
Hali Evans
Rose Hildebrandt
Caden Sumner

Kaitlyn Roose Discusses The Psychology of Esports in APA Podcast

Russell Shilling, PhD, guest host for Speaking of Psychology and chief scientific officer for the American Psychological Association, sat down at APA2019 to talk with Shawn Doherty, PhD, and Kaitlyn Roose, MS, to discuss the psychology of esports, the benefits of gaming on higher level cognition and the culture of video games.

If you would like to listen to the full podcast, click here.  The link also provides a full transcript and video of the interview.

Kaitlyn Roose named Director of Esports at Michigan Tech

 

Kaitlyn Roose has been named the Director of Esports at Michigan Tech, Director of Athletics Suzanne Sanregret announced on Monday (Nov. 4). Roose is the current President and Co-Founder of the Esports Club at Michigan Tech, and a mentor for the Husky Game Development Enterprise. She is pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors Psychology.

“Kaitlyn brings vast experience in gaming—including scouting, analysis, research and competitive play—to her new role as the Director of Esports. Additionally, she was a softball student-athlete during her undergraduate collegiate career,” Sanregret said. “I would like to thank the search committee for recruiting such an excellent candidate. We are thrilled to welcome Kaitlyn to the Michigan Tech Athletics family, and I look forward to working with her as we grow our esports program.”

“I firmly believe that video games are changing our world,” Roose said. “I came to Michigan Tech to do game research, and I feel blessed to have been heavily supported in this endeavor. I love the interdisciplinary work my department is doing, I appreciate the collaborative and empowering environment it has provided. I intend on creating that culture within the Esports program, inspiring students to challenge themselves and each other while succeeding inside and outside of the classroom. Suzanne and Joel (Isaacson) have done an incredible job doing industry research, interfacing with other programs, and evaluating the potential impact of the program at MTU.”

Roose has over seven years of competitive gaming experience and has achieved respective ranks in the top 10 percent of the player base in Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and League of Legends. She has scouted opponents for two playoff contender teams, analyzing both individual and team levels. She also has experience writing about, streaming and shoutcasting Esports while also serving as the primary spokesperson and visionary for the Esports Club. Under her term as President, the club has doubled in active members and number of games.

“I’ve always wanted to work in a position that allows me to be a leader, serve in a mentorship capacity and continue doing meaningful research,” added Roose. “I am honored to have been chosen, and I thank the committee for having confidence in me and allowing me to finish my degree in the process. What people say is true: You never leave Michigan Tech, and being a Husky is always a part of you. I’m excited to begin my career with the support of my Michigan Tech family and spearhead this program as a demonstration of how Michigan Tech is truly paving the way for a better future.”

Roose completed her Master of Science in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors in December 2018 from Michigan Tech. She conducts her research as a part of the Games, Learning, and Decisions Lab in the Cognitive and Learning Sciences Department. She has conducted multiple studies investigating decision making, problem solving and attention in games and has disseminated the results at several international conferences (CHI Play, Naturalistic Decision Making, APA). Roose has been on an Esports panel and interviewed by the Chief Scientific Officer of the APA about psychology in Esports (LINK).

Roose played two seasons of varsity softball and two seasons of club rugby at Gannon University while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She earned NCAA DII Individual and Team Academic Achievement Honors, as well as National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athlete Honors, and was named a PSAC Scholar-Athlete while playing third base. She earned Gannon’s Presidential Scholarship, graduated Summa Cum Laude and was one of 10 finalists for Gannon’s Medal of Honor.

Michigan Tech became the first public school in the state to announce a varsity Esports team in August 2019. Competition will begin with the 2020-21 academic year. Current Michigan Tech students or prospective students interested in being a part of Esports at Michigan Tech should click here.