Category: Students of Kinesiology

Preview Day 2016

The KIP department will be at Preview Day this Saturday, March 19 from 11:00 am – 1:30, in the Memorial Union Building. We welcome all new students coming to Michigan Tech to stop by and see what we’re all about! We’ll have students from our sports & fitness management & exercise science programs along with students in their second year of CMU’s doctorate of physical therapy program available to answer questions and offer hands on demonstrations.

*Department tours also available from 2:30 – 3:15 p.m., interested participants should meet at the KIP offices located on the 2nd floor of the SDC. Graduate student Matt Gage will lead a tour through some of our KIP labs and talk about research being conducted.

More information and schedule of events can be found here.


Fall 2015 KIP Graduates

 Congratulations to all of our graduates from Fall 2015!  In addition to the students that earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Sports and Fitness Management we also graduated our first two students to earn a Master of Science in Kinesiology, Austin Armga and Tyler Shelast.

KIP students now have the opportunity to earn a BS in exercise science or sports and fitness management along with a MS in kinesiology in five years by participating in our accelerated master’s program.  Learn more the Kinesology Accelerated Master’s (BS-MS).

Best of wishes to all our graduates in their next journey!

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1st Accelerated MS Grad-Armga









Gervais Receives McFarland Award


Add The McFarland Award to the list of  awards and honors Brett Gervais has received throughout his time at Michigan Tech. The McFarland Award is given for excellence in athletics, academics and civic leadership. Brett will graduate this semester with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.  Brett has been accepted into CMU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program on Michigan Tech’s campus.  Congrats Brett and best of luck to you in PT school.





Brett with Michigan Tech, Defensive Backs Coach, Josh Wood at the awards banquet.


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Students of Kinesiology, Kurt Kitti


Meet current Sports and Fitness Management (SSFM) student, Kurt Kitti. Kurt is a non-traditional student coming back to school after living a life full of adventure. He is married with six children and has held many different positions in both private and government sectors, including 21 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and nine years as an Army Civilian and private consultant. Kurt holds multiple degrees, including two MS degrees.

Why come back to school? Why SSFM? Kurt responded, “I’ve always loved sports and exercise.” Since it has been awhile, he had some initial reservations about coming back and his ability to remember lots of technical material and details required to be a successful student. What he is finding is that the life experiences and skills developed over the years have prepared him well for this new challenge. He also commented that the program course progression quickly ties together what you are learning in the different classes. He is still exploring options for after graduation but would like to help people learn ways to develop and maintain their personal health and wellness throughout their lifetime.

Like Kurt, many people might have reservations about coming back to school as an adult. He’s proving that no matter your age or circumstance it is possible. He offered this suggestion, “Don’t set self-imposed limits.”

As a veteran, we salute you this Veteran’s Day, Kurt! Thank you for your service to this country and your determination to never say never to learning. We wish you continued success on your life’s journey and your time with us at Michigan Tech.