SOUTHFIELD—The Covid-19 pandemic has canceled many in-person events since March 2020. But at Lawrence Technological University, you can chalk up another one that is returning: the LTU Expo, better known as LTUX.
LTUX is a free, campus-wide expo that combines anime, games, and Esports to showcase local talent in the form of student- and alumni-developed games, gaming tournaments, cosplay competitions, speeches and panel discussions, a merchants’ market, and more.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 in various locations on the LTU Campus, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield. Visit https://ltux.games/ for more information and www.ltu.edu/map for campus locations.
The student-run event is advised by Stephen Mallory and Ahu Yolac, assistant professors in LTU’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Design program in the College of Architecture and Design, and Jose Gonzalez-Belmonte, senior lecturer in mathematics and computer science in LTU’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Student organizers say the event offers a look at great work, a welcoming studio culture, and a peek at the amazing potential of the game designers of tomorrow. In LTU’s auditoriums, attendees can hear from speakers about their experiences working in the gaming industry. In LTU’s UTLC Gallery, attendees can play games designed by LTU students, as well as independent games made in Michigan. LTU’s Buell Building Atrium will have up to 60 artist and vendor tables, most of which are independent local talent. LTU’s growing ESports program will also sponsor gaming tournaments, and attendees can learn about Esports scholarship opportunities from LTU Esports Coach Danielle Sirekis and Assistant Coach Mackendzie Hinds. There is also an ExtraLife charity stream and a Discord server for interacting with other attendees. Food trucks will also be available throughout the day.
“While the world may have made getting LTUX back on its feet difficult, all of the coordinators have been doing their best to make this event become a bright light to a wonderful future going forward,” said Maddie Damp, a senior majoring in game design from Kingsford who is LTUX student coordinator. “We all hope that everyone will come to see the wonderful reemergence of this expo, student and public alike.”
Added Gonzalez-Belmonte: “LTUX is an exciting opportunity for our students to show what they have made, and for local talents to show their amazing work to the community. We are excited to see what you have been working on!”
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932, and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.