Author: Megan Ross

Testing Site for Move-In is Setting Up

by University Marketing and Communications

A large tent set up on the Michigan Tech Campus certainly is not unusual. Tents are used several times a year for events such as Industry Days and Alumni Reunions. But the 40 x 40-foot tent that went up Wednesday (July 29) between Chem Sci and EERC is serious business and will play a major role in the University’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.


Return to Campus: Faculty/Student Flex

by University Marketing and Communications

Editor’s Note: Today we conclude our series on operations as the University has entered Step Three in our Return to Campus Plan. Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Jacqueline Huntoon discusses the dynamics between faculty and students as we approach the fall semester start.

What process should a student follow to request to study remotely during the fall semester? 

Students who can make these requests fall into two categories: 1) Students who have preexisting medical conditions that put them at higher risk if they get COVID-19; and 2) Students who are facing unforeseen or extenuating circumstances and believe studying remotely is necessary. Students who fall into the first category should work with Student Disability Services to obtain permission to study remotely for fall semester. Students in the second category have been instructed to make their request through the COVID-19 Special Consideration Request Form. These requests are being reviewed by a committee that includes Michigan Tech faculty and staff members. Faculty teaching courses that include these remote-study students will be notified through the regular accommodation notification process. 


No Parade of Nations—but We’re Still Celebrating Multiculturalism

by Jennifer Donovan, Parade of Nations Committee

There’s not going to be a physical Parade of Nations this fall. Due to COVID-19, the popular parade and multicultural festival that followed it have been canceled, but Parade of Nations lives. Its sponsors are still making plans to celebrate the Keweenaw’s rich international heritage in safe and healthy ways.

This year’s theme is “One World, Our World.” A logo designed by Linnea Oja of Hancock won a competition to represent the theme.


GLIAC Opts for Conference-only Fall Schedule

by Calvin Larson, Assistant Athletic Director – Media Relations

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Council of Presidents voted Friday to play a conference-only schedule during the Fall 2020 sports season and will evaluate the feasibility of league competition on a sport-by-sport basis.

Playing a conference-only schedule affords GLIAC members additional time to get student-athletes back on campuses and through COVID-19 monitoring protocols, as well as the necessary time to conduct pre-season training in football, volleyball, soccer, cross country and women’s tennis. Collegiate athletics has been on hold since mid-March.


Summer Updates

by Rick Koubek, President

Dear Members of the Michigan Tech Community: 

Today marks an important milestone for our campus—we have moved to the third and final step of our Return to Campus Plan and transitioned to the Health and Safety Levels system. We entered today at Level Three, and anticipate sustaining that level through the start of classes on August 27. 

The Health and Safety Levels system will allow campus activities to be modified in response to the risk factors present on campus and in the area. Thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility as we adjust to the protocols prescribed at each of the various levels.  


Return to Campus: Cleaning COVID-19 Exposure Areas

by University Marketing and Communications

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series detailing several aspects of campus operations as the University enters Step Three in our Return to Campus Plan.

Today (July 27), Michigan Tech completed our Return to Campus Plan and transitioned to the Health and Safety Levels that will guide our behavior from the fall semester forward. In this article, Theresa Coleman-Kaiser, associate vice president for administration, and Scott Wendt, manager of health and safety for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), discuss specifics of the University’s plan for cleaning this fall.


Michigan Tech Archives Reading Room Reopening by Appointment

by Michigan Tech Archives

Beginning Monday (July 27), the Michigan Tech Archives reading room will reopen to patrons on an appointment basis. Appointments may be requested through this form available on the library website, by emailing copper@mtu.edu, or by calling 7-2505. Please note that all appointments must be confirmed by an archives staff member via telephone or email at least 24 hours prior to the requested appointment time. Any appointment requests for Mondays must be confirmed by the close of business on the preceding Friday.


Trash Disposal and Recycling Responsibilities Continue

by Administration

Taking your own trash and recycling to the designated area in your building will continue during the fall semester for all individual employees and departments. 

Your help makes it possible for our custodial staff to continue their intensified efforts to clean and sanitize public spaces including high-frequency touchpoints.

We appreciate your help keeping campus clean and safe.


Face Shields for Instructional Use

by Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

To help ensure the safety of our classroom environments, Michigan Tech is producing a face shield specifically designed for instructors to use while teaching face-to-face in a classroom. The shield permits visibility of the instructor’s full face, both for in-person students and those who may be joining via video conference, and is sufficiently comfortable to be worn for more than an hour. 

David Holden and John Schneiderhan from the Van Pelt and Opie Library and many others have worked tirelessly over the summer months to develop the “teaching shield.” Their work began with a successful open-source model for medical personnel — the same model the University modified to produce a face shield for frontline COVID-19 responders. 


More Information on COVID-19 Visitor Symptom Tracking Form

by MTU Flex Task Force

We have received a number of questions regarding yesterday’s Tech Today article on campus visitors and the COVID-19 Visitor Symptom Tracking Form.

Beginning July 27, we request that all Michigan Tech guests and visitors complete the form. This includes those visiting the Van Pelt and Opie Library, A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Portage Lake Golf Course, Campus Bookstore, University Images, and other retail outlets, as well as those visiting academic or office spaces. Ice arena patrons will also be required to complete the form when the facility opens to the community.