Category: Academic Experience

Husky Emergency Assistance Fund

by Husky Emergency Assistance Fund Committee

The Husky Emergency Assistance Fund (HEAF) was recently established to help members of our campus community who are experiencing financial hardship, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund is supported by the generous donations of Michigan Tech alumni and friends. All current students, faculty, and staff who have incurred emergency-related expenses, and can demonstrate need, are welcome to apply.

To donate to the fund, get more information, or complete an application for financial assistance, visit the Husky Emergency Assistance Fund website, or contact the HEAF at heaf@mtu.edu or 906-487-1567.


MTU Flex: COVID-19 High Risk Accommodations

by University Marketing and Communications

COVID-19 High Risk Accommodations are reasonable modifications or adjustments to a job or work environment intended for MTU employees (including student workers). To qualify as high risk, employees should either belong to at-risk populations identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or have an at-risk person in their immediate household.

Institutional Equity and the ADA Coordinator are evaluating all accommodation requests to determine if the employee meets the high risk criteria. If you don’t qualify as high risk, talk to your supervisor. With supervisor approval, accommodations may be approved for other reasons related to COVID-19, as long as the accommodations are reasonable.


Michigan Tech Responds to Changes Impacting International Students

by International Programs and Services

Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced modifications to exemptions for non-immigrant students enrolled at colleges and universities during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the new federal guidelines make clear, each F-1 student must take at least one in-person or hybrid course this fall. This guidance does not conflict with our MTU Flex plans for the fall semester.


MTU Flex for Academics Update for Week of June 22

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

During the week of June 22, the MTU Flex for Academics Team spent a great deal of time discussing the process that the Registrar’s Office and academic units on campus are using to update the schedule of classes for fall semester. It is already clear that some large, lecture-format courses will be moved to fully remote instruction. At least one faculty member responsible for teaching a large lecture-format course noted that students were more engaged after the course went remote during spring semester. That same instructor indicated that, in a smaller discussion-based class, it seemed that some students who were unwilling or unable to participate in whole-class discussions when the course was face-to-face were much more eager to participate once the course pivoted to remote format. 


Return to Campus: The Student Experience

by University Marketing and Communications

Earlier this month, Michigan Tech began Step Two of our Return to Campus Plan. As the University prepares for Step Three this fall, students and employees, understandably, have questions. To address the student experience, we spoke with Bonnie Gorman, dean of students and vice president for student affairs.

“Our plans for students to return in the fall have been far-reaching,” Gorman said. “I appreciate all the efforts by so many across campus who have been working to ensure a safe return and meaningful student experiences.”


Return to Campus: PPE

by University Marketing and Communications

Last week, Michigan Tech began Step Two of our Return to Campus Plan. As the University prepares for Step Three this fall, students and employees, understandably, have questions. Today, we discuss personal protective equipment (PPE). We spoke with Sarah Schulte, general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees, and Joel Isaacson, senior associate athletic director. Schulte says, “We’re asking everyone to Be Smart and Do Their Part, with an emphasis on Husky Spirit and a collective effort to protect those most vulnerable in our community.” Isaacson added, “We are all in this together as we work towards reopening campus this fall. PPE is an important part of our return to campus plan and we are asking everyone to help do their part to make campus as safe as possible.”


MTU Flex for Academics Update for the Week of June 15

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

In an effort to provide continued communication from the MTU Flex for Academics group, the following is a recap of the topics discussed by the group during the week of June 15.

After determining that instructors will wear a face shield while teaching and a mask to and from the classroom, Michigan Tech’s 3D printing group, headed by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and David Holden (Van Pelt and Opie Library), will test a third face shield prototype that they designed specifically for instructors. The design is intended to promote safety in the classroom while making it easy for students to see instructors’ faces. Will Cantrell’s (Physics) research group will test the shields in the coming weeks to learn more about how aerosols are dispersed away from the wearer. The group’s agreement that shields can be used in the classroom is made under the assumption that all students in the class will be wearing some sort of face covering — typically cloth masks.


MTU Flex for Academics

by MTU Flex for Academics Team

Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students have formed a number of working groups to focus on different aspects of the University’s plans to return to campus this fall semester.  These groups and their members can be found on the MTU Flex Task Force web page. Provost Huntoon is leading the MTU Flex for Academics group. Since May 28, this group has been meeting twice a week to discuss various topics, which all fall under the broad umbrella of academics.


COVID-19 Campus Update

By Rick Koubek, President

In spite of the new realities imposed by COVID-19, the MTU Flex team is working hard to assure the Michigan Tech experience is excellent for our students, faculty and staff this fall. There will be new expectations of our entire campus community, requiring extra effort from everyone. There will also be a need to maintain flexibility as circumstances change. But, I am confident that by working together, we can provide a healthy and safe campus environment along with an excellent academic experience. Below are a few of the changes you will see on campus this fall.