Category: Campus Operations

On-Campus Guidelines for Summer Custodial Operation

by Administration

Because on-campus activity is limited this summer, custodial services have also been scaled back. Essential employees with approval to be on campus won’t see a custodian in their building every day. Occupied buildings will be serviced on alternate days using a team staffing approach with staggered schedules. Unused spaces, such as classrooms and conference rooms, will remain unavailable.

We appreciate your help with these precautionary measures and guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure campus operations continue safely and efficiently. If you are an essential on-campus employee:


Board of Trustees Note to the Campus Community

by Michigan Tech Board of Trustees

The Michigan Tech Board of Trustees would like to formally thank the University’s leadership, faculty, and staff for their efforts in these unprecedented and difficult times.

Collectively, the Michigan Tech community has embraced the concept of shared sacrifice as the University navigates through financial and operational challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Tech Trails Open for Spring and Summer Recreation

by Calvin Larson, Director of Athletics Communication

The Michigan Tech Recreational Trails are open to members and we’re doing our best to get trails in quality riding conditions. 

Only local riders are permitted and social distancing guidelines are in effect. We know many people who visit the Keweenaw to ride the Tech Trails will be disappointed, but to best protect our community, we ask you to enjoy your local trails and come see us when the situation has improved.


Update on Virtual Graduation Celebration

by Commencement Committee

The Spring 2020 graduate celebration website is now ready for graduates to upload their profile information. A series of video messages and a Huskies Pep Band performance recording will be added on May 23. In the meantime, check back often to see new celebration profiles created by the class of Spring 2020.

Everyone can join in! The Celebrating Spring 2020 Graduates website has information and links for graduates, family, friends and community. Take a look.


Live Town Hall on Return to Campus Plans Planned for May 11

In preparation for an on-time, face to face fall semester start, a cross functional campus team is finalizing the details of Michigan Tech’s return to campus plan. 

Michigan Tech’s plan is predicated on the state’s guidance for a phased re-opening, incorporates best practices as suggested by state, federal, and non profit agencies and takes into account other factors to ensure the health and safety of our entire community. 


Portage Lake Golf Course is Open

by Administration

The Portage Lake Golf Course (PLGC) is now open. The course is in wonderful shape and the crew has worked hard to provide great golf conditions for our patrons. We are also working hard to follow state health and safety requirements and ask you to join us in doing your part to stem the spread of COVID-19.  For that reason, we’re asking all PLGC patrons to schedule and pay for their memberships or greens fees in advance.

Call the Pro Shop at 7-2641 if you intend to purchase your season pass, or go to our online store and we can safely process your payment and give you direct access to the course without checking in.     


The Impact of COVID-19 on Student Employment

by Beth Williams, Career Services

Typically in Career Services, as the school year ends and most Michigan Tech students head off for summer jobs, we complete the assessments of the past year and incorporate lessons learned into planning for our fall events. This year, however, our department has been busier than normal amidst the COVID-19 disruption. The last few weeks have been a constant buzz of virtual appointments with students, phone calls with employers, and Zoom meetings with career services colleagues around the country.

So, what impact is COVID-19 having on corporate recruiting and our students’ job prospects? The following is what we’ve been hearing in Career Services and our response to this situation.


Summer Plans

by Rick Koubek, President

Dear Members of the Michigan Tech Community:

Friday officially marked the end of the spring term at Michigan Tech. On Saturday, we would have celebrated the success of 1,066 graduates at our Spring Commencement ceremony. Had things been normal, Mike Pulick, former president of Grainger International, a Michigan Tech electrical engineering alumnus, and former Blue Key president, would have served as our keynote speaker. Instead, we are redirecting our energies in creative ways as we adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic—including the launch of an online 2020 commencement celebration web page on May 23. 


Face Coverings Required in Enclosed Public Spaces

by Brian Cadwell, Director and Chief of Police, Public Safety and Police Services

Under Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s extended “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, all persons are required to wear face coverings when entering enclosed public spaces, including campus buildings and workspaces, where social distancing cannot be maintained. 

Michigan Tech strongly encourages employees to provide their own personal face coverings in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance: