Update to Campus Community on COVID-19

Michigan Tech continues to implement its pandemic response protocols to minimize disruption to the teaching and research mission of the institution while providing maximum flexibility to protect the health and well-being of our campus community. 

Sunday evening, the CDC issued guidance recommending that for the next eight weeks, organizers throughout the United States cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more. As Michigan Tech is following CDC and State of Michigan guidance, the University is extending online learning through the end of the spring semester. A team is working on a creative solution for Spring Commencement, as this falls within the eight-week window as well.  

Additionally, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the closure of all dine-in, libraries, museums, recreational facilities, among other venues, throughout the state, limiting dining and restaurant services to drive-through and carryout.

This directive applies to Michigan Tech’s Dining Services; therefore, we transitioned to grab-and-go services effective at 3 p.m. yesterday (March 16).

In addition, the University closed the Student Development Complex, the Van Pelt and Opie Library, the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, the Gates Tennis Center and the Keweenaw Commons seating area located in the Memorial Union Building as of 3 p.m. yesterday.

All locations will remain closed until 11:59 p.m. March 30, 2020 pursuant to the Governor's executive order.  

Because this is a rapidly changing situation and as we learn more about COVID-19, we need to prepare for a range of possibilities. Currently, campus is open and residential and dining functions remain operational, though limited. We encourage all students to reassess their own on-campus living situation in light of the developments over the past 24 hours. 

Please visit mtu.edu/covid-19 for the latest updates and information regarding campus operations.  

Houghton-Portage Township Schools to Provide Free Breakfast/Lunch

Beginning tomorrow (March 18) the Houghton-Portage Township Schools will provide free breakfast/lunch meals. Parents and guardians are welcome to pick up food for all children 18 and under. Meals must be pre-ordered by email or by calling (906) 369-0449

Provide your name, contact number, the number of children you have and the total number of daily meals you need. Example: I have two children and would like to pick up 14 daily meals.

You must preorder meals each week by noon Tuesday for the Following Wednesday pickup. Prepared meal boxes will be ready for pick up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following days:

  • Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18
  • Wednesday, March 25
  • Wednesday, April 1

Pick up will be at the bus lane entrance of the Elementary School, 203 W. Jacker Ave. 

If you are in need of help with food delivery or have any questions, contact sturnquist@houghton.k12.mi.us">Shelby Turnquist FSD or call 906-369-0449.

Professor Emeritus Anton Pintar Passes Away

Funeral services were held Friday (Feb. 13) for Professor Emeritus Anton J. Pintar who passed away on March 7, in Marquette, he was 79. 

He was a graduate of Jeffers High School and the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (now MTU) and earned a PhD in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

Pintar was on the faculty of Tech's Department of Chemical Engineering from 1966 to 2002, when he retired as a professor emeritus of chemical engineering. He was inducted into the MTU Distinguished Academy of Chemical Engineers in 2010. He served on the Houghton County Board of Commissioners from 2007 to 2018. His wife Shirley Pomeranz and five children are listed among his survivors. 

The Lode Continues Publication

The Lode will still be publishing weekly papers throughout the suspension of face to face instruction. The paper will be available across campus and in resident halls, as well as in businesses located in downtown Houghton and Hancock.

New issues of The Lode are available every Thursday. As always, The Lode is also available online at mtulode.com.

Sarah Goble Earns All-American Honors

The Michigan Tech Nordic skiing teams wrapped up their 2019-20 season at the NCAA Championships on Thursday (March 12). Sarah Goble had an All-America performance in the 5-kilometer skate after finishing seventh with a time of 14:11.7.

"Finishing as an All-American today was a surreal experience, as it has been a dream of mine for many years," Goble said. "To achieve my goal with my coaches, teammates, and family by my side was incredible, and I'm so proud to have accomplished this as a Husky.

Goble wrapped up her Michigan Tech career with a time of 14:11.7. She was 50.1 seconds behind race winner Eveliina Piipo of Denver.

"We are so proud of our senior, Sarah Goble who seized her opportunity today in the final race of her career as a Husky, earning All-American honors with an amazing seventh-place finish!" Tech coaches Kristen Monahan Smith and Tom Smith said. "Sarah skied arguably the best-paced race out of anyone in the field moving from 16th place at the 2K mark, to 10th place at 3.5K, to 7th at the finish. The course had a grueling 1.5K climb to the 3.5K mark that Sarah absolutely charged up. She executed the perfect race on a perfect day. She has been working toward this All-American goal relentlessly since her first day as a Husky.

"This has been at the core of all of our motivation as a team, and it is the greatest moment when it all comes together at the NCAA Championships. This is the greatest moment for Sarah, and what we love most about coaching, to have our student-athletes achieve their ultimate goal."

Also racing in the women's 5K for Michigan Tech were Amanda Kautzer (15:43.1) and Oda Hovland (15:49.6) who finished 38th and 39th.

The men's team was led in the 10K skate by Reid Goble in 24th place with a time of 25:34.2. He was 1:44 off the lead. Aleksi Leino (26:10.4) was 31st and Patrick Acton (27:01.6) placed 36th.

The classic races scheduled for Saturday were canceled as the NCAA canceled its remaining winter and spring championships shortly after Thursday's events ended due to concerns over the COVID-19 health situation.

Monroe Named All-Region Player of the Year

Michigan Tech men's basketball player Kyle Monroe has been named the 2020 Division II Conference Commissioners Association Midwest Region Player of the Year, announced on Friday. Monroe also earned a spot on the All-Midwest Region First Team and will advance to the All-American and National Player of the Year ballots.

The senior forward from Green Bay was the 2020 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Year, First Team All-GLIAC and the GLIAC Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Monroe set career scoring records for Michigan Tech and the GLIAC while breaking the single-game scoring record for Tech and the conference with 53 points at Grand Valley State Jan. 23. Monroe ended his career with 2,542 points and racked up 1,875 points in regular-season conference contests over the course of his career to establish that benchmark.

Monroe surpassed Michigan Tech's all-time career scoring record of 2,360 points, which was set by Larry Grimes from 1968-72, on Feb. 15 at Lake Superior State. Monroe led the GLIAC in scoring this year, averaging 23.0 points per game. He also wrapped up the year averaging 6.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest.

Michigan Tech closed the season 23-8 overall and finished second in the GLIAC North Division and third in the overall regular-season standings. The Huskies defeated Northwood 68-57 March 8 to claim the 2020 GLIAC Tournament Championship, the third in program history.

Jurusik Named Third Team WCHA

Michigan Tech goaltender Matt Jurusik has been named to the All-WCHA Third Team the league announced yesterday. The Huskies also led the league with 20 student-athletes named to the WCHA All-Academic Team.

Jurusik, a senior from La Grange, Illinois, ranked third in the WCHA in save percentage (.924), goals-against average (2.06), and wins (19). He ranked ninth in the nation with 2,702 career saves and ninth in the country this season with 19 wins.

Jurusik was named the WCHA Goaltender of the Month in December after he led the league with four wins. Additionally, he twice earned WCHA Goaltender of the Week honors. Jurusik had 77 saves at Northern Michigan to begin the postseason, including his Michigan Tech personal best 43 saves in Game 2 in the 4-3 triple-overtime win. He ended his career not surrendering a goal in his last 69:08.

Jurusik started 33 games in his second season with the Huskies and played in his 100th collegiate game on Feb. 1 at Alabama Huntsville. He is also a nominee for the Hobey Baker Award. Jurusik had 10 games where he made at least 30 saves with all 10 being Tech wins. 

The WCHA All-Academic Teams were announced with 20 Huskies Honored. See the full list at michigantechhuskies.com 

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted. 

Coordinator, Great Lakes Research Center. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.   Accommodations are available. If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or mtujobs@mtu.edu.

In the News

Michigan Tech alumna Shannon Tait was quoted in the article "Building a better future: Three women on why they chose the construction industry," in Epicenter, Mt. Pleasant.


The development by Michigan Tech researchers of an underwater "smart glue" was featured in Digital Journal


Robert Nemiroff (Physics) was mentioned in the article "Gamma-Ray Bursts Reaching The Speed Of Light Are Traveling Back In Time," In Dual Dove.

New Funding

Bruce Lee (BioMed/HRI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $102,779 research and development from the Office of Naval Research. The project is entitled, "Electro-Responsive Underwater Adhesive Based on Mussel Adhesive Chemistry."

This is a potential three-year project totaling $524,995.


Paul Goetsch (BioSci/HRI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $423,381 research and development grant from the National Institutes of Health. The project is entitled, "Assessing DREAM Complex Formation and Function." This is a potential three-year project.

In Print

Shan Zhou (SS) and Professor Emeritus Barry Solomon (SS) recently published “Do renewable portfolio standards in the United States stunt renewable electricity development beyond mandatory targets?” in the journal Energy Policy. This article explores the question of whether the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) serves as a floor or a cap on renewable electricity capacity deployment in the U.S.

A panel dataset from 1998 to 2017 is constructed for 28 states that have adopted a mandatory RPS in this timeframe. Using hybrid random effects negative binomial regression models, the authors find that when constrained by renewable electricity potential capacity, more stringent RPSs are significantly associated with a lower level of non-RPS related renewable electricity capacity additions. This negative effect of the RPS on beyond RPS compliance renewable electricity development is weakened by the abundance of renewable energy resources. 


Richelle Winkler (SS) recently published "Exporting Consumption: Lifestyle Migration and Energy Use" in the journal Global Environmental Change. This paper is the result of her collaboration with Costa Rican colleagues during her sabbatical year. The article is available here

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