COVID-19 Update: Additional Resources and Support for Michigan Tech Employees

In an email sent to Michigan Tech faculty and staff, University President Rick Koubek highlighted additional resources and support for employees. In making the announcement, Koubek said the additional employee benefits are designed to help offset the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Additional benefits include:

  • Full-time employees will receive 80 hours of COVID-19 pandemic leave to be used in case of quarantine, isolation or family care needs related to COVID-19 exposure, illness, or other related scenarios. Part-time employees will receive prorated leave based on their appointment
  • The newly created Husky WorkerReady program will assure those impacted by temporary shutdowns and slowdowns across units can continue their employment by working in areas of need
  • Enhanced remote work protocol
  • Access to employee counseling and mental health services. 
  • Paid leave for trained and/or registered emergency responder volunteers
  • Establishment of the Husky Emergency Assistance Fund

Details of the benefits and the complete letter can be found at mtu.edu/covid-19 

Making it Easier to Find Help

The closing of Michigan's schools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has no doubt caused hardships for parents throughout the area. Commendably, several local restaurants and schools have stepped up to provide free meals to students who would normally eat lunch and even breakfast in school. 

The problem is getting the word out and letting parents know where there is help. A local parent has found an answer. Amy Evans, a Houghton resident with four children in school, created a Google Spreadsheet that lists restaurants and schools with free lunches and more. 

"When trying to find this information, it's pretty easy to get lost," Evans says. "I was trying to find a way to put all the information in one place, and in such a way that anyone could not only access it but also contribute to the list." 

So far, Evans' list includes Baby E's BBQ and Victoria's Kitchen in Houghton, Skipper's Bar and Grill and the Nite Owl Cafe in L'Anse, and Candie's Corner Cafe in Hubbell. All are providing free lunches for those under 18. Additionally, the Houghton and Hancock Schools have instituted programs to provide both breakfast and lunch to students. The spreadsheet contains additional information on the type of lunch provided along with phone numbers for most of the sites.

Evans stresses that her spreadsheet is a work in progress and encourages those with more information to contribute. "I'm trying to gather all the information I can. That's why I'm doing this, I put this together so people can have this important information."

She says there's more to the spreadsheet than meals for kids. There are tabs at the bottom with information regarding hours and options for restaurants in the Copper Country as well as in Marquette county. There is also a list of Keweenaw businesses listing hours of operation and additional services provided during this time. "It's important that we know who is open and what special services they're offering," Evans said.

She said the Facebook page "Yoopers Helping Yoopers" includes a wealth of information regarding where to find help.

Evans says the spreadsheet is available to all and anyone who has things to add can send her an email. "I encourage people to participate."

Modern Languages Activities Suspended Until Further Notice

Due to the current situation, all activities organized by the Modern Languages program in the Humanities Department have been put on hold until further notice. This includes Café Francais as well as the Modern Languages Spring Film Series.

Plan to Welcome Alumni and Friends during Alumni Reunion

Alumni Reunion 2020 is coming up Aug. 6-8. A highlight for alumni and their friends is visiting departments during Open House; scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.

Open House is a chance to show off the amazing things your department has been doing. Brag a little. Showcase that cool lab space. Encourage staff/faculty/students to show up and socialize with alumni. This is your chance to remind alumni why they loved their experience with your department, and it can spark future engagement.

If your department is interested in participating, complete this form by Thursday, July 9 so we can include you in the Open House List which is provided to each Reunion guest.

Looking for ideas or need to brainstorm your event? Just contact us at 7-2400 or alumni@mtu.edu. Thank you in advance for hosting our Reunion visitors.

CC and CoE Faculty Candidate Seminar Friday

The Colleges of Computing and Engineering invite the campus community to view a lecture by faculty candidate Vidhyashree Nagaraju.

Per a new Michigan Tech policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Computing has announced all currently scheduled faculty candidate interviews and lectures will take place online through Zoom Meetings. Nagaraju’s Zoom lecture  will take place at 3 p.m. Friday (March 20). The title of her lecture is “Software Reliability Engineering: Algorithms and Tools.”

For more information, view the blog.

CC and CoE Faculty Candidate Seminar Monday

The Colleges of Computing and Engineering invite the campus community to view a lecture by faculty candidate Teseo Schneider.

Per a new Michigan Tech policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Computing has announced all currently scheduled faculty candidate interviews and lectures will take place online through Zoom Meetings. Schneider’s Zoom lecture will take place at 3 p.m. Monday (March 23). The title of his lecture is “Robust Black-box Analysis.”

For more information, view the blog.

In the News

Michigan Tech was mentioned in the story "Six quakes rattle Northeast in six days. Scientists don't know what's causing them," in several newspapers including the Bradenton Herald

Tech was also mentioned in the story "Five Earthquakes in 15 hours rattle the Carolinas and Tennessee, geologists say," in several outlets including the Island Packet (Bluffton, South Carolina), the Charlotte Observer, and the Rock Hill Herald (South Carolina).

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Research at Michigan Tech was featured in the article "'Danger Zone' of Lithium-Battery Defects Identified," in Design News.

Reminders

Google Chrome PDF Policy Change

Tomorrow (March 20) Michigan Tech IT will change how Google Chrome handles PDF files on Windows PCs. Due to widespread and unintended consequences from forcing Google Chrome to download PDFs, we are reverting to Chrome's default behavior of viewing the file.

After selecting a PDF link, Chrome will attempt to display it in the web browser. Michigan Tech departments that have PDF documents with auto-expanding text boxes should configure their website to continue forcing the download of the file.

You can read more information at Google Chrome PDF Policy Change. If you have any questions about viewing PDFs, we can help. Contact IT or call 7-1111.

Today's Campus Events

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C-Cubed Luncheon

This week's C3 luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge (#107). All faculty and staff, along with their...

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Postponed: Bio. Sci. Seminar - Dr. Joel Barker

**This seminar will be postponed and we will announce reschedule date as soon as possible.** Joel Barker, PhD Research Professor Earth and Environmental Science University...

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African Week 2020

The African Students Organization will celebrate AFRICAN WEEK 2020 from March 16-21. Some featured events: Monday, March 16: Diverse Dialogues (In collaboration with the...

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ONLINE Sustainability Film: Saving Snow

Sustainability Film Series: Issues and Dialogue 3rd Thursdays each month, January - May 2020 Saving Snow (53 min.) World Water Day Opening Event Documentary about the...

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Range Day

Come join us at the SDC range to learn firearm safety and have fun shooting our various pistols. First time down is free (besides ammo) and second time down is $15 for the...

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Environmental Graphiti Online Exhibit

The Art of Climate Change Alisa Singer The work of Chicago-based artist Alisa Singer, Environmental Graphiti is a series of digital paintings created to enhance public...