MTU Flex

It goes without saying that we are all surrounded by uncertainty right now. Nevertheless, Michigan Tech will continue to offer classes and conduct research no matter what happens.

When Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order was first announced, many of us began to think the fall 2020 semester might be affected. It’s now safe to assume that it will be different from other fall semesters—but we are already moving down a path that will make things feel much the same for students, faculty, and staff. 

Our experiences this spring have proven that we can conduct effective remote instruction when we must. While there have been some bumps in the road, we’ve received kudos from the majority of our students and their families. We’re trying hard, and our students appreciate our effort. Some are even sharing their appreciation through song

Our faculty’s willingness to make enormous changes when necessary gives me confidence that we will only get better at delivering a great Michigan Tech education in new ways as we enter the summer months. Everyone is working hard to support each other. For example, people across campus are sharing challenges, ideas, and stories about their experiences during “Idea Pub” events cohosted by the IDEA Hub and Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The University Senate, already very active this year, has passed a series of proposals to support  faculty and students. The CTL is keeping everyone updated using its Instructional Continuity web page and providing resources to faculty, including equipment, training, workshops, and personalized coaching.  

By the end of spring semester, about half of Michigan Tech's instructional personnel will have completed a professional development program designed to increase their familiarity with technologies and pedagogies that enhance student learning in online and remote instructional environments. Another 200 are signed up to take the training over the summer (thank you, everyone, for doing this). With the support of the CTL and IT, deans, chairs, and individual faculty are planning for every eventuality—even the possibility of having some students in the classroom, while other students participate from a remote location. 

I’m very proud of how everyone worked together as we transitioned away from face-to-face instruction. It’s clear that we share a deep commitment to our students because even now that we’re not seeing them in person, we are continuing to support their academic and personal development every day. Agility is not typically associated with higher education, but we’ve just proven that we can be agile when the situation demands. We are also modeling problem-solving, creativity, teaming, and leadership for our students. We’re showing them how important these “soft” or transferrable skills are to success in the real world. 

No one knows for certain when we will return to campus, though we all hope it will be sooner rather than later. And, while we don’t know exactly what the fall will bring, we do know we are going to be prepared. Michigan Tech is known for our hands-on, application-oriented approach to education, as well as our focus on real-world problems and issues. We’re proud of these traits—and we will continue to preserve and honor them in our future actions. This spring, we learned how to remain committed to our core values while the world changed around us. We have become more innovative and flexible than ever before.

MTU Students Serve Small UP Businesses During Crisis

Small businesses in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula are accustomed to handling adversity—but it usually comes in the form of lake-effect snow.

The COVID-19 pandemic presents both unprecedented challenges and opportunities to the locally owned establishments and enterprises that are a vital part of the community.

At the Upper Peninsula regional Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) office, located within the Michigan Technological University College of Business, demand has more than doubled.“We are the boots on the ground,” said Daniel Yoder, regional senior business consultant.

Due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the regional consultant team is working with more than 50 businesses each day. To help serve U.P. businesses, the SBDC hired Michigan Tech business students as interns and looks to hire more. Read more at Michigan Tech News.

Nominations sought for Michigan Tech's Diversity Award

 The Diversity Council is seeking nominations for faculty and staff deserving of the 2020 Michigan Tech Diversity Award. Nominations are due Friday, May 29.

Nominees contribute to diversity and inclusion on campus through exemplary leadership and actions, valuing diversity and inclusion in areas such as:

  • Recruitment and retention efforts
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Multi-cultural programming
  • Cultural competency
  • Community outreach activities

The award recipient will receive a $2,500 award and will be honored during a University awards dinner held in September.

More information, criteria and nomination instructions can be found here

Campus Bookstore Partners With Online Book Buyback to Assist Students

Students will be able to sell their used textbooks without leaving home through an online buyback program. The Michigan Tech Campus Bookstore has partnered with two used textbook companies. Students can compare prices on our website to find out whether Nebraska Book Company or MBS Book Exchange offers the best deals for them.

Both companies offer free shipping via a printable return label. If you want to find out more, reach out to Jennifer Cowan or visit the Campus Store website.

During this time of stay-at-home and social distancing, this is one of many ways the Campus Store is working to find new ways to help students receive the services they depend on.

Library Workshops & Consultations

 Have an EndNote question? Want to talk about citing sources or finding patents? Looking for an image to use in a final project? Ask Us.

Rather than regularly scheduled workshops, the library is hosting one-on-one and small group consultations on all of our usual workshop topics.

Check out our Workshops & Consultations page for more info. We’re looking forward to working with you.

Love in the Time of COVID-19: A Virtual Poetry Reading

As we face a new normal to our day-to-day lives, maintaining a creative, expressive, and connected community has taken on new meaning and importance.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Amy L. Howard (CDI) and M. Bartley Seigel (HU) cordially invite you to submit work for participation in a virtual poetry reading engaging any facet of life and love in the time of Covid-19.

The virtual poetry reading will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, April 24 via Zoom. This event is open to all. Selected poets must be available to read in person via Zoom.

Please submit the following Google Form to participate. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Friday (April 17). Poets will be informed by Monday, April 20.


Weekly Research Q&A Sessions and Research Question Board

The Vice President for Research Office invites the Michigan Tech research staff and faculty community to join new Weekly Research Q&A sessions. These sessions during our Stay Home, Stay Safe (SHSS) remote work will provide the chance to talk with Vice President for Research (VPR) office leadership and staff about your research questions, learn from other researchers about how they are adapting to SHSS, and provide insights into current and future research opportunities.

This is a time to bring your ideas to share, new perspectives that might benefit others and any questions you have regarding research at Michigan Tech. Join us from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays via Zoom. Zoom login required. These sessions will continue weekly until further notice.

In addition to the Weekly Research Q&A sessions, Michigan Tech has created a Research Question Board where researchers can submit questions not already answered at COVID-19 Research Information & FAQ. Please visit and submit your questions.


GSG ELECTS Executive Board

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) has elected its Executive Board for the 2020-2021 session. The new Executive Board members are:

  • Nathan Ford (MEEM), President
  • Michael Maurer (ECE), Vice-President
  • Aaron Hoover (Humanities), Secretary
  • Laura Schaerer (Biological Sciences), Treasurer
  • Sarvada Chipkar (Chemical Engineering), Research Chair
  • Yasasya Batugedara (Mathematical Sciences), Professional Development Chair
  • Eric Pearson (Chemical Engineering), Social Chair
  • Marina Choy (Humanities), Public Relations Chair

The new Executive Board will assume office on May 1.


New Deadline for Undergraduate Research Internship Programs

The deadline for Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP) applications has been extended to April 20. There are three tracks for faculty mentors to consider:

  • Faculty in Health-Related Fields are invited to identify an undergraduate research intern with any amount of prior experience - Portage Health Foundation Scholars
  • Faculty in the fields of Research in Engineering, Technology, Environmental Sciences or Wildlife Sciences with any amount of prior experience - DeVlieg Foundation Scholars
  • Faculty in any discipline are invited to identify an undergraduate intern that is relatively new to research or scholarship (less than 6 months) - Pavlis Young Investigators

 The internship program is open to any undergraduate student on campus. Faculty are welcome to encourage students with whom they are already working to apply. The program consists of a 20-week internship (Mid-September through Mid-March) for the student, as well as professional development activities centered in academic research and scholarship.

For details, read the full Tech Today story.

In the News

A mobile unit built at Michigan Tech to clean COVID-19 personal  protection equipment (PPE), was covered by WLUC TV6. The story was also covered by Healthcare Hygiene Magazine.


Ebenezer Tumban (BioSci) was quoted in the story "Your phone probably won’t make you sick even with coronavirus, but clean it anyway," in Borneo Bulletin.

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