Spring 2020 Virtual Graduation Celebration

Coming to Campus on May 23, 2020

The Commencement Committee and University Marketing and Communications are working together to create a special graduation website to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of our 2020 graduates. In addition to this virtual shout-out, we are inviting students to join us next spring for a chance to see their friends and walk across the stage at an in-person ceremony on April 24, 2021.

While nothing can fully replace this spring’s in-person ceremony, we can make the most of the situation by celebrating in a new way. Please help us by adding your shout-out to the web page or social media. Watch for emails and other announcements with links and detailed information coming soon.

Send questions to commencement@mtu.edu.

Be Aware of Scammers

The Department of Public Safety and Police Services (DPSPS) reminds the campus community that scammers are very much active in leveraging the current crisis to steal your personal information, your money or both.

While most of the scams that were present before the pandemic have merely been updated to use words/themes associated with the crisis, there have been reports of some unique techniques that criminals are using to take advantage of the uncertainty that we currently face. Some of these techniques are:

  • Having persons download apps or software that track the status of the outbreak. These programs may seem legitimate, but they are in fact malware or ransomware.
  • Emails or text messages that redirect people to websites that appear to be from government organizations, but are actually skimming sites used to obtain personal information. These websites usually appear to be from the IRS, CDC or FEMA. 
  • Persons going door to door, claiming to be from the CDC or similar agency, to do "safety" checks. The impersonators then ask for personal information for their "database" so they can better track the outbreak.
  • Using online fundraising sites, such as GoFundMe, to claim they are a COVID-19 charity. They may even have official sounding names and narratives, but are not actually associated with any recognized organization.
  • Persons may claim to have safety products for sale (i.e. gloves, masks, sanitizer, etc.), but do not actually deliver anything once money is received or are found to be counterfeit. 

Following the recommendations of the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, DPSPS reminds the community to always use good cyber hygiene and security measures. By remembering the following tips, you can protect yourself and help stop the scammers:

  • Do not open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don't recognize.
  • Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, financial data, or other personal information in response to an email, robocall or an in person visit to your home.
  • Always verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type them into your browser.
  • Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link (for example, an address that should end in a ".gov" ends in .com" instead).

 If you have any questions about other scams, or would like to report a scam, DPSPS can be reached at 7-2216 or online.   

Quick, We Need a Writer

When an engineering team at Michigan Technological University began developing and testing their Mobile Thermal Utility (MTU) Sanitizer for heat-treating PPE, they knew that a good design and effective prototype were only part of the story. Without clear instructions for proper use, their innovative unit would be ineffective or even potentially dangerous.

Users must be able to operate the unit correctly to completely eliminate the virus.

Read more on Unscripted about how the Department of Humanities, Great Lakes Research Center and Center for Technology and Training worked together to make sure the MTU Sanitizer had an easy-to-follow and accurate instruction manual. Special thanks to Lindsey Wells (CTT) and Sidona DeBrule (CTT) for their hard work.

Michigan Tech Student Awarded Virtual Internship

A Michigan Tech second-year student whose summer plans were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic has been named one of six recipients worldwide of a scholarship for a prestigious online program.

Malina Gallmeyer, an environmental engineering major from White Lake, Michigan, is a winner of a fully funded program scholarship from Virtual Internships. The scholarships are designed to assist students who are unable to participate in study abroad or in-person internships this summer. Through offering these scholarships, Virtual Internships hopes to support students in accessing global professional experiences while navigating recent challenges.

Gallmeyer is one of only two scholarship winners from the United States. Three are from the U.K. and one recipient is from New Zealand.

This program was established to ensure that all students have access to important learning opportunities and can continue to boost their employability and global networks, even during the current circumstances.

All six scholarship winners will get full access to Virtual Internship programs and all inclusions. Virtual Internships aims to work with all students to identify their skills gained and apply the experience to their employment outcomes.

Gallmeyer said, "A remote internship through Virtual Internships will offer me the same chance to gain experience, which as an engineer, is vital to employability after graduation, but with the bonus of working with people from around the world. Additionally, it would not only allow me to gain experience in my field, but also to understand and participate in the global economy and to learn the best way to connect with people."

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Offering Virtual Research Fellowships

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) has announced a new funding mechanism for new requests to support virtual undergraduate or graduate research fellowships. The funding is not designed to augment or supplement any pre-existing fellowship awards, but rather to create an off-cycle opportunity for students who have had summer research or internship opportunities canceled.

Faculty or students at Michigan Tech can apply for summer 2020 undergraduate or graduate fellowship support. These fellowships are identical to Michigan Space Grant's regular fellowships ($3,000 for undergraduate students and $5,000 for graduate students, requiring no match, but must have a research plan, budget and commitment from a faculty mentor). The work must be NASA-STEM related, but full proposals are not required. The NASA Strategic Plan includes a broad range of research, and is not exclusively space-related, so please review their goals to see if your research may qualify.

Deadline for submission is Monday, May 11, for the funding period from June 1, 2020, to April 30, 2021. Submissions are limited to one per student.

Submissions should include:

• A research plan for the fellowship
• A brief description of the project's connection to NASA strategic interests, as detailed in the NASA Strategic Plan 2014
• The student’s specific responsibilities in the project and specific outcomes expected for the research
• The timeline for the effort
• The budget and justification

Details can be found at the MSGC website. For more information, please contact Lorelle Meadows at lameadows@mtu.edu and/or email MSGC at mispacegrant@umich.edu.

Summer Course Reserve Services from the Library

Course reserve requests are being accepted during the remote instruction for Summer Track A. Library staff can help locate either electronic versions or alternative online resources for your print course reserve items. Submit a course reserve request form, selecting E-reserve. Electronic content can be shared through your Canvas course pages.

While the building remains closed, library staff are unable to process items on physical or print Course Reserve. All instructor copies will be returned as soon as staff has access to the building.

Library staff are available and working to support your instruction and research needs. Contact us at library@mtu.edu or request a consultation.

In Print

Professor Emeritus Barry D. Solomon (SS) is a co-author on "Do renewable portfolio standards in the United States stunt renewable electricity development beyond mandatory targets?" in Energy Policy.


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


Banner Production System Maintenance Scheduled for Sunday

A production system maintenance window will take place Sunday, May 3, from 7-9 a.m.

The following production services will be unavailable during that time:

Course Tools
Housing Apartments Wait List
OAP Rental System
Oracle Reports
Virtual Cashiering

If you have any questions or concerns, we can help. Contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.


Rose Martell Retiring Today

Rose Martell is retiring today (May 1), after more than 19 years of service.

Please join the Center for Educational Outreach staff in thanking Rose for her incredible dedication and celebrating her legacy as she begins this well-deserved new chapter.

Best wishes, Rose! 


Fidelity Phone Retirement Counseling Sessions Available

Seth Yanik from Fidelity is offering retirement counseling sessions via phone on May 5, 6, and 7. To schedule an appointment with Fidelity, book online.

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Burnout. That feeling of emptiness coupled with a lack of motivation and emotional and physical exhaustion. By this point in the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, we’re probably all feeling it in some aspect of our lives. But with at least two more weeks left at home, it’s important that we all get through it.

Burnout is the topic of this week’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup. From Inside Higher Education, this week's post, Beating Pandemic Burnout, brings you tips on how faculty (and others too!) can beat burnout in this time of upheaval.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech,  an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Contact us at advance-mtu@mtu.edu or visit our website to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources.

In the News

Research by Joshua Gonzalez (KIP) was featured in the story "When Young Adults Vape, Blood Pressure, Heart Rate May Spike," in U.S. News and World Report.


Michigan Tech environmental engineering undergraduate student Malina Gallmeyer was mentioned in the story "6 University Students Receive Scholarships from Virtual Internships," in Benzinga. Gallmeyer was one of only two students in the United States to receive the scholarship (see story above).


The Mobile Thermal Utility (MTU) sanitizer developed at Michigan Tech to sanitize personal protective equipment in the fight against COVID-19, was featured in the story "Soldiers holding the line in COVID-19 fight," in the Fort Hood Sentinel.


Michigan Tech alumnis Denny Kurir '71, was featured in the article "The Bulls are on the Run and IZON AMERICA, INC is Open for Business!," in EIN Newsdesk.


A report co-written by Michigan Tech was referenced in the story "Michigan's forests, trees under assault by insects, fungi." in The Voice newspapers.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "Here's what Ghana has achieved in its fight against coronavirus," in GhanaWeb.


Michigan Tech men's basketball coach Kevin Luke and women's basketball coach Sam Hoyt were featured in the story "Final Four Set for Keweenaw Pasty Challenge," in the Daily Mining Gazette.

Today's Campus Events

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Master's Defense: Hannah Stoll

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Environmental Graphiti Online Exhibit

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Great Lakes Bioblitz in Your Backyard

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Self-Guided Walk at KLT Paavola Wetlands

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Stewardship Network Spring Invasive Plant Removal Challenge

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