Parking Regulations in Place as Campus Phases In Reopening

The campus is now in its three-step reopening phase, which means parking regulations are in effect, and enforcement will soon resume. This is a friendly reminder to park in your designated lot so that operations will go smoothly (with as little ticketing as possible) as we return to campus.

If you are a faculty or staff member, please continue to park in either:

  • A faculty or staff lot
  • The pay lot
  • A metered spot

If you are a student, you may park in either:

  • The student parking area
  • The pay lot
  • A metered spot

Permit-only accessible parking spaces, loading zones and yellow-curb areas will be strictly enforced.

We appreciate your cooperation. To learn more about campus reopening plans and how to do your part, see mtu.edu/flex.

Be Smart. Do Your Part: Office Cleaning and Maintenance Guidance for Departments

Because on-campus activity continues to be limited this summer, custodial services have been redistributed. Campus buildings are serviced on a rotating schedule using a team staffing approach. Custodial staff prioritizes public areas and open restrooms when they are in your building. They will not clean or check departmental areas and individual offices.

As more employees return to campus in Step Two of our reopening plan, we need you to do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure campus operations continue safely and efficiently.

Here’s what we expect of employees—we appreciate your help:

• Wipe and sanitize high-frequency touchpoints. Do this in personal offices, office suites, and departmentally controlled spaces.
• Wipe shared equipment after each use. Other high-frequency touchpoints should be wiped at least twice a day.
• Pay special attention to surfaces. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, hard-back chairs, faucets, sinks and other similar items.
• Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands as needed, especially before and after cleaning. Departments can procure germicidal wipes and hand sanitizers pump dispensers through Chem Stores, but please note that supplies are limited. While we work to build up our inventory, we encourage you to continue to use any existing supplies that you currently have on hand. Chem Stores is currently open for pickup by appointment in order to reduce traffic. You can fill out their online form to request supplies. Please call 7-2049 or email chemstores@mtu.edu if you have questions.
• Bring your office trash and recycling to the designated common area in your building. Food waste and containers, along with anything else that can collect bacteria and cause odor, must be removed every day. Please close your trash bag securely.
• Go to a different floor if your nearest restroom has been closed. Restrooms will always be available in occupied buildings, usually at least on the first floor.

Facilities will respond to work requests as allowed under any state executive order in effect and as resources permit. If you have questions or need assistance, please call 7-2303, or place a work order. Thanks for your cooperation.

Information Technology and Campus Step Two

As our campus transitions to Step Two, most of the Information Technology staff will continue to provide support and service from home.  We will have a limited number of staff and student employees on campus every day, focusing first on the backlog of on-site physical work from March. New physical on-site work may take additional time to complete. 

Specific IT Service changes currently in effect:

  • In-person support at the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) in the Van Pelt and Opie Library has been suspended. You can continue to reach us at 906-487-1111 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and at it-help@mtu.edu. You can also submit your request directly using our Service Catalog and search self-service articles in our knowledge base.
  • Poster printing service is currently unavailable
  • Printer, lab and classroom cleaning — All current computer labs and classrooms, with the exception of a portion of the first floor of the Van Pelt and Opie Library, remain closed. HuskyPrint stations throughout campus will be filled and cleaned as staffing allows. Be smart, and do your part by washing or sanitizing your hands before you use touch screens or lab computers and again when you have finished.

You can help us to help you by doing the following:

  • Plan ahead — Get your requests in early, whether it’s a rebuild, an upgrade, a computer move, or a change to your phones. We recommend at least two weeks before you need it.
  • Plan for shipping/ordering days — Ordering most things, especially technology, may include delays and increased costs due to availability and demand. Be prepared for a longer wait time to receive your purchases.
  • Expect that it will take longer to get some work done — Services such as research support, hardware/software deployment, and physical moves and recycling will take longer to complete and may happen outside of normal business hours due to limits on the number of staff and student technicians we have working in physical proximity.
  • Work with us to stay safe — Our teams will work with you, to the best of our ability, to schedule on-site diagnostics, equipment pickup, deployments, and supply delivery with as little direct contact as possible and around your schedule.
  • Help us prioritize and focus — Our priority is making sure that faculty can teach, students can learn, and that research can continue. If your request relates to these priorities, letting us know when making your request helps us appropriately prioritize that work.

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

Campus Visits Resume June 22

Admissions is excited to welcome back prospective students and their families for campus tours starting Monday, June 22. After months of thoughtful planning, we are looking forward to implementing solutions to create a fun and robust experience for visitors while being extremely mindful of their health and safety, as well as that of faculty, staff and students.

Here are some of the ways in which tours will be modified:

  • Total visit group size will be limited in both the morning and afternoon to 25 people, with tour groups at 1-2 families per guide
  • Visitors and tour guides will be required to wear face coverings at all times when indoors and when maintaining a minimum distance of six feet is not possible outdoors
  • Student tour guides will follow a modified tour route that will avoid tight spaces, elevators, etc.
  • All visitors are being asked to monitor their symptoms consistent with CDC guidelines; all guests will be required to complete a symptom monitoring form prior to arriving on campus

Thanks to everyone who helped us get back into the business of showing off our world-class campus. We are also appreciative of the academic department faculty and staff members who will be meeting with visitors either in person following social distancing practices or virtually.

If you have any questions or concerns as tours resume, please contact Ashley Schuette, Manager of Campus Visit Experiences, or Kyle Rubin, Director of Admissions: Recruitment.

Research Q&A Session - Updated Policies and Procedures

This is a reminder to Michigan Tech’s research staff and faculty community to join us for a Research Q&A session from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday (June 16) via Zoom.

This session will feature a general Q&A related to the most updated policies and procedures for restarting and continuing research.

Please submit any questions you would like addressed to the Research Question Board on COVID-19 Research Information & FAQ.

University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The next meeting of the University Senate (Meeting #642), will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (June 17) via Zoom.

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. 

Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place. 

View the agenda of Meeting #642 and the minutes of meeting #641.

IDEA Hub/CTL Flex Fall Teaching Q&A Sessions and Workshops

Please join us for the next events in our summer series of Teaching Q&A sessions and workshops to help you prepare for Flex Fall, organized by IDEA hub and the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning. Each of these events will begin with 20 - 30 minutes of Q&A about teaching in Flex Fall.

Click the below links to register and be added to the calendar invites for these events which will include the Zoom link. If you have questions or do not get the calendar invite, please email margaret@mtu.edu.

  • Session #2: Online Teaching Showcase 3 - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (June 17). Teaching Q&A — 3 - 3:30 p.m. Teaching Showcase & Discussion — 3:30 - 4:30p.m.
  • Session #3: Develop Innovative Solutions 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 24. Teaching Q&A — 3 - 3:30 p.m. Design Thinking Workshop - Develop Innovative Solutions: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Session #4: Prototype Your Innovative Solutions 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 1. Teaching Q&A: 3 to 3:30 p.m. Design Thinking Workshop - Prototype Your Innovative Solutions: 3:30 - 5 p.m.

The June 17 session will feature six instructors who were recognized by their students and colleagues as having done an excellent job of managing the sudden transition to online teaching in the wake of COVID-19:

  • Todd O. Arney, senior lecturer, Computer Network and System Administration
  • Maria Bergstrom, academic advisor, Humanities and Modern Languages Lecturer, Writing and Literature
  • Michelle Jarvie-Eggart, senior lecturer, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Jaclyn Johnson, senior lecturer, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Brigitte Morin, senior lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences Director, Biology Learning Center
  • Teresa Woods, lecturer and Assistant to the Chair Department of Mathematical Sciences

Please join us for a World Cafe-style discussion to learn more from our showcase faculty. Prior to the session, you can view interviews with these instructors in which they talk about their experience teaching remotely and about their strategies for building community and connecting with students, modifying assignments and testing strategies, and leveraging the affordances of online teaching, among other things. The six interviews are collected at this Canvas page.

In the June 24 and July 1 sessions, you’ll learn how to apply the toolsets and mindsets of Design Thinking to innovate your Flex Fall courses. More details to follow.

In Print

Civil and Environmental Engineering alumnus, Mike Paddock, published "Bridging Barriers" about how one community changed its future with help from Engineers Without Borders USA volunteers.

virtual launch will take place at 7 p.m. (CDT) on Wednesday, June 24. All proceeds from the book sale go to EWB Guatemala.

Notables

Prabhjot (Prab) S. Mukandwal (COB) is now a full member of the Journal of Supply Chain Management’s Editorial Review Board. JSCM is the journal of choice among supply chain management scholars, focusing on theory-building and empirical methodologies.

In the News

Adam Wellstead (SS) was quoted in the story "Concerns grow over damage to public’s trust in COVID-19 science," in Axios.

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Michigan Tech Nordic skier Sophia Mazzoni was pictured in the article "Roller ski training gives zoom a new spin," in Idaho Mountain Express.

Reminders

Campus Store Ready to Help with Fall Book Adoptions

Fall book adoptions are due. Our physical space is closed, but the Campus Store is still here to assist faculty with the process. Please visit the Campus Store's Course Materials catalog, search for your course, and check to ensure your listing is ready. If you find an error, reach out to us and we will work to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

If you still need to submit your adoption, please complete the Textbook Requisition form, or email your submission to Jennifer Cowan at jcowan@mtu.edu

We are working to source many affordable options for students. Curious about the digital options available for your title? Check out available eTextbooks.

Today's Campus Events

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