Moving to Final Step of Return to Campus Plan

On Monday, July 27, Michigan Tech will enter the final step of our Return to Campus Plan. Step Three concludes our return to campus and marks our transition to the Health and Safety Levels system that we will maintain from the fall semester forward.

Beginning July 27, we plan to resume campus operations at the level at which Michigan Tech will function when students return. Previous expectations outlined in Steps One and Two remain in effect, including enhanced hygiene and social distancing protocols. Of course, those who need to work from home due to health concerns are encouraged to do so, using either a flexible work agreement with their supervisor or a COVID-19 accommodation

Please remember that all those who come to campus are required to submit the Daily Symptom Monitoring Form. This form can also be found on the MTU Flex Portal. Employees must remain six feet apart while working. While working indoors, employees who can medically tolerate them must wear protective face coverings unless working alone in their office with the door closed. If you are unable to medically tolerate a face covering, please reach out for an appropriate COVID-19 accommodation.

If you are returning to campus as an employee, you must complete the online COVID-19 training within seven days of your return to campus. All employees returning prior to the fall semester must have training completed no later than August 26, 2020. 

If you have questions about this transition, please visit the Fall 2020 Return to Campus Three-Step Plan page on the MTU Flex website. Information about the Health and Safety Levels can be found in the website’s Campus Operations section.

Update to Changes Impacting International Students

On Tuesday (July 14), the Trump Administration rescinded the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) policy modification announced on July 6. As you may recall, that policy restricted international students from staying in the United States if they were enrolled in courses that were being delivered only in an online format.

International Programs and Services understands this new decision to mean that we are now to use the guidance released in March in regard to supporting international students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance announced in March allows international students to remain in status and continue their education from the United States if the University needs to provide instruction entirely online.

However, we have not received any updated information from SEVP with further guidance At this time we have communicated with Michigan Tech international students to continue to prioritize enrolling in face-to-face courses if possible, with the understanding that they can enroll in online/remote courses if needed. Students who have returned to their home country and can not return to Michigan Tech because of travel restrictions are permitted to take their courses online if possible and maintain their active student status in the fall.

Students should work with their academic advisors to ensure courses are available and consult with IPS staff regarding their immigration paperwork. International students still need to be enrolled full time to maintain their status (Undergrad 12 credits, Graduate, nine credits), self-isolate for 14 days if arriving from an international location and provide IPS updated documentation when necessary.

All other SEVP rules and expectations are in place. The rescinding of this guidance by the Trump Administration is a sigh of relief for our campus community. We value our international students and all that they bring to our campus and our community. We will continue to update campus as we know more. For more information contact Kellie Raffaelli, director of International Programs and Services.

Summer Youth Programs Seeks Educator Proposals for 2021

 Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) is seeking proposals from middle and high school educators to design and deliver a week-long SYP course as part of our 2021 Visiting Instructor Program. The deadline to submit a proposal has been extended to 5 p.m. (EDT) Friday, August 14.

Proposals for courses should relate to the year’s theme of "Industry 4.0." Selected proposals will be included in our 2021 Summer Youth Programs offerings, with course dates selected by the visiting instructor. In addition to spending a week on our beautiful campus with access to all the fun and exciting adventures that abound in the Keweenaw Peninsula, visiting professors receive the following:

  • Salary of $725.00
  • Up to $350 reimbursement for travel costs to and from Michigan Tech’s campus
  • On-campus lodging and meal plan (or a stipend if they prefer to live off-campus)
  • A scholarship for a student from their school to attend an SYP course of their choice

Full details regarding proposal requirements and selection expectations can be found online.

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Yet another issue disproportionately impacting women and minorities is the harassment of them when in a position of power, leadership, or another visible role.

In an academic setting, this is referred to as Academic Contrapower Harassment (ACPH). While ACPH does impact all faculty, a 2016 study of 289 professors from across the country found that women faculty reported significantly more scrutiny and negative outcomes from ACPH than men faculty.

Today’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup article features this study from The Journal of Women in Higher Education and encourages you to consider the implications and be consciously aware of contrapower harassment behaviors towards women and minority leaders. We invite you to work proactively to eliminate this on our campus. 

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This article and previous archived articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts and to check out our growing collection of resources, email us at advance-mtu@mtu.edu or visit our website.

Men's Basketball Earns Academic Accolades

The Michigan Tech men's basketball program received several academic awards this week from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

The Huskies held a 3.4 grade-point average as a team and earned the Team Excellence Award. The award is in its eighth year and recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the 2019-20 season. Ferris State, Northern Michigan, and Wayne State were other schools from the GLIAC recognized.

Six Huskies were also named to the NABC Honor Court. The NABC Honors Court highlights the talents and gifts that these men possess on the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.

  • Isaac Appleby, Junior, Computer Science
  • Trent Bell, Junior, Civil Engineering
  • Dawson Bilski, Junior, Wildlife and Ecology Management
  • Tommy Lucca, Senior, Engineering Management
  • Kyle Clow, Junior, Mechanical Engineering
  • TeeAaron Powell, Junior, Business Administration

The recipients must be junior or senior, hold a 3.2 GPA or higher at the conclusion of the 2019-20 academic year, must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution, and have an NABC member coach. More than 1,350 men's basketball student-athletes across NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA Division I or II were honored. Northern Michigan and Parkside also had six players receive the honor to tie with Michigan Tech for the GLIAC lead.

Michigan Tech was 23-8 overall and 14-6 in the GLIAC in 2019-20, finishing second in the GLIAC North and third overall. The Huskies qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in school history after winning the GLIAC Tournament Championship.

In the News

Michigan Tech tops the list of the "15 Best Civil Engineering Schools in Michigan." The story was covered in the World Scholarship Forum.

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Sarah Green (CHEM) was quoted in the story "FYI, We Just Lived Through The 2nd Hottest Jan-June Heatwave The Earth Has Ever Experienced," in ScoopWhoop.

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The Michigan Tech Enterprise team Built World Enterprise (BWE), earned first place in the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) student design competition. The story was covered by WLUC TV6.

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Michigan Tech's Mobile Lab was mentioned in the article "EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Dana is Focused on e-Propulsion and Reducing Their Environmental Impact," in ACT News.

Today's Campus Events

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PhD Defense: Dylan Turpeinen

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APS Virtual Poster Showcase

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Outside – apart – together

Online Sculpture Walk Outside – apart – together, the Outdoor Sculpture class’s online sculpture exhibit, opens today. The exhibit is an online sculpture walk, and it...