What Governor's Executive Order Means for MTU

On Wednesday (July 29), Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 160. Here's what the executive order, specifically the 10-person limit, means to Michigan Tech.

The Executive Order limits indoor “social gatherings and organized events” to a maximum of 10 people.  While we are not given specific definitions of these terms, the Michigan Association of State Universities has obtained clarification from the Governor’s Office that the limit is not applicable to educational or workplace environments. 

Please note that even where the restriction applies, some of these events may be able to proceed with larger numbers if held outdoors. 

Here’s a chart to help you understand what is and is not covered by the limit on the number of people who may gather indoors: 

Activity 10 Person Limit Indoors Notes
Class No 6' distancing applies
Training employees No 6' distancing applies. If possible, training should be available remotely for all or some participants
Event hosted by an outside organization Yes 6' distancing also applies
New Student Move In No 6' distancing applies. Time spent in groups should be minimized
Faculty Orientation No 6' distancing applies. If possible, orientation should be available remotely for all or some participants
College or Departmental Retreats No 6' distancing applies. If possible, retreat should be available remotely for all or some participants
RSO Events Yes 6' distancing also applies
Retirement Party Yes 6' distancing also applies
Incidental Gatherings No 6' distancing applies. People should disperse if groups are forming
Resume Writing Workshop No 6' distancing applies. If possible, workshop should be available remotely for all or some participants
Interview Skills Workshop No 6' distancing applies. If possible, workshop should be available remotely for all or some participants
SDC No Fitness centers are subject to different capacity limits
Dining Halls No Dining halls and restaurants are subject to different capacity limits
Rozsa Center No Performance venues are subject to different capacity limits

Testing Site for Move-In is Setting Up

A large tent set up on the Michigan Tech Campus certainly is not unusual. Tents are used several times a year for events such as Industry Days and Alumni Reunions. But the 40 x 40-foot tent that went up Wednesday (July 29) between Chem Sci and EERC is serious business and will play a major role in the University's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Brian Cadwell, director and chief of the Department of Public Safety and Police Services, said the tent will be the site of student COVID-19 testing during, and prior to, the University's Move in Weekend. For the past few days, crews have been converting the big tent into a testing clinic by installing electricity, lighting, WIFI, furniture and more.

Testing in the tent will begin on a smaller scale later this month leading up to mass testing during Move-In Weekend. "We'll start by testing RAs (resident assistants) on Aug. 12 and then on Aug 18, they'll test student-athletes. We anticipate upwards of 2,200 tests to be administered during Move-In, Aug. 21 to 23." Cadwell added that voluntary testing will be free to students.

He said the goal is to test the students who will be living in the University's residence halls. "We're focusing on highly congregated living areas, such as residence halls and places where the virus could be easily passed from one person to another." Administering the tests will be personnel from the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, assisted by Michigan Tech's Emergency Medical Services.

Cadwell said the testing tent will be one of the stops new students make during the move-in process. About 80 tests an hour can be performed in the tent. The swabs will be taken to the Michigan Tech testing lab for processing. "Anyone testing positive will be temporarily relocated to apartments designated for isolation in Daniell Heights," Cadwell said.

Cadwell said executing a task as large and as important as this requires a team effort. "We've got a great team — the Flex Task Force and numerous University departments have worked tirelessly, in conjunction with Upper Great Lakes Health, to formulate a great plan and put it into action."

On-Campus Jobs Virtual Expo to be held Sept. 1

Career Services is coordinating an On-Campus Jobs Virtual Expo that will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Please notify Career Services of any student positions you're hiring for and whether you wish to participate in the On-Campus Virtual Jobs Expo by filling out this Google form.

Once we receive your completed form, Career Services will upload the positions in Handshake (if you have not already done so), affording students a single place where they can view and apply for all available on-campus positions.

Fill out the form for each position that you wish to announce. If you wish to participate in the Virtual Jobs Expo, where you can meet with students, host a session to explain the job, etc. You will need to create the meeting on the Michigan Tech Zoom site and include your meeting link in the Google form listed above. We will list the Zoom URL for each session on Handshake, alerting students of the opportunity to meet with you virtually over Zoom.

On-campus jobs provide opportunities for Michigan Tech students. A part-time job offers income to students who need it and is an important co-curricular opportunity. As a co-curricular opportunity, on-campus work can lead to internships and co-ops, opening the door to full-time offers immediately after graduation. It can also help a student establish a strong foundation for research that leads to enhanced graduate school opportunities. For more information or if you have any questions, contact Chris Hohnholt, associate director of Career Services.

TCNewTech will host MTU teams for a “takeover” of their pitch contest Tuesday

Traverse City New Tech (TCNewTech) will host Michigan Tech teams for a “takeover” of their pitch contest on Tuesday (Aug. 4). TCNewTech is a community of tech enthusiasts, businesses, entrepreneurs, and Michigan policymakers building a culture of innovation, economic growth and opportunity for local talent in the Traverse City Region.

Each month, TCNewTech hosts a pitch competition to offer a venue for innovators and entrepreneurs to connect with resources within their ecosystem. It is a great opportunity for teams to hone their pitching skills, communicate their idea, gather feedback, win a cash prize, and network with tech supporters. A collaboration between our MTU innovation community and the TCNewTech community is a great opportunity for our communities to collectively pool resources to support new ventures in Michigan.

Michigan Tech affiliated teams were invited to collaborate with TCNewTech for a “takeover” of their pitch event. Six MTU teams at different stages in their new venture will pitch. The on-line audience will vote for their favorite team in each category.

During August, two competitions will run—the one-minute bar napkin Idea pitch and the five-minute business model pitch.

This year six teams will present:

Idea pitch category

  • Kyra Pratley with MercyAid
  • Jacob Soter with SwimSmart
  • Mitch DeLong with FreightMate

Business model pitch category

  • Ranit Karmakar with Focus
  • Steve Tokarz, Yoke Khin Yap (Physics) and postdoc Nazimye Yapichi with StabiLux Biosciences
  • Steven Senczyszyyn and Andrew Barnard (GLRC) with Nanosound

You are invited to attend this virtual pitch to support our MTU teams and their innovations at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 4).

You are invited to attend this virtual pitch to support our MTU teams and their innovations on August 4th at 6:00 PM. 

Here is the link to join us- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tcnewtech-pitch-contest-registration-

CFRES MS Thesis Defense

College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science master's student Shallen Gurtler will present her MS thesis at 2 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 4) via Zoom.

The title of her defense is: "Monitoring mammal community shifts across silvicultural treatments utilizing camera traps and the development of invertebrate-derived DNA in hardwood forests of North America". Attend the via Zoom.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Monday, Aug. 3, 2020

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Cooks Helper (12 months/ 40 hours/ 1st Shift) #20111, Dining Services. AFSCME Posting 8/3/2020 - 8/7/2020. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Stores Clerk (9 months/ 40 hours/ 1st Shift) #20112, Dining Services. AFSCME Posting 8/3/2020 - 8/7/2020. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Accommodations are available. If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment or an interview at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or mtujobs@mtu.edu.

New Funding

Yu Cai (AC/ICC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $99,942 grant from the National Security Agency (GenCyber).

The project is entitled, "GenCyber Teacher Camp at Michigan Tech." Tim Van Wagner (AC) and Bo Chen (CS) are Co-PI's on this Two-year project.


Printing Maintenance Today

Beginning at 9 p.m. today (Aug. 3) and ending by 1 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 4), Michigan Tech IT will perform maintenance on the campus print servers.

During this time, printing may be unavailable for brief periods. All on-domain campus computers will automatically download and update new print drivers.

If you have issues printing during or after the upgrade, please log out of your computer. Logging back in should resolve the issue. If you have questions about the upgrade, we can help. Contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

Today's Campus Events

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