Ski Area Safety Board Meeting

Michigan Tech’s Nick Sirdenis, General Manager of the Mont Ripley Ski Area attended the The Ski Area Safety Board bi-annual meeting that took place on June 1 in Lansing, MI. The meeting focused on adopting the 2011 ANSI code to replace the one currently in use from 2006. The meeting went into detail on how organizations will be able to adopt the 2017 ANSI code when it becomes available. The board also discussed changing a Michigan Code concerning trail closure. The Michigan Ski Area Safety Board meets twice a year, in the spring and the fall. All decisions made by the board run through legislation to become part of The Ski Area Safety Code of Michigan.

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Wads Safety Pilot Project

In an effort to continuously improve the safety processes and procedures, The Vice President for Administration (VPA) is launching a Safety Initiative within the Wadsworth Dining area. Wadsworth Dining has made excellent strides to create and maintain a safe working environment for the staff and student workers. VPA’s Business Operations Office worked with the Safety Office and Wadsworth Dining management to brainstorm a plan to improve Wadsworth Dining’s safety features. The new safety initiative will include the standardization of the safety signs that are hung in the working areas within the dining center. Using American National Standards Institute (ANSI) sign standards, Business Operations created signs to replace the old signs in Wadsworth Dining.

The old signs (shown below-left) were cluttered with too many words and warnings on a single sign. They didn’t draw the eye and failed to communicate the message in a efficient way.

New signs (shown below-right) have a clear “Warning”, “Caution”, or “Notice” label across the top. They also have a pictorial representation of what the sign is communicating and clear and concise wording to let people who what needs to be done. Business Operations separated each warning into it’s own poster to better display the various potential hazards in the area.

Through the use of these signs, VPA hopes to increase awareness of the potential hazards in a standardized and consistent manner. By maintaining a constant safety presence through these signs, training, and safety outreach, Wadsworth Dining will foster a growing safety culture and take strides in reducing accidents and injuries.

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Sully—In Print

Michigan Tech’s Campus Store Merchandising Operations Manager Shane “Sully” Sullivan, was interviewed for an article in the June Issue of The College Store Magazine, published by the National Association of College Stores. The article, titled “A Two-Way Street”, explored the benefits of empowering senior staff to “lead by example” in order to guide their department into a more productive and engaging mindset. Sully encourages staff to engage in a variety of volunteering opportunities, such as being a Lean Facilitator, sitting on a committee or working group, or joining a national association. Sully attributes volunteering on and off campus for the increased levels of customer out-reach, collaboration between departments, and personal and professional growth he’s seen in his department, his staff, and himself.

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The Monberg Family Clock

The Monberg Family, long time patrons of the Portage Lake Golf Course (PLGC), have generously gifted Michigan Tech with the funds to install an 8-foot Exterior Time Clock at the Golf Course. The gift from the late Warren and Joan Monberg came with a letter from their son, Eric:

“Warren Monberg was born in Chicago, Illinois. He served in WWII, where he commanded a tank in the European Theater of Operations. Joan was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin and was in the Women’s Army Corps during WWII. In 1948, Joan and Warren married—one year before their first child’s birthday.

After the war, Warren attended the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago with the help of the GI bill. While attending college, Warren studied architecture with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. After graduation, Warren worked for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), an American architectural, urban planning, and engineering firm formed in Chicago in 1936. He worked at SOM until he met Herman “Winks” Gundlach who hired Warren to design his Woodland Road home which was once the Michigan Tech president’s residence until being converted into a sustainability demonstration house. Winks reportedly liked the house so much that he offered Warren a job as a Vice President in 1955. Warren moved to Hancock with his wife, Joan, and three children, and started playing golf at the Portage Lake Golf Course shortly thereafter. His father, Otto, was a golfer and an architect so “it was in the genes.”

All told, Warren and Joan had five children; Eric, Nicole, Mike, Dan and Marc. Of their children, Dan is described as the best golfer; he was on the varsity golfing team at Winona State University and may have been club champion at PLGC.

Warren and Joan were good friends with Verdie and Ginnie Cox and they both were active in the men’s and lady’s leagues. Warren’s regular partners were Forrest “Old Blue” Wilson, Jim Tormala, Bob Ellis, Evan Hughes, Dan Hackmeyer, Verdie Cox, and Herman “Winks” Gundlach. Warren and Joan loved to participate in the series of Short Stop tournaments that were held in Ontonagon, PLGC, Ishpeming, Iron River and other sites in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula. When the Monbergs were attending, the Short Stop Tournaments were big social events with dinner, dances, friendly betting on Calcutta’s (an open auction held in conjunction with a golf tournament, horse race or similar contest with multiple entrants) and some very competitive golf. Galleries of hundreds of people followed the championship nine hole match which often featured one the members of the Tizziani family, Pete Lenz, or Tom Cox from Houghton, Michigan.”

Eric Monberg goes on to say, “I have fond memories of playing during the summer, after work at Gundlach’s, with my father and one of our many Golden Retrievers. The dog always went for a swim in the pond on the second hole! At any rate, they really loved the life they led that involved PLGC and I can’t think of a better memorial for both of them than the starter’s clock.”

Eric and his brothers hope to relive some of the joy they remember from their youth, while visiting the memorial clock at the Portage Lake Golf Course this summer.

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Student Spotlight Series: Adena Anderson—Student Office Assistant, Human Resources

Adena Anderson is a third year student here at Michigan Tech who is currently majoring in Math with a concentration in Secondary Education. She is currently working for the school this summer in the Human Resources department as a Student Office Assistant where she is presented with a variety of work.

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A typical day for Adena starts by checking on the office to-do boards and then going to help her co-workers with various jobs or tasks that they need done in the office. These can range from answering the telephones to helping another employees file paperwork. Adena also spends her time working on HuskyPAW. The HuskyPAW program provides incentives to employees who participate in wellness activities or programs and track their physical activity, participation, or nutrition. People can receive points for working out, eating healthy, and attending events. Adena keeps track of all of their points in a spreadsheet and sends out incentives/prizes when they reach certain levels.

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During the school year, Adena is very active around campus and participates in many intramural sports and clubs throughout the school. She currently plays intramural basketball, wallyball, volleyball, and hockey. On top of her IM sports, she also participates on the club softball team here at Michigan Tech. Outside of school, Adena plays for the Superior National Bank in the Copper Country Women’s Fast-pitch League. In her free time, Adena, along with her sister Rosalie, have started volunteering at the Houghton High school coaching the local softball team.


2017 Mediation Training

The Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP), Community Dispute Resolution Services Program conducted a 40-hour workshop on Mediation Training from March 17th to the 21st.

UPCAP Dispute Resolution Services Program provides mediation services in Delta, Menominee, Schoolcraft, Gogebic, Iron, Dickinson, Ontonagon, Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw Counties. Graduates of the program are able to volunteer to mediate disputes involving workplace/neighborhood disagreements, divorce and parenting time issues, and special education concerns.

The Office of the Vice President for Administration (VPA) had five staff members join the UPCAP for Mediation Training. This training is the first step in becoming a certified Mediator and being able to mediate in court a civil cases.

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The VPA staff who attended the training include: Ann Kitalong-Will, Business Operations; Cori Massoglia, Merchandising Operations; Heidi Reid, Human Resources; Ashley DeVog, Ticketing; and Madeline Voelker, Human Resources.


Business Operations welcomes Aaron Scheetz as a Student Communications and Media Assistant

16996260_1512639775432272_3276081667986864353_n Hello, everyone! My name is Aaron Scheetz, I have lived in about nine different states throughout my life but graduated from Kingsford High School in the Upper Peninsula in 2014. I’ve been a student at Michigan Technological University for three years now and this coming fall semester will be my fourth year here.

Before I applied to Tech, I toured a few colleges, but once I came up here to visit in late April of my senior year in high school I saw that there was still snow on the ground and I knew immediately that I wanted to go Michigan Tech. I started out as a civil engineer but I recently decided to change my major and I am now currently an Engineering Management student in the School of Business which I enjoy a lot more. I’m happier in my new major because of the smaller department and smaller class sizes. I feel that the professors can interact with students more and I find the classes to be more fun with topics that are more interesting to me.

I have been very active around Michigan Tech both on and off campus. I was Vice-President of the Michigan Tech University Rugby Football Club and I have been playing on the team since my first semester. Recently, this past semester we went to playoffs for the first time since I have been here and we have been seeing a steady increase in our team’s performance. We also traveled down to Nashville to play in a very large tournament that is hosted every year and we got some much-needed experience. I have also participated in the rock climbing club, soccer club, and many more intramural sports 17361652_1534248706604712_3945552721257313071_nincluding flag football, indoor soccer, innertube water polo, and Broomball every year I’ve been here. My Broomball team, Presto 02970 Professional SaladShooter, won all of the on-campus leagues freshman year. I enjoy doing anything outdoor related, especially exploring the UP.

I really like learning new things and trying to challenge myself whenever I can. Recently, I have taken an interest in teaching myself how to use Photoshop and various types of photography equipment and editing programs. I can spend hours at a time editing photos and being able to making something from nothing. In the past month, I received requests for art and I have started working on making album covers for various musicians that have contacted me and I am considering making a website to showcase my artwork. I have been creating the album covers for free because I like helping people and it makes me happy when someone likes the work I do for them.

I could not see myself anywhere else at this point in my life except here. Whether it’s finding some place new to explore, going to the beach when it’s warm, or snowboarding at Ripley when it’s cold, I have been very lucky here at Michigan Tech and gained many new friends that will last a lifetime.


Michigan Tech Participating in Great Colleges to Work For Survey

Michigan Tech is participating in the Chronicle for Higher Education‘s 2017 Great Colleges to Work For survey.

The survey measures 15 workplace dimensions, including professional development, collaboration and fairness. The Chronicle for Higher Education will publish a list of recognized institutions in the fall.

A random sample of 600 Michigan Tech employees (both faculty and staff) will receive a survey invitation via email from Great Colleges (note that this email will not come from an @mtu.edu address).

The invitation will be sent to the randomly selected employees directly by the Great Colleges program, and will include details about the program and instructions on how to access the survey. The survey is voluntary and completely confidential — Michigan Tech is not interested in, nor will we be able to trace results back to individuals.

Employees can consider this as a follow-up to the University Senate’s 2017 evaluation of the president, focusing on workplace quality at Michigan Tech.

All survey responses will be processed by ModernThink, LLC, an independent management consulting firm working with the Chronicle for Higher Education to coordinate this annual program. If you receive the email invitation, you are asked to take a some time to complete the survey.

You will be representing not only yourself, but all your colleagues, so your feedback is invaluable. This is a chance to make your voice heard, and a high response rate helps ensure an accurate representation of the Michigan Tech community.

The survey opens on Monday (March 13) and closes on April 7th at the end of the business day.

If you have any questions, contact Ann Kitalong-Will, executive director of business operations-Vice President for Administration Office at 7-1809, or visit ChronicleGreatColleges.com.


New Donor Confidentiality Policy Issued

The University Policy Office and the Office of the President announce the issuance of University Administrative Policy 2.2017 Donor Confidentiality.

This policy establishes confidentiality guidelines for Michigan Tech and Michigan Tech Fund staff working with important and confidential donor information.

If you have questions about the policy, please feel free to contact the Office of the President at 7-2200.


Policy 2.5007 Announced

The University Policy Office, Public Safety and Police Services, and Facilities Management announce the issuance of new University Administrative Policy 2.5007 Chalking.

This policy provides guidelines having to do with use of sidewalk chalk for temporary advertising and messaging on Michigan Tech’s campus. The Chalking policy supports Board of Trustees Policy Chapter 9 and Enacted Ordinance Number 1 (Chapter 12).

If you have questions about the policy, please feel free to contact Public Safety and Police Service (487-2216) or Facilities Management (487-2303).