2016 Making a Difference Nominees Requested

Nominations are now open for 2016 Staff Making a Difference Awards. Nominate a deserving coworker for one of the following categories:

  • Rookie Award
  • Serving Others
  • Outstanding Supervisor
  • Creative Solutions
  • Above and Beyond
  • Unsung Hero
  • Bringing Out the Best

Each award recipient receives $500.

Staff Council is coordinating the awards and has streamlined the nomination form and criteria for 2016. Please follow these steps:

  1. Download the nomination form
  2. Fill out the nomination form electronically and save as PDF
  3. Create your Nomination Letter and save electronically
  4. Collect your Statements of Support and save electronically
  5. Email all documents to staffcouncil@mtu.edu

Note: if you prefer to submit a nomination using paper, please send to Alumni House 204 through campus mail.

Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m., Friday, November 11, 2016. For more information, contact us at staffcouncil@mtu.edu.

2016-17 Campus Forums Announced

The dates for the 2016-17 Campus Forums have been announced. They are:

  • Monday October 4, 2016 2 p.m. MUB Ballroom
  • Thursday February 14, 2017 2:00 p.m. MUB Ballroom
  • Thursday April 20, 2017 2:00 p.m. MUB Ballroom

Release time will be provided for the hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

The presentation will be video streamed live.

If you would like to submit questions, you can submit them via email to staffcouncil@mtu.edu before and during the presentation.

2016 Staff Service Award Recipients

A big “THANK YOU” for your service and commitment to Michigan Tech to the following staff members who will be honored on June 14 at the Staff Service Awards Luncheon for reaching a 5 year anniversary date this fiscal year.

2016 Staff Service Award Recipients by Department
First Name MI Last Name Home Department Award Year
Rachel A Connors Admissions 5
Thomas C Hampton Admissions 5
Matthew S Norrod Admissions 5
Kathryn G Ross Admissions 20
Diane M Wareham Admissions 25
Monica M Rovano AE Seaman Mineral Museum 5
Patrick D McCarthy Athletic/Rec Facility Operations 25
Lois A Sedar Athletic/Rec Facility Operations 15
Coreen F Dompier Biomedical Engineering 10
Deborah L Sheldon Budget Office 35
Paula A Olson Camps/Clinics/Tournaments/Leagues 20
Rose M Martell Center for Pre-College Outreach 15
Jerry A Norkol Chemical Engineering 20
Alexis E Snell Chemical Engineering 15
Dean W Seppala Chemistry 25
Christine M Codere Civil & Environmental Engineering 15
Henrique A de Melo e Silva Civil & Environmental Engineering 5
Andrew E Rollenhagen Civil & Environmental Engineering 5
Kimberly M Geiger College of Engineering 10
Vicky L Roy Computer Science 10
Susan L Abramson Dining Services 15
Alan J Drew Dining Services 5
Christian W Griffin Dining Services 15
Sandra J Kalcich Dining Services 15
Eric E Karvonen Dining Services 10
Matthew H Lean Dining Services 15
Krystal J Price Dining Services 5
Carol A Schaaf Dining Services 10
Mary R Schutz Dining Services 20
Martha S Staresnick Dining Services 15
Michele L Kamppinen Electrical and Computer Engineering 25
Gina M Dunstan Engineering Fundamentals 10
Todd L Ball Facilities Management 10
Donna J Berryman Facilities Management 10
Sherri L Bessonen Facilities Management 20
Cheryl A Bloom Facilities Management 25
Bettyann A Caron Facilities Management 20
Albert M Erkkila Facilities Management 15
Beth M Frederick Facilities Management 10
David L Fredianelli Facilities Management 25
Marlene A Futrell Facilities Management 10
Robert J Garnell Facilities Management 5
Laura E Gloss Facilities Management 10
Tonya M Gondek Facilities Management 15
Kristi A Hauswirth Facilities Management 5
James R Hill Facilities Management 30
Wayne S Karvonen Facilities Management 5
Cynthia M Kela Facilities Management 15
Samantha R Kerttu Facilities Management 15
Laurie A Kiiskila Facilities Management 25
Steven P Kinnunen Facilities Management 20
Christine H Kuester Facilities Management 15
Keith J Lohman Facilities Management 15
Rhonda K McClellan Facilities Management 25
Tammy R Monette Facilities Management 10
James E Perron Facilities Management 25
Steven C Store Facilities Management 5
Gisele C Colarossi Financial Services & Operations 15
Nancy J Corrigan Financial Services & Operations 25
Susan E Mello Financial Services & Operations 10
Doreen L Swetich Financial Services & Operations 10
Beth J Taylor Financial Services & Operations 15
Tracey L Wood Financial Services & Operations 10
Kimberly A Cameron General Athletics 10
Jada M Gullstrand General Athletics 5
Jane A Hietala General Athletics 30
Erik W Ieuter General Athletics 10
Alane F Isaacson General Athletics 25
Joel D Isaacson General Athletics 15
Steven C Olson General Athletics 5
Melvin K Pearson General Athletics 5
Carol Asiala Geological & Mining Eng & Sciences 20
Robert J Barron Geological & Mining Eng & Sciences 20
Dale R Tahtinen Governmental Relations/Sec Board 25
Heather L Suokas Graduate School 10
Patricia A Bennett Housing and Residential Life 5
Katharine M Cooper Housing and Residential Life 5
Nancy A Bykkonen Human Resources 15
Tammie M Fraki Human Resources 5
Renee K Ozanich Human Resources 10
Daniel L Brinks Information Technology 5
Emmett R Golde Information Technology 15
Jeffrey Hilss Information Technology 10
Patrick D Hopp Information Technology 15
Shellie L Hubert Information Technology 5
Jarrod L Karau Information Technology 20
David J Kent Information Technology 35
Henry D King Information Technology 10
Robert E Landsparger Information Technology 20
Joshua P Olson Information Technology 10
Kevin R Peltola Information Technology 5
John F Diebel Innovation & Industry Engagement 20
Thomas A Holzberger Innovation & Industry Engagement 10
Robin A Kolehmainen Innovation & Industry Engagement 15
Susan Sullivan Institutional Equity & Inclusion 10
Laura L Givens International Programs and Services 10
Janey L Pindral International Programs and Services 15
Darnishia L Slade International Programs and Services 10
Russell G Alger Keweenaw Research Center 30
Jeanne P Meyers Mathematical Sciences 25
Robert W Page Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics 5
Christina M Sarazin Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics 25
Eddy H Trinklein Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics 5
Connie J Tuohimaa Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics 25
Paula M Zenner Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics 25
Laura L Harry Memorial Union 15
James R Park Dining Services 5
Kari L Price Rozsa Center 10
Shane M Sullivan Merchandising Operations 15
Joel W LeBlanc Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI) 5
Mary E Miller Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI) 5
Roy W Erlandson Mont Ripley 10
Nicholas S Sirdenis Mont Ripley 15
Randy P Heinonen Office of Advancement 10
Sandra J Kent Office of Advancement 10
Dale J Kero Office of Advancement 15
Michael A Olson Office of Advancement 10
Sarah C Vertin Office of Advancement 15
Bryant A Weathers Office of Advancement 5
Mary E Stevens Office of Student Affairs & Advance 35
 Beth  Pollins  Office of Student Affairs and Advance 25
Richard J Berkey Pavlis Honors College 10
Paige H Hackney Pavlis Honors College 10
John C Williamson Portage Lake Golf Course 15
Roberta M Dessellier President’s Office 40
Jacqueline E Huntoon Provost and VP for Acad Affairs 25
Amie S Ledgerwood Provost and VP for Acad Affairs 20
Carrie Richards Provost and VP for Acad Affairs 15
Haley J Bianucci Public Safety & Police Services 5
Jennifer A Burroughs Public Safety & Police Services 5
Brian J Cadwell Public Safety & Police Services 25
Marc A Geborkoff Public Safety & Police Services 5
Gary A Maki Public Safety & Police Services 15
Theresa K Jacques Registrar’s 20
Bethany L Jones Rozsa Ctr for Performing Arts 5
Mary A Struthers Rozsa Ctr for Performing Arts 15
Patricia Burton Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci 20
Patricia R Butler Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci 5
Joseph O Eskola Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci 10
Kristen M Schmitt Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci 5
Joseph P Shannon Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci 5
Nicholas V Hendrickson School of Technology 5
Danise N Jarvey School of Technology 15
Julia A Blair Social Sciences 10
Christine M Klein Sponsored Programs Office 20
Julie H Seppala Sponsored Programs Office 25
Mackenzie L Barrett Ticketing 5
Sandra M Houle Univ Marketing & Communications 5
Megan R Ross Univ Marketing & Communications 15
Crystal E Verran Univ Marketing & Communications 15
Joel C Vertin Univ Marketing & Communications 5
Mary B Knuuttila Van Pelt and Opie Library 20
Pattie A Luokkanen Van Pelt and Opie Library 25
Ellen B Marks Van Pelt and Opie Library 5
David C Dixon Vice Pres for Research 5
Peter A Larsen Vice Pres for Research 15
Christopher K Pinnow Vice Pres for Research 10
Heather L Simpson Waino Wahtera Ctr Student Success 10
First Name MI Last Name Home Department Years
Christine M Abramson Chemical Engineering 29
David W Caspary Chemical Engineering 31
Timothy P Gasperich Chemical Engineering 23
Emil H Groth College of Engineering 19
Ann H West Computer Science 10
Gregory P Labeau Daniell Heights General-Facilities 25
Clark P Koski Facilities Management 17
Joel L Tepsa Facilities Management 33
Mary Jane Lowney Office of Advancement 16
Jane E Waters Provost and VP for Acad Affairs 32
Nancy E Gagnon Registrar’s 30
James C Loman School of Technology 14
Donald A Durfee Social Sciences 16
Brian D Aho Student Development Complex 35
Robert J Gilreath Telecommunications 31
Ronald C Rivest Univ Marketing & Communications 27
Ellen Y Seidel Van Pelt and Opie Library 20
Michele L Wirtanen Institutional Equity & Inclusion 19

Staff Service Awards luncheon tickets are now available

The annual Staff Council Service Recognition Luncheon will be held at noon Tuesday, June 14, in the Rozsa Center lobby. President Glenn Mroz and Staff Council Chair, Jenn Biekkola will present awards for five-year increments of service to more than 150 staff members. Recent staff retirees will also be recognized.

This year’s recognition luncheon will feature a Pasta and Caesar salad Buffet (includes vegetarian and gluten free options). Tickets are $7 (cash or check only) and must be purchased by Thursday, June 9. Please note there is no reserved seating; it is first-come, first-served. If you have any special dietary requirements or have questions about the service recognition awards, please contact a Staff Council Service Recognition Committee member.

Visit one of the following locations to purchase tickets:
• Memorial Union/Dining Services Office (MUB 101)
• Tanya Maki, Human Resources, 214H Lakeshore Center, 7-2282, tanya@mtu.edu
• Dawn Pichette, UMC, G13 Admin, 7-2354, dmpichet@mtu.edu

If you are unable to attend the lunch, you may join the awards presentation beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Staff Council Service Recognition Committee:
• Jenn Biekkola (7-1056, jrbiekko@mtu.edu)
• Arlene Collins (7-1779, acollins@mtu.edu)
• Peggy Gorton (7-2260, pagorton@mtu.edu)
• Mechelle Normand (7-2360 mnormand@mtu.edu)
• Janey Pindral (7-2160, jlpindra@mtu.edu)
• Heidi Reid (7-2416 hereid@mtu.edu)
• Laurie Stark (7-1081 ldstark@mtu.edu)
• Maryann Wilcox (7-1963 mawilcox@mtu.edu)

2016 Staff Service Awards Recognition

Employees who have reached a 5 year anniversary and recent retirees of Michigan Tech will be recognized at the Staff Service Awards Luncheon on June 14, 2016.

Employees who reached a 5 year anniversary will receive a  letter via campus mail this week.

The list of honorees for  2016 will be announced later.  Luncheon ticket sales for guests will  begin next Friday (an announcement will be made in Tech Today regarding ticket locations).

Thank You For Your Service

2015 Making a Difference Award Winners Announced

Steve Lehmann, Joe Thompson, Sue Niemi, Patty Kyllonen, Kathy Goulette, Joe Cooper (Missing – Jodi Lehman and Margaret Perander)

At an awards program in the MUB Wednesday January 6, 2016, the following staff members were honored with the Staff Council Making a Difference Awards.

Above and Beyond Award
Jodi Lehman, Assistant Director of Research Development

One of Jodi’s nomination letters states, “This year, following the departure of another staff member, I asked Jodi if she would take on the additional task of managing Michigan Tech’s relationships with private foundations. Not surprisingly (to anyone who knows her), Jodi enthusiastically accepted these additional duties. She retained many of her existing duties – which would have made taking on this additional job ‘above and beyond’ on its own. However, the timing of this job change coincided with the start-up of a major new foundation in the community – the Portage Health Foundation.” They noted that even though a significant portion of the work on this partnership came during her two “off months” (she is a 10-month employee), she stayed engaged in the project, shepherding it through the entire process. It was noted that Jodi did this because she deeply cares about Michigan Tech, and saw the big picture of how this partnership with PHF will strengthen Michigan Tech not just for the next couple years, but for decades to come.

Bringing out the Best Award
Patty Kyllonen, Director of HR Information Systems

“When new changes or policies must be implemented, Patty has the ability to spread enthusiasm to all involved, whether it be the entire department, a single work center, a committee, or an individual.”, stated one nominator. Another said, “Being a relatively new member to her support staff, Patty has always made the extra effort to help guide me to make the best decisions for the circumstances I come in contact with. I’ve watched her mentor at least four people in the last five years, and I’ve seen all of them grow to be better employees and better people.” Also stated, “Her leadership provides endless chances to dive a little deeper with each goal, mission, and project. Giving those chances to grow is how Patty brings out the best in me.” Patty is also involved in activities outside of work with other individuals in the department that encourages comradery when back at work.

Creative Solutions Award
Steve Lehmann,
Research Associate in Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics

One reason stated for nominating Steve was: “Steve is an expert LabView programmer. He is now implementing a LabView application in several Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanic laboratories and in the new Engineering Practice courses. Not only does it offer all of the functionality required by the users, maintenance and modification of the program is significantly streamlined since there is only one program instead of a dozen. It is estimated that after implementation of this software application, the time required to maintain it has dropped from what could have otherwise been a full time position to just a few hours per week. This represents a tremendous savings in personnel costs, besides freeing up Steve’s time to work on other important tasks.” Also, “Steve’s ability to see things from the student’s perspective has resulted in new ides in their under graduate labs that have produced better student learning experiences.”

Outstanding Supervisor Award
Joe Cooper – Director of Financial Aid (Director of Student Activities when nominated)

One nominator stated, “When someone asks me what I love about my job, the first thing that comes to mind is my supervisor, Joe Cooper. Joe continually pushes for my professional development by supporting my UAW classes and suggesting campus lectures/classes that would benefit me professionally.” Another added, “During my time in the department, he has been among the most visible proponents of positive support, in addition to encouraging personal and professional development in our area. He is aware that learning is a life-long practice; he doesn’t shy away from a challenge and receives feedback with an open mind.” And also said, “Joe has been nothing less than 100% supportive of my demanding master’s program, which at times can divert my attention away from my position in Student Activities.” When it came time to making a change in the department, Joe provided suggestions on how to go about making the changes, but gave his employee enough leeway to implement the changes, while providing a safety net in case things did not go their way.

Rookie Award
Joseph Thompson, Sponsored Projects Manager in the Pavlis Honors College

One nominator stated that after just two weeks of Joe being on the job, he knew they had found the ideal candidate when Joe accompanied him on a business trip to meet with ten of their very important industry sponsors. He said, “His input was thoughtful, genuine, and engaging; he was able to identify mutually beneficial opportunities. His follow-through on these visits was equally impressive. As a result of this trip alone, Joe successfully secured $165k in sponsored projects for the fall semester.” Equally important is his ability to build relationships on campus with faculty and staff. He is often out of his office meeting across campus, learning first-hand about the Enterprise programs, so that he can promote them successfully to their external sponsor base. Beyond his performance, you couldn’t ask for a more genuine, sincere, and authentic colleague and employee. Another noted, “While fulfilling the role for which he was hired with great commitment and creativity, he also began identifying opportunities and exploring innovative ways to promote effective growth and evolution of our programs.”

Serving Others Award – There was a tie between Sue Niemi and Kathy Goulette

Susan Niemi, Office Assistant in Chemical Engineering

It was stated, “She is always very professional, helpful and offers to do whatever is needed to take care of the needs of others. This is not always an easy task as the majority of her work load in non-repetitive, there are so many different things that arise on a daily basis. She handles them with ease, finding solutions, and no one ever leaves the department unsatisfied. She takes initiative to work on special projects and takes pride in all of the work she does in assisting the department run smoothly.” Another said, “Sue routinely investigates the graduate student financial support and ensures that the students’ pay is always correct and on time.” “Frequently when asked about various specifics about the meetings the department holds, her response is that the task has already been completed.” “Sue always strives to put the needs of everyone else before herself.”

Kathy Goulette, Executive Assistant in Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics

It was stated, “While Kathy’s assigned duties keep her extremely busy, she has always found the time to go beyond this to serve others in additional ways.” With a department of this size, comes complexity at every turn which often leads to exceptions and her having to break new ground and create new processes. When a faculty member complained he could not find a planner/calendar to meet his needs, Kathy met with him to determine what he was looking for. When she could not find one on the internet, she developed one for him. She has been known to bring in flowers for staff to brighten their desks.

She started a Friday evening “meet and greet” to serve alumni during the Academy weekend. Another stated, “last year the person who was expected to enter the data into Digital Measures left the department with a short notice. Therefore, Kathy stepped forward to enter the data in Digital Measures herself.

Unsung Hero Award
Margaret Perander,
Administrative Aide in Mathematical Sciences

One nominator stated, “Margaret doesn’t do anything just to get praise or recognition. When there’s something that needs to be done and Margaret sees it, she does it, no questions asked.” For a faculty member, she walked the halls of Fisher for 50 minutes with his daughter in a stroller so he could attend a Colloquium. It was also said, “Margaret makes me feel good about myself, especially if I make a mistake and I’m beating myself up. She’s a good listener and co-worker. Her office door is always open and she’s there to help all the students, instructors and staff.” Also, “I am pleased to say that Margaret has continued to take the initiative in lending assistance whenever needed during my time here. She is always willing to take on any task given to her, which usually means that she needs to drop what she is doing and do something else on short notice. That kind of staff support is invaluable.”

2015 Making a Difference Nominees Announced

Everyone is invited to a reception honoring the 2015 Making a Difference Awards nominees.  The reception is scheduled for Wednesday, January 6, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:30pm in Ballroom A of the Memorial Union Building.  The recipients for each category will be announced at the reception.  Here is a list of the 2015 nominees:

Nominee Name Nominee Dept Nominators Name Category
Andy Parker Facilities Management Cathy Jenich Above & Beyond
Byron Quinn VP for Administration Theresa Coleman-Kaiser Above & Beyond
Haley Bianucci Public Safety Daniel Bennett Above & Beyond
Jennifer Biekkola Annual Giving Paula Nutini Above & Beyond
Jodi Lehman VP for Research Jason Carter Above & Beyond
Julie Ross Civil & Environmental Eng Stacy Cotey Above & Beyond
Karen Kangas College of Sciences & Arts Bruce Seely Above & Beyond
Lisa Hitch Electrical & Computer Eng Daniel Fuhrmann Above & Beyond
Madeline Mercado Voelker Human Resources Renee Ozanich Above & Beyond
Paula Dube Custodial Services Erica Coscarelli Above & Beyond
Rodney Thompson UMC Jennifer Biekkola Above & Beyond
Ruth Archer Auxiliary Services Operations Theresa Coleman-Kaiser Above & Beyond
Sarah Kuhl Computer Science Charles Wallace Above & Beyond
Tim Scullion Human Resources Anita Quinn Above & Beyond
Ellen Marks Library Pattie Luokkanen Bringing Out the Best
Gina Goudge Cognitive & Learning Sciences Rachelle Gariepy Bringing Out the Best
Ian Repp University Marketing & Comm Shannon Rinkinen Bringing Out the Best
Patty Kyllonen Human Resources Alex Saari Bringing Out the Best
Allison Mills University Marketing & Comm Jennifer Donovan Creative Solutions
Heidi Reid Human Resources Anita Quinn Creative Solutions
Laura Harry, Tammy Ahola, Nikki Ebert, Megan Ross Auxiliary Services Robert Hiltunen Creative Solutions
Michael Olson Office of Advancement Karla Aho Creative Solutions
Steven Lehmann Mech Eng – Eng Mech Bob Page Creative Solutions
Joe Cooper Student Activities Maryann Wilcox Outstanding Supervisor
Lisa Hitch Electrical & Computer Eng Joan Becker Outstanding Supervisor
Lorri Reilly Chemistry Melanie Talaga Outstanding Supervisor
Michael Abbott VPR/GLRC Chris Pinnow Outstanding Supervisor
Patrice Myllyoja Information Technology Lisa Cunard Outstanding Supervisor
Renee Hiller Human Resources Theresa Coleman-Kaiser Outstanding Supervisor
Abbi Halkola Human Resources Catherine Burns Rookie Award
Brenda Randell Auxiliary Services Operations Theresa Coleman-Kaiser Rookie Award
Daryl Matthews Dining Services Theresa Coleman-Kaiser Rookie Award
David Rivera Facilities Chris Maxson Rookie Award
Debra Linn Physics Ravi Pandey Rookie Award
Ian Repp University Marketing & Comm Cody Kangas Rookie Award
Joseph Thompson Pavlis Honors College Rick Berkey Rookie Award
Laurie Stark Library Chad Arney Rookie Award
Michael Goldsworthy Mech Eng – Eng Mech Martin Toth Rookie Award
Shannon Kokkonen Industry Relations Brent Burns Rookie Award
Tracey Reed Information Technology Stephen Eles Rookie Award
Taana Kalliainen Chemical Engineering Alexis Snell Rookie Award
Darlene Comfort VP for Administration Anita Quinn Serving Others
Donna Beels Public Safety Theresa Coleman-Kaiser Serving Others
Kathleen Goulette Mech Eng – Eng Mech William Predebon Serving Others
Katie Torrey Chemical Engineering Faith Morrison Serving Others
Kelly McLean Geo Mining & Eng Sciences Dr. Ebrahim Tarshizi Serving Others
Michelle Farrey Career Services Steve Patchin Serving Others
Quentin Franke & Alex Hughes University Marketing & Comm Cyndi Perkins Serving Others
Susan Niemi Chemical Engineering Alexis Snell Serving Others
Sylvia Matthews College of Sciences & Arts Susan Liebau & Heather Simpson Serving Others
Vicky Roy Computer Science Charles Wallace Serving Others
Aparna Pandey Chemistry Melanie Talaga Unsung Hero
Ashley DeVoge Ticketing Theresa Coleman-Kaiser Unsung Hero
Carol Argentati Office of Advancement Karla Aho Unsung Hero
James Desrochers Career Services Steve Patchin Unsung Hero
Karen Salo College of Sciences & Arts Bruce Seely Unsung Hero
Margaret Perander Mathematical Sciences Candy Steed Unsung Hero
Margaret Perander Mathematical Sciences Jiguang Sun Unsung Hero
Megan Ross Auxiliary Services Operations Theresa Coleman-Kaiser Unsung Hero
Rose Martell Center for Pre-College Outreach Liz Fujita Unsung Hero
Stacy Cotey Biological Sciences Karyn Fay Unsung Hero
Wayne Gaddis Human Resources Anita Quinn Unsung Hero

Nominations being accepted for Staff Making a Difference Awards

Nominations are now open for Staff Making a Difference Awards. Nominate a deserving coworker for one of the following award categories: rookie award, serving others, outstanding supervisor, creative solutions, above and beyond, unsung hero and bringing out the best. Each award recipient receives $500.

For nomination criteria and to download the form and instructions please click here.

Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

Please contact Tanya Maki with any questions at tanya@mtu.edu or 487-2282.

For a list of previous award recipients, please click here.

We hope that you will join us and Vice President Ellen Horsch at the afternoon reception to honor all of the nominees on Wednesday January 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom A. All award recipients will be announced at the reception.