Technology Day, sponsored by Staff Council, provides opportunities for staff to improve their technical skills and knowledge through technology training sessions. The sessions are led by Michigan Tech staff and provide development in a peer-to-peer environment.
This year we are excited to bring you four exciting sessions. Technology Day will be on Wednesday, May 3. Please register by Thursday, April 27.
Help Us Help You: IT Self Service—Presented by Matt Bryan, Information Technology 9-9:50 am and 2-2:50 pm—MUB Ballroom A1
Interested in learning how to reset your own password, install software on your computer, add your own printers and many other commonly requested IT Services? Information Technology will share information about tools and resources available to the campus community for services such as how to setup mobile number recover for password resets, we will also show you how to use our Customer Support Center to find instructions on how to connect to the VPN, how to add printers, how to install software yourself using the Software Center.
Beyond the Meeting Room—Presented by Stefan Hurthibise, Information Technology 9-9:50 am and 1-1:50 pm—MUB Ballroom A2
Are you interested in learning more about what resources are available at Michigan Tech for web-conferencing? Let IT Classroom and Presentation staff help you redefine the meeting room, with creative ideas on how to use GoToMeeting to facilitate meetings, interviews, thesis defenses, and other online events. Session will include demonstrations.
Don’t Take the Bait: Online Security Essentials—Presented by David Hale and Justin Store, Information Technology
10-10:50 am and 1-1:50 pm—MUB Ballroom A1
Michigan Tech’s Security Architect, Justin Store, will be presenting practical information that you can use to keep your online information safe and secure from attackers. The presentation will cover a few key strategies that everyone should know including how to secure your accounts, how to verify a site is safe, how to manage your passwords, and how to identify phishing attacks. The presentation will explain why each of these topics are important, but also provide real-world examples that you can follow to make a meaningful improvement in your online security posture with minimal effort.
Step Up Your Social Media Game—Presented by Sarah Bird, University Marketing and Communications Photographer and Ben Jaszczak, Media Specialist
10-10:50 am and 2-2:50 pm—MUB Ballroom A2
Social media is a powerful way to tell Michigan Tech’s brand stories. Adding photos and video to your social media presence enhances storytelling, increases engagement, and grows fans and followers. This session will provide tips and tricks to create photography and video that will help you take your social media game to the next level. Bring your smartphone with you—this is a hands-on session.
At an awards program in the MUB Wednesday January 4, 2017, the following staff members were honored with the Staff Council Making a Difference Awards.
Above and Beyond Award
Maragret Landsparger, Testing Center Coordinator, Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning
Margaret received two nominations in this category. When Margaret was initially hired the Testing Center gave 77 exams. Three years later, Margaret oversees an operation that recently proctored 88 exams on a single day and 2,679 exams throughout the spring 2016 semester. During low demand times Margaret found ways to keep it busy AND bring in extra revenue. In addition to proctoring exams for online students from other universities, she has worked through the certification process for more than 15 different commercial tests, including the GRE, the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, and Microsoft Certifications for IT professionals. Margaret will often return to work on evenings and weekends to ensure everything is set for the next day, to score the multiple choice exams so the instructors and students can receive feedback by the next day, to deal with last minute scheduling requests, or to resolve technical issues in the testing space. She does not have to do this but believes that going above and beyond her work hours is needed when the issues are time sensitive.
Bringing out the Best
Ian Repp, Director of University Marketing and Communications
As one letter of support puts it “his southern accent is fading. But his authenticity, positivity, and creativity remain. When any member of his team feels the pull, or tug or outright drowning effect marketing and communications can have, does he swoop in and save them? No. He meddles only when asked. Instead he brainstorms solutions, ideas, options, and perspectives to lay new ground and create our footing once again. Ian brings out the best in us because of what he does – and doesn’t- do.” As another letter states Ian “recognizes that we are not just a collection of job titles. We’re people. And he recognizes the worth in each of us. In turn, we strive to do the best we can in large part because of his temperament, leadership, and example he sets each day.”
Jesse Nordeng, Master Machinist, Physics
As one letter of support states “How many times have I walked into the Physics machine shop with a group of students to ask Jesse for assistance with an urgent challenge? I can’t count how many times and I positively and constructively Jesse responds. He inevitably is able to help us come up with a creative solution that is more practical, more cost effective, and more direct than we had in mind.” Jess is very collaborative in nature, he is very versatile, he routinely finds ingenious solutions to our problems efficiently and effectively and he often goes well beyond his expected role. He also excels in his role as safety liason in the department. His nominator also states “Often I will mention a project that I want to do in the near future and will pass Jesse in the hall and he will throw out 10 ideas that he was thinking about and how to make things better.”
Karla Aho, Director of Gift Planning, Advancement
As her nominator put it “Karla continually pushes me and is fully supportive of the work I do. Karla lets me run with projects I am passionate about and reigns me in when I need to settle down. I often refer to her as my work mom, in which she chuckles. But she’s as caring for her employees as a mother would be for their children.” Another of her employees agrees and says that “Karla has always been a firm advocate for keeping life in balance, and not becoming overwhelmed/overburdened but our working lives. She has done this quietly by example and overtly by reminding me of the need for family time.” Karla readily acknowledges the contributions and successes of both her direct reports and her coworkers. She does this not only on an individual basis but also often in a group setting.
Sharon Attaway, Associate Director of Employer Relations, Career Services
One could not have possibly picked a more hectic department on campus to join at the most hectic time of the year in one of the most hectic recruiting seasons we’ve ever seen. Within 1 ½ months of her start date Sharon would be doused with gasoline and thrown into the CareerFEST fire. She assisted with the execution of 9 industry days and over a dozen more educational events which brought 71 companies to campus prior to the Career Fair. Sharon jumped right in meeting with everyone from our facilities and transportation staff to academic department heads and our leadership team while stopping to meet and assist the many corporate recruiters and their on campus needs. Sharon’s supervisor said it best “Sharon is like our graduates, they on-board quickly to their career roles and begin to immediately contribute value to their employers.”
Nancy Byers Sprague, Director of Graduate Degree Services, Grad School
One of her letters states “She devotes all of her time, energy and emotion into enriching the lives of others, particularly those who are vulnerable or less able to help themselves.” Nancy is involved in several campus and community organizations including – Keweenaw Pride, Canterbury House, Good Shepard Lutheran Church, Sailing Club, and she religiously visits nursing homes to talk with residents. She also invites 20+ students to her home for every holiday. Another letter states “I am so happy knowing that she is there to look out for and take care of students and members of the community in her generous, genuine, loving way.”
Jeffrey Toorongian, Senior Educational Technologist, Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning
“From providing narration for many safety and educational videos to serving as the person behind the camera in a desert documenting a field geology class in Utah, Jeff has reliably used his skills to provide and excellent quality project. Like innumerable faculty I have benefited tremendously from Jeff’s advice about what to wear, how to position a microphone, which color pen to use, and how to organize my class when recording for online display. Jeff’s attention to detail and quality has long been an unrecognized but essential part of most every video produced at Michigan Tech in the last two decades.”
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.
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, email@example.com
• Dawn Pichette, UMC, G13 Admin, 7-2354, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com)
• Arlene Collins (7-1779, firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Peggy Gorton (7-2260, email@example.com)
• Mechelle Normand (7-2360 firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Janey Pindral (7-2160, email@example.com)
• Heidi Reid (7-2416 firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Laurie Stark (7-1081 email@example.com)
• Maryann Wilcox (7-1963 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 email@example.com 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.
Staff Council invites and welcomes new members to it’s annual organizational meeting at noon on Thursday, September 24, 2015 in the MUB Conference Room B001. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Staff Council was created in 1991 as a service organization for the University. Staff Council is made up of staff members from all levels at Michigan Tech, and it supports activities and resources that provide recognition for staff achievement, opportunities for professional development, and enhance the working environment and campus community.
Staff Council sponsors the following annual events: Making a Difference Awards; Family Fun Day; Staff Service Recognition Awards; Technology Day; as well as hosting the President’s Campus Forums. Members also serve on search committees and help out with other special University initiatives and task forces that require staff representation, create and distribute the Employee Wall Calendar, and various other campus activities.