2015 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 17, 2015.

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

The list of honorees for  2015 will be announced later.  Luncheon ticket sales for guests will  begin this Friday (an announcement will be made in Tech Today regarding ticket locations).

Thank You For Your Service

Technology Day

Technology Day
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 learning-centered peer-to-peer environment. This year we are excited to bring you 4 exciting sessions:

Photography Basics – Do you want to take a good portrait and you don’t know how? Do you have research photos you want to take but can’t seem to get the right angle? Are your group photos not turning out how you would like? University Photographer Sarah Bird will go over some basic camera settings, shooting angles, and locations to make your departmental photos look better than ever. We will be going over examples of do’s and don’ts, and then entering into a time of practice shooting. If you have a point and shoot, a DSLR, or a mirror-less camera feel free to bring it to the course. This course will be held at 9-9:50am and 1-1:50pm.

IT 101: Technological Tools for Productivity – Join us for an introduction to the vast array of technological tools available to staff which include software downloads, VPN, remote network drive access, printing and more. This class will be held at 9-9:50am and 2-2:50pm.

Online Security – Protecting your Identity – In this session we will be covering a variety of methods to protect your online identity. We will cover passwords, passwords managers, and how to increase your protection by using two-factor authentication. We will also take a look at common schemes used to steal your identity and offer suggestions on how to identify and avoid them. Finally, we will look at resources to monitor and alert to activity affecting your credit. This class will be held at 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm.

The Library – Resources & More – Michigan Tech staff have full access to all of the library’s resources and services. Join us to learn about the many technology tools available in the library, as well as library research tutorials online, some basic search tips and tricks for finding what you need online, and much more! This class will be held at 10-10:50am and 2-2:50pm.
Technology Day will be held on Wednesday May 6, 2015. Please go this link to register by April 29, 2015.

2014 Making a Difference Award Winners Announced

Back row: Jeff Lewin, Linnea McGowan Hobmeier, Lori Weir, Amanda Cadwell, Catherine Burns, Darnishia Slade, and David Caspary Front row: Jackie Ellenich, Christina Sarazin, Andrea Ruotsala, and Mary Muncil
Back row: Jeff Lewin, Linnea McGowan-Hobmeier, Lori Weir, Amanda Cadwell, Catherine Burns, Darnishia Slade, and David Caspary
Front row: Jackie Ellenich, Christina Sarazin, Andrea Ruotsala, and Mary Muncil

At an awards program in the MUB Wednesday January 7, 2015, the following staff members were honored with the Staff Council Making a Difference Awards.

Above and Beyond Award – David Caspary (Chemical Engineering)

One of David’s nomination letters states “David goes above and beyond every day to make sure that the Chemical Engineering students get the best education that is possible and that the department runs to benefit the students.”  His primary role is to manage the world class Process Simulation and Control Center which is in tip top shape due to David’s outstanding stewardship.  He runs Summer Youth Programs in the lab, serves on the Chemical Engineering Departmental Executive Committee, and works with alumni staying personally in contact with them.

Bringing out the Best – There was a tie

Linnea McGowan-Hobmeier (Library)

She brings out the best in her co-workers by encouraging the to be active both on campus and off.  She invites others to join her in fitness classes that she thinks they would like.  She also comes up with fun and entertaining lunchtime groups such as Stitch and Ditch, Games and Grub, and Pie and Fly.

Team of Amanda Cadwell, Christina Sarazin, Catherine Burns, and Lori Weir (University Wide)

This team was nominated for their effort in making the UAW classes a reality.  They worked tirelessly to put together a program to advance the skills of our UAW members.  Through collaboration, hard work, and determination they created a cutting edge program that will be a benchmark for other Universities.  According to President Mroz it has already generated interest with UAW at the state level.

Creative Solutions Award – Jackie Ellenich (Humanities)

Because of Jackie’s vision and search for funding Michigan Tech will host an international professional training in Technical and Scientific French with the support of the French Embassy in Washington and the Chamber of Commerce of Paris.  It’s the first one in the United States!  This is just one of the many creative solutions that Jackie has implemented in her Department.

Outstanding Supervisor Award – Darnishia Slade (International Programs)

“Arms wide open, big warming smile.  Darnishia is crazy smart, bleeds black and gold, and has a key role in preparing students to create the future.”  This quote from her nomination letter sums up what her staff thinks of her.  According to her nomination letter Darnishia is “the type of leader that commands respect, not by fear, but by mutual respect.  She has the inherent ability to bring out the best in everyone she meets.”

Rookie Award – Mary Muncil (Rozsa Center)

To say that Mary took over as Interim Director of the Rozsa Center during a difficult time would be an understatement.  Despite enormous challenges Mary came in and led the Rozsa to a successful season.  As Mary’s nominator put it “Mary has met each challenge with a lot of courage, a little smile and a whole lot of class.”  This would be difficult for a veteran, which makes her rookie performance even more impressive!

Serving Others Award – Jeff Lewin (Biological Sciences)

One of his letters called Jeff “the glue to the department in making sure that research and courses offered go as planned, smoothly and safely.”  Jeff wears many hats in his department.  He is the Chemical Hygiene Officer, departmental safety liaison and equipment coordinator.  This is in addition to managing 2 greenhouses, 7 instructional facilities, and 6 common use equipment facilities.  He also assists with fundraising for the department.  Jeff is always there to assist students, staff, and faculty with all of their needs.

Unsung Hero Award – Andrea Ruotsala (Dining Services)

Andrea works diligently behind the scenes to support the ever changing needs of food production.  She is the powerhouse behind all of the various sandwiches, salads, and other grab-and-go goodies that get distributed all over campus.  Her back of the house support makes the retail success possible , even though she is rarely seen outside of the kitchen.  We even received a letter from a food service customer in support of her nomination who told how she is always friendly and makes a point to remember his preferences.

2014 Making a Difference Nominees Announced

Everyone is invited to a reception honoring the 2014 Making a Difference Awards nominees.  The reception is scheduled for Wednesday, January 7, 2015 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 2014 nominees:

Nominee’s Name Nominee’s Department Award Category
Christina Lehmann Kinesiology & Integrative Psy Rookie Award
Laura Bucci School of Business Rookie Award
Mary Muncil Rozsa Rookie Award
Quincy Higgins-Arney Facilities Management Rookie Award
Steve Lehmann ME-EM Rookie Award
Heather Sander Alumni Relations Rookie Award
Machel Burgess IPS Rookie Award
Whitney Boroski Student Activities Serving Others
Jeff Lewin Biological Sciences Serving Others
Karen Wade CDI Serving Others
Tori Connors Mathematical Sciences Serving Others
Danise Jarvey & Ryan Towles ME-EM Serving Others
Wendy Hackman  Facilities Serving Others
Darnishia Slade IPS Outstanding Supervisor
Cody Kangas Center for Pre College Outreach Outstanding Supervisor
Mary Beth Knuuttila Library Above and Beyond
Patti Myllyoja IT Above and Beyond
Emily Betterly Biology Above and Beyond
Dean Seppala Chemistry Above and Beyond
Andrea Lappi Physics Above and Beyond
David Caspary Chemical Engineering Above and Beyond
Paige Hackney Pavlis Honors College Above and Beyond
Maryann Wilcox Student Activites Unsung Hero
Andrea Ruotsala Dining Services Unsung Hero
Thomas Polkinghorn Facilities Unsung Hero
Shellie Hubert SAIS Unsung Hero
Kay Larson Alumni Relations Unsung Hero
Linnea McGowan Hobmeier Library Bringing out the Best
Catherine Burns, Lori Weir, Amanda Cadwell, & Tina Sarazin University Wide Bringing out the Best
Dennis McKaig Rozsa Center Creative Solutions
Jackie Ellenich Humanities Creative Solutions



Nominees 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 visit:

Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

We hope that you will join us and President Mroz at the afternoon reception to honor all of the nominees on Wednesday January 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom A. All award recipients will be announced at the reception.

Staff Council Invites New Members

Staff Council invites and welcomes new members to it’s annual organizational meeting at noon on Thursday, September 18, 2014 in the MUB Alumni Lounge. 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/Professional Development 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, sponsor an annual blood drive, and various other campus activities.


Staff Service Recognition Luncheon Tickets are Now Available

The annual Staff Council Service Recognition Luncheon will be held Wednesday, June 11, at Noon in the Memorial Union Ballroom. President Glenn Mroz and Staff Council Chair, Wendy Davis will present awards to more than 140 staff members for their five-year anniversary dates of service to the University and recent staff retirees will also be recognized.  Click Here to view the list of this year’s recipients.

This year’s recognition luncheon will feature the Lasagna and Caesar Salad Buffet.  Tickets are $6 (cash or check only)  and must be purchased by Friday, June 6.  Please note that there is no reserved seating; it is first-come, first-serve seating.  If you have any special dietary requirements or have questions about the service recognition awards, please contact a Staff Council Service Recognition Committee member.

Please visit one of the following locations to purchase tickets:

  • Memorial Union/Dining Services Office (MUB 101)
  • Colleen Erva, Financial Aid Office, 149 Administration Building, 7-1669, cferva@mtu.edu
  • Tanya Maki, Human Resources, 214H Lakeshore Center, 7-2282, tanya@mtu.edu

If you are unable to attend the lunch, please join us for the awards presentation beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Staff Council Service Recognition Committee:

  • Sherry Anderson (7-2005, sjanders@mtu.edu);
  • Arlene Collins (7-1779, acollins@mtu.edu);
  • Colleen Erva (7-1669, cferva@mtu.edu);
  • Peggy Gorton (7-2260, pagorton@mtu.edu);
  • Janey Pindral (7-2160, jlpindra@mtu.edu).

2014 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 11 at the Staff Service Awards Luncheon for reaching a 5 year anniversary date this fiscal year.

First Name Last Name Home Department Award Year
Maureen Anton Chemical Engineering 5
Daniel Bennett Public Safety & Police Services 5
Michael Billmire Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI) 5
Shannon Brodeur Kinesiology/Integrative Physiology 5
Brittany Buschell Electrical and Computer Engineering 5
Derrick Butkovich Memorial Union 5
Johana Chirinos Physics 5
Jessica Comfort Enrollment Services 5
Stacy Cotey Biological Sciences 5
Ronda Dowd Memorial Union 5
Michael Erlandson Facilities Management 5
James Frey Info Technology Services & Security 5
Christine Grotzke Admissions 5
Karen Hext Human Resources 5
Alexander Hughes Univ Marketing & Communications 5
Jaclyn Johnson Univ Marketing & Communications 5
Katherine Kallio Public Safety & Police Services 5
Gregory Kaurala Facilities Management 5
Angela Keranen Civil & Environmental Engineering 5
Priscilla Khoury Vice Pres for Research 5
Kevin Lassila Memorial Union 5
Karmen Markham Counseling Services 5
Susan McDaniel Human Resources 5
Crystal McLeod Counseling Services 5
Stephen Patchin Center for Pre-College Outreach 5
Dawn Pichette Univ Marketing & Communications 5
Kari Pietrzyk Memorial Union 5
Scott Rutterbush Physics 5
Darlene Saari Vice Pres for Research 5
Richelle Schwaller Vice Pres for Research 5
Connie Scott Office of Advancement 5
Timothy Scullion Human Resources 5
Gowtham Shankara Info Technology Services & Security 5
Mark Sloat Electrical and Computer Engineering 5
Ashley Sudderth Info Technology Services & Security 5
Paula Theiler Registrar’s 5
Erin Thompson Alumni Relations 5
Joseph Thompson Keweenaw Research Center 5
Todd Van Valkenburg Administrative Information Services 5
Kenneth Vrana Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci 5
Karen Wade Center for Diversity & Inclusion 5
Donald Wareham Facilities Management 5
Lloyd Wescoat Civil & Environmental Engineering 5
Thy Yang International Programs and Services 5
Peter Anttila Facilities Management 10
Jennifer Bukovich Sponsored Programs Office 10
Leslie Cook Office of Student Affairs 10
Kathleen Goulette Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics 10
Celine Grace Chemistry 10
Michael LaBeau Biomedical Engineering 10
Marlene Lappeus Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics 10
Susan Liebau Waino Wahtera Ctr Student Success 10
Travis Pierce Housing and Residential Life 10
Jane Rothenberger Dining Services 10
Timothy Ryan Info Technology Services & Security 10
Karen Schlaff Dining Services 10
Devin Seppala Van Pelt and Opie Library 10
Allison Carter Admissions 15
Theresa Coleman-Kaiser Auxiliary Services Operations 15
James Condratovich Facilities Management 15
Shane Crist Info Technology Services & Security 15
Germaine Dube Facilities Management 15
Donald Durfee Social Sciences 15
Thomas Dutcher Facilities Management 15
Renee Forsell Dining Services 15
Ronald Fredrick Facilities Management 15
Robert Fritz Civil & Environmental Engineering 15
Cheryl Gherna Vice Pres for Research 15
Karen Giddings Enrollment Services 15
Michael Harsh Facilities Management 15
Bonnie Helminen Facilities Management 15
Erik Keranen Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci 15
Glenn Larkin Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci 15
Jerod Ledgerwood Facilities Management 15
John LeMay Univ Marketing & Communications 15
Gina LeMay Vice Pres for Research 15
Mary Jane Lowney Office of Advancement 15
Karen Maki Info Technology Services & Security 15
Peter Manderfield Facilities Management 15
Suzanne Morin Accounting Services 15
Gail Mroz Office of Advancement 15
Robert Narhi Info Technology Services & Security 15
Michael Niemi Athletic/Rec Facility Operations 15
Jesse Nordeng Physics 15
Amy Olson Accounting Services 15
Margaret Perander Mathematical Sciences 15
Mary Stevens Facilities Management 15
Mary Stevens International Programs and Services 15
Mary Tassava Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci 15
Martin Toth Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics 15
Carol Wiitanen Sponsored Programs Office 15
John Wuori Facilities Management 15
Carol Asiala Dining Services 20
Donna Beels Public Safety & Police Services 20
Jeffrey Blank Info Technology Services & Security 20
Cathy Codere Vice Pres for Research 20
Roberta Dalquist Accounting Services 20
Kurt Helminen Facilities Management 20
C. Sue Kerttu Keweenaw Research Center 20
Tammy LaBissoniere Sponsored Programs Office 20
Jeffrey Lewin Biological Sciences 20
Keith Machiela Registrar’s 20
Patricia Muller Facilities Management 20
Thomas Polkinghorn Facilities Management 20
John Posega Facilities Management 20
Kimberly Puuri Vice Pres for Research 20
Stephanie Reed Van Pelt and Opie Library 20
Suzanne Sanregret General Athletics 20
James Sertich Dining Services 20
Madeline Voelker Human Resources 20
Alan Wakeham Info Technology Services & Security 20
Lois Blau Chemistry 25
Mary Crane Civil & Environmental Engineering 25
Julie Hendrickson College of Engineering 25
Karen Kangas College of Sciences & Arts 25
Diane Nakkula Chief Financial Officer 25
Paula Nutini Office of Advancement 25
Mark Provoast Admissions 25
Gina Sayen Vice President for Administration 25
Judy Schaefer Biomedical Engineering 25
Linda Watson Dean of Students Office 25
David Caspary Chemical Engineering 30
Arlene Collins Univ Marketing & Communications 30
Louis Garnell Facilities Management 30
Diane Garrow Innovation & Industry Engagement 30
Renee Greenley Administrative Information Services 30
Laura Haischer (Kinnunen) Facilities Management 30
Helene Hiner Provost and VP for Acad Affairs 30
Valerie Holzberger Institutional Equity 30
Mark Johnson Merchandising Operations 30
Barbara Koski Accounting Services 30
Andrea Longhini Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci 30
Lori Monette Facilities Management 30
Margo O’Brien Accounting Services 30
Michael Pionke Civil & Environmental Engineering 30
Duane Puuri Facilities Management 30
Sheri Thomas Financial Aid Administration 30
Dennis Walikainen Univ Marketing & Communications 30
Brian Aho Athletic/Rec Facility Operations 35
Ricky Anderson Keweenaw Research Center 35
Donald Darcy Facilities Management 35
Jean Giusti Dining Services 35
James Heikkinen Facilities Management 35
Patricia Kyllonen Human Resources 35
Carol Sickler Accounting Services 35
Mary Yeo Accounting Services 35

Staff who reach a 5 year anniversary may choose either Recognition Days (paid days off—one full day is equal to 8 hours) or Michigan Tech Gift Certificates (“Tech Bucks”) as shown below.

Consecutive Years of Service Gift Certificate Value Number of Paid Days Off
5 $100 1
10 $150 2
15 $200 3
20 $250 4
25 $300 5
30 $350 6
35 $400 7
40 $450 8

2014 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 11, 2014.

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

The list of honorees for  2014 will be announced later this week.  Luncheon ticket sales for guests will  begin this Friday (an announcement will be made in Tech Today regarding ticket locations).