Day: April 12, 2016

SBE Faculty Recognized by Fraternities and Sororities

On Sunday, about 250 students gathered for the 10th Annual Greek Life Awards Ceremony in the MUB Ballroom.

In addition to the many student awards presented, Order of Omega, the Greek Life Honor Society that coordinates the awards, also took the time to recognize some exceptional faculty and staff.

There are more than 500 students in fraternities and sororities at Michigan Tech and Order of Omega wants to emphasize Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards come directly from the students.

When writing a nomination for the Outstanding Faculty Award, students were asked to consider faculty who:
are dedicated to supporting students and helping them succeed academically
demonstrate a passion for teaching and/or research
utilize innovative teaching methods
promote academic integrity among students
When writing a nomination for the Outstanding Staff Award, students were asked to consider staff who:
are dedicated to supporting students and helping them succeed both inside and outside the classroom
demonstrate a passion for working with students
promote and inspire the Michigan Tech Values of Community, Scholarship, Possibilities, Accountability and Tenacity

The following faculty and staff members were nominated by members of the Greek community and were recognized at the 2016 Greek Life Awards Ceremony (winners in bold):

Dana Johnson (SBE)
Jeffrey Wall (SBE)
Ted Anderson (SoT)
Tony Rogers (ChE)
Cody Kangas (Center for Pre-College Outreach)
Jannah Brandt (Center for Pre-College Outreach)
Mark Maroste (Auxiliary Services)
Whitney Boroski (Wellness)

These nominations were written by individual students and were supported by an entire fraternity or sorority.

In addition, Ellen Horsch, VP for Administration, was honored with the Outstanding Chapter Advisor of the Year Award. Ellen has served as an advisor for Alpha Gamma Delta Women’s Fraternity for 30 years.

Congratulations to all the faculty and staff who were nominated and thank you for inspiring and motivating students!

Story from Tech Today on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Two Michigan Tech Teams Win New Venture Competition

Two student teams from Michigan Tech each brought home $10,000 or more in venture funding from the New Venture Competition at Central Michigan University last weekend.

Superior Filament, led by Cedric Kennedy, Aubrey Woern and Jos Krugh, brought home a $10,000 Best Technology Award, as well as another $1,000 for Best Pitch and the $250 Audience Choice Award.

The student-run company is developing filment for 3-D printers from recycled plastics to support growth in the 3-D printing industry while reducing environmental impact.

We Inspire, led by Arick Davis, won the $10,00 Korson Family Highest Growth Potential Award. We Inspire is developing an online system and community to help students make informed career choices by connecting them with profiles and feedback from practicing professionals.

Two other Michigan Tech teams participated in the annual entrepreneurial competition. TRU is developing a big data solution with proprietary algorithms to help performance athletes optimize performance through informed nutritional and dietary supplement choices.

Huskies 4 Hire is connecting students looking for short-term employment opportunities with community members seeking temporary employees.

The Pavlis Honors College helped sponsor the event financially.  The student teams received support from Michigan Tech’s Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, the School of Business and Economics and the MTEC SMartZone..

Story written by Jenn Donovan in Tech Today – Tuesday, April 12 2016

To read more, check out senior electrical engineering major, Arick Davis’ LinkedIn post.