Sarah Peterson

Sarah PetersonSarah is a fourth year Environmental Engineering major and is currently working on a certificate in Global and Technological Leadership through the Pavlis Institute. She will graduate in May 2015 and return for a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering through Michigan Tech’s Master’s International Peace Corps Program. This is Sarah’s first year coaching at IGSC3, but she has been coaching at the Michigan Tech’s Multiliteracies Center, IGSC3’s neighboring center, for the past two years. Sarah enjoys reading, traveling, and photography in her spare time.

Larissa Grundmanis

Larissa GrundmanisLarissa is a third year Psychology major and is working towards a minor in Law and Society as well as Ethics and Philosophy. She has worked at IGSC3 for one year and is also a coach at the Multiliteracies Center. In the fall of 2015 she will also be an Academic Success Coach and a Peer Teaching Assistant. When Larissa is not working she enjoys watching Netflix, sleeping, reading, playing with cats, and biking.

Rachel Hetherington

Rachel HetheringtonRachel has been the Graduate Teaching Assistant  for IGSC3 (and the MTMC) since 2013. She is a Ph.D candidate in Geology, studying a volcanic area in Ethiopia. Her undergraduate degree is in Earth and Environmental Science and she has an International Masters in Volcanology and Geotechniques. She is from England and has studied abroad in Iceland, France and Michigan. She is also a board member for Nosotros; a latin organization on campus. Outside of university, Rachel volunteers for Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly on holidays and enjoys dancing and reading in her free time.

Valerie Taglione

Valerie TaglioneValerie is a fifth year Medical Laboratory Science major and has a minor in International German. She has been working with IGSC3 for two years and also works as a coach in the Biology Learning center. In her free time, Valerie likes to play an amalgam of intramural sports and enjoys playing music. Valerie will be graduating this spring and will continue her education at the Michigan State College of Human Medicine.

Why Open-Book Tests Deserve a Place in your Courses

This  article from the Faculty Focus e-newsletter explores the intersection of computer-based testing and an open-book, open-note approach to focus on higher level Bloom’s taxonomy assessment.  It’s definitely worth a read!


Why Open Book Tests Deserve a Place in Your Courses


Faculty Focus – Higher Ed Teaching Strategies from Magna Publications
By: Matt Farrell and Shannon Maheu

Brandon Martinez

Brandon MartinezBrandon Martinez is 4th year double Major studying Scientific and Technical Communication and Business Marketing. This is his third year as an IGSC3 Coach. He has a Minor in International Spanish and is a fluent Spanish speaker. His other Minors include Global Business, and Journalism. Also a Media and a Spanish consultant in the Humanities Digital Media Zone, he spends most of his time in Walker. On the weekends you can usually find him playing tennis or out on an adventure.