2018 Making a Difference Awards Announced

2018 Recipients

At an awards program in the MUB Wednesday, the following staff members were honored with the Staff Council Making a Difference Awards. The winners, along with an excerpt from their letters of support, are as follows:

Above and Beyond Award

Allison Hein, Research Engineer and Scientist, Materials Science and Engineering

Her nominator says that Allison’s competence and effectiveness is revealed by the inarguable impact that it has had on the productivity of the MSE department and its faculty.  Since transitioning into the department in 2008 the number of external research proposals submitted has increased from 27 in 2008 to levels that average approximately 67 over the last 4 fiscal years; an increase of 150% during this time.   The yearly external research expenditures over this same period have increased from approximately $.74 million in 2008 to levels regularly in the $2 per year range now; an increase of over 180%.  While she will be the first to suggest that her role is secondary, it is our contention that her unique skill set has facilitated this era of high efficiency, effectiveness and success among our faculty.

A letter of support states “In our roles we work with researchers from across campus.  When a large of complicated project is initiated, one of the things we regularly hear is “how can we involve Allison in this project?  Researchers even outside her department routinely ask for her help, even offering to pay a portion of her salary to allow her participation in a project.  On more than one occasion, one of us has worked with her late into the night to assure a project deadline is met.  When this happens Allison never asks for thanks or the spotlight, she just gets up the next morning and does it all again.”

Behind the Scenes

Jerry Norkol, Master Machinist, Chemical Engineering

As one letter of support states “Jerry has always been available to help with various tasks I need one in my lab or office, most things you would never notice.  Whether it is helping hang things on the concrete walls, installing a rug, assembling furniture, installing laboratory equipment, making modifications to equipment and materials that accommodate my experiments, ordering parts or finding gas regulators Jerry is efficient and helpful.  I cannot count the number of times I’ve asked Jerry for help with something expecting him to get to it in the next few weeks and I come in the next morning to find it already finished.”

Another said “I quickly realized that Jerry was going to be my most important asset when I started my position in Chemical Engineering.  Prior to being hired Jerry worked to fill my current position for 9 months in addition to all of his regular duties, he was instrumental in bringing me up to speed quickly and efficiently when I arrived.  Jerry always offers his help to anyone and everyone with a smile, it could be as simple as fixing a coffee pot in the office, duct taping a vendors flapping boot, to advanced building of complex equipment for the large funded research projects for our faculty.”

The Legacy Award

Peggy Gorton, Executive Assistant, School of Technology

Peggy’s nomination letter states “Peggy has managed numerous transitions and changes within the School of Technology.  For example, during her time as Executive Assistant, she organized and completed the binder and related paperwork for each of the programs within the school that transitioned from 2 year degrees to 4 year degrees.  She also facilitated the transition to semesters in 2000, three ABET accreditation rounds (6 year cycles), and the addition of two Master Degree Programs.  Each of these activities has left a legacy for students, faculty, and alums.  Her role was significant because she has served as the primary point of contact for the curriculum binder process throughout all these changes.”

Peggy has built a legacy within the University, the School of Technology, and Geological and Mining Engineering and Science over her 40 plus years of service.  During alumni weekend this last August, an alum returning to GMES exerted considerable effort to track down Peggy because she had been such a positive and encouraging force for him to complete his degree.  She’s helped students find places to live and provided lunches and snacks out of her own pocket to help a student not have to go hungry.

Outstanding Supervisor

Brent Burns, Director of Federal and Industry Relations – VP for Research Office

Brent’s nominator says that Brent does not command or micromanage the team.  Brent truly leads the team and welcomes all feedback and new ideas.  Common phrases heard in our team meeting are “what do you think? Can we do that?  What do you need from us?  I have many times been assigned a task and given free rein to approach it as I see fit.  At the same time he is prepared to attend to any minor detail when necessary.  If I’ve run into trouble or confusion Brent has always been open to listening to me describe the problem and helping to pick it apart as much as necessary to solve the issue.

A letter of support states that “For the past 3 years Brent has been my supervisor.  Throughout that time, I have appreciated Brent’s practical approach to allowing for flexibility in achieving tasks.  Brent provides challenging goals and suggestions for moving these projects forward, but doesn’t micromanage the details.  Brent encourages professional development by allowing for time to participate in societies and organizations that help grow my individual skills.”

Rookie Award

Brent Kari, Central Receiving Manager, Facilities

Brent’s nominator states “An area where Brent has shined over the past year was during Career Fair which is one of the busiest times in Central Receiving as we receive all of the company displays and materials for the event.  These materials then have to be documented into a spreadsheet, sorted and brought up to a storage area at the SDC.  Brent was running non-stop during this time as there were 201 packages that were delivered specifically for Career Fair within a couple day period that needed action immediately.  Brent was at work early, staying late, and fielding constant calls, text messages and emails all while keeping his typical positive attitude.  There were not any late or missing packages for Career Fair due to Brent’s hard work and good communication skills with Career Services.  Brent also helped make the event safer as he assisted in getting steps for accessing the package storage trailer that provided a wide and stable footing.  In previous years, there had been stairs that did not match the trailer height and were dangerous when carrying heavy boxes or when they were snow covered or wet.”

Brent also made the campus package delivery route more efficient and implemented a new inventory system for different areas in the facilities department.  As a letter of support states “Brent is personable, knowledgeable, and provides high quality customer service. Whether he’s helping to coordinate a freight shipment for a senior design team or inventorying several hundred packages for companies attending Career Fair, he’s preforming at a high level.”

Serving Others

Alisha Kocjan, Curriculum Services Support Coordinator, Registrar’s Office

Alisha’s nominator state “Alisha consistently volunteers her time to help others- both as an official volunteer and unofficial volunteer.  For example, she has participated as a Summer Reading Facilitator for first year students the past two years, she was a LeaderShape Cluster facilitator in January 2018 (the students from her group still keep in touch with her).  She has been part of the Food Insecurities Committee since the programs inceptions.  She also volunteered her time as a mock interview for Career Services.  Outside of her role at Michigan Tech, Alisha serves in many volunteer roles in the community.  She was involved in the Keweenaw Young Professionals for a number of years.  She currently serves on the Torch Lake Federal Credit Union Board and the Main Street Calumet Board.  She volunteered her time assisting in the Father’s Day flood clean up.  She is always willing to lend a helping hand without a need for recognition, so I am certain there are countless additional volunteer efforts I am not aware of.

A support letter from a colleague states “As an academic advisor, Alisha provides great service in her assistance regarding degree services, and in particular the still new online curriculum change portlet.  Alisha’s daily demeanor and customer service skills are excellent.  She is a pleasure to work with, takes our concerns seriously, and is detail oriented to make sure that action items don’t fall through the cracks.”

Unsung Hero

William Corrigan, Dining Services AND Julie Ross, Civil & Environmental Engineering

William Corrigan, Manager, Dining Services

Bill’s nominator states “I like to consider Bill and myself the babysitters of the Memorial Union Building.  This is because for every event, to give you an idea we average around 10 events every day, both small and large, full china and disposable, we have to make sure that the delivery person is getting orders correct and on time, that the cooks are running on schedule and if they are behind Bill is the first person to step in and help where it is needed.  He does not cause a ruckus when he has to do this, matter of face, he never causes a ruckus eve in the busiest times of the year when we are averaging 25 events every day.  During these last 8 weeks he worked 6 or 7 days a week and upwards of 13 to 14 hours every day because he cares about the success of Michigan Tech catering and Dining Services.”

A student employee of Bill’s said “After every event Bill personally greets and thanks all of the workers for coming to the shift.  He knows all his employees by name and makes you feel welcome every time you work.  When there are scheduling problems with employees he is understanding about student schedules and often stresses how important our classes are.  He genuinely wants to see his employees succeed even if it will eventually take us out of MTU Catering.  In the many jobs that I have had across several industries, I have enjoyed working at MTU catering the most and Bill Corrigan is the best boss I have ever had.”

Julie Ross, Academic Advisor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Julie’s nominator states “When the faculty member who established the CEE Student Success Center left the University Julie picked up the role of advisor for this group because she knew the services provided by the student success coaches were essential to the Department’s teaching mission.  Without her stepping up and taking the advisor reigns this group would not exist today.  Julie’s greatest satisfaction is providing quality academic advising services and supporting her students in the manner in which she believe she was supported when she was a student.  This last summer we learned one of our students was expecting her first child and would be working on a degree as a single, working mom.  Julie regularly checking in on the student to see how her pregnancy and summer coursework were going.  After the baby arrived, Julie picked up a Walmart gift card to help this new mother provide for her baby.”

A letter of support states “Julie is extremely quiet, which means that there is no fanfare about her accomplishments.  Most CEE faculty realize that Julie is a significant contributor to holding together the undergraduate programs in the Departments, but have no idea what and how much she does in that regard.  I know how much she contributes.  I know that she takes on a number of jobs that she might not have had to and quietly completes them.  In many cases I am the only one who knows that she did the job.  When the department went through the ABET review Julie quietly edited some sections of the self-study report, which helped the team writing the report.  In some cases she didn’t want me to tell the rest of the team that she had fixed them.  My opinion is that she should take more credit for what she does, but that is not her way.


2018 Making A Difference Awards Nominees

Everyone is invited to a reception honoring the 2018 Making a Difference Awards nominees. The reception will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 2:00 to 3:30pm in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The recipients for each category will be announced at the reception. Here is a list of the 2018 nominees:

Nominee  Name Nominee Dept Nominators Name Category
Nicholas Hendrickson School of Technology Adrienne Minerick Above and Beyond
Amy Spahn Social Sciences Melissa Baird Above and Beyond
Angela Keranen Civil and Environmental Engineering Amanda Cadwell Above and Beyond
Cynthia Perkins University Marketing and Communications Stefanie Sidortsova Above and Beyond
Nick Brusso Information Technology – Enterprise Applications Services Karen Hall Above and Beyond
Robert Fritz Civil and Environmental Engineering Audra Morse Above and Beyond
Scott Bradley Keweenaw Research Center Scott Gruenberg Above and Beyond
George Hommowun Rozsa Center Mary Jennings Above and Beyond
Alexis Snell Chemical Engineering Pradeep Agrawal Above and Beyond
Wendy Hackman Facilities Carol McCullah Above and Beyond
Joshua Myles Information Technology – Operations Patrick Hopp Above and Beyond
Madeline Voelker Human Resources Renee Ozanich Above and Beyond
Tammy Monette Facilities Management Whitney Boroski Above and Beyond
Crystal Verran University Marketing and Communications Dawn Pichette Above and Beyond
Allison Hein Materials Science and Engineering Jaroslaw Drelich Above and Beyond
Lisa Cunard Civil and Environmental Engineering Audra Morse Behind the Scenes
Jerry Norkol Chemical Engineering Lei Pan Behind the Scenes
Lorraine Patrick Facilities Carol McCullah Behind the Scenes
Erika Erkkila Information Technology Patrice Myllyoja Behind the Scenes
James Hill Facilities Management Dan Liebau Behind the Scenes
Gina Stevens Social Sciences Melissa Baird Legacy Award
Andrea Longhini School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Andrew Storer Legacy Award
David Perram Civil and Environmental Engineering David Hand Legacy Award
Katie Torrey Chemical Engineering Pradeep Agrawal Legacy Award
Peggy Gorton School of Technology Adrienne Minerick Legacy Award
Stefanie Sidortsova University Marketing and Communications Allison Mills Outstanding Supervisor
Brent Burns Industry Relations Shannon Meller Outstanding Supervisor
Stephen Knudstrup Information Technology Matt Bryan Rookie Award
Brent Kari Shared Services Drew Randell Rookie Award
Karen Siekas Financial Services and Operations Joan Hoffman Rookie Award
Samantha Auger Advancement Michael Olson Rookie Award
Dayna Browning Dean of Students Patricia Frueh Rookie Award
Valentina O’Kane Materials Science and Engineering Stephen Kampe Rookie Award
Joel Duncan Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Jeremy Worm Rookie Award
Laura Shawhan School of Business Dean Johnson Rookie Award
Stefan Wisniewski Chemical Engineering Julia King Serving Others
Nancy Seely William G Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning Michael Meyer Serving Others
Charlene Page Chemistry Ashutosh Tiwari Serving Others
Carol Argentati Advancement Bryant Weathers Serving Others
Sylvia Matthews College of Sciences and Arts Michael Johnson Serving Others
Judy Donahue Electrical and Computer Engineering Saeid Nooshabadi Serving Others
Alisha Kocjan Registrar’s Kelly Vizanko Serving Others
John Schneiderhan Van Pelt and Opie Library David Holden Serving Others
Jennifer Sams Van Pelt and Opie Library Laurie Stark Serving Others
Pammi Washuleski School of Technology Adrienne Minerick Serving Others
William Corrigan Dining Services Jill Null Serving Others
Patrice Myllyoja Information Technology Mia Kemppainen Unsung Hero
Taana Blom Chemical Engineering Alexis Snell Unsung Hero
Lorraine Young Advancement Karla Aho Unsung Hero
Shellie Crisman Graduate School Heather Suokas Unsung Hero
Sylvia Matthews Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success Jeanne Watts Unsung Hero
Phyllis Williamson School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Andrew Storer Unsung Hero
Elizabeth Weaver Counseling Services Brenda Anttila Unsung Hero
Julie Ross Civil and Environmental Engineering Audra Morse Unsung Hero
Sylvia Matthews College of Sciences and Arts Michael Meyer Unsung Hero
Paul Dice Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Jeff Naber Unsung Hero
Alfred Giusti Facilities Management Dan Liebau Unsung Hero
William Corrigan Dining Services Elaine Ronan Unsung Hero

Making a Difference Award Nominations Ending

Nominations for Making a Difference Awards will close at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Nov 9). Nominate a deserving colleague today in one of seven categories. Each award recipient will receive $500.

This year’s categories are:

  • Above and Beyond
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Legacy Award
  • Outstanding Supervisor
  • Rookie Award
  • Serving Others
  • Unsung Hero

Learn more: https://blogs.mtu.edu/staffcouncil/2018/10/2018-making-a-different-awards-nominations/


2018 Making A Different Awards Nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Staff Making a Difference Awards. Nominate a deserving colleague today in one of seven categories. Each award recipient will receive $500.

This year’s categories are:

  • Above and Beyond
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Legacy Award
  • Outstanding Supervisor
  • Rookie Award
  • Serving Others
  • Unsung Hero

Eligibility: All regular full-time and part-time staff are eligible. Award recipients will receive $500, after taxes. Past recipients are not eligible again until five years after their award year and are listed on the Staff Council blog.

Nomination Criteria: Nominations must be no more than three single-spaced pages. Nominators should prepare a letter that provides specific examples of the nominee’s accomplishments. Winners will be chosen based on examples of the category criteria. Nominations are limited to single individuals. No team or group nominations.

Statements of Support Criteria: We recommend nominators collect up to three letters of support from other colleagues, clients and members of the community to strengthen their nomination. Please note – support letters need to be no more than one page each.

Staff Council is coordinating the awards and asks that you follow these steps:

  1. Download the nomination form (individuals only, no team or group nominations)
  2. Create your nomination letter
  3. Collect your statements of support (no more than three letters)
  4. Email all documents as one PDF file

Deadline: Nominations must be received by 5 pm on Friday, November 9, 2018 to Jennifer Biekkola (Alumni House) or email the complete nomination packet to staffcouncil@mtu.edu.

Nominations received after the deadline will not be considered.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Staff Council.



Staff Council Staff Service Recognition Luncheon

The annual Staff Council Service Recognition Luncheon will be held at noon Wednesday, June 6, in the MUB Ballroom. President Glenn Mroz and Staff Council Chair, Jenn Biekkola will present awards for five-year increments of service to more than 120 staff members. Recent staff retirees will also be recognized.

A big “THANK YOU” for your service and commitment to Michigan Tech to the following staff members who will be honored for reaching a 5 year anniversary date this fiscal year.

Last Name First Name Service Years Department
Bishop Robert 15 Academic & Community Conduct
Strieter-Baril Debra 30 Admissions
Kilpela Karma 10 Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)
Archer Ruth 5 Associate Vice President for Admin
Will Cayce 10 Associate Vice President for Admin
Sedar Stacey 10 Biomedical Engineering
Davis Danielle 10 Business Operations – VP Admin
Raffaelli Kellie 5 Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Kangas Cody 10 Center for Pre-College Outreach
Handler Robert 5 Chemical Engineering
Page Charlene 5 Chemistry
Wareham Donald 40 Chemistry
Colling Timothy 15 Civil & Environmental Engineering
Gilbertson Christopher 10 Civil & Environmental Engineering
Nelson David 5 Civil & Environmental Engineering
Reynolds Carole 10 Civil & Environmental Engineering
Thorpe Sean 5 Civil & Environmental Engineering
Taglione Nancy 15 Counseling Services
Weaver Elizabeth 5 Counseling Services
Boroski Whitney 5 Dean of Students Office
Bunzendahl-Bulleit Laura 10 Dean of Students Office
Hassell Trever 5 Electrical and Computer Engineering
Hitch Lisa 10 Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sannes Charlie 15 Electrical and Computer Engineering
Bankemper Danielle 5 Facilities Management
Dessellier Christopher 35 Facilities Management
Griffin Timothy 5 Facilities Management
Hanner James 5 Facilities Management
Kupari Nancy 25 Facilities Management
Myllyoja Mark 30 Facilities Management
Pelissero Peter 15 Facilities Management
Richards Gregg 10 Facilities Management
Sleeman Kerri 15 Facilities Management
Thomas Raymond 30 Facilities Management
Usitalo David 20 Facilities Management
Vater William 5 Facilities Management
Erva Colleen 25 Financial Aid Administration
Buschell Laurie 20 Financial Services & Operations
Hoffman Joan 20 Financial Services & Operations
Redding Lisa 30 Financial Services & Operations
Suino Lori 10 Financial Services & Operations
Luke Kevin 30 General Athletics
Thome Matthew 5 General Athletics
Byers Sprague Nancy 40 Graduate School
Wingerson Carol 30 Graduate School
Anderson Jamey 5 Great Lakes Research Center
Archambeau Courtney 5 Housing and Residential Life
Wirtanen Denise 20 Housing and Residential Life
Hiller Renee 10 Human Resources
Ellenich Jacqueline 10 Humanities
Ackerman Scott 25 Information Technology
Blake Amy 5 Information Technology
Close Donald 30 Information Technology
Flora Thomas 5 Information Technology
Fredrickson David 30 Information Technology
Hackney Eric 10 Information Technology
Krogel Patrick 20 Information Technology
North Gail 10 Information Technology
Polzien Douglas 10 Information Technology
Reid Heidi 10 Information Technology
Tuttle Bryce 5 Information Technology
Burns Brent 10 Innovation & Industry Engagement
Desrochers James 5 Innovation & Industry Engagement
Haapapuro Marilyn 35 Innovation & Industry Engagement
Morley Michael 20 Innovation & Industry Engagement
Lunde-Stockero Beth 20 Institutional Equity & Inclusion
Hughes Amy 25 Internal Audit
Tefft de Munoz Cassy 5 International Programs and Services
Wanless Linda 10 Jackson Center for Teach & Learn
Bradley Scott 25 Keweenaw Research Center
Destrampe Kevin 15 Keweenaw Research Center
Fitzgerald Christian 15 Keweenaw Research Center
Gwaltney Geoffrey 20 Keweenaw Research Center
Meldrum Jay 20 Keweenaw Research Center
Osborne Mark 35 Keweenaw Research Center
Sutinen Loralee 10 Memorial Union
Dorvinen Kathleen 20 Merchandising Operations
Little Randy 30 Merchandising Operations
Garbarino Joseph 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Hart Benjamin 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Isakson Dawn 5 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Payne John 5 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Stuff Mark 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Roberts William 15 Office of Advancement
Slough William 5 Physics
Johnson Marcus 5 Public Safety & Police Services
Pintar Kathleen 20 Registrar’s
Bastion Peggy 25 Residential Dining
Bauer Sally 5 Residential Dining
Beaudry Teresa 25 Residential Dining
Bingham Tonya 20 Residential Dining
Bishop Fay 10 Residential Dining
Bramble John 10 Residential Dining
Klutts Judy 20 Residential Dining
Matthews Robyn 10 Residential Dining
Robb David 5 Residential Dining
Ruotsala Andrea 25 Residential Dining
Wardynski Kathy 10 Residential Dining
Cotey Stacy 10 Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci
Eikenberry Jennifer 15 Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci
Forsman John 25 Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci
Marcinkowski Kailey 5 Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci
Richter Dana 30 Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci
Walker Larry 20 Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci
Kallio Kelly 10 Sponsored Programs Office
Nordstrom David 35 Sports & Recreation Operations
Ongie Kevin 5 Sports & Recreation Operations
Saari Alexander 5 Student Affairs Info Systems
DeVoge Ashley 20 Ticketing
Kemppainen Erin 10 Ticketing
Garrow Jesse 5 Univ Marketing & Communications
Thompson Rodney 20 Univ Marketing & Communications
Allred Nora 15 Van Pelt and Opie Library
McCullah Carol 35 Van Pelt and Opie Library
McGowan Hobmeier Linnea 5 Van Pelt and Opie Library
Sams Jennifer 5 Van Pelt and Opie Library
Stark Laurie 5 Van Pelt and Opie Library
Zei David 20 Van Pelt and Opie Library
Manchester Jacob 10 Vice Pres for Research
Reed David 35 Vice Pres for Research
Kitalong-Will Ann 10 Vice President for Administration
Quinn Byron 10 Vice President for Administration
Nakkula Diane 30 Vice President for Finance
Maki Tanya 20 Visual & Performing Arts
Patterson Karen 5 Waino Wahtera Ctr Student Success

This year’s luncheon will feature a chicken parmesan buffet with Caesar salad (includes vegetarian and gluten free options). Tickets are $7 (cash or check only) and must be purchased by Wednesday, May 30.

Visit one of the following locations to purchase tickets:

  • Amy Mensch, Human Resources, Lakeshore Center, 7-2800, ajmensch@mtu.edu
  • Dawn Pichette, University Marketing and Communications, G13 Admin, 7-2354, dmpichet@mtu.edu
  • Maryann Wilcox, Student Activities, 112 MUB, 7-2402, mawilcox@mtu.edu

Please note there is no reserved seating; it is first-come, first-served. If you are unable to attend the lunch, you may join the awards presentation beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m. If you have any special dietary requirements or have questions about the service recognition awards, please contact a Staff Council Service Award Recognition Committee member.

Staff Council Service Recognition Committee:



2017 Making a Difference Awards Announced

MAD WinnersAt an awards program in the MUB Wednesday, the following staff members were honored with the Staff Council Making a Difference Awards. The winners, along with an excerpt from their letters of support, are as follows:

Above and Beyond Award

Lisa Hitch, Business Manager/Technical Communication Specialist, Electrical and Computer Engineering. “During our recent ABET visit, our department chair was suddenly called away from our department at a critical moment in the evaluation process. Without hesitation, Lisa organized the details of the department meetings between our ABET visitors and more than 50 students, staff, and faculty in a matter of hours. As a result of her intervention, the visit proceeded without interruption. When our chair returned, he found a department visit so smoothly tuned and ready that it went forward flawlessly. Without her initiative, the meetings would have been hopelessly uncoordinated and left a terrible impression on our visitors. She saved the day for all of us.”

Karen Salo, Director of College Administration, College of Sciences and Arts. “Every coordinator in the department can tell of a time when Salo (as she calls herself since there is another Karen in the office) dropped what she was doing to resolve a budget issue, a personnel difficulty, or just fix things by knowing who to call in HR, budgeting, or accounting. This all comes rather naturally since Karen basically designed this job, built the templates required to do the job, established the processes for how and what a coordinator at the college and department level does, and then set the stand for performance.”

Creative Solution

Allison Mills, Director of Research News, University Marketing and Communications. “Allison is a leader in finding new ways to tell Michigan Tech’s story. She created the Unscripted blog, which breaks science down without diluting it. She uses the @mturesearch Twitter account to reach out to other institutions around the world. She pitches our stories on a national stage and we’re more of a presence because of it.”

Outstanding Supervisor

Mike Abbott, Director – Great Lakes Research Center. “Not only does Mike stimulate personal and professional development for his employees through his flexibility in scheduling and encouragement for his employees to attend seminars and classes; Mike is often found right alongside the team pitching in when needed despite the mountain of work at his desk.”

Rookie Award

Zack Fredin, Enterprise Program Coordinator, Pavlis Honors College. “It is rare for a newcomer to step right into a new job role without missing a beat but Zack did exactly that in his first year. He has a special skillset that has enabled him to succeed on several fronts: securing project funding, managing client expectations, working with faculty advisors and students, and upholding the standards of the Enterprise Program. I greatly appreciate a person like Zack who focuses on finding solutions, not identifying roadblocks.”

Serving Others

Mary Yeo, Manager Auxiliary Fund & Banking Operations, Financial Services & Operations. “Mary is the face of Michigan Tech in our relationships with financial institutions. The University’s long standing relationship with Superior National Bank has been very successful due to Mary’s excellent customer service and knowledge in responding timely and positively to any issue that arises.” A Superior National Bank employee echoes this in her letter of support. “We are thankful to have Mary as our partner. Her positive attitude and commitment to do the right thing for the University, it’s employees and students are the reason I support her nomination.”

Unsung Hero

Ed Trinklein, Research Engineer, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. “This past spring our Michigan Tech student-built nanosatellite was at risk of missing a technical milestone set by the Air Force. If this milestone was missed our 7 year long program would have come to an end without a launch into space. Ed dropped everything he was working on, rolled up his sleeves, and inserted himself into my laboratory where he discovered complicated errors in our serial communication architecture—which he quickly fixed. The satellite shipped to the Air Force in June and, as a result of Ed’s work, will launch into orbit in April, 2018.”



2017 Staff Service Award Recognition

The annual Staff Council Service Recognition Luncheon will be held at noon Wednesday, June 14, in the MUB Ballroom. 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.

A big “THANK YOU” for your service and commitment to Michigan Tech to the following staff members who will be honored for reaching a 5 year anniversary date this fiscal year.

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