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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Staff Service Awards

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.

2017 Staff Service Award Recipients by Department
First Name Last Name Service Years Department
Ninette Carlson 15 Admissions
Robin Dillinger 10 Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)
Brenda Rudiger 10 Alumni Relations
Christopher Roy 15 Athletic/Rec Facility Operations
Andre Soumis 35 Athletic/Rec Facility Operations
Emily Betterly 10 Biological Sciences
Tori Connors 10 Biological Sciences
Michelle Farrey 5 Career Services
Aparna Pandey 20 Chemistry
Lorri Reilly 25 Chemistry
Kelley Smith 25 Chemistry
Christopher Gilbertson 5 Civil & Environmental Engineering
John Kiefer 10 Civil & Environmental Engineering
Rashelle Sandell 20 Civil & Environmental Engineering
Sylvia Matthews 25 College of Sciences & Arts
Karen Salo 35 College of Sciences & Arts
Bonnie Gorman 20 Dean of Students Office
April Buschell 5 Dining Services
Allison Longenecker 5 Dining Services
David Miller 5 Dining Services
Paul Myers 5 Dining Services
Michael Porter 5 Dining Services
Ernest Beutler 10 Dining Services
Heather Kiilunen 15 Dining Services
Michael Patterson 15 Dining Services
Donna Blake 20 Dining Services
Joseph Palosaari 20 Dining Services
Joan Becker 20 Electrical and Computer Engineering
John Lehman 20 Enrollment, Mkting & Comm Office
Thomas Anderson 5 Facilities Management
James D’Luge 5 Facilities Management
Paula Dube 5 Facilities Management
John Longenecker 5 Facilities Management
Nathan Maki 5 Facilities Management
Christopher Maxson 5 Facilities Management
George Sever 5 Facilities Management
Joseph Caron 10 Facilities Management
Roger Gronlund 10 Facilities Management
Wendy Hackman 10 Facilities Management
Joseph Weingarten 10 Facilities Management
Debbie Jarve 15 Facilities Management
Melanie Narhi 15 Facilities Management
Andrew Parker 15 Facilities Management
Lori Carne 20 Facilities Management
Marianne Ojanen 20 Facilities Management
John Hackmeier 25 Facilities Management
David Hannon 25 Facilities Management
Will Graff 35 Facilities Management
Allen Olson 35 Facilities Management
Daniel Rouleau 35 Facilities Management
Karen Anderson 30 Financial Aid Administration
Cynthia Asiala 10 Financial Services & Operations
Raymond Lasanen 35 Financial Services & Operations
Matthew Jennings 5 General Athletics
Jared Johnson 5 General Athletics
Maria Kasza 5 General Athletics
Robert Barron 30 Geological & Mining Eng & Sciences
Guy Meadows 5 Great Lakes Research Center
Elizabeth Hoy 10 Great Lakes Research Center
Mike Abbott 30 Great Lakes Research Center
Jeremiah Baumann 5 Housing and Residential Life
Travis Pihlaja 5 Housing and Residential Life
Michael Gaddis 15 Human Resources
Ginger Sleeman 15 Human Resources
Vicente Alvarado 5 Information Technology
Eric Boersma 5 Information Technology
Christopher Bryan 5 Information Technology
Jena Hale 5 Information Technology
Angelica Hebert 5 Information Technology
Gavril Panov 5 Information Technology
Hans Storaker 5 Information Technology
Edward Wheaton 5 Information Technology
Mary Mongeau 10 Information Technology
Joshua Myles 15 Information Technology
David Chard 20 Information Technology
JoAnn Dombrowski 20 Information Technology
David Hale 20 Information Technology
John Diebel 20 Innovation & Industry Engagement
Jill Hodges 15 Institutional Equity & Inclusion
Thomas Freeman 15 Jackson Center for Teach & Learn
Steven Balla 10 Keweenaw Research Center
Janette Haase 10 Keweenaw Research Center
Brian Hannon 10 Keweenaw Research Center
Eric James 10 Keweenaw Research Center
James Pakkala 20 Keweenaw Research Center
Scott Gruenberg 30 Keweenaw Research Center
Robert Baratono 35 Keweenaw Research Center
James Jackovich 35 Keweenaw Research Center
Paul Fraley 5 Materials Science and Engineering
Thomas Wood 5 Materials Science and Engineering
Allison Hein 25 Materials Science and Engineering
Nancy Barr 10 Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics
Jeremy Worm 10 Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics
David Banach 5 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Sarah Endres 5 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Amanda Grimm 5 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Jessica McCarty 5 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Reid Sawtell 5 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Adam Webb 5 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Laura Bourgeau-Chavez 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Colin Brooks 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
William Buller 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Joseph Burns 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Nancy French 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Liza Jenkins 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Gregory Leonard 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Lisa Phillips 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Christopher Roussi 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Robert Shuchman 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Nikola Subotic 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Brian Thelen 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Brian White 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Michelle Wienert 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Brian Wilson 10 Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Evelyn Colon-Peters 15 Military Science (Army ROTC)
Allen Niemi 30 Occupational Safety & Health Svcs
Adam Johnson 10 Office of Advancement
Benjamin Larson 10 Office of Advancement
Lorrie Graff 20 Office of Advancement
Eric Halonen 20 Office of Advancement
Jiang Lu 5 Physics
Andrea Lappi 35 Physics
Daniel DuLong 5 Portage Lake Golf Course
Mark Maroste 20 Portage Lake Golf Course
Joan Tapani 10 President’s Office
Glenn Mroz 40 President’s Office
Cheryl Johnson 30 Public Safety & Police Services
Jamie Therrian 5 Public Safety and Police Services
Kelly Vizanko 5 Registrar’s
Judith Smigowski 10 Registrar’s
Michael Johnson 20 Registrar’s
Jean Burich 35 Registrar’s
Sharri Karppinen 35 Registrar’s
Patricia Shannon 5 Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci
Jodie Filpus-Paakola 5 School of Business and Economics
Diane Benda 10 School of Business and Economics
Scott Meneguzzo 5 School of Technology
Peggy Gorton 40 School of Technology
Tracy LaPlante 5 Sponsored Programs Office
Maryann Wilcox 25 Student Activities
Sarah Bird 5 Univ Marketing & Communications
Jennifer Donovan 10 Univ Marketing & Communications
Mark Kastamo 10 Univ Marketing & Communications
Gail Sweeting 35 Univ Marketing & Communications
William Tembreull 40 Univ Marketing & Communications
Natasha Chopp 5 Vice Pres for Research
Joanne Polzien 30 Vice Pres for Research
Darlene Comfort 10 Vice President for Administration
Elizabeth Meyer 15 Visual & Performing Arts