2013 Making a Difference Award Winners Announced

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

Jeanne Meyers (Math)—Above and Beyond Award
Nominators cited her giving “150 percent in all aspects of her job,” including helping the department run smoothly through emergencies and a faculty death. “I think Jeanne Meyers epitomizes those people here at MTU that go above and beyond the job description because things need to be done.”

Susan Liebau (Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success)—Bringing Out the Best
Colleagues mentioned her “exceptional supervision, her constant serving and supporting of others, the work she does above and beyond her basic job responsibilities, and her innovative and relentless ability to problem solve.”

Mark Sloat (ECE)—Creative Solutions
He “designed, tested, and built new cart systems for the Controls Lab in about six months in addition to everything else he had to do,” saving the department approximately $75,000, while maintaining quality.

Colleen Erva (Fin Aid)—Outstanding Supervisor
She was recognized for her patience and understanding during training, in addition to “great teaching and leading by example.” She also possesses a “very upbeat and positive managerial attitude that overflows.”

Tim Griffin (Facilities)—Rookie Award
A nominator stated, “Within a few short months, we in Facilities Management began to hear comment after comment on what a great hire Tim was.” He was soon promoted. The accolades included: “Tim exemplifies all that the entire Making a Difference Staff Awards stand for!”

Robert Hiltunen (Auxiliary/Dining Services)—Serving Others
He was cited for his work with student groups who sell food. “For many years now, Bob has personally educated these student groups on the health department requirements, made arrangements for their use of proper kitchen facilities, then worked with them to ensure success when they were inspected by the health department.”

Mary J. Stevens (IPS)—Unsung Hero
A nominator said, “an unsung hero is someone who is so trustworthy, reliable, honest, helpful, and supportive that they can be sometimes overlooked, yet we could not function without this person. This is Mary.” She is “the glue that holds us together.”