Staff Council invites and welcomes new members to it’s annual organizational meeting at noon on Thursday, September 24, 2015 in the MUB Conference Room B001. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Staff Council was created in 1991 as a service organization for the University. Staff Council is made up of staff members from all levels at Michigan Tech, and it supports activities and resources that provide recognition for staff achievement, opportunities for professional development, and enhance the working environment and campus community.
Staff Council sponsors the following annual events: Making a Difference Awards; Family Fun Day; Staff Service Recognition Awards; Technology Day; as well as hosting the President’s Campus Forums. Members also serve on search committees and help out with other special University initiatives and task forces that require staff representation, create and distribute the Employee Wall Calendar, and various other campus activities.
A big “THANK YOU” for your service and commitment to Michigan Tech to the following staff members who will be honored on June 17 at the Staff Service Awards Luncheon for reaching a 5 year anniversary date this fiscal year.
The annual Staff Council Service Recognition Luncheon will be held Wednesday, June 17, at Noon in the Memorial Union Ballroom. President Glenn Mroz and Staff Council Chair, Jenn Biekkola will present awards to more than 150 staff members for their five-year anniversary dates of service to the University and recent staff retirees will also be recognized.
This year’s recognition luncheon will feature the Lasagna and Caesar Salad Buffet (includes vegetarian and gluten free options). Tickets are $7 (cash or check only) and must be purchased by Friday, June 12. Please note that there is no reserved seating; it is first-come, first-serve seating. If you have any special dietary requirements or have questions about the service recognition awards, please contact a Staff Council Service Recognition Committee member.
Please visit one of the following locations to purchase tickets:
• Memorial Union/Dining Services Office (MUB 101)
• Tanya Maki, Human Resources, 214H Lakeshore Center, 7-2282, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Dawn Pichette, UMC, G13 Admin, 7-2354, email@example.com
If you are unable to attend the lunch, please join us for the awards presentation beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Technology Day, sponsored by Staff Council, provides opportunities for staff to improve their technical skills and knowledge through technology training sessions. The sessions are led by Michigan Tech staff and provide development in a learning-centered peer-to-peer environment. This year we are excited to bring you 4 exciting sessions:
Photography Basics – Do you want to take a good portrait and you don’t know how? Do you have research photos you want to take but can’t seem to get the right angle? Are your group photos not turning out how you would like? University Photographer Sarah Bird will go over some basic camera settings, shooting angles, and locations to make your departmental photos look better than ever. We will be going over examples of do’s and don’ts, and then entering into a time of practice shooting. If you have a point and shoot, a DSLR, or a mirror-less camera feel free to bring it to the course. This course will be held at 9-9:50am and 1-1:50pm.
IT 101: Technological Tools for Productivity – Join us for an introduction to the vast array of technological tools available to staff which include software downloads, VPN, remote network drive access, printing and more. This class will be held at 9-9:50am and 2-2:50pm.
Online Security – Protecting your Identity – In this session we will be covering a variety of methods to protect your online identity. We will cover passwords, passwords managers, and how to increase your protection by using two-factor authentication. We will also take a look at common schemes used to steal your identity and offer suggestions on how to identify and avoid them. Finally, we will look at resources to monitor and alert to activity affecting your credit. This class will be held at 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm.
The Library – Resources & More – Michigan Tech staff have full access to all of the library’s resources and services. Join us to learn about the many technology tools available in the library, as well as library research tutorials online, some basic search tips and tricks for finding what you need online, and much more! This class will be held at 10-10:50am and 2-2:50pm.
Technology Day will be held on Wednesday May 6, 2015. Please go this link to register by April 29, 2015.
At an awards program in the MUB Wednesday January 7, 2015, the following staff members were honored with the Staff Council Making a Difference Awards.
Above and Beyond Award – David Caspary (Chemical Engineering)
One of David’s nomination letters states “David goes above and beyond every day to make sure that the Chemical Engineering students get the best education that is possible and that the department runs to benefit the students.” His primary role is to manage the world class Process Simulation and Control Center which is in tip top shape due to David’s outstanding stewardship. He runs Summer Youth Programs in the lab, serves on the Chemical Engineering Departmental Executive Committee, and works with alumni staying personally in contact with them.
Bringing out the Best – There was a tie
Linnea McGowan-Hobmeier (Library)
She brings out the best in her co-workers by encouraging the to be active both on campus and off. She invites others to join her in fitness classes that she thinks they would like. She also comes up with fun and entertaining lunchtime groups such as Stitch and Ditch, Games and Grub, and Pie and Fly.
Team of Amanda Cadwell, Christina Sarazin, Catherine Burns, and Lori Weir (University Wide)
This team was nominated for their effort in making the UAW classes a reality. They worked tirelessly to put together a program to advance the skills of our UAW members. Through collaboration, hard work, and determination they created a cutting edge program that will be a benchmark for other Universities. According to President Mroz it has already generated interest with UAW at the state level.
Creative Solutions Award – Jackie Ellenich (Humanities)
Because of Jackie’s vision and search for funding Michigan Tech will host an international professional training in Technical and Scientific French with the support of the French Embassy in Washington and the Chamber of Commerce of Paris. It’s the first one in the United States! This is just one of the many creative solutions that Jackie has implemented in her Department.
Outstanding Supervisor Award – Darnishia Slade (International Programs)
“Arms wide open, big warming smile. Darnishia is crazy smart, bleeds black and gold, and has a key role in preparing students to create the future.” This quote from her nomination letter sums up what her staff thinks of her. According to her nomination letter Darnishia is “the type of leader that commands respect, not by fear, but by mutual respect. She has the inherent ability to bring out the best in everyone she meets.”
Rookie Award – Mary Muncil (Rozsa Center)
To say that Mary took over as Interim Director of the Rozsa Center during a difficult time would be an understatement. Despite enormous challenges Mary came in and led the Rozsa to a successful season. As Mary’s nominator put it “Mary has met each challenge with a lot of courage, a little smile and a whole lot of class.” This would be difficult for a veteran, which makes her rookie performance even more impressive!
Serving Others Award – Jeff Lewin (Biological Sciences)
One of his letters called Jeff “the glue to the department in making sure that research and courses offered go as planned, smoothly and safely.” Jeff wears many hats in his department. He is the Chemical Hygiene Officer, departmental safety liaison and equipment coordinator. This is in addition to managing 2 greenhouses, 7 instructional facilities, and 6 common use equipment facilities. He also assists with fundraising for the department. Jeff is always there to assist students, staff, and faculty with all of their needs.
Unsung Hero Award – Andrea Ruotsala (Dining Services)
Andrea works diligently behind the scenes to support the ever changing needs of food production. She is the powerhouse behind all of the various sandwiches, salads, and other grab-and-go goodies that get distributed all over campus. Her back of the house support makes the retail success possible , even though she is rarely seen outside of the kitchen. We even received a letter from a food service customer in support of her nomination who told how she is always friendly and makes a point to remember his preferences.
Everyone is invited to a reception honoring the 2014 Making a Difference Awards nominees. The reception is scheduled for Wednesday, January 7, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:30pm in Ballroom A of the Memorial Union Building. The recipients for each category will be announced at the reception. Here is a list of the 2014 nominees:
Kinesiology & Integrative Psy
School of Business
Danise Jarvey & Ryan Towles
Center for Pre College Outreach
Mary Beth Knuuttila
Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond
Pavlis Honors College
Above and Beyond
Linnea McGowan Hobmeier
Bringing out the Best
Catherine Burns, Lori Weir, Amanda Cadwell, & Tina Sarazin
Nominations are now open for Staff Making a Difference Awards. Nominate a deserving coworker for one of the following award categories: rookie award, serving others, outstanding supervisor, creative solutions, above and beyond, unsung hero and bringing out the best. Each award recipient receives $500.
Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2014.
We hope that you will join us and President Mroz at the afternoon reception to honor all of the nominees on Wednesday January 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom A. All award recipients will be announced at the reception.