Staff Council Invites New Members

Staff Council invites and welcomes new members to it’s annual organizational meeting at noon on Thursday, September 18, 2014 in the MUB Alumni Lounge. 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/Professional Development 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, sponsor an annual blood drive, and various other campus activities.


Staff Service Recognition Luncheon Tickets are Now Available

The annual Staff Council Service Recognition Luncheon will be held Wednesday, June 11, at Noon in the Memorial Union Ballroom. President Glenn Mroz and Staff Council Chair, Wendy Davis will present awards to more than 140 staff members for their five-year anniversary dates of service to the University and recent staff retirees will also be recognized.  Click Here to view the list of this year’s recipients.

This year’s recognition luncheon will feature the Lasagna and Caesar Salad Buffet.  Tickets are $6 (cash or check only)  and must be purchased by Friday, June 6.  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)
  • Colleen Erva, Financial Aid Office, 149 Administration Building, 7-1669,
  • Tanya Maki, Human Resources, 214H Lakeshore Center, 7-2282,

If you are unable to attend the lunch, please join us for the awards presentation beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Staff Council Service Recognition Committee:

  • Sherry Anderson (7-2005,;
  • Arlene Collins (7-1779,;
  • Colleen Erva (7-1669,;
  • Peggy Gorton (7-2260,;
  • Janey Pindral (7-2160,

2014 Staff Service Award Recipients

A big “THANK YOU” for your service and commitment to Michigan Tech to the following staff members who will be honored on June 11 at the Staff Service Awards Luncheon for reaching a 5 year anniversary date this fiscal year.

First Name Last Name Home Department Award Year
Maureen Anton Chemical Engineering 5
Daniel Bennett Public Safety & Police Services 5
Michael Billmire Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI) 5
Shannon Brodeur Kinesiology/Integrative Physiology 5
Brittany Buschell Electrical and Computer Engineering 5
Derrick Butkovich Memorial Union 5
Johana Chirinos Physics 5
Jessica Comfort Enrollment Services 5
Stacy Cotey Biological Sciences 5
Ronda Dowd Memorial Union 5
Michael Erlandson Facilities Management 5
James Frey Info Technology Services & Security 5
Christine Grotzke Admissions 5
Karen Hext Human Resources 5
Alexander Hughes Univ Marketing & Communications 5
Jaclyn Johnson Univ Marketing & Communications 5
Katherine Kallio Public Safety & Police Services 5
Gregory Kaurala Facilities Management 5
Angela Keranen Civil & Environmental Engineering 5
Priscilla Khoury Vice Pres for Research 5
Kevin Lassila Memorial Union 5
Karmen Markham Counseling Services 5
Susan McDaniel Human Resources 5
Crystal McLeod Counseling Services 5
Stephen Patchin Center for Pre-College Outreach 5
Dawn Pichette Univ Marketing & Communications 5
Kari Pietrzyk Memorial Union 5
Scott Rutterbush Physics 5
Darlene Saari Vice Pres for Research 5
Richelle Schwaller Vice Pres for Research 5
Connie Scott Office of Advancement 5
Timothy Scullion Human Resources 5
Gowtham Shankara Info Technology Services & Security 5
Mark Sloat Electrical and Computer Engineering 5
Ashley Sudderth Info Technology Services & Security 5
Paula Theiler Registrar’s 5
Erin Thompson Alumni Relations 5
Joseph Thompson Keweenaw Research Center 5
Todd Van Valkenburg Administrative Information Services 5
Kenneth Vrana Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci 5
Karen Wade Center for Diversity & Inclusion 5
Donald Wareham Facilities Management 5
Lloyd Wescoat Civil & Environmental Engineering 5
Thy Yang International Programs and Services 5
Peter Anttila Facilities Management 10
Jennifer Bukovich Sponsored Programs Office 10
Leslie Cook Office of Student Affairs 10
Kathleen Goulette Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics 10
Celine Grace Chemistry 10
Michael LaBeau Biomedical Engineering 10
Marlene Lappeus Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics 10
Susan Liebau Waino Wahtera Ctr Student Success 10
Travis Pierce Housing and Residential Life 10
Jane Rothenberger Dining Services 10
Timothy Ryan Info Technology Services & Security 10
Karen Schlaff Dining Services 10
Devin Seppala Van Pelt and Opie Library 10
Allison Carter Admissions 15
Theresa Coleman-Kaiser Auxiliary Services Operations 15
James Condratovich Facilities Management 15
Shane Crist Info Technology Services & Security 15
Germaine Dube Facilities Management 15
Donald Durfee Social Sciences 15
Thomas Dutcher Facilities Management 15
Renee Forsell Dining Services 15
Ronald Fredrick Facilities Management 15
Robert Fritz Civil & Environmental Engineering 15
Cheryl Gherna Vice Pres for Research 15
Karen Giddings Enrollment Services 15
Michael Harsh Facilities Management 15
Bonnie Helminen Facilities Management 15
Erik Keranen Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci 15
Glenn Larkin Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci 15
Jerod Ledgerwood Facilities Management 15
John LeMay Univ Marketing & Communications 15
Gina LeMay Vice Pres for Research 15
Mary Jane Lowney Office of Advancement 15
Karen Maki Info Technology Services & Security 15
Peter Manderfield Facilities Management 15
Suzanne Morin Accounting Services 15
Gail Mroz Office of Advancement 15
Robert Narhi Info Technology Services & Security 15
Michael Niemi Athletic/Rec Facility Operations 15
Jesse Nordeng Physics 15
Amy Olson Accounting Services 15
Margaret Perander Mathematical Sciences 15
Mary Stevens Facilities Management 15
Mary Stevens International Programs and Services 15
Mary Tassava Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci 15
Martin Toth Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics 15
Carol Wiitanen Sponsored Programs Office 15
John Wuori Facilities Management 15
Carol Asiala Dining Services 20
Donna Beels Public Safety & Police Services 20
Jeffrey Blank Info Technology Services & Security 20
Cathy Codere Vice Pres for Research 20
Roberta Dalquist Accounting Services 20
Kurt Helminen Facilities Management 20
C. Sue Kerttu Keweenaw Research Center 20
Tammy LaBissoniere Sponsored Programs Office 20
Jeffrey Lewin Biological Sciences 20
Keith Machiela Registrar’s 20
Patricia Muller Facilities Management 20
Thomas Polkinghorn Facilities Management 20
John Posega Facilities Management 20
Kimberly Puuri Vice Pres for Research 20
Stephanie Reed Van Pelt and Opie Library 20
Suzanne Sanregret General Athletics 20
James Sertich Dining Services 20
Madeline Voelker Human Resources 20
Alan Wakeham Info Technology Services & Security 20
Lois Blau Chemistry 25
Mary Crane Civil & Environmental Engineering 25
Julie Hendrickson College of Engineering 25
Karen Kangas College of Sciences & Arts 25
Diane Nakkula Chief Financial Officer 25
Paula Nutini Office of Advancement 25
Mark Provoast Admissions 25
Gina Sayen Vice President for Administration 25
Judy Schaefer Biomedical Engineering 25
Linda Watson Dean of Students Office 25
David Caspary Chemical Engineering 30
Arlene Collins Univ Marketing & Communications 30
Louis Garnell Facilities Management 30
Diane Garrow Innovation & Industry Engagement 30
Renee Greenley Administrative Information Services 30
Laura Haischer (Kinnunen) Facilities Management 30
Helene Hiner Provost and VP for Acad Affairs 30
Valerie Holzberger Institutional Equity 30
Mark Johnson Merchandising Operations 30
Barbara Koski Accounting Services 30
Andrea Longhini Sch Forest Resources & Environ Sci 30
Lori Monette Facilities Management 30
Margo O’Brien Accounting Services 30
Michael Pionke Civil & Environmental Engineering 30
Duane Puuri Facilities Management 30
Sheri Thomas Financial Aid Administration 30
Dennis Walikainen Univ Marketing & Communications 30
Brian Aho Athletic/Rec Facility Operations 35
Ricky Anderson Keweenaw Research Center 35
Donald Darcy Facilities Management 35
Jean Giusti Dining Services 35
James Heikkinen Facilities Management 35
Patricia Kyllonen Human Resources 35
Carol Sickler Accounting Services 35
Mary Yeo Accounting Services 35

Staff who reach a 5 year anniversary may choose either Recognition Days (paid days off—one full day is equal to 8 hours) or Michigan Tech Gift Certificates (“Tech Bucks”) as shown below.

Consecutive Years of Service Gift Certificate Value Number of Paid Days Off
5 $100 1
10 $150 2
15 $200 3
20 $250 4
25 $300 5
30 $350 6
35 $400 7
40 $450 8

2014 Staff Service Awards Recognition

Employees who have reached a 5 year anniversary and recent retirees of Michigan Tech will be recognized at the Staff Service Awards Luncheon on June 11, 2014.

Employees who reached a 5 year anniversary will receive a  letter via campus mail this week.

The list of honorees for  2014 will be announced later this week.  Luncheon ticket sales for guests will  begin this Friday (an announcement will be made in Tech Today regarding ticket locations).

Campus Forum Scheduled

President Glenn Mroz will host a campus forum at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, in Ballroom A of the Memorial Union Building.

Release time will be provided for the hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

The presentation will be videostreamed live.

If you would like to submit questions, you can submit them via email to before and during the presentation.

Forum Scheduled for February 2014

President Mroz will address the campus community in a Presidential Campus Forum scheduled for the following date and time:

February 18, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in U115 of the Minerals & Materials Bldg.

A live stream of this event will be announced in Tech Today.  If you have questions for the President to address at this forum, you can submit them to

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.”

2013 Making a Difference Nominees Announced

Everyone is invited to a reception honoring the 2013 Making a Difference Staff Awards nominees.  The reception is scheduled for Wednesday, January 8, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm 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 2013 Nominees:

Nominee’s Name Nominee’s Department Award Category
Allison Hein Matls Science & Engineering Above and Beyond
Jeanne Meyers Mathematical Sciences Above and Beyond
Jeffrey Lewin Biological Sciences Above and Beyond
Jessie Stapleton Student Activities Above and Beyond
Joanna Wesner Library Above and Beyond
Karen Hext Human Resources Above and Beyond
Lisa Rouleau Electrical/Computer Engineering Above and Beyond
Megan Ross Auxiliary Operations Above and Beyond
Reid DeVoge Public Safety & Police Services Above and Beyond
Tom Anderson Facilities Management Above and Beyond
Vicky Roy Computer Science Above and Beyond
Wendy Hackman Facilities Management Above and Beyond
Dan Bennett Public Safety & Police Services Bringing out the Best
Shannon Brodeur Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology Bringing out the Best
Susan Liebau Waino Wahtera Center Bringing out the Best
Marc Geborkoff Public Safety & Police Services Creative Solutions
Mark Sloat Electrical/Computer Engineering Creative Solutions
Martha Staresnick Dining Services Creative Solutions
Brenda Rudiger Alumni Relations Outstanding Supervisor
Colleen Erva Financial Aid Outstanding Supervisor
Donna Beels Public Safety & Police Services Outstanding Supervisor
Susanna Brent Rozsa Center Outstanding Supervisor
Wendy Davis Human Resources Outstanding Supervisor
Amber Leonard Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology Rookie Award
Rory Gronevelt Transportation Services Rookie Award
Tim Griffin Facilities Management Rookie Award
Whitney Boroski Student Activities Rookie Award
Whitney Boroski Student Activities Rookie Award
Laura Baril Human Resources Serving Others
Laura Harry Memorial Union Serving Others
Nancy Bykkonen Human Resources Serving Others
Pamela Hannon Michigan Tech Transportation Institute Serving Others
Peter Pelissero Facilities Management Serving Others
Robert Hiltunen Auxiliary Operations/Dining Services Serving Others
Stephanie Reed Library/Interlibrary Loan Serving Others
Carol Argentati Marketing & Communications Unsung Hero
Connie Tuohimaa MEEM Unsung Hero
Katy Bird Housing & Residential Life Unsung Hero
Margaret Rothenberger Matls Science & Engineering Unsung Hero
Martha Staresnick Dining Services Unsung Hero
Mary J. Stevens International Programs Unsung Hero
Matthew Lean Dining Services Unsung Hero
Pattie Luokkanen Library Unsung Hero
Terry Anderson Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology Unsung Hero
Tonya Secord Facilities Management Unsung Hero

Deadline Approaching for 2013 Making a Difference Nominations

Staff Council is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Making a Difference awards and the deadline is approaching fast!  The deadline to submit the nomination is 5PM Friday, December 6, 2013.   Please note that late nominations will not be accepted.

You can download the Nomination Form HERE

Also, we hope you will join us and President Mroz at the afternoon reception to honor all of the nominees on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 2:00 in MUB Ballroom A. All nominees and the award recipients will be announce at the reception.