Making A Difference Awards Announced

The 2016 Making a Difference Awards were presented at a ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Awards, presented by Staff Council, were given out in seven categories. And the winners are:

  • Above and Beyond Award— Maragret Landsparger, Testing Center Coordinator, Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.
  • Bringing out the Best— Ian Repp, Director of University Marketing and Communications
  • Creative Solutions— Jesse Nordeng, Master Machinist, Physics
  • Outstanding Supervisor — Karla Aho, Director of Gift Planning, Advancement
  • Rookie Award — Sharon Attaway, Associate Director of Employer Relations, Career Services
  • Serving Others — Nancy Byers Sprague, Director of Graduate Degree Services, Grad School
  • Unsung Hero — Jeffrey Toorongian, Senior Educational Technologist, Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning 

To find out more about each winner and to read excerpts from their nomination letters, visit the Staff Council Blog.

Spring Career Fair

The 2017 Spring Career Fair is fast approaching. This year's fair will be from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the SDC Multipurpose room.

There are currently more than 140 companies signed up — tracking last year's pace that ended up hosting 227 recruiting organizations. To see the list of registered organizations, visit Handshake

Windows Updates to Lab/Classroom PC's - Reminder to Login Before First Day of Class

Over break IT patched Windows 10 lab systems to the latest update from Microsoft. Updating to the latest build provides several performance improvements including an improvement to the start menu functionality.  However the process requires you to go thru a user profile update the first time you log back in.  

IT highly encourages faculty and staff that teach in the labs and computer classrooms to go and log on to the machines they are going to use now, before they are standing in front of class the first day.  

 The process again should take approximately two to eight minutes depending on the speed of the computer. This will only happen the first time after you login to an updated machine and at logoff will be uploaded to the server.

 The reason this happens is that Microsoft has changed its approach to updating, instead of releasing a new operating system every 3-5 years they will be rolling out updated builds for Windows 10. Every time one of these builds comes out they currently require a profile conversion. As this is a new process for Microsoft and us and we are working to make it as smooth as possible.

With the upgrade some items where shifted on the start menu. To logoff you can click on your user Icon, which is now on the bottom left of the start menu. It should display as the Michigan Tech logo by default.

An alternative method is to right click on the start menu icon. As before there is also a Log Out icon on the desktop that can be used as well. Again, try to get logged into the teaching locations before your first day of class to avoid having the profile process eat up valuable teaching minutes. 

Find out more on the IT blog.

If you experience any issues give IT a call at 7-1111 or let us know at


Lt. Donna Beels Retirement Social

After 31 years of police service, Lt. Donna Beels is finally hanging up her duty belt. In a long and successful career that started with the Detroit Police Department, Beels is retiring from Michigan Tech's Department of Public Safety and Police Services after 23 years of dedicated service to the university community.

Join Beels, along with family, friends and co-workers, on from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 in the MUB Ballroom B for a retirement celebration. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

HuskiesFit Dollar Days and Spring Programs

Want to change up your workout, try out a new class or set some new fitness goals? Several HuskiesFit Programs will offer classes for only two dollars during Dollar Days next week (Jan 9-14).

Semester programs begin Jan. 16. Looking for variety? Try the HuskiesFit Ultimate Session Punch Card.

This premium eight-punch card can be used to attend any of the following Adult Group Fitness Classes:

  • Spin/Indoor Cycle,
  • Yoga,
  • Zumba,
  • PiYo,
  • Zumba Step,
  • Aqua Zumba,
  • Belly Dance
  • Barre. 

Discounts are available to SDC annual members, and MTEFCU members receive a discount on the Ultimate Session Punch Card as well as select programs. And don't forget you can use your 2017 TechFit dollars as well! Visit HuskiesFit Programs to view the Dollar Days schedule and a full listing of adult group fitness classes offered this spring. Start off the New Year right and commit to be HuskiesFit.


Retirement Social for Patty Asselin

Biological Sciences invites the campus community to a retirement social to recognize Patty Asselin from 3 to 5 p.m. today (Jan. 6) at the Great Lakes Research Center, room 202.  

For 28 years she has enthusiastically supported and assisted scores of faculty and students as our Departmental Coordinator. Please come celebrate 35 years of service to the University and wish her well in her retirement. 


Retirement Social Friday for David Kent

Information Technology invites the campus community to a retirement social to recognize David Kent from 2 to 4 p.m. today (Jan. 6) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

He has provided more than 35 years of service to the University and has worked in various capacities within Information Technology throughout his career.

Kent has also served as an alternate on the University Senate. Please join us in thanking him for his contributions over the years and to wish him well in his retirement. Refreshments will be served.

In the News

National Public Radio aired an interview with Roxane Gay, a noted writer and alumna of Michigan Tech's Humanities program. The interview ran on NPR's "All Things Considered" program. You can read highlights of the interview here.


Nature, a premier international science journal, published a news article about reintroducing wolves to Isle Royale National Park. The article quoted John Vucetich (SFRES), who heads the long-running wolf-moose predator-prey study at Michigan Tech. Read the article here.


GeoConnexion, a UK based geotechnology magazine, featured an article about the partnership project between MTU Social Scientist's Don Lafreniere and Sarah Scarlett and the Keweenaw National Historical Park to bring GIS-based career education to local high school students. Read the article.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, Jan. 6

Staff and faculty job description are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email

For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.


Research Engineer, Center for Technology and Training (CTT). Apply online.

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