Tammy Monette Receives Excellence in Service Award

Tammy Monette, a custodian in Wadsworth Hall, has won the Excellence in Service Award from the Commission for Housing and Residence Life of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Monette began her Michigan Tech career in Dining Services and eventually moved to facilities. She has worked on the second floor of Wadsworth Hall for the past nine and a half years. Rachel Jones, assistant director of residence education, nominated Monette for the award.

According to Jones, she nominated Monette because she inspires her and others to be the best they can be every day. “Tammy’s approach to her work makes her special. She views herself as an educator and uses every opportunity to teach the residents living on her floor to make a difference in the lives of others.”

According to Jones, Monette’s hard work and open communications with the resident assistants (RAs) help them understand the importance of a clean and safe living environment. “She makes their job much easier by doing her job exceptionally,” Jones says. “Everyone living on her floor, RAs and residents alike, learn that doing something small, like donating 10 cents worth of aluminum every time you drink a soda, can create a large impact.” Jones says Monette has raised nearly a thousand dollars this calendar year, one dime at a time.

Monette says she’s “overwhelmed” by the Excellence in Service Award. “I am just so honored … wow.” Monette says that hands down the best part of her job is the students. “I go to work every day as if it’s ‘Customer Appreciation Day.’ I’m a mentor, therapist, mother, counselor, cheerleader and friend. I have listened to countless stories, shared endless laughs and offered up tons of prayers for my students. I truly have one of the most rewarding jobs on campus—direct, daily contact with these young people."

Whitney Boroski, manager of health and wellness, worked with Monette on fundraising efforts to support Husky Food Access Network. Boroski calls Monette the most selfless person she has ever met.

“She gives 110 percent, every single day,” Boroski says. “She’ll say ‘I’m more than a toilet scrubber, I’m here for the kids.’ And she really is. When my child grows up and goes away to college, I hope there’s someone like Tammy in their life.”

Monette will accept her award and be honored at the ACPA annual convention March 3-6 in Boston.

Nominations Now Open for DeVlieg Foundation Fellowships

Due to the generous support of the DeVlieg Foundation, the Graduate School is now accepting nominations for 2019 summer fellowships.

All graduate programs may nominate one eligible PhD student. There will be two recipients—each will receive a stipend for summer 2019 plus tuition support (one credit or three research credits in Research Mode).  Eligible students will meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Must be a graduate student in one of the fields supported by the DeVlieg Foundation:
    • Engineering or a closely related field
    • Biology/Wildlife (2019 Summer Research Award in Biology/Wildlife)
  2. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  3. Must be enrolled in a PhD program.
  4. Must be nominated by student’s graduate program.  Each PhD program may nominate one student.

Nominations are due no later than 4 p.m. Jan. 24 to the Graduate School. Email to gradschool@mtu.edu is preferred.

See our web page for details on the application procedure and materials needed. Each program may determine its own internal selection procedure.

Contact Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School with any questions.

Register for the On-Campus Student Employment Fair

Did you know that more than 60 percent of the University’s employee count falls under Student Employment? Almost half of our enrolled students ended up working as student employees for the 2017 Fall Semester.

Hiring student employees not only helps your department’s employment needs, but also helps students financially and academically. Data shows that students are more likely to retain if they are employed on campus. If your department isn’t utilizing our outstanding student employees—now is your chance.

An On-Campus Student Employment Fair will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the Library East Reading Room.

The goal of the On-Campus Student Employment Fair is to connect students with departments that are hiring student employees for the Spring and/or Summer semesters. Departments hiring regular student employees and/or federal work study students are encouraged to participate. Computers will be available for students to complete applications on Handshake.

Whether you need to hire one student employee or 100, we encourage you to participate. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about current and/or future opportunities while also allowing you, the employer, the ability to meet prospects for your student positions. To participate in the On-Campus Student Employment Fair, complete the Google Form by Jan. 11.  

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Closing for Winter Break

The museum will be closed for winter break starting Sunday (Dec. 23) through Monday, Jan. 14.

The museum will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 15, with normal hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

After School Science and Engineering Classes

Starting Jan. 21 and running through Feb. 26, there will be two hands-on explorations taught by Michigan Tech science and engineering students and staff for elementary school students. The classes will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in GLRC 104. The Houghton Elementary school bus will drop students off at the GLRC. Bus transportation is provided at no additional charge by Lamers.

The courses are:

  • Snow Science (Grades 1-2) — meets Tuesdays
    • Investigate the variety of snowflakes and which type of snow makes the best snowballs. How do animals survive in the winter? Design a way to walk on snow. Which material is the best insulator? Package an ice cube so it won't melt. Students will explore these topics and more in this hands-on class. The instructor is Elizabeth Montgomery, a PhD student in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences. 
  • All About Electricity (Grades 3-5) meets Mondays
    • Spark your interest in science with hands-on learning activities about electricity. Students will explore currents and circuits, learn how electricity is made and even make their own electric toy or gadget. Come see "watt" it's all about. The instructor is Brian Doughty from the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. 

The cost is $90 per student. Register online by Jan. 17. You can pay by credit card here. If you have any questions, email Joan Chadde or call 7-3341.

Card Services System Upgrade

There will be a Card Services system upgrade from Wednesday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 4. 

During this time, CS Gold access readers, meal readers and some Keywatcher Kiosk rooms will be working in their offline mode. After the maintenance is complete, transactions will be uploaded back into CS Gold. We can help. If you have any questions, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

Bodywork for Relaxation: Lunch & Learn

There will be a Lunch and Learn presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

The presentation will be led by Karen Hoyem of Body Therapy for All. You will learn about:

  • Bodywork and how it supports overall health and wellness
  • Benefits of CranialSacral Therapy and Touch for Health 
  • Self-help techniques to help reduce stress

Register online. Feel free to bring your lunch, but beverages will be provided. There will also be a Q&A session after the presentation.

This free event is open to faculty, staff, students and community members and is sponsored by Employee Wellness. Attendance counts toward Husky Health Option 2. 

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur


HVAC Equipment Operation 

All heating and ventilating equipment will operate as normal over the semester break except during the designated holidays:

  • Dec. 24
  • Dec. 25
  • Dec. 31
  • Jan. 1

On those days, operations will be similar to normal weekends. Shut off lights, equipment, computers, research setups, fume hoods and exhaust fans whenever possible. Remember to keep windows and doors closed.

Notify the Central Energy Plant if you have special operational needs for your department during the holiday week. Email your schedules to chp@mtu.edu by Dec. 23. Planning ahead will help us accommodate operational needs while minimizing unnecessary energy use. All calls regarding temperature requests, power outages, utility breaks and other maintenance emergencies are to be made directly to the Facilities Management emergency line at 7-0001.


Important Reminders During the Semester Break

Facilities Management reminds students, staff and faculty to remember the following when leaving for break:

  • Shut off lights, equipment, computers, research setups, fume hoods and exhaust fans whenever possible
  • Keep windows and doors closed
  • Shut off unnecessary water, gas and utilities to equipment to avoid leaks and spills
  • Unplug all personal space heaters and fans
  • Return chemicals to their proper containers and storage locations 

New Funding

Timothy Colling (CEE/Center for Technology and Training), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $18,160 grant from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

John Velat (CEE/Center for Rural and Tribal Community Resilience) is Co-PI on the project "Smart Management for Small Water Systems FY18."

This is the first year of a potential three-year project totaling $39,977.

In the News

The University's Board of Trustees conferred the rank of Professor Emeritus or Professor Emerita on three former or department faculty Friday. In addition, former or outgoing board members were honored as well. The event was covered by the Daily Mining Gazette.


Kristin Brzeski (SFRES) was quoted in the story "Red wolf DNA found in mysterious Texas canines," on  Princeton University News.


Guy Hembroff (SoT) was mentioned in the article "CTE cyber students get ahead playing computer games," in the Daily Mining Gazette.

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