Making A Difference Awards Announced
At an awards program in the Memorial Union Ballroom Wednesday (Jan. 9), the following staff members were honored with the Staff Council Making a Difference Awards. The winners, along with an excerpt from their letters of support, are as follows:
Above and Beyond Award—Allison Hein, research engineer and scientist, Materials Science and Engineering.
Her nominator says, "Allison’s competence and effectiveness is revealed by the inarguable impact that it has had on the productivity of the MSE department and its faculty."
A letter of support states, “In our roles we work with researchers from across campus. When a large of complicated project is initiated, one of the things we regularly hear is 'how can we involve Allison in this project?'"
Behind the Scenes—Jerry Norkol, master machinist, Chemical Engineering.
As one letter of support states “Jerry has always been available to help with various tasks in my lab or office, most things you would never notice. Whether it is helping hang things on the concrete walls, installing a rug, assembling furniture, installing laboratory equipment, making modifications to equipment and materials that accommodate my experiments, ordering parts or finding gas regulators, Jerry is efficient and helpful.”
Legacy Award—Peggy Gorton, executive assistant, School of Technology
Peggy’s nomination letter states “Peggy has managed numerous transitions and changes within the School of Technology. For example, during her time as executive assistant she organized and completed the binder and related paperwork for each of the programs within the school that transitioned from two-year to four-year degrees. She also facilitated the transition to semesters in 2000, three ABET accreditation rounds (six year cycles) and the addition of two master's degree programs. Each of these activities has left a legacy for students, faculty and alumni.
During alumni weekend last August, an alumnus returning to GMES exerted considerable effort to track down Peggy because she had been such a positive and encouraging force for him to complete his degree.
Outstanding Supervisor—Brent Burns, director of Federal and Industry Relations, VP for Research Office
Brent’s nominator says, "Brent does not command or micromanage the team, but truly leads the team and welcomes all feedback and new ideas. Common phrases heard in our team meeting are 'what do you think? Can we do that? What do you need from us?' I have many times been assigned a task and given free rein to approach it as I see fit."
A letter of support states that “For the past three years, Brent has been my supervisor. Throughout that time, I have appreciated Brent’s practical approach to allowing for flexibility in achieving tasks."
Rookie Award—Brent Kari, central receiving manager, Facilities
Brent’s nominator states, “An area where Brent has shined over the past year was during Career Fair which is one of the busiest times in Central Receiving as we receive all of the company displays and materials for the event. These materials then have to be documented into a spreadsheet, sorted and brought up to a storage area at the SDC. Brent was running non-stop during this time as there were 201 packages that were delivered specifically for Career Fair within a couple day period that needed action immediately. Brent was at work early, staying late, and fielding constant calls, text messages and emails all while keeping his typical positive attitude."
Serving Others—Alisha Kocjan, curriculum services support coordinator, Registrar’s Office
Alisha’s nominator state “Alisha consistently volunteers her time to help others—both as an official volunteer and unofficial volunteer. For example, she has participated as a Summer Reading Facilitator for first-year students, she was a LeaderShape cluster facilitator and part of the Food Insecurities Committee since the programs inceptions. She also volunteered her time for mock interviews at Career Services." Outside of Michigan Tech, Alisha serves in many volunteer roles in the community.
Unsung Hero—William Corrigan, Dining Services. Bill’s nominator states “I like to consider Bill and myself the babysitters of the Memorial Union Building. This is because for every event, and we average around 10 events every day, both small and large, full china and disposable, we have to make sure that the delivery person is getting orders correct and on time, that the cooks are running on schedule and if they are behind Bill is the first person to step in and help where it is needed."
—Julie Ross, academic advisor, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Julie’s nominator states “When the faculty member who established the CEE Student Success Center left the University, Julie picked up the role of advisor for this group because she knew the services provided by the student success coaches were essential to the Department’s teaching mission. Without her stepping up and taking the advisor reigns, this group would not exist today.
Read the full release on the Staff Council Blog.