Making a difference at Michigan Tech

Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette Making a Difference Award recipients from left to right: Michael Abbott, Mary Yeo, Eddy Trinklein, Zachary Fredin, Karen Salo, Lisa Hitch, and Allison Mills.

HOUGHTON — Every year Michigan Tech pauses to acknowledge outstanding staff members with their Making a Difference Awards.

The awards go to seven nominees selected for their excellence working to keep Michigan Tech running smoothly.

The 2017 awards were presented by President Glenn Mroz on Wednesday before an audience of fellow staff members. The Staff Council gave awards for the “Above and Beyond,” “Creative Solutions,” “Outstanding Supervisor,” “Rookie of the Year,” “Serving Others” and “Unsung Hero” categories.

“We have so many amazing staff members at this university, that choosing a winner is never easy, there are countless hours of reading hundreds of pages of nominations,” said Staff Council Chair Jennifer Biekkola.

Biekkola announced the winners and read out excerpts of their nomination letters highlighting their contributions to Michigan Tech.

Two Above and Beyond awards went to Lisa Hitch from the electrical and computer engineering department and Director of College Administration Karen Salo.

The Creative Solutions recognition was given to Director of Research News Allison Mills and Michael Abbott was awarded as Outstanding Supervisor for his work as Director of the Great Lakes Research Center Operations.

The Rookie of the Year was coordinator for the enterprise program, Zachary Fredin and Mary Yeo received the Serving Others award for her work in financial services and operations.

Fittingly, the final award went to the “Unsung Hero,” Eddy Trinklein, a research engineer.

The nominations come with a $500 prize and can’t be repeated within five years.