Staff Awards Presented
Learning and Communication (TLC) Staff Awards were presented at
the retirement and service awards luncheon held Tuesday, April 19.
The following recipients were recognized for their work on three
campus projects (pictured left to right): Gerry
Ely (Learning Resources); Gerri Daniels (Admissions);
and Tony Bertucci, Jan Crawford and
Karl Mulder (all of AdIT).
honored for classroom/lab teaching support. In 1998, he developed
a system to allow an IBM ThinkPad computer to be quickly connected
to a video projector and networking cables using a computer monitor
support arm. The design of the docking stations has evolved over
the years, but the basic concept has stayed the same. Ely has researched,
experimented, designed, built, installed and modified docking stations
throughout campus, saving NMU thousands of dollars while filling
a need of faculty to utilize technology to improve teaching methods
and Crawford received the TLC award for online course evaluations.
Mulder has developed a way to allow all students in any course,
online or in-person, to evaluate the course through the Web. Crawford
has worked to promote the system. While still in the implementation
stage, the system addresses the need to conduct course evaluations
for Web-based courses and convert from a legacy system of bubble
sheets to a Web format. The project improves the student feedback
mechanism and access to the evaluations. It also has the potential
to save time and money, especially in relieving the manual workload
of departmental clerical employees.
and Daniels received the TLC award for the direct mail search process.
In the past, the admissions office purchased files of name and contact
information for potential students and sent them NMU materials through
the mail. As recruitment efforts expanded into new markets, a way
to reach more potential students without increasing costs was needed.
Bertucci and Daniels developed a method to automate these processes
and use e-mail when possible instead of paper mail. This allows
the admissions office to send potential students information with
embedding links rather than duplicating much of the information
in paper form. The use of electronic information allows for the
automatic populations of forms, reducing the need for staff to perform
data entry. Without increasing the budget, this process has enabled
the admissions office to more than quadruple its outreach to potential