For March, 2014

Martin Monte (BSET ’98, MBA ’11) Presents to MBA Students for Alumni Week

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Strategic Global Management group photo

Alumni Week at Lawrence Technological University was fulfilling for MBA students in Dr. Shahram Taj’s Global Strategic Management class.   On Monday, March 17th, students in the class, most which will be graduating with their MBA’s in May of this year, had the pleasure of receiving a presentation from Martin Monte who is the Engineering Group Manager in the Body Test Laboratory at General Motors North America.  Monte, who attended LTU for both undergraduate and graduate school, told the students how valuable his LTU education has been during his 29-year stint at General Motors.

Monte received his Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Technology in 1998 and returned to school seven years later, right in the middle of his General Motors career, to obtain his Master’s in Business Administration, which he received in 2011.  During Monday’s presentation, Monte told the MBA students how he has been using his MBA education at his job at GM.  He said that he uses knowledge in the fields of global leadership, global strategic management, management controls and human resources management.  In addition, he uses skills that he developed, as it relates to change management, management information systems and the design and implementation of new products, processes and systems.

Monte not only told the students that his worthwhile MBA degree is being put to use at GM, but he also told students a little about the GM’s global and regional strategies, enabling the students to appreciate and understand how global strategic management is being implemented at GM.   The presentation was very helpful to the students.  One student, Daphne Joachim, was very interested in Monte’s advice for those engineers who also have an MBA.   According to Joachim, “Marty was a Godsend to our class. He’s an engineer with an MBA and I’m an engineer about to complete my MBA.  He gave me advice on crafting my approach to employers and how to show them where my background could be useful.   I’m happy to say he’s a permanent addition to my Linked-In network now.”

Monte’s presentation not only helped the students understand how valuable his MBA education is, and how he is putting it to use at GM, but he also helped the students understand the value of getting that MBA from LTU.   The presentation was an informative and worthwhile example of how an LTU MBA graduate is using his MBA education in an exciting and rewarding career.  In addition, the presentation also helped students understand how a global company like GM is applying the lessons they have learned in Dr. Taj’s Strategic Global Management class.

Associate Professor Patty Castelli to recieve Henry B. and Barbara J. Horldt Excellence in Teaching Award

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At Lawrence Tech’s teaching awards program are (L-R), LTU Provost Maria Vaz, award recipients Donald Carpenter and Patty Castelli, Henry Horldt, and President Virinder Moudgil.

Lawrence Technological University Associate Professor Patty Castelli is this year’s winner of the Henry and Barbara Horldt Award for Excellence in Teaching and Professor Donald Carpenter is the recipient of the Teaching Using Technology Award. The awards were presented at a March 21 reception.

On hand to help present the first award was Henry B. Horldt, BSIE’55, who funds the annual Horldt award in honor of his father who was a professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University.

Castelli specializes in instructional technology and administrative and organizational studies. She received her PhD from Wayne State University and has taught at Lawrence Tech since 1995.

One of her students commented: “Dr. Castelli’s quick response to students coupled with her knowledge makes her an outstanding professor. She is willing to go above and beyond to help students.”

Another student said that Castelli provides an excellent balance of lecture, class discussion, and student presentations while encouraging student participation. She also makes herself available outside the classroom.

“Knowing that your professor sees you as much more than a body occupying a seat in a classroom means a lot in helping to maintain focus and enthusiasm for your studies. From the first course in the DBA program I knew that I wanted Dr. Castelli on my Dissertation Committee,” the student wrote.
Teaching Using Technology Award
Carpenter received a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Michigan and has been teaching at Lawrence Tech since 2000. He became a full professor of civil engineering in 2013.

A few years ago Carpenter designed a stormwater trail at Lawrence Tech to demonstrate various techniques for reducing and filtering water runoff. He is in the process of completing a virtual stormwater trail with informational videos that describe the various stormwater management techniques that can make watersheds more sustainable.

The short videos and descriptions already finished may be accessed through QR codes posted on the tour signage. Visitors can interact with the trail using their smart phones or tablets. There is also an interactive tour booklet online.

The tour can be viewed entirely online at and

The tour references techniques used in civil engineering, architecture, and urban design. It promotes the value of an LTU education through its outreach to high schools and government agencies and nonprofits interested in preserving a sustainable water supply, LTU Provost Maria Vaz noted in presenting the award.

“This hybrid and virtual tour engages students outside the traditional classroom and allows for just-in-time learning engagement,”

~ Maria Vaz.

Taos Institute’s Worldshare Book Series

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Dr. Jacqueline Stavros published a short story in her experiences regarding Appreciative Inquiry with kindergarteners in the Taos Institute’s Worldshare Book Series.

Cultural Adaptation Mediates the Relationship Between Reflective Leadership and Organization Performance for Multinational Organizations.

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Dr. Patricia Castelli, Dr. Thomas Marx, and Dr. David Egleston have published an article in the spring 2014 issue of the Journal of Scholastic Inquiry: Business titled “Cultural Adaptation Mediates the Relationship Between Reflective Leadership and Organization Performance for Multinational Organizations.”

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