Archives—September 2014

Flu Vaccine Clinics Announced

Portage Health will offer four flu vaccine clinics on campus this fall. The vaccine is by form of injection at a cost of $30 payable at the time of service. (Cash, check or credit card will be accepted). Shots will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointment is necessary.

If you are insured by Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) health plan, your vaccine is free of charge and will billed to insurance if you present your BCBSM member ID card at the time of service.

Employees, retirees and family members are welcome. Be prepared to show a picture ID and anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee.

Students are welcome to attend the clinics as well. Students with Michigan Tech’s Aetna student health plan will also have their vaccine billed to insurance.

The clinics are as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 15 during the Health Fair from at noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Isle Royale Ballroom
  • Tuesday, October 21 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge
  • Monday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge
  • Thursday, October 30 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge
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Healthy Cooking Classes with Dining Services

Dining Services will offer two cooking classes this fall as part of Michigan Tech’s employee wellness programs. The following classes are available to benefit eligible employees.

  • Healthy Greek Cuisine, Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – Learn more about Greek Cuisine with Ernie Beutler of Dining Services.
  • Healthy Moroccan Cuisine, Friday, October 10, 2014 – Learn more about Moroccan Cuisine with Chef Eric Karvonen of Dining Services.

At each session you will prepare a meal and eat what you make.

Registration is necessary and class sizes are limited to 12 participants, please register on the Wellness Programs Page.

Contact Benefit Services at benefits@mtu.edu with questions.


Roth Contribution Option Now Available In Retirement Plans

TIAA-CREF and Fidelity now offer a Roth contribution option in the Michigan Tech retirement plans. Employees may take advantage of more choices in retirement planning by making after-tax contributions to your retirement account.

Fidelity and TIAA-CREF will be on campus to introduce the new contribution option, explain the differences between a Roth vs. traditional pretax contributions, and discuss benefits and considerations of both. Additionally, confidential one-on-one consultations will be available by appointment.

On campus workshops and confidential one-on-one consultations are as follows.

Fidelity Investments Workshop – Designing Your Financial Roadmap / Roth Option
Tuesday, September 23, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Ballroom A
Registration is available at http://getguidance.fidelity.com/ or by calling 800-642-7131.
To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Fidelity on October 7 – 9, 2014 call 800-642-7131.

TIAA-CREF Workshop – The New Roth Contribution Option
Tuesday, October 14, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Alumni Lounge
Registration is not necessary.
To schedule a one-on-one consultation with TIAA-CREF on October 14 – 15 call 800-732-8353.

See Retirement for more information. To enroll in the Roth, simply complete the Supplemental Retirement Account Enrollment/Change form and send it to Benefit Services for processing.

Contact benefits@mtu.edu or at 906-487-2517 with questions.


Reminder: Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP) Enrollment Period is Open

The Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP) is a voluntary retirement program offered to eligible Michigan Tech employees. Eligible employees who wish to retire on or before June 30, 2015 must sign their RSVP election form and communicate their intent to the Benefits Office before the deadline of October 31, 2014. Prior to electing RSVP, employees must meet with the Benefits Office for a confidential meeting to verify eligibility.

See RSVP for the policy, eligibility requirements and additional information about this program. Contact the Benefits Office at 7-2517 or benefits@mtu.edu with questions.