Category Archives: Wellness

2016 Amazing Challenge Registration Open

The fifth annual HuskyPAW/SWEAT Amazing Challenge will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016.

If you’re not familiar with the HuskyPAW/SWEAT Amazing Challenge, it’s loosely based on the TV show “The Amazing Race.” Teams complete a series of challenges while they race toward the finish line. Challenges are a mix of physical activity and mental challenges or puzzles. Each challenge needs to be completed in order to receive a clue to move forward. While this can be a competitive race for many teams, it can also be a fun family event completed at your own pace.

Register your team of colleagues, friends and family. Teams are limited to four adults, although for those teams that are made up of families with children, we do allow more than four members. The deadline to register is Friday, July 15, 2016, but space is limited. HuskyPAW members will receive bonus points for participating.

Volunteers are also needed the day of the event. If interested, please contact Shannon Brodeur at sbrodeur@mtu.edu.

 


2016 Benefits Fair Door Prize Results

Benefit Services would like to thank all the employees, retirees, and vendors who attended the 2016 Benefits Fair held last Thursday, May 5, 2016. The Benefits Fair was a success with 282 employees and retirees in attendance as well as up to 30 vendors. Congratulations to the following individuals who were winners of the various door prizes raffled off after the event:

 

  • SDC 1 Day Spin Class – Sharri Karppinen
  • SDC 1 Day Yoga Class – Joe Sever
  • SDC 1 Day Zumba Class – Joel Vertin
  • SDC Single Day Admission Passes – Lorraine Watts, Darlene Persha, Linnea
  • McGowen Hobmeier, Crystal McLeod, Kathleen Lewandowski, Nels
  • Christopherson, & Nikki Ebert
  • Portage Lake Golf Course 9-Hole Golf Pass – Heather Kiilunen
  • Portage Lake Golf Course Golf Ball Sets – Renee Hiller, Jake Manchester, &
  • Don Close
  • Athletics 2 Hockey Family Passes – Sue Tomasi & Kimberly Oldt
  • Rozsa 2 Tickets to a 2016-17 Performance – Renae DesRochers
  • Pilgrim River Gift Certificate – Erika Erkkila
  • Applebee’s Gift Cards – Rory Gronevelt, Vicky Roy, & Michelle Reed
  • Magnuson Franklin Square Inn Gift Certificate – Ray Lasanen
  • Tranquil Touch Massage Gift Certificate – Penny Foetisch
  • Maggie’s Massage Gift Certificate – Lorraine Young
  • J. Jukuri Spa Gift Certificate – Karmen Markham
  • J. Jukuri Spa Gift Bag – Karen Giddings
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI Herbs & Spices Gift Bag – Carol Asiala
  • Benefit Services Jawbone UP – Audrey Barnett
  • Superior Chiropractic Gift Certificate – Carol Schaaf
  • EyeMed USB Chargers – John Longenecker & Don Kilpela
  • EyeMed Waterbottles – Tori Connors & Georgeann Larson
  • EyeMed Golf Balls – Pat McCarthy & Jake Guter

Employee Benefits and Community Service Fair

The annual Employee Benefits and Community Services Fair will be held on Thursday, May 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m in the Isle Royale Ballroom in the Memorial Union Building.  Visit more than 30 exhibitors hosting a vast array of service organizations including health and wellness, financial and retirement services, life insurance, real estate, recreation, theater.

The fair is free and open to employees and retirees, spouses, partners and adult dependents. Attendees may register for one of many door prizes.

All employees are welcome.  Up to 1 hour of university release time is available for employees to attend.

For more details and to see a list of vendors and door prizes, visit:  http://goo.gl/forms/bKKqKp3gVO


MI CUPA-HR Conference

Michigan Tech Hosts Conference in Mackinaw City

 

The 2015 Michigan College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (MI CUPA-HR) Conference was hosted by Michigan Technological University September 17-18 in Mackinaw City, MI.

 

This year’s theme People, Process, and Performance:  Bridging the Gap brought together nearly 100 Human Resources professional from 17 different Michigan colleges and universities to share their expertise and energy.   Conference participants attended sessions covering a wide array of topics including Employee Engagement, Wellness Initiatives and the Future, Proposed FLSA Regulations, Conflict Resolution, and Negotiating in Today’s World.  Of particular interest was a session presented by Michigan Tech’s Kerri Sleeman, Executive Director, Facilities Management and assisted by Heidi Reid, Employment Services Representative, Human Resources, titled “Digital Negotiations and the HR Impact”.

 

They were also motivated by keynote speaker, Ken Trazska – President of Seward County Community College/Area Technical College in Kansas, who spoke on creating an inspiring, connected, and respected HR Culture.  Networking opportunities were abundant throughout the conference including a breathtaking Sunset Boat Cruise.

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Flu Vaccine Clinics Announced

Portage Health will offer four flu vaccine clinics on campus this fall. The vaccine is by 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.

Employees, retirees, family members and students are welcome to attend one of the flu clinics. Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee.

Be prepared to show a picture ID and insurance card. 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 be billed to insurance if you present your BCBSM member ID card at the time of service. This does not include retirees that have Blue Cross insurance through MPSERS. Students with Michigan Tech’s United Health Care (UHC) student health plan can also have their vaccine billed to insurance with their UHC member ID card.

The flu clinics are as follows:

Wednesday, October 21 during the Health Fair from noon to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Isle Royale Ballroom.

The will also be three additional clinics held in the Memorial Union Building:

  • Wednesday, October 28 from 4-7 pm in MUB Ballroom A1
  • FridayOctober 30 from 10am-1pm  in MUB Ballroom B
  • Tuesday, November 3 from 4-7 pm in MUB Ballroom B

SWEAT Wellness Program Challenges Employees

Michigan Tech’s SWEAT Program recently launched a new challenge, Lucky 7, to university employees. Employees were asked to form 4-7 member teams and tackle a 7 week series of exercise challenges.  SWEAT Program Coordinator, Shannon Brodeur, explains more:

The SWEAT Lucky 7 Challenge is based on the idea that variety and social support are key elements of exercise adherence.  The goal of the challenge is to have teams of up to seven employees inspire and support each other to complete a variety of cardio exercises with the goal of making it a regular habit.  Each week, teams are provided a list of 7 cardio exercises, from hula hooping to salsa dancing to playing kickball.  Each exercise must be completed by at least one team member during that week to earn bonus tokens.  Along the way, team members may earn additional tokens by completing any cardio activity of their choice.  Incentive prizes are given out randomly each week with a grand prize given to each of the winning team members at the end of the challenge.”

The challenge was accepted by 16 teams of over 100 employees.

At five weeks into the challenge, SWEAT Lucky 7 participants have voiced that the challenge’s goal has been met and that they are not ready to let up. “I had several employees stop at the SWEAT table [Health Fair] to tell me how much exercise they have been getting in because of the challenge.” said Brodeur.

The competition has also peaked. Two Human Resources teams set aside a lunch hour, competing against each other in a game of kickball.  Both teams earned their weekly challenge point, but only one left the game with bragging rights.  Another Lucky 7 member organize a dodgeball challenge for interested participants and their family members earlier this week at the Houghton Elementary gym.  Pictures of each of these challenges are below.

The SWEAT Lucky 7 Challenge will conclude on November 23rd and the winning teams will be announced the following week.

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Human Resources Kickball Competition
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Lucky 7 Participants at the Dodgeball Challenge
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Lucky 7 Participants at the Dodgeball Challenge


HR Staff present at MI-CUPA-HR Conference

The Michigan College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (MI-CUPA-HR) Conference took place Oct. 23-24 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Michigan Tech staff conducted the following two sessions at the conference.

“Recognizing the Union Through Rewarding the Individual: A Bonus Program That Works Within a Union”

Presenters:
Amanda Cadwell, UAW Local 5000 president
Tina Sarazin, UAW Local 5000 vice president
Renee Hiller, director of human resources
Catherine Burns, manager of staff employment
Lori Weir, human resources generalist

“How Empowerment Can Build a Healthier Workforce: Evolution of Wellness at Michigan Tech”

Presenters:
Renee Hiller, director of human resources
Karen Hext, manager of benefits


Lunch and Learn to Cover Stress Management and Attitude

Benefit Services and Northstar Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will host a Lunch and Learn.

Don Grisham, President of Northstar EAP, will present an orientation to the program.  Topics Grisham will cover include stress management and attitude.

All employees are welcome; bring your lunch, and beverages will be provided. Mark your calendars:

Thursday, November 6
Noon to 1 p.m.
Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.

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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.