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Spring 2018 Lunch & Learn Schedule

Want to learn more about staying physically active, eating well, and reducing stress? Bring your lunch and join us for a wellness-themed Lunch & Learn. Previous sessions have included presentations on biking, starting a running program, eating well, knitting for stress reduction, and acupuncture, to name just a few. Subscribe to the Employee Wellness newsletter to learn about these events and more by emailing Shannon Brodeur, sbrodeur@mtu.edu.

LunchLearnPlateUpcoming Schedule:

January 21: Essential Oils 101 with Superior Essentials. From everyday applications to basic science, you’ll leave this information-packed session with invaluable tools to support your health with essential oils.

February TBD: Sample Vegan dishes with the Copper Country Vegans. Learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet and how to get started. The MUB will be catering this event and offering several vegan dishes to sample.

April 11: Get in Gear with the Campus Bike Initiative and BIKE!. Enjoy a “commuter bike” fashion show while learning about commuting by bike, bike safety, and Bike to Work Day, coming in May.

Have an idea for a wellness-themed Lunch & Learn? We’d love to hear from you.

Ann Kitalong-Will Elected to CUWFA Board of Directors

Ann Kitalong-Will, Executive Director, Business Operations & University WorkLife Connections Office, has been elected to serve on the Board of the College and University Work-Family Association (CUWFA). As a Board member, Ann will serve a 3 year term as the Chair of the Elections committee.

With member universities and colleges across the United States and Canada, CUWFA “provides leadership in facilitating the integration of work and study with family/personal life at institutions of higher learning.” The organization meets its mission by providing support to member institutions, sharing resources and developing best practices, and conducting research in the Work-Family field with regard to strengthening the integration of employee work and family/home lives that impact public policy and professional practice in higher education.

Lunch & Learn: Relax for the Holidays Open House

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to stop by the Memorial Union Ballroom B between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 to attend the popular open-house style Lunch and Learn, “Relax for the Holidays.”

The 4th annuaRelaxPicl “Relax for the Holidays” open house will feature several relaxation stations, including Aromatherapy with Michelle Coria and Yoga & Guided Relaxation with Beth Ryynanen. There will also be some “fun” stations: a coloring station, light therapy, make-and-take soup mix, and more.

Attendees will be eligible to enter a free drawing for prizes by J. Jukari Spa and Salon. Feel free to bring your lunch; tea and hot chocolate will be provided.  Attending employees will earn 100 HuskyPAW points.

This event is sponsored by WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness.

Congratulations to the 2017 Cohort of Trained Staff Mentors

Ann Kitalong-Will, Business Operations and Chair of the WorkLife Advisory Committee, is proud to announce that Michigan Tech’s second cohort of trained staff mentors completed the university’s Staff Mentor Training program on September 27, 2017. These mentors join our first cohort of staff mentors who are available to partner with staff wishing to develop professional knowledge and skills, create strategies for effective home-work blending, get to know Michigan Tech and the Keweenaw, or grow their networking skills.

Michigan Tech’s WorkLife Connections Office developed the Whole-life Mentoring Model, which is based on the philosophy that assisting employees to grow both personally and professionally empowers our employees to grow in their careers and to give back to our university and local communities. The Whole-life Mentoring Model was developed with funding received from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

If you are interested in being mentored, please submit a Mentoring Interest Form (click HERE). New staff members and union employees (UAW, AFSCME, POA) are especially encouraged to apply to partner with a mentor.

The 2017 Mentor Cohort graduates are:

  • Sharon Attaway (Career Services)
  • Nancy Banfield (IT–Operations)
  • Bobbie Dalquist (Financial Services & Operations)
  • Stacey Donnelly (Career Services)
  • Shelley Farrey (Career Services)
  • Jodie Filpus-Paakola (School of Business & Economics)
  • Beth Frederick (Facilities Management–Custodial Services)
  • Wendy Hackman (Facilities Management–Custodial Services)
  • Laura Harry (Memorial Union)
  • Kristi Kesti-Pieti (Sponsored Programs Office)
  • Karen Maki (IT–Business Operations)
  • Tanya Maki (Human Resources)
  • Tammy Monette (Facilities Management–Custodial Services)
  • Josh Myles (IT–Operations)
  • Kimberly Puuri (Compliance, Integrity, & Safety Office)
  • Brenda Randell (Office for the Associate VP for Administration)
  • Michelle Reed (School of Technology)
  • Heather Sander (Office of Advancement)
  • Lori Weir (Facilities Management–Administration Services)

Financial Wellness Lunch and Learn


WorkLife Connection offers the third Financial Wellness Lunch and Learn from noon to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 28 in MUB Alumni Lounge A. Chris Riesgraf, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, will discuss strategies to “Bring Balance to Your Budget.”

Learn about the basics of budgeting, how to sharpen your spending and savings strategy, and the importance of credit and debt. If you are saving for college, planning for retirement, or have any investment goals in mind, you’ll find this Lunch and Learn very informative and helpful to reaching your goals.

Feel free to bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.

Welcome to our New WorkLife Intern!

We recently welcomed our new WorkLife Connections Intern, Morgan Laajala, to our team. Please read on to get to know her a bit better. We are looking forward to her working with us and helping to build WorkLife Connections programs here at Michigan Tech!

Hi everyone! My name is Morgan and I’m the new intern for the WorkLife Connections Program. I have been working to help organize events, researching other university’s work life programs, and building awareness to the program by setting up social media pages.

I am a second yemlaajalaar business marketing student at Michigan Tech. There was never a question about what university I wanted to attend, as it was always this one. My mom and two sisters graduated from here, and I couldn’t wait to follow in their footsteps. While my classmates were researching and choosing colleges during our senior year, I was confident in my choice and I have not regretted it. I’ve been enjoying my classes so far and I’m excited to continue learning more. I’m not quite sure what I plan to do with my degree yet, but I have at least two more years to figure that out. All I know is that I hope it allows me to travel. During my time here, I would love to study abroad for a semester.

Speaking of travel, I got to do some this summer when my best friends and I took a ten-day road trip out east. We visited New York City for the first time, wandered around Washington, D.C., swam in the Atlantic Ocean, hiked Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina, white water rafted in Tennessee, stayed in a cabin high in the Smoky Mountains, and finished off our trip in Nashville. I have always wanted to travel, and after that trip, I only wanted to see more beautiful places! I am so lucky to have these crazy friends that are always up for every new adventure. When I’m not dreaming about my next travel destination, I enjoy meeting new people and trying new things, painting, writing, and spending time with friends and family.

I am excited to be a part of this important program at Michigan Tech. I have been researching other universities such as Yale University, Michigan State University, and Brown University. There are many different dimensions that come with a Work Life program, and I am gaining knowledge on what those are. I hope I can be useful in helping the WorkLife Connections program meet its goals to help Michigan Tech’s faculty, staff, and students balance their work and home lives.

Thanks for Attending “Relax for the Holidays” Open House

By Shannon Brodeur, SWEAT Coordinator

Faculty, staff, and students enjoyed our 3rd annual “Relax for the Holidays” open house on November 9. Attendees let go of stress with aromatherapy, yoga and relaxation, chocolate tasting and more.

WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness would like to thank the following individuals and business for donating their time, expertise, and prizes:

  • Joan Kero, yoga instructor
  • Vicky Sleeman, Young Living Essential Oils
  • J. Jukuri Spa and Salon

Winner of the massage and sauna package from J. Jukuri Spa and Salon is Lorrie Graff, Office of Advancement.  Thank you to everyone who attended.

Financial Wellness Series Lunch and Learn

By Connor Will, Business Operations /  WorkLife Intern

Join us on October 25, 2016 for WorkLife Connection’s first Financial Wellness Lunch and Learn.

On October 25, from noon to 1:00 PM, Jay Ruohonen, Vice President for Business at Superior National Bank, will present on the ins and outs of applying for “Your First Mortgage.” Join us in MUB Alumni Lounge A to learn about the process to apply for a new mortgage, how to be a responsible mortgage holder, how to manage your finances accordingly, and other important details about applying for and handling mortgage loans. Anyone who is considering buying a new home, upgrading or downsizing, or purchasing your dream vacation home in the next few years will find this Lunch and Learn to be particularly informative.

Click HERE to RSVP as you learn how to take the steps toward your mortgage. Feel free to bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.

“Knitting for Wellness” Lunch and Learn

WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness invite you to join them for a Lunch and Learn, “Knitting for Wellness,” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 in Memorial Union Ballroom B3.

Did you know knitting has health benefits? Join Silke Feltz, knitting enthusiast and Humanities PhD student, to learn about resources, knitting at Michigan Tech and more. Novice and seasoned knitters are encouraged to attend.

Register at HuskyPAW, members may claim 100 bonus points for attending. Feel free to bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.

Bike the Keweenaw Lunch & Learn

WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness invite you to join them for a Lunch and Learn with Bike Initiative Keweenaw (BIKE!) from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B.

Interested in biking more often? Learn how to be comfortable and safe while riding and commuting, as well as what BIKE! is working on for our bike-friendly community.

Register here. HuskyPAW members may claim 100 bonus points for attending. Bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.