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5th Floor Retreat and Training

The Huntington National Bank Building’s fifth floor has welcomed the Michigan Tech Fund Employees from the 8th floor into their office space. In an effort to become more of an inclusive environment and to get to know the new members of the floor, Business Operations and the Office of Information Services hosted the Tech Fund employees in a 5th floor retreat and training half-day.

Team Building Exercise

The retreat consisted of forming two mingled groups out of the floor members to test their group building skills while attempting to solve the various puzzles of Career Services’ escape room. The two teams then discussed the job duties they perform, general likes and dislikes to compare and create an affinity diagram.


The whole floor also participated in the Active Shooter Training provided by Michigan Tech’s Public Safety Lieutenant Marc Geberkoff. The floor updated their old safety plans and shared the documents with the floor members and the course trainer.

For more information on Career Services’ Escape Room, please contact career@mtu.edu.

For more information on the Active Shooter Training Provided by Micihgan Tech’s Public Safety, please visit the Active Shooter Training for Workplaces website.

Heart Rate Monitor Lab

The Directors in the Vice President for Administration met with Glen Archer, Principal Lecturer and Associate Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Faculty Advisor, Blue Marble Security Enterprise, who led them through a heart rate monitor lab. The purpose of the lab was to introduce basic electrical engineering components and concepts, as well as function as a team building exercise. The group explored the basics of using a soldering iron to finish assembling a pre-designed circuit board. The participants plugged their amp into an adapter to finalize the board and confirm that all of the previous steps had been accomplished correctly, at the risk of damaging their adapter if they were not successful. After taking the final steps, and with the addition of a 9V battery at the end of the lab, each participant had a fully assembled heart-shaped circuit board with mounted LEDs that blink at their heart rate. If the circuit board assembly was unsuccessful and the LEDs did not blink at their heart rate, participants were given “debugging” tips to attempt to correct any mistaken steps.

The lab was successful and the Directors learned a great deal from Glen Archer and thank him for his time and energy with this lab.

Bob with a circuit board