Maintain Don’t Gain Wellness Campaign


Sign up today for the 2018 Challenge which runs November 12 – December 31. Participating employees may claim 500 bonus HuskyPAW points! 

Once again, we’re teaming up with Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less Online. 

This FREE 7-week program provides you with access to weekly newsletters, daily tips, healthy holiday recipes, and a virtual race through Rome.  When you sign up for the race (details will be in your Week 1 newsletter), be sure to join the #MichiganTech group!

Health Care 101 Series with Blue Cross


Health Care 101 Series with Blue Cross

Learn how to navigate health care choices, use online tools, and save money.  Join us for a two-session series with Ryan Whitley, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

It is suggested that you bring your smart phone.

Session 1 | October 24 | Noon-1PM (MUB Superior Room (B001) or 3-4PM (MUB Alumni Lounge B)

BCBSM Online Tools – The Basics:

  • How to download the BCBS apps and overview of the tools
    • BCBSM App
    • Online Healthcare
  • Online Tools
    • ID Card
    • Coverage
    • Claims & Forms
  • Find A Doctor Demo – Comparing Providers
    • Locally, Regionally, Nationwide, and Worldwide
    • Provider Quality Measures

Session 2 | October 25 | Noon-1PM or 3-4PM (MUB Superior Room)

 BCBSM Online Tools- Making Good Choices & Saving Dollars:

  • Choices For Care
    • Physician’s Office, Nurseline, Online, Urgent Care, & ER
      • Know the difference and how to choose
  • Medical Procedure Cost Comparison Tool Demo
  • Wellness Tools and Virtual Wellness

Feel free to bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided.

This free event is open to faculty & staff. Register hereHuskyPAW members will receive 100 points for attending each session.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.

New Husky Flexible Benefit Plan – Benefit Forums and 2019 Open Enrollment

open enrollmentHuman Resources is working on a comprehensive rollout regarding the 2019 benefit changes with resources and tools that will be available throughout the Open Enrollment period.

Open Enrollment Flyer

2019 Open Enrollment begins Monday, Nov. 5 and ends midnight Friday, Nov. 30. Open enrollment is your opportunity to assess your individual and family needs and elect the benefit package that is right for you. This year the enrollment process is mandatory. Current coverage and elections will not automatically roll over.

The Benefits Office will host four Benefit Forums with information about the new Husky Flexible Benefit Plan and Open Enrollment process.

Due to the changes on how benefits will be offered, it is very important that faculty and staff attend one of the Benefit Forums and use the tools and resources provided to learn more about the Husky Flexible Benefit Plan.

The times, dates and locations are listed below. Release time will be provided to attend the Benefit Forums.

  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in MUB–B2 and B3
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in MUB–B2 and B3
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in MUB–B2 and B3
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in MUB–B2 and B3

Open Enrollment Assistance

During the week of Nov. 12-16 in person, one-on-one Open Enrollment assistance will be available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the MUB. More information will be available in the coming weeks with specific details and how to schedule an appointment.

Open Enrollment support through a call center will also be available from Nov. 12-30. More information will be provided with call center hours and a call center phone number in the coming weeks.

Read Tech Today and attend the Benefit Forums for more information about the Husky Flexible Benefit Plan and Open Enrollment.


Stress Less: Lunch & Learn

stress less

Join us for a presentation with Don Grisham, Northstar Employee Assistance Program, to learn about:

  • physical and mental symptoms of stress
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • healthy ways to deal with stress
  • tools for your mental health toolbox
  • Q & A

The presentation is from noon to 1 p.m. October 11, in MUB Superior Room. Register online.

Feel free to bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided.

This free event is open to faculty, staff, students, and local community members. HuskyPAW members will receive 100 points for attending this event. Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.

Sponsored by Employee Wellness.

Mental Health Awareness Simulation for Faculty & Staff

At-Risk for Faculty & Staff
At-Risk for Faculty & Staff

College can be stressful at times, and Michigan Tech wants to empower our faculty and staff with resources they need to assist students. Be prepared to lead real-life conversations with students that build resilience, strengthen relationships and connect them with support.

We’re excited to present the Kognito simulation At-Risk for Faculty & Staff course, which will help in recognizing signs of distress, determining if a student needs help, how to talk to a student in need of help and where to direct students for further resources. It can be difficult to deal with these kinds of issues, but an effective conversation can help more than you think—it can help change someone’s life. 

As faculty and staff, we can take small steps that make a big difference. We hope you enjoy this simulation, as we all work together to help one another and build a stronger community. At-Risk for Faculty & Staff lets you practice these challenging conversations at your own pace through role-play with virtual students.

Use the Michigan Tech key to open a free account and take the simulation. It can be completed in multiple sittings and your progress will be saved.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.

Fall 2018 Flu Vaccine Clinics


UP Health System – Portage will be offering flu clinics on campus this Fall.  The quadrivalent vaccine is by injection at a cost of $40 payable at the time of service. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Vaccines 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.

Students with Michigan Tech’s Consolidated Health Plan (CHP) insurance can have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their CHP member ID card.

Employees, retirees and family members insured by Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) plan can also have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their BCBSM member ID card. This does not include retirees that have Blue Cross insurance through MPSERS.The dates of the Clinics are:

  • 2:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, October 8, in MUB Alumni Lounge A
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m Monday, October 15, in MUB Ballroom B3
  • 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, in MUB Alumni Lounge A
  • NEW!  4  – 6 p.m. Monday, Nov 5, in MUB Alumni Lounge B

Bike and Pedestrian Safety Reminder from Campus Bike Initiative

As we embark on a new academic year, Campus Bike Initiative sends a reminder to everyone in our community.

The people we all see out on the road walking, jogging, biking and using wheelchairs are our neighbors, family and fellow community members. They deserve to be treated fairly and equally by drivers, just as drivers expect and deserve to be respected by them.

Our hope is that by being considerate of others, Michigan Tech and our local communities can become a place where people can safely bike to a friend’s house, to church, school, work or the grocery store. Non-motorized transportation plays an important role in campus life and needs to be respected as a viable means of transport.

Michigan law requires drivers to give at least three feet of space when passing a bicyclist. If three feet can’t be given, drivers must wait for a safer place to pass. In Michigan, it is legal to cross a double yellow line to pass a bicyclist if there is no oncoming traffic. It shouldn’t be too much to ask that drivers wait until it is safe to pass a bicyclist before they continue on their way.

Remember when you’re driving—that person you see on a bike could be on their way to meet a child, parent or spouse. Be kind when passing bicyclists—give them three feet and you’ll be to doing your part to get them home safely to their loved ones.

Bicyclists: Your bike is a vehicle. You need to follow Michigan traffic laws. Ride with traffic. Use a helmet. Wear high visibility clothing or a vest. Days are getting shorter, so use LED lights—front and rear. Drivers expect vehicles to be predictable in their behavior—signal your turns. Follow traffic lanes. Stop at stop signs. When passing a pedestrian, announce yourself as “Bike on your left” or use a bell.

We have a number of new resources available online. Take a look at the webpage and feel free to reach out to if you have any questions or concerns.

Rescheduled: Mindfulness 101 Lunch & Learn

Mindfulness 101


Learn simple techniques to promote self-awareness, resilience, emotional balance and problem-solving with the Mindfulness 101 Lunch and Learn, presented by Brigitte Morin, senior lecturer in biological sciences, and hosted by WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness.

The presentation is rescheduled for July 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Great Lakes Research Center Room 202. Space is limited so please register in advance. 

Bring a yoga mat!

Feel free to bring lunch; beverages will be provided. This free event is open to faculty, staff, students and the community.

HuskyPAW members will receive 100 points for attending this event. Questions? Contact

Husky Health Coming in 2019

HuskyHealth-LightBGBenefits Services, in conjunction with the Wellness Committee, has developed a more inclusive approach to wellness at Michigan Tech.

Beginning in January, Michigan Tech Wellness will pilot a new, more flexible and streamlined employee wellness program called Husky Health.

Husky Health will offer benefits-eligible Michigan Tech employees more choice and flexibility with their wellness plans and incentives.

This pilot program has been approved by President Mroz and the Executive Team and is a voluntary, financial incentive-based program available to all benefits-eligible Michigan Tech employees. Several employee wellness plans and incentives—including the HRA Incentive, HuskyPAW, SWEAT, TechFit (employee and dependent) and T2—will be rolled into Husky Health.

More information about Husky Health will be communicated in the coming months.