Category: Retirement

TIAA Webinars for February 2023

Michigan Tech employees are invited to join the Benefits Office for these free, online, live financial health webinars offered through TIAA this January.

  • Hindsight 2020: A look back at lessons learned in 2020
    • February 15 at 3 p.m. (ET), 2 p.m. (CT), 1 p.m. (MT), 12 p.m. (PT)
    • A look back at 2020 and the lessons learned during this unique time. This presentation will look back at the historical example of 2020 and what we learned in terms of the value of advice, following a discipline risk management strategy and the role lifetime income can play in a sound financial plan.
  • Make the move toward long-term financial security: Your midcareer retirement check-in
    • February 15 at 12 p.m. (ET), 11 a.m. (CT), 10 a.m. (MT), 9 a.m. (PT)
    • For anyone halfway down the road to retirement, this webinar is a critical checkpoint. It takes you through the keys to successful money management, how to juggle competing financial demands and retirement saving strategies.

TIAA December Webinars

Michigan Tech employees are invited to join the Benefits Office for these free, online, live financial health webinars offered through TIAA this December.

  • Opening Doors to the Future: Save in a 529 College Savings Plan – December 7, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.
    • You can lean how 529 college savings plans work and how to invest in one for a child, grandchild, yourself or other loved ones.
    • Registration Link

  • Help Protect You, Your Family and Your Money – December 7, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
    • Are you concerned about identity theft and your family’s security online? TIAA’s Information Security team will discuss how you can protect yourself and your family from cybercriminal social engineering.
    • Registration Link

  • Tax Planning Considerations – December 8, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.
    • This seminar will cover an overview of tax law changes and income tax planning considerations, including whether you will itemize deductions, how this may impact charitable gifting strategies, and what it means for estate and gift tax.
    • Registration Link

  • Write Your Next Chapter: Five Steps to Setting Your Retirement Date – December 8, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
    • For anyone starting to think seriously about when to retire, this webinar takes you through five steps to deciding when the time is right.
    • Registration Link

  • At Your Fingertips: Manage Your Money From Wherever You Are – December 14, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
    • Learn about TIAA’s commitment to digital, and how we’re leveraging the latest technologies in our online and mobile tools to help you save time and achieve financial success while you’re on the go.
    • Registration Link

Starting in 2022 TIAA is offering financial education webinars in Spanish. The webinars can be access by clicking here.

TIAA November Webinars

Michigan Tech employees are invited to join the Benefits Office for these free, online, live financial health webinars offered through TIAA this November.

  • Inside Money: Managing Income and Debt – November 8, 2022 at 3:00pm
    • Discover how to help make your money work harder by using your cash flow more effectively, developing good saving habits and better managing debt.
    • Register for the November 8 Webinar

  • The Power of Savings – November 9, 2022 at 3:00pm
    • Whether you’re the kind of person that lives and spends in the now or plans for what’s ahead, there are always ways to save smarter. You’ll learn a number of strategies for better managing your money so you have the knowledge and confidence to pay your bills, save for a riany day, and achieve any larger financial goals you’ve set for yourself.
    • Register for the November 9 Webinar

  • Financial Housekeeping for Now and Later – November 10, 2022 at 12:00pm
  • Money at Work 2: Sharpening Investment Skills – November 10, 2022 at 3:00pm
    • Feel more secure in your savings strategy by verifying you’re on the right track. And if you’re off track, know what adjustments you need to make. Learn how to plan your investments and hold on to as much of your nest egg as possible.
    • Register for the November 10 (3:00pm) Webinar

  • Lifetime Income: Market-proof your Retirement – November 16, 2022 at 3:00pm
    • You diversify your investment portfolio before retirement to help offset risk. A similar strategy can help see you through retirement. Learn how creating a diversified income plan – one that uses a combination of income sources and includes annuity income that’s guaranteed for life – can help reduce the risks you may face in retirement and ensure you have income that never runs out.
    • Register for the November 16 Webinar

These webinars count toward Option 2 in your Husky Health Checklist. Follow Michigan Tech Wellness on Facebook for upcoming health and wellness initiatives supported by the Benefits Office, which may count toward your 202 Husky Health Checklist.

All webinars are recorded and available for viewing 90 days after the live event. Visit TIAA.org/webinars to register or watch past presentations on demand.

Watch for more information on upcoming December webinars in Tech Today!

Spanish Speaking Webinars: Starting in 2022, TIAA is offering financial education webinars in Spanish. The webinars can be accessed here.

On-Campus Meetings with TIAA Consultant

Ryan Hallowell from Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) will be available on Michigan Tech’s campus on the following dates and times for one-on-one-sessions:

  • Tuesday, September 27 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | MUB Datolite Room
  • Wednesday, September 28 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | MUB Superior Room
  • Thursday, September 29 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | MUB Datolite Room

No matter where you are in life – just getting started or planning for retirement – a session with TIAA can help you create a plan for your goals. There is no additional cost – it’s part of your retirement plan! You’ll get answers to these questions and more:

  • Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
  • Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need?
  • How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?

RSVP today, as space is limited.

Register for sessions with TIAA directly (click Schedule under the Your Employer category and select Michigan Tech from the dropdown menu).
Or, register by calling 800-732-8353 on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Free Fidelity Live Webinars

Join the Benefits Office this spring for the following free, live webinars through Fidelity. You do not need to be an investor with Fidelity to participate in these webinars.

April 15 at 12:00pm (Noon): Learn the Basics of When and How to Claim Social Security
-Understand Social Security
-Considerations for claiming Social Security benefits
-Decide when to take Social Security benefits
Register for the April 15th webinar here

April 29th at 12:00pm (Noon): Prepare for the Reality of Health Care in Retirement
-Estimate retirement health care costs
-Understand available options before and after age 65
-Plan for retirement health care costs
Register for the April 29th webinar here

These webinars count toward Option 2 on your Husky Health Checklist!

Upcoming Employee Financial Health Webinars through Fidelity and TIAA

Join the Benefits Office for these upcoming, free, live webinars scheduled this spring!

March 10th at 1:00pm:  Looking to turn your retirement savings into a “paycheck” for life? 
Join TIAA Sr. Director-Miguel Shefferson as he teaches you to diversify your investment portfolio before retirement to help offset risk.  A similar strategy can help see you through retirement.  Learn how creating a diversified income plan—one that uses a combination of income sources and includes annuity income that’s guaranteed for life that can help reduce the risks you may face in retirement and ensure you have income that never runs out. 
Register for the March 10th webinar here

April 15th at 12 noon:  Learn the Basics of When and How to Claim Social Security.
-Understand Social Security
-Considerations for claiming Social Security benefits
-Decide when to take Social Security benefits
Register for the April 15th webinar here

April 29th at 12 noon:  Prepare for the Reality of Health Care in Retirement.
Estimate retirement health care costs
-Understand available options before and after age 65
-Plan for retirement health care costs
Register for the April 29th webinar here

Retiree Husky Health

Retiree Husky Health allows retirees to earn $200 for completing a Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan Health Assessment and an annual physical.  The $200 Retiree Husky Health incentive will be paid directly to you, allowing more flexibility and choice in how you use your wellness incentive. Retiree Husky Health is voluntary and confidential.

To receive your Retiree Husky Health $200 incentive in February 2020, a Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Assessment and annual physical will need to be completed by December 31, 2019. Health Assessments and physicals completed after December 31, 2019 will count toward your Retiree Husky Health $200 incentive in 2021.

The Retiree Husky Health Checklist or the Retiree Husky Health Google Form MUST be returned to Benefits Services by January 13, 2020 for Benefits to verify participation in each activity prior to the incentive being awarded.

Retirees currently receiving the TechFit incentive will be able to continue using TechFit through 2019.

Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (TRIP)

Register Now for TRIP

Eligible employees whose family members will take classes at Michigan Tech may be eligible for the Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (TRIP). The program allows approved family members a 50 percent reduction in tuition at Michigan Tech. Applications to the TRIP program must be completed each academic year.

 

Students who will be enrolling in Fall semester must send their TRIP application to the Benefit Services office no later than July 1, 2016 to ensure adequate time for processing. Applications may be faxed to (906) 487-3220, sent by campus mail or delivered in person. For security purposes, please do not email applications.

 

For the policy, eligibility and application, visit Education Benefits. Please contact Benefit Services at benefits@mtu.edu or 906-487-2517 should you have any questions.

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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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