Good News for Fidelity Participants

Michigan Tech’s Investment Oversight Committee is committed to periodically reviewing the retirement plans offered with TIAA and Fidelity to make sure they continue to help you meet your retirement and financial goals. Among the things considered are the range of investment options available, performance and value, and whether the Plans give you access to services that complement your account.

As a result of a review in May, the Investment Oversight Committee has been able to lower the expense ratio of several investment options. On August 4, 2017, the share class of several investment options offered through the Plans will change. The new share class will offer you the same investment strategy and risk, but the overall expenses will be lower. Affected employees will receive a communication from Fidelity via U.S. Mail or email.

The Fund changes can be viewed by logging into Fidelity NetBenefitsand selecting Plan Information, then Fund Changes. The changes will take place without any action required on your part. However, if you are not satisfied with how your current investment elections will be modified, you will have the opportunity to make changes by logging into Fidelity NetBenefits or calling 800-343-0860.

Employee Wellness Amazing Challenge

If you’re not familiar with 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; this can also be a fun family event completed at your own pace. The challenge usually takes 2-3 hours to complete.

Start thinking about building a team of colleagues, friends or family. Michigan Tech retirees are welcome. Teams are limited to four adults, although for those teams that are made up of families with young children, we do allow more than four members. Register here.  The registration deadline is July 7, 2017, at 5 pm.

The winning team gets bragging rights as the Amazing Challenge winner. HuskyPAW members will receive bonus points for participating.

Volunteers are needed for this event. If interested contact Shannon Brodeur.

Newly Trained Conflict Resolution Mediators

Human Resources would like to congratulate sixteen (16) Michigan Tech staff on their completion of the UPCAP Resolution Services Training. The training consisted of forty (40) hours of in-class work which included role-playing conflict scenarios as well as coaching from local area mediators.

Please, congratulate the following staff on their completion.

  • Amber Groustra
  • Johnny Diaz
  • Susan Sullivan
  • Cori Massoglia
  • Heidi Reid
  • Ashley DeVoge
  • Jen Wall
  • Kellie Raffaelli
  • Madeline Mercado Voelker
  • Brenda Rudiger
  • Ann Kitalong-Will
  • Wanda Joseph (Mediation Trainer)
  • Theresa Jacques
  • Brian Hutzler
  • Angela Hoffman
  • Zack Rubinstein
  • Andrew Miles


Updates for the Human Resources Web page

Human Resources is excited to introduce our new web page.  With this recent conversion to the new web page format, we are able to provide a more user-friendly space that assists staff, faculty, students, and retirees in finding the resources they’re looking for.

As part of the new look, Payroll Services is easier to locate with new resources such as time entry earn codes, frequently asked questions, and payroll news (

We invite you to visit and contact Human Resources with any additional questions at 906-487-2280.

UAW Certification Program Graduates

Human Resources would like to congratulate twenty-five (25) UAW employees for their efforts and time commitment in completing the four UAW Certification courses and receiving their certification.

The following employees completed their certification in December 2016 and April 2017.

Brenda Anttila, Maureen Anton, Cynthia Asiala, Kari Bellin-Sloat, Machel Borsum, Laurie Buschell, Danielle Davis, Coreen Dompier, Kathleen Dorvinen, Erika Erkkila, Penny Foetisch, Laura Givens, Celine Grace, Sandra Kalcich, Erin Kemppainen, Karma Kilpela, Juli Martin, Susan Niemi, Mechelle Normand, Paula Olson, Charlene Page, Stephanie Reed, Christina Sarazin, Pammi Washuleski, and Carol Wingerson.

The four courses are:

  • Michigan Tech Specific Course
  • Google Suite
  • Social Media
  • Microsoft Office Suite


Benefit Series – Estate Planning and Social Security Basics

Benefit Services in conjunction with the Office of Advancement is offering employees an opportunity to learn more about Estate Planning and Social Security Basics. We will be offering two sessions, Estate Planning Basics which will be held on Monday, April 10 and A Piece In the Puzzle of Retirement: Social Security Basics which will be held on Tuesday, April 11.

If you are interested in attending one or both of these sessions, please complete the registration form here. For additional session information, please visit the Benefit Services website.

We hope you will join us and look forward to seeing you there!!
Please contact Benefit Services at 7-2517 or should you have any questions.

Nutritionist Wellness Initiative

Benefit Services invites you to participate in a new wellness initiative between Michigan Tech and Aspirus Keweenaw. This is an 8-week program that gives employees access to a registered dietician. The program includes:

  • One 60 minute initial individual consultations (in-person)
  • Two follow-up phone calls during weeks 2 and 4
  • One final consultation during week 8 (in-person)

The program is divided into two groups Nutrition Basics and Nutrition Enhanced. Nutrition Basics is designed for employees interested in paying more attention to foods they eat or employees that need guidance on where to start. Nutrition Enhanced is designed for those who have already made changes to their eating habits but need additional support. Employees may choose the plan that best meets their needs. For additional program information, please visit the wellness website.

This program is for active, benefits-eligible employees and will begin on March 13, 2017, and run through May 16, 2017. Space is limited to 30 employees. You may register for the program here. Employees new to the program will be enrolled first with returning participants being enrolled on a first come, first-served basis. Enrollment into the program will close at 5:00 PM on Monday, February 20, 2017.

Please contact Benefits Services at 487-2517 or email if you have any questions.

Electronic W-2s now available

Electronic 2016 W-2s are now available on Banweb for all employees who have consented to an electronic copy. Paper W-2 forms will be mailed on or before January 31st.

If you would like to receive an electronic copy of your W-2, it’s not too late. Log in to Banweb ( and click the Employees box, then Tax Forms, and then Select Electronic Consent (W2 and 1095-C). Click the box under My Choice and next to Consent to receive W-2 electronically, then click Submit.

Campus Information Session January 31, 2017

Ever wondered….

What additional programs and services are offered by HR?  What is Lean and how can I participate?  How a tubing hill came to be at Mont Ripley?

Join us to find out the answers to these questions and much more at a Campus Informational Session on January 31 from 1:00 pm -3:00 pm in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

  • Renee Hiller, director of Human Resources and her team, will focus on the following topics: New Employee Orientation program, wellness initiatives, informational training’s, immigration, and labor relations.

  • Ruth Archer, director of Continuous Improvement, will discuss the current state and future direction of Lean at Michigan Tech, including student opportunities for Lean learning.

  • Nicholas Sirdenis, general manager of Mont Ripley, will speak on Mont Ripley’s new tubing park.

The session is open to all of the campus community, and we invite and encourage faculty, staff, and students to attend.

Release time will be provided for hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor.