Tag: Benefits

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Northstar EAP reminds you that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Michigan Tech has invested in your mental health and wellbeing. Discover your employee assistance program benefit at www.northstareap.com

  • View FAQs on the NorthStar EAP site
  • Resources available for self-care
  • Text for mental health coaching tool option
  • Check out the Northstar Resource portal

Take care of yourself, during this month and always!

May 2024 TIAA Webinars

Live Webinars

The monthly webinars are below.
Remember – All webinars are recorded and available for viewing 90 days after the live event! Simply use the same registration link below

Spanish-speaking webinars
TIAA is offering financial education webinars in Spanish. The webinars can be accessed here: TIAA.org/RecursosEducativos.

May Webinars

Opening Doors To the Future: Save in a 529 College Savings Plan
In this webinar you can learn how 529 college savings plans work and how to invest in one for a child, grandchild, yourself or another loved one.
Wednesday, May 1, 2024
12:00 p.m. ET
Register here: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/4479333/FD271C539F4F66A9D1888E517540C96A

Invest for Success: Five principles you need to know
No matter where you are in your career journey, this webinar can help you understand the key principles of investing for retirement. From compounding to handling taxes to choosing investments, you’ll learn that how you invest for retirement is just as important as how much you save.
Tuesday, May 7, 2024
2:00 p.m. ET
Register here: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/4479318/F6053AE065609A46F4E8D9818ED8569C

Basic Estate Planning Strategies
Ensuring that our assets will pass to loved ones and causes that are near and dear is important to most of us. Discover the components of a basic estate plan and strategies to ensure that your wishes are met.
Thursday, May 16, 2024
3:00 p.m. ET
Register here: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/4479302/EA977B826A81007F05D4627F33EBCAE0

Make the move toward long-term financial security: Your mid-year retirement check in
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 that can help put you on the path to lifelong financial security.
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
1:00 p.m. ET
Register here: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/4479293/3131F7D8FB01A94B7E9A73A4BCA5C394

TIAA Webinars: March 2024

The Starting Line: Beginning to save for retirement
There’s no time like the present to save for the future. Retirement may not seem especially pressing right now, but the truth is, now is when you can do the most good for your future.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
12:00 p.m. ET
Register here: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/4424782/703C3EE185AF14E06D7E65B65469F9BF

Attention to Detail: Financial finishing touches for women
What does your financial future hold? Financial success can often complicate your life, and we’d like to help. You’ll learn some ways to stay in control of the portfolio you’ve accumulated.

Thursday, March 14, 2024
1:00 p.m. ET
Register here: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/4434247/52CDD70FC32FA546DBC833D8B24A96AD

Paycheck for Life: Set your sights on retirement security
Do you have a plan to avoid outliving your retirement savings? In this webinar, you’ll learn how to leverage a portion of your savings to create a retirement paycheck that’s guaranteed as long as you live.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
12:00 p.m. ET
Register here: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/4424784/86A751D4D2AEE46C8F114A5D5C0D1C0A

Live with Confidence in Retirement: Five steps to creating your retirement income plan
If you’re thinking about making the transition to retirement, this webinar is essential for understanding how to create an income plan that helps you maximize your savings.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
3:00 p.m. ET
Register here: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/4434264/58AD6439263CDF15144DD58D801D5377

Husky Health Incentive Payout

Benefits eligible employees who participated in Husky Health for 2022 and submitted a Husky Health Checklist will receive their elected incentive on Friday, February 24, 2023.

If you elected the Husky Health incentive as a payout to your HSA or FSA you will see this reflected on your pay stub. Employees that elected the incentive for a membership at the SDC, Mont Ripley or Portage Lake Golf Course will be able to redeem their incentive payout on or after February 24, 2023.

Find out more information about Husky Health and other wellness benefits online.

Questions? Contact the Benefits office at benefits@mtu.edu or 487-2517

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.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Liaison Visit

Please join Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Group Service Liaison, Tamara Yates, as she helps you understand your Michigan Tech employee BCBS health plan. Tammy will be on campus Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in MUB Alumni Lounge A (107A) to educate you on the following:

  • BCBS Health Benefits
  • BCBS Claims
  • Using the BCBS Website
  • Understanding Your Explanation of Benefits (EOB)

No appointment is necessary, simply show up!

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!

Lunch & Learn: Orthodontic Prevention: Oxymoron or Contemporary Paradigm?

February is Children’s Dental Health month! Please join our dynamic and entertaining speaker, Dr. Darin Ward of UPWard Orthodontics, on Tuesday, February 15 at 12:00pm in the MUB Ballrooom B1 as he discusses preventative orthodontics. Dr. Ward will explore why so many kids (and adults) today are told that they “need braces.” Dr. Ward will present his thoughts on the causes of crooked teeth and less than ideal jaw growth/facial growth and what you can do about it. It is a lot simpler than you think and unfortunately like most simple things, it’s hard to do! Whether you are an adult considering orthodontics or the parent of a child whose smiles needs attention, this presentation and discussion is a must attend.

Please email benefits@mtu.edu to reserve your seat today!

This Lunch & Learn counts toward Option 2 in your Husky Health Checklist.