Spring 2018 Lunch & Learn Schedule

Want to learn more about staying physically active, eating well, and reducing stress? Bring your lunch and join us for a wellness-themed Lunch & Learn. Previous sessions have included presentations on biking, starting a running program, eating well, knitting for stress reduction, and acupuncture, to name just a few. Subscribe to the Employee Wellness newsletter to learn about these events and more by emailing Shannon Brodeur, sbrodeur@mtu.edu.

LunchLearnPlateUpcoming Schedule:

January 21: Essential Oils 101 with Superior Essentials. From everyday applications to basic science, you’ll leave this information-packed session with invaluable tools to support your health with essential oils.

February TBD: Sample Vegan dishes with the Copper Country Vegans. Learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet and how to get started. The MUB will be catering this event and offering several vegan dishes to sample.

April 11: Get in Gear with the Campus Bike Initiative and BIKE!. Enjoy a “commuter bike” fashion show while learning about commuting by bike, bike safety, and Bike to Work Day, coming in May.

Have an idea for a wellness-themed Lunch & Learn? We’d love to hear from you.


Ann Kitalong-Will Elected to CUWFA Board of Directors

Ann Kitalong-Will, Executive Director, Business Operations & University WorkLife Connections Office, has been elected to serve on the Board of the College and University Work-Family Association (CUWFA). As a Board member, Ann will serve a 3 year term as the Chair of the Elections committee.

With member universities and colleges across the United States and Canada, CUWFA “provides leadership in facilitating the integration of work and study with family/personal life at institutions of higher learning.” The organization meets its mission by providing support to member institutions, sharing resources and developing best practices, and conducting research in the Work-Family field with regard to strengthening the integration of employee work and family/home lives that impact public policy and professional practice in higher education.


Lunch & Learn: Relax for the Holidays Open House

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to stop by the Memorial Union Ballroom B between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 to attend the popular open-house style Lunch and Learn, “Relax for the Holidays.”

The 4th annuaRelaxPicl “Relax for the Holidays” open house will feature several relaxation stations, including Aromatherapy with Michelle Coria and Yoga & Guided Relaxation with Beth Ryynanen. There will also be some “fun” stations: a coloring station, light therapy, make-and-take soup mix, and more.

Attendees will be eligible to enter a free drawing for prizes by J. Jukari Spa and Salon. Feel free to bring your lunch; tea and hot chocolate will be provided.  Attending employees will earn 100 HuskyPAW points.

This event is sponsored by WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness.


Congratulations to the 2017 Cohort of Trained Staff Mentors

Ann Kitalong-Will, Business Operations and Chair of the WorkLife Advisory Committee, is proud to announce that Michigan Tech’s second cohort of trained staff mentors completed the university’s Staff Mentor Training program on September 27, 2017. These mentors join our first cohort of staff mentors who are available to partner with staff wishing to develop professional knowledge and skills, create strategies for effective home-work blending, get to know Michigan Tech and the Keweenaw, or grow their networking skills.

Michigan Tech’s WorkLife Connections Office developed the Whole-life Mentoring Model, which is based on the philosophy that assisting employees to grow both personally and professionally empowers our employees to grow in their careers and to give back to our university and local communities. The Whole-life Mentoring Model was developed with funding received from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

If you are interested in being mentored, please submit a Mentoring Interest Form (click HERE). New staff members and union employees (UAW, AFSCME, POA) are especially encouraged to apply to partner with a mentor.

The 2017 Mentor Cohort graduates are:

  • Sharon Attaway (Career Services)
  • Nancy Banfield (IT–Operations)
  • Bobbie Dalquist (Financial Services & Operations)
  • Stacey Donnelly (Career Services)
  • Shelley Farrey (Career Services)
  • Jodie Filpus-Paakola (School of Business & Economics)
  • Beth Frederick (Facilities Management–Custodial Services)
  • Wendy Hackman (Facilities Management–Custodial Services)
  • Laura Harry (Memorial Union)
  • Kristi Kesti-Pieti (Sponsored Programs Office)
  • Karen Maki (IT–Business Operations)
  • Tanya Maki (Human Resources)
  • Tammy Monette (Facilities Management–Custodial Services)
  • Josh Myles (IT–Operations)
  • Kimberly Puuri (Compliance, Integrity, & Safety Office)
  • Brenda Randell (Office for the Associate VP for Administration)
  • Michelle Reed (School of Technology)
  • Heather Sander (Office of Advancement)
  • Lori Weir (Facilities Management–Administration Services)

“Eat Yourself Healthy!” Lunch and Learn

Dr. Sarah Derenzo of Vitality Chiropractic and Wellness presented at a well-attended Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, April 5. Faculty, staff, and students learned about healthy eating habits, certain food groups to avoid, supplements, and more. Dr. Derenzo provided a few tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle, such as:pizap.com14915051224181

  • Shop on the outside perimeter at the grocery store,
  • Prepare your snacks and meals ahead of time,
  • And drink lots of water.

Dr. Derenzo hosts a variety of classes at her office located in South Range, MI. Visit her website for dates and times.


“Nuts and Bolts of Commuting by Bicycle” Lunch and Learn

Interested in commuting by bicycle? Learn how to be comfortable and safe while riding and commuting, how to ride in groups and how to navigate roadways. Bring your questions — there will be time for discussion.

This Lunch and Learn is presented by Dan Dalquist and Mike Abbott (GLRC), and sponsored by Employee Wellness and WorkLife Connections. Dalquist and Abbott both serve on the City of Houghton Bicycle Committee and are bicycling advocates. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 6 in the Memorial Union Conference Room B001.

Register here. HuskyPAW members may claim 100 bonus points for attending.

Feel free to bring your lunch; refreshments will be provided. This free event is open to faculty, staff and students. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.


Financial Wellness Lunch and Learn

 

WorkLife Connection offers the third Financial Wellness Lunch and Learn from noon to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 28 in MUB Alumni Lounge A. Chris Riesgraf, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, will discuss strategies to “Bring Balance to Your Budget.”

Learn about the basics of budgeting, how to sharpen your spending and savings strategy, and the importance of credit and debt. If you are saving for college, planning for retirement, or have any investment goals in mind, you’ll find this Lunch and Learn very informative and helpful to reaching your goals.

Feel free to bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.


Michigan Tech Faculty Publishes Work-life Piece

Audrey Mayer headshot 2One of our own faculty here at Michigan Tech has published a piece titled, A Scientist on Any Schedule. Dr. Audrey Mayer’s piece was published in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s journal, Science,  on January 27, 2017. Dr. Mayer discusses the challenges of single parenting as a scientist, as well as the stages of effective work-life blending she moved through both in her career and her home lives.

She writes, “Like many others, I complete a good deal of my work while not ‘at work,’ especially when deadlines are looming or inspiration calls. I revise manuscripts during bath time, read papers at the gym, and grade exams at my son’s hockey practice. Occasionally I resent this multitasking, but I remind myself of its necessity during these childrearing years, which are just a short period over the long course of my career.”

We encourage you to read Dr. Mayer’s piece to see how one scientist manages to be present for her family, herself, and her career.

 


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that your holiday season was filled with love, laughter, and happiness. Now is the time of year to make some New Year’s resolutions, and actually keep them! Did you know that only eight percent of people successfully fulfill their resolutions in a year? Here are a few tips that could help you become a part of that group.

o-NEW-YEARS-RESOLUTIONS-facebookWhen making your resolutions, it’s important to remember that it is all about quality, not quantity. Be sure to limit them to things that you really want to accomplish. Resolutions should be things that you really want to do, rather than things you should do. By doing this, you might be more motivated to achieve them. Your resolutions should also be specific. The more detail you put in, the easier it will be to accomplish. Once all of your resolutions are made, it’s time for you to make an action plan. We all know how easy it is to fall behind on resolutions, but if you have a specific plan, it is much easier to keep up with them. For example, a common New Year’s resolution is to exercise more. Instead of saying just that, decide the days and times that you will exercise throughout your week and mark it on your calendar. If you plan your work out times and write it down somewhere that you see often, you can get that constant reminder which will help you keep motivated.

There are many things that you can do to keep up with your New Year’s resolutions. If you work hard and stay motivated to achieve your goals, 2017 just might be your best year yet!


Outdoor Winter Fun Here in the Keweenaw

IMG_4494By Morgan Laajala, WorkLife Intern

It’s hard to keep motivated when you’re busy, especially during the cold, winter months. If you don’t want to spend money on a gym pass, there are things you can do outside that are enjoyable and keep you active. Next time you are sick of sitting inside, try one of these winter activities!

There are many opportunities to try new winter activities in the Houghton area. You could go snowboarding or skiing at Mont Ripley, cross country skiing on the Michigan Tech trails, go snowshoeing, go hiking on some of our local trails, or find one of the free public rinks around the area and go skating. You can even grab some friends and play a game of hockey! These kinds of activities don’t make you feel like you’re working out; instead you will just be having fun. By trying these new activities, you may find a new favorite hobby.

A lot of kids in the winter want to play outside all day long. The cold doesn’t bother them, and they don’t want to go inside to warm up or eat. All they want to do is play, build forts, go sledding, and make snow angels. If you have kids, the next time they are playing outside, go on and join them to play and get your activity in. Although it might be years since you’ve last gone to a sledding hill, I guarantee you will have fun flying down that hill, and you will get quite the workout walking back up!

If none of this appeals to you, a simple walk once or twice a day for about 15-30 minutes is easy to do, and can help relieve stress as well as give you the physical activity you’re looking for. Many people don’t like to walk in the winter because of the cold, but walking in the winter actually gives you more of a workout than in the summer because you must work to keep warmer, and walking in snow can give you some resistance that you won’t get in warmer seasons. Just be sure to watch for slippery spots!

Although it’s hard to stay motivated in the winter, there are many things you can do that don’t feel like exercise, but help you keep active. The most important thing to remember when you are outside in the winter is to make sure to wear layers and dress appropriately for the weather.