Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2023

HR’s Employee Benefits Fair sets a high standard of engagement

HFC employees Bridget and Laura smiling while enjoying therapy dogs Maui, a golden retriever, and Tango, a black lab.
HFC's Bridget Smith-Botos (left) and Dr. Laura Willman (right) hang out with therapy dogs Maui (left) and Tango (right) at the HR Employee Benefits Fair on Oct. 26. The therapy dogs were the center of attention at this event.

On October 26, more than 100 HFC employees attended the Employee Benefits Fair, which was hosted by Human Resources.

“We had a good, steady flow of employees visiting the fair,” said HFC HR Benefits Manager Tiffany Webster. “This is the first fair we’ve had post-pandemic. I’m looking forward to making this an annual event again.”

During the 4-hour event, employees learned about the benefit offerings from the College, had the opportunity to get flu and COVID-19 vaccines, experienced the soothing relaxation of chair massages, and de-stressed with therapy dogs Tango, Maui, and Amelia. For many, the therapy dogs were the stars of the show.

The raffle winners for the 2023 Benefits Fair were:

  • CALM box of goodies: HFC Mail Clerk Teresa Martinez
  • Delta Dental electric toothbrush: HFC Division Assistant, Enrollment Services Nancy Knick
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) YETI mug: HFC math instructor Larry Smyrski
  • BCBSM YETI mug: HFC Student Support Associate, Enrollment Services Lakita Eboh
  • The Pool YETI mug: HFC Research Analyst Bridget Smith-Botos
  • $25 Amazon gift card: HFC Assistant Director, Financial Aid Stephanie Latzke
  • $25 Petco gift card: HFC Applications System Analyst Guy Lotowicz
  • UNUM Raffle Winner – $25 Amazon gift card: HFC Student Support Professional, Enrollment Services Michelle Hill
  • Cary Siegel’s book Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?: HFC math instructor Dr. Rama Chidambaram
  • The Weight Watchers Personal Points Cookbook: HFC Financial Aid Associate Taryn Ross

“I thought this was a great event. I loved the therapy dogs. The dogs were my primary motivation for attending the fair,” said Smith-Botos. “However, I also had the opportunity to speak with reps for both our health insurance and dental insurance. I understand our coverage options a lot more than I would have by just reading the documents we receive.”

Employees who have not claimed their raffle prizes should contact Webster at 313-845-9692 or