Associate Dean – Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay seeks applicants for the position of Associate Dean.  The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and is responsible for coordinating activities related to accreditation, curriculum and enrollment management, student affairs, and initiatives related to excellence of the School and its programs and services.  The Associate Dean will serve as a liaison between the School and other university offices and committees on matters related to curriculum planning and development.  

For more information and position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Campus to Campus Challenge – Week Eight Results & Final Wrap Up

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During week eight, 22 employees participated in the Campus to Campus Walking Challenge, and as a group we logged 1,330,008 steps.  During week eight, we walked from Rome, Italy to Munich, Germany, and ended up at the Austrian border.  During week eight, Ronald Kottnitz, Jayne Kluge, Lynn Rotter and Barb Tomashek-Ditter had the highest number of steps.

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During the eight week challenge, 39 employees participated and we logged a total of 16,978,243 steps, which is about 8,489 miles!  It would be like walking back and forth across the continental U.S. about 2.25 times, or walking around the perimeter of Wisconsin over 6 times!  Great job team!  Team members include Jenny Charapata, Patti Cole, Julie Flenz, Sam Goeller, Erica Grunseth, Brent Haack, Lindsay Hahn, Jamel Heim, Tim Helein, Beth Jones, Jayne Kluge, Ronald Kottnitz, Jeff Krueger, Amy Mauk, Kim Mezger, Karla Miller, Donna Mleziva, Lynn Niemi, Anna Powers, Sarah Pratt, Monika Pynaker, Loretta Rafter, Lynn Rotter, Nate Rusch, Joan Schaller, Lisa Schmelzer, Jeffery Schulz, Stephanie Shepro, Jill Siegmund, Karen Smiley, Tina Tackmier, Barb Tomashek-Ditter, Jolene Truckenbrod, Lea Truttmann, Erin Van Daalwyk, Tracy Van Erem, Kimberly Vlies, Amanda Wildenberg and Crystal Williams.  Jayne Kluge had the highest number of steps with over a million steps logged during the eight weeks!  She was followed closely by Ronald Kottnitz, Barb Tomashek-Ditter, Jeff Krueger, Lindsay Hahn, Jamel Heim and Lynn Rotter. Although we’ve reached the finish line of this challenge, we hope that everyone enjoys the long-term benefits of exercising!  Keep going! :)

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Wellness Webinar – Primary Prevention for a Healthy Back

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Low back pain is one of the most common complaints seen in physician offices today and will pose problems for at least four out of five adults at some point in their lives.  This condition represents the fifth most common reason for all doctors’ visits and will occur at least once in 85% of men and women before the age of 50.  This presentation provides an overview of ergonomic principles and healthy lifestyle choices such as; being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight, to help individuals avoid experiencing back pain issues, relieve stress and discomfort caused by low back pain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Defining the Lower Back
  • Common Causes of Back Pain
  • Explore Signs and Symptoms of Bank Pain
  • Diagnosing the Treating Back Pain
  • Back Pain Self-Care and Ergonomics

When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Time: 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.

Location: CL 735

Please mark your calendar to join us!  No need to RSVP, and feel free to bring your lunch!

Employee Spotlight: Lynn Rotter

lynn-rotter-dec-2016Name: Lynn Rotter

Position at UWGB: Ticketing & Information Services Manager, University Union

Summary of what you do: Manage operations at the University Ticketing & Information Center, box office manager for University Ticketing Services, and assist with daily operations for University ID Services.

How long have you been employed: Since September of 1995 (I began as a student employee)

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I began employment at the Cofrin Library my first week of my freshman year in 1995, switched to the Weidner Center my second week of my freshman year (sorry Cofrin Library friends!) and worked as a Guest Services Associate and then Box Office Supervisor, I graduated and began employment as the Assistant Box Office Manager and later Box Office Manager until 2005. Then I moved over to the University Union and help incorporate campus ticketing into the University Information Desk operations. I also worked for a year and half overseeing the Union Promotions and Graphics, but moved back to the UTIC. And I’ve been there ever since.

Three words that describe you: Talkative, detailed, friendly.

Personal interests: Home renovation, gourmet food, interior design (especially midcentury modern and Scandinavian design), hiking.

Random facts/interests: I didn’t fly until I was 23 years old because my dad was in a plane crash in Vietnam, so we drove to FL and back 8 times when I was a kid.

(Answer any of the following):

Are you messy or organized? Mostly organized at work. Somewhat disorganized at home.

Best vacation you’ve been to? San Francisco & Napa Valley

Describe what you were like at age 10. An awkward skinny kid with glasses and a retainer. Not very good at sports, but I did well in school.

Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? Apartment Therapy blog

Do you have a favorite quote? Pivot, piviot, pivot.

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? Too many to count! I incorrectly said “Scarlet Pimpernel” to an elderly patron at the Weidner Center once… you can guess how I said it.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Amy Adams

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why? 1960’s because I love the fashion, music, architecture and design.

If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be? David Bowie

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? The first moonwalk

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pizza because there is so much variety

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? Family photos

Least favorite Food? Miracle Whip

Motto or personal mantra? Go with the flow.

People would be surprised if they knew: that I was a dog sitter for Gregory Peck once.

Tell us a little bit about your family. I’ve been married for 14 years and have two children, ages 7 and 2. My husband works in health insurance and was formerly a chef.  I grew up in Green Bay and lived here for most of my life. I lived in 13 different residences on the East Side (if you count apartments during college) but bought a house on the West Side.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us? I recently found out I’m descended from General William Tecumseh Sherman.

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. I will eat almost anything (except baluts and insects), I exclusively drove stick shift for 20 years, and I can sail.

Top 3 life highlights? My wedding, birth of my daughter, birth of my son.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? 1. Don’t be afraid to try. 2. You probably know more than you think you do… don’t doubt yourself. 3. Change is not always bad. Sometimes change is a really good thing!

What are your hopes for our industry/school? I hope enrollment continues to grow, and we continue to see exciting things happen here at UWGB.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? I enjoy seeing my student employees achieve success after they graduate.

What book did you read last? ‘Arrows’ by my friend Melissa Gorzelanczyk

What books are at your bedside? Just magazines, even though I have several friends that are librarians.

What celebrity do people think you look like? Pamela Druckerman (author and writer for the NY Times)

What did you want to be when growing up? A veterinarian, an architect, and then an interior designer.

What do you always want to try and never did? I wish I had traveled abroad when I was a student.

What do you like most about your job? I still really enjoy ticketing, and the excitement that comes with big shows or busy nights.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Sleep, if I can.

What do you like to do on your days off? Get caught up around the house.

What else do you do for fun? Home renovation. So far, my husband and I have gutted and remodeled our 2nd floor and a lower level bar and bathroom.

What is the first concert you attended? Live (Throwing Copper Tour)

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? A bigger house.

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? That two kids are a lot harder than one.

What is your biggest pet peeve? Lying

What is your family like? My immediate family is small but loud. My husband’s family is large but quiet. I have 15 nieces and nephews, and 7 great nieces and nephews… all on my husband’s side of the family.

What is your favorite meal? Sushi

What is your favorite sport? Bowling

Hidden talent? Flipping my tongue in half and holding it. Or maybe wiggling my ears.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Cheese

What phobias do you have? I really freak out when my children get a tummy bug.

What places have you lived in? Green Bay my entire life, except for when we moved to Florida for 7 months when I was in 8th grade.

What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? I still love Sex and the City

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? I had a rag doll that my dad bought me from the Bellin gift shop on the day I was born. Her name was Doll Doll. I took her everywhere. My mom had to re-embroider her face at least 5 times over the years.

What’s on your bucket list? Travel to Europe and maybe Northern Africa.

What’s the one thing, you can’t live without? My phone

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? A rabbit’s kidney

Where is your favorite place to eat? Brickhouse Burgers or Hinterland

Where is your home town? Green Bay

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Tour Europe for a month

Assistant Professor – Human Biology

The Department of Human Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Human Biology.  The Human Biology department is an interdisciplinary academic unit that includes molecular biologists, geneticists, microbiologists, evolutionary scientists, physiologists, anatomists, nutritional scientists, and exercise scientists.

Candidates with expertise in physiology, neurobiology, pharmacology, and/or comparative physiology as well as courses related to the candidate’s specific expertise and interests are strongly encouraged to apply.

This position includes the following responsibilities:
* Teach courses at the undergraduate level in Human Physiology (and lab), Neurobiology, and Introduction to Human Biology.
* Develop a strong research program involving collaboration with undergraduate students and faculty.
* Advise students.
* Engage in scholarly activities consistent with rank and academic discipline.
* Perform institutional service and contribute to the ongoing programmatic development of the department.

In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to a demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching, service and scholarship and a commitment to undergraduate education.  The candidate should also possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with a diverse array of students and colleagues.

For more information and position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

My UW System transitioning to local domain My UWGB

As you may have noticed, the UW System portal has undergone changes over the past couple months, including a locally branded UWGB login and domain.  The employee portal used for HR, Payroll and Benefit News, Time and Absence, Payroll and Benefit Information along with other resources will be transitioned from the my.wisconsin.edu domain to a local my.uwgb.edu.  What does this mean for you? The login “button” and branding of this page will be changing to the recognizable UWGB Phoenix colors and theme, nothing more. 

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FLSA conversions on hold following judge’s injunction

As previously communicated, a U.S. District Court judge from Texas issued a preliminary injunction postponing the effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime threshold increase.  Based upon this injunction, planned and previously communicated employee conversions from exempt to nonexempt status and other position adjustments have been put on hold.  More information, including some helpful FAQ’s can be found below:

What happened?

After hearing arguements from the DOL and 21 states/50 or more business groups that had challenged the DOL’s change, judge Amos L. Mazzant issued a preliminary injunction against the changes.

Is this a final decision that permanently puts an end to the rule?

No. The overtime rule could still be implemented later down the road.

A preliminary injunction isn’t permanent, as it simply preserves the existing overtime rule—which was last updated in 2004—until the court has a chance to review the merits of the case objecting to the revisions to the regulation.

However, the revised regulation may face an uphill battle: The judge wouldn’t have granted the preliminary injunction unless, among other things, he thought the challenge had a substantial likelihood of succeeding.

[Read more: Federal Judge Halts Overtime Rule]

What’s next?

Employees and supervisors have been notified today and further information will be communicated as it becomes available.  Supervisor and Employee question and answer sessions have been scheduled and communicated to affected parties.

For further questions, please contact Christine Olson at olsonch@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2846.

Campus to Campus Challenge – Week Seven Results

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During week seven, 24 employees participated in the Campus to Campus Walking Challenge, and as a group we logged 1,675,360 steps.  During week seven, we continued our trek across the french countryside to Paris, then to Zurich, Switzerland, and ended up in Rome, Italy!

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Did you know the best way to lose weight by walking is to take a longer, moderately paced walk (40 minutes at 60-65% maximum heart rate). Shorter, faster walks (20-25 minutes at 75-80% maximum heart rate) are best for conditioning the heart and lungs.

During week seven, Jayne Kluge, Ron Kottnitz, Barb Tomashek-Ditter, Jamel Heim, and Jeff Krueger had the highest number of steps. Keep on exercising – your body will thank you! :)

FLSA Injunction Granted

preliminary injunction has been issued to postpone the effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime threshold increase. More information on the impacts of this injunction will be forthcoming.  As soon as we have more information on the impact this will have on our employee population and determine appropriate next steps we will be in touch.

For further information, please see this article from the Society of Human Resources Management.

Reminder: Health Plan Wellness Incentives Are Taxable

The State of Wisconsin extended a number of financial incentives to employees through the Well Wisconsin employee wellness program. If you are covered under the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance program, you are eligible for a financial incentive to complete biometric testing and health risk assessment. Depending on your health plan, you may also be eligible for financial reimbursements for wellness related expenses such as gym memberships, fitness classes, the cost to participate in Community Support Agriculture (CSA) programs and rewards for participating in health or wellness programs or challenges. You can learn more information about the benefits available to you by accessing wellwisconsin.wi.gov.

Per guidance from the federal government and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), these benefits are classified as taxable fringe benefits. This means that any financial incentive you receive from the program is taxable income for state and federal tax purposes.

What this means for you:

  • Throughout 2016 financial incentives will be reported by your employer as a taxable wage and will be subject to applicable withholdings and taxes. You will see withholdings for all incentives issued in the current calendar year reflected on your December pay stub. This will include incentives issued to your eligible family members.
  • Withholding will include 7.65% for Social Security and Medicare and may include withholding for federal and state taxes, depending on the number of exemptions you claimed on your W-4.
  • Federal regulations requires the payroll center to receive financial data regarding incentives issued to employees and their covered family members. Your health information is protected by federal privacy regulations and is not shared with your employer.
  • These taxable fringe amounts will be processed with the code: XHW (Tax Fr – Health/Wellness) earnings code.

Even with the federal government’s tax regulations, eligible employees are able to receive substantial financial rewards for using the wellness incentives offered by the State of Wisconsin and participating health plans. Benefits available through the Well Wisconsin program are also available to any dependent over the age of 18 who is covered by your State of Wisconsin insurance plan.

Please contact Human Resources at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.