Winter Break Fitness Challenge – Week Two

During week two of the Winter Break Fitness Challenge (January 9th to January 15th), 50 entries were submitted at the Kress Events Center from 26 employees!  Julia Noordyk’s slip was picked for the week two drawing – Congratulations Julia!  One week to go – the Winter Break Fitness Challenge lasts through January 22nd.  Keep up the great work!

CSA Lunch ‘n Learn

Photo

Would you like to enjoy fresh-picked locally grown veggies and herbs delivered for you to UW-Green Bay each week? Please come to this Lunch ‘n Learn to find out more about CSAs!  Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between a farm and a local community of supporters that provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. CSA members cover the farm’s operating cost by purchasing a share of the harvest. This provides members with a healthy supply of locally grown, seasonally fresh produce throughout the growing season.

Sleepy Hollow Farm & CSA is a small, farmer owned farm in Kewaunee County. They specialize in growing a variety of veggies using sustainable farming practices, and no chemicals, herbicides or pesticides touch your food. (For more information about Sleepy Hollow Farm & CSA, you can visit their website at: http://www.sleepyhollowfarmcsa.com/)

Presenter Suzi Sevcik has a lifetime of farm experience. From growing up on her parent’s dairy farm to now working the fields with her own farm. Using techniques that are kind to the earth to grow veggies, she takes the approach of never ending improvement. Trialing different varieties to see what grows well in their micro-climate, to constantly find better ways to grow veggies and manage weeds and pests. The mission always remains the same – To produce nourishing food that respects that land, and feeds our community and to exemplify a sustainable model for small-farm viability.  Suzi brought the shares right here to UWGB last year, once per week during the harvest season, so that it was convenient for employees to pick up, and plans to do the same in 2017!

When: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Time: 12:15 to 1:00 p.m.

Where: University Union, 1965 Room

Please RSVP at http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2txsZC6c4ZgpzCJ

Green Bay Area Races/Endurance Events

RunningImage

Check out these fun events to stay healthy and keep exercising year around!

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Form I-9: Troubleshooting Access on Certain Browsers

When accessing the I-9 form from http://www.uwgb.edu/hr/forms/ or directly from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9, you may experience issues with the form opening properly.  Below are suggested troubleshooting steps to open a fillable I-9 form.

The fillable I-9 form runs on the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.  Please be sure you have the most current version of installed on your PC and that you are using Internet Explorer.  If you are unable or prefer using a different Internet browser, you will need to follow the steps below to access the I-9 form.

Chrome

Go to https://www.uscis.gov/i-9.  After clicking on the I-9 link to open the form, there should be a dialogue box in the lower, left-hand corner of the screen that says “I-9.pdf open with ^.”  Click on the arrow and select “Always open with system viewer.”

This should fix the issue for any future attempts to open the form.

Firefox

From either one of the websites noted above, after clicking on the I-9 link to open the form, there should be a dialogue box that says “You have chosen to open.” Select the option “Open with Adobe Acrobat DC.”

As of now, it appears that the form will open by making this selection but will require you to follow the same steps for future attempts to open the form.

If you’re experiencing issues not noted here, please report those findings to Jenny Charapata, Human Resources Assistant, charapaj@uwgb.edu or extension 2326.

Assistant Coach (Women’s Soccer)

The Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach reports to the Head Women’s Soccer Coach and is responsible for assisting the Head Coach with all aspects of running a succesful Division 1 Women’s Soccer program.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Friday, January 27, 2017.

Winter Break Fitness Challenge – Week One

Great job to everyone who is exercising over winter break!  A total of 57 entries were submitted at the Kress Events Center from 28 employees who exercised there during week one of the Winter Break Fitness Challenge (January 2nd to January 8th).  Kristine Coulter’s slip was picked for the week one drawing, so she can select a Wellness prize.  Congratulations Kristine!  The Winter Break Fitness Challenge lasts through January 22nd, so keep exercising! :)

I-9 Form Compliance Training

Human Resources recently held three training sessions related to the updated I-9 form. There have been several changes, including new requirements on how to complete various parts of the form.  In order to remain in compliance with USCIS guidelines, most incorrect/incomplete I-9s must be returned to the department for editing and then returned to Human Resources before a new hire can be processed.

If you were unable to attend one of those sessions but would like to receive training, including how to access and complete the new “smart” I-9 form, please contact Jenny Charapata in Human Resources at charapaj@uwgb.edu  or 920-465-2326.

 

Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Webinars Offered in January

ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions.

5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement: Consider this webinar your quick reference guide to starting the retirement process within the next 12 months. ETF will review: choosing a termination date, how to request a retirement estimate – and how to read and understand it. ETF will also cover how to schedule a retirement appointment and – drum roll here — how to submit the retirement application.

  • Wed, Jan 18, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Jan 20, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Jan 26, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Jan 31, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Returning to Work After Retirement: Whether retired or planning to retire, do you need information about what happens if you decide to work again? This webinar is for you. 2013 Act 20, which was effective July 2, 2013, made some important changes to laws that affect retired WRS members planning to return to work. This webinar covers the old law as well as the changes provided by Act 20.

  • Thu, Jan 12, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tue, Jan 17, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Jan 19, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

WRS Benefits for New and Mid-Career Employees: This one-hour webinar is for employees who are five years – or more – from retirement. The information presented will help you make sound, strategic decisions over the course of your career. Topics include vesting, ways to enhance a WRS retirement benefit, purchasing service, military service credit, the Core and Variable Trust Funds, contribution rates, the importance of a beneficiary form and how to complete one, and how “life event” changes affect retirement benefits.

  • Wed, Jan 11, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Jan 12, 2017 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Mon, Jan 23, 2017 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Wed, Jan 25, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WRS Annuity Adjustments and Effective Rates:  Do WRS accounts receive an investment return? Do investment returns affect how much a retiree will initially receive when they begin their pension? Do those retired in the WRS receive adjustments to their monthly pension amount over the years? This webinar will cover the process of how account effective rates and annuity adjustments are calculated, starting with the investment return reported by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. Also covered during the webinar will be explanations of both the Core and Variable Trust Funds and the calculations specific to each fund for effective rates and annual adjustments. At the end of this webinar, it is hoped that you will have a better grasp on how State of Wisconsin Investment Board investment returns affect your WRS pension.

  • Thu, Jan 19, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Jan 24, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Jan 27, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tue, Jan 31, 2017 11:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

WRS Employee and Employer Contribution Rates: This webinar will review how employer and employee contributions help keep the WRS fully funded. We will discuss how the contribution rates are calculated, why they change annually, where those dollars go and the contribution rate changes for 2017.

  • Fri, Jan 13, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

Register for a webinar

Please contact Human Resources at (920) 465-2390 or payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu with any quesitons.

University Staff Performance Evaluations

The new year is upon us and with it begins the University Staff performance evaluation process for 2016. Supervisors should initiate the annual review process with University Staff within the next couple of weeks.

Annual performance evaluations are a key component to employee performance and development and provide employees and their supervisors an opportunity to discuss job performance, set goals for professional development, establish objectives for contributing to the department’s mission and discuss expectations and accomplishments.

Please review the presentation on Managing and Evaluating Employee Performance to familiarize yourself with this process and your responsibilities. If you would prefer an in-person training session on this topic, please contact hr@uwgb.edu.

Resources:

Per Operational Policy TC4, and any all compensation adjustments must be based upon merit and employee performance.  Any future pay adjustments will be based upon satisfactory performance.

In an effort to facilitate timely completion, evaluations are due by Friday, March 24, 2017.

Please note that annual performance evaluations are not required for individuals who have had a probationary review on or after July 1, 2016 or for new employees that have been hired since this date. Contact Human Resources if you have any questions about the University Staff performance evaluation process.