Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge Results

AmandaJoanSarah1Thank you to everyone who participated in the Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge, which wrapped up on Friday, May 11th.  Of the 20 poker hands, the best hand was two pairs (one pair of 6’s and one pair of Jacks) by Barb Tomashek-Ditter!  Everyone who participated in this challenge will receive a small incentive, compliments of the Department of Employee Trust Funds wellness grant!

Thank you to Alex Reichenberger for designing the awesome poster, Bobbie Webster and Cassie Popovich for putting up the posters at the kiosks each week, the Kress Events Center and Human Resources front desk staff for tracking the playing cards picked, and Lisa Schmelzer for determining the best poker hand!

Do you have an idea for another wellness challenge?  Please email it to Thanks! :)

Employee Appreciation Week Feedback Wanted

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Employee Appreciation Week was held May 7 – 11. The Employee Appreciation Week Work Group would like your feedback on the activities that were planned. Please take a couple of minutes to complete this short survey so that the work group can plan an even better event for next year.

Produce Delivery Sign Up


Quite a few employees stopped by the Union to talk with Luanne from Garden to Doorstep Organics LLC on Thursday, May 17th to learn about their program and see what a sample produce box looks like, and one lucky person won the box of fruits and veggies!  If you are interested, please sign up by Tuesday, May 22nd.

Please click here to learn more about their weekly delivery of boxes of fruits and veggies to campus.

Please click here to see how to sign up.

Questions? Contact Luanne at (920) 385-3253 or


Stacked Fruit Salad for One


  • 2 tablespoons fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup mandarin oranges
  • 1/2 small kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 ring spiced apple


Mix the yogurt and ricotta cheese in a small bowl. Use a small spatula to smooth each layer as you add it to a parfait glass or a ring mold (place the mold on a plate). Spread 1/4 cup drained pineapple in the bottom. Spread half the yogurt-ricotta mixture over the pineapple. Top with a layer of blueberries. Mandarin orange segments come next, then another yogurt-ricotta layer. Arrange slices of peeled kiwi. Top with the spiced apple ring. Cover loosely and refrigerate, unless you’re ready to eat it at once. If you use the ring mold, some juice may leak out during refrigeration. Use a paper towel to dry the plate just before serving.

Serves 1
The serving contains about 175 calories, 7 g protein, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 38 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, and 56 mg sodium. (Gluten-free)

Blueberries – a superfood!

They may be a small fruit, but blueberries are a potent one. Nutritionists call them a superfood because they boast a number of disease-fighting antioxidants, including vitamin C. Antioxidants help protect against free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can cause cell damage, possibly leading to conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.

BlueberriesA half-cup of blueberries equals one serving of fruit and has only 40 calories. A few “berry” good tips:

> Select blueberries that are dry, firm, and deep-purple blue to blue-black with whitish bloom.

> If you want to freeze blueberries, put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once frozen, pop the berries into plastic bags, where they can stay fresh in the freezer for up to a year.

Article and recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC

Try Neck and Shoulder Stretches to Prevent Workstation Pain

Exercises for Preventing and Treating Workstation Discomfort

The following exercises can help you relax your hands and wrists if you work on a computer for a significant portion of your day. Do the exercises before starting work and during breaks throughout the day.

Neck and Shoulder Workout

These stretches can improve your body’s circulation and relieve muscle stress and tension. You can complete all the exercises in three or four minutes, or you can take just a minute and do one or two exercises.

Head Clasp: Clasp your hands behind your head and pull in your shoulder blades until you feel the stretch. Hold for five to ten seconds and relax. Repeat five to ten times.Stretch

Shoulder Stretch: Reach both arms straight back with your palms facing down and hold for five seconds. Bend in arms at the elbows, fingers pointing straight ahead, and hold for five seconds. Repeat five to ten times.

Chin Tuck: Tuck in your chin, count to two, then release. Repeat five to ten times.

Chest Stretch: Entwine your fingers behind your back, palms facing in. Raise and straighten your arms. Hold for five to ten seconds. Repeat five to ten times.

Neck stretch: Drop your chin to your chest and count to five, then roll your head to the right so your ear rests on your shoulder (try not to raise your shoulder). Count to five again, then repeat to the left.

Shoulder shrug: Sitting tall, lift your shoulders as high as you can, then press them down as if a pair of hands were pushing them down. Repeat three times.

Shoulder circles: With your arms at your side, rotate both shoulders in full circles: up, back, down, and forward.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Tax Reform Update

Taxpayers may be impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018 based on the new withholding tax tables that the University of Wisconsin implemented on payroll payments dated on or after February 1, 2018. Therefore, the IRS is advising employers to notify their employees to review their personal situation to determine how the tax law changes may be impacting their tax withholding.

Taxpayers may use the IRS Withholding Calculator to estimate their income tax for 2018. This calculator will provide taxpayers information about adjusting their withholding allowances and/or their additional withholding amounts for federal income tax.

After completing this analysis on the IRS website, current W4 withholding allowances can be found on the last earning’s statement in the “Tax Data” box.

Employees can go to to complete an amended W4.  All completed forms should be submitted to Human Resources for processing.


Now Available: Time & Absence Manager Self Service Dashboard

Starting on May 6, UW Managers and Supervisors have a new tool to help manage their Time and Absence approvals in the Human Resource System HRS. Called the ‘Time and Absence MSS (Manager Self Service) Dashboard,’ this tool will:

  • Provide a one-stop shop for Managers to process pending time and absence approval transactions for their employees.
  • Reduce the number of clicks required to access each page and to complete time and absence approval transactions.

Managers will now see a new icon on the ‘Manager Time and Approval’ tile in the MyUW portal, labeled ‘Time/Absence Dashboard.’ To access the dashboard, just click on the icon.

Managers and supervisors can watch a short video that provides an overview of the Time and Absence MSS Dashboard here: Dashboard support resources are available on the Time and Absence Help Page.

Please contact Payroll at or (920) 465-2390 with any questions.

Source: UW Service Center

K-12 Relations Outreach Specialist

This position reports to the Director of K-12 Relations and will be primarily responsible for working in collaboration with the Director of K-12 Relations to manage aspects of the College Credit in High School (CCIHS), Education Outreach and additional programming in K-12 Relations. The individual will assist in the development of new innovative programming in Education Outreach and additional offerings for CCIHS throughout Wisconsin. The Outreach Specialist will oversee and manage CCIHS processes including enrollment, billing and serve as the main point of contact for program requirements. Additional responsibilities include the planning and development of the Academic Competition and Education Outreach classes.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, June 3, 2018

Outdoor Adventure Recreation Coordinator

This position reports to the Kress Events Center Director of Operations and is responsible for the design and administration of a comprehensive Outdoor Adventure Recreation (OAR) Program. This position will manage the daily operations within Outdoor Adventure Recreation that includes outdoor adventure trips, education and instructional clinics, equipment rentals, and indoor climbing wall. The Outdoor Adventure Recreation programming will focus teambuilding, leadership development, and experiential education as well as wide range of specialized activities that helps individuals grow deeper connections and engagement with the natural environment. The Outdoor Adventure Recreation Coordinator will hire, train, supervise and evaluate student program facilitators; manage program risk and safety; and assist with budget planning and marketing. This position will also be involved with and support departmental, division, and university strategic initiatives.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, June 3, 2018

Barbecue Chicken Pizza


  • 1 ready-made 12-inch-diameter thin pizza crust
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1/2 cup thin green or red pepper strips
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup bottled barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim, low-moisture mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 450°F. Heat oil in a frying pan and add onion and pepper strips. Fry over medium heat until soft, adding a little water instead of more oil if onion and pepper start to burn.

Add chicken and barbecue sauce. Stir and remove from heat. Place ready-made crust on cookie sheet. Spread chicken, onion, and pepper mix evenly on crust. Top with mozzarella. Bake for 10 minutes, watching carefully that cheese doesn’t brown too much.

Makes 8 slices
Each slice contains about 220 calories, 26 g protein, 7 g fat, 23 mg cholesterol, 26 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, and 469 mg sodium.

This recipe is gout-friendly because it contains food moderate in purines.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC