Procurement Specialist

Under the general direction of the Controller, this position is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of all UW-Green Bay procurement functions, including equipment, supplies, and contractual services for the campus and oversight of mail services and central receiving. The position has administrative responsibility for the following business functions: contract management, procurement card program, printing and duplicating services, shipping and receiving, mail services and surplus property, which includes hiring staff, staff development and training, performance evaluation, and implementation of corrective measures as deemed appropriate.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, April 2, 2017.

2017 State Group Life Insurance Annual Update

Employees participating in the State Group Life insurance program will have their coverage level and premium updated effective April 1, 2017.

For Faculty/Academic Staff/Limited Appointees (paid monthly), the premium update will be reflected on the March 31, 2017 paycheck. For University Staff (paid bi-weekly), the premium update will be reflected on the March 30, 2017 paycheck.

State Group Life Insurance coverage level and premium are based on a participant’s age as of April 1 each year, and their highest calendar year of Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) earnings. The 2017 premiums are available at: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/life/sgl/.

Please contact Human Resources at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390 if you have any questions.

 

Kroc Center Lunch ‘n Learn held on March 8th

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Thank you to Laurel and Nick from the Kroc Center for visiting their alma mater on Wednesday, March 8th to talk with us about Nutrition, Fitness and the Kroc Center!  Laurel shared information about nutrition, such as asking for dressing, gravy and cream sauce on the side when dining out (so you can control how much you use).  Did you know that some small bags of chips are actually two servings, so we would need to double the amount per serving on the nutrition label (i.e. calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium) if we eat the whole bag?  Have you heard about substituting applesauce for half the called-for butter, shortening or oil in recipes to make it healthier?  She also explained that 3,500 calories equals about one pound of fat, so we would need to burn about 3,500 calories more than we take in to lose one pound.  In general, if we cut 500 calories from our typical diet each day, we’d lose about one pound per week!  Laurel also made peanut butter energy balls for us to enjoy!

Nick shared interesting information about the Green Bay Kroc Center, which is one of 26 Kroc Centers nationwide, funded by a generous donation from Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc.  The Green Bay Kroc Community Center opened in 2011, and offers a fitness center, aquatics center, gym with indoor track, group fitness classes, swim lessons, art and music classes, youth dance lessons, senior classes, youth day camp, and an after school program. UWGB employees can receive 15% off monthly membership costs, a free two week trial membership, and a waived registration fee because UW-Green Bay is part of the Corporate Connections Program. Please see their website for more information.

REMINDER: 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.

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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.

University Services Associate 2 (Open to UW System Employees Only)

This position reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Director of Gradute Studies. The primary function of this position is to provide a wide range of support services for the Office of Grants and Research, the Office of Graduate Studies, and to assist in general support of the administrative functions associated with the Provost’s suite. Responsibilities will include technological related support, spreadsheet development, and specific projects as assigned by the Associate Vice Chancellor. The individual will be responsible for independently performing administrative functions critical to the success of each of the supported offices, as well the general Provost suite.  The individual will be working in a time­ sensitive and fast paced environment.

THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY OPEN TO UW SYSTEM EMPLOYEES ONLY.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Welcome Christy Vincent!

Christy VOn February 27, 2017, Christy Vincent was welcomed as a Student Status Examiner Associate in Admissions.

Prior to joining UWGB, Christy was employed by Bank of Luxemburg.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.

Christy is co-coach of a high school Community Problem Solvers Team.  She enjoys outdoor activities, such as canoeing, rafting, and skiing, and also enjoys fitness and cooking.

Christy is from Luxemburg, Wisconsin.  She has two older siblings that also live in the area and a niece and nephew.

Welcome, Christy!

Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Webinars Offered in March

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.

Annuity Options: This webinar will help to increase your understanding of the WRS annuity options available to you at retirement. We will also explain the difference between a beneficiary and a named survivor.

  • Wed, Mar 15, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Mon, Mar 20, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Mar 30, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Newly Retired? What to Expect: The Newly Retired Webinar provides basic information for Wisconsin Retirement System members who have recently entered or are soon to enter retirement status. Topics include initial (“estimated”) retirement annuity payments, “finalized” payments and adjustments, post-retirement life and health insurance, and return to work rules under the WRS.

  • Mon, Mar 13, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Mar 16, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Mar 21, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WRS Retirement Benefit Calculation Methods: This webinar will explain the methods used for benefit calculations and the components of each method. Anyone who has requested or is planning to request an estimate will have a better understanding of how that amount was calculated.

  • Tue, Mar 14, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Mar 23, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Mar 28, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 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.

  • Tue, Mar 14, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Mar 22, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Mar 22, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 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.

  • Tue, Mar 14, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Mar 16, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed, Mar 29, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register for a Webinar

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

Employee Spotlight: Brian Sutton

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Name: Brian Sutton

Position at UWGB: Associate Professor, Humanistic Studies; Director of English Composition and the Writing Center

Summary of what you do: Besides teaching, I direct the English Comp program and the Writing Center.

How long have you been employed: At UWGB, 25 years. As a college teacher, 39 years. How long since my first job, over 50 years.

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I came here in 1992, and I’ve been Director of English Comp and of the Writing Center since 1993, other than a two-year hiatus to be Chair of Humanistic Studies almost 15 years ago. I was also Chair of English for a while somewhere in there.

Three words that describe you: Grumpy old man.

Personal interests: My grandkids, writing, music (mostly guitar, some piano, songwriting), reading, travel

 

– Are you messy or organized? Messy, but my new office allows me to appear organized for the time being.

– Best vacation you’ve been to? Probably staying with friends in Montsalier, a village of about 100 in southwestern France (Provence)

– Describe what you were like at age 10. Much younger

– Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? New York Times. But I probably read the Green Bay Press-Gazette more regularly.

– Do you have a favorite quote? “There’s no perfect time to write. There’s only now.” Barbara Kingsolver

– Do you have an office nickname? What is it?  If I do, I don’t know it.

– Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work?  Yes.

– Favorite travel spot? Provence. Paris is also very nice.

– If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Dunno. Who plays nerds these days?

– If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?  Jesus, because maybe then I could know for sure

– If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? The resurrection, if it did in fact take place

– If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be? How to play fingerstyle guitar.

– If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? My best guitar, which is a Martin HD-28.

– People would be surprised if they knew: A lot of people do know this, but I assume they were surprised to discover that I could write an entire musical (book, music, and lyrics) that could succeed on 42nd Street in NYC and get a good review in the NY Times and favorable coverage in the Wall Street Journal

 – Top 3 life highlights? = 1. Marriage, births of my kids & grandkids   2. Successful professional production on 42nd Street, NYC, of Searching for Romeo     3. Three Hopwood Awards for creative writing when I was in college

– What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Working with the other English Comp teachers

– What book did you read last? The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

– What celebrity do people think you look like? Bill Maher

– What did you want to be when growing up? A writer

– What do you like to do in your spare time? Play guitar and piano, write, see my grandkids

– What is your favorite movie and book? Book—The Great Gatsby

– What is your favorite sport? Tennis

– What places have you lived in? Dayton, OH; Muncie, IN; Hillsdale, MI; Ann Arbor, MI; Cass City, MI; Dexter, MI; Vernal, UT; Denver, CO; Irvington, NY; Springfield, MO; Chattanooga, TN; Green Bay, WI; Brooklyn, NY

– What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? Book—The Secret Garden

Mindfulness Classes

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Did you know stress rates have skyrocketed in the past six to seven years, a timeline that roughtly corresponds to our ability to “hyperconnect” to work via smartphones?* Being mindful in our daily routine can help us reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and control anxiety. When we practice mindfulness at work, we think more clearly. We respond rather than react. We take events less personally. We make better decisions. In short, our brains slow down. We reduce our stress levels while simultaneously increasing our effectiveness.

“Relaxation” – this was a suggestion from a UWGB employee for what topic the Wellness Committee should focus on next.  Two-time NFL MVP and Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers knows the importance of relaxing and being mindful. Practicing mindfulness can improve many aspects of your daily life, and implementing mindful practices in your routine might be easier than you think!  RELAX

To promote a culture of well-being and help us be more mindful at work, the following meditation and Tai Chi classes will be offered to UWGB employees this spring!  A big THANK YOU to the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) for their wellness grant to UWGB to fund the entire cost of these classes, so there is no charge to employees to attend!  Another big THANK YOU to the Richard Mauthe Center for co-sponsoring these classes!  All classes will be held at 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. in the Mauthe Center.

  • Monday, March 13th – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Monday, March 20th – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Monday, March 27th – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Monday, April 3rd – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Friday, April 7th – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy
  • Friday, April 14th – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy
  • Friday, April 21st – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy
  • Friday, April 28th – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy

Please click on this link to register for the classes: http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1RDH7wyV8TIaahL

Did you miss the first class or forgot to register?  No problem!  Just show up and join us!

We will also be scheduling Tai Chi classes in May, which will be posted on HR Connect as soon as the dates finalized.

We all have stress in our lives.  Regardless of the cause, your body’s reaction to stress can make you more likely to get sick.  So finding ways to de-stress is important to your health.  Mindfulness can be the key to slowing down and enjoying the moment.  Please consider taking advantage of this great opportunity!

* Quote from Scott Eblin, Author of the book Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative

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Summer Prepay Deductions

If you are an academic (9-month) employee and will be returning to UW employment in the fall of 2017, or you are an academic (9-month) employee with a summer appointment, you will have additional insurance premiums deducted from your March 31, May 1 and/or June 1 paychecks to continue your insurance coverage through the summer months. These additional insurance premiums, taken along with your regular monthly insurance deductions, are referred to as ‘summer prepay deductions.’

You must be expected to return for the fall semester, or you must continue employment in a summer service/summer session appointment to have insurance coverage continue during the summer contract break. Insurance premiums cannot be taken from summer service or summer session appointment earnings. If an employee is working Summer Session(s) or Summer Service, the insurance premium deductions will have to be taken prior to this appointment via summer prepay deductions, or must be paid through direct payment by the employee.

If your anticipated fall 2017 employment status changes after you have already had additional insurance premiums deducted, you may receive refunds for these additional deductions.  If you will be terminating employment, and you will not be returning in the fall, contact the Benefits Office immediately. They will assist you in determining your employment termination date and the date your insurance coverage will end.

If you anticipate that you will experience any other status change; marriage, adoption, divorce, etc., please contact your Benefits office immediately so you are informed about the impacts to your insurance benefits.

IMPORTANT: The chart below illustrates insurance premiums deducted for an employee scheduled to return to UW employment in the fall of 2017, or who has a summer appointment and is then terminating. Most employees will have deductions taken according to the chart below.  Your Benefits office will determine your specific appointment, any summer employment, your fall return date, or your end date, and if your deduction schedule will vary from the schedule below.

2017 Summer Prepay Deduction Schedule

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How Summer Prepay Deductions Appear on Your Earnings Statement

Summer prepay deductions will appear as a lump sum amount on earnings statements. All deductions taken pre-tax (most medical-related premiums and a portion of State Group Life premiums) will be added together under the name ‘Prebtx’ and all deductions taken post-tax (most life insurance premiums) will be added together under the name ‘Preatx.’

Regular benefit deductions for the month will continue to be listed under the plan name. These deductions are typically taken on a pre-tax basis. If you have one extra deduction for each plan, there will be a total listed under Prebtx on each earnings statement impacted by the additional deductions. NOTE: ‘Prebtx’ stands for before tax or pre-tax and ‘Preatx’ stands for after tax or post-tax.

IMPORTANT: To verify accuracy, please review your earnings statements to ensure that your insurance deductions are accurate for your situation. If insurance premiums are not collected through the summer prepay deductions process, you will be billed for premiums.  In this case, you must remit timely premium payments to continue your insurance coverage.

If you have questions, please contact the Benefits Office at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu.