Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Webinars offered in December

Live Webinars Scheduled for December

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 Retirement  Consider this webinar your quick reference guide to starting the retirement process within the next 12 monhts.  It’ll review:  choosing a termination date, how to request a retirement estimate- and how to read and understand it.  It’ll also cover how to schedule a retirement appointment and how to submit the retirement application.

  • Thu. Dec 3 2015 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tue. Dec 8 2015 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed. Dec 9 2015 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thu. Dec 10 2015 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Additional Contributions Find out how making additional contributions to your WRS account can potentially increase your retirement. This webinar also provides examples of how contributions grow over time with interest, how to pay additional contributions, etc.

  • Thu. Dec 3 2015 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tue. Dec 15 2015 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Mon. Dec 21 2015 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Choosing When to Retire This webinar will focus primarily on choosing your optimal termination and WRS benefit effective dates. The focus will include not only the “December versus January” decision, but also how retirement timing at any point during the year can affect your retirement annuity amount and other employee retirement benefits.

  • Wed. Dec 2 2015 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu. Dec 10 2015 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed. Dec 16 2015 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tue. Dec 22 2015 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Beneficiary Designation Do you have a beneficary designation on file with ETF and does it reflect how you’d want your WRS death benefits paid?  This webinar reviews the importance of having a beneficiary designation on file and keeping it updated as life events occur.  The webinar will also review the process of how to correctly complete a designation form, what it means if you do not have one of file with ETF, and how to request a copy of your current form.

  • Tue. Dec 8 2015 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu. Dec 10 2015 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thu. Dec 17 2015 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

Retirement Annuity Options This webinar will help to increase your understanding of the WRS annuity options and to explain the difference between a beneficiary and a named survivor. There will be time at the end of the webinar to ask questions regarding the annuity options.

  • Wed. Dec 9 2015 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wed. Dec 16 2015 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tue. Dec 22 2015 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WRS Employer and Employee 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 2016.

  • Tue. Dec 1 2015 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Fri. Dec 18 2015 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Register for a webinar

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




CURRENT: After 5 Packer Party at Badger State Brewing Co.


After 5 Packer Party at Badger State Brewing Co.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Register Here

This event is coordinated and hosted by Current, the Greater Green Bay Chamber’s young professionals group targeting individuals age 21-40.

After 5 Packer Party at Badger State Brewing Co.

What beats grabbing a few craft brews while meeting other local young professionals? Doing it while watching your favorite home team. Even if you’re not naturally inclined to root for the green and gold, we’ll create a game day experience in a trendsetting venue that will leave you walking away feeling satisfied with the camaraderie in the shadows of Lambeau Field. We’ll provide pizzas; feel free to bring a dish to pass in this venue that encourages you to bring your own food. Huh, how about that.

Grab your friends and colleagues and come meet other local young professionals. Cash bar.

About the Venue

Badger State Brewing Co. is an award-winning craft brewery located in Green Bay, Wisconsin in the Lambeau Field “Stadium District.” What began as a homebrewing hobby on the weekends led to professional careers as Badger State Brewing Co. was opened in 2013. In 2014, following a successful first year of operation, their facilities were expanded to include a Tap Room and 10,000 square feet of brewing space that houses a 15 barrel brewing system.


Event Registration

Advance registration is appreciated for planning purposes. Please register using the email we have on file for you.

6 pm -11 pm Open House Format
7:25 pm Kickoff

Badger State Brewing Co.
990 Tony Canadeo Run
Green Bay, WI 54304
Map to Event
Maximum Attendees: 150

CURRENT: Current Connect: Get Plugged In


Current Connect: Get Plugged In
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Current Connect is a program hosted by Current, the young professionals program of the Greater Green Bay Chamber.

Specifically designed with new members in mind, this program will educate new members on how to maximize their membership investment by educating members on the types of events and programs offered by Current.
Additionally, this facilitated session is setup to create a smaller, more intimate setting for members to build more meaningful personal and professional relationships that are often times more difficult to forge during other larger events. Think of it as a building a cohort to acclimate you to the program while you continue to expand your overall experience.
While new members are targeted for this program, any member is welcome to attend to become more acquainted with their peers and Current’s program offerings.
Food and beverage is served at each session. Please be sure to notify us in advance if you have special dietary restrictions. There is no cost for members of Current to attend.
Tanja Schneider
5 pm Doors Open for networking, dinner served
5:30 pm Session beginns
6:30 pm Conclusion
The Docking Station
111 N. Broadway Ste. B
Green Bay, WI 54303
Map to event
Conference Room
Maximum Attendees: 20
Docking Station

December Lunch n’ Learn

The UW-Green Bay Wellness Committee Presents:

What: Wellness Lunch n’ Learn ‘Healthy Seasons’ Eating’

When: Thursday, December 10, 2015
12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Heritage Room, University Union

Please RSVP by Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

With the holiday season upon us, it’s a time in which family and friends gather to celebrate, often with special recipes and foods.  Join us for this month’s lunch n’ learn program in which a dietician from Prevea Health will be presenting tips and ideas for ways to eat healthy throughout the holiday season.




Design, Marketing, and Media Specialist

The Design, Marketing, and Media Specialist reports to the Director of External Relations in the division of Outreach and Adult Access.  This position builds and maintains websites including providing leadership for the Division’s main home page design and updating.  This position also designs materials to promote Division programs, and assists with the implementation and maintenance of the event registration software.  The Media Specialist will work with Division staff to develop visual identities for the purpose of branding the Division and individual programs.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Friday, December 18, 2015.

Enrollment Services Manager

The Enrollment Services Manager reports to the Dean of Enrollment Services, and coordinates and manages all operations of the integrated Green Bay One Stop Shop (GBOSS).  This position will supervise and train Student Services Specialists, and coordinate Welcome Center operations.  This position is responsible for developing, communicating, and implementing new ideas, as well as analyzing business practices to improve policy and procedure based on interactions with students and families, faculty, and staff.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Monday, December 7, 2015.

CURRENT: Time Management Does Not Work; So What Does?

12 8 15 Workshop

Management Does Not Work; So What Does?
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
7:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Register Here
Online Registration open until 12/8/2015

This event is coordinated and hosted by Current, the Greater Green Bay Chamber’s young professionals group targeting individuals age 21-40.

Time Management Does Not Work; So What Does?  How to be More Effective with Your Time

We all have 24 hours in a day. No one is gifted with more; not one is deprived with less. How do you best manage the time you are given?Technology, social connectedness and “smart” living, is not working. So what is?

Learn how to be more effective by starting with what is important – you and your priorities. Once you understand what is important, the resources you implement will help you maintain life and work integration…with peace of mind!

You will learn:

  • How to effectively manage time by identifying important priorities.
  • How to implement your strategy to live a more integrated work and life.

About the Speaker

Linda Haynes Wipfli Linda Haynes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Manager of Learning & Development
Wipfli LLP

For more than 20 years, Linda has dedicated her career to the human resource profession with an emphasis in learning and development. Prior to her current role, she worked in both the healthcare and hospitality industries.

She is particularly interested in workforce engagement through employee development, relationships and work/life choices. She understands that business success relies on its greatest foundation; engaged employees.

Currently, she is instrumental in Wipfli’s corporate university, WipfliU, associate engagement and associate, performance coach and partner development.


Muffins, seasonal fruit, sweet potato hash, egg white strata with onions, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and herbs, juices, tea and coffee.

Event Registration

$39 Members of Current | $54 Nonmembers of Current

Free with 2015 All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More

To ensure proper membership pricing for Current or an events package enrollment, please use the eamil address we have on file for you when registering online. There is a 96-hour cancellation policy.

Event Sponsors

12 8 15 Workshop Sponsors







Linda Haynes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Wipfli LLP

7 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Workshop Begins
10:30 a.m. Conclusion

Hyatt on Main
333 Main St.
Green Bay WI 54301
Map to Event
Parking in the Hyatt on Main lot will be validated. Parking in the Main Street Ramp is subject to City of Green bay parking fees.
Maximum Attendees: 80

Thank you to our Sponsors


Important Year End Leave Information for University Staff

As we near the end of the 2015 calendar year, University Staff employees are reminded to review their leave balances.

Vacation Carry Over
Normally, vacation time must be used within the calendar year during which it is earned.  Employees may carry over any unused earned vacation into the following calendar year.  Any vacation carried over from the previous calendar year must be used by December 31 of the following calendar year.

The Human Resources System (HRS) will automatically take any vacation absences entered first from carry over balances before taking from the current year’s allocations.

Compensatory Time
Compensatory time is able to be carried into the following calendar year if approved by the immediate supervisor.  If carried over, unused compensatory time must be used by April 30th of the following year or it will be paid out on the pay period that includes May 1st.

Personal and Legal Holidays
Personal and Legal holiday hours may not be carried into 2016 and if not used by December 31, 2015 will be forfeited.

Annual Leave Conversion Option (Sabbatical)
Forms for all employees eligible for the Annual Leave Conversion Option are now available on the My UW System Portal, under the Time and Absence section, Statements tab.  All completed forms must be submitted to HR no later than Friday, December 4, 2015.

Please contact the Payroll & Benefits office at 920-465-2390 or payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu if you have any questions.

Multicultural Advisor

The Multicultural Advisor reports to the Diversity Director, and is responsible for counseling and advising enrolled multicultural students and for developing programs and activities to enhance awareness of and appreciation for cultural diversity on the campus.  The advisor assists with recruitment and retention of multicultural students. The advisor places a particular emphasis on the needs of African American, Asian, Southeast Asian, Hispanic and American Indian and alumni of listed racial/ethnicity heritage and background.  The advisor shows initiative in developing new programs and is motivated to work independently as well as collaboratively with the American Intercultural Center team and other university departments.  This position works closely with various academic departments and student service offices and serves as a community liaison to actively support campus efforts to recruit, retain and graduate students of color.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Friday, December 18, 2015.

Focusing on Strengths (Not Weaknesses!) to Optimize Results

Academic Staff are invited to join the Academic Staff Professional Development Programming Committee on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 12 – 1 p.m. in University Union Room 103 for

Focusing on Strengths (Not Weaknesses!) to Optimize Results

Presented by: Lisa Tetzloff, Director of Student Life


All registered participants will receive a FREE code to take the half-hour StrengthsFinder assessment. StrengthsFinder is a widely used online tool for identifying and maximizing our biggest strengths. Organizers request that participants take this assessment prior to Tuesday, November 8 at noon (so Lisa may review the groups results) and bring the list of their indicated Top 5 strengths. At the session, attendees will learn what their strengths mean and how to use them to their and any group’s advantage. Light refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring your lunch.

To register, click here. Registration will be limited to the first sixty registered participants. A Code to take StrengthsFinder assessment will be distributed to registered participants Tuesday, December 1, 2015 via email.

Questions may be sent to richterj@uwgb.edu