ETF Learning Opportunity Update — August Webinars

Attention Employees covered under the Wisconsin Retirement System

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is offering the following webinars during the month of August.  See ETF’s information below regarding their upcoming webinars.


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Live Webinars Scheduled for August
ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. Visit our webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions. Here is what others have said about our webinars:

  • “My participation in the webinar was a first for me, and I just want to compliment you on how easy it was to connect, follow along, and provide questions or requests. Excellent job!”
  • “Thanks for having these valuable webinars. The professional but conversational style helped me to understand the presentation as easily as an “in office” meeting. Really appreciate that the presenter fully understands the subject. Wonderful job.”

How Divorce Can Affect Your WRS Benefits/QDRO (Qualified Domestic Relation Order)

This webinar covers not only how divorce can affect your WRS benefits, but also the importance of properly completing the QDRO required by ETF under state law. We will also review what happens once a valid Qualified Domestic Relations Order is accepted and processed by ETF.

  • Tuesday August 12, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday August 21, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 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 (payroll deduction or direct pay), etc.

  • Thursday August 7, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Monday August 18, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday August 27, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register for a webinar

Supervisory Leadership Certificate Graduates

Congratulations to the first three graduates of the Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program for UW-Green Bay supervisors!  Sue Bodilly, Jeff Krueger, and Jeff Sonkowsky have all completed the requirements needed to gain their certificate.  The Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program for UW-Green Bay supervisors is a collaboration between the Small Business Development Center and Human Resources.  Selected participants complete core and elective courses which build leadership skills, invest in their employees, advance their departments, and move their careers forward. If you have questions about the program, please feel free to contact Human Resources at or (920) 465-2390.


Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program


The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is pleased to announce a certification opportunity for UW-Green Bay supervisors. The Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program for UW-Green Bay supervisors is a collaboration between the Small Business Development Center and Human Resources. The program is designed to help supervisors build leadership skills, invest in their employees, and advance their department. Each semester, five supervisors will be selected to begin this program. Approximately $300 in expenses for course materials and other items will be charged to the department. Supervisors are encouraged to discuss the cost with Division Heads/Area Leaders if funding is a barrier to participation.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please complete and submit the Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program Interest Form to your supervisor. Supervisors should review and complete their portion of the form, and forward to the Area Leader no later than August 15th. Forms will be forwarded to the Position Review Committee for consideration and decisions made on attendees will be communicated to employees and supervisors by early September.

If you applied for the program last year and were wait-listed, there is no need to resubmit an interest form. Your form will be considered by the Position Review Committee for this year’s program. If you are no longer interested in participating in the program, please notify HR by e-mailing

If you have questions about the Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program, please feel free to contact Human Resources at  or (920) 465-2390.

CURRENT – Kickball Classic







Current Kickball Classic presented by Prevea Health and Wellness
Event Basics
When: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
10 a.m. Round 1
11 a.m. Round 2
12 p.m. Round 3
1 p.m. Round 4
2 p.m. Consolation Games
3 p.m. Championship Games
4 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Riverview Park in Allouez
901 Broadview Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54301Map this location!
Fee: $200 Team Fee / $20 Individual Fee
FREE: Spectators are encouraged to attend! Concessions and off-field entertainment will be provided.
Contact: (920) 593-3408
Rain or shine. No refunds. Sorry, no carry-ins.
Registration deadline for teams is Thursday, Aug. 14.
Event Overview
The tournament will be hosted on all five diamonds at Riverview Park in Allouez. Off-field entertainment will be provided to make this a fun and enjoyable day for players and spectators alike. Concessions will be available. Sorry, no carry-ins.  A team registration fee of $200 is required for each team. This event will occur rain or shine. No refunds. Each team will play three games. Please note this is not a double elimination tournament, rather, a margin of victory tournament. Teams with the greatest margin of victory from their first two games will proceed to a championship game. Other teams will be paired in consolation games. See tournament rules for complete details.This is a co-ed tournament. A team shall be composed of 10 players, minimum of five women if playing 10 players and four women if playing eight players.

New! Don’t have a full team but want to play? Individual participants can email our free agent coordinator Mark Nicholas. $20/individual to participate.

Over $1,000 in estimated prize value in certificates and merchandise!

Additional details and requirements will be sent to registered team captains including:

  • Team registration form requiring team name and co-ed roster of 10 players. Rosters must be submitted no later than Thursday, Aug. 14.
  • All registered players must be 18 years of age to participate and submit a completed liability waiver. Waivers are due at the time rosters are submitted.
  • Individual registrants will receive a complimentary “Current Kickball Classic” T-shirt. Shirt sizes must be submitted with the team roster.
  • Tournament rules.

Visit for additional information including tournament rules.

Welcome David Jones

David started as the Emergency Manager/Police Officer on June 30, 2014.  He is a retired Special Agent USAF OSI.  He earned a Masters in Criminal Justice and his hometown is Tempe, Arizona.  David has a wife, 2 daughters and 3 dogs.

Welcome Julianne Crayton

CraytonJulianneJulianne started as an Area Coordinator on July 1, 2014.  Prior to starting at UW-Green Bay Julianne was employed at the University Of Central Missouri for 2 years.  She earned her Bachelor’s of Science from UW-Green Bay and a Master’s of Science from the University of Central Missouri.  She is from Oak Creek, WI, and is married to Matthew.

CURRENT – Dancing with Elephants


Dancing with Elephants presented by Michael Kiley    
Event Basics
When: Thursday, July 24, 2014
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Bemis Conference Center
100 Grant St
De Pere, WI  54115
Fee: $15 Members of Current
$20 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Soup du jour, composed salad, chicken Genovese, pesto linguine primavera, garbanzo beans and peppers, garlic breadsticks, Italian potato bake and dessert of the day.
Register: (920) 437-8704
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview
Dancing with Elephants
From start up to elephant trainer: one Midwestern company’s dance with Wall Street and K Street to improve the lives of 72M working Americans – (and 11M Brits to boot).  Join us as Michael Kiley, CEO of PAi (Current’s reigning Next Generation Best Place to Work), brings you along his journey from a being a small startup firm in rural Wisconsin to becoming the back office for Wall Street goliaths like American Funds and Bank of America Merrill Lynch and shaping retirement policies that impact the lives of millions, not just in the United States, but also in the UK. Michael will step through some of the struggles he’s faced along the way and provide helpful guidance for overcoming some of the unique challenges that young professionals face in the emerging global economy.
About the Speaker
Michael Kiley
President and CEO
PAiRecognized as a visionary in the retirement field, Kiley has nearly 30 years of experience creating simple, affordable and effective retirement solutions that also educate and inform workers on the importance of owning their retirement readiness. He is dedicated to helping ensure every American has access to a dignified retirement.

Since founding PAi, Kiley has focused his efforts on serving the unique retirement needs of small- and medium-sized businesses by collaborating with partners in government, industry and technology. Kiley is an active member of a number of influential industry associations, including the National Institute on Retirement Security, the Council of Independent 401(k) Recordkeepers (CIKR), the Women’s Institute For a Secure Retirement Advisory Committee (WISER) and the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA).

Kiley recently served as an expert panelist for the American Savings Education Council (ASEC) and was a guest speaker at the Plan Sponsor Council of America Annual Conference. He also served as an industry expert discussing the retirement needs of “Main Street USA” at the Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA) annual national conference. Kiley has provided testimony on the Successful Retirement Readiness Communication for Various Population Segments before the United States Department of Labor Advisor Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefits Plans. He is also the founder of two nationwide efforts designed to help provide a dignified retirement for all: and

54218 Challenge


54218 Challenge
Sunday, July 13 – Saturday, July 19

Sign-up today for our week-long 54218 Challenge designed to help faculty, staff and students live healthier using 54218 every day!

Live54218 Mission: To create environments in the community that support and promote all residents daily in:

5 - Consuming 5 fruit and vegetables
4 - Drinking 4 bottles of water
2 - Having less than 2 hours of screen time (outside of your work)
1 - Participating in at least 1 hour of physical activity
8 - Sleeping 8 hours a night


Benefits: Live54218 Vision to make Brown County, Wisconsin (and our UW-Green Bay Campus) the healthiest community in the nation!

Registration: To participate in the challenge, send an e-mail to the Wellness Committee at by Friday, July 11th.

Tracking Form: Complete the tracking form and submit the form electronically to or by intercampus mail (HR CL710). Forms must be turned in by Noon on July 23rd to be considered for prizes.

Prizes: Participants filling in 100% (all 84) of the circles will be entered into a drawing to win one of two UW-Green Bay sweatshirts from the Phoenix Bookstore. All other participants completing 90% (76 or more) of the circles will be eligible for a Wellness Water Bottle.

For additional 54218 opportunities in our community check out:

Welcome Rebekah Vrabel

VrabelRebeccaRebekah started at UW-Green Bay on June 15, 2014, as an Instruction and Reference Librarian.  She previously worked at Waldorf College and earned her BA from Northland College and her MLIS from UW-Milwaukee.  Rebekah is an avid knitter and enjoys volunteering at public libraries.  She and her brother Scott are from Frankfort, Illinois.  Welcome Rebekah!