Welcome Chris Houghton


Chris Houghton started on April 1, 2014 as an Associate Researcher. Prior to starting at UW-Green Bay he was employed at UW-Milwaukee. He earned his PHD and MS from UW-Milwaukee and his BS from UW-Stevens Point. Chris is from Stevens Point.

Welcome Terry Zarnoth


Terry started as a Lead Custodian on April 14, 2014. Prior to starting at UW-Green Bay he was employed at Cellynne Paper Co. for sixteen years. Terry is married with one daughter and 2 granddaughters. He is a bell ringer during the holiday season and loves to garden and plant trees.

Your Annual WRS Statement of Benefits is Now Available Online

Your Annual Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Statement of Benefits is now available online in the My UW System portal: http://my.wisconsin.edu.  Login to the portal and go to the “Benefit Information” module and click on the “Statements” tab.  Click on “ETF Annual Statement of Benefits (WRS) Issued 2014” to view and print your statement.  Please note that you will not receive a paper copy of the statement.

The WRS Annual Statement of Benefits provides you with information about your Wisconsin Retirement System account as of January 1, 2014. Information on the statement includes 2013 WRS earnings and creditable service; total years of WRS creditable service, and separation and death benefit calculations.  You should review this statement closely for accuracy.

Statement Section 2 – After Act 10 Service
The name of your retirement category is in both Sections 1 and 2 of the Statement.  If you are in a General, Teacher or Protective retirement category, all of your creditable service will be listed in the “Before 2000” and/or “After 1999” columns in Section 2 of the Statement.

Only employees in an Elected or Executive retirement category will have creditable service in the “After Act 10” column.  2011 Wisconsin Act 10 changed the way retirement benefits are calculated for Elected/Executive category employees so service earned after Act 10 must be tracked separately for this group of employees.

Information to Help You Understand Your WRS Statement
Explanation of Annual Statement of Benefits (ET-7333)

Video Explanation of the Statement 

WRS Annual Statement of Benefits Help Page (includes the above links plus additional information)

Webinars dates and times will be released soon and available on the ETF Webinars page

Information Regarding Interest Rates and Annuity Adjustments
Webinars and Video: Interest Rates and Annuity Adjustments

Please note that if you have recently been upgraded to Firefox 19 (with a new built-in PDF viewer) you may find your statement unreadable in the My UW System portal. For workaround instructions visit:
https://kb.wisc.edu/page.php?id=29006.  Please contact your institution’s IT helpdesk if further assistance is needed.


CURRENT – Leadership through Film


Event Basics
When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
5 p.m. Registration & Networking
6 p.m. Screening of Westbound
7:20 p.m. Facilitated Discussion
8 p.m. Conclusion
Where: The Green Room Lounge
353 Main Ave
De Pere, WI  54115
Fee: $10 Members of Current
$20 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Pizza and snacks are included with the event fee.
Register: (920) 437-8704
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview
Discover Leadership through Film: WestboundDuring this unique screening of “Westbound. The Journey of Lifetime.” Director Jim Rivett and Producer Shelly Young will guide an interactive discussion of one of the film’s principle lessons: leadership. Following the viewing of this documentary created by local firm Arketype, they’ll guide you through a dialogue that will debunk the myth that leadership is all business: leadership is in your neighborhood, in your community, it’s everywhere
WESTBOUND. The Journey of a Lifetime.As a child during the Depression, Adolph Vandertie was captivated by a desire for travel. Visiting the hobo jungles, he was part of a world where men told stories of adventure and measured time by whittling. Adolph once watched an old hobo whittle a ball-in-cage – the quintessential design among whittlers. From that moment a lifelong fascination to master a dying art took hold. Each cut into the soft wood fueled the memory of freedom of riding the rails.

Tramp art and hobo whimsies were uniquely born of an independent spirit. Hobos whittle. Tramps carve. Both craft amazing objects from discarded cigar boxes and found materials. One man, Adolph Vandertie – Grand Duke of the Hobos – created more than 4,000 rare and beautiful pieces of this distinctive folk art form. Using the trash of an economy that became too arrogant to care, Vandertie transforms the refuse.

Westbound is a candid portrait of 96-year-old Adolph Vandertie and his final confessions of a life filled with joy, heartache and addiction. Sweeping through the Great Depression, the film chronicles America’s downfall and return to being the strongest nation in the world. It’s an iconic tale that explores Adolph’s journey to achieve personal redemption by creating an astonishing collection – beautiful in their minute details and the cleverness of their design. This simple act of whittling found objects becomes a beacon of hope for one man while capturing the true spirit of America.

About the Discussion Facilitators
Jim Rivett
President and Creative Director
Arketype, Inc.A native of Green Bay, Rivett is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in painting and drawing and a minor in television and film production. He then studied at the New York School of Visual Arts under Milton Glaser.

Rivett has forged a broadly successful career in advertising, graphic design and fine art, leveraging his talents in illustration, design, art direction and photo direction. Today he is president and creative director of Arketype Inc., a 30-person advertising and design agency based in Green Bay.

In 2007, at the invitation of Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton, Rivett was asked to serve on the newly formed Wisconsin Task Force on Arts and Creativity in Education. The group’s mission is to ensure that a creative workforce and entrepreneurial talent is cultivated throughout the state to compete in a 21st century global economy (www.creative.wisconsin.gov).

All along with his passion for painting, drawing and graphic design was a love of film and the goal to create dynamic, compelling work in animation, live action and documentary film. In 2005 he began work on fulfilling this passion by forming Arketype Entertainment – a division of Arketype Inc – and bringing together an ensemble of video producers, animators, editors and musicians. The full-length feature documentary film project WESTBOUND began in 2006 and is the culmination of the team’s work (www.catchwestbound.com).

In a very recent development and almost simultaneous to the completion of WESTBOUND, Arketype was selected to The BCA Ten – 2009, an exclusive group of 10 companies selected by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) that  recognizes businesses for exceptional involvement with the arts (www.americansforthearts.org). The BCA, founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller, is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that the arts flourish in America by encouraging, inspiring and stimulating businesses to support the arts in the workplace, in education, and in the community.

Shelly Young
Director of Video and Motion Graphics
Arketype, Inc.After growing up in Green Bay, Shelly Young attended Suomi College and Michigan Tech University, majoring in fine arts with an emphasis in the arts and performance. She has a true passion for film and video and brings more than 18 years’ experience in television and video production to Arketype’s clients.

Prior to joining Arketype full-time, Young had worked independently, partnering with Arketype to produce several award-winning video projects for both clients of industry and not-for-profit organizations. She also served as a producer with Wisconsin Public Television – PBS from 1992 until 2002.

Another of Young’s passions is writing. She co-wrote a screenplay based on the true story of the Wyandot Tribe of Kansas, currently under contract with Sir Ben Kingsley and SBK Pictures.

Recognized with over 30 national and international awards including the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (EMMY®), Young has produced a wide range of broadcast programs including children’s series, social issue documentaries, performance specials, live television, public service announcements and television advertising.

UW Credit Union Fraud and Scams Seminar

The UW Credit Union is offering a fraud and scams prevention and awareness seminar for students, faculty, staff and general public.

As part of National Money Smart Week, the student organization Enactus has scheduled a Fraud and Scams – Awareness and Prevention Seminar.  Current trends in financial crime, identity theft, and ways to protect yourself will be discussed.  The seminar will take place on Tuesday, April 8th from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Phoenix Room C, University Union.

Wayne Resch, Branch Manager – UW Credit Union
Susan Bach, NE WI Regional Director – Better Business Bureau

Prior registration is not required, and there is no cost to attend.  Please contact Wayne Resch, 608-232-5000, ext. 2382,  if you have any questions.

T. Rowe Price Offers Live Webinars

T. Rowe Price Offers Live Webinars  –  April 1, 2 and 3

T. Rowe Price, one of the investment companies in your UW TSA 403(b) Program, again offers the well-received webinar Retirement Investing From Beginning to End.  This is a live presentation over the web, and there will be time for you to ask questions and get your questions answered.

Retirement Investing From Beginning to End  – This 40-minute program is a comprehensive presentation that explains asset classes, reviews the concepts of risk and return, and helps you make the most of your investment choices. The plan’s investment options will be discussed and profiled using market capitalization, investment style, and geographic characteristics.

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 3, 2014 – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

You may sign up and watch the presentation on your own computer.  Listen to the audio portion on the telephone. To register for the live webinar, visit: http://rpstrowepricereg32.fugent.com.

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions


TIAA-CREF is offering individual and confidential counseling sessions where you can discuss your financial situation with a TIAA-CREF consultant.  A representative will be available to help you achieve your financial goals by investing in financial solutions.

Please see the attached flyer for more information about TIAA-CREF sessions at UWGB.   To schedule a consultation with representative Chad Stein, call 1-866-843-5640  Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 8:00pm (EST), or register at www.tiaa-cref.org/letstalk1 .


‘Step into Spring’ Challenge


‘Step into Spring’ Challenge
Tuesday, April 1 – Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The Wellness Committee is sponsoring a month long challenge for employees and students to track their physical activities and to encourage the campus community to get active.Step 1:Create a Team consisting of 3-5 members. E-mail the team name and list of members to wellness@uwgb.edu.

Step 2: Register on the American Heart Association MyStart! website to log your activity.Step 3: Participate! Log your activities throughout the month of April on the MyStart! website.

Step 4: Earn Incentives! Weekly drawings will be held for participants logging their activities. At the end of the competition, the team with the most miles logged will win 360° of Wellness T-shirts and Water Bottles!  Continue logging your activities after Wednesday, April 30 for future drawings and incentives.

See the attached flyer for information on how to sign up and compete today!

Looking for a way to stay motivated or for new fitness ideas to help you with the Step into Spring Challenge?  Kress Events Center Yoga Instructor and Personal Trainer, Liz Brandt, along with her fellow fitness staff are coordinating a 30 Day Fitness Challenge throughout April.  Each day will feature an email challenge geared towards teaching you about proper strength training form, healthy habits, various group fitness formats, etc.  To sign up for the daily fitness emails, send an email to wellness@uwgb.edu or Liz Brandt at branel06@uwgb.edu.


Biometric Screening Event


The UW-Green Bay Benefits Office & Wellness Committee Presents: 
What: Well Wisconsin Biometric Screening Event
When: Wednesday, April 30th
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: University Union, Phoenix Room A
Who can Participate: Member employees, spouses/domestic partners, and adult children enrolled in State Group Health Insurance
How to Participate: Pre-Registration is required!
Register online at https://register.wellness-inc.com/stateofwi
Deadline to Register: Monday, April 28, 2014 (or until all appointments are filled)
In 2014, all state insurance plans are offering $150/member for completing the Well Wisconsin program.  There are two steps to completing the program.

  1. Participate in a biometric screening  Get up-to-date testing results on your height, weight, and Body Mass Index (BMI), cholesterol level, glucose measurement, and blood pressure.  At the on-site screening you will be asked to verify your identity (driver’s license, etc.) and proof of insurance.  You will then go through a series of staffed stations for the testing, which generally takes less than 20 minutes.
  2. Complete your Health Risk Survey online provided by your health plan  Use your biometric screening results to complete the survey.  Visit http://wellwisconsin.wi.gov and click on your insurance plan in the column to the left for a direct link to the online Health Survey.  This quick, easy survey will ask a range of questions including your daily stress level, family medical history, and typical meal plan.  The Health Survey is designed to help you gauge intangible well-being factors to pinpoint possible health risks.


Once the biometric screening and health survey are completed, the $150 incentive will be processed and issued by your health insurance provider.  Even if you are unable to attend the on-site Biometric Screening on April 30th, you can complete the biometric screening portion with your physician (the necessary paper forms for physician’s completion are available under each individual health plan on the Well Wisconsin website).

Please direct any questions to Kimberly Danielson, Benefits Specialist, at (920) 465-2196 or danielsk@uwgb.edu.

We can always work to improve the quality of our lives through health and wellness!

CURRENT – Lunch n’ Learn


Building a Culture of Innovation 
Event Basics
When: Thursday, March 27, 2014
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Tundra Lodge Conference Center
865 Lombardi Ave
Green Bay, WI  54304
Fee: $15 Members of Current
$20 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Register: (920) 437-8704
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview
Building a Culture of Innovation
As an organization that started with an innovation, Breakthrough Fuel has worked to extend innovation from a single event to a culture focused on creating a constant flow of innovations. In this discussion, Dickman will share how innovation has become embedded in the culture and offer thoughts on how deeply innovation and culture are connected.
About the Speaker
Craig Dickman
Founder, CEO and Chief Innovation Officer
Breakthrough®Fuel, LLCCraig Dickman is the founder, CEO and chief innovation officer for Breakthrough Fuel and has won acclaim for his innovative approach to supply chain logistics and fuel cost management.In less than a decade, Breakthrough Fuel has grown to become a partner to some of American industry’s leading brands. Prominent clients include Procter & Gamble, Georgia-Pacific, Kellogg’s, Whirlpool, John Deere, SCA Tissue and Shopko, among others.This year, Breakthrough Fuel received the prestigious “External Business Partner of the Year” designation from Procter & Gamble, an award honoring 15 companies selected from among the 82,000 global suppliers and agencies with which P&G does business. Breakthrough Fuel has won similar corporate honors bestowed by Kraft Foods, Unilever and the Whirlpool Corporation.

The firm helps its clients analyze their fuel costs using advanced metrics and software, seeking ways to reduce shipping costs including the use of alternative fuels to cut both expenses and emissions. Dickman is the inventor responsible for two patents for energy management and has additional patents pending with the United States Patent Office.

Active in the greater Green Bay community, Dickman is a member of the board of directors of the Green Bay Packers, serves as a member of UW-Green Bay’s Council of Trustees and Foundation Board, is Vice President of the Brown County Harbor Commission and serves on the board of directors for Downtown Green Bay, Inc.