Welcome Brendan Gildea

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Brendan started on August 4, 2014, as the Assistant Athletics Director for Internal Affairs.  Brendan comes to Green Bay after two years with the University of California Golden Bears athletics program in Berkeley as a financial reporting analyst.  He holds a bachelor’s in Sports Management from Valparaiso University and a bachelor’s in Accounting from Colorado Technical University.  He is originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois.  Welcome Brendan!

 

Welcome Briana Hagany

HaganyBrianaBriana started on August 12, 2014, as the ESL Program Coordinator.  She has more than a decade of experience in English as a second language, including teaching and developing curriculum from K-12 through adult education.  A native of the Fox Valley, she completed her bachelor’s at Bethel University in Minnesota and a master’s in linguistics and cognitive science at the University of Delaware.  More recently, she was and adjunct ESL instructor for Fox Valley technical College.  Welcome Briana!

Fidelity Investments Individual Counseling Sessions

Fidelity Investments is offering individual counseling sessions where you can confidentially discuss your financial situation with a Fidelity representative.  These sessions will give you the opportunity to:

  • Explore your plan benefits in more depth
  • Consolidate retirement account into the UW 403(b) retirement plan
  • Explore distribution options for pre-retirees
  • Tap into Fidelity’s experience and expertise
  • Make decisions that help you meet your goals

David Eichler, Fidelity Planning & Guidance Consultant will be coming to campus on:

Thursday, October 16, 2014
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Heritage Room, University Union

To schedule a confidential consultation with your Fidelity Investments representative, David Eichler, call 1-800-642-7131 or go to www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservations.

Welcome Craig Sandlin

SandlinCraigCraig Sandlin was named the Assistant Athletics Director for External Relations at UW-Green Bay on July 16, 2014. Sandlin came to Green Bay after a tenure as the Assistant AD/Marketing and Promotions at Bowling Green State University.

In Sandlin’s role at Bowling Green, he created marketing plans and PA scripts and serves as the game day producer for football, men’s and women’s basketball, and hockey. Sandlin also has overseen significant increases in student attendance at football, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball games. He implemented and ran weekly external relations meetings with marketing, ticketing, sports information and Learfield Sports Properties.

In his new position at Green Bay, Sandlin’s duties will include responsibilities from the following areas: athletics marketing, ticketing, marketing and multimedia rights, athletics communications, concessions and merchandising and licensing. Sandlin will provide direction for the department as a member of the athletics executive staff and act as the sport supervisor for the men’s and women’s tennis programs.

Sandlin has previously worked as an assistant director of marketing at both James Madison University and Ohio University as well as an inside sales representative with the Miami Heat. He graduated from Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in sport management.

Health Plan Wellness Incentives are Taxable to Employees

The State of Wisconsin recently extended a number of financial incentives to employees through the Well Wisconsin employee wellness program. If you are covered under the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance program, you are eligible for a financial incentive to complete biometric testing and health risk assessment.  Depending on your health plan, you may also be eligible for financial reimbursements for wellness related expenses such as gym memberships, fitness classes, or the cost to participate in Community Support Agriculture (CSA) programs.  You can learn more information about the benefits available to you by accessing wellwisconsin.wi.gov.

Per guidance from the federal government and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), these benefits are classified as taxable fringe benefits. This means that any financial incentive you receive from the program is taxable income for state and federal tax purposes.

What this means for you:

  • Beginning in 2014 financial incentives will be reported by your employer as a taxable wage and will be subject to applicable withholdings and taxes. You will see withholdings for all incentives issued in the current calendar year reflected on your December pay stub. This will include incentives issued to your eligible family members.
  • Withholding will include 7.65% for Social Security and Medicare and may include withholding for federal and state taxes, depending on the number of exemptions you claimed on your W-4.
  • Due to the year-end reporting, incentives normally paid during the months of November and December will be delayed until the next tax year.
  • Federal regulations requires the UW Service Center to receive financial data regarding incentives issued to employees and their covered family members. Your health information is protected by federal privacy regulations and is not shared with your employer.

Even with the federal government’s tax regulations, eligible employees are able to receive substantial financial rewards for using the wellness incentives offered by the State of Wisconsin and participating health plans. Benefits available through the Well Wisconsin program are also available to any dependent over the age of 18 who is covered by your State of Wisconsin insurance plan.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact ETF at 1-877-533-5020 or our office at 465-2390.

Welcome Michael Bubolz

BubolzMichaelMichael started on August 4, 2014, as an Applications Developer, Computing and Information Technology.  Prior to starting at UW-Green, Michael was employed at Marquette University as an IT Application Specialist and at UW-Milwaukee as an enrollment services staff member.  He earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in criminal justice from UW-Milwaukee.  He is a native of Van Dyne, Wisconsin.  Welcome Michael!

Welcome Paul Mueller

MuellerPaulPaul started on August 25, 2014, as an Assistant Professor, Human Biology.  Paul joins UW-Green Bay from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he was an assistant professor of cell and development biology.  His research has focused on the regulatory pathways that govern cell proliferation, particularly in relations to embryogenesis and development. Originally from Milwaukee, he earned a bachelor’s from UW-Milwaukee and his PhD in biology for the California Institute of Technology.  Welcome Paul!

Welcome Bobbie Webster

websterbobbie1Bobbie Webster started on July 28, 2014, as a Natural Areas Ecologist for the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity.  Prior to starting at UW-Green Bay she was employed at Door Country Land Trust, Applied Ecological Services and the Wisconsin DNR.  Shear earned her master’s and bachelor’s from UW-Steven’s Point.  She is originally from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, is married to Matt and has a daughter, Hannah.  Welcome Bobbie!

Welcome Ankur Chattopadhyay

ChattopadhyayAnkurAnkur Chattopadhyay started on August 25, 2014, as an Assistant Professor, Information and Computing Sciences. Ankur is a computer scientist, whose research work is focused on the topic of privacy in video surveillance. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the department of computer science at the University of Colorado (UCCS). He is presently finishing his PhD under the guidance of Dr. Terry Boult. His research interests include computer vision, pattern recognition, security, image processing-analysis and computer science education. He has more than ten years of experience in both academics and industry. He has published and presented in international conferences like ACM SIGCSE, IEEE CVPR and IEEE FIE. He has also been the recipient of a couple of funding awards and is associated with a NSF grant based research collaboration. As an academician, his passion is teaching computer science, conducting research in security & surveillance and applying his research to improve computer science education. His teaching interests include a wide variety of courses in computer science, especially in the area of security, programming and algorithms. He will be teaching two programming courses – Advanced Software Design (Comp Sci 316) and Advanced Object Oriented Design (Comp Sci 371) in fall 2014.

Ankur is originally from Kolkata in India, where he did his undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor of technology in computer engineering. He has worked in the IT industry for 5 years (2001 – 2006) as a computer consultant with companies like GMAC RFC and AIG Insurance. His industry profile includes multiple positions such as IT analyst, software engineer and embedded systems engineer with Tata Consultancy Services, a global tech organization. His academic job profile also includes different positions – an assistant professor in computer science at the Adams State University in Colorado (2012 Fall – 2014 Spring), a lecturer in the computer science and electrical & computer engineering departments at UCCS (2010 Spring – 2012 Spring) and an adjunct faculty in computer science with the Pikes Peak Community College at Colorado Springs (2012 Spring – 2012 Summer). He has been the recipient of the graduate teaching fellowship award (2007 – 2009) in the computer science department at UCCS. Having joined UWGB in Fall 2014, Ankur aspires to grow further as an educator and a researcher.

Education: PhD in Computer Science, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (Expected Spring 2015); MS in Computer Science, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (Fall 2014); Grad Certification in Information Assurance & Security, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (2012); B.Tech in Computer Engineering, Kalyani University, West Bengal, India (Graduated in 2001)

Welcome Joel Muraco

MuracoJoelJoel Muraco started August 25, 2014, as Assistant Professor, Human Development. Joel earned his PhD in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, where he also worked as a Research and Teaching Associate and Lecturer. He researches romantic relationships, the lived experiences of gay and lesbian individuals, and the intersection of the two, which is where most of his scholarly attention focuses. Joel also served as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Wingspan, Southern Arizona’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community center. In his spare time he enjoys bike riding, skiing, and a good book.