UPS Operational Policy Feedback Requested

As many faculty and staff are aware, effective July 1, 2015, the new University Personnel System (UPS) will be implemented. Over the last several years, UW System in collaboration with UPS workgroups and campus Human Resources staff, have been working to develop “Operational Policies” in preparation for this upcoming implementation. In addition to new policies primarily affecting University Staff (formerly Classified), some Operational Policies will also cover Faculty and Academic Staff since language formerly found in the UPGs (Unclassified Personnel Guidelines) or other UW System policies will be inserted into the Operational Policies. The long term goal is that each operational policy will include provisions specific to all employee types within the UW System.

Action Item:  Feedback from the campus community is a critical step in moving forward with the finalization of these policies and procedures. We have developed three surveysat with feedback due based upon the UW System deadline.  Please review the operational policies linked within each of the surveys and submit your feedback by the respective due date noted. Human Resources will compile all responses and send the feedback to UW System for consideration in finalization of these policies.

Survey 1: Due Tuesday, September 30, 2014

  • Compensation Structures and Tools
  • Performance Management
  • Workplace Expectations


Survey 2: Due Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • Benefits & Leave policies review
  • Job-Related Coursework and Training
  • Complaint Procedures
  • FLSA Designation
  • Temporary and Project University Staff


Survey 3: Due Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Voluntary Reassignment of Formerly Classified FLSA-Exempt Employees to Academic Staff/Limited positions


Please review the campus University Personnel System (UPS) Development website for more information and the latest news in the development of the new personnel system. Human Resources will be in continued communication with the campus community as we move towards the implementation date of July 1, 2015.

Annual Open Enrollment Period Begins on October 6

Mark your calendars! The Annual Benefit Open Enrollment period is October 6 – 31, 2014 for participating plans.

Annual Open Enrollment information will be available on the My UW System Portal, under the Annual Benefit Enrollment Period section.  A summary will be provided directly on the portal, however detailed benefit information about the open enrollment period will be provided by clicking on the Read More>> link at the bottom of the section as it becomes available.

*New for 2015* Each health plan will now offer a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) in addition to their current regular plan.  An HDHP provides coverage much like the regular plans except you must meet the annual deductible before services are covered.  A Health Savings Plan (HSA) will be available for those who elect to enroll in a HDHP plan.

Our office will be sending out additional information pertaining to open enrollment, including 2015 premium rates, by the end of next week.  You will also be receiving email communications from UW System HR throughout the open enrollment period.


Training Opportunities:
We will be holding an informational training session on benefit changes and updates for 2015 this Friday, September 26th from 10:30-11:30 as part of the 2014 All-Employee Training Series.   If you have not already registered for this session and would like to attend, please email

The Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair will also provide you with an opportunity to learn more information about your benefits and options you have during the annual open enrollment period.  We will also be offering Benefits Open Lab sessions again this year where you can stop by to ask benefits questions, learn more about 2015 benefits changes, and receive assistance with the E-benefits enrollment process.  Click here for details on the fair and for dates of the Benefits Open Lab session.

And as always, if you have any questions regarding Open Enrollment or your benefits, please feel free to contact:

Kimberly Danielson
Classified & Unclassified CPS Benefits Specialist
Phone: 920-456-2196

Sue Miller
Unclassified Benefits Specialist
Phone: 920-465-2816


Don’t miss your once a year opportunity to enroll or make changes to your benefits!


CURRENT – Reinvent Yourself!


Reinvent Yourself Lunch n’ Learn presented by Carol Van Vreede    
Event Basics
When: Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Titletown Brewing Co.
Tap Room
320 N Broadway
Green Bay, WI  54303
Be one of the first to experience Titletown’s new tap room!
Fee: $15 Members of Current
$20 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: To be determined.
Register: (920) 437-8704
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview
Reinvent Yourself Lunch n’ Learn Destination – NEW YOU – Journey EssentialsIt’s time to take charge of your life! If you want to see a change for the better, you must take control. Be decisive and responsible. You control your own happiness, your own destiny. Empower yourself to live the life you deserve.Your professional career and personal life will take many shapes throughout your lifetime. During her career, Carol Van Vreede has become an expert on assessing the change evolution that’s required to be successful during times of transition. To reinvent yourself is no longer an option but a necessity to guarantee long-term success in today’s fast-paced environment.Learn how to not just adopt, but thrive through this change and better prepare yourself; learn about Destination – NEW YOU – Journey Essentials.
About the Speaker
Carol Van Vreede Founder and CEO Skyline Exhibit ResourceCarol Van Vreede is founder and CEO of Skyline Exhibit Resource, a full-service trade show and design company.Housed in a new 40,000 square-foot, state-of the-art facility in De Pere, Skyline designs and manufactures exhibits, kiosks, vehicle wraps, custom wallpaper, indoor/outdoor signs, posters, banners and floor graphics. Skyline is regularly featured at trade shows, museums, retail stores, corporate lobbies and outdoor events.  Founded in 1992, Skyline Exhibit Resource has assisted more than 6,000 Wisconsin companies with their branding efforts.

Pink Pumpkin 5K Walk/Run for Cancer

When:     Saturday, October 4, 2014

Where:    NWTC (2740 Mason St. Green Bay)

Packet Pickup / Registration: 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, October 3, 8:00-9:45 a.m.

Saturday, October 4, the Walk / Run Start: 10:00 a.m.

*Enter discount code UGBDISC for 10% off registration.

Visit for more information.

CURRENT – Leadership Workshop


Strengths-Based Leadership Workshop   
Event Basics
When: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. Workshop Begins
12 p.m. Conclusion
Where: The District Event Center at Best Western
788 Armed Forces Dr.
Green Bay, WI  54304
Fee: $49 Members of Current
$64 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: On the Farm Breakfast Buffet: scrambled eggs, choice of ham, bacon, sausage, home fried potatoes, seasonal fruit, cereal and muffins. Chilled juices, coffee, tea and milk.
Register: (920) 437-8704
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
4 hours of CE credit is available for attending this workshop.
Event Overview
Strengths-Based Leadership
Best-selling authors, TED Talk stars and strengths-based leaders Tom Rath and Marcus Buckingham have brought the strengths-based message to business that researchers have known for years: investing in strengths, understanding others’ needs and surrounding yourself with the right people (those who want to maximize their best skills, AKA strengths) are essential keys to leadership effectiveness.Attend this workshop if you want to:

  • Identify and understand your strengths to be most effective at work and home;
  • Build strong and diverse teams; and
  • Lead to your full potential.

Your ROI?

  • Leverage your natural talents;
  • Align your strengths with the right projects; and
  • Get results that positively affect work culture, innovation and productivity, and ultimately the bottom line.
About the Speaker
Laurie Crawford
Life Coach
Laurie Crawford CoachingLaurie Crawford was raised in Manitowoc and Two Rivers, WI. Her career began in Virginia working for two associations; the Boone & Crockett Club and the National Spa & Pool Institute followed by a position with Contel Federal Systems, an information technology government contractor. After eight years she returned to Wisconsin where she worked full-time at Point Beach Nuclear Plant and attended college full-time.Shortly after, Laurie started working for Manitowoc County as a program assistant at the UW-Extension office. She graduated from Silver Lake College in 2000 with a degree in human resource management and in 2002 with a master’s degree in management and organizational behavior. After five years, Laurie was promoted to director of the UW-Extension department.Her activism and professional drive were recognized with a scholarship to the UW-Madison LaFollette School of Public Affairs Women’s Leadership program. Following this experience, Laurie became active with Wisconsin Women in Government – the organization that sponsors the leadership program.

Laurie most recently served as executive director of the United Way of Manitowoc County for four and one-half years.

Laurie enjoys traveling, learning, reading, relaxing and spending time with friends and family, especially her two adult daughters, now 27 and 25, her three adult stepchildren and four granddaughters, ages 2 to 6.

Laurie has emerged as a life coach, seasoned with extensive education and professional experience. As a life coach, Laurie helps clients develop solutions and strategies to achieve positive results in areas where they feel stuck, whether in their personal or professional lives.

Welcome Joey Daniels

DanielsJoeyJoey started on August 1, 2014, as the Assistant Director of Communications. Most recently, Daniels worked for two years as the Sports Information Coordinator at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he worked with the Chargers’ Division I men’s hockey program. A 2011 graduate of UW-Stevens Point, Daniels has also worked previously at North Georgia College & State University and the Atlanta Silverbacks.


In his role at Green Bay, will be the primary media contact for men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball and softball. He is the department’s lead graphic designer and assists with social media strategy and execution. Daniels provides assistance for video services, website maintenance and supervision of student and gameday staff.   Daniels, a native of Wild Rose, Wisconsin.  Welcome Joey!

Welcome Christine Cox


Christine started on August 11, 2014, as University Services Program Associate in Career Services.  She previously worked as an office manager for Bobcat Plus in De Pere for 18 years.  Originally from McHenry, Illinois, she has a bachelor’s degree in Education from Northern Illinois University.  Welcome Christine!


Welcome Brendan Gildea


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