June Lunch ‘n Learn

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The UW-Green Bay Wellness Committee Presents:

What: Wellness Lunch ‘n Learn “Straw Bale Gardens” with Professor Heidi Fencl

When: Monday, June 1, 2015
12:
15 to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Cofrin Library, 7th floor, Room 735

Please RSVP at http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0IEDrJMclVfn9IN by Thursday, May 28, 2015.

Straw bale gardens are a great way to grow fresh produce for people with soil, space, or time limitations.  They take some set up in the spring, but then largely care for themselves over the rest of the summer.  A single bale can support two tomato plants or 30 bean plants, or 3 potato plants, so even one or two bales can provide a nice garden.  Come to this session if you would like to learn more about setting up and maintaining a straw bale garden of your own.

Heidi Fencl is a Professor in the Physics department at UW-Green Bay.  She has a 24 bale garden this year and is looking forward to fresh green beans, cucumbers and tomatoes!

WDC Individual Sessions – REMINDER

WISCONSIN DEFERRED COMPENSATION (WDC) INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS

Scott Schewe, representative from WDC, will be available to meet individually with employees regarding their current WDC enrollment and for those interested in learning more about the program and planning for retirement by investing before tax dollars.  Please review the documents listed above for more information about WDC’s Program highlights and options.

When:   Monday; May 4, 2015; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where:   University Union Building, Manistique Room (#101B)

You can schedule an individual session with Scott Schewe by emailing him at scott.schewe@empower-retirement.com

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

WRS Webinars Offered in May

Attention Employees covered under the Wisconsin Retirement System

See below for the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) information regarding their upcoming webinars during the month of May.

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Live Webinars Scheduled for May

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. Please click on the following link to visit ETF’s webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions.

Webinars


WRS Effective Rates and Annuity Adjustments
Do WRS accounts receive an investment return? Do investment returns affect how much a retiree will initially receive when they begin their pension? Do those retired in the WRS receive adjustments to their monthly pension amount over the years? This webinar will cover the process of how account effective rates and annuity adjustments are calculated, starting with the investment return reported by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. Also covered during the webinar will be explanations of both the Core and Variable Trust Funds and the calculations specific to each fund for effective rates and annual adjustments. At the end of this webinar, it is hoped that you will have a better grasp on how State of Wisconsin Investment Board investment returns affect your WRS pension.

  • Wednesday May 13, 2015 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday May 21, 2015 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.


Returning to Work After Retirement
Whether retired or planning to retire, do you need information about what happens if you decide to work again? This webinar is for you. 2013 Act 20, which was effective July 2, 2013 made some important changes to laws that affect retired WRS members planning to return to work. This webinar covers the old law as well as the changes that provided by Act 20.

  • Tuesday May 05, 2015 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday May 14, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday May 21, 2015 6:00 – 6:30 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.

  • Wednesday May 06, 2015 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday May 12, 2015 11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday May 14, 2015 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday May 20, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.


10 Key Things to Know About Your Statement of Benefits
Join us as we review 10 key things you can find out about your WRS benefits just by reading and understanding your annual WRS Statement of Benefits. Some items we will review include:

  1. How much you and your employer have contributed to your WRS pension
  2. Your vesting status and years of service
  3. Your beneficiary designation – what happens to your account if you die before taking a benefit
  • Thursday May 7, 2015 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday May 19, 2015 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday May 20, 2015 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Please click below to register:

Register for a webinar

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

Step Into Spring

Activity Challenge

April 13 to May 15, 2015

This activity challenge encourages the campus community to get active and increase their physical activity to gear up for the busy summer months ahead!

Participants will set personal goals and should track their activity using the American Heart Association My Start! Tool to be entered into the drawing to win weekly prizes.

Please click on the following link for more information:

Step Into Spring Activity Challenge

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390 if you have any questions.

UPS Forum # 4

As we near implementation and additional UW System Operational Policies (OPS) are developed, Human Resources in collaboration with the Academic and University Staff governance groups continue to host campus forums to discuss these operational policies and development of any campus policies and procedures.  The fourth round of forums are being held this month to discuss Workplace Safety, Children in the Workplace, and Workplace Expectations.

Month Forum dates/times Topics Groups affected Survey results & current policy status
March 2015
March 24, 2015 11-12 p.m. & Wednesday, April 1, 2015 3-4 p.m.
(forum presentation)
Workplace Safety
Children in the Workplace
Workplace Expectations
All Workplace Safety- in process
Children in the Workplace- in process
Workplace Expectations- survey to be distributed soon for feedback.
April 2015
TBD
Compensation
Regent Pay Plan and Supplemental Distribution

Other forums will be scheduled as OPS are finalized and more is learned about the implementation of other items related to UPS.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390 if you have any questions.

Forums, Forums, Forums!

By now, you have probably seen a flurry of e-mails promoting several campus forums and follow up surveys related to these forums.  Since November, the Office of Human Resources in collaboration with the University Staff Personnel Committee and more recently the Academic Staff Personnel Committee, have put together and continue to hold campus forums to discuss the developed UW System Operational Policies (OPS) and the development and revision of campus policies based off of these OPS.  Below is an outline of the forums that have been held and those upcoming, along with survey results and the status of any current policy development revision.

 

Month
Forum dates/times
Topics  Groups affected Survey results & current policy status
November 2014
November 6, 2014; 9-10 a.m. & November 13, 2014 3-4 p.m.
(forum presentation)
Grievance Procedures
Layoff for Reasons of Budget or Program
University staff Survey results
Grievance Policy- finalized 1/8/15
Layoff Policy- finalized 2/13/15
January 2015
January 7, 2015; 11-12 p.m. & January 12, 2015; 2-3 p.m.
(forum presentation)
Complaint Procedures
Performance Management
Title Change
Voluntary Reassignment
University staff Survey results
Complaint procedures- in process
Performance management- in process
Title change- in process
Voluntary reassignment- meetings will begin with exempt US mid-April
February 2015
February 19, 2015; 1-2 p.m. & February 24, 2015; 11-12 p.m.
(forum presentation)
Recruitment
Job Security
University Staff Temporary and Project Appointments 
University staff
Faculty, Academic Staff & Limited- only for topic of possible internal movement policy
Survey underway, deadline Friday, March 20, 2015
March 2015
March 24, 2015; 11-12 p.m. & March 25, 2015 2-3 p.m. 
Workplace Safety
Children in the Workplace
Workplace Expectations
All
April 2015
TBD
Compensation Structure and Tools
Regent Pay Plan and Supplemental Distribution
All

                                               

Other forums will be scheduled as OPS are finalized and more is learned about the implementation of other items related to UPS.

Welcome Lisa Schmelzer

SchmelzerLisaLisa started as a University Services Program Associate in TRiO/Upward Bound in December 2014.  She was previously employed at the Greater Green Bay Chamber for over seven years.  Lisa is currently a part-time student at NWTC, and is from Appleton.  She has three children – a son, Alex (26), and daughters, Andie (16) and Hunter (16).  Welcome Lisa!

Welcome Dana Mallett

MallettDanaDana started as a Program Assistant for the Center for the Advancement for Teaching and Learning (CATL) in December 2014.  She previously worked for Greek Life at Illinois College for two years.  Dana earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and her Master of Science degree in Human and Community Resources at UW-Stevens Point.  She is from Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.  Dana and her husband, Justin, have two children – Jayden (8) and Maya (3).  Welcome Dana!

Welcome Aaron Maternowski

MaternowskiAaronAaron started in December 2014 as a Database Administrator.  He previously worked for Cellcom for over two years, and WS Packaging for 11 years.  Aaron enjoys being an Assistant Instructor at Herb Blue’s Total Self Defense, and is from DePere.  Aaron and his wife, Christine, their daughter, Jaina (9) and son, Rand (5), live in New Franken.  Welcome Aaron!

Welcome Meagan Strehlow

Meagan started on October 27, 2014, as the Coordinator of College Credit in High School and Education Outreach in the division of Outreach and Adult Access.  Prior to starting at UW-Green Bay, she was a fifth grade teacher for 10 years at the Luxemburg-Casco School District.  Meagan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from St. Norbert College.  She enjoys coaching volleyball, and is from Kohler, Wisconsin.  Meagan and her husband, Shawn have two children, Owen, 5 and Sydney, 3.