Plan Ahead for Food, Fast—Not Fast Food

GroceryAt the end of a long day, coming up with a recipe, stopping at the store, and making a meal can be more than you can manage.

Instead, plan ahead for what you want to cook and need to buy. This can keep you from splurging on high-calorie, costly takeout or restaurant meals.

Find a system that works for you, whether it’s posting your menu and grocery list on your refrigerator or entering it into an app or spreadsheet.

Keep It Healthy

These tips can help you prepare healthy, low-fat meals:

  • Keep fresh and frozen vegetables on hand. A supply of salad greens and other veggies makes it easy to whip up a salad. And frozen veggies can be quickly warmed up in the microwave for a side dish.
  • Stock your pantry with healthy ingredients so you can create nourishing dishes with little fuss. Include brown rice, whole wheat pasta, kidney and black beans, cans of diced tomatoes, olive oil, and your favorite spices.
  • Use your grill. Outdoor barbecues and indoor electric grills cook foods quickly and with less fat than pan frying or sautéing.
  • Make meatless meals, which are healthier and less expensive. Food items like almonds, black beans, chia seeds, chickpeas, edamame, Greek yogurt, lentils, and tofu are all excellent sources of protein.

Make It Fast

When time is of the essence, keep these tips in mind:

  • Look for recipes with few ingredients. Less measuring, slicing, and dicing make dinner come together faster.
  • Use your food processor. These machines are great for chopping vegetables and blending sauces.
  • Master quick-cooking techniques. Stir-frying and microwaving take less time than stewing, for example.
  • Double your recipes and freeze them in meal-sized containers. Soups, stews, casseroles, and grilled meats freeze beautifully.

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Annual Leave Conversion Forms Available for University Staff

BankedLeaveFormForms for University Staff employees who are eligible for the Annual Leave Conversion Option (also known as banked leave or sabbatical) are now available on our My UW System Portal, under the Time and Absence section, Leave Reports tab.  Please click on the “2017 Banked Leave Report” link to open the form, and then print it.

  • Part 1 – Review that the appropriate option box is checked.
  • Part 2 – Enter the number of vacation hours that you would like credited to your banked leave in the top row (A), and/or the number of vacation hours you would like paid out in the second row (B).  Please note that you must enter whole numbers, not partial hours (ex. 32 hours – not 32.75 hours).
  • Sign and date the form, and submit it to Human Resources by Friday, December 8, 2017.

Here is a link to the Vacation Policy, showing when University Staff employees are eligible to bank vacation hours (page 5): https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/download/policies/ops/bn1.pdf

Page three of these instructions shows how to check your paid leave balances.

Please contact the Payroll & Benefits office at 920-465-2390 or payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu if you have any questions.

Crockpot and 5-Minute Meals Cooking Demo held November 7th

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CookingSydneyCookingOverview2Thank you to Jolene Sell, Registered Dietician with Chartwells and Sydney Keidl, Nutrition Intern, for their interesting and practical presentation and cooking demonstration on Tuesday, November 7th about “Crockpot and 5-Minute Meals”!  We enjoyed delicious samples of Sweet Potato Chili, Snickerdoodle Hummus with sliced apples, Mexican Quinoa, Pumpkin Acai Bowl, and Pepperoni Pizza Wrap!

Important Year End Leave Information for University Staff

As we near the end of the 2017 calendar year, University Staff employees are reminded to review their leave balances.

Vacation Carry Over
Normally, vacation time must be used within the calendar year during which it is earned.  Employees may carry over any unused earned vacation into the following calendar year.  Any vacation carried over from the previous calendar year must be used by December 31 of the following calendar year.

The Human Resources System (HRS) will automatically take any vacation absences entered first from carry over balances before taking from the current year’s allocations.

Compensatory Time
Compensatory time is able to be carried into the following calendar year if approved by the immediate supervisor.  If carried over, unused compensatory time must be used by April 30th of the following year or it will be paid out on the pay period that includes May 1st.

Personal and Legal Holidays
Personal and Legal holiday hours may not be carried into 2018 and if not used by December 31, 2017, will be forfeited.

We have two floating legal holidays this year, for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.  Your legal holiday balance includes both observed and floating legal holidays.  The remaining observed legal holidays this calendar year include Thanksgiving and Christmas.  You can take your available “Legal Holiday Balance-YTD” and subtract these two observed legal holidays to see if you have any floating legal holiday hours left to use.

Annual Leave Conversion Option (Banked Leave or Sabbatical)
Forms for employees eligible for the Annual Leave Conversion Option will be available soon on your My UW System Portal, under the Time and Absence section, Leave Reports tab.  We will post a notification when these forms are available.

Please note that the above information applies to University Staff positions, not Academic Staff, Limited, or Faculty positions.

How do I check my paid leave balances?  Please review page three of these instructions.

Please contact the Payroll & Benefits office at 920-465-2390 or payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu if you have any questions.

Get Financially Fit with ETF’s Financial Fitness Program

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  • 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.

Get ready for an engaging, informative ETF webinar on how to improve your overall financial wellness through our online Financial Fitness Program! This exciting new program, available at no cost to WRS members, has 3 core moves:

  1. Financial  Fitness CHECKUP™ -Benchmark your financial well-being
  2. Financial  Fitness ACADEMY™ – Build your financial savvy with courses that meet your life goals
  3. Financial Fitness COACH™ – Get one-on-one financial coaching from a certified financial advisor

Learn how to access and use dozens of online Financial Fitness Program tools designed to help you take charge of your financial future, including: creating an emergency fund, setting a budget, saving for college, preparing for retirement, and much more.

The Financial Fitness Program is available at no cost to all Wisconsin Retirement System members. There will be time at the end of the webinar to ask specific questions about the program, which is offered in partnership with the Department of Employee Trust Funds, Department of Financial Institutions, Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association.

Hurry! Space is limited. Register now for this free webinar, hosted by ETF.

 

HR System Maintenance November 3rd to 6th

Employees will not have access to their online timesheet, earnings statements and other related documents and services during a UW Human Resources System (HRS) outage that will occur from 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017 to Monday morning, November 6, 2017.  This outage is due to system maintenance.  The following self-service features that employees access through the My UW System portal will be unavailable during this outage:

  • Online timesheet
  • Absence reporting
  • Updates to personal information
  • Access to electronic earnings statements, tax statements (W-2, 1042-S, etc.), leave statements and other HR, Payroll and Benefits documents

This HRS outage will also affect all currently posted recruitments, as applicants will not be able to get into TAM (Talent Acquisition Manager) to apply for positions.  We will have a notice posted on our career opportunities page and on individual postings throughout the weekend.  Campus employees who are involved in recruitments will also not be able to access TAM during this time.

Please plan ahead to take care of HR, payroll, benefits or recruitment related tasks in the portal before the outage begins.  Once the HR system is updated, we will have similar functionality that we are used to – there will be minimal impact on the system look and feel.  Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

November Wellness Webinar: The Greatness of Gratitude

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Before you dive into the turkey or turn on the game, don’t forget to count your blessings. When you focus on the good things, your upbeat attitude helps fight stress and depression. Research shows that practicing gratitude may also improve your social life and enhance your physical health. Join us to learn more.

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Cofrin Library, 7th floor, room 735

No need to RSVP – just mark your calendar to join us, and bring your lunch!

You could also participate in this webinar at your workstation if you prefer – please visit wellwisconsin.staywell.com and go to Webinars to register.

Wellness webinars highlighting various health and well-being topics will take place the 3rd Wednesday of each month. All webinars will be recorded and available to Well Wisconsin Program participants on the wellness portal after the event date.

To access the wellness portal, you must be an employee, retiree, or enrolled spouse/domestic partner enrolled in the State of Wisconsin or Wisconsin Public Employers Group Health Insurance Program.

 

Cooking 101: Crockpot and 5-Minute Meals

AutumnVegSoup_DTStay warm this autumn by learning to create flavorful crockpot and 5-minute meals!

Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Heritage Room (University Union)

Hosted by: Jolene Sell, Registered Dietitian and Sydney Keidl, Nutrition Intern

RSVP: sellj@uwgb.edu

Please join us for this cooking demonstration with free samples!

Well Wisconsin Incentive deadline is October 20th

WellWIIf you are covered under the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance program, you are eligible for a $150 incentive to complete a health screening and assessment.  For more information about the incentive, please visit the Stay Well website, and click on “Learn More” by Well Wisconsin.  The deadline is Friday, October 20, 2017.