Congratulations, Hannah Fameree!

Starting September 20, 2017, Hannah Fameree will transition from the GBOSS Front Desk Specialist to an Admissions Advisor.

Congratulations, Hannah!

Benefits Open Lab Sessions

Stop in to a Benefit Open Lab Session to have any of your Annual Benefit Enrollment (October 2nd – October 27th) questions answered or to get help with your eBenefits election process from one of our Benefit specialists.  All Benefit Open Lab Sessions will be held in IS 1129 J unless indicated below.

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    • 3:00 to 4:00 p.m
  • Tuesday, October 10th
    • 8:00 to 9:00 a.m
  • Friday, October 13th
    • 2:00 to 3:00 p.m
  • Wednesday, October 18th
    • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m
  • Friday, October 20th
    • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m
  • Monday, October 23rd
    • 8:00 – 9:20 a.m
  • Wednesday, October 25th – CL 102
    • 3:00 – 4:30 p.m
  • Thursday, October 26th – IS 1129 B
    • 10:00 – 12:00 p.m
  • Friday, October 27th
    • 8:30 – 10:30 a.m

Please contact or ext. 2390 with any questions.


October Wellness Webinar: Understanding Health Values

By now, you’ve participated in your health screening as part of the Well Wisconsin incentive program. Join us to learn more about what the numbers mean and how you can maintain or improve them for your overall health and well-being.

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017HealthNumberA

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 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.

Flu Shot Clinic

Fight the flu this season by getting your annual flu shot!  The Well Wisconsin Program is offering a flu shot clinic during our Benefits & Wellness Fair. Flu shots are free and voluntary for all site employees who are enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program.

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: University Union, Phoenix Rooms

The shot will vaccinate against the four most likely causes of flu illness during the upcoming season, including the H1N1- strain of influenza.

The vaccine is not preservative free and is not recommended for the following individuals:Flu Shot

  • Those allergic to eggs or egg products
  • Those who are sensitive to the mercury-based preservative thimerosal
  • Those who have an active neurological disorder
  • Those with a fever, acute respiratory or other active infection or illness

If you are pregnant, you should receive the vaccine directly from your physician.

Pre-registration required. No walk-ins, cash payments or insurance payments accepted. To register for your flu shot appointment, log into the StayWell wellness portal at and click on Programs, then Learn More on the Flu Shot Clinics box, and then Register Now.  Scroll through the list of available clinics and look for the October 5th clinic at UWGB and click Register.  Then select your preferred time, and complete the registration process.  Last, you will receive a confirmation email.

For more information about the flu shot, visit:

What if I am not able to make the flu shot clinic offered by the Well Wisconsin program?  The UW-Green Bay Counseling and Health Center offers flu shots to employees at a cost of $25, which can be paid by cash or check.  You can call them at ext. 2380 to schedule an appointment.  Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and you should have your Campus ID card ready when you call to schedule your appointment.

Please contact us at or ext. 2203 if you have any questions about the Flu Shot clinic.

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

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Benefits Open Forums


What insurance benefits changes are coming for 2018? You are invited to attend an open forum to learn more about how your insurance benefits will change in 2018.  We will discuss how to make changes to your benefits during the Annual Benefits Enrollment Period (October 2 to 27, 2017).  We are excited to introduce Alex, the new online personalized benefits counselor, at these forums.  Both forums are optional for benefits-eligible employees to attend, and we will cover the same material at each forum.

  • Tuesday, October 3rd
    3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Christie Theater
  • Wednesday, October 4th
    10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    Christie Theater

No need to RSVP, just mark your calendar to attend!  Please contact Human Resources at or ext. 2930 if you have any questions.


Title and Total Compensation Study Open Forum – September 22


The University of Wisconsin System is embarking on a complete redesign of its current classification and compensation structure. The goal of the Title and Total Compensation Study is to modernize the existing title and compensation programs which will, in turn, attract and retain the best talent for the organization. The study is underway and has now moved into Phase 2 of 5, focused on assessment of current positions and modernizing the job title structure.

Are you interested in finding out more on the current status of the study? The next open forum will take place on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the 1965 RoomRegister today to attend the upcoming campus open forum!

Employee Spotlight: Nathan Kraftcheck


Name: Nathan Kraftcheck

Position at UWGB: Instructional Technologist

Summary of what you do: Most people that I work with are familiar with the education technology support side of my job, but I’m also responsible for examining new edtech products made available by UW-S, making different systems work together, providing training and guidance, evaluating the effectiveness of software and initiatives, and helping instructors with special educational technology requests.

How long have you been employed: This will be my 6th year at UWGB.

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I started working at the Learning Technology Center (LTC) shortly before it became part of Academic Technology Services (ATS). I jumped over to the Adult Degree Program (ADP), and much more recently the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL). I also live in a world of acronyms.

Three words that describe you: insightful, curious, chameleon

Personal interests: endurance sports, board games, video games, motorcycles, fixing up my house

Random facts/interests: Hmm, I helped deliver my son (we didn’t make it to the hospital), am a trained forester, and had a forest fire named after me in Washington (it was a smoking stump).


Any favorite line from a movie? “Now you see that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.”

Are you messy or organized? Merganized – somewhere in-between

Describe what you were like at age 10. I was a jerk. I’m glad my kids did NOT grow up to be just like me like my mom said they would.

Do you have an office nickname? What is it? Kraftbucket, Kraftmuffin, Kraftbarn

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? I was helping someone, took a drink of water, and spilled on myself. I thought it would be funny to reference the movie Airplane and said “I have a drinking problem.” The person I was working with did not understand the reference. It got somewhat awkward after that.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? Jared Ward, so that I could run fast AND have an awesome mustache.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Present, Jake Gyllenhaal; future, Sam Elliot

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? Air condition the locker rooms at the Kress… ugh

If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be? I’ve never interviewed a dead person and I like to try new things, so I guess I’d try that.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pizza

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? “A Series of Fortunate Events” and hopefully I would not be sued.

If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be? “Everything’s Coming up Milhouse!”

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? Pants, or a phone

Least favorite Food? Cauliflower

People would be surprised if they knew: My wife and I renovated our whole house ourselves, we keep pet chickens, I’m in my 30s but both my kids are in high school

Tell us a little about yourself. I live in De Pere with my wife and our two children, three dogs, two cats, and four chickens.

What books are at your bedside? The Worldly Philosophers, The Maltese Falcon

What children’s character can you relate with most? Why? Probably Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter. Not that I’ve killed anyone, but I think that people often go through the motions of their daily life without considering their actions, being guided by their own personal echo chambers. He’s a good reminder for me to stop and reflect on what I’m doing or saying.

What did you want to be when growing up? A fireman

What do you always want to try and never did? Wingsuit base jumping

What do you like most about your job? I think that I have great coworkers. I’ve had quite a few jobs and moved around more than most normal people, and it is really a person’s coworkers that make work enjoyable.

What is the first concert you attended? The first concert I remember attending was The Rembrandts at Summerfest (Friends theme song). It was free and I didn’t have any money, and we were just loitering around anyway.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I’d probably buy or build a lodge out in the middle of a forest.

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Carpe diem

What is your biggest pet peeve? Oh geez, I have so many… people throwing cigarette butts out the window or littering in general.

What is your favorite movie and book? I don’t have a favorite movie. My favorite book is probably “Guards! Guards!” by Terry Pratchett.

What places have you lived in? Sacramento, Carbondale, IL, Two Rivers, Mishicot, Madison, Sun Prairie, Portland, De Pere

What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? I have no shame. The only shows I watch regularly are Game of Thrones and House of Cards.

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? “The Monster at the End of This Book” with Grover.

What would people never guess you do in your role? Slip instructional design knowledge bombs into technical trainings

What’s on your bucket list? Compete in and finish a half iron man or iron man

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Probably chocolate covered grasshoppers.

Where is your home town? I lived in Two Rivers the longest. I can smell the fish just thinking about it.

Congratulations Julianne Crayton!

Starting September 5, 2017, Julianne Crayton will transition from an Area Coordinator to the University Services Program Associate for Business Operations in Residence Life.

Congratulations, Julianne!