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REMINDER: University Staff Performance Evaluations

The new year is upon us and with it begins the University Staff performance evaluation process for 2016. Supervisors should initiate the annual review process with University Staff within the next couple of weeks.

Annual performance evaluations are a key component to employee performance and development and provide employees and their supervisors an opportunity to discuss job performance, set goals for professional development, establish objectives for contributing to the department’s mission and discuss expectations and accomplishments.

Please review the presentation on Managing and Evaluating Employee Performance to familiarize yourself with this process and your responsibilities. If you would prefer an in-person training session on this topic, please contact hr@uwgb.edu.

Resources:

Per Operational Policy TC4, and any all compensation adjustments must be based upon merit and employee performance.  Any future pay adjustments will be based upon satisfactory performance.

In an effort to facilitate timely completion, evaluations are due by Friday, March 24, 2017.

Please note that annual performance evaluations are not required for individuals who have had a probationary review on or after July 1, 2016 or for new employees that have been hired since this date. Contact Human Resources if you have any questions about the University Staff performance evaluation process.

Employee Spotlight: Brian Sutton

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Name: Brian Sutton

Position at UWGB: Associate Professor, Humanistic Studies; Director of English Composition and the Writing Center

Summary of what you do: Besides teaching, I direct the English Comp program and the Writing Center.

How long have you been employed: At UWGB, 25 years. As a college teacher, 39 years. How long since my first job, over 50 years.

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I came here in 1992, and I’ve been Director of English Comp and of the Writing Center since 1993, other than a two-year hiatus to be Chair of Humanistic Studies almost 15 years ago. I was also Chair of English for a while somewhere in there.

Three words that describe you: Grumpy old man.

Personal interests: My grandkids, writing, music (mostly guitar, some piano, songwriting), reading, travel

 

– Are you messy or organized? Messy, but my new office allows me to appear organized for the time being.

– Best vacation you’ve been to? Probably staying with friends in Montsalier, a village of about 100 in southwestern France (Provence)

– Describe what you were like at age 10. Much younger

– Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? New York Times. But I probably read the Green Bay Press-Gazette more regularly.

– Do you have a favorite quote? “There’s no perfect time to write. There’s only now.” Barbara Kingsolver

– Do you have an office nickname? What is it?  If I do, I don’t know it.

– Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work?  Yes.

– Favorite travel spot? Provence. Paris is also very nice.

– If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Dunno. Who plays nerds these days?

– If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?  Jesus, because maybe then I could know for sure

– If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? The resurrection, if it did in fact take place

– If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be? How to play fingerstyle guitar.

– If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? My best guitar, which is a Martin HD-28.

– People would be surprised if they knew: A lot of people do know this, but I assume they were surprised to discover that I could write an entire musical (book, music, and lyrics) that could succeed on 42nd Street in NYC and get a good review in the NY Times and favorable coverage in the Wall Street Journal

 – Top 3 life highlights? = 1. Marriage, births of my kids & grandkids   2. Successful professional production on 42nd Street, NYC, of Searching for Romeo     3. Three Hopwood Awards for creative writing when I was in college

– What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Working with the other English Comp teachers

– What book did you read last? The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

– What celebrity do people think you look like? Bill Maher

– What did you want to be when growing up? A writer

– What do you like to do in your spare time? Play guitar and piano, write, see my grandkids

– What is your favorite movie and book? Book—The Great Gatsby

– What is your favorite sport? Tennis

– What places have you lived in? Dayton, OH; Muncie, IN; Hillsdale, MI; Ann Arbor, MI; Cass City, MI; Dexter, MI; Vernal, UT; Denver, CO; Irvington, NY; Springfield, MO; Chattanooga, TN; Green Bay, WI; Brooklyn, NY

– What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? Book—The Secret Garden

Student Hours Reminder

As a reminder, UW-Green Bay student employees can work up to 40 hours per week between March 12 and March 18, 2017, and then must reduce their working schedules down to 25 hours per week starting March 19, 2017 to make sure we are in compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Please review the 2017 Student Bi-Weekly Payroll Schedule at: http://www.uwgb.edu/hr/documents/StudentBiWeeklyPayrollSchedule2017.pdf

If you have any questions about this, please contact Human Resources at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390.

Human Resources System (HRS) Upgrade Completed

The upgrade to the Human Resources System (HRS) which caused an outage that affected your My UW System Portal from Wednesday, February 22nd to Monday, February 27th, has been completed.  You can now access all the features in your My UW System Portal as before.  Thank you for your patience!

You will notice some updates and a little different look, but the functionality is the same.  The UW-Service Center notified us that there are some issues with approvers having difficulty accessing employee’s timesheets today, but an overnight process will run tonight, which should resolve these issues.  If you have any issues on Tuesday, February 28th or after, please contact us at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390.

Annual On-Site Health Screening Registration Open

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Making the choice to get a health screening gives you a snapshot of your overall health. Discover your numbers at this free health screening which is available to employees and their spouse/domestic partner who are enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program.

On-Site Health Screening:

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: University Union, Phoenix Room

Complete two easy steps by October 20, 2017 to earn the $150* Well Wisconsin incentive.

Step 1: Get your 2017 health screening

To register online for your on-site health screening appointment:

  1. Log in to wellwisconsin.staywell.com
  2. Click on Programs tab
  3. Click on “Learn More” in Screenings box
  4. Click on Register Now
  5. Select the time for your appointment

Here are some details about the on-site health screening…

  • You’ll be in and out in 20 minutes
  • Screening includes measurements for blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol (HDL, LDL and Total), triglycerides and glucose
  • Fasting is not required, but is highly recommended for more accurate results
  • Screening completion will be displayed in the StayWell wellness portal within two business days. Your results will be automatically uploaded to your profile within 10 business days of your screening
  • On-site health screenings are confidential, free and voluntary
  • This on-site screening is available to employees and their spouse/domestic partner who are currently enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Health Insurance Program.  Your spouse/domestic partner can also register online using the above steps to sign up for an appointment and complete the assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions about the on-site health assessment: http://www.uwgb.edu/hr/benefits/wellness/OnSiteHealthAssessmtFAQ.pdf

What if I can’t make it that day?

If you are unable to attend an on-site health screening you may use results obtained from your health care provider by submitting a Health Care Provider Form. The Health Care Provider Form can be found at wellwisconsin.staywell.com on the home page. Click on the Health Screening Options block and download the form.

Step 2: Complete the StayWell health assessment** at wellwisconsin.staywell.com.  It takes about 10 minutes and is mobile and tablet friendly!  Just click on “Assessment” after logging in.

Questions? Contact Human Resources at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390.

* Those enrolled in Humana’s Medicare Advantage plan or have a postal address outside of the U.S. are not eligible to receive the $150 incentive. The $150 incentive is treated as taxable income and will be reported to your employer.

** Individual health information will never be shared with the employer.

Campus Celebrations- mark your calendar!

In follow up to Chancellor Miller’s e-mail dated  Friday, January 20, 2017 below is an outline of upcoming campus events and the focus for each to align University events with campus priorities and to best honor and thank the campus community.

Annual Faculty and Staff Cookout – mark your calendar for May 5, 2017! This event will mark the kick off to the annual employee appreciation week and will be used to honor Years of Service awards, new UW-Green Bay retirees, and faculty and staff emeriti.

 

In August of 2017 during annual Fall convocation we will welcome new employees, honor named professorships, announce founders awards and honor endowed chairs.

More details about these great campus events will be forth coming as they draw near so be sure to watch the HR Connect blog and newsletter as well as the Log for additional details.

Go Phoenix!

Title and Total Compensation Study selects vendor

The UW System Title and Total Compensation Advisory council has finalized their review and issued a Letter of Intent to Mercer consulting as the selected vendor for the UW System Title and Total Compensation Study.

Mercer is a global leader in consulting on high quality workforce solutions that strengthen the organization’s ability to attract, develop, retain and engage the best and brightest talent. Their vast experience with higher educational institutions and systems combined with their expertise in  titling and compensation strategies in academic and research environments is critical as we move forward. For more information on Mercer, go to their homepage.

Mercer resources will work in tandem with UW System and UW-Madison to develop a communication strategy and project plan.

For background and additional historical information regarding this study, please see the UW System Title and Total Compensation Website.

 

 

February Payroll Processing Change for Employees Paid Bi-Weekly

The February B payroll period (2/5/17 to 2/18/17) has been moved ahead of its regular processing schedule, so we are requesting that employees paid on a bi-weekly basis submit their timesheets and absence requests by Friday, February 17th at 4:30 p.m.  Supervisors should review and approve timesheets and absence requests by Monday, February 20th at Noon.  Please e-mail payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu if you have any questions or concerns about the adjustment to this deadline.  Thank you for your help!

Human Resources System (HRS) Outage in Late February 2017 Will Affect Employee Access

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 in late February 2017.

The outage is due to an HRS System technical upgrade and is tentatively scheduled to begin at noon on Wednesday, February 22 and continue until the morning of Monday, February 27.

The following self-service features that employees access through the MyUW portals, will be unavailable during the outage:

  • Online timesheet
  • Absence reporting
  • Web Clock
  • Benefits Self-service (‘e-Benefits’)
  • 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.

Employees are encouraged to plan ahead and take care of HR, Payroll and Benefits related tasks in the portal before the outage begins. The rest of the portal, with the exception of the HRS System related features and documents, will be available during the HRS outage.

Once the HRS System is upgraded, employees will experience the same functionality that they are currently accustomed to. The upgrade will have minimal impact on system users.

The HRS System manages UW Human Resources, Payroll and Benefits processing for all UW System institutions.  The system is currently running on PeopleSoft’s Human Capital Management software version 9.0. The upgrade will move the system to version 9.2.

Source: UW Service Center

Employee Spotlight: Hannah Fameree

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Position at UWGB: Student Services Specialist

Summary of what you do: I work at the Green Bay One Stop Shop, so I assist Admissions, Registrar, and Financial Aid.

How long have you been employed: I just celebrated my one year workiversary!

Brief history of employment with UWGB: Working at GBOSS is my only position I’ve held here at UWGB

Three words that describe you: Friendly, happy, positive

Personal interests: Crossfit, traveling, theatre, animals, eating

 

– Any favorite line from a movie? Not really!

– Are you messy or organized? A mix of both – sometimes I let things get pretty messy, then spend time organizing everything, and then things get messy again… it goes back and forth!

– Best vacation you’ve been to? Brazil

– Describe what you were like at age 10. Very creative and imaginative – I loved using our video camera to make movies and musicals.

– Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? I love scrolling through Instagram, but I’m not sure if that counts!

– Do you have an office nickname? What is it?  I don’t think so!

– Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? I get embarrassed whenever I make any type of mistake!

– Favorite travel spot?  That’s so tough! I like to go new places, so I don’t know if I have a favorite spot that I travel to often. I love visiting my family out in Colorado, though.

– If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? Justin Bieber. Don’t judge me

– If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Mila Kunis

– If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? I wish I had the option of working from home.

– If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be? Hmm… Probably my late grandfather, because there is so much that I don’t know about that side of my family.

– If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? I can’t think of anything off the top of my head, but I would like to be alive during a time when the Earth wasn’t so polluted and explored, and be one of the first people to explore the wilderness, without any tourists.

– If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Ancient grains cereal – I honestly crave this cereal multiple times a day so would probably satisfied with eating it forever.

– If you were an animal what would you be? A cat

– If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? Probably my computer because that’s where all of my photos are saved.

– Least favorite food? Any kind of olives

– Motto or personal mantra? Appreciate every single day.

– People would be surprised if they knew: I get extremely nervous before any type of public speaking or performance.

– Tell us a little about yourself.  I grew up in Cedar Rapids, IA and went to Edgewood College in Madison. I met my husband there, and once I graduated, we moved to Denver, CO. We got married out there on Lookout Mountain and the day after our parents left, we realized we needed to move closer to home, so we started applying for jobs right away! I got this job, and we moved 2 months after we got married. I’m sure you’ve gathered this from the rest of the questions, but I love going new places, whether it be a new restaurant or bar close to home or an entirely new country. I value experiences and spending time with family.

– Tell us a little bit about your family. My husband is from De Pere, so we moved here to be closer to his family! His parents live here, his sister in Appleton, and brother in Madison. We spend most of our free time with them. My parents live in Iowa and my sister lives in Missouri.

– Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. I don’t think my colleagues knew I sing until recently, or that I lived in Switzerland for 6 months.

– Top 3 life highlights? Being in a professional musical in Denver, studying abroad in Switzerland, and getting married on a mountaintop in Colorado.

– What advice would you give to recent new hires? Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and most problems we encounter at work are not 911 emergencies (so don’t stress!)

– What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? A good attitude and a smile goes a long way

– What are your hopes for our industry/school? I hope we can keep making improvements to the campus and community to make UW-Green Bay more attractive to students.

– What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? I absolutely love working directly with students. I feel like I can help make their experience here better, especially when they are trying to navigate through complicated things like applying for financial aid.

– What book did you read last? Just Kids by Patti Smith

– What books are at your bedside? I actually have some Japanese mangas, as well as a random book I borrowed from the Cofrin Library but still haven’t started

– What celebrity do people think you look like? I’ve heard Kate Middleton, but I don’t know if I really see it!

– What did you want to be when growing up? A Broadway actress

– What do you always want to try and never did? I guess I have always thought about moving to LA to pursue acting, but love having stability so I never did!

– What do you like most about your job? I love working directly with students and helping them accomplish their educational goals. I also love the benefits we receive, because I am able to get plenty of time off to go on adventures and rejuvenate when needed.

– What do you like to do in your spare time? My husband and I are always looking for new series’ to watch, and I go to Crossfit frequently. I also like to take mini trips on the weekends to nearby cities and state parks.

– What do you like to do on your days off? I love exploring new places nearby-towns in Door County, new breweries and wineries, hiking trails, etc. On the flip side, I also really enjoy having time to veg and not worry about anything but what movie or show I’m going to watch next.

– What does a typical day look like for you? I get up around 6:15 to be here at 7:45 am, work up at GBOSS until 4:30 pm, head to Crossfit, then head home to have dinner with my family. My husband and I will usually watch a crime show or movie if we have enough energy before bed. I go to sleep so early!

– What else do you do for fun? We have a lot of friends in Madison, so we like to go there for the weekend every month or so. Sometimes my husband and I bust out our old video games and play those.

– What is an ability you wish you had? Teleportation.

– What is the first concert you attended? I saw Michelle Branch and Aaron Carter around the same time.

– What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I would book an amazing vacation. I would love to explore multiple countries and continents- I’d probably start off at a resort on an island in one of those huts on the water.

– What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Sometimes you have to go with the flow-you can’t predict when you’ll encounter bumps in the road.

– What is your biggest pet peeve? Bad attitudes. I understand that no one is in a good mood all of the time, but I hate when people take their anger out on me. Everything is better when you are kind to others.

– What is your family like? My mom is a dental hygienist, my dad is a realtor, and my sister is in art school, and my husband just started going back to school for Software Development. We all love adventures and the outdoors, so whenever we visit my family, we are going on bike rides, exploring new areas of town, going out to karaoke bars, or going on walks. We also love just hanging out at home and being lazy-hanging out together is always so fun! I also have a cat named Michael (pictured in my photo).

– What is your favorite meal? That is so hard because I LOVE food-sushi, Mexican food, pizza, burgers… but I’d probably have to say a burger and fries is my go-to when I go out to eat.

– What is your favorite movie and book? I love all movies directed by Hayao Miyazaki. I used to love the Harry Potter books but I am not much of a reader.

– What is your favorite sport? Tennis

– Hidden talent? It’s not really hidden, but I can sing and have been involved with musicals and theatre since middle school.

– What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? Crossfit, traveling, roadtrips, shopping… I feel like I’ve already said these a few times in this interview, so sorry if this is repetitive. J

– What one food do you wish had zero calories? Pizza

– What phobias do you have? As I get older, I am more scared of heights and water.

– What places have you lived in? Cedar Rapids, IA – Madison, WI – Fribourg, Switzerland – Denver, CO & De Pere, WI

– What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? I try to own up to whatever stupid shows I like to watch, like my 600 Pound Life and 90 Day Fiance on TLC.

– What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? I loved everything Barney, Rugrats, Polly Pockets, and Tweety Bird.

– What would people never guess you do in your role? We at GBOSS are not receptions, and actually have to know a lot of detailed information about financial aid, registration, and admissions. We help prospective, current, and past students in many ways, and do more than just transfer calls.

– What would you like to be famous for? Singing.

– What’s on your bucket list? Travel to as many places as possible and have as many new experiences as possible.

– What’s the one thing, you can’t live without? My phone and my family.

– What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? I guess frog legs? But they were pretty good.

– What’s your favorite thing to do in Green Bay? I love having a drink on the roof of Titletown with friends when it’s nice outside.

– Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I’ll probably have my first child, maybe even two, with lots of traveling under my belt, be a homeowner, and still working at UW-Green Bay (in who knows what role).

– Where is your favorite place to eat? My mother in law makes the best food, better than any restaurant!

– Where is your home town? Cedar Rapids, IA

– Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? I would love to explore a remote island-I don’t really care which one, maybe the Maldives. I would also like to explore South America more, and go to Asia.