General

Student employee hours limit changes to 25 hours on August 19th

The student employee hours limit will change to 25 hours per week on August 19, 2018.  The hours limit is in place to make sure we are in compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The 25 hours per week limit will continue through December 15, 2018.

Please review the 2018 Student Bi-Weekly Payroll Schedule at: http://www.uwgb.edu/UWGBCMS/media/hr/files/StudentBiWeeklyPayrollSchedule2018.pdf.

If you have any questions, please contact us at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390.

WRS Webinars Offered in August

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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. Visit ETF’s webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions.

Retirement Annuity Options
Choosing a WRS annuity option is one of the most important decisions you will face. This annuity options webinar will cover all of the WRS annuity options and help you understand them so that you can make an informed decision. We will also explain the important differences between a beneficiary and a named survivor.

  • Wed, Aug 1, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM CDT
  • Tue, Aug 14, 2018 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
  • Mon, Aug 20, 2018 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT
  • Thu, Aug 30, 2018 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM CDT

Additional Contributions
Find out how making additional contributions to your WRS account can potentially increase your retirement. This additional contributions webinar also provides examples of how contributions grow over time with interest, how to pay additional contributions (payroll deduction or direct pay), etc.

  • Thu, Aug 9, 2018 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
  • Wed, Aug 15, 2018 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT
  • Tue, Aug 21, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM CDT
  • Mon, Aug 27, 2018 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Retirement Benefit Calculation Method
This benefit calculation webinar will explain the methods used for benefit calculations and the components of each method. Anyone who has requested or is planning to request an estimate will have a better understanding of how that amount was calculated. Individuals will have the opportunity to ask questions on this topic at the end of the session.

  • Tue, Aug 7, 2018 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT
  • Fri, Aug 17, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM CDT
  • Thu, Aug 23, 2018 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
  • Tue, Aug 28, 2018 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM CDT

Register for a webinar

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

Employee Spotlight: Erica Grunseth

Erica Grunseth Aug 2018Name: Erica Grunseth

Position at UWGB: Coordinator of Public Services – Cofrin Library

Summary of what you do:  Supervise the public services department. We deal with checking things in and out, technology, interlibrary loan, and library spaces. I supervise 2 permanent staff and 20-ish student employees. If you ask a student at the desk to talk to a manager, you’ll probably be talking to me!

How long have you been employed: I worked temp jobs through and after college. I was a library director in Abbotsford Wisconsin for 4 years before starting at UWGB in March of 2016.

Three words that describe you: Geeky, curious, friendly

Motto or personal mantra? It’s probably fine…

What book did you read last? The Letters of JRR Tolkien

What did you want to be when growing up? A librarian. Live your dreams!

What do you like most about your job? I became a librarian because I love helping people and I love information. Ask me questions!

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Nobody else is going to take responsibility for your happiness.

What is an ability you wish you had? Teleportation. It would be great to be able to visit my family and friends at any time.

Top 3 life highlights? My wedding, getting my MLIS, seeing the Tolkien archive.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? I knit, cook, bake, play games (video and tabletop), hike, kayak, camp, sing, play ukulele and bass guitar, and occasionally record a podcast.

What is your favorite sport? Hockey

What celebrity do people think you look like? Someone once told me I looked like Jennifer Lawrence. I’m fairly skeptical of that.

What children’s character can you relate with most? Why? Moomin from the books by Tove Jansson. He just wants to live in peace, plant potatoes, and dream.

Where is your favorite place to eat? Kavarna.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? I enjoy eating salmiakki. It’s salty black licorice. Yum!

What’s your favorite thing to do in Green Bay? I love going to the Saturday farmer’s market with my friends.

What is your favorite meal? I once made rosemary garlic venison tenderloin with pan sauce, roasted asparagus, and morel risotto. That was pretty good.

Best vacation you’ve been to? Visiting my brother and his family in Vancouver

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Finland

Where is your home town? Owen, Wisconsin

Describe what you were like at age 10. Geeky, curious, and painfully shy.

Employee Spotlight: Mike Bergsbaken

 

Mike BergsbakenName: Mike Bergsbaken

Position at UWGB: Power Plant Operator

Summary of what you do: I maintain the power plant in the most cost efficient way I can, plus fix and/or repair things daily.

How long have you been employed: 4years

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I am a Power Plant Operator Senior

Three words that describe you: Just good looking!

Personal interests: I’m really too busy taking care of my home and family to do anything else.

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? Too many to mention.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? Don’t need a chance, good just being me.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Mark Wenzel

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? The pay

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? The BIG BANG

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Ribeye, and the rest of my life would be approximately 6 months long.

If you were an animal what would you be? A bear, if your going to be a bear best be a grizzly bear!

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? Who the hell was he?

Motto or personal mantra? At the least (TRY)

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us? This questionnaire feels like a psych. Exam and yes I have taken them to work in nuclear power plants.

What celebrity do people think you look like? When I was younger, Lou Ferrigno

What children’s character can you relate with most? Why? Oscar. Not because I live ln a can.

What else do you do for fun? I love playing with my grand kids

What is your biggest pet peeve? Answering a lot of questions and people who stop half way through a door.

What is your favorite sport? Football

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Cheesecake

What’s on your bucket list? Start a bucket list.

What’s the one thing, you can’t live without? Air

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Right here

Where is your favorite place to eat? Longhorn

Where is your home town? Green Bay

Congratulations Greg Kannenberg!

On July 1, 2018, Greg Kannenberg transitioned from the Director of the Phoenix Bookstore to a Custodian Lead for Operations.

Congratulations, Greg!

Performance Evaluations – Non-Instructional Academic Staff and Limited Employees

Annual performance evaluations are a key component to employee performance and development.  The objectives of annual performance evaluations are to provide all employees and their supervisors an opportunity to:

  • Discuss job performance
  • Set goals for professional development
  • Establish objectives for contributing to the department’s mission
  • Discuss expectations and accomplishments
  • Discuss career progression eligibility

Non-instructional academic staff and limited employees and their supervisors should begin the performance evaluation process for the prior fiscal year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) as soon as possible. Please follow the procedure outlined on the Performance Evaluation Narrative Form, submitting the completed evaluation to the area leader’s office no later than Friday, August 24, 2018. Please note – An annual performance evaluation is not required for individuals hired after July 1, 2017 if a six-month evaluation has already been completed.

Part of the performance review process should be a discussion regarding changes in position responsibilities, appropriateness of the assigned title, and the eligibility towards career progression if employees are in a progression series title.

Per the UW-Green Bay Compensation and Pay Plan Policy, compensation adjustments must be based upon merit and employee performance.  Therefore, any future pay adjustments will be contingent upon satisfactory performance.

If you are interested in receiving training related to performance evaluations, career progression and title change, and/or academic staff contracts, or have any questions regarding these processes, please contact hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

On-Campus and Community Service Work Study Job Fair

The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment and Human Resources are hosting a job fair for on-campus employers and community service work study partners.  The event will be held Wednesday, September 19 from 11:00am-2:00pm in the Phoenix Rooms.  Employers may advertise current openings, recruit for future positions, or simply connect with students who are seeking jobs.  On-campus supervisors should have received an email with a link to register through Handshake.  If you did not receive a link and would like to participate, please contact Allen Voelker (Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator) at voelkera@uwgb.edu or 920/465-2556.

Health Choice on campus July 18 & 19

On July 18th from 9am-1pm and July 19th from 10am-2pm our Health Choice Representative, Samuel McIntyre, will be on campus to review your individual long-term care benefits and options. If you are interested in learning more about Long-term Care and wish to discuss your individual benefits and options, please contact Samuel directly at (920) 540-2340 or via email at sjmcintyre@healthchoice.com.

The Department of Employee Trust Funds has approved an optional Long-Term Care insurance benefit for all State of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin and UW Hospital and Clinics employees and annuitants. This benefit option not only covers care in a nursing home or assisted living facility but more importantly it was designed to do everything possible to keep you in your own home and give you choices.

Congress has put the seal of approval on long-term care insurance by providing tax incentives to purchase long-term care insurance policies and making it more difficult to qualify for Medicaid long-term care benefits.  It’s legislation like this that makes it hard to ignore long-term care, an issue that has moved center stage as a national crisis. Many people, in fact, say that long-term care is the real health care crisis in this country.

Long Term Care Insurance covers services that are typically not covered by health insurance but are vital for the patient. For example, assistance with activities of daily living (e.g. walking, eating, bathing). This plan provides financial protection from the rising costs of long-term care. Coverage covers voluntary caregivers, home health care, assisted living, nursing homes, and adult day care.

Eligibility

Long Term Care Insurance is available to employees, your spouse or domestic partner, your parents, and your spouse’s or domestic partner’s parents. To be eligible you must be a Wisconsin Resident.

Enrollment

You may apply for coverage at any time during your employment. There is no open enrollment period because each application is subject to medical underwriting.  Some illnesses or pre-existing conditions may make you ineligible for coverage. However, once your policy is issued, coverage will not be limited or excluded for any pre-existing conditions or illnesses.

When:

  • Wednesday, July 18th at 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 19th at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.HealthChoice

Where: University Union, Wequiock Room (101A)

What: Employees can meet with Samuel McIntyre, Health Choice Representative to discuss Long-Term Care

More information about Long-Term Care online: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/other-benefits/

Please contact Samuel at (920) 540-2340 or via email at sjmcintyre@healthchoice.com with any questions.

 

 

Green Bay Area Public Schools Work Experience Program Interest Survey

UW-Green Bay’s Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment and Human Resources is looking to gage the interest of campus concerning expanding the Green Bay Area Public Schools Work Experience Program. This program is designed to provide high school students with volunteer, hands on experience as part of their educational programming. This partnership is not new for UW-Green Bay, as you might have seen these students helping deliver the mail or working in the Phoenix Bookstore. These students work with a Designated Vocational Instructor during their shift to help minimize the oversite for our staff. Please take a moment to complete the Qualtrics Interest Survey. By completing this survey, you are not making a commitment to having these students work in your area. You are simply letting Financial Aid and HR know if your area would benefit from having some extra hands. Please complete this interest survey by Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Financial Aid and HR will compile the information gathered in the interest surveys and share it with GBAPS so we can better plan for the upcoming academic year. We have also organized an informational session about this program for the interested areas on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the 1965 Room. We will have representatives from GBAPS Work Experience Program on site to answer any questions you may have about this program and would ask for areas to commit to having a Work Experience student after that presentation.

 

Work Experience Testimonial – Submitted by Sue Machuca

The Phoenix Bookstore has been a partner with the Green Bay Public School District Work Experience Program for the past 13 years. High School students from the program have helped with custodial duties for one hour a day, three to five times a week during the academic year. GBAPSD Support Staff match capable students with the required tasks. It is a win-win situation as the Work Experience students gain vocational skills such as time clock entry, workplace collaboration and custodial duties, UW-Green Bay students become mentors as they assist with the GBAPSD Work Experience student employees, and the department has a tidy store. Support staff is always present when needed and the students are grateful to have the opportunity. It has been a wonderful experience working with the students and GBAPS support staff.

Student Acknowledgement Form No Longer Required as of July 1st

In an effort to increase efficiency, new student employees will no longer need to complete a Student Employment Acknowledgement Form as of July 1, 2018; however, student employees are still responsible to monitor their hours worked each week to ensure compliance with the hours limitations.  The hours limitations have not changed and are shown on the Student Employee Payroll Schedule, and the Student Employment Operational Policy is still in effect.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.