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Employee Spotlight: Ryan Kauth

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UW-Green Bay is proud to have such strong Alumni presence both on and off campus. One of those great alumni is Ryan Kauth, Entrepreneurship Lecturer with the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. Ryan has served in a couple roles with UWGB since 2007. Ryan has a wife and 4 kids and loves to try new local restaurants.

Name: Ryan Kauth

Position at UWGB: Entrepreneurship Lecturer, Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

Summary of what you do: Teach courses entrepreneurship and small business management, strategic decision analysis, business and its environment; advise general business students

How long have you been employed: 4 years in Sept full time (but as an adjunct since 2007)

Brief history of employment with UWGB:Adjunct instructor in the School of Business, SBDC Director, now Entrepreneurship Lecturer in the School of Business

Three words that describe you: UW Green Bay alum

Personal interests: My faith and my family (alum wife, 4 kids who all like to read and play soccer and basketball, parents and in-laws and sister’s family and sister-in-law’s family close by)

Random facts/interests: My first “teaching job” was in summer camps at UWGB as a TA for and graduate student mentor under Dr. Donna Ritch in the RCMS program (headed at the time by Scott Ashmann!)

 

(Answer any of the following):

Any favorite line from a movie? My favorite movie is Casablanca, so any line from that movie

Are you messy or organized? Organized

Best vacation you’ve been to? Honeymooned in Cancun – it was more about the company though

Describe what you were like at age 10 – I’m not unlike my 9 year old and 11 year old kids: I liked to read but I also liked to play soccer and in the woods in the back yard. That and my 8 year old sister at the time was my BFF.

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? When I worked in banking, I was sometimes the first one in…and I may have forgotten to unarm the alarm once or twice or…? (at least I didn’t have to spend time in jail)

Favorite travel spot? A lake cabin in northern WI, but I am also a huge fan of short stay-cations and binge watching movies series

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? I’d like to break a tie in the U.S. Senate as the Vice President

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? It certainly wouldn’t take a top professional actor to play me, but my favorite is Humphrey Bogart – bring him back from the dead

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why? Can I be human me but in the future during the robot or zombie apocalypse?

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? Entrepreneurial students might need a cool collaborative interdisciplinary space…

If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be? Jesus

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? So many good options but I like to see what’s coming next – can I bank this for an event yet to come that I might not be there in attendance for?

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Breakfast foods like oatmeal with fruit and nuts, eggs benedict…stuff like that

If you were an animal what would you be? A bat

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? A fairly ordinary life

If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be? Networking

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? My smartphone is backed up on the cloud…so…nothing

Least favorite Food? Sauerkraut

Motto or personal mantra? When you give, do not let your left hand know what you’re right hand is doing

People would be surprised if they knew: my major at UWGB was human bio, I have 3 UWGB intramural volleyball champ t-shirts, and I played in jazz ensembles and combos when I was a student here

Tell us a little about yourself. I was born in NJ (I have my neighbor’s license plate in my office), and I grew up in Manitowoc.

Tell us a little bit about your family. I met my wife here at UWGB, and we have 4 kids ages 6 to 13.

Top 3 life highlights? Marriage, births of my four kids, graduating from here, graduating from grad school

What advice would you give to recent new hires? “Blend” your life – “balance” is b.s.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? Do what you are passionate about, volunteer for everything that you can, and it’s not 100% about you (which you will only learn by volunteering or having kids)

What are your hopes for our industry/school? I want it to be here for another 50 years

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Getting to know a student’s story

What book did you read last? I re-read Business Model Generation

What books are at your bedside? Bible

What children’s character can you relate with most? Why? I always liked Peter Pan – he could fly, he had a wide variety of friends and acquaintances, and he was a master swordsman

What did you want to be when growing up? A medical missionary

What do you always want to try and never did? Fly

What do you like most about your job? My colleagues are mission driven

What do you like to do in your spare time? Read, hang out with my family, grill, listen to podcasts

What do you like to do on your days off? Usually something family related, watch a sporting event

What does a typical day look like for you? get up by 5am or 6am, go to a community meeting, teach, go home, sleep, wake up in the middle of the night for an hour or two, back to sleep

What else do you do for fun? My wife and I enjoy going to ball games and searching for a pizza we have not eaten yet

What is an ability you wish you had? Flying

What is the first concert you attended? Other than school concerts, U2 at Camp Randall

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I’d buy my mom her yellow convertible ’66 Mustang back that they sold when they moved back to WI

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? There’s nothing better at work than working with people and hiring people who are smarter than you are

What is your biggest pet peeve? Assumptions

What is your family like? I think we’re a fairly “normal” family of six

What is your favorite movie and book? Movie: Casablanca, Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

What is your favorite sport? College football

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? I like to learn from the best teachers

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Pies

What phobias do you have? I really don’t have any major ones

What places have you lived in? WI, and I’m very Ok with that

What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? Not all that ashamed of it, but I could watch Perry Mason or Law and Order for days without taking much of a break

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? Batman and Spiderman comics

What would people never guess you do in your role? I don’t think I do anything in my lecturer role that people wouldn’t guess that I do…

What would you like to be famous for? I have no desire to be famous

What’s on your bucket list? For the Cubs to win the World Series

What’s the one thing, you can’t live without? Other than biological answers like food, water, etc., I would rather not live without my family, but I could if I had to

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? A scorpion in a lollipop – I have three left in my office – they’re strawberry

What’s your favorite thing to do in Green Bay? Eat

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Here

Where is your favorite place to eat? I like local restaurants, probably with a lean toward Italian (for a pizza or seafood pasts dish)

Where is your home town? I call Manitowoc my home town though I was born an Army brat in NJ

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? I’d like to take my family back to Disney and I’d like to attend a soccer game in the U.K.

Additional ACA Student Employment Forums

Based upon compliance requirements for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), changes have been made to UPS Operational Policy: GEN 20 on Student Employment which went into effect January 1, 2016.

The updates to the Student Employment Policy include:

  • 25 hour per week limitation during the 39-contiguous weeks of the Academic year for all UW System employment and up to 40 hours during designated break periods
  • Limiting lump sum payments.
  • Recording of hours worked with any lump sum payments that continue.

We have worked through the effects to our campus, including changes in the hiring and payment for student lump sum employees and the monitoring of weekly hour limits for all student employees.  We will go through the updated policy and new procedures regarding student employment during the scheduled forums:

  • Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

(Please note each session will be limited to 15 attendees.)

All forums will be held in the Conference Room on the 7th floor of the Cofrin Library, CL 735.

Due to required changes in student employment and payroll procedures, anyone supervising students is required to attend. These will be the last three sessions offered so you must register and attend.

*If you have already attended a session at the end of January/beginning of February, you do not need to attend again.

Please RSVP using this link for the date and time you are able to attend. Thank you.

Employee Spotlight: Denise Carlson-Gardner

Denise Carlson Gardner March 2016

If you have ever attended one of UWGB’s Musicals or DanceWorks you have seen the work of Denise Carlson-Gardner. She is very passionate about teaching the art of dance to students and would like to invite everyone to this year’s DanceWorks production on April 9th and 10th. Learn a little more about Denise in this month’s employee spotlight.

Name: Denise Carlson-Gardner

Position at UWGB:  Lecturer, Theatre and Dance Program; Artistic Director, UWGB DanceWorks

Summary of what you do:  I teach 12 different dance courses, choreograph all of our musicals, Direct and Coreograph our annual DanceWorks concert.  I am advisor to 3 student dance orgs.

How long have you been employed: 20 years

Brief history of employment with UWGB:  I am the main dance instructor for our dance and musical theatre programs.  I teach all genres and classes except for one… a one person program

Three words that describe you: Fun, compassionate, loyal 

Personal interests:  I love all things dance, hip hop music, sewing, crafting

Random facts/interests: Husband, Steve – Chemical Engineer, Jacobs Engineering; Daughter, Natalie – LA based Professional Dancer with MSA Agency.

 

(Answer any of the following):

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

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? Air conditioning 

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

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Teaching and providing a safe, welcoming atmosphere for students to learn, grow and enjoy dance

What book did you read last? Gone Girl

What books are at your bedside? A notebook to write down choreography ideas

What do you like most about your job? Sharing dance and music with students

What do you like to do in your spare time? Talk to my daughter

What do you like to do on your days off? Sew

What is the first concert you attended? Aerosmith, the first time around

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? a house in California!

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Not to stress over the little things and stay true to yourself.

What is your family like? Fun, interesting, compassionate, and motivated

What is your favorite meal?  Thanksgiving Day meal (and Italian food)

Hidden talent? I am multi-rhythmic, I can write forward with my right hand and backwards with my left hand at the same time!

What is your favorite quote? “Be the best you that you can be” and BANJI which is a saying in the hip hop movement Be Authentic Never Jeopardize Individuality

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? Sewing, crafting, movies

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Cheesecake 

What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? Breaking Bad

What would people never guess you do in your role? Help students conquer fears and gain self confidence which then helps them in all aspects of life

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

Changes to Student Employment Policy and Procedures

Based upon compliance requirements for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), changes have been made effective January 1, 2015 to UPS Operational Policy: GEN 20 on Student Employment.

Updates to the Student Employment Policy include:

  • 25 hour per week limitation during the 39-contiguous weeks of the Academic year for all UW System employment.
  • Limits on lump sum payments.
  • Recording of hours worked with any lump sum payments that continue.

As part of this required change, all current and future student employees are required to complete a Student Employment Acknowledgement for each position employed through UW-Green Bay.

Due to required changes in student employment and payroll procedures, anyone supervising students is required to attend. Two additional forums have been scheduled to go over the updated policy and requirements:

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016; 11 – 12 p.m. Phoenix B, University Union
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016; 2 – 3 p.m. Room 103, University Union

Please RSVP for the date and time you are able to attend.

Employee Spotlight: HR Student Employees

The Human Resources office is lucky to have two great student employees working with us this semester. Adrianna and Jennifer both started with us in the fall and have been doing a great job for us. We wanted you to learn a little more about them so they are our employee spotlight this month.

Jennifer 1Name: Jennifer Zastrow
Hometown: Sheboygan Falls
Major/Minor: Human Development/Business Administration
How long have you been a Student at UWGB? 3 years, I will be graduating this spring!
Are you involved in any Student Orgs? Society for Human Resource Management & Healthy Choices Task Force
Personal interests: I enjoy being outdoors, four-wheeling, cooking/baking, shopping, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Random facts/interests: I will be graduating in 3 years instead of 4!

(Answer any of the following):

– If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?  My grandpa, he died when I was very young and I didn’t get a chance to get to know him.
– If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pizza Hut’s boneless wings!
– 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? As many clothes as possible!
– Least favorite Food? Onions!
– What did you want to be when growing up? An elementary school teacher
– What do you like to do in your spare time? Read
– What do you like to do on your days off? Spend time with friends and family.
– What is your favorite meal? Anything home cooked
– What is your favorite movie and book? Movie: The Best of Me. Book: Twilight series
– What is your favorite sport? To play Tennis, to watch Football
– What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? Keeping up with the Kardashians!
– What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? Dolls, anything dolls I absolutely loved!
– What would you like to be famous for? Making a difference
– What’s on your bucket list? Traveling with my love, getting my dream job, building my own house, having my dog have puppies, learninng how to change my oil.. And many more
– What’s the one thing, you can’t live without? Coffee
– What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Frog legs
– Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Settled down, married, with a great job in HR! :)
– Where is your favorite place to eat? It honestly depends on my mood that day!
– Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Bora Bora!!!

 

Adrianna

Name: Adrianna Sosnowska

Hometown: Elblag, Poland

Major: Business Administration with Human Resources and Management Emphasis

Are you involved in any Student Orgs? Phoenix Volleyball

Personal Interests: Sport

My name is Adrianna Sosnowska and I am international student from Poland. I came to the United States during summer 2013. After 10 years of playing volleyball in my home country I got athletic scholarship in small junior college in Kansas where I spent my first two years and earned my associates degree in Business Administration. I had there great time and I also met unforgettable people. During winter 2015 I visited University of Wisconsin at Green Bay for the first time. I fall in love with the campus, Phoenix volleyball team, tunnels and the environment around students.  I got lucky enough to get scholarship here for next two years of my education. Right now I am on my second semester of my junior year here at UWGB. I am majoring in Business Administration with Human Resources and Management Emphasis, currently working in the Human Resources of UWGB as an Office Assistant. It’s great to be here, learn second language, meet new people and new culture but I am here by myself which is a little harder than it seems. That’s why after I am finished with my time at Green Bay, after I earn my bachelor degree I am planning to move back to Poland. If you are ever in Europe, please stop by Poland! I am extremely happy that I found my second home because Green Bay isn’t only the home of the Packers but also home for the polish girl named Adrianna.

-Motto or personal mantra?

Never give up!

-If you were an animal what would you be?

I would definitely be a bird, so I can fly to every place I want to.

-What else do you do for fun?

I am a big fun of extreme sports. I’ve done already bungee jumping, water skiing or rock climbing. My next dream goal is to scuba dive.

– What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Definitely Ben & Jerry Ice Cream!

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

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-Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I am going to be 27 years old. I see myself as a successful woman, working in a Human Resources field, learning another languages and slowly starting my own family.

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

Working in the HR office is giving me not only experience, but also sense of security in my life. People who are working here are of course my colleague’s but they are also always here for me which is why I have always smile on my face. So if you are asking me what I would change in this office, my answer would be: completely nothing.

 

Interested in being featured in next months’ employee spotlight? Know of a colleague you’d like to nominate? Send an e-mail to hr@uwgb.edu with the name and contact information and we’ll do the rest!

Student Employment Acknowledgements

Based upon compliance requirements for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), changes were made to the Student Employment Policy that went into effect January 1, 2016.

Updates to the Student Employment Policy include:

  • 25 hour per week limitation during the 39-contiguous weeks of the Academic year for all UW System employment and up to 40 hours during designated break periods
  • Limiting lump sum payments.
  • Recording of hours worked with any lump sum payments that continue.

All current student employees have been sent a Student Employment Acknowledgement for completion by February 5, 2016.  Please work with your student employees to ensure completion of this acknowledgement and understanding of the terms therein.

Please contact human resources with any questions.

 

Human Resources Staffing Transition

Human Resources will be going through several staffing transitions with the hiring of the Payroll and Benefits Specialist position.  Current HR employee, Jolene Truckenbrod was hired to fill the vacancy being created by Susan Miller’s upcoming retirement.  Jolene will begin the transition to this role, taking over the bi-weekly payroll and administration of university staff fringe benefits.  Kimberly Danielson will begin the transition to Unclassified monthly payroll and benefits administration during Sue’s remaining time in this role.

Congratulations to Jolene on her new role!

 

University Staff Performance Evaluations

The new year is upon us, and with it begins the University Staff performance evaluation process for 2015. Supervisors should initiate the review process with employees within the next week.

Human resources will be hosting training sessions to familiarize supervisors and employees with the review process. Sessions will be held in the 1965 Room of the University Union. If you are a new employee or if you would like a refresher on the process please plan to attend one of these sessions.

Resources:

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

In an effort to facilitate timely completion, evaluations are due by Friday, March 25, 2016.

Please note that annual performance evaluations are not required for individuals who have had a probationary review on or after July 1, 2015 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.

 

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) proposed rule change

Currently, employees are considered exempt per FLSA rules if they are paid on a salary basis, perform exempt job duties, and are paid at least $23,600 per year ($455 per week). The US Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed changes that would raise the minimum salary threshold to the 40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried (exempt) workers, which is $970 weekly or $50,440 annually. Included in this proposal is potential for annual increases by at least the Cost of Living.  Please be aware that the final rule may be different from this proposal, but some changes are said to be forthcoming sometime during 2016 with an estimated effective date mid-year.

In anticipation of this change, Human Resources will be working with departments and divisions to analyze the current employee population and discuss with supervisors the various options available once a new law is effective. More information will be communicated when it is available. For more information on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and how this proposal may affect you, please review the FAQ’s below.


What is the Fair Labor Standards Act?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 (29 USC Ch. 8 § 201 et seq.) is the United States’ federal wage and hour law, administered by the US Department of Labor. Among other things, it establishes the minimum wage and overtime pay, affecting employees in the private and government sectors. 

Everyone is “covered” but some employees are exempt from FLSA regulations and some are nonexempt. The FLSA requires one-and-one-half times the regular rate of pay in Overtime or Compensatory time be paid for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek for nonexempt employees.

 

What does it mean to be exempt or nonexempt?

Exempt employees are considered “salaried” and are excluded from overtime payment. Nonexempt employees are considered “wage earning” and are subject to the payment of overtime. 

 

What is changing?

The Minimum Salary Test. The US Department of Labor has proposed changes that would raise the minimum salary threshold to the 40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried workers.

While the final rules may vary somewhat, it is anticipated that for 2016 the minimum salary, above which an employee can be designated as exempt from overtime requirements, will be $970 a week or $50,440 per year.

The effective date is presently unknown, but it is projected to take effect in the second half 2016.

 

Who does this affect?

University Staff and Non-Instructional Academic Staff. All academic staff have historically been designated as exempt, but this will no longer be the case if the rate of pay is below $970 per week or $50,440 per year.

Most non-instructional Academic Staff whose pay is below the threshold will have to account for their hours on an hourly basis, as nonexempt University Staff must do.

 

How does this affect a part-time or a less-than-100% contract employee?

Pay for part-time appointments will not be pro-rated under the new regulations. An employee with a .75 appointment, to a position that would pay $60,000 (over the threshold) for 1.0 FTE, is paid $45,000.  $45,000 is below the minimum salary threshold and the employee will be nonexempt.

 

What about employees that work a nine-month academic year with an extra two months’ contract in the summer; is the total pay averaged over the 11 months so that the exemption will remain in place all year?

Probably not.   For 2016, employees must make at least $970 per week to be exempt.  If the employee makes more than $970 per week during the academic year but less than $970 per week in the summer, he or she will be exempt during the academic year but nonexempt over the summer.

 

Can I opt out of this change if I want to continue to be considered a salaried or exempt employee?

No.  These changes are not institution- or agency-driven policy making.  This proposal is for permanent changes to a long-standing federal law that will apply to all employees in the private and government sectors alike.

 

How is tracking hours worked different for an hourly employee?

It is the same as the time reporting required of nonexempt University Staff.  Nonexempt employees must account for their time worked rather than accounting for leave used.   Nonexempt employees, for example, do not work during (unpaid) lunch breaks, and lunches of 30 minutes (or more) are unpaid time.  All time worked must be reported.

 

How is overtime calculated?

Overtime or compensatory time must be paid for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.  The computation of “40 hours worked” does not include paid time out of the workplace (e.g., sick leave, vacation time, etc.).  See UPS Operational Policy TC 3 Compensation  for more detail. 

 

As an Academic Staff employee, does being paid hourly mean I will become a member of the University Staff?

No. Academic staff that become nonexempt will remain academic staff.  They will become hourly academic staff, not University Staff.

 

As a nonexempt employee, can I still work early and late? Can I check my messages from home?

Nonexempt employees can still make arrangements with their employer to work from home occasionally, to check in at night, or to completely change their daily schedules to different hours than were previously expected, but all time worked except the very most de minimis must be accounted for and recorded as “time worked.”  Any alternative arrangements will have to be made with the individual School/College/Division or Institution for which you work.

 

As a new nonexempt employee, will this result in a pay increase?

There is very limited funding available to raise salaries to the expected new salary threshold of $50,440.  Human Resources will work with supervisors to review position descriptions and analyze duties performed to determine the best option available to comply with the new law.

 

As a nonexempt employee, can I still attend professional conferences?

There is no prohibition on professional development activities that applies to exempt employees but not to nonexempt employees.  Nonexempt employees must account for the hours of their travel time, and for the hours of conference attendance, but there is no blanket prohibition on traveling or professional development attendance.

 

How much Compensatory (Comp) Time can I accumulate as an hourly employee? 

The rules on accumulating Compensatory Time were recently changed to allow an accumulation of not more than 80 hours.  Any excess OT or Comp Time over that limit has to be paid out. 

Any Compensatory Time earned in a calendar year which is unused by April 30 of the following year will be converted to a cash payment and included in the earnings for the pay period that includes May 1. See UPS Operational Policy TC 3 Compensation  for more information.

 

As an employee, is there anything I can do to prepare for this potential change?

Employees can work with their supervisors to ensure they have current and accurate position descriptions.

 

Farewell to Sousie Lee

LeeSousieSousie Lee has announced her departure effective Friday, January 22, 2016.  Sousie began with the HR office in 2012 with most recent duties in personnel transaction processing, immigration, visa and I-9 processing and compliance, and oversight of student employment.  Sousie will be taking on a new position as an Education Coordinator with the Medical College of Wisconsin, housed at St. Norbert College. We wish Sousie all the best in her new endeavor!

Please contact hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2846 for questions on the areas Sousie previously handled and one of our staff will get back to you.