Employee Spotlight: Allen Voelker

Allen Voelker

From student employee to full-time employee, Allen Voelker discovered his calling to Student Affairs at UW-Green Bay. Allen is the man you need to call when you are looking to fill your student positions. He also has connections with off campus employers so if you have a great student who needs work while they are a student, send them to Allen, he might be able to spark some connections.

Position at UWGB: Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator

Summary of what you do: Help students connect with job and scholarship opportunities that reduce financial barriers to completing a UWGB degree and support their personal goals. I also serve as a resource for faculty, staff, and community members who have questions about those programs.

How long have you been employed: I’ve been an academic staff member at UWGB since August 2012.

Brief history of employment with UWGB: My first position at UWGB was as a work study employee in the Admissions Office. Eventually, I became one of the Student Ambassador Co-Directors and held a few other jobs around campus. I was able to return to UWGB a couple years after graduation as a GBOSS member and transitioned to my current role in November 2015.

Three words that describe you: Analytical, Conscientious, Honest

Personal interests: Travel, cooking, gardening


Any favorite line from a movie? You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself…It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself. (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

Are you messy or organized? I like to think I’m pretty organized.

Best vacation you’ve been to? It wasn’t really technically a vacation, but I spent a fantastic semester in Guam through the National Student Exchange.

Do you have a favorite quote? “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” (credited to Lilla Watson)

Favorite travel spot? Anywhere warm with a nice beach.

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? A table my great-great (maybe one more great?) grandfather made that has been passed down through the family.

Least favorite Food? Fish/Seafood – If it can survive more than 10 minutes underwater, I will not eat it.

Motto or personal mantra?  “Self is a sea boundless” (Khalil Gibran)

What advice would you give to recent new hires?  Don’t be afraid to ask questions – people are very friendly and happy to help.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? Know when to ask for help. Pay attention to details, but don’t lose sight of the “big picture.” You don’t need positional authority to effect change.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? I’m privileged to work with two programs that made it possible for me to pay my own way through college. I love the fact that I get to help students make their dreams a reality.

What children’s character can you relate with most? Why? Gretchen from Recess. I ask a lot of questions and like to plan.

What did you want to be when growing up? I always loved school and thought that would translate into a teaching career. I found student affairs thanks to many great on-campus employment experiences and mentors during my undergraduate years at UWGB.

What do you like most about your job? It’s a great mix of program development and more analytical tasks. I love exploring ways to use Excel and other technology resources to streamline processes.

What do you like to do on your days off? Relax and do projects around the house, lay in the hammock between our two huge willow trees, and maybe have some friends or family over for food and games.

What is an ability you wish you had? Teleportation – it would be a huge savings of time, money, and headaches.

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Be bold and speak your truth.

What phobias do you have? Germs and reptiles.

What is your biggest pet peeve? When people don’t wash their hands after using the restroom (see phobia about germs).

What is your favorite movie and book? Movie: Drop Dead Gorgeous   Book: The Prophet (Khalil Gibran)

What is your favorite sport? Does playing dominoes count?

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Chips and dip

What places have you lived in? Other than completing semesters in Guam and Mexico, I have always lived in Northeast Wisconsin. I currently live in an old brick farmhouse on 10 acres in rural Kewaunee.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I’d start working on buying neighboring properties.

What’s the one thing, you can’t live without? As an introvert, a little bit of quiet alone time every once in a while!

What’s on your bucket list? I used to work at the NWTC Artisan and Business Center and took a noncredit ceramics course to familiarize myself with that part of the facility. I’d love to take more clay courses someday.

Where is your home town? Manitowoc, WI

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

Performance Evaluations – Non-Instructional Academic Staff & 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, 2015 – June 30, 2016) as soon as possible. Please follow the procedure outlined on the Academic Staff and Limited Performance Evaluation Form, submitting the completed evaluation to the area leader’s office no later than Friday, August 26, 2016. Please note – An annual performance evaluation is not required for individuals hired after July 1, 2015 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 Operational Policy TC4, 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 or (920) 465-2390.

Volunteer Your Time


Have some free time this summer? Want to make an impact in your community? Why not volunteer and help those in need? There are so many ways to get involved in the community from working with animals, the environment, veterans, housing, education, and the list goes on. Each month we will highlight one organization where you can volunteer your time and talent.

Before we dig deeper into specific organizations, we wanted to provide a few resources available to you to find out how you can start volunteering. Our HR website has a Volunteer Opportunities page with some great links for these resources. To get to that page, go to Each month we will have a Featured Volunteer Opportunity where you can learn more about a specific organization. If you are passionate about a cause but don’t know what specific organization shares that passion, you can visit The Volunteer Center of Brown County’s website. There you can select a cause and it will show you some of the organizations that would love the help of volunteers. If you prefer to share your talents outside of Brown County there are volunteer resources available for other area communities as well. If you just want to volunteer and are not sure exactly where to start, you can try This website will also help you find places that need volunteers but also will show you who has activities going on in the coming days if you want to try something different every time or support an organization’s activity.

If you have an organization you’d like to have featured or have a pictures of yourself donating your time to an organization, please e-mail Julie at with that information. As part of UWGB’s innitiative of Transformation we can use the time we volunteer to help change lives of others in our community for the better.


UW System Title and Total Compensation Study RFP Feedback Requested


The University of Wisconsin (UW) is embarking on a complete redesign of its current classification and compensation structure. The new personnel authority UW System and UW-Madison received as of July 1, 2015 provides an unprecedented opportunity to review and modify our classification/compensation systems, and also review our employee benefits programs. The goal will be to develop new systems that will enable institutions to continue to attract and retain the best talent. For more information about the Title and Total Compensation Study, please see the UW System Website: and watch the HR Connect Blog for future information.

 At this time, the UW System Title and Total Compensation Request for Proposal (RFP) is being developed.  UW System welcomes your feedback and input on this information provided for response to this RFP.  Please review and complete this survey to weigh in on the content provided through the RFP process.  Responses to the survey are due Friday, July 1, 2016 at Noon.


Employee Appreciation Week: Team Building Thursday Fun

We hope that you were able to take part in some of the activities that were planned for you during Employee Appreication Week (May 2-6). Thursday, May 5, over the lunch hour there were many team building activities that you could participate in but the main event was the Tricycle Races featuring Chancellor Gary Miller vs Provost Greg Davis. The winner, Provost Greg Davis, then took on Asst Vice Chancellor Matt Dornbush in a race. Asst Vice Chancellor Matt Dornbush was the winner in the race and he then took on Associate Provost Clif Ganyard. Asst Vice Chancellor Matt Dornbursh came away the winner of that race. Thank you to each of you for participating in such a fun activity. Please enjoy this photo album from a fun afternoon of activites. Thank you for all you do for the great institution and we hope you can join us in the fun again next year.


Employee Spotlight: Holly Keener


The Employee Spotlight this month is on Holly Keener.  Holly has worked at UWGB for a little over 2 years and encourages everyone to get involved in some way on campus. She enjoys many aspects of nature and the environment. Her family is very important in her life and she enjoys spending as much time with them as possible. Did you know she enjoys pretty much anything Marvel super-heros? Learn more about Holly by reading her Employee Spotlight.

Name: Holly Keener

Position at UWGB: Assistant to the Provost / Assistant to the Secretary of the Faculty and Staff

How long have you been employed: At UWGB? A little over 2 years

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I was hired as University Staff Associate supporting the Associate Provost (at that time, Andy Kersten) and Secretary of the Faculty and Staff. When Greg Davis was moved into the Provost Office and Judi Pietsch retired, I was moved over into the dual role of Assistant to the Provost. I also kept my responsibilities for shared governance and support of the SOFAS office.

Three words that describe you: Organized. Sassy. Caring.

Personal interests: my children, my family, dogs, native plants / holistic remedies / environmental ethics / outdoor activities

Random facts/interests: My degree is in environmental education. I HATE cold weather. I LOVE July cloud formations.


(Answer any of the following):

Any favorite line from a movie? I brought you a delicious bass.

 Are you messy or organized? I call it a messy organization. As I grow up (NOT get older), I find I’m getting more and more fickle about organization. Just don’t ask me where I put my shoes.

Best vacation you’ve been to? We spent a week at an Eagle River resort with our best friends and their children almost 10 years ago now. Sun, fish, and a lot of laughs. Truly a treasured memory.

Describe what you were like at age 10. I was a spunky blondie with pigtails who climbed trees, biked, roller-skated, loved to watch Bewitched, played piano and swam at the Y.

Do you have a favorite quote? If they go low, you go high (Michelle Obama). Meaning, don’t sink to your opposition’s level. Keep centered and focused and rooted in the good. You may even bring people surrounding you with negative thoughts up a few notches in the process.

Do you have an office nickname? What is it?  If I do, it’s not used in my presence. Should I be worried?

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work?  None that I choose to recall, but I’m sure there were many. Oh wait, I did say something that was quite embarrassing the other day in a meeting. I think I’ll just keep that one to myself though (and no comments from the USC peanut gallery please)

Favorite travel spot?  Venture Island on Rainy Lake in Canada. Orrr… Jackson, WY. It’s a toss-up. Both are Heaven on earth!

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Either Kaley Cuoco (the actress who plays Penny in The Big Bang Theory) or Julie Bowen (plays Claire in Modern Family). Both are sassy, strong, irreverent women who manage to find humor and love in the not-so-easy, day to day struggles of life. That’s a true gift!

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? I would make sure Perry and Petunia (our peregrine falcons) have a safe place to lay their eggs and raise their family next year. We lost at least 4 eggs this spring because our vent ledge is slanted and their eggs rolled out. If we claim to be EcoU, why don’t we prove it. Can we please build a box for them for next year?

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? My back-up hard drive with all of my photos.

Motto or personal mantra? Always be humble and kind.

Tell us a little about yourself.  I grew up in Oshkosh, but my mom grew up here in Green Bay on Howard Street. She and her siblings all graduated from West High in the 50’s, so I have pretty deep roots in the area and am proud to call Green Bay my home. I am an Oshkosh North and UW-Stevens Point alum and have a degree in Environmental Education. I have raised two children, currently have two dogs and spend most of my “free” time trying to keep up with them all. I also really love being a part of an institution of higher education and hope that we can somehow convince the folks in government that education is the key to our future.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us? I used to play String Bass in the Green Bay Symphony orchestra. No really, I did!

Top 3 life highlights? Kasey, Jered, Kaleb – My children. My heart. My world.

What advice would you give to recent new hires? Go for a walk. Get involved. This university is only as strong as her people. We have some INCREDIBLE people here.   Get out there and meet them all. You are working for a top-notch, institution of higher learning. So LEARN! GROW! EXPERIENCE this university in all of her glory.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? 1. Listen. 2. Never assume.   3. Open yourself up to new perspectives, new challenges and new experiences.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? I actually enjoy being in a position where I can make it easier for people to do their work.

What books are at your bedside? The Game of Thrones series / The Outlander series/ and a Phillippa Gregory novel, “The King’s Curse”

What celebrity do people think you look like? Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy)

What did you want to be when growing up? I was going to be a marine biologist. Not sure why I decided going to a small, private school in Northfield, MN was the best place to start my education though. Needless to say, I’m not a marine biologist.

What do you always want to try and never did? Scuba diving

What do you like most about your job? The people. We have some fascinating people here.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love to spend as much time as I possibly can with my kids. If that’s sitting all day in a basketball court, watching cheerleading competitions every weekend or driving 4 hours just to spend a few minutes in their presence, that’s what I want.

What do you like to do on your days off? Catch up on my sleep and watch tv. I could very easily be a couch potato if I let myself.

What else do you do for fun? I love going to movies in movie theaters. My son and I even did a double feature one time. Iron Man was over and Speed Racer was just starting. We bought new tickets, refreshed our popcorn and went in for another round!

What is an ability you wish you had? Teleportation!! Can you imagine just wriggling your nose or nodding your head and going anywhere?

What is the first concert you attended? Cheap Trick.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I’d pay off my bills and set up an education trust for my children. THEN …. A new jeep wrangler.

What is your favorite meal? Chocolate chips in peanut butter. That’s a meal, right?

What is your favorite movie and book? While You Were Sleeping – all-time favorite movie. Well, that and the Men in Black movies. Ohhhh, or the Iron Man movies. … pretty much anything Marvel super-hero.

What is your favorite sport? Right now? Anything my kids play. So… mainly high school basketball.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? Movies, books, music, photography. Native plants and gardening.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Chocolate

What phobias do you have? Crowded elevators. If there are more than 4 people in an elevator, I will step out and wait for the next round.

What places have you lived in? Oshkosh; Stevens Point; Kingsville, TX; Madison; Aurora, IL; Green Bay.

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? Green Eggs and Ham was my absolute favorite book as a child. And I had this stretchy, yellow, long-sleeve shirt that my mom brought back from MN for me when I was in grade school. We have quite a few pics of me in that shirt through the years. I was NOT going to let my little sisters wear it for anything!!!

What’s on your bucket list? Kayak the Apostle Islands.

What’s the one thing, you can’t live without? Chocolate and peanut butter. Oh wait, that’s two things. But don’t they just both go together naturally?!!

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Rattle snake – tastes like chicken.

Where is your favorite place to eat? Portillo’s

Where is your home town? Oshkosh

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Ireland.

Scheduled HRS Outage This Weekend- No Timesheet or TAM Access

Due to a UW System data migration, there is a scheduled outage of HRS this weekend from Friday, June 3rd at 6:00 p.m. to Sunday, June 5th at 4:00 p.m.  During this time, employees will not be able to use webclock or timesheet to record their hours worked, and supervisors will not be able to access employee’s timesheets.  Student supervisors are asked to notify any student employees working during this timeframe that they will not be able to access the My UW System portal during this outage and will need to manually keep track of their hours worked.

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 contact or with any questions regarding this outage.



#50fitspiration Challenge







Thank you for participating in the #50fitspiration Challenge!  Jena Richter posted some pics of her and some of the fifty #50fitspiration posters displayed around campus on Twitter or Facebook, and she received a T-shirt and water bottle.  The Wellness Committee hopes that you found the wellness tips on the posters helpful for staying healthy at work!

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division releases final Overtime rule

Effective May 18, 2016 the US Department of Labor finalized a rule to update overtime protections for US Workers.  The final rule, which takes effect December 1, 2016 raises the minimum salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 per year.  However this does not impact teachers, as anyone who’s primary duty is teaching is exempted from the salary threshold.  Included in this change are automatic updates every three years to maintain at the 40th percentile of salaried workers.  Human Resources is continuing to work with departments and divisions to analyze the current employee population and determine how these changes will be implemented.  For more information on this change, please see the resources available on the Department of Labor website or Employee Resources and FAQ’s available on the UW System OHRWD website.


Academic Staff Contract Renewal Process

All Academic Staff employees are hired into a contract.  Annually, employees receive appointment letters with current information on their position and placement in the Academic Staff contract scheme. Contract notifications for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year will be distributed no later than August 1, 2016. For further information on the Academic Staff contract scheme, please see Chapter 2 of the Academic Staff Handbook.

 If you have any questions regarding the current contract scheme, please contact Human Resources or the Academic Staff Committee.