October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month


Welcoming the talents of all people, including those with disabilities, is a critical part of our efforts to build an inclusive community at UW-Green Bay. In this spirit, UW-Green Bay is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities.  This year’s theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) created this year’s theme with input from a wide variety of its partner organizations, including those representing employers, people with disabilities and their families, and federal, state, and local agencies.

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Current UWGB employees or applicants for employment with disabilities are encouraged to review campus procedures for reasonable accommodation. Please contact Human Resources via email or phone at (920) 465-2390 for additional information.

For specific ideas about how UW-Green Bay employees can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit We all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for their abilities every day of every month.


Employee Spotlight: Amanda Nelson













Name: Amanda Nelson

Position at UWGB: Associate Dean/Associate Professor

Summary of what you do: I am an Associate Dean in the College of Science & Technology with a focus on recruitment, enrollment, and professional development. I am also an Associate Professor in Human Biology where I teach Anatomy & Physiology, Kinesiology, and Human Anatomy Lab. In addition, I have an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the MCW-Green Bay medical school where I teach the lower extremity and head/neck components of the Clinical Human Anatomy Lab.

How long have you been employed: 10 years

Three words that describe you: family-oriented, sarcastic, introverted

Personal interests: running, gardening, reading, traveling


Are you messy or organized?


If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

Dean Karnazes, also known as Ultramarathon Man…he has created an impressive platform through the simple act of running.

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why?

Grandma Jeppeson, at 90 years old she has witnessed more than I can comprehend…and at her age, she has the liberty to do and say what she wishes. Needless to say, Facebook and Snapchat have been an adventure.

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

  1. My great grandparents
  2. Nelson Mandela
  3. Pat Summit

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

  1. My parent’s wedding
  2. First successful open heart surgery
  3. First successful powered flight

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

BBQ chicken pizza (hold the bacon)

If you were an animal what would you be?

Horse. They can be strong as an individual or work well in a team; they also play a therapeutic role in healthcare.

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

Grandma and Grandpa J’s cribbage board, Mom’s wedding jewelry, and Dad’s class ring.

Least favorite Food?

Cooked spinach

Motto or personal mantra?

Be grateful. Appreciate the little things.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us? 

  1. I grew up on a farm and worked at a farm implement from age 14-21. I can drive, operate, repair, and maintain farm machinery and equipment.
  2. I have an unhealthy obsession with true crime (literature, documentaries, etc.).

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.

  1. I have a black Goldendoodle named Noodle.
  2. I lost my dad in a farming accident when I was a sophomore in college.
  3. I was the captain of the Newell-Fonda high school girls basketball team, which went to state three years in a row. Due to the fact that there were two Amanda’s on the team, my coach nicknamed me “AJ”. Without fail, I am reminded of this nickname every time I return to Newell.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?

  1. Protect your time.
  2. Make your personal and professional goals a priority; remind yourself of these goals and say “no” to an ask if it will prevent you from achieving these goals.
  3. Communication is the key to growth and success.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

Interacting with my students. There is nothing quite like witnessing a student’s “ah ha” moment or knowing that you made an impact in one of their lives.

What book did you read last?

‘Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People’ by Banaji and Greenwald

What books are at your bedside?

“10% Human: How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness” by Collen

“Behind Closed Doors” by Paris

What did you want to be when growing up?

Pilot in the Air Force

What do you like to do on your days off?

Spend time with family. Although my sisters and I live in different states, our entire family is committed to seeing each other at least one time every month.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day doesn’t exist, which is one of the reasons that I love my job.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

Flight lessons and a twin engine airplane.

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

Trust the process. Change can be difficult, but rewarding.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

When someone criticizes the food that you are about to eat.

What is your favorite book?

‘Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen’ by McDougall

What is your favorite movie?

‘Erin Brockovich’…great leading actress and empowering storyline.

What is your favorite sport?

NCAA basketball or football…especially the Big Ten…Go Hawkeyes!

What phobias do you have?

Losing someone I love.

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child?

My bike, better known as Black Beauty…living five miles out in the country, this was my lifeline to my friends in town.

What would people never guess you do in your role?

My research focuses on the effects of exercise training on neuroplastic adaptations in cardiorespiratory and locomotor centers in the brain using an animal model. My students and I run rats on a treadmill.

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? 

While waiting for the delivery of 30 male Sprague-Dawley rats for my research, I received a call from the Dean of Students Office…the rats had been delivered to the wrong office…

What would you like to be famous for?

Curing cancer

What’s on your bucket list?

Become an Ironman

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


What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Rocky Mountain oysters

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

An early morning run on the East River Trail or enjoying Zesty’s by the Fox Point boat launch.

Where is your favorite place to eat?

Za’s in Champaign, IL

Where is your home town?

Newell, IA…agricultural community in northwest Iowa, population 900.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation?

Backpack Europe for an entire summer without an itinerary.

Fidelity Presentation and Individual Appointments on December 6th

Elisa Waligora, Retirement Planner with Fidelity, will be at UW-Green Bay on Wednesday, December 6th to present “Identify and Prioritize Your Savings Goals” at Noon to 1:00 p.m.  She invites employees to register for a one-on-one meeting with her that day.

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

  • Identify and Prioritize Your Savings Goals Presentation at Noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • Individual appointments available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Location: Heritage Room in University Union

Register at


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.