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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.

 

Employee Appreciation Week Winners

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As part of Employee Appreciation Week, celebrated May 2 – 6, employees across campus were entered into a drawing for daily preferred parking and free lunch with campus leadership. And the winners are… Drumroll please…

Daily Preferred Parking:

Monday, May 2, 2016

  • Pat Theyerl
  • Lidia Nonn
  • Alissa Warpinski

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

  • Christopher Paquet
  • Jean Haroldson
  • Tammy Olp

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

  • Adam Novotny
  • Jennifer Schwahn
  • Kevin Suddick

Thursday, May 5, 2016

  • Erinn Aubry
  • Todd Dresser
  • Lynn Niemi

Friday, May 6, 2016

  • Linda Peacock-Landrum
  • Lynn Brandt
  • Nora Kanzenbach

 

Lunch with Leadership

  • Pat Theyerl
  • Kimberly Vlies
  • Kristy Aoki
  • Jeff Schulz
  • Joe Schoenebeck

Congratulations to all the winners!  Winners will be contacted directly with information on parking or lunch details.

Check out the HR blog for full details on all Employee Appreciation Week events.  Thank you for all you do!

“There’s No UWGB without U!”

Employee Appreciation Week (May 2 – 6, 2016)

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May 2-6, 2016

“There is No UWGB without U!”

Employee Appreciation Week is being celebrated May 2-6 on campus! This is a week to honor employees. The Employee Appreciation Week Work Group is putting the final touches together on a week of fun, and we encourage all employees to take part in activities during this week and the few days leading up to it. More activites will be added to the schedule as they are confirmed!

By Noon on Friday, April 29:

1:00 pm Friday, April 29:

  • Drawings will occur for daily preferred parking and the opportunity for FREE Lunch with Leadership. Complete the survey above to be entered to win!

May 2 – 6 Week long events:

  • Continue to send compliments to Jena Richter at richterj@uwgb.edu for the UWGB Compliments Facebook page.
  • Take advantage of Shorewood’s lunch special for staff and faculty— Lunch, a drink, and 3 holes of golf for $10. (Please call ahead to reserve. Ex: 2118)
  • 30% savings on a new line of Outdoor Activity Merchandise at the Phoenix Bookstore
  • Watch the Social Media pages of HR and other departments for great updates throughout the week. Be sure to also check out the UWGB Compliments Facebook page where we will be posting anonymous messages we have received to thank fellow employees.
  • FREE Popcorn* for all employees in the Phoenix Club, please bring your ID.

Tuesday May 3:

  • FREE Ice Cream* for all employees outside the Phoenix Bookstore from 1 pm to 3 pm
    • Flavors include: Cookies and Cream, Mint Chip, Chocolate, Strawberry, Butter Pecan, and Pretzel Palooza
    • Please bring your ID

Wednesday, May 4

  • 20% off all apparel at the Phoenix Bookstore. Stock up for the summer!

Thursday, May 5:

  • Casual Dress Day (All Day)
  • Team Building Activities- take a break and participate in activities with your co-workers.
    • 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., across campus
    • At 12:15 there will be a competition between Campus Leadership that you won’t want to miss!
    • We will have Giant Checkers, Jenga, Jump Rope, Skip It, Connect 4, Ping Pong and so many more games for you to play.
    • Sue Bodilly and friends will be organzing a Pickle Ball game or two.
  • Come get your picture taken with Phlash.

Friday, May 6:

  • Phoenix Friday
  • 20% off all apparel at the Phoenix Bookstore. Stock up for the summer!
  • 50 and Forward Celebration
  • Fireworks, Kress Center Parking lot at Dusk, approx. 8 pm

*Ice cream and popcorn funded by the University Staff Committee

Once again, we highly encourage all to partake in these activities! Thank you for all you do!

“There is no UWGB without U!” 

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.