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Employee Spotlight: HR Student Employees

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Name: Charlie Schroeder

Position at UWGB: Office Assistant in the Financial Aid/Student Employment Office and the Human Resources Office

Summary of what you do: The bulk of what I do in the Financial Aid Office is related to Student Employment. I review the part-time/seasonal positions that employers want to post in PRO, which means making sure we have all of the necessary information about the position, reaching out to contacts as needed, researching and identifying scams, things like that. I also help the financial aid team with scanning and linking the documents that are required for processing FAFSA applications and mailing FAFSA Verification checklists and exit counseling letters. In HR I assist the Payroll staff with processing the biweekly payroll, sending timesheet reminders, and any other projects as needed. I’ve also gotten the opportunity to be a part of the Wellness Committee and design posters and other promotional/informational documents for the various events that they put on for employees.

How long have you been employed: I’ve been with Financial Aid since September or October of 2015, and I started in HR in May of 2016.

Personal interests: When I’m not at work or in class I’m usually playing videogames or watching Netflix. Since it’s my last semester as a student, things are sometimes pretty hectic and I like being able to just relax whenever I can.

Random facts/interests: I am 100% obsessed with cats. I treat the two that I have as my own as if they are my children. My grandma and I used to take in strays when I was growing up and try and ‘nurse them back to health’ and find them a permanent home. I think at one point we were caring for 6 at once. My uncle fosters cats from his local shelter that are old, sick, missing limbs, blind, etc.

 

– Any favorite line from a movie?

I can’t think of a favorite line from a movie, but I can recite every single line word-for-word from the movie Benchwarmers.

– Are you messy or organized?

I like to call it an organized mess. I plan out almost every aspect of my day on a to-do list in my calendar, but sometimes I over-organize to the point where things get cluttered, if that makes any sense.

– Best vacation you’ve been to?

Honestly I don’t think I’ve gone on a real vacation. The only think I can think of is going to Wisconsin Dells as a kid.

– Do you have an office nickname? What is it?

I don’t think so, at least not to my knowledge.

– Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? 

I’m very awkward in person, so I probably embarrass myself approximately 100000 times a day.

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

Emma Watson, just because she’s my favorite actress. I’m sure that would be an accurate portrayal, since we look nothing alike and I also don’t have a British accent, but it would still be pretty cool.

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

I honestly wish I was able to spend more time working. I love my job, especially when I’m able to interact with other students. I like being able to help with the more complicated things like understanding the FAFSA process, loan options, etc, because as a student myself, I know how confusing and overwhelming it is sometimes.

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

J.K. Rowling or George R.R. Martin

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

Macaroni and Cheese and salsa.

– If you were an animal what would you be?

Probably a bird. I think it would be pretty cool to fly around and explore different places.

– If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? I don’t think I have the attention span to be able to write an entire book.

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

My xbox.

– Least favorite Food?

Onions, mushrooms and fish.

– People would be surprised if they knew.

I was raised by my grandmother. I don’t know if it was a legal adoption or a guardianship-type thing, but she’s raised me essentially since the day I was born.

– Tell us a little bit about your family.

Growing up it was pretty much just me and my grandma. I do have a pretty close relationship with my half-brother and sister and our mom, but there isn’t really much as far as extended family. My grandma is pretty close with her sister and I try to go back to my hometown and visit as often as I can.

– What advice would you give to recent new hires?

Get involved and learn about as many new things as you can. Talk with the people you work with and try and network with others, it’s super helpful to have resources outside of your immediate office. Especially as a student employee, your supervisors and other staff members can be really beneficial in helping you figure out your career interests and grow in your professional life, as well as just your life in general.

– What book did you read last?

The Game of Thrones Series. I don’t think I’ve actually sat down and read a book that isn’t a textbook in a while though.

– What celebrity do people think you look like? I don’t think anyone has ever told me that I look like a celebrity.

– What did you want to be when growing up?

Probably an actress, even though I was the shyest kid in the entire world and never did anything acting related ever.

– What do you like most about your job?

I really like that both the HR staff and the Financial Aid staff treat me like a part of the team. Knowing that they trust my decision making has helped me gain a lot more confidence in what I can do.

– What do you like to do in your spare time?

I don’t have that much spare time between classes, homework, work, and preparing for graduation. When I do have free time I usually play videogames or watch youtube videos.

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

Absolutely nothing, if I can manage it.

– What does a typical day look like for you?

I get up usually at like 6:30, then I’m in work or class until 3 or 4 in the afternoon, I spend a few hours working on homework or doing research for group projects, and then hopefully I have time to sit down and relax for a while before going to bed. Rinse and Repeat!

– What else do you do for fun?

I like to go to concerts and music festivals. I’ve gone to Warped Tour in Milwaukee every year since 2012.

– What is an ability you wish you had?

Time travel.

– What is the first concert you attended?

We the Kings, I think.

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

I would buy my grandma a house and make sure she had enough money to retire.

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

To trust myself.

– What is your biggest pet peeve?

I absolutely hate being late.

– What is your favorite movie and book?

I can probably tell you everything there is to know about the world of Harry Potter.

– What is your favorite sport?

I’m not talented or coordinated enough to play sports myself, but I’m a big soccer fan.

– Hidden talent?

Uhh..I don’t think I have any hidden talents.

– What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Cheesecake. And fried pickles.

– What phobias do you have?

Bugs. Even butterflies make me nervous, which is slightly embarrassing to admit.

– What places have you lived in?

Marinette, WI, Menominee, MI, and I lived somewhere in Kansas for 6 months when I was like 4 years old. And obviously here in GB.

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

Gossip Girl. Once upon a time I was also pretty obsessed with Keeping up with the Kardashians, which I think is worse.

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

I don’t think I had a specific favorite anything as child, unless you count the outdoors. I probably would’ve slept outside if my grandma let me.

– What would people never guess you do in your role?

When I talk to people that I know back home in Marinette, or pretty much anyone outside of the people that know me at UWGB, they’re always surprised when I tell them anything about my job. They never seem to grasp that just because I’m a ‘student employee’, that doesn’t mean I don’t have responsibilities at work. They always seem shocked when I tell them I do things other than filing and sorting mail.

– What would you like to be famous for?

This is going to sound incredibly stupid and nerdy, but I would really like to be a well-known Twitch streamer or Youtuber. Not exactly ‘famous’ per say, but it would be pretty cool to make a name for myself within the gaming community.

– What’s on your bucket list?

Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, go to the San Diego Comic Con, and to meet David Tennant.

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

Coffee.

– Where is your home town?

Marinette, WI

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

Barcelona, Spain.

 

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Name: Dorothy A. Metz

Position at UWGB: Office Assistant in Human Resources

Summary of what you do: I help around the office with any work that needs to be completed. I file student employment paperwork as well as putting the paperwork into our system. There are also projects that I can work on when assigned to them.

How long have you been employed: 2 months and a half

Brief history of employment with UWGB: Office Assistant in Human Resources

Three words that describe you: Nerdy, Outgoing, Loud

Personal interests: Writing, reading

Random facts/interests: I was the only person in my entire senior class to take a creative writing class.

 

– Any favorite line from a movie? The entire final monologue from The Fault in Our Stars spoken by Augustus Waters

– Are you messy or organized? Organized

– Best vacation you’ve been to? Moline, IL for my birthday when I was 9.

– Do you have a favorite quote? “To love is to destroy and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.” –Cassandra Clare

– If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?  I would interview Connor Franta.

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

– If you were an animal what would you be? Giraffe.

– If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? One Million Reasons Why I’m Here.

– If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be? How To Write a Novel in 100 Days.

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

– Least favorite Food? Any type of seafood.

– People would be surprised if they knew: That I attended every single varsity boys soccer game my senior year of high school.

– Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. I sprained my knee by slipping on the carpet at my first job. I can read a book in 24 hours. I love DC Comics.

– Top 3 life highlights? = Getting accepted to UWGB. Being fourth row for my favorite band’s concert. Watching my high school’s boys’ basketball team win state.

– What book did you read last? What Light by Jay Asher

– What books are at your bedside? The entire Harry Potter collection.

– What did you want to be when growing up? I wanted to be a singer.

– What do you like most about your job? I like feeling like I’m helpful.

– What do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy hanging out with my friends in my dorm or wherever.

– What do you like to do on your days off? Homework.

– What else do you do for fun? I go bowling a lot.

– What is the first concert you attended? The Cheetah Girls when I was 9.

– What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? Harry Potter Studio Tour tickets.

– What is your biggest pet peeve? Not turning off the lights before leaving a room.

– What is your favorite meal? My grandma’s rice hot dish.

– What is your favorite movie and book? Book: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two

– What is your favorite sport? Soccer

– Hidden talent? I can sing.

– What one food do you wish had zero calories? Chocolate.

– What would you like to be famous for? Writing a best-selling novel.

– What’s on your bucket list? Going to Harry Potter world.

– What’s the one thing, you can’t live without? My friends.

– What’s your favorite thing to do in Green Bay? Go on Target adventures.

– Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Graduating UWGB and going onto an amazing MFA program.

– Where is your favorite place to eat? Noodles and Company

– Where is your home town? La Crosse, WI

– Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Brighton, England.

Intersections: Harassment Prevention Training deadline fast approaching

As indicated in an email sent by Chancellor Miller to all faculty and staff in early February, HR has rolled out online compliance training to engage employees and raise awareness about harassment and discrimination. The deadline for faculty and staff completion is Friday, March 31, 2017.  If you have any questions or technical difficulties, please contact Mitchell Sabez at sabezm@uwgb.edu or x2389. 

REMINDER: University Staff Performance Evaluations

The new year is upon us and with it begins the University Staff performance evaluation process for 2016. Supervisors should initiate the annual review process with University Staff within the next couple of weeks.

Annual performance evaluations are a key component to employee performance and development and provide employees and their supervisors an opportunity to discuss job performance, set goals for professional development, establish objectives for contributing to the department’s mission and discuss expectations and accomplishments.

Please review the presentation on Managing and Evaluating Employee Performance to familiarize yourself with this process and your responsibilities. If you would prefer an in-person training session on this topic, please contact hr@uwgb.edu.

Resources:

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

In an effort to facilitate timely completion, evaluations are due by Friday, March 24, 2017.

Please note that annual performance evaluations are not required for individuals who have had a probationary review on or after July 1, 2016 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.

Employee Spotlight: Brian Sutton

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Name: Brian Sutton

Position at UWGB: Associate Professor, Humanistic Studies; Director of English Composition and the Writing Center

Summary of what you do: Besides teaching, I direct the English Comp program and the Writing Center.

How long have you been employed: At UWGB, 25 years. As a college teacher, 39 years. How long since my first job, over 50 years.

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I came here in 1992, and I’ve been Director of English Comp and of the Writing Center since 1993, other than a two-year hiatus to be Chair of Humanistic Studies almost 15 years ago. I was also Chair of English for a while somewhere in there.

Three words that describe you: Grumpy old man.

Personal interests: My grandkids, writing, music (mostly guitar, some piano, songwriting), reading, travel

 

– Are you messy or organized? Messy, but my new office allows me to appear organized for the time being.

– Best vacation you’ve been to? Probably staying with friends in Montsalier, a village of about 100 in southwestern France (Provence)

– Describe what you were like at age 10. Much younger

– Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? New York Times. But I probably read the Green Bay Press-Gazette more regularly.

– Do you have a favorite quote? “There’s no perfect time to write. There’s only now.” Barbara Kingsolver

– Do you have an office nickname? What is it?  If I do, I don’t know it.

– Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work?  Yes.

– Favorite travel spot? Provence. Paris is also very nice.

– If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Dunno. Who plays nerds these days?

– If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?  Jesus, because maybe then I could know for sure

– If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? The resurrection, if it did in fact take place

– If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be? How to play fingerstyle guitar.

– If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? My best guitar, which is a Martin HD-28.

– People would be surprised if they knew: A lot of people do know this, but I assume they were surprised to discover that I could write an entire musical (book, music, and lyrics) that could succeed on 42nd Street in NYC and get a good review in the NY Times and favorable coverage in the Wall Street Journal

 – Top 3 life highlights? = 1. Marriage, births of my kids & grandkids   2. Successful professional production on 42nd Street, NYC, of Searching for Romeo     3. Three Hopwood Awards for creative writing when I was in college

– What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Working with the other English Comp teachers

– What book did you read last? The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

– What celebrity do people think you look like? Bill Maher

– What did you want to be when growing up? A writer

– What do you like to do in your spare time? Play guitar and piano, write, see my grandkids

– What is your favorite movie and book? Book—The Great Gatsby

– What is your favorite sport? Tennis

– What places have you lived in? Dayton, OH; Muncie, IN; Hillsdale, MI; Ann Arbor, MI; Cass City, MI; Dexter, MI; Vernal, UT; Denver, CO; Irvington, NY; Springfield, MO; Chattanooga, TN; Green Bay, WI; Brooklyn, NY

– What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? Book—The Secret Garden

Student Hours Reminder

As a reminder, UW-Green Bay student employees can work up to 40 hours per week between March 12 and March 18, 2017, and then must reduce their working schedules down to 25 hours per week starting March 19, 2017 to make sure we are in compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Please review the 2017 Student Bi-Weekly Payroll Schedule at: http://www.uwgb.edu/hr/documents/StudentBiWeeklyPayrollSchedule2017.pdf

If you have any questions about this, please contact Human Resources at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390.

Human Resources System (HRS) Upgrade Completed

The upgrade to the Human Resources System (HRS) which caused an outage that affected your My UW System Portal from Wednesday, February 22nd to Monday, February 27th, has been completed.  You can now access all the features in your My UW System Portal as before.  Thank you for your patience!

You will notice some updates and a little different look, but the functionality is the same.  The UW-Service Center notified us that there are some issues with approvers having difficulty accessing employee’s timesheets today, but an overnight process will run tonight, which should resolve these issues.  If you have any issues on Tuesday, February 28th or after, please contact us at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390.

Annual On-Site Health Screening Registration Open

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Making the choice to get a health screening gives you a snapshot of your overall health. Discover your numbers at this free health screening which is available to employees and their spouse/domestic partner who are enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program.

On-Site Health Screening:

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: University Union, Phoenix Room

Complete two easy steps by October 20, 2017 to earn the $150* Well Wisconsin incentive.

Step 1: Get your 2017 health screening

To register online for your on-site health screening appointment:

  1. Log in to wellwisconsin.staywell.com
  2. Click on Programs tab
  3. Click on “Learn More” in Screenings box
  4. Click on Register Now
  5. Select the time for your appointment

Here are some details about the on-site health screening…

  • You’ll be in and out in 20 minutes
  • Screening includes measurements for blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol (HDL, LDL and Total), triglycerides and glucose
  • Fasting is not required, but is highly recommended for more accurate results
  • Screening completion will be displayed in the StayWell wellness portal within two business days. Your results will be automatically uploaded to your profile within 10 business days of your screening
  • On-site health screenings are confidential, free and voluntary
  • This on-site screening is available to employees and their spouse/domestic partner who are currently enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Health Insurance Program.  Your spouse/domestic partner can also register online using the above steps to sign up for an appointment and complete the assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions about the on-site health assessment: http://www.uwgb.edu/hr/benefits/wellness/OnSiteHealthAssessmtFAQ.pdf

What if I can’t make it that day?

If you are unable to attend an on-site health screening you may use results obtained from your health care provider by submitting a Health Care Provider Form. The Health Care Provider Form can be found at wellwisconsin.staywell.com on the home page. Click on the Health Screening Options block and download the form.

Step 2: Complete the StayWell health assessment** at wellwisconsin.staywell.com.  It takes about 10 minutes and is mobile and tablet friendly!  Just click on “Assessment” after logging in.

Questions? Contact Human Resources at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390.

* Those enrolled in Humana’s Medicare Advantage plan or have a postal address outside of the U.S. are not eligible to receive the $150 incentive. The $150 incentive is treated as taxable income and will be reported to your employer.

** Individual health information will never be shared with the employer.

Campus Celebrations- mark your calendar!

In follow up to Chancellor Miller’s e-mail dated  Friday, January 20, 2017 below is an outline of upcoming campus events and the focus for each to align University events with campus priorities and to best honor and thank the campus community.

Annual Faculty and Staff Cookout – mark your calendar for May 5, 2017! This event will mark the kick off to the annual employee appreciation week and will be used to honor Years of Service awards, new UW-Green Bay retirees, and faculty and staff emeriti.

 

In August of 2017 during annual Fall convocation we will welcome new employees, honor named professorships, announce founders awards and honor endowed chairs.

More details about these great campus events will be forth coming as they draw near so be sure to watch the HR Connect blog and newsletter as well as the Log for additional details.

Go Phoenix!

Title and Total Compensation Study selects vendor

The UW System Title and Total Compensation Advisory council has finalized their review and issued a Letter of Intent to Mercer consulting as the selected vendor for the UW System Title and Total Compensation Study.

Mercer is a global leader in consulting on high quality workforce solutions that strengthen the organization’s ability to attract, develop, retain and engage the best and brightest talent. Their vast experience with higher educational institutions and systems combined with their expertise in  titling and compensation strategies in academic and research environments is critical as we move forward. For more information on Mercer, go to their homepage.

Mercer resources will work in tandem with UW System and UW-Madison to develop a communication strategy and project plan.

For background and additional historical information regarding this study, please see the UW System Title and Total Compensation Website.