Employee Spotlight: Jan Snyder


Here at UW-Green Bay we are familiar with the mission of providing interdisciplinary, problem-focused educational experiences that prepare students to think critically and address complex issues in the world. What happens after they gain all that wonderful knowledge? The day they’ve all waited for: COMMENCEMENT (a.k.a. graduation day)! Behind this glorious day and all the preparation that it entails is the University Services Program Associate within the Office of the Provost, Jan Snyder.


Jan has the wonderful position of planning commencement and coordinating all the activities that go along with it. In addition to this, Jan serves as the University Staff Committee chair and has served on numerous other campus committees. Jan has been an employee at UW-GB for over 20 years, and has over 35 total years in office and administrative support. She has been employed in the departments of Financial Aid, Dean of Students, Education, Humanities, and many more.

When asked to tell us about herself, Jan explained that:

“I grew up in southwest Iowa, the middle of 5 children.  I was a serious student, but also active in sports and music.  I played softball from the time I was 9 until I was 26, played volleyball from junior high until I was 40, played tennis (singles), and liked to run (short distances).  I played the clarinet, oboe, and string bass in junior high and high school.  I was active in band, orchestra, jazz band, and was a majorette during football season.  I twirled baton for about 10 years, including a fire baton at football games and the school talent show.  After we started a family, I was very active at our church for many years, helping with the AWANA kids program, teaching Sunday school and children’s church, directing the crafts program for vacation Bible school, and being known as the ‘snack lady’ for the middle and high school youth program.”

Jan is described as organized, driven and sensitive. Her interests when not planning for campus ceremonies include family, walking, exercising, flower and plant gardening, cross country skiing, and traveling.

Student Employment Information

It’s the time of year to think about the student employees you plan to rehire for Summer 2015 and/or Academic Year 2015-2016. Primary supervisors will receive e-mails with spreadsheet attachments containing a list of all active student employees in late April. Through this process you will be able to indicate the terms of rehire (summer only, summer and academic year, academic year only), termination, and indicate changes in funding, hourly rates, and approvers. A due date will also be indicated in the email and spreadsheets not received by the due date may result in termination of student appointments. Please look for this email in late April.

Graduating seniors and those not returning for the fall semester may only work through MAY 15, 2015. This applies to all student employees, work study or regular.

Forums, Forums, Forums!

By now, you have probably seen a flurry of e-mails promoting several campus forums and follow up surveys related to these forums.  Since November, the Office of Human Resources in collaboration with the University Staff Personnel Committee and more recently the Academic Staff Personnel Committee, have put together and continue to hold campus forums to discuss the developed UW System Operational Policies (OPS) and the development and revision of campus policies based off of these OPS.  Below is an outline of the forums that have been held and those upcoming, along with survey results and the status of any current policy development revision.


Forum dates/times
Topics  Groups affected Survey results & current policy status
November 2014
November 6, 2014; 9-10 a.m. & November 13, 2014 3-4 p.m.
(forum presentation)
Grievance Procedures
Layoff for Reasons of Budget or Program
University staff Survey results
Grievance Policy- finalized 1/8/15
Layoff Policy- finalized 2/13/15
January 2015
January 7, 2015; 11-12 p.m. & January 12, 2015; 2-3 p.m.
(forum presentation)
Complaint Procedures
Performance Management
Title Change
Voluntary Reassignment
University staff Survey results
Complaint procedures- in process
Performance management- in process
Title change- in process
Voluntary reassignment- meetings will begin with exempt US mid-April
February 2015
February 19, 2015; 1-2 p.m. & February 24, 2015; 11-12 p.m.
(forum presentation)
Job Security
University Staff Temporary and Project Appointments 
University staff
Faculty, Academic Staff & Limited- only for topic of possible internal movement policy
Survey underway, deadline Friday, March 20, 2015
March 2015
March 24, 2015; 11-12 p.m. & March 25, 2015 2-3 p.m. 
Workplace Safety
Children in the Workplace
Workplace Expectations
April 2015
Compensation Structure and Tools
Regent Pay Plan and Supplemental Distribution


Other forums will be scheduled as OPS are finalized and more is learned about the implementation of other items related to UPS.

Biometric Screening Event


The UW-Green Bay Benefits Office & Wellness Committee Presents:

What:                                       Well Wisconsin Biometric Screening Event

(See below for incentive details!)

When:                                      Monday, April 20th

8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where:                                    University Union, Phoenix Rooms

Who can Participate:              Member employees, spouses/domestic partners, and adult children enrolled in State Group Health Insurance

How to Participate:                 Pre-Registration is required!

                                                Register online at

                                                Deadline to Register: Thursday, April 16 (or until all appointments are filled)


In 2015, all state insurance plans are offering $150/member for completing the Well Wisconsin program.  There are two steps to completing the program.

  • Participate in a biometric screening


Get up-to-date testing results on your height, weight, and Body Mass Index (BMI), cholesterol level, glucose measurement, and blood pressure.  At the on-site screening you will be asked to provide proof of insurance (health insurance card).  You will then go through a series of staffed stations for the testing, which generally takes less than 20 minutes.  At the end of the screening you will be given your results.

  • Complete your Health Risk Survey online provided by your health plan


Use your biometric screening results to complete the survey.  Visit and click on your insurance plan in the column to the left for a direct link to the online Health Survey.  This quick, easy survey will ask a range of questions including your daily stress level, family medical history, and typical meal plan.  The Health Survey is designed to help you gauge intangible well-being factors to pinpoint possible health risks.

Once the biometric screening and health survey are completed, the $150 incentive will be processed and issued by your health insurance provider.  Health plan issued rewards are considered a fringe benefit of employment and must be treated as taxable income by the primary subscriber’s employer.  Your health plan is required to report payment information for the subscriber and enrolled family member’s to the subscriber’s employer.  Individual health information will never be shared with the employer.


Even if you are unable to attend the on-site Biometric Screening on April 20th, you can complete the biometric screening portion with your physician (the necessary paper forms for physician’s completion are available under each individual health plan on the Well Wisconsin website).


Please direct any questions to Kimberly Danielson, Benefits Specialist, at (920) 465-2196 or


We can always work to improve the quality of our lives through health and wellness!


A CEO’s Perspective on Change Lunch n’ Learn & Upcoming Events

CURRENT-PerspectivesonchangeEvent Basics
When: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11 a.m. Registration & Networking 11:30 a.m. Lunch Served 12 p.m. Presentation 1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Tundra Lodge Conference Center 865 Lombardi Ave Green Bay, WI  54304
Fee: $15 Members of Current $25 Nonmembers of Current Free with 2015 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Baked parmesan encrusted chicken breast set on top a basil marinara sauce with chef’s choice of starch and vegetables, coffee, water and milk. Vegetarian option available upon request.
Register: Register OnlineTo ensure proper membership pricing for Current or an events package enrollment, please use the eamil address we have on file for you when registering online. There is a 96-hour cancellation policy.


Event Overview
A CEO’s Perspective on Change In just a few years, Shopko has doubled in size and experienced a positive sales trend we haven’t seen in a decade. How is this possible? In this session, Peter McMahon, CEO of Shopko Stores Operating Company, LLC will describe how he approached the organization’s need for change to create this rapid growth story.


About the SpeakerCURRENT-Perspectivesonchangespeaker
Peter McMahon CEO Shopko Peter McMahon is the chief executive officer of Shopko Stores Operating Company, LLC.   Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Shopko Stores is a $3 billion retailer that operates 327 stores in 24 states throughout the Midwest, Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions. With four decades of distinguished experience in the retail sector, Peter has a proven track record of delivering on objectives, exceeding expectations and leading organizations with a complex array of programs with the ability to leverage strengths in their business units. He started as a junior assistant and rapidly advanced to manager and beyond due to his hard work and ability to motivate others. He has held a variety of executive and senior positions with global retailers including chief operating officer of Loblaw, Canada’s largest food retailer and a leading provider of drugstore, general merchandise and financial products and services, and a member of the executive management team of Wal-Mart Inc., Germany and Japan. From the United Kingdom, Peter was born in Liverpool, Merseyside and holds a degree in economics from the University of Liverpool. Peter is also a naturalized citizen of Canada, where he lived and worked prior to joining Shopko Stores. Peter and his wife Leila now reside in Green Bay and recently added a Welsh Springer Spaniel named Riley to their family.

2015 Bellin Run Corporate Challenge

Bellin Run

Register today for the 2015 UW-Green Bay Bellin Run Corporate Challenge
Bellin 10K Run/Walk • Green Bay, WI • Saturday, June 13, 2015

Get out and enjoy some fun with co-workers, family and friends by participating in friendly competition and promoting a healthier lifestyle. Employees, students, family and friends are encouraged to sign up to participate as part of the UW-Green Bay Corporate team!

Register as part of the corporate team and enjoy these benefits:
VIP Race Packet Delivery- all registrants’ race packets will be delivered to UW-Green Bay for pick-up the week before the event
A Corporate Challenge custom gift from Bellin and a UW-Green Bay Corporate Challenge T-Shirt if registered by May 1

When registering, please use Team Name: UW-Green Bay Team Password: 840

Interested in designing this year’s UW-Green Bay Corporate Challenge t-shirt or training with fellow employees?? Contact the Wellness Committee for more information.

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

Visit the Wellness Committee website for information on other wellness topics, newsletters, and up

Wellness Newsletter and Upcoming Events

View the February Newsletter!


The UW-Green Bay Wellness Committee Presents:

What: Wellness Lunch and Learn
Heart Healthy Living

When: Thursday, February 19, 2015
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Alumni Rooms A/B, University Union

February is Heart Health month. In interest of heart health, this months’ Lunch and Learn is focused on what it means to have a healthy heart and how we can keep it that way. Alex Stenner, student intern with the Kress Events Center, will present on building action steps into everyday habits for the promotion of healthy heart function- not running away from heart disease. Attendees can expect to examine lifestyles, habit, behavior, and immediate options that promote heart health.

Check out the attached newsletter for more on heart health, or visit the American Heart Association website for more news about the heart.

Leadership Green Bay Informational Brown Bag Session

2015-2016 Leadership Green Bay Program Information

Each year, the University sponsors up to two employees to participate in the Leadership Green Bay program.  This program was established in 1983 by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and offers select individuals the unique opportunity to develop leadership skills while enhancing the well-being of the Green Bay area. Program goals include enhancing the participant’s knowledge of the Green Bay community; obtaining a greater awareness of issues that face the Green Bay area; enhancing leadership skills; and making an impact on the Green Bay Community.

Participants meet one day per month, October through May, following a two-day overnight retreat in September. Programs focus on Green Bay’s local economy, education, local history and heritage, diversity and cultural awareness, human services, government, and environment. In addition, small groups work on projects designed to enhance awareness of community problems, identify systems and methods to effect change, and develop their project management, team, and presentation skills. The groups meet on their own time outside Leadership Green Bay sessions.

To learn more about Leadership Green Bay, please consider attending the following session, which will feature an informational presentation by Tom Lyga, Director of Education and Leadership for the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, as well as a panel of UW-Green Bay employees who have graduated from the Leadership Green Bay program:


Leadership Green Bay Informational Brown Bag Session

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

1965 Room, University Union

Click here to register

All UW-Green Bay employees are eligible to express interest in being considered.  Supervisors are also encouraged to nominate employees for participation in this program. If you are nominating someone, be sure to contact the people you are nominating to determine if they are willing to participate if selected.  After the deadline, two employees will be selected by the Position Review Committee, and will asked to complete the nomination materials representing UW-Green Bay.

In order to express interest in participation, or to nominate an employee, please complete the Leadership Green Bay Interest Form.  This form should be filled out and signed by the employee, their supervisor, and the Dean/Division Head (if applicable).  Completed forms must be received in the Human Resources office by Friday, February 27th for full consideration.


You are also welcome to visit for more information about this program.


If you have questions, please feel free to contact Human Resources at (920) 465-2390 or

Campus Connection Program

Are you interested in being a mentor for new employees?  Would you like to meet new people and share your wisdom and experiences as a UW-Green Bay employee?  If so, please consider becoming a “Campus Resource Person” within the Campus Connection Program!

Human Resources, in partnership with the University Staff Committee (formerly CSAC) and the Academic Staff Governance Committee is introducing an updated new employee mentor program to include both University Staff (Classified) and Academic Staff employees. This program will be called the Campus Connection Program.

The goal of the Campus Connection Program is to foster a cooperative network among University Staff and Academic Staff employees, as well as to cultivate a sense of community on campus.  The program benefits new employees by giving them a friendly resource (a campus resource person).  In return, existing employees have the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge.

As a campus resource person, you would help new employees acclimate to the campus culture and help them become an active campus community member.  You would meet with the new employee, invite them to university events, and act as a resource.

Click on these links for more information about the Campus Connection Program and the Campus Connection Program Mentor Checklist.

If you are interested in being a campus resource person:

  1. Have a discussion with your supervisor to discuss the feasibility with your workload.
  2. By October 31, 2014, send an e-mail to HR at with your supervisor copied expressing interest.
  3. HR will be in contact with all interested mentors to arrange a training session and tour.

** Please note: If you have participated in the Campus Connection Program in the past and are currently on our list of volunteers, please send us an e-mail to express your interest in remaining on the list.

Please contact Human Resources at x2390 or if you have any questions!