Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness is the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community betterment. The desire to learn new concepts, improve skills and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning.

Mindfulness Classes

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Did you know stress rates have skyrocketed in the past six to seven years, a timeline that roughtly corresponds to our ability to “hyperconnect” to work via smartphones?* Being mindful in our daily routine can help us reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and control anxiety. When we practice mindfulness at work, we think more clearly. We respond rather than react. We take events less personally. We make better decisions. In short, our brains slow down. We reduce our stress levels while simultaneously increasing our effectiveness.

“Relaxation” – this was a suggestion from a UWGB employee for what topic the Wellness Committee should focus on next.  Two-time NFL MVP and Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers knows the importance of relaxing and being mindful. Practicing mindfulness can improve many aspects of your daily life, and implementing mindful practices in your routine might be easier than you think!  RELAX

To promote a culture of well-being and help us be more mindful at work, the following meditation and Tai Chi classes will be offered to UWGB employees this spring!  A big THANK YOU to the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) for their wellness grant to UWGB to fund the entire cost of these classes, so there is no charge to employees to attend!  Another big THANK YOU to the Richard Mauthe Center for co-sponsoring these classes!  All classes will be held at 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. in the Mauthe Center.

  • Monday, March 13th – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Monday, March 20th – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Monday, March 27th – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Monday, April 3rd – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Friday, April 7th – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy
  • Friday, April 14th – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy
  • Friday, April 21st – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy
  • Friday, April 28th – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy

Please click on this link to register for the classes: http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1RDH7wyV8TIaahL

Did you miss the first class or forgot to register?  No problem!  Just show up and join us!

We will also be scheduling Tai Chi classes in May, which will be posted on HR Connect as soon as the dates finalized.

We all have stress in our lives.  Regardless of the cause, your body’s reaction to stress can make you more likely to get sick.  So finding ways to de-stress is important to your health.  Mindfulness can be the key to slowing down and enjoying the moment.  Please consider taking advantage of this great opportunity!

* Quote from Scott Eblin, Author of the book Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative

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Annual Benefits & Wellness Fair

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Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Benefits & Wellness Fair on Friday, October 21st.  Over 30 vendors were on hand to answer questions and provide information.

October is Brain Health Month

One in four people suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. That person may be a close friend, relative, acquaintance, or maybe you are the one suffering from anxiety or depression. The important thing to know is that you, or your friend, are not alone.

The month of October is an awareness month for many things, including breast cancer, SIDS, domestic violence, etc. The first week, however, is dedicated to Mental Illness Awareness. Mental illness affects millions of individuals which in turn can affect their families and friends.

What exactly is mental illness? It encompasses a wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behaviors. These conditions include anxiety, depression, dementia, Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, PTSD, OCD, and others. It can lead to difficulty functioning during social, work or family activities.

How can you help? The short answer…be aware that those suffering from a disorder need understanding and care, not judgement. Long term elevated stress is detrimental to most of us, but can be negatively life changing for those suffering from a mental illness. Individuals may feel hopeless and alone; provide them with empathy and consideration or referral to a professional, when appropriate.

What can you do? There are some things you can do for your own mental well-being.

  • Exercise.  Exercise has been shown to raise endorphin levels which contribute to a feeling of happiness. Endorphins are hormones in your body that make it function properly. After moderate to rigorous exercise they are able to activate opiate receptors, giving you that amazing, healthy feeling.
  • Relaxation. Engaging in relaxing activities such as meditation, yoga, reading, etc. contributes to coping skills when dealing with stress. Without those coping skills your stress hormones and blood pressure stays elevated, your muscles stay tense and can contribute to pain, and you experience fatigue.
  • Nutrition. There are some foods that have been known to help.
    • Cold-water fish. Consuming higher amounts omega-3 fatty acids found naturally in cold water fish (like salmon, sardines and herring), seaweed, flaxseed and walnuts has been found to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Studies have shown that certain parts of the world, like Iceland, have very low rates of depression and seasonal affective disorder even though it is gray and gloomy often.  Residents of Iceland tend to eat higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and engage in physical activity.
    • Limiting alcohol intake
    • Nuts and seeds. So many to choose from: pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews, pumpkin, sesame, and more! They are a good source of magnesium, fiber, and omega 3 fats.

Other dietary habits that may help prevent depression and similar disorders are avoiding excessive alcohol intake, staying hydrated, eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (oats, barley, rice, etc). Black coffee and dark chocolate, in moderation, have also been shown to decrease risk for depression. Try to avoid foods that are fried, highly refined and full of added sugar. These cause extra stress and oxidation in the body.

In closing, it is important to know that just like some physical ailments require a visit to a professional, so do mental ailments.  If you or someone you know struggles with a mental health issue, be kind and supportive. You can do your part by fighting the stigma that is attached to mental illness and provide hope.

For more information please visit: http://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Illness-Awareness-Week

Article by Cathleen Malone, UWGB Dietetic Intern

May Lunch n’ Learn

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Wellness

The UW-Green Bay Wellness Committee Presents:

What: Wellness Lunch and Learn
“Self-Defense”

When: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Room 103, University Union

Learn about the latest and greatest self-defense techniques from UW-Green Bay’s own Officer Chad Kleman on May 6 in Room 103 from noon to 1 P.M.

March Lunch n’ Learn and Newsletter

Wellness

The UW-Green Bay Wellness Committee, in partnership with the UW-Credit Union presents:

What:   Wellness Lunch and Learn

Building your Budget

When:  Friday, March 20, 2015

12:15 p.m.  – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Room 103, University Union

 

Join financial expert Wayne Resch from the UW Credit Union in an interactive discussion about how to make and maintain a sensible, effective budget. Wayne will help you learn to create a well-balanced budget and answer your burning questions!

Check out our monthly newsletter, our March 2015 Newsletter is entitled “Step Into Financial Wellness!”

Visit the Wellness Committee website for information on other wellness topics, newsletters, and upcoming events!

Lead with Facilitation Skills Workshop & Upcoming Events

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When: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Workshop Begins 10:30 a.m. Conclusion
Where: Holiday Inn & Suites Green Bay Stadium 2785 Ramada Way Green Bay, WI  54304
Fee: $39 Members of Current $54 Nonmembers of Current Free with 2015 All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Eye opener breakfast buffet: bagels with pure butter and cream cheese, yogurt, fluffy scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, crispy home fried potatoes, smoked bacon, orange and cranberry juices, coffee, hot tea and milk.
Register: Register Online To ensure proper membership pricing for Current or an events package enrollment, please use the email address we have on file for you when registering online. There is a 96-hour cancellation policy.

 

Event Overview
Lead with Facilitation Skills Workshop Are you tired of attending meetings that do not produce meaningful results? Do you ever wonder how some people seem to know the next right question to move their team toward the future? In this interactive workshop, Beverly Scow and Jen Schanen of Wise Women Gathering Place will teach a tangible method, Technology of Participation’s Focused Conversation, to help you solve these dilemmas and more. Join us to learn and discuss, as well as practice, creating your own focused conversations. What you will learn:

  • The difference between hierarchical and facilitative leadership—and when each style is appropriate
  • A practical, easy-to-apply method for leading focused conversations with your colleagues, family, and more
  • Facilitation tips to help polish the skills you already have

Why you should attend: Facilitation skills are a growing requirement of today’s workforce. Technology of Participation (ToP) methods have been honed in diverse fields for more than 60 years. ToP methods will help you to:

  • Deal with more information in less time
  • Provide for meaningful dialogue
  • Broaden a group’s perspectives
  • Elicit clear ideas & conclusions
  • Allow the entire group to participate

 

About the SpeakersCURRENT-Facilitationspeakers
Beverly Scow Assistant Director Wise Women Gathering Place Beverly is a Certified ToP Facilitator and Qualified ToP Trainer. Beverly uses ToP Facilitation Method to support groups like:

  • Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA)
  • American Indians Against Abuse (AIAA)
  • Oneida Community Integrated Food System
  • Ho Chunk Youth Services
  • Oneida Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Coordinated Community Response (CCR)
  • Women Growing Leadership Diversity- Sowing Seeds for the Future
  • Adolescent Parenting Coalition (APC) and APC Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Committee
  • Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA)
  • New Mexico Birth Justice Coalition

Beverly supports group through focused conversations, consensus workshops, action planning, strategic planning, image shift, conflict resolution and virtual facilitation. She has co-trained more than 10 ToP courses in Oneida/Green Bay. Jen Schanen Community Outreach & Evaluation Specialist Wise Women Gathering Place Jen is nearly a Certified ToP Facilitator and is on a journey to become a qualified ToP Trainer.   Jen has extensive experience using ToP Facilitation Methods with youth groups, including Wise Women Gathering Place’s Wise Youth, as well as the statewide group, Wisconsin Youth as Partners in Civic Leadership Conference. Jen has integrated ToP Methods into her teaching style at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Social Work Department. She has also facilitated with other diverse groups including SLO Farmer’s Co-Op, Women of the Phoenix, New Mexico Birth Justice Coalition and the Green Bay Diocese.

About Wise Women Gathering Place   Wise Women Gathering Place (WWGP) is a grassroots organization located in Green Bay. For years, a group of women gathered at the home of Alice Skenandore, executive director, with children in tow, to learn more about midwifery. From these humble beginnings has grown a nonprofit organization offering programs including:

  • A transitional living program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Youth programs focusing on prevention of teen pregnancy, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other risk behaviors
  • Training, technical assistance, and facilitation using Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitation Methods to build consensus and shared awareness among groups of people in local, state and national settings
  • Healing from intergenerational trauma through a community-facilitated White Bison: Mending Broken Hearts initiative

WWGP’s mission is to promote peace, respect, and belonging through skill-building, sharing of resources and caring support for our community. The organization has maintained 501(c)3 status since 1998, and is funded primarily through federal and some local grants. WWGP primarily serves Native American children and families that live in the greater Green Bay and Oneida areas.

ETF Learning Opportunity Update — March Webinars

Attention Employees covered under the Wisconsin Retirement System

See below for the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) information regarding their upcoming webinars during the month of March.

 

Webinars   Live Webinars Scheduled for March ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. Visit our webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions.

 

WRS Benefits: For New and Mid-Career Employees This one-hour webinar is for employees who are five years – or more – from retirement. The information presented will help ensure sound, strategic decisions over the course of your career. Topics include vesting, ways to enhance a WRS retirement benefit, purchasing service, military service credit, the Core and Variable Trust Funds, contribution rates, the importance of a beneficiary form and how to complete one, and how “life event” changes affect retirement benefits.

 

Mar 05, 2015 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Mar 10, 2015 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Mar 25, 2015 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mar 31, 2015 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

WRS Retirement Benefit Calculation Methods This webinar will explain the methods used for benefit calculations and the components of each method. Anyone who has requested or is planning to request an estimate will have a better understanding of how that amount was calculated. Individuals will have the opportunity to ask questions on this topic at the end of the session.

 

Mar 10, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 p.m.  Mar 18, 2015 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Mar 19, 2015 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Mar 24, 2015 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Overview of the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) This webinar will cover participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System, how the WRS is funded and what benefits are available under the WRS. A brief overview of the Core and Variable Trust Funds and how the WRS is structured are included.

 

Mar 11, 2015 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Mar 23, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Retirement Annuity Options This webinar will help to increase your understanding of the WRS annuity options available to you at retirement. We will also explain the difference between a beneficiary and a named survivor.

 

Mar 11, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Mar 17, 2015 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Mar 26, 2015 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

WRS Effective Rates and Annuity Adjustments This webinar will provide employees and retirees a greater understanding of how WRS trust fund investment returns affect WRS retirement accounts and monthly pensions. For example, do investment returns affect how much retirees initially receive when they begin their pensions? Do retirees receive adjustments to their monthly pension amounts over the years? This webinar will cover the process of how the rates and adjustments are calculated, beginning with the investment returns reported by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board for the Core and Variable Trust Funds.

 

Mar 12, 2015 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Mar 17, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Mar 19, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Mar 27, 2015 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

How to Read the Statement of Sick Leave Account (State and University Retirees) This webinar will cover the annual Statements of Sick Leave Accounts for State and University retirees. Areas we will cover include:

-Information for those who are using their sick leave; -Information for those who are currently covered under another non-state/university plan; and -Information for those who are currently covered under another state/university plan

Mar 03, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Mar 06, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Mar 09, 2015 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Register for a webinar

Presentation of Future 15& Young Professional Awards

Future 15 Recipients & Event Information    
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Event Basics
When: Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Registration, networking and silent auction
6 p.m. Dinner served
9 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Hyatt on Main/KI Convention Center
333 Main St
Green Bay, WI
Fee: $45 Individual$500 Corporate Table of 10
Menu: A Kentucky Derby inspired entrée of bourbon glazed chicken with mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables and biscuits with honey butter.
Registration: Register OnlineReserve a Corporate TableThere is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.

 

Event Overview
Emcees Max and Emily Deem will provide an evening full of entertainment as we recognize the accomplishments of area young professionals in Current’s annual Future 15 & Young Professional Awards show. In addition to profiling each of our Future 15 recipients in an interactive and entertaining format, recipients for Next Generation Best Place to Work, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Professional of the Year will be announced.This is Current’s signature event of the year that you don’t want to miss!Kentucky Derby-themed event. Derby attire encouraged (but not required).

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Morning Host
KRUZ@106.7
Emily Deem
Weekend Anchor/Reporter, “Good Day Wisconsin”
WLUK Fox 11 / WCWF CW14
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Future 15 Recipients
Garritt R. Bader
Principal
GB Real Estate Investments
Melinda Morella
Assistant Director
Live54218
James Ledvina
Attorney
Law Firm of Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C.
Jessica Diederich
Director of Partnerships & Business Development
Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau
William Kocken
Staff Sergeant
Wisconsin Army National Guard
Rebecca Pruess
Compliance Analyst
Schneider
Matt Brault
Team Leader, Information Services
Schreiber Foods
Monica Moe
Development Director
YWCA of Green Bay
Michael Schwartz-Oscar
Executive Director
The Volunteer Center of Brown County
Laura Mossakowski, CFP®
Certified Financial Planner™
Laura Mossakowski, LLC – Financial Planning For Women And Their Families
Rashad J. Cobb
Education & Career Development Coordinator
Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay
Robyn Gruner
Director External Affairs
AT&T
Mark Becker
Business Manager
Dorsch Ford Kia
Shannon Goerke
Educator
Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners
Green Bay Area Public School District
Dean Leisgang
Executive Director
Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin

 

Young Professional of the Year

Young Professional of the Year is selected from the pool of Future 15 recipients. This honor is presented to an individual with a demonstrated commitment to Brown County through civic and business involvement, especially during the past year. He/She possesses values consistent with those of Current including an unwavering responsibility to the community through involvement with local organizations that elevate the overall quality of life in Brown County and our ability to attract and retain young talent.

 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

This award is presented to a local business owner who exemplifies and holds true a commitment to Brown County through his/her demonstrated business entrepreneurial accomplishments. Consideration includes but goes beyond financial success by evaluating the individual’s positive impact on the community as an entrepreneur. In addition, evaluating business success compared to defined goals will be considered.

Finalists for this award include:

  • Quinn Kalies, owner, QuiCK Transport
  • Aaron and Adam Wolf, owners, Holiday Inn Express and Suites
  • Jennifer Berres, owner, Jenstar Yoga & Dance, LLC
  • Matt Lutsey, owner/manager, Waseda Farms Market Store

 

Next Generation Best Place to Work

This award is presented to a business that demonstrates a commitment to the development of young professionals, adapts work-life friendly policies, values generational differences and institutes attraction and retention initiatives for young talent.

Finalists for this award include:

  • Skyline Technologies
  • Paper Transport, Inc.
  • Nsight
  • Wipfli, LLP
  • Element
  • On-Site Studios
  • Humana, Inc.
  • Elevate97

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 http://www.titletown.org/programs/leadership/leadership-green-bay for more information about this program.

 

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