Social Wellness

Social Wellness is the ability to relate and connect with other people in our world. Our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends and co-workers contributes to our Social Wellness

Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge – Week Four


The arboretum trail kiosk near the South Circle Drive entrance from Nicolet Drive will have the tear off sheet for the week of April 23rd to April 29th.  Check out the trail map at  Over 30 employees have walked the trails to start their poker hands so far!

More information about the Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge:

Mindfulness Classes


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:

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

Tai Chi classes are available as well!  Please click on this link for more information:

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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March Wellness Webinar: Introduction to Health Coaching


Learn about the various health coaching services provided by StayWell as part of the Well Wisconsin Program, so you can feel comfortable knowing where to go to get support and stay motivated to reach your overall health and well-being goals! StayWell’s health coaching programs are available to eligible enrollees in the State of Wisconsin or Wisconsin Public Employers Group Health Insurance Programs.

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Cofrin Library, 7th floor, room 710

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

Kroc Center Lunch ‘n Learn about Nutrition and Fitness


Did you know that UW-Green Bay is part of the Corporate Connections Program at the Kroc Center in Green Bay?  That means that UWGB employees can enjoy 15% off monthly membership costs, a free two week trial membership, and a waived registration fee.  The Kroc Center offers a fitness center, aquatics center, gym with indoor track, group fitness classes, swim lessons, art and music classes, youth dance lessons, senior classes, youth day camp, and an after school program.  Laurel Parins from the Kroc Center will present this Lunch ‘n Learn to not only share information about the Kroc Center, but also provide helpful information about nutrition and fitness!

Nutrition: Nutrition plays a key role in your overall health, including risk reduction and disease prevention. We will learn about:

  • Nutrition 101: fats, carbohydrates, proteins, and more
  • Eating Out 101: making smart choices away from home
  • Reading a food label
  • Grocery Shopping for your health
  • Healthy substitutions
  • Weight loss myths

Fitness: Whether you are just starting a new fitness program or exercise regularly, a well-conceived training program will help you get and stay fit at any age. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. We will learn about:

  • How to set appropriate fitness goals
  • Fitness on the fly: strategies for working adults
  • Types of physical activity
  • Calories in vs calories out

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Time: 12:15 to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Univeristy Union, 1965 Room

Please mark your calendar to join us!  Feel free to bring your lunch too!

Volunteer Opportunity: Junior Achievement


Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. The goal is to teach concepts through experiential learning, allowing young people to put their new knowledge and skills into practice.

The local chapter of JA is looking for volunteers to fill 26 vacant classrooms in Brown County for this spring semester.  Please contact Laura Belter at for more information on available classrooms and get started today!

Red, White & Brew: Beer vs. Wine Tapas Pairing


Event Basics
When: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
5 p.m. Registration, networking and cash bar
6 p.m. First course served
8 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Badger State Brewing Co.
990 Tony Canadeo Run
Green Bay, WI  54304
Fee: $25 Members of Current$35 Nonmembers of Current

Free with 2015 All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More

Event Overview Red, White & Brew: Beer vs. Wine Tapas PairingIt’s a Battle Royale to settle the dispute that has been brewing (pun intended) for quite some time, does wine or beer pair better with food?

We’ve arranged tapas pairings that will feature four courses of different and distinct types of food, each artistically paired with a wine sample from Captain’s Walk Winery and a beer sample from Badger State Brewing Company.

As each course is served, our wine and beer experts will share insights about the flavors offered by each of their offerings and how they enhance the overall quality of the food pairing experience.

Leave your bias at the door as this is an evening designed for culinary exploration, to push you from your palate comfort zone and to try a spectrum of flavors that will make your mouth burst with eccentricity.

Register: Register OnlineTo 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.

Employee Spotlight: Jill Fermanich

All across campus various positions and duties require employees to utilize OSHA compliance, PPE, and various other safety mechanisms in their day to day work.  Wondering what these acronyms stand for and who is behind the health and safety they represent? Look no further! Environmental Health and Safety are Jill Fermanich’s forte!

As the campus safety manager, Jill is responsible for environmental and occupational safety programs that meet the standards established by federal, state and local authorities. From Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), assessment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) necessary for various tasks, management of campus hazardous waste, and Ergonomic assessments, Jill spends each day ensuring we maintain our EcoU™ commitment!

Jill FermanichSummary of what you do?

I am responsible for developing and maintaining OSHA-compliant safety programs such as laboratory safety, bloodborne pathogen awareness, respiratory protection, etc. as well as providing training in support of these programs. In addition, I provide services such as respiratory fit testing, lab audits, fume hood inspections, consultations on indoor air quality issues, and ergonomic assessments. I also manage the campus hazardous waste program and collect, prepare, inventory and manifest all campus hazardous waste.  I manage several campus waste streams (lamps, batteries, infectious waste, aerosol cans, photographic waste) and prepare annual environmental reports for the WDNR and Wisconsin Emergency Management.  I am also currently the interim sustainability coordinator and serve as a resource for students interested in various sustainability programs or projects on campus.

How long have you been employed?

4 years in this position; have worked at UWGB since 2003

Brief history of employment with UWGB?

Prior to EHS position, I worked for 2 years as an LTE in Facilities Management developing the University’s storm water permitting program, and before that (from 2003 – 2009), I worked as an LTE on the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program as teacher liaison.

Three words that describe you? quiet, curious, adventurous

Personal interests:

Travel, Nordic skiing, reading, bicycling, canoe/kayaking, camping and pretty much anything outdoors – and especially doing any of these with my family & friends!

Random facts/interests?

I grew up in the Chicago area, and went to Grinnell College after high school graduation.  I traveled extensively in my 20’s and then returned to UW-Madison to get my M.S. degree in soil science and hydrogeology.  I worked at an environmental engineering firm doing soil & groundwater contamination investigations, and subsequently for a regulatory agency overseeing those types of environmental investigations.  I have also worked on priority watershed projects for a county land conservation district.

My husband Kevin is on the faculty here at UW – Green Bay and together we have two children, Lydia and Wes. Lydia is finishing her sophomore year in college, majoring in biology and Spanish, with a minor in community & global health. Wes is a sophomore in high school. He loves math, plays sax, runs cross country & track and is on a Nordic ski team. We’ve had some pretty terrific times together as a family sharing our love of traveling and the outdoors – we’ve hiked and backpacked in the Rockies, the Sierras and the Swiss Alps and have traveled together to New Zealand, Costa Rica, China, Peru and Europe, and have also taken several canoe/camping trips and ski trips together. We now keep ourselves busy (especially Kevin) working on and managing Kevin’s family farm north of New London.

Bellin Run & Step Into Spring Challenge Prize Winners Announced!

Prize Winners Announced

Barbara Tomashek-Ditter and Amanda Wildenberg win prizes for their participation in wellness events.

Logging an impressive 94.1 miles, the equivalent of 21 hours and 5 minutes of exercise since the beginning of 2015, Barbara Tomashek-Ditter has proven her dedication to wellness. She was randomly selected as the winner of a water bottle for her participation in the Step Into Spring Challenge. Congratulations Barbara!

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Barbara Tomashek-Ditter

After registering for the Bellin 10K Run, an event being held on June 13th in Green Bay, Amanda Wildenberg was randomly chosen to win a chic Bellin Run sweatshirt. Congratulations Amanda!

Amanda Wildenberg

Amanda Wildenberg

Welcome Lea Truttmann!

IMG_1543 (2)Lea started as a University Services Associate ll in February 2015. She was previously employed at the Howard Suamico School District for over seven years. In her spare time, Lea volunteers at her church and participates in local running events. Lea holds an Associates Degree from NWTC, and is from DePere but currently lives in Suamico. Lea is married to Darin and has two teenage daughters, Alexis and Taylor. She loves running, waterskiing, and reading. Welcome Lea!

Presentation of Future 15& Young Professional Awards

Future 15 Recipients & Event Information    
hyatt KI


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).

Morning Host
Emily Deem
Weekend Anchor/Reporter, “Good Day Wisconsin”
WLUK Fox 11 / WCWF CW14


Future 15 Recipients
Garritt R. Bader
GB Real Estate Investments
Melinda Morella
Assistant Director
James Ledvina
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
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
Mark Becker
Business Manager
Dorsch Ford Kia
Shannon Goerke
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