Focusing on Strengths (Not Weaknesses!) to Optimize Results

Academic Staff are invited to join the Academic Staff Professional Development Programming Committee on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 12 – 1 p.m. in University Union Room 103 for

Focusing on Strengths (Not Weaknesses!) to Optimize Results

Presented by: Lisa Tetzloff, Director of Student Life


All registered participants will receive a FREE code to take the half-hour StrengthsFinder assessment. StrengthsFinder is a widely used online tool for identifying and maximizing our biggest strengths. Organizers request that participants take this assessment prior to Tuesday, November 8 at noon (so Lisa may review the groups results) and bring the list of their indicated Top 5 strengths. At the session, attendees will learn what their strengths mean and how to use them to their and any group’s advantage. Light refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring your lunch.

To register, click here. Registration will be limited to the first sixty registered participants. A Code to take StrengthsFinder assessment will be distributed to registered participants Tuesday, December 1, 2015 via email.

Questions may be sent to richterj@uwgb.edu

Employee Spotlight: Megan Olson Hunt, PhD.


Have you ever repelled off of a summit? Can you barefoot waterski? These are just a few things that Megan Olson Hunt can do. She is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics teaching all levels of Statistics courses.  She also acts as a consultant and data analyst for scientists (and many others) doing research. Check out this months’ Employee Spotlight for more fascinating facts about Megan Olson Hunt!

From Megan’s website, she graduated with her PhD in biostatistics from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to that, she earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Winona State University in Minnesota, spanning the areas of mathematics, secondary mathematics education, psychology and statistics. During undergrad, she had a great math summer research opportunity that took me to Rutgers and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. For two years after undergrad, she taught math at high schools in New Zealand (Rotorua and Auckland for those of you in the know). She is originally from Eau Claire, WI and is glad to be back amongst the midwest lakes!

 Position at UWGB: Assistant Professor of Mathematics (Statistics)

 Summary of what you do: Teach all levels of statistics courses, both applied and theoretical; act as a consultant and data analyst for scientists (and many others) doing research; conduct theoretical research on missing data and high-dimensional data; serve the university in various ways, including through the Wellness Committee and the NAS Scholarship Committee

 How long have you been employed: 1.5 years

 Brief history of employment with UWGB: Started in the fall of 2014 after getting my PhD in April of that year

 Three words that describe you: Conscientious, driven, goofy

 Personal interests: Animals; rock climbing; photography; gardening; cooking and healthy, sustainable food; waterskiing; ecology/sustainability; snowboarding; being in/on/around water; hiking; camping

 Random facts/interests: I have three dogs, three chickens and two pet rats. I look for any excuse to be around animals and daydream about being one of the lucky people who get to rescue and rehabilitate them. Animals bring out my silly side – I often sing to my pets and hold conversations with them (with me talking on their behalf, of course). Before moving to Green Bay, I volunteered for a retired racing greyhound rescue in Pittsburgh for five years and helped place hundreds of dogs into homes. Now I volunteer at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary a few times a month. I’m also on the Board of Directors for the New Leaf Market co-op that we’re trying to open in the Green Bay area.


Are you messy or organized? Organized x 1000

Best vacations you’ve been on? Entire north island of New Zealand, a train ride through Norway, Fiji and the northwest shore of Lake Superior (Duluth, Palisade Head, Shovel Point, Grand Marais)

Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? NPR and Al Jazeera for news; food blogs (particularly like My New Roots and The Raw Dessert Kitchen), Grammar Girl (blog)

Do you have a favorite quote? Humans aren’t the only species on Earth, we just act like it.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? A person who can actually surf well

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why? Rory from Gilmore Girls, because who doesn’t want to live in Stars Hollow and go to Luke’s Diner?

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? Get my workload under 12-14 hours/day (someday…)!

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? A salad with collards, kale, all sorts of veggies and fruit, olive oil and balsamic vinegar

If you were an animal what would you be? Oh my gosh, how do I decide?! A bird – walk, swim or fly!

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

Least favorite food? Parsley and black licorice/anise

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us: I can barefoot waterski

Tell us a few things most people don’t know about you: I played the violin and clarinet for 13 years (and would like to start again someday), I love running late at night, a few years ago I finally worked up the courage to go over jumps on my snowboard, I have a blog about small things people can do every day to help the environment, I’ve done a few sprint-length triathlons, I was on the Min-Aqua Bats waterski team and I’ve hiked 39 miles of the Superior Hiking Trail

Top three life highlights? Climbing to the summit of Seneca Rocks in West Virginia, living and working in New Zealand (where I met my husband!), seeing through my goal of getting my PhD and becoming a professor

What books are at your bedside? The Lady Tasting Tea (David Salsburg), The Canon (Natalie Angier), The Nature of Things (Will Curtis), A New Earth (Eckhart Tolle)

What did you want to be when growing up? In first grade, I told my mom I wanted to be a school bus driver (I really liked my bus driver). Later, I wanted to be a violinist in an orchestra and photographer for National Geographic (except for having to go in caves). In undergrad, I knew I wanted to be a math professor.

What is the first concert you attended? Pearl Jam

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? A lot of land so it couldn’t be built on, and I’d turn it into a nature preserve and/or animal sanctuary

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? The best way to solve a problem is to walk away from it for a while (the answer will come to you when you least expect it)

What is your favorite movie and book? Ace Ventura: Pet Detective; A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Which foods do you wish had zero calories? Espresso Oreo ice cream, donuts with maple frosting and cheese curds (of course)

What phobias do you have? Claustrophobia

What places have you lived? Eau Claire, WI (hometown); Winona, MN (undergrad); Manitowish Waters, WI and Piscataway, NJ each for a summer; Prague, Czech Republic for a couple of months; Rotorua, New Zealand; Auckland, New Zealand and Pittsburgh, PA

What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? Blue Crush

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? A Pound Purry named Purrr

What’s the one thing you can’t live without? Sleep (not just from a physiological standpoint – I really love sleep)

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Freshwater eel (it’s delicious)

What’s your favorite thing to do in Green Bay? Go to the farmers’ markets, walk/bike/run on the Fox River Trail, sit down on the CityDeck and go to Luna and Kavarna

Where do you see yourself in five years? Tenured!

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Croatia; back to Norway; Maine; Savannah, GA; New Orleans; Vancouver and other south Pacific islands (Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu)

Self-Identification of Veteran and Disability Status

Federal regulations passed in March, 2014, require employers to invite employees to self-identify their veteran and disability status.  We are requesting that employees update their information in the My UW System Portal by October 31, 2015.  To provide you with additional background on the basis for this request, please view the FAQ document.

Responses to this survey are confidential and can only be accessed by staff within the Human Resources Office.  Please note that completing the survey does NOT initiate an accommodation request for a disability. If you would also like to request an accommodation for a disability, you should complete the accommodation request form found in the FAQ document. 

Instructions for updating your portal: 

Step 1: Click on this link ‘My UW System’ Portal and log in to the HRS Portal. 

The HRS portal works best if you log in through Internet Explorer.                                                                                 

Step 2: On the right hand of the screen, look for ‘Personal Information’. 

This is located closer to the top of the webpage (on the right hand side).  You will see your name, department, title and other information related to you and your job.

Step 3: Click on the (view/update) for Disability Status.  Follow the prompts to complete the survey.

Step 4: Go back to your portal again. 

This can most easily be done if you are using ‘tabs’ in Internet Explorer by clicking on the ‘My UW System Work Record’ tab again, located at the top of the Internet Explorer Window.

Step 5: Click on (view/update) for Veteran Status.  Follow the prompts to complete the survey.

Step 6: Close out the window. You’re done!  Thank you for taking the time to complete both surveys.

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Employee Spotlight: Stephanie Maufort

MAUFORTHave you ever wished you could meet a celebrity? Well one of our Weidner Center staff members has been given that opportunity with her job. Stephanie Maufort is the Weidner Center Program Manager who coordinates the education series, venue scheduling, booking of education shows and assists with planning the performing arts series. Along with all that, Stephanie also coordinates the publication of the program books, does website updates, and graphic design work including some for print ads, online graphics and other marketing pieces. She is quite a busy lady.

Stephanie has been with the Weidner Center for 16 years all together, where she started in 1999 as a marketing intern and was then hired as the Development Associate. In 2006 Stephanie continued her work as an employee of Weidner Center Presents, Inc. Board of Directors and in 2011, with the Weidner’s revitalization plan, she continued her roll, but as a University employee once again.

Three words that describe you:     Loyal, Dedicated and Resourceful

Random facts/interests:      I studied technical theatre in college at St. Norbert and I’ve been able to apply that knowledge in the administrative side of the performing arts industry.

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

Motto or personal mantra? Nothing worth doing is ever easy

People would be surprised if they knew: Most venues the size of the Weidner Center have a staff of 25+ employees, but we operate with a small fraction of that number. Our staff is an amazing team that I’m honored to work with every day.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us? I have a twin sister and my brother also works on campus

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? Building good relationships with people in the entertainment industry and professionals at other venues is very important. Patience and determination can help weather any storm. Never schedule a show on a Packers game day unless it’s the Oak Ridge Boys – surprisingly they always sell well even during a home game!

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? When I give tours of the building the reactions people have just walking on stage is amazing. Even artists that have played venues all over the world are impressed.

What do you like most about your job? There’s never a dull moment and no two days are ever the same. It’s rewarding to see a full house and know people take away lasting memories from their experiences at the Weidner. I love seeing kids excited to be in a theatre like the Weidner for the first time.

What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? Anything on the Bravo network.

What would people never guess you do in your role? There’s always something new coming up! I’ve searched for lost baby teeth in the theatre, called every store in town for Cheeseheads at 8:00pm at night, wrapped up “smelly” shrimp for a famous R&B singer that still wanted to take it on a plane and stepped in as a bodyguard for a number of celebrities like John Tesh (who happens to be a full foot taller than me).

CURRENT: Green Bay Packers: Business Beyond Football

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Yes, the Green Bay Packers exist today to field a championship-caliber football team and deliver an excellent guest experience. But, how do they operate as a business and provide the resources needed to field that team, and be a strong community partner? Learn about the Packers’ structure, values and efforts to make an impact in the community, including charitable giving as well as economic development.

About the Speaker

Popkey_Aaron150Director of Public Affairs
Green Bay Packers

Aaron Popkey is director of public affairs for the Green Bay Packers. Enjoying his 23rd season with the organization, he serves as the primary liaison with federal, local and state government and civic officials, as well as other community stakeholders. He oversees external communications for all non-football departments, including Lambeau Field, the Packers Hall of Fame, marketing, community outreach, special events and tickets. His responsibilities also include assisting with the club’s media relations efforts involving the football team.

Popkey has been involved in many of the organization’s major events of the past 20 years, including appearances in Super Bowls XXXI, XXXII and XLV, and the redevelopment of Lambeau Field in 2003 and current development projects. On an individual level, he coordinated the media schedule of Brett Favre and the late Reggie White.

In the community, he serves on the board of directors for the Bellin Health Foundation, Green Bay Marathon, Greater Green Bay Chamber, Advance and Live54218, and previously served on the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation.

He is married to Jennifer Lynch, a Green Bay ear, nose and throat physician. The couple has three children. Away from work, he enjoys competing in endurance events, skiing and spending time with his family.

Menu- MVP tailgate-grilled beer brats, burgers, BBQ chicken breasts, accompanied by ketchup, assorted mustards, sauerkraut, pickle relish, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar and Swiss cheese, baked beans, potato salad, potato chips, spring green salad and assorted fruit. Veggie burgers available by request. Beverages include lemonade and iced tea.

Event Registration- $15 Members of Current | $25 Nonmembers of Current


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion


Brett Farve Steakhouse

Welcome Tetyana Malysheva!

MalyshevaThe department of Natural and Applied Sciences welcomes Tetyana Malysheva as an Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics!  Tetyana earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma (OU). She also holds a Ph.D. in Physical and Mathematical Sciences with specialization in Computational Mathematics from the Institute of Mathematics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and a M.S. in Computer Sciences from the National Technical University of Ukraine “KPI”. She previously taught at the University of Oklahoma and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine. Tetyana is an active member of the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and presented her research in interdisciplinary applied and computational mathematics at international, national, and regional conferences. She is also the OU Graduate Teaching Academy Fellow and earned a number of academic and teaching recognitions and awards, including the OU Provost’s Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching. She moved to Wisconsin from Norman, OK with her husband. Welcome, Tetyana!

Welcome Jeremy Bonomo!

BKDNWMYXLMKJJNO_20150203183419Jeremy Bonomo was hired as the head coach of the Green Bay men’s soccer program on Dec. 28, 2014, Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie proudly announced. Bonomo, who most recently served as a top assistant at the University of Cincinnati from 2010-2014, brings five years of coaching experience as an assistant coach at the top Division I level and three years as a head coach at the Division II level.  Bonomo graduated from New Hampshire College cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2002 and received his master’s degree in business administration with a certificate in Operations Management from in 2006. He holds a United States Soccer Federation `A’ License.  He became the 10th head coach of the Green Bay men’s soccer program. Welcome, Jeremy!

Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Webinars offered in August

Live Webinars Scheduled for August

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.

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.

  • Wednesday Aug 05, 2015 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday Aug 11, 2015 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday Aug 19, 2015 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday Aug 27, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Additional Contributions Find out how making additional contributions to your WRS account can potentially increase your retirement. This webinar also provides examples of how contributions grow over time with interest, how to pay additional contributions (payroll deduction or direct pay), etc.

  • Thursday Aug 06, 2015 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday Aug 14, 2015 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday Aug 18, 2015 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

How a Divorce Affects Your WRS Benefits (retired members and alternate payees) This webinar explains how a divorce affects a retired member’s WRS benefits, including what happens when the WRS annuity is split by a qualified domestic relations order, benefit rights of alternate payees, and more.

  • Wednesday Aug 12, 2015 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday Aug 18, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

How a Divorce Affects Your WRS Benefits (non-retired members and alternate payees) This webinar explains how a divorce affects a non-retired member’s WRS benefits, including what happens when the earnings and service are divided by a qualified domestic relations order, benefit rights of alternate payees, the importance of keeping beneficiary designations update and more.

  • Thursday Aug 20, 2015 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday Aug 26, 2015 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Beneficiary Designations Do you have a beneficiary designation on file with ETF and does it reflect how you’d want your WRS death benefits paid? This webinar reviews the importance of having a beneficiary designation on file and keeping it updated as life events occur. We’ll also review the process of how to correctly complete a designation form, what it means if you do not have one on file with ETF, and how to request a copy of your current form.

  • Thursday Jul 23, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

WRS Employer and Employee Contribution Rates This webinar will review how employer and employee contributions help keep the WRS fully funded. We will discuss how the contribution rates are calculated, why they change annually, where those dollars go and the contribution rate changes for 2015.

  • Wednesday Jul 29, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Overview of the Wisconsin Retirement System This webinar will cover participation in the WRS, vesting requirements, how the WRS is funded and benefits available under the WRS.  Also included is a brief overview of the Core and Variable Trust Funds and how the WRS is structured.

  • Tuesday Jul 28, 2015 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement Consider this webinar your quick reference guide to starting the retirement process within the next 12 months. We’ll review: choosing a termination date, how to request a retirement estimate – and how to read and understand it. We’ll also cover how to schedule a retirement appointment and – drum roll here — how to submit the retirement application

  • Thursday Jul 23, 2015 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.


Register for a webinar

Please contact Human Resources at (920) 465-2390 or payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu with any questions.


Director of Development (Two Vacancies)

The Office of University Advancement has two current Director of Development vacancies. These positions report directly to the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, and are responsible for developing, managing, and implementing a comprehensive development plan to include annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, campaign, alumni giving, prospect and donor analysis, cultivation, and stewardship.

For more information and position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Monday, August 3, 2015.

After 5 at The Starrys – Starry Realty

Event Overview
Experience downtown De Pere in a new light at an After 5 with The Starrys in their atypical creative workspace. The Starrys’ award-winning historic restoration project has breathed new life in the character-rich 127-year old building on North Broadway, formerly home to A’s Restaurant.Cinco de Mayo-themed food will be served, including a nacho/taco salad bar and a trio of quesadillas (BBQ chicken, roasted vegetables and chipotle chicken). Enjoy Cinco de Mayo-themed beverages with margaritas and Mexican beer.

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Event Basics
When: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Open house format.
Where: The Starrys – Starry Realty LLC
112 N Broadway
De Pere, WI  54115
Fee: FREECash bar.
Register: Registration appreciated for planning purposes and nametags.Register online. (Be sure to use the email we have on file for you when registering.)