Need to choose a new health plan for 2018? Here are some helpful tips!


The following health plans are no longer available for 2018: ABE

  • Anthem Blue Preferred Northeast
  • Arise Health Plan
  • Health Tradition Health Plan
  • Humana Eastern
  • Humana Western
  • UnitedHealthCare of Wisconsin

If you were a member of one of these plans you will need to choose a new provider for 2018.  Not sure where to begin? Explore plan designs and benefits offered by using the interactive tool, Alex.  After determining what plan design is best for you, explore ETF’s state health plan map to see which health plans are available in your area and review the plan’s provider directory to determine if your doctors are covered.

Once you’ve decided, visit the MyUW Portal to submit your elections today!

Not sure where to begin and need some additional guidance? Visit one of the Benefit Open Lab Sessions to talk to a benefits counselor and get your questions answered!

Interested in all the plan changes for 2018? Click here to view the 2018 update presentation highlighting plan changes.

Annual Reminder – Review and Update Personal Information

Employees are able to update their personal information independently by going through the UW System Portal.  Annually, we request that employees review their personal information to ensure accuracy (address, phone number, emergency contacts, martial status, ethnicity, etc.).

In addition, federal regulations passed in March 2014 require employers to periodically invite employees to self-identify their veteran and disability status. Please view the FAQ document for additional information related to this request. Self-identification information is confidential and will be kept confidentially as part of your employee record in HR. Identifying as a person with a disability in the portal does not initiate an accommodation request. If you would like to request an accommodation for a disability, please see the Procedures for Determining Reasonable Accommodations in Employment.

Instructions for updating personal information in your portal:

Step 1: Log into the My UW System Portal

Step 2: Click on the box titled “Personal Information”


Step 3: Review address detail, disability status, veteran status, and ethnic groups by individually clicking view/update in your portal. Each link will take you into HRS to view and update your information.

Step 4: Click your name in the upper right hand corner and click “logout”.  You have completed the review/update!


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month


Welcoming the talents of all people, including those with disabilities, is a critical part of our efforts to build an inclusive community at UW-Green Bay. In this spirit, UW-Green Bay is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities.  This year’s theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) created this year’s theme with input from a wide variety of its partner organizations, including those representing employers, people with disabilities and their families, and federal, state, and local agencies.

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Current UWGB employees or applicants for employment with disabilities are encouraged to review campus procedures for reasonable accommodation. Please contact Human Resources via email or phone at (920) 465-2390 for additional information.

For specific ideas about how UW-Green Bay employees can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit We all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for their abilities every day of every month.


Employee Spotlight: Amanda Nelson













Name: Amanda Nelson

Position at UWGB: Associate Dean/Associate Professor

Summary of what you do: I am an Associate Dean in the College of Science & Technology with a focus on recruitment, enrollment, and professional development. I am also an Associate Professor in Human Biology where I teach Anatomy & Physiology, Kinesiology, and Human Anatomy Lab. In addition, I have an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the MCW-Green Bay medical school where I teach the lower extremity and head/neck components of the Clinical Human Anatomy Lab.

How long have you been employed: 10 years

Three words that describe you: family-oriented, sarcastic, introverted

Personal interests: running, gardening, reading, traveling


Are you messy or organized?


If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

Dean Karnazes, also known as Ultramarathon Man…he has created an impressive platform through the simple act of running.

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why?

Grandma Jeppeson, at 90 years old she has witnessed more than I can comprehend…and at her age, she has the liberty to do and say what she wishes. Needless to say, Facebook and Snapchat have been an adventure.

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

  1. My great grandparents
  2. Nelson Mandela
  3. Pat Summit

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

  1. My parent’s wedding
  2. First successful open heart surgery
  3. First successful powered flight

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

BBQ chicken pizza (hold the bacon)

If you were an animal what would you be?

Horse. They can be strong as an individual or work well in a team; they also play a therapeutic role in healthcare.

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

Grandma and Grandpa J’s cribbage board, Mom’s wedding jewelry, and Dad’s class ring.

Least favorite Food?

Cooked spinach

Motto or personal mantra?

Be grateful. Appreciate the little things.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us? 

  1. I grew up on a farm and worked at a farm implement from age 14-21. I can drive, operate, repair, and maintain farm machinery and equipment.
  2. I have an unhealthy obsession with true crime (literature, documentaries, etc.).

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.

  1. I have a black Goldendoodle named Noodle.
  2. I lost my dad in a farming accident when I was a sophomore in college.
  3. I was the captain of the Newell-Fonda high school girls basketball team, which went to state three years in a row. Due to the fact that there were two Amanda’s on the team, my coach nicknamed me “AJ”. Without fail, I am reminded of this nickname every time I return to Newell.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?

  1. Protect your time.
  2. Make your personal and professional goals a priority; remind yourself of these goals and say “no” to an ask if it will prevent you from achieving these goals.
  3. Communication is the key to growth and success.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

Interacting with my students. There is nothing quite like witnessing a student’s “ah ha” moment or knowing that you made an impact in one of their lives.

What book did you read last?

‘Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People’ by Banaji and Greenwald

What books are at your bedside?

“10% Human: How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness” by Collen

“Behind Closed Doors” by Paris

What did you want to be when growing up?

Pilot in the Air Force

What do you like to do on your days off?

Spend time with family. Although my sisters and I live in different states, our entire family is committed to seeing each other at least one time every month.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day doesn’t exist, which is one of the reasons that I love my job.

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

Flight lessons and a twin engine airplane.

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

Trust the process. Change can be difficult, but rewarding.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

When someone criticizes the food that you are about to eat.

What is your favorite book?

‘Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen’ by McDougall

What is your favorite movie?

‘Erin Brockovich’…great leading actress and empowering storyline.

What is your favorite sport?

NCAA basketball or football…especially the Big Ten…Go Hawkeyes!

What phobias do you have?

Losing someone I love.

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

My bike, better known as Black Beauty…living five miles out in the country, this was my lifeline to my friends in town.

What would people never guess you do in your role?

My research focuses on the effects of exercise training on neuroplastic adaptations in cardiorespiratory and locomotor centers in the brain using an animal model. My students and I run rats on a treadmill.

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? 

While waiting for the delivery of 30 male Sprague-Dawley rats for my research, I received a call from the Dean of Students Office…the rats had been delivered to the wrong office…

What would you like to be famous for?

Curing cancer

What’s on your bucket list?

Become an Ironman

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


What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Rocky Mountain oysters

What’s your favorite thing to do in Green Bay?

An early morning run on the East River Trail or enjoying Zesty’s by the Fox Point boat launch.

Where is your favorite place to eat?

Za’s in Champaign, IL

Where is your home town?

Newell, IA…agricultural community in northwest Iowa, population 900.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation?

Backpack Europe for an entire summer without an itinerary.

Associate Researcher – Aquaculture

This position reports to an Associate Professor in Natural and Applied Sciences and is responsible for assisting with the design and implementation of an indoor yellow perch rearing facility that will serve as the baseline nutrient source for locally grown produce. This appointment is for approximately one year with the potential for extension based upon the existence of funding.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Director – Office of Student Life

This position reports to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate and is responsible for providing oversight and direction to staff within the Office of Student Life, with a goal of advancing student programming efforts and creating vibrant programs and activities to engage students.  This position will also be responsible for creating inclusive programming and a student involvement plan to support UW-Green Bay’s priority on diversity, inclusion, and engagement.  The successful candidate will provide advice, support, and guidance to student organizations and first-year experience programs on campus, which includes creating dynamic student energy and engagement.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, October 29, 2017.

Custodian (First Shift)

The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay has a current vacancy for a full-time, first shift Custodian in outbuildings/float. This position reports to the Custodial Services Program Supervisor and is responsible for maintaining the overall appearance and cleanliness of the designated work area.  Work performed in this position includes manual cleaning and maintenance of UWGB buildings.  General areas of responsibility include: cleaning offices, restrooms, classrooms, and other building areas; maintaining all floor surfaces including mopping, buffing, vacuuming, shampooing, and refinishing; cleaning windows (inside and outside); cleaning furniture; assisting with furniture, piano and equipment moves as required; stocking restrooms and custodial work areas with necessary supplies and products; waste and recycling removal; snow removal and salting of building entrances.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, October 8, 2017.

Fidelity Presentation and Individual Appointments on December 6th

Elisa Waligora, Retirement Planner with Fidelity, will be at UW-Green Bay on Wednesday, December 6th to present “Identify and Prioritize Your Savings Goals” at Noon to 1:00 p.m.  She invites employees to register for a one-on-one meeting with her that day.

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

  • Identify and Prioritize Your Savings Goals Presentation at Noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • Individual appointments available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Location: Heritage Room in University Union

Register at


2017-2019 State Budget Bill Signed- Domestic Partnership Impacts

On September 21, 2017, Governor Walker signed the 2017-2019 State Budget Bill. The budget bill contains a provision that eliminates the Chapter 40 domestic partnership program which will impact employees who are in a domestic partnership. At this time, the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is reviewing the signed budget bill to identify implications for the Wisconsin Retirement System and ETF-administered benefit programs (including health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance and vision insurance). We will update this article when we receive more information on the impacts.

Once ETF provides a review of the budget bill, a targeted communication will be sent to employees who currently cover a domestic partner/domestic partner’s child(ren) to inform them of the impacts and any action they may have to take.

Resource: ETF Initial Review of 2017-2019 State Budget

Source: UW System Human Resources