Welcome Rick Karius


Rick Karius is in his second season with the Green Bay men’s basketball staff and his first as the Director of Basketball Operations. Karius joined the staff in 2013-14 as the video coordinator and helped the Phoenix win the Horizon League regular season championship.

A 2009 graduate of UW-La Crosse, Karius spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater (2011-13). He also spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at UW-Superior and the 2009-10 season at Southwest Minnesota State.

A native of Chilton, Wis., Karius was a four-year letterwinner at UW-La Crosse and served as a team captain. He was named to the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll and All-Sportsmanship Team.

CURRENT – 8th Annual Leaders Luncheon!


When: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Program
12:30 p.m. Guest Speaker
1:15 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Rock Garden Conference Center
1951 Bond St.
Green Bay, WI  54303
 Fee: $20 Members and Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Chicken Princess: A sautéed chicken breast topped with a creamy Monterey jack sauce and asparagus. Includes chef’s choice vegetable and starch, garden salad, dinner rolls, coffee and iced tea.  Dessert provided by Titletown Brewing Co
Register: (920) 437-8704
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.

Event Overview
Current’s 8th Annual Leaders Luncheon
Current’s annual Leaders Luncheon brings together community leaders and young professionals in a celebration of programming accomplishments from the past year. Invited community leaders are placed at each table to allow an opportunity for young professionals to meet and interact with those who have significantly more leadership experience. Additionally, leaders are provided an opportunity to learn about the needs of area young professionals while Current discusses important issues and program initiatives related to our mission.Click here to view a list of confirmed leaders for this year’s event. Note this list will be continually updated as additional leaders confirm their attendance.

Luncheon Program

  • Opening Remarks
  • YP Week Call to Action
  • Recognition of Outgoing Chairs and Officers
  • Presentation of Spirit of Current
  • Guest Speaker

Closing Remarks

Guest Speaker
Craig Culver
CEO and Co-founder
Culver’s Frozen Custard and ButterBurgers®Craig along with his wife, Lea, and his parents, George and Ruth Culver, took a vision and created a niche-market restaurant that features burgers and frozen custard.  By wearing several hats, he has built his career through a commitment to doing what’s right for his guests, team members, franchisees and his family.

The Culver family has been in the restaurant business for more than 50 years. Craig worked at the family restaurants during his college breaks. On July 18, 1984, Craig and his family opened the first Culver’s in Sauk City, Wis. In 1987, the franchising arm, Culver Franchising System, Inc. was established. The first successful franchise was opened in Baraboo, Wis. (1990) Today, there are more than 500 Culver’s restaurants in 22 states. As CEO, Craig is actively involved with the business as a coach, cheerleader and mentor to all franchisees and their teams.

Craig takes an active role in a variety of organizations. He is a member of the National & Wisconsin Restaurant Associations. He is also a board member of the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh Foundation, the Bank of Prairie du Sac and Kwik Trip. He recently chaired two fund-raising efforts – one for the Wisconsin Historical Society’s $77 million “Forward Campaign” and the other for the Wisconsin Professional Golfers’ Association to further the game of golf for juniors.

Lunch and Learn: A’viands Cooking Demo



What: Wellness Lunch and Learn
A’viands Cooking Demo
When: Thursday, October 23, 2014
11:30 a.m.  – 12:15 p.m.
Where 1965 Room, University Union
A’viands Wellness Dietitian, Laura Rowell, will be giving a cooking demonstration on how to prepare a healthy local soup and homemade hummus and chips.  Learn about the new foods A’viands is bringing to your table as well as the health benefits that these foods have.  Please come hungry for a light and healthy lunch!  Sign up to attend this unique and informational session, as space is limited.  Lunch will be available for those who attend.
RSVP: Space is limited to the first 20 people who sign up.  To save a spot for this cooking demo, please respond back to the Wellness Committee at wellness@uwgb.edu.

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions


TIAA-CREF is offering individual and confidential counseling sessions where you can discuss your financial situation with a TIAA-CREF consultant.  A representative will be available to help you achieve your financial goals by investing in financial solutions.

Please see the attached flyer for more information about TIAA-CREF sessions at UWGB.   To schedule a consultation with representative Chad Stein, call 1-800-732-8353 Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 7:00pm (central time), or register at www.tiaa-cref.org/letstalk1.

Welcome Beth Spoehr

SpoehrBethaBeth Spoehr took over the reins of the Phoenix softball program in July 2014, becoming the fifth head coach in program history.

A native of Appleton and a standout player at Appleton East, Spoehr went on to play collegiately at the University of Maine where she earned All-Rookie America East honors and All-Academic America East accolades three times. Over four seasons, Spoehr posted a 3.77 ERA in 95 appearances with 54 starts, striking out 208 over 360.1 innings of work.

After exhausting four years of eligibility, Spoehr spent a summer in Enköping, Sweden where she served as a pitcher and coach for the Enköping Softball Club. She also had the opportunity to travel as a volunteer assistant coach for the Sweden National Team at the European Softball Championships in Prague.

Following the summer season, Spoehr returned to Maine where she served as an assistant for the softball program while completing her degree in Kinesiology and physical and health education.

Spoehr is no stranger to the Green Bay softball program, as she has assisted at the team’s annual winter pitching clinics. She also has ties to the local softball community, working as a pitching coach for area athletes in addition to working with the Menasha Blue Jays and Appleton Rockers softball organizations.

Annual Open Enrollment Process & 2015 Contributions/Premiums

This year’s Annual Open Enrollment period is October 6 – 31, 2014 for participating plans.  Information pertaining to 2015 benefit changes and enrollment opportunities is available on your My UW System Portal by clicking on the Read more>> link under the Annual Benefit Enrollment Period section.


2015 Health Plan Changes:

Each health plan will now offer a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) option in addition to their current regular plan.  An HDHP provides coverage much like the regular plans except you must meet the annual deductible before services are covered.  Click here for an overview of the High Deductible Health Plan.  The annual deductible for the HDHP plans for 2015 will be $1,500 for single coverage and $3,000 for family coverage.


a Regular Plan HDHP
Deductible Single  $0 Family
Single $1,500 Family $3,000
Annual Coinsurance Out-of-Pocket Limit* $500 $1,000 $1,000 $2,000
Total Employee Contribution $500 $1,000 $2,500 $5,000
*90%/10% to OOPL a a a a

2015 Health Insurance Premiums

Plan Name Regular Plan Employee Premium HDHP Plan Employee Premium
Anthem Blue Preferred- Northeast Network Single -  $92.00
Family – $230.00
Single -  $32.00
Family – $81.00
Arise Health Plan Single -  $92.00
Family – $230.00
Single -  $32.00
Family – $81.00
Dean Health Insurance- Prevea 360 Single -  $92.00
Family – $230.00
Single -  $32.00
Family – $81.00
Humana Eastern Single -  $92.00
Family – $230.00
Single -  $32.00
Family – $81.00
Network Health Plan Single -  $92.00
Family – $230.00
Single -  $32.00
Family – $81.00
United Healthcare of WI Single -  $92.00
Family – $230.00
Single -  $32.00
Family – $81.00
WEA Trust PPO-East Single -  $92.00
Family – $230.00
Single -  $32.00
Family – $81.00
Standard Plan Single -  $267.00
Family – $666.00
Single -  $207.00
Family – $517.00


Health Savings Account (HSA):

A Health Savings Account will be available for those who elect to enroll in a High Deductible Health Plan.  Click here for an overview of the HSA.


Annual Contribution Information for HSA
HDHP Enrollment Employer Contribution 2015 Limit (including ER contribution)
Single Plan $170.00 $3,350*
Family Plan $340.00 $6,650*

* If you are 55-65 years old, you may contribute an additional $1,000 “catch-up” per year to your HSA.


Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA):

TASC will be the new  Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA) vendor in 2015 and will offer three Flexible Spending Accounts in 2015:

  • Health Care FSA
  • Dependent Day Care FSA
  • Limited Purpose FSA*

*The Limited Purpose FSA is designed for those who are enrolled in the HDHP and HSA and are looking for an additional medical care FSA.  It allows you to pay for qualified vision, dental, and post-deductible medical expenses.


New FSA Changes for 2015:

  • The plan year will be January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.  There will be no grace period from January 1, 2016 to March 15, 2016.  Expenses must be incurred between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.
  • If you have any monies left in your FSA on December 31, 2015, you will be able to carry over a maximum of $500 to the 2016 plan year.  Anything over $500 will be lost.
  • You will have until April 15, 2016 to file your 2015 claims.


Supplemental Dental/Vision Plans:

Epic Benefits+, Dental Wisconsin, and VSP Vision Insurance will all be offering open enrollment opportunities.  Please view details on each of the plans under the Annual Benefit Enrollment Period section on your portal.


2015 WRS Contributions:

Employee Category 2015 Employee Contribution 2015 Employer Contribution 2014 Employee Contribution 2014 Employer Contribution
General/Teacher 6.80% 6.80% 7.00% 7.00%
Executive 7.70% 7.70% 7.75% 7.75%
Sworn Police Officer 6.80% 9.50% 7.00% 10.10%



Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 8th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms.  Click here for more details, including a list of vendors attending.

Annual Open Benefit Sessions:

This year we will once again be offering Benefits Open Lab Session where employees can stop by to ask benefits questions, learn more about 2015 benefit changes, and receive assistance with the E-benefits enrollment process.  All benefit sessions will be held in IS 1004.

October 9, 2:30-3:30
October 13, 9:00-10:00
October 16, 1:00-2:00
October 20, 3:00-4:00
October 22, 9:30-11:00
October 24, 10:30-12:00
October 28, 11:00-1:00
October 30, 1:30-3:30
October 31, 8:30-10:30

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 hr@uwgb.edu 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 hr@uwgb.edu if you have any questions!

UPS Operational Policy Feedback Requested

As many faculty and staff are aware, effective July 1, 2015, the new University Personnel System (UPS) will be implemented. Over the last several years, UW System in collaboration with UPS workgroups and campus Human Resources staff, have been working to develop “Operational Policies” in preparation for this upcoming implementation. In addition to new policies primarily affecting University Staff (formerly Classified), some Operational Policies will also cover Faculty and Academic Staff since language formerly found in the UPGs (Unclassified Personnel Guidelines) or other UW System policies will be inserted into the Operational Policies. The long term goal is that each operational policy will include provisions specific to all employee types within the UW System.

Action Item:  Feedback from the campus community is a critical step in moving forward with the finalization of these policies and procedures. We have developed three surveysat https://www.uwgb.edu/hr/campus/ups/policies/index.html with feedback due based upon the UW System deadline.  Please review the operational policies linked within each of the surveys and submit your feedback by the respective due date noted. Human Resources will compile all responses and send the feedback to UW System for consideration in finalization of these policies.

Survey 1: Due Tuesday, September 30, 2014

  • Compensation Structures and Tools
  • Performance Management
  • Workplace Expectations


Survey 2: Due Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • Benefits & Leave policies review
  • Job-Related Coursework and Training
  • Complaint Procedures
  • FLSA Designation
  • Temporary and Project University Staff


Survey 3: Due Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Voluntary Reassignment of Formerly Classified FLSA-Exempt Employees to Academic Staff/Limited positions


Please review the campus University Personnel System (UPS) Development website for more information and the latest news in the development of the new personnel system. Human Resources will be in continued communication with the campus community as we move towards the implementation date of July 1, 2015.

Annual Open Enrollment Period Begins on October 6

Mark your calendars! The Annual Benefit Open Enrollment period is October 6 – 31, 2014 for participating plans.

Annual Open Enrollment information will be available on the My UW System Portal, under the Annual Benefit Enrollment Period section.  A summary will be provided directly on the portal, however detailed benefit information about the open enrollment period will be provided by clicking on the Read More>> link at the bottom of the section as it becomes available.

*New for 2015* Each health plan will now offer a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) in addition to their current regular plan.  An HDHP provides coverage much like the regular plans except you must meet the annual deductible before services are covered.  A Health Savings Plan (HSA) will be available for those who elect to enroll in a HDHP plan.

Our office will be sending out additional information pertaining to open enrollment, including 2015 premium rates, by the end of next week.  You will also be receiving email communications from UW System HR throughout the open enrollment period.


Training Opportunities:
We will be holding an informational training session on benefit changes and updates for 2015 this Friday, September 26th from 10:30-11:30 as part of the 2014 All-Employee Training Series.   If you have not already registered for this session and would like to attend, please email payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu.

The Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair will also provide you with an opportunity to learn more information about your benefits and options you have during the annual open enrollment period.  We will also be offering Benefits Open Lab sessions again this year where you can stop by to ask benefits questions, learn more about 2015 benefits changes, and receive assistance with the E-benefits enrollment process.  Click here for details on the fair and for dates of the Benefits Open Lab session.

And as always, if you have any questions regarding Open Enrollment or your benefits, please feel free to contact:

Kimberly Danielson
Classified & Unclassified CPS Benefits Specialist
Phone: 920-456-2196
Email: danielsk@uwgb.edu

Sue Miller
Unclassified Benefits Specialist
Phone: 920-465-2816
Email: millers@uwgb.edu


Don’t miss your once a year opportunity to enroll or make changes to your benefits!


CURRENT – Reinvent Yourself!


Reinvent Yourself Lunch n’ Learn presented by Carol Van Vreede    
Event Basics
When: Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Titletown Brewing Co.
Tap Room
320 N Broadway
Green Bay, WI  54303
Be one of the first to experience Titletown’s new tap room!
Fee: $15 Members of Current
$20 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: To be determined.
Register: (920) 437-8704
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview
Reinvent Yourself Lunch n’ Learn Destination – NEW YOU – Journey EssentialsIt’s time to take charge of your life! If you want to see a change for the better, you must take control. Be decisive and responsible. You control your own happiness, your own destiny. Empower yourself to live the life you deserve.Your professional career and personal life will take many shapes throughout your lifetime. During her career, Carol Van Vreede has become an expert on assessing the change evolution that’s required to be successful during times of transition. To reinvent yourself is no longer an option but a necessity to guarantee long-term success in today’s fast-paced environment.Learn how to not just adopt, but thrive through this change and better prepare yourself; learn about Destination – NEW YOU – Journey Essentials.
About the Speaker
Carol Van Vreede Founder and CEO Skyline Exhibit ResourceCarol Van Vreede is founder and CEO of Skyline Exhibit Resource, a full-service trade show and design company.Housed in a new 40,000 square-foot, state-of the-art facility in De Pere, Skyline designs and manufactures exhibits, kiosks, vehicle wraps, custom wallpaper, indoor/outdoor signs, posters, banners and floor graphics. Skyline is regularly featured at trade shows, museums, retail stores, corporate lobbies and outdoor events.  Founded in 1992, Skyline Exhibit Resource has assisted more than 6,000 Wisconsin companies with their branding efforts.