Welcome Megan Noltner and Maria Vander Heiden

The Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity would like to welcome Megan Noltner and Maria Vander Heiden. You may remember Megan from her temporary role back in 2017. She came back to UW-Green Bay on June 27, 2018 as a Human Resources Specialist and her responsibilities will include employee relations, policy and compliance, and serving as Title IX Co-Coordinator.

We would also like to welcome Maria Vander Heiden who started on May 29, 2018 as a Human Resources Assistant. Maria’s responsibilities will include coordinating and entering personnel transaction data in the Human Resources System (HRS), processing student paperwork, and handling various recruitment activities for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Library, Enrollment Services, Student Affairs, Continuing Education and Community Engagement. She will also coordinate exit processing, records management, volunteer coordination, and serve as a Title IX Investigator.

Welcome Megan and Maria!

Lecturer-Political Science/Legal Studies (One-Year Appointment)

The Department of Democracy and Justice Studies seeks a political scientist for a one-year, full-time Lecturer position. The successful candidate will have the capacity to teach courses in the Democracy and Justice Studies (DJS) and Political Science (PS) programs to suit the instructor’s expertise and preferences as well as departmental needs. Successful applicants must be able to teach Democracy and Justice Studies 420: Constitutional Law and Democracy and Justice Studies 325: Law and Society and serve as the pre-law advisor. They will also have opportunities to teach courses such as American Government, other Public Law courses and, if appropriate, courses in Women’s and Gender Studies. Candidates who are able to offer a unique course in legal research, specialized areas of law (such as public defense, civil liberties, or immigration), or otherwise expand our reach in this area are especially encouraged to apply.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Wednesday, July 18, 2018

UW Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) 403(b) Provider Online Workshops

Fidelity, one of the UW TSA 403(b) providers, will be presenting two online workshops in July — Invest Confidently for Your Future on July 24 and Be in the Financial Front Seat on July 25. See below for workshop details. Both workshops are approximately one hour, and there will be time for questions at the end of each. All you need to do is log in from your desktop and listen to the audio portion from your phone. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Invest Confidently for Your Future
Tuesday, July 24, 11:00 a.m. Central Time*
The skills you’ll gain from this workshop will help you to:

  • Define your savings goals
  • Build an investment plan to help you optimize your savings
  • Understand the importance of continually managing your plan

Register here.

Be in the Financial Front Seat — making financial health a priority for women
Wednesday, July 25, 11:00 a.m. Central Time*
Presented at this workshop is:

  • Why it’s particularly important for women to make financial wellness a priority
  • What it means to be in the financial front seat, including:
    • Knowing what you own, and what you owe
    • Having a clear idea of your financial goals
    • The importance of an annual financial review

Register here.

*Please note that online registration provides the workshop times in Eastern Time. The times listed above are Central Time.

Source: UW System Human Resources

Employee Spotlight: Mike Bergsbaken


Mike BergsbakenName: Mike Bergsbaken

Position at UWGB: Power Plant Operator

Summary of what you do: I maintain the power plant in the most cost efficient way I can, plus fix and/or repair things daily.

How long have you been employed: 4years

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I am a Power Plant Operator Senior

Three words that describe you: Just good looking!

Personal interests: I’m really too busy taking care of my home and family to do anything else.

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? Too many to mention.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? Don’t need a chance, good just being me.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Mark Wenzel

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? The pay

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

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Ribeye, and the rest of my life would be approximately 6 months long.

If you were an animal what would you be? A bear, if your going to be a bear best be a grizzly bear!

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? Who the hell was he?

Motto or personal mantra? At the least (TRY)

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us? This questionnaire feels like a psych. Exam and yes I have taken them to work in nuclear power plants.

What celebrity do people think you look like? When I was younger, Lou Ferrigno

What children’s character can you relate with most? Why? Oscar. Not because I live ln a can.

What else do you do for fun? I love playing with my grand kids

What is your biggest pet peeve? Answering a lot of questions and people who stop half way through a door.

What is your favorite sport? Football

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Cheesecake

What’s on your bucket list? Start a bucket list.

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

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Right here

Where is your favorite place to eat? Longhorn

Where is your home town? Green Bay

Congratulations Greg Kannenberg!

On July 1, 2018, Greg Kannenberg transitioned from the Director of the Phoenix Bookstore to a Custodian Lead for Operations.

Congratulations, Greg!

Performance Evaluations – Non-Instructional Academic Staff and Limited Employees

Annual performance evaluations are a key component to employee performance and development.  The objectives of annual performance evaluations are to provide all employees and their supervisors an opportunity to:

  • Discuss job performance
  • Set goals for professional development
  • Establish objectives for contributing to the department’s mission
  • Discuss expectations and accomplishments
  • Discuss career progression eligibility

Non-instructional academic staff and limited employees and their supervisors should begin the performance evaluation process for the prior fiscal year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) as soon as possible. Please follow the procedure outlined on the Performance Evaluation Narrative Form, submitting the completed evaluation to the area leader’s office no later than Friday, August 24, 2018. Please note – An annual performance evaluation is not required for individuals hired after July 1, 2017 if a six-month evaluation has already been completed.

Part of the performance review process should be a discussion regarding changes in position responsibilities, appropriateness of the assigned title, and the eligibility towards career progression if employees are in a progression series title.

Per the UW-Green Bay Compensation and Pay Plan Policy, compensation adjustments must be based upon merit and employee performance.  Therefore, any future pay adjustments will be contingent upon satisfactory performance.

If you are interested in receiving training related to performance evaluations, career progression and title change, and/or academic staff contracts, or have any questions regarding these processes, please contact hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

2019 WRS Contribution Rates Released

At its June 21, 2018 meeting, the Employee Trust Funds Board approved Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) contribution rates for 2019.  There are many complex factors that affect WRS contribution rates, such as investment performance, legislative adjustments to benefit levels, demographics, etc.  It is important to remember, WRS investment experience is smoothed over a course of five years to prevent large swings in WRS contribution rates. Generally, WRS rates are decreasing in 2019 primarily due to positive investment returns.

Your contribution rate is determined by your WRS employment category. Most UW employees are covered by the General/Teacher WRS category. High level administrators (chancellors, president, vice presidents, provosts) are covered by the Executive category.  Employees whose main duties are related to law enforcement or the protection of the public (police officers, fire fighters) are covered by the Protective category.

2019 WRS

The 2019 rates will  apply to all paychecks paid in 2019, beginning on the January 2, 2019 paycheck for Faculty, Academic Staff and Limited  paid monthly, and January 3, 2019 for University Staff paid bi-weekly.  As a reminder, WRS contributions are taken on a pre-tax basis for state and federal purposes.

For more information, please see ETF’s website.

Please contact Payroll & Benefits at (920) 465-2390 or payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu with any questions.






College Savings Made Simple

Saving for your child’s post-high school education may seem daunting, but with Edvest, Wisconsin’s 529 College Savings Plan, you can start making small contributions today that will benefit them in the future. Anyone – parents, grandparents, extended family members and friends – can set up an account for anyone else. An account can also be used to save for one’s own continuing education.

Edvest makes saving easy by offering low fees, a low minimum contribution of $15 per pay period, and tax deductions for Wisconsin residents (limitations apply). You may have contributions to Edvest allocated from your paycheck. Payroll deduction is not available.

The best part is the benefit to your child(ren), who can use these funds at universities, colleges, professional schools, technical colleges, and graduate programs across the country and even at some institutions abroad. Funds can cover tuition, books, room and board, computers, tablets, and many other expenses.

For more information and to open an account, visit the Edvest website.

Source: UW Service Center

On-Campus and Community Service Work Study Job Fair

The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment and Human Resources are hosting a job fair for on-campus employers and community service work study partners.  The event will be held Wednesday, September 19 from 11:00am-2:00pm in the Phoenix Rooms.  Employers may advertise current openings, recruit for future positions, or simply connect with students who are seeking jobs.  On-campus supervisors should have received an email with a link to register through Handshake.  If you did not receive a link and would like to participate, please contact Allen Voelker (Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator) at voelkera@uwgb.edu or 920/465-2556.