Upcoming Legal Holiday Reminders

UW-Green Bay observes 9 legal holidays each year (click here for dates), in which the university offices are closed.  There are exceptions for instances when a legal holiday falls on an employee’s regularly scheduled day off (i.e. Saturday or Sunday), in which floating legal holiday is granted.  If the legal holidays of January 1, July 4, or December 25 occur on a Sunday, university offices will be closed on the following Monday in observance of the legal holiday.

Upcoming Floating Legal Holidays:

  • Christmas Eve (12/24) – employee’s may use floating legal holiday at their discretion, per supervisor approval.
  • New Year’s Eve (12/31)- employee’s may use floating legal holiday at their discretion, per supervisor approval.

Upcoming Legal Holidays observed on a Monday:

  • Christmans Day- will be observed with the campus closed on Monday, 12/26/16.
  • New Year’s Day- will be obseved with the campus closed on Monday, 1/2/17.

As a reminder, floating legal holiday may be used any time during the year it is earned.

  • University Staff employees must use the floating legal holidays during the calendar year it is earned, which means that both the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve floating legal holiday must be used by December 31, 2016.
  • Academic Staff and Limited employees must use floating legal holiday during the fiscal year it is earned, and will need to use these floating legal holidays by June 30, 2017.

Use of floating legal holiday should be reported as “Legal Holiday” on either your timesheet (University Staff) or absence entry (Academic Staff/Limited). Please review the instructions for entering a floating legal holiday: http://www.uwgb.edu/hr/documents/FloatingLegalHolidayProcess.pdf

Please contact Payroll & Benefits at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu with any questions regarding legal holidays.



Custodian (Third Shift)

The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay has a current vacancy for a full time, third shift Custodian in the Kress Events Center. This position works under the general supervision of the Custodial Services Supervisor, and is responsible for maintaining the overall appearance and cleanliness of their designated areas.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Facilities Maintenance Specialist

This position reports to the Maintenance Supervisor and  will be responsible for operation, maintenance, and repair of locksets, door hardware and general plumbing fixtures and components.  This position will also perform general inspection, repair, and preventative maintenance of campus building structures and equipment. In addition, this position performs preventative maintenance, inspections, other seasonal activities, and is responsible for inspecting laboratory systems and equipment and making necessary installations and repairs. This position will also maintain an appropriate parts inventory, order parts when necessary and provide professional advice on the materials and time required to complete various tasks.  This position may also direct the work of student and/or temporary employees as directed by the Maintenance Supervisor.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Monday, October 31, 2016.

Kroc Center Corporate Membership







We are super excited to announce that the UW system is now a Corporate Partner of the Kroc Center.

Any UW staff member and their households can now qualify for a waived registration fee when becoming a Kroc Center member, which save $35.  Additionally, all new members from the UW system also receive a 15% discount on the monthly membership fees.  We also offer other discounts for our new members, as well as other benefits for the companies that partner with us.

Please review more on these benefits at:: http://www.gbkroccenter.org/corporate.html

Below are other links that you could find helpful as well:





Cooking Demonstration Lunch ‘n Learn


Please join us as Chartwells Chef Corey shows us how to prepare apple butternut squash soup with cinnamon crème.  Chef Corey will provide preparation and cooking instructions, and Registered Dietician, Jolene Sell, will share nutritional information.  We will also get to sample the soup!

When: Tuesday, October 18th at Noon to 12:45 p.m.

Where: 1965 Room, University Union

This lunch ‘n learn is limited to 30 attendees.  Please click here to RSVP.  

Sponsored by Chartwells and the Wellness Committee


Campus to Campus Challenge Update


So far, 37 employees are participating in the Campus to Campus Walking Challenge, and just in the first week, as a group we logged 2,330,484 steps, which is enough steps to walk from UW-Green Bay to UW-Oshkosh to UW-Milwaukee to UW-Parkside to UW-Whitewater to UW-Madison to UW-Platteville to UW-LaCrosse to UW-River Falls to UW-Superior to UW-Stout to UW-Eau Claire to UW-Stevens Point to UW-Green Bay and most of the way back to UW-Oshkosh!  The average steps per team member per day is 10,498!  During week one, Lea Truttmann, Jayne Kluge and Ron Kottnitz had the highest number of steps.  Great job team!  Keep walking and exercising!



October is Brain Health Month

One in four people suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. That person may be a close friend, relative, acquaintance, or maybe you are the one suffering from anxiety or depression. The important thing to know is that you, or your friend, are not alone.

The month of October is an awareness month for many things, including breast cancer, SIDS, domestic violence, etc. The first week, however, is dedicated to Mental Illness Awareness. Mental illness affects millions of individuals which in turn can affect their families and friends.

What exactly is mental illness? It encompasses a wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behaviors. These conditions include anxiety, depression, dementia, Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, PTSD, OCD, and others. It can lead to difficulty functioning during social, work or family activities.

How can you help? The short answer…be aware that those suffering from a disorder need understanding and care, not judgement. Long term elevated stress is detrimental to most of us, but can be negatively life changing for those suffering from a mental illness. Individuals may feel hopeless and alone; provide them with empathy and consideration or referral to a professional, when appropriate.

What can you do? There are some things you can do for your own mental well-being.

  • Exercise.  Exercise has been shown to raise endorphin levels which contribute to a feeling of happiness. Endorphins are hormones in your body that make it function properly. After moderate to rigorous exercise they are able to activate opiate receptors, giving you that amazing, healthy feeling.
  • Relaxation. Engaging in relaxing activities such as meditation, yoga, reading, etc. contributes to coping skills when dealing with stress. Without those coping skills your stress hormones and blood pressure stays elevated, your muscles stay tense and can contribute to pain, and you experience fatigue.
  • Nutrition. There are some foods that have been known to help.
    • Cold-water fish. Consuming higher amounts omega-3 fatty acids found naturally in cold water fish (like salmon, sardines and herring), seaweed, flaxseed and walnuts has been found to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Studies have shown that certain parts of the world, like Iceland, have very low rates of depression and seasonal affective disorder even though it is gray and gloomy often.  Residents of Iceland tend to eat higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and engage in physical activity.
    • Limiting alcohol intake
    • Nuts and seeds. So many to choose from: pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews, pumpkin, sesame, and more! They are a good source of magnesium, fiber, and omega 3 fats.

Other dietary habits that may help prevent depression and similar disorders are avoiding excessive alcohol intake, staying hydrated, eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (oats, barley, rice, etc). Black coffee and dark chocolate, in moderation, have also been shown to decrease risk for depression. Try to avoid foods that are fried, highly refined and full of added sugar. These cause extra stress and oxidation in the body.

In closing, it is important to know that just like some physical ailments require a visit to a professional, so do mental ailments.  If you or someone you know struggles with a mental health issue, be kind and supportive. You can do your part by fighting the stigma that is attached to mental illness and provide hope.

For more information please visit: http://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Illness-Awareness-Week

Article by Cathleen Malone, UWGB Dietetic Intern

Coconut oil and MCT’s: Health craze or here to stay?

In the last few years, coconut oil seems to be an ingredient in many beauty products and also promoted extensively for cooking and health benefits. It seems to have moisturizing and naturally antibacterial properties which make it great for skin while also having a high smoke point which makes it ideal for high heat cooking. It is white when its solid and melts at around 75°F.

But does it really have any health benefits? Coconut oil contains Vitamin E (probably why it is in beauty products), fatty acids, minimal protein, and very little else. So what are the MCT’s I mentioned earlier? They are fatty acids, specifically medium length chains of triglycerides, or fats. Of course they are all saturated and we have been told over the last 40 years that saturated fat is bad. We need fat in every cell in our body to survive, but what do you believe?

Ultimately, scientific research is inconsistent. Some scientists say they are terrible, some say they are great for you, others say they are ok in moderation. Current research tells us that MCT’s are absorbed differently than other fats. This can have both benefits and consequences and each person’s body works differently.


  • Not usually stored as fat in the body like long-chain triglycerides
  • Utilized by the brain as an energy source called ketones
  • Metabolism is increased and burns fat more efficiently
  • Suppress appetite
  • Can have an antioxidant effect on your heart and veins


  • Essential fatty acid deficiency
  • Irritability
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, when taken as a supplement
  • Stomach discomfort and intestinal gas
  • Diabetics can have dangerous reactions to ketones in the body
  • Liver problems

Using coconut oil for your skin and hair can have great antioxidant benefits and using coconut oil for cooking can add flavor and fun to your kitchen. It can be substituted for other oils or fats you are already using. Vegans may also enjoy using it as a substitute for butter while baking. When buying coconut oil opt for the extra virgin, unrefined options.

If you are thinking about taking MCT’s as a supplement, please talk to your doctor. Only they can determine if it would be ultimately helpful for you. If you remember anything after reading this article, I hope it is this: coconut oil is a naturally occurring food that has been around for centuries. It can be incorporated into your diet and may offer some health benefits but do not believe everything you hear or read! Do your research and develop an opinion for yourself.

Article by Cathleen Malone, UWGB Dietetic Intern

Coconut Avocado and Lime “Cheesecake”

This luxurious dessert if free of dairy, wheat, eggs, and other potential allergens. For a nut allergy, substitute toasted sunflower seeds in the crust.

Serves 12



  • ¼ cup coconut, unsweetened and shredded
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • ¼ cup dates, pitted (about 12 each)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1-2 teaspoons lime zest
  • Pinch of sea salt


  • 2 cups avocado flesh (about 3 large avocados)
  • 3/4 cup lime juice (preferably fresh squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 6 ½ ounces honey
  • ¾ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temperature


  1. Preheat the oven to 300F. Line the base and sides of a spring form pan with parchment paper.
  2. Toast pecans and shredded coconut on a lined baking tray until golden brown, about 7-8 minutes.
  3. Transfer the pecans and coconut to food processor and add the remaining ingredients. Blend until the mixture is crumbly and holds together when pinched (it should not be completely smooth).
  4. Pour the mixture in the prepared springform pan. Press down firmly and evenly with the back of a spoon. The base should be neat and flat where it meets the sides of the pan. Store in refrigerator while preparing the filling.
  5. Place all ingredients for filling in clean food processor and blend until smooth and silky. Taste test to determine if more honey or lime juice should be added. Flavor should be tangy and lightly sweet.
  6. Remove base from refrigerator and pour filling into springform pan. Cover with a plate and return to refrigerator overnight or a minimum of 4 hours to set.
  7. To serve, run a knife around the inner edge of the pan and release the sides. Transfer to a plate and slice into 12 pieces. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator, wrapped in plastic wrap.

Recipe provided by Cathleen Malone, UWGB Dietetic Intern