ETF – Live Webinars

Live Webinars Scheduled

ETF is offering a series of live, interactive webinars – online presentations – designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) benefits. Unless otherwise noted, all webinars are 30 minutes with time for webinar-topic related questions at the end of the sessions.

NEW Topics:

  • Variable Fund
  • Buying Service
  • Annuity Options

Check the ETF Live Webinar Website for dates and times.

Lunch and Learn: Computer Workstation Ergonomics


The UW-Green Bay Wellness Committee Presents:
What: Wellness Lunch and Learn
Computer Workstation Ergonomics
When: Thursday, June 12
12:10  – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Room C
Your work can affect your health.  Since we spend a fair amount of time in our workplace, it’s essential that we do what we can to create a healthy work environment.  Ergonomics is the study of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the worker rather than forcing the worker to adapt to the job.  Join Jill Fermanich, University Safety Manager, for this lunch and learn that will focus on computer workstation ergonomics.  The goals will be to help you learn what you can do to set up your office work space and practices so that they fit you and help you to be more comfortable and healthy at work.  The session will discuss workstation setup, how you sit, and how long you stay in one position.

Lunch and Learn: Beginner’s Yoga


What:               Wellness Lunch and Learn
Beginner’s Yoga
When:              Wednesday, May 28th
12:10  – 12:50 p.m.  
Where:             Phoenix Room A
Whether this is your first experience with Yoga, or you have experienced this practice before, this is a session for you!  Join Kress Events Center Yoga Instructor and Personal Training, Liz Brandt, on a journey to break down some of the fundamental form and theories involved to help create a successful practice geared towards YOUR level of fitness!

Visit the Wellness Committee website for information on other wellness topics, newsletters, and upcoming events!

CURRENT – Redefine Achieve



Redefine Achieve presented by Christian Jensen    
Event Basics
When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Neville Public Museum
210 Museum Plc.
Green Bay, WI  54303
Fee: $15 Members of Current
$20 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Assorted sandwiches, chips and cookies catered by Great Harvest Bread Co.
Register: (920) 437-8704
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview
Redefine Achieve
Sept. 8, 2013, Mary Cox and Christian Jensen took on Ironman Wisconsin together as friends. Mary is afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy, which leaves her completely disabled. In order to complete the event, Christian, Mary’s personal trainer, pulled and pushed Mary the 140.6 miles in a boat, bike trailer and running chair. Why? To Redefine “Achieve.”

Christian and Mary are founders of the Wisconsin Chapter of myTEAM TRIUMPH, an athletic mentoring program for challenged athletes. Christian will share the story of their unique relationship, their passion for helping others achieve their dreams and lessons on how we can all redefine what it means to “achieve.”

About the Speaker
Christian Jensen
Executive Director
Christian Jensen started his professional career as a personal trainer with Bellin Health in Green Bay in 2007. That summer, he met a woman named Mary Cox with whom he started training, with the goal of improving functioning that had been severely limited due to muscular dystrophy.The training focused on helping Mary to slow the progression of the disease; however, in the long run, it was Mary who trained Christian through her positive and resilient spirit! As part of Mary’s therapy, Christian and his wife took Mary for runs on the Fox River Trail with the use of a specialized racing chair. They also participated in local endurance events such as the Bellin Run. Participating in endurance events gave Mary a freedom her body could no longer provide. In 2009, Christian and Mary guided Mary to complete her first marathon. Upon crossing the finish line, Mary sparked the start of something they believed would change our community when she said “I feel free when we run!” In 2010, the Wisconsin Chapter of myTEAM TRIUMPH, a non-profit athletic mentoring program for challenged athletes, was started.Since the launch of the organization, myTEAM TRIUMPH has focused on enabling the spirit of challenged athletes through the teamwork environment of endurance athletics. Mary and the other “captains” who lead myTEAM TRIUMPH have a gift of an enduring spirit. The result of bringing together selfless, able-bodied athletes and the character of challenged athletes builds a community of servant leaders. Since the launch of the Wisconsin Chapter of myTEAM TRIUMPH, Christian has had the honor of providing a life-changing experience to hundreds of challenged athletes.
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Welcome Andrew Wenig

Andrew started on April 21, 2014, as the Reservations and Events Coordinator.  Prior to starting in this position, Andrew worked in the UW-Green Bay University Union as a student employee and as a LTE.   Andrew volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, earned his Bachelor of Science degree at UW-Green Bay and is from Chilton, Wisconsin.

CURRENT – Speed Mentoring



When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
5 p.m. Registration, Networking and Hors d’oeuvres
5:45 p.m. Mentor Introductions
6 p.m. Speed Mentoring (approximately 10 minutes per group)
7:30 p.m. Closing Reception & Networking
8 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Oneida Golf & Country Club
207 Country Club Rd.
Green Bay, WI 54307
Fee: $15 Members of Current
$25 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 All-Inclusive Events Package - Learn More
Menu: Assorted hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar.
Event Overview
Speed MentoringEstablished leaders in the community will serve as mentors and rotate among tables with a seated cohort of young professionals sharing best practice tips and strategies for how to improve in your profession and as a young leader.Visit or Current’s Speed Mentoring Facebook event page to view a list of leaders as they are secured.
Confirmed Mentors
More individuals will likely be added, but here is a sampling of the mentors that will be participating.

  • Linda Bartelt, executive director, NEW ERA – Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance
  • Ron Bernard, control center manager, RGL
  • Jeff Blumb, partner, Nation Consulting
  • Jeryl Fleck, campus director, Globe University
  • Jim Golembeski, executive director, Bay Area Workforce Develoment Board
  • Robyn Gruner, director of external affairs, AT&T
  • Patty Hoeft, tribal secretary, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
  • Scott Johnson, president & publisher, Press-Gazette Media
  • Andrea Landwehr, executive director of teaching and learning, Green Bay Area Public School District
  • John Macco, president, Macco Financial Group, Inc.
  • Mike McQuade, director of human resources, JBSPackerland
  • James Morrison, president, James N. Morrison & Associates
  • Dan Pichler, partner, Wipfli LLP


Shorewood Golf & Lunch



Wellness Opportunity at Shorewood Golf Course: Golf & Lunch for $10.00

Play three holes – or more if time permits – between 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and have lunch too!

Come and play holes 1, 2, & 3 ending up back at the clubhouse where you can dine in or take out lunch from the extensive clubhouse menu! This wellness opportunity includes the use of rental clubs at no charge, allowing you to get out, exercise and enjoy the beautiful views that Shorewood golf course has to offer.

Shorewood is a seasonal operation that will remain open through October (possibly into early November), closing for the winter and re-opening each spring.

For more information on the Shorewood Golf Course visit their website at

Wellness Lunch and Learn – Beginner’s Yoga


What: Wellness Lunch and Learn
Beginner’s Yoga
When: Wednesday, May 28
12:10 – 12:50 p.m.
Where: Campus Quad (weather permitting)
Phoenix Room A (rain site)
Whether this is your first experience with Yoga, or you have experienced this practice before, this is a session for you!  Join Kress Events Center Yoga Instructor and Personal Training, Liz Brandt, on a journey to break down some of the fundamental form and theories involved to help create a successful practice geared towards YOUR level of fitness!

Unsolicited Telephone Calls Regarding Annuities and Retirement Benefits

Some members of the Wisconsin Retirement System have received unsolicited telephone calls from persons offering to come to the member’s home to discuss their retirement account. The caller claims to be associated with the Department of Employee Trust Funds. ETF is not associated with these solicitations and does not share or sell member information to third parties. In addition, ETF does not schedule meetings in the private homes of members. Individuals who have concerns about receiving one of these solicitations should contact ETF toll-free at 1-877-533-5020.

Welcome Chris Houghton


Chris Houghton started on April 1, 2014 as an Associate Researcher. Prior to starting at UW-Green Bay he was employed at UW-Milwaukee. He earned his PHD and MS from UW-Milwaukee and his BS from UW-Stevens Point. Chris is from Stevens Point.