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.

Welcome Terry Zarnoth


Terry started as a Lead Custodian on April 14, 2014. Prior to starting at UW-Green Bay he was employed at Cellynne Paper Co. for sixteen years. Terry is married with one daughter and 2 granddaughters. He is a bell ringer during the holiday season and loves to garden and plant trees.

Your Annual WRS Statement of Benefits is Now Available Online

Your Annual Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Statement of Benefits is now available online in the My UW System portal:  Login to the portal and go to the “Benefit Information” module and click on the “Statements” tab.  Click on “ETF Annual Statement of Benefits (WRS) Issued 2014” to view and print your statement.  Please note that you will not receive a paper copy of the statement.

The WRS Annual Statement of Benefits provides you with information about your Wisconsin Retirement System account as of January 1, 2014. Information on the statement includes 2013 WRS earnings and creditable service; total years of WRS creditable service, and separation and death benefit calculations.  You should review this statement closely for accuracy.

Statement Section 2 – After Act 10 Service
The name of your retirement category is in both Sections 1 and 2 of the Statement.  If you are in a General, Teacher or Protective retirement category, all of your creditable service will be listed in the “Before 2000” and/or “After 1999” columns in Section 2 of the Statement.

Only employees in an Elected or Executive retirement category will have creditable service in the “After Act 10” column.  2011 Wisconsin Act 10 changed the way retirement benefits are calculated for Elected/Executive category employees so service earned after Act 10 must be tracked separately for this group of employees.

Information to Help You Understand Your WRS Statement
Explanation of Annual Statement of Benefits (ET-7333)

Video Explanation of the Statement 

WRS Annual Statement of Benefits Help Page (includes the above links plus additional information)

Webinars dates and times will be released soon and available on the ETF Webinars page

Information Regarding Interest Rates and Annuity Adjustments
Webinars and Video: Interest Rates and Annuity Adjustments

Please note that if you have recently been upgraded to Firefox 19 (with a new built-in PDF viewer) you may find your statement unreadable in the My UW System portal. For workaround instructions visit:  Please contact your institution’s IT helpdesk if further assistance is needed.


CURRENT – Inspirational Leadership!


Event Basics
When: Thursday, April 24, 2014
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Brett Favre’s Steakhouse
1004 Brett Favre Pass
Green Bay, WI  54304
Fee: $15 Members of Current
$20 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package - Learn More
Menu: Pasta Buffet
Classic Caesar salad, steamed green beans, baked ziti, penne with marinara and meat sauce topped with mozzarella and provolone cheeses, vegetable pasta with grilled artichokes, fire-roasted tomatoes, Kalamata olives and penne pasta tossed in a light tomato sauce topped with shaved parmesan cheese and fresh-baked rolls and butter.
Register: (920) 437-8704
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview
In today’s world, rules and regulations to control behaviors are no longer effective ways to run a company. Results are produced by employees who are driven and inspired by their leaders and peers to do the right thing and make the right decision; and those who do not work just for the pay but for their ability to achieve.

Many leadership articles and talent management trainings have now begun to focus on inspirational leadership. It is believed that companies/teams are more engaged and function more effectively with inspiring leaders (with or without official titles). In the process, employees become more engaged, a trait that transcends other areas of their lives including community involvement.

For the past five years, Mike Haddad, president and CEO of Schreiber Foods, has been inspiring 7,000+ partners by abiding by principles of inspirational leadership. He will share his experience of inspiring others and the journey he’s taken to become an inspiration leader not only in the corporate world but also in the community.

About the Speaker
Michael J. Haddad
President and CEO
Schreiber Foods Inc.Mike Haddad is president and chief executive officer of Schreiber Foods and a member of Schreiber’s board of directors. He was named to this position in December 2008.

Mike joined Schreiber in 1995 as a business sales manager for Northeast Retail after spending eight years as a perishable food broker for Haddad Enterprises, a family owned business.  He was named national sales director- distributors in 2002, a vice president in 2004 and a senior vice president in 2005. In 2006, he was named president and COO and elected to the Schreiber board of directors.

In the community, Mike is a former director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation-Wisconsin Chapter. His involvement with Make-A-Wish began in 2000 as a wish grantor and continues today.  Mike is also on the board of trustees for St. Norbert College and board of directors for Bellin Health Systems.

Mike is also a veteran having served four years in the United States Marine Corp Reserves.

He and his wife Leanne have two grown children; a son, Nicholas, and a daughter, Kelly.  Mike is originally from Massachusetts and is a fan of all sports, especially his beloved Boston Red Sox. Growing up in New England, he was an All-State baseball player and played ice hockey. He is also an avid guitar player and has been playing and performing for more than 30 years.

Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Schreiber is the largest employee-owned dairy company in the world, with annual sales of $5 billion. Schreiber sells its products – which include cream cheese, natural cheese, process cheese and yogurt – to leading retailers, restaurants, distributors and food manufacturers around the world. Schreiber has 35 manufacturing and distribution facilities globally in the United States, Austria, Brazil, Germany, India, Mexico and Uruguay.

Natural and Applied Sciences Heirloom Plant Sale

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Location: Laboratory Science Greenhouse
Someone will be available at the greenhouse between 7:00 to hand out numbers, so that you do not need to stand in line. Doors open at 9 AM and people will be allowed to enter in order by number. Cash and checks only.
Natural & Applied Sciences invites you to the 18th annual Heirloom Plant Sale. We typically include over 50 varieties of peppers and over 70 different varieties of tomatoes. Other vegetables will likely include eggplants, cucumbers, broccoli, and lettuce. We also have herbs and fine selection of flowers. We will be offering a number of unusual herbs and flowers this year including several unique basils.
For more information:

CURRENT – Leadership through Film


Event Basics
When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
5 p.m. Registration & Networking
6 p.m. Screening of Westbound
7:20 p.m. Facilitated Discussion
8 p.m. Conclusion
Where: The Green Room Lounge
353 Main Ave
De Pere, WI  54115
Fee: $10 Members of Current
$20 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Pizza and snacks are included with the event fee.
Register: (920) 437-8704
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview
Discover Leadership through Film: WestboundDuring this unique screening of “Westbound. The Journey of Lifetime.” Director Jim Rivett and Producer Shelly Young will guide an interactive discussion of one of the film’s principle lessons: leadership. Following the viewing of this documentary created by local firm Arketype, they’ll guide you through a dialogue that will debunk the myth that leadership is all business: leadership is in your neighborhood, in your community, it’s everywhere
WESTBOUND. The Journey of a Lifetime.As a child during the Depression, Adolph Vandertie was captivated by a desire for travel. Visiting the hobo jungles, he was part of a world where men told stories of adventure and measured time by whittling. Adolph once watched an old hobo whittle a ball-in-cage – the quintessential design among whittlers. From that moment a lifelong fascination to master a dying art took hold. Each cut into the soft wood fueled the memory of freedom of riding the rails.

Tramp art and hobo whimsies were uniquely born of an independent spirit. Hobos whittle. Tramps carve. Both craft amazing objects from discarded cigar boxes and found materials. One man, Adolph Vandertie – Grand Duke of the Hobos – created more than 4,000 rare and beautiful pieces of this distinctive folk art form. Using the trash of an economy that became too arrogant to care, Vandertie transforms the refuse.

Westbound is a candid portrait of 96-year-old Adolph Vandertie and his final confessions of a life filled with joy, heartache and addiction. Sweeping through the Great Depression, the film chronicles America’s downfall and return to being the strongest nation in the world. It’s an iconic tale that explores Adolph’s journey to achieve personal redemption by creating an astonishing collection – beautiful in their minute details and the cleverness of their design. This simple act of whittling found objects becomes a beacon of hope for one man while capturing the true spirit of America.

About the Discussion Facilitators
Jim Rivett
President and Creative Director
Arketype, Inc.A native of Green Bay, Rivett is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in painting and drawing and a minor in television and film production. He then studied at the New York School of Visual Arts under Milton Glaser.

Rivett has forged a broadly successful career in advertising, graphic design and fine art, leveraging his talents in illustration, design, art direction and photo direction. Today he is president and creative director of Arketype Inc., a 30-person advertising and design agency based in Green Bay.

In 2007, at the invitation of Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton, Rivett was asked to serve on the newly formed Wisconsin Task Force on Arts and Creativity in Education. The group’s mission is to ensure that a creative workforce and entrepreneurial talent is cultivated throughout the state to compete in a 21st century global economy (

All along with his passion for painting, drawing and graphic design was a love of film and the goal to create dynamic, compelling work in animation, live action and documentary film. In 2005 he began work on fulfilling this passion by forming Arketype Entertainment – a division of Arketype Inc – and bringing together an ensemble of video producers, animators, editors and musicians. The full-length feature documentary film project WESTBOUND began in 2006 and is the culmination of the team’s work (

In a very recent development and almost simultaneous to the completion of WESTBOUND, Arketype was selected to The BCA Ten – 2009, an exclusive group of 10 companies selected by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) that  recognizes businesses for exceptional involvement with the arts ( The BCA, founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller, is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that the arts flourish in America by encouraging, inspiring and stimulating businesses to support the arts in the workplace, in education, and in the community.

Shelly Young
Director of Video and Motion Graphics
Arketype, Inc.After growing up in Green Bay, Shelly Young attended Suomi College and Michigan Tech University, majoring in fine arts with an emphasis in the arts and performance. She has a true passion for film and video and brings more than 18 years’ experience in television and video production to Arketype’s clients.

Prior to joining Arketype full-time, Young had worked independently, partnering with Arketype to produce several award-winning video projects for both clients of industry and not-for-profit organizations. She also served as a producer with Wisconsin Public Television – PBS from 1992 until 2002.

Another of Young’s passions is writing. She co-wrote a screenplay based on the true story of the Wyandot Tribe of Kansas, currently under contract with Sir Ben Kingsley and SBK Pictures.

Recognized with over 30 national and international awards including the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (EMMY®), Young has produced a wide range of broadcast programs including children’s series, social issue documentaries, performance specials, live television, public service announcements and television advertising.