Spinach Balls

SpinachBalls

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 cups finely crushed herb-seasoned dry bread stuffing mix
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3 eggs, beaten

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl combine spinach, stuffing mix, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, black pepper, Italian seasoning, melted butter and eggs. Shape into walnut-sized balls and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until heated through and browned.

Recipe provided by Alyssa Blume, UWGB Dietetic Intern

Employee Spotlight: Hannah Fameree

Hannah and Michael (Fameree)

Position at UWGB: Student Services Specialist

Summary of what you do: I work at the Green Bay One Stop Shop, so I assist Admissions, Registrar, and Financial Aid.

How long have you been employed: I just celebrated my one year workiversary!

Brief history of employment with UWGB: Working at GBOSS is my only position I’ve held here at UWGB

Three words that describe you: Friendly, happy, positive

Personal interests: Crossfit, traveling, theatre, animals, eating

 

– Any favorite line from a movie? Not really!

– Are you messy or organized? A mix of both – sometimes I let things get pretty messy, then spend time organizing everything, and then things get messy again… it goes back and forth!

– Best vacation you’ve been to? Brazil

– Describe what you were like at age 10. Very creative and imaginative – I loved using our video camera to make movies and musicals.

– Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? I love scrolling through Instagram, but I’m not sure if that counts!

– Do you have an office nickname? What is it?  I don’t think so!

– Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? I get embarrassed whenever I make any type of mistake!

– Favorite travel spot?  That’s so tough! I like to go new places, so I don’t know if I have a favorite spot that I travel to often. I love visiting my family out in Colorado, though.

– If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? Justin Bieber. Don’t judge me

– If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Mila Kunis

– If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? I wish I had the option of working from home.

– If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be? Hmm… Probably my late grandfather, because there is so much that I don’t know about that side of my family.

– If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? I can’t think of anything off the top of my head, but I would like to be alive during a time when the Earth wasn’t so polluted and explored, and be one of the first people to explore the wilderness, without any tourists.

– If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Ancient grains cereal – I honestly crave this cereal multiple times a day so would probably satisfied with eating it forever.

– If you were an animal what would you be? A cat

– If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? Probably my computer because that’s where all of my photos are saved.

– Least favorite food? Any kind of olives

– Motto or personal mantra? Appreciate every single day.

– People would be surprised if they knew: I get extremely nervous before any type of public speaking or performance.

– Tell us a little about yourself.  I grew up in Cedar Rapids, IA and went to Edgewood College in Madison. I met my husband there, and once I graduated, we moved to Denver, CO. We got married out there on Lookout Mountain and the day after our parents left, we realized we needed to move closer to home, so we started applying for jobs right away! I got this job, and we moved 2 months after we got married. I’m sure you’ve gathered this from the rest of the questions, but I love going new places, whether it be a new restaurant or bar close to home or an entirely new country. I value experiences and spending time with family.

– Tell us a little bit about your family. My husband is from De Pere, so we moved here to be closer to his family! His parents live here, his sister in Appleton, and brother in Madison. We spend most of our free time with them. My parents live in Iowa and my sister lives in Missouri.

– Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. I don’t think my colleagues knew I sing until recently, or that I lived in Switzerland for 6 months.

– Top 3 life highlights? Being in a professional musical in Denver, studying abroad in Switzerland, and getting married on a mountaintop in Colorado.

– What advice would you give to recent new hires? Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and most problems we encounter at work are not 911 emergencies (so don’t stress!)

– What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? A good attitude and a smile goes a long way

– What are your hopes for our industry/school? I hope we can keep making improvements to the campus and community to make UW-Green Bay more attractive to students.

– What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? I absolutely love working directly with students. I feel like I can help make their experience here better, especially when they are trying to navigate through complicated things like applying for financial aid.

– What book did you read last? Just Kids by Patti Smith

– What books are at your bedside? I actually have some Japanese mangas, as well as a random book I borrowed from the Cofrin Library but still haven’t started

– What celebrity do people think you look like? I’ve heard Kate Middleton, but I don’t know if I really see it!

– What did you want to be when growing up? A Broadway actress

– What do you always want to try and never did? I guess I have always thought about moving to LA to pursue acting, but love having stability so I never did!

– What do you like most about your job? I love working directly with students and helping them accomplish their educational goals. I also love the benefits we receive, because I am able to get plenty of time off to go on adventures and rejuvenate when needed.

– What do you like to do in your spare time? My husband and I are always looking for new series’ to watch, and I go to Crossfit frequently. I also like to take mini trips on the weekends to nearby cities and state parks.

– What do you like to do on your days off? I love exploring new places nearby-towns in Door County, new breweries and wineries, hiking trails, etc. On the flip side, I also really enjoy having time to veg and not worry about anything but what movie or show I’m going to watch next.

– What does a typical day look like for you? I get up around 6:15 to be here at 7:45 am, work up at GBOSS until 4:30 pm, head to Crossfit, then head home to have dinner with my family. My husband and I will usually watch a crime show or movie if we have enough energy before bed. I go to sleep so early!

– What else do you do for fun? We have a lot of friends in Madison, so we like to go there for the weekend every month or so. Sometimes my husband and I bust out our old video games and play those.

– What is an ability you wish you had? Teleportation.

– What is the first concert you attended? I saw Michelle Branch and Aaron Carter around the same time.

– What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I would book an amazing vacation. I would love to explore multiple countries and continents- I’d probably start off at a resort on an island in one of those huts on the water.

– What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Sometimes you have to go with the flow-you can’t predict when you’ll encounter bumps in the road.

– What is your biggest pet peeve? Bad attitudes. I understand that no one is in a good mood all of the time, but I hate when people take their anger out on me. Everything is better when you are kind to others.

– What is your family like? My mom is a dental hygienist, my dad is a realtor, and my sister is in art school, and my husband just started going back to school for Software Development. We all love adventures and the outdoors, so whenever we visit my family, we are going on bike rides, exploring new areas of town, going out to karaoke bars, or going on walks. We also love just hanging out at home and being lazy-hanging out together is always so fun! I also have a cat named Michael (pictured in my photo).

– What is your favorite meal? That is so hard because I LOVE food-sushi, Mexican food, pizza, burgers… but I’d probably have to say a burger and fries is my go-to when I go out to eat.

– What is your favorite movie and book? I love all movies directed by Hayao Miyazaki. I used to love the Harry Potter books but I am not much of a reader.

– What is your favorite sport? Tennis

– Hidden talent? It’s not really hidden, but I can sing and have been involved with musicals and theatre since middle school.

– What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? Crossfit, traveling, roadtrips, shopping… I feel like I’ve already said these a few times in this interview, so sorry if this is repetitive. J

– What one food do you wish had zero calories? Pizza

– What phobias do you have? As I get older, I am more scared of heights and water.

– What places have you lived in? Cedar Rapids, IA – Madison, WI – Fribourg, Switzerland – Denver, CO & De Pere, WI

– What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? I try to own up to whatever stupid shows I like to watch, like my 600 Pound Life and 90 Day Fiance on TLC.

– What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? I loved everything Barney, Rugrats, Polly Pockets, and Tweety Bird.

– What would people never guess you do in your role? We at GBOSS are not receptions, and actually have to know a lot of detailed information about financial aid, registration, and admissions. We help prospective, current, and past students in many ways, and do more than just transfer calls.

– What would you like to be famous for? Singing.

– What’s on your bucket list? Travel to as many places as possible and have as many new experiences as possible.

– What’s the one thing, you can’t live without? My phone and my family.

– What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? I guess frog legs? But they were pretty good.

– What’s your favorite thing to do in Green Bay? I love having a drink on the roof of Titletown with friends when it’s nice outside.

– Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I’ll probably have my first child, maybe even two, with lots of traveling under my belt, be a homeowner, and still working at UW-Green Bay (in who knows what role).

– Where is your favorite place to eat? My mother in law makes the best food, better than any restaurant!

– Where is your home town? Cedar Rapids, IA

– Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? I would love to explore a remote island-I don’t really care which one, maybe the Maldives. I would also like to explore South America more, and go to Asia.

Volunteer Opportunity: Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is looking for just under 100 volunteers to go into classrooms throughout Brown County and help educate the students about business related topics. You would be going into the classrooms during February, March, and April. If you are unsure of the time committment, perhaps you can co-teach! You and your partner could each take 2 visits and share the last one.

Junior Achievement
If you are interested in volunteering your time or would like more information, please reach out to Laura Belter at LBelter@jawis.org or 920-336-1444.

University Services Program Associate (Two Vacancies)

The Division of Outreach & Extension at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay seeks applicants for two University Services Program Associate positions.  Applicants to this posting will be considered for both positions.

The University Services Program Associate reports to either the Director of Camps and Conferences or the Director of Continuing Professional Education and is responsible for providing a high level of customer service within the Division, University of Wisconsin­ Green Bay, outside customers and partnering organizations. As a liaison with internal and external people, this position interacts with a diverse audience of individuals and organizations by communicating procedural information, interpreting and implementing system regulations and policies, and resolving complex problems as they occur. Program support includes registration, billing, payment, updating website and coordinating program logistics. The position calls for a highly organized, flexible, and self-directed individual with excellent customer service skills.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Veterans Awareness Training Reminder

Last year Chancellor Miller sent an email to UW-Green Bay regarding the Kognito: Veterans Awareness Training. He encouraged all faculty, staff and students to take the training and become aware of some of the issues our veteran students face as they leave the military and enter the classroom.

You can complete the training and be able to assist our veteran students in the return to civilian and student life. Users can print a proof of completion after they complete the course.

To take the free, online, 20-30 minute course, follow the instructions below:

  • Make sure pop-ups are allowed for this program
  • Go to: https://uws.kognito.com
  • Create a New Account
  • Follow the on-screen instructions
  • Choose your course and click ”LAUNCH”

If you would like to be more involved with veteran students on campus, please visit the “At Ease” Veterans and Service Members Student Lounge located in MAC Hall 124.

If you have questions, contact Veterans Services Coordinators, Elaina Koltz (koltze@uwgb.edu) or Jamee Haslam (haslamj@uwgb.edu) at 920-465-2075.

Achieving Financial Goals Workshop

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Location: University Union, Room 103

Meet Jennifer Almeida of T. Rowe Price, one of the companies with your UW Tax-Sheltered Annuity 403(b) Program.

Jennifer will explore your personal financial goals for retirement and how to balance them with life’s other financial priorities such as:

  • Building emergency savings
  • College savings
  • Paying down debt
  • Addressing competing priorities

You’ll also explore planning tools and resources from T. Rowe Price that can help you along the way.

Register for the workshop at:  http://rpstrowepricereg39.fugent.com/home/events.asp 

Individual Counseling Sessions will be available after the workshop in UU Room 103.

Register for an individual counseling session at:  http://rpstrowepricereg38.fugent.com/home/events.asp

Spring F.A.S.T. (Facutly and Staff) Meal Plans & Payroll Deduction

The opportunity for staff and faculty to purchase a spring meal plan using payroll deduction has arrived.  This opportunity is open through Feb. 10, 2017 for post-tax deduction from your payroll starting March 2 (University Staff) or March 1 (Academic Staff & Faculty).  There are five options to choose from including:

  • FAST 75 Block Plan – includes 75 meals plus $25** in FAST Points – Cost $425 . . . cost per meal $5.66
  • FAST 50 Block Plan – includes 50 meals plus $25** in FAST Points – Cost $290 . . . cost per meal $5.80
  • FAST 25 Block Plan – includes 25 meals plus $25** in FAST Points – Cost $155 . . . cost per meal $6.20
  • FAST 300 Points Plan – includes $315 in FAST Points – Cost $300.00 (Spring 2017 Special – $15 in bonus FAST Points)
  • FAST 200 Points Plan – includes $215 in FAST Points – Cost $200.00 (Spring 2017 Special – $15 in bonus FAST Points)

*All New/First-time FAST 75 Block Plan customers, as well as all FAST 75 Block Plan renewals from the Fall plans will receive a Free reusable mug that includes unlimited free refills of coffee and fountain soda beverages at all retail locations on campus.

**Chartwells is sponsoring the $25 for the Block Plan FAST Points and the bonus $15 in FAST Points on the 200 & 300 plans!

Please complete the form found here: FAST Meal Plan Deduction Request – to enroll in meal plan. 

FAST Meal Plans and FAST Points

FAST Points are not new to UW-Green Bay.  They have been in place for 3-4 years.  They are pre-paid declining balance funds you can purchase and load onto your official University ID for use at any Chartwells-managed food serving location on campus.  This spring, through February 10, the FAST 200 and 300 Points Plans include $15 in bonus FAST points through the generosity of Chartwells.  When customers use their “points” in the Marketplace they will receive a $0.50 discount bringing the net cost of breakfast to $5.75, lunch to $6.25, and dinner to $6.75 (+ sales tax).

FAST Meal Plans are new to UW-Green Bay and serve as option for staff and faculty to purchase meals in a larger quantity at prices-per-meal lower than paying with cash, credit or points.  This Spring’s FAST 75 Block Plan, at the cost of $425, equates to a cost-per-meal of $5.66 plus there are $25* in FAST Points for when you don’t need or want a full meal.  For this spring, a new all stainless steel mug is being given to new and renewing FAST 75 Block Plan customers.  In addition, all FAST Plan customers will receive a reusable To-Go container to use for take-out meals from the Marketplace inside Leona Cloud Commons.  Details on how to use the To-Go containers will be shared with all who participate and eventually posted on-line (https://new.dineoncampus.com/uwgb). The block meals and FAST points on all FAST Plans will remain on your University ID account until they are used.  They can also be used for combo meals in the retail operations.

 

 

 

Income Continuation Insurance Deferred Enrollment Available Through March 1, 2017 for Eligible Employees

The Income Continuation Insurance (ICI) program is an ‘income replacement’ benefit plan that replaces up to 75% of your gross salary if you are unable to work due to a short or long-term disability.

If you are not currently enrolled in ICI, you may be able to enroll during the ICI Deferred Enrollment period through March 1, 2017.  Eligible employees will be personally notified by email from the UW System HR (uwsystemhr@uwsa.edu) email address.

Please see https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/dis/ici/ for more information regarding eligibility and income continuation insurance benefits.

To apply for coverage through the Deferred Enrollment opportunity, you must complete an Income Continuation Insurance Application (ET-2307) and return it to your benefits office on or before March 1, 2017.  ICI coverage elected through deferred enrollment will be effective April 1, 2017.

Please contact Human Resources at (920) 465-2390 or payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu with any questions.

Projections for Effective Rates, Annuity Adjustments for WRS

The State of Wisconsin Investment Board has announced preliminary 2016 investment returns of 8.5% for the Core Trust Fund and 10.6% for the Variable Trust Fund. How will this affect your Wisconsin Retirement System account?

The projections below are based on preliminary 2016 investment returns. ETF will announce the actual effective rates and annuity adjustments after final investment returns have been determined and an actuarial analysis is completed. Watch for announcements in February (effective rates for active employees) and March (annuity adjustments for retirees).

WRS Invetst

Shared Investment Risk
WRS members benefit from good investment returns and share the risk of poor returns. Changes in employee and employer contribution rates, for example, are linked to Core and Variable Trust Fund investment performance. Likewise, annuity adjustments for retirees are linked to investment performance. This “shared risk” design keeps the WRS well-funded and able to pay promised benefits long into the future.

Plan Ahead
No matter your timetable for retirement, it’s important that you know about and fully understand your retirement benefits. This includes the fact that the WRS does not provide a guaranteed cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in retirement.
In addition, did you know:

  • Some pension systems provide COLAs in order to help retirees keep up with inflation over the long term. Under the WRS, post-retirement annuity adjustments are by law dependent on WRS trust fund investment returns.
  • WRS retirees routinely receive annuity increases above the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security; for 2016 Social Security increased only 0.3%.
  • When retired, your Core annuity can never go below your original payment (“floor”).
  • However, annuity adjustments can increase or decrease each year, based on trust fund investment performance and actuarial factors.
  • When there is a market downturn, annuities can be lowered by repealing previously-granted increases.

For more information:

To receive immediate notification about WRS effective rates, annuity adjustments and other benefit-related news, sign up for ETF E-Mail Updates.

 

 

 

 

ETF Now Offers Virtual Retirement Appointments

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is pleased to offer a convenient, new service for WRS members who are within a year of retirement: Virtual Retirement Appointments.

These appointments are secure, one-on-one meetings with an ETF benefits specialist, conducted online.  Together, you and the specialist talk by telephone and view online your retirement estimate, annuity options and discuss the retirement process in general.  Virtual appointments are convenient (no travel necessary) and easy to schedule.

Find out whether a virtual retirement appointment is right for you – contact ETF at 1-877-533-5020.