Employee Appreciation Week (May 8-12)

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To honor, recognize and show appreciation for all the wonderful work performed across campus, the Employee Appreciation Week Work Group has put together a week filled with recognition and fun!

All employees are encouraged to take part. Please review the list of activities below and don’t delay submitting your survey for entry into drawings for preferred parking and/or lunch with leadership!


Enter to Win

 

 

Friday, May 5

Faculty and Staff Cookout 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Kress Events Center East Gym. Program starts at 12:30 p.m. Winners anounced for the Preferred Parking and FREE Lunch with Leadership

All Week May 8-12

I Appreciate U! Social Media Shoutouts Send praise for your coworkers to richterj@uwgb.edu. Watch for posts to be shared anonymously on HR’s Facebook Page.

$10 Special – lunch and 3 holes at Shorewood (call x2118)

Preferred Parking for a day (3 names drawn for each day)

FREE Popcorn* Phoenix Club (with Faculty/Staff ID, 1 bag per person per day while supplies last)

Monday, May 8

Walk the Arboretum 12:00 noon led by Bobbie Webster Meet at the Arboretum Gateway Kiosk (just south of MAC hall). Should take about 30 minutes.

Tuesday, May 9

Hitch a Ride! 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Golf cart rides driven by leadership from all parking lots to buildings

Lunch with Leadership (winners randomly selected and announced on Friday, May 5)

Wednesday, May 10

Get the Scoop! 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. While supplies last at the outdoor patio outside the Phoenix Rooms, FREE for Faculty and Staff, Students $1 (Flavors* include Butter Pecan, Caramel Collision, Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, Pirate’s Bounty)

Phoenix Bookstore Special Buy one, get one half off! (See store for exclusions)

Thursday, May 11

Casual Dress Day

Team Building Activities 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. on the Student Services Plaza – take a break and participate in activities with your co-workers. Minute to Win It games, Giant Checkers, Jenga, Connect Four and more!

Friday, May 12

Phoenix Friday! Wear your Phoenix Gear or green to show your Phoenix Pride.

Phoenix Bookstore Special Buy More, Save More! Spend $25 get $5 off, Spend $50 get $15 off, spend $100 get $35 off. (See store for exclusions)

Pickleball 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Student Services Plaza

 

*Ice Cream and popcorn are funded by the University Staff Committee and the University Union

 

Thank you for all you do!

There is no UWGB without U!

 

UW-Green Bay Employee Appreciation Week Work Group Members

UW-Green Bay Employee Appreciation Week is an annual employee recognition event organized by Human Resources. If you have any questions, contact Julie Flenz at flenzj@uwgb.edu.

 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. At UW-Green Bay, students reported overall positive perceptions of the school climate in dealing with sexual harassment and working toward assault prevention, response and treatment, although University officials acknowledged that there is always room for improvement.

The university maintains a Sexual Misconduct Policy along with a dedicated Title IX and Clery website devoted to resources related to these areas.

For more information on sexual assault prevention and treatment among the student population, please see the Inside UW-Green Bay News Article.

Financial Specialist – Lead Cashier

This position reports to the Bursar and is responsible for coding, documenting, and reconciling financial transactions related to receipt of cash, checks, credit cards, and other electronic payments.  This person provides friendly, helpful customer service to customers at the Bursar’s cashier window.  They also serve as the lead worker, overseeing the training and daily activities of seasonal cashiers.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Webinars Offered in May

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ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits.  Individuals can also ask questions at the end of sessions.

Additional Contributions: Find out how making additional contributions to your WRS account can potentially increase your retirement. This webinar also provides examples of how contributions grow over time with interest, how to pay additional contributions (payroll deduction or direct pay), etc.

  • Wed, May 3, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Mon, May 15, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wed, May 24, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed, May 31, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Returing to Work After Retirement: Whether retired or planning to retire, do you need information about what happens if you decide to work again? This webinar is for you. 2013 Act 20, which was effective July 2, 2013, made some important changes to laws that affect retired WRS members planning to return to work. This webinar covers the old law as well as the changes provided by Act 20.

  • Wed, May 10, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu, May 18, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tue, May 23, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thu, May 25, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Understanding Your Annual WRS Statement of Benefits: Join ETF as they review key things you can find out about your WRS benefits, simply just by reading and understanding your WRS annual Statement of Benefits. Some topics we will review include:

  • How much you and your employer have contributed to your WRS pension
  • Your vesting status and years of service
  • Your beneficiary designation – what happens to your account if you die before taking a benefit

Tip: Have your statement in hand while attending this webinar.

  • Tue, May 2, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tue, May 16, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thu, May 18, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Mon, May 22, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WRS Annuity Adjustments and Effective Rates:  Do WRS accounts receive an investment return? Do investment returns affect how much a retiree will initially receive when they begin their pension? Do those retired in the WRS receive adjustments to their monthly pension amount over the years? This webinar will cover the process of how account effective rates and annuity adjustments are calculated, starting with the investment return reported by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. Also covered during the webinar will be explanations of both the Core and Variable Trust Funds and the calculations specific to each fund for effective rates and annual adjustments. At the end of this webinar, it is hoped that you will have a better grasp on how State of Wisconsin Investment Board investment returns affect your WRS pension.

  • Tue, May 9, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tue, May 16, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thu, May 25, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Register for a Webinar

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

Lecturer – Social Work

The Department of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay invites applications for a program Lecturer position in Social Work.  Applicants with commitment to strengths-based generalist social work practice and the profession’s knowledge, values, and skills are highly encouraged to apply.

The Social Work program has a strong team emphasis, which includes team teaching, offers a competency-based education with a strengths perspective, and takes a proactive stance valuing diverse and inclusive perspectives.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Friday, May 19, 2017.

 

Couch to 10K – Bellin Run Lunch ‘n Learn held on April 5th

BellinRunBThank you to Nate Vandervest, Running Coach with Bellin and UW-Green Bay alumni, for presenting a very interesting and helpful lunch ‘n learn on Couch to 10K – Bellin Run, on April 5th!

He showed us the Bellin Run training plan, which includes a calendar outlining runs and walks of varying length and intensity leading up to June 10th (Bellin Run).  Please click on the following link to view the training plan: http://bellinrun.com/uploads/bellin/BR17_TrainingGuide.pdf  Surprisingly, he said that most people train too hard, which can not only cause injuries, but also increase the amount of time it takes for your body to get ready for the race.  Rest days (as shown on the training plan) are very important, and actually help your body.BellinRunA

Nate also discussed common running-related injuries and how to prevent them.  We shared some past injuries we or our family members incurred.  He explained why the injuries happened, and how we can help our bodies heal and avoid future injuries.

If you would like to participate in the Bellin Run as part of the UW-Green Bay team, there is still time!  Please sign up by May 1st: https://blog.uwgb.edu/hr/2017/02/bellin-run/

Mindfullness Challenge – Tai Chi Classes!

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To promote a culture of well-being and help us be more mindful at work, Tai Chi classes will be presented to UWGB employees by Green Bay Tai Chi on the following dates.  Please note that there is a maximum of 10 attendees per class, so pre-registration is required, and will be capped at 10 people.  All classes will be held at 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. in the Mauthe Center.

  • Wednesday, May 3rd
  • Wednesday, May 10th
  • Wednesday, May 17th
  • Wednesday, May 24th
  • Wednesday, May 31st

Please click on this link to register for the classes: http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0TdXqTSM2wXTd3v

The instructor has suggested that attendees wear loose fitting clothing and gym shoes.

A big THANK YOU to the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) for their wellness grant to UWGB to fund the entire cost of these classes, so there is no charge to employees to attend!  Another big THANK YOU to the Richard Mauthe Center for co-sponsoring these classes!

Please contact the Wellness Committee at wellness@uwgb.edu or ext. 2203 if you have any questions.

Black Bean Brownies

Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, agave or honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine all ingredients except chips in good food processor, and blend until completely smooth.
  3. Stir in chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 pan.
  4. Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut.  If they still look undercooked, place them in the fridge overnight to firm up.

Nutritional Facts for one brownie:  115 calories; 15g carb; 2.5g protein; 5.5g fat

Yield: 12 brownies

(Recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie)

Recipe provided by Bethany Soderlund, UWGB Dietetic Intern

Eat More Plants!

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So maybe you’ve heard the buzz about plant-based diets. Well, this is one trend where you don’t want to be left out. The current United States Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend we make half our plates plants. This is illustrated in the current model, MyPlate.  This means more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based protein. Plant sources of protein include beans, peas, lentils, and nuts. Plant-based foods are often cost effective and offer a variety of health benefits.

The advantages of eating more plants is not only helpful on the waistline but also on the wallet. Choosing plant-based sources of protein for a meal is cheaper than purchasing meat and poultry.  Even replacing one meal a week with a meatless meal is beneficial. Plants offer multiple health benefits as well including vitamins, minerals and fiber. The more variety in color of the produce, the more abundant the vitamins and minerals in your diet. Be sure to include dark greens like spinach and broccoli and red/orange produce such as carrots, sweet potato and strawberries. Fiber is another nutrient needed in our diets. It regulates blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol, increases satiety and helps maintain normal digestive function. With all these benefits, why not try some plant-based recipes?

You’ll be happy to know that adding plants to your diet is easier than you think! Beans can be pureed and mixed into desserts such as brownies and cookies. Add lentils and beans to soups and casseroles. Make stuffed peppers with beans, rice and tomatoes. Try making your own veggie burgers with beans, corn, and chopped mushrooms and sweet potato. Snack on carrots, cucumbers and celery and dip into hummus, bean dip or guacamole. Prepare homemade salsa with tomatoes, peppers, onions, cilantro and lime juice. These are just some of the many ways to increase plants in your diet.

Planning meals around plants such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains and beans, peas, lentils or nuts can help you meet the MyPlate goal of making half your plate plants. Choosing meatless meals will help you save money and plants provide our bodies with nutrients needed for optimal function.  While it might seem daunting to increase the plants in your diet, making small changes at a time will help you be successful. With so much variety and nutritional value, what’s not to love? Join the plant revolution today!

Article provided by Bethany Soderlund, UWGB Dietetic Intern

Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge – Week Four

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The arboretum trail kiosk near the South Circle Drive entrance from Nicolet Drive will have the tear off sheet for the week of April 23rd to April 29th.  Check out the trail map at https://www.uwgb.edu/UWGBCMS/media/hr/Wellness%20Items/KioskMap.pdf.  Over 30 employees have walked the trails to start their poker hands so far!

More information about the Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge: https://blog.uwgb.edu/hr/2017/03/arboretum-poker-walk-challenge/