Welcome Bao Sengkhammee!

FullSizeRenderThe American Intercultural Center welcomed Bao Sengkhammee on March 14, 2016, as a Multicultural Advisor!  Prior to her appointment at UW-Green Bay, Bao worked at the Chippewa Valley Technical College. She holds a Master’s in Educational Psychology from UW-Milwaukee and a Bachelor’s in Human Development & Urban and Regional Studies from UW-Green Bay.  Bao enjoys spending time with her children and family, watching movies, doing arts and crafts, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, trying new cultural foods, munching on spicy foods, and learning about other cultures.  Welcome, Bao!

Biometric Screening- Next Steps

Well WI

In 2016, all covered state group health insurance plans will offer $150 for completing the Well Wisconsin Incentive Program.  There are two steps to completing the program.


  1. Participate in a biometric screening.
    • If you participated in the biometric screening on Monday, April 18th, results will be sent to your health plan on the 15th day of the following month.  Please allow time for the health plans to process this information, as the turnaround time for these results to be integrated with your Health Risk Survey will vary by health plan.
    • If you did not participate in the on-site screening, you may still complete the biometric portion with your doctor.  A special form will need to be completed by your doctor.  Visit http://wellwisconsin.wi.gov  and click on your insurance plan in the column to the left for a direct link to the form, under the heading ‘”Taking Your Assessment with Your Doctor.”
  2. Complete the online Health Risk Survey required by your health plan.
    • Use your biometric screening results to complete the survey.  Visit http://wellwisconsin.wi.gov  and click on your insurance plan in the column to the left for a direct link to the online Health Survey.  This quick, easy survey is designed to help you gauge well-being factors to pinpoint possible health risks.

NOTE:  All participants should check their health insurance provider’s information on the Well Wisconsin website for any additional information and requirements that may be necessary to qualify for the incentive. 

Once the biometric screening and health survey is completed, the $150 incentive is issued by your health insurance provider and sent directly to your address on file.  Please note that it may take up to 12 weeks after the 15th day of the following month before you receive the incentive payment.   Some health insurance providers pay on a quarterly basis.


Effective January 1, 2016, adult children will no longer be eligible for the Well Wisconsin Incentive program.  The incentive will continue to be available for active employees and retirees participating in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program and their enrolled spouse/domestic partner.  This is the result of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) recent ruling on the applicability of Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) to employee wellness programs and the proposed rule amending GINA to allow spouse participation.

Well Wisconsin program and other taxable wellness-related incentives.  According to the federal government and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) financial reimbursements for wellness-related expenses such as gym memberships, fitness classes, the cost to participate in Community Support Agriculture (CSA), and rewards for participating in health or wellness programs or challenges are classified as a fringe benefit that must be treated as a taxable wage subject to income and payroll taxes.

  • Federal regulations require the payroll centers to receive financial data regarding incentives issued to employees and their covered family members.  Your health information is protected by federal privacy regulations and will never be shared with your employer.

To learn more about your wellness assessment, go to (wellwisconsin.wi.gov).

Wellness Webinar- A to Z on Allergies

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A to Z on Allergies

This webinar offers information on allergies ranging from seasonal to life-long (ex. peanut butter).  Learn the causes of common allergies, the signs and symptoms of allergies and treatment options available to you or your family members.

When:  Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Time:  12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  CL 735

Fidelity Investments Individual Counseling Sessions


Fidelity Investments is offering individual counseling sessions where you can confidentially discuss your financial situation with a Fidelity representative.  These sessions will give you the opportunity to:

  • Explore your plan benefits in more depth
  • Consolidate retirement account into the UW 403(b) retirement plan
  • Explore distribution options for pre-retirees
  • Tap into Fidelity’s experience and expertise
  • Make decisions that help you meet your goals

David Eichler, Fidelity Planning & Guidance Consultant will be coming to campus on:

Monday, May 23, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for individual scheduled meetings
11:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m. for walk-in sessions, first come first served
Heritage Room, University Union

To schedule a confidential consultation visit www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservations or call 1-800-642-7131.

Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Webinars offered in May

Live Webinars Scheduled in May

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 these sessions.

Understanding Your Annual WRS Statement of Benefits

You receive your WRS Statement of Benefits every year; if you are in the majority you most likely recycle it, put it away in a file, and may even sneak a quick peek before doing so. Or, perhaps you have opened it, but aren’t really sure of what you are looking at and what it means. Join us as we go over the things you can find out from your Statement of Benefits what it means for you, and the connection it has to your retirement. Some items we go over will include: * How much you have contributed towards your WRS Pension * What your vesting status has to do with your WRS Pension * Where your money goes if you pass away before you start retirement And More! *** It is helpful to have your Statement of Benefits with you while participating in the webinar.

  • Tue, Apr 26, 2016 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Apr 29, 2016 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wed, May 4, 2016 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tue, May 17, 2016 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thu, May 26, 2016 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

WRS Effective Rates and Annuity Adjustments

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.

  • Thu, May 5, 2016 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tue, May 10, 2016 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed, May 18, 2016 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Returning to Work After Retirement

Retired? Planning to retire? Need some information about what happens if you decide to work again? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this webinar is for you. 2013 Act 20 made some important changes to the Return to Work laws for retirees. This webinar covers the old law, as well as the changes that took effect July 2, 2013.

  • Tue, May 10, 2016 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Mon, May 16, 2016 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tue, May 31, 2016 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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.

  • Tue, May 10, 2016 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu, May 12, 2016 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tue, May 24, 2016 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Register for a webinar

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




YPWeek is a weeklong platform for discovery, adventure and deliberate conversations about the issues that matter among young professionals throughout the state of Wisconsin. YPWeek brings together key leaders in the community, at purposefully chosen locations that integrate the unique cultural assets with meaningful learning or social interaction.

The activities engage the millennial workforce in activities and experiences that are important to them while educating employers on the important role these functions play in retaining their workforce. Visit http://www.ypweek.com/ to learn more about the statewide initiative.
Click here for the Greater Green Bay YPWeek Event Lineup. Events are continually being added. Calendar subject to change. Check the Event Lineup for updates.

“The Best Team Wins” Presented by USPDC and ASPDPC

University Staff Professional Development Committee and Academic Staff Professional Development Programming Committee invite all university employees to join them on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in the Christie Theatre from 1-3 p.m. for “The Best Team Wins” presented by Randy Fox. Randy Fox is a former corporate executive, professional speaker, author and NCAA basketball official that believes success is not a solo effort and that together everyone accomplishes more. This workshop will focus on the power of appreciation, the importance of playing your part, and learning how persistence and overcoming obstacles increase your likelihood of success.

Registration is appreciated by April 25, 2016: http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6nakJjwZryXwPVH

Questions may be directed to the chairs of USPDC and ASPDPC, Teri Ternes (ternest@uwgb.edu) or Jena Richter (richterj@uwgb.edu)

Welcome Rebecca Sievers!

Official HeadshotOutreach and Adult Access welcomed Rebecca Sievers on April 4, 2016 as the Camps and Conferences Manager!  Prior to her appointment at UW-Green Bay, Rebecca worked at the University of Iowa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from St. Norbert College, and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University.  Rebecca is originally from Appleton, WI, and enjoys volunteering as a local youth basketball and volleyball coach.  In her free time, she likes to run and do CrossFit, and loves to cheer on the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers! Welcome, Rebecca!

Employee Spotlight: Ryan Kauth


UW-Green Bay is proud to have such strong Alumni presence both on and off campus. One of those great alumni is Ryan Kauth, Entrepreneurship Lecturer with the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. Ryan has served in a couple roles with UWGB since 2007. Ryan has a wife and 4 kids and loves to try new local restaurants.

Name: Ryan Kauth

Position at UWGB: Entrepreneurship Lecturer, Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

Summary of what you do: Teach courses entrepreneurship and small business management, strategic decision analysis, business and its environment; advise general business students

How long have you been employed: 4 years in Sept full time (but as an adjunct since 2007)

Brief history of employment with UWGB:Adjunct instructor in the School of Business, SBDC Director, now Entrepreneurship Lecturer in the School of Business

Three words that describe you: UW Green Bay alum

Personal interests: My faith and my family (alum wife, 4 kids who all like to read and play soccer and basketball, parents and in-laws and sister’s family and sister-in-law’s family close by)

Random facts/interests: My first “teaching job” was in summer camps at UWGB as a TA for and graduate student mentor under Dr. Donna Ritch in the RCMS program (headed at the time by Scott Ashmann!)


(Answer any of the following):

Any favorite line from a movie? My favorite movie is Casablanca, so any line from that movie

Are you messy or organized? Organized

Best vacation you’ve been to? Honeymooned in Cancun – it was more about the company though

Describe what you were like at age 10 – I’m not unlike my 9 year old and 11 year old kids: I liked to read but I also liked to play soccer and in the woods in the back yard. That and my 8 year old sister at the time was my BFF.

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? When I worked in banking, I was sometimes the first one in…and I may have forgotten to unarm the alarm once or twice or…? (at least I didn’t have to spend time in jail)

Favorite travel spot? A lake cabin in northern WI, but I am also a huge fan of short stay-cations and binge watching movies series

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? I’d like to break a tie in the U.S. Senate as the Vice President

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? It certainly wouldn’t take a top professional actor to play me, but my favorite is Humphrey Bogart – bring him back from the dead

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why? Can I be human me but in the future during the robot or zombie apocalypse?

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? Entrepreneurial students might need a cool collaborative interdisciplinary space…

If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be? Jesus

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? So many good options but I like to see what’s coming next – can I bank this for an event yet to come that I might not be there in attendance for?

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Breakfast foods like oatmeal with fruit and nuts, eggs benedict…stuff like that

If you were an animal what would you be? A bat

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? A fairly ordinary life

If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be? Networking

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? My smartphone is backed up on the cloud…so…nothing

Least favorite Food? Sauerkraut

Motto or personal mantra? When you give, do not let your left hand know what you’re right hand is doing

People would be surprised if they knew: my major at UWGB was human bio, I have 3 UWGB intramural volleyball champ t-shirts, and I played in jazz ensembles and combos when I was a student here

Tell us a little about yourself. I was born in NJ (I have my neighbor’s license plate in my office), and I grew up in Manitowoc.

Tell us a little bit about your family. I met my wife here at UWGB, and we have 4 kids ages 6 to 13.

Top 3 life highlights? Marriage, births of my four kids, graduating from here, graduating from grad school

What advice would you give to recent new hires? “Blend” your life – “balance” is b.s.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? Do what you are passionate about, volunteer for everything that you can, and it’s not 100% about you (which you will only learn by volunteering or having kids)

What are your hopes for our industry/school? I want it to be here for another 50 years

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Getting to know a student’s story

What book did you read last? I re-read Business Model Generation

What books are at your bedside? Bible

What children’s character can you relate with most? Why? I always liked Peter Pan – he could fly, he had a wide variety of friends and acquaintances, and he was a master swordsman

What did you want to be when growing up? A medical missionary

What do you always want to try and never did? Fly

What do you like most about your job? My colleagues are mission driven

What do you like to do in your spare time? Read, hang out with my family, grill, listen to podcasts

What do you like to do on your days off? Usually something family related, watch a sporting event

What does a typical day look like for you? get up by 5am or 6am, go to a community meeting, teach, go home, sleep, wake up in the middle of the night for an hour or two, back to sleep

What else do you do for fun? My wife and I enjoy going to ball games and searching for a pizza we have not eaten yet

What is an ability you wish you had? Flying

What is the first concert you attended? Other than school concerts, U2 at Camp Randall

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I’d buy my mom her yellow convertible ’66 Mustang back that they sold when they moved back to WI

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? There’s nothing better at work than working with people and hiring people who are smarter than you are

What is your biggest pet peeve? Assumptions

What is your family like? I think we’re a fairly “normal” family of six

What is your favorite movie and book? Movie: Casablanca, Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

What is your favorite sport? College football

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? I like to learn from the best teachers

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Pies

What phobias do you have? I really don’t have any major ones

What places have you lived in? WI, and I’m very Ok with that

What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? Not all that ashamed of it, but I could watch Perry Mason or Law and Order for days without taking much of a break

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? Batman and Spiderman comics

What would people never guess you do in your role? I don’t think I do anything in my lecturer role that people wouldn’t guess that I do…

What would you like to be famous for? I have no desire to be famous

What’s on your bucket list? For the Cubs to win the World Series

What’s the one thing, you can’t live without? Other than biological answers like food, water, etc., I would rather not live without my family, but I could if I had to

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? A scorpion in a lollipop – I have three left in my office – they’re strawberry

What’s your favorite thing to do in Green Bay? Eat

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Here

Where is your favorite place to eat? I like local restaurants, probably with a lean toward Italian (for a pizza or seafood pasts dish)

Where is your home town? I call Manitowoc my home town though I was born an Army brat in NJ

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? I’d like to take my family back to Disney and I’d like to attend a soccer game in the U.K.