54218 Challenge


54218 Challenge
Sunday, July 13 – Saturday, July 19

Sign-up today for our week-long 54218 Challenge designed to help faculty, staff and students live healthier using 54218 every day!

Live54218 Mission: To create environments in the community that support and promote all residents daily in:

5 - Consuming 5 fruit and vegetables
4 - Drinking 4 bottles of water
2 - Having less than 2 hours of screen time (outside of your work)
1 - Participating in at least 1 hour of physical activity
8 - Sleeping 8 hours a night


Benefits: Live54218 Vision to make Brown County, Wisconsin (and our UW-Green Bay Campus) the healthiest community in the nation!

Registration: To participate in the challenge, send an e-mail to the Wellness Committee at wellness@uwgb.edu by Friday, July 11th.

Tracking Form: Complete the tracking form and submit the form electronically to wellness@uwgb.edu or by intercampus mail (HR CL710). Forms must be turned in by Noon on July 23rd to be considered for prizes.

Prizes: Participants filling in 100% (all 84) of the circles will be entered into a drawing to win one of two UW-Green Bay sweatshirts from the Phoenix Bookstore. All other participants completing 90% (76 or more) of the circles will be eligible for a Wellness Water Bottle.

For additional 54218 opportunities in our community check out: www.Live54218.org.

Welcome Rebekah Vrabel

VrabelRebeccaRebekah started at UW-Green Bay on June 15, 2014, as an Instruction and Reference Librarian.  She previously worked at Waldorf College and earned her BA from Northland College and her MLIS from UW-Milwaukee.  Rebekah is an avid knitter and enjoys volunteering at public libraries.  She and her brother Scott are from Frankfort, Illinois.  Welcome Rebekah!


ETF Learning Opportunity Update — July Webinars

Attention Employees covered under the Wisconsin Retirement System

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is offering several webinars during the month of July.  See ETF’s information below regarding their upcoming webinars.


Live Webinars Scheduled for July
ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. Visit our webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions. Here is what others have said about our webinars:  “My participation in the webinar was a first for me, and I just want to compliment you on how easy it was to connect, follow along, and provide questions or requests. Excellent job!”   “Thanks for having these valuable webinars.  The professional but conversational style helped me to understand the presentation as easily as an “in office” meeting. Really appreciate that the presenter fully understands the subject. Wonderful job.”

WRS Employee and Employer Contribution Rates
This webinar will review how employer and employee contributions help keep the WRS fully funded. We will discuss how the contribution rates are calculated, why they change annually, where those dollars go and the contribution rate changes for 2015.

Tuesday July 1, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday July 10, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday July 23, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday July 25, 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday Jul 30, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Beneficiary Designation
Do you have a beneficiary designation on file with ETF and does it reflect how you’d want your WRS death benefits paid? This webinar reviews the importance of having a beneficiary designation on file and keeping it updated as life events occur. We’ll also review the process of how to correctly complete a designation form, what it means if you do not have one on file with ETF, and how to request a copy of your current form.
Wednesday July 9, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday July 15, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Monday July 28, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Overview of the Wisconsin Retirement System
This webinar will cover participation in the WRS, vesting requirements, how the WRS is funded and benefits available under the WRS.  Also included is a brief overview of the Core and Variable Trust Funds and how the WRS is structured.

Monday July 14, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday July July 24, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday July 30, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register for a webinar

Wellness Lunch and Learn


What: How could the Employee Assistance Program help me or a co-worker?
When: Wednesday, July 16
12:10  – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Spring Room (Student Services 1400)
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential, work place based Employee Assistance Program.  The program is designed to assist in the prevention, early identification and resolution of personal issues with may affect both an employee’s sense of well-being and their ability to effectively carry out their work responsibilities.  Examples of issues which the EAP might be helpful with are health, marital, family, financial, alcohol and other drug, emotional, stress and other personal concerns.Join Greg Smith, Senior Counselor for this lunch and learn that will focus on how the EAP program could help you or a co-worker.  The goals will be to help you learn what services are provided, how to access services and what other resources are available in the community.  You will also have a chance to provide ideas on how EAP services could be enhanced on our campus.

June A Timesheet Deadline

Due to the end of the fiscal year, the June A (6/1/14-6/14/14) payroll processing timeframe has been adjusted.  As a result, we are requesting that all timesheets be submitted by Noon on Thursday, June 12, 2014.  Supervisors will have between 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 and 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13 to approve all hours.  If adjustments are needed after the noon deadline on Thursday, please contact Kimberly Danielson, 920-465-2196 for assistance.

Long Term Care Insurance

HealthChoiceNOTE:  This is a voluntary, employee-pay-all premium benefit plan.  Your State of Wisconsin employer does not pay any portion of the premium.

Important Insurance Protection for State, University of Wisconsin, UW Hospitals & Clinics Employees & Annuitants and their Family Members is now available.

Simply click here to request an information packet.

Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance Company is now offering a new plan; MutualCare Custom Solution policy to eligible Employees, Annuitants, and their family members. These voluntary purchase long-term care insurance policies are offered at a group-discounted premium. (Spouse, domestic partner, parents and in-laws are all eligible to apply, even if you don’t purchase)

Each year, many Americans lose significant income, savings and assets because of long-term care expenses. Long-term care insurance is designed to help protect against the high costs of long-term care if you or a family member can no longer perform activities of daily living without the need of assistance. Health insurance or Medicare will not pay for this type of care. For many, long-term care insurance is an important part of planning for their long-term financial security.

HealthChoice also provides CareOptions services to all State, University of Wisconsin and UW Hospitals & Clinics Employees, Annuitants and their family members at no charge and no insurance purchase required. To use this service, request an information packet and it will contain the CareOptions member access information.

The MutualCare Custom Solution policy offers additional built-in benefits that include:

  • If, prior to age 65, you sustain an injury requiring home health care, assisted living facility or nursing home care, your policy will pay up to two times the maximum benefit.
  • Cash benefits that  can be used any way you choose – you simply receive the full monthly cash benefit you select to pay for anything at all… family travel expenses, lost income, housekeeping services or other out-of-pocket expenses – there’s no need to collect or submit bills.
  • Cash beginning with the first day of need – no elimination period to satisfy.
  • Many other additional benefits and features listed in the information packet.

The CareOptions Program can assist you or family members with issues related to wellness, illness, disability, or aging. As an additional convenience, the CareOptions service can help you and your family members create Living Wills (advance directives for health care) as well as allow you to conduct care provider searches and medical information research seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

We urge you to investigate this plan for you and your family. To receive a complete information packet regarding your long-term care insurance options and access to the new CareOptions resources, simply click here to request an information packet. You may also call HealthChoice toll-free at 1-800-833-5823 or in the Madison area at 833-5823 or email info@healthchoice.com. For a direct information link, click or paste in your web browser’s address line: http://www.healthchoice.com/reply1

Since 1995, State of Wisconsin employees, annuitants, their spouses and parents have had the option of purchasing a long-term care insurance policy through HealthChoice. (Spouse, domestic partner, parents and in-laws are all eligible to apply, even if you don’t).

COOL™ and CareOptions® are registered trademarks of NavGate Technologies®, a division of CareQuest® Inc. The COOL and CareOptions system is owned and operated by NavGate Technologies and provided by HealthChoice Insurance Solutions as a service to its group members. CareOptions is a consumer driven wellness and care planning system – CareOptions is not insurance nor is it owned or operated by any insurance company, HMO or care provider.

This insurance plan has been authorized by the Group Insurance Board for the purpose of offering long term care insurance to eligible State of Wisconsin employees and retirees under authority granted by Wis. Stats. § 40.55 and as set forth in Wis. Admin Code Chapter ETF 41. The criteria the Board uses include, but are not limited to: documentation of financial stability, demonstration of a reasonable ratio of claims paid to the premium level, authority to conduct business in the State of Wisconsin, agreeing to conditions for the rate-making process and other administrative conditions. ETF staff and the Board’s actuary review proposals for participation prior to Board approval. However, the Board does not require competitive bids nor a benefit comparison with similar products from other vendors. Authorization for payroll deduction should not be construed as an endorsement of this plan by either the Group Insurance Board or the Department of Employee Trust Funds. This insurance has exceptions, limitations and reductions. This letter is used as a source of leads in the solicitation of insurance and you may be contacted by an insurance agent if you request an information packet.

Insurance products are offered through HealthChoice. HealthChoice is not affiliated with any insurance company or HMO. Long-Term Care Insurance is underwritten by United of Omaha Life Insurance Company, Omaha, Nebraska 68175.

Policy form ICC13-LTC13

583 D’Onofrio Drive 101 • Madison, Wisconsin 53719
(800) 833-5823 • Fax (608) 833-7540
E-mail: info@healthchoice.comwww.healthchoice.com

Unlimited Kress Events Center Access

The Kress Events Center has unlimited access over the summer!  In addition to the free unlimited access for employees during the summer hours noted below, there are also various free group fitness classes offered.

Hours until August 28, 2014

  • Mon – Thurs    6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Fri.                   6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Sat.                  8 a.m. – noon
  • Sun.                 closed

CURRENT Workshop @ UWGB!


On the Brink of Greatest Workshop    
Event Basics
When: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. Workshop Begins
12 p.m. Conclusion
Where: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Kress Events Center
2420 Nicolet Dr
Green Bay, WI  54311
Campus Map
Fee: $49 Members of Current
$64 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Continental breakfast and refreshments.
Register: (920) 437-8704rsvp@titletown.org
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
4 hours of CE credit is available for attending this workshop.
Event Overview
On the Brink of GreatestYou are already very good at what you do. What if there is another level for you, and you are not there yet? This is a place that takes your very good to great and then goes deeper before you go higher. This place is called Greatest! Sounds enchanting and unreal, but in fact it is not. Greatest is the place where maturity, security, confidence and peace dwell. A common daily occurrence is an acute awareness of your greatest asset: time, coupled with new joy and marketplace growth. You are invited to step in to Greatest.This workshop environment fosters fresh exchange of leadership thought. “Like a well-tuned athlete, you already know how to run the race. But to be a world class athlete (a Leader, a World Changer) it’s the little things that count. Functioning with this awareness is essential. Moving in this with fluency is our aim to greatest.” – Joe Simon

What You Will Learn (& Why You Should Attend)

  • Increase your achievement balance: How to win on and off the field
  • Establish and exceed some personal best records (PBRs) before the end of the day
  • Discover the art of Influence, Momentum and Relationships
  • Become an ultimate world changer via the cause within you
  • Be able to answer the question, “What’s Your ROI?”

Who Should Attend

  • Those who attended the “Leading Yourself Well First” workshop in September 2013 – this is your next step in your personal leadership journey
  • Leaders of all shapes and sizes: Experienced ones, prospective ones, aspiring ones

This workshop is led by experienced Marketplace Missionary & Life Coach Joe Simon, author of Great2Greatest Life Coaching.

About the Speaker
Joe Simon
Marketplace Missionary/Life Coach
Great2GreatestA graduate of Brown College and the American College, Joe Simon’s professional background is in both broadcast media and financial services. These experiences helped create his keen perspective on people, communications and the rich qualities found in solid success and winning on and off the field. From the experiences he had with writing and leading his life coaching program, Great2Greatest, he sold his financial services practice in fall 2012 to devote his full attention to life coaching and speaking to professionals on Wall Street and Main Street USA about personal greatest.

Joe is an accomplished Iron Man triathlete and marathon runner. His favorite charity is myTEAM TRIUMPH which couples athletes with disabled adults. The 3- or 4-person teams push and pull the person with disabilities throughout events such as marathons, triathlons and bicycle races. Joe is most proud of his marriage to Sally since 1984 and his 3 adult sons.

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.