Employee Spotlight: Allen Voelker

Allen Voelker

From student employee to full-time employee, Allen Voelker discovered his calling to Student Affairs at UW-Green Bay. Allen is the man you need to call when you are looking to fill your student positions. He also has connections with off campus employers so if you have a great student who needs work while they are a student, send them to Allen, he might be able to spark some connections.

Position at UWGB: Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator

Summary of what you do: Help students connect with job and scholarship opportunities that reduce financial barriers to completing a UWGB degree and support their personal goals. I also serve as a resource for faculty, staff, and community members who have questions about those programs.

How long have you been employed: I’ve been an academic staff member at UWGB since August 2012.

Brief history of employment with UWGB: My first position at UWGB was as a work study employee in the Admissions Office. Eventually, I became one of the Student Ambassador Co-Directors and held a few other jobs around campus. I was able to return to UWGB a couple years after graduation as a GBOSS member and transitioned to my current role in November 2015.

Three words that describe you: Analytical, Conscientious, Honest

Personal interests: Travel, cooking, gardening


Any favorite line from a movie? You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself…It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself. (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

Are you messy or organized? I like to think I’m pretty organized.

Best vacation you’ve been to? It wasn’t really technically a vacation, but I spent a fantastic semester in Guam through the National Student Exchange.

Do you have a favorite quote? “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” (credited to Lilla Watson)

Favorite travel spot? Anywhere warm with a nice beach.

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? A table my great-great (maybe one more great?) grandfather made that has been passed down through the family.

Least favorite Food? Fish/Seafood – If it can survive more than 10 minutes underwater, I will not eat it.

Motto or personal mantra?  “Self is a sea boundless” (Khalil Gibran)

What advice would you give to recent new hires?  Don’t be afraid to ask questions – people are very friendly and happy to help.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? Know when to ask for help. Pay attention to details, but don’t lose sight of the “big picture.” You don’t need positional authority to effect change.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? I’m privileged to work with two programs that made it possible for me to pay my own way through college. I love the fact that I get to help students make their dreams a reality.

What children’s character can you relate with most? Why? Gretchen from Recess. I ask a lot of questions and like to plan.

What did you want to be when growing up? I always loved school and thought that would translate into a teaching career. I found student affairs thanks to many great on-campus employment experiences and mentors during my undergraduate years at UWGB.

What do you like most about your job? It’s a great mix of program development and more analytical tasks. I love exploring ways to use Excel and other technology resources to streamline processes.

What do you like to do on your days off? Relax and do projects around the house, lay in the hammock between our two huge willow trees, and maybe have some friends or family over for food and games.

What is an ability you wish you had? Teleportation – it would be a huge savings of time, money, and headaches.

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Be bold and speak your truth.

What phobias do you have? Germs and reptiles.

What is your biggest pet peeve? When people don’t wash their hands after using the restroom (see phobia about germs).

What is your favorite movie and book? Movie: Drop Dead Gorgeous   Book: The Prophet (Khalil Gibran)

What is your favorite sport? Does playing dominoes count?

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Chips and dip

What places have you lived in? Other than completing semesters in Guam and Mexico, I have always lived in Northeast Wisconsin. I currently live in an old brick farmhouse on 10 acres in rural Kewaunee.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I’d start working on buying neighboring properties.

What’s the one thing, you can’t live without? As an introvert, a little bit of quiet alone time every once in a while!

What’s on your bucket list? I used to work at the NWTC Artisan and Business Center and took a noncredit ceramics course to familiarize myself with that part of the facility. I’d love to take more clay courses someday.

Where is your home town? Manitowoc, WI

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Thailand

Director of Human Resources – Open to UW System Employees Only

Under the general direction of the Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, the Director of Human Resources is responsible for the administration and management of a comprehensive human resources program for the university. Areas include recruitment and selection, titling and compensation planning, orientation, organizational and staff development, payroll preparation and processing, administering the employee health and wellness programs, Human Resources Information Systems, aiding in planning, development, implementation and maintenance for university policies, operational procedures and guidelines, employee and labor relations, coordination of campus-wide human resource activities and management of the human resources and equity and affirmative action units.

The Director of Human Resources must assure compliance with state and federal statutes and regulations including Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.  Work involves frequent communication with all levels and categories of employees across the campus including the Vice Chancellor and Provost for Academic Affairs Office, Secretary of the Faculty and Academic Staff, UW System Administration and other UW campuses. The Director provides strategic, proactive and innovative leadership in the human resources function and is responsible for providing accurate and consistent information.

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


To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, July 24, 2016.

Wellness Webinar – Choose This, NOT That!

Making healthy choices is part of a healthy diet, but with all of the mixed media messages and new information on food and food types, it is difficult to know what to eat to stay healthy. This presentation provides an overview of 5 simple tactics to help individuals choose a healthy diet. In addition, based on the popular book, “Eat this Not That”, participants are provided with a comparison of similar foods that have a surprising disproportional nutritional value so better selections can be considered.

When:  Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: CL 735

No need to RSVP or register – just mark your calendar and join us! Feel free to bring your lunch too! :)

Performance Evaluations – Non-Instructional Academic Staff & Limited Employees

Annual performance evaluations are a key component to employee performance and development.  The objectives of annual performance evaluations are to provide all employees and their supervisors an opportunity to:

  • Discuss job performance
  • Set goals for professional development
  • Establish objectives for contributing to the department’s mission
  • Discuss expectations and accomplishments
  • Discuss career progression eligibility

Non-instructional academic staff and limited employees and their supervisors should begin the performance evaluation process for the prior fiscal year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) as soon as possible. Please follow the procedure outlined on the Academic Staff and Limited Performance Evaluation Form, submitting the completed evaluation to the area leader’s office no later than Friday, August 26, 2016. Please note – An annual performance evaluation is not required for individuals hired after July 1, 2015 if a six-month evaluation has already been completed.

Part of the performance review process should be a discussion regarding changes in position responsibilities, appropriateness of the assigned title, and the eligibility towards career progression if employees are in a progression series title.

Per Operational Policy TC4, compensation adjustments must be based upon merit and employee performance.  Therefore, any future pay adjustments will be contingent upon satisfactory performance.

If you are interested in receiving training related to performance evaluations, career progression and title change, and/or academic staff contracts, or have any questions regarding these processes, please contact hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

Welcome Maruf Hossain!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Natural and Applied Sciences Department welcomed Maruf Hossain on July 1, 2016, as the Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology!  Prior to his appointment at UW-Green Bay, Maruf worked as a Research Assistant and Herff Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Memphis.  He also worked as an Assistant Professor at Ahsanullah University, as a Lecturer at American International University, and an Engineer at Telecom Malaysia International, all of which are located in Bangladesh.

Maruf served as Treasurer of IEEE HKN, University of Memphis Chapter 2015-2016, Treasurer of Bangladesh Students Association, and the University of Memphis Chapter 2013-2014.

Maruf holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Memphis, TN.  He earned his Master’s of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

Maruf is originally from Khulna, Bangladesh, and has a wife and son.  Welcome, Maruf!






Travel Coordinator

The Travel Coordinator (Financial Specialist Senior) reports to the Assistant Controller and is responsible for performing, under general supervision, audit and approval of travel expense reimbursements and payments to individuals, interpretation and enforcement of travel policies, management of the campus’ corporate card program, and accounting duties as outlined below.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, July 17, 2016.

Keep Your Beneficiary Designations Up-to-Date

What is a beneficiary?

A beneficiary is the person or persons you designate to receive any benefits payable upon your death. Naming beneficiaries ensures that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after your death.

Keep your beneficiary designations up-to-date

To protect your beneficiary(ies), review and update your beneficiary designations regularly. You may change your beneficiary designations at any time.  Review of your designations for possible changes is especially important when you have experienced a life event, such as the birth or adoption of a child, marriage, divorce, etc. Your assets are distributed according to the beneficiary designations that you have on file, so it is important to review and make any needed changes whenever your personal circumstances change.

How do I know what benefits I have?

Go to the Benefit Information module in My UW System, and click the “View Benefits Summary Detail” link to see your current benefit enrollments. Contact the benefits office with any questions regarding your coverage and coverage levels.

Completing/updating your beneficiary designations

Beneficiary designation forms can be found at: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/formspubs/.  Click on each individual plan for the beneficiary designation form for that plan.  Follow the instructions to submit the form.

Make sure you keep a copy of each completed beneficiary form for your records. Return completed forms to the address on the form, not to the Benefits office.

If you are unsure of your current beneficiary designations, please complete a new beneficiary designation to ensure that your designations are current.

The following plans have a beneficiary designation form:

If you have a Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) or Deferred Compensation account, make sure you review and update your beneficiary designations as needed. Contact the plan directly to update your beneficiary designations or, if you are enrolled in the TSA program, update your beneficiary online.

Source: UW Service Center

Director of Continuing Professional Education and Wisconsin Caregiver Academy

This position reports to the Executive Director of Continuing Professional Education and Extension and will be primarily responsible for creating innovative continuing education and progressive training programs for professionals throughout the State of Wisconsin and beyond and providing entrepreneurial leadership for all facets involved in building sustainable programming and collaborative partnerships.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Friday, July 15, 2016.

Volunteer Your Time


Have some free time this summer? Want to make an impact in your community? Why not volunteer and help those in need? There are so many ways to get involved in the community from working with animals, the environment, veterans, housing, education, and the list goes on. Each month we will highlight one organization where you can volunteer your time and talent.

Before we dig deeper into specific organizations, we wanted to provide a few resources available to you to find out how you can start volunteering. Our HR website has a Volunteer Opportunities page with some great links for these resources. To get to that page, go to uwgb.edu/hr/employees/volunteer. Each month we will have a Featured Volunteer Opportunity where you can learn more about a specific organization. If you are passionate about a cause but don’t know what specific organization shares that passion, you can visit The Volunteer Center of Brown County’s website. There you can select a cause and it will show you some of the organizations that would love the help of volunteers. If you prefer to share your talents outside of Brown County there are volunteer resources available for other area communities as well. If you just want to volunteer and are not sure exactly where to start, you can try volunteermatch.org. This website will also help you find places that need volunteers but also will show you who has activities going on in the coming days if you want to try something different every time or support an organization’s activity.

If you have an organization you’d like to have featured or have a pictures of yourself donating your time to an organization, please e-mail Julie at flenzj@uwgb.edu with that information. As part of UWGB’s innitiative of Transformation we can use the time we volunteer to help change lives of others in our community for the better.


Student Hours Reduction

As a reminder, students must reduce their working schedules down to 25 hours per week for the next two weeks to make sure we are in compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This change will be from June 26 to July 9. Starting July 10, students can go back up to 40 hours per week.

If you have any questions about this, please contact HR at hr@uwgb.edu or x2390.