Benefits Open Lab Sessions

Do you have questions about your benefits, the Annual Benefits Enrollment period (10/17/16 to 11/11/16), or benefits changes for 2017?  Please stop in to an open lab in IS 1004 during the following times.  Benefits Specialists will be on hand to answer your questions and help you with the online eBenefits election process.

  • Wednesday, October 19th
    • 10:00 to 11:00 a.m
  • Monday, October 24th
    • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 27th
    • 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 1st
    • 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 4th
    • 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
  • Monday, November 7th
    • 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 9th
    • 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 10th
    • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Please contact or ext. 2390 with any questions.


Financial Specialist Senior

The Financial Specialist Senior reports to the Director of Facilities Management and Planning and provides financial and administrative support to the Department of Facilities Management and Planning. This position is responsible for the daily operation of the Facilities Department financial systems, including monitoring the departmental budget and subsequent generation of reports.  This position will also serve as the secondary contact for support of the motor pool fleet operation and customer service contact for the department.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, October 30, 2016.

Upcoming Legal Holiday Reminders

UW-Green Bay observes 9 legal holidays each year (click here for dates), in which the university offices are closed.  There are exceptions for instances when a legal holiday falls on an employee’s regularly scheduled day off (i.e. Saturday or Sunday), in which floating legal holiday is granted.  If the legal holidays of January 1, July 4, or December 25 occur on a Sunday, university offices will be closed on the following Monday in observance of the legal holiday.

Upcoming Floating Legal Holidays:

  • Christmas Eve (12/24) – employee’s may use floating legal holiday at their discretion, per supervisor approval.
  • New Year’s Eve (12/31)- employee’s may use floating legal holiday at their discretion, per supervisor approval.

Upcoming Legal Holidays observed on a Monday:

  • Christmans Day- will be observed with the campus closed on Monday, 12/26/16.
  • New Year’s Day- will be obseved with the campus closed on Monday, 1/2/17.

As a reminder, floating legal holiday may be used any time during the year it is earned.

  • University Staff employees must use the floating legal holidays during the calendar year it is earned, which means that both the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve floating legal holiday must be used by December 31, 2016.
  • Academic Staff and Limited employees must use floating legal holiday during the fiscal year it is earned, and will need to use these floating legal holidays by June 30, 2017.

Use of floating legal holiday should be reported as “Legal Holiday” on either your timesheet (University Staff) or absence entry (Academic Staff/Limited). Please review the instructions for entering a floating legal holiday:

Please contact Payroll & Benefits at with any questions regarding legal holidays.



Custodian (Third Shift)

The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay has a current vacancy for a full time, third shift Custodian in the Kress Events Center. This position works under the general supervision of the Custodial Services Supervisor, and is responsible for maintaining the overall appearance and cleanliness of their designated areas.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Facilities Maintenance Specialist

This position reports to the Maintenance Supervisor and  will be responsible for operation, maintenance, and repair of locksets, door hardware and general plumbing fixtures and components.  This position will also perform general inspection, repair, and preventative maintenance of campus building structures and equipment. In addition, this position performs preventative maintenance, inspections, other seasonal activities, and is responsible for inspecting laboratory systems and equipment and making necessary installations and repairs. This position will also maintain an appropriate parts inventory, order parts when necessary and provide professional advice on the materials and time required to complete various tasks.  This position may also direct the work of student and/or temporary employees as directed by the Maintenance Supervisor.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Monday, October 31, 2016.

Kroc Center Corporate Membership







We are super excited to announce that the UW system is now a Corporate Partner of the Kroc Center.

Any UW staff member and their households can now qualify for a waived registration fee when becoming a Kroc Center member, which save $35.  Additionally, all new members from the UW system also receive a 15% discount on the monthly membership fees.  We also offer other discounts for our new members, as well as other benefits for the companies that partner with us.

Please review more on these benefits at::

Below are other links that you could find helpful as well:

Cooking Demonstration Lunch ‘n Learn


Please join us as Chartwells Chef Corey shows us how to prepare apple butternut squash soup with cinnamon crème.  Chef Corey will provide preparation and cooking instructions, and Registered Dietician, Jolene Sell, will share nutritional information.  We will also get to sample the soup!

When: Tuesday, October 18th at Noon to 12:45 p.m.

Where: 1965 Room, University Union

This lunch ‘n learn is limited to 30 attendees.  Please click here to RSVP.  

Sponsored by Chartwells and the Wellness Committee


Campus to Campus Challenge Update


So far, 37 employees are participating in the Campus to Campus Walking Challenge, and just in the first week, as a group we logged 2,330,484 steps, which is enough steps to walk from UW-Green Bay to UW-Oshkosh to UW-Milwaukee to UW-Parkside to UW-Whitewater to UW-Madison to UW-Platteville to UW-LaCrosse to UW-River Falls to UW-Superior to UW-Stout to UW-Eau Claire to UW-Stevens Point to UW-Green Bay and most of the way back to UW-Oshkosh!  The average steps per team member per day is 10,498!  During week one, Lea Truttmann, Jayne Kluge and Ron Kottnitz had the highest number of steps.  Great job team!  Keep walking and exercising!



October is Brain Health Month

One in four people suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. That person may be a close friend, relative, acquaintance, or maybe you are the one suffering from anxiety or depression. The important thing to know is that you, or your friend, are not alone.

The month of October is an awareness month for many things, including breast cancer, SIDS, domestic violence, etc. The first week, however, is dedicated to Mental Illness Awareness. Mental illness affects millions of individuals which in turn can affect their families and friends.

What exactly is mental illness? It encompasses a wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behaviors. These conditions include anxiety, depression, dementia, Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, PTSD, OCD, and others. It can lead to difficulty functioning during social, work or family activities.

How can you help? The short answer…be aware that those suffering from a disorder need understanding and care, not judgement. Long term elevated stress is detrimental to most of us, but can be negatively life changing for those suffering from a mental illness. Individuals may feel hopeless and alone; provide them with empathy and consideration or referral to a professional, when appropriate.

What can you do? There are some things you can do for your own mental well-being.

  • Exercise.  Exercise has been shown to raise endorphin levels which contribute to a feeling of happiness. Endorphins are hormones in your body that make it function properly. After moderate to rigorous exercise they are able to activate opiate receptors, giving you that amazing, healthy feeling.
  • Relaxation. Engaging in relaxing activities such as meditation, yoga, reading, etc. contributes to coping skills when dealing with stress. Without those coping skills your stress hormones and blood pressure stays elevated, your muscles stay tense and can contribute to pain, and you experience fatigue.
  • Nutrition. There are some foods that have been known to help.
    • Cold-water fish. Consuming higher amounts omega-3 fatty acids found naturally in cold water fish (like salmon, sardines and herring), seaweed, flaxseed and walnuts has been found to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Studies have shown that certain parts of the world, like Iceland, have very low rates of depression and seasonal affective disorder even though it is gray and gloomy often.  Residents of Iceland tend to eat higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and engage in physical activity.
    • Limiting alcohol intake
    • Nuts and seeds. So many to choose from: pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews, pumpkin, sesame, and more! They are a good source of magnesium, fiber, and omega 3 fats.

Other dietary habits that may help prevent depression and similar disorders are avoiding excessive alcohol intake, staying hydrated, eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (oats, barley, rice, etc). Black coffee and dark chocolate, in moderation, have also been shown to decrease risk for depression. Try to avoid foods that are fried, highly refined and full of added sugar. These cause extra stress and oxidation in the body.

In closing, it is important to know that just like some physical ailments require a visit to a professional, so do mental ailments.  If you or someone you know struggles with a mental health issue, be kind and supportive. You can do your part by fighting the stigma that is attached to mental illness and provide hope.

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Article by Cathleen Malone, UWGB Dietetic Intern