StayWell New Administrator for Well Wisconsin Program

Starting in January 2017, the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program will be contracting with StayWell to bring us the Well Wisconsin Program.  The steps to earn the $150 incentive will be the same, but it’ll be easier to earn the incentive, and the deadline for submitting a request for the incentive will be moved up.  More details will be mailed out in early 2017, including how to access the StayWell web-portal.  The StayWell web-portal will contain the Well Wisconsin health survey, provider forms for health screenings, and resources and tools for getting and staying healthy.

Cheesy Rutabaga Hash

Serves: 8   Serving Size: ¾ cup


  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 pound potato, grated
  • 1 pound rutabaga, grated
  • 4 ounces shredded low fat cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces shredded pepperjack cheese
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine grated potatoes and rutabaga into a lightly sprayed 9×13 baking dish and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine shredded cheeses in bowl
  3. Combine milk and cornstarch to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once boiling, continuously whisk for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add ½ of mixed cheese mixture and the yogurt. Stir in thyme and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour sauce over potatoes
  5. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly. Uncover and top with remaining cheese mixture and continue to bake for 15 minutes. Remove when cheese is melted and potatoes/rutabaga are tender.

This is a perfect healthier alternative to a holiday favorite of cheesy potatoes!

Original recipe found on and altered.

Recipe provided by Maria Anderson, UWGB Dietetic Intern

Chocolate-Peppermint Protein Balls



  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/3 cup dates
  • 1 Tbs raw honey
  • 3 Tbs chocolate protein powder
  • 1-2 Tbs chocolate chips
  • 2 drops peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place cashews and almonds in a food processor or high powdered blender and process into a fine meal
  2. Add remaining ingredients and process until no large chunks remain. Roll into golf-ball size portions and store in the fridge for up to a week.

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Recipe provided by Maria Anderson, UWGB Dietetic Intern

Fighting Off the Holiday Weight Gain


With the holidays just around the corner, the question on everyone’s mind is “What is for dinner?” Loading up your plate does not have to equal loading on pounds.  Mindful eating and knowing when you are full can help prevent weight gain around the holiday season.

What is mindful eating?

Mindful eating begins with the foods you eat and drink. Dr. Cheung author of the book, Savor Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, describes mindful eating as a full appreciation of the sensory factors of the foods you eat and drink.  During the holidays, using mindful eating can help fend off weight gain.  Begin noticing colors, smells, flavors, and textures of the food you eat during the holidays.  Take your time with what you eat, and leave a little white space on the plate when served.

What Are the Holidays About?

The holidays are a time for family and friends, so turn off the TV when it is time for dinner; focus on family and the food in front of you. During the holidays, food seems to be everywhere, from sweets to rich family-tradition casseroles, temptation seems to be everywhere, but the following tips can help.

Before the Meal:

  • Do not skip meals prior to the main dinner course
  • Skipping meals may result in over consuming during dinner
  • Make sure to eat breakfast, on the same day as the big meal
  • Consume a breakfast high in fiber to help keep you full longer

During the Meal:

  • If filling your whole plate is tempting, then use a smaller plate
  • Filling a smaller plate will look voluminous; try to stop at one plate
  • When it comes to the line-up of food, go for the salad and vegetables first, after these two items are taking up room on your plate, you will have already completed the first step of putting together a healthy plate.
  • Savor the foods you are eating, if you plan to go back for another helping, wait about ten minutes and sip on some water; you may not be as hungry as you think.

After the Meal:

  • Go for a walk around the block with a family member, or take the kids to the park to play catch.

Setting the goal, when are you truly full?

After following these tips, it is important to have reminders to fend off weight gain, and knowing how to gauge your fullness can be that little reminder. The goal in the following chart is to stay within areas 7 to 3.  Once you are able to achieve this status, you are on a smart and healthy way to fighting back that holiday weight gain!

10 = Uncomfortably full or “sick” – “Thanksgiving full”

9 = Stuffed and uncomfortable

8 = Too full, somewhat uncomfortable

7 = Full, but not yet uncomfortable – hunger is gone

6 = Filling up, but still comfortable – could definitely eat more

5 = Neutral – neither hungry nor full

4 = Slightly hungry, mild signals that your body needs food – you can wait to eat

3 = Hungry, not yet uncomfortable – clear signals that your body needs food

2 = Very hungry, irritable, or anxious – you want to eat everything in sight

1 = Starving, feeling weak, lightheaded, dizzy or other extremely uncomfortable symptoms of hunger

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Article by Raelynn Sampson, UWGB Dietetic Intern


Student Status Examiner – Associate (Two Vacancies)

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay seeks applicants for two Student Status Examiner – Associate vacancies. One position will support the Admissions Department, and the other position will support both the Admissions Department and the Registrar’s Office. By applying to this posting, candidates will be considered for both positions. 

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, December 18, 2016.

Associate Dean – Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay seeks applicants for the position of Associate Dean.  The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and is responsible for coordinating activities related to accreditation, curriculum and enrollment management, student affairs, and initiatives related to excellence of the School and its programs and services.  The Associate Dean will serve as a liaison between the School and other university offices and committees on matters related to curriculum planning and development.  

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Campus to Campus Challenge – Week Eight Results & Final Wrap Up


During week eight, 22 employees participated in the Campus to Campus Walking Challenge, and as a group we logged 1,330,008 steps.  During week eight, we walked from Rome, Italy to Munich, Germany, and ended up at the Austrian border.  During week eight, Ronald Kottnitz, Jayne Kluge, Lynn Rotter and Barb Tomashek-Ditter had the highest number of steps.


During the eight week challenge, 39 employees participated and we logged a total of 16,978,243 steps, which is about 8,489 miles!  It would be like walking back and forth across the continental U.S. about 2.25 times, or walking around the perimeter of Wisconsin over 6 times!  Great job team!  Team members include Jenny Charapata, Patti Cole, Julie Flenz, Sam Goeller, Erica Grunseth, Brent Haack, Lindsay Hahn, Jamel Heim, Tim Helein, Beth Jones, Jayne Kluge, Ronald Kottnitz, Jeff Krueger, Amy Mauk, Kim Mezger, Karla Miller, Donna Mleziva, Lynn Niemi, Anna Powers, Sarah Pratt, Monika Pynaker, Loretta Rafter, Lynn Rotter, Nate Rusch, Joan Schaller, Lisa Schmelzer, Jeffery Schulz, Stephanie Shepro, Jill Siegmund, Karen Smiley, Tina Tackmier, Barb Tomashek-Ditter, Jolene Truckenbrod, Lea Truttmann, Erin Van Daalwyk, Tracy Van Erem, Kimberly Vlies, Amanda Wildenberg and Crystal Williams.  Jayne Kluge had the highest number of steps with over a million steps logged during the eight weeks!  She was followed closely by Ronald Kottnitz, Barb Tomashek-Ditter, Jeff Krueger, Lindsay Hahn, Jamel Heim and Lynn Rotter. Although we’ve reached the finish line of this challenge, we hope that everyone enjoys the long-term benefits of exercising!  Keep going! :)

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Wellness Webinar – Primary Prevention for a Healthy Back


Low back pain is one of the most common complaints seen in physician offices today and will pose problems for at least four out of five adults at some point in their lives.  This condition represents the fifth most common reason for all doctors’ visits and will occur at least once in 85% of men and women before the age of 50.  This presentation provides an overview of ergonomic principles and healthy lifestyle choices such as; being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight, to help individuals avoid experiencing back pain issues, relieve stress and discomfort caused by low back pain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Defining the Lower Back
  • Common Causes of Back Pain
  • Explore Signs and Symptoms of Bank Pain
  • Diagnosing the Treating Back Pain
  • Back Pain Self-Care and Ergonomics

When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Time: 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.

Location: CL 735

Please mark your calendar to join us!  No need to RSVP, and feel free to bring your lunch!

Employee Spotlight: Lynn Rotter

lynn-rotter-dec-2016Name: Lynn Rotter

Position at UWGB: Ticketing & Information Services Manager, University Union

Summary of what you do: Manage operations at the University Ticketing & Information Center, box office manager for University Ticketing Services, and assist with daily operations for University ID Services.

How long have you been employed: Since September of 1995 (I began as a student employee)

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I began employment at the Cofrin Library my first week of my freshman year in 1995, switched to the Weidner Center my second week of my freshman year (sorry Cofrin Library friends!) and worked as a Guest Services Associate and then Box Office Supervisor, I graduated and began employment as the Assistant Box Office Manager and later Box Office Manager until 2005. Then I moved over to the University Union and help incorporate campus ticketing into the University Information Desk operations. I also worked for a year and half overseeing the Union Promotions and Graphics, but moved back to the UTIC. And I’ve been there ever since.

Three words that describe you: Talkative, detailed, friendly.

Personal interests: Home renovation, gourmet food, interior design (especially midcentury modern and Scandinavian design), hiking.

Random facts/interests: I didn’t fly until I was 23 years old because my dad was in a plane crash in Vietnam, so we drove to FL and back 8 times when I was a kid.

(Answer any of the following):

Are you messy or organized? Mostly organized at work. Somewhat disorganized at home.

Best vacation you’ve been to? San Francisco & Napa Valley

Describe what you were like at age 10. An awkward skinny kid with glasses and a retainer. Not very good at sports, but I did well in school.

Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? Apartment Therapy blog

Do you have a favorite quote? Pivot, piviot, pivot.

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? Too many to count! I incorrectly said “Scarlet Pimpernel” to an elderly patron at the Weidner Center once… you can guess how I said it.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Amy Adams

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why? 1960’s because I love the fashion, music, architecture and design.

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

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? The first moonwalk

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pizza because there is so much variety

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? Family photos

Least favorite Food? Miracle Whip

Motto or personal mantra? Go with the flow.

People would be surprised if they knew: that I was a dog sitter for Gregory Peck once.

Tell us a little bit about your family. I’ve been married for 14 years and have two children, ages 7 and 2. My husband works in health insurance and was formerly a chef.  I grew up in Green Bay and lived here for most of my life. I lived in 13 different residences on the East Side (if you count apartments during college) but bought a house on the West Side.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us? I recently found out I’m descended from General William Tecumseh Sherman.

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. I will eat almost anything (except baluts and insects), I exclusively drove stick shift for 20 years, and I can sail.

Top 3 life highlights? My wedding, birth of my daughter, birth of my son.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? 1. Don’t be afraid to try. 2. You probably know more than you think you do… don’t doubt yourself. 3. Change is not always bad. Sometimes change is a really good thing!

What are your hopes for our industry/school? I hope enrollment continues to grow, and we continue to see exciting things happen here at UWGB.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? I enjoy seeing my student employees achieve success after they graduate.

What book did you read last? ‘Arrows’ by my friend Melissa Gorzelanczyk

What books are at your bedside? Just magazines, even though I have several friends that are librarians.

What celebrity do people think you look like? Pamela Druckerman (author and writer for the NY Times)

What did you want to be when growing up? A veterinarian, an architect, and then an interior designer.

What do you always want to try and never did? I wish I had traveled abroad when I was a student.

What do you like most about your job? I still really enjoy ticketing, and the excitement that comes with big shows or busy nights.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Sleep, if I can.

What do you like to do on your days off? Get caught up around the house.

What else do you do for fun? Home renovation. So far, my husband and I have gutted and remodeled our 2nd floor and a lower level bar and bathroom.

What is the first concert you attended? Live (Throwing Copper Tour)

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? A bigger house.

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? That two kids are a lot harder than one.

What is your biggest pet peeve? Lying

What is your family like? My immediate family is small but loud. My husband’s family is large but quiet. I have 15 nieces and nephews, and 7 great nieces and nephews… all on my husband’s side of the family.

What is your favorite meal? Sushi

What is your favorite sport? Bowling

Hidden talent? Flipping my tongue in half and holding it. Or maybe wiggling my ears.

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Cheese

What phobias do you have? I really freak out when my children get a tummy bug.

What places have you lived in? Green Bay my entire life, except for when we moved to Florida for 7 months when I was in 8th grade.

What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? I still love Sex and the City

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? I had a rag doll that my dad bought me from the Bellin gift shop on the day I was born. Her name was Doll Doll. I took her everywhere. My mom had to re-embroider her face at least 5 times over the years.

What’s on your bucket list? Travel to Europe and maybe Northern Africa.

What’s the one thing, you can’t live without? My phone

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? A rabbit’s kidney

Where is your favorite place to eat? Brickhouse Burgers or Hinterland

Where is your home town? Green Bay

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Tour Europe for a month

Assistant Professor – Human Biology

The Department of Human Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Human Biology.  The Human Biology department is an interdisciplinary academic unit that includes molecular biologists, geneticists, microbiologists, evolutionary scientists, physiologists, anatomists, nutritional scientists, and exercise scientists.

Candidates with expertise in physiology, neurobiology, pharmacology, and/or comparative physiology as well as courses related to the candidate’s specific expertise and interests are strongly encouraged to apply.

This position includes the following responsibilities:
* Teach courses at the undergraduate level in Human Physiology (and lab), Neurobiology, and Introduction to Human Biology.
* Develop a strong research program involving collaboration with undergraduate students and faculty.
* Advise students.
* Engage in scholarly activities consistent with rank and academic discipline.
* Perform institutional service and contribute to the ongoing programmatic development of the department.

In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to a demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching, service and scholarship and a commitment to undergraduate education.  The candidate should also possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with a diverse array of students and colleagues.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Tuesday, January 3, 2017.