Facilities Maintenance Specialist

The Facilities Maintenance Specialist – Advanced reports to the Maintenance Supervisor and is responsible for operation, maintenance, and repair of general plumbing fixtures and components.  This position will also perform general inspection, repair, and preventative maintenance of campus building structures and equipment, 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.  The Facilities Maintenance Specialist – Advanced may also direct the work of student and/or University Staff Temporary employees.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Employee Spotlight: Marisa Leza

Marisa Leza

Name: Marisa Leza

Position at UWGB: Bilingual Admission Advisor

Summary of what you do: As a Bilingual Admission Advisor, there is a variety of responsibilities involved with the application process. Guiding high school students through the process is one of my biggest roles. As well at work to improve the school’s visibility throughout the community and to entice potential applicants. I’m the local recruiter which gives me the opportunity to build a stronger relationship and serve my community even more. I visit some of the local high schools in the Green Bay area and attend some college fairs. I have been able to organize recruitment events, such as Families United for a Better Future event. This event is both in English and Spanish and is open to all the Hispanic/Latino communities. As part of the Admissions team, I meet daily with prospects, applicants and admitted to discuss the application status as well as to provide them with information about financial aid, scholarships, programs and majors.

How long have you been employed: 1 year and 6 months

Brief history of employment with UWGB: This has been my first job at the university, before I was the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for Notre Dame Academy and was employed for about 2 years. I never thought that I would be working at a university. One of my college mentors forwarded the job description to me and thought I would be a great fit. I decided to apply as soon as I was aware of the position.

Three words that describe you: Hardworking, strong, independent

Personal interests: Some of my personal interests include spending time with my family, volunteer work, and community involvement.

Random facts/interests: I was born in Mexico and I was brought to the United States at the age of 4. Latin music plays a big role in my life, I love dancing to it.

(Answer any of the following):

Any favorite line from a movie? Always have hope. Be optimistic for your future from movie Castaway.

Are you messy or organized? Organized

Best vacation you’ve been to? Wisconsin Dells, my mom and I stayed at a cabin and enjoyed the waterparks and rides.

Describe what you were like at age 10– At this age, it was when my family and I moved to Green Bay, WI. I attended 5th grade and the transition to another place was difficult. I remember I felt like as if I have not mastered the English language. I was super shy, but I remember I had a lot of friends. Since then, I really enjoyed attending mass and volunteering.

Do you have a favorite quote? If you can’t fly, then run,

if you can’t run, then walk,

if you can’t walk, then crawl,

but whatever you do,

you have to keep moving forward.

-Martin Luther King

Do you have an office nickname? What is it?  No, I don’t everyone just calls me by my name.

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work?  Not that I can think of.

Favorite travel spot?  Denver, Colorado

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? Oprah Winfrey

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

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why? Gloria Steinem because I just really admire her leadership skills as well as her activism in the feminist movement.

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

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? 1986 when President Ronald Reagan signed an immigration reform and legalized the status of more than 3 million people.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Posole

If you were an animal what would you be? Tigress

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? Living in the Shadows

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

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

Motto or personal mantra? If you believe, you can achieve.

People would be surprised if they knew: I liked to play sports

Tell us a little about yourself– Like I mentioned on a previous question, I was born in Mexico and was brought to the United States at the age of 4. My family and I resided in Rockford, Illinois for six years. It was during that time where I learned English. That was such a hard task. Most of my family is in Mexico, I have some family whom resides in Rockford. My father decided to move to Green Bay due to a better employment. Since then, I have love this city where I have lived for the past 16 years. I attended private Catholic schools since 8th grade. I graduated from Notre Dame Academy High School in 2009 and completed a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at St. Norbert in 2013. After graduating from college, I decided to contribute to my community. As a 2012 DACA recipient and having worked for Voces de la Frontera (non-profit organization) as a field organizer in the Green Bay area, I have organized press conferences, community panels advocating for an Immigration Reform and have shared my personal testimony. I’m an undocumented ally. After my work with Voces, I served as the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for two years at Notre Dame Academy. I always sought a mentor of the same background as me when I was in high school who understood my needs, and that is why I decided to go back. At the present, I enjoy working for UWGB. I’m the youngest of 4 children and the only girl in the family.

Top 3 life highlights? = Three highlights of my life would have to be working at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, graduating college and being approved for DACA three times.

What advice would you give to recent new hires? Every day is a new day, enjoy and have fun on your new adventure.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? I know more than the people I’m presenting to. I have learned to be more confident and my communication skills have improved.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Meeting with students and parents.

What celebrity do people think you look like? My uncle would always call me Ana Barbara, she is a Mexican band singer.

What children’s character can you relate with most? Why? I would not necessarily say that I would relate myself to the character, but I remember always liking Minnie Mouse since my mom would buy me the dolls as well as the clothing.

What did you want to be when growing up? I wanted to become an Architect

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

What do you like to do in your spare time? I hardly have spare time, since I have two jobs. The little time that I have left, I spend it with my mom.

What do you like to do on your days off? I have no days off. I work Monday through Sunday.

What else do you do for fun? I like to ride horses and feed baby calves. My brother owns a small farm and I enjoy visiting him to do these activities.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? A mansion

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? A mistake is a lesson learned.

What is your biggest pet peeve? People chewing with their mouths open.

What is your favorite meal? Posole

What is your favorite movie and book? McFarland and the Diary of Anne Frank

What is your favorite sport? Soccer

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Pizza

What phobias do you have? Ophidiophobia, fear of snakes.

What places have you lived in? Satlillo, Coahuila, Rockford, IL, and Green Bay, WI.

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? My Minnie Mouse doll

What would you like to be famous for? Making an impact in my community.

What’s on your bucket list? Some of the things that I wish I could do is to travel every state in the United States. Go back to Mexico and visit all my family. My dream has always been to go to Paris one day.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Cow tongue

What’s your favorite thing to do in Green Bay? Visit downtown and just go for a walk

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I see myself still working in higher education, I’m not sure if it will be in the same area. My dream has always been to obtain a master’s degree.

Where is your favorite place to eat? Red Lobster

Where is your home town? Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? The beaches in Mexico, for example Acapulco, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, and Playa del Carmen.

Facilities Maintenance Specialist

The Facilities Maintenance Specialist – Advanced reports to the Maintenance Supervisor and is responsible for operation, maintenance, and repair of general plumbing fixtures and components.  This position will also perform general inspection, repair, and preventative maintenance of campus building structures and equipment, 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.  The Facilities Maintenance Specialist – Advanced may also direct the work of student and/or University Staff Temporary employees.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Monday, May 29, 2017.

Employee Appreciation Week

Thank you to all those who came out and participated in the activities for Employee Appreciation Week. Here are some photos from Team Building Thursday where we had fun Minute to Win It games and lots of other activities. Friday was Pickleball for all to enjoy. Please stop by our HR Facebook page to read the shoutouts that have been submitted throughout the week. Who knows, maybe there was one submitted about you! Thank you for making UWGB the best place to work. There is no UWGB without U!


Employee Appreciation Week Tips

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A good leader creates a work environment in which people feel appreciated and motivated.  When you recognize people effectively, you reinforce the actions and behaviors you want to see employees repeat, and promote an energized productive team!  During Employee Appreciation Week, we encourage you take a moment and show your appreciation towards a fellow co-worker, supervisor, or other staff member. Here are some ideas:

For Employee Appreciation Week:

  • Encourage all of your employees to take part in Employee Appreciation Week activities, including “Team Building Thursday”.
  • Send an e-mail, give a card, or post a note on the door of your employees thanking them for their hard work and contributions to UW-Green Bay.
  • Recognize employee achievements publicly, at a team meeting or on your department website.
  • Call an employee to your office to thank them (don’t discuss any other issue).
  • Bring treats or take your team out to lunch.
  • Make a banner to hang in your office or decorate an office bulletin board in recognition of your employees.

All year:

  • When you hear a positive remark about someone, repeat it to that person as soon as possible (Face-to-face is best, e-mail or voice mail are good in a pinch).
  • Hold monthly team meetings to discuss ‘big-picture’ goals and ‘day-to-day’ projects.  Evaluate a completed project and share what went well and what can be improved on.  Acknowledge individual and team accomplishments.
  • Empower your employees – ask them to lead a project, run a meeting, and represent your team on a committee or at an event.  Give special assignments to people who show initiative.
  • Look for opportunities for your employees to benefit from cross-training and professional development.
  • Establish a place to display memos, posters, photos and so on, recognizing progress towards goals and thanking individuals for their help.
  • Write a letter of praise recognizing specific contributions and accomplishments of your employees.  Share it with their next level supervisor.
  • Set achievable yet challenging goals for your team, measure progress, report results, and recognize their success.
  • Listen.  Great communicators listen more than they speak.  They ask questions to draw out the knowledge and opinions of their team, and team members feel affirmed that their opinion matters and they are valued.
  • Ask for employee’s ideas – even “pie in the sky” ideas.  Instead of rejecting a new idea or approach, pause and consider the possibilities. Consider what might work rather than what won’t.
  • Practice positive nonverbal behaviors that demonstrate appreciation, such as smiles or a handshake.

Employee Appreciation Week Winners Announced

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As part of Employee Appreciation Week, celebrated May 8 – 12, employees could register to win daily preferred parking and free lunch with campus leadership. And the winners are… Drumroll please…

Lunch with Leadership

  • Tiffany Perez Ferrando
  • Crystal Williams
  • Mai Lo Lee
  • Dolly Jackson
  • Nelson Pouliot

Daily Perferred Parking

Monday, May 8, 2017

  • Tracy Van Erem
  • Andrea Felmer
  • Tiffany Perez Ferrando

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

  • Loretta Rafter
  • Cindy Olson
  • Linda Peacock-Landrum

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

  • Aaron Maternowski
  • Joy Ruzek
  • Holly Keener

Thursday, May 11, 2017

  • Jenny Charapata
  • Lauri Welhouse
  • Hannah Fameree

Friday, May 12, 2017

  • Amy Bartelme
  • Patti Cole
  • Ryan Stewart

Congratulations to all the winners!

There’s No UWGB without U!”

Important Year End Information for Student Supervisors


This email contains information on:

  • Student Rehire Process
  • Important dates for graduating seniors and students not continuing
  • Summer ACA hours limitations
  • Federal Work Study balance reports
  • Summer Work Study
  • Posting a position in PRO
  • Earnings Statements & W-2 Form

It’s time to have a conversation with your students about their plans to continue working for Summer 2017 and/or Academic Year 2017-2018. Student supervisors received their Student Rehire Spreadsheet on Monday, April 24. As a reminder, those spreadsheets are due back to Human Resources (hr@uwgb.edu) by Friday, May 5, 2017.


The last day of work for graduating seniors and those not returning for the Fall Semester is May 12, 2017. This applies to all student employees, work study, or regular. If your student employee is graduating or will no longer be enrolled, you may have the option to hire them as a University Staff Temporary (UST) employee. All UST requests have to be approved by leadership before hire. Please contact Human Resources with any questions about this process.

If your student employee is graduating, HR will end their appointment. If your student employee is not returning for any reason besides graduation or their position is changing, please complete a Student Hourly Employment Form, select the appropriate action from the top dropdown (row 6), and complete the necessary information.


July A Pay Period (June 25, 2017 – July 8, 2017): Student Hours Limit of 20 hours for these two weeks

Tuesday, September 5, 2017: First day of classes for the 2017 Fall Semester


As a reminder, the Student Payroll Calendar outlines weekly hour limits.  During summer break, starting with the May B pay period (5/14/17-5/27/17), departments may allow students to work up to 40 hours per week.  As outlined on the calendar, the July A payroll (6/25/17-7/8/17) does have a weekly limit of 20 hours.  Note that the 25-hour per week limit for the academic year resumes with the September A payroll period on 8/20/17.


These reports are sent bi-weekly via email to students with an FWS award. This email contains FWS amounts and balances. Ask your FWS student employee(s) to provide you with these emails as a way to monitor award balances.  Monitoring FWS balances will assist you when scheduling hours and help avoid exceeding a student’s FWS award.


Limited Work Study funding is available for students that complete a summer financial aid application at www.uwgb.edu/financial-aid/forms/summer.aspPlease note: Students do not need to be enrolled in summer courses to be eligible for Work Study funds; however, students must maintain adequate enrollment for Fall 2017.  As always, changes in credit load may impact financial aid eligibility.  Summer Work Study will begin on May 14, 2017.


Open positions should be posted in the Phoenix Recruitment Online (PRO) site.  Jobs can be submitted by completing an online form or by following the instructions found on the Student Employment website: http://www.uwgb.edu/student-employment/employers/post-pro.asp


Earnings statements are available to all current student employees through access to the My UWGB Portal at http://my.uwgb.edu and can be accessed at any time, from any computer that has an internet connection.  To login, the student will need to select UW-Green Bay, and then enter their UW-Green Bay user ID and password.  Access to the portal is tied to employment, thus, if employment ends, so will access to the portal.

2017 W-2 Forms will be sent to the student’s home address, and a copy will be available in the portal at the end of January 2018. Please have your students review their personal information on the portal. If the address listed is incorrect, please have your student change it in the portal. If you need further assistance, notify payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu before the end of the year.


  • Student Employment Office (in Financial Aid) studentemployment@uwgb.edu
    • Student employee concerns and questions
    • Part-time student employment opportunities
    • Off-campus employment through Work Study
  • Human Resources hr@uwgb.edu
    • Student employment eligibility
    • Appointment setup/details
    • Employment paperwork
    • My UWGB Portal access
  • Payroll and Benefits payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu
    • Timesheets and hours
    • Payroll processing or earnings statements

Events Coordinator (Open to UW System Employees Only)

This position reports to the Kress Events Center Director of Operations and is responsible for the leadership, day-to-day management and administrative direction in scheduling all activities and supporting all events held at the Kress Events Center and affiliated outdoor facilities, including University and non-university organized events.  This position also works cooperatively with other professional staff and students in accomplishing the operational, programmatic, service and student development goals along with supporting the departmental strategic initiatives.


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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Employee Appreciation Week (May 8-12)

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To honor, recognize and show appreciation for all the wonderful work performed across campus, the Employee Appreciation Week Work Group has put together a week filled with recognition and fun!

All employees are encouraged to take part. Please review the list of activities below and don’t delay submitting your survey for entry into drawings for preferred parking and/or lunch with leadership!

Enter to Win



Friday, May 5

Faculty and Staff Cookout 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Kress Events Center East Gym. Program starts at 12:30 p.m. Winners anounced for the Preferred Parking and FREE Lunch with Leadership

All Week May 8-12

I Appreciate U! Social Media Shoutouts Send praise for your coworkers to richterj@uwgb.edu. Watch for posts to be shared anonymously on HR’s Facebook Page.

$10 Special – lunch and 3 holes at Shorewood (call x2118)

Preferred Parking for a day (3 names drawn for each day)

FREE Popcorn* Phoenix Club (with Faculty/Staff ID, 1 bag per person per day while supplies last)

Monday, May 8

Walk the Arboretum 12:00 noon led by Bobbie Webster Meet at the Arboretum Gateway Kiosk (just south of MAC hall). Should take about 30 minutes.

Tuesday, May 9

Hitch a Ride! 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Golf cart rides driven by leadership from all parking lots to buildings

Lunch with Leadership (winners randomly selected and announced on Friday, May 5)

Wednesday, May 10

Get the Scoop! 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. While supplies last at the outdoor patio outside the Phoenix Rooms, FREE for Faculty and Staff, Students $1 (Flavors* include Butter Pecan, Caramel Collision, Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, Pirate’s Bounty)

Phoenix Bookstore Special Buy one, get one half off! (See store for exclusions)

Thursday, May 11

Casual Dress Day

Team Building Activities 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. on the Student Services Plaza – take a break and participate in activities with your co-workers. Minute to Win It games, Giant Checkers, Jenga, Connect Four and more!

Friday, May 12

Phoenix Friday! Wear your Phoenix Gear or green to show your Phoenix Pride.

Phoenix Bookstore Special Buy More, Save More! Spend $25 get $5 off, Spend $50 get $15 off, spend $100 get $35 off. (See store for exclusions)

Pickleball 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Student Services Plaza


*Ice Cream and popcorn are funded by the University Staff Committee and the University Union


Thank you for all you do!

There is no UWGB without U!


UW-Green Bay Employee Appreciation Week Work Group Members

UW-Green Bay Employee Appreciation Week is an annual employee recognition event organized by Human Resources. If you have any questions, contact Julie Flenz at flenzj@uwgb.edu.