Wisconsin Strong Webinars in May

Webinar: College Savings Made Simple

The annual cost of a four-year public college is about $22,000. That cost more than doubles for private college. This free webinar, presented by the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, will help you learn how to start saving now for future college expenses using Wisconsin’s College Savings Program.

The Edvest College Savings Plan, one of Wisconsin’s 529 plans, offers many advantages to you, such as tax-deductible savings and fees that are among the lowest in the country. With automatic payroll deduction, you can get a hassle-free opportunity to save for your children’s or grandchildren’s higher education costs.


  • May 18 at 11:00 a.m.
  • May 19 at 12:00 p.m.

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Edvest National 529 Day (May 29) special offer: When you open a new Edvest account with a $50 contribution between May 24, 2021 and May 31, 2021 (and sign up for recurring contributions including payroll direct deposit of $25 or more per month for a minimum of 6 months), Edvest will match $50! You’ll receive the promo code during the webinar.

Webinar: Understanding Beneficiaries and Probate

Prepare for the unexpected. Help the ones you love be less overwhelmed and provide them peace of mind by having your financial affairs in order.

At this free webinar, presented by Summit Credit Union, you’ll find out what you need to know and the right questions to ask. Uncover the mystery of probate.

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DFI, Edvest, and Summit Credit Union are partners in the Wisconsin Strong: Your Financial Security™ program, which is managed by the Department of Employee Trust Funds. Wisconsin Strong is designed to empower you to maximize your Wisconsin Retirement System benefits, save for the future, and achieve financial wellness at any age. Visit etf.wi.gov/wi-strong and follow along at #WIStrongSecurity.

Live Online Webinar: The Art of Active Listening

Tips on Understanding the Art of Active Listening

We often spend most of our communication energy trying to get our point across and feel understood and heard by others. Challenge yourself to really listen to others and see if you notice a shift and improvement in your relationships.

What is active listening? Active listening is the act of truly taking in what someone else is saying with full attention. The purpose is to genuinely try to understand the speaker. This seemingly simple act alone can improve personal and work relationships.

Components of active listening include the following:

  • Setting aside judgement
  • Refraining from interrupting, cutting the speaker off, or jumping to conclusions
  • Remain focused – make eye contact, lean in, use open body language
  • Repeat or paraphrase what the speaker said to check for understanding
  • Ask clarifying questions

In conversations, we often skip the listening step and jump directly to labeling someone’s intentions, fix the situation or problem solve. Often the speaker just wants to get something across and feel heard. Being an active listener takes patience and practice, and the benefit of improved relationships can be worth the effort. Are you interested in improving your communications with others? Contact your EAP today for help.

Click here to register for The Art of Active Listening

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Mental Health Awareness Month

There is no quick fix or magic pill for mental health issues, but I’m confident that together, as we learn and talk about them more, we’ll start to turn every month into one where mental health is a priority, both at home and at work. To your good health!

TIAA Virtual Meetings Available in May, June, and July

Meet with a financial consultant at the University of Wisconsin System in a Virtual Counseling Session

No matter where you are in life – just getting started or planning for retirement – a session with a TIAA Financial Consultant can help you create a plan for your goals.  And, it’s at no additional cost as part of your retirement plan. You’ll get answers to these questions and more:

  • Am I invested in the right mix of investments to meet my goals?
  • Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need?
    • How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?

TIAA will be available these dates and times for a virtual one-on-one session.

  • Tuesday, May 11 at 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 12 at 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 25 at 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 26 at 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 2 at 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 17 at 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 8 at 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 28 at 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

RSVP today, as space is limited.  Register for sessions at www.TIAA.org/schedulenow or by calling 800-732-8353, weekdays, 8 am to 8 pm (ET). We look forward to working with you.

Click here to register for a virtual consultation with TIAA

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WRS Webinars Offered in May

ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System 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.

5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement

Thinking about retiring in the next 12 months? We’ll walk you through the process.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Choose a termination date.
  • Request a retirement estimate.
  • Read the retirement estimate.
  • Schedule a retirement appointment.
  • Submit a retirement application.

Wed, May 5, 2021 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fri, May 14, 2021 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thu, May 20, 2021 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Thu, May 27, 2021 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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Additional Contributions

Looking to increase your WRS retirement? Learn how Additional Contributions can increase your WRS retirement benefit.

By the end of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Define additional contributions.
  • Identify how additional contributions increase your retirement fund.
  • Arrange to make additional contributions to your WRS account(s).
  • Find and use ETF resources to calculate your additional contribution amount.

Mon, May 3, 2021 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tue, May 11, 2021 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mon, May 17, 2021 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Thu, May 27, 2021 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Understanding Your Annual WRS Statement of Benefits

Your annual Statement of Benefits shows you the current state of your WRS account. Not sure about something on your statement? Watch this webinar with your statement in hand. We’ll walk you through each section.

By the end of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of the Statement of Benefits (ET-7365).
  • Analyze the sections of your Statement of Benefits.
  • Interpret your retirement benefit calculations.
  • Find resources for more information.

Fri, May 7, 2021 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wed, May 12, 2021 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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WRS Effective Rates and Annuity Adjustments

Each year you may see changes to the amount of your retirement payment. We’ll discuss why and how these changes happen.

By the end of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Define WRS effective rate and annuity adjustment.
  • Explain how the Core Trust Fund and Variable Trust Fund effective rates are calculated.
  • Explain how the Core Trust Fund and Variable Trust Fund annuity adjustments are calculated.

Thu, May 6, 2021 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mon, May 10, 2021 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wed, May 12, 2021 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Thu, May 27, 2021 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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Preparing for Your Retirement

Planning to retire in the next 1-10 years? Then this webinar is for you.

We’ll discuss:

  • The money you and your employer have put towards your retirement account.
  • How your retirement account grows through investments.
  • When you can retire.
  • Options for receiving your retirement benefit.
  • Rules you must follow if you return to work after retiring.
  • What happens to your account after you die.
  • Changes to your health and life insurance in retirement.

Learn in a way that fits your schedule. Attend this presentation in a live webinar!

Thu, May 13, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wed, May 26, 2021 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Fri, June 11, 2021 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mon, Jun 21, 2021 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wed, Jul 14, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wed, Jul 28, 2021 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Area Coordinator

The Area Coordinator position assists in carrying out the mission and philosophy of the Office of Residence Life. The Office of Residence Life provides housing for 2,000 students during the academic year and 2,500 guests during the summer. The Area Coordinator (AC) is responsible for overseeing a community of approximately 400 residents; and with the help of Resident Assistants (RAs), strives to develop and maintain a safe, enjoyable, supportive and inclusive living environment for residents where they can achieve academic success and personal growth and development. The AC is a member of the Residence Life team and holds administrative responsibilities, participates in committees and meetings, and serves students in a multitude of ways. This position will work to enhance UW-Green Bay’s inclusive student support efforts and create an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates those with diverse identities, beliefs, and cultural backgrounds. The AC reports to the Associate Director; and assumes additional responsibilities assigned by and makes recommendations to the Director.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, May 16, 2021.

May Well Wisconsin Challenge: Explore Wisconsin State Parks

This month’s challenge is encouraging everyone to get out and explore our wonderful state parks. The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have developed a fun event that will challenge visitors to explore the Wisconsin properties in new and fun ways to increase healthy habits, connect with family and friends, and help serve the community.

There are several activities to choose from like hiking, camping, fishing, paddling, photography, and volunteering to help clean the parks. Please go to the site to see all the challenges listed (link below under resources). There is no fee associated with the challenge except for a vehicle admission sticker. Plan to complete it with family members, friends, coworkers or just some alone time outdoors.

The challenge has started and runs through September 22, 2021. Participants need to complete at least one of the challenges in order to get credit for the Well Wisconsin Incentive. Register on the site and download the logbook. When you complete a challenge, log it and email a picture of the logbook to wellness@uwgb.edu.

Want to learn more about the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Explore Challenge? Tune in to Well Wisconsin Radio on Tuesday, May 25th from Noon-12:30. Host Morgan Meinen will be interviewing Mike McFadzen and Randall Paske from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks.

Register here or available on demand after the live air date.


Wis. Friends Explore

WebMD: Health Benefits of Getting Outside

Assistant Professor – Supply Chain Management

The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay seeks applicants for a tenure-track position in Supply Chain Management to be housed in its Department of Business Administration.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Tuesday, August 31, 2021.