Couch to 10K – Bellin Run Lunch ‘n Learn


As spring emerges and the snow melts, we see more people out running and walking. We all know that walking and running are a great way to stay in shape, but it can also enhance your health by helping to prevent heart disease and high blood pressure, as well as improve your mood and reduce stress. Nate Vandervest, Running Coach, CSCS, CES, and former Division 1 cross country runner, has a passion for running and will be presenting this Couch to 10K lunch ‘n learn.  He will cover the Bellin Run training plan, as well as common injuries and how to prevent them.  Whether you have run marathons, or are interested in starting walking or running for exercise, please join us for helpful information, encouragement, and motivation!

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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

Location: University Union, 1965 Room

Please RSVP at the following link:

Mindfulness Classes


Did you know stress rates have skyrocketed in the past six to seven years, a timeline that roughtly corresponds to our ability to “hyperconnect” to work via smartphones?* Being mindful in our daily routine can help us reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and control anxiety. When we practice mindfulness at work, we think more clearly. We respond rather than react. We take events less personally. We make better decisions. In short, our brains slow down. We reduce our stress levels while simultaneously increasing our effectiveness.

“Relaxation” – this was a suggestion from a UWGB employee for what topic the Wellness Committee should focus on next.  Two-time NFL MVP and Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers knows the importance of relaxing and being mindful. Practicing mindfulness can improve many aspects of your daily life, and implementing mindful practices in your routine might be easier than you think!  RELAX

To promote a culture of well-being and help us be more mindful at work, the following meditation and Tai Chi classes will be offered to UWGB employees this spring!  A big THANK YOU to the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) for their wellness grant to UWGB to fund the entire cost of these classes, so there is no charge to employees to attend!  Another big THANK YOU to the Richard Mauthe Center for co-sponsoring these classes!  All classes will be held at 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. in the Mauthe Center.

  • Monday, March 13th – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Monday, March 20th – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Monday, March 27th – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Monday, April 3rd – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Friday, April 7th – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy
  • Friday, April 14th – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy
  • Friday, April 21st – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy
  • Friday, April 28th – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy

Please click on this link to register for the classes:

Did you miss the first class or forgot to register?  No problem!  Just show up and join us!

Tai Chi classes are available as well!  Please click on this link for more information:

We all have stress in our lives.  Regardless of the cause, your body’s reaction to stress can make you more likely to get sick.  So finding ways to de-stress is important to your health.  Mindfulness can be the key to slowing down and enjoying the moment.  Please consider taking advantage of this great opportunity!

* Quote from Scott Eblin, Author of the book Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative

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Stress Management Lunch ‘n Learn



Almost 30 employees attended the Stress Management Lunch ‘n Learn on Thursday, November 3rd and learned about positive and negative stress, three types of stress (physical, chemical and emotional), and the ‘snowball’ effect of changing one behavior for the better.  For example, eating healthier can lead to having more energy, which can lead to exercising more and sleeping better at night, which can lead to a healthier body which can handle stress better and has less dependence on prescription drugs.

The doctor also promoted the benefits of drinking plenty of water.  Did you know that we should drink half our body weight in ounces?  So, if your body weight is 160 pounds, you should drink 80 ounces of water per day.  Assuming you have 16 waking hours per day, that is just 5 ounces per hour.  If we only drink when our body tells us it is thirsty, our body would be in a persistent state of near dehydration, which doesn’t lead to a healthy body.

We also learned that drinking one alcoholic drink per day can be beneficial, and our emotional stress depends on how we percieve a situation and respond to it.  Everyone has a go-to destressor, such as relaxing with a glass of wine or a beer, going for a run, reading a book, watching a movie, browsing Pinterest, etc. It is important that we know what our destressor is, and use it when our body is maxed out.

Thank you to Dr. Logan Andera, D.C. of Cornerstone Chiropractic and Kendall Howard of Wellness Champions for the interesting, helpful and funny presentation, as well as buying us lunch!


Employee Spotlight: Gail Sims-Aubert


UW-Green Bay students can rest easy in the housing on campus with Gail Sims-Aubert as the Director of Residence Life. Gail has been overseeing daily operations and all facets of student housing at UW-Green Bay since October 2013.

Gail was born and raised in a small town, Bruning, Nebraska (population 300). She is one of five children and a first generation college graduate with a BA in Broadcast Sales/Management and Master’s Degree in Speech Communication. Gail religiously reads her hometown newspaper every week (Hebron Journal Register) because it keeps her “in the know” with small town life. Gail is married and has two wiener dogs, Thelma and Louise. She is an organized, thoughtful and detail-oriented person who loves fitness, cycling, watching college basketball (Go Phoenix!) and reading.

Gail loves working with her staff of professionals and students, because no two days are ever the same. One of the most important things Gail has learned in life is to say what’s on your mind, because life may not give you a second chance.

Position at UWGB: Director of Residence Life

Summary of what you do:   Oversee the daily operations of all facets of student housing at UWGB

How long have you been employed:          Since October 2013

Brief history of employment with UWGB: Have been here just over 18 months

Three words that describe you:     Organized, Thoughtful and Detail-Oriented

Personal interests: Fitness, Cycling, Reading

Random facts/interests: Born and raised in a small town in Nebraska (pop. 300). My husband and I have 2 wiener dogs (Thelma and Louise)

– Are you messy or organized? Organized

– Best vacation you’ve been to? Recently explored the Mayan pyramids in Mexico

– Describe what you were like at age 10. Shy. Very, very shy

– Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? I religiously read my hometown newspaper every week (Hebron Journal Register) because it keeps me “in the know” with small town life.

– Do you have a favorite quote? “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Will Rogers

– If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? The winter weather!

– If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be? My Dad. He passed away when I was quite young, and I’d love to pick his brain about a lot of things.

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

– If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? My parents wedding photo

– Least favorite Food? Brussel sprouts

– Motto or personal mantra? Be proud of yourself every day!

– Tell us a little about yourself. I am one of five children, and a first generation college student. I have a BA in Broadcast Sales/Management and a Master’s Degree in Speech Communication. My husband (Alan) and I have been married for 15 years.

– What advice would you give to recent new hires? Never feel bad about asking questions!

– What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Working with my staff – both the professionals and the students

– What book did you read last? Follow You Home

– What books are at your bedside? Anything, I read a wide variety of things

– What did you want to be when growing up? Hair Stylist

– What do you like most about your job? No two days are ever the same!

– What do you like to do in your spare time? Pretty much anything outside.

– What do you like to do on your days off? Pedicures!

– What does a typical day look like for you? Lots of meetings.

– What else do you do for fun? Clean my house – I know it’s odd.

– What is an ability you wish you had? Be two places at once.

– What is the first concert you attended? Belinda Carlisle

– What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? Pay off my husband’s student loans.

– What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Say what’s on your mind – life may not give you a second chance.

– What is your favorite movie and book? “So, I Married and Axe Murderer” (funniest movie every!) “This Much I Know is True”

– What is your favorite sport? I love to watch college basketball.

– What one food do you wish had zero calories? Chocolate

– What phobias do you have? Heights

– What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? Say Yes to the Dress and Walking Dead (opposite ends of the spectrum!)

– What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? My Kathy Quick Curl doll

– What’s on your bucket list? Going on safari in Africa

– What’s the one thing, you can’t live without? Love

– Where is your favorite place to eat? El Potrero (a small Mexican restaurant back home)

– Where is your home town? Bruning, NE

– Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Italy

Lunch n’ Learn: Zen

When: December 4, 2014
Where: 1965 Room at the University Union
Time: 12:15 – 1:00PM
Facilitator: Raymond Reed Hardy, Ph.D.

Raymond Reed Hardy, Ph.D. is a retired Psychology Professor from St. Norbert College and is an author of four books including: Zen, Zen Master: Practical Zen by an American for Americas (2000) and Zen Student: Remember Live Right Now! (2006).