Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Webinars Offered in November


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.

Additional Contributions

Find out how making additional contributions to your WRS account can potentially increase your retirement. This webinar also provides examples of how contributions grow over time with interest, how to pay additional contributions (payroll deduction or direct pay), etc.

  • Mon, Nov 6, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thurs, Nov 9, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Mon, Nov 13, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed, Nov 29, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Choosing When to Retire

This webinar will focus primarily on choosing your optimal termination and WRS benefit effective dates. The focus will include not only the “December versus January” decision, but also how retirement timing at any point during the year can affect your retirement annuity amount and other employee retirement benefits as well.

  • Fri, Nov 10, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wed, Nov 15, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tues, Nov 21, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thurs, Nov 30, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

How to Use ETF’s Online Retirement Calculator

ETF’s online retirement calculator, one of the most-used tools on our website, allows you to calculate an unofficial projection of your WRS retirement benefit at any point in the future. This webinar will cover where to find and how to use the calculator, specific information required for data entry (e.g., desired retirement date, spouse or partner’s birthdate, etc.) and how to interpret the results. There will be time at the end of the webinar to ask specific questions on this topic.

  • Thurs, Nov 2, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Nov 8, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thurs, Nov 16, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thurs, Nov 30, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Variable Fund

In this webinar we will discuss the Variable Fund – what it is, how it differs from the Core Fund, and the effect participation in this fund may have on your retirement benefit calculations. We will also discuss how to elect to participate in the Variable Fund, how to cancel Variable participation, and the impact the timing of these decisions may have on your Wisconsin Retirement System benefits.

  • Mon, Nov 6, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tues, Nov 7, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Mon, Nov 20, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thurs, Nov 30, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


 Register for a webinar

Please contact Human Resources at (920) 465-2390 or payrollandbenefits@uwgb.eduwith any questions.

SECC Statewide Annual Campaign




The Statewide Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) annual workplace campaign is officially underway! You can make a pledge anytime between now and November 30, 2017.The SECC Campaign is available for state and university employees outside of Dane, Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. SECC raises money to support a wide range of charities doing important work like protecting our natural resources, providing health services and research, defending civil and human rights, and preventing violence.


To make your pledge:

  • Go to
  • Choose the link that corresponds with your employment
    • University
    • State
    • Retiree
  • Login or register following the instructions online
  • Find out more information about the charities available to support
  • Follow the instructions on the website to complete your pledge


The CHOICE is yours…

   You decide:

  • How you want to give – choose payroll contribution, cash or check.
  • Where your dollars go – when you designate your gift to specific charities, only the charities you choose will receive money from you.

Pick from more than 300 state, national and international charities.


Check out a list of common questions and concerns.

Learn more about the impact of your gift.


Thank you for your work as an employee of the State of Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin system! State employees have a great impact on the quality of life for all citizens of Wisconsin every day at work and then by giving back through the Statewide SECC campaign.

Need to choose a new health plan for 2018? Here are some helpful tips!


The following health plans are no longer available for 2018: ABE

  • Anthem Blue Preferred Northeast
  • Arise Health Plan
  • Health Tradition Health Plan
  • Humana Eastern
  • Humana Western
  • UnitedHealthCare of Wisconsin

If you were a member of one of these plans you will need to choose a new provider for 2018.  Not sure where to begin? Explore plan designs and benefits offered by using the interactive tool, Alex.  After determining what plan design is best for you, explore ETF’s state health plan map to see which health plans are available in your area and review the plan’s provider directory to determine if your doctors are covered.

Once you’ve decided, visit the MyUW Portal to submit your elections today!

Not sure where to begin and need some additional guidance? Visit one of the Benefit Open Lab Sessions to talk to a benefits counselor and get your questions answered!

Interested in all the plan changes for 2018? Click here to view the 2018 update presentation highlighting plan changes.

Annual Reminder – Review and Update Personal Information

Employees are able to update their personal information independently by going through the UW System Portal.  Annually, we request that employees review their personal information to ensure accuracy (address, phone number, emergency contacts, martial status, ethnicity, etc.).

In addition, federal regulations passed in March 2014 require employers to periodically invite employees to self-identify their veteran and disability status. Please view the FAQ document for additional information related to this request. Self-identification information is confidential and will be kept confidentially as part of your employee record in HR. Identifying as a person with a disability in the portal does not initiate an accommodation request. If you would like to request an accommodation for a disability, please see the Procedures for Determining Reasonable Accommodations in Employment.

Instructions for updating personal information in your portal:

Step 1: Log into the My UW System Portal

Step 2: Click on the box titled “Personal Information”


Step 3: Review address detail, disability status, veteran status, and ethnic groups by individually clicking view/update in your portal. Each link will take you into HRS to view and update your information.

Step 4: Click your name in the upper right hand corner and click “logout”.  You have completed the review/update!


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month


Welcoming the talents of all people, including those with disabilities, is a critical part of our efforts to build an inclusive community at UW-Green Bay. In this spirit, UW-Green Bay is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities.  This year’s theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) created this year’s theme with input from a wide variety of its partner organizations, including those representing employers, people with disabilities and their families, and federal, state, and local agencies.

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Current UWGB employees or applicants for employment with disabilities are encouraged to review campus procedures for reasonable accommodation. Please contact Human Resources via email or phone at (920) 465-2390 for additional information.

For specific ideas about how UW-Green Bay employees can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit We all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for their abilities every day of every month.


Employee Spotlight: Amanda Nelson













Name: Amanda Nelson

Position at UWGB: Associate Dean/Associate Professor

Summary of what you do: I am an Associate Dean in the College of Science & Technology with a focus on recruitment, enrollment, and professional development. I am also an Associate Professor in Human Biology where I teach Anatomy & Physiology, Kinesiology, and Human Anatomy Lab. In addition, I have an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the MCW-Green Bay medical school where I teach the lower extremity and head/neck components of the Clinical Human Anatomy Lab.

How long have you been employed: 10 years

Three words that describe you: family-oriented, sarcastic, introverted

Personal interests: running, gardening, reading, traveling


Are you messy or organized?


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

Dean Karnazes, also known as Ultramarathon Man…he has created an impressive platform through the simple act of running.

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why?

Grandma Jeppeson, at 90 years old she has witnessed more than I can comprehend…and at her age, she has the liberty to do and say what she wishes. Needless to say, Facebook and Snapchat have been an adventure.

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

  1. My great grandparents
  2. Nelson Mandela
  3. Pat Summit

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

  1. My parent’s wedding
  2. First successful open heart surgery
  3. First successful powered flight

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

BBQ chicken pizza (hold the bacon)

If you were an animal what would you be?

Horse. They can be strong as an individual or work well in a team; they also play a therapeutic role in healthcare.

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

Grandma and Grandpa J’s cribbage board, Mom’s wedding jewelry, and Dad’s class ring.

Least favorite Food?

Cooked spinach

Motto or personal mantra?

Be grateful. Appreciate the little things.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us? 

  1. I grew up on a farm and worked at a farm implement from age 14-21. I can drive, operate, repair, and maintain farm machinery and equipment.
  2. I have an unhealthy obsession with true crime (literature, documentaries, etc.).

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.

  1. I have a black Goldendoodle named Noodle.
  2. I lost my dad in a farming accident when I was a sophomore in college.
  3. I was the captain of the Newell-Fonda high school girls basketball team, which went to state three years in a row. Due to the fact that there were two Amanda’s on the team, my coach nicknamed me “AJ”. Without fail, I am reminded of this nickname every time I return to Newell.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?

  1. Protect your time.
  2. Make your personal and professional goals a priority; remind yourself of these goals and say “no” to an ask if it will prevent you from achieving these goals.
  3. Communication is the key to growth and success.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

Interacting with my students. There is nothing quite like witnessing a student’s “ah ha” moment or knowing that you made an impact in one of their lives.

What book did you read last?

‘Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People’ by Banaji and Greenwald

What books are at your bedside?

“10% Human: How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness” by Collen

“Behind Closed Doors” by Paris

What did you want to be when growing up?

Pilot in the Air Force

What do you like to do on your days off?

Spend time with family. Although my sisters and I live in different states, our entire family is committed to seeing each other at least one time every month.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day doesn’t exist, which is one of the reasons that I love my job.

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

Flight lessons and a twin engine airplane.

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?

Trust the process. Change can be difficult, but rewarding.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

When someone criticizes the food that you are about to eat.

What is your favorite book?

‘Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen’ by McDougall

What is your favorite movie?

‘Erin Brockovich’…great leading actress and empowering storyline.

What is your favorite sport?

NCAA basketball or football…especially the Big Ten…Go Hawkeyes!

What phobias do you have?

Losing someone I love.

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child?

My bike, better known as Black Beauty…living five miles out in the country, this was my lifeline to my friends in town.

What would people never guess you do in your role?

My research focuses on the effects of exercise training on neuroplastic adaptations in cardiorespiratory and locomotor centers in the brain using an animal model. My students and I run rats on a treadmill.

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? 

While waiting for the delivery of 30 male Sprague-Dawley rats for my research, I received a call from the Dean of Students Office…the rats had been delivered to the wrong office…

What would you like to be famous for?

Curing cancer

What’s on your bucket list?

Become an Ironman

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


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

Rocky Mountain oysters

What’s your favorite thing to do in Green Bay?

An early morning run on the East River Trail or enjoying Zesty’s by the Fox Point boat launch.

Where is your favorite place to eat?

Za’s in Champaign, IL

Where is your home town?

Newell, IA…agricultural community in northwest Iowa, population 900.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation?

Backpack Europe for an entire summer without an itinerary.

Fidelity Presentation and Individual Appointments on December 6th

Elisa Waligora, Retirement Planner with Fidelity, will be at UW-Green Bay on Wednesday, December 6th to present “Identify and Prioritize Your Savings Goals” at Noon to 1:00 p.m.  She invites employees to register for a one-on-one meeting with her that day.

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

  • Identify and Prioritize Your Savings Goals Presentation at Noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • Individual appointments available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Location: Heritage Room in University Union

Register at


Congratulations, Hannah Fameree!

Starting September 20, 2017, Hannah Fameree will transition from the GBOSS Front Desk Specialist to an Admissions Advisor.

Congratulations, Hannah!

Benefits Open Lab Sessions

Stop in to a Benefit Open Lab Session to have any of your Annual Benefit Enrollment (October 2nd – October 27th) questions answered or to get help with your eBenefits election process from one of our Benefit specialists.  All Benefit Open Lab Sessions will be held in IS 1129 J unless indicated below.

  • Monday, October 2nd   question 1
    • 3:00 to 4:00 p.m
  • Tuesday, October 10th
    • 8:00 to 9:00 a.m
  • Friday, October 13th
    • 2:00 to 3:00 p.m
  • Wednesday, October 18th
    • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m
  • Friday, October 20th
    • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m
  • Monday, October 23rd
    • 8:00 – 9:20 a.m
  • Wednesday, October 25th – CL 102
    • 3:00 – 4:30 p.m
  • Thursday, October 26th – IS 1129 B
    • 10:00 – 12:00 p.m
  • Friday, October 27th
    • 8:30 – 10:30 a.m

Please contact or ext. 2390 with any questions.


October Wellness Webinar: Understanding Health Values

By now, you’ve participated in your health screening as part of the Well Wisconsin incentive program. Join us to learn more about what the numbers mean and how you can maintain or improve them for your overall health and well-being.

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017HealthNumberA

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Cofrin Library, 7th floor, room 735

No need to RSVP – just mark your calendar to join us, and bring your lunch!

You could also participate in this webinar at your workstation if you prefer – please visit and go to Webinars to register.

Wellness webinars highlighting various health and well-being topics will take place the 3rd Wednesday of each month. All webinars will be recorded and available to Well Wisconsin Program participants on the wellness portal after the event date.

To access the wellness portal, you must be an employee, retiree, or enrolled spouse/domestic partner enrolled in the State of Wisconsin or Wisconsin Public Employers Group Health Insurance Program.