Employee Spotlight: Jolene Truckenbrod


Name: Jolene Truckenbrod

Position at UWGB: Payroll and Benefits Specialist

Summary of what you do: Process payroll and benefits for employees who are paid bi-weekly.

How long have you been employed: 12 years

Brief history of employment with UWGB: When I started, I worked as a part-time Human Resources Assistant at the front desk, and then in 2016 my position changed to a full-time Payroll and Benefits Specialist.

Three words that describe you: I guess nice, quiet and probably smiling

Personal interests: I enjoying spending time with family, watching my youngest daughter play soccer and my oldest daughter sing in musicals and choir events, and helping with Sunday School at church.

Random facts/interests: I spent a semester abroad in France during college – great experience!

Are you messy or organized? Organized

Best vacation you’ve been to? Tough call – my best vacation with kids was to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, and my best vacation with my husband was to Acadia National Park in Maine.

Describe what you were like at age 10. Long straight hair, big teeth, and awkward!

Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? HR Connect blog of course!

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? High school career counselor

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be?  That more people were happy in their jobs. It makes my day when someone comments that they enjoy their work, or like working here.

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

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

Tell us a little bit about your family. Husband, Jeff and two daughters (ages 16 & 13)

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? Put yourself ‘in the other person’s shoes’ so you have a better idea of how to help them, do your homework – take the time to double check and look further into it, and most importantly – treat everyone you interact with at work with professionalism, respect and courtesy.

What are your hopes for our industry/school? I hope that UWGB continues to help students and employees grow and improve themselves.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Helping people.

What book did you read last? The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

What books are at your bedside? Bible, King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard and The Preacher’s Daughter by Beverly Lewis

What did you want to be when growing up? Airline stewardess or singer (I am not a good singer!)

What do you like most about your job? The people I work with and the beautiful campus.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Read, do laundry, and watch New Girl or Friends on Netflix.

What does a typical day look like for you? Check payroll to make sure everyone is being paid correctly; answer questions about timesheets, benefits, retirement, etc.; meet with new employees and leaving employees to discuss benefits; run reports; help with Wellness Committee events.

What is the first concert you attended? Michael Bolton with my Mom & Dad!

What is your favorite sport? I enjoy watching the Packers

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? Reading, hiking

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Dessert

What places have you lived in? Dykesville, Little Suamico, Stevens Point, Herouville-Saint-Clair, Altoona, Waupaca, Plover and Sobieski

What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? Not ashamed of it, but I love New Girl.

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? Stuffed dog named Henry and Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt

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

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Still at UWGB I hope

Where is your favorite place to eat? Rustique

Where is your home town? Little Suamico

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Cruise to Alaska with my husband

Pork Chops with Savory Apples



  • 2 medium applesPork Chops with Apples
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 4 pork chops, about 3/4-inch thick, with bone (about 1-1/2 pounds total)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream



Quarter and core apples. Peel if desired. Cut onion in half and then slice it. Use a large frying pan with a lid. Heat oil over medium-high heat and add pork chops and garlic. Brown quickly, about 2 minutes per side. Add cut-up apples, onion, and water. Cover and turn heat to low. Let cook for about 15 minutes, until pork is cooked through (internal temperature of 145°F with 3 minutes of rest) and apples are soft. Remove chops to a warm serving platter. Bring pan juices to a boil and turn off heat. Stir in sour cream and pour over chops. Serve immediately.


Serves 4

Each serving contains about 271 calories, 24 g protein, 13 g fat, 71 mg cholesterol, 13 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, and 75 mg sodium.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC.

Eat More Slowly Today

Rushing through meals, barely acknowledging the food you put in your mouth, deprives you of the pleasure of eating and may impact your health. When you eat mindlessly, you risk overeating because your brain isn’t tuned in to what you’re consuming. You’re also less aware of the cues that let you know you’re full.

In contrast, when you eat mindfully, you become more aware of when you’ve had enough to eat. You’re also more aware of the food choices you make, which can help you improve your health. In fact, a study in the Journal of Obesity found that the more participants practiced mindful eating, the greater their ability to reduce anxiety and avoid eating in response to emotions. That helped them lose weight in the abdominal area.

So take your time at your next meal today. Try these steps toward more mindful eating:

  • Be mindful of food prior to eating it. Before you eat something, silently do the following for 30 seconds: Look closely at your food, noticing the colors and shapes. Enjoy the aroma. Consider all the plants and animals that are part of the food. Acknowledge the effort of everyone who was involved in making the food. Envision yourself eating the food mindfully with attention.
  • Take mindful bites. Be aware of your movements as you bring food to your mouth. While you chew, put your hands or silverware down. Pay attention to the taste and texture of the food and to the act of chewing. After swallowing, pause for a few seconds before eating more.
  • Mind your chews. Pay attention to how many chews it takes for you to eat a particular food. To do this, take a bite of food and then count the number of chews it takes you to completely chew it up. This practice can help you focus on the act of eating when your attention is wandering.
  • Article from the StayWell Company, LLChealthy food heart

UW-Green Bay Run/Walk Team for Employees

LogoThe UW-Green Bay Run/Walk Team for employees kicked off at the Couch to 5K Lunch ‘n Learn on March 6, 2019.  Our goal is to offer opportunities for employees to train together, share helpful tips and encouragement, provide incentives and participate in runs/walks together.  We are gearing up for our first event – the Phoenix 5K on April 27th at the UWGB campus, to be followed by the Cellcom 5K on May 18th and Bellin Run 10K on June 8th.

  • First 50 employees who sign up get a “Run Like A Phoenix” running hat!*
  • Registration fee discounts* available for certain area runs/walks.
  • Idea to have group runs/walks on UWGB campus trails around 5 pm on Mondays or Tuesdays.
  • Practical tips and encouragement will be shared with group periodically as we train for upcoming events.

Interested? Please email to sign up!

* Running hats and registration fee discounts paid for by a wellness grant from the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF)

Title & Total Compensation Project Update – March, 2019


The University of Wisconsin (UW) is embarking on a complete redesign of its current classification and compensation structure. The goal of the Title & Total Compensation Project will be to develop new systems that will enable institutions to continue to attract and retain the best talent.

Recent UW System Updates:

  • The Advisory Council for the TTC Project transitioned to system-wide Joint Governance, effective March 1, 2019. The reconfiguration of the Advisory Council incorporates representation from all UW stakeholder institutions, which supports the project goals of (1) enhancing communication; (2) broadening outreach efforts; (3) better supporting institution’s project teams; (4) deepening interest in and awareness of the project by UW employees; and (5) providing change management leadership for institutions and employees.
  • UW-Madison and UW System Administration drafted a strategic communication plan that will structure outreach and communication efforts. The plan identifies target audiences and specifies communication goals, objectives, and tactics aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the TTC project among all employees.
  • During the months of December, 2018 through February, 2019, Subject Matter Experts at the institutions reviewed drafted Standard Job Descriptions and provided initial feedback. A methodology has been developed to aggregate, prioritize, and incorporate Subject Matter Expert (SME) feedback for Standard Job Descriptions (SJDs). SJD revision teams will use quantitative Likert scale and qualitative written feedback to revise SJDs. All feedback will be reviewed and considered. Trainings for the revision teams and an updated timeline for this review and revision process are in development.

For up-to-date information about the Title & Total Compensation Project, please see the UW System Title & Total Compensation Project website. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the UW System FAQ page.

UW-Green Bay Updates:

  • UW-Green Bay has an institutional T&TC project team, whose goal is to engage with subject matter experts and stakeholders. Feedback and information about T&TC flows to and from the project team. A listing of members of the UW-Green Bay institutional T&TC project team can be found here.
  • The Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity keeps employees informed on project updates through their weekly HR Connect newsletter and HR Connect blog as well as presenting T&TC updates at monthly governance meetings.
  • The next T&TC open forums will likely be scheduled in late spring. Please watch the HR Connect newsletter and HR Connect blog for updates.


Bellin Run


It’s time to get registered for the 43rd annual Bellin Run!  The event will be on Saturday, June 8, 2019 in Green Bay. UW-Green Bay is part of the Corporate Challenge, which gets you these perks:

  • If you register by May 1st, you will receive an early registration incentive gift with the Bellin Run logo on it
  • If you register by May 15th, your race packet (bib and race shirt) will be delivered directly to UWGB about a week before the event.

Friends and family can be registered on our team so that they receive these benefits as well.

Also, due to a wellness grant from the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF), the first 50 UW-Green Bay employees who register will receive $10 off of their registration fees. NOTE:  This discount (promo) code is only for use by UW-Green Bay employees.  If you are registering family members or friends, please note that the $10 discount is only applicable to employee’s registration fees.  Unauthorized users will be asked to reimburse us for the registration fees.

Registration Link: 

Team Password: 840

To register on our team, click on the registration link listed above.  This will take you directly to our team registration page.  You can register your entire family in this cart.

NOTE:  in the event you don’t have this link handy – to register, go to and click on “Register Today”. At the registration page, you will click on “Corporate Team”, search for UW-Green Bay, input our password (840) and continue through the registration process. There are options for both the 10K and the Children’s Run.

How do I prepare for this event?  Check out the great training resources on the Bellin Run website!

If you have any questions, please contact or (920) 465-2203.

Last year, we had 20 employees who participated in the Bellin Run as part of the UW-Green Bay team.  Get out and enjoy some fun with co-workers, family and friends by participating in friendly competition!

Onsite Health Screenings for $150 Wellness Incentive


Register now for your on-site health screening!

Discover your numbers – A free health screening* event has been scheduled at UW-Green Bay for employees (and spouses) who are enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program.

At an on-site screening, you’ll learn your measurements for blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol (HDL, LDL, and total), triglycerides and glucose, and be in and out in 20 minutes.

Green Bay Campus:

  • Dates: Thursday, April 11, 2019 or Thursday, September 26, 2019 (only attend one)
  • Time: 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: Phoenix Room in University Union

Marinette Campus:

  • Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
  • Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Room: Student Union

Sheboygan Campus:

  • Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • Time: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Room: Wombat Room 2114

Register at and click on the Programs tab, then Health Screening, and Onsite Appointments.

NOTE: You must register ahead of time for a health screening – they do not allow walk-ins that day.

Earn your $150 Well Wisconsin Incentive:

STEP 1: Get a health screening*

Attend an employer sponsored event listed above or if you plan to see your health care provider, complete the Health Care Provider Form with details from your appointment, available at under Programs > Health Screening > Download Form.

STEP 2: Complete the StayWell health assessment at

It takes about 10 minutes and is mobile and tablet friendly!  After logging into, click on Health Assessment.

STEP 3: Complete a Well-Being Activity through StayWell. After logging into, click on Programs > Well-Being Activites.

Complete three steps by October 11, 2019 to earn the $150 Well Wisconsin incentive.

For more information on on-site health screenings or the Well Wisconsin Program, log in to, review these FAQ’s or email

* The Well Wisconsin incentive program is a voluntary program available to employees, retirees and spouses enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program, excluding Medicare Advantage participants who have incentives available through their health plan.  All wellness incentives paid to participants are considered taxable income to the group health plan subscriber and are reported to their employer.  Retirees, continuants and their spouses will have some taxes withheld from the incentive amount earned.  Health information is protected by federal law and will never be shared with Employee Trust Funds, the group health insurance program or employers.

On-Campus and Community Service Work Study Job Fair

The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment and the Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity are hosting a job fair for on-campus employers and community service work study partners.  The event will be held Wednesday, March 27 from 11:00am-1:00pm in the Phoenix Rooms.  Employers may advertise current openings, recruit for future positions, or simply connect with students who are seeking jobs.

If your department would like to participate, please access the link below to register through Handshake:

If you are having issues, please consult Handshake’s article regarding how to register for a career fair.  The Handshake Employer Help Center contains tutorials on several other subjects.  The following may be especially helpful as you learn to use the system:

How do I create an account?

How do I post a job?

How do I contact, email or message applicants to my job? 

Please contact Allen Voelker, Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator, at or 920/465-2556 with any questions about the program.


Fiesta Shrimp

(Gluten-free, gout-friendly)


  • 4 ounces raw large shrimp, peeled and deveined (smaller shrimp cook faster)Fiesta Shrimp
  • 1/2 cup zucchini, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of fiesta garden salsa (buy a brand that contains black beans and corn)
  • 1/2 ounce Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely grated
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish
  • 1 corn tortilla



Put shrimp on one side of pasta bowl, zucchini on the other. Pour salsa over shrimp. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Lift up wrap and sprinkle shrimp with grated cheese; sprinkle cilantro over all. Cover again so cheese will melt. In the meantime, put tortilla between damp paper towel and microwave on high for 20 to 30 seconds.


Serves 1

One serving contains approximately 250 calories, 25 g carbohydrates, 22 g protein, 7 g fat, 750 mg sodium, and 3 g fiber.

To make this recipe gluten-free, use only spices or condiments that are gluten-free. Read food labels carefully and contact the company if you have any questions.

This recipe is gout-friendly because it contains some foods that are moderate in purines. Meat, poultry, and fish should be limited to 1 to 2 servings per day.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC.

Combat Bad-Weather Blues With Exercise!

Do your exercise plans get put on hold during cold or dreary months? Beat the bad-weather blahs and tone up by bringing your workout indoors, starting today.

Think of your home as a gym. You might consider investing in a treadmill, stationary bike, or other exercise machine. But you don’t necessarily need expensive equipment to get a good aerobic workout at home.

  • Try climbing stairs, jogging in place, or jumping rope.
  • Join an indoor volleyball or basketball team.Winter Blues
  • Swim laps or take water aerobics in an indoor pool.
  • Walk briskly around an indoor mall.
  • Be a domestic athlete. Cleaning closets and washing windows or floors count as exercise and help you get a head start on your spring cleaning.
  • Rent or buy some workout videos.
  • Experiment with different exercise classes, from tai chi to spinning at a local fitness center.

If you’ve been inactive for a while, start gradually and add a few minutes of physical activity each day. Eventually, try to get at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise on five or more days of the week. Experts also recommend stretching every day and lifting weights two to three times a week.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC