General

Cream of Broccoli Soup

(Gluten-free)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered nonfat milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium chicken bouillon powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli or 1 10-ounce package frozen broccoli, chopped

Directions

Dissolve powdered milk and cornstarch in cold water. Add bouillon powder, basil, onion, and broccoli. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer till broccoli and onion are soft, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Serves 6

Each 1-cup serving contains approximately 84 calories, 17 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, less than 1 g fat, 82 mg sodium, and 2 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.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLCbroccoli soup

Add broccoli into your day today!

Government guidelines recommend that adults eat more than 4 cups of fruits and veggies each day. A perfect vegetable choice is broccoli, which has been around for more than 2,000 years. Broccoli has lutein and zeaxanthin, phytonutrients that preserve good vision and may prevent cataracts. In addition, it has many cancer-fighting compounds, including vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin C, and fiber, and may reduce the risk for colorectal cancer. Broccoli also contains folic acid, which helps decrease certain types of birth defects.

 

A half-cup of broccoli counts as one serving. Here are some ways to enjoy it:

  • Dip raw florets into a small amount of guacamole or low-fat dip.
  • Add chopped fresh or frozen broccoli to soup for a hearty stew.
  • Top baked potatoes with broccoli and a little low-fat cheese.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Broccoli pic

Relieving Eyestrain

You spend most of the day at work looking at a computer. At home, you check emails, pay bills, and read books all using your laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Sound familiar? All of this technology may have an unexpected side effect, called computer vision syndrome.

 

Computer vision syndrome is a group of symptoms involving vision problems and eye discomfort. Your eyes may feel sore, tired, and dry. You may also have blurry vision and headaches. The syndrome doesn’t cause permanent damage.

 

The cause? Electronic media has smaller type, bright backlighting, and lower contrast, eye doctors explain. We may also blink less often when looking at digital versus print media, research suggests. Surveys show that up to three-fourths of computer users experience eye discomfort.

 

Try these tips today to prevent eyestrain and relieve soreness:

  • Assess your setup. Move your monitor back so that you are about 25 inches away from the screen. Adjust your monitor and seyestraineat height so that you can look slightly down at the screen and place your feet flat on the floor.
  • Be screen smart. The brightness of your screen should match the light level in the room. Use an anti-glare display when possible, and keep it clean and dust-free. And make sure there’s as much difference between the background and text as possible by adjusting the screen’s contrast.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Shift your vision to a spot 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
  • Give your eyes some R and R. When your eyes feel sore or tired, close your eyelids and cover them with a warm washcloth. Make sure to get enough shuteye, too. Your eyes replenish nutrients and relax as you sleep.
  • Wear your glasses or contacts. Uncorrected vision problems put extra strain on your eyes. Some people wear different lenses when using a computer. Special lenses with different designs, powers, and tints can help your eyes adjust to screen use.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

New Requirement for Supervisors Providing Reference Checks

The University of Wisconsin System has recently made a change to Operational Policy TC1: Recruitment Policies as of January 1, 2019 that affects all supervisors when providing a reference for either a current or former employee. The policy indicates that an employee is defined as an individual who holds a faculty, academic staff, university staff or limited appointment with the institution. This policy does not apply to student employees or graduate assistants.

In accordance with this policy, if a supervisor or agent of management is contacted by a potential employer for a reference check of a current or former employee, the supervisor or agent must notify the potential employer of the appropriate UWGB contact for any questions regarding that employee’s misconduct (including any violation of sexual violence or sexual harassment policies), even if the potential employer does not specifically ask.

To satisfy the new requirements, UW System now requires the use of a disclaimer by the supervisor or agent responding to a reference check. The disclaimer can be disclosed either at the beginning or the end of the reference check, as long as the potential employer has been notified of the option to obtain information regarding any misconduct. We recommend using the following disclaimer:

“All questions related to employee misconduct including sexual misconduct are addressed only by our human resources department, which can be contacted by email at referencecheck@uwgb.edu. This isn’t meant to imply that this candidate has committed any misconduct but is something we are required by policy to tell all potential employers”

This new policy is not intended to discourage or eliminate the supervisor from providing an objective evaluation of the current or former employees training, experience, skills, abilities, and job performance as they relate to the duties and responsibilities of the job for which they are being considered.

Please note colleagues with no supervisory responsibilities are not required to use the disclaimer if contacted for a reference.

If you have any questions about the required disclaimer or the new policy, please contact Megan Noltner by phone at Ext. 2948 or email at noltnerm@uwgb.edu.

 

Changes to Personnel Files and Recruitment Policies

On June 7, 2018, the Board of Regents adopted Resolution 11038 on employee personnel files and reference checks, which required the development or modification of certain human resources policies for all UW institutions regarding:

  1. Documenting sexual harassment allegations and investigations;
  2. Maintaining personnel files and conducting reference checks; and
  3. Exchanging personnel files between all UW institutions and State of Wisconsin agencies

Effective January 1, 2019, Operational policies Operational Policy HR13: Personnel Files and Operational Policy TC1: Recruitment Policies were modified and published to satisfy these new requirements.

As part of the modification to the Operational Policy HR13: Personnel Files, updates were made to clearly identify a list of what must be in an employee’s personnel file, define when and with whom personnel files are shared, and require appropriate documentation of sexual violence and sexual harassment in personnel files.

In addition, updates to the Operational Policy TC1: Recruitment Policies were made to ensure consistent disclosure of violations of sexual violence and sexual harassment policies to hiring institutions. Furthermore, institutions are required to ask about sexual violence and sexual harassment during the hiring process. Human Resources will be working directly with areas currently conducting recruitments to ensure that these new requirements are communicated and understood.

If you have questions about either of these policy revisions, please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

University Staff Performance Evaluations

The new year is upon us, and with it begins the University Staff performance evaluation process for the evaluation period of January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. Supervisors should initiate the annual review process with University Staff employees within the next couple of weeks.

Annual performance evaluations are a key component to employee performance and development and provide employees and their supervisors an opportunity to discuss job performance, set goals for professional development, establish objectives for contributing to the department’s mission, and discuss expectations and accomplishments.

Resources:

In line with UW System compensation guidelines and the UW-Green Bay Compensation and Pay Plan Policy, all compensation adjustments must be based upon merit and employee performance. Therefore, any future pay adjustments, including base rate adjustments and Board of Regents approved pay plan, will be contingent upon satisfactory performance.

In an effort to facilitate timely completion, evaluations are due by Friday, March 22, 2019.

Please note that annual performance evaluations are not required for individuals who have had a probationary review on or after July 1, 2018, or for new employees that have been hired since this date.

Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions about the University Staff performance evaluation process. Thank you.

Employee Spotlight: Deanne Kusserow

Deanne KusserowName: Deanne Kusserow

Position at UWGB: Academic Advisor

Summary of what you do: Help students with any academic issues; most students come to see me when they need to register for classes.

How long have you been employed: 15 years here at UWGB

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I started here as an academic advisor in 2003, and have been in the same position since!

Three words that describe you: Type B, Fun-Loving, Thankful.

Personal interests: “Reading” audio books, yoga, decluttering, scrapbooking.

Random facts/interests: I can name every U.S. President from 1-44, I know all the lyrics to 95% of The Beatles and One Direction songs, and I LOVE 90s rap.

 

Tell us a little about yourself. I turned 40 this year (it’s the new 29!), I love pop culture trivia, and am an aspiring minimalist. My Bachelor’s degree is in Social Work, and my Master’s degree is in Counseling with an emphasis in Higher Education. I drive a mini-van, and I love it.

 

Tell us a little bit about your family. I have two kids – Ben who is 11, and Kate who is 9, my husband is Justin, I have the cutest dog name Joe, and a Guinea Pig named PJ.

 

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Helping students problem solve, or helping them fix an issue that seems unjust – I pride myself on being a student advocate.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time? Crafting projects, scrapbooking, and binge watching TV while I’m doing both of these!

 

What is an ability you wish you had? Magic, of course. I would whip up dinner and clean my house with a wand, just like Molly Weasley.

 

­If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? A concert by The Beatles.

Hidden talent? Standing on my head.

 

Are you messy or organized? Messy!

 

What do you always want to try and never did? Playing the drums.

 

Motto or personal mantra? “Good Enough.”

 

What is your favorite movie and book? Top Gun and The Westing Game (yep, it’s a kid’s book!).

What do you like to do on your days off? Take a nap!

 

What books are at your bedside? Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I am One. By Ginger Zee, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Dust by Patricia Cornwell.

 

What do you like most about your job? The people I work with!

 

Where is your home town? I grew up in Greenfield, and then Delafield, WI.

 

What is the first concert you attended? Whitney Houston

 

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Cheese.

Student Employee of the Year Nominations

Now’s a great time to nominate for Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY)!

The Student Employment Office is seeking nominations for the 2019 SEOTY competition.  Take advantage of the break between semesters to submit a nomination for your outstanding student employee.  Applications are evaluated based on reliability, professionalism, quality of work, initiative, and uniqueness of contribution.  Submissions are due February 17, 2019.  A special ceremony to recognize nominees and award winners will be held April 15, 2019.  Please contact Allen Voelker (Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator) at voelkera@uwgb.edu or 920/465-2556 with any questions.

 

Employee Spotlight: Morgan Schwaller

 

Morgan Schwaller

Name: Morgan Schwaller

Hometown: Elkhart Lake, WI

Major/Minor: Business Admin. With double emphasis in HR and Marketing

How long have you been a Student at UWGB? On my 4th Year, will be graduating in May

Are you involved in any Student Orgs? Kappa Beta Gamma an International Community Based Sorority

Personal interests: Hiking, Working out, Yoga, Painting, Cooking/Baking

Random facts/interests: I am the youngest of 4 kids in my family and my first name came from my mom’s maiden name

Are you messy or organized? Organized

Best vacation you’ve been to? Mexico

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

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

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? First successful trip to the moon

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

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

Motto or personal mantra? Always try to find the positive side in any situation

Tell us a little bit about your family. I am the youngest of 4 children, and my oldest sibling is 10 years older than me.

What advice would you give to incoming freshman? You can never have too many friends in college

What did you want to be when growing up? Pediatrician

What do you like to do on your days off? Travel and see family

What else do you do for fun? Hike, travel to state/county parks

What is an ability you wish you had? Singing

What is your favorite sport? Soccer

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Chocolate

What phobias do you have? Foot phobia

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

What would you like to be famous for? Going to every state park in the US

What’s on your bucket list? Traveling to every state in the US

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

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

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Alaska