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Annual Benefits & Wellness Fair

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Mark your calendar to attend the Annual UW-Green Bay Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair!

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Time: 11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Where: University Union Phoenix Rooms

Please stop by to talk with vendors about your benefits and wellness, help yourself to some refreshments and goodies, and get helpful information as you consider options for the annual It’s Your Choice benefit enrollment period.  This year’s annual benefits enrollment period is October 1st – 26th.

Representatives from the following organizations will be looking forward to talking with you during the fair: Aging & Disability Resource Center, Aurora, Chartwells, Cornerstone Chiropractic, UWGB Counseling & Health Services, Curative Connections, Dean Health, Delta Dental, Edvest College Savings Plan, Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF), Fidelity, Foundation Chiropractic, Herb Blue’s Total Self Defense, Kress Events Center, Massage Envy, Navitus, Network Health, UWGB Public Safety, Rediscover Yourself Energy Sound Healing, Reflexology, Securian Life Insurance, Social Security, StayWell, T. Rowe Price, TASC, TIAA-CREF, United Health Care, Unity Hospice, UW-Credit Union, VSP, WEA Trust, UWGB Wellness Committee, Wisconsin Deferred Compensation, YMCA Green Bay, and Zurich.

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

ThreeOfficers Military IMG_7511 IMG_7510 IMG_7509 IMG_7507 IMG_7501Thanks to all who helped and participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on Tuesday, September 11th.  About 35 students, employees, community members, area protective services representatives, and members of the military walked the stairs from the 2nd to 8th floor of the Cofrin Library.

Thank you to Tony Decker and Dave Jones of Public Safety, as well as representatives of UWGB ROTC and Vets 4 Vets for sharing military and protective services items for display, being on hand during the event, and putting up the posters on each level which served as a poignant reminder.  Thank you also to Elaina Koltz and Lisa Schmelzer for handing out flag pins and providing encouragement to walkers, and to the Wellness Committee for providing refreshments.

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

StairsFlagJoin local protective services representatives, students, and staff to walk the Cofrin Library stairwell in memory of the brave souls who lost their lives the day of the 9/11 attacks. The four attacks killed almost 3,000 people and injured over 6,000 others.

When: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 11 am – 1 pm

Where: Cofrin Library – 2nd to 8th floor stairwell

ROTC, Vets 4 Vets and Public Safety representatives will be on hand, and there will be military, firefighter, and police related items/memorabilia on display at the plaza area of the library’s second floor.  Representatives will be handing out flag pins to the first 50 people who climb to the 8th floor, and refreshments (granola bars, fruit infused water and fruit) will be available too!

Event presented by UW-Green Bay ROTC, Vets 4 Vets Student Club, Public Safety and the Wellness Committee.

Employee Spotlight: Courtney Sherman

C Sherman 2017Name: Courtney Sherman

Position at UWGB: Associate Professor of Music

Summary of what you do: I am a faculty member teaching primarily in Music, but also a little bit in Theatre. My area of specialty is vocal music.

How long have you been employed: I’m starting my 10th academic year at UWGB this Fall.

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I’ve been having a great (but busy) time helping students grow in their musicianship and vocal skill, and hopefully also their understanding of the world around them; working with awesome colleagues across campus on impactful initiatives; and doing a little bit of musical performing of my own from time to time.

Three words that describe you: I do not think of words to describe myself very often, so I asked a friend. She said—Organized, Generous, Social. I’ll take it!

Personal interests: Cycling, hiking, reading, cooking (and eating).

Best vacation you’ve been to? I just returned from an amazing trip to Colorado. It was my first time there. I loved it!

Describe what you were like at age 10. I was about to get braces for the second time, I was a dancer, and I was about to land my breakthrough role as Martha the Cavewoman in an elementary musical called “Wheels.” My public singing debut was a song called “Thank You, Henry Ford.” I still remember it.

If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?  I’d probably need to meet Mozart. He was an interesting person.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? I’d probably choose the lunch buffet at Taste of India!

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? I’d want to save the piano… but it’s a little too big to get through the door.

Least favorite Food? Olives. I will eat just about anything else. I have tried and tried with olives, and I just can’t.

What advice would you give to recent new hires? Of course, spend time getting to know the colleagues in your immediate area, but find ways to become involved in work that takes you to other parts of campus and introduces you to others colleagues. It can be so rewarding! You just might develop relationships with people you had no idea you needed so much.

What did you want to be when growing up? In a video that was recorded in 6th grade, I definitively declared that I planned to be “an actress.” I guess I got pretty close.

What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? “Titanic.” There, I said it. Perhaps you’ll cut me some slack. I was a teenager when it came out.

WRS Webinars Offered in September

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 ETF’s webinar page (click on Webinar tab) to learn more about any of the following sessions.

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.

  • Wed, Sep 5, 2018 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tue, Sep 11, 2018 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Sep 20, 2018 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Sep 26, 2018 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.

  • Fri, Sep 14, 2018 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tue, Sep 18, 2018 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Sep 21, 2018 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Sep 25, 2018 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement
Consider this webinar your quick reference guide to starting the retirement process within the next 12 months. We’ll review: choosing a termination date, how to request a retirement estimate – and how to read and understand it. We’ll also cover how to schedule a retirement appointment and – drum roll here — how to submit the retirement application.

  • Wed, Sep 12, 2018 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Fri, Sep 14, 2018 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Sep 20, 2018 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Mon, Sep 24, 2018 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

PUBLIC WEBINAR:

Preparing for Your Retirement

Who should attend? Employees who are planning to retire in the next 1 – 10 years.

Learn about your steps to retire with the WRS. Attend this event in a city near you or by live webinar! You will learn about the impact of contributions and investment returns on your account, when you can retire, your WRS annuity options, returning to work after you retire, what happens to your account when you die, health and life insurance, and more. Questions are welcome during and after the event!

  • Thu, Sep 6, 2018 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Sep 25, 2018 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Nov 6, 2018 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Register for a webinar

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

Wellness Incentives are Taxable

TreeThe State of Wisconsin extends a number of financial incentives to employees through the Well Wisconsin employee wellness program. If you are covered under the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance program, you and your spouse (if covered under the State Group Health Insurance Program) are eligible for the $150 Well Wisconsin incentive if you submitted a health screening result to StayWell, completed the StayWell health risk assessment and a Well-Being activity by October 19, 2018. StayWell is the State of Wisconsin wellness program administrator. Additionally, depending on the health plan you are enrolled with, you may also be eligible for financial reimbursements for wellness related expenses such as gym memberships, fitness classes, the cost to participate in Community Support Agriculture (CSA) programs and rewards for participating in health or wellness programs or challenges.

Per guidance from the federal government and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the wellness incentive benefits are classified as taxable fringe benefits. This means that any financial incentive you receive from the program is taxable income for state and federal tax purposes.

What this means for you:

  • Financial incentives will be reported as taxable wages and subject to applicable withholdings and taxes. You will see withholdings for all incentives issued in the current calendar year reflected on your August or December pay stub. This will include incentives issued to your eligible family members.
  •  Withholding may include 7.65% for Social Security and Medicare if the employee is FICA Eligible and may include federal and state withholding, depending on the number of exemptions you claimed on your W-4. *Note some individuals may have hit their Social Security Tax maximum in 2018 ($7,960.80); and therefore, they may only have Medicare Tax withheld.
  • Federal regulations require your employer to receive financial data regarding incentives issued to employees and their covered family members. Your health information is protected by federal privacy regulations and is not shared with your employer.

Even with the federal government’s tax regulations, eligible employees and their spouses are able to receive substantial financial rewards for using the wellness incentives offered by the State of Wisconsin and participating health plans.

For questions about the $150 Well Wisconsin incentive, contact StayWell at wellwisconsin@staywell.com. For questions about incentives provided by your health plan carrier, contact your health plan carrier directly. If you have additional questions, contact wellness@uwgb.edu or ext. 2203.

 

Student employee hours limit changes to 25 hours on August 19th

The student employee hours limit will change to 25 hours per week on August 19, 2018.  The hours limit is in place to make sure we are in compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The 25 hours per week limit will continue through December 15, 2018.

Please review the 2018 Student Bi-Weekly Payroll Schedule at: http://www.uwgb.edu/UWGBCMS/media/hr/files/StudentBiWeeklyPayrollSchedule2018.pdf.

If you have any questions, please contact us at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390.

WRS Webinars Offered in August

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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 ETF’s webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions.

Retirement Annuity Options
Choosing a WRS annuity option is one of the most important decisions you will face. This annuity options webinar will cover all of the WRS annuity options and help you understand them so that you can make an informed decision. We will also explain the important differences between a beneficiary and a named survivor.

  • Wed, Aug 1, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM CDT
  • Tue, Aug 14, 2018 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
  • Mon, Aug 20, 2018 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT
  • Thu, Aug 30, 2018 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM CDT

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

  • Thu, Aug 9, 2018 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
  • Wed, Aug 15, 2018 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT
  • Tue, Aug 21, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM CDT
  • Mon, Aug 27, 2018 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Retirement Benefit Calculation Method
This benefit calculation webinar will explain the methods used for benefit calculations and the components of each method. Anyone who has requested or is planning to request an estimate will have a better understanding of how that amount was calculated. Individuals will have the opportunity to ask questions on this topic at the end of the session.

  • Tue, Aug 7, 2018 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT
  • Fri, Aug 17, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM CDT
  • Thu, Aug 23, 2018 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
  • Tue, Aug 28, 2018 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM CDT

Register for a webinar

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

Employee Spotlight: Erica Grunseth

Erica Grunseth Aug 2018Name: Erica Grunseth

Position at UWGB: Coordinator of Public Services – Cofrin Library

Summary of what you do:  Supervise the public services department. We deal with checking things in and out, technology, interlibrary loan, and library spaces. I supervise 2 permanent staff and 20-ish student employees. If you ask a student at the desk to talk to a manager, you’ll probably be talking to me!

How long have you been employed: I worked temp jobs through and after college. I was a library director in Abbotsford Wisconsin for 4 years before starting at UWGB in March of 2016.

Three words that describe you: Geeky, curious, friendly

Motto or personal mantra? It’s probably fine…

What book did you read last? The Letters of JRR Tolkien

What did you want to be when growing up? A librarian. Live your dreams!

What do you like most about your job? I became a librarian because I love helping people and I love information. Ask me questions!

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Nobody else is going to take responsibility for your happiness.

What is an ability you wish you had? Teleportation. It would be great to be able to visit my family and friends at any time.

Top 3 life highlights? My wedding, getting my MLIS, seeing the Tolkien archive.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? I knit, cook, bake, play games (video and tabletop), hike, kayak, camp, sing, play ukulele and bass guitar, and occasionally record a podcast.

What is your favorite sport? Hockey

What celebrity do people think you look like? Someone once told me I looked like Jennifer Lawrence. I’m fairly skeptical of that.

What children’s character can you relate with most? Why? Moomin from the books by Tove Jansson. He just wants to live in peace, plant potatoes, and dream.

Where is your favorite place to eat? Kavarna.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? I enjoy eating salmiakki. It’s salty black licorice. Yum!

What’s your favorite thing to do in Green Bay? I love going to the Saturday farmer’s market with my friends.

What is your favorite meal? I once made rosemary garlic venison tenderloin with pan sauce, roasted asparagus, and morel risotto. That was pretty good.

Best vacation you’ve been to? Visiting my brother and his family in Vancouver

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

Where is your home town? Owen, Wisconsin

Describe what you were like at age 10. Geeky, curious, and painfully shy.