Student Work Study Awards

Federal work study award confirmation emails were sent to eligible students who did not have active employment positions just before the fall semester began.  Potential supervisors of work study students should be aware that some students declined or had their award cancelled due to receipt of other aid since these forms were emailed.  Students can always locate the most up-to-date information about their work study award in the Student Information System (SIS).

Work study awardees, including those without earnings, are emailed a biweekly balance report after payroll is processed.  Students can forward these messages to aid you in verifying individual award amounts and tracking departmental student employee budgets.  More information about monitoring work study awards is available on the Student Employment website. 

Supervisors are encouraged to list all student employee positions in the Phoenix Recruitment Online (PRO) system.  Employers may post directly in PRO, complete an online Job Posting form, or email details about the job to 

Please direct any questions about the work study program to the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment ( or 920/465-2556). 


Employee Spotlight: Dr. Brian Merkel

Brian Merkel

Brian Merkel, Associate Professor of Human Biology, enjoys helping students find their passion and making that their career. When he isn’t in the classroom, he enjoys being on the lake fishing.

Name: Brian Merkel

Position at UWGB: Associate Professor of Human Biology

Summary of what you do: Pre-health advisor, I teach courses in Immunology, Advanced Microbiology, Microbiology, Human Disease and Society

How long have you been employed:19 years

Three words that describe you: Passionate educator, Believer in student potential, OCD

Personal interests: Playing Drums, Fishing, especially for Smallmouth Bass, Movies

Any favorite line from a movie? I’m your huckleberry from Tombstone

Are you messy or organized? Organized chaos

Best vacation you’ve been to? Maine/San Francisco

Describe what you were like at age 10. Mischievous

Favorite travel spot? The waters of Sturgeon Bay

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? The governor of Wisconsin

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Josh Brolin or Chris Pine…I saw Hell or High Water recently and he was fantastic in that film.

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? Include all of our students in convocation

Tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in a small town in New Jersey, approximately thirty minutes from NYC. My parents despised their jobs, wanted more for their children and wholly believed in the value of a college education as a means to secure better futures for their children.   I was a first generation college student and was determined to do well in college, so that I could obtain a job I could tolerate. At the time, I thought this was ambitious. After all, my parents hated their jobs. Sources of happiness would come elsewhere—family, friends, hobbies. This is how I thought things worked.

As a second semester college senior, I was unsure about a career path. I enjoyed science and decided to apply to Ph.D. programs in microbiology/immunology to pursue this inkling further. First year graduate students rotate through different laboratories to find a research “home” to complete their Ph.D. work, which can take up to 7 years. We were required to give research presentations on what we experienced during these “rotations”. The prospect of presenting scientific research to an audience was terrifying, let alone doing so in front of an audience consisting of senior graduate students and the entire graduate faculty. Quite unexpectedly, the presentations were an epiphany and I realized teaching science was a vocation. This was the first time I realized that obtaining a job I could tolerate was not enough. The prospect of turning a passion into a career was a new concept for me. I share these experiences with students as I introduce myself the first day of each class. The heart of the message is that if I can do it, so can they…identify a passion and turn it into a career. It’s important for students to see us as people. Faculty are human. We make mistakes, we struggle, some of us fish, we eat food. In fact, it never ceases to make me smile when I run into students in grocery stores. They simply cannot help, but stare at the contents of my cart. “Hmmmmm, Dr. Merkel. I didn’t know you needed toilet paper. I thought you were a microbiology/immunology machine getting your batteries recharged in Home Depot, so you are ready for class tomorrow. I see you like Dove ice cream bars…no kale…Hmmmm”. I understand it all, but it is funny nonetheless. Serving as a mentor to students, assisting them achieve their goals is the greatest reward. My old friend and colleague Ganga Nair used to say, “Students are my wealth.” We were kindred spirits in this regard.        

What are your hopes for our industry/school? Statewide appreciation for the value of this place. I attended a small private college as an undergraduate and was a faculty member at a small private college prior to my arrival at UW-Green Bay. As such, I know how good this place is. In fact, I remember clearly saying to myself many years ago that the citizens of this state must be so proud of the UW System. I thought this was self-evident, requiring little attention from me or anyone else. I was terribly wrong. This message has to be asserted. The administration, faculty, staff and graduates need to articulate effectively the value of this place, not just to politicians, but to everyone…our families, neighbors, friends, acquaintances Secondly, In addition to highlighting the value of research, excellence in teaching should be appreciated more, especially in terms of raises and promotions. It is clear our students benefit from faculty that excel in either area.        

What do you always want to try and never did? Skydiving

What is the first concert you attended? AC/DC in 8th grade.

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

What would you like to be famous for? Making a difference in the lives of our students.

Title and Total Compensation Study RFP Published

The Title and Total Compensation Study Request for Proposal (RFP) is now published on!  The due date for proposals is September 29th. A proposal review team consisting of Shenita Brokenburr, Mark Walters, Margo Lessard, David J. Miller, Mary Luther and Brian Gittens will review and score all proposals received. Shenita Brokenburr and Mark Walters will advance the team’s recommendation to executive sponsors for a final decision on the vendor.

For further information the title and total compensation study please visit the UW system website at

2016 Founders Awards for Excellence

Founders Award 2016















On Wednesday, August 24 at Fall Convocation, the 2016 Founders Awards for Excellence were awarded to UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members. These awards have been in existence since 1975 thanks to private philanthropic support. Each year, nominations are collected from faculty, staff, and others for these prestigious awards and a campuswide committee selects the winners. The winners of the 2016 Founders Awards for Excellence are:

Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching – Ryan Martin

Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship – John Mariano

University Award for Excellence in community Outreach – Lora Warner

University Academic Support Award for Excellence – Joan Robb

University Staff Award for Excellence – Marie Helmke

University Award for Collaborative Achievement – T. Heather Herdman and Susan Gallagher Lepak

For more information about the award recipients, read the Inside UW-Green Bay News article.

Title and Total Compensation Study Update

An update was provided to the advisory council August 24, 2016 regarding stakeholder feedback on the Request for Proposal (RFP), project coordinator position, and next steps in the Title and Total Compensation Study process.  Information on the feedback received and next steps in this process can be reviewed in this UW System Power Point presentation.

For more information about this process, please see the UW System Title and Total Compensation Study website.

Student Hours Reduction

As a reminder, UW-Green Bay student employees must reduce their working schedules down to 25 hours per week starting August 21, 2016 to make sure we are in compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  

If you have any questions about this, please contact Human Resources at or ext. 2390.

Christine Olson appointed Human Resources Director


University of Wisconsin-Green Bay recently conducted a search open to UW System employees and Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, Sheryl Van Gruensven, would like to announce the appointment of Christine Olson as Director of Human Resources, effective August 15, 2016.

Christine joined UW-Green Bay in 2008 as a Payroll and Benefits Specialist, where she performed bi-weekly payroll, employee benefits counseling, coordination of annual employee benefits fair and served as campus I-9 coordinator. Christine then moved into the role of Human Resources Manager with duties such as labor relations, recruitment, guidance and oversight for direct reports, understanding and interpreting various state, federal and UW System employment laws and drafting/communication of policies and procedures.  Christine’s final appointment has been as Assistant Director of Human Resources since January of 2016 with duties of managing day-to-day operations of human resource functions at UW-Green Bay, employee relations, contracts, career progressions, policy development, and employee development, just to name a few. Christine holds an Associate’s Degree in Human Resources, Bachelor’s in Business Management and plans to pursue her Master’s Degree in the near future.

Please welcome Christine into her new role at UW-Green Bay as Director of Human Resources.

*Due to budget cuts, Christine’s current role as Assistant Director of Human Resources will not be filled.

Wellness Webinar – Stress and Your Physical Health

stressProlonged, uncontrolled stress is detrimental to our mental and physical health. Stress can kill. This presentation reviews the stress response in more detail and highlights the impact on the human body during each phase including discussions on stress induced weight gain, high blood pressure, depression and anxiety. Review of previous stress management tips and strategies will be discussed as well as building resilience to overcome barriers to effective stress management.

When:  Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: CL 735

No need to RSVP or register – just mark your calendar and join us! Feel free to bring your lunch too! :)

Employee Spotlight: Jeff Willems


Jeff Willems, Area Coordinator, from Residence Life has served UW-Green Bay for 12 years. If you have questions about on campus housing, how to become a Resident Assistant, or residence life in general Jeff is an excellent resource. When Jeff isn’t solving problems in our residence halls he is an avid baseball fan and a volleyball coach as well.

Position at UWGB: Senior Area Coordinator

Summary of what you do: I supervise 12 paraprofessional staff. We maintain a safe, clean, and inclusive living environment that helps the residents build a quality community that will help everyone adjust to and be successful at the university and in life.

How long have you been employed: I am going on my 12th year.

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I have worked in residence Life the entire time. I have overseen everything except the trads at one point and time. I currently will be responsible for The U. (Harden, Roy, and Robishaw)

Three words that describe you: Jazzy, Encouraging, Supportive

Personal interests: self-worth, coaching, human rights, family, games

Any favorite line from a movie? May the force be with you.

Are you messy or organized? Organized mess

Best vacation you’ve been to? Hawaii

Describe what you were like at age 10. I was the chunky peacemaker of our neighborhood group

Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? Not really

Do you have a favorite quote? If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it. – Muhammad Ali

Do you have an office nickname? What is it? I guess it would be Jazzy

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? Please, too many to list.

Favorite travel spot? Fires on the beach

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? Kane – the chief of the Hawaiian trinity

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? No clue

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

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? Increased salary

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

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

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

If you were an animal what would you be? Dolphin

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? I would never write a book about myself

If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be? Self Help?

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

Least favorite Food? Rotten

Motto or personal mantra? Be respectful

People would be surprised if they knew: the truth

Tell us a little about yourself.  I am a grateful and peaceful person.

Tell us a little bit about your family. I have a great family. Parents will celebrate their 50th anniversary this October. 3 living brothers, 1 deceased, 1 sister. They all live in the general area

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us?  Different things surprise different people.

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. I wasn’t born in Wisconsin.

Top 3 life highlights? = college graduate, being a part of 2 top 10 teams in collegiate club volleyball. Being an uncle.

What advice would you give to recent new hires? Get to know people across throughout campus.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? Politics are everywhere, it is important to be a voice for the few,

What are your hopes for our industry/school? That we continue to produce quality citizens that care about the world.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? The ability to encourage individual and group growth.

What book did you read last? An Incomplete Education

What books are at your bedside? I don’t have books by my bedside.

What celebrity do people think you look like? I will have to ask them.

What children’s character can you relate with most? Why? Kermit the Frog. He can be fun, is practical, has a variety of friends.

What did you want to be when growing up? A baseball player

What do you always want to try and never did? Travel the world

What do you like most about your job? The ability of the people

What do you like to do in your spare time? Coach, play volleyball

What do you like to do on your days off? Spend time on the beach.

What does a typical day look like for you? Talking with students, meetings, planning

What else do you do for fun? Everything I do is fun.

What is an ability you wish you had? Speed read with the comprehension

What is the first concert you attended? MC Hammer

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? A camp with waterfront

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Meet them where they are at.

What is your biggest pet peeve? none

What is your family like? Very traditional

What is your favorite meal? One I don’t cook and is free

What is your favorite movie and book? maybe The Far Side Gallery and Field of Dreams

What is your favorite sport? Tie Baseball and Volleyball

Hidden talent? None

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? coaching

What one food do you wish had zero calories? All of them

What phobias do you have? none

What places have you lived in? Michigan and Wisconsin.

What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? SVU

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? Superfudge and any ball

What would people never guess you do in your role? If they know our role they would know we do almost anything to help students.

What would you like to be famous for? Being a good person who gave back

What’s on your bucket list? I don’t really have a bucket list. Maybe I should make one.

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

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? I have eaten a lot of weird stuff. Maybe bugs.

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

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Still working here.

Where is your favorite place to eat? With friends or family

Where is your home town? I consider Green Bay my home town.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? I need to visit friends in Malawi and Japan

Volunteer Opportunity of the Month: Big Brothers Big Sisters


BBBS Aug 2016






Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization that started with a mission “to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.” The official start of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County program started in 1977 but it was unofficially started in 1972 by the YMCA and 1974 by the YWCA. The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is supported by donors and volunteers who are matched up with local youth in the community. This program is the largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the U.S. Bigs are paired with a child between the ages of 7 and 13 and are asked to spend a few hours a week for at least one year to help impact the child’s life. You can be a Big starting at 16 and do it as a single person or a couple. The impact of being a BIG is tremendous on the children. Youth who are paired with a Big are 52% more likely to remain in school and 75% more likely to earn a 4-year degree. If you are interested in impacting the lives of those in our community and would like more information, please stop up to the Human Resources office (CL 710) and pick up a brochure. If you’d like to learn more about this great organization, please visit their website

*All information in this blog post was taken from Big Brothers Big Sisters website.