Important Semester/Year End Information for Student Supervisors


This post contains information on:

  • Graduating Seniors and students not continuing/ Other Important Dates
  • Federal Work Study Balance Reports
  • Posting a position on PRO
  • Earning Statements/W2



The last day of work for graduating seniors and those not returning for the spring semester is DECEMBER 21, 2015. This applies to all student employees, work study or regular. If your student employee is graduating or will no longer be a student, you may have the option of hiring them as an LTE. All LTE requests have to be approved by leadership before hire. Please contact Human Resources with any questions about this process.

If your student employee is graduating, their appointment will be ended by HR. If your student employee is not return for any other reason or their position is changing please complete a Student Employment Form and select the appropriate action from the top drop down and complete the necessary information.


Other Important Dates

January 25-First day of classes for Spring semester
May 13-Last day of work for students graduating in May or not returning for Fall 2016



These reports are sent bi-weekly via email to students with a FWS award. This email contains FWS amounts & balances. Ask your FWS student employee(s) to provide you with these emails as a way to monitor award balances. An accurate FWS balance will assist supervisors when scheduling hours for spring and help avoid exceeding a student’s FWS award.



Open positions should be posted in the Phoenix Recruitment Online (PRO) site. Jobs can be submitted by completing an online form or instructions to post directly in PRO can be found on the Student Employment website:



Earnings statements are available to all current student employees through access to the My UW System Portal at and can be accessed at any time, from any computer that has an internet connection.  To login, the student will need to select UW-Green Bay, and then enter their UW-Green Bay user ID and password.  Access to the portal is tied to employment, thus if employment ends so will access to the portal.

The 2015 W2 will be sent to the student’s home address and a copy will be available in the portal at the end of January. Please have the student review their personal information on the portal. If the address listed is incorrect, please notify before the end of the year.



Employee Spotlight: Megan Olson Hunt, PhD.


Have you ever repelled off of a summit? Can you barefoot waterski? These are just a few things that Megan Olson Hunt can do. She is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics teaching all levels of Statistics courses.  She also acts as a consultant and data analyst for scientists (and many others) doing research. Check out this months’ Employee Spotlight for more fascinating facts about Megan Olson Hunt!

From Megan’s website, she graduated with her PhD in biostatistics from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to that, she earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Winona State University in Minnesota, spanning the areas of mathematics, secondary mathematics education, psychology and statistics. During undergrad, she had a great math summer research opportunity that took me to Rutgers and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. For two years after undergrad, she taught math at high schools in New Zealand (Rotorua and Auckland for those of you in the know). She is originally from Eau Claire, WI and is glad to be back amongst the midwest lakes!

 Position at UWGB: Assistant Professor of Mathematics (Statistics)

 Summary of what you do: Teach all levels of statistics courses, both applied and theoretical; act as a consultant and data analyst for scientists (and many others) doing research; conduct theoretical research on missing data and high-dimensional data; serve the university in various ways, including through the Wellness Committee and the NAS Scholarship Committee

 How long have you been employed: 1.5 years

 Brief history of employment with UWGB: Started in the fall of 2014 after getting my PhD in April of that year

 Three words that describe you: Conscientious, driven, goofy

 Personal interests: Animals; rock climbing; photography; gardening; cooking and healthy, sustainable food; waterskiing; ecology/sustainability; snowboarding; being in/on/around water; hiking; camping

 Random facts/interests: I have three dogs, three chickens and two pet rats. I look for any excuse to be around animals and daydream about being one of the lucky people who get to rescue and rehabilitate them. Animals bring out my silly side – I often sing to my pets and hold conversations with them (with me talking on their behalf, of course). Before moving to Green Bay, I volunteered for a retired racing greyhound rescue in Pittsburgh for five years and helped place hundreds of dogs into homes. Now I volunteer at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary a few times a month. I’m also on the Board of Directors for the New Leaf Market co-op that we’re trying to open in the Green Bay area.


Are you messy or organized? Organized x 1000

Best vacations you’ve been on? Entire north island of New Zealand, a train ride through Norway, Fiji and the northwest shore of Lake Superior (Duluth, Palisade Head, Shovel Point, Grand Marais)

Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? NPR and Al Jazeera for news; food blogs (particularly like My New Roots and The Raw Dessert Kitchen), Grammar Girl (blog)

Do you have a favorite quote? Humans aren’t the only species on Earth, we just act like it.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? A person who can actually surf well

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why? Rory from Gilmore Girls, because who doesn’t want to live in Stars Hollow and go to Luke’s Diner?

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? Get my workload under 12-14 hours/day (someday…)!

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? A salad with collards, kale, all sorts of veggies and fruit, olive oil and balsamic vinegar

If you were an animal what would you be? Oh my gosh, how do I decide?! A bird – walk, swim or fly!

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

Least favorite food? Parsley and black licorice/anise

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us: I can barefoot waterski

Tell us a few things most people don’t know about you: I played the violin and clarinet for 13 years (and would like to start again someday), I love running late at night, a few years ago I finally worked up the courage to go over jumps on my snowboard, I have a blog about small things people can do every day to help the environment, I’ve done a few sprint-length triathlons, I was on the Min-Aqua Bats waterski team and I’ve hiked 39 miles of the Superior Hiking Trail

Top three life highlights? Climbing to the summit of Seneca Rocks in West Virginia, living and working in New Zealand (where I met my husband!), seeing through my goal of getting my PhD and becoming a professor

What books are at your bedside? The Lady Tasting Tea (David Salsburg), The Canon (Natalie Angier), The Nature of Things (Will Curtis), A New Earth (Eckhart Tolle)

What did you want to be when growing up? In first grade, I told my mom I wanted to be a school bus driver (I really liked my bus driver). Later, I wanted to be a violinist in an orchestra and photographer for National Geographic (except for having to go in caves). In undergrad, I knew I wanted to be a math professor.

What is the first concert you attended? Pearl Jam

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? A lot of land so it couldn’t be built on, and I’d turn it into a nature preserve and/or animal sanctuary

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? The best way to solve a problem is to walk away from it for a while (the answer will come to you when you least expect it)

What is your favorite movie and book? Ace Ventura: Pet Detective; A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Which foods do you wish had zero calories? Espresso Oreo ice cream, donuts with maple frosting and cheese curds (of course)

What phobias do you have? Claustrophobia

What places have you lived? Eau Claire, WI (hometown); Winona, MN (undergrad); Manitowish Waters, WI and Piscataway, NJ each for a summer; Prague, Czech Republic for a couple of months; Rotorua, New Zealand; Auckland, New Zealand and Pittsburgh, PA

What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? Blue Crush

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? A Pound Purry named Purrr

What’s the one thing you can’t live without? Sleep (not just from a physiological standpoint – I really love sleep)

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Freshwater eel (it’s delicious)

What’s your favorite thing to do in Green Bay? Go to the farmers’ markets, walk/bike/run on the Fox River Trail, sit down on the CityDeck and go to Luna and Kavarna

Where do you see yourself in five years? Tenured!

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Croatia; back to Norway; Maine; Savannah, GA; New Orleans; Vancouver and other south Pacific islands (Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu)

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

This October, the Office of Disability Employment Policy from the United States Department of Labor is celebrating 70 years of observing Disability Employment Awareness Month.  The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “My disability is one part of who I am.”

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.

Today, Americans with disabilities make up almost one-fifth of our population.  In 2014, the employment rate of person with disabilities in the US was 17.1% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).  In contrast, the employment-population ratio for those without a disability was 64.6%.    

If you are a UW-Green Bay employee with a disability and would like to have a reasonable accommodation consider, please review our ADA policy.  Please contact Human Resources for additional information on this at 920-465-2390.

As we celebrate the ways individuals with disabilities strengthen our workforce, let’s all think of what you can do to strengthen our work force and community for people with disabilities.


Employee Spotlight: Jemma Lund

LUND CROPUW-Green Bay students can jet off to study in foreign lands, such as Spain, Cuba, Mexico, United Kingdom and Germany, just to name a few, in our study abroad program by speaking with Jemma Lund, UWGB’s Study Abroad Coordinator in the Office of International Education. The study abroad programs award UW-Green Bay students credit and enable them to stay on track with graduation requirements. Jemma is advisor for the study abroad programs and promotes the program on campus. She has been with the university and program for about 4½ years, three of those years as part-time and then became full-time in spring of 2014.

Jemma is a dedicated, passionate and engaged person on campus who loves the outdoors, reading and travel. She enjoys talking with students, giving study abroad presentations and working with faculty to plan travel courses.

Position at UWGB: Study Abroad Coordinator

Summary of what you do:   I promote study abroad on campus, manage application system and I am the advisor for study abroad programs.

How long have you been employed: Total of about 4½ years, a little over one year in my current position.

Brief history of employment with UWGB: Worked part-time in this position from 2011-2014, moved to full-time in spring 2014

Three words that describe you: Dedicated, Passionate, and Engaged

Personal interests: Outdoors, Reading and Travel

Random facts/interests: I lived in Turkey for about two years, I’m a secret baker and bring treats for our interns and I’m the only one I know with a Smithsonian magazine subscription.

– If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? I think it would be fun to do a travel show somewhere and be a host.

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

– People would be surprised if they knew: I went to Syria on vacation in 2009 and spent a week traveling the country

– What advice would you give to recent new hires? If you’re not from Green Bay, get to know the city and try to get involved on campus in order to meet people.

– What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? I love talking with students and working with faculty to plan travel courses.

– What book did you read last? James Patterson

– What books are at your bedside? Any mystery or crime fiction

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

– What does a typical day look like for you? A little bit of everything!  Meeting with students, checking applications, giving presentations, preparing visa paperwork, updating the website, posting on social media, brainstorming new promotion ideas, meeting with faculty travel course leaders, etc.

– What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?  Those that mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind.

– What would people never guess you do in your role? All the paperwork!

– What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Guinea pig in Ecuador.

– What’s your favorite thing to do in Green Bay? I live in De Pere, I really like to go for a bike ride on the trails, meet friends for happy hour, see some live music or Comedy City on the weekend.

Self-Identification of Veteran and Disability Status

Federal regulations passed in March, 2014, require employers to invite employees to self-identify their veteran and disability status.  We are requesting that employees update their information in the My UW System Portal by October 31, 2015.  To provide you with additional background on the basis for this request, please view the FAQ document.

Responses to this survey are confidential and can only be accessed by staff within the Human Resources Office.  Please note that completing the survey does NOT initiate an accommodation request for a disability. If you would also like to request an accommodation for a disability, you should complete the accommodation request form found in the FAQ document. 

Instructions for updating your portal: 

Step 1: Click on this link ‘My UW System’ Portal and log in to the HRS Portal. 

The HRS portal works best if you log in through Internet Explorer.                                                                                 

Step 2: On the right hand of the screen, look for ‘Personal Information’. 

This is located closer to the top of the webpage (on the right hand side).  You will see your name, department, title and other information related to you and your job.

Step 3: Click on the (view/update) for Disability Status.  Follow the prompts to complete the survey.

Step 4: Go back to your portal again. 

This can most easily be done if you are using ‘tabs’ in Internet Explorer by clicking on the ‘My UW System Work Record’ tab again, located at the top of the Internet Explorer Window.

Step 5: Click on (view/update) for Veteran Status.  Follow the prompts to complete the survey.

Step 6: Close out the window. You’re done!  Thank you for taking the time to complete both surveys.

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Employee Spotlight: Gail Sims-Aubert


UW-Green Bay students can rest easy in the housing on campus with Gail Sims-Aubert as the Director of Residence Life. Gail has been overseeing daily operations and all facets of student housing at UW-Green Bay since October 2013.

Gail was born and raised in a small town, Bruning, Nebraska (population 300). She is one of five children and a first generation college graduate with a BA in Broadcast Sales/Management and Master’s Degree in Speech Communication. Gail religiously reads her hometown newspaper every week (Hebron Journal Register) because it keeps her “in the know” with small town life. Gail is married and has two wiener dogs, Thelma and Louise. She is an organized, thoughtful and detail-oriented person who loves fitness, cycling, watching college basketball (Go Phoenix!) and reading.

Gail loves working with her staff of professionals and students, because no two days are ever the same. One of the most important things Gail has learned in life is to say what’s on your mind, because life may not give you a second chance.

Position at UWGB: Director of Residence Life

Summary of what you do:   Oversee the daily operations of all facets of student housing at UWGB

How long have you been employed:          Since October 2013

Brief history of employment with UWGB: Have been here just over 18 months

Three words that describe you:     Organized, Thoughtful and Detail-Oriented

Personal interests: Fitness, Cycling, Reading

Random facts/interests: Born and raised in a small town in Nebraska (pop. 300). My husband and I have 2 wiener dogs (Thelma and Louise)

– Are you messy or organized? Organized

– Best vacation you’ve been to? Recently explored the Mayan pyramids in Mexico

– Describe what you were like at age 10. Shy. Very, very shy

– Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? I religiously read my hometown newspaper every week (Hebron Journal Register) because it keeps me “in the know” with small town life.

– Do you have a favorite quote? “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Will Rogers

– If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? The winter weather!

– If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be? My Dad. He passed away when I was quite young, and I’d love to pick his brain about a lot of things.

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

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

– Least favorite Food? Brussel sprouts

– Motto or personal mantra? Be proud of yourself every day!

– Tell us a little about yourself. I am one of five children, and a first generation college student. I have a BA in Broadcast Sales/Management and a Master’s Degree in Speech Communication. My husband (Alan) and I have been married for 15 years.

– What advice would you give to recent new hires? Never feel bad about asking questions!

– What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Working with my staff – both the professionals and the students

– What book did you read last? Follow You Home

– What books are at your bedside? Anything, I read a wide variety of things

– What did you want to be when growing up? Hair Stylist

– What do you like most about your job? No two days are ever the same!

– What do you like to do in your spare time? Pretty much anything outside.

– What do you like to do on your days off? Pedicures!

– What does a typical day look like for you? Lots of meetings.

– What else do you do for fun? Clean my house – I know it’s odd.

– What is an ability you wish you had? Be two places at once.

– What is the first concert you attended? Belinda Carlisle

– What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? Pay off my husband’s student loans.

– What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Say what’s on your mind – life may not give you a second chance.

– What is your favorite movie and book? “So, I Married and Axe Murderer” (funniest movie every!) “This Much I Know is True”

– What is your favorite sport? I love to watch college basketball.

– What one food do you wish had zero calories? Chocolate

– What phobias do you have? Heights

– What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? Say Yes to the Dress and Walking Dead (opposite ends of the spectrum!)

– What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? My Kathy Quick Curl doll

– What’s on your bucket list? Going on safari in Africa

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

– Where is your favorite place to eat? El Potrero (a small Mexican restaurant back home)

– Where is your home town? Bruning, NE

– Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Italy

Employee Spotlight: Nathan (Nate) Rusch

N RuschOne of the many areas on campus that displays all the beauty of UW-Green Bay is the 9-hole golf course, known as the Shorewood Golf Course. Much of this beauty is due to the hard work and dedication of the golf course superintendent, Nathan (Nate) Rusch. Nate is responsible for keeping the course running and in tip-top shape through the golfing season. Nate does a spectacular job managing the grounds and ensuring the course is void of any gophers. He also maintains the equipment and oversees several student employees at the Shorewood. During the off-season, Nate can be found on any one of the many campus roadways, plowing and salting. Nate is a 1999 graduate of UW-Green Bay with a degree in Biology and Environmental Science. He comes from a family of teachers, so he thinks it only fitting to be working at the university in an education setting.

Nate loves to travel and also enjoys boating, camping and biking. On and off the job, Nate is always on the go. When asked what he enjoys outside of work, he said “I have recently started biking on a regular basis.  On a nice day I will try to get 20-40 miles on”. Make some time to visit the beautiful course, and be sure to stop and say hi… if you can manage to catch a second with this active employee!

Pictured with Nate above is “Divot”, Nate’s female companion who has been with him for 15 years!

Position at UWGB:  Golf Course Superintendent

Summary of what you do:  I manage the grounds and equipment at Shorewood Golf Course.  The winters are spent with the Grounds Department in Facilities where I maintain the roads on campus plowing and salting and work as a mechanic when there is no snow removal.

How long have you been employed:  10 years come September 2015

Brief history of employment with UWGB:  I was hired on as Golf Course Superintendent for Shorewood Golf Course September 2005

Three words that describe you:  Adventurous, Inquisitive, Quiet (at least until I get to know you)

Personal interests:  Travel, Boating, Camping, Biking

Random facts/interests:  I was one out of ten people chosen in the nation for a golf course management internship at Disney.  I was offered a fulltime position right before I was supposed to leave so I did not end up going.  It would have been a great experience and often wonder where I would be if I had accepted it.

 – Any favorite line from a movie?  Any line from Carl Spackler in Caddyshack, of course.

– Favorite travel spot?  I love to travel but my favorite trips have been to Europe.  I’ve traveled there five times and have loved every trip.

– Tell us a little about yourself.  I am a UWGB grad, class of ’99 with a degree in Biology and Environmental Science.  I started out working at Branch River Country Club in Manitowoc in 1997 and grew to love the work.  Once I graduated from UWGB, I was hired on as the Assistant Superintendent at Branch and worked there until 2005 when I became the Superintendent of Shorewood.

– Tell us a little bit about your family.  I come from a family of teachers.  My sister teaches band in Lancaster, WI, my Dad is a retired Woods teacher and my Mom taught special needs students.  I guess it’s only fitting that I work at a University.

– What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?  I really enjoy working with the student employees and seeing them grow over the years.  Many of my students come into the job not knowing anything about turf maintenance and after a year or two, they are out there leading projects and coming up with great ideas for the course.

– What book did you read last?  Rick Steves’ Portugal

– What do you like to do on your days off?  If I have enough time, I love to travel.  This is difficult to do with my job though.  Even when I am gone, my phone is always on.  Otherwise, in the summers I will get the boat out as much as I can and try to go camping a few weekends a year.

– What does a typical day look like for you?  Every day is different for me.  I have an idea of what we will work on for the day when I get in to work in the mornings, but things always come up.  The job definitely keeps me on my toes!  Some of the roles I play on a daily basis are mechanic (with approximately 35 pieces of equipment and 24 golf carts to keep running, this is a huge part of my job), ecologist, pathologist, office manager, irrigation tech, equipment operator and carpenter.  In the winters, I put many miles on the truck, plowing and salting all of the roads on campus.

– What is your favorite sport?  Definitely volleyball, although Kickball in the Quad every Wednesday is a close second.

– What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?  I have recently started biking on a regular basis.  On a nice day I will try to get 20-40 miles on.

– What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?  Has to be either the horse burger I had in Ljubljana, Slovenia or octopus rice in Lisbon, Portugal.

– Where would you like to go on a dream vacation?  Really hoping to get to New Zealand this coming spring.


Employee Spotlight: Kimberly Vlies

2015.05.22-kimberly-vlies-at-deskHave you ever wondered who is responsible for the eye catching logos, websites, and graphics that UW-Green Bay uses in it’s daily communication to make the University recognizable, well known and up to date with the timeless Phoenix? Look No Further! Kimberly Vlies, a Web/Graphic Designer within the Office of University Marketing and Communication designs any number of the web-related layouts and graphics recognized as beloved UW-Green Bay displaying the Phoenix Pride! Recently, Kimberly has been designing graphics and layouts for the templates that drive top-level institutional and departmental pages including the 50th Anniversary SiteAlumni Site, Foundation SiteChancellor’s Site, Provost Site, Marketing and University Communications Site and Inside News Site. In her personal life, Kimberly is an amateur photographer and sometimes can be spotted assisting with photography for university events such as convocation and freshman move-in day.

Kimberly is interested in drawing, painting, photography and Spanish and is a self-proclaimed Facebook junkie, stating she spends more time than I care to admit on it. She says, if you’re on Facebook too, please feel free to add her as friend! Read on for more about Kimberly on and off the job!

How long have you been employed: Over 7.5 years…not quite 8 (Since Oct. 1, 2007)

Brief history of employment with UWGB: October 1, 2007 was my first day at UW-Green Bay. I began as Associate University Relations Specialist with a working title of Web/Graphic Designer in the office of Marketing and University Communication. I started out with my role being part web and part print designer but my position changed to focus on electronic media. In 2013 my title progressed to University Relations Specialist (minus the ‘associate’), where I continue today.

Three words that describe you: contemplative, cautious, adventurous

Random facts/interests: I graduated from UW-Oshkosh in December 2004 with a B.F. A. In Graphic Communications and B.S. In Spanish. I studied abroad in Spain for a semester and became fairly fluent (but you’d be surprised how quickly that fades without practice). Now I enjoy opportunities to practice my spanish skills, like meeting UWGB Spanish students and faculty for conversation. My fine art studio classes included drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. I loved creating art and miss it very much, but it requires an intentional decision to make time for it. I like doing things that allow me to enjoy Wisconsin’s outdoors, like walking, white water rafting, kayaking, cross country skiing, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting.

– Any favorite line from a movie? “You’re killing me, Smalls” The Sandlot

– Are you messy or organized? Messy. My life is a constant losing battle against the forces of chaos. I cleaned my desk off for the photo.

– Best vacation you’ve been to? Germany/Belgium trip in with my BFFs in 2005

– Describe what you were like at age 10. I was a daydreamer, the kid that got picked on, a slow reader and an advanced drawer.

– Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? The Onion, Huffinton Post, Psychology Today

– Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? One quiet afternoon a friend sent me a song as a joke and I put my noise canceling headphones on to listen to it, but the audio was really faint so I turned up the volume as high as it would go. It was a techno song with a woman’s voice with a British accent saying “I don’t want to study, I just want to party.” Eventually my co-workers came over to my open door to inquire what on earth I was doing. Turns out my headphones were not plugged in. Kelly Moore and I still laugh about it.

– Favorite travel spot? It’s hard to choose…let’s go with Madrid, Spain

– If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be? It would probably revolve around being creative and a responsible adult at the same time.

– If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? The external hard drive that has all my photos on it.

– People would be surprised if they knew: I owe a lot to the UW-Green Bay pre-college programs. I qualified for the Upward Bound Program because neither of my parents had gone to college and my mediocre grades showed I wasn’t beyond hope, but could flourish with a little assistance. The program was looking for students that were at risk for not pursuing higher education. I’m certain that without it, I would not have gone on to school, I would be an entirely different person, and my life would be drastically different. I learned study skills and got the support I needed to be successful. By my final semester, I had gotten all As. UB took the notion of going on to college, which in my mind was a path for a different type of person, and made it a reality for me.

– What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? I love illustrating and I wish it were something I could do more of and become better at. I love it when I am asked to draw something for work.

– What do you like most about your job? I’m blown away by the amazing opportunities my job at UW-Green Bay has afforded me. The most memorable for me include translating for visitors from our sister institution in Peru, directing/producing a nutcracker parody holiday video with UW-Green Bay Dance and Phlash Phoenix, flying over UW-Green Bay in Lidia Nonn’s small plane to take arial photos of campus, presenting tech workshops, chairing the AS Prof. Dev Programming committee and planning a day-long conference, climbing high into the air on shaky utility ladders and catwalks to get campus photos with Bill Hubbard, holding one of Prof. Draney’s madagascar hissing cockroaches, and sporting press credentials as official UWGB photographer for Bill Clinton’s visit stumping for Obama’s re-election campaign. I think back on all of these experiences—they were terrifying and exhilarating—and I’m so tremendously grateful for the opportunity to have been here for all of them.

Also, I am deeply impressed by and enamored of people who are passionate experts in their fields, which makes UW-Green Bay an ideal work environment for me. I love the opportunities I have had to join a knitting group with our art professors, participate in book discussions with women in higher ed, attend Tertulia, UWGB’s Spanish program’s conversation group, and speaker series like After Thoughts, Cultural Cuisine Luncheons, NAS lecture series, Outreach’s Dinner Lecture series, and various other talks and events featuring visiting and resident experts.

– Hidden talent? I had a short stint in comedy. I auditioned and made it onto the ComedyCity Improv troupe at the Green Room Lounge in DePere. I performed in their improv shows a handful of nights. I even performed in their LaughBox Stand-up Comedy Show once. Sue Mattison came to see me. It was terrifying and amazing.

– Where is your home town?Green Bay, WI

Team Building Thursday fun!

Team Building Thursday activities provided some light hearted fun and a chance for employees to spend some time out of the office! Check out the photos below from last weeks’ UW-Green Bay version of #TBT!

Employee Stories: Other positive stories about UW-Green Bay?

In honor of employee appreciation week, employees were asked to “Share their Stories” as a UWGB employee. See below for some great stories about being a UWGB Phoenix Employee!

ETEUBERT“Most of the employees in the University Advancement office are UWGB graduates and I think that is pretty darn cool! :-)” Liz Teubert, University Advancement.






ECRAVER“This University changes lives – not in some abstract way, but in real ways that directly impact real people here in our community. UW-Green Bay is a vital part of the health and economic growth of Northeast Wisconsin and it is my fervent hope that we can continue to play this important role long into the future.” Eric Craver, Outreach & Adult Access.






phlash“I met my wife here… while wearing the Phlash outfit.” Dan Moore, Outreach & Adult Access.

SMACHUCA“Working at UW-Green Bay is a great experience because of my fellow coworkers.  The majority of the faculty and staff remain positive and work extremely hard through tough times.  This is also a beautiful campus, thanks to the amazing grounds crew and facilities crew, making work a pleasant place to be each day!” Sue Machuca, Phoenix Bookstore.





“I have always had supervisors that care about the students and that care about their staff.  I have been blessed with amazing office team players who have become friends and feel like family. We have some caring staff and faculty all over campus who strongly support students and who treat all people who work here equally.  I have fun.  There has never been a single day that I have gotten up and not wanted to come to work.” Toni Bergeon, Dean of Students Office.


ARENDT, L“We are lucky to have so many outstanding colleagues – bright, funny, interesting, dedicated, committed, and caring people who understand why it’s important for each of us to do our best every day.” Lucy Arendt, College of Professional Studies/School of Business.




“I am so thankful for the quality of students at UWGB.  Many who work several jobs, care for family and suffer with health issues while pursuing their dream of a college degree.  These students deserve so much respect for turning in such wonderful work and doing their best when all odds are often against them.  It is a privilege to serve them.” Jennifer Smith, Human Development.


“For the past three years, I have been apart of the UWGB Float Committee. This past year we won the Jean Nicolet Award.  Our committee is small but mighty and I’m so proud of what we get accomplished each year.” Amanda Wildenberg, Dean of Student Office.

HENNIGES“I am proud to be an employee, an alumni, married to an alumni, parent of one UWGB grad who is fully employed in his field , parent of a current UWGB student with 6 credits to go, and parent of another student who graduated from another UW campus (who took summer classes at UWGB) and currently is in grad school.  I believe in UWGB  and all it has to offer our community and our world.” Amy Henniges, Health and Counseling.


“In addition to my career with the Office of International Education, I also teach fitness classes at the Kress Event Center.  My “noon crew” class (Zumba and Toning Circuits) has been a great opportunity to meet people from all over campus.  We have had staff from Advising, Admissions, Office of International Education, Student Life, CATL, American Intercultural Center, NEW Partnership, Dean of Students, Outreach, Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, faculty and students.  It has been very rewarding to get to know people from so many different departments in a fun and welcoming environment.”   Kristy Aoki, International Education.

Thank you to all faculty and staff who submitted stories and THANK YOU for all you do to make UWGB a great place! There’s No UWGB without U!