JCOER Approves Pay Plan for UW System Employees

In a meeting on February 14, 2018, the Joint Committee on Employment Relations (JCOER) approved the Board of Regent proposed FY2018-2019 pay plan for UW System employees. Details about the pay plan are still forthcoming and will be communicated to the University community in the coming days.

The Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity recently held three open forums related to the Compensation and Pay Plan Policy and proposed pay plan. Please find the presentation for that open forum here.

For questions about the Compensation and Pay Plan Policy or FY2018-2019 Pay Plan, please contact Human Resources at or ext. 2390.

Title and Total Compensation Study Open Forums


The University of Wisconsin System has embarked on a complete redesign of its current classification and compensation structure. The goal of the Title and Total Compensation Study is to modernize the existing title and compensation programs which will, in turn, attract and retain the best talent for the organization. The study is underway and is now nearing the end of Phase 2, which has been focused on modernizing the job title structure.

Are you interested in finding out more on the current status of the study? The next open forums will take place on:

  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Christie Theatre
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Christie Theatre

No need to RSVP, just mark your calendar to attend!  Please contact Human Resources at or ext. 2930 if you have any questions.

Wellness Email Newsletter

Do you want to stay in-the-loop when it comes to wellness?  Sign up for the UW-Green Bay Wellness email newsletter on the Human Resources website under Wellness (  You would receive an email every other week or so, with information about wellness events and activities, recipes, articles, etc.  Over 30 employees have signed up already!  Thanks to Kimberly Vlies and Jen Schanen for their work setting up the wellness email newsletter!



Prevent and Protect Against Seasonal Influenza (the Flu): Stay Home When Sick!

January 31, 2018

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Subject: Prevent and Protect Against Seasonal Influenza (the Flu): Stay Home When Sick!

As we start our spring semester, the UW-Green Bay Counseling and Health Center in collaboration with the Brown County Public Health Department are reminding people that they can take steps now to stop the spread of influenza, and one of the biggest steps they can take is to Stay Home When Sick!

Influenza activity has been increasing. So far, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been the most common flu viruses circulating this season. H3N2 predominant flu seasons have been associated with more severe illness, especially among children and adults age 65 and older.

Symptoms of influenza are similar to cold symptoms, but come on more swiftly and are more pronounced. Symptoms can include cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, chills, feelings of extreme tiredness, and fever. It should be noted that not everyone with the flu will experience fever.

Ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu include:

  • Get a flu shot. It is not too late to get a flu shot this season. Vaccines are available through your local healthcare provider or pharmacy. The Counseling and Health Center also has Quadrivalent Flu vaccine available again for $25 for faculty/staff and $20 for students while supplies last. Simply call (920) 465-2380 to make an appointment.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve, and try to avoid touching your face with your hand. If you use a tissue, throw it away after one use.
  • Never share drinking cups, straws, or utensils
  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, refrigerator handles, phones, and faucets.
  • When possible, avoid being exposed to people who are sick with flu-like symptoms.
  • Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest, and do not smoke.

If you are experiencing symptoms of influenza or have been exposed to someone with influenza or influenza symptoms, consult with your health care provider to determine if antiviral drugs may be helpful. Treatment with antiviral medications can sometimes lessen the effects of influenza, if treatment is started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. Antibiotics are not effective against influenza.

Students: You can also consult a nurse in our center with questions by phone at 920-465-2380 Mondays through Fridays 7:45am-4:30pm. You are also advised to stay in touch with your faculty by email if you are needing to miss class while you have flu like symptoms. You can also refer to the Dean of Students Office policy on extended absences.

By following these good health habits, you are not only protecting yourself, but you are protecting those around you who may be at risk for more serious complications.

Helpful CDC flu resources can be found at

We will update you as information becomes available on any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.


Amy Henniges MSN, RN, CCM                                              

Director Counseling and Health Center

(920) 465-2380

Fax:  920-465-2708


Well Wisconsin Webinar: 2018 Program Overview and Portal Demo


Make this the year you focus on your health and well-being. Join us to learn all about the 2018 Well Wisconsin Program and resources available to assist you, including how to earn your $150 incentive!

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Time: 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Cofrin Library, 7th floor, room 735

No need to RSVP – just mark your calendar to join us, and bring your lunch!

You could also participate in this webinar at your workstation if you prefer – please visit and go to Wellness Webinars to register.

All webinars are recorded and available to Well Wisconsin Program participants on the StayWell wellness portal after the event date.

To access the StayWell wellness portal, you must be an employee, retiree, or spouse enrolled in the State of Wisconsin or Wisconsin Public Employers Group Health Insurance Programs.

Employee Spotlight: Rebecca Hovarter









Name: Rebecca (Becky) Hovarter

Position at UWGB: Nursing and Health Studies Lecturer

Summary of what you do: Assist registered nurses in their journey from being a nurse with an associate degree (skills based) to a nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree

How long have you been employed: I have been in the nursing field for 41 years

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I started at UWGB part time in 2009 and full time in 2013. It is the combination of two of my life long goals: to be a teacher and be a nurse.

Three words that describe you: Sincere, Passion, Dedicated

Personal interests: Flower gardens, grandchildren, reading

Random facts/interests: I earned a college degree every decade since the 1990’s.


Describe what you were like at age 10. Tallest kid in my class (!), wore glasses, book worm

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why? Lillian Wald- early 1900’s. Lillian coined the term public health nurse and worked with immigrants, school kids, and all other aspects of community health and was a leader of the profession. I envy what she did.

Top 3 life highlights? Being married to David for 42 years, birth of my son, my three grandchildren

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? When students have an “aha” moment

What book did you read last? I am usually reading/listening to two or three at a time: Janet Evanovich Hard Core Twenty Four, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, and Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Modern Mexican Art.

What did you want to be when growing up? A teacher and a nurse

What do you like most about your job? Sharing my passion for public health with students

What is the first concert you attended? Chicago in about 1973

What would people never guess you do in your role? Observing students doing dental and vision checks in an outdoor school on the side of a ravine in Mexico; Observing students teach Roma Health Mediators how to make rat traps out of water bottles in Slovakia.

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

Where is your favorite place to eat? Koreana’s

Where is your home town? Glidden and Ashland Wisconsin

Compensation Policy and Proposed Pay Plan Open Forums

The Chancellor’s Cabinet recently approved the Compensation and Pay Plan Policy. This document presents policies for determining starting pay, hourly rate upon movement to a new position or job, promotional pay, and guidelines for setting the rate for temporary and project appointments. This policy also includes guidelines for pay plan, temporary base adjustments, salary adjustments during interim appointments, salary adjustments within a title, overtime, compensatory time, and other pay components specifically created for non-exempt university staff.

Please join us for a series of open forums in which we will outline details of the Compensation and Pay Plan Policy. We will also discuss the proposed 2018-2019 Pay Plan, including timeline and UW-Green Bay pay plan guidelines. As a note, the Joint Committee on Employment Relations (JCOER) has not yet met to approve the proposed pay plan. We will cover the same material at each forum.

  • Monday, February 12, 2018
    2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
    Christie Theater
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    Christie Theater
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
    Phoenix Room A

No need to RSVP, just mark your calendar to attend!  Please contact Human Resources at or ext. 2930 if you have any questions.


Instructions for Viewing Outstanding Required Compliance Training

As communicated in an e-mail dated 1/23/2018 and accompanying blog post, all faculty and staff must complete the following required compliance trainings:

Everfi/LawRoom trainings:

  • Introduced in Winter, 2018:
    • FERPA Basics
    • Touchstone: Tools for an Ethical Workplace
    • Protect Children (EDU-WI)
    • Injury and Illness Prevention (EDU)
  • Introduced in Spring, 2017:
    • Preventing Harassment and Sexual Violence (if you are a supervisor the course will be titled “Supervisor Anti-Harassment and Title IX”)
    • Checkpoint: Data Security & Privacy

Other compliance trainings:

In order to see what Everfi/LawRoom trainings are outstanding:

  • Log into Everfi/LawRoom utilizing the e-mail that was sent to you during the week of January 23rd or by going directly to the website at
  • Select “My Courses” from the menu on the left side of the page.
  • You will then see any open course assignments (see below for example):


This view will show all outstanding courses and their due dates. If a course does not appear in this list, please check your completed courses, as it is likely the course has already been completed.  Faculty and staff must complete all required compliance trainings by Friday, June 15, 2018 in order to be eligible for a proposed FY 2018-2019 pay plan. Please see the Compensation and Pay Plan Policy for additional eligibility requirements.

Please contact Human Resources at or (920) 465-2390 with any questions and/or to request a reasonable accommodation.


Recently Approved New and Revised UW-Green Bay Policies

The Chancellor’s Cabinet has recently approved the following new and revised policies.  All of these have been published on the University Policy Website:

New Policies:

Alcohol and Controlled Substance Policy: The responsible and respectful use of alcohol and legal drugs is at the heart of the University’s efforts to educate and inform our campus community about alcohol and drugs.  The university works to minimize the disruptive influence of alcohol and drugs. This policy applies to all on campus activities or events, as well as university sponsored events, on or off campus, and includes both students and employees.

Compensation and Pay Plan Policy: This document presents policies for determining starting pay, hourly rate upon movement to a new position or job, promotional pay, and guidelines for setting the rate for temporary and project appointments. This policy also includes guidelines for pay plan, temporary base adjustments, salary adjustments during interim appointments, salary adjustments within a title, overtime, compensatory time, and other pay components specifically created for non-exempt university staff.

Responsible Service Policy (Alcohol): Alcohol service and consumption may occur in a number of settings at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Differentiation has been made between private and public service of alcoholic beverages. Private service includes use at a private party, reception, or other event by which the individuals in attendance is limited. Public service includes serving alcohol at an event open to all members of the campus.  Whenever alcohol is sold or served at a private or public event on campus, it shall be done applying the restrictions set forth in this policy.

Revised Policies:

Recruitment and Hiring Policy: The purpose of this policy is to facilitate recruitment and hiring of highly qualified employees in a manner that is fair, efficient, and effective. The intent is to incorporate current best practices and legal requirements, protect the University’s fiscal and personnel resources, and present the University positively to potential and actual applicants.

Workplace Conduct Policy: UW-Green Bay has general expectations for professional conduct by employees, volunteers, and those acting on behalf of the University.  This policy outlines the expectations of proper conduct and behavioral standards and provides general guidelines for disciplinary action related to expectation violations.

Please feel free to contact the Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity at or (920) 465-2390 with any questions.


Introducing E.D.G.E (Ethnically Diverse Group of Employees)

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-initiated social groups of University of Wisconsin– Green Bay faculty and staff that share common interests, issues, backgrounds, characteristics, or pursuits. Currently, UW-Green Bay has three active ERGS. Please review information about active ERGs at UW-Green Bay on the Inclusive Excellence Website.

Please see the information below related to the newest ERG:

EDGE Abstract Contact Information


If you are interested in being contacted by the facilitator of an active ERG, please complete the Employee Resource Group Interest Survey or directly contact a facilitator listed on the Inclusive Excellence Website.