2022 Employee Appreciation Days!

Each spring, we set aside time for employee appreciation to intentionally honor, recognize, and show appreciation for all of the wonderful work performed by faculty and staff across the four UW-Green Bay campuses. During Employee Appreciation Days (May 3 – 10), we celebrate the impactful contributions of our faculty and staff, which make UW-Green Bay a dynamic and engaging place of living, learning, and working for our students. As a measure of thanks, we enthusiastically encourage employees to take part in the below events happening on the campuses and virtually throughout the week.

Watch the video message from Chancellor Alexander

All Week May 3-10

I Appreciate U! Compliments posted on HR Facebook page. Send your compliments to hr@uwgb.edu

2022 Thank You Cards

Preferred Parking Each day three winners from the Green Bay campus will be selected to park in a 15 minute or visitor parking spot.

Winners: Andy Bleier, Zach Gloshen, Cindy Johnson, Michael Shaw, Laura Delikowski, Erin Giese, Georjeanna Wilson-Donges, Nicole Kurth, Blake Pogrant, Nolan Bennett, Mark Fischer, Julie Flenz, Lea Truttmann, Jess Lambrecht, Erin Beres, Bea Yang Thao, Katie Lesperance, and Amanda Wildenberg.

Fitness Classes To attend in person, please register on the UREC app. To attend virtually, please visit the UREC website for the link.

Tuesday, May 3

Goat Flow rescheduled to Friday, May 6th due to weather

Lunch with Leadership 12:00 – 1:00 pm Chancellor’s Conference Room, 5 Employees will be selected to have lunch with members of Leadership

Winners: Lindsey Lecus, Erin Beres, Michael Shaw, Stephanie Kaponya, Blake Pogrant

Wednesday, May 4

Manitowoc Group Walk 11:45 am Meet Jared Dalberg by the Phoenix logo between the Founders & Hillside bridge

Marinette Group Walk 11:45 am Meet Kaitlin O’Claire in the center circle

Virtual Desk Stretches 12:30 – 12:45 Learn some simple stretches you can do right in your office to feel better and improve posture. Click here for the meeting invite: Desk Stretches

Thursday, May 5

Team Building Thursday Activities 11:45 am to 1:15 pm Student Services Plaza

      • Tricycle Races starting at 11:45
      • Games throughout

Love, Chartwells 11:45 am to 1:15 pm (or while supplies last) Student Services Plaza, Get a small wrapped treat from Chartwells

Virtual Guided Meditation 2:00 – 2:15 pm Reach a relaxed, focused state with a technique known as guided imagery. We’ll walk you through a peaceful scene to make it feel like you’re actually there! Click here for the meeting invite: Guided Meditation

Marinette Campus Employee Massages with Jessy Lemire 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (Veteran’s Lounge M167) sponsored by Wellness Committee – Sign up here: Marinette Chair Massages

Sheboygan Campus Employee Massages with Kandi Bagley 10:00 am to 1:00 pm sponsored by Wellness Committee – Sign up here: Sheboygan Chair Massages

Friday, May 6

Phoenix Fridays at the Garden Café – Staff and Faculty can redeem a free coffee refill if they’re wearing GB gear and bring a reusable cup.

$5.00 Fridays– $5.00 lunch for staff/ faculty at the Marketplace on Fridays. Download our Dine on Campus app for the Menu.

Goat Flow  – Quad between the Union and Library, Co-Sponsored by the Wellness Committee, Healthy Choices Task Force, and UREC

    • 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – Wellness break/stretching
      • Limited to 35 students and 15 staff for each session
      • First come, first serve
      • Bring a towel
    • 3:00 pm – Pet the goats (no class)

Virtual Full Body Relaxation 2:00 – 2:15 pm Participation in an anxiety-reduction technique that involves alternating tension and relaxation in all of the body’s major muscle groups. Click here for the meeting invite: Full Body Relaxation

Manitowoc Campus Employee Massages with Gina Armstrong 10:00 am to 2:00  pm (Room F170) sponsored by Wellness Committee – Sign up here: Manitowoc Chair Massages

End of Year Celebration Shorewood Center – Sponsored by Student Engagement and Housing and Residential Education

    • 4:00 pm – 7 pm DJ Foam Drop Dance Party, Chalking, & Food
    • 7:15 pm – Live Concert from Stealing Oceans
    • 8:45 pm – Fireworks

Monday, May 9

Green Bay Campus Employee Massages with Brookside Therapeutic Massage LLC 8:30 am to 2:30 pm (Wood Hall 441) sponsored by Wellness Committee – All times reserved.

Green Bay Group Walk 1:00 pm Meet Ethan Harvey at the Shorewood Center

Tuesday, May 10

Faculty and Staff Cookout 11:45 – 1:15 Dick Bennett Gym, Kress Events Center or streaming via Teams Live Honoring Years of Service, Retirees and Emeriti

Thank you for all you do!

There is no UWGB without U!

UW-Green Bay Employee Appreciation Work Group Members

UW-Green Bay Employee Appreciation Week is an annual employee recognition event organized by Human Resources. If you have any questions, contact Julie Flenz at flenzj@uwgb.edu.

The Invitational Team Steps Challenge

The Spring Invitational Challenge is taking place May 4 – June 7, 2022. Create a team with your colleagues and compete against others to get the most steps or minutes of activity. Register for the challenge between April 13 – May 3.

Completing the Spring Invitational Challenge counts as completing your well-being activity, which is one step toward earning $150. (Complete your health assessment and a health check, too, to earn the full amount.)


Kindness Calendar – April Challenge

Are you checking your Kindness Calendar every day and doing some of the activities?  We hope that this daily reminder is inspiring you to do those little things that make our lives happier!

If you complete at least one item from the Kindness Calendar for each of 4 weeks in April, you can receive a wellness incentive!  So, each of the 4 weeks in April, make sure to check off at least one of the items listed for that week.  Then email wellness@uwgb.edu after you complete this challenge to receive your incentive!

Bellin Run 2022

It’s time to register for the 46th Annual Bellin Run!  The Bellin Run will be an in-person and virtual event on June 11, 2022 in Green Bay.  This 10K (6.2 mile) event is for runners and walkers of all participation levels.

Employees, family and friends are encouraged to sign up to participate as part of the UW-Green Bay Corporate team!

To register:

  1. Click on this link: https://runsignup.com/CorporateTeams/PublicList/53110 
  2. Enter UW-Green Bay in Team Name field and Search
  3. Click on UW-Green Bay and Join
  4. Enter your registration information
  5. Team code: Phoenix
  6. There are options for the 10K, the Children’s Run, and the virtual run
  7. NOTE:  There is a $10 registration fee discount due to a wellness grant from the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF), and this discount is only for UWGB employees and does not apply to students, friends & family members, however you can register your family and friends in this cart – they just wouldn’t receive the discount.  This discount should automatically calculate when you register on our team as an employee.

If you register as part of the UW-Green Bay team by May 15th, you will receive an early incentive gift, and your race packet (bib and race shirt) will be delivered directly to the Green Bay campus about a week before the event (as well as the packets for any family members/friends that you registered in your cart).  You will be notified when it is ready to be picked up in the Human Resources office.  *NOTE: If you are not regularly on the Green Bay campus, there will be an option to have your packet mailed directly to your home for a shipping & handling fee.*

Check out their helpful training information online such as tips, videos, training plans, free training runs and walks, etc. at https://www.bellinrun.com/training 

Questions? Please contact wellness@uwgb.edu.

University Recreation – Faculty/Staff Offerings

Did you know there are many FREE recreation offerings for UW-Green Bay faculty and staff?

The Kress Events Center includes a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, lap pool, group fitness studio, several gyms, locker rooms, outdoor recreation center, and more!

Understanding what is available to faculty/staff has been confusing in the past so UREC developed a Faculty/Staff Offering Packet to cover all of the details on memberships, facilities, programs, and more.

If you have any questions or would like to set up a Kress Events Center tour, please email urec@uwgb.edu or Alex Wandersee at wandersa@uwgb.edu

WRS Webinars in April

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. To avoid connectivity issues during webinars, we highly recommend using Google Chrome as your web browser.

Annuity Options

When you get your retirement estimate, you’ll see that there are many options for receiving your retirement benefit. You can choose to receive the payment for your life or extend it beyond your life to your loved ones. The choice is yours. We’ll discuss how each option impacts the size of your payment and affects your loved ones.

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Define and explain annuity, annuitant, beneficiary and named survivor.
  • Compare the different annuity options.
  • Find resources with more information.
  • Identify the next steps for you to choose an annuity option.

Mon, April 4, 2022 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Wed, April 13, 2022 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Tue, April 26, 2022 11:00 am – 11:30 am

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6609437492980238605

WRS Effective Rates and Annuity Adjustments

Each year you may see changes to the amount of your retirement payment. We’ll discuss why and how these changes happen.

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Define WRS effective rate and annuity adjustment.
  • Explain how the Core Trust Fund and Variable Trust Fund effective rates are calculated.
  • Explain how the Core Trust Fund and Variable Trust Fund annuity adjustments are calculated.

Wed, April 6, 2022, 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Mon, April 11, 2022 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Thu, April 21, 2022, 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3882971913329974283

Understanding Your Statement of Benefits

Your annual Statement of Benefits shows you the current state of your WRS account. Not sure about something on your statement? Watch this webinar with your statement in hand. We’ll walk you through each section.

By the end of the webinar, you will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of the Statement of Benefits (ET-7365).
  • Analyze the sections of your Statement of Benefits.
  • Interpret your retirement benefit calculations.
  • Find resources for more information.

Tue, April 12, 2022 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Wed, April 20, 2022 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Thu, April 28, 2022 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2004521169178462732

Preparing for Your Retirement

Planning to retire in the next 5 years? Then this webinar is for you. Learn about your WRS benefits and the retirement process.

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Explain how the WRS retirement benefit works.
  • Recognize eligibility and prepare to apply for benefits.
  • Identify the different types of annuity options.
  • Prepare for health and life insurance changes in retirement.
  • Find additional resources.

Thu, April 14, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tue, April 26, 2022 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tue, May 12, 2022 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wed, May 25, 2022 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wed, June 15, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tue, June 28, 2022 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2592441029449835020