Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Webinars Offered in March

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.

Annuity Options: This webinar will help to increase your understanding of the WRS annuity options available to you at retirement. We will also explain the difference between a beneficiary and a named survivor.

  • Wed, Mar 15, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Mon, Mar 20, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Mar 30, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Newly Retired? What to Expect: The Newly Retired Webinar provides basic information for Wisconsin Retirement System members who have recently entered or are soon to enter retirement status. Topics include initial (“estimated”) retirement annuity payments, “finalized” payments and adjustments, post-retirement life and health insurance, and return to work rules under the WRS.

  • Mon, Mar 13, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Mar 16, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Mar 21, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WRS Retirement Benefit Calculation Methods: This 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.

  • Tue, Mar 14, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Mar 23, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Mar 28, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WRS Benefits: For New and Mid-Career Employees: This one-hour webinar is for employees who are five years – or more – from retirement. The information presented will help you make sound, strategic decisions over the course of your career. Topics include vesting, ways to enhance a WRS retirement benefit, purchasing service, military service credit, the Core and Variable Trust Funds, contribution rates, the importance of a beneficiary form and how to complete one, and how “life event” changes affect retirement benefits.

  • Tue, Mar 14, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Mar 22, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Mar 22, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WRS Annuity Adjustments and Effective Rates: Do WRS accounts receive an investment return? Do investment returns affect how much a retiree will initially receive when they begin their pension? Do those retired in the WRS receive adjustments to their monthly pension amount over the years? This webinar will cover the process of how account effective rates and annuity adjustments are calculated, starting with the investment return reported by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. Also covered during the webinar will be explanations of both the Core and Variable Trust Funds and the calculations specific to each fund for effective rates and annual adjustments. At the end of this webinar, it is hoped that you will have a better grasp on how State of Wisconsin Investment Board investment returns affect your WRS pension.

  • Tue, Mar 14, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Mar 16, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed, Mar 29, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register for a Webinar

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

Employee Spotlight: Brian Sutton

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Name: Brian Sutton

Position at UWGB: Associate Professor, Humanistic Studies; Director of English Composition and the Writing Center

Summary of what you do: Besides teaching, I direct the English Comp program and the Writing Center.

How long have you been employed: At UWGB, 25 years. As a college teacher, 39 years. How long since my first job, over 50 years.

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I came here in 1992, and I’ve been Director of English Comp and of the Writing Center since 1993, other than a two-year hiatus to be Chair of Humanistic Studies almost 15 years ago. I was also Chair of English for a while somewhere in there.

Three words that describe you: Grumpy old man.

Personal interests: My grandkids, writing, music (mostly guitar, some piano, songwriting), reading, travel

 

– Are you messy or organized? Messy, but my new office allows me to appear organized for the time being.

– Best vacation you’ve been to? Probably staying with friends in Montsalier, a village of about 100 in southwestern France (Provence)

– Describe what you were like at age 10. Much younger

– Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? New York Times. But I probably read the Green Bay Press-Gazette more regularly.

– Do you have a favorite quote? “There’s no perfect time to write. There’s only now.” Barbara Kingsolver

– Do you have an office nickname? What is it?  If I do, I don’t know it.

– Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work?  Yes.

– Favorite travel spot? Provence. Paris is also very nice.

– If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Dunno. Who plays nerds these days?

– If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?  Jesus, because maybe then I could know for sure

– If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? The resurrection, if it did in fact take place

– If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be? How to play fingerstyle guitar.

– If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? My best guitar, which is a Martin HD-28.

– People would be surprised if they knew: A lot of people do know this, but I assume they were surprised to discover that I could write an entire musical (book, music, and lyrics) that could succeed on 42nd Street in NYC and get a good review in the NY Times and favorable coverage in the Wall Street Journal

 – Top 3 life highlights? = 1. Marriage, births of my kids & grandkids   2. Successful professional production on 42nd Street, NYC, of Searching for Romeo     3. Three Hopwood Awards for creative writing when I was in college

– What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Working with the other English Comp teachers

– What book did you read last? The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

– What celebrity do people think you look like? Bill Maher

– What did you want to be when growing up? A writer

– What do you like to do in your spare time? Play guitar and piano, write, see my grandkids

– What is your favorite movie and book? Book—The Great Gatsby

– What is your favorite sport? Tennis

– What places have you lived in? Dayton, OH; Muncie, IN; Hillsdale, MI; Ann Arbor, MI; Cass City, MI; Dexter, MI; Vernal, UT; Denver, CO; Irvington, NY; Springfield, MO; Chattanooga, TN; Green Bay, WI; Brooklyn, NY

– What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? Book—The Secret Garden

Mindfulness Classes

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Did you know stress rates have skyrocketed in the past six to seven years, a timeline that roughtly corresponds to our ability to “hyperconnect” to work via smartphones?* Being mindful in our daily routine can help us reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and control anxiety. When we practice mindfulness at work, we think more clearly. We respond rather than react. We take events less personally. We make better decisions. In short, our brains slow down. We reduce our stress levels while simultaneously increasing our effectiveness.

“Relaxation” – this was a suggestion from a UWGB employee for what topic the Wellness Committee should focus on next.  Two-time NFL MVP and Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers knows the importance of relaxing and being mindful. Practicing mindfulness can improve many aspects of your daily life, and implementing mindful practices in your routine might be easier than you think!  RELAX

To promote a culture of well-being and help us be more mindful at work, the following meditation and Tai Chi classes will be offered to UWGB employees this spring!  A big THANK YOU to the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) for their wellness grant to UWGB to fund the entire cost of these classes, so there is no charge to employees to attend!  Another big THANK YOU to the Richard Mauthe Center for co-sponsoring these classes!  All classes will be held at 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. in the Mauthe Center.

  • Monday, March 13th – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Monday, March 20th – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Monday, March 27th – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Monday, April 3rd – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Friday, April 7th – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy
  • Friday, April 14th – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy
  • Friday, April 21st – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy
  • Friday, April 28th – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy

Please click on this link to register for the classes: http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1RDH7wyV8TIaahL

Did you miss the first class or forgot to register?  No problem!  Just show up and join us!

We will also be scheduling Tai Chi classes in May, which will be posted on HR Connect as soon as the dates finalized.

We all have stress in our lives.  Regardless of the cause, your body’s reaction to stress can make you more likely to get sick.  So finding ways to de-stress is important to your health.  Mindfulness can be the key to slowing down and enjoying the moment.  Please consider taking advantage of this great opportunity!

* Quote from Scott Eblin, Author of the book Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative

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Summer Prepay Deductions

If you are an academic (9-month) employee and will be returning to UW employment in the fall of 2017, or you are an academic (9-month) employee with a summer appointment, you will have additional insurance premiums deducted from your March 31, May 1 and/or June 1 paychecks to continue your insurance coverage through the summer months. These additional insurance premiums, taken along with your regular monthly insurance deductions, are referred to as ‘summer prepay deductions.’

You must be expected to return for the fall semester, or you must continue employment in a summer service/summer session appointment to have insurance coverage continue during the summer contract break. Insurance premiums cannot be taken from summer service or summer session appointment earnings. If an employee is working Summer Session(s) or Summer Service, the insurance premium deductions will have to be taken prior to this appointment via summer prepay deductions, or must be paid through direct payment by the employee.

If your anticipated fall 2017 employment status changes after you have already had additional insurance premiums deducted, you may receive refunds for these additional deductions.  If you will be terminating employment, and you will not be returning in the fall, contact the Benefits Office immediately. They will assist you in determining your employment termination date and the date your insurance coverage will end.

If you anticipate that you will experience any other status change; marriage, adoption, divorce, etc., please contact your Benefits office immediately so you are informed about the impacts to your insurance benefits.

IMPORTANT: The chart below illustrates insurance premiums deducted for an employee scheduled to return to UW employment in the fall of 2017, or who has a summer appointment and is then terminating. Most employees will have deductions taken according to the chart below.  Your Benefits office will determine your specific appointment, any summer employment, your fall return date, or your end date, and if your deduction schedule will vary from the schedule below.

2017 Summer Prepay Deduction Schedule

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How Summer Prepay Deductions Appear on Your Earnings Statement

Summer prepay deductions will appear as a lump sum amount on earnings statements. All deductions taken pre-tax (most medical-related premiums and a portion of State Group Life premiums) will be added together under the name ‘Prebtx’ and all deductions taken post-tax (most life insurance premiums) will be added together under the name ‘Preatx.’

Regular benefit deductions for the month will continue to be listed under the plan name. These deductions are typically taken on a pre-tax basis. If you have one extra deduction for each plan, there will be a total listed under Prebtx on each earnings statement impacted by the additional deductions. NOTE: ‘Prebtx’ stands for before tax or pre-tax and ‘Preatx’ stands for after tax or post-tax.

IMPORTANT: To verify accuracy, please review your earnings statements to ensure that your insurance deductions are accurate for your situation. If insurance premiums are not collected through the summer prepay deductions process, you will be billed for premiums.  In this case, you must remit timely premium payments to continue your insurance coverage.

If you have questions, please contact the Benefits Office at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu.

Welcome Jane Laurin!

On January 9, 2017, Jane Laurin was welcomed as a new University Services Associate 2 in Natural and Applied Sciences.

Prior to joining UWGB, Jane was employed by NWTC for five years.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources from Concordia and two Associates Degrees–Health Information Technology and Healthcare Business Services.

Jane grew up on a dairy farm in the U.P. and currently lives in Marinette, Wisconsin.  She is the youngest of 8 children.

Welcome, Jane!

Welcome Carly Kibbe!

CarliOn January 6, 2017, Carly Kibbe was welcomed as a new Assistant Professor of Human Biology-Endocrinology in the Human Biology Department.

Carly is from Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and was most recently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medicine at UW-Madison, studying the genetic contributions to the regulation of pancreatic beta-cell mass in obesity and diabetes, work that she will continue at UW-Green Bay.  Carly’s research experience also includes pre-graduate and graduate work on pancreatic beta-cell physiology, as it related to the development and prevention of diabetes.  She gained teaching experience during the Postdoctoral years, serving as a TA for Biochemistry and Cell Biology, as well as taking several courses in teaching and learning through the Delta and CIRTL Programs at UW-Madison.

Carly received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from UW-LaCrosse and her Ph.D. in Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology from UW-Madison.

Welcome, Carly!

Student Hours Reminder

As a reminder, UW-Green Bay student employees can work up to 40 hours per week between March 12 and March 18, 2017, and then must reduce their working schedules down to 25 hours per week starting March 19, 2017 to make sure we are in compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Please review the 2017 Student Bi-Weekly Payroll Schedule at: http://www.uwgb.edu/hr/documents/StudentBiWeeklyPayrollSchedule2017.pdf

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

Web Developer

The Web Developer is responsible for designing, developing, implementing and maintaining the markup, styling and functionality that comprise the University web site. The successful candidate will work as part of the Web Services Team and use his or her knowledge of web standards, responsive design, usability and accessibility to implement web sites, provide support for existing web templates, and integrate technologies that relate to the campus web presence.  In addition, the candidate will ensure the accuracy of information on the website. This position works under the supervision of the MIS Manager in the Information Services Division and works collaboratively with other departments.

For more information and position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, April 2, 2017.

IT Security Officer and Network Administrator

Under general direction of the Chief Information Officer, this position is responsible for:

  • Research, development, implementation and ongoing monitoring of information security, controls, programs and facilities for the campus. This includes the development and maintenance of a comprehensive information security program that encompasses awareness, training, risk assessment and mitigation, incident response, and disaster recovery/business continuity.
  • The design, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of the campus wide Ethernet data network, its interface to state data networks, and the Internet.  The design includes implementation of network controls and design elements to enhance security for differing types of devices (i.e., campus workstations, voice over IP instruments, personally owned equipment, door access systems, point of sale equipment, classroom control systems) that are attached to the network.

The current information security and network environment comprises over 11,000 wired end-points and approximately nine hundred wireless access points located across campus and the Residence Life student housing area.  The network utilizes Hewlett Packard Enterprise switches, Aruba Networks AMP network management, wireless access points, and controllers, Palo Alto next generation firewalls, F5 load balancers, and Infoblox IPAM appliances.    This is a highly technical position that requires expertise in a wide range of network technologies.  This position is part of a team that provides client, server, and network expertise to the entire campus.

The successful candidate may also have the opportunity to teach in an academic area relevent to their skills and expertise for additional compensation.

For more information and position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Friday, March 24, 2017.