Tax Reform Update

Taxpayers may be impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018 based on the new withholding tax tables that the University of Wisconsin implemented on payroll payments dated on or after February 1, 2018. Therefore, the IRS is advising employers to notify their employees to review their personal situation to determine how the tax law changes may be impacting their tax withholding. https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-encourages-paycheck-checkup-for-taxpayers-to-check-their-withholding-special-week-focuses-on-changes

Taxpayers may use the IRS Withholding Calculator https://apps.irs.gov/app/withholdingcalculator/ to estimate their income tax for 2018. This calculator will provide taxpayers information about adjusting their withholding allowances and/or their additional withholding amounts for federal income tax.

After completing this analysis on the IRS website, current W4 withholding allowances can be found on the last earning’s statement in the “Tax Data” box.

Employees can go to http://www.uwgb.edu/UWGBCMS/media/hr/forms/pay-employee-withholding.pdf?ext=.pdf to complete an amended W4.  All completed forms should be submitted to Human Resources for processing.

 

Now Available: Time & Absence Manager Self Service Dashboard

Starting on May 6, UW Managers and Supervisors have a new tool to help manage their Time and Absence approvals in the Human Resource System HRS. Called the ‘Time and Absence MSS (Manager Self Service) Dashboard,’ this tool will:

  • Provide a one-stop shop for Managers to process pending time and absence approval transactions for their employees.
  • Reduce the number of clicks required to access each page and to complete time and absence approval transactions.

Managers will now see a new icon on the ‘Manager Time and Approval’ tile in the MyUW portal, labeled ‘Time/Absence Dashboard.’ To access the dashboard, just click on the icon.

Managers and supervisors can watch a short video that provides an overview of the Time and Absence MSS Dashboard here: https://uwservice.wisconsin.edu/docs/pd/mss-dashboard/index.html. Dashboard support resources are available on the Time and Absence Help Page.

Please contact Payroll at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390 with any questions.

Source: UW Service Center

K-12 Relations Outreach Specialist

This position reports to the Director of K-12 Relations and will be primarily responsible for working in collaboration with the Director of K-12 Relations to manage aspects of the College Credit in High School (CCIHS), Education Outreach and additional programming in K-12 Relations. The individual will assist in the development of new innovative programming in Education Outreach and additional offerings for CCIHS throughout Wisconsin. The Outreach Specialist will oversee and manage CCIHS processes including enrollment, billing and serve as the main point of contact for program requirements. Additional responsibilities include the planning and development of the Academic Competition and Education Outreach classes.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, June 3, 2018

Outdoor Adventure Recreation Coordinator

This position reports to the Kress Events Center Director of Operations and is responsible for the design and administration of a comprehensive Outdoor Adventure Recreation (OAR) Program. This position will manage the daily operations within Outdoor Adventure Recreation that includes outdoor adventure trips, education and instructional clinics, equipment rentals, and indoor climbing wall. The Outdoor Adventure Recreation programming will focus teambuilding, leadership development, and experiential education as well as wide range of specialized activities that helps individuals grow deeper connections and engagement with the natural environment. The Outdoor Adventure Recreation Coordinator will hire, train, supervise and evaluate student program facilitators; manage program risk and safety; and assist with budget planning and marketing. This position will also be involved with and support departmental, division, and university strategic initiatives.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, June 3, 2018

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Ingredientspizza

  • 1 ready-made 12-inch-diameter thin pizza crust
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1/2 cup thin green or red pepper strips
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup bottled barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim, low-moisture mozzarella cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 450°F. Heat oil in a frying pan and add onion and pepper strips. Fry over medium heat until soft, adding a little water instead of more oil if onion and pepper start to burn.

Add chicken and barbecue sauce. Stir and remove from heat. Place ready-made crust on cookie sheet. Spread chicken, onion, and pepper mix evenly on crust. Top with mozzarella. Bake for 10 minutes, watching carefully that cheese doesn’t brown too much.

Makes 8 slices
Each slice contains about 220 calories, 26 g protein, 7 g fat, 23 mg cholesterol, 26 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, and 469 mg sodium.

This recipe is gout-friendly because it contains food moderate in purines.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC

Fresh Produce Delivered Weekly to Campus

The Wellness Committee recognizes how crucial eating well is to staying healthy.  Countless studies show the value of increasing our vegetable and fruit intake, including increased energy and reduced risk for certain diseases and types of cancers.  Set a goal for yourself to eat more vegetables and fruits – take good care of your body and you will feel the positive results!

Garden to Doorstep Organics, LLC is a local family business that delivers fresh organic fruits and veggies each week.  They will be on campus on Thursday, May 17th at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at a table in the Union near the entrance to the Leona Cloud Commons across from the Phoenix Bookstore.  They will bring a box of produce to display so you can see in person what the boxes are like.  They will provide information about their program and answer any questions you have.  Please stop by and be entered in a drawing for a free box of produce!

Here are some details:GardenDoorstep

  • Each week there is a different variety of 100% organic produce
  • Two types of boxes available (Fruit/Veggie Combo boxes or Fruit only boxes)
  • Three sizes of each type of box available (you pick the size that best fits your family)
  • Each week you will know which produce is planned for your box.  You will also receive a newsletter each week with recipes using the produce in that box and tips on how to store each item.
  • They work with local farmers and wholesalers to provide organic produce year round.
  • You pay for your boxes with automatic payments through PayPal, by check or with cash.
  • Boxes will be delivered to campus on Tuesdays to Rose Hall, room 320 for you to pick up (NOTE: if you aren’t on campus over the summer, they will deliver to your home for free, as long as you live in their delivery area)

Please contact them with any questions at (920) 385-3253 or contactus@gardentodoorsteporganics.com

Reminder – Required Compliance Trainings due by June 15, 2018

In order to fulfill our mission and comply with federal, state, and UW System requirements, all employees are required to complete online compliance and education programs. Eligibility requirements for the 2018-2019 Pay Plan include being employed prior to January 1, 2018 (unless an exception has been granted by the Chancellor), having acceptable performance during the employee’s most recent performance review, and compliance with all required trainings. Please see the Compensation and Pay Plan Policy for further eligibility requirements.

Required trainings include:

  1. Preventing Harassment and Sexual Violence (if you are a supervisor the course will be titled “Supervisor Anti-Harassment and Title IX”)
  2. Checkpoint: Data Security & Privacy
  3. Protect Children (EDU-WI)
  4. Injury and Illness Prevention (EDU)
  5. FERPA Basics
  6. Touchstone: Tools for an Ethical Workplace
  7. Clery CSA Training (only required if designated as a Campus Security Authority – training on the Office of Public Safety web site).

In order to receive the pay plan increases you must be compliant with these trainings as of June 15th, without exception.  Compliance after that date will not result in retroactive eligibility, or eligibility for the second step in the plan. To satisfy the training requirement, an employee must have completed all mandatory training before June 15th, 2018

Employees who have not completed the trainings should be receiving weekly notifications of non-compliance from Lawroom/Everfi. For instructions on how to confirm that all trainings have been completed in Lawroom/Everfi, please see this blog post. If you have issues accessing or completing the courses, please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390 for technical support and/or to request a reasonable accommodation.

 

End of Academic Year Leave Reports Reminder

This is a reminder to all Faculty & Instructional Academic Staff: As we are nearing the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, this is a reminder that all monthly leave reports need to be submitted online for approval by May 20, 2018.  Please review the Monthly Leave Reporting Instructions for details on how to enter leave reports.  Please remember that you must make a monthly leave entry, even if you did not take any leave during the month (No Leave Taken entry).  Failure to enter monthly leave reports will result in sick leave balances being reduced per Wis. Stats §40.05(4)(bp)1.) and as outlined in the Operational Policy BN 3- Sick Leave.

Please contact Payroll at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu with any questions.

 

 

 

 

Employee Spotlight: Illene Cupit

Illene CupitName: Illene Cupit

Position at UWGB: Professor of Human Development

Summary of what you do: Professor stuff (teach, research, Chair the IRB, and a million other things)

How long have you been employed: Forever

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I was hired as a young assistant professor back in 1984 and have aged into a ripe-old Full Professor

Three words that describe you: A Noo Yawkah at heart; loyal, and a wise-guy (hmm that is more than three words, but what else can you expect from a professor?)

Personal interests: Reading, biking, swimming, cooking (and eating) spending time with my kids

  • Are you messy or organized? I am both.

Best vacation you’ve been to? I went to Israel with my son in 2012 and it was an amazing trip.

Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? The New York Times

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? Showing a candidate for a Human Development position around campus, I slipped, spilled coffee all over her and the floor, and split the zipper on my skirt which almost fell down around me. She told me that before that happened she was really nervous, but she wasn’t afterwards!!

Favorite travel spot? I will go anywhere. I love to travel.

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? Reduce workload!

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

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? The rugby match that unified South Africa

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Bagels, lox and cream cheese—what else???

If you were an animal what would you be? A bird.

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? Made in the Bronx

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

Least favorite Food? I love all food.

People would be surprised if they knew: I think everyone knows everything about me. I am about as transparent as they come.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us? I would like to stand up comedy

Top 3 life highlights – The birth of my kids, getting the Rosenberg Named Professorship, having my son play the trumpet to the first dance of my daughter’s wedding.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Interacting with my amazing colleagues and students.

What book did you read last? Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

What celebrity do people think you look like? People said I looked like Carly Simon when we both were younger.

What did you want to be when growing up? A teacher!

What do you always want to try and never did? Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

What do you like to do in your spare time? If I found some spare time I would like to sit in the sun, read the New York Times and drink coffee.

What does a typical day look like for you? All day I am in OMG mode

What is an ability you wish you had? To sing really beautifully

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I would pay off my kids’ student loans.   (and then get a new couch because my wonderful kitty is presently destroying the one I have). And I would endow my position in Human Development and Camp Lloyd.