Welcome Leah James!

leahThe Registrar’s office welcomed Leah James as the new Transfer Services Coordinator on October 24, 2016.

Leah loves working in the field of credit transfer evaluation and helping students reach their personal academic goals.  Being new to Wisconsin and Green Bay, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute her expertise to the community.

Prior to joining the team at UWGB, she served as an Assistant Registrar at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota for four years and as an International Academic Advisor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Leah participated in a broad range of university activities, from serving on accreditation and student success related committees, to presenting on topics/tools in transfer.

Leah enjoys NCAA college basketball, writing, performing poetry and songs, going on long walks, and having conversations in French.  She has even written a few books of poetry and wishes to one day professionally record a CD of some of her favorite songs.

Leah earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Arts French.  She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri.

Welcome, Leah!

Supervising for Success for the Experienced UW-Green Bay Supervisor

At the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, we are committed to providing an excellent educational and workplace experience, characterized by innovation, transformation, and place.  UW-Green Bay recognizes the impact that all supervisors have on the quality of work, level of productivity, and work attitude of the employees they direct.  Supervisors contribute greatly towards the growth, loyalty, motivation, retention, team spirit, and development of employees who report to them.

Ongoing training of all UW-Green Bay supervisors is important.  The University offers a program, Supervising for Success: Effective Management for the UW-Green Bay Workforce (formerly called Supervisor Bootcamp) which is geared towards new supervisors and focused on developing skills that will help them maximize individual and team performance.

New in 2017, the University will begin offering a similar program, geared towards those in upper level Leadership roles across campus (Dean/Division Head or higher) or as a refresher for those who’ve already completed the Supervising for Success program. Each month HR will host a focused session on a specific topic. Please see the chart below for topics and dates:

Topic Date Time Location
Legal Issues (Part 1) Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 10:00—11:30 a.m. 1965 Room
Legal Issues (Part 2) Tuesday, March 7, 2017 10:00—11:30 a.m. 1965 Room
Performance Management Thursday, April 13, 2017 10:00—11:00 a.m. 1965 Room
Onboarding and Offboarding Monday, June 19, 2017 10:00—11:00 a.m. 1965 Room
Recruitment and Staffing Wednesday, July 12, 2017 10:00—11:00 a.m. 1965 Room
Titling/Compensation/Classification Wednesday, August 16, 2017 1:30—2:30 p.m. 1965 Room
Diversity and Inclusivity Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 10:00—11:00 a.m. 1965 Room
Conflict, Employee Relations, and Discipline Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 10:00—11:30 a.m. 1965 Room
Communication, Coaching, Mentoring, and Motivation Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 10:00—11:00 a.m. 1965 Room

 

Please register for sessions above here. After registration, you will be sent a calendar invitation for the date and time. In addition, confirmations will be sent out to those who register a week ahead of the program date.

If you have not attended the 2-day program in the past, please consider attending the program titled Supervising for Success: Effective Management for the UW-Green Bay Workforce.

UW-Green Bay also sponsors employees for the Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program as part of a collaboration with the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, and one employee per year for Leadership Green Bay through the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. Please review these opportunities and if applicable, submit an interest form to your supervisor.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920)465-2390.

Supervising for Success: Effective Management for the UW-Green Bay Workforce

At the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, we are committed to providing an excellent educational and workplace experience, characterized by innovation, transformation, and place.  UW-Green Bay recognizes the impact that all supervisors have on the quality of work, level of productivity, and work attitude of the employees they direct.  Supervisors contribute greatly towards the growth, loyalty, motivation, retention, team spirit, and development of employees who report to them.

Ongoing training of all UW-Green Bay supervisors is important.  The University offers a program, Supervising for Success: Effective Management for the UW-Green Bay Workforce (formerly called Supervisor Bootcamp) which assists both new and experienced leaders in developing skills that will help them maximize individual and team performance.

The next offering of this full, two-day session will be Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in the 1965 Room.  Topics that are included in this program include:

  • Legal issues for supervisors
  • Risk management and workers compensation
  • Personnel guidelines and titling
  • Governance structures
  • Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace
  • Position descriptions
  • Recruitment and staffing
  • Orientation and onboarding
  • Performance review, evaluation and employee development
  • Employee relations (conflict and discipline)
  • Communication, coaching, mentoring and motivation

If you are a current supervisor, and have not attended this program, please plan to attend.

Please click here to register.

If you have attended the 2-day program in the past or are a leader at the Dean/Division Head level or higher, please consider attending our new program titled Supervising for Success for the Experienced UW-Green Bay Supervisor.

UW-Green Bay also sponsors employees for the Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program as part of a collaboration with the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, and one employee per year for Leadership Green Bay through the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. Please review these opportunities and if applicable, submit an interest form to your supervisor.

2017-2018 Leadership Green Bay Sponsorship

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Each year, the University sponsors one employee to participate in the Leadership Green Bay program.  This program was established in 1983 by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and offers select individuals the unique opportunity to develop leadership skills while enhancing the well-being of the Green Bay area. Program goals include enhancing the participant’s knowledge of the Green Bay community; obtaining a greater awareness of issues that face the Green Bay area; enhancing leadership skills; and making an impact on the Green Bay Community.

Participants meet one day per month, October through May, following a two-day overnight retreat in September. Programs focus on Green Bay’s local economy, education, local history and heritage, diversity and cultural awareness, human services, government, and environment. In addition, small groups work on projects designed to enhance awareness of community problems, identify systems and methods to effect change, and develop their project management, team, and presentation skills. The groups meet on their own time outside Leadership Green Bay sessions.

All UW-Green Bay employees are eligible to express interest in being considered.  Supervisors are also encouraged to nominate employees for participation in this program. If nominating an employee, please notify this person to determine if they are willing to participate before submitting.  After the deadline, one employee will be selected by the Position Review Committee, and will asked to complete the nomination materials representing UW-Green Bay.

In order to express interest in participation, or to nominate an employee, please complete the Interest Form.  This form should be filled out and signed by the employee, their supervisor, and the Dean/Division Head (if applicable).  Completed forms must be received in the Human Resources office by Friday, February 24th for full consideration.

You are also welcome to visit http://www.titletown.org/programs/leadership/leadership-green-bay for more information about this program.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Human Resources at (920) 465-2390 or hr@uwgb.edu.

Student Employee of the Year Nominations

seoty2017Now’s a great time to nominate for Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY)!

The Student Employment Office is seeking nominations for the 2017 SEOTY competition.  Take advantage of the break between semesters to write a nomination for an outstanding student employee.  Applications are evaluated based on reliability, professionalism, quality of work, initiative, and uniqueness of contribution.  A special ceremony to recognize nominees and award winners will be held April 10, 2017.  Learn more about the program at http://www.uwgb.edu/student-employment/seoty/overview.asp.  All nominations (forms available at http://www.uwgb.edu/student-employment/seoty/nominate.asp) are due to the Student Employment Office (SS1100) by February 17, 2017.  Please contact Allen Voelker (voelkera@uwgb.edu or 920/465-2556) with any questions.

 

Student Hours Reminder

As a reminder, UW-Green Bay student employees can work up to 40 hours per week between December 25, 2016 and January 7, 2017, and then must reduce their working schedules down to 25 hours per week starting January 8, 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 hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390.

Employee Spotlight: Gail Trimberger

gail-trimberger-jan-2017Position at UWGB: Associate Professor of Social Work and MSW Program Chair

Summary of what you do: Teach courses in the Social Work Program and provide administrative oversight of the MSW Program

How long have you been employed: since 2008

Brief history of employment with UWGB: Started as a visiting lecturer with the Social Work (SW) program in 2008. Started my doctorate in 2009. That led to a tenure-track, assistant professor position with the SW Program. I received tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. I was interim chair of the SW program from 2014-2015 and became MSW Program Chair in 2015.

Three words that describe you: My family offered these three words to describe me: Compassionate, Hard-working, Humble

Personal interests: Fitness, family, gardening, snowmobiling, water skiing

Any favorite line from a movie? “In case I forget to tell you later, I had a great time tonight.” (Spoken by Julia Roberts to Richard Gere in Pretty Woman)

Are you messy or organized? Very organized on the outside. Somewhat messy on the inside (including my desk drawers.)

If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?  My Great-great Aunt Myrtle Brooke (1872-1948) who is nationally recognized as a pioneer for the Social Work Profession.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Breakfast Skillet and black Coffee!

If you were an animal what would you be? A giraffe…strong, flexible, creative, tenacious

Motto or personal mantra? I am what I am (said Popeye the Sailor man)

Top 3 life highlights? Finding and marrying my husband, having 2 children and raising them to be beautiful adults, achieving my doctorate in the middle of my life

What do you like most about your job? My colleagues and our students

What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? Sappy Christmas movies

What’s the one thing, you can’t (don’t want to ever) live without? My family

I-9 Training Session

Our office will be holding three (3) training sessions on the updated I-9 form during January. We strongly encourage everyone who works with I-9’s to attend one of these sessions. We will be going through the I-9 form box by box online letting you know exactly what to fill in and how to utilize the tools that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has built into the form for accuracy.

All training sessions will be held in the 1965 Room in the University Union. The dates and times are as follows:

  • Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 10 am to 11 am
  • Monday, January 9, 02017 from 2 pm to 3 pm
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 10 am to 11 am

Please sign up for the session that works best for you using this link to our Qualtrics survey: http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cPkbnwvsgekl5LT. We will send an outlook calendar reminder two days prior to each session but please make sure to note which time you sign up for.

If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me or our office. As you all know we do have to send I-9’s back if they are filled out incorrectly or are missing information before entering new appointments. The deadline to begin using the new I-9 form is 1/21/17, but we would like everyone to start using the new version of the form as soon as possible. The I-9 Form on our HR Website has been updated for a few weeks now as well, so please begin using that version if you have not already.

Winter Break Fitness Challenge

Monday, January 3rd – Sunday, January 22nd

Whether you frequent the Kress or have yet to visit, NOW is your time to do so while working towards weekly prizes!

All Faculty/Staff have FREE UNLIMITED access to the Kress Events Center over the Winter Break time period.

To Participate:

  1. Visit the Kress during business hours and check-in at the front desk (campus ID and a second pair of shoes required)
  2. Ask the front desk attendant for an entry slip for the Faculty/Staff Winter Break Fitness Challenge.
  3. Complete the slip and give back to the front desk attendant to enter for the drawing.  You will receive one entry slip each time you visit the Kress during the Winter Break Fitness Challenge.

All entry slips will be compiled by week for entry to a drawing:

Drawing Period             Date of Drawingkress

Mon, 1/2 to Sun, 1/8       Monday, January 9th

Mon, 1/9 to Sun, 1/15     Monday, January 16th

Mon, 1/16 to Sun, 1/22   Monday, January 23rd

2017 Insurance Premiums and WRS Contribution Rates

Benefit changes made during the Annual Benefits Enrollment period and premiums for 2017 coverage will be reflected on the pay check dated December 22, 2016 for University Staff (paid bi-weekly) and January 3, 2017 for Faculty/Academic Staff/Limited Appointees (FA/AS/LI) (paid monthly).

HOW TO CHECK YOUR 2017 BENEFIT ENROLLMENTS

Your Benefits Summary is available online. Log in to the MyUW portal and click on the “View Benefits Summary Detail” link in the Benefit Information module to see your Benefits Summary. On the Benefits Summary page, enter “01/01/2017″ in the date field above the summary and click “Go” to see your 2017 elections.

2017 PLAN CARDS

  • Health insurance plan cards are typically sent by health plan providers to participants by the end of December. The 2017 plan cards are effective January 1, 2017, and you will need to present your card at appointments that occur after January 1, 2017.
  • Navitus pharmacy cards (prescription drug coverage) for 2017 will only be sent to newly enrolled employees. If participants were covered in 2016, they will not be receiving a new card.

Employee reimbursement account (ERA) AND HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT (HSA)

If you enrolled in either the ERA or HSA programs for 2017, the first deduction for 2017 elections will be on the January 3, 2017 pay check for FA/AS/LI, and the January 5, 2017 pay check for University Staff.  New TASC cards will be sent to all new participants. This card should be used for all expenses in 2017. 

Current ERA participants (those who participated in 2016 and have elected to continue participation in 2017) will not receive a new TASC card.  Current participants should continue to use the TASC card that they have which will be loaded with their 2017 elected amount.

WISCONSIN RETIREMENT SYSTEM (WRS) CONTRIBUTIONS

The Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) employee contribution rate for 2017 will increase from 6.6% to 6.80% for all employees. This increase will occur on the January 3, 2017 pay check for FA/AS/LI, and the January 5, 2017 pay check for University Staff.

Source: UW Service Center

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