Phoenix Rise Virtual Run/Walk held June 26-28

Congratulations to those who participated in the Phoenix Rise Virtual Run/Walk last weekend!  It was a hot one.  There were 36 people who walked or ran, including 7 UWGB alumni, 14 students, and 15 employees!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to those who shared pictures from the event!  The little phoenix flyer pictured is Kaitlyn O’Claire’s two-year old daughter who walked with her mom during the virtual Phoenix Rise Run/Walk!  Great job everyone!

Assistant Professor – Accounting

The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay seeks applicants for a tenure-track position in Accounting. The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business values university-level teaching experience, the ability to teach a variety of classes required for completion of the Accounting major, CPA or CMA designation, engagement in institutional, community, and professional service, and experience working in the world of business.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

 

Are you ready for some BINGO?

Here is your wellness challenge for July!  Complete at least 20 of the 24 activities on the bingo card from July 1st to July 31st to qualify for a chance to win a prize!

  1. Click here and print out your bingo card
  2. Mark off each square and write the date you complete that item during the month of July
  3. Scan or take a photo of your bingo card and email it to wellness@uwgb.edu by August 10th

Stay healthy this summer! 

Deputy Athletic Director for Compliance & Student Services

This position reports to the Director of Athletics and will represent the AD in his/her absence in the area of internal management, day-to-day operations and student athlete success. The position will provide direct oversight in the following areas: Internal Operations, Compliance, Title IX gender equity, Horizon League and NCAA reporting, student athlete academic success and development, NCAA special grants, programs and activities, managing Financial Aid resources, Admissions liaison, oversight of Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). This position will have oversight of the Sports Medicine (Prevea) program. Additionally, this position will supervise the Cross Country, Golf, Nordic Ski and Swimming & Diving programs.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

What will it be like when I return to work on campus?

Yes, it will be different when you return to working on campus.  This will be a transition that we will work through together, and things will change as we go.  Some of us have been working on campus, and some of us haven’t been on campus since March.  Some of us are excited to get back to campus and some of us are hesitant, so the transition will be different for each person.  Here are some things you may be wondering about.

Will everyone be wearing face masks?

Yes – employees, students, and visitors will be wearing face masks.  The Employee Workplace Expectations states that face masks or face coverings must be worn by all employees working on campus when in the presence of others and in any setting in which it is difficult or impossible to maintain a six-foot physical distance from others.  If you are working alone at your work station, you probably wouldn’t need a face covering, but if you go to a common area (ex. copier), bring something to another office, or leave the building at the end of your work day, for example, you would put your face mask on.

Will everyone be back to campus on July 1st?

No – a lot of employees will continue working remotely, so there will be a lot less people on campus than before.  Some offices/areas may not be open or will be open limited hours.  Some offices will have limited staff and may require appointments to be made ahead of time, instead of allowing drop-ins.  You will see less people in the hallways, as remote communication (ex. Microsoft Teams, emails, etc.) will be encouraged as opposed to face-to-face interaction.

How will my work area look different?

If there is a waiting area, there may be less chairs available to allow for social distancing.  There may be plexiglass at the front desk.  The conference room may have less chairs, and markings showing where a limited number of people could sit for necessary in-person meetings.  There will be cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer available.  There may be less chairs in the lunch room.

What else will look different on campus?

Common areas, such as group study areas in the library or seating areas in the tunnels may be inaccessible or closed off.  Dining options may be limited, so you may want to pack a lunch.  You will see hand sanitizing stations around campus.  The Kress Events Center and Weidner Center will not be open to the public.  Signs are posted around campus reminding people to wash their hands, etc.  Some restrooms and entry/exit points to campus will be closed or inaccessible.  There will be signs by the elevators recommending only one or two people at a time.

Will I be expected to clean my work area?

Yes – it is important for you and your co-workers that our work areas are clean, so we will all work together to keep campus clean.  Before and after using the copier or microwave, you would use the cleaning supplies to wipe it down.  Common touch points should be cleaned daily, such as doorknobs, light switches, shared equipment, etc.  Reception or front desk areas should be cleaned throughout the day.

Will we still have department and in-person meetings in the conference room?

Probably not – even if some staff members are working on campus, most meetings will still be conducted remotely using Microsoft Teams, etc. with each person attending from their individual work station, whether it’s on campus or at home.  Instead of walking through campus to ask a question in-person, we will send an email or call.

Do I really stay home if I have cough or sore throat?

Yes – each morning you would go through the self assessment (Attachment A in the Employee Workplace Expectations), and if you have any of the symptoms, you should not come to campus.  Contact your supervisor and work from home, or if working from home is not possible, use sick leave.

 

This will be a change, and it will take time to get used to the new environment and expectations.  Please continue to be understanding, and help each other out.  One of the things that isn’t going to be different, is that we care about each other, and have a common goal of doing the best we can for our co-workers, students and our University.  Here are some additional resources:

  • Employee Assistance Program – (Username: SOWI) They have free and confidential in-person and virtual counseling services available for you and your household members, as well as great resources online such as monthly articles and recorded webinars.  There are eight recorded webinars specifically about COVID, such as Kids and COVID-19 – Tips to Help Parents, Navigating the Anxiety and Stress of COVID-19, and Towards a New Workplace Normal in the Age of COVID-19.
  • StayWell – After logging in, click on Resources at the top left, and there are a ton of short articles and videos specifically about COVID, such as How to Talk to Y0ur Child, Simple Ways to Avoid COVID-19, Caring for Someone Who Has COVID-19, Financial Well-Being During a Time of Crisis, and Dealing with the Stress of Self-Isolation.
  • Employee Workplace Expectations
  • UW-Green Bay Coronavirus Information and Questions and Answers
  • HR Connect blog

Each situation and work environment is different, so please talk with your supervisor if you have a question about your job duties, work environment, etc.  If you have a question related to a medical issue, please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu.

WRS Webinars Offered in July

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. Visit our webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions. Here is what others have said about our webinars:

“My participation in the webinar was a first for me, and I just want to compliment you on how easy it was to connect, follow along, and provide questions or requests. Excellent job!”

“Thanks for having these valuable webinars. The professional but conversational style helped me to understand the presentation as easily as an “in office” meeting. Really appreciate that the presenter fully understands the subject. Wonderful job.”

5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement

Consider this webinar your quick reference guide to starting the retirement process within the next 12 months. We’ll review: choosing a termination date, how to request a retirement estimate – and how to read and understand it. We’ll also cover how to schedule a retirement appointment and – drum roll here – how to submit the retirement application.

  • Fri, July 10, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed, July 15, 2020 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thu, July 23, 2020 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wed, July 29, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/4847994564325705999

Beneficiary Designations – What Happens to My Account When I Die?

Do you have a beneficiary designation on file with ETF and does it reflect how you’d want your WRS death benefits paid? This webinar reviews the importance of having a beneficiary designation on file and keeping it updated as life events occur. We’ll also review the process of how to correctly complete a designation form, what it means if you do not have one on file with ETF, and how to request a copy of your current form.

  • Tue, July 7, 2020 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tue, July 14, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Mon, July 20, 2020 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thu, July 30, 2020 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/8545692850466537999

Overview of the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)

This webinar will cover participation in the WRS, vesting requirements, how the WRS is funded and benefits available under the WRS. Also included is a brief overview of the Core and Variable Trust Funds and how the WRS is structured.

  • Thu, July 2, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thu, July 9, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Fri, July 24, 2020 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tue, July 28, 2020 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/2337923867322464783

Understanding Your Annual WRS Statement of Benefits

Your annual Statement of Benefits provides a summary of your Wisconsin Retirement System account information. Join us to learn more about the important topics addressed on your statement including:

  • How much you and your employer have contributed to your WRS pension
  • Your vesting status and years of service
  • Your beneficiary designation – what happens to your account if you die before taking a benefit

*** It is helpful to have your Statement of Benefits with you while participating in the webinar.

  • Wed, July 8, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/4088832361488024588

Preparing for Your Retirement

Who should attend? Employees who are planning to retire in the next 1 – 10 years. Learn about your steps to retire with the WRS. Attend this event by live webinar! You will learn about the impact of contributions and investment returns on your account, when you can retire, your WRS annuity options, returning to work after you retire, what happens to your account when you die, health and life insurance, and more.  Questions are welcome during and after the event!

  • Thu, July 9, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thu, July 23, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Aug 6, 2020 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Mon, Aug 17, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Tue, Sep 1, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Sep 17, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/2062561071726664450

Register for a webinar

Health Savings Account: Contributions and Investment Options

Your Contributions
If you are enrolled in a high deductible health plan (HDHP) through the UW System, your annual maximum contribution amount* to your Health Savings Account (HSA) differs based on your level of coverage (single vs. family), your age (younger or older than age 55) and how many months of the year you are eligible for the HSA.

Reminder: You may change your per paycheck contributions at any time throughout the year!

*If you are unsure what your annual maximum contribution amount is, contact your tax advisor. Penalties may apply if you contribute more than the calendar year maximum to your HSA.

Your Investment Options
Once you have a minimum balance of $1,000 in your HSA, you can invest contributions above that minimum balance. There are several investment options available. Take advantage of the investment options to use your HSA as another vehicle to save for retirement and earn a higher rate of return. The minimum balance of $1,000 ensures that you always have access to a cash balance to pay for qualifying medical, dental and/or vision out-of-pocket expenses.

To get started, log into your myCYC mobile app or online portal and indicate how much you would like to transfer to the available investment options.

Note: You may set-up your account so that money greater than the minimum balance requirement will automatically transfer into your investment account. You determine the amount that you would like to invest vs the amount that you have access to with your HSA debit card.

Reminder: Review the HSA frequently asked questions to help you get the most out of your account!

Source: UW System Human Resources