WRS Contribution Rates to Increase in 2017

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) has announced an increase for 2017 Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) contribution rates effective January 1, 2017. According to ETF, the 2017 contribution rates are increasing primarily due to higher life expectancies and lower-than-expected trust fund investment performance. WRS contribution rates are set on an annual basis.

Your contribution rate is determined by your WRS employment category. Most UW employees are covered by the General/Teacher WRS category. High level administrators (chancellors, president, vice presidents, provosts) are covered by the Executive category.  Employees whose main duties are related to law enforcement or the protection of the public (police officers, fire fighters) are covered by the Protective category.

WRS Increase

The 2017 rates will apply to all paychecks paid in 2017 beginning on January 3, 2017 for Faculty/Academic Staff and Limited Appointees paid monthly, and January 5, 2017 for University Staff paid bi-weekly.  As a reminder, WRS contributions are taken on a pre-tax basis for state and federal tax purposes.

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Enrollment Services Front Desk Advisor

This position reports to the Front Desk Manager of the Green Bay One Stop Shop (GBOSS) in the Student Services Department and will work with clients by handling inquiries, educating clients about university policies, procedures, and resources, advising clients about alternative courses of action, and working collaboratively with other university offices and external agencies on behalf of clients to expedite problem resolution.  Advisors make recommendations to the Enrollment Services Manager, the Enrollment Services Directors, and Dean on procedural and/or business practice improvements and help track customer service metrics to continuously improve student services and satisfaction.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, July 24, 2016.

Assistant Director of Ticket Services – Open to UW System Employees Only

The Assistant Director of Ticket Services reports to the Associate Athletics Director for External Relations.  The primary responsibilities are to sell season ticket packages and develop new customers by selling season, mini-plans, and group packages for men’s and women’s basketball. Management of the box office will include supervising a student-staff, overseeing the daily operations, maintaining the ticket software utilized.


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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, July 24, 2016.

Annual ALRA Option

Academic Staff and Limited Employees eligible for ALRA (Annual Leave Reserve Account)

Academic Staff and Limited employees who have completed ten years of qualifying service as of 6/30/2015 have the option to bank unused vacation up to 40 hours.  Those who have completed 25 years of qualifying service as of 6/30/2015 can bank unused vacation up to 80 hours.  The unused vacation hours are taken from the 2014-15 FY balance first, then from the 2015-16 FY, until the elected or maximum hours are reached (pro-rated for part-time employees).

The ALRA election will be submitted through Employee Self Service on the My UW System Portal, similar to entering leave.  

To submit your ALRA election, you will need to complete the following steps:


  1. Log into the My UW System Portal and click on the Enter Absence link under the Time and Absence section.
  2. You will now see the Request Absence page.  This is where you fill out the specific information for your ALRA conversion.
    • Start Date:  7/09/16  (Please use 7/09/16 as both the start and end date, we need to use a weekend date in July for ALRA entry, and to maintain consistency will all employees, we are requesting you use 7/09/16)
    • End Date: 7/09/16
    • Filter by Type: Leave it set to All
    • Absence Name: Select Convert Vac to ALRA
  3. After selecting the Absence Name, a convert field will appear for you to fill out.  Enter the hours you would like to convert.  As a reminder, converting must be in whole hours.  HRS will verify eligibility and availability before converting vacation to ALRA.
  4. Click Submit.  Conversion is auto approved.


ALRA designations should be entered through the Request Absence screen by 8/5/16.

Please contact payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu with any questions on the ALRA process.

Head Women’s Softball Coach

The Head Women’s Softball Coach reports to the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance/Senior Woman Administrator. The Head Women’s Softball Coach is responsible for running a successful Division 1 softball program including teaching student-athletes best practices for academic success, the sport of softball, softball skills, and leadership.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Friday, July 22, 2016.

Auto and Truck Mechanic (60% Project Appointment) – OPEN TO UW SYSTEM EMPLOYEES ONLY

This position reports to the Grounds Supervisor. The Auto and Truck Mechanic performs mechanical repairs and maintenance on all grounds equipment and vehicles. This position involves trouble shooting mechanical problems and repairing. This position will communicate with Grounds customers about their vehicle, schedule timely repairs, keep accurate records of repairs, and keep a schedule for preventative maintenance that needs to be performed on equipment.

This position is a part-time (60%), two-year, University Staff project appointment. The work hours for this position will be between 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Exact details of the schedule will be worked out at time of hire.


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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Employee Spotlight: Allen Voelker

Allen Voelker

From student employee to full-time employee, Allen Voelker discovered his calling to Student Affairs at UW-Green Bay. Allen is the man you need to call when you are looking to fill your student positions. He also has connections with off campus employers so if you have a great student who needs work while they are a student, send them to Allen, he might be able to spark some connections.

Position at UWGB: Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator

Summary of what you do: Help students connect with job and scholarship opportunities that reduce financial barriers to completing a UWGB degree and support their personal goals. I also serve as a resource for faculty, staff, and community members who have questions about those programs.

How long have you been employed: I’ve been an academic staff member at UWGB since August 2012.

Brief history of employment with UWGB: My first position at UWGB was as a work study employee in the Admissions Office. Eventually, I became one of the Student Ambassador Co-Directors and held a few other jobs around campus. I was able to return to UWGB a couple years after graduation as a GBOSS member and transitioned to my current role in November 2015.

Three words that describe you: Analytical, Conscientious, Honest

Personal interests: Travel, cooking, gardening


Any favorite line from a movie? You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself…It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself. (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

Are you messy or organized? I like to think I’m pretty organized.

Best vacation you’ve been to? It wasn’t really technically a vacation, but I spent a fantastic semester in Guam through the National Student Exchange.

Do you have a favorite quote? “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” (credited to Lilla Watson)

Favorite travel spot? Anywhere warm with a nice beach.

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? A table my great-great (maybe one more great?) grandfather made that has been passed down through the family.

Least favorite Food? Fish/Seafood – If it can survive more than 10 minutes underwater, I will not eat it.

Motto or personal mantra?  “Self is a sea boundless” (Khalil Gibran)

What advice would you give to recent new hires?  Don’t be afraid to ask questions – people are very friendly and happy to help.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? Know when to ask for help. Pay attention to details, but don’t lose sight of the “big picture.” You don’t need positional authority to effect change.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? I’m privileged to work with two programs that made it possible for me to pay my own way through college. I love the fact that I get to help students make their dreams a reality.

What children’s character can you relate with most? Why? Gretchen from Recess. I ask a lot of questions and like to plan.

What did you want to be when growing up? I always loved school and thought that would translate into a teaching career. I found student affairs thanks to many great on-campus employment experiences and mentors during my undergraduate years at UWGB.

What do you like most about your job? It’s a great mix of program development and more analytical tasks. I love exploring ways to use Excel and other technology resources to streamline processes.

What do you like to do on your days off? Relax and do projects around the house, lay in the hammock between our two huge willow trees, and maybe have some friends or family over for food and games.

What is an ability you wish you had? Teleportation – it would be a huge savings of time, money, and headaches.

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Be bold and speak your truth.

What phobias do you have? Germs and reptiles.

What is your biggest pet peeve? When people don’t wash their hands after using the restroom (see phobia about germs).

What is your favorite movie and book? Movie: Drop Dead Gorgeous   Book: The Prophet (Khalil Gibran)

What is your favorite sport? Does playing dominoes count?

What one food do you wish had zero calories? Chips and dip

What places have you lived in? Other than completing semesters in Guam and Mexico, I have always lived in Northeast Wisconsin. I currently live in an old brick farmhouse on 10 acres in rural Kewaunee.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I’d start working on buying neighboring properties.

What’s the one thing, you can’t live without? As an introvert, a little bit of quiet alone time every once in a while!

What’s on your bucket list? I used to work at the NWTC Artisan and Business Center and took a noncredit ceramics course to familiarize myself with that part of the facility. I’d love to take more clay courses someday.

Where is your home town? Manitowoc, WI

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Thailand

Director of Human Resources – Open to UW System Employees Only

Under the general direction of the Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, the Director of Human Resources is responsible for the administration and management of a comprehensive human resources program for the university. Areas include recruitment and selection, titling and compensation planning, orientation, organizational and staff development, payroll preparation and processing, administering the employee health and wellness programs, Human Resources Information Systems, aiding in planning, development, implementation and maintenance for university policies, operational procedures and guidelines, employee and labor relations, coordination of campus-wide human resource activities and management of the human resources and equity and affirmative action units.

The Director of Human Resources must assure compliance with state and federal statutes and regulations including Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.  Work involves frequent communication with all levels and categories of employees across the campus including the Vice Chancellor and Provost for Academic Affairs Office, Secretary of the Faculty and Academic Staff, UW System Administration and other UW campuses. The Director provides strategic, proactive and innovative leadership in the human resources function and is responsible for providing accurate and consistent information.

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


To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, July 24, 2016.

Wellness Webinar – Choose This, NOT That!

Making healthy choices is part of a healthy diet, but with all of the mixed media messages and new information on food and food types, it is difficult to know what to eat to stay healthy. This presentation provides an overview of 5 simple tactics to help individuals choose a healthy diet. In addition, based on the popular book, “Eat this Not That”, participants are provided with a comparison of similar foods that have a surprising disproportional nutritional value so better selections can be considered.

When:  Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: CL 735

No need to RSVP or register – just mark your calendar and join us! Feel free to bring your lunch too! :)

Performance Evaluations – Non-Instructional Academic Staff & Limited Employees

Annual performance evaluations are a key component to employee performance and development.  The objectives of annual performance evaluations are to provide all employees and their supervisors an opportunity to:

  • Discuss job performance
  • Set goals for professional development
  • Establish objectives for contributing to the department’s mission
  • Discuss expectations and accomplishments
  • Discuss career progression eligibility

Non-instructional academic staff and limited employees and their supervisors should begin the performance evaluation process for the prior fiscal year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) as soon as possible. Please follow the procedure outlined on the Academic Staff and Limited Performance Evaluation Form, submitting the completed evaluation to the area leader’s office no later than Friday, August 26, 2016. Please note – An annual performance evaluation is not required for individuals hired after July 1, 2015 if a six-month evaluation has already been completed.

Part of the performance review process should be a discussion regarding changes in position responsibilities, appropriateness of the assigned title, and the eligibility towards career progression if employees are in a progression series title.

Per Operational Policy TC4, compensation adjustments must be based upon merit and employee performance.  Therefore, any future pay adjustments will be contingent upon satisfactory performance.

If you are interested in receiving training related to performance evaluations, career progression and title change, and/or academic staff contracts, or have any questions regarding these processes, please contact hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.