Employee Spotlight: Jan Snyder

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

Here at UW-Green Bay we are familiar with the mission of providing interdisciplinary, problem-focused educational experiences that prepare students to think critically and address complex issues in the world. What happens after they gain all that wonderful knowledge? The day they’ve all waited for: COMMENCEMENT (a.k.a. graduation day)! Behind this glorious day and all the preparation that it entails is the University Services Program Associate within the Office of the Provost, Jan Snyder.

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Jan has the wonderful position of planning commencement and coordinating all the activities that go along with it. In addition to this, Jan serves as the University Staff Committee chair and has served on numerous other campus committees. Jan has been an employee at UW-GB for over 20 years, and has over 35 total years in office and administrative support. She has been employed in the departments of Financial Aid, Dean of Students, Education, Humanities, and many more.

When asked to tell us about herself, Jan explained that:

“I grew up in southwest Iowa, the middle of 5 children.  I was a serious student, but also active in sports and music.  I played softball from the time I was 9 until I was 26, played volleyball from junior high until I was 40, played tennis (singles), and liked to run (short distances).  I played the clarinet, oboe, and string bass in junior high and high school.  I was active in band, orchestra, jazz band, and was a majorette during football season.  I twirled baton for about 10 years, including a fire baton at football games and the school talent show.  After we started a family, I was very active at our church for many years, helping with the AWANA kids program, teaching Sunday school and children’s church, directing the crafts program for vacation Bible school, and being known as the ‘snack lady’ for the middle and high school youth program.”

Jan is described as organized, driven and sensitive. Her interests when not planning for campus ceremonies include family, walking, exercising, flower and plant gardening, cross country skiing, and traveling.

April Lunch n’ Learn and Newsletter

View the April Newsletter!

Wellness

The UW-Green Bay Wellness Committee Presents:

What: Wellness Lunch and Learn
“Why You Should Hug a Tree”

When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015  **Date & Location Updated**
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: 1965 Room, University Union

Protecting the environment is an important part of environmental wellness because it ensures access to clean water and air, but access to the natural environment also provides less tangible health benefits. A growing body of scientific research is showing that interacting with nature has positive and long-lasting health benefits including reduced stress, lower blood pressure, and improvements in mental health. Vicki Medland from The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity will discuss some of the new research on wellness and environment and talk about some of the best places to enjoy the outdoors on our UW—Green Bay natural areas.

Vicki Medland is the Associate Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity where she works with UWGB students, faculty and staff, and community members on biodiversity related projects and teaches courses in environmental science. She has a PhD. in Ecology from the University of Georgia and is on the Board of Directors for the Ridges Sanctuary in Door County.

Student Employment Information

It’s the time of year to think about the student employees you plan to rehire for Summer 2015 and/or Academic Year 2015-2016. Primary supervisors will receive e-mails with spreadsheet attachments containing a list of all active student employees in late April. Through this process you will be able to indicate the terms of rehire (summer only, summer and academic year, academic year only), termination, and indicate changes in funding, hourly rates, and approvers. A due date will also be indicated in the email and spreadsheets not received by the due date may result in termination of student appointments. Please look for this email in late April.

Graduating seniors and those not returning for the fall semester may only work through MAY 15, 2015. This applies to all student employees, work study or regular.

Upcoming Training Sessions

Intro to Shared Governance Program

Friday, April 24 at 2:00 PM in the Christie Theatre

All Academic Staff are encouraged to attend this introduction (or refresher) run through about shared governance and how and why you should get involved. Then stick around for the Academic Staff Spring Assembly at 3:00 PM.

Register today!

Brought to you by the AS Professional Development Programming, AS Leadership and Involvement Committees and Human Resources

 

Beyond Diversity: Generations in the Workplace by Theresa Zimmerman

Wednesday, May 27 10-12 PM in Alumni A/B

Managers of today are required to lead in a rapidly transforming world of work. The world has gotten smaller, globalization has taken hold and demographics continue to shift. Remaining resilient during this century and beyond will require a fresh perspective blending multiple generations and cultures. This workshop will take participants beyond the traditional concept of diversity.

Register today!

Sponsored by the AS and US Professional Development Programming Committees

Step Into Spring

Activity Challenge

April 13 to May 15, 2015

This activity challenge encourages the campus community to get active and increase their physical activity to gear up for the busy summer months ahead!

Participants will set personal goals and should track their activity using the American Heart Association My Start! Tool to be entered into the drawing to win weekly prizes.

Please click on the following link for more information:

Step Into Spring Activity Challenge

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390 if you have any questions.

UPS Forum # 4

As we near implementation and additional UW System Operational Policies (OPS) are developed, Human Resources in collaboration with the Academic and University Staff governance groups continue to host campus forums to discuss these operational policies and development of any campus policies and procedures.  The fourth round of forums are being held this month to discuss Workplace Safety, Children in the Workplace, and Workplace Expectations.

Month Forum dates/times Topics Groups affected Survey results & current policy status
March 2015
March 24, 2015 11-12 p.m. & Wednesday, April 1, 2015 3-4 p.m.
(forum presentation)
Workplace Safety
Children in the Workplace
Workplace Expectations
All Workplace Safety- in process
Children in the Workplace- in process
Workplace Expectations- survey to be distributed soon for feedback.
April 2015
TBD
Compensation
Regent Pay Plan and Supplemental Distribution

Other forums will be scheduled as OPS are finalized and more is learned about the implementation of other items related to UPS.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390 if you have any questions.

CURRENT-After 5 at The Bar – Suamico & Upcoming Events

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Event Basics
When: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Open house format.
Where: The Bar – Suamico
2310 Lineville Rd
Green Bay, WI  54313
Fee: FREECash bar.
Register: Registration appreciated for planning purposes and nametags.Register online. (Be sure to use the email we have on file for you when registering.)

 

Event Overview
The Bar of Suamico is proud to be the latest addition to Northeast Wisconsin’s premiere sports bar family. Featuring more than 13,000 sq ft. of space, 39 HD screens, 36 draft lines and our world famous wings, The Bar of Suamico is the perfect place to catch your favorite team in action.Grab your friends and colleagues for this casual, open house format event and meet other young professionals in the Greater Green Bay area.

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Free your closet space by ridding yourself of clothing you’re no longer wearing such as dress pants, shirts, shoes, accessories and dresses. Give them a new life and help to promote the “Teens 2 Work” progam at the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay (BGCGB).

There is a “Clothing Closet” at both BGCGB locations that supplies teens with professional clothing to help demonstrate the proper way to prepare for and execute a successful interview, including how to dress.

Click here for more information about the program and Emerging Leaders Society’s effort to support this initiative.

 

 

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March Lunch n’ Learn and Newsletter

Wellness

The UW-Green Bay Wellness Committee, in partnership with the UW-Credit Union presents:

What:   Wellness Lunch and Learn

Building your Budget

When:  Friday, March 20, 2015

12:15 p.m.  – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Room 103, University Union

 

Join financial expert Wayne Resch from the UW Credit Union in an interactive discussion about how to make and maintain a sensible, effective budget. Wayne will help you learn to create a well-balanced budget and answer your burning questions!

Check out our monthly newsletter, our March 2015 Newsletter is entitled “Step Into Financial Wellness!”

Visit the Wellness Committee website for information on other wellness topics, newsletters, and upcoming events!

IMPORTANT — FSA WageWorks to TASC Transition Complete– See 3/6/15 DEADLINE NOTE

Attention Employees Participating with Flexible Spending Accounts with WageWorks/TASC

The UW Service Center has confirmed with TASC that all 2014 carryover balances have been loaded to employees TASC accounts.   Thank you all for being patient through this transition.

A few things to note:

  • Participants should have received an email from TASC letting them know that their 2014 funds are now available. However:
  • If you have 2014 rollover funds but did not enroll for 2015, you will or should have received a Welcome Letter in the mail.   You will not be able to log online to your MyTASC account until you receive this letter which will have your personal TASC ID# on it.  You will need to contact TASC’s customer service (1-800-422-4661) to update your profile with your e-mail address.  Once this has been updated, you should be able to register for an account online at tasconline.com.  Employees who have 2015 funds with TASC should already have their TASC debit card which has their TASC ID# on it.
  • TASC will automatically move claims reimbursed during the grace period from 2015 balances to the 2014 account to use 2014 balances first.   NOTE:   If you would prefer to submit your own claims, your deadline to opt out of the reconciling process is Friday, 3/6/15!

See the recent post by the UW Service Center in the MYUW System portal in the “HR, Payroll & Benefits News” section for additional information.

Forums, Forums, Forums!

By now, you have probably seen a flurry of e-mails promoting several campus forums and follow up surveys related to these forums.  Since November, the Office of Human Resources in collaboration with the University Staff Personnel Committee and more recently the Academic Staff Personnel Committee, have put together and continue to hold campus forums to discuss the developed UW System Operational Policies (OPS) and the development and revision of campus policies based off of these OPS.  Below is an outline of the forums that have been held and those upcoming, along with survey results and the status of any current policy development revision.

 

Month
Forum dates/times
Topics  Groups affected Survey results & current policy status
November 2014
November 6, 2014; 9-10 a.m. & November 13, 2014 3-4 p.m.
(forum presentation)
Grievance Procedures
Layoff for Reasons of Budget or Program
University staff Survey results
Grievance Policy- finalized 1/8/15
Layoff Policy- finalized 2/13/15
January 2015
January 7, 2015; 11-12 p.m. & January 12, 2015; 2-3 p.m.
(forum presentation)
Complaint Procedures
Performance Management
Title Change
Voluntary Reassignment
University staff Survey results
Complaint procedures- in process
Performance management- in process
Title change- in process
Voluntary reassignment- meetings will begin with exempt US mid-April
February 2015
February 19, 2015; 1-2 p.m. & February 24, 2015; 11-12 p.m.
(forum presentation)
Recruitment
Job Security
University Staff Temporary and Project Appointments 
University staff
Faculty, Academic Staff & Limited- only for topic of possible internal movement policy
Survey underway, deadline Friday, March 20, 2015
March 2015
March 24, 2015; 11-12 p.m. & March 25, 2015 2-3 p.m. 
Workplace Safety
Children in the Workplace
Workplace Expectations
All
April 2015
TBD
Compensation Structure and Tools
Regent Pay Plan and Supplemental Distribution
All

                                               

Other forums will be scheduled as OPS are finalized and more is learned about the implementation of other items related to UPS.