Congratulations Mai Lo Lee!

On March 1, 2018, Mai Lo Lee transitioned from Interim Diversity Director to Director in the MultiEthnic Student Affairs Department.

Congratulations, Mai!

REMINDER: University Staff Performance Evaluations

The new year is upon us, and with it begins the University Staff performance evaluation process for the evaluation period of January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017. Your supervisor should initiate this process with you within the next couple weeks.

Annual performance evaluations are a key component to employee performance and development and provide employees and their supervisors an opportunity to discuss job performance, set goals for professional development, establish objectives for contributing to the department’s mission, and discuss expectations and accomplishments.


In line with UW System compensation guidelines and the UW-Green Bay Compensation and Pay Plan Policy, all compensation adjustments must be based upon merit and employee performance.  Therefore, any future pay adjustments, including base rate adjustments and Board of Regents approved pay plan, will be contingent upon satisfactory performance.

In an effort to facilitate timely completion, evaluations are due by Friday, March 23, 2018.

Please note that annual performance evaluations are not required for individuals who have had a probationary review on or after July 1, 2017, or for new employees that have been hired since this date.

Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions about the University Staff performance evaluation process. Thank you.

State Group Life Insurance Annual Premium Update

Each year, State Group Life Insurance premiums are updated on April 1. For University Staff (paid bi-weekly), the premium update will be reflected on the March 29, 2018 paycheck. For Faculty/Academic Staff/Limited Appointees (paid monthly), the premium update will be reflected on the March 30, 2018 paycheck.

Current enrollees in the State Group Life insurance program can review their updated premiums at this link: State Group Life Premium Notice. Additionally, current enrollees in the program were sent an email with a link to this customized web page.

State Group Life insurance coverage level and premiums are based on a participant’s age as of April 1 each year, and their highest calendar year of Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) earnings.

For a full list of premiums and more information about the plan, visit the State Group Insurance plan page. If you have questions, contact Human Resources at (920) 465-2390 or

Source: UW Service Center

UW-Extension Classes on Horticulture

VegetableGardenBrown County UW-Extension is offering classes on gardening and horticulture this spring.  Here are some of the interesting and helpful topics:

  • Seed Starting
  • Pruning (fruit trees, shade trees and shrubs)
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Composting
  • Native Prairie Plants to Attract Pollinators
  • Growing Blueberries in Containers

Classes are led by an expert in that field, last a little over an hour, and most are held at the Green Bay Botanical Garden.  There is a cost to attend these classes and preregistration is encouraged.  Please click on this link for details.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Consider making the simple recipe below today! You can make this tasty dish without added fat or salt. Your whole body—not just your taste buds—could thank you.


  • 2 (1 lb.) large potatoes, peeled, quartered
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 2 cloves garlic, large, chopped
  • ½ tsp. white pepper


  1. Cook potatoes, covered, in small amount of boiling water for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat. Drain and recover.
  2. Meanwhile, in small saucepan over low heat, cook garlic in milk until soft (about 30 minutes).
  3. Add milk-garlic mixture and white pepper to potatoes. Beat with electric mixer on low speed, or mash with potato masher, until smooth.

Yield: 4 servings.

Each serving provides: Calories: 142, Total fat: <1 g, Saturated fat: <1 g, Cholesterol: 2 mg, Sodium: 69 mg, Total fiber: 2 g, Protein: 6 g, Carbohydrates: 29 g, Potassium: 577 mg

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC

Sleep better by eating this before bed

Try eating foods with tryptophan before bed for better sleep tonight.

You’ve likely heard that eating turkey makes people especially sleepy thanks to the sleep-inducing amino acid called tryptophan that it contains. Turns out there is science behind that tale. Some research shows that foods with tryptophan help your body product serotonin, which helps promote sleepiness. And there are foods with even more tryptophan than turkey. Try one or more of these tonight:

  • WalnutssleepLady
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Soy foods
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Whole grains, like oatmeal
  • Dairy products

Carbohydrates help your brain use tryptophan. Proteins are the building blocks of tryptophan. So combinations of carbs and proteins can pack a bedtime punch. Try hummus on whole-grain crackers, cereal with milk, or peanut butter on whole-wheat bread.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Trainer & Development Specialist

This position reports to the Director of the Behavioral Health Training Partnership (BHTP) Department and supports the development and delivery of training to behavioral health and crisis professionals across the state of Wisconsin. Primary position responsibilities include training delivery, coordination of training sessions, training and curriculum development, coordination and management of training and curriculum development projects, transfer of learning, and supporting implementation of best practices related to crisis prevention and intervention.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Why is mindfulness important?


We all have stress in our lives.  Regardless of the cause, your body’s reaction to stress can make you more likely to get sick, so finding ways to de-stress is important to your health. Mindfulness can be the key to slowing down and enjoying the moment.

What can mindfulness do for me? 

  • lower stress levels
  • reduce blood pressure
  • help you sleep better
  • improve depression and anxiety symptoms
  • enjoy food more and maintain your weight
  • reduce fatigue and increase energy
  • improve your health
  • better brain function
  • sense of calm

Mindfulness involves paying deliberate attention to the present moment in a nonjudgmental way. By becoming more aware of the present, you can recognize anxious thoughts and free yourself from their grip. When we practice mindfulness at work, we think more clearly.  We respond rather than react.  We take events less personally.

How can I become more mindful?

  • Attend mindfulness sessions on campus led by an expert in this field (click here for details and to sign up to attend one, some, or all 5 sessions being held this spring)
  • Take the 21 day meditation challenge on the StayWell website (click on Programs > Well-Being Activities > 21 Day Meditation Experience)
  • Learn about meditation through videos, articles and quizzes on the StayWell website (click on Programs > The Best Possible You)

The latest research shows you can gain mindfulness benefits anytime by just stretching or taking deep breaths.  Once you learn these techniques, you can practice them on your own to continue reaping the benefits of mindfulness.

Article contents from the StayWell Company, LLC

Facilities Maintenance Specialist

The Facilities Maintenance Specialist – Advanced reports to the Maintenance Supervisor and is responsible for operation, maintenance, and repair of general plumbing fixtures and components.  This position will also perform general inspection, repair, and preventative maintenance of campus building structures including door locks hardware and various campus equipment.  In addition, this position performs preventative maintenance, inspections, and other seasonal activities, and is responsible for inspecting laboratory systems and equipment and making necessary installations and repairs. This position will also maintain an appropriate parts inventory, order parts when necessary and provide professional advice on the materials and time required to complete various tasks.  The Facilities Maintenance Specialist – Advanced may also direct the work of student and/or University Staff Temporary employees as directed by the Maintenance Supervisor.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Monday, April 9, 2018.

Mindfulness Sessions


Back by popular demand!  Last spring, Reed Hardy lead mindfulness/meditation sessions for employees, which were well received, and employees asked for more!  Thanks to a wellness grant from the Department of Employee Trust Funds, we are offering five more sessions this spring led by Reed Hardy!  These sessions will be at the Richard Mauthe Center at Noon to 12:30 p.m. on the following dates, and there is no cost to employees to attend:

  • Friday, March 16th
  • Thursday, March 29th
  • Friday, April 13th
  • Thursday, April 26th
  • Friday, May 11th

Please register to attend by clicking on this link:

You can wear your work clothes – no need to change or bring anything with you.  Thank you to the Richard Mauthe Center for sponsoring the room fee!  Please contact the Wellness Committee at or ext. 2203 with any questions.

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