CURRENT-Rube’s Rules for Leadership presented by Chief Dennis Rubin

 Rube Lunch n Learn
Rube’s Rules for Leadership presented by Chief Dennis Rubin    
Event Basics
When: Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Heritage Hill State Historical Park
2640 S Webster Ave
Green Bay, WI  54301
Fee: $15 Members of Current$25 Nonmembers of CurrentFree with 2015 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Assorted tortilla wraps (including vegetarian), Italian pasta salad, tossed salad, assorted dessert bars, lemonade, raspberry iced tea and water.
Register: Register OnlineTo ensure proper membership pricing for Current or an events package enrollment, please use the eamil address we have on file for you when registering online. There is a 96-hour cancellation policy.


Event Overview
Rube’s Rules for LeadershipDe Pere Fire Chief Dennis Rubin has developed a list of “rules to live and lead by” over the past three decades as a fire fighter. Rubin will share four of his 13 “Mission Critical” rules in an open, honest and sometimes humorous way. Chief Rubin will engage the audience in a discussion as to how these rules can be adopted and implemented into the attendees’ own leadership styles in any walk of life.Chief Rubin has served in a few of America’s largest fire & rescue departments prior to coming to De Pere. Remember that success is “Always About Leadership”: this brief presentation will reinforce this sound life’s principle.
About the Speaker
 Dennis L. Rubin Dennis L. Rubin
Fire Chief
City of De Pere Fire DepartmentDennis L. Rubin is the fire chief of the City of De Pere, Wis., and was appointed by the City’s Police & Fire Commission in December 2014. The department serves the citizens and visitors from two fire-rescue station locations.Chief Rubin’s experience in fire and rescue service spans more than 35 years. He has served as a company officer, command level officer and fire chief in several major U.S. cities. In 1994, Rubin served as the president of the State Fire Chiefs Association of Virginia. Rubin was the host fire chief for the 1999 Southeastern Fire Chiefs Association conference held in Dothan, Ala. He served on several committees with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, including a two-year term as the health and safety committee chair. Chief Rubin was the host fire chief for the “Wingspread IV and V” conferences held in 1996 and 2006.Chief Rubin’s educational accomplishments include a bachelor of science degree in fire administration from the University of Maryland and associate degree in applied science in fire science management from the Northern Virginia Community College. Chief Rubin is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officers Program (EFOP) and the Naval Post Graduate School’s Executive Leadership Course in Homeland Security. Rubin is a certified emergency manager (CEM) and a certified incident safety officer and has obtained the chief fire officer designation (CFOD) and chief medical officer designation (CMOD) bestowed by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.Rubin has been an adjunct faculty member at several state fire-rescue training agencies and the National Fire Academy. Rubin is a popular speaker and lecturer at the local, state, national and international levels.Rubin is the author of several emergency service textbooks. His first release is entitled “Rube’s Rules for Survival.” This book is a collection of case studies dealing with the important topic of fire fighter safety. He also authored “Rube’s Rules for Leadership.” The chief discusses his 13 core values and describes how each one  can be applied to improve one’s personal leadership capabilities. Chief Rubin’s third book, “D.C. FIRE,” was released at the 2013 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) by Fire Engineering Books. Finally, Chief Rubin is nearing completion of his fourth textbook, “Surviving the Legal System”; watch for it to appear sometime in 2016. Chief Rubin contributes to several fire-rescue service publications and has written more than 200 technical articles relating to fire department operations, administration, training and safety.Chief Rubin lives in De Pere. He has three grown children and one grandson. Rubin is an avid sports fan supporting all of his hometown professional teams.


ETF Learning Opportunity Update-February Webinars

Attention Employees covered under the Wisconsin Retirement System

See below for the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) information regarding their upcoming webinars during the month of February.


Webinars   Live Webinars Scheduled for February 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


Feb 11th, 2015 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Feb 16th, 2015 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Feb 19th, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Feb 26th, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Beneficiary Designations 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.

Feb 10th, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Feb 20th, 2015 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Feb 24th, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Additional Contributions Find out how making additional contributions to your WRS account can potentially increase your retirement. This webinar also provides examples of how contributions grow over time with interest, how to pay additional contributions (payroll deduction or direct pay), etc.

Feb 13th, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Feb 17th, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Feb 26th, 2015 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

How to Read the Statement of Sick Leave Account (State and University Retirees) This webinar will cover the annual Statements of Sick Leave Accounts for State and University retirees, including: -If you are using your sick leave. -If you are currently covered under another, non-state/university plan. -If you are currently covered under another state/university plan

Feb 25th, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.


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Leadership Green Bay Informational Brown Bag Session

2015-2016 Leadership Green Bay Program Information

Each year, the University sponsors up to two employees 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.

To learn more about Leadership Green Bay, please consider attending the following session, which will feature an informational presentation by Tom Lyga, Director of Education and Leadership for the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, as well as a panel of UW-Green Bay employees who have graduated from the Leadership Green Bay program:


Leadership Green Bay Informational Brown Bag Session

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

1965 Room, University Union

Click here to register

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 you are nominating someone, be sure to contact the people you are nominating to determine if they are willing to participate if selected.  After the deadline, two employees 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 Leadership Green Bay 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 27th for full consideration.


You are also welcome to visit for more information about this program.


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

CURRENT-After 5 at Black & Tan Lounge

After 5 at Black & Tan Lounge    
Event Basics
When: Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Open house format.
Where: Black & Tan Lounge
Bellin Building
130 E Walnut St
Green Bay, WI  54301
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 OverviewB&T
Since 1998, the Black & Tan Grille has worked diligently to establish a reputation as a premier dining location in Northeastern Wisconsin. In 2009 the Black & Tan Grille moved from its De Pere location on Fort Howard Avenue to the Historic Bellin Building in downtown Green Bay.The Black & Tan Grille has a first-floor lounge and bar area that offers an extensive wine and martini list. Their dining room, located on the second floor, offers elegant and contemporary dining with endless window seating and beautiful views of the Fox River and downtown Green Bay.
Upcoming Events
After 5 at Black & Tan Lounge
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.Lunch n’ Learn
Presented by Dennis Rubin, fire chief, City of De Pere
Heritage Hill State Historical Park
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Tipoff with the Green Bay Phoenix
Green Bay Distillery/Resch Center
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015; 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.Presentation of Future 15 & Young Professional Awards
Hyatt on Main/KI Convention Center
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015; 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.After 5 at Anduzzi’s Sports Club – East
Thursday, March 5, 2015; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Welcome Jamie Tyrrell!

Jamie TyrrellJamie started as an Advisor and Student Teaching Coordinator in January of 2015. She was previously employed at Green Bay Public Schools for over 5 years as a Bilingual Elementary Teacher at Anne Sullivan Elementary. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, and a Masters in Applied Leadership in Education, both from UW-Green Bay. Jamie is from Howards Grove, Wisconsin. Jamie and her husband recently started their own landscaping business. Welcome Jamie!

Welcome Sarah Pratt

Sarah Pratt

Sarah started as a Financial Specialist in January 2015. She was previously employed at Humana for over nine months.  Sarah holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, and is from LaPlace Louisiana. She loves hockey, reading, Louisiana cuisine, and traveling.  Welcome Sarah!

Wellness Newsletter and Upcoming Events


Click here for the Wellness Committee’s newsletter for the month of January.


Upcoming Lunch & Learns:

Resolution to Revolution-  Around this time of year we all like to put our best foot forward.  Most new year’s resolutions revolve around health and fitness, but the biggest question is, where to start?  Join Personal Trainer and Certified Yoga Instructor, Liz Brandt, in an interactive discussion on making your health and fitness goals into a manageable life style.  Liz will help you learn to create a well-balanced fitness routine and answer your burning questions!

Friday, January 23

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

World Unity A (University Union Room 120)


Winter Break Fitness Challenge:

Whether you frequent the Kress or have yet to visit, now is the 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 & a second pair of shoes required). Check out the Kress winter break group fitness classes for a new way to spice up your workout and get active!
  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 into a drawing.  Each weekly drawing winner will receive a gift card donated by Massage Envy.



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

CURRENT – UW-Green Bay’s Youngest Graduate!


Dreams are Never Free presented by Dr. Tina Sauerhammer    
Event Basics
When: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Brett Favre’s Steakhouse
1004 Brett Favre Pass
Green Bay, WI  54304
Fee: $15 Members of Current
$25 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2015 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Buffet lunch of pecan encrusted chicken with maple butter, grilled vegetable primavera with a garlic cream sauce, garlic green beans, cranberry-almond rice pilaf, apple, blue cheese and walnut salad with apple-cinnamon vinaigrette, eggnog cheesecake bites, coffee, milk and water.
Register: Register Online
To ensure proper membership pricing for Current or an events package enrollment, please use the email address we have on file for you when registering online. There is a 96-hour cancellation policy.
Event Overview
Dreams are Never Free
Dr. Tina Sauerhammer will tell you “dreams are never free,” something her parents, Randy and Oki taught her at a young age. Then, what is the cost of making your dreams come true? At 34 years old, Dr. Sauerhammer has used hard work and dedication to reach her dreams, and achieve history-making success on a local and national front. From entering college at the age of 14, to wearing the Miss Wisconsin crown, to becoming Northeast Wisconsin’s first fellowship-trained pediatric plastic surgeon, Dr. Sauerhammer’s path has not been without hardship and tragic loss. She will take you on her journey of achieving her dreams despite life’s obstacles, and inspire you to do the same.
About the Speaker
Dr. Tina Sauerhammer
Pediatric Plastic Surgeon
Prevea HealthDr. Tina Sauerhammer, a Green Bay native, made local headlines in 1999 after becoming the youngest person ever to graduate from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at age 18, then from UW-Madison Medical School in 2003 at age 22. That same year, she was crowned Miss Wisconsin and announced second-runner-up in the Miss America competition, where she promoted the importance of organ and tissue donation – a cause close to her heart after losing her father to kidney failure.Dr. Sauerhammer discovered another passion – caring for children in need of plastic and reconstructive surgeries, such as cleft lip and palate repair – during her surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin. She went on to complete a fellowship in Pediatric & Craniofacial Plastic Surgery at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where she later served as the hospital’s co-director of burn service and clinical director of Global Health. One of Dr. Sauerhammer’s most notable medical achievements came in 2011, when she participated in the first full face transplant ever to be performed in the United States. She also spent time in some of the world’s poorest countries to provide children with much-needed medical care.

Today, after nearly 15 years away from her hometown, and paving a path of success across the globe along the way, Dr. Sauerhammer is back in Green Bay with a passion to serve the community she says helped to make her who she is today. In September 2014, Dr. Sauerhammer joined Prevea Health to become Northeast Wisconsin’s first and only fellowship-trained pediatric plastic surgeon. She cares for children in need of a variety of reconstructive procedures for congenital deformities such as cleft lip and palate, and procedures for those who have suffered traumatic injuries.

Welcome Lisa Schmelzer

SchmelzerLisaLisa started as a University Services Program Associate in TRiO/Upward Bound in December 2014.  She was previously employed at the Greater Green Bay Chamber for over seven years.  Lisa is currently a part-time student at NWTC, and is from Appleton.  She has three children – a son, Alex (26), and daughters, Andie (16) and Hunter (16).  Welcome Lisa!

Welcome Dana Mallett

MallettDanaDana started as a Program Assistant for the Center for the Advancement for Teaching and Learning (CATL) in December 2014.  She previously worked for Greek Life at Illinois College for two years.  Dana earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and her Master of Science degree in Human and Community Resources at UW-Stevens Point.  She is from Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.  Dana and her husband, Justin, have two children – Jayden (8) and Maya (3).  Welcome Dana!