See What You Know About Fruits and Veggies

Whether you heard it from your parents, your doctor, a government agency, or any number of media outlets, you are most likely familiar with the fact that fruits and vegetables are good for you. Here’s your chance to show the world (or just yourself) how much you know about the health benefits of produce.Quiz


1. True or false: When a fruit or vegetable has a vivid color that means it’s not as good for you.

2. When you’re prepping fruits and vegetables to eat, which of these precautions should you take to ensure they’re clean and won’t make you sick?

  • A. Wash your hands before handling produce
  • B. Rinse produce with warm water—even if you don’t eat the skin or peel
  • C. Cut away bruised or damaged areas before eating
  • D. All of the above

3. Which of these is not a proven health benefit of eating fruits and vegetables?

  • A. It boosts your mood.
  • B. It strengthens your immune system.
  • C. It improves your hearing.
  • D. It improves your psychological health.

4. True or false: It’s possible that eating fruits and vegetables helps prevent cell damage in your body.


1. False. In fact, vivid colors mean the produce is full of chemicals like carotenoids and flavonoids, which contain good-for-you antioxidants.

2. D—All of the above. If the produce has a firm skin, you should use a scrub brush to clean it.

3. C—It improves your hearing. Sadly, this hasn’t been found. But you should still eat a lot of produce, because the other three health benefits have been proven.

4. True. The antioxidants that are prevalent in produce might help combat a process in your body that triggers cell damage.

Article from The StayWell Company, LLC

Final Reminder: 2017 Summer Leave Reports

Please remember that all leave-eligible faculty and instructional academic staff are required to submit a 2017 Summer Leave Report if they worked any summer service or summer session appointments between 5/22/17-8/20/17. Similar to last year, summer leave reports need to be processed via a paper form, instead of through the regular academic year online process. 2017 summer leave reports were due to Human Resources by September 2, 2017, so any outstanding summer leave reports need to be completed and returned to Human Resources as soon as possible.

Please contact Human Resources at or (920) 465-2390 with any questions.

Introducing ALEX: A Personalized Benefits Counselor

ALEXThe UW System is excited to introduce a new interactive benefits decision tool, called ALEX. ALEX is a personalized benefits counselor and can help you understand the benefits options that may be best for you and your family.

ALEX will be unveiled and available for the upcoming Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE) period October 2 – 27, 2017. Before you make your benefits elections during ABE, we strongly encourage you to let ALEX walk you through your options. ALEX is engaging and efficient. In just a few minutes you will understand your benefits options and have peace of mind as you make your benefits elections.

Watch for more information about ALEX coming soon!

Source: UW System Human Resources

Title and Total Compensation Study Open Forum – September 22


The University of Wisconsin System is embarking on a complete redesign of its current classification and compensation structure. The goal of the Title and Total Compensation Study is to modernize the existing title and compensation programs which will, in turn, attract and retain the best talent for the organization. The study is underway and has now moved into Phase 2 of 5, focused on assessment of current positions and modernizing the job title structure.

Are you interested in finding out more on the current status of the study? The next open forum will take place on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the 1965 RoomRegister today to attend the upcoming campus open forum!

Assistant Director of Multimedia Services

The Assistant Director of Multimedia Services reports to the Director of Strategic Communications and oversees all video and multimedia efforts for the Green Bay Athletic Department. These videos and multimedia efforts include but are not limited to production and execution of live video broadcasts (ESPN3), creative video content for web and social usage, production of various highlight and commercial packages, oversight of temporary and student staff.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, September 17, 2017.

Employee Spotlight: Nathan Kraftcheck


Name: Nathan Kraftcheck

Position at UWGB: Instructional Technologist

Summary of what you do: Most people that I work with are familiar with the education technology support side of my job, but I’m also responsible for examining new edtech products made available by UW-S, making different systems work together, providing training and guidance, evaluating the effectiveness of software and initiatives, and helping instructors with special educational technology requests.

How long have you been employed: This will be my 6th year at UWGB.

Brief history of employment with UWGB: I started working at the Learning Technology Center (LTC) shortly before it became part of Academic Technology Services (ATS). I jumped over to the Adult Degree Program (ADP), and much more recently the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL). I also live in a world of acronyms.

Three words that describe you: insightful, curious, chameleon

Personal interests: endurance sports, board games, video games, motorcycles, fixing up my house

Random facts/interests: Hmm, I helped deliver my son (we didn’t make it to the hospital), am a trained forester, and had a forest fire named after me in Washington (it was a smoking stump).


Any favorite line from a movie? “Now you see that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.”

Are you messy or organized? Merganized – somewhere in-between

Describe what you were like at age 10. I was a jerk. I’m glad my kids did NOT grow up to be just like me like my mom said they would.

Do you have an office nickname? What is it? Kraftbucket, Kraftmuffin, Kraftbarn

Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? I was helping someone, took a drink of water, and spilled on myself. I thought it would be funny to reference the movie Airplane and said “I have a drinking problem.” The person I was working with did not understand the reference. It got somewhat awkward after that.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? Jared Ward, so that I could run fast AND have an awesome mustache.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Present, Jake Gyllenhaal; future, Sam Elliot

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? Air condition the locker rooms at the Kress… ugh

If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be? I’ve never interviewed a dead person and I like to try new things, so I guess I’d try that.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pizza

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? “A Series of Fortunate Events” and hopefully I would not be sued.

If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be? “Everything’s Coming up Milhouse!”

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save? Pants, or a phone

Least favorite Food? Cauliflower

People would be surprised if they knew: My wife and I renovated our whole house ourselves, we keep pet chickens, I’m in my 30s but both my kids are in high school

Tell us a little about yourself. I live in De Pere with my wife and our two children, three dogs, two cats, and four chickens.

What books are at your bedside? The Worldly Philosophers, The Maltese Falcon

What children’s character can you relate with most? Why? Probably Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter. Not that I’ve killed anyone, but I think that people often go through the motions of their daily life without considering their actions, being guided by their own personal echo chambers. He’s a good reminder for me to stop and reflect on what I’m doing or saying.

What did you want to be when growing up? A fireman

What do you always want to try and never did? Wingsuit base jumping

What do you like most about your job? I think that I have great coworkers. I’ve had quite a few jobs and moved around more than most normal people, and it is really a person’s coworkers that make work enjoyable.

What is the first concert you attended? The first concert I remember attending was The Rembrandts at Summerfest (Friends theme song). It was free and I didn’t have any money, and we were just loitering around anyway.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I’d probably buy or build a lodge out in the middle of a forest.

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Carpe diem

What is your biggest pet peeve? Oh geez, I have so many… people throwing cigarette butts out the window or littering in general.

What is your favorite movie and book? I don’t have a favorite movie. My favorite book is probably “Guards! Guards!” by Terry Pratchett.

What places have you lived in? Sacramento, Carbondale, IL, Two Rivers, Mishicot, Madison, Sun Prairie, Portland, De Pere

What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? I have no shame. The only shows I watch regularly are Game of Thrones and House of Cards.

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? “The Monster at the End of This Book” with Grover.

What would people never guess you do in your role? Slip instructional design knowledge bombs into technical trainings

What’s on your bucket list? Compete in and finish a half iron man or iron man

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Probably chocolate covered grasshoppers.

Where is your home town? I lived in Two Rivers the longest. I can smell the fish just thinking about it.

Congratulations Rosa Serrano!

AIC, Rosa Serrano-9Starting September 1, 2017, Rosa Serrano will transition from a temporary to ongoing Multicultural Advisor role for the American Intercultural Center.

Congratulations, Rosa!

Congratulations Julianne Crayton!

Starting September 5, 2017, Julianne Crayton will transition from an Area Coordinator to the University Services Program Associate for Business Operations in Residence Life.

Congratulations, Julianne!

Graphic Designer (Temporary Appointment)

The temporary, approximately 8-month Graphic Designer position reports to the Director of Marketing Strategy and Advertising and is responsible for the development of creative communication materials supporting the University’s recruitment, retention and foundation initiatives. This position will work with a team to concept and design materials for use across multiple communications channels that represent the University’s activities and programs to its internal and external audiences.

The Graphic Design Specialist will conceptualize, develop and design marketing communications materials primarily for print distribution, but may also be called upon to design pieces for electronic and other forms of distribution.

As a member of the University’s design team, the Graphic Design Specialist works as a member of a creative team in a deadline-driven environment to concept and develop publications, graphic elements and projects involving institutional image—especially those relating to student recruitment (admissions), retention, fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and news/communication and assists with development of print pieces, displays, print advertising, brochures, invitations, online/banner ads, email templates and more.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, September 17, 2017.

Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Webinars Offered in September


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 sessions.

5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement- Consider this webinar your quick reference guide to starting the retirement process within the next 12 months. ETF will review: choosing a termination date, how to request a retirement estimate – and how to read and understand it. ETF will also cover how to schedule a retirement appointment and – drum roll here — how to submit the retirement application.

  • Thurs, Sept 7, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Sept 13, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thurs, Sept 21, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Mon, Sept 25, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Choosing When to Retire- This webinar will focus primarily on choosing your optimal termination and WRS benefit effective dates. The focus will include not only the “December versus January” decision, but also how retirement timing at any point during the year can affect your retirement annuity amount and other employee retirement benefits.

  • Fri, Sept 8, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thurs, Sept 14, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tues, Sept 19, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tues, Sept 26, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

How to Use ETF’s Online Calculator to Estimate a Retirement Benefit- ETF’s online retirement calculator, one of the most-used tools on ETF’s website, allows you to calculate an unofficial projection of your WRS retirement benefit at any point in the future. This webinar will cover where to find and how to use the calculator, specific information required for data entry (e.g., desired retirement date, spouse or partner’s birthdate, etc.) and how to interpret the results.

  • Tues, Sept 5, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tues, Sept 19, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Sept 20, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Sept 29, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WRS Employee Benefits Seminar- Whether you are just beginning your career under the Wisconsin Retirement System or close to retirement, join ETF for a presentation on WRS employee benefits. In this two-hour, evening seminar ETF thoroughly reviews benefit basics, the Core and Variable Trust Funds and things to know and do to maximize your benefits as you move through your career. Those within five years or so of retirement will appreciate hearing about WRS annuity options, return-to-work rules, post-retirement annuity adjustments and much more.

  • Thurs, Sept 14, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tues, Sept 26, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tues, Nov 7, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Register for a Webinar

Please contact Human Resources at (920) 465-2390 or with any questions.