Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Webinars Offered in July


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.

  • Fri, July 7, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wed, July 12, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thurs, July 20, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Mon, July 31, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Beneficiary Designations- What Happens to My Account When I Die- Do you have a beneficiary designation on file with ETF and does it reflect how you would 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. ETF will also review 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.

  • Thurs, July 13, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tues, July 18, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wed, July 26, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Mon, July 31, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Overview of the Wisconsin Retirement System- This webinar will cover participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System, how the WRS is funded and what benefits are available under the WRS. A brief overview of the Core and Variable Trust Funds and how the WRS is structured are included.

  • Tues, July 11, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Fri, July 21, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wed, July 26, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Mon, July 31, 2017 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Register for a Webinar

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

University Services Program Associate – Residence Life (Business Operations)

This position reports to the Associate Director of Residence Life and is responsible for department budget and financial management; technological management; student employment and payroll; business operations; and departmental purchasing and travel.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Welcome Tony Werner!

Tony Werner-9Tony P. Werner joined the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and President of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc., on March 8, 2017.  Tony is the former President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Detroit. He returns to the region, where he served as Director of Development for the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, from 1997-99.  He has 27 years of advancement experience in healthcare, higher education, and the non-profit theater industry.

Tony is active in the community, primarily with the Center for Childhood Safety, an injury prevention group.  He is a native of Chicago and enjoys cycling on the rural roads in northeast Wisconsin and golfing.

Tony’s oldest son, Sam, works in the auto industry in finance in Detroit.  His other son, Jacob, is a microbiologist for a chemical company in Ohio.

Welcome, Tony!

Welcome Eric Arneson!

Eric Arneson was hired as the new Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate on July 1, 2017.  He has 25 years of combined professional experience working for several universities:  Florida International, University of Miami, University of Illinois, and Western Illinois University.

Eric earned his Doctor of Education from Florida International University, his MA from Bowling Green State University, and is BS from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Eric has been active in community events, having coached YMCA sports, tutored children, chaired United Way fundraising events, and participated in autism walks. He also enjoys reading, sports, movies, and spending time with friends and family.

Eric’s hometown is Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, and after many years away, is very excited to be coming home to Wisconsin with his wife Tenaye, son Kenny, and their dog Blue.

Welcome, Eric!

Executive Director – Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

This position reports to the Provost and oversees all of the operations of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The Executive Director is responsible for planning, programming, marketing (with assistance from Marketing and University Communications), staff management, fundraising and development (with assistance from University Advancement), budget planning and management (with assistance from Business & Finance), event scheduling and outreach to the University and the region. The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is customer-focused in all aspects of its operations, including relationships with ticket buyers, tenants, educators, students, and members of the local community. It is a rare combination of University and community working together to provide a wide variety of cultural entertainment, and educational programming to Northeastern Wisconsin.

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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, August 13, 2017.

July Wellness Webinar: Debunking Fitness Myths


You know you should move for 30 minutes each day. Or is that 60? And shouldn’t you be lifting weights and stretching, too? But when? This webinar will separate the myths from the facts so you can move toward better health.

Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Cofrin Library, 7th floor, room 735

No need to RSVP – just mark your calendar to join us, and bring your lunch!

You could also participate in this webinar at your workstation if you prefer – please visit wellwisconsin.staywell.com and go to Webinars to register.

Wellness webinars highlighting various health and well-being topics will take place the 3rd Wednesday of each month. All webinars will be recorded and available to Well Wisconsin Program participants on the wellness portal after the event date.

To access the wellness portal, you must be an employee, retiree, or enrolled spouse/domestic partner enrolled in the State of Wisconsin or Wisconsin Public Employers Group Health Insurance Program.

The Benefits of Mindful Eating

Rushing through meals, barely acknowledging the food you put in your mouth, deprives you of the pleasure of eating and may impact Appleyour health.

A study in the Journal of Obesity found that the more study participants practiced mindful eating, the greater their ability to reduce anxiety, skip eating comfort food to ease stress, and avoid eating in response to emotions. That helped them lose weight in the abdominal area.

To practice mindful eating, try these exercises:

• Be mindful of food prior to eating it. Before you eat something, silently do the following for 30 seconds: Look closely at the food in front of you, noticing the colors and shapes. Smell the food and enjoy the aroma. Consider all the plants and animals that are part of the food. Acknowledge the effort of everyone who was involved in making the food. Envision yourself eating the food mindfully with attention.

• Take mindful bites. Be aware of your movements as you bring food to your mouth. When the food is in your mouth, put your hands, silverware, or chopsticks down. As you chew, pay attention to the taste and texture of the food and to the act of chewing. Chew until the food is smooth, then swallow. After swallowing, pause for a few seconds before picking up more food or your utensils.

• Mind your chews. Pay attention to how many chews it takes for you to eat a particular food. Begin by taking a bite of food and then counting the number of chews it takes you to completely chew it up. Then take a smaller bite of the same food and count the number of chews you need, followed by taking a larger-than-normal bite and noting the number of chews. This practice can help you focus specifically on the act of eating when your attention is wandering.

Easy ways to practice mindful eating include:

  • Making eating your only activity without reading, talking on your cellphone, watching TV, texting, computing, or working
  • Eating with chopsticks or with your non-dominant hand
  • Chewing each bite 30 to 50 times
  • Sitting at a table when you eat

Slowing down and practicing mindful eating has the potential to transform your relationship with food. Reducing distractions is key to the experience.

Article from The StayWell Company, LLC

Welcome Susan Pike!

Sue Pike-1Susan Pike was welcomed by Continuing Education and Community Engagement on May 1, 2017, as a new University Services Program Associate.  Prior to joining UWGB, she spent 17 years working at Fort Howard/Georgia-Pacific and held various positions thereafter.

Susan was a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor for 8 years and was named “Big Sister of the Year” for northeast Wisconsin.  She is currently a teen mentor.  In her free time, Susan enjoys yoga, gardening, and traveling.  She is from Luxemburg, Wisconsin, and is married to her husband Tom.  She also has 2 sons–Brian (23) and Jared (20).

Welcome, Susan!

Finance & Equipment Specialist (Open to UW System Employees Only)

This position reports to the Assistant Controller and is responsible for assisting with the financial operations of the athletics department, including but not limited to, travel expense reimbursements, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and budget tracking. This position will serve as lead contact in athletics with the Controller’s office for operations purposes, along with audit and reporting. In addition, they will be responsible for maintaining equipment ordering and processing.


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

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, July 9, 2017.

Custodian (First Shift) – Open to UW System Employees Only

The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay has a current vacancy for a full time, first shift Custodian in Outbuildings/Float. This position works under the general supervision of the Custodial Services Program Supervisor, and is responsible for maintaining the overall appearance and cleanliness of their designated areas. This position is a full-time, first shift university staff appointment. Work hours for this position will be 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, July 9, 2017.