A Wisconsin Public Radio story earlier this week noted that UW-Green Bay is the first of eight UW campuses with numbers to report on a campus-based “voluntary separation” program. Spokesman Christopher Sampson said a total of 29 individuals signed up for the buyouts (including him) with departure dates between July 3 and Jan. 7, 2016. He said school officials hope to reconfigure or consolidate jobs and maybe eliminate some positions. They hope to do that without laying off current workers. The story is archived here.
If you have ever struggled with sugar cravings, this Lunch n’ Learn is for you! Next Thursday (July 9), between 12:15 and 1 p.m. in the 1965 Room, guest presenter Celeste Faye (daughter of UWGB’s own Linda Parins) will examine the six motivators responsible for sugar cravings. She’ll also advise on how to go beyond diets, detoxes and exercise regimes to understand how you can get control over your sugar cravings, and she’ll also address whether sugar in moderation can still be part of a healthy lifestyle. (She’ll bring a delicious sugar-reduced dessert for sampling.) Feel free to bring your lunch. To register, go to http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4IKiqW6sdkvB4rP. Read more on the program and presenter.
UWGB Director of Human Resources Sheryl Van Gruensven will take on additional responsibilities as the University’s interim vice chancellor for business and finance. Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced the selection of Van Gruensven to fill the leadership position to be vacated by Kelly J. Franz. Franz is retiring soon after a three-decade UW System career that has included 25 years with UW-Green Bay, the last three and one-half as vice chancellor. Van Gruensven is described by Miller as “highly respected throughout the UW System and a key leader at UWGB.” Read the full release.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced the selection of Van Gruensven to fill the leadership position to be vacated by Kelly J. Franz, who is retiring after a three-decade UW System career that has included 25 years with UW-Green Bay, the last three and one-half as vice chancellor.
Van Gruensven’s appointment as interim vice chancellor takes effect Aug. 16. She is described by Miller as “highly respected throughout the UW System and a key leader at UWGB.”
“We are extraordinarily fortunate to have such a talented and experienced executive in our midst who can step into this essential role at this critical time in the history of the university,” the chancellor added.
The vice chancellor for business and finance reports directly to the chancellor and is the institution’s lead administrator for budgeting, accounting and fiscal control. The position also oversees roughly 175 employees and a range of business operations and services, including buildings and grounds, facilities planning, the controller’s office, purchasing, risk management, human resources, the campus bookstore, the student union, the campus golf course, motor pool, parking and public safety.
Van Gruensven has served as the University’s director of human resources and affirmative action since 2005. With administrative consolidation necessitated by state budget cuts, she will continue to hold responsibilities in those areas.
Van Gruensven joined UW-Green Bay in 2004 from a position as human resource manager with a Wausau law firm. She earned her bachelor’s in human resources management from Upper Iowa University, and her master’s degree from Silver Lake College, Manitowoc.
She has previous experience as UW-Green Bay’s interim vice chancellor for business and finance. She served in that capacity for several months in early 2012 before Franz accepted appointment to the position.
Beginning the first week of June, ETF (Employee Trust Funds) 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. There are separate webinars, with several different time slots available, for:
• Variable Fund
• Buying Service
• Annuity Options
• WRS New & Mid-Career Benefits
• 5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement
Have you noticed a decline in the direct e-mails from Human Resources? Wondering if the Wellness Committee is still planning campus events? Check out the HR Connect newsletter sent to your e-mail inbox each Thursday for the latest in everything HR (including wellness)! This newsletter has been created in an effort to consolidate and effectively reach you with what you need to know. Contained within are the most recent position announcements, new hires, payroll and benefits, CURRENT and wellness events and other news and updates. More into following a blog? Everything contained within the newsletter can be accessed real time on the HR Connect blog!
On April 22, an e-mail was sent to UW-Green Bay faculty and staff inviting the campus community to the 2015 UW-Green Bay Campus Cookout to take place Tuesday, May 12. The e-invite contained information about the annual Employee Appreciation Week food drive sponsored by HR; this year, to the benefit of the UWGB Campus Cupboard. Our previous communication should have included the new link for the Campus Cupboard website for those interested in viewing the suggested items.
Tom Schober and Suzan Schober Murray have plenty of reasons to give back to UW-Green Bay.
For one, the bayshore campus is practically in their front yard. For another, Suzan is a master’s grad and Tom spent a dozen years on the University’s Founders Association Board of Directors. They love on-campus activities and are keenly aware of UW-Green Bay’s impact in Northeastern Wisconsin and beyond.
Still, their motivations run deeper than that. For Tom, it’s knowing their gift might help a student have opportunities his own mother did not.
“My mother had to drop out of college after her first year,” he said, “because my grandfather said, ‘well, one year is enough’ — this was back in the mid ‘30s — and I think she felt intimidated by some of her friends all her life.
“And I just would hate to see somebody have to drop out of school just because they didn’t have enough money to pay the tuition for a semester, or something like that. So that’s kind of what we hope we’re able to do.”
The pair is doing so through the Schober Family Endowed Scholarship for Business, established in 2013. The scholarship benefits students enrolled in the Cofrin School of Business who are majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management.
“It’s very gratifying to know we are supporting future professionals in the field of business and human resources,” Suzan said. “I also think there’s a return to the community, if these students stay local, to support their goals and vision — and maybe a business’s goals and vision. It’s a gift that will keep giving. There’s good return on that. It’s an investment.”
UW-Green Bay — and indeed the larger higher education landscape — is different than it once was, Tom added.
“The school has changed over the years,” he said. “The student body is larger, and the people that go here, a lot of them are first-generation college students. I know they need the help — the costs of education are just going right through the roof. So we thought that would be a good way to try to help somebody out.”
It’s that help, they hope, that will make a difference now — and well into the future.
Today (Monday, April 13) begins the Step Into Spring Activity Challenge sponsored by the campus Wellness Committee. There is still time to register! The Activity Challenge encourages the campus community to get active and increase their physical activity to gear up for the busy summer months ahead! Please review the program and register today by following these five easy steps.
On Friday, UW-Green Bay became the latest UW System institution to offer early-separation incentives to veteran employees as a possible way to reduce payroll in preparation for major budget cuts expected to take effect July 1. Emails were sent to about 155 employees age 55 or older to notify them of their eligibility. Information about the program is archived on the Human Resources website.