Academic Staff Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 6

Please join the Academic Staff Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. to hear updates on Leadership & Involvement Committee, HR Updates and Campus updates from Chancellor Michael Alexander. The full agenda will be on the SOFA website. Please Join Skype Meeting. If you have trouble joining, please Try Skype Web App Please let Lynn Niemi, ASC Chair know of any questions or concerns you may have that you wish the ASC to address.

UW-Green Bay virtual bunco meeting

UW-Green Bay after hours Bunco meetup goes digital

When the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to stop a group of UW-Green Bay staff from gathering this month for Bunco—an informal after-hours ritual—a Zoom virtual meeting saved the day.

“Let’s be honest, I miss everyone and could really use some of the laughs!” wrote Residence Life Area Coordinator Amy Mauk, in an early planning email message. “Finding an online way to do Bunco has proved to be harder than you think. But we think we have found a way, and with the assistance of Virginia (Englebert), I think we have found a viable option using Zoom.”

The play-of-game requires three tables each set with two teams of two, through which players rotate based on if they win or lose each round, ensuring each participant has an opportunity to visit with the other eleven throughout the course of the evening. Instead of tables, the players rotated between breakout rooms within the Zoom conference. Instead of sharing a set of dice, women raided their Yahtzee and Tenzi sets to use for their own turns. And everyone brings their own best snacks.

UW-Green Bay Bunco zoom meeting

For years these coworkers and friends gathered in a member’s private residence monthly to socialize, relax and play the dice game. The UW-Green Bay Bunco gatherings were first organized by Virginia Englebert, Residence Life information process consultant, and continue to this day. To the group, including women from all parts of the Green Bay campus, with diverse professional roles, the monthly gathering offers an important opportunity to connect and socialize.

If you have any UW-Green Bay virtual gatherings, be sure to share screenshots on social media with #VirtualUWGB!

Academic Staff Committee statement on adjusting goals for staff on annual reviews

The Academic Staff Committee appreciates all of the UW-Green Bay employees and what each has done during this COVID-19 pandemic. The ASC has made a statement on adjusting goals for Academic Staff on our annual reviews. We have received support and endorsement from Interim Chancellor Van Gruensven, Provost Alexander and Human Resources. 

Statement on adjusting gold during COVOD-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has put many staff members in a bind in relation to their goals for annual review. On the one hand, the pandemic has ramped up the workload. Many staff members have taken on additional responsibilities to assist with the University’s shift to remote working and distance learning. On the other hand, the pandemic has made many performance goals difficult, if not impossible, to meet. Staff members are often in the position where they are working hard, but not toward the goals they – and their supervisors – set for this year. As a result, annual reviews must account for the unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19.

Additionally, while staff may take FMLA during the pandemic, work and life circumstances for staff may have altered dramatically. For example, many budgets have frozen, which leaves staff without the financial resources they counted on for their work. Others do not have access to the human resources (ie. student workers) and physical resources (ie. equipment) they require. Moreover, the added labor of caretaking for family members, adjusting to an alternative work schedule, setting up a home office, and the overall stress of working and living during a global pandemic undermines the ability of staff to complete their goals.

Recommendations

For all these reasons, we would like to advise that supervisors and campus units take the following steps when considering work performance and goals for annual reviews.

1) All goals not completed before March 13, 2020 should transfer to next year’s (2020-21) review cycle, unless the supervisor and employee agree that the situation surrounding the pandemic has obviated the goal.

2) Supervisors should encourage employees to write about the new tasks they undertook, outline any temporary increases in workload/responsibilities, and summarize how priorities shifted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic on their self-evaluations.

3) Supervisors should consider new tasks that employees undertook, temporary increases in workload/responsibilities, and how priorities shifted quickly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in their assessments of the employee’s performance.

4) Supervisors and employees should not merely add new goals onto the carryover goals from 2019-2020 so that employees have twice the goals. Rather, employees and supervisors should work together so that employees have roughly the same amount of goals for 2020-21 as they did for 2019-2020.

This recommendation and proposed action is endorsed:

Sheryl Van Gruensven, Interim Chancellor

Michael Alexander, Chancellor Elect

Lynn Niemi
2019-20 Academic Staff Committee Chair, Director of Disability Services

Statement approved as to form by UW-Green Bay Human Resources

Don’t miss the first professional development opportunities of 2020

Members of the University Staff Professional Development Committee and the Academic Staff Professional Development Program Committee in partnership with University Police are excited to announce a new three-part safety training. This series of training sessions are different than “Dealing with Disruptions” offered in the past, and have been tailored to meet the needs of UW–Green Bay staff. The workshops are standalone, but are designed to be utilized together. Attend all three sessions to receive a certificate of completion and a tactical self-defense item.

Active Shooter: Run, Hide, Fight
When seconds count, the police are minutes away. This 90-minute workshop is designed to give the campus community member essential skills to survive until help arrives. Location:  IS 1034, Green Bay Campus.

Jan. 7, 2020; 10 to 11:30 a.m. or
Jan. 15, 2020; 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Crisis First Aid…What To Do Before Help Arrives
This 90-minute workshop will prepare the employee to provide “self-aid” and “basic lifesaving first aid” to others during a dynamic situation (mass casualty, plane crash, active shooter, etc.). This session is intended to inform the participant on basic treatments of traumatic trauma injuries. Location: IS 1034, Green Bay Campus.

Jan. 7, 2020; 1 to 2:30 p.m. or
Jan. 21, 2020; 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Self Defense: Protecting Yourself In A Crisis Situation
This two-hour course is designed to provide the participant with basic self-defense techniques to apply in dynamic situations. Watch, learn and participate at your own level. Location:  Studio One, Weidner Center.

Jan. 8, 2020; 10 a.m. to Noon or
Jan. 14, 2020; 1 to 3 p.m.

All Academic and University Staff are encouraged to attend.  There is no fee.

Registration – Active Shooter: Run, Hide, Fight
Registration – Crisis First Aid…What To Do Before Help Arrives
Registration – Self Defense: Protecting Yourself In A Crisis Situation

Register for three-part safety training in January

Announcing the first professional development workshops for the 2019-20 academic year. Members of the University Staff Professional Development Committee and the Academic Staff Professional Development Program Committee in partnership with University Police are excited to announce a new three-part safety training. This series of training sessions are different than “Dealing with Disruptions” offered in the past, and have been tailored to meet the needs of UW–Green Bay staff. The workshops are stand-alone, but are designed to be utilized together. If you attend all three sessions you will receive a certificate of completion and a tactical self-defense item.

Active Shooter: Run, Hide, Fight
When seconds count, the police are minutes away. This 90-minute workshop is designed to give the campus community member essential skills to survive until help arrives.

Jan. 7, 2020, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 15, 2020, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: IS 1034, Green Bay Campus

Crisis First Aid…What To Do Before Help Arrives
This 90-minute workshop will prepare the employee to provide “self-aid” and “basic lifesaving first aid” to others during a dynamic situation (mass casualty, plane crash, active shooter, etc.). This session is intended to inform the participant on basic treatments of traumatic trauma injuries.

Jan. 7, 2020, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Jan. 21, 2020, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: IS 1034, Green Bay Campus

Self Defense: Protecting Yourself In A Crisis Situation
This two-hour course is designed to provide the participant with basic self-defense techniques to apply in dynamic situations. Please come and watch, learn, and participate at your own level.

Jan. 8, 2020, 10 a.m. to Noon
Jan. 14, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Studio One, Weidner Center, Green Bay Campus

All Academic and University Staff are encouraged to attend.  There is no fee.
Note: Web conferencing will not be offered for these workshops at this time.

Registration – Active Shooter: Run, Hide, Fight

Registration – Crisis First Aid…What To Do Before Help Arrives

Registration – Self Defense: Protecting Yourself In A Crisis Situation

Registration for each workshop closes one-hour prior to the start of the last session.                                                

Academic Staff Fall Assembly, Tuesday, Dec. 3

The Academic Staff Fall Assembly will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 at 3 p.m. in the Christie Theatre in the University Union on the Green Bay Campus. The agenda is posted on the SOFAS website. Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven, Provost Michael Alexander and Police Chief Dave Jones are just a few of the invited guests. If you are unable to physically attend, you can SKYPE in at Join Skype Meeting.

At the Sheboygan Campus location, please meet in Conference Room 2206. At the Manitowoc Campus location, academic staff are welcome to view it on their own or with others in F128 (Student Services Conference Room) for light snacks, drinks and extra camaraderie. Questions can be directed to the Academic Staff Committee Chair Lynn Niemi at niemil@uwgb.edu.

Academic Staff updates, meeting times and request for feedback

Members of the Academic Staff Committee (ASC) remind you that the next meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 23  at 1:30 p.m. in Cofrin Library 735, Green Bay Campus. Skype is available. Find the agenda, here.

Winter Assembly: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2018  3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Christie Theatre, University Union, Green Bay Campus (Skype will be available). The agenda will include updates from Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven, Provost Alexander as well as Human Resources and AS Committee updates

The Academic Staff Committee has been asked to give any feedback to Provost Alexander on the Academic Affairs Strategic Priorities on  https://www.uwgb.edu/academic-affairs-strategic-priorities/. Please share feedback to Lynn Niemi, chair of Academic Staff Committee by Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

If you have any questions that you are not comfortable asking Human Resources or University leadership directly, please feel free to contact any member of the 2019-20 Academic Staff Committee:

Lynn Niemi, director of Disability Services (Chair)
Sherri Arendt, director of Learning Center (Vice Chair)
Jamee Haslam, senior advisor, Financial Aid
Bao Sengkhammee, multicultural advisor, MESA
Pat Hicks, senior lecturer
Lynn Rotter, manager of University Ticketing
Anthony Sigismondi, academic librarian, Manitowoc Campus

 

The Academic Staff Professional Development Allocations Committee has funds available

The Academic Staff Professional Development Allocations Committee has funds available to assist academic staff in attending professional development opportunities. Academic staff (instructional and non-instructional) at all four campus locations are welcome to apply for funds. Funding is available for up to 50 percent of the total cost, not to exceed $750. Total funding provided is subject to availability and may be less than requested. Applications must be received at least three weeks before the event; no funds will be awarded retroactively. All funded activities must be reimbursed in the current fiscal year, 2019-2020. Please submit all materials electronically to Jeff Schulz, schulzje@uwgb.edu. Application and guidelines available here. Applications will be processed as they are received. If you have questions, please contact committee members: Joanie Dovekas, Jeff Schulz, Tara DaPra, Bryan Hulbert, or Joe Schoenebeck (chair).

 

UW-Green Bay mentors needed for ‘Campus Connection’

The University is in desperate need of mentors to help new staff to become more engaged in the University community. The Campus Connections program is an excellent way to give back and get to know staff across campus. Many mentors are needed for Academic and University Staff.  Please contact Julie Flenz in Human Resources at x2390 to submit your name. Thanks for your consideration – Lynn Niemi, Academic Staff Chair and Kim Mezger, University Staff Chair.