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!

Welcome Aaron Maternowski

MaternowskiAaronAaron started in December 2014 as a Database Administrator.  He previously worked for Cellcom for over two years, and WS Packaging for 11 years.  Aaron enjoys being an Assistant Instructor at Herb Blue’s Total Self Defense, and is from DePere.  Aaron and his wife, Christine, their daughter, Jaina (9) and son, Rand (5), live in New Franken.  Welcome Aaron!

ETF Learning Opportunity Update — January Webinars

Attention Employees covered under the Wisconsin Retirement System

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is offering several webinars during the month of January.  See ETF’s information below regarding their upcoming webinars.

Live Webinars Scheduled for January
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.
Wednesday Jan 7, 2015 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Friday Jan 9, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Monday Jan 12, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday Jan 15, 2015 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday Jan 21, 2015 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Jan 28, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.


Overview of Wisconsin Retirement System

This webinar will cover participation in the WRS, vesting requirements, how the WRS is funded and benefits available under the WRS. Also included is a brief overview of the Core and Variable Trust Funds and how the WRS is structured.

Wednesday Jan 7, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday Jan 15, 2015 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Jan 28, 2015 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Friday Jan 30, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.


WRS Employer and Employee Contribution Rates

This webinar will review how employer and employee contributions help keep the WRS fully funded. We will discuss how the contribution rates are calculated, why they change annually, where those dollars go and the contribution rate changes for 2015.
Thursday Jan 8, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday Jan 21, 2015 Noon – 12:30 p.m.


WRS Benefits: For New and Mid-Career Employees

This one-hour webinar is for employees who are five years – or more – from retirement. The information presented will help you make sound, strategic decisions over the course of your career. Topics include vesting, ways to enhance a WRS retirement benefit, purchasing service, military service credit, the Core and Variable Trust Funds, contribution rates, the importance of a beneficiary form and how to complete one, and how “life event” changes affect retirement benefits.
Thursday Jan 8, 2015 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday Jan 14, 2015 11:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday Jan 27, 2015 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday Jan 29, 2015 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.


Returning to Work After Retirement

Whether retired or planning to retire, do you need information about what happens if you decide to work again? This webinar is for you. 2013 Act 20, which was effective July 2, 2013 made some important changes to laws that affect retired WRS members planning to return to work. This webinar covers the old law as well as the changes that provided by Act 20.

Thursday Jan 22, 2015 Noon – 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday Jan 27, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.


Register for a webinar

Winter Break Fitness Challenge


Monday, January 5, 2015 – Sunday, January 25, 2015

Whether you frequent the Kress or have yet to visit since the announcement of the Faculty/Staff Free Membership Program, NOW is your 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 to a drawing:

DRAWING PERIOD Date of Drawing
1 Mon, 1/5 to Sun, 1/11 Monday, January 12th
2 Mon, 1/12 to Sun, 1/18 Tuesday, January 20th
3 Mon, 1/19 to Sun, 1/25 Monday, January 26th


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 upcoming events!

From Bagels to the Board Room Lunch n’ Learn






From Bagels to the Board Room Lunch n’ Learn    
Event Basics
When: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: The Woods Golf Club/Blitz Sports Bar
530 Erie Rd, Green Bay, WI  54311
Fee: $15 Members of Current
$20 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Buffet of chef’s choice of two soups (one vegetarian), turkey sandwich, hot roast beef sandwich, build your own garden salad, vegetarian pasta salad, fresh fruit salad, assorted dessert bars, coffee and milk.
Register: (920) 437-8704
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview
From Bagels to the Board Room: A Baker’s Dozen of TipsAt just 23 years old, Ann Seidl opened the first fresh bagel shop north of Milwaukee with friend, Sue Hougard. SueAnn’s Bagels became a seven-location bagel/coffee business. Throughout her time managing her chain of stores and then moving onto the corporate world at BayCare Clinic, Ann has gathered a few tips she would have liked to have known at 23.Ann has mastered owning a small business, managed teams of all shapes and sizes and worked in a variety of industries – all while balancing a family with a demanding career. Ann will share her “baker’s dozen” of tips that she has learned – and how you can apply these tips to a successful and evolving career.
About the Speaker
Ann Seidl
Director of Marketing/Public Relations
BayCare ClinicAnn Seidl is the director of marketing and public relations for BayCare Clinic. Ann is a Luxemburg native and a UW- Green Bay alumna. In 2005, Ann joined BayCare Clinic and in 2006, she sold SueAnn’s Bagels, a seven-location bagel/coffee business that she co-founded 17 years prior.At BayCare Clinic, she provides strategic planning and brand management for advertising, promotions, public relations and overall communications. Ann is building regional awareness of the clinic’s stellar medical reputation and advanced capabilities. She directs the BayCare Clinic Foundation and Government Relations Board, along with serving on the Foundation’s board. Throughout her career, Ann has served and volunteered for several community boards.

Attention Employees covered under the Wisconsin Retirement System

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is offering several webinars during the month of December. See ETF’s information below regarding their upcoming webinars.

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.

  • Tuesday Dec 9, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday Dec 11, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday Dec 15, Noon – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday Dec 18, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Annuity Options
Choosing a WRS annuity option is one of the most important decisions you will face. This webinar will cover all of the WRS annuity options and help you understand them so that you can make an informed decision. We will also explain the important differences between a beneficiary and a named survivor.

  • Thursday Dec 11, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday Dec 16, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday Dec 19, Noon – 12:30 p.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 as well.

*Please note that due to the popularity of this webinar your registration will be approved on a first come first serve basis if your registration is denied it is due to the webinar being at maximum capacity. Please choose a new date/time if this should happen. Thank you*

  • Wednesday Dec 10, 11:30 a.m. – Noon
  • Tuesday Dec 16, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday Dec 17, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

WRS Employee and Employer Contribution Rates
This webinar will review how employer and employee contributions help keep the WRS fully funded. We will discuss how the contribution rates are calculated, why they change annually, where those dollars go and the contribution rate changes for 2015.

  • Tuesday Dec 9, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday Dec 17, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Register for a webinar

CURRENT – Leading Through Change Workshop


When: Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. Workshop Begins
12 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Ramada Plaza Hotel
2750 Ramada Way
Green Bay, WI  54304
Fee: $49 Members of Current
$64 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: To be determined.
Register: rsvp@titletown.orgregister online There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event. 4 hours of CE credit is available for attending this workshop.
Event Overview
Leading through Change Workshop
If things didn’t change, there’d be no butterflies. People need to adapt to overlapping changes in their workplace and personal lives. While a solid strategy and project plan for change can help us avoid disaster, the key to successful change is engagement. Leaders who master the discipline of change management rise to the top of company and community as dependable, positive influencers. Acquire skills you need to understand the best communication practices that will ease resistance to change.
Be prepared for change by understanding:

  • How to share a common language during the change process
  • How to introduce and implement commonly used Change Process Models
  • How to provide information about common obstacles that arise from change

How to discuss and identify tools to help leaders advance in how they lead change

About the Speaker
Tina M. Schuelke
Executive Director Change Management | Communications Center, LLC

After more than 20 years in corporate America, desire for change led Tina to harvest her experience to help small- to medium-sized businesses. She realized her efforts could be spent helping small businesses see great results versus contributing to a few large corporations.

Committed to improving the lives of others in her community, Tina graduated from the Leadership Oshkosh program in 2008 and received her Change Management certification and license in 2012. Nurturing her entrepreneurial spirit, Tina founded Change Management and Communications Center, LLC in 2013.

She offers business and change management support to the New North region of Wisconsin and beyond. Her work with organizations has revealed a greater likelihood to save time and money and improves the quality of life at work. Tina helps manage the human side of change by implementing programs that align employee development and productivity with company goals, ultimately motivating and directing change effectively.

Festival Foods – A Foundation for Success


Festival Foods – A Foundation for Success    
Event Basics
When: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: The Marq
3177 French Rd
De Pere, WI  54115
Fee: $15 Members of Current
$20 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Pecan and parmesan crusted chicken breast served with cheesy Yukon smashed potatoes, whole green beans and carrots, dinner rolls, coffee and milk. Substitute vegan pasta primavera upon request.
Register: (920) 437-8704
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview
Festival Foods – A Foundation for SuccessMark Skogen, CEO and president of Festival Foods, will share how execution, service, servant leadership and embracing change built the strong foundation for success at his company and why he feels passionate about carrying on the traditions. Mark will share real stories about the satisfaction gained from enriching lives and how failure can actually make you stronger.This event will also be co-hosted with Pulse, the young professionals program of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry
About the Speaker
Mark Skogen
President and CEO
Festival Foods
Mark Skogen is the third generation of Skogen grocers. Mark’s grandfather, Paul Skogen, opened his first grocery store in Onalaska, Wis., in 1946. Dave Skogen, Mark’s father, grew the small chain of IGA stores in the ‘70s and ‘80s and then introduced the family business to the large-grocery format of Festival Foods in 1990. Mark joined the company full-time after graduating from Viterbo University in 1992 and became president and CEO in 2000.Under Mark’s leadership, Skogen’s Festival Foods operates 19 stores across the state in the communities of Green Bay, Bellevue, De Pere, Suamico, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Kenosha, Fort Atkinson, Appleton (2), Neenah, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Marshfield, Eau Claire, La Crosse (2), Holmen and Onalaska. The company has announced plans for stores in the Mount Pleasant and Madison markets as well.Mark attributes their continued success to the 5,000 associates whom are all committed to the company’s Boomerang Theory which guides everyday business decisions by answering the question, “Will it bring the customer back?”In addition to leading Festival Foods, Mark serves on several boards of directors, including Green Bay Packers, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay.  He resides in De Pere and has two beautiful daughters, Sydney and Kennedy.


Lunch n’ Learn: Zen

When: December 4, 2014
Where: 1965 Room at the University Union
Time: 12:15 – 1:00PM
Facilitator: Raymond Reed Hardy, Ph.D.

Raymond Reed Hardy, Ph.D. is a retired Psychology Professor from St. Norbert College and is an author of four books including: Zen, Zen Master: Practical Zen by an American for Americas (2000) and Zen Student: Remember Live Right Now! (2006).