News for Employees
Nominations Open for Academic Staff Excellence Awards
The UW–Madison Academic Staff Excellence Awards will honor nine extraordinary individuals in several categories, including excellence in teaching, service to the university, research, leadership, public service and outreach, dedication to excellence, and career achievement. Nominations are now being accepted and must be submitted by January 10, 2020. Resubmissions are encouraged and may include updated materials. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jake Smith at 263-2985.
Section of Observatory Drive to Close
A section of Observatory Drive will be closed from November 11–22 due to construction. East-west traffic will detour to Linden Drive by using Easterday Lane or Elm Drive. Some Madison Metro Transit bus routes will be affected, including campus bus routes 80 and 84. Bus stops on Observatory Drive between Babcock Drive and Easterday Lane will be closed during construction. Temporary bus stops will be available on Linden Drive near the Veterinary Medicine building, the Livestock Laboratory, and Babcock Hall. Project dates are subject to change. For more details on campus road closures and detours, visit the Transportation Services website at transportation.wisc.edu.
Free Course Teaches Conflict Management Skills
A half-day course on “Modes of Conflict Management” is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m.–noon in Ingraham Hall, Room 220. Participants will learn how to understand and manage interpersonal conflict. Tools and techniques for addressing a variety of conflict situations will be provided. The free course is offered by Learning and Talent Development and is part of the Fully Prepared to Lead professional development program for UW–Madison faculty and staff.
Employees Can Manage Paycheck Direct Deposit Online
Beginning November 4, 2019, UW–Madison employees will be able to manage direct deposit of their paycheck online through MyUW. Employees will be able to add, edit, or delete a direct deposit account online from their computer, smart phone, or tablet. It will no longer be necessary to submit a paper form, although paper forms will still be accepted. To get started, log in to MyUW, launch the Payroll Information module, and click on “Update Direct Deposit.” Learn more at hr.wisc.edu/pay/direct-deposit.
Learn About TSA Supplemental Retirement Savings
The UW Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) 403(b) Program is a voluntary, supplemental retirement savings program that allows employees to invest a portion of their income on a pre-tax basis, after-tax (Roth) basis, or a combination of both. A one-on-one counseling session with a financial representative can help you learn about the TSA program. Sessions are offered on several dates in November at Union South and Memorial Union. You can learn more at a UW TSA 403(b) workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1–2 p.m. or Wednesday, Nov. 20, 12:30–1:30 p.m. at 21 North Park Street, room 1106. Visit go.wisc.edu/cuz167 to register for a workshop.
IT Listening Sessions Scheduled
The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) is hosting a series of listening sessions with UW–Madison Chief Information Officer Lois Brooks in November. The sessions are open to all members of the university IT community. Brooks will provide a brief progress report on IT initiatives. Participants will be invited to share their experiences and provide input. Registration is required. Sessions are limited in size; early sign-up is recommended.
Employee Career Conference Invites Session Proposals
The UW-Madison Employee Career Conference will take place on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m. at Union South. The conference supports employee career development by providing the skills and resources needed to establish and maintain a satisfying career. Anyone who is interested in presenting at the conference is welcome to submit a session proposal by Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Sessions will focus on the foundations of career management, tools and resources for taking the next steps, and career wellness for a lifetime. Registration is now open for those who wish to attend the conference.
Enroll in Annual Benefits by October 25 Deadline
The Annual Benefits Enrollment period ends this Friday, Oct. 25 at 4:30 p.m. This is the only time you can make changes to certain benefits without having an eligible life event or qualifying employment change during the year. In addition, certain benefits you may be enrolled in require action each year. Employees should choose their 2020 benefits via Self Service (eBenefits) in MyUW. Find helpful information about benefits enrollment at benefits.wisc.edu/2020.
Help Build a Better World Through Partners in Giving
The Partners in Giving campaign, “Give Hope,” invites you to give back by making financial gifts to local, national, or international charities. Partners in Giving is the state employee workplace fundraising campaign in Dane County. Employees are able to make a donation to the charity or charities of their choice. Make an online pledge on the Partners in Giving website to give using payroll deduction or a credit card. You can also submit a paper pledge form and make a gift through payroll deduction, cash, or check. The campaign runs through November 29. To make a contribution online or learn more, go to giving.wi.gov.
New Website Highlights Campus International Resources
A new website provides a single access point to campus international resources at UW–Madison. The website is designed to serve international students, faculty, staff, visitors, and campus units hosting those from abroad. The website highlights some of the most frequently used international resources and provides a brief description and link to each of the international units. Creation of the new website was a collaborative effort of all three international units—International Student Services, International Faculty and Staff Services, and the International Division—and was facilitated by the Office of Strategic Consulting. Explore the new website at internationalresources.wisc.edu.