News for Employees
Open house to highlight new FP&M space
An open house will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at 30 N. Mills Street, where participants can learn more about Facilities Planning & Management’s newest space — home to Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture, Capital Planning and Development, the Space Management Office and the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor. The modern office environment is designed to foster collaboration. FP&M staff will be on hand. Please RSVP.
Karcher named director of risk management
Jeff Karcher, director of risk management at UW- Stevens Point, has been selected as the new director of the risk management at UW-Madison. Karcher has more than 20 years of experience in risk management, environmental health and safety, and compliance in both the public and private sectors. The Office of Risk Management manages UW-Madison’s participation in the State of Wisconsin’s self-funded Workers Compensation, Property and Liability insurance programs. Additionally, the office processes insurance claims and identifies, evaluates and controls loss exposure. Karcher started Sept. 12.
Three roads closing this week
There will be three new road closures on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus starting the week of Sept. 12. They are at University Bay Drive at University Avenue; Highland Avenue near UW Hospital; and Observatory Drive between Babcock Drive and Charter Street. See the map.
Keep an eye on this week's academic deadlines
Several academic deadlines come up this week. Friday is the last day that students can add courses and get full tuition adjustment on dropped courses. The next big deadline is Sept. 30, which is the last day to convert a course from credit to audit, apply for pass/fail privilege except graduate students, and the last day for a 50 percent tuition adjustment on dropped courses.
Flu clinics for UW employees
Flu season can mean misery and time lost from work. To limit the effects of the flu on the campus community, UHS hosts employee flu shot clinics starting Sept. 13. No appointment is needed; see the schedule here or call 608-265-5600. Clinics are not open to spouses/partners or children. Bring your health insurance card. If you have Dean Care, Group Health Cooperative, Physicians Plus or Unity, payment will be processed directly to your health insurance provider. Otherwise, there will be a $31 fee for the shot (payable by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard).
Attend the 'Know Your Numbers' biometric screening
The “Know Your Numbers” free biometric screening is available to employees and their spouses/domestic partners enrolled in the State of Wisconsin group health insurance program as part of the $150 Well Wisconsin incentive. Fasting (8-12 hours prior to the screening) is not required for screening participation, but may provide more accurate results. The screening will measure body mass index, blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and waist measurement. Events are: Sept. 28 at the College of Engineering; Oct. 4 at Union South; Oct. 6 at the Social Sciences Building; Oct. 13 at Memorial Library; Oct. 18 at Dejope Hall; Oct. 20 at Eagle Heights Community Center; and Oct. 27 at 21 N. Park St. Visit wellwisconsin.wi.gov to register or for more information To register by phone, call 877-818-5826.
2016 Ironman may affect traffic on Sept. 11
The City of Madison is once again hosting the prestigious Ironman Wisconsin competition — the triathlon takes place on Sunday, Sept. 11, starting with the swimming portion of the competition at 7 a.m. in Lake Monona. Thousands are expected to pack downtown Madison as race participants and spectators — in addition to the large crowds, several campus and downtown streets will be closed or restricted on Sunday to accommodate the biking and running portion of the race. Here are street closings and restrictions.
Chancellor Blank: Welcome back to campus
After an eventful summer, Chancellor Rebecca Blank is welcoming employees back to campus and thanking them for their work. Highlights of the summer included the hiring of a new vice chancellor for finance and administration, discussion of ways to make the campus more inclusive and welcoming to all, and anticipation of budget discussions at the state legislature. In addition, UW-Madison had its most successful summer term yet.
UW-Madison budget forum set for Sept. 14
The campus community is invited to be part of a discussion about the state budget and its impact on the University of Wisconsin-Madison in a forum on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 3:30-5 p.m. at Gordon Dining & Event Center, 770 W. Dayton St. The session will discuss the university’s budget landscape and how it has changed over time, the impact of budget cuts, the UW System 2017-19 budget request, along with how alumni and supporters are being engaged in budget discussions. There also will be ample time for questions and answers, and input.
With holidays on a weekend, day off is a Monday
Plan for an unusual holiday work schedule this year. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day both fall on a weekend, as do New Year’s Eve and Near Year’s Day. As a result, both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are considered floating holidays, and Christmas and New Year’s Day will be observed with days off on Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2, when offices will be closed.