News for Employees
Update on Closures on Dayton and Charter Streets
Due to construction, Dayton Street is open to eastbound traffic only from Orchard Street to Charter Street. Motorists wishing to enter the Union South Garage (Lot 80) can access the parking garage by taking Randall Avenue to Dayton Street. Dayton Street remains closed to all traffic between N. Park Street and Charter Street. Charter Street will be open to northbound traffic only from Dayton Street to Johnson Street. These closures are expected to be in effect for about one month. For updates, visit transportation.wisc.edu.
Final Markdowns at DoIT Tech Store, Help Desk Support Continues
As previously announced, the DoIT Tech Store is closing. Final markdowns are now available on the remaining store inventory at the DoIT Tech Store, 1210 W. Dayton Street. Items will be available while supplies last, and store officials expect to be completely sold out by June 7. Purchases must be made in-store and all sales are final. The services and support provided by the DoIT Help Desk will continue to be available to UW–Madison faculty, staff, and students. Walk-in support for University-issued devices and University-licensed applications on personal devices will be offered at the 1210 W. Dayton Street location. Summer hours of operation are from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Pesticide Use Policy and Pesticide Application Notice
UW–Madison policy requires pesticide applicators to notify Physical Plant Customer Service prior to using any pesticide. Applicators are also required to notify faculty, staff, students, and visitors of their pesticide use by reasonable and effective means. The University’s pesticide use policy encourages best management practices to maximize the effectiveness and safety of pesticide use, while minimizing environmental impact. UW uses herbicides and fertilizers as a tool within the Integrated Plant Management Program to help promote healthy turf, landscape displays, and diverse biological communities in our natural areas. Pesticides are also used selectively to control invasive plant species within the Lakeshore Nature Preserve and promote the growth of native plants. A listing of the products used can be found on the Environment, Health & Safety website at ehs.wisc.edu/environmental-compliance.
Employees Invited to Enjoy Free Ice Cream on May 29
The annual Employee Appreciation Ice Cream Social will take place on Wednesday, May 29, beginning at 1 p.m. on Bascom Hill. Free ice cream will be served until 2:30 p.m. or until it runs out, whichever comes first. A number of favorite ice cream flavors will be available, including dietary alternatives. Administrators, deans, and directors will be scooping ice cream as a gesture of thanks for the hard work and dedication of UW–Madison employees. In the event of rain on May 29, the Ice Cream Social will move to the Birge Hall lobby.
EID Initiative Launches New Principles and Website
New campus resources have just been released in support of the Employee Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity (EID) initiative from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. The goals of the initiative are to recruit and retain talented and diverse employees and to create welcoming and inclusive work environments. With input from campus stakeholders, five EID principles have been defined to provide a shared vision and mutual expectations. A new EID website provides details about the initiative and resources to help enhance EID practices in the workplace. Some sections of the website will be made available in multiple languages in the coming months. Eleven units across campus currently participate in the EID initiative.
New Service Answers Employee Career Questions After Hours
On the last Tuesday of every month, career counselors will be available from 4–7 p.m. for brief, confidential phone conversations with UW–Madison employees. The new service will begin on Tuesday, May 28. After-hours phone-in is designed for individuals who are not sure they need a one-on-one appointment with a career counselor, have brief questions about job seeking, or are unable to meet during regular business hours. The service is offered by Adult Career and Student Special Services, and is part of UW–Madison’s commitment to ongoing career development for employees. Call 262-5723 from 4–7 p.m. on designated Tuesdays to take advantage of this service.
Dining Markets Go To Buffet Service for Summer
All University Housing Dining Markets will move from à la carte (pay for what you take) service to an All-You-Care-To-Eat (buffet style) service for all customers during summer term. You will pay for your meal upon entry to the market. Prices are $7.25 for Breakfast, $9.75 for Lunch, and $9.95 for Dinner. Summer hours are listed on the University Housing website.
Tree Removals on Bascom Hill Begin
An upgrade of the utilities underneath Bascom Hill is beginning this month. Contractors are removing trees on Bascom Hill this week in preparation for work that is part of the Bascom/Lathrop Utility project. During this initial phase of work, a number of trees and shrubs will be removed near North Hall, Chamberlain Hall, and Sterling Hall. Additional removals near Lathrop Hall and South Hall will occur later in the summer. After work is completed, replacement trees and shrubs will be planted and other aspects of the landscape will be restored.
Graduate Assistantship Policy Formalized, Stipend Investment Continues
UW-Madison has released a new policy document that provides formal guidance on employment-related matters for graduate student teaching and project assistants and their supervisors. The Graduate Assistantship Policies and Procedures (GAPP) document formalizes practices that are already established at UW–Madison such as appointment letters, probationary periods, job orientation and training, performance evaluations, and leave benefits. Policies covering research assistantships will be added later. UW also announced that stipends for graduate students have increased 42 percent for teaching assistants, 30 percent for project assistants, and 22 percent for research assistants since 2013. Graduate students and supervisors are encouraged to contact their local human resources offices with any questions.
Register Now for IT Professionals Conference
The IT Professionals Conference 2019 is now accepting registrations. The event will take place Thursday, June 6, 8 a.m.–4:15 p.m., at Grainger Hall. Organized by and for IT professionals, the conference forges meaningful connections among campus IT staff by sharing experiences, skills, and technologies. Thomas Limoncelli, site reliability engineer manager at Stack Overflow, will be the keynote speaker. The registration deadline is May 29 and includes a $50 fee.