News for Employees
New consultant added to Employee Assistance Office
An additional consultant has been added to the Employee Assistance Office. Susan Fuszard has been in the employee assistance field for the past 20 years, and her areas of expertise include self-care that incorporates the whole person, stress management, relationship issues, and navigating grief and trauma. In addition to individual counseling, Susan has provided management consultation in support of leaders at all levels. The Employee Assistance Office helps faculty and staff with both their personal and professional lives. To set up a confidential appointment, contact them.
No-charge software available to employees
Did you know the Campus Software Library provides software to faculty and staff at no charge? The most popular packages for productivity, research, security and utility are just a couple clicks away, and many titles are available for download to personal computers in addition to your work devices. Check out the available titles.
New programs address compensation issues
UW-Madison is launching compensation programs for faculty and staff to recognize outstanding performance, address market issues with peer institutions, and alleviate inequities, administrators announced today.
For 2016-17, UW-Madison is implementing three funding initiatives:
- A block grant for faculty and academic staff in nationally competitive markets, in the categories of performance, market, and equity (similar to last year’s initiative)
- A discretionary compensation fund (DCF) for academic and university staff in the categories of performance, market, and equity (similar to last year’s initiative)
- A performance bonus fund for faculty and staff for exceptional performance (new pilot initiative)
Contact your Human Resources Representative for more information.
Farmers market returns to Union South Thursday
Starting on Sept. 1, Union South hosts a weekly farmers market every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Oct. 27. It features local and organic products from area vendors. The market will feature Farm to Table bags, a new way to connect campus and local farmers. Each bag will contain fresh fruits and vegetables from that week’s harvest along with a recipe card tailored to the produce.
Hundreds of courses to use Canvas LMS
The Canvas learning management system will be used in a few hundred courses this fall. The plan is for Canvas to become the single LMS on campus, with support for D2L and Moodle to be discontinued by 2018. Hands-on training sessions, individual consultations and numerous online resources are now available to the campus community.
Regular dining hours to resume at University Housing
University Housing’s six dining markets soon will return to regular service for the fall semester, beginning with transitional hours at all locations Aug. 28 through Labor Day, followed by regular academic year hours starting Sept. 6. Other changes include new menu items, added weekend hours at Liz’s market, and more dining locations going cashless, in an effort to keep cashier lines moving quickly. Locations and operating hours.
New vice chancellor welcomed to campus
Laurent Heller started Aug. 15 as vice chancellor for finance and administration. Heller was assistant vice chancellor, financial planning and analysis, at the University of California, Berkeley. UW-Madison’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration is responsible for the overall supervision of the university’s financial and administrative functions, including budget, facilities planning, business services and some student services. In his first week, Heller introduced himself to staff with a letter saying he’s “proud and excited” to be joining UW-Madison.
Course offers details on retirement saving plan
Are you on track saving for your future? The “TSA 403(b) Basics” workshop is intended for new investors and those not yet in the UW Tax-Sheltered Annuity 403(b) Program. It will help you understand the basics of investing and what to look for when you choose your investments. The one-hour class is offered on Sept. 21, Oct. 25, Nov. 15 and Dec. 6, at 21 N. Park St., room 1108. Details and Registration.
Bus passes, parking permits still can be ordered
Bus passes and various parking permits for UW and UW Health employees are still available for ordering. UW employee bus passes cost $24. UW Health pays for their employees’ bus passes. Both groups can order their 2016-17 passes online or by visiting a Transportation Services office. New passes go into effect on Sept. 1, so be sure to keep your current pass and use it through the end of August. In addition to bus passes, you can also purchase the following products from Transportation Services online: Base Lot Permit (for those who have applied and been offered a permit); Park and Ride Permit; Afternoon/Night/Weekend permit; Motorcycle Permit; and Moped Permit.
Move-in days expected to slow traffic
Numerous campus area streets will be closed to accommodate the more than 7,500 students who will be moving in to residence halls. The big move-in days are Sunday, Aug. 28; Tuesday, Aug. 30; Wednesday, Aug. 31; and Thursday, Sept. 1. Students can move in anytime after 8 a.m. Traffic around all residence halls will be extremely busy on these days and all lots near residence halls will be used for temporary unloading. University staff will help direct traffic. Details on street closings.