News for Employees
Ice Cream Social for Second and Third Shift Employees
There will be an Employee Appreciation Ice Cream Social on Wednesday night, July 17, 2019, beginning at 11 p.m. in Varsity Hall (2nd floor) at Union South. Free ice cream will be served until 12:30 a.m. or until the ice cream runs out. Campus leaders will be scooping the ice cream in order to thank our UW–Madison employees for their hard work and dedication. Employees must check with their supervisors before attending. Dairy-free, gluten-free, and low sugar options will be available for those with special dietary needs or preferences.
Free Session Helps You Prepare for Retirement
A Pre-Retirement Session is offered every month at no cost to UW–Madison employees who participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS). This group session provides a useful overview of the retirement program and identifies tools and resources that can be used to estimate your future retirement benefits and your sick leave value at retirement. The session is appropriate for employees who are at any point in their career. Registration is currently open for sessions scheduled through the remainder of 2019. For details, visit go.wisc.edu/4mk5gn.
Parking Lot Near Picnic Point Closed Temporarily
Lot 130, located at the entrance to Picnic Point, is closed through September as part of a reconstruction project. The project will improve visitor parking at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Lot 129 and the east end of Lot 60 (801 Walnut Street) are open for visitor parking during reconstruction. Payment is required for those parking Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Updates on construction detours, road closures, and campus bus routes can be found at transportation.wisc.edu/category/construction-detours.
You Can Contribute to a Drug-Free Workplace
All faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to help make UW–Madison a drug-free workplace. You can do this by learning the facts about substance abuse, encouraging others to avoid substance abuse, and knowing where to go for help with a drug or alcohol problem—either for yourself or someone else. Please familiarize yourself with the laws and expectations regarding substance abuse, which apply to all members of the UW–Madison campus community. Complete information can be found at go.wisc.edu/j15c7c.
Thrive@UW–Madison Courses Now Available
Registration is now open for Thrive@UW–Madison courses for the late summer and fall. These courses help individuals develop their skills in areas such as building trusting relationships at work, active listening, expanding self-knowledge, thriving at times of change, and exploring creativity and innovation. Participants can also learn how they can contribute to an inclusive work environment. The courses are available at no cost to UW–Madison employees. To register, visit go.wisc.edu/u91p02.
Registration for Blend@UW Summer Sessions Ends Soon
Instructors have until July 3, 2019, to register for the July 15–19 or August 19–23 session of Blend@UW. Each session lasts a week and meets daily from 8 a.m. to noon. Participants receive help in blending their courses as they develop a course map that includes activities, delivery format, technology to be leveraged, and assessment models.
Tips for Using MFA-Duo When Traveling
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) allows UW–Madison employees to verify their identity when logging in with a NetID and passcode. MFA-Duo users can request a single-use passcode when they do not have cellular or wireless (Wi-Fi) service by using the Duo Mobile app. Install the Duo app on your smartphone ahead of time. To authenticate your identity, open the Duo app and tap anywhere on the UW–Madison NetID login screen. This generates a six-digit temporary passcode, which can be entered in the Duo Device Management portal to complete the authentication process. You can also use a token/fob to obtain a passcode while traveling. For more information about using MFA-Duo, visit the KnowledgeBase online at kb.wisc.edu/mfa.
Scheduled Outage Part of SIS Upgrade
UW–Madison is upgrading the Student Information System (SIS), the complex software system that manages data regarding course curricula and student records. As part of the upgrade, SIS will not be available from June 28 at 4 p.m. to July 8 at 8 a.m. Users, including instructors, departmental staff, and students, will not be able to access SIS during this period. SIS-dependent systems will also be unavailable or not updated during this outage. The upgraded version will be available starting Monday, July 8 at 8 a.m.
Working at UW on Holiday Break
The next issue of Working at UW will be published on Wednesday, July 10. Enjoy the July 4th holiday!
July Forums Will Update Employees on the Title and Total Compensation Project
All UW–Madison employees are invited to attend informational forums about the Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project in July. These forums will provide new information, so even employees who have attended previous forums are encouraged to attend. Attendees will learn about progress to date, next steps, and how the project will impact them in the future. Time will be allocated to questions and answers. Sessions will be held at various locations around campus on Tuesday, July 9, and Thursday, July 11. One daytime session on July 9 and one late-night session on July 11 will be facilitated in multiple languages. Advance registration is not required. Visit go.wisc.edu/ttcproject to learn more.