News for Employees
Update on COVID-19 and Study Abroad
COVID-19, previously known as 2019 novel coronavirus, continues to present a global health crisis. UW–Madison is actively monitoring the situation in collaboration with county, state, and federal agencies. The risk to UW–Madison faculty, staff, and students remains low. Study abroad programs in Italy, South Korea and China have been suspended and the university is advising students to return to their permanent address, not to campus, and self-quarantine for 14 days while monitoring for symptoms. UW–Madison employees and others can find resources, updates, and answers to commonly asked questions on the University Health Services COVID-19 informational website, uhs.wisc.edu/coronavirus-2019.
Women and Leadership Symposium Call for Proposals
The 12th Annual Women and Leadership Symposium will take place Wednesday, June 3, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at Union South. The symposium theme will focus on finding, building, and using one’s voice. Those who are interested in presenting at the event are invited to submit a proposal by the April 3 deadline. The symposium is open to anyone interested in women’s advancement. The conference fee is $75 for UW–Madison faculty, staff, and students. Registration is open through May 22.
Start Smart Sports for Youth
Recreation & Wellbeing (Rec Well) is offering classes for young children and their parents in tennis, sport development, soccer, and baseball/softball. Each program is designed to help children build basic motor skills, develop self-confidence, and gain positive early exposure to sports. Sessions meet at various campus locations and start at 5:15 or 5:30 p.m. Each session meets for about an hour each week over a six-week period. Learn more and register at recwell.wisc.edu/startsmart.
Metro Transit to Hold Public Hearing on Service Updates
Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing on Weds., March 11, at 6 p.m. at the Madison Municipal Building, room 215. Changes are proposed for the campus bus Routes 80, 81, 82, and 84. The hearing will include a public feedback period. Comments may also be submitted to Metro Transit using an online feedback form or by email, mail, or phone.
Showcase Highlights Innovations and Improvements
Showcase 2020, hosted by the Office of Strategic Consulting, will take place Weds., April 15, 8 a.m.–3:45 p.m. at Union South. UW–Madison faculty and staff will share best practices, learn from others’ successes, and connect with colleagues from units across campus. The event features poster exhibits and poster flash talks highlighting innovations and improvements across campus. Poster ideas are still being accepted. There will be breakout sessions on a variety of topics (to be announced soon) and a keynote presentation on organizational change by Dr. Keely Killpack. Showcase, an annual event, has been extended to a full day. The event is open to all at no cost. Registration is requested.
LifeMatters Provides Statewide, 24/7 Employee Assistance
UW–Madison’s Employee Assistance Office (EAO) provides employees and their dependent household members with free, confidential services to address personal and work-related concerns. EAO also partners with LifeMatters. Both EAO and LifeMatters provide similar services, including short-term counseling for individuals and couples, consultation, training and crisis response, and more. LifeMatters counselors are available by phone without an appointment, day or night. Appointments can be scheduled to meet in person, or by video conferencing. LifeMatters also provides legal and financial resources and will locate experts to assist with adoption, child or elder care resources, travel planning, and more. All services are free, voluntary, and confidential. Visit the website at mylifematters.com and sign in with the password “Bucky1.” Call 800-634-6433 to speak with a master’s level LifeMatters counselor. For details, go to hr.wisc.edu/employee-assistance-office.
Guidelines Regarding Political Activity by Employees
Employees of UW–Madison who wish to engage in political campaign involvement are encouraged to review the general guidelines for all UW System employees. Political campaign activities by UW employees are restricted by Regent policy and state law in three significant ways: (1) You may not engage in political campaign activities during your work time; (2) You may not use state resources to engage in political campaign activities at any time; and (3) You may not solicit contributions or services for a political purpose from other university employees while they are engaged in their official duties. As a private citizen, you are free to engage in political activities on your own time and with your own resources. Additional clarification for employees and supervisors can be found in the guidelines document.
UW–Madison Shares Support for the Hmong Community
UW–Madison is expressing support and sharing resources for Hmong community members following news reports that the federal government has opened negotiations that would allow the U.S. to deport certain Hmong residents to Laos. Additional information, as well as resources for students, faculty, and staff, can be found at go.wisc.edu/32f42n.
ATP Status Update Scheduled for Feb. 26
All UW–Madison employees are invited to attend an update on the Administrative Transformation Program (ATP) on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 10–11 a.m. Employees may join the event in person at the Biotechnology Center Auditorium or watch via livestream. A recording of the event will also be added to the ATP website later. The purpose of the Administrative Transformation Program is to upgrade and modernize UW’s administrative policies and procedures to support an increasingly complex teaching and research environment. At this event, program leaders will share progress to date and discuss upcoming activities. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and share feedback. Advance registration is requested.
Deadline Near for Employee Career Conference
Registration is open through Friday, Feb. 28 for the UW–Madison Employee Career Conference, “Construct Your Career at UW.” The conference takes place Weds., March 11, 8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m. at Union South. Participants will find tools, inspiration, and resources to help them achieve their career goals at UW–Madison. Attendees will learn how to assess where they are now, build a career plan, or continue building within their current roles. Managers and supervisors are encouraged to approve requests from staff to attend. The conference fee is $25 and scholarships are available, with a Feb. 28 deadline to apply. Learn more at hr.wisc.edu/employee-career-conference.