UW Oshkosh values the health and overall well-being of its employees. The university supports each staff and faculty member’s quest to become an overall healthier individual by providing access to wellness programs that encompass all dimensions of well-being.
Know that you are not alone and as a university we seek to provide support in the best ways possible.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
800-799-7233 (TTY: 800-787-3224)
or Text ‘LOVEIS’ to 866-331-9474
Calling 911 is Courageous
Inform operator it is a psychiatric emergency and ask for police officers trained in crisis intervention
LGBT National Senior Hotline
The Trevor Project
For immediate support, call 1-866-488-7386
Connect to support, and resources
Find support resources all in one place: Resilient Wisconsin from DHS
Employee Assistance Program: For all aspects of wellness assistance. Dial 833-539-7285 (TTY: 877-334-0489)
Title IX: Discrimination and sexual misconduct information and reporting for staff and students
Bystander Intervention Training: for learning effective intervention in unsafe or unhealthy situations
Campus Accessibility: resources for accessibility services
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Resources and involvement opportunities for staff and students
Risk and Safety: Occupational safety, ergonomics and more
Safe & TSafe Training: interactive workshops for becoming an ally to the LGBTQ+ community
The Red Zone: resources for preventing sexual assault within initial six weeks of academic year
UWO Go: non-emergency safe ride service
UWO Mobile App: campus resources and safety tools
UWO Wellness Challenge
Get Out and Check Out Scavenger Hunt
Workplace Wellness, with support from UWO Archives and secret helpers across all three campuses, joins in the Sesquicentennial celebration by offering a historical scavenger hunt that gets you out and moving across the campuses.
Employees are encouraged to make their breaks more active by exploring university buildings and grounds for that one object that satisfies the hint provided. All three campuses have items to find but you only have to look on one campus for at least 4 objects.
Take a photo of at least 4 items and match them to a clue for a chance to win a bit of old-time swag. Forty (40) lucky employees will receive a giveaway.
Click here for the clues for items on all campuses.
Submit your photos here, with the clue number indicated, by Friday, October 29, 2021. You can submit up to 10 individual images total or submit a document with all your answers/images in it. File types include word, pdf, jpg, video.
Find them on your own or grab a colleague or a group for a bit of fun. It’s not only a way to learn about the great history our campuses have to offer, it’s a great way to get moving and challenge your mind!
Wellness Newsletter Archive
- Titan Tour de Trails at Nordic Mountain
- Free Fall Flu Shot Clinics Open for Employees and Spouses to Sign-Up
- What’s Up With the Gardening Program?
- Save the Date: Sesquicentennial Community Celebration
- Check out all the free webinars available to you!
- Looking for some locally sourced food items? Check out the Oshkosh Food Co-Op!
- Wellness Get Out and Check Out Scavenger Hunt Coming in September
- The Brain and Youth Sports
- Leveraging Your Vulnerabilities
- Caring for Your Loved Ones at Home
- How Singing Boosts Your Allover Health
- When Was Your Last Financial Fitness Checkup?
- Wisconsin Strong Financial Wellness Webinars
- WRS: Preparing for Your Retirement Webinar
- Overview of the Wisconsin Retirement System Webinar
- Meet a TIAA Financial Consultant in a Virtual Counseling Session
- UW Credit Union Virtual Educational Sessions
- Healthy Road Trip Food Options to Pack
- 5 Quick Motivational Video Workouts to Try Today on Your Break
- Stretch Out Your Hips with 7 Gentle Moves
- 15 Breakfast Foods to Skip, Plus 10 to Try
- Job Stress and COVID: Reduce Back-to-Work Anxiety for Your Team
- Oshkosh Opens the Area’s First Community-Owned Grocery Store
- Be Aware of Blue-Green Algae Risks
- Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Includes Wisconsin
- Governor Evers, DHS Urge COVID-19 Vaccination Ahead of 2021-2022 School Year
- U.S. Dept. of Health Services Announces New National Challenge to Reduce HIV-Related Stigma and Disparities
- Over $1 Million Awarded for Behavioral Health Equity and Inclusion Projects
- DNR and EPA to Host Public Engagement Air Permit Webinar
- Outdoors for All: Explore the Outdoors with Adaptive Equipment and All-Terrain Wheelchairs
- Announcing Nitrate Webinar Series
- Summer Scoops is Back
- UWO Educators Among Those Recognized with Academic Staff Excellence Awards
- Librarians Are Here to Help
- Take the ‘Here For You’ pledge
- Sustainable Fishing in Wisconsin
- Managing Conflict, At Work and Home
- UWO Mental Health Support Webpage
- Self Care For People of Color
- Strength Over Silence: Stories of Courage, Culture and Community
- New Trevor Project Research: LGBTQ Youth Mental Health Challenges Continue – But There’s Hope
- State Income Continuation Insurance (ICI) Rates Reduced for 2022
- 2022 WRS Contribution Rates to Decrease
- Bundled Pricing for Multiple Services May be Available Through Your Health Plan
- State Health Agency Finds Cases of Adult and Congenital Syphilis Spiking in Wisconsin
- 23 Expert Tips to Stop Overeating
- Watch Out for These 7 Workplace Energy Drains
- Is Your Home Healthy?
- Improving Quality of Life for LGBT Youth
- Emotional Responses to Alcohol May Predict Alcohol-Related Problems
- DNR Celebrating 70 Years of State Natural Areas
- Art Exhibit Underway at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee
- Eleven Peer Recovery Centers Receive Grants to Expand Services
- King Veterans Memorial Cemetery Awarded $3 Million for Expansion
Titans Unite: COVID-19 Memorial
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating toll on our global community. According to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 dashboard, the worldwide death toll has surpassed 2.5 million lives. In the fall 2020 semester, the Division of Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence (ASIE) called Titans to be in community with one another and unify across differences. In this same spirit, we invite members of the UW Oshkosh community from all three campuses to unify and honor the lives lost to COVID-19.
We invite you to honor individuals you have personally lost to COVID-19 by sharing their story as part of the Titans Unite: COVID-19 Memorial. To do so, please fill out this form. To have your memory shared as part of the initial phase of this project, please submit by March 26, 2021. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis after March 26 for subsequent phases of the project.
You will be able to view the virtual memorial on the ASIE website and the ASIE Facebook page. We also will create a display of the submissions in the Reeve Union 2nd Floor Gallery (the hallway by rooms 220 and 221) during April and May of 2021.
If you have questions, please contact Amanda Martinez (email@example.com).
Employee Recognition Awards
UW Oshkosh, along with UW System, takes the hard work and talents of our employees seriously. Employee recognition awards are a way to recognize the accomplishments of employees across the university. Click on the employment group below that relates to your current employment and see what recognition opportunities may be available to you.
Click on the employment group to the right to view the recognition awards related to you.
Regents University Staff Excellence Awards
- UWO Standard Operation Procedure
- includes nomination eligibility criteria, submission requirements, and selection rubric
- includes nomination eligibility criteria, submission requirements, and selection rubric
- UW System Guidelines and Selection Criteria
- NOTE: Each university is to present one for the individual award and one for the program award. Use the UWO Submission Form above.
The purpose of the Regents University Staff Excellence Awards is to recognize the dedicated work, vital services, initiative, and outstanding contributions of the UW System’s university staff.
Two awards will be made to university staff members in recognition of their exceptional service to the university. One award will be made to a program staffed primarily by university staff in recognition of the important role played by university staff in supporting the UW System’s mission, priorities, or programs.
It is anticipated that award recipients will be publicly recognized at the October meeting of the Board of Regents each year.
Additional University Staff Recognition
- University Staff can find other recognition opportunities via the University Staff Senate website.
Regents Faculty and Instructional Academic Staff Awards
Additional Faculty and Instructional Academic Staff Recognition
UWO On-Going Activities
Check out the opportunities that occur throughout each year that all employees can participate in. Additional one-time challenges are independently announced via email. Watch regularly for announcements regarding wellness opportunities.
This voluntary program includes activities such as dead heading plants, weeding designated areas, seed collection, planting, and dividing plants.
When and Where?
- Program runs May through October, weather permitting
- Opportunities are available on all three campuses
What is the Program About?
- Gaining knowledge of plants around campus and how they thrive
- Getting out of the office for a little sun and exercise
- Socialization if you are working with others
- Improve mood by spending time with nature
More information can be found in the Gardening Program Guidelines.
Come learn the battle cry – Sign up here to participate!
Contact volunteer coordinator and trained gardener, Lisa Mick (firstname.lastname@example.org), to learn what to expect.
Wellness Incentive Eligible – if you are enrolled in State Group Health you are eligible to claim participation in the Gardening Program as an Employer Sponsored Activity event. To obtain the required code, Human Resources will work with the Gardening Program Coordinator, Lisa Mick, to ensure participation. You will be emailed the required code at the end of each August.
Sponsor: Workplace Wellness is collaborating with volunteer coordinator, Lisa Mick from the Grounds Department.
Healthy Titans Fitness Program
The Healthy Titans Fitness program is open to all University of Wisconsin Oshkosh employees, spouses/domestic partners and retirees. Our program offers access to the Albee Fitness and Strength Training Center, group exercise classes and personal training with our student fitness specialists. We offer a variety of group exercise classes including yoga, Total Titan, group cycling, TRX, cardio dance fusion and step aerobics.
Wellness Incentive Eligible – if you are enrolled in State Group Health you are eligible to claim participation in the Healthy Titans Fitness Program as an Employer Sponsored Activity event. You will be emailed the required code prior to the required submission deadline.
This is a 10-week program designed around creating a habit of movement. It’s not all about walking so we are tracking our movement by converting stretching/exercise and other activities into steps. The idea is to get that habit of movement started. Not only do we track our movement, we offer half-hour discussion meets to help you along the way. We also offer encouragement through giveaways.
Watch for future opportunities. We try to do the program in the winter and summer months. Look forward to you joining us!
Wellness Incentive Eligible – if you are enrolled in State Group Health you are eligible to claim participation in the STEP IT UP Program as an Employer Sponsored Activity event. You will be emailed the required code at the end of the program.
Photo credit: Left to Right, Top to Bottom – Kelly Johnson, Julie Meyer, Alyssa Bolante, Nicole Richter-Smith
Titan Tour de Trails Bicycling Program (only slower & family-friendly)
Come join us for some family fun and exercise!
All family members are welcome to ride along with you.
Bike helmets are required for this activity.
When and Where?
- Program will be held every Wednesday, learning program at 5:30pm with ride from 6:00pm – 7:00pm from June into August each year.
- Riders are to meet at the Garage (entrance facing Culver Family Welcome Center) of the Student Recreation & Wellness Center (SRWC)
- Riding will be held in the Oshkosh area. Some Saturday events may be available depending on the interest of participants in the program.
What is the program all about?
- Getting good exercise while enjoying the outdoors
- Meeting others within our community while having fun
- Learning more about biking, including general maintenance
- Providing an opportunity to spend a little bit of family time together, whether your own family or this ‘biking family’
- Learn about routes around Oshkosh
More information about the program can be found in the Titan Tour de Trails Bicycling Program Guidelines.
Want to know more?
Contact Stacey Skoning (email@example.com), avid mountain biker and program coordinator, to learn more about what to expect.
Not sure but want to try it out?
- Just come on over with your bike to the SRWC Garage Entrance (entrance between CFWC and SRWC) on any Wednesday at 5:30pm for learning program and 6:00pm ride from June into August to check it out!
Sponsor: Workplace Wellness is collaborating with the SRWC and volunteer coordinator, Stacey Skoning from the Department of Special & Early Childhood Education.
UWO Community Engagement
There are many ways that UWO engages the community around us. Check out some activities, trainings, and events that may be happening right at your door.
UW System-Wide Activities
Visit the wellness opportunities available across UW System.
America Saves Week
America Saves Week is held at the end of every February.
2021 Wellness Incentive Eligible – if you (and spouse) are enrolled in State Group Health you are eligible to claim attendance to an America Saves Week webinar as an Employer Sponsored Activity event. To obtain the required code, submit your information via this submission form.
The University of Wisconsin is committed to promoting financial wellness by helping you plan and achieve your savings goals. The University is proud to be a participant of America Saves Week and offer events across the UW System at no cost to you!
Well Wisconsin & Wellness Incentive
Access the Well Wisconsin WebMD Portal here. Use the code SOWI to sign up to gain access to the portal. You will not need the code after you have created the account.
Need assistance navigating the portal? Contact the WebMD HelpLine at 800.821.6591 or CustomerSupport@webmd.net
Well Wisconsin is the uniform wellness program offered as part of the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program. This program is voluntary and provided at no cost to you and your spouse, if enrolled in the State Group Health Insurance Program. The program offers resources that can help you maintain/improve your current state of well-being and/or help lower your health risks/costs. There is also a monetary incentive to you (and your spouse) if enrolled in the State Group Health Insurance Program.
More information regarding the Well Wisconsin Program, including protection of personal health information, can be found on the UW System Well Wisconsin Program page.
$150 Wellness Incentive
Employer Activities that Count towards the activity portion of the Wellness Incentive:
- STEP IT UP Program – Jan 24-Apr 3, 2021 – participants will receive code at end of program
- America Saves Week – Feb 22-26, 2021 – if participated in webinars email firstname.lastname@example.org to request code
- Gardening Program – on-going May – October – active participants will receive code
- Healthy Titans Fitness Program – on-going Jan – Dec – active participants will receive code
Well Wisconsin allows you and your spouse (if enrolled in the State Group Health Insurance Program) to each earn an annual $150 incentive. To earn this incentive, you and your spouse must each complete a health check activity, health assessment and one WebMD well-being activity (by mid-October*).
Details on the wellness incentive requirements and more information provided by Well Wisconsin can be found on the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) Well Wisconsin page or via the UW System Well Wisconsin Program page.
*Check the WebMD portal for the deadline each year and/or for additional information regarding the Well Wisconsin Incentive.
Well Wisconsin Radio - Open to All Employees
Well Wisconsin Radio provides an opportunity to learn from professionals around the state on various health and wellness topics.
And guess what!? It’s open to all employees. You do not need to be enrolled in the State health plan to listen.
Programs are offered 1-2 times a month and are always held from 12noon-12:30pm. Click on the Channel below for upcoming topics and sign up to hear the next episode!
Note: If you are enrolled in the State health plan and are participating in the Well Wisconsin incentive, you can use an episode as one of your required activities. A code will be provided when you watch the episode that you will need to report in the WebMD portal.
Visit the resources available to you in times of need.
COVID-19 Pandemic UWO & Community Resources
As workplace restrictions ease, UW Oshkosh, ETF, UW System, and communities continue to offer you information, tips and strategies to help you manage the pandemic’s ongoing challenges.
UW Oshkosh Resources
Check out the UW Oshkosh main Titans Return webpage for information about returning to campus, testing, and vaccinations and more.
- Titans Return
- Get Tested for COVID-19
- Report a Positive COVID-19 Test
- Vaccination Information
- COVID-19 Dashboard
Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF)
The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) has information available regarding common questions during this pandemic time. You can find many answers to frequently asked questions and resources available via ETF’s website. This includes information on health insurance impacts as well as flex spending account options.
General Public Resources
Community Support Resources
All throughout the Fox Valley area, including down to the City of Fond du Lac, are community resources and support available to employees in crisis or need. Do not hesitate to reach out. Below are just a few organizations designed to help and serve you within our community.
General All Around Support
- 211– connects individuals with thousands of nonprofits and government agencies in their area based on their needs. Individuals can visit the website or call 2-1-1.
- UW Extension: Financial Resources– Managing Your Personal Finances in Tough Times; resources for free financial counseling, steps to take if individuals are struggling to make payments, and links to resources for requesting unemployment benefits, food assistance, childcare, paying utilities, and more.
- LEAVEN– assists with basic needs, including financial, and high-risk prevention in the Fox Valley area; 920.738.9635, Mon-Fri 9-4
- Salvation Army– provides food and basic needs pantry, financial assistance and more; call 920.923.8220; located at 237 N Macy St, Fond du Lac
- ADVOCAP, Inc.– provides affordable housing services, emergency food, training, transportation; Fond du Lac – 800.631.7760 or 920.922.7760; Oshkosh – 920.426.0150; Neenah – 920.725.2791
- Oshkosh Area United Way – resources for financial stability, childhood development, mental health, basic needs drive, and more; 920.235.8560; email@example.com; 21 W New York Ave, Oshkosh