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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.

Crisis Hotlines

Mental & Behavioral Crisis Lifeline
800-273-8255 or text ‘HOME’ to 741741,
or Chat

National Domestic Violence Hotline
800-799-7233 (TTY: 800-787-3224)
or Text ‘LOVEIS’ to 866-331-9474

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-8255, text ‘HOME’ to 741741,
or Chat

Veteran Crisis Line
800-273-8255, press 1, text 838255, or Chat

National Sexual Assault Hotline
800-656-4673
or Chat with the Online Hotline

Psychiatric Emergency:
Calling 911 is Courageous
Inform operator it is a psychiatric emergency and ask for police officers trained in crisis intervention

LGBT National Hotline
888-843-4564 or Chat

LGBT National Senior Hotline
888-234-7243

The Trevor Project
For immediate support, call 1-866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline
Connect to support, and resources
877-565-8860

Find support resources all in one place: Resilient Wisconsin from DHS

UWO Resources

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 for the Month

May 17 – June 27

This unique Big Little Things 6-week challenge takes an in-depth look at your own self-care needs. What’s great about this challenge is that it can be done from anywhere! You don’t even need internet or computer access to do it. Learn more by clicking into the May wellness newsletter!

Registration extended through Friday, May 14. To sign-up for this challenge, complete this online registration form.

Wellness Newsletter Archive

May 2021

  • One-Stop-Shop for Mental Health Support
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Website
  • Research & Speaker Grant Opportunities
  • Calling All Volunteers for Commencement
  • UWO Theatre Overcomes COVID-19
  • Titan Thunder, the New UW Oshkosh Marching Band, to Debut in 2022
  • UWO Events Open to Employees
  • Big Little Things Challenge
  • Friends of Wisconsin State Parks: Wisconsin Friends Explore Challenge
  • The Art of Active Listening
  • Burned Out People Will Keep Burning Up the Planet
  • Write It Out: Why Journal and 6 of the Best Guided Journals
  • One-Stop-Shop for Mental Health Support
  • Mental Health Essentials On-Demand Webinar
  • Managing Loneliness in Trying TImes
  • The 15 Best Meditation Apps for Anxiety
  • The Importance of Happiness During Difficult Times
  • The Gratitude Dice
  • TIAA Virtual Consultations Available
  • Edwin Denson Appointed SWIB Executive Director/CIO
  • Your 2021 WRS Statement of Benefits
  • Healthy Titans Fitness – Interim and Summer Schedules
  • 7 Foods That Drain Your Energy
  • 28 Free YouTube Fitness Channels to Keep You Moving
  • 6 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, Backed by Science
  • Can Air Purifiers Help Asthma Symptoms
  • Nearby Hiking Spots
  • Zoom Meetings Are a Window Into Employees’ Lives — and a Major Responsibility
  • 10 Ways to Motivate Your Employees (Without Money)
  • Mental Health Essentials On-Demand Webinar
  • How to Clean: Tips for Keeping Your Home Healthy
  • New Research: Decline in General Surgeons in the Rural U.S.
  • Adolescent Alcohol Use – Discerning Risks and Effects of Alcohol in the Midst of Adolescent Development
  • Governor Evers, DHS Announce More Than $175 Million to Support COVID-19 Testing in Schools
  • Civil War Soldier and Wife Reunite After 28 Years
  • Ojibwe Spring Harvest Season Underway
  • Volunteer to Monitor Wisconsin’s Amazing Natural Resources
  • Volunteers Discover New Populations of Rare Orchid and Milkweeds
  • Help Protect Oak Tress from Oak Wilt
  • General Fishing Season Opens May 1
  • Enjoy “Migration Miracle” and Help Birds in

 

April 2021

  • Twelfth Annual LGBTQ+ Ally March – April 14
  • National Public Health Week – April 5-11
  • LGBTQ+ Resource Center Penny Wars – April 14-30
  • National Sexual Assault Awareness and Campus Events
  • National Minority Health Awareness
  • Titans Unite: COVID-19 Memorial
  • Winning Trust to Stop COVID-19
  • Alcohol Awareness
  • HRSA Awards $99 Million to End the HIV Epidemic in the United States
  • TIAA becomes first Fortune 500 company to appoint two consecutive Black CEOs
  • UWO Hmong Studies Events During Asian Heritage Month
  • UWO Annual Climate Change: Reporting From The Front Lines
  • UWO Earth Month Litter Pick-Up Challenge, Tree Planting, & Watershed Cleanup
  • UWO Bird-Window Strike Project
  • UWO to Hold In-Person Graduation This Spring
  • Winning Trust to Stop COVID-19
  • Office of Children’s Mental Health Focuses on Eliminating Childhood Poverty
  • DNR Statewide Prescribed Burns
  • Volunteers Needed for Frog Call Surveys
  • Order Native Plants Now to Aid Birds, Bees, Butterflies and More
  • National Minority Health Month / Racism and Public Health
  • Managing Your Time While Working Remotely
  • Stop the Stigma: UW Oshkosh veterans say it’s alright to seek support
  • The Connection Between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Nutrition
  • Why Therapy? The Most Common Reasons to See a Therapist
  • Take the Challenge: Build Your Financial Security
  • Gov. Tony Evers proposes major boost in UW System funding
  • Did you miss the ‘What Happens to Insurances at Retirement and Steps to Retire Webinar?’
  • Free Financial Live Webinars
  • 12 Sleep Facts That Prove Skipping Shut-Eye is a Bad Idea
  • What Are Functional Foods? All You Need to Know
  • Gum disease increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes
  • Why Employees’ Computer Posture is More Important Than You Think
  • Employee Mental Health Continues to Plummet

 

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

 

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 (martia63@uwosh.edu).

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 Submission Deadline: Friday, May 28, 2021
UWO Submission Form

 

 

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

Regents Faculty and Instructional Academic Staff Awards

 

Additional Faculty and Instructional Academic Staff Recognition

Regents Professional Academic Staff Awards

 

Additional Professional Academic Staff Recognition

  • Additional Professional Academic Staff recognition awards are available. View details via the Senate for Academic Staff website.

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.

Gardening Program

The Gardening Program will engage interested employees in assisting to enhance the beautification of the university (Oshkosh, Fox Valley, and Fond du Lac). This would be voluntary and include activities such as dead heading plants, weeding designated areas, seed collection, planting, and dividing plants.

Click here to view the gardening program guidelines.

Register Here

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

Find out more about this amazing opportunity here!

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.

STEP-IT-UP Program

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. If you were not able to participate in the current program, watch for future opportunities. We try to do the program in the summer and winter months.

Steps Conversion Table

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.

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.

Watch the Well Wisconsin Portal Demonstration here.

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 benefits@uwosh.edu 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 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!

2021 Well Wisconsin Radio Channel

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.

Community Resources

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.

 

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; oauw@oshkoshunitedway.org; 21 W New York Ave, Oshkosh

Food Pantries

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