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  • March 06, 2019 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf and the Ombuds Office are currently searching for several new ombuds to begin service on July 1, 2019.

    Based on current priorities of the ombuds team, the office is seeking recently retired faculty and staff with broad university experience. Governance and/or administrative experience/leadership skills in conflict management will be considered a plus. Successful applicants must enjoy working with people and contributing fully to the work of the Ombuds Office.

    The Ombuds Office was created to provide an alternative resource for all UW–Madison employees (faculty, academic staff, university staff, graduate students, post-docs, and student staff members) seeking assistance with work related issues.

    The Ombuds Office is comprised of five retired UW employees representing faculty and staff whose expertise comes from decades of service to the campus in wide variety of different disciplines and positions. Ombuds are selected to achieve the greatest breadth and depth of university experience. Ombuds generally serve a term of three years.

    See   for information about how to apply and application materials.

  • March 01, 2019 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Did you know that March is learning disabilities awareness month, women’s history month, and self-harm awareness month?  Today, I read an interesting quote from Fred Rogers: “As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has – or ever will have -– something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.”

  • January 19, 2019 1:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Take a trip down memory lane with us to a means of transportation that is long gone.  Join us to learn about electric trains and streetcars, and the East Troy Railroad Museum.  Learn when you can experience a ride and luxury dinner! 

    There is still time to register for the East Troy Railroad Museum presentation on January 31 at Capitol Lakes (10:00 a.m.)   Register now!

  • January 10, 2019 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for  the Intro to LIVING LEDGER program scheduled on Tuesday, March 5 (10 a.m. to noon) at Oakwood, University Woods.  Attendance is limited so register early.  See the event announcement for details.

  • December 26, 2018 8:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May every kind of joy and beauty fill your world this holiday season and throughout the new year!

  • December 01, 2018 7:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There was a software glitch and unfortunately newsletter was sent twice.  My sincerest apologies for filling your mailboxes!

  • November 01, 2018 10:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Help Improve Your ETF Website Experience
    The Department of Employee Trust Funds would value your feedback as it plans the redesign of its website. The new site will offer simpler language, better navigation, and a more intuitive and effective search tool. The first phase of the redesigned site will roll out in 2019.
    If you are interested in sharing your feedback, please complete the briief ETF website survey (  by November 21, 2018. ETF will use your input to assist in developing an online experience that meets your needs. If you are interested in participating in future testing and/or feedback opportunities, please include your email address in the last question.

  • October 17, 2018 7:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    for the Landscapes of will take home your own terrarium to bring of the outside into your home, condo or apartment.  Click here to register now!

  • April 23, 2018 8:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Notice of the May Get IT Done was missed in the printing of the May Sifter.  Here are the details.

    Getting IT Done:  Facebook Privacy and Security

    May 24, 2018


    Oakwood University Woods, Westmorland Room


    Facebook is a company valued at more than $230 Billion which offers its product free to millions of users around the world.  What is wrong with this sentence?  Just that Facebook’s real product is you.


    Facebook was exposed as having misused the personal data of 87 million Facebook users, possibly including you and/or your Facebook friends.  Maybe you’ve considered deleting your Facebook account?  If so, you may want to wait for the May 24 “Getting IT Done” session, in which we will cover how to check your current Facebook exposure - what data Facebook is keeping about you and with whom it’s been shared - and detailed advice on how to protect your Facebook security and privacy in the future.  And if you still decide to delete yourself from Facebook, we’ll cover how to download a copy of everything Facebook has on you.

  • March 19, 2018 10:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I hope you are as excited as I am about our move to the digital age.  It is our vision for this website to become your ‘go-to” place for UWRA information and the latest details about its activities and programs. 

    The automation of the application and renewal process, the ability to pay online and the ability to access information from your mobile device are among the software’s features.  Our design goal was to keep it simple, easy to use while striking a balance between emerging technologies and maintaining existing methods.   I encourage you to become familiar with the site and its features.  Visit it often. 

    As with the onset of spring, it is time to look forward to a new UWRA.   Join me and embrace the changes!

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For More Information Contact UWRA

Sandi Haase, Executive Director

UW-Madison Retirement Association

21 North Park Street, Room 7205

Madison, WI 53715-1218


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