Housing Highlights
December 1, 2021
Bicyclist and jogger using Lakeshore Path during autumn
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Dining Operations Update

Due to the ongoing challenges of staffing shortages and and supply chain issues that the food service industry is currently experiencing, we will be continuing the all-you-care-to-eat service model at Four Lakes and Gordon Ave. Markets through the end of the academic year (May 2022). Because of the continued changes to service, we have opened up a dining plan change period for residents.
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Wear Your Best Ugly Holiday Outfit to Work

Wear your best ugly holiday outfit to work on Wednesday, December 15th! You can also participate in the Ugly Holiday Outfit photo contest by submitting a picture of your ugliest outfit to akramper@wisc.edu on behalf of the Housing Engagement and Recognition Team between December 1st and December 15th.
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Order Food for the Holidays

Take a break this holiday season and let our bakers and chefs create delicious food for your family and friends from Dining's Holiday Food Sale. You can order charcuterie boards, sushi platters, holiday cookie platters, and more! Orders close on December 22nd at noon for pickup December 6th-22nd.
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What is Banked Leave?

The annual leave conversion process for University Staff is happening! During this time, eligible employees can roll unused Vacation into Banked Leave. Banked Leave is protected Vacation which means you can never lose it, it carries over from year to year, and you can use it at any time if you run out of other leave.

Vaccination Mandate for All Employees

On November 11th, the Chancellor’s Office sent an email providing information about an employee vaccination mandate as a result of an Executive Order issued by President Biden. The Chancellor’s email stated that all employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious accommodation exempting them from the requirement.

Your Well Wisconsin Program Incentive is Taxable

If you or your spouse received a Well Wisconsin incentive payment in the amount of $150.00, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers this a taxable fringe benefit. This requires the UW System to treat the incentive as taxable income for state and federal tax purposes.
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Planning Your Time Off for the End of the Year

University Staff time off balances run on a calendar year basis. You can view your remaining balances on your earnings statement in the Payroll Information box in MyUW or in Kronos. Please work with your supervisor to plan your time off for the rest of the calendar year.
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Is it the Flu or COVID-19?

Flu cases are increasing across campus. With the rise in respiratory illnesses, it’s important to keep yourself healthy – especially heading into finals. The flu, as well as illnesses like the common cold and COVID-19, are characterized as upper respiratory infections and are caused by many different viruses. While respiratory illnesses may be caused by different viruses, they often have similar symptoms.
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Get to Know Housing Staff: Pete Buscaino

Get to know fellow staff and learn more about what they do! This week's profile features Pete Buscaino, who is a Desk Services Coordinator in Residential Operations.
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I, Food Delivery Robot

They look so friendly, but they’re usually too busy to chat — until now. On Wisconsin magazine tracked down one of the Starship food delivery robots that have become a familiar sight on campus while it goes about its daily rounds. Meet “6E151.” Turns out there’s a lot more going on under the lid than delivering today’s lunch.
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