UW-Madison Service Day

The UW-Madison Service Day Planning Committee, a group of academic and classified staff employees, encourages all UW-Madison employees and students to consider volunteering their time on Monday, May 16, a mandatory furlough day.

There will be organized volunteer opportunities or you can sign for your own volunteer activity.  To get started, visit http://www.ohrd.wisc.edu/survey/event_survey.asp?id=3622


What is the UW Furlough Service Day and why should I sign-up to participate?

  • It is an opportunity for all UW-Madison employees and students to work for the good of the community.
  • Demonstrate the collective impact that UW-Madison employees and students have on our community.
  • Let’s make something good out of the furlough day and recognize that even when we are given “lemons,” we can “make lemonade.”

How do I select my activity?
Participants register with UW-Madison’s Office of Human Resource Development (OHRD) http://www.ohrd.wisc.edu/survey/event_survey.asp?id=3622. On the registration site is a link to United Way and possible organized volunteer activities.

Am I required to select an activity posted on the United Way site?
No! Many of us already volunteer in our communities. Register as a Service Day participant and work with your organization during this time.

Can I volunteer for just a few hours?
Yes. The volunteer “shifts” are conceptualized as approximately 3 hours long.

Who is sponsoring the event?

  • Council for Non-Represented Classified Staff (CNCS)
  • AFSCME Local 171
  • Madison Academic Staff Association (MASA)
  • WSEU Local 2412
  • Academic Staff Executive Committee (ASEC)
  • University Bookstore

AFL-CIO Community Services Program of United Way of Dane County has helped us contact agencies about possible volunteer activities and provided the database for those activities.  UW-Madison’s Office of Human Resource Development (OHRD) is providing registration assistance.  The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and University Communications are participating to make sure that the University community as well as the media is informed about these activities.

MASA Fee Deduction Error

The central payroll office is in the process of fixing an error that occurred in processing last month’s payroll.

In April, central payroll accidentally deducted MASA annual dues, even though they had already been deducted for the year last fall (shown on 11/1/10 earnings statements).  When MASA learned about this deduction, our Membership Coordinator, Greg Jakubczak, contacted the HRS Service Center, and they started working on the problem.  You should get an email from someone in your college or department HR/Payroll office that explains how the $10 will be reimbursed to you.  If you don’t see this problem resolved in the next week, though, please contact Mary Ray at mbray@wisc.edu.

Afternoon Sail on Lake Mendota

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Afternoon Sail on Lake Mendota

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Meet at 3:45 p.m.  outside the Hoofers Office on the lake shore just west of Memorial Union

Cost: $15 for MASA members, $30 for non-members

Join your MASA colleagues for this glorious end of the year event—a two-hour afternoon sail on Lake Mendota on boats crewed by staff from Hoofers.  Relax on one of the Hoofer’s larger sailboats (accommodating 6-10 passengers plus the crew) and see our campus from a new perspective.

After the sail, meet on the Union Terrace for a beverage or two.  Because of the limited number of boats available, this event can only accommodate 40 lucky MASA members; so make your reservations no later than, Monday, May 9! The cost is being partially covered by MASA funds, so MASA members need to pay only $15 per person. For academic staff who are not MASA members, the cost is $30 per person. If seats remain open, we will allow family members at the $30 per person rate.

Because of the limited space, we’ll need to have your payment in advance to hold the reservation for you. To make that payment and reserve your spot, send a check, made out to MASA, to Dan Barnish, MASA President, Biochemistry Addition, 433 Babcock Dr, Room 111.

You don’t need to wear swimming suits, but do dress to be on the water and in the weather, because we will sail, rain or shine. Please wear athletic shoes, sandals with straps, or other shoes that will not be slippery on a possibly wet deck. No flipflops, for safety reasons. And remember that it is cooler and breezier when you are out on the water.

Please arrive at 3:45 p.m., although the sail begins at 4:00 p.m., because we will need to fill out some forms and get fitted with life jackets. Hoofers has picnic tables right outside their offices along the lake adjacent to Memorial Union.

For more about Hoofers sailing, go to http://www.hoofersailing.org