RANGER RESTART: Updates, resources, and FAQs

Remote Instruction after Thanksgiving and Guidance from Human Resources



Given the increased rate of virus spread in our community, Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit strongly recommends all schools within the county -- K-12, colleges and universities -- switch to virtual instruction only from November 23rd to January 4th . While the County cannot compel compliance, we are complying to align with two of our key goals from the outset of the pandemic, preserving the health and safety of our campus community and helping slow the spread of the virus.


Teaching after Thanksgiving

In consultation with the University Committee, Chancellor’s Cabinet, and with UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson, I ask that all instruction, from after Thanksgiving (November 27th) through the end of the Winterim term (January 29th), be delivered entirely via remote means, including exams. I regret once again asking many of you to adjust your teaching after the immense efforts you have made to do this over the past nine months and I know, particularly in the case of final exams, that this will pose challenges.  

While all instruction during this period will be delivered remotely, the campus will not be closed. Campus housing, Dining Services, the Library, the Health and Counseling Center, and the Sports Activity Center will remain open. We do ask, however, that all campus instructors and employees who are able to perform their duties from home please do so. Members of the Chancellor’s Cabinet will, in consultation with their direct reports and staffs, identify employees expected to be on campus and inform Human Resources (hr@uwp.edu or x2204) by November 20th. 

This decision does not impact the Spring semester. We will continue to monitor health conditions on campus and in the region and keep you apprised of developments. You may have questions, so please feel free to contact me or anyone on the Chancellor’s Cabinet.

Guidance from Human Resources 

As a reminder, if you feel ill or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home. Employees may be sent home if they appear ill. This includes all suspected illnesses, not just symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and is consistent with CDC guidance. Please take care of yourselves and protect those with whom you work by staying at home if you are ill. Employees who feel well enough and are symptom-free may be able to work from home with supervisor approval.

There are options for employees who may need to take time off for COVID related issues. Employees may use up to 80 hours of Covid-19 Leave (prorated by FTE%) through December 31, 2020. Employees may use COVID Leave for any of the following situations:

  • They are unable to perform their assigned duties and unable to work remotely.
  • They have Covid-19, or are experiencing symptoms and seeking a diagnosis result, or have been directed to self-quarantine.
  • To care for an immediate family member with Covid-19 or who is experiencing symptoms and seeking a diagnosis result, or to care for a family member subject to a quarantine/isolation order.
  • Child or elder care responsibilities due to school or care facility closures.

Employees may also utilize vacation and/or personal holiday hours during this time for any of the instances mentioned above.

Employees may use sick leave if they have utilized all their Covid-19 Leave but not in cases if they are unable to work remotely or have child or elder care issues. Depending on the circumstances surrounding childcare/eldercare issues, employees may be eligible for sick leave under FMLA guidelines.  

In the event an employee has exhausted all paid leave options, the employee may be eligible for Catastrophic Leave if they are out ill or caring for an immediate family member due to illness. In the event the employee is not eligible for Catastrophic Leave unpaid leave may be utilized.

For questions or more information, please contact Human Resources at hr@uwp.edu or x2204.

COVID Surge Testing

As announced last week, UW-System campuses have started “surge” testing to increase testing support for communities throughout Wisconsin now facing significant increases of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. If you are a faculty or staff member, or a commuter student, please register for the free test at www.doineedacovid19test.com.  Participants must also use the site to obtain test results. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms, or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please complete the form at this link to assist contact tracing to reduce the spread of the virus.

Learn More

Please keep wearing masks, watching your distance, washing your hands, and getting tested! Thank you, as always, for all you do.


Rob Ducoffe
Provost & Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs

Previous Updates

Monday Update | Wellness for you



COVID Surge Testing: 

As the UW-System announced last week and Chancellor Ford and Vice Provost McGuckin noted in messages to faculty, staff and students, the UW-System campuses will start “surge” testing efforts that will increase testing support for communities throughout Wisconsin now facing significant increases of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations related to the ongoing outbreak. If you are a faculty or staff member, or a commuter student, please register for the free test at www.doineedacovid19test.com. Participants must also use the site to obtain results. The locations for testing will become available when they are up and running.  

Please keep wearing masks, watching your distance, washing your hands, and getting tested! 

Wellness for You 


As we continue to navigate this unprecedented time of experiencing a global pandemic, a national reawakening to systemic racism, political and social polarization, economic concerns, and epic natural disasters, it is important to prioritize our individual and collective health and well-being. Just one of those major issues could have an impact on our current state of well-being, not to mention the potential of long-term consequences. To begin, let’s think about how you are doing right now. Answer honestly: 

How are you doing? How are you really doing? 

A.  I’m barely hanging in there 

B.           Maintaining/okay 

C.           I’m doing well 

If you are like me, you might be thinking: well, right now I am doing okay. But yesterday, I was barely hanging on. And then in other moments, my life seems pretty darn good and I feel very fortunate. While I realize some of you may not change that frequently, others may be feeling like they are just hanging on most days. I recently asked my students this same question. Twenty-eight percent said they were barely hanging on, 68% said they were okay, and 4% said they were doing well. If that is any indication of how the rest of us are doing, there are a lot of people on our campus who could use a little assistance with their well-being right now.  

There are lots of definitions of well-being, there is even debate on whether it should be “well-being,” “wellbeing,” or “wellness,” but that is a topic for another time. I like to think of well-being as being the best you can be at the moment, in the here and now, under these circumstances. The ultimate goal is to have the energy, knowledge, and skill to play and work optimally and experience life as meaningful, loving, and fulfilling. However one may define well-being, the whole person (emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, physical, occupational, etc.,) should be taken into consideration.  

Well-being is very individual, dynamic and complex to say the least. Well-being doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be the best you can be all of the time. To be well doesn’t mean you have a certain blood pressure, workout every day, sleep so many hours a night, eat “perfectly”, or be productive 100% of the time. Striving for that is unsustainable and can actually place more stress on yourself and your overall well-being. Don’t get me wrong, practicing healthy behaviors and setting positive health goals are good things. However, too much focus on “achieving” those things can actually create the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish. Consider having these as the ideal, not necessarily something we have to achieve and maintain indefinitely or something that we judge ourselves or others on. Especially in light of everything that is going on, now is a good time to be gentle to yourself and others, especially in the expectations you have on health practices and accomplishments. 

Try reframing your thoughts to “restoring” your health and well-being instead of “accomplishing” or “achieving” wellness. Just like our nation needs restoration and healing right now, so too do we as individuals and a campus community. It is okay to take time out for you, to just sit with yourself and your thoughts (be mindful), and to be kind to yourself. Taking time for you will help you better serve those you love and care for too. And if you aren’t sure what you need or you don’t feel like you have answers to important questions, it is okay to ask for some assistance. Consider assistance from family, friends, clergy, co-workers, and our Employee Assistance Program. Remember you are a valuable part of our UW-Parkside community and the well-being of our campus is dependent on the well-being of each of us. There are numerous resources through our EAP program as well as other reliable sites.  

Here are just few: 

UW-Parkside EAP 

Penny Lyter, Ph.D. 
Faculty Director of Community-Based Learning 
Academic Director of Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management 
lyter@uwp.edu  | 262-595-2494  


The Importance of Grace, Space, and Self-Care in the time of COVID 


The last nine months have been an extremely difficult time for all of us. As we continue isolating during these unprecedented times, there continues to be increasing pressures all around. Working from home or under modified work arrangements continuously adds to the anxiety. Many of us are worried that the longer we stay home or work under these conditions, we may not appear to be as productive as we were in the office. This leads to increased anxiety, self-doubt, criticism of self and others, and may fear losing our job. Those of us required to work on campus may feel they are left alone to deal with the aftermath as things continually change. Moreover, our social gatherings being discontinued and our ability to physically connect with friends or family feels like a loss.  

There is real grief that comes from loss, change, anxiety, and uncertainty. It is completely normal to have these feelings, as well as fear about the unknown. However, we can get through this by practicing a level of self-care, providing space, and extending grace.  

Self-care are deliberate activities that help to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. These activities are different for each of us, however, the Employee Assistance Program offers a few tips to help us practice self-care: 

  • Develop a regular sleep routine. 
  • Aim for a healthy diet. 
  • Take lunch breaks. 
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime. 
  • Take a walk after work. 
  • Set a regular work schedule and “unplug.” 
  • Avoid comparing yourself to others. 

Providing space and grace is the practice of extending favor to one another. Our emotional and mental state is challenged on a daily basis. We may exhibit behaviors that we may not exhibit under normal circumstances. We may find ourselves lashing out in ways that we never have before, or having unrealistic expectations of our friends, family, and co-workers. Providing space and grace allows us to forgive ourselves, as well as value and respect others. Each of our circumstances are different, and we have to lean into situations with the best of intentions, believing that each of us are committed to doing the best that we can under these conditions. The following are ways that we can extended space and grace. 

  • Words. Be kind and gentle, less accusatory and negative.  
  • Let it go. Letting go is the easiest way to extend grace to others. 
  • Be there, be present. 
  • Forgive. 
  • Non-judgmental attitude. 
  • Watch the way you speak. 
  • Gratitude. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings. 

As mentioned, these are unprecedented times. With a little self-care, space, and grace we can all get through it together. If you need help or support during these times, the Employee Assistance Program and Silver Cloud can help.  


Acknowledging Frontline Support Workers 


While many of us are being told to stay at home, our frontline workers have the responsibility during the current pandemic to continue operations. These workers work behind the scenes without us realizing how essential they are to keeping the campus functioning. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you for your courage, patience, and dedication to your job. Thank you for showing up each and every day to ensure that our campus can continue to provide the level of service and support to ensure that our students are successful. I truly appreciate all that you do! We will be acknowledging and celebrating our frontline workers by providing a special lunch. Please join us in celebrating our colleagues! 


Sheronda Glass 
Associate Vice Chancellor,
Human Resources,
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

Things You Should Know: 


The Teaching of the 7 Fires: Join community activist Al RestingHawk and UW-Parkside OMSA Wednesday, November 11,from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Teaching of the 7 Fires. Learn how history has shaped Native America today and talk about how we can be an advocate for the Native American community. Click here to register for the event. To learn more about this event and the presenter, visit the Native American Heritage Month website. 

UW System Announces Wisconsin Regents Opportunity Scholarship: The new Wisconsin Regents Opportunity Scholarship will provide up to $10,000 to underrepresented and underserved undergraduate students who have overcome adversity, exhibited financial need, and demonstrated merit, Regent President Andrew S. Petersen announced today. Learn more here. 


Inaugural Collaborative Virtual Career Fair a Success: UW-Parkside, Carthage College, Gateway Technical College and Herzing University hosted their inaugural collaborative Virtual Career Fair on October 8, 2020, via the career platform Handshake. This year was not only the first time the four institutions have collaborated on the event but was also UW-Parkside’s first-ever virtual Internship and career fair. Learn more here. 


Parkside Presente: Check out the latest episode of Presente! In Season 2, Episode 8, Gia talks to Esmeralda Aguilar, a MOSAIC program educator and student at UW-Parkside. The MOSAIC program focuses in Motivating Our Students to Advocate for an Inclusive Campus. Esmeralda shares with us the complexities of implicit bias and how we can begin to understand via dialogue the barriers that implicit bias creates to create an inclusive campus. 

And as always, make sure to keep an eye on the News page (uwp.edu/news) and on our social media channels for updates! 


Andrew Savagian
Commiunications Director

savagian@uwp.edu |  608-720-2278

Monday Update | COVID-19




These days, COVID has us thinking differently about where we go, who we see, how long we talk, and how close we get. We’re obsessing over masking, handwashing, testing, tracking, tracing, isolating, quarantining, and how we Zoom. For months, these adjustments have cluttered our thoughts about how to do what we do. Steven Taylor, in his book, The Psychology of Pandemics: Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak of Infectious Disease, explains that as we focus on staying healthy physically, we often pay less attention than we should to how we are feeling. If you are experiencing distress, I do hope you will take advantage of SilverCloud, a valuable resource we have at UW-Parkside that was recently adopted across the UW System, and that is based on 17 years of clinical research. SilverCloud is a completely confidential internet-based platform that delivers online therapeutic and psycho-education programs.

Various campus meetings and listening sessions give us a sense of how things are going. They also illuminate the tremendous efforts you are making to support our students and each other. I ask for a minute or two of your time to respond to this anonymous, three-question survey. This brief, midterm check-in will help us understand how more of you are doing and whether there are other things we can do to assist. I can’t promise solutions, but I promise we will listen.  

Have a good week!

Rob Ducoffe
Provost & Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs
262-595-2261 | ducoffe@uwp.edu

Monday Update | COVID-19



Thank you for following and reinforcing the 3Ws of Wearing your mask, Watching your distance, and Washing your hands as we do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These actions and the cooperation of faculty and instructors in taking attendance and maintaining seating charts are making a difference and increasing the effectiveness of contact tracing. To date, we have seen few cases of COVID-19 impacting the UW-Parkside community and we continue to monitor the situation closely.  Surveillance testing for residential students started last week and daily results are posted on the UWSA Coronavirus dashboard.  In addition, we are posting positive covid-19 cases on the UW-Parkside dashboard.    

Faculty and staff are encouraged to complete this form if diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, as this greatly enhances contact tracing to reduce the spread of the virus. 

Thank you for your continued cooperation and attention to reducing the spread of COVID-19.  

Enforcement of Mask / Face Covering Mandate in Classrooms



Dear Colleagues,

We recognize that the requirement of wearing a mask will be a cultural shift for our campus community. We also know that wearing a mask is one of the most important ways we can help keep each other safe and healthy. Our goal is to create a culture of cooperation where all students, faculty and staff will understand that wearing a mask/ face covering is critical for our return to campus.  Undoubtedly there may be times when wearing a mask may be inconvenient and/or uncomfortable. The general expectation, for the safety of all of our campus community members and especially those most at risk, is that masks / face coverings will be expected to be worn at all times in the classroom.  There may be a very rare case in which an exception is made (and other safety precautions are used) to accommodate a student based on guidance from the Disability Services office. In such an instance, you will be notified of the accommodat= ion by the Disability Services staff.

You will find guidance on what to do if a student enters your classroom without a mask / face covering at the link below.

Our goal is to minimize referral to the university conduct process by encouraging students to cooperate with all COVID-19 policies because it is the right thing to do in order to create a safe and healthy learning environment. 

The first step (and hopefully the only one you will need to take) is to refer the student to the Student Center Concierge Desk or the Tech Bar (Wyll L101) to pick up a disposable mask in the event he/she forgot or lost theirs. Once the disposable mask is obtained, he/she will be able to reenter the classroom.

In those situations where voluntary cooperation cannot be achieved, university conduct policies will be enforced starting with you instructing the student to leave the classroom and informing him /her that he/she can't return to the classroom without a mask or face covering. 

You will then follow-up with an email to the student after class (template message provided in the attachment). It is imperative that you copy the Dean of Students (DeanofStudents@uwp.edu) on the email so that we can log the incident into the conduct database and record the official written university warning.

In the event of further violations of the policy, students may face consequences up to and including suspension from the university.  

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Steve Wallner (Wallner@uwp.edu).


Mask guidance and email template

Wanting to learn more about COVID-19 symptoms - make sure to check out the COVID symptom checker!

Office Updates

Library Spaces and Services: Fall Semester 2020

Library Space:

Construction in L1: The library L1 level is under construction, and a supply chain delay will push back occupancy by an estimated four weeks to the end of September. Therefore, computers, study tables, the new L1 coffee lounge, the new computer labs, and perhaps the main library desk will not be accessible. Exact dates and available spaces will become clear as construction progresses.

Temporary offices in L1 and L2: Many of the student service offices from the D1 level, such as Advising, Career Center, PARC, OMSA, the LQBTQ Center, Disability Services and Veterans Services have moved to the Library L1 and L2 levels during construction. Their accessibility may be affected by construction, but signage should help users navigate the area.

Some library space use will be altered due to COVID concerns:
  • Students may study only one to a table, and tables will be spaced to allow social distancing.
  • L2 Study rooms will not be open at this time.

  • When construction is completed, L1 computers will be spaced for social distancing.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available and users must wear masks, as elsewhere on campus.


Library Services:

Physical Material Checkout: Until the main library desk is available, users may request items for curbside pickup. For complete details see: https://libguides.uwp.edu/COVID-19/Curbside. Once the semester starts, a location near the library entrance will be an access point if the main desk is not yet accessible.

Resource Sharing: Materials may arrive more slowly than they did in the past. The state-wide delivery system is not fully operational yet, and we are limited as to what days we will receive deliveries, plus materials may be briefly quarantined. Please be patient. Contact circulationlib@uwp.edu with any questions and concerns.

Interlibrary Loan: Processing of requests for articles continues. You may make requests for physical items, but materials may arrive more slowly than they did in the past due to availability of on-site staff and delays in the postal system. Materials may be briefly quarantined. Please be patient and return items in a timely manner. Contact lib.ill@uwp.edu with any questions and concerns.

Physical Reserves: We are still determining the best means of handling physical reserve items. You may contact coursereserves@uwp.edu with questions or concerns.

Self-Registration for students, faculty, and staff is now available for New York Times access. The library no longer has to create your account or password. For more details, please see: https://libguides.uwp.edu/nytimes

Browsing: During construction, browsing will be limited to the L2 and L3 levels, if they are accessible.

Library reference/Research help: Librarians may have limited in-person availability during the Fall semester, but there are many ways to work with us remotely:

  • Chat Online
  • Reserve a Librarian—We can meet in an online classroom and share screens
  • Email us: askus@uwp.edu

Research Instruction for university classes: Librarians are available to provide instruction to help your students with research assignments. We anticipate that most instruction will occur online (even for face-to-face classes), in part because of the impact of construction as well as the need to social distance. Please contact the librarian liaison for your department to discuss the possibilities, and look at the Research Instruction page for more information.

Liaison Services for academic departments: Librarians remain available to help faculty with their research and instruction needs. Please contact the librarian liaison for your department to discuss purchases for the collection, research support, or research instruction for your students.


The Archives and Area Research Center anticipates allowing patrons to use the collections in-person by appointment. Archivists continue to answer remote reference and record requests. To arrange archival instruction for university classes, please email olsonm@uwp.edu

Parkside Community,

In an effort to support sheltering in place, effective Monday, April 13th, open office hours for Business Services will be reduced to Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:45AM-11:45AM. Staff are working remotely; please contact them via phone or email. Additionally, there is no open office hours on Friday, April 10th.

As a reminder, all documents normally sent via inter-campus mail should be converted to a PDF and sent to Business Services. All forms will be routed to the appropriate staff member. Note - Mail Services delivery to Tallent Hall has been reduced. Limited delivery will affect intercampus mail. Departments sending invoices or other documents via inter-campus mail should take into consideration the lag in receiving the documents in Business Services, and the additional processing time required. Sending via PDF is faster.

The direct email boxes and phone numbers are listed below. 

  • Jane Nikolai | nikolai@uwp.edu | 262-595-2608
  • Jennifer Agerholm | agerholm@uwp.edu | 262-595-2781
  • Juan Ramirez | ramirezj@uwp.edu | 262-595-2759
  • Monica Litterer | litterer@uwp.edu | 262-595-2248
  • Renee Kelly | kellyr@uwp.edu | 262-595-2255
  • Kathy Messina | messina@uwp.edu | 262-595-2207

Department email accounts are monitored regularly.  

Thank you!

Ann M. Iverson, MBA
Controller – Director of Business Services
iversona@uwp.edu   |  262-595-3155

Mail Services is altering the delivery of mail services to the campus community. Ensuring the health and safety of the campus community is paramount in the effort to combat the COVID19 outbreak.  

Effective Friday, April 10th, morning pick up or delivery of U.S. and inter-campus mail will be suspended for the main complex. This includes the Molinaro, Greenquist, and Rita Tallent Halls, and the Student Center. Delivery to Tallent Hall, the Sports Activity Center, resident halls, Facilities Management and Student Health will move to Monday, Wednesday and Friday deliveries. Wyllie Hall will continue to have their mail delivered and picked up as previously determined. 

Essential personnel needing to pick up or drop off of their mail and packages, must come to Mail Services from 8AM– 12PM. No pick up will be available outside of these hours. As directed, lanyards must be worn by essential personnel when coming to the mailroom.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email them to me at rodrigue@uwp.edu or mailservices@uwp.edu.

Thank you,

Joseph D. Rodriguez
Shipping & Mailing Supervisor

The Cashier’s Office will remain open but will have a limited presence of on-site staff. Most staff will be working remotely in an effort to minimize face to face interactions and limit the presence on campus. Limited staff will be available on campus from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the remaining staff will be available remotely during our normal business hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will be closed during the lunch hour from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Should you have questions, please contact Cashiers@uwp.edu.

The Cashier’s office is moving to Tallent Hall March 23-25. During this time, the office will be closed and unable to accept departmental deposits. Beginning March 26th, departments must bring deposits to the Cashier’s Office on the first floor of Tallent Hall. The same procedure and cash handling requirements are in place, just a new location. There will be a drop box available in Tallent Hall.

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