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The Whole U
Career Development
Home Loan Program
Money Matters

Published: August 10, 2016

Much is new this month. UW Human Resources and UW SafeCampus have new websites, both with enhanced navigation and easier to understand content. The window to earn $125 PEBB incentive is closing at the end of September. PEBB subscribers make sure you log in and complete the SmartHealth healthy lifestyle activities or choose one that is sponsored by The Whole U. Log in to SmartHealth or learn more about the program.

The Whole U


Calling All UW Artists for Ovations 2016

By day you advise students, but by night you wow crowds at open mics. You spend your week working on budget reports and your weekend at dance recitals. If you have a hidden talent, we invite you to show it off at this year's Ovations, UW's annual performance showcase. Take the stage at Meany Hall on the afternoon of November 20 to be cheered on by your colleagues, friends, and family. If your artistic talent takes the form of canvas, clay, fabric, or glass, we invite you to exhibit your work in the lobby of Meany Theater next to the renowned work of other Northwest artists like Jacob Lawrence and Dale Chihuly. We can only take a limited number of acts, so sign up soon!


Machine Strength Training 101 at the University Y in Tacoma

Danny Mannitti, health and well-being director for the University Y will be conducting a free weight training course on machine weights for beginners. Learn how to incorporate this type of strength training into your routine as well as proper form on the following exercises: leg press, leg curl, chest press, low row, pec fly, lat pull down, bicep curl, tricep extension, lateral raise, ab crunch, and torso twist. Join us at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12. Sign up.


Yoga Class at UW Bothell

Come experience Vinyasa yoga, a powerful form of yoga which seamlessly links breath and movement. Utilizing Sun Salutations, strength building, and connected movements, Vinyasa yoga will build confidence and help you stay centered. Flowing around the obstacles that come your way, this energetic practice will keep you present as you learn to move gracefully in and out of poses, renewing the body, mind, and soul. Join us on Thursday, August 18 at noon at the ARC. Register here.


Free Photo Day 2016

Last chance to register for Free Photo Day! Strike a pose for some of Seattle's top portrait photographers from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 21. Free Photo day is back with more photographers and new locations. Bring your family, friends, and pets to the Seattle campus for a day of photo fun in the sun. Dress up, don Husky gear, or come as you are: These high-resolution portraits are perfect for holiday cards, fireplace mantels, and Facebook timelines. Learn more and save your spot.


Improve Your Golf Swing with UW Sports Medicine

Would you like to improve your golf swing? Learn how from UW physical therapists who are Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified. Everyone from amateur to elite golfers will gain valuable information on injury prevention and enhancing performance. The training session will emphasize common swing characteristics and how physical limitations can influence the golf swing. The training session is free but one bucket of balls costs $5.75 at the range. Therapists will offer form screens and will be available to answer questions. Join us on Thursday, August 25 at 5:30 p.m. Save your spot.


One-Day Mindfulness Retreat

The Whole U and UW Medicine invite you to experience a full day of mindfulness with Tim Burnett from Mindfulness Northwest on Sunday, September 11. Join us for a full day of mindfulness, stress reduction, body awareness, and inner care. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, and sitting and walking meditation will be practiced together in silence. The day will conclude with small group discussion and dialog with the instructor on your experience and how mindfulness can be integrated into daily life. The retreat is based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - a well-researched practice that is very effective with many stress-related issues. The cost is $45 and there are 80 spots available. Friends and family members (over 18 years of age) are welcome. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Register now.


Dawg Daze Goes to the Sounders – Discounted Tickets!

Enjoy discounted tickets during Dawg Daze for the Sounders game on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. Register with The Whole U to get entered into a raffle and then purchase your tickets for just $24 each (normally $36). Sign up and access your discount.

Career Development


Professional & Organizational Development (POD) courses and events are open to all UW employees, subject to supervisor/budgetary approval and UW's release time policy. Please view our policy page for additional information.


Go for the Gold

You may operate on auto-pilot when working on a recurring project or task, but doing so can mean missing out on technological tools and time-saving techniques that could help you truly excel. POD Webinars offer short sessions that are designed to increase productivity and promote operational excellence. Upcoming webinars include Accomplishing More with Less, Advanced Microsoft Excel PivotTables, Google Docs & Drive, and Microsoft Excel 2010 Techniques. Register for POD Webinars.


Keep a Steady Hand

Those who excel at archery possess superior balance, concentration, and long-distance vision and are able to keep a steady hand even in adverse situations. Those same traits can help you be successful when faced with unexpected or unwelcome change. In this interactive course, examine effective and ineffective methods of dealing with change, explore a framework for managing psychological needs during times of change, and commit to new choices in reacting to change. Register for Navigating Change in a Complex World.


Give Yourself an Edge

No cyclist can modify the slope of a hill or change the direction of the wind to their advantage. However, competitive cyclists strive to understand and make the most of the conditions they operate in, put themselves in an optimal position in each race, and kit themselves out with the best gear available. Along the same lines, you may not have control over your entire organization, but you have the power to influence various aspects and functions. In this half-day workshop, examine your work environment, learn how to create the right conditions for achieving your goals, and draft a plan for making a change in your workplace culture. Register for Understand and Influence Your Work Culture.


Swim in the Fast Lane

For competitive swimmers, every second—or even fraction of a second—counts. Become the Michael Phelps of your office by reducing wasted effort, streamlining your actions, overcoming obstacles, and beating performance records, all by exploring the underlying mindsets of process improvement and learning a simplified approach to "lean" as taught in this one-day workshop. Register for Rapid Process Improvement.

Home Loan Program


Make Your First Home More Affordable

The Hometown Home Loan Program can help you find affordable programs to help you through the home buying process. Besides educating yourself through monthly on-campus seminars (see below), HomeStreet's Affinity Lending loan officers can help you take advantage of down-payment assistance programs. One such program called Home Advantage, can provide assistance on up to 4% of your first mortgage loan amount which can make buying a home more affordable for new homebuyers. Learn more.


Home Buying & Selling Info You Can Use

HomeStreet offers free one-hour seminars to help you learn about a variety of homeownership issues related to budgeting, buying, remodeling, refinancing, and selling your home.

Access registration and event information.

Budgeting Essentials
Wishing more money would stay in your wallet? Learn:

  • How to manage your income to meet expenses
  • Ways of setting aside money to save for financial goals
  • Setting realistic financial goals
  • Creating a money management action plan

Planning on Upsizing or Downsizing your Home
Are you ready to move up to a bigger, better home or downsize to a smaller one? Find out:

  • What it takes to sell your existing home
  • How to determine the market value of your home
  • What improvements pay off
  • How to crunch the numbers to budget for your next home

Understanding Credit
How does credit reporting really work? Learn:

  • Know why credit history is important when getting ready to finance a home or purchase big-ticket items
  • What's behind your credit report, how is it used, and what's a FICO score
  • Learn how to clean up your credit history
  • Fix reporting errors

Individual Prequalification Appointments

Thinking of buying or refinancing a home but not sure how to get started? Why not schedule a free, personal home ownership counseling session with a HomeStreet Bank representative who can walk you through the process including prequalification? These 30-minute, one-on-one sessions are both private and informative. Your spouse, partner, or potential co-signer is welcome to attend with you.

To request a prequalification appointment, click on your preferred date from the Classes & Seminars calendar tab at or call 206-628-0207.

Money Matters


Financial Education Seminars

Save more and better manage your finances with financial education seminars. Presented by two local nonprofit credit unions, WSECU and SECU, this free seminar is held at a convenient campus location during the lunch hour.



KinderCare and Bright Horizons Partner with UW WorkLife

KinderCare and Bright Horizons offer numerous programs to children of UW faculty, staff, and students. Enroll your child in any KinderCare location for childcare, or in Champions before-or-after school programs, and receive a 10% tuition discount. You also receive priority access at KinderCare Bothell, Northgate, Seattle, Woodinville, Browns Point, and North Tacoma locations or any Bright Horizon location. Let them know you're a UW employee or student to receive your discount and priority!

KinderCare and Bright Horizons also provide center-based back-up child care. Hours and ages vary between centers; openings are not guaranteed, and advance registration is highly recommended. Once you are registered you can search for centers online or by phone. Bright Horizons also provides in-home care for your sick child.

Visit WorkLife for more information on these programs, costs, and how to register.


UW CareLink Presents Dollars and Sense of Retirement: Living Below Your Means

Whether you are planning to retire or are retired, you may long for certain luxuries. Even though you may be able to afford them, you must build a safe spending and budgeting plan for the long term to keep your money working for you. This is the sort of discipline it takes to live below your means, which will become your guidepost for all spending-related matters in your retirement years.

This month's Balanced Living article, Dollars and Sense of Retirement: Living Below Your Means, outlines how to make saving easy and how to stay on track with your budget. This month's tip sheet A Guide to Retiring With Confidence provides additional support for retirement living and saving.

Are you dreaming of retirement or staying awake with worry? Get tips for a solid plan to retire with UW Carelink's webinar, "Dreaming of Retirement," on August 16 at noon. During this one-hour webinar, we will discuss retirement costs, estimated income needed, calculate savings to accomplish goals, and go over options you need to consider. Register here (enter UW as company code). The webinar will be archived and available for viewing by the beginning of September.



Whether you're starting out, building wealth, or getting ready to retire, UW Benefits sponsors free seminars packed with information that can help you through your journey. The following is a list of seminars offered on campus by Fidelity representatives.

Access event information and register here.

Building a Portfolio for Any Weather
In this seminar, designed for the beginning investor, you will learn how to determine an appropriate investment mix and your investment style, select investment options that fit your investment approach, and manage your investment strategy to help meet your long-term goals.

Confident Investing in Any Market
Learn how to actively evaluate your investment portfolio and build a tax-smart investing strategy. This intermediate-level workshop is designed for individuals who are actively engaged in managing their personal savings and looking to address additional savings needs.



Mammography Screenings for UMP Members

If you're a woman age 40+ who's enrolled in the Uniform Medical Plan, consider scheduling your next routine mammogram at the MammoVan! The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance MammoVan is a customized, mobile breast imaging clinic bringing the latest technology in digital mammograms to you at your workplace. The average appointment time is just 15 minutes.

The MammoVan is scheduled to visit on Wednesday, September 14 at 12th Avenue NE and NE 43rd Street, near the southwest corner of the UW Tower. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Access screening information and schedule an appointment.

Note: Group Health members are required to receive all mammography services directly from a Group Health Cooperative facility.


Campus Flu Shot Clinics

Save a date to get a flu shot! Take advantage of your Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) medical plan and get immunized before the flu season. Attend one of several convenient locations September 26 - November 16. No appointment necessary. Dependents covered under your health plan are eligible to attend too! View the entire flu shot schedule.


Beyond the Scale

Weight Watchers' program, "Beyond the Scale," is designed to deliver a more holistic and personal approach to a healthier you. This program moves beyond what you weigh and shows you creative ways to eat healthier, move more, live happier, AND lose weight! UW Benefits sponsors two campus meetings locations for UW faculty and staff.

  • Tuesdays, Schmitz Hall
  • Wednesdays, Health Sciences

Visit our Weight Watchers' page for more information.

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