The Resource

In This Issue

Your Benefits
Recognition
WorkLife
Retirement
Wellness
Combined Fund Drive
Career Development
Home Loan Program
The Whole U
Money Matters
Community

Published: November 9, 2016

November is a busy month! Update your benefits selection through open enrollment, make a difference by giving to the UW Combined Fund Drive, recognize an outstanding colleague with the Distinguished Staff Award or the Thorud Leadership Award, or bring your friends and family to campus on Sunday, Nov. 20 for Ovations—a talent showcase featuring UW’s own faculty, staff and students.

The UW is developing a new e-newsletter to help you better access the information and resources you need to do your best work and make the most of your employment experience. This newsletter will replace The Resource and our last issue will be sent to you in December.

Your Benefits

 
 
 

Open Enrollment ends Nov. 30

Open Enrollment is a great time to check your benefits! The PEBB Annual Open Enrollment period is the time when you can add or remove dependents and/or make changes to your medical and dental plans. The 2016 Open Enrollment period began Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

   

Your life insurance benefits

The Health Care Authority (HCA) has selected MetLife to provide life insurance options to eligible Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) program members starting Jan. 1, 2017. As a result, everyone will need to take some action during MetLife's Open Enrollment.

Employees should:

  • Review dependent coverage and, if appropriate, reenroll dependents in optional life insurance programs with MetLife
  • Submit name(s) of beneficiaries

Current coverage remains in place through Dec. 31, 2016, and changes take effect Jan. 1, 2017. It's important that you review the PEBB's October issue of For Your Benefit (page 4) to understand impacts on your coverage.

REMINDER: All questions should be directed to MetLife Customer Service at 1-866-548-7139. The life insurance product and all customer service support has been outsourced by HCA. This includes questions about how any existing optional life or AD&D coverage for yourself and any dependents is impacted by the new product and vendor. HCA provided MetLife with your current coverage amounts so MetLife staff will be able to address any questions about both.  MetLife Customer Service has occasionally referred people back to their employer; however, HCA has been working with MetLife to ensure that its staff provides all customer support.

Please find more information about these and other important changes on the Open Enrollment page of our website.

Employees should also be aware of other PEBB plan changes which may affect their benefits or influence plan choices. To review the approved changes that will go into effect in 2017, please review the PEBB October issue of For Your Benefit.

   

Miss the UW Benefits Fairs?

The HCA is hosting several other PEBB Benefits Fairs across the state during Nov. You'll find more information and a list of presentations that may interest you.

 

Stretch your dollars with a Flexible Spending Account

Are you looking for a great way to save valuable tax dollars on health expenses? Consider an IRS-approved, tax-free Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to save money on eligible medical expenses. To participate in an FSA for 2017, you must enroll during the November Open Enrollment for benefits to begin Jan. 1, 2017.

Note: If you or your spouse are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a Consumer-Directed Health Plan with a Health Savings Account (CDHP-HSA), you may not enroll in an FSA during the same year. If you already have an FSA for 2016 and choose a CDHP-HSA for 2017, you will be required to use all FSA funds for services received by Dec. 31, 2016 with no grace period or claims "run-out" period.

   

DCAP: stretch your dollars further in 2017

Are you looking for a way to save valuable tax dollars on child care or elder care expenses? By enrolling in the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), you save money in your paycheck now because the deductions are exempt from taxes. To participate in DCAP in 2017 — whether as a new or returning participant — enroll by Nov. 30 for benefits to begin Jan. 1, 2017. Learn more and enroll in a 2017 DCAP account.

Recognition

 
 
 

Nominate colleagues for the Distinguished Staff Award by Nov. 30

Nov. 30 is the last day to nominate your team members for the Distinguished Staff Award. This award recognizes the outstanding achievements, dedication and teamwork of UW staff members. You can nominate an individual or team of up to eight people for the 2017 award. Please share stories of colleagues who inspire us all through their performance, collaboration and integrity. Up to five individuals or team nominees will be selected for a $5,000 award presented at the UW Awards of Excellence ceremony in June. Make your nomination today.

 

Nominations open for Thorud Leadership Award

UW leaders drive positive change in our workplace, our state and throughout the world. These leaders seek collaborative, creative solutions while displaying a true commitment to our University's employees, mission and values. Don't miss your chance to nominate an outstanding leader for the David B. Thorud Leadership Award by Dec. 16. The Thorud Award is presented to two UW leaders who will receive $2,500 at our University's Annual Awards of Excellence ceremony in June. Senior administration at the level of vice president, associate vice president, associate dean, vice provost and vice chancellor are not eligible. Nominate a leader today.

WorkLife

 
 
 

Relaxing ways to de-stress

We live in tense and stressful times. "But you can easily avoid adding to the turbulence," says Mike George, meditation teacher and author of "1,001 Ways to Relax."

This month's Balanced Living article, Relaxing Ways to De-Stress, includes some different tactical steps to de-stress.

Want to meet with a counsellor to receive help in handling your stress? UW CareLink provides five free confidential counselling sessions per issue. Now you can receive your referral from UW CareLink two ways: Call UW CareLink, 24/7 at 1-866-598-3978 or contact them online and select requested services and provide contact information. You'll be contacted within one business day to complete the in-take and referral process.

UW Carelink will also broadcast a one-hour webinar "Ready, Set, Relax! Relaxation Techniques to Maintain Wellbeing" on Nov. 15 at 9 a.m. During this session, you will learn a number of simple mental and physical relaxation techniques that will help you gain perspective and maintain your mental, physical and financial health and wellbeing. Register here (enter "UW' as company code). The webinar will be archived and available for viewing by the beginning of Dec.

   

Register for UW CareLink Fall Seminar Series

UW CareLink presents the Fall 2016 Seminar Series! Experienced trainers will lead sessions and approach subjects creatively. Join us at noon in the HUB or the UW Tower for one or all four seminars, and feel free to bring your lunch. Seminars are free for all UW faculty, staff and guests. Please register for each session you plan to attend.

  • Dementia, Difficult Behaviors, and Determining Needs – Wednesday, Nov. 16 |UW Tower Auditorium
    You'll learn to respond intentionally instead of reacting emotionally and be equipped with tangible tools and communication tips to help you as family and caregivers care for a loved one.
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback – Wednesday, Dec. 7 |UW Tower Auditorium
    This workshop focuses on the ability to respond with appropriate reinforcement and deliver feedback to engage.
   

Our children and their care options

Finding child care can be very difficult and frustrating, especially in the Seattle area. If a child will be joining your family soon, we recommend you start looking and evaluating your child care options now, and place your name in the wait pools available. UW faculty, staff and students receive priority access at select KinderCare locations or eligible Bright Horizons locations throughout the region. Au pair/nanny services are offered at a discount to the UW community as well. Lastly, take advantage of state and local resources through Child Care Aware of Washington and Child Care Resources. For more information on all child care resources, visit WorkLife. Don't forget: Ask for a 10 percent tuition discount if your child is enrolled at any KinderCare location for childcare or Champions, a before-or-after-school program.

   

Back-up and sick child care

KinderCare and Bright Horizons offer numerous programs to children of UW faculty, staff and students at all UW campuses to help support your needs Are in-service days being scheduled at your child's school or is their school closed for the holidays? KinderCare and Bright Horizons provide center-based back-up child care at a daily cost of $20 per child. Hours and ages vary between centers, openings are not guaranteed, and advance registration in the program prior to needing care is highly recommended.

Bright Horizons provides in-home care for your children when they are too sick to attend their normal arrangements, and you need to be at work. Register now so it is only a phone call or a few clicks on the computer when the coughs and fevers begin.

Retirement

 
 
 

UWRP & VIP Fund Review Committee presentation

Please join the UWRP and VIP Fund Review Committee for an update on current market conditions and performance of the funds currently offered in UW retirement plans. No registration is required.

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016
Noon-1 p.m.
UW Tower Building, Auditorium, Room 403

   

Prepare today to retire tomorrow

Did you know that you should begin preparing for your retirement up to 12 months in advance? The process of transitioning into retirement takes time. Navigating agencies and submitting paperwork can be arduous and even frustrating. To guide you on your path to retirement and help make the process smoother, the UW Benefits office recommends attending the workshop for the retirement plan you are currently participating in:

Retiring from a DRS plan (PERS, TRS, or LEOFF) For employees who have a Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) plan including:

  • Classified staff participating in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) plans 1, 2 or 3
  • Faculty participating in a Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) plans 1 or 3
  • Law enforcement officers participating in Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF) plan 2

Access workshop information and registration.

Retiring from UWRP: An Overview: For faculty, librarians and professional staff participating in the UW Retirement Plan (UWRP), this three-hour workshop covers:

  • Retirement eligibility
  • Completing the UW and DRS retirement applications
  • Notifying your department about your separation due to retirement
  • Retiree medical, dental and life insurance choices and enrollment
  • Applying for Medicare, if applicable
  • VEBA sick leave cash out benefit
  • Working after retirement

Access workshop information and registration.

Live one-hour webinars. Join team members from the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) who will share information about your retirement plan.

Attendance will require a computer with internet access and speakers or a headset.

   

Social Security: A foundation for planning your future

Do you know what benefits to expect from Social Security and when they'll be available to you and your family members? Attend this seminar to gain a better understanding of how the Social Security and Medicare systems work.

This workshop is presented by a representative from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

The SSA requires that you bring a printed copy of your Social Security Benefit Statement with you as this important tool will be referenced during the workshop. To download a copy, access your social security account at the official SSA website.

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. Seattle, Health Sciences (Hogness Auditorium)

Register now.

Wellness

 
 
 

Last chance for campus flu shot clinics

There's still time to get a flu shot! The last flu shot clinic of the season will be at the Health Sciences Lobby at 1959 N.E. Pacific St. on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. No appointment is necessary, just drop in. Bring your health insurance card, photo ID and completed claim form (otherwise you may pay $25 by cash or check and seek reimbursement from your health plan). Be sure to wear short sleeves or sleeveless clothing so your shot can be easily administered.

Note: Dependents between ages 11-17 who are covered under your plan may attend a flu shot clinic provided they are accompanied by their parent or guardian who also signs the claim/consent form. Dependents age 10 and under should see their health-care provider.

Visit our webpage for the complete schedule, download printable flyers, and find information including FAQs.

   

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 final 2016 MammoVan visit is scheduled today, Nov. 9 at Red Square near the Henry Art Gallery. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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

Access screening information and schedule an appointment.

Combined Fund Drive

 
 
 

You're invited to a special lunch & learn event

On Nov. 9, 1938, a night of violence broke out across the German Reich which lasted into the next day. This event has come to be known as Kristallnacht or The Night of Broken Glass. Please join speaker Ingrid Kanis Steppic on Thursday, Nov. 10 from noon-1 p.m. to learn more about this fateful night and the importance of tolerance and kindness in our lives and in our world.

Feel free to bring your lunch. Coffee and dessert will be provided. Location and parking details will be included with your registration confirmation. Register today! Sponsored by the UW Combined Fund Drive and Holocaust Center for Humanity.

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Make a difference through the UW Combined Fund Drive

We are midway through the UW Combined Fund Drive campaign and there is still plenty of time for you to make a donation to any of the more than 5,000 nonprofits that are part of the drive. From animals, medical research and the arts to human services, disaster relief and education, there is something for everyone! Your gift will help change lives and make a difference in our communities and beyond. For more information or to make a donation, visit the UW Combined Fund Drive. Make your gift through Dec. 2.

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.

   

Become "most likely to succeed"

In "The Likeability Factor: How to Boost Your L-Factor and Achieve Your Life's Dreams," Tim Sanders explains that likeable people "tend to land jobs more easily, find friends more quickly, and have happier relationships." In short, likeable people are typically more successful. In this half-day workshop, assess your own likeability, draw from recent research and literature to learn strategies to increase likeability, and identify a plan to enhance your satisfaction and success. Register for The Likeability Factor.

 

Put on a new thinking cap

This intensive workshop presents a new way of looking at your work. Kaizen encourages a holistic sense of seeing, understanding, adjusting and verifying good work processes, and shows how making little changes can increase productivity and eliminate waste. Three half-day sessions coupled with brief homework assignments ensure you'll have opportunities to explore and practice applying a diverse set of tools. Register for Kaizen Methods and Practice.

   

Ditch that sinking feeling

Negativity can be a tremendous drain, but overcoming negative situations requires awareness, understanding, patience and practice. In this course, learn how to deal with negative statements and behaviors in others, examine your own responses to frustrations and anxieties, gain ways to spot hidden negative signals, and discover how an optimistic outlook can change your personal and professional life. Register for Turning Negative Emotions Into Positive Outcomes.

   

Take shelter from the storm

Stay out of the wet, windy weather as you take a webinar at your desk to shore up your Excel skills and stop feeling inundated by data. In this 90-minute session, learn a variety of shortcuts and time-saving techniques along with key functions and formulas for improved data analysis and presentation. Register for Microsoft Excel Techniques.

Home Loan Program

 
 
 

Homestreet seminars

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.

First-Time Homebuyer: Considering buying your first home? Learn how to make a budget and prepare your credit, get a comprehensive overview of the home-buying process, and ask questions of noncommissioned Homestreet Hometown Home Loan program loan officers and other real estate professionals before you start looking for a home.

Buying a Vacation or Rental Property: Are you looking to invest beyond your primary home? In this seminar you will learn:

  • How to determine your investment style with respect to investing in real estate
  • How to obtain non-owner occupied financing
  • Pros & pitfalls of owning multiple properties
  • Tips for maintaining primary and secondary residences
   

Individual prequalification appointments

Thinking of buying or refinancing a home but not sure how to get started? 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 private and informative, and your spouse, partner or potential co-signer is welcome to attend.

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

The Whole U

 
 
 

Step Up to Tolerance – UW Climb to $10K

Don't miss this special event that will get you moving and help this year's UW Combined Fund Drive's featured charity: the Holocaust Center for Humanity. By providing curricula and teaching trunks to educators, students, academics, authors and organizations across our state, the Holocaust Center for Humanity teaches tolerance and citizenship through the lessons of the Holocaust. Each trunk costs approximately $100 and our goal is to raise $10,000 for 100 trunks! All you need to do is pledge a $10 donation (or more!) and climb stairs with your colleagues on Wednesday, Nov. 16. There will be prizes for those taking the stairs, for the top fundraiser, and for the top stair climber. Register here.

   

Prenatal & Postpartum fitness: dispelling myths, empowering women & creating healthier generations

Learn about prenatal and postpartum fitness with Maura Shirey, founder of Bodies for Birth, and recent UW nurse. In this seminar, we will discuss and debunk the common myths and misconceptions surrounding exercise and pregnancy. We will learn the benefits of individualized exercise programs and how this preparation translates in childbirth, postpartum and motherhood. We will also discuss the problems with our current model of postpartum care and how a few simple interventions can help women return to fitness in a safer way. There will be practical exercises and demonstrations too. This event is on Friday, Nov. 18 at noon at the HUB. Register here.

   

Ovations 2016

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with the third annual UW performance showcase, featuring some of our most talented UW faculty, staff and students! You'll enjoy beautiful violin, captivating tango, mind-bending magic, and much more from UW's undiscovered talent. The lobby will be filled with the work of faculty and staff artists, including sculptures, paintings and photography. We'll also bring back the purple carpet for free professional photos. We look forward to seeing you in the beautiful Meany Theater on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 2-4 p.m. Register now.

   

Tai Chi classes – a moving meditation

These classes have been so popular that we've added a new date! Join Tai Chi Master Instructor Yijiao Hong on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. for a free Tai Chi class. This graceful form of exercise will help you gently improve strength, gain better balance, reduce stiffness and pain, enhance your sleep, and boost the immune system. Save your spot here.

Money Matters

 
 
 

Free seminars for graduate students

The UW Benefits Office is pleased to sponsor a financial education seminar series designed especially for graduate students. Through our partnership with two local credit unions – Inspirus and Washington State Employees Credit Union – you can get valuable information on ways to better manage your personal finances.

Credit reporting 101: Wondering if your credit is good enough? Learn how credit bureaus develop your credit score and come away with valuable tips to help you get the most from your creditworthiness. Get to know what affects your credit, learn why your scores may differ, find out how to get a free report, and learn five easy steps to a better score.

Financial yoga: stretching your hard-earned dollars: In today's tough economic climate, stretching a paycheck is more important than ever. Learn tips that will help you gain control of your finances and reduce financial stress.

Please check our website for more information on these graduate student workshops.

   

Free financial education seminars

Our credit union partners offer free financial education seminars, each held during lunchtime and open to all UW faculty and staff. Learn more and register.

Community

 
 
 

Active shooter preparation video

The chances of an active shooter on campus are low, but the impact, if it did happen, would be devastating. The first few minutes of an active shooter situation will be chaotic, and you may be the one to play a crucial role in your own survival as well as the survival of your co-workers. The UW Police Department has created a video that explains your options in the event of an active shooter and how to protect yourself. The seven-minute active shooter preparation video, filmed on campus with UW staff and students, contains helpful information for wherever you may encounter sudden violence. Please view and share with your co-workers, family and friends.

 

Recreational Sports Drop-in Fitness Classes

Looking for a fitness class that works around your schedule? Drop-in classes are offered each quarter for $5.48 per class (prices include sales tax where applicable) in a variety of activities including Cardio, Mind/Body and Strength & Conditioning. You must be an IMA member and register online for drop-in classes. For more information on offerings, schedule and registration, visit the drop-in class website.

   

Recreational Sports UWild Adventures Wilderness First Responder Course

Registration is now open for the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course. The WFR course provides advanced medical training for guides, expedition leaders, outdoor instructors and weekend warriors alike. Training covers injuries, illnesses and rescues encountered while recreating in the wild in a combination of online learning modules, online exams and practical in-person sessions. Certifications include WFR and adult CPR/AED. The WFR in-person sessions are Feb. 11-12 and 18-20. Early registration closes Jan. 6. The WFR course is a collaboration between The Wilderness Medicine Training Center and UWild Adventures. For more information, or to register, visit the WFR course website.

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