The Resource

In This Issue

Combined Fund Drive
Retirement & Savings
Home Loan Program
The Whole U
Career Development

Published: May 13, 2015

Every month, The Resource brings you information on how to make the most of your UW employment experience and this month we have special news! Did you know that the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) is offering health insurance plan subscribers a $125 incentive? This is a limited time offer so visit SmartHealth to complete your well-being assessment and start earning the 2000 points needed for your incentive. Learn more by reading The Whole U's article on SmartHealth.


HR Teams Relocating to Roosevelt Commons West
This month, several units in HR will be leaving their offices in the UW Tower and Condon Hall and relocating to Roosevelt Commons West (RCW) at 4300 Roosevelt Way NE. The units moving are:

  • The Office of the Vice President for UWHR
  • Compensation
  • Labor Relations
  • Campus Operations
  • HR Administration & Information Systems
  • Professional & Organizational Development
  • SafeCampus
  • Disability Services Office, and
  • Marketing, Communications, & Engagement which includes The Whole U.

Benefits and Medical Center HR Operations will remain in their current locations. The first day in RCW for most HR units is Monday, May 18, and the first day in RCW for Marketing, Communications, & Engagement is Tuesday, May 26. UW directory information will be updated as unit moves are completed.


Enjoy Your Day!
Doing something you really enjoy every day is a powerful stress-buster. If you're the type of person who works harder and longer under stress, remember the importance of allowing yourself time to do something that you love each day.

Complete the "Enjoy Your Day" SmartHealth challenge by doing something you love on at least one day each week between now and June 14, and in return, you could earn up to 450 points! This is just one example of the many SmartHealth wellness activities available to you and your family.

What's SmartHealth and how can you get started? SmartHealth is Washington State's new voluntary, confidential wellness program that helps you improve your health and well-being while having fun and connecting with others. Simply log in to SmartHealth and select Get Started to walk through the one-time activation process, then opt for activities that interest you—all designed to help you progress on your wellness journey.

Bonus: Any PEBB health insurance subscriber who reaches 2,000 points by June 30, 2015 is eligible to receive a $125 incentive that can be applied to their PEBB medical plan deductible in 2016, or have the $125 deposited into their health savings account, if they're enrolled in a 2016 PEBB consumer-directed health plan.

Learn more about the SmartHealth program.


What's Your Score?
Annual diabetes screenings are a proven method of detecting diabetes in its early stages—when it's easier to treat successfully—but did you know it's possible to reverse prediabetes? The "NOT ME" prevention program is designed to do just that—first through early detection, then through a series of lifestyle classes. The NOT ME program is a free benefit available to all adults enrolled in a Uniform Medical Plan or Group Health plan through the Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB).

How do you know if you're at risk for diabetes? First take this 30-second Risk Quiz then, if you score 9 or higher, plan to attend a free blood sugar testing event where you will receive a quick finger-prick (A1c) test:

Harborview Research & Training Auditorium
Tuesday, June 9
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Seattle, UW Tower, 4th floor cafeteria
Wednesday, June 24
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Drop-ins are welcome, however to assure yourself a spot, please make an appointment at or call 866-926-6099 x326 between 5 a.m.-2 p.m. (PDT).

If you don't have time to attend one of these campus screening events, be sure to get screened by your doctor or clinic. If your results show prediabetes, contact the Seattle YMCA at 206-382-5000 to enroll in the free NOT ME Diabetes Prevention Program.

Learn more about the NOT ME program.


Mammography Screening Appointments Available
Are you a woman age 40+ who's enrolled in Uniform Medical Plan/Regence? If so, consider scheduling your next routine mammogram at the MammoVan!

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance's MammoVan is a customized, mobile breast imaging clinic bringing the latest technology in digital mammograms to you at your workplace. Convenience, state-of-the art technology, and exceptional quality are reasons why women choose this service.

The MammoVan visits the Seattle campus six times a year, and is due to arrive next on July 8 near the Henry Art Gallery. Appointments are available to UMP members on a first-come, first-served basis between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The average appointment time is just 15 minutes. UMP members can call the Cancer Care Alliance at 206-288-7800 to schedule an appointment today! (Group Health members must use a GHC facility.)

Access screening information.

Combined Fund Drive  

Help for Nepal Survivors Desperately Needed
The UW community is already giving generously to the survivors of the earthquake in Nepal. Interim President Cauce spoke of the relief effort and how you can help. These nonprofit organizations are on the ground right now working to bring relief to survivors in both cities and remote villages. Donate through the UW Combined Fund Drive via payroll deduction or credit card donation to send food and medical aid to the citizens of Nepal:

  • Americares, charity code 0315518
  • American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, charity code 1468727
  • CARE, charity code 0315522
  • Catholic Relief Services, charity code 0315527
  • Crooked Trails, charity code 1479170
  • Doctors Without Borders, charity code 0315935
  • Gospel for Asia, charity code 1479731
  • International Medial Corps, charity code 1479246
  • Living Earth Institute, charity code 0332208
  • Lutheran World Relief, charity code 0315529
  • Mercy Corps, charity code 0316589
  • Operation USA, charity code 0456940
  • Oxfam America, charity code 0316360
  • Samaritan's Purse, charity code 0315531
  • Save the Children, charity code 0315475
  • US Fund for UNICEF, charity code 0315489
  • Wide Open Vistas, charity code 1481659
  • World Vision, charity code 0315561

For more information, visit the UW Combined Fund Drive.

Retirement & Savings  

Preparing Your Savings for Retirement
Learn ways to help boost your savings while you're still at work, and steps you can take today as you prepare for your transition into retirement. This intermediate-level workshop is designed for individuals age 55 or older who are 2 - 10 years from retirement and who would like to learn how to develop a retirement income plan.

June 29, 2015
Noon – 1 p.m.
Seattle, UW Tower

Access information and registration for this and all retirement planning seminars.


Social Security: A Foundation for Your Future
Achieving financial independence is key to enjoying a satisfying retirement. Social Security has many tools to help you plan for your future. Attend this free Social Security seminar:

Wednesday, July 22
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Health Sciences Building

Here you will get answers to many questions including:

  • What are the eligibility requirements for Social Security and retirement?
  • When do Social Security and Medicare benefits begin?
  • What are the criteria for receiving family benefits?
  • What programs are administered under the Social Security Act?
  • How does early retirement affect your benefits?
  • How to use your "my Social Security" Online Account and other online services.

This seminar is open to UW faculty, staff, students, and retirees. Access seminar information and registration.


Take Advantage of Free Retirement Planning Guidance
Did you know that you can receive free retirement planning guidance from a knowledgeable Fidelity or TIAA-CREF consultant? Individual appointments are an excellent time to:

  • Ask about saving for retirement and other goals
  • Evaluate investment choices that meet your needs
  • Create an action plan to get and stay on track for retirement
  • Review retirement income options

Schedule an appointment in a way that works best for you.


Money Matters
Save more and better manage your finances with free financial education seminars. Presented by two local nonprofit credit unions, WSECU and SECU, these seminars are held at convenient campus locations during the lunch hour.

  • Credit Reporting 101 – Come away with valuable tips to help you get the most from your creditworthiness.
  • Financial Yoga: Stretching Your Hard-Earned Dollars – Learn tips that will help you gain control of your finances and reduce financial stress.
  • Scams, Shams, and Identity Theft – Learn how to better protect yourself, your money, and your personal information.
  • Social Media and Your Child's Financial Future – Learn effective strategies for your child and the top 10 social media mistakes to avoid.

Access seminar information and registration.

Home Loan Program  

HomeStreet offers the following free lunchtime seminars to help you learn about a variety of homeownership issues related to budgeting, buying, remodeling, refinancing, and selling your home. Access event information and registration.

Buying a Home with Down Payment Assistance
Are you interested in buying a home but want to keep your down payment to a minimum? Discover:

  • Low down payment programs and strategies
  • How to use down payment assistance and the eligibility requirements
  • Which down payment assistance programs are in your area
  • How to assess your eligibility for programs

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

  • 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

Buying a Vacation or Rental Property
Are you looking to invest beyond your primary home? 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

Buying and Remodeling a Fixer Upper
Are you one of those enterprising "Do-It-Yourself" types? Figure out:

  • The best options for finding distressed properties
  • What improvements add value to your home
  • How to budget for basic home repairs
  • Whether to do it yourself or hire out

Top Five Hometown Program Benefits
The Hometown Home Loan Program can save you a wad of cash on your next home purchase. Here are the top five resources of the program:

  1. Save on Closing Costs – depending on your loan amount, you can save an average of $1,500 or more on closing costs
  2. Save on participating realtors' fees
  3. Save through down payment assistance programs – for qualifying buyers
  4. Free educational seminars – multiple campus locations
  5. Benefits extend to your direct family members – parents and children can also take advantage of this program!

Note: Benefits are only offered through the Affinity Lending Center of HomeStreet Bank.

Learn more about the Hometown Home Loan Program.


Free Home Ownership Counseling
Are you 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? 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. Call 206-628-0207 to schedule an appointment.


Spring Seminars with UW CareLink
All sessions are held in the UW Tower Auditorium. The seminars are free, but please register for each session you plan to attend. Follow the links below to register. Please join us and feel free to bring your lunch!

Managing Stress and Remaining Resilient - Thursday, May 21, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Life contains adversities: inevitable daily hassles or unexpected major setbacks. What makes some people more resilient, allowing them to adapt and persevere, while others are reactive and stressed? Presented by Sue Covey, MS

A Personal Guide to Effectively Managing Life Changes at Home & Work - Thursday, June 18, Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Change is part of life. Yet many of us resist it or find it triggers uncomfortable feelings of loss, disorientation, and lack of control. We go into survival mode which can negatively impact our relationships and physical health. Learn to understand your personal triggers to change, and learn strategies to navigate it. Presented by Alex Smith, LMHC, CEAP.


Sign on the Dotted Line: Essential Documents for Everyone
Benjamin Franklin wrote that in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. And yet, many of us ignore the reality of our eventual death by not pausing and planning for it. If such inaction applies to you, consider changing course and preparing these five documents critical for estate planning. This month, UW CareLink's tipsheet provides a few essential tips around pausing and planning.

Take action on these five recommended documents. UW CareLink provides 30 minutes of free legal consultation, and a 25% fee reduction if the network attorney is retained. Call toll-free: 866-598-3978 (TTY: 877-334-0489). Master's-level counselors are available to take your call 24/7. You will be referred to the appropriate professional.


Estate Planning: Five Essential Documents Webinar
Learn the key documents everyone over 18 should have prepared so your family understands your wishes regarding your health, money, and property. UW CareLink will broadcast a one-hour webinar "Estate Planning: Five Essential Documents" on May 21 at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and noon.

You must pre-register at least one hour before the presentation. Visit (use "UW" as the company code) and click the Online Seminars section. Select the presentation and then register by clicking on the first or second session option. The webinar will also be archived on the site and available for viewing by the beginning of June.


Summer is Almost Here and School's Out!
Tap into rich resources and special youth programs offered through the University of Washington. There are programs available to elementary, middle, and high school students. Don't miss out on all the options UW has to offer your children.

The Whole U  

Join the Summer Fitness Challenge
Summer is too short. Make the most of it with The Whole U's Summer Fitness Challenge starting Monday, June 29. This eight-week program will have you moving more, eating better, and trying new things. You can take part on your own, pick a partner, or form a team. We will keep it interesting with free passes to local fitness facilities, invitations to group workouts and picnics, and weekly tips. Successfully complete the challenge checklist and you will be invited to an exclusive celebration with special guests and prizes. Learn more and register.


The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples with Dr. Pepper Schwartz
What is "normal" behavior among happy couples? UW Sociology professor and Married at First Sight reality TV show expert Dr. Pepper Schwartz will enlighten us with findings from her book: The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples and What they Reveal About Creating a New Normal In Your Relationship. Her book provides practical and life-changing ways to break old cycles. Join us in the HUB on Wednesday, May 27 at noon. Sign up now.


Whole U Cooking Demonstration with Chef Andrea
Have you heard of zoodles? Zoodles are zucchini spirals that offer a great low-calorie, gluten-free alternative to pasta, without sacrificing flavor. Come learn how to make zoodles with Executive Chef Andrea Yeckel, general manager of Local Point. She will show us how to prepare a delicious Zucchini Noodle Carbonara Pasta with Asparagus. All participants will receive a copy of the recipe and be able to sample the dish after the demonstration. Secure your spot early for this demo on Thursday, May 28 at 5:15 p.m. in Lander Hall. Register now.


The Astonishing Truth about Exercise: How Exercise Can Positively Transform Your Mood, Memory, Attention, & Imagination
In this lecture presented by UWAA, Dr. Wendy Suzuki blends personal experience, science narrative, and practical advice to bring the human brain into focus as never before, revealing the powerful connection between exercise, energy, memory, and learning. Dr. Suzuki's talk will take place on Wednesday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. in Kane Hall. Sign up now.


UW Botany Greenhouse Tour
Come tour the UW Botany Greenhouse's vast collection of plants and experience the leafy side of life as we look at our lives through a botanical lens. As you travel from the desert into the tropics, you'll hear fascinating stories about plants, how they are used, and how they have shaped our world today. From natural history to art history, the Greenhouse's staff and graduate students from the Biology Department will have something for everyone. The tour is Monday, June 8 at 5 p.m. Register now.

Career Development  

Professional & Organizational Development (POD) courses 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.


Hello, Macros!
Are you an Excel user who has shied away from macros for years? Perhaps it's finally time for an introduction. In this live webinar hosted especially for UW staff and faculty, learn how macros work behind the scenes, see step-by-step demonstrations for putting macros to use in your daily work, and explore recording and writing macros to automate repetitive tasks. Registration closes tomorrow (5/14)! Register for Microsoft Excel Macros.


Goodbye, Gridlock!
Detours, pile-ups, broken signals, too many people trying to do the same thing at once—does bad rush-hour traffic ever remind you of a day at the office? In this one-day workshop, learn the fundamentals of continuous process improvement and discover how tools such as flow charts and Pareto analysis can help you uncover the root cause of problems. Come away from this workshop ready to move full speed ahead and excited to reduce paperwork, eliminate backlogs, and save time on routine tasks. Register for Process Improvement Tools.


So Long, Second Best!
Have you triumphed over stage fright and mastered toast-making but still aim to make the A-list? This highly interactive workshop is designed for those looking to build upon their presentation and facilitation experience. Analyze your default facilitation patterns and styles; explore strategies for leading effective group discussions, dealing with challenging audience members, and handling dissention; and learn how to adjust your approach to become a five-star facilitator. Register for Advancing Your Facilitation and Presentation Techniques.

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