The Resource

In This Issue

Career Development
The Whole U
Home Loan Program
Combined Fund Drive
Money Matters

Published: July 13, 2016

UW Human Resources will launch a new website at the end of July. The new site will make finding and understanding HR information easier and accessible across devices. Find out more and see samples of the new design. In the meantime, don't miss your last chance to join over 1200 colleagues participating in The Whole U's Summer Throwdown fitness challenge. It's a great way to be active over the summer, try new free fitness classes, and win prizes. There's no time like the summer so commit now!



Be an Informed Husky: Attend a SafeCampus Training

The SafeCampus helpline 206-685-SAFE(7233) is available 24/7 when you have concerns of potential violence. If you feel that you or someone else is at risk you don't have to deal with it alone. Call us to discuss options, connect with resources, and find a creative solution to the situation. To learn more, attend a SafeCampus Violence Prevention and Response training and get the information you need to be an informed member of the UW community. You will learn what behaviors to contact SafeCampus about and what resources are available on campus. The training will discuss relationship violence, staking, suicide, and general warning signs of distress. There will also be a brief portion on response to an active shooter.

Register for a Seattle campus training:

  • Friday, July 29, 10-11:30 a.m., Health Sciences D209
  • Wednesday, August 3, 1-2:30 p.m., UW Tower Auditorium
  • Thursday, August 25, 2:30-4 p.m., Savery 260

All UW employees are required to attend this training every two years. If you would like to confirm when you last attended, email your full name and your UW NetID or employee identification number to



SmartHealth is the state's voluntary, confidential wellness program that's designed to help you improve your health and well-being. To get started, simply log in to SmartHealth and complete the one-time activation process, then opt for activities to progress on your wellness journey.

Visit the SmartHealth website to learn more.



Building Self-Esteem in Children

All children need love, appreciation, and positive attention. Yet, how often do parents forget to use words of encouragement such as, "that's right," "wonderful," or "good job?" No matter the age of children or adolescents, good parent-child communication is essential for raising children with self-esteem and confidence. This month's Balanced Living provides guidance in building self-esteem, and the tip sheet provides more advice in how to support your kids' talents in a healthy way.

Don't miss this month's UW CareLink Webinar: "Identifying Your Parenting Style." In this Webinar, you will learn to identify two essential features of parenting and how they affect parenting styles, understand how a parenting style contributes to – or helps prevent – power struggles between parent and child, and create reasonable expectations for yourself and your child. The Webinar is held on July 19 at 9 a.m. Register for this upcoming seminar (Use "UW" as the code). The Webinar will be archived on the UW CareLink site by the beginning of August.

Even with the best of intentions, being the parent we'd like can be difficult, and sometimes outside counsel and support is helpful. UW CareLink can provide up to five free confidential counselling sessions. Call toll-free: 1-866-598-3978 (TTY: 1-877-334-0489). Master's-level counselors are available to take your call 24/7 and can make a referral to suit your needs.


Still Planning Your Child's Summer?

The UW Summer Youth Program has elementary, middle, and high school camps and classes that are still enrolling. If your child is interested in topics such as technology, the visual or performing arts, film appreciation, or architecture be sure to visit the registration site for up-to-the-minute class availability.



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.

Getting on the Right Path with Your Workplace Savings Plan
Learn how to maximize your workplace savings plan. This beginner-level workshop is intended for individuals who are not participating in their workplace savings plan, or who would like to learn ways to save more.

Preserving Your Savings for Future Generations
Learn key estate planning tools, the importance of beneficiary designations, and gifting and insurance replacement strategies.


Take Advantage of Free Retirement Planning Guidance

Few things in life are free but here's one. Schedule time with a knowledgeable Fidelity or TIAA-CREF consultant and you'll get free retirement planning guidance—no strings attached. These individual appointments are an excellent time for you 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 today!

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.


Last Chance: Answer Your Calling

The more you understand what you're capable of, the better equipped you'll be to apply your strengths to the changing demands of your job, maximize your potential, and increase you career satisfaction. The registration deadline for this offering has been extended to Friday, July 15, so act now for this two-day workshop that uncovers what you do best and ways to use your unique excellence. Please note that 2-4 hours of pre-class work is required before the first class session on July 20. Register for Discovering Your Dependable Strengths.


Find Your Footing

Whether you inadvertently wander off the trail or are given a work assignment with little direction, it can be unnerving to move forward when you don't know where you're going. This highly interactive half-day workshop is designed to boost your facility with thinking and acting spontaneously. Take a cue from theater professionals as you practice applying improvisational techniques to your on-the-job thinking. Register for Thinking on Your Feet.


Set the Standard

Those who coach or train colleagues foster quality and efficiency throughout the department but are seldom given a teacher's guide. This course explores how adults learn and retain information and provides tips and tactics to help you with assessing needs, mentoring, developing curricula, and dealing with reluctant participants. Register for Training, Coaching, and Mentoring for Success.


Take Back Your Time

This live webinar deals with the super-sized workload and competing priorities of today's workplace. With the aid of a companion book, explore how to manage your time, email, calendar, and to-do lists; respond instead of react to your environment; and establish practices for managing information overload. Register for Accomplishing More With Less.

The Whole U


Summer Throwdown — Team Fitness Challenge

Last chance to register for our summer fitness challenge — a team throwdown that will give you the kick-start you need to achieve your fitness goals. Be boundless in your determination and grab a team of colleagues or friends to learn the best fitness tips, experience more intense workouts, access free passes to local fitness centers, and perform fitness tests to check your progress. UW participants will receive a purple Whole U drawstring gear bag. This 6-week challenge, which runs through Sunday, August 21, will also offer prizes for the team that improves the most, loses the most percent weight, and shares the most on social media to inspire others. Register now!


Check Out Our July Free Fitness Classes


Ubuntu Exhibition at the UW Tower

Come experience the Ubuntu Exhibition, a partnership between the UW Tower Art Committee and C Art Gallery, between July 12 and September 28 on the 4th floor of the UW Tower. Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning "humanity to others" and "I am what I am because of who we all are." LaQuita S. Thurman, the exhibit's curator, hopes the featured works speak to this humanity that is within all of us, inspiring individuals, families, and communities to come together. Join us for the artist reception on Thursday, July 14 from 4-6 p.m., at the UW Tower 4th floor. Come view the Ubuntu exhibit, meet the artist, enjoy performing arts, and experience the message of Ubuntu! Learn more.


Free Photo Day 2016

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. There will be face painting and ice cream for the kids so bring a picnic and make a day of it. Learn more and save your spot.

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 here.

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

Top Five Hometown Program Benefits

The Hometown Home Loan Program can save you a wad of money 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 at multiple campus locations – see listing above
  5. Benefits extend to your direct family members so parents and children can also take advantage of this program!

Learn more here or call 206-628-0207 for an appointment.


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. To schedule an appointment, call 206-628-0207.

Combined Fund Drive


Support the University District Food Bank's Rooftop Garden

After many years of serving clients in an 800 square foot area in a church basement, University District Food Bank (UDFB) has moved to a new space at 5017 Roosevelt Way NE which includes a roof top garden that will grow more than 10,000 pounds of produce, the most in-demand food item, annually. UDFB is in need of immediate support for the garden, and time is of the essence in order to launch the first growing season. You can help the University District Food Bank reach its goal by making a donation today via the UW Combined Fund Drive and designating Rooftop Roots. The rooftop garden is an investment in sustainability for the University District Food Bank, its clients, and community. UDFB staff, volunteers, community partners, and students will work together to grow the produce customers and their families need to thrive.

Interested in touring the new space? Open houses are being planned for August. Want to lend a hand with the new food bank? Volunteer opportunities are also available. Visit the University District Food Bank for more information.

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 INSPIRUS, these free 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.

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