The Resource

In This Issue

The Whole U
Career Development
Home Loan Program
Retirement & Savings
Money Matters

Published: June 10, 2015

Compensation at the University of Washington goes beyond salary. The UW offers a vast range of benefits—from the traditional to those offered by other premier employers to those that are truly unique to working at the UW. The Resource—UWHR's e-newsletter—keeps you informed of all of these offerings so that you can make the most out of your UW employment.


SafeCampus Summer Training Dates
Preventing violence on our campus and in our workplace is a responsibility we all share. To help you learn about your role in violence prevention, come to the SafeCampus Violence Prevention and Response training. We'll discuss behaviors of concern, response options, prohibited behaviors, and emergency response. *All UW employees are required to attend this training every two years. If you would like to confirm when you last attended, email your NetID or EID and full name to

Register today for an upcoming training:

  • Thursday, July 16, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., UW Tower Auditorium
  • Wednesday, July 29, 1-2 p.m., Health Sciences Building, room D209

Please contact with questions.


UWPD's Love Your Stuff Helps Prevent Theft
Do you love your stuff? Your bike, your laptop, your phone - you don't want to lose them, do you? Of course you don't. "Love your stuff?" is a new crime prevention campaign from the UW Police Department (with help from UW Transportation Services). With posters, flyers, and screen displays depicting people demonstrating affection for their belongings, the campaign aims to remind our community to keep its treasured possessions safe, secure, and out of sight from potential thieves.

Most crimes on campus are thefts, and two-thirds of thefts from buildings are of items left unattended or improperly secured. If you head down the hall to talk to a colleague or use the restroom, be sure to lock your office door. We need the help of everyone who loves their stuff to get the UW's theft numbers down.

Check out the UWPD's Love Your Stuff webpage where visitors are given the online tools to register their bicycles and electronics as well as the opportunity to learn more about crime prevention.

The Whole U  

Summer Fitness Challenge Starts Soon
The Whole U's Summer Fitness Challenge starts 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.


"HIIT" It Harborview
Get outdoors for a powerful workout at noon at the park. Scot Richins, trainer at NW Fitness 247, will keep your heart rate up and your body moving! NW Fitness 247 is one of our newest fitness partners in the discount network. This workout features the "HIIT" (high intensity interval training) approach that increases strength, mobility, and muscle tone. Try it at Harborview on Tuesday, June 23. Sign up here.


Exercise to Your Max with Dr. Hank Pelto
Learn how to maximize your health and athletic performance with one test: the Cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET). In this hour-long session, Dr. Hank Pelto will teach us the ins and outs of CPET, the procedure he uses to gauge maximum exercise capacity in UW athletes and weekend warriors. Get insider tips on how to take results from a CPET to create a training plan that will help you build endurance, speed, and power! It's happening at the HUB on Wednesday, June 24 at noon. Register now.


UW Night at FareStart: A Dinner to Transform Lives
Enjoy a wonderful dinner while contributing to rebuilding lives and strengthening our community. The Whole U has partnered with FareStart, a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. We'll kick off this partnership on Thursday, July 23 with a special Guest Chef Night featuring our very own UW Club Executive Chef Jon Maley.

Chef Jon will donate his expertise and ingredients to work with FareStart's students to prepare a delicious three-course meal. All of the proceeds and gratuities from Guest Chef Night go back into the program. Learn more.


Whole U Speaker Series: Natural Skin Care with UW Dermatologist Jennifer Gardner
DIY skin products claim to be more natural and less expensive, but do they work? Join The Whole U and Dr. Jennifer Gardner on Wednesday, July 29 at noon in the HUB to learn about natural approaches to skin health and cosmetic appearance. Dr. Gardner will provide tips on this hot topic as well as discuss the evidence around natural methods. 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.


Sail Through Summer School
Registration is now open for dozens of summer classes and webinars—and instead of taking a few months out of your summer, each requires as little as two hours or, at most, two days. Offerings include Business Writing Fundamentals, Discovering Your Dependable Strengths, Overcoming Barriers to Care, Rapid Process Improvement, Thinking on Your Feet, Unlocking Possibility, and Writing Policies and Procedures. Explore summer offerings.


Warm Up to Webinars
If you've been giving online learning the cold shoulder, perhaps it's time to try time-saving training that can be taken right at your desk. POD offers an array of live webinars, including three this summer designed to optimize organization and promote productivity: Accomplishing More With Less, Accomplishing More With Less for Managers, and Total Organization. View upcoming webinars.


Strike While the Iron's Hot
If a career move is on your mind, ‘tis the season! Hiring at the UW tends to heat up during the summer as departments prepare for the new academic year, and POD's career counseling service can assist you with all aspects of a job search, including assessing your career fit, writing a résumé, and gearing up for a job interview. One-on-one sessions are offered for $110 per one-hour session if paid with a UW budget number (with supervisor approval) or $127.16 if paid with cash, check, or credit card (due to a mandatory institutional overhead fee). Learn more about this service.


One Spring Seminar Remaining with UW CareLink
A Personal Guide to Effectively Managing Life Changes at Home & Work - Thursday, June 18, Noon to 1:00 p.m., UW Tower Auditorium.

The seminar is free, but please register. Follow the link above.

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.


Collaboration and Communication: Essential Skills for Today's Workplace
Collaboration is no longer a luxury or option; it is now a vital skill for success in today's workplace. We can no longer afford to compete for resources. In order to cultivate collaboration skills or to enhance your existing skill set, refer to UW CareLink's tipsheet, as it provides communication tips which are at the heart of a collaborative work style.

UW CareLink provides five free counseling sessions that could help with any needed support around your communication skills and collaborative work style. Call toll-free: 866-598-3978 (TTY: 877-334-0489). Master's-level counselors are available to take your call 24/7.


Better Together - Workplace Communication and Collaboration
Learn about different communication styles, reasons communication sometimes fails, and strategies to create a respectful and cohesive workplace. UW CareLink will broadcast a one-hour webinar "Better Together - Workplace Communication and Collaboration" on June 16 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 July.


The Best Plans have Hiccups
Summer is approaching, and child care closures are common during this time of year. Remember that the Bright Horizons Back-Up Care Advantage program is available when your regular caregiver is unavailable. Bright Horizons has a one-stop registration and call center open 24/7 designed to help you evaluate your needs and the centers available to you. If this is a service you may need to access in the future, register now, so that if an emergency arises, you'll be ready to call or go online to find care. To register call 877-242-2737 or visit Bright Horizons Back-up Care Advantage (user name UnivWA, and the password is 4Backup). After you log in you will create a personal account that only you can access. This service is on an "as available" basis. The cost is $100 per day, paid by the parent of the enrolled child.

Home Loan Program  

HomeStreet offers the following free seminars during lunchtime 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.

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

  • How to determine your investment style with respect to investing in real estate
  • How to obtain non-owner occupied financing
  • Pros and 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

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

Understanding Credit
How does credit reporting really work? In this seminar you will 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

Home Buying Advantages for the Whole Family
Did you know that the Hometown Home Loan Program is open to not only UW faculty and staff but also to their immediate family members? That's right, you, your parents, and your children can all take advantage of reduced fees on mortgages and refinancing anywhere in the Puget Sound region! In fact, over 3,100 faculty and staff have already taken advantage of the Hometown Program since this benefit was first introduced, representing over 1,600 purchases and 1,500 refinances. With discounts averaging $1,500 at closing, your savings can add up fast! Remember though, Hometown Program benefits are only available through the Affinity Lending Center of HomeStreet Bank, not just any branch. Learn more about the 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.


Mammography Screenings Available to UMP Members
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.)


Take the Diabetes Risk Quiz
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" Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to do just that—first through early detection, then through a series of lifestyle classes. This 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 this free blood sugar testing event and get a quick finger-prick (A1c) test:

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).

Can't make this campus screening event? Make an appointment with your doctor or clinic. If screening results show prediabetes, then you can contact the Seattle YMCA at 206-382-5000 to enroll directly in the free diabetes prevention program.

Learn more about the NOT ME Diabetes Prevention Program.


Plant an Edible Garden
Whether your garden space is big or small, there's always room to plant something edible! Plant a garden by June 30 and you'll earn 300 SmartHealth points—just one of the many wellness activities available to you and your family at SmartHealth!

SmartHealth is the state's new 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.

PEBB health insurance subscribers who reach 2,000 points by June 30 will be eligible to receive a $125 incentive that can be applied to next year's PEBB medical plan deductible. (For those enrolled in a consumer-directed health plan in 2016, the $125 would be deposited into the health savings account.)

Bonus! Meet the June 30 deadline and you'll be automatically entered into a July 1 drawing to win four Diamond Club tickets to the July 10 Mariners baseball game. Earn 3,000 total points or more by June 30 and you'll also be eligible to win tickets to the August 22 Mariners game!

Visit the SmartHealth website to learn more.

Retirement & Savings  

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.

Designing Your Financial Roadmap
Learn how to design a financial roadmap to help you achieve your savings goals, how to establish a budget and manage debt, and how to balance and prioritize other nonretirement goals such as college planning.

Income Strategies for Your Retirement
In this seminar you will learn about the importance of asset allocation in retirement, elements for building your retirement income strategy, and considerations for portfolio withdrawal rates. This intermediate-level workshop is designed for individuals who are less than one year from retirement and would like to learn how to establish and maintain income during retirement.

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.

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


Social Security: A Foundation for Your Future
Achieving financial independence is key to enjoying a satisfying retirement. Social Security has the tools to help get you there. Attend this free Social Security seminar:

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

At this seminar you will get answers to questions like:

  • 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.

Open to UW faculty, staff, students, and retirees. Access seminar information and registration.


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!

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.


BALANCE to the Rescue!
In a world with so many financial obligations and options, it's no wonder money management often seems overwhelming. That's one reason why the UW has partnered with two local credit unions—School Employees Credit Union and Washington State Employees Credit Union—to offer the financial fitness program called BALANCE. Both credit unions give you free access to this confidential financial counseling service to help you banish debt, design a money management plan, and achieve your financial goals. Learn more about the BALANCE Program.


Are you looking for quality housing in Seattle's U-District? Then consider Bridges@11th, a cluster of new urban apartments and town homes designed for permanent faculty, staff, and their families. The University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital have partnered with Security Properties and Madrona Ridge to offer 184 priority employee housing units in the heart of the University District. Of these, 37 are being offered at reduced rates to eligible employees whose household earnings are between $40,820 and $82,280, depending on household size.

Located adjacent to UW Tower and close to the Seattle campus, Bridges@11th has a high walk score and is just minutes away from shopping, dining, theatre, amenities—and future light rail! Learn more about Bridges@11th.


Burke Museum Summer Campus
From dinos to dodos, Peru to the Philippines, Burke Museum Summer Camps take you behind-the-scenes with real artifacts and specimens! Work with a team of scientists, artists, and educators to explore the wonderful world of the Pacific!

To register, visit the Burke's summer page. UW faculty, staff and students and Burke members receive a 10% discount on all camp registrations. Scholarships and after-camp care available. For more information, call 543-9681 or email


HR/Payroll Modernization Project Extended to June 2016
The HR/Payroll Modernization project, which includes implementation of a new HR and payroll system, has been extended by six months to go-live on June 16, 2016. The extended timeline provides additional time for change management, user engagement, and readiness activities, and helps project partners in the medical centers, HR Information Systems, the School of Medicine and UW-IT address downstream impacts. Learn about the project's key design decisions.

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