The Resource

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Career Development
Policy Reminder
Fact or Fiction

Published: April 14, 2010

You earn more than a paycheck when you work or teach at the University of Washington. The Resource, UWHR’s e-newsletter, will keep you informed of offerings from across the University that help you make the most out of UW employment.


April is Counseling Awareness Month
From everyday challenges to a life changing crisis, a skilled counselor can help you find ways to cope. Find the help that will work best for you through your UW paid medical insurance or one of the many other UW programs that offer confidential counseling, workshops, and other means of support for mind, body, and spirit. Learn more.


May is Bike to Campus Month
Get ready to bike to campus in May for national Bike to Work Month. Enjoy fun events in April to help get you ready for the big event in May. Sponsored by Commuter Services and U-PASS. Sign up today and join in the fun!


UW Relay for Life
Join the fight against cancer and have fun at the same time! Mark your calendar for the UW Relay for Life, May 22–23 at Husky Stadium.

At the UW Relay for Life, team members take turns walking, jogging, or running around Husky Stadium track to raise money for cancer awareness, education, and research. Time off the track is spent enjoying a variety of activities: listening to music, camping out, and a “Luminaria” ceremony. Anyone can participate in this community event—all or part of the time. Join a team, bring your family and friends, or participate solo. Sponsored by our UWellness partner, the American Cancer Society. Access event information and registration.


Wellness Classes at Experimental College
Are you interested in learning yoga, meditation, massage, Pilates, or a special form of dance? See the ASUW Experimental College course catalog for a list of spring classes that can lead you to relaxation and fitness! For more events related to wellness, see UWellness Events.


Stick With It!
Interested in staying with your wellness routine? Check out this month’s online seminar, Stick With It!, offered through UW CareLink’s online resource. (UW CareLink is our faculty and staff assistance program.) Use UW for the company code.


Active Through the Ages
A panel of UW researchers will provide presentations on physical activity through the ages. Featured are activity programs that have expanded nationally with new technologies—Wii Fit to improve balance, intergenerational programs, and yoga to support healthy aging. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by UW School of Nursing de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging.

Career Development  

This one-day class focuses on effective communication in the workplace. Activities include identifying and practicing effective means to express messages with diplomacy and creating individual action plans to target communication skills that need work. Access course information and registration.


Endowments 101 and Beyond
Designed for those who work with endowments invested in the University’s Consolidated Endowment Fund (CEF), this half-day class covers the endowment process, from the time funds arrive at the University to distribution to the department and stewardship reporting. Access course information and registration.


Process Improvement Tools
This fast-paced class applies traditional lean manufacturing and process improvement tools to an office setting. Within the context of the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle of continual improvement, learn how to implement tools such as 5 S, cause and effect diagrams, affinity diagrams, checklists, and flow charts. Access course information and registration.


Hourly Career Counseling
One-hour career counseling sessions are available with Training and Organizational Development Consultant Susan Templeton. Career counseling can help you evaluate your strengths, assess your career fit, write a résumé or cover letter, conduct an effective job search, or gear up for a job interview. The charge is $80 per one-hour counseling session if paid with a UW budget number (with supervisor approval) or $92.48 if paid with cash, check, or credit card (due to a mandatory institutional overhead fee). Learn more about this service.


Earth Day Activity with EarthShare Washington and Nature Vision
Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 in HUB 209B from noon to 1 p.m. at an interactive workshop featuring EarthShare Washington and Nature Vision. Learn about the animals of King County while exploring touchable pelts, bird mounts, a rubber scat, and more. Venture into the food web of the compost bin and learn how the nutrient cycle works. Delve into compost trays from a worm bin! This UWCFD Meet the Charities workshop is free and open to all. Visit UWCFD for more information.


Here We Go Again! Dealing with Change in Your Life
The only thing that stays the same in our lives is change. This upbeat workshop will review strategies on how to stay positive in the day-to-day when anticipating changes in the workplace. Find out more and register for this April 29 noontime seminar. Access seminar information and registration.


Investment Fundamentals
What are current market conditions and how do these impact investment performances? What is “asset allocation?” Attend this retirement education workshop to build your foundation of knowledge about financial markets. Recommended for those who already have a basic understanding of mutual fund investing. Access seminar information and registration.


Quarterly Market Update
Get Fidelity’s perspective on market developments this quarter. Learn driving forces that influence the financial markets and the U.S. economy, factors affecting the performance of domestic and international equity markets, and changes in bond-market interest rates and valuations. This seminar is designed for investors who actively manage several funds within a portfolio. Access seminar information and registration.


Social Security: A Foundation for Planning Your Future
Do you know what benefits to expect from Social Security and when they will be available to you and your family members? Attend this social security seminar to gain a better understanding of how the Social Security and Medicare systems work. Access seminar information and registration.


Family Caregiver Network

  • Planning to visit your older family members this summer?
  • Thinking of beginning a conversation about their care needs?

Bring your concerns and questions to Family Caregiver Network meeting Tuesday, April 27, and gather information and ideas from others in similar situations. Register for this month’s meeting to be held in the HUB, from noon to 1 p.m.


Upcoming Homeownership Seminars
Are you ready to plunge into the housing market? Attend one of the free lunchtime seminars offered through our Hometown Home Loan Program. Learn the home buying process, how to budget for a home, or how to use home equity and refinancing. Access seminar information and registration.

Policy Reminder  

Together We Create a Positive Environment
We all have the right to study, teach, and work in a safe environment. The University does not tolerate behaviors, whether direct or through the use of University facilities, properties, or resources, that:

  • Are violent
  • Threaten violence
  • Harass or intimidate others
  • Interfere with an individual’s legal rights of movement or expression
  • Disrupt the workplace, our academic environment, or the University’s ability to provide service to the public.

Violent or threatening behavior can include physical acts, oral or written statements, harassing email messages, harassing telephone calls, gestures, and expressions or behaviors, such as stalking.

You can learn more about the policies that keep our community safe and counseling and support resources on the SafeCampus website.


UW Police - Open House Today!
The University of Washington Police Department is holding its annual Open House today, Wednesday, April 14, from 2–4 p.m. at 1117 NE Boat Street. Here is your chance to meet officers and civilian staff, tour the department, and learn how special events are handled. Come meet the Crime Victim Advocate and watch the K9 team at work. You will also have the chance to tour the Special Event Mobile Operations Center (SEMOC).


Adult Eldercare Consultations
As older adults age, they often lack essential services and support systems to maintain their safety and quality of life. Eldercare consultations are available to University faculty and staff through UW WorkLife. We will help you to assess your loved one’s present situation and gather necessary information to find the help that is needed. Email WorkLife to schedule an individual consultation.


WorkLife Resource Center
In a fast-paced life, it is easy to unknowingly drift into an unbalanced lifestyle. Balanced Life by Madan Birla with Cecilia Miller Marshall leads readers through a proven four-step process to restore equilibrium and offers practical ideas to help unleash creativity on the job and enjoy a rewarding, healthy life off the job. Check out this and other books available from the WorkLife Resource Center. To request one on loan, email WorkLife.


Tax Help for Next Year
After completing your taxes this year you may have questions about how to better organize your finances for taxes next year. Use the free financial consultation available through UW CareLink, our faculty and staff assistance program, for ideas and suggestions. Call 1-866-598-3978 to schedule your free half-hour consultation.


Work and Family Balance
Work and Family Balance is an ongoing process. Find ideas and strategies for maintaining this dynamic balance in this month’s UW CareLink Tip Sheet.


Take a Break
Did you know 18 varieties of crabapple trees surround Drumheller Fountain? Watch for the first variety to bloom this spring—the Manchurian with fragrant snow white blossoms against rich green leaves.


Are you planning your vacation within a budget this year? Why not use the UW Discount program that is available to all UW faculty, staff, students, and retirees. Go to the UW Discounts page and click "View the Discounts." Sign into the SmartSavings website with your UW NetID and password to find great savings.


Have you been wondering how to keep recognition meaningful and who will do it? You can and it only takes a moment. Express your recognition and appreciation to a colleague for a job well done or a task accomplished with UW e-cards.


Live Softball Games on UWTV
UWTV and UW Athletics will televise eight of the defending NCAA champion Husky softball team’s games this season, all against competition from the nation’s top softball league—the Pac-10 Conference. Catch the remaining games from the Oregon State (May 1 & 2) and Stanford (May 8 & 9) series live from Husky Softball Stadium. Additionally, the games will be replayed several times on UWTV. A full schedule is available at

Fact or Fiction  

UW faculty and staff can purchase software from the
U Bookstore at deeply discounted prices.

(FACT) It's true! There is selected software available at low academic prices. These specially priced packages are available to UW faculty and staff. You'll need to show your Husky card at the store. Discounted price lists can be found on the UW Bookstore website.


Dubs, the University of Washington mascot, is a husky.
(FICTION and FACT combined—trick question!) Although Dubs is a Husky in spirit, he is actually an Alaskan Malamute. Catch up with Dubs on his blog.


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