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Summer Planning
Career Development
Investment Seminars
Fact or Fiction

Published: May 12, 2010

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.


Are you curious?
One of the most common questions asked at campus violence prevention trainings is “what types of calls come into the SafeCampus reporting number?” Calls range from reporting actual or potential violence to those seeking counseling and support resources. Types of behaviors that people describe range from belligerence, insubordination, and concerning personality changes to relationship violence, in-person or online stalking, intimidation, and aggressiveness.

If you find yourself wondering about your safety or the safety of those around you, a call to SafeCampus can get you connected to the right resources. The SafeCampus telephone numbers are available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week:
Seattle: 206-685-SAFE (7233)
Bothell: 425-352-SAFE (7233)
Tacoma: 253-692-SAFE (7233)

You can join SafeCampus on Facebook to get weekly updates about UW resources and news related to campus safety.

Summer Planning  

Husky Night with the Mariners
Join us at Safeco Field and catch Ichiro Suzuki, Ken Griffey, Jr., and the rest of the Mariners as they face the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, June 18. UW alumnus and The Soup host, Joel McHale, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Friends and family are also invited to this special event which benefits UW student scholarships.

Learn more about the game and purchase tickets online.

When: Friday, June 18, 2010; game starts at 7:10 p.m.
Where: Safeco Field, 1205 1st Ave. S., Seattle
Cost: $20 view reserved seating (normally $22). $6 of every ticket goes towards UW student scholarship programs.

A free purple and gold Mariners baseball cap can be picked up by showing your game ticket from a half-hour prior to game time until the 7th inning at the UWAA booth. The first 30,000 fans also receive a limited edition Junior & Ichiro “Cooperstown Bound” bobblehead.

Don’t miss this chance to connect with colleagues from across the University and cheer on the Mariners with friends and fellow Huskies.


Summer Care – When is Home Alone O.K.?
Will your child spend time home alone this summer? UW CareLink’s web resource has information and a worksheet to help prepare them for self care. Use UW for company code, click on ‘Parenting’, ‘Childcare’, and then select ‘Self-Care’.


Caregiver Directory
Caught in a pinch for childcare coverage during the summer months? Check out WorkLife’s Caregiver Directory for listings of UW students looking for summer work providing child care.


Get a head start on summertime entertainment. Check out the UW Discounts page for specials on tickets and events, books, DVD’s, and games.

Career Development  

Assessing Your Career Fit (Registration Deadline 5/19/10)
Use this full-day class to take a closer look at occupations that might be a good fit and to explore ways for identifying a career match, making a job more interesting, and creating more work/life balance. Participants take two assessments prior to the class and receive a personalized career report. Access course information and registration.


Cultivating Cultural Competence
This one-day class brings a light touch to a seemingly heavy subject. Through experiential learning in a nonjudgmental setting, develop positive strategies to handle the interpersonal issues that can arise from cultural differences and to increase your cultural competency. Access course information and registration.


Managing Employee Performance
A second offering of this popular class has now been added for spring quarter! Through two half-day sessions, learn to apply performance expectations, assist employees in creating goals, maintain ongoing feedback and communication, implement corrective action, and evaluate employees. Access course information and registration.


Hourly Career Counseling
One-hour career counseling sessions are available with Training and Organization 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.


May is National Stroke Awareness Month
Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. today. By recognizing stroke symptoms, you will be able to think F.A.S.T. at the onset of a stroke—hint: Face, Arms, Speech, Time. Learn how to prevent and/or minimize the effects of a stroke today. Learn more.


Bike to Campus Celebration
Come celebrate cycling at the HUBBUB Bike Party tomorrow, May 13, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. Enjoy live music, games, giveaways, and food samples, plus FREE bike registrations, safety inspections, and bike fittings. Hall Health will be selling safety equipment, the Cascade Bicycle Club can help you find the best bike routes around Seattle, and King County Metro will show you how to load your bike onto their new bus racks. Access event details.

Also, May 21 is Bike to Work Day. Throughout Puget Sound, riders can stop by Commute Stations to pick up free prizes, snacks, city and county maps, bicycle commuting information, and have their bikes checked for free by bike shop station sponsors. Learn more.

Both events are sponsored by Commuter Services.


New Weight Watchers Session Added
The UW now has three Weight Watchers meetings: UW Seattle at Schmitz Hall (on Tuesdays), UW Medical Center (on Fridays), and a new meeting at UW Bothell (on Tuesdays).

At Weight Watchers, you will be encouraged to develop healthy habits, exercise, and make smarter food choices—all in a supportive environment. Join any week at a prorated rate. Access session information.


What's Your Quit Date?
May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. Join millions of other tobacco users from around the world who will quit tobacco on May 31.

Did you know that your chances of quitting tobacco successfully more than double with a smoking cessation program than if you try to quit on your own? As a state employee, you have access to a FREE personalized quit plan and counseling through your medical plan. So why not give it a try today? Learn more.


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.


March for Babies
All UW faculty and staff are invited to join Team UW Medicine at the "March for Babies" on Saturday, May 15, at Seattle Center. Sponsored by the March of Dimes, this 5k walk brings together 10,000 people for the common goal of giving every baby a healthy start to life.

You can join the team at (click on "Join This Team"). Please select your t-shirt size and enter Airlift Northwest, Harborview, Northwest Hospital, UWMC, UW Physicians, UW Physicians Network, or UW School of Medicine in the organization box. After creating a personal profile, you can use the website to send e-mail messages and e-cards, inviting friends and family to walk with you and be your sponsors.

For more information, contact Sarah Arkoosh at 206-598-1833 or


Memory Loss and Community Resources You Will Want to Know About
Want to learn more about memory loss? Join the Alzheimer’s Association of Western and Central Washington and Senior Services on Tuesday, May 18 in HUB 209B at noon as they present information about memory loss and available resources for caregivers and those for whom they are caring. This is part one of a two-part series. Visit UWCFD for seminar and registration information.

Sponsored by UW Combined Fund Drive and WorkLife.


‘Dawg Dish’ Delivers Inside Look at UW Sports
What makes University of Washington’s basketball fans so devoted that they’ll camp on concrete for a chance to get on national television? What does the University of Washington’s Lamborghini Lab have to do with Husky baseball? And how does the Husky gridiron gang stay fit in the off-season?

UWTV and UW Athletics deliver a fresh behind-the-scenes look at Husky athletes and sports programs in a new monthly television show, “Dawg Dish” on UWTV, channel 27 in the Puget Sound, and Access program information.


Home Remodeling, Renovation, Refinancing and more
Could your home use a new look, a new room, or a new addition? Attend our free lunchtime seminar to learn what improvements add value to your home; whether to hire a contractor or do it yourself; how to start and manage a construction project; and how to pay for it all. Seminars are presented by HomeStreet, our Hometown Home Loan Program partner. Register today.


New Parent Pack
Available from UW WorkLife is the "New Parent Pack" containing information on leave planning, childcare, handy checklists, and more. Email to request your new parent pack.


Online Seminar: Down Time
Stress is a part of everyone’s life but too much of it can lead to poor health. This online seminar, Surge Protection: Preventing Burnout, highlights identification of symptoms of stress in your own body and provides strategies to help you develop a plan to avoid burnout. Access seminar information and registration. Use UW for the company code.


Stress Management "Tip Sheet"
When events upset your usual balance it’s called stress. Stress can be positive as well as negative. Once you understand how negative stress builds up and affects you, you can take steps to better manage it. Find out some strategies for better management of negative stress in this month's UW CareLink's "Tip Sheet".


Family Caregiver Network
Having difficulty balancing eldercare tasks and the rest of your life? The Family Caregiver Network provides informal, confidential, guided discussions where caregivers can share their experiences and successes. Access network information and registration.


Adult Eldercare Consultations
As older adults age, they often lack essential services and support to maintain their quality of life. WorkLife staff provides private consultations with information and resources tailored to your specific situation. To schedule an appointment, email


The Resource Center
Elder Care: What to Look For, What to Look Out For by Thomas Cassidy, a former special investigator with the New York State Attorney General’s Office, has written a comprehensive book based upon both his extensive experience and interviews with experts, senior citizens, and their families. Elder care topics are discussed with itemized ‘what to look for’ and ‘what to look out for’ issues highlighted. Borrow this and other eldercare books from the WorkLife Resource Center’s Eldercare Library. To request a book on loan, email

Investment Seminars  

Lunchtime Seminar Today: Quarterly Market Update
Hear Fidelity’s perspective on market developments today at Harborview's Research and Training Auditorium. 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. This is a free lunchtime seminar open to UW faculty and staff. Registration recommended. Access seminar information and registration.


Socially Responsible Investing
Are you interested in achieving financial security while helping to build a sustainable world and protect our quality of life? If so, socially responsible investing (SRI) may be for you. Learn more at this workshop about SRI and the role SRI funds can play in your personal investment and retirement planning. Register to attend a seminar in Bothell or Seattle.


June Investment Seminars Series
Three new investment seminars will be offered on June 14 at South Lake Union and June 16 and 17 at Harborview.

  • Tax-Smart Ways to Save and Invest
  • How am I Doing? Understanding and Achieving Your Long-Term Financial Goals
  • Charting Your Course: A Financial Guide for Women

Access seminar information and registration.

Fact or Fiction  

FACT OR FICTION: The rates for student housing and expenses at the UW were once $2.75 per week for young men and $4.50 per week for young ladies.

Fact. Those were the charges, in 1889. See the actual advertisement in the UW Libraries Digital Collections.


FACT OR FICTION: Sunday tours of the Washington Park Arboretum are available to UW faculty, staff, and students at a reduced rate.

Fiction. The Sunday tours are FREE! No pre-registration required, just meet at the Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive, Seattle. The walks are led by knowledgeable garden guides.


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