The Resource

In This Issue

Career Development
You and Your Money

Published: June 8, 2011

You earn more than a paycheck when you work or teach at the University of Washington. Come discover how to make the most of your UW employment by exploring The Resource — UWHR’s e-newsletter designed to keep you informed of offerings from across the University that help you make the most out of UW employment.


UW Night with the Mariners
Join us at Safeco Field and catch Ichiro Suzuki, Felix Hernandez, and the rest of the Mariners as they face the Texas Rangers on Friday, July 15.

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

Learn more about the game and purchase tickets online.

When: Friday, July 15, 2011; game starts at 7:10 p.m.
Where: Safeco Field, 1205 1st Ave. S., Seattle
Cost: $17 reserved seating (normally $22); $32 field seating (normally $42). A portion of every ticket goes towards UW student scholarship programs.


New Husky Cards and U-PASS Powered by ORCA
On June 10, payroll coordinators at the Seattle campus, including the UW Medical Center, will be distributing new Husky Cards to all card-eligible U-PASS members with photos on file. The new cards will be distributed in Commuter Services annual renewal packets. If you are part of the distribution, look for your new card in the envelope marked "IMPORTANT—New Husky Card Enclosed." Please read the provided directions for information about card activation for campus services and using your U-PASS. For more information about the new smarter Husky Cards, visit the New Husky Card website or contact your campus ID card office. For questions, email or call 206-543-7222. For more information about U-PASS powered by ORCA, visit

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.


Summer Registration is Open
Start your summer with a bang by exploring dozens of Summer 2011 training classes! Opportunities include three classes being offered before the Fourth of July: Conflict Management, Presentation Excellence, and Compensation: The Basics.

Summer quarter also brings a number of new offerings. Unlocking Possibility employs a revolutionary approach for breaking the mental barriers that limit your potential, Keys to Handling Change aims to help with managing the inevitable disruptions and fluctuations that occur in life and at work, and Overcoming Barriers to Care guides health care workers and providers through the health care system from a patient's perspective.

Access registration and course information via POD's online course catalog.


Support Professionals Development Day
Step away from the office on September 8 and focus on you—your personal growth as an individual and your professional development as a UW employee. Relax, reflect, and recharge as you attend workshops, connect with peers, and take a day for you! Workshops will explore project management, constructive communication, presentation skills, charting your career path, realistic optimism, and productivity in the digital age. Access course information and registration.


Hourly Career Counseling
As you're planning summer road trips and getaways, you may also want to think about mapping out options for your career. One-on-one career counseling can help you make the most of your strengths, prepare for a job search, or explore a new career path. Sessions are offered through Training and Organization Development Consultant Susan Templeton for $80 per one-hour career 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.


UWCFD Meet the Charities:
Treeswing and Camp Korey on Campus June 22

Remember when kids walked home from school, had a healthy snack, and then ran outside to play? Today, there are fewer sidewalks to bike on and video games have replaced kickball as the activity of choice. Through innovative partnerships, Treeswing provides schools with expert support and resources focused on bringing physical activity and healthy habits back into children's lives.

Camp Korey offers camping experiences and athletic programs for children and families dealing with life-threatening and serious illnesses. Located at Carnation Farms in Carnation, Washington, Camp Korey remains free to all campers and families.

Visit for more information and to register for this free workshop.


Sell Your Home in Today’s Market
If you're planning to sell your house soon, you may be wondering how to maximize your return on your investment. Attend a free lunchtime seminar—Sell Your Home in Today's Market—to learn how to put a great sales team together, what improvements you really must do, and pricing strategies that will give you the edge in the market. This seminar is free of charge and presented by HomeStreet, our Hometown Home Loan Program partner. Also, remember to take advantage of the free on-campus homeownership counseling sessions that HomeStreet offers each month. Access seminar information and registration.


Summer Training Sessions
SafeCampus is offering two training sessions this summer: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at noon, in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220, and Thursday, August 11, 2011, at 1 p.m., in Health Sciences, Room T739. If your workload is lighter in summer quarter, this is a great time to catch up on this training required for all employees every two years. Register now!


Final Reminder to Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) Members
UMP members—if you used the online medical account to access your 2009 and 2010 medical claims, this service will no longer be available after June 30, 2011. If you need a copy of your past claims for tax purposes or to request reimbursement through your flexible spending account (FSA), be sure to print or download this information before June 30. Learn how to get a list of your medical expenses.

For access to 2011 medical claims, create your member account at


"Retirement Outlook" Available to PERS, TRS, LEOFF Plan Participants
Be sure to read the spring issue of Retirement Outlook to catch important news about your PERS, TRS, or LEOFF plan. Topics include coverage on the new contribution rates which are scheduled to take effect this year, how to access your annual retirement statements, legislative updates, and more. Any questions about this newsletter should be directed to the Department of Retirement Systems either by email or by phone at 1-800-547-6657.


June is Men's Health Month
Men—test your knowledge about men's health issues and learn how to optimize your health. Women will find this information useful too! Read more about men's health and find helpful resources.


What Are My Health Risks?
Get immediate, confidential feedback on your health risks by completing a simple, 20-minute health risk assessment (HRA). Customized results can help you address whatever health challenges your HRA may reveal, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other conditions. Uniform Medical Plan enrollees will earn bonus awards, too! Take your HRA today.


Got Ergonomics?
Are you experiencing aches, pains, swelling, or tingling sensations in your arms or legs? If so, you could have a work-related musculoskeletal disorder, or WMSD. Ergonomics—the practice of adapting a job to the person so work can be performed without harmful strain or injury—may help relieve these symptoms, especially if they're caught early. By identifying risk factors, you can protect against WMSDs. Sometimes it's simply a matter of making a few small adjustments to your computer workstation! Learn more about ergonomics and WMSD.


Enjoy a Landmark Picnic
The lovely picnic weather we're having provides ample opportunities to enjoy a nutritious lunch in the sunshine. Here are several suggestions for picnicking at various landmarks on the UW campus in Seattle, each linked to a map and historical information.

So take a break, relax, and recharge your batteries—and afterwards, be sure to post your exercise at UWalk!

You & Your Money  

Summer Learning Opportunity: Credit & Banking for High School Students
Are you a parent who wants to ensure that your high school student knows how to manage their own day-to-day finances? Attend this free seminar—with or without your high school student—to learn the advantages and pitfalls of checking accounts, debit and credit cards, and payday loans; the role credit reports play in their lives; how to maintain good credit; and how to protect against identity theft. Offered at four campus locations—Health Sciences, Harborview, UW Tower, and South Lake Union—throughout the summer. Access seminar information and registration.


Credit Reporting 101
Have you ever wondered about the information your credit report contains? Or how that information is gathered and by whom? This free seminar will help answer these questions and more. We'll show you how to check your credit report, what a FICO score is, and give you some tips on maintaining or improving your credit. Access seminar information and registration.


More Seminars to Help You Stretch Your Hard-earned Dollars
Protect your money and stretch your hard-earned dollars! Check out our financial education series from our credit union partners. All seminars are free to UW faculty, staff, and family members.

  • Financial Yoga
  • Identity Theft—When Bad Things Happen to Your Good Name
  • Approaching Life's Financial Milestones

Seminars to Help You Prepare for Retirement
Retire with greater confidence by creating a sound retirement strategy—attend one of these free seminars based on your current situation.

  • Designing Your Financial Roadmap
  • Dispelling the Myth of Lifetime Annuities
  • Social Security: A Foundation for Planning Your Future
  • Retiring from UW Retirement Plan (UWRP)
  • Retiring from Public Employee Retirement System (PERS)
  • UW Supplemental Retirement Plan

See Retirement Workshops and Investment Seminars.


Find Summertime Caregiving Help
The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) recently recruited UW students seeking summer employment as caregivers. Check out the listings of those seeking employment or list your specific caregiving needs. The Caregiver Directory is accessible only to individuals with a UW NetID and only first names are posted.


Remember TLC for Those Summer Colds
Our children aren’t supposed to get sniffles and coughs in the summer…but they do. The UW provides Tender Loving Care (TLC) at Virginia Mason. TLC offers a warm and nurturing place to take your sick child while giving you the confidence that he or she will be well cared for while you work. The University of Washington underwrites the cost of TLC for all benefits-eligible faculty and staff. For more information, contact WorkLife at 206-543-6963 or visit the sick childcare webpage.


UW CareLink
Eldercare resource information and referral services are now available through UW CareLink, our faculty and staff assistance program. You or your family member can contact UW CareLink toll-free at 1-866-598-3979 (TTY: 1-877-334-0489). Prefer to seek help online? Visit the APS HelpLink portal (use "UW" as the company code to log in). Here you can access information through Live Connect—an instant messaging tool that facilitates a live chat with a WorkLife consultant; use the Older Adult Services Locator; or look in the Learning Center to find aging and eldercare information—topics range from self-care, nutrition, and health issues to caregiving, retirement, and finances.

Adjusting to the Process of Aging Webinar
Explore the impact of the natural aging process—identifying the physical changes and emotional adjustments that happen and learn positive choices to help healthy aging. Register for the June 21 online seminar Adjusting to the Process of Aging (use "UW" as the company code to log in). Look for the online seminars at the bottom of the website.

Depression "Tip Sheet"
Depression can affect anyone at any time. Sometimes a life event will trigger it, while at other times the cause may not be entirely clear. Be aware of the symptoms and seek help. Learn strategies for dealing with depression in this month's UW CareLink's "Tip Sheet."

Balance: Practicing Relationship Wellness
No one gets an instruction book the day they enter into a long-term relationship with someone they love, but a chapter in such a book might be titled "Practicing Relationship Wellness." Like physical wellness—the putting forth of effort to stay physically fit—relationship wellness is also achieved by a deliberate effort to stay "relationship fit." This online newsletter is published quarterly by UW CareLink.


Take a Break
The Seattle campus is beautiful and has so much to explore on workdays or weekends. For example, you can explore the University’s waterfront with the Waterfront Activity Center, the Northwest Horticultural Society, or the UWMC Surgery Pavilion.


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