The Resource

In This Issue

Career Development
You and Your Money
Home Loan Program
Fact or Fiction

Published: July 13, 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.

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.


Summertime Discoveries
Summer’s the season for discovery, whether that’s checking out a new bike trail, visiting a new vacation destination, or taking a class to stimulate your personal and professional growth. POD’s summer classes go well into September, so there’s plenty of time left to try something new—whether that’s one of POD’s new classes (see below) or any class that can help you acquire skills and strategies that are new to you! View all POD summer classes.


Unlocking Possibility
In early August, POD Director Ujima Donalson will present an exciting new class about leaving your fears behind and realizing your full potential. If you’re stuck in a rut but ready to break free, this interactive workshop can help you unlock your possibility, both personally and professionally. Access course information and registration.


Keys to Handling Change
In August, Wendy Shepherd will facilitate a new POD class on change. Many of us have experienced an unprecedented amount of change over the past few years—and yet the changes keep coming! Only you can choose whether to let change keep handling you or develop new approaches for handling change. Access course information and registration.


Overcoming Barriers to Care
In September, Linda Golley will lead a new class to help those who work within a health care system to identify barriers for patients, as well as possible solutions. Golley has managed outpatient clinics at Harborview and UWMC and currently manages UWMC’s Interpreter Services program. In this class, you’ll use Golley’s Barriers to Care Map as a tool to envision what the health care system you work in is like for those trying to access care. 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 $95 per one-hour career counseling session, if paid with a UW budget number (with supervisor approval), or $109.82 if paid with cash, check, or credit card (due to a mandatory institutional overhead fee). Learn more about this service.


Design Your Financial Roadmap
A "financial roadmap" is a valuable tool, especially if you're more than five years from retirement, currently maximizing your retirement contributions, and have multiple financial goals. Attend the seminar, Designing Your Financial Roadmap, to learn how to protect your assets, establish non-retirement goals and savings options, and build a retirement nest egg. Access seminar information and registration.


Social Security: A Foundation for Planning Your Future
Do you know what benefits to expect from Social Security and Medicare, and when these will be available to you and your family members? Register to attend a free seminar on Tuesday, July 26, at Health Sciences to gain a better understanding of how the Social Security and Medicare systems work. Access seminar information and registration.


Violence Prevention and Response Training
Our next Summer Quarter training will be August 11, 2011, at 1:00 p.m., in Health Sciences T739. This session is filling fast! Register at


Socially Responsible Investing
Are you interested in achieving financial security while helping to build a sustainable world and protecting our quality of life? If so, Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) may be for you. Learn more about SRI funds and the role these can play in your personal investment and retirement planning. Attend a free lunchtime seminar on Tuesday, August 16, at Harborview Medical Center. Access event information and registration.

You & Your Money  

Focus on Your Total Financial Picture
Schedule a free, half-hour consultation today and let one of our fund sponsors guide you to the right resources for help with a variety of financial needs including:

  • Consolidating your retirement accounts
  • College planning, estate planning, wealth management
  • Identifying strategies to help you meet your retirement and financial goals

Register by phone or online for a free consultation with a Vanguard, TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, or Calvert representative.


Stretch and Protect Your Hard-Earned Dollars
Whether you’re just starting out, mid-career, or approaching retirement our financial education series offers valuable information for UW faculty, staff, and family members. Sponsored by our credit union partners and offered at several campus locations, all seminars are free. Register for a seminar today!

  • Approaching Life's Financial Milestones
  • Credit and Banking for High School Students
  • Credit Reporting 101
  • Financial Yoga: Stretching Your Hard Earned Dollars
  • Identity Theft

Women: Time to Schedule your Mammogram?
Women age 40+ know it’s not always easy to find time to get a routine mammogram to screen for breast cancer. Thanks to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s MammoVan, now there’s a faster and more convenient way to get it done. The MammoVan, a mobile mammography service, is scheduled to roll into the south parking lot at the UW Tower on 12th Avenue NE & NE 43rd Street on Tuesday, August 16. View more dates and schedule an appointment.


Summertime—Great Time to Quit Smoking
Summer's here and it's the best time to get outdoors and be active. By quitting tobacco, you'll have increased lung capacity, heal from injuries more quickly, be better able to enjoy an active lifestyle, and save money! You can do it. Learn how you can quit smoking.


Peace of Mind While Traveling
If you're traveling this summer, find out how you can protect your health while you're away from home. Knowing your health care options at your destination can give you peace of mind, save you time, and avoid confusion when it comes to possible emergencies. Learn more about traveling safely.


Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap!
Planning a trip, going for a swim, or just enjoying the sunshine? Don't forget to protect your and your loved ones' skin while outdoors. Most skin cancers are preventable if you follow a few simple steps to shield your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. See a list of sun safety tips, take a Sun Safety Quiz, and preview FDA rules that will soon give us better information about which sunscreen products offer the most protection. Learn more about sun protection.


ESS at Your Service
Getting married or changing your address this summer? If so, be sure to update your name and home address in Employee Self Service (ESS) at so you can be sure to receive important benefits information at your home address. To update your record, log into ESS using your UW NetID, choose the Address tab, and click the appropriate "change" button. Remember, you can also view your earnings, taxes, retirement, investments, and health plans at ESS.


Discovery Awaits You!
Some things in life are free! Like using your UW Husky Card to gain free admission to the Burke Museum, where you will learn about the natural wonders of Washington State, the Pacific Northwest, and the Pacific Rim. Or gain free admission to The Henry Art Gallery, where programs, special events, and tours allow you to interpret the world in exciting ways—opening your mind to new ideas, creative thinking, and challenging exhibitions. Discovery awaits you! Learn more at UW Discounts.


Northwest Harvest Seeks Volunteers
More than 3,800 non-profit organizations participate in the UW Combined Fund Drive, our workplace giving campaign. You can give year-round to your favorite charity—visit to make a donation. In addition, many organizations are seeking volunteers. Looking for a great summertime opportunity? As a Northwest Harvest volunteer, you'll keep nutritious food flowing to neighbors in need statewide. Volunteers sort and pack food at the Kent warehouse, serve clients at Cherry Street Food Bank in Seattle, or assist staff at special events. Help is also needed at the local cannery in Kent where three overlapping shifts work from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each Thursday and Friday through July.

Volunteer opportunities are available for large groups, small groups, individuals, and families, including children in third grade or older (16 or older at the cannery).

Visit for more information and to sign up.


U-PASS Powered by ORCA is Here for Faculty and Staff
On July 1, 2011, Faculty and staff U-PASS members said goodbye to U-PASS stickers and joined the Pod! The key to using U-PASS on transit is now in the smart chip in the new Husky Cards.

Thousands of U-PASS members have already finalized activation of their U-PASS powered by ORCA by tapping their new cards on an ORCA card reader. If you are a U-PASS member and you haven’t tapped your new Husky Card on an ORCA card reader yet—do it now. It's easy—just tap and pause:

  1. Tap your card on the ORCA logo on the card reader.
  2. Wait for the green light and the beep.
  3. That’s it!

Take a ride on transit before August 23, or just take your new Husky Card with U-PASS powered by ORCA to a campus bus stop or light rail station and tap it on a card reader—you don’t have to ride to finalize U-PASS activation. Once you’ve tapped, you’re ready to ride.

Want to become a U-PASS member? Learn how to apply for U-PASS online.

U-PASS powered by ORCA requires a new Husky Card with smart chip—get one at the Husky Card Account and ID Center

Learn more about U-PASS powered by ORCA.


On-site Lactation Stations
If you are an expectant mother, you'll be glad to know there are many on-site lactation stations at the UW. While it may be hard to leave your baby, it should be easy to maintain your milk supply as the lactation stations provide a private, secure, clean space for using the available pump or using your own. Most women find it takes fewer than 15 minutes to express their milk. Learn more about lactation stations and where to find needed lactation supplies.


When is Home Alone Okay
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."


Coping with Summertime Social Ailments
Many children and teens at a sleepaway camp feel homesick at least one day during their stay. UW CareLink’s web resource has information to help. Use UW for company code, click on "Parenting," "Childcare," and view the featured article.


Online Seminar: Parents Taking Action
Parents play a crucial role in helping children succeed in school. Explore the factors that contribute to school achievement. Participants will learn strategies to help children become responsible and engaged learners. Don’t miss out on the online seminar on August 16. Learn more by looking for online seminars at the bottom of UW CareLink’s homepage. Use UW for company code. Early registration is recommended.


Counseling When You Need It
Are you anticipating having to deal with some difficult people at those summer gatherings—the uncle who drinks too much, the neighbors on political rants, the pointed questions and hurtful comments, or the "wild" children? Use UW CareLink counselors as coaches to provide you with new methods and strategies for dealing with these uncomfortable moments.

Call toll-free: 1-866-598-3978 for all services, including urgent issues. Master's-level counselors are available to take your call 24/7.


Tip Sheets: Work and Family Balance
Achieving work and family balance is an ongoing process of juggling responsibilities at work and the needs of family. One key to success is periodically stepping back and analyzing how things are going. Then, make adjustments where possible. Find out more helpful tips in this month’s tip sheet from UW CareLink.

Home Loan Program  

Buying a Distressed Property
Are you thinking of buying a distressed property? Find out where to find properties, how to finance this type of purchase, and how the industry defines terms like short sales, bank-owned, owner-occupied, and investment homes. Offered Tuesday, July 19, at UW Tacoma.

Budgeting for a Home
How much cash will you need to buy a home in today’s market? Learn how to create a household budget, set your savings goals, and pay off debt—all while saving for a home. Offered Wednesday, July 20, at Health Sciences.

Home Remodeling and Renovation
Time to get your home ready to sell? Find out what improvements add value to your home, how to start and manage a construction project, and whether to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Offered on Wednesday, August 17, at Seattle, UW Tower.

Sell Your Home in Today’s Market
Once your home is ship-shape, you’ll want to assemble your sales team and learn pricing strategies, determine which fixes you should make, and what special tricks make a great first impression to potential buyers. Offered on Thursday, August 18, at UW Bothell.

All Hometown Home Loan seminars are presented by HomeStreet, and are free and open to UW faculty and staff. Access event information and registration.


Free Individual Homeownership Counseling
The Hometown Home Loan Program is here to help make your dream of homeownership a reality. Schedule a free, private, half-hour, one-on-one counseling appointment with a HomeStreet Affinity Loan Officer to discuss your homeownership options. Spouses, partners, and anyone else who might be on the loan are welcome to attend with you. HomeStreet will visit South Lake Union on July 21, Seattle Campus on July 26, and UW Tacoma on August 16. Register here.

Fact Or Fiction  

FACT or FICTION: It’s nighttime, and all the critters are sleeping at the Arboretum.

FICTION. The park isn’t sleeping—in fact, the animals adapt to the dark. Learn about the animals’ changes and see the gardens in a whole new light! Saturday, July 16, from 8:30 p.m. at the Washington Park Arboretum, Graham Visitors Center. Admission for adults is $6.00, children are free. Call 206-543-8801 to pre-register.


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