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Career Development
Retirement Seminars
Home Loan Program
UW Discounts
Take a Break

Published: June 13, 2012

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.


UW Night with the Mariners
Join us for UW Night with the Mariners on Friday, July 13, and let the UW Alumni Association take you out to the ball game! The UWAA has discounted seats for faculty and staff and their family and friends. A portion of every ticket sold goes toward UW scholarship programs. Attendees will receive a free UW Night with the Mariners t-shirt at the game. Don't miss this fun event as the Mariners take on the Texas Rangers. Learn more about the game and how to purchase tickets.

When: Friday, July 13; game starts at 7:10 p.m.
Where: Safeco Field, 1205 1st Ave S., Seattle
Cost: $23 view reserved seating (normally $25); $38 field seats (normally $40)


2012 Awards of Excellence Announced
Congratulations to the newly announced winners of the Distinguished Staff Award and the David B. Thorud Leadership Award! The awards honor the extraordinary achievements of staff members and excellence in education.

Below are the individuals and the one group who have earned Distinguished Staff Awards:

  • Billy H. Colburn, HMC psychiatry
  • Deborah Harper, Center for Demography & Ecology
  • Freddie A. Tapuro, Campus Engineering/Operations
  • Julie Jothen Valley, radiation oncology
  • Trauma Surgical ICU Quiet Time Group: Karin Huster, Holly Broadbent-Horvat, Patricia (Patty) McElveny, Jodie Prescott, Jo Ann Rodgers

The David B. Thorud Leadership Award goes to:

  • Alex Cahana, faculty, anesthesiology and pain medicine
  • Joyce Yen, staff, College of Engineering

View all 2012 honorees in this short clip. All honorees were celebrated in Meany Hall on June 7 at the Awards of Excellence reception with President Young presiding.


New Reporting Requirements: suspected child abuse or neglect
As of June 7, "administrative, academic and athletic department" employees join healthcare workers in having a mandatory duty to report suspected child abuse or neglect information directly to law enforcement or the Department of Social and Health Services. All other higher ed employees are required to report suspected abuse to designated supervisors within 48 hours. Learn more about the new reporting requirements.


SafeCampus Training and Resources
As the summer quarter begins, now is a great time to refresh your SafeCampus knowledge. View our website or Facebook page for additional information.

Open and Customized Training
Do you need to complete the SafeCampus training? There are three Violence Prevention & Response Training sessions this summer to learn about warning signs and how to respond. View all events and register online. You also can request a customized training for your department.

Training Videos
SafeCampus provides free access to training videos geared toward higher education and the workplace. Accessible only with your UW NetID, these include:

  • Flashpoint on Campus teaches how to prevent violence by recognizing potentially problematic behaviors in others and by developing effective strategies to address them.
  • Shots Fired on Campus addresses the most feared but least likely form of violence – the "active shooter" who is trying to kill others. Learn strategies to help improve your chance of survival and your important role in helping to prevent such incidents.
  • Silent Storm dispels myths and gives accurate information about domestic violence situations that can adversely affect the workplace and what you can do to help.

Know the Code: UW Email Notifications
There are three different types of communications that people within the UW community may receive related to emergencies or incidents.

  • The UW Alert provides an alert during situations on campus.
  • Watchdawg provides notifications about issues affecting the community surrounding the UW campus.
  • A Notification of a Criminal Incident required by the federal Clery Act to be emailed to all faculty, staff, and specific campus students following a criminal incident. It does not mean that there is a higher frequency on campus than you would encounter in any other locale; rather, it is just called to your attention because of the mandated reporting.
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 Opens
Summer might not be here quite yet, but registration is open for dozens of in-person and online training classes taking place from June through September. Make plans now so you don't miss out on classes that won't be offered again until 2013, including Conflict Management; Developing Assertiveness Skills; Difficult People and Difficult Behavior; Discovering Your Dependable Strengths; Increasing Your Influence; Keys to Handling Change; Medical Terminology; and Overcoming Barriers to Care. Access registration and course information via POD's online course catalog.


Support Professionals Development Day
Space is limited—register now for the September 6 offering of this event for UW support staff! Relax, reflect, and recharge as you attend workshops, connect with peers, and take a day to focus on you—your personal growth as an individual and your professional development as an employee. Workshops will explore personal kanban, avoiding burnout, facilitating meetings, staying competitive in your career, and more. Access event information and registration.


POD Webinar: Accomplishing More With Less
This live webinar confronts the countless workplace demands that obscure focus and impede productivity. Through three short sessions, learn how to respond—rather than react—to a high-pressure work environment, establish sustainable practices for effectively managing information overload, and better manage your time and priorities. This webinar also includes a companion workbook. Access course information and registration.


Difficult People and Difficult Behavior: Tips, Tactics, and Tools
Ever wonder why we can't all just get along? Like it or not, you may face prickly people and exasperating interactions in your everyday work. Through this one-day workshop, learn how to benefit from the illusion of control, explore your own conflict resolution style, and find ways to maintain professionalism in all difficult, conflicting, and even angry situations. Access course information and registration.


Explore Your Options Through One-on-One Career Counseling
In the midst of planning summer getaways, don't forget about mapping out options for your career. Summer is a great time to discover how you can make the most of your strengths at your current job or explore a new career path for the future. One-on-one career counseling sessions are offered through Training and Organization Development Consultant Susan Templeton for $95 per one-hour 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.


Caring for Your Aging Parent
Caring for an aging parent can be one of the most demanding and emotionally difficult challenges that we ever face. Few of us have enough knowledge of the aging process to understand and anticipate the changing needs of our parents as they age. We also may not know where to turn for information and available resources, especially if our parents live in another state.

UW CareLink provides elder care consultation and referral services for employees and can be a source of some much-needed assistance as you face this challenge. To access the full array of resources by phone, call 1-866-598-3978 to talk to a consultant. You may also use the LiveConnect instant messaging tool through the APS HelpLink portal by logging on to (enter "UW" as the company code). Look for the LiveConnect button in the upper right corner of the home page to connect with a consultant specializing in elder care referral services.


Webinar on Elder Care
UW CareLink presents Caring for Your Aging Parent: Common Challenges and Available Resources. This is a free, one-hour webinar led by Gail Parsons, founder and president of Lifecycle Focus. Gail holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island and a master's degree from Wheelock College in Boston. For nearly two decades, she's provided training and counseling to families nationwide on a wide range of pivotal issues related to parenting, managing stress, balancing work and life, and helping older relatives. Her extensive experience includes leading and facilitating both in-person and online support groups.

The webinar will be held on July 17 at noon PDT. Access webinar registration information.

Retirement Seminars  

Social Security: A Foundation for Your Future
A secure, comfortable retirement is everyone's dream. And now, because we're living longer, healthier lives, we expect to spend more time in retirement than our parents and grandparents did. Learn what benefits to expect from Social Security and when benefits will be available to you and your family. Attend the seminar, "Social Security: A Foundation for Planning Your Future," to gain a better understanding of how it and Medicare works. This session is offered on Thursday, July 26 at UW Tower. Access seminar information and free registration.


Ready to Retire?
If you're thinking of retiring in the next 12 months, consider attending one of these workshops to learn how to construct a sound strategy. Workshops are free and based on your current retirement plan and/or eligibility.

  • Retiring from UW Retirement Plan (UWRP)
  • Retiring from Public Employee Retirement System (PERS)
  • UW Supplemental Retirement Plan (UWSRP)

Access workshop information and registration.


Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Booster Vaccine
Washington state is experiencing a pertussis or whooping cough outbreak. State leaders are recommending that adults, adolescents, and children (at least 12 months old) get immunized with the whooping cough booster "Tdap" vaccine, particularly for those in close contact with babies younger than 12 months—parents, siblings, grandparents, health care providers, and child care providers. If you're unsure whether you've had the vaccine, check with your health care professional before receiving it. If you missed one of the vaccine clinics sponsored by the Benefits Office last month, contact your doctor or call Hall Health at 206-616-2495 for an appointment. For more information, read this Tdap vaccine information statement.


Weight Watchers at Work
Weight Watchers at Work teaches you how to stick to healthy living and have a healthier relationship with food so you can lose weight and keep it off. Sign up for the monthly pass to attend sessions at Schmitz Hall on Tuesdays, UW Medical Center on Fridays, and other participating areas. The pass allows you to enjoy lower monthly fees, attend unlimited meetings, and get free access to Weight Watchers' eTools—the interactive web tools, tips, and recipes that help you stay on track. Register for a Weight Watchers' session.


Take Your 2012 Health Risk Assessment
Get immediate feedback on your health through a simple questionnaire called a "health risk assessment." As part of your state-sponsored PEBB medical plan, you're entitled to participate in a 20-minute, confidential assessment that helps you prioritize your health challenges and set reasonable goals. Learn more about Health Risk Assessments.


Uniform Medical Plan Members: Reap Your "Health Counts" Rewards
We all know that good habits are their own reward, but sometimes we need a little motivation. By taking part in the Uniform Medical Plan Health Counts Program, you get rewarded for making healthy choices.

  • Get a $30 gift card just for taking the General Health Assessment. Receive a confidential report showing how well you've managed your health to date and see tips for improving your health.
  • Get another $30 gift card by earning 40,000 reward points for engaging in activities like walking, hiking, or snowboarding.
  • And finally, get yet another $25 gift card when you reach 70,000 reward points by getting a flu shot, eating more vegetables, and flossing your teeth!

Log in at today to get started.

Home Loan Program  

Brown Bag Seminars for June
Our Hometown Home Loan Program offers the following free seminars to UW faculty and staff:

  • Sell Your Home in Today’s Market Once your home is shipshape, you’ll want to assemble your sales team and learn pricing strategies, determine which fixes you should make, and learn what special tricks make a great first impression to potential buyers. At UW Tacoma on June 19 or Health Sciences on June 20.
  • Understanding Credit Credit history is important when it comes to refinancing your home. Learn why it's important, how to clean up your credit history, and how to fix reporting errors. At South Lake Union on June 27.

Access event information and registration on the HomeStreet site.


From Ownership Dream to Reality
The Hometown Home Loan Program can 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 is scheduled to visit Seattle's UW Tower on June 25 and Health Sciences on June 26. Register for an appointment today.

UW Discounts  

Celebrate June with Ice Cream, Cupcakes, and Coffee!
June offers many opportunities to celebrate: graduations, Father's Day, birthdays, weddings, and more. See how your U-PASS qualifies you to receive discounts on party goodies like cupcakes, ice cream, bubble tea, and espresso drinks! Go to UW Commuter Services' merchant discounts and scroll down to "Restaurants and Food" to see where to get these mouthwatering treats:

  • Bubbles on Alki
  • Cupcake Royale
  • Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Shop
  • Peaks Frozen Custard Style Ice Cream
  • Marine View Espresso
  • Richmond Beach Coffee Company

Also, don't forget to check out our UW Discount Program!

Take a Break  

As the academic year comes to a close, now is a great time to see what UW art students have been up to as various exhibits around campus showcase graduates' work.

UW Bachelor of Design student work is on display at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery (Art Building, room 132) from June 6 to June 15. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 12–4 p.m.

This year's graduating class of Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design presents their thesis work at the Henry Art Gallery through June 17. Hours are Wednesday 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free to faculty and staff with valid Husky ID.

Visit the UW School of Art for more information.


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