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PSO News: June 2013

PSO Board Election Results 2013 -2014
Congratulations to this year's slate of officers: President, Robert Corbett; Vice President, Carmen Cook; Secretary, Deci Evans; and Treasurer, Annette Anderson. We are also delighted to welcome back for a second term: Nadine Gruhn, Kathy Hanken and Alison Navarrette. A special welcome to our newest board members: Ashley Bradley, Grayson Court and Anton Zanotto. Returning members include Linda Hanlon, Eliana Lobo, and LeAnne Wiles.

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PSO Spotlight - PSO President Robert Corbett
Newly elected PSO President Robert Corbett (2013-2014) has been in Seattle for twenty years and worked as professional staff at the UW for almost thirteen and currently works as the Coordinator of New Programs, Undergraduate Academic Affairs. He came to the university to study Romantic literature, but now works on facilitating degree approval and analyzing the impact of state education policy on students and the university. This is his second time on the PSO Board where he previously served as the chair of the Communications Committee. In his spare time, he tries to keep up with the numerous literary, musical and theatrical goings on in Seattle.

PSO Scholarship application deadline is Sept. 1.
PSO Scholarships provide funds for individual expenses related to professional development classes, conferences, meetings, and workshops on- or off-campus. Grants, on the other hand, support the professional development of a group of UW professional staff members. For more information go to

The Professional Staff Organization (PSO), established in 1990, represents the issues and concerns of professional staff to the university administration, the campus, and our local community. All UW professional staff are members of PSO.

Over the years PSO has provided information to legislators, represented professional staff on faculty councils and committees ranging from academics to facilities, and worked to improve communication and build camaraderie among the professional staff throughout the university system. The PSO also collaborates with the UW administration on other issues relevant to professional staff.

To stay in touch with our members, we host meetings for staff in autumn and spring quarters, often with professional staff as speakers, to talk candidly and collegially about issues at the university. We also publish a biannual newsletter and award scholarships to help our members pursue professional development opportunities.

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