The Resource

In This Issue

Home Loan Program
Money Matters
Retirement Seminars
Career Development
Combined Fund Drive

Published: June 12, 2013

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.


July 12 is UW Night with the Mariners
Tickets are available for the UW Alumni Association’s annual UW Night with the Mariners on July 12 when the LA Angels are in town. The UWAA has discounted seats for UW alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. Make sure you purchase tickets by 5 p.m. on July 11. All attendees receive a free UW Night with the Mariners tote at the game!

When: Friday, July 12, 7:10 p.m.
Where: Safeco Field
Cost: $20 view level (normally $23), $35 main level (normally $40)

To purchase tickets, visit the UWAA site.


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course at IMA
Mindfulness is the practice of sustained focus, self-exploration, and self-liberation with an accepting, open, and kind attitude. Practicing mindfulness can result in calmness, expanded awareness, and better management of stressful events. A course on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is being offered at the Intramural Activities Building on Wednesdays from July 3-August 21 from 6-8:30 p.m. Class includes a retreat on August 10. This is offered at $120 as a benefit to faculty, staff, and students. Learn more about MBSR and the instructor UW Medicine Professor Emeritus Dr. Richard Berger. You may also attend a free informational session on June 26 in the IMA Meeting Room 246 from 6-7 p.m. Access registration information online. Registration deadline is July 1. An IMA membership is required. For more information contact Fitness Coordinator Anne Garrett.


Campus MammoVan—Mobile Mammography Service
The University of Washington has partnered with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) to bring you the "MammoVan," a mobile mammography service. The MammoVan is scheduled to visit convenient campus locations on a regular basis, making it easier than ever for you to get your mammogram during your work day! The average appointment takes about 15 minutes. The next visit will be Wednesday, June 26 at the UW Tower. Learn more or schedule an appointment.


Put Some Cardio in Your Commute
Weight Watchers can help you create routines that are easy to stick with and results that stick around. So whether you’re walking, biking, or blading, check out these tips on how to put some cardio in your commute!

Weight Watchers meetings are held on campus on Tuesdays at Schmitz Hall and Fridays at UW Medical Center. Sign up for a monthly pass to attend unlimited on- or off-campus meetings and enjoy free access to interactive web tools, tips, and recipes that help you stay on track. Or, if meetings aren't your thing, lose weight at your own pace using online tools and apps that go where you go. Learn more about Weight Watchers.


How Healthy are You, Really?
Evaluate your overall health, fitness, and well-being by taking a quick, confidential, personal Health Assessment today. Learn more about how you've been managing your health to date and get practical tips on living even healthier tomorrow.

The Public Employee Benefits Board recommends that you and other adult members on your medical insurance plan—Uniform Medical Plan, Group Health, or Kaiser Permanente—take the health assessment at least once each year. See Washington Wellness to learn more.

Bonus! Uniform Medical Plan members who participate in the Health Counts health assessment by June 30 will automatically receive a $30 gift card plus 15,000 points toward more rewards. Then, depending on how you track your healthy activities, you could earn more rewards valued up to $55.


Ergonomic Awareness
Creating a good ergonomic working arrangement is important to your health. Find tips on simple things you can do in the workplace to prevent injury or illness, and learn about resources to help you create a safe and healthful work environment. Learn more about ergonomics.


SafeCampus Summer Services and Training
SafeCampus services and training sessions are available this summer. If you see concerning behaviors and need assistance, SafeCampus can assist you 24/7 at 206-685-SAFE (7233). They offer resources or referrals, and discuss situations anonymously.

These free, 50-minute training sessions on recognizing and responding to behaviors of concern are open to any member of the UW community:

  • Wednesday, June 19, at 11 a.m. in HUB 214
  • Tuesday, July 23, at 1 p.m. in HUB 214
  • Thursday, August 29, at 11:30 a.m. in Savery Hall 264

Please register online. Training sessions for departments and teams are also available. Please contact Kelly Schrader at 206-543-8171 to schedule a training session.

Home Loan Program  

Homeownership Brown Bag Seminars
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 ship-shape, you’ll want to assemble your sales team and learn pricing strategies, determine which fixes to make, and what special tricks make great first impressions to potential buyers. Register below to attend on June 18 at Seattle’s UW Tower or on July 25 at South Lake Union.
  • Buying a Home: Ready to buy a home? Understand a pre-qualification? Learn about mortgage applications, home inspections, and appraisals. Register below to attend on June 20 at Health Sciences or on August 20 at Seattle’s UW Tower.
  • Home Remodeling and Renovation: Thinking of selling your home? Find out what improvements add value to it, how to manage a construction project, and whether to do it yourself or hire out. Register below to attend on July 16 at Seattle’s UW Tower.

Access event information and registration at the HomeStreet site.


Homeownership: Dream to Reality
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 various campus locations: Seattle, Bothell, Tacoma, South Lake Union, Harborview, and Health Sciences. View the schedule and register for an appointment now. View schedule and register for an appointment now.

Money Matters  

Social Security: A Foundation for Planning 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. The next session will be held on Wednesday, July 17 at the UW Tower. Access seminar information and free registration.


In a world with so many financial obligations and options, it’s no wonder money management often seems overwhelming. That's one reason why the UW has partnered with three local credit unions to offer a financial fitness program called BALANCE. Through our partnership with Harborstone Credit Union (formerly Prevail), School Employees Credit Union, and Washington State Employees Credit Union, you have access to free and confidential financial counseling services to help you banish debt, design a money management plan, and achieve your financial goals. Learn more about BALANCE.


Schedule a One-on-One Consultation
Experienced financial professionals from Fidelity or TIAA-CREF are available to meet with UW employees in person or over the phone to help maximize retirement savings and other financial goals. Take advantage of this opportunity to:

  • See how you can save more through Voluntary Investment Program (VIP) contributions, either pre-tax or after-tax (Roth)
  • Evaluate investment choices that meet your needs
  • Create an action plan to get and stay on track for retirement
  • Review retirement income options

Whether your retirement is years away or just around the corner, schedule a free retirement planning guidance appointment today!


Retirement Saving Tips
This month, UW CareLink offers tips on setting financial goals:

  1. Take inventory—Make a list of all debts, all variable and fixed expenses, and all of your sources of income.
  2. Analyze—With your total debts, expenses, and income, play around with different scenarios depending on your goals. How do you allocate your money coming in against money going out?
  3. Identify a plan—A common strategy is to pay yourself first. Commit to an amount and then write out a check or transfer funds to your savings account just like you would a bill.
  4. Put it into practice—It can be hard to adjust to a new budget or doing without certain perks. But it gets easier and you may find you don’t even miss last month’s must-have.
  5. Find resources—It’s natural to feel stressed by personal finances. Remember you may call UW CareLink (866-598-3978) to set up a free 30-minute telephone consultation with a CPA or certified financial professional.
Retirement Seminars  

Webinar: It’s Not Just About the Money
Retirement planning is not just about your 401(k) or pension, it's an entirely new chapter in your life. It can bring a new living environment, a chance to explore interests, or maybe even a new career. Investigate these topics and more to better prepare you for the years to come. The webinar will be offered on Tuesday, June 18 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. PT.

To register, visit (enter “UW” as the company code). Look for Online Seminars in the lower right-hand corner of the homepage. Advanced registration is required for this live broadcast. The webinar will also be archived and available for viewing by the beginning of July.


Preparing-to-Retire Workshops
If you’re thinking of retiring within the next 12 months, consider attending a retirement workshop to prepare a sound strategy for yourself. The following workshops are free and based on your current retirement plan and/or eligibility:

  • Retiring from UW Retirement Plan (UWRP)—offered July 10 and 24
  • Retiring from Public Employee Retirement System (PERS)—offered June 27, July 9, and 25

Access workshop information and free registration.

Remember, you must apply for PEBB retiree benefits (or deferral of your insurance) within 60 days after UW-paid or COBRA coverage ends. If you miss that deadline, you’ll have to go back to work to re-qualify for PEBB retiree coverage.

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.


Register Now for Summer Classes
Rain or shine, summer will bring dozens of in-person and online training opportunities from late June through September! Register now so you don't miss out on classes that won’t be offered again until 2014, including Conflict Management, Developing Dynamic Team Skills, Discovering Your Dependable Strengths, Navigating Change in a Complex World, Overcoming Barriers to Care, Rapid Process Improvement, and Unlocking Possibility. Access registration and course information via POD's online course catalog.


Engage in Webinars to Enrich Your Website
POD offers an array of productivity-and technology-oriented webinars, including a few this summer that can help you build and analyze your website. Microsoft Visio Techniques (Beginner or Intermediate) explores using templates to create a variety of diagrams, giving you the know-how to, for instance, create a website map. Adobe Dreamweaver Techniques (Beginner) focuses on basics and best practices to create websites and manage content. The Google Analytics webinar explains how to utilize this free application to monitor and analyze your site’s performance.


Pursue New Career Options This Summer
Although you may not equate summertime with job hunting, that’s when hiring at the University tends to heat up in preparation for the upcoming academic year. One-on-one career counseling can help you explore your career options, prepare for a job search, or discover a new career path. Sessions are offered through Training and Organizational 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

Combined Fund Drive  

You Can Give the Gift of Life!
June 14 marks the 10th anniversary of World Health Organization's World Blood Donor Day when participating countries raise awareness for safe blood and blood products in demand around the globe.

Your blood donation helps patients with serious medical conditions live longer, provides a higher quality of life, and supports complex medical procedures. Every blood donation is a gift that saves lives, so please consider participating. Contact the Puget Sound Blood Center for more information about giving the gift of life.

Puget Sound Blood Center is one of more than 4,000 charitable nonprofits in the UW Combined Fund Drive campaign.


Help Feed Hungry Kids This Summer
Did you know that many children who rely on school breakfast go hungry when summer starts? Last year, almost half of all Washington public school children were eligible for free or reduced price meals. However, less than 10% have access to any summer meals program, so families struggle even harder to feed their children.

Good food matters most for kids. Children from food-insecure households have two to four times as many physical problems as their peers as well as more behavioral, emotional, and cognitive disorders.

Northwest Harvest needs summer food help! You can make a difference by providing nutritious, kid-friendly snacks and meals such as granola, applesauce, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, canned meats, easy-open soups and stews, dried fruit, cereal, and shelf-stable milk. Find a drop site near you on this list.

You can also support Northwest Harvest through the UW Combined Fund Drive. Your donation helps Northwest Harvest use its buying power to purchase kid-friendly summer foods.


Summer Care for Kids
With summer vacation around the corner, it’s time to plan activities and child care for your little ones. The UW offers a number of options to help you plan.

The UW Summer Youth Programs deliver an academically rich curriculum, with topics ranging from robots to architecture to writing and drama, offered in a fun, safe learning environment. Students learn not only from instructors but from one another as they collaborate and share. There are all-day programs for younger kids and half-day courses for teens. Visit or call 206-543-2310 to register.

UW CareLink consultants provide referrals to child care services in your area based on your family’s needs. To talk to a consultant, call 866-598-3978 or log on to the LIVEConnect instant messaging tool at (enter “UW” as the company code) and look for the LIVEConnect link in the upper right corner of the homepage.

The Caregiver Directory is a free service provided by the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) for UW faculty, staff, and students. It connects potential caregivers and employers for child care. To learn more, or to register as a caregiver or employer, see the GPSS Caregiver Directory.

UW Worklife and Bright Horizons offer a specialized back-up care program to all UW faculty, staff, and students. Use the Bright Horizons Back-Up Care Advantage Program© when your regular care arrangement is unavailable. Register now so that if an emergency arises, you’ll be ready to find care. To register call 877-242-2737 or visit Log in with the user name UnivWA and the password 4Backup. You’ll then have a personal account where you can request care up to one month in advance of the date it’s needed, find locations near your home, and more. Show your current UW Husky card at the time of drop-off. The cost is $100 per day, paid by the parent.


Discover Burke Museum Summer Camps
Does your daughter dig dinos? Is your son fascinated with stories from around the world? Explore the natural and cultural world through adventures at the Burke’s summer camps! A real behind-the-scenes experience, all Burke campers learn from the museum's incredible collections and staff. Your child can:

  • Channel their inner dinosaur in our Dino & Little Dino camps.
  • Search for the mysterious Dr. Mossbreath behind the scenes at the Burke, collecting clues along the way.
  • Become a junior archaeologist and learn about the archaeology of Washington state.

Camps run from June 24 - August 9. Costs and camps vary, and extended day care and scholarships are available. The Burke offers 10% off for members or those with a UW ID. Find all program details and register your camper at The Burke website.


Celebrate June with Ice Cream, Cupcakes, and Coffee
June celebrations abound! There’s graduation, Father’s Day, and the beginning of wedding season. See how your U-PASS qualifies you to receive discounts on party goodies like cupcakes, ice cream, bubble tea, and espresso drinks! Visit UW Commuter Services’ merchant discounts and scroll down to “Restaurants and Food” to see where to get mouthwatering treats. Remember to check out the UW Discount Program, too!


Graduation Discounts
Did you know that as a UW employee, you’re eligible to join the UW Customer Rebate (UWCR) Program at the University Book Store and save even more on your purchases? The UWCR program offers an annual rebate based on eligible purchases made at any University Book Store location and online. Learn more and sign up.

Not all technology products qualify for a rebate since many already reflect special academic pricing. Why not check out the $200 Dell promo eGift card, which can be applied towards thousands of Dell products. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more at or call 800-247-6819. Use code KS118681484.


Take a Break
The month of June offers some great opportunities to see the work of UW’s design students around campus. The Bachelor of Design exhibition takes place at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery in the Art Building June 12-June 21. Gallery hours are normally Wednesday-Saturday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Visit the School of Art for more information. In addition, the Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design exhibit is on display at the Henry through June 23. Henry Art Gallery hours are normally 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free to UW faculty and staff with ID. Visit Henry Art Gallery for details.

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