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PSO News: November 2013 -- General Meeting Edition
REMINDER: The PSO Fall General Meeting is next Tuesday, December 3rd from 11:30-1:00 pm in Walker Ames (Kane 225)
Dean Betsy Wilson of the University Libraries, who recently became Vice Provost for Digital Initiatives, will give the keynote speech at the PSO Fall General Meeting, to be held Tuesday, December 3rd, 11:30-1:00, in Walker Ames (Kane 225). Dean Wilson kindly sent us an abstract of her talk: Musings on the Digital Future: "The University of Washington is one of a handful of public research universities that is purposefully creating its future, as exemplified in the 2Y2D Initiative. The digital environment is transforming higher education. Easy-to-use search engines providing access to a vast array of content and services have changed our daily information use and expectations. Our future will be determined in large part by how we collectively respond to the digital world and anytime, anyplace expectations and realities. This presentation will focus on some of the opportunities and challenges inherent in advancing research, discovery, learning, and public service in the digital future." Doors open at 11:30, talk commences at noon, and before and afterward will include announcements about the PSO. Enticing refreshments, door prizes, and opportunities to meet colleagues will be served.
REMINDER: PSO Scholarship Applications Due December 2nd
The next cycle of applications for PSO Scholarships are due December 2nd (so you have the the holiday to apply!) PSO Scholarships provide funds for individual expenses related to professional development classes, conferences, meetings, and workshops on- or off-campus. Grants to support the professional development of a group of UW professional staff members are also available. For more information, see https://depts.washington.edu
CAMPUS NEWS REMINDER: The Combined Fund Drive has been extended to December 6th
Earlier this week, Vice President Mindy Kornberg announced that the deadline for contributing through the Combined Fund Drive has been extended to December 6th Please see the website for further details on the CFD: http://depts.washington.edu/uwcfd/give/
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.