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Childcare at the UW
Location: HUB North Balllroom
Wednesday, November 4, 2015: 11:30am-1:00pm

The Professional Staff Organization (PSO) and The Whole U welcomes Amy Hawkins, director of Worklife and Childcare Development at the UW, to share updates on the childcare access initiative. Hear the latest news as the University works to expand its offerings. Looking for current opportunities for childcare access and support? Join us before the presentation for a resource fair starting at 11:30 a.m. Light snacks will be served.

This event is open to all faculty, staff, and students.


NCPS Conference
Location: UW Campus - Alder Hall
Sunday, July 19, 2015: 9:00 am

SAVE THE DATE July 19-21, 2015 Mark your calendars for the first, conference hosted by the newly formed Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff in Higher Education (NCPS) on the University of Washington Campus

PSO Social
Location: Yukon Room, UW Club
Wednesday, February 25, 2015: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

The social will be held at the UW Club Yukon Room from 4:30 -6:00 pm. All contributing members will receive a free drink ticket. If you bring a friend, you and your friend will receive an additional free drink ticket. If your friend enrolls as a contributing member that day you will both be entered into a drawing for an array of wonderful free door prize! Door prizes include the UW Tunnel Tour, (Deci, Candi, please fill in here!! )

This is an opportunity to socialize with your peers and hear about what's up with PSO !

There will be a box for the U-District food bank. Please bring non-perishables to donate!

Fall Membership Meeting
Location: TBD
Thursday, November 20, 2014: 11:30 - 1:00 PM

More to come -- speaker will present on infectious diseases

PSO Social/Standing Ovation Reception
Location: UW Club
Thursday, June 19, 2014: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

The PSO concludes the year with an End-of-the-Year Social at the UW Club on June 19th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 PM. Standing Ovations Award winners will be honored at the reception, there will updates about the PSO Board elections, and food and refreshments will be served. While the award winners will be singled out, the event is to celebrate professional staff.

Social and Community Service Event
Location: The Harmon on Pacific Avenue, Tacoma WA
Thursday, December 5, 2013: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Event: UW Tacoma's Staff Association (SA) and UW's Professional Staff Organization (PSO) are partnering to host the 2nd annual staff social and community service project at UW Tacoma. Purpose: • To bring staff together from the greater UW system through the shared purpose of service. • To foster community engagement and support the local YWCA.• To provide a space for networking among staff.Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013.Time: 4-7pm.Place: The Harmon, Pacific Ave, Tacoma.Funding: $500 from the PSO; any additional costs covered by UWT's SA.
Community Service Focus: A drive to collect gift donations for the local YWCA in Tacoma. About the YWCA: The YWCA Pierce County has been a community leader in domestic violence services for over 36 years. After starting the state's first domestic violence shelter in 1976, the YWCA has steadily expanded and enhanced a comprehensive menu of domestic violence service provision, offering clients real tools to change their lives through safety, healing, and empowerment.

View the attachment: SASocialCommunityServiceEventFlyer.pdf (1.7 MB)

Fall General Meeting
Location: Walker-Ames (Kane 225)
Tuesday, December 3, 2013: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Please join us for the Fall Member meeting which will feature Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, Vice Provost for Digital Initiatives and Dean of University Libraries as our keynote speaker. A light lunch will be served. We will also collect donations for the University District Food Bank . Cash or non-perishable food is accepted.

PSO Spring Speaker Meeting & Standing Ovation Awards
Location: Alder Hall Commons
Thursday, May 9, 2013: 11:30 am

Seattle Business Magazine named Walsh Construction Company the #1 "Best Company to Work For" among mid-size firms. Walsh Construction is largely responsible for the recent West Campus transformation. They built the new Poplar, Alder and Elm Student Residence Halls. One of their primary interests is affordable and sustainable community housing. We are delighted to welcome Bob Walsh as our speaker at the PSO Spring Meeting. Bob will share with us his insights on how to run a successful company and how to put your ideals to work. He is known for his commitment to low-income housing and for encouraging his employees to participate in an annual giving campaign that results in hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to charity. Don't miss this dynamic speaker! Link to map:

Pro-Staff Sweet Meet & Greet
Location: HUB, Room 340
Thursday, October 11, 2012: 4:30 pm

The PSO will host a Pro-Staff Sweet Meet & Greet on Thursday, October 11 from 4:30 pm-6pm in the new HUB, Room 340. Meet members of the PSO, learn about our activities and how you can become more involved. There will be refreshmennts and door prizes.

View the attachment: UWPSO-MeetGreet-10-11-12.pdf (166.7 KB)

PSO Spring Member Meeting
Location: Walker-Ames Rm, Kane Hall
Tuesday, May 15, 2012: 11:45-1:30

Susan Christy, author of Working Effectively with Faculty: Guidebook for Higher Education Staff and Managers, will speak to PSO members and guests on facets of the Faculty and Staff Relationship and how we can work effectively together for success. Doors open at 11:45 for beverages and hors d'oeurves and the program begins at noon. We invite you to attend and print/post the attached flyer below.

View the attachment: PSO_SpringMeetingFlyer2012.pdf (174.6 KB)

PSO Board Member Nominations
Location: Submit at: by
Thursday, April 26, 2012: 24:00

PSO Board Member Nominations are now being accepted through midnight, April 26, 2012. Elections will follow in mid-May. We hope you'll consider serving the UW by nominating yourself or a colleague (with their permission) to join the Board.

All professional staff are eligible to serve on the PSO Board of Directors. Members are eligible also to serve as officers: president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary. Current duties of Board Members include:

-Attend Board meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

-Serve as a PSO representative, on 1) a standing PSO committee or ad hoc committee, 2) a University-wide committee (e.g. Transportation), or 3) a Faculty Senate Council (e.g. Faculty Council on Retirement and Benefits, Faculty Council on Research).

The time commitment for Board service is approximately 5 to 7 hours per month. Director positions are two-year terms while officer positions are one-year terms, each beginning on July 1, 2012.

The PSO, created by its members 22 years ago, represents the issues and concerns of professional staff to the UW administration, state legislature, and the community. Visit the PSO website for more information about the being a Board Member and Officer.

To submit a nomination, visit Nomination Form.

Brown Bag: Sustainabilty at the UW
Location: Mary Gates Hall, Room 420
Wednesday, March 14, 2012: noon - 1:00 PM

From the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability (ESS) Office, Claudia Frere, Aubrey Batchelor and Jennifer Perkins will speak about sustainability initiatives throughout the UW Campus. Learn about the the Green Office Awards, Green Staff Teams, and the Climate Action Plan. Join the discussion and hear of opportunities to become involved. For information on the Green Office Certification Program, see the article in the Daily at Make small changes. Also, we invite you to post or distribute the following attached flyer.

View the attachment: PSO brown bag sustainability 20120314.pdf (3.4 MB)

BROWN BAG EVENT: Earthquake Preparedness
Location: UW Tower Auditorium
Thursday, January 26, 2012: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Siri-Elizabeth McLean, Plans and Training Manager with UW Emergency Management, will speak on disaster preparedness and personal preparedness. McLean develops and manages all mitigation plans and grants, assists in the development and update of department disaster plans, policies and procedures, and works on drills and in the newly relocated UW Tower Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as a key staff assistant. See a UW Today article for more information: Emergency Operations Center.

BROWN BAG EVENT: The Birds and Wilderness of the Montlake Fill
Location: Mary Gates Hall, Room 420
Tuesday, December 13, 2011: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Sidles will read from her new book aboutthe Montlake Fill, "Second Nature." Sidlesis an expert on birds and has studiedthe Montlake Fill (formerly a garbagedump) for more than 20 years. Accordingto horticulture librarian Tracy Mehlin,"Birder and naturalist Connie Sidles writeswith lively language, humor, and a deeplyphilosophical understanding about a naturalplace in the city which holds great meaningfor her and all of us who know it."

View the attachment: ConnieSidlesFlyer.pdf (105.1 KB)

Location: Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room
Wednesday, November 30, 2011: 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join your fellow professional staff for this important opportunity to welcome and meet UW President Young. Refreshments will be served.

View the attachment: PSO pres young.pdf (79.5 KB)

UW Professional Staff meeting with Provost Search Committee
Location: Allen Auditorium, Allen Library, Rm 81L (behind front desk)
Friday, October 14, 2011: 1:30PM to 2:30PM

From Pete Dukes and Ruth Mahan: As you may know, the search for the next Provost of the University of Washington is underway. This is an internal search, so the candidate pool is limited to current UW faculty on our three campuses. An important part of the search process is receiving input from UW faculty, students and staff.

We are members of the Provost Search Committee, and we have been holding a series of meetings to get advice about the duties and characteristics of the Provost.

We want to be sure to reach out to University of Washington professional staff to get your advice.

Consequently, we will hold an additional meeting for UW professional staff on Friday, Oct. 14: 1:30-2:30 p.m., in the Allen Auditorium (Allen Library, ground floor, Room 81L, behind the Information Desk).


-You may also give us nominations at our email:

-You may give us nominations and advice via our Catalyst survey:

-Additional information is available on our web page:

We hope you can join us on Friday, Oct. 14: 1:30-2:30 p.m., in the Allen Auditorium.

Sweet Meet & Greet
Location: UW Waterfront Activities Center
Thursday, October 6, 2011: 4:30-6:00pm

Networking Opportunities! Meet your PSO board members and discover what's new with your peers. To RSVP, visit Shuttles leaving from Schmitz Hall at 4:30 and 5:10 pm and from Mary Gates Hall at 4:40 and 5:20 pm. Walkers leaving Drumheller fountain at 5:00 pm. Like us on Facebook!

View the attachment: IceCreamSocial_111006.pdf (28.7 KB)

Free POD Course: Building a Positive Work Culture
Location: Roosevelt Commons Suite - 4311 11th Ave NE, Seattle
Tuesday, August 30, 2011: 8:30AM - 12:30PM

For many Professional Staff, summer can be a bit slower in the office. So PSO has collaborated with the Professional & Organizational Development Office (POD) to sponsor a FREE POD Course to 35 lucky PSO members!! Hopefully, this course will give some of you a chance to focus and recharge for the upcoming academic year.

COURSE TITLE:"Building a Positive Work Culture" instructed by Susan Templeton.

COURSE DETAILS:Tuesday & Wednesday, August 30th & 31st, 8:30AM-12:30PM, Roosevelt Commons Suite: 4311 11th Avenue, NE, Seattle 98105

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Certain qualities are found in positive work cultures regardless of salaries or benefits. Even in challenging times attitudes, relationships, and processes contribute to an environment where employees look forward to going to work each day, where they feel competent in their abilities and recognized for the value that they bring to the work at hand. Find out how to build, strengthen, and maintain a positive work setting as a supervisor or a colleague.

The POD course is being offered for FREE only to PSO members (typical cost is $115 per person), but the max attendance is 35! So sign-up NOW! RSVP HERE:

Please RSVP as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, August 3rd at 5PM. Confirmations will be emailed the week of August 8th to confirmed attendees and those placed on the waitlist.

Lunchtime Walking Tour: Birds and Wilderness of the Montlake Fill
Location: Northwest corner of E5 parking lot
Thursday, May 26, 2011: 11:45am - 12:30pm

Location: Northwest corner of E5 parking lot, meet at the little wooden bridge.
Please join fellow professional staff, author, and birder Connie Sidles for a tour of the area around the Montlake Fill. This area is a natural wildlife haven near the University of Washington and host to more than 240 different species of birds. The tour is for birders, naturalists, and those of us who simply want to learn more about the natural beauty of the University of Washington. Feel free to bring portable lunches and binoculars.

Location: Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room
Tuesday, April 26, 2011: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Presentation: Modern Architecture in Seattle from the 1930s to the 1980s

Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Ochsner, Professor, UW Department of Architecture

When modern architecture first coalesced in Europe in the mid-1920s, it appeared that architects working in a variety of countries across the globe had gravitated toward a singular set of ideas and forms. Observers came to call this architecture the "International Style," reflecting the perception that modernism was independent of the specifics of particular locations. However, by the 1930s, as modernism spread, regional variants soon appeared. Nowhere was the idea of regionalism in architecture more powerful than in the Pacific Northwest. In the post-World War II era, architects in Seattle were at the forefront of the development of an architectural idiom that was both modern and regional, that referenced global developments, but was tied to the particular characteristics of the Puget Sound region. Many of these architects had connections to the University of Washington, either as faculty or as students. These architects shaped the regional Modernism of the Northwest of the years from the late 1930s to the 1970s, work a later generation would sometimes describe by the name "Northwest Style." This presentation will discuss the origins of Northwest regional modernism and will highlight some of its most notable practitioners, and will point to influences of Northwest regionalism that remain powerful today.

PSO Exclusive Lunchtime Henry Art Gallery Guided Tour
Location: Henry Art Gallery
Tuesday, March 22, 2011: 12-1 p.m.

Nicolette Bromberg, University Libraries Special Collections Visual Materials Curator, will offer an exclusive tour of the Henry Art Gallery exhibition about the Seattle Camera Club for PSO members. Space is limited to the first twenty-five people who RSVP. Many of the photographs in the exhibition have been loaned from Special Collections and haven't been seen for seventy years. The Seattle Camera Club story is a poignant one. The group formed in the 1920s, successfully exhibiting in Seattle and internationally. After the Depression and with the advent of WWII, many of their collections were lost or destroyed with many leading members being interned. Come and see these beautiful photographs, learn more about the history of the Seattle Camera Club and the important role that Special Collections plays in preserving these materials.

RSVP for the tour:

  • Send an email to Joyce Agee at with the subject line "PSO RSVP Henry Tour"

  • RSVP by March 18th

  • Only the first 25 people that respond will be able to join the tour.

  • Once you are confirmed to attend, please be sure to bring your UW Identification with you-which allows you enter the gallery for free.

BROWN BAG EVENT: The Birds and Wilderness of the Montlake Fill
Location: Architecture Building Auditorium (Room 147)
Tuesday, March 22, 2011: 12-1 p.m.

Speaker: Connie Sidles, birder and naturalist, author of In My Nature

The Montlake Fill is a natural wildlife haven in University of Washington area and host to more than 240 different species of birds. This talk is for birders, naturalists, and those of us who simply want to learn more about the natural beauty of the University of Washington.

BROWN BAG EVENT: Extreme Weather of the Pacific Northwest
Location: UW Tower Auditorium
Thursday, February 24, 2011: 12-1 p.m.

Speaker: Cliff Mass, Professor in Atmospheric Sciences and popular commentator

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most extreme weather of the country. This talk will describe many of them-- including extreme precipitation differences across the Cascades, windstorms as strong as Category 3 hurricanes, large avalanches, world-class floods, and many more. Are occurrences of extreme weather here increasing? This question will be considered at the end of the talk.

Presentation Slides

BROWN BAG EVENT: Uncovering Hidden Photographs: UW Libraries Historic Photography Collections
Location: Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220
Thursday, January 27, 2011: 12-1 p.m.

Speaker: Ms. Nicolette Bromberg, Visual Materials Curator, UW Libraries

Come and learn about the remarkable historic photography collections held at the UW Libraries, and about the value of photographs for research and in history. Bromberg has worked with photograph collections for 30 years. Previously she was Visual Materials Curator at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and the Photo-Archivist for the Kansas Collection at the University of Kansas. She has taught courses on the management of photograph collections and on "Understand Photographs as Historic Documents." Bromberg is the author of four books including Picturing the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: The Photographs of Frank H. Nowell and Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and the Seattle Camera Club.

Please be discreet about bringing food and beverages into the Libraries.

Location: UW Club, Colleen Room
Thursday, January 13, 2011: 4:30-6:30pm

Please come to enjoy the company of your fellow ProStaff members in the warmth of the UW Club's fireplace. Appetizers will be served.

Location: Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room
Wednesday, November 3, 2010: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Presentation: What does the coming legislative season mean for the University of Washington, our departments, and our careers?

Speaker: Margaret Shepherd, UW Director of State Relations

Her presentation will focus on the opportunities as well as the challenges of the upcoming 2011 legislative session during unprecedented economic times. She will also share the UW's legislative proposal to protect the State's investment in public higher education and why it matters:

  1. Make higher education a legislative priority.
  2. Protect and preserve state funding for higher education.
  3. Grant the UW more authority over its operations and resources.

Shepherd works with state legislators, elected officials and state agency officials to advance the academic and legislative agenda of the University. Appointed the Director of State Relations for the University of Washington on December 1, 2009, Margaret previously worked in Olympia as the policy analyst on capital budget and transportation issues for the Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus. In this key position, she helped develop and manage the caucus's legislative agenda, advising members and Senate leadership on a range of complex policy, budget, and political issues. She also has worked for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a Seattle nonprofit community development financial institution. Shepherd is respected on both sides of the aisle for her thoughtful analysis, hard work and abundant energy. She brings a fresh perspective and new face to our representation in Olympia. Shepherd earned her B.A. in Public Affairs and M.P.A. from Seattle University.

Spring Member Meeting 2010
Location: Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room
Wednesday, April 28, 2010: 12-1:30 p.m.

Please join us for our spring membership meeting on April 28th! The PSO is celebrating its 20th anniversary with music, food, and a chance to show your appreciation for professional staff at the University of Washington.

In order to submit your expression of appreciation for a professional staff person with whom you have worked, please download the attachment below and complete and submit a slide template. These slides will be displayed at the Staff Appreciation Slideshow during the meeting.

Bob Roseth, a founder and first president of the Professional Staff Organization, will talk about the history of the PSO, as well as highlight major Board achievements over the past 20 years that have enhanced the working experience for thousands of professional staff at UW.

As is customary at our annual spring meeting, we will include a changing of the guard, passing the baton from our current president, Ethan Allen, to the next president, Anita Rocha.

Come network with your colleagues, enjoy light refreshments and music, and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the PSO. Refreshments will be served at noon and the program will begin at 12:30 p.m.

View the attachment: pso-20-year-retrospective-slideshow.pdf (606.8 KB)

BROWN BAG EVENT: Comedy, Economics, and Climate Change
Location: UW Tower Auditorium
Thursday, March 18, 2010: 12-1 p.m.

Don't miss what promises to be an entertaining presentation by Yoram Bauman, instructor with the Environmental Economics Department and stand-up comic.

BROWN BAG EVENT: Benefits Planning at Any Age
Location: HUB 200
Thursday, February 11, 2010: 12-1 p.m.

Presenter: Kathleen Dwyer, Executive Director, Benefits & WorkLife

Do you have questions about your UW benefits? Do you wonder how you should plan for retirement, if you should increase your contribution to your V.I.P account or ponder the difference between an IRA and a 403(b)?

If so, this program is for you!

Please join the PSO and UW Benefits Office for a discussion on benefits planning at any age.

View the attachment: UWBuildRetRoadmap.pdf (1.5 MB)

BROWN BAG EVENT: Healthy Cooking with Local Produce
Location: UW Tower Auditorium
Tuesday, January 12, 2010: 12-1 p.m.

Speaker: Cynthia Lair

Cynthia is a chef and author of Feeding the Young Athlete: Sports Nutrition Made Easy for Players and Parents and Feeding the Whole Family: Recipes for Babies, Young Children and Their Parents. She also hosts an online cooking show titled "Cookus Interruptus: How to Cook Fresh Local Organic Whole Foods Despite Life's Interruptions."

Cynthia is a nutritional instructor at Bastyr University, one of the world's leading academic centers for natural health sciences.

View the attachment: HealthyCooking.pdf (3.2 MB)

Location: Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room
Wednesday, November 4, 2009: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Presentation: Our Community: Strengthening Ties between the University and the U District

Speakers: Theresa Doherty, UW Assistant Vice President for Regional Affairs, and Teresa Lord Hugel, Executive Director of the University District Chamber of Commerce

The University district, both the residential area north of 45th as well as the business district along the Ave, are the "front doors" to the University of Washington. The success of the business district is directly linked to the patronage of UW students, staff and faculty. The residential neighborhoods north of 45th are teeming with students and many UW staff and faculty. On a daily basis, the UW Office of Regional Relations and the University District Chamber of Commerce are engaged in creating a successful link between the residential and business neighborhoods. At this member meeting, Theresa Doherty and Teresa Lord Hugel will outline past programs, as well as current and future programs that have had and will have a positive impact on this critical relationship.

Please be sure to attend this meeting to hear about a project that will positively impact the neighborhoods around the campus.

View the attachment: uw-and-u-district.pdf (2.1 MB)

Spring Member Meeting 2009
Location: Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room
Wednesday, April 29, 2009: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Speaker: Mary Lidstrom, Vice Provost for Research

Presentation: "UW Research Funding"

Brown Bag Event: Light Rail and the UW
Location: Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room
Tuesday, March 10, 2009: 12-1 p.m.

Speakers: Andy Casillas, Project Manager in UW Capital Projects and Tracy Reed, Sound Transit Link Project Manager

This program will provide a Sound Transit construction update, schedule review and some of the anticipated impacts on the UW campus.

Brown Bag Event: Dispute Resolution Resource Panel
Location: South Campus Center, Room 316 L
Thursday, February 26, 2009: 12-1 p.m.

Panelists: Julia Gold, UW Law School's Mediation Clinic; Jill Lee, University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO); Nicki McCraw, Human Resources; and Susan Neff, Ombudsman's Office.

This information session is an opportunity to learn about the different dispute resolution and mediation resources available to UW employees for reporting and resolving complaints, ranging from discrimination and sexual harassment to the conduct of a University employee. There will also be time for questions and answers. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. The session is a repeat of last year's successful program.

View the attachment: UCIRO office.pdf (53.5 KB)

Brown Bag Event: Positive Self-Management in Challenging Times
Location: UW Tower Auditorium
Thursday, January 15, 2009: 12-1 p.m.

Speaker: Janacki Severy, Management Dynamics

This informative and entertaining session led a fun exploration through five focus areas that offer skills to help you deal better with challenging times. Learn how the mind works and how emotions can enhance or interfere with how we manage our lives.

Topics included:

  • Managing You-manage yourself proactively and creatively
  • Managing Time-your success is due to self-awareness, balance and self-discipline
  • Managing Stress-manage your stress levels through techniques and self-care
  • Reframing-changing the frame changes the meaning
  • Winning Communication-successful communication creates winning relationships.

View the attachment: O9-Positiveselfmanag.ppt (961.5 KB)

Fall Membership Meeting 2008
Location: Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room
Wednesday, November 5, 2008: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Speakers: Mindy Kornberg, UW Vice President of Human Resources and Beth Warrick, UW Director of Professional & Organizational Development

This program discussed the results of the 2008 Campus Climate Survey. The survey, conducted earlier in 2008, asked staff and faculty to share their opinions on the UW work environment. The survey results also tracked the progress of the Leadership, Community and Values Initiative launched in 2005. The university-wide initiative led to important improvements in communication, leadership development, career advancement, recognition, diversity programming, and community building.

Brown Bag Event: UW CareLink--Faculty & Staff Assistance Program
Location: Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room
Wednesday, June 11, 2008: 12-1 p.m.

Speaker: Sue Covey, UW CareLink

The UW CareLink Program is an excellent benefit available to all UW faculty and staff. UW CareLink offers referrals for legal and financial consultants over the phone and a host of online support services through APS Helplink. CareLink is not only available to you and your dependents, but to anyone who resides in your household? UW CareLink also covers issues such as stress, dealing with changes, relationships; workplace issues, financial, and legal.

The program was an overview both of the UW Carelink benefits, and also discussed one aspect the Carelink benefit--Stress Management: "Finding Your Stress Points and Strategies for Managing Your Stress."

To learn more about CareLink's services, visit their Web site.

Spring Member Meeting 2008
Location: Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room
Wednesday, April 30, 2008: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Speaker: Rep. Frank Chopp, speaker of the Washington State House of Representatives

His talk was titled "2008 Session Wrap-Up."

View the attachment: One Washington.pdf (85.8 KB)

Brown Bag Event: The Importance of Humor in the Workplace
Location: Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room
Wednesday, March 19, 2008: 12-1 p.m.

Speaker: Patt Schwab, FUNdamentally Speaking

This informative and entertaining session focused on the use of humor as a management tool to rise above workplace challenges, coping with stress, and managing change.

Brown Bag Event: Dispute Resolution Resource Panel
Location: Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room
Tuesday, February 26, 2008: 12-1 p.m.

"Panelists:" Julia Gold, UW Law School's Mediation Clinic; Jill Lee, University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO); Nicki McCraw, Human Resources; and Susan Neff, Ombudsman's Office.

This information session provided an opportunity to learn about the different dispute resolution and mediation resources available to UW employees for reporting and resolving complaints. The session also marked the first time all of these resources have come together. If you missed this event, you can read the article in University Week for a recap.

View the attachment: UCIRO office.pdf (53.5 KB)

Fall Membership Meeting 2007
Location: Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room
Monday, December 3, 2007: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Speaker: Phyllis M. Wise, UW Provost and Executive Vice President

Presentation: "The Essential Role of Professional Staff in the Success of the UW"

Information Session on Enabling Legislation
Location: Gerberding Hall
Monday, June 11, 2007: 4:00 pm

In April 2007 the Legislature passed a law enabling certain employees of institutions of higher education the right to pursue the ability to collectively bargain. The Governor signed the bill on April 19, 2007; it is effective on July 22, 2007. View the legislation.

On June 11, 2007, PSO hosted an information session with Mindy Kornberg, Vice President for Human Resources and Lou Pisano, Executive Director of Labor Relations, Human Resources Labor Relations to talk about enabling legislation; what it means, who is affected, and what can happen next. Attached is the FAQ that was prepared by Labor Relations and distributed at the information session.

View the attachment: enabling_faq.pdf (9.5 KB)

PSO Spring Meeting 2007
Location: UW Campus
Tuesday, April 24, 2007: 6:00 PM

Guest Speakers: Eric Godfrey, vice provost for student life, Ed Taylor, vice provost and dean for undergraduate academic affairs, and Sheila Edwards Lange, interim vice-president and vice-provost for Minority Affairs and Diversity.

The feature presentation was "The Student Experience: Making 'Two UWs' into One."

The responsibilities and burdens disadvantaged students carry all too often limit their ability to fully participate in the experiences that distinguish a UW education. As a result, they experience a very different UW than their less-encumbered peers. Three University leaders, Vice Provosts Sheila Edwards Lange, Eric Godfrey, and Ed Taylor, shared their vision of undergraduate education at the UW and how they are working together to improve access and enrich the undergraduate experience.

Brown Bag Panel Presentation on the LCV Initiative
Location: Kane Hall, Walker Ames Room
Monday, March 26, 2007: 12-1 p.m.

Mindy Kornberg, vice president of Human Resources and chair of LCVI, along with a panel of managers responsible for LCVI-related programs, discussed on what's happening with the LCVI . Notes from the presentation. PowerPoint slides from the presentation.

Panel discussion included updates from:

  • Heidi Lang (staff leadership program)
  • Randi Shapiro (recognition)
  • Susan Templeton (career development)
  • Chesca Ward (diversity)
  • Elizabeth Warrick (community building)

Learn more about UW's workplace culture initiative.

Brown Bag Presentation Manage Your Stress - Fresh Thinking to Change Your Attitude to Life
Location: Kane Hall, Walker Ames Room
Thursday, March 15, 2007: 12-1 pm

The presentation
Can your life change in 45 minutes? Clive Shearer challenges you to view your everyday life, and any personal and professional difficulties, from a new perspective. Events might become less troublesome, and change less uncomfortable, when approached with a new attitude. Topics touched upon in this lunchtime session will include attitude adjustments to prepare for, and deal with things that go wrong, and the use of imagery to professionally work though upsetting situations. Putting things into perspective, learning from mistakes, and going beyond appreciation to imaginative gratitude will also be covered. Clive's tips for everyday living may help you see the ordinary in an extraordinary way, and thereby reawaken your ability to accept, appreciate and enjoy your everyday life.

The presenter
Clive Shearer, author of three books, is a member of the University of Washington Consulting Alliance and also a UW contract trainer and facilitator. He teaches multiple quarterly classes for UW Professional & Organizational Development (POD), including workshops on Managing Stress, Conflict Resolution, Turning Negative Emotions into Positive Outcomes, Dealing with Difficult People, Effective Coaching, Training and Meeting Skills, and Process Improvement. Clive has also served more than 20 different university and UW Medical Center departments with custom classes and consulting assignments.

View the attachment: Brownbag_Stress_small.pdf (275.4 KB)

PSO Fall Meeting 2006
Location: UW Campus
Wednesday, November 1, 2006: 6:00 PM

Guest Speaker President Mark Emmert talked about his vision for the University and the important role staff play in that vision.

Following the president's talk, we had a brief presentation on the Faculty/Staff/Retiree campaign for students. The campaign is a university-wide effort to allow faculty, staff, and retirees to create endowed funds for student support for things not funded through traditional scholarships, such as conference attendance and travel.

PSO Spring Meeting 2006
Location: UW Campus
Wednesday, April 26, 2006: 6:00 PM

Guest Speaker Steve Charvat, Director of Emergency Management, provided a general overview of the UW's new Office of Emergency Management. He talked about what PSO members need to know in case of a regional disaster.

Established in 2003, OEM is responsible for coordinating the university's comprehensive disaster management programs and developing the capacity of our 65,000 residents (students, faculty, staff, and visitors) to handle emergencies, both big and small. Steve's presentation will provide some recent case-studies of how last year's Triple-Threat hurricanes, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, affected higher education institutions along the Gulf Coast. He will also share practical tips and hints on how to better prepare our families and ourselves for the types of catastrophes that can affect the greater Puget Sound area.

PSO Fall Meeting 2005
Location: UW Campus
Wednesday, November 16, 2005: 6:00 PM

A panel of speakers provided an overview of the President's Leadership, Community, and Values Initiative, highlight the initial findings, and provide information regarding next steps in the process. On the panel were Ana Mari Cauce, Executive Vice-Provost; Jill McKinstry, Head, Odegaard Undergraduate Library; Joanne Suffis, Acting VP for Human Resources; and Bob Roseth, Director of News and Information.

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