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PSO News: Scholarship Deadline, Volunteer for the PSO & HR Mordernization

Posted Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Scholarship Applications due December 1st

The next round of scholarship applications are due Monday, December 1st. Did You Know: Annually, the PSO Board provides over $9,000 in scholarships and grants to professional staff. That Individuals can receive up to $300 to attend a conference, take a PoD course or a class? That groups of staff can apply for grants up to $500 to fund a training, host an event, or bring in a speaker? To apply, go to the Scholarships and Grants page. Or plan for the next round of applications will be due March 1st, 2015.

Volunteer for the PSO

The PSO Board is an all volunteer organization, and members are its staff support. There are always things to do, and the best way to find out is to show up. Think about joining a subcommittee and contribute your time. You can find out these committees at https://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/about/committees/standing/. Contact the chair of the specific committee or email psopres@uw.edu if you are interested.

HR/Payroll Modernization Project

The holidays provide an opportunity to catch up on items otherwise put aside So take some time to catch up on the roll out of Workday, the coming modernization of UW's payroll and human resource data systems. Check out the HR/Payroll modernization page for more information. Of special note, see this page on the Biweekly Pay Cycle

PSO Reminder: PSO Social TOMORROW at the UW Club

Posted Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TIME FOR A BREAK: PSO Social TOMORROW at the UW Club

The PSO concludes the year with an End-of-the-Year Social tomorrow at the UW Club on June 19th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 PM. (The UW Club, formerly known as the Faculty Club, is located on Stevens Way next to Hall Health, as shown in the map attached below.)

Standing Ovations Award winners will be honored at the reception and there will be an update of the recent PSO Board election. Drinks will be available (and free while tickets last) and food prepared by the Club will be served. While we be handing out awards and acknowledging Board members, the bulk of the meeting will be about meeting and greeting. From long experience, the Board knows that extraordinary things can happen from connections between staff from the various locations of the university.

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PSO Board Elections - Vote Now

Posted Tuesday, June 10, 2014

PSO Board Elections -- Vote Now

PSO Board Elections Open until June 16th

Please Vote for the 2014-2015 PSO Board Members! Now is the time to cast your vote for next year's PSO Board. Please take a few minutes to read the bios and vote. All the information can be found on the website below. All votes need to be submitted by noon, June 16th

Vote: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/psopres/240036

For further information email the chair of the elections committee, LeAnne Jones Wiles at ljwiles@uw.edu

Be Sure to Save the Date: PSO Social/Standing Ovation Reception

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.

PSO News: Final Reminder for Applying for the PSO Board

Posted Wednesday, June 4, 2014

PSO Board Nominations Extended to June 6th

The nominations period for to serve as PSO Board member or officer has been extended to Friday, June 6th. You can nominate yourself with a 150 word statement and a headshot. Apply at the following website: https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/psopres/31928. The PSO Board coordinates two member events a year, hosts brown bags on opportunities and news for members, and provides scholarships for individual members and groups of staff. By joining the PSO Board you can: gain a deeper understanding of the University; contribute to Board and university committees supporting professional staff; develop special events; develop skills in planning, communicating, and networking; and meet interesting people from parts of the university and its three campuses. For further information email the chair of the elections committee, LeAnne Jones Wiles at ljwiles@uw.edu

Be Sure to Save the Date: PSO Social/Standing Ovation Reception

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.

PSO News Update: May 2014: Elections, Standing Ovation Awards, and Scholarships

Posted Monday, May 12, 2014

PSO Board Nominations Extended to June 6th

The nominations period for to serve as PSO Board member or officer has been extended to **Friday, June 6th. You can nominate yourself with a 150 word statement and a headshot. Nominate yourself at https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/psopres/31928. The PSO Board coordinates two member events a year, hosts brown bags on opportunities and news for members, and provides scholarships for individual members. By joining the PSO Board you can: gain a deeper understanding of the University; contribute to Board and university committees supporting professional staff; develop special events; develop skills in planning, communicating, and networking; and meet interesting people from parts of the university and its three campuses. For further information email the chair of the elections committee, LeAnne Jones Wiles ljwiles@uw.edu

PSO "Bob Roseth" Standing Ovation Awards Nominations Now Open

The PSO's annual "Bob Roseth" Standing Ovation Awards acknowledge the service of outstanding members of the UW Professional Staff. Take an opportunity today and nominate your colleague for "outstanding professional work, contribution to the University and a commitment to excellent service that goes above and beyond." The PSO Awards page here https://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/development/awards/ explains how to submit nominations for exemplary staff. Nominations for the Standing Ovation Award will be accepted through May 30th. Winners will be celebrated at the Social announced below!!

Be Sure to Save the Date: PSO Social/Standing Ovation Reception

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.

Apply for PSO Scholarships & Grants by June 1st

Applications submitted by June 1st will be considered for the next cycle of PSO Scholarships & Grants. Scholarships for individuals up to $350 and grants for groups up to $500 are available. Please see PSO Scholarship page at https://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/development/ for further information and applications.

PSO News: November 2013 -- General Meeting Edition

Posted Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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
/psoweb/development/

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/

PSO News: November 2013

Posted Friday, November 8, 2013

Save the Date: The PSO's Fall General Meeting to be held on Tuesday, December 3rd

The PSO Fall General Meeting will feature Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, Vice Provost for Digital Initiatives and Dean of University Libraries. The meeting will take place Tuesday, December 3rd from 11:30 to 1:00 in Walker-Ames (Kane 225). PSO information, food and door prizes will be provided.

Scholarship Applications Due December 2nd

The next cycle of applications for PSO Scholarships are due December 2nd. 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/psoweb/development/

PSO Spotlight -- Board Member Ashley Bradley, Education, UWT

Ashley Bradley is a Graduate Advisor and Program Coordinator for the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington Tacoma. Ashley is in her first year on the PSO Board for the UW as welll as serviing as the Secretary for the Staff Association (SA) at UWT. Ashley obtained her Master of Education degree from Seattle University, specializing in Student Development Administration (SDA) in Higher Education. Ms. Bradley, was recently published in MAGIS: A Student Development Journal for the article, "Global engagement for students with disabilities: Best practices in higher education."

Campus News: UW Wins Green Washington Award

The University of Washington's sustainability leadership was recognized Tuesday evening, Octiber 29th at the fifth annual Green Washington Awards , hosted by Seattle Magazine. The University received the Silver Award in the Academia category-one of 12 categories honoring the 22 top sustainability-minded organizations. The UW consistently ranks]among the top environmentally-friendly schools in the United States. Most recently, the University was named to the Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll and the Sierra Club's "Greenest Colleges" list. For more information about the university's sustainability initiatives, see the website for the Sustainability Office.

PSO News: September 2013

Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2013

PSO Members on Faculty Councils

New and returning PSO representatives to the university's Faculty Councils have been nominated for approval at the Faculty Senate's meeting on October 24th. These Councils play an important role in the university's shared governance process, including developing policy that is ultimately approved by the faculty. For more information about these committees see the Faculty Councils' webpage. PSO Representatives to the Councils for 2013-2014 include: Academic Standards: Grant Kollet; Benefits & Retirement: Alison Navarrete; Faculty Affairs: Anton Zanotto; Multicultural Affairs: Eliana Lobo; Student Affairs: LeAnne Jones Wiles; Teaching & Learning: Robert Corbett; Tri-Campus Policy: Rebecca Deardorff; University Facilities & Services: Paul Zuchowski; University Libraries: Ellen Barker; Women in Academia: Joyce Agee.

PSO Spotlight -- Past President Joyce Agee

Joyce Agee, Libraries Associate Director for Advancement had lived in London, and Melbourne and Sydney, Australia before moving to Seattle in 1999. Seattle seemed a perfect blend of both-a temperate climate like England combined with the natural beauty and spaciousness of Australia. Working at the Libraries has been a privilege as she has helped raise private support over twelve years for collections, student scholarships, staff development and other programs. Her work with the PSO as President last year was very rewarding and she found her colleagues on the board inspiring with their dedication to the University and their work.

PSO News: June 2013

Posted Thursday, June 27, 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, Josh Larios, Eliana Lobo, and LeAnne Wiles.

Take the PSO Survey
Take our short PSO member survey at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/lindah7/188487. We want to get to know you better, know what you do in your work, and how we can best serve you. Thanks for your time! The more we know, the better we'll be able to work with you to provide you with great programing and support.

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 http://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/development/

PSO News: PSO Election Reminder

Posted Thursday, June 13, 2013

PSO Elections - Starting June 1 to June 17, 2013

Nominations are in and now the elections for PSO Board officers and Board members for 2013-14 are beginning. So please come vote! Each officer term is for one year, while board members serve for two year term. Go to the PSO website to learn about the candidates at https://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/special_link/election2013.php The candidate page includes the link to the Catalyst website for the poll, which requires a NetID. The poll is here: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/psoweb/204597

PSO Survey: Extended to June 21

Take our short PSO member survey at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/lindah7/188487. We want to get to know you better, know what you do in your work, and how we can best serve you. Thanks for your time! The more we know, the better we'll be able to work with you to provide you with great programing and support.

PSO News: PSO Elections Edition

Posted Friday, May 31, 2013

PSO Elections - Starting June 1 to June 17, 2013

Nominations are in and now the elections for PSO Board officers and Board members for 2013-14 are beginning. So please come vote! Each officer term is for one year, while board members serve for two year term. Go to the PSO website to learn about the candidates at https://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/special_link/election2013.php The candidate page includes the link to the Catalyst website for the poll, which requires a NetID. The poll is here: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/psoweb/204597

PSO Scholarships and Grant Deadline - June 1, 2013

It isn't too late to submit a PSO Scholarship application. Funds are awarded for expenses related to professional development classes, conferences, meetings, and workshops offered by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD) or other organizations, on or off-campus. For more information go to http://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/development/

PSO News: May Second Special Edition

Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Spring Meeting - Guest Speaker, Bob Walsh on Thursday, May 9th 11:30 - 1:00pm, Alder Commons

Seattle Business Magazine named Walsh Construction Company the #1 "Best Company to Work For 2012" among mid-size firms. Walsh Construction has played a large part in the ongoing West Campus student housing transformation. We are delighted to welcome Bob Walsh who will share with us his insights on how to run a successful business, why quality benefits for employees matter, and how to put your ideals to work. He is known for his commitment to low-income housing and for encouraging his employees to volunteer and to participate in a giving campaign. We have some great door prizes to give away: two summer quarter IMA memberships (through May 28 - Oct. 4, 2013), Meany World Series tickets, Visiting Artists Concert tickets from Ethnomusicology, tickets to the Combined Choir & UW Symphony from the School of Music, a POD Webinar Class and a special 'surprise' gift basket. We will be recognizing PSO Standing Ovation Awards recipients (formerly Prostaff Awards). Join us for a light lunch and a chance to learn more about the PSO. (The entrance to Alder Commons and Auditorium is at NE 40th and Brooklyn Avenue NE.)

PSO Scholarships and Grant Deadline - June 1, 2013

PSO Scholarships provide funds for expenses related to professional development classes, conferences, meetings, and workshops offered by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD) or other organizations, on or off-campus. Funds may be used for registration, travel, books, materials, etc. Go to http://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/development/

PSO Election. Nominations Now Being Accepted Until May 17.

Please send a photograph and a brief essay (no more than 150 words) to https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/ageejoy/27449. Elections will be held from May 22 to June 10. If you would like more information contact psopres@uw.edu.

PSO News Special Edition: May 2013

Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Spring Meeting - Guest Speaker, Bob Walsh on Thursday, May 9th 11:30 - 1:00pm, Alder Commons

Take an opportunity to hear Bob Walsh of Walsh Construction speak about his business achievements, and his successful efforts to construct affordable, multi-unit housing benefiting low-income families, senior citizens and those with special needs. Join us next Thursday for his talk, a light luncheon and a special raffle. The IMA have generously donated two summer quarter memberships (through May 28 - Oct. 4, 2013! Get fit courtesy of the IMA! At the meeting, we will also be recognizing the recipients of the PSO Standing Ovation Awards (formerly Prostaff Awards). Join us to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of your Prostaff colleagues. (The entrance to Alder Commons and Auditorium is at NE 40th and Brooklyn Avenue NE.)

PSO Election. Nominations Now Being Accepted Until May 17.
Are you interested in learning more about the University and the role your PSO colleagues play across three campuses? Do you want to gain experience as an officer on a board, marketing and communications, managing events or learn more about the activities of Faculty Councils? Run for the PSO Board. We are accepting nominations now. Please send a photograph and a brief essay (no more than 150 words) to https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/ageejoy/27449 We are accepting nominations until May 17. Elections will be held from May 22 to June 10. If you would like more information contact psopres@uw.edu.

PSO News: April 2013

Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2013

PSO Spring Meeting Guest Speaker-Bob Walsh, Thursday, May 9th 11:30 - 1:00pm, Alder Commons

Inspirational is probably one of the words used to describe Bob Walsh of Walsh Construction. Bob will share his insights on how he runs a successful company while never losing sight of his ideals. Not only does he have a commitment to low-income housing but his employees are encouraged to participate in an annual giving campaign that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity. Join us at Alder Commons http://uw.edu/maps/?alder-hall for light refreshments, network with colleagues and take an opportunity to be inspired!

PSO Board Election-Serve on the Board in 2013-2014

Serve the University as a PSO Board member. Gain a deeper understanding of the University and participate on Faculty committees. Become a member of the Scholarship Committee supporting the professional development of Professions Staff; develop special events or work on the Communication Committee. For further information email psopres@uw.edu.

PSO Staff Spotlight-Annette Anderson, Curriculum Director UW Bothell

Annette works to expand degree offerings and non-credit programs. Currently, she is working with Bothell faculty, students and community partners developing programs to encourage interest in STEM disciplines for underserved Middle and High School students. Research interests include P- 12 education and higher education policy while earlier research focused on cultural competency in health care and health services. As part of her health related research, she developed assessment tools to evaluate the delivery of culturally competent services, designed, and conducted community-based research projects for regional and national agencies including WA DOH and HRSA. Annette values her work as Vice President of Centerstone, the oldest Community Service Organization (CSO) in the Pacific Northwest and as a member of the PSO Board.

PSO Scholarship Winners-April 2013

Congratulations to our scholarship winners who reflect the diversity of PSO members' professional activities! Alisaa Dunloy, Dept of Global Health; Angela Garza, Rehabilitation Medicine; Collin Furukawa, Center for Clinical Excellence; Jeannette Mills, School of Art; Lalitha Subramanian, Institute for Translational Health Science; Carrie Cornett, Center for Clinical Excellence; David Hlebain, Carlson Leadership Center; Matt Wojhiakowski, Carlson Leadership Center; Andy Hieb, Dept of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and Ana Keeney, UWMC HR. See the PSO's scholarship page for more information about these opportunities: http://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/development.

PSO Survey-It's All About You!

Take our short PSO member survey at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/lindah7/188487. We want to get to know you better, know what you do in your work, and how we can best serve you. Thanks for your time! The more we know, the better we'll be able to work with you to provide you with great programing and support.

PSO News: April 2013

Posted Friday, April 5, 2013

Standing Ovation Awards: NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL MIDNIGHT APRIL 19TH
The annual PSO Standing Ovation Awards acknowledge the service of outstanding Professional staff. Take an opportunity to nominate a colleague for their "outstanding professional work, contribution to the University and a commitment to excellent service that goes above and beyond." Go to the Standing Ovation nomination survey to submit an online nomination. Recipients will be honored at the Spring Meeting on May 9th. Put it on your calendar!

PSO Spring Meeting - Guest Speaker, Bob Walsh on Thursday, May 9th 11:30 - 1:00pm, Alder Commons
Seattle Business Magazine named Walsh Construction Company the #1 "Best Company to Work For" among mid-size firms. Walsh Construction has served as the General Contractor/Construction Manager for a number of the recent student housing buildings recently constructed or in development on West Campus, including Alder Hall - the location of our spring meeting. 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!

PSO Board Nomination- Support the PSO - 2013-2014
Consider running for the PSO Board. Learn about University policy and planning, serve on the Scholarship Committee that supports Prostaff professional development across three campuses or join the Events Committee and help to plan our annual Fall and Spring meetings. Elections will be held in June. If you are interested in learning more about board activities email psopres@uw.edu

PSO News: March 2013

Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2013

PSO Board Nomination- Support the PSO - 2013-2014
Consider running for the PSO Board. Learn about University policy and planning, serve on the Scholarship Committee that supports Prostaff professional development across three campuses or join the Events Committee and help to plan our annual Fall and Spring meetings. Elections will be held in June. If you are interested in learning more about board activities email psopres@uw.edu

PSO Spring Meeting - Guest Speaker, Bob Walsh on Thursday, May 9th 11:30 - 1:00pm, Alder Commons
Seattle Business Magazine named Walsh Construction Company the #1 "Best Company to Work For" among mid-size firms. We are delighted to welcome Bob Walsh as our guest 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!

PSO Staff Spotlight - Deci Evans, Program Operations Specialist, Harborview Medical Center
Deci Evans understands the serious impact trauma has on patients. As the Program Operation Specialist at the Department of Surgery at Harborview in the division of Trauma/Burns, she works closely with the Chief of Trauma, Adjunct professor of Neurological Surgery and the Acute Care section head for Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC). Her role is to assist these dedicated surgeons with their daily administrative needs and special projects. Deci is known as "the go to person in her department" and is "a committed team player" who is always ready to lend a hand to her co-workers when they need it. As PSO Secretary, she has been invaluable contributor to the work of the Board. We congratulate Deci on her outstanding professional contribution to the University for the past fifteen years.

Husky Green Awards - Take a Moment for the Environment
Take an opportunity to nominate someone who is helping make our campus greener. The submission deadline is March 30, 2013. Go to green.washington.edu/hga to learn more about University of Washington's Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability initiatives.

PSO News: February 2013

Posted Thursday, February 28, 2013

PSO Spring Meeting - Guest Speaker, Bob Walsh
Date: Thursday, May 9th 11:30 - 1:00pm; Location: Alder Hall Commons
We are very pleased to announce that Bob Walsh of Walsh Construction Co. will be our guest speaker at the PSO Spring Meeting. "Walsh, has a lengthy history of improving the quality of life for low-income families, senior citizens and those with special needs by focusing much of his energy on the construction of affordable, multi-unit housing. This community commitment permeates the company, as employees are encouraged to volunteer for many local non-profit organizations. An employee giving campaign results in hundreds of thousands of dollars donated annually to charities. " Come be inspired and listen to someone who makes a difference every day!

Link to map: http://uw.edu/maps/?alder-hall

PSO Staff Spotlight - Carmen Cook, Facilities and Planning Coordinator, I-School
Carmen has been at the University for over sixteen years with her last several years at the Information School. As the Facilities and Planning Coordinator, Carmen corrals the school's furniture and equipment and office space allocation. Her job is to make sure everyone at the Information has a safe and comfortable place to work. She works closely with the Associate Dean for administration and planning, allocating resources and managing the school's policies and procedures library. As a people person, Carmen is a creative problem solver who greatly enjoys solving day to day challenges by being out and about the community and checking in and getting things fixed. You can learn more about Carmen at the Information School People mover track at http://ischool.uw.edu/people/meet-us.

PSO Survey
Take a moment to fill out this brief survey. We are interested in learning more about you and the ways the PSO can serve you. Your response can help us develop programs that best support members, so complete the https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/lindah7/188487. The results of the survey will be published on the PSO website. The survey closes April 1st.

PSO Board Nominations - 2013-2014
Do you want to make a difference and help other Professional staff across three campuses? Join the Board and have an opportunity to learn more about the University, participate on faculty councils. Elections will be held in June. If you are interested in learning more email psopres@uw.edu .

PSO News: January 2013

Posted Tuesday, January 22, 2013

PSO Staff Spotlight - Hollye Keister, Registrar Burke Museum and PSO Treasurer
Hollye manages and provides access (fortunately not all at once) to fifteen million artifacts and specimens as part of her job at the Burke Museum. From "a very small flea collection" to "more than 3 million specimens of fossil invertebrates, vertebrates, plants, single-celled protists, trace fossils, and modern mollusks," Hollye is a friendly overseer for the Burke's remarkable natural history and culture collection all of which belongs to the residents of Washington State. Other responsibilities include the management of traveling exhibitions, researching loans, overseeing the fine art and archive collections and ensuring legal and ethical compliance. Hollye is a graduate of the UW Museology master's program and has been at the University for ten years. She finds working at the Burke inspiring with its "dedication to stewardship and teaching others to value the interconnectedness of life."

Ana Mari Cauce - PSO Fall 2012 Meeting
For PSO members who weren't able to attend the Fall Meeting and hear the Provost's talk, link to the full presentation at (requires NETID) https://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/events/archives/20121106_Cauce.php. . Ana Mari gave a positive and energetic talk that spoke of progress, despite budget cuts and the many challenges over the last five years.

PSO Survey-Give us your opinion. DEADLINE: March 1, 2013
We are interested in learning more about you and the ways the PSO can serve you. Take a moment to fill out this brief survey. Your responses can help us develop programs that best support all PSO members by learning more about pro staff roles and responsibilities at the University. Please go to the Catalyst Survey (requires NETID): https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/lindah7/188487. The results of the survey will be published on the PSO website.

Scholarships and Grants Deadline - March 1, 2013
The PSO Board allocates over $9,000 annually from members donations to assist Prostaff to attend conferences, workshops and courses, and attain professional certification . The next deadline for applications is March 1st. If you have any questions regarding the program write to PSOschol@uw.edu or go to the PSO Scholarship page: http://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/development/scholarships/.

Contribute to the PSO
While all UW professional staff are members of PSO, your contributions help pay for PSO scholarships, awards and events. This is one of most meaningful ways of helping your PSO colleagues. Donate today https://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/contribute/. Thank you!

Plastics Unwrapped Exhibition at the Burke Museum until May 27, 2013
One of the most enjoyable perks of being a UW staff, student or faculty member is the opportunity to see exhibitions at the Burke and Henry Art Gallery for free. Pop in and see the Burke's latest exhibition that explores the history and impact of plastics in our lives and on our planet. Did you know that 3,000 plastic shopping bags are used every quarter second in the U.S. and that there are only 25 cities that have successfully banned them? Learn more about plastics and their effect on our health, culture and environment. For more information go to http://www.burkemuseum.org/

PSO News: December 2012

Posted Thursday, December 6, 2012

PSO Scholarship and Grants deadline is December 1.
PSO board members and other professional staff take monthly deductions from their salaries to support members' professional development through scholarships and grants. Scholarships can fund expenses related to classes, conferences, meetings and workshops. Grants, on the other hand, are available to support a group of professional staff members. For more information go to our Scholarships and Grants link. Please consider supporting the PSO Scholarships and Grants program with a small monthly salary deduction.

PSO Spotlight.
Kudos to Professional Staff member John Pariseau, Director of Recreational Sports Programs, who received a special acknowledgement in President Young's blog last week for finding a solution to the dilemma facing transgender students who are using intramural locker rooms. Go to the President's Blog to read more. John said� that he wrote a note to the President "thanking him for his kind remarks and also acknowledging the other groups and individuals who contributed to this effort."

PSO Survey.
The PSO Board is initiating a survey to learn about our members' activities and how we can better serve you. Look for more information about the survey in our December newsletter and take an opportunity to fill it out.�  We want to hear from you!

Board Recruitment. Consider running for the PSO Board and becoming an officer. Elections will be held in the spring but it is never too early to consider how you might be able to contribute. We are seeking energetic and committed individuals to help with the Prostaff program, the Scholarship and Grant Committee, events, and to sit on Faculty committees and councils.

The Giving Season.
One of the best things about the holidays is the opportunity to support one of your favorite things. Consider giving a small gift to a UW student scholarship, an endowment in your department or to another organization that is making a difference in the community.

PSO News: December 2012

Posted Thursday, December 6, 2012

PSO Scholarship application deadline is December 31.
PSO board members and other professional staff take monthly deductions from their salaries to support members' professional development through scholarships and grants. Scholarships can fund expenses related to classes, conferences, meetings and workshops.  Grants, on the other hand, are available to support a group of professional staff members.  For more information go to our Scholarships and Grants link.  Please consider supporting the PSO Scholarships and Grants program with a small monthly salary deduction.

PSO Spotlight.
Kudos to Professional Staff member John Pariseau, Director of Recreational Sports Programs, who received a special acknowledgement in President Young's blog last week for finding a solution to the dilemma facing transgender students who are using intramural locker rooms. Go to the President's Blog to read more.  John said that he wrote a note to the President "thanking him for his kind remarks and also acknowledging the other groups and individuals who contributed to this effort."

PSO Survey.
The PSO Board is initiating a survey to learn about our members' activities and how we can better serve you.  Look for more information about the survey in our December newsletter and take an opportunity to fill it out.  We want to hear from you!

Board Recruitment. Consider running for the PSO Board and becoming an officer. Elections will be held in the spring but it is never too early to consider how you might be able to contribute.  We are seeking energetic and committed individuals to help with the Prostaff program, the Scholarship and Grant Committee, events, and to sit on Faculty committees and councils.

The Giving Season.
One of the best things about the holidays is the opportunity to support one of your favorite things.  Consider giving a small gift to a UW student scholarship, an endowment in your department or to another organization that is making a difference in the community.

PSO News: December 2012

Posted Wednesday, December 5, 2012

PSO Scholarship application deadline is December 31.
PSO board members and other professional staff take monthly deductions from their salaries to support our members' professional development through scholarships and grants . Scholarships can fund expenses related to classes, conferences, meetings, and workshops, and grants are available to support a group of UW professional staff members. For more information, see Scholarships or Grants. Please consider supporting the PSO Scholarships and Grants program with a small monthly salary deduction.

PSO Spotlight.
Kudos to Professional Staff member John Pariseau, Director of Recreational Sports Programs, who received a special acknowledgement in President Young's blog last week for finding a solution to the dilemma facing transgender students using intramural locker rooms. Go to the President's Blog . John said he wrote a note to President Young "thanking him for his kind remarks and also acknowledged the other groups and individuals who contributed to this effort."

PSO Survey.
The PSO Board is initiating a survey to learn about our members' activities and how we can better serve you. Look for more information about the survey in our December newsletter and take an opportunity to fill it out. We want to hear from you!

Board Recruitment.
Consider running for the PSO Board and becoming an officer. Elections will be held in the spring but it is never too early to consider how you might be able to contribute. We are seeking energetic and committed individuals to help with the Prostaff program, the Scholarship and Grant Committee, events, and to sit on Faculty committees and councils.

The Giving Season.
One of the best things about the holidays is that it gives you a special opportunity to support one of your favorite things. Consider giving a small gift to a UW student scholarship, an endowment in your department or to another organization that is making a difference in the community.

PSO News: October 2012

Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Save the Date - PSO Fall Meeting with Provost Ana Mari Cauce -Tues., Nov. 6, 2012 - 11:30am - 1:00pm , Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall

Don't miss this special opportunity to hear Provost Cauce speak about her perspective on the challenges facing the University and how she maintains passion and enthusiasm for her work. Door prizes include: a POD webinar, Managing and Organizing your Inbox in Outlook; an insider's tour for four to the Burke Museum; tickets for two to the Meany World Series and much more! Refreshments will be served. For Professional Staff on the Tacoma and Bothell campuses who won't be able to attend, Provost Cauce's talk will be taped and available online.

Nominations for the Distinguished Staff Award & the David Thorud Leadership Award due by Dec. 7

Who in your workplace has shown outstanding leadership? The Distinguished Staff Award is your opportunity to acknowledge the excellence of a team or one of your peers. Go to http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/dsa/ for more information. The Thorud Award honors Dean Emeritus Thorud 's longtime service to the UW and is awarded to a distinguished faculty or staff member. Go to http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/thorud/ Honor a colleague and submit a nomination.

Staff Spotlight - PSO Josh Larios, CSS Advanced Systems Engineer, UW Bothell

Josh is celebrating his eleventh year at the UW and his fifteenth as a member of the UW community. Serving as a liaison between the Computing & Software Systems and the UWB Information Technologies departments, he supports existing classroom and research technologies and helps faculty research new solutions. As a veteran of several startups, Josh brings a practical perspective to his work and believes his real life experiences from the dotcom boom benefits students graduating from the CSS program. In his spare time, Josh is a co-founder of an old-time music jam session, where he plays fiddle, mandolin and bass, and he is also fond of bargain hunting at UW Surplus.

PSO History Preserved

Marge Baylor was an Academic Adviser at the College of Education and remembers traveling with other 'exempt' staff to meet with State Representative Gary Locke in Olympia during the 1990s to advocate for higher compensation for professional staff. This group laid the groundwork for the Professional Staff Organization that exists today. Marge dropped by to the Seattle campus a few weeks ago to donate a file documenting the group's early activities, which will be preserved in the University Archives.

Give to the PSO - http://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/contribute/

The PSO works to help professional staff advance in their careers. We give over 20 scholarships annually to assist professional staff to attend conferences, workshops and courses, and gain accreditation. Often departments don't have the means to support these activities. Help your colleagues across campus by making a monthly donation.

PSO News: September 2012

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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.

Prostaff Awards - Next Nomination Deadline
The Prostaff Awards were inaugurated to recognize the talents and contribution of Professional Staff. Over the last two years, we have recognized more than 20 staff. Nominations for the next round are due by October 31 by 5:00p.m. To see the guidelines and nominate a colleague go to http://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/development/awards
Please consider giving a monthly pay deduction to support the Prostaff Awards, PSO scholarships and other important programs by contributing.

PSO Staff Spotlight - Eliana Lobo, Supervisor Interpreter Services, Harborview Medical Center
Over the next twelve months, we will be introducing you to Professional Staff who are making outstanding contributions on our three campuses.
Eliana is a valued member of the PSO Board and serves on the Multicultural Affairs Council. She is a registered court and medical interpreter, trilingual interpreter/translator, (English, Portuguese and Spanish) and a Fullbright grant recipient. Harborview has 40 interpreters in 24 languages from Spanish to Somali and Cambodian. Last year, her department (Director, 3 Supervisors and RN3) coordinated an astonishing 140,000 interpreted encounters. Born and raised in Brazil and Mexico, Eliana brings a thoughtful and wide ranging perspective benefiting the PSO Board and our University community.

Shared Leave
The Shared Leave Program can be extremely helpful when an employee is facing several months of leave without pay while they are recovering from, or coping with, a serious medical condition or caring for a family member. The PSO Board recognized that a Shared Leave Program was an important initiative. Last year, PSO Board members Brian Tyl, Suzy Hunter, Josh Larios and LeeAnne Jones Wiles worked with UW Human Resources to develop and launch the PSO program to benefit Professional Staff. For more information on the PSO Shared Leave Program go to http://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/sharedleave

Save the Date - PSO Fall Annual Meeting to be Held November 6th
The PSO Board will have its Fall Annual Meeting on November 6th, including Provost Ana Mari Cauce as speaker. More detail will be forthcoming next week.

PSO News: August 2012

Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2012

PSO Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our most recent professional development scholarships winners: Sharon Birks and Hally Swift from the Burke Museum; Aric Lane from the Department of Medicine; Nicolette Bromberg, Libraries, and Dorian Varga, Department of Bioengineering. In addition, we awarded a grant to Rachel Vaughn to support a workshop at the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center on Asset Based Community Development.

Scholarship Deadline

The next deadline to apply for scholarships or grants is September l. For information on how to apply or to donate to the PSO go to the Scholarships. Special thanks to Nadine Gruhn, Scholarships and Grants Committee Chair, and our committee members for their work to select our winners.

Your contribution counts

Each year the PSO gives over $9,000 in scholarships and grants to professional staff over three campuses. With a small salary deduction, you can help other professional staff attend national and regional conferences and get vital training for professional development. Please consider becoming a donor to this important PSO program.

Campus News: World of Tomorrow

Finally, treat yourself to a nostalgic look at the Libraries exhibition "World of Tomorrow: Looking back at the Seattle Worlds Fair" featuring a poster from the Elvis Presley film "It Happened at the Fair", home movies, photographs, records and other ephemera. The exhibit celebrates the 50-year anniversary of this major event that helped to shape our city and will be on display until Sept. 14.

PSO News: June 2012

Posted Friday, June 1, 2012

We have newly elected PSO Officers and Board Members! A big appreciation goes out to the following ProStaff that have been overwhelming approved to lead the PSO. Terms begin July 1.

Congratulate President Joyce Agee, Vice President Brian Tyl, Secretary Deci Evans, and Treasurer Hollye Keister.

The following elected board members join their fellow directors: Annette Anderson, Alex Bolton, Linda Hanlon, Josh Larios, Eliana Lobo, and LeAnne Jones Wiles.

Campus News

Celebrate outstanding achievements! Join our colleagues for the 2012 UW Awards of Excellence Ceremony on Thursday, June 7 at 3:30 PM in the Meany Hall Auditorium. Among those awarded, the following professional staff members will be honored for their remarkable contributions.

Distinguished Staff Award -- Billy Colburn (Psychiatry, HMC), Deborah Harper (Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology)

David B Thorud Leadership Award - Joyce Yen (Engineering)

For more information on all recipients and the ceremony, visit Awards of Excellence.

PSO News: May 2012

Posted Friday, May 25, 2012

Vote for your PSO Board Members! The election for new PSO directors and officers is going on now through May 31! Please take just a few minutes to complete a ballot here: PSO Election.

PSO Scholarship application deadline is June 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, see Scholarships or Grants.

PSO News: May 2012

Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Vote for your PSO Board Members! The election for new PSO directors and officers is going on now through May 31! Please take just a few minutes to complete a ballot here: PSO Election.

PSO Scholarship application deadline is June 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, see Scholarships or Grants.

Campus News

ECC Beam Raising. Join students, staff, faculty & community at the new Samuel E Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, Thursday May 24th at 3:00 PM on the corner of 40th and Brooklyn. Come sign the beam and watch the crane lift it to the roof. Native American food will be available for purchase.

PSO News: May 2012

Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Vote for your PSO Board Members! The election for new PSO directors and officers is going on now! Please take just a few minutes to complete a ballot here: PSO Election.

PSO Scholarship application deadline is June 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, see Scholarships or Grants.

PSO Spring Newsletter just released. It's filled with information about the Spring Meeting with Susan Christy, the roll-out of a Shared Leave On-Line Tool, the latest ProStaff Award winners, and more. See the PSO Spring Newsletter.

PSO News: May 2012

Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Don't miss the PSO Spring Members Meeting! Author and organizational development consultant Susan Christy will speak on the Faculty and Staff Relationship: Working Effectively for Success. Tuesday, May 15; doors open at 11:45am, program begins at noon; Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall. All prostaff are welcome. For more information, see Spring Meeting.

PSO Spring Newsletter just released. It's filled with information about the Spring Meeting with Susan Christy, the roll-out of a Shared Leave On-Line Tool, the latest ProStaff Award winners, and more. See the PSO Spring Newsletter.

PSO Scholarship application deadline is June 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, see Scholarships or Grants.

PSO News: April 2012

Posted Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Deadline extended: Become a PSO Board Member! We've extended the deadline for nominations through April 26. All professional staff are eligible to serve on the PSO Board of Directors or as Officers. For more information and to submit a nomination form, visit becoming a board member.

The Faculty and Staff Relationship: Working Effectively for Success. PSO Spring Members Meeting. Tue May 15, doors open at 11:45 AM, program begins at noon, Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall. Author, organizational development consultant, and national speaker Susan Christy will speak to PSO members and guests on facets of the faculty and staff relationship and working effectively for success. All prostaff are welcome. For more information, see Spring Meeting.

Campus News

New child care resources available. Bright Horizons, a private provider of child care services, now offers priority enrollment access and emergency back-up care to UW faculty, staff and students. Brian Tyl, PSO Board member, wrote, "There hasn't been this big of a benefit since the daycare was created 15 yrs ago! Amy Hawkins deserves HUGE credit and kudos." For more information, visit New Daycare Resource.

PSO News: March 2012

Posted Thursday, March 15, 2012

Professional Staff Organization's Spring Members Meeting. Tue May 15, doors open at 11:30 AM, program begins at noon, Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall. All prostaff are welcome. The PSO is working hard to confirm a nationally known speaker and expert on the faculty/staff working relationship. Save the date and stay tuned!

PSO Brown bag: Sustainability at the UW. Wed Mar 14, noon-1:00PM, Mary Gates Hall, Rm 420. Come learn about sustainability initiatives occurring across the three UW campuses from Claudia Frere, Aubrey Batchelor, and Jennifer Perkins of the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability (ESS) Office. For more information and a printable flyer, visit Sustainability.

Newest PSO ProStaff Award winners! Please join us in congratulating Malanie Pepin from Pathology, Adam Hall from the UW Libraries, and Saunty Kaghan from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Their amazing contributions were formally recognized, and each received an award, a gift and a celebration among their colleagues. For more information on how to nominate someone for a ProStaff Award, visit ProStaff Awards.

Campus News

Husky Green Awards. Nominate an individual or team making a difference to the environment on any of the three UW campuses. The submission deadline is March 30. See Husky Green Award for more information.

PSO News: January 2012

Posted Wednesday, January 25, 2012

BROWN BAG EVENT: Earthquake Preparedness. Thu Jan 26, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. UW Tower Auditorium. Siri-Elizabeth McLean, Plans and Training Manager with UW Emergency Management, will speak on disaster and personal preparedness. McLean prepares the responders who work with Emergency Management and she's studying to become a certified trainer with FEMA. For more information, visit Earthquake Preparedness.

Campus News

Proposed changes to Retirement Plan. For members that participate in either the UW Retirement Plan (UWRP) or Voluntary Investment Program (VIP), Human Resources will be conducting informational meetings on proposed changes to these plans. To dispel any misconception, the PSO has not taken a position on, neither for nor against, these proposed changes.

Two sessions will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2012:

Session 1: Tacoma. 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, UW Tacoma, Cherry Parkes, Room 324

Session 2: Seattle. 4:30 - 6:00 pm, UW Seattle, Kane Hall, Room 210 . Note: This session will be webcast via UWTV.

Three sessions will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2012:

Session 3: Bothell. 8:00 - 9:30 am, UW Bothell, UW-1, Rose Room 280

Session 4: Health Sciences. Noon - 1:30 pm, Health Sciences, Hogness Auditorium, Room A-420

Session 5: Harborview. 3:30 - 4:50 pm, Harborview Medical Center, Research & Training Building, Room 117 & 121

For more information on the proposed changes, visit Proposed changes UWRP & VIP or read an exerpt from an email announcement below.

From email sent on January 24, 2012

Subject: UWRP/VIP Open Sessions to Review Proposed Changes

After more than two years of review and work with an investment consultant, the UW Retirement Fund Review Committee has finalized recommendations to simplify the investment approach for the UW Retirement Plan (UWRP) and the Voluntary Investment Program (VIP). The recommendations will allow for an improved customer experience, lower participant fees, and provide the University more administrative oversight of the plans as required by the IRS and the Department of Labor. Other proposed improvements include:

-Selecting a master recordkeeper,

-A simplified plan structure and investment approach,

-Simplified online investment transactions,

-More opportunities for education and individual consultation,

-A brokerage window option with access to thousands of mutual funds,

-And a new Roth 403(b) after-tax feature for the VIP.

With the proposed changes having received early review and input from key faculty and staff stakeholder committees, we are excited to share the proposed improvements with all faculty and staff who currently participate in the UWRP and/or VIP at several open information sessions. Come learn why UW peer institutions are making these same changes and how you can benefit. Sessions will include time to ask questions and give input on these proposed improvements. Registration is not required.

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