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PSO News: Standing Ovation and NCPS Conference

Posted Friday, April 3, 2015

Standing Ovation Awards Nominations extended to May 4th

Nominations for the 2015 PSO Bob Roseth Standing Ovation Awards will be accepted until May 4th. Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues. Nominations are accepted from all UW Staff, PSO board members, and members at large.

Submissions are accepted through this online survey:

PSO 2015 Standing Ovation Nomination

The Roseth Standing Ovation Award is a great way for staff to celebrate the work of an individual, with nominations provided by their colleagues, supervisors, or unit. Exceptional candidates are those individuals that continually go above and beyond their typical responsibilities, have developed new programs, excelled in a new role or project, or simply exemplify the values of the UW to the highest standard. Nominations will be accepted from April 1st -April 15th, and the PSO board will also host its annual Standing Ovation Award Reception on May 20th.

Registration Open for Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff in Higher Education Inaugural Conference

Registration is now open for the Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff in Higher Education Inaugural Conference! After much work and discussions over the last few months, the UW's PSO Board, WSU's APAC (Administrative Professional Advisory Council, and us have finalized the details for the upcoming conference:

Where: Alder Hall, University of Washington campus
When: July 19-21, 2015
Theme: P.L.A.N. for the Future

Scheduled speakers and their presentations are:
* John Stewart: U & Me: Communicating in Moments that Matter, Interpersonal Communication
* Susan Christy: Working and Communicating Effectively with Faculty
* Cyndy Stevenson: A Campus of Chaos, Community and Diversity: The Staff and Student Success Factors that Make it Work! (Monday morning) and Is it Worth Dying For? (Monday afternoon)

Check out the new NCPS website at for more information! The conference information is on the Regional Meeting webpage and includes the Registration Packet (or click on the link) with details about rates, accommodations, parking, maps, etc., as well as the full Meeting Program (or click on the link) that has the complete schedule of events, full descriptions of the sessions being offered by the speakers, and their biographies.

If you have any questions, please contact

PSO News: Upcoming Opportunities

Posted Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Happy Spring Break

Like the whole university, the PSO Board will be busy this spring providing opportunities to represent, celebrate, and meet other professional staff in a social setting.

Standing Ovation Awards

The Roseth Standing Ovation Award is a way for staff to celebrate the work of a colleague, with nominations provided by their unit. We give out three awards at our spring meeting (see below), but we recognize everyone who is nominated. A call for nominations will go out in April, but the process is the same as previous for those who like to plan ahead.

Spring Meeting: Save May 20th

Our Spring Meeting will take place on May 20th at the UW Club, as it did last year, with food and drinks (and drink tickets for contributing members). At the same meeting we will recognize Standing Ovation winners and announce new Board Members (see below).


Run for the PSO Board! We had a slate of new members this year, but there remain multiple positions open. As usual, members will nominate themselves with 100 words and headshot. Online elections will be in May.


For this, there is no need to wait -- you can contribute now by going online and signing up for payroll deduction. Follow this link -- -- for web and paper forms. You can make a one time contribution as well.

Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff in Higher Education (NCPS)

Posted Friday, March 20, 2015

NCPS is an alliance of higher education professional staff organizations in the Pacific Northwest that supports and advocates for its members through communication, education, and professional development opportunities. Its purpose is to foster cooperation and collaboration among professional staff at all higher education institutions in the Pacific Northwest in order to:Promote an active role to contribute in the decision-making process within the higher education systemProvide a voice on matters pertaining to professional staff welfare; and Sponsor professional development and educational opportunities to benefit both professionally and personally.


The primary activity of NCPS is the planning and implementation of a biennial regional conference for professional staff employed at higher education institutions in the Pacific Northwest.

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.

See the Events tab for upcoming conference information.

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