Dream in the Impossible and the Incredible Can Come True

Join keynote speaker Paul Weigel ’91 as he discusses his 15-month journey from stage III colorectal cancer patient to Ironman Canada triathlon finisher and inspirational speaker. To register, email professionaldev@pugetsound.edu

Professional Development and Enrichment Conference

for Faculty and Staff 

January 12–15, 2015

All courses require registration by Monday, January 5, 2015. 

To register for courses, send your list of requested classes to professionaldev@pugetsound.edu, or call extension 3369 (253.879.3369 from off campus). 

Staff members should discuss their interests with their supervisors and obtain approval to attend courses prior to registering.

All classes will be held in Commencement Hall unless otherwise stated.

Staff members needing accommodation to participate in conference events are invited to call extension 3541 or email nnieraeth@pugetsound.edu.

Questions? Contact Human Resources (hr@pugetsound.edu) or extension 3369.

*Courses marked with an asterisk have limited space; please register early

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Monday, January 12, 2015


 Mon. 8:30-10 a.m.                                 Climbing Gym                                     Facilitator: Justin Canny

*We Are All Climbers

Have you ever wanted to rock climb?  This class is for anyone who would like to try indoor climbing on the university’s climbing wall without students, family, or other onlookers.  Join us for an hour and a half of climbing—we’ll have fun together and will explore the edges and tension of what climbing can bring up.  Participants will learn how to boulder and to climb roped up.  Please wear comfortable clothing.  Climbing shoes and harnesses will be provided.  Interested participants can also learn more about the new staff and faculty climbing club that meets monthly.

Justin Canny is the assistant director of student activities for Outdoor Programs. These days Justin enjoys outdoor activities that he can do with his 3-year-old Iyla and his 9-year-old son Kai, including mushroom gathering, biking, walks in the park, cross country skiing, and, of course, watching kids climb.  Having kids has helped him understand that all of us are climbers, even though we may forget this.


Mon. 9-10 a.m.                 Tahoma Room                             Facilitator: Michael Springer

Bouncing Back: How to Stay Resilient During Life’s Challenges

Life presents no shortage of challenges. Yet while we recover from setbacks, we still need to focus on taking care of ourselves, performing at work, and being there for the people we love. When we are resilient and feel strong, we have the physical and emotional capacity to cope with special challenges in addition to managing every day responsibilities. As a participant in this seminar, you will:

  • Define resiliency, and learn how it can be used for success and satisfaction in life.
  • Assess your personal resiliency level.
  • Create action plans based on 10 methods for bouncing back.

Ceridian provides the university’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


 Mon. 9 a.m.-noon (open house format)                   Print & Copy Services House   

Facilitator: Sarah Johnson

The 3D World: Open House

3D printing has arrived at Print & Copy Services (PCS).  Visit PCS to view a live demonstration of PCS’s Makerbot Replicator.  Learn about the latest advances in the world of 3D printing—everything from medical uses to cake toppers, from printers in space to printers at home.  See samples of “printed” items and get your questions answered about creating your own unique 3D prints. The open house is also offered on Tuesday, January 13, from 1-4 p.m. in PCS. Note: drop in any time during the scheduled hours, but please register so PCS has enough materials and can accommodate all interested participants.

Sarah Johnson earned a BA in classics from New York University, a MA in history and museum studies from the University of Delaware and a graduate certificate in multimedia development from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  She worked for several years as a corporate digital media archivist before starting work at Print & Copy Services at Puget Sound in July of 2013.


Mon. 9:30-10 a.m.               Commencement 270               Facilitator: Vikram Nilakantan ‘14

myPugetSound Features and Possibilities

This course will demonstrate the current state of myPugetSound, the new portal for accessing academic and administrative information within PeopleSoft. myPugetSound has been released to students and faculty and is in development for staff members. This course will give an update on the timeline for 2015 and the features that we are rolling in for staff. Staff will also have the opportunity to get questions answered on the functionality of any other features of myPugetSound.

Vikram Nilakantan is a recent Puget Sound graduate and the web and database developer for Technology Services. His work has been primarily focused around myPugetSound, the new PeopleSoft portal for accessing Puget Sound’s internal applications.


Mon. 10-11 a.m.                   Tahoma Room                     Facilitator: Michael Springer

Identifying and Supporting Employees Under Stress

Whether employee stress is caused by factors at home or at work, it can lead to reduced engagement and productivity at work. Puget Sound’s supervisors can help our staff stay productive and committed by recognizing the signs of stress and overload and by offering support. This seminar is designed to help supervisors:

  • Recognize the warning signs of stress in yourself and staff members you supervise
  • Identify the workplace causes of stress
  • Support staff members who are under stress
  • Manage stress in your own life

This course is open to supervisors of regular staff members. Supervisors of temporary or student staff are welcome to attend on a space-available basis.

Ceridian provides the university’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


Mon. 10-11 a.m.                       Commencement 270                 

Facilitators: Jessica Hartenstine and David Bilbrey

Introduction to Choosing a Mobile Device

Struggling to figure out the differences between the latest mobile technologies and which one best suits your needs? Tablets and smartphones have become integral parts of our daily lives at work and at home. iPhones, iPads, Microsoft, and Android devices are flooding the market with fancy apps and productivity tools to help juggle tasks, projects, and provide us with portable entertainment. Join us for an informational session about the pros and cons of some of the more popular devices, their apps, and how they might fit your lifestyle.

Jessica Hartenstine is the desktop lifecycle administrator for Technology Services.  She deploys and maintains campus computers along with supporting other technology needs of faculty and staff.  Previously a desktop support specialist, she has been with the university since early 2012. 

David Bilbrey joined Technology Services as a technology support analyst in 2014.  He supports the technology needs of faculty, staff, students, and more.


Mon. 10-11 a.m.                      Commencement 271                    Facilitator: Matt Jarrell

*Zumba!

Zumba is a dance fitness program combining Latin and international music with aerobic elements—called “the perfect combo of fun and fitness” and a “world-wide phenomenon,” this may be just the fitness program you’ve been looking for. The session will begin with stretches and sharing tips and tricks about incorporating fitness into busy schedules. Participants will need to wear comfortable workout clothes. The class accommodates various fitness levels.  This class will be repeated on Tuesday, January 13, at 10 a.m. in Commencement 271.

Matt Jarrell serves as the resident director for Todd/Phibbs Hall, Langlow Honors House and 47 university-owned houses around the perimeter of campus.  Before becoming a Logger, Matt was elected Vice President for Activities and Associated Students President at Western Washington University.  After graduating, he spent two years in Austin, TX as the Membership Director for the YMCA of Austin, where he taught Zumba and organized healthy programs for the diverse families in Texas.


Mon. 11 a.m. – noon                          Weyerhaeuser 407                      Facilitator: Henry Waymack

Print Design 101 – Creating Posters, Flyers, and Brochures Without Stressing

Does designing your own publication seem stressful to you?  Maybe you enjoy it but find your publication never turns out quite the way you want.  Learn how to quickly create effective printed materials, such as posters, flyer, and brochures.  This course will help demystify a few of the reasons why some professional publications look amazing.  Learn some design basics that are sure to help your flyers, brochures, or posters visually communicate to your audience more effectively.

Henry Waymack is the design & production specialist at Print & Copy Services.  He also free-lances as a graphic designer, artist, and photographer.  He has over a decade of experience working in the graphic design and print industries.


Mon. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                       Commencement 272

Facilitators: Alice Tang Coil, Sharon Chambers-Gordon, Lori Ricigliano, Ellen Peters and Dave Wright

Courageous Conversations: Why Race Continues to Matter

Difficult conversations take skill, strategy, practice, and a sincere desire to understand and be understood.  There are still burning questions to answer about the impact of race relations on our campus and in our community.  Join us to have that conversation with staff colleagues in an environment with gracious space.  We will draw inspirations from the 2014 Race & Pedagogy National Conference speakers as well as engaging contemporary issues to foster meaningful conversations about Why Race Continues to Matter.

We hope to develop ongoing conversations with themes emerging from this session and plan for brown bag lunches in February, March, April, and May.

Alice Tang Coil is the program specialist for Race and Pedagogy Initiative (RPI) at Puget Sound.  Prior to settling in the South Sound area, Alice worked in a variety of administrative roles at Washington State University that included serving as the Special Assistant to the Vice President of Equity & Diversity.  For over two decades, Alice has been active in social justice organizations and projects that promote inter- and intra-group relations, leadership development, and racial justice. 

Sharon Chambers-Gordon is the director of the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowships.  She works on campus with the Race and Pedagogy Initiative and served on the Steering Committee for the 2014 Quadrennial National Conference. In this role she served as co-chair for the subcommittee on staff development. Working with staff and faculty colleagues she organized a range of professional development opportunities for campus staff related to equity and diversity, including opportunities within the National Conference.  

Lori Ricigliano is the associate director for information and access services at Collins Library. She is actively involved in the Race & Pedagogy Initiative and serves as the managing editor of the Race and Pedagogy Journal.

Ellen Peters is the director of Institutional Research and Retention. She was a co-chair of the Staff Development subcommittee for the 2014 National Race and Pedagogy Conference, and supports assessment.  She also serves on the Diversity Advisory Council providing support for Campus Climate Surveys.

Rev. Dave Wright has served as University chaplain and director for spiritual life and civic engagement since 2006.  Dave has continually worked to foster a culture of inclusion, awareness, and respect amongst the breadth of religious, spiritual, and ethical traditions that live within our community.   Dave graduated from Puget Sound in 1996 (B.A. in Religion), and from Duke University in 1999 (M.Div.).  He and his partner, Peggy Hannon ’95, live in Kent with their cats.


Mon. 11-11:45 a.m.                                 Tahoma Room                                     

Facilitators: Marta Palmquist Cady and Michael Benitez

What You Need To Know Regarding Sexual Assault Prevention and Education as a Puget Sound Staff Member

This session will focus on giving staff an overview of how sexual assault affects our campus.  Staff will learn about the various components of the Title IX Act, which include the Clery Act, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and the Campus SaVE Act.  Finally, each staff member will walk away with an understanding of what they need to know about reporting incidents of sexual assault as well as how to support those involved. Programming efforts and various campus and Tacoma resources will be available to all participants.  Attendance by all staff is strongly encouraged. This course will be repeated on Tuesday, January 13, at 1 p.m. in the Tahoma Room; on Wednesday, January 14, at 9 a.m. in Commencement 272; and on Thursday, January 15, at 9 a.m. in Commencement 272.

Marta Palmquist Cady is the assistant dean of students and director of student activities. She is responsible for providing programming and educational efforts for the Puget Sound community in an effort to prevent sexual assault in our community.  


Mon. 1-2:30 p.m.                                 Tahoma Room                      Speaker: Paul Weigel ‘91

CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SESSION

“Dream in The Impossible And The Incredible Can Come True”

Join Paul Weigel ’91 as he discusses his 15-month journey from stage III colorectal cancer patient to Ironman Canada triathlon finisher and inspirational speaker.  During this session, Paul will speak about his personal transformation while fighting the disease, and how his experience with cancer and training for the Ironman changed and reinforced what is important to him.  He’ll also sprinkle in a few lessons from his years at Puget Sound.

Paul Weigel ’91 is the Director of Community Affairs for Outerwall, the parent company of brands including Redbox, Coinstar, and ecoATM.  In his role, Paul is responsible for all corporate giving, sustainability, employee engagement and communications programs.  A Puget Sound alumnus, he also received his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.  He and his daughter, Natalie, live in Issaquah, WA.


Mon. 2:30-4 p.m.                           Seminar Room                       Facilitator: Barbara Weist

Introduction to Website Editing with the CMS

New university website editors can attend this 1.5 hour session to learn the basics of website editing using our content management system (CMS).

Barbara Weist has been the web manager at Puget Sound for ten years and worked through three website redesigns during that time.


Mon. 3-4 p.m.                   Tahoma Room                 Facilitators: Barrett Tripp and Joe Kovolyan

Pacific Northwest Gardening: Landscapes Large and Small

Join in a general discussion on gardening and landscaping in the Pacific Northwest. Topics covered will include: building soils, right plant/right place, lawn and turf renovation, Best Plant pics, pesticide and fertilizer use, sustainable gardening, and an overall low maintenance/time saving approach to gardening. Our experienced facilitators will save time for your specific questions at the end.

Barrett Tripp is grounds supervisor and a certified professional horticulturalist and ecoPro certified landscape professional. He’s been employed in the landscaping industry for the past 15 years in the area and for the past three years here at Puget Sound. His hobbies include mountain biking, gardening, and playing with his two springer spaniels, Mabel and Murphy.

Joe Kovolyan, manager of grounds, holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in horticulture and is a certified arborist and sports turf manager. Joe has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of horticulture, including landscape design and maintenance, turf management, green house production, athletic field management, and tree care. He has been at Puget Sound for the past three years and worked at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and the City of Cambridge in Massachusetts prior to that.


Mon. 3-4 p.m.                            Commencement 270                          Facilitator: Helen Fickes

The Secret to Effective Management

Improve employee performance, motivation and morale by learning the secret to effective management. In this course, you will learn how to create better relationships with staff you supervise, increase productivity, and build healthier and happier teams.

Helen Fickes is a certified business and career coach (www.brightsidecareer.com) in addition to serving as the office manager for The Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement and Kilworth Memorial Chapel Manager. She has led both operational and student staff teams to success with her employee-focused approach to management for the past eight years. When Helen is not hard at work, she is spending time with her four-month old daughter and amazing husband.


 all day 1/12-1/14

‘Tis the Season …. to support individuals and families in need of housing.  Join the Puget Sound Community by contributing needed items for the Annual Homeless Point-in-Time Count and Project Homeless Connect.  On any given night in Pierce County 2000 people experience homelessness. This number includes babies, children, teens, and adults. They are victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, veterans, and senior citizens. Volunteers on January 22-23 will help distribute the annual survey and will pass out warm clothing, food and toiletries to individuals without shelter. The surveys ask a range of questions from where people slept the night before to the biggest problems they face on the streets. On January 24th, volunteers will gather at Project Homeless Connect at Spanaway Middle School to provide needed services to homeless youth, including medical and dental services, haircuts, and support for education and employment.  Human Resources, the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement, and Professor Carolyn Weisz are partnering to collect items to support these two important community projects.  Donation boxes will be just outside of the Tahoma Room in Commencement Hall throughout the day on January 12-14 as a part of our annual Faculty/Staff Development Conference.  You can also drop items off at the CICE (3219 N. 13th Street) starting January 5 during regular business hours. 

Needed Items: Winter Hats, Winter Gloves, Wicking Socks, Handwarmers (Costco has 40 for $13.99), Rain Ponchos, Old Eyeglasses for Vision, Hotel Sized Toiletries, New Toothbrushes and Toothpaste, Diapers

If you have questions about the drive, please contact the CICE at x2751.

For more information or to be trained as a volunteer contact: 

Point in Time Count: Valerie Petit at the Pierce County Department of Community Connections (vpettit@co.pierce.wa.us)

Project Homeless Connect: Alanna Rodgers at South Sound Outreach (alanna@southsoundouteach.org) 

 


 Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Tues. 8:30-10 a.m.                    Tahoma Room                     Facilitators: Sarah Stall and Julie Reynolds

Communications Clinic and Open Session

Bring your communications projects (posters, emails, Web pages, announcements—whatever you’re working on!) to get help with wording, layout, fonts, colors, messaging, hierarchy, photography, and more. Have an idea, but not sure where to start? We can help with that, too.

Julie Reynolds is director of creative services and leads the creative services team. She oversees the university’s visual identity and is responsible for managing the Puget Sound brand, along with colleagues in the Office of Communications. From layout ideas and font choices to art direction and campus photography, Julie helps make sure that every project represents Puget Sound.  

Sarah Stall is assistant director of communications for campus communications and online media. She works with the creative services team to help offices and departments across campus promote events and programs, craft useful content, and build engaging social media strategies—all while staying on message and within the style guide!


Tues. 9-9:30 a.m.                     Commencement 272                          Facilitator: Cassie Owens

What is Work Life Balance (EAP)

The Work Life Balance Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is an additional resource the college provides that is available to you and your family members at no cost. It can help you find solutions for everyday challenges of work and home as well as for more serious issues involving emotional and physical well-being. Feel free to come learn more about the resources that are available to you and how to utilize the benefits.

Cassie Owens is our local Client Manager with Unum Insurance Company. Unum is our employer-provided and voluntary life, long- and short-term disability insurance carrier. Cassie’s role as client manager is to ensure that all employees have a positive experience when Unum’s services are needed and to also help educate us on all services Unum provides to the Puget Sound community. 


Tues. 9-10 a.m.                         Commencement 270                    Facilitator: George Thompson

Social Media and Your Child’s Financial Future

Universities and future employers often check applicants’ social media profiles. Learn strategies to make sure your children present themselves in the best light online.

George Thompson is an education and community development representative (AKA a self-described “evangelist”) for School Employees Credit Union of Washington. He loves showing members how to save money, and he has first-hand experience with learning how to repair a credit score. 


Tues. 10-11 a.m.                       Commencement 270                   Facilitator: George Thompson

Financial Yoga: Stretching Your Hard-Earned Dollar

In today’s tough economic climate, stretching a paycheck is more important than ever. Reduce financial stress with tips to help you gain control in this interactive session.

George Thompson is an education and community development representative (AKA a self-described “evangelist”) for School Employees Credit Union of Washington. He loves showing members how to save money, and he has first-hand experience with learning how to repair a credit score.


Tues. 10-11 a.m.                     Tahoma Room                           Facilitator: Tasha Helton

Maximizing Your Nutrition in the Diner and Other Locations

Learn how to maximize your nutrition goals with the use of new technology in the diner.

Tasha Helton is the systems analyst for Business Services. She helped develop the technology enhancements in the new server, including digital signage, “myNutrition” site, and maximizing the student experience.


Tues. 10-11 a.m.                        Commencement 271                        Facilitator: Matt Jarrell

*Zumba!

Zumba is a dance fitness program combining Latin and international music with aerobic elements—called “the perfect combo of fun and fitness” and a “world-wide phenomenon,” this may be just the fitness program you’ve been looking for. The session will begin with stretches and sharing tips and tricks about incorporating fitness into busy schedules. Participants will need to wear comfortable workout clothes. The class accommodates various fitness levels.  This class is also offered on Monday, January 12, at 10 a.m. in Commencement 271.

Matt Jarrell serves as the resident director for Todd/Phibbs Hall, Langlow Honors House and 47 university-owned houses around the perimeter of campus.  Before becoming a Logger, Matt was elected Vice President for Activities and Associated Students President at Western Washington University.  After graduating, he spent two years in Austin, TX as the Membership Director for the YMCA of Austin, where he taught Zumba and organized healthy programs for the diverse families in Texas.


Tues. 11 a.m.-noon                                    Commencement 272                          Facilitator: AJ Martinez

The Starting Line: Why and How Retirement Saving Should Begin Now

There’s no time like the present to save for the future. Sometimes it’s hard to think about retirement when you’re just starting out in your career. The truth is, that’s when thinking ahead can do the most good! It all starts with some practical knowledge. TIAA-CREF’s workshop leader will help you get ahead of your retirement savings with some tools and information you can use right now:

  • Learn the real effect of time on money thanks to compounding and dollar-cost averaging
  • Discover the differences between good and bad debt
  • See how budgeting can find money and help you save it

Andrew (AJ) Martinez is a Field Consultant in the Institutional Business division at TIAA-CREF; this group provides advice to individuals about retirement planning to improve financial literacy at every life stage. Andrew’s career in the financial services industry spans ten years, starting as a customer service representative at USBank and continuing at Fidelity Investments in the areas of tax-exempt/non-profit services and brokerage services. He joined TIAA-CREF’s Field Consulting group in Seattle in 2013. Andrew holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Utah, and an M.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado, and he has achieved the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professional designation.


Tues. 11 a.m.-noon           Tahoma Room            Facilitators: Taryn Cramer and Dale Mickel

Keeping Your Computer Healthy

Wondering why your computer is slow?  Curious about how to prevent it from getting viruses or malware or if an old tip you learned many years ago is still relevant today?  Come and learn some useful tips, tricks, and best practices to maintain the health of your computer and safeguard your data.  This course will provide information on both Windows and Apple computers.

Dale Mickel is a senior technology support analyst for Technology Services.  He has been with the university since 2010. 

Taryn Cramer joined the university as a technology support analyst for Technology Services in 2014. 

Dale and Taryn support faculty, staff, students, and more with their technology needs. 


Tues. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.                   Oppenheimer Café                       Facilitator: Paige Phillips

*Intro to Coffee 101

Come and share coffee knowledge! Meet in the Oppenheimer Café and talk about espresso basics; pulling the perfect shot, milk texturing, and latte art. Get hands on experience working side-by-side with a passionate barista-turned-manager.

Paige Phillips has worked with and for specialty coffee for the past 12 years – three of those with Puget Sound. She’s done everything from college-town coffee shop, drive-through stands, to learning the Nordstrom way, and is now sharing business philosophy on our college campus. Specialty coffee is a passion of Paige’s that she’s excited to share with our faculty/staff campus community.


 Tues. 1-4 p.m. (open house format)           Print & Copy Services House              

Facilitator: Sarah Johnson

The 3D World: Open House

3D printing has arrived at Print & Copy Services (PCS).  Visit PCS to view a live demonstration of PCS’s Makerbot Replicator.  Learn about the latest advances in the world of 3D printing—everything from medical uses to cake toppers, from printers in space to printers at home.  See samples of “printed” items and get your questions answered about creating your own unique 3D prints. The open house is also offered on Monday, January 12, from 9 a.m.-noon in PCS. Note: drop in any time during the scheduled hours, but please register so PCS has enough materials and can accommodate all interested participants.

Sarah Johnson earned a BA in classics from New York University, a MA in history and museum studies from the University of Delaware and a graduate certificate in multimedia development from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  She worked for several years as a corporate digital media archivist before starting work at Print & Copy Services at Puget Sound in July of 2013.


Tues. 1-2 p.m.                          Commencement 272                  Facilitator: AJ Martinez

Halfway There: A Retirement Checkup

Help make sure your retirement is ready when you are. Halfway? Already? Retirement has a way of creeping up on people. Before you know it, you’ll be depending on all the money you saved and invested. If you’re panicking, don’t. There’s still time! Give your retirement savings a checkup. TIAA-CREF’s workshop leader will provide information to help you determine where you need to be in your retirement savings, and how to get back on track if you’re behind:

  • Find out how much you should be saving
  • Discover different investment vehicles and how they can work together to help you reach your retirement goals
  • Learn what’s competing for your retirement savings

Andrew (AJ) Martinez is a Field Consultant in the Institutional Business division at TIAA-CREF; this group provides advice to individuals about retirement planning to improve financial literacy at every life stage. Andrew’s career in the financial services industry spans ten years, starting as a customer service representative at USBank and continuing at Fidelity Investments in the areas of tax-exempt/non-profit services and brokerage services. He joined TIAA-CREF’s Field Consulting group in Seattle in 2013. Andrew holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Utah, and an M.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado, and he has achieved the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professional designation.


Tues. 1-2 p.m.             Commencement 270           Facilitators: Sarah Comstock and Elizabeth Wormsbecker

Event Planning Success!

This course is designed to provide concrete event planning information on everything from event locations to marketing tips.  Beyond tried and true guidelines that the presenters follow when planning events, they will also share fun secrets about campus resources that will help you plan your best event ever.  Each participant will leave the session with a checklist to follow when planning events!

Sarah Comstock has 18 years both planning and supporting university events.  Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Sarah has called Tacoma home since 2006, and Puget Sound her home away from home since 2007. 

Elizabeth Wormsbecker fell in love with event planning during her student days at Puget Sound, organizing on-campus programs through her theme house.  After 7 years in Seattle doing concert production, she returned to her Puget Sound home and has spent the last two years working with Career and Employment Services.


Tues. 1-1:45 p.m.                         Tahoma Room                      

Facilitators: Marta Palmquist Cady and Michael Benitez

What You Need To Know Regarding Sexual Assault Prevention and Education as a Puget Sound Staff Member

This session will focus on giving staff an overview of how sexual assault affects our campus.  Staff will learn about the various components of the Title IX Act, which include the Clery Act, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and the Campus SaVE Act.  Finally, each staff member will walk away with an understanding of what they need to know about reporting incidents of sexual assault as well as how to support those involved. Programming efforts and various campus and Tacoma resources will be available to all participants.  Attendance by all staff is strongly encouraged. This course will also be offered on Monday, January 12, at 11 a.m. in the Tahoma Room; on Wednesday, January 14, at 9 a.m. in Commencement 272; and on Thursday, January 15, at 9 a.m. in Commencement 272.

Marta Palmquist Cady is the assistant dean of students and director of student activities. She is responsible for providing programming and educational efforts for the Puget Sound community in an effort to prevent sexual assault in our community.


Tues. 2-3 p.m.                             Commencement 272                   Facilitator: Lauren Nicandri

Fitness Apps and Wearable Technology

Need motivation to get fit and stay active? Curious about health-related ‘wearables’?  Fitness-related apps and wearable devices are the latest craze in the health and fitness world.  Learn about the many apps and different devices to help keep tabs on your health.

Lauren Nicandri is the educational technologist for the social sciences and has been with the university for 5 years.  She is primarily focused on integrating technology into teaching and learning. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, walking the dog, football, and tea.


 Tues. 2-3 p.m.                           Seminar Room                            Facilitator: Sue Dahlin

*Take Your LinkedIn Account to the Next Level

Have a LinkedIn account but don’t quite know what to do with it? Come learn how to take control of your professional online presence and represent yourself effectively. This hands-on session will walk participants through the various components of building and maintaining a strong LinkedIn profile and enhancing professional development through active involvement in groups. Stand out, represent yourself and your employer positively, and make the most of LinkedIn. Please create a LinkedIn account prior to attending the session.

Sue Dahlin has been with Puget Sound for 7 years, serving as the career advisor and now employer relations manager with Career and Employment Services. She has had an active LinkedIn account since 2006 and uses it daily for research and connecting, and has advised hundreds of students on how to represent themselves professionally online.


Tues. 2-3 p.m.                     Tahoma Room                       Facilitators: Bob Winslow and Ginny Peterson

One in Every Four Will Have a Mental Health Problem in Their Lifetime – What Do YOU Need to Know?

The course is intended for anyone who has limited understanding about either mental illness or local mental health care.  If you know—or think you know—someone living with mental illness and want to better understand their situation and to be able to offer help, this course is for you.  Facilitators will provide a high level introduction to what can be very complex subject. We will talk about what mental illness actually is, what it looks like, how prevalent it is, and how it affects individuals and families. Participants will learn from a brief exercise how living with one particular mental illness can impact your thinking.  Also covered: what you can do when you think you are dealing with someone with a mental illness, helpful local mental health resources, and an introduction to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). 

Bob Winslow and Ginny Peterson are individuals whose lives have been affected by their family members’ mental illnesses.  Both are members of the Pierce County Chapter of NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Bob is the NAMI Pierce President and is active in mental health public policy advocacy.

Ginny is active in NAMI Pierce’s public outreach and mental health education programs.


 Tues. 3-4 p.m.                            Commencement 270                          Facilitator: Henry Waymack

Typography 101: The Good, The Bad, & The Free

Tired of the same old fonts?  Want to spruce up your brochures and posters?  Adding interesting fonts is a quick and easy way to do just that!  Learn how to find free fonts, load them, use them, and know the differences between a bad font and a good one.  This course will show how you where to find quality free fonts, how to install them on your computer, and go over the basics of determining which font is right for which job.

Henry Waymack is the design & production specialist at Print & Copy Services.  He also free-lances as a graphic designer, artist, and photographer.  He has over a decade of experience working in the graphic design and print industries.  Over the years, Henry has grown to love typography in all its shapes, sizes, and styles.


Tues. 3-4:30 p.m.                         Seminar Room                            Facilitator: Dave Wright ‘96

*Brownies During Pesach?  Building Skills for Working with Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Diversity on Campus

Every year academic and work calendars intersect in creative and challenging ways with various religious and spiritual calendars – creating situations in which we have to navigate honoring religious identities with which we may not be familiar.  Add in particular practices, food restrictions, distinctive clothing, and more…and there is always space to deepen skills related to multifaith competency. This interactive workshop will invite participants to:

1)    Learn about religious/spiritual/ethical diversity at Puget Sound

2)    Discuss different approaches and best practices to support maximum inclusion of diverse religious communities on campus

3)    Use real-life Puget Sound case studies to explore how to plan for inclusion and respond appropriately when mistakes are made

This course is recommended for anyone interested in strengthening understanding of religious/spiritual diversity on campus. Supervisors or faculty interested in discussion about religious accommodations in the workplace or classroom will find this session particularly helpful. Participants are strongly encouraged to email the facilitator with specific questions or situations they would like the group to engage no later than Friday, January 5, at dwright@pugetsound.edu.  The source of questions will be kept confidential unless otherwise requested. 

Rev. Dave Wright has served as University chaplain and director for spiritual life and civic engagement since 2006.  Dave has continually worked to foster a culture of inclusion, awareness, and respect amongst the breadth of religious, spiritual, and ethical traditions that live within our community.   Dave graduated from Puget Sound in 1996 (B.A. in Religion), and from Duke University in 1999 (M.Div.).  He and his partner, Peggy Hannon ’95, live in Kent with their cats. 


Tues. 3-4:30 p.m.             Commencement 272          Facilitators:  Pam Taylor ’86 and Jennifer Allen-Ayres

Supervision Matters: Three Steps to Success

Campus supervisors impact students’ career success by adding quality and meaning to the student employment experience. In this session, participants will learn about three simple strategies to maximize student/employee job performance while providing supervisees with invaluable professional development. By integrating these strategies into existing supervision activities, supervisors can help students to translate their campus work experiences into marketable skills that will enhance career readiness after graduation. This course is recommended for all supervisors of student staff members.

Career and Employment Services (CES) provides comprehensive resources and advising for students at every point in their career planning. We work with students on career-related experiences and preparation, from on-campus jobs to full-time careers and everything in between.

As student employment coordinator, Pam Taylor helps students secure meaningful employment experiences while balancing department’s staffing needs.

As career advisor, Jennifer Allen-Ayres helps students understand the value of their experiences and how to integrate them into a career-development plan. 


 ALL DAY 1/12-1/14

‘Tis the Season …. to support individuals and families in need of housing.  Join the Puget Sound Community by contributing needed items for the Annual Homeless Point-in-Time Count and Project Homeless Connect.  On any given night in Pierce County 2000 people experience homelessness. This number includes babies, children, teens, and adults. They are victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, veterans, and senior citizens. Volunteers on January 22-23 will help distribute the annual survey and will pass out warm clothing, food and toiletries to individuals without shelter. The surveys ask a range of questions from where people slept the night before to the biggest problems they face on the streets. On January 24th, volunteers will gather at Project Homeless Connect at Spanaway Middle School to provide needed services to homeless youth, including medical and dental services, haircuts, and support for education and employment.  Human Resources, the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement, and Professor Carolyn Weisz are partnering to collect items to support these two important community projects.  Donation boxes will be just outside of the Tahoma Room in Commencement Hall throughout the day on January 12-14 as a part of our annual Faculty/Staff Development Conference.  You can also drop items off at the CICE (3219 N. 13th Street) starting January 5 during regular business hours. 

Needed Items: Winter Hats, Winter Gloves, Wicking Socks, Handwarmers (Costco has 40 for $13.99), Rain Ponchos, Old Eyeglasses for Vision, Hotel Sized Toiletries, New Toothbrushes and Toothpaste, Diapers

If you have questions about the drive, please contact the CICE at x2751.

For more information or to be trained as a volunteer contact: 

Point in Time Count: Valerie Petit at the Pierce County Department of Community Connections (vpettit@co.pierce.wa.us)

Project Homeless Connect: Alanna Rodgers at South Sound Outreach (alanna@southsoundouteach.org


  Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Weds. 8-10 a.m.                            Tahoma Room                

Facilitators: Amy Efroymson, Nancy Komola, and Tara Mikosz

Success Profiles for Supervisors

Learn how to develop success profiles for each position you supervise: these essential tools can help you successfully recruit, evaluate performance, and know when a staff member is ready to stretch or needs additional help. In this hands-on session, you’ll take a current job description and leave with a ready-to-use success profile. This session is open to supervisors of regular staff members.

As principal consultant with HR consulting firm HRnovations, Amy Efroymson is primarily responsible for oversight of HRnovations’ consulting staff and client services. In addition, Amy supports HRnovations’ clients with organizational assessments, employee relations, executive coaching, training development, and employee communications programs. Her work experience includes over seventeen years in human resources services as a practitioner and consultant, with specific experience in health care, biotech, apparel, distribution, and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining HRnovations, Amy was the human resources manager for Seattle Children’s Hospital and the regional director of human resources for Cardinal Health. Amy has a BA from Whitman College and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR).

As a principal with HRnovations, Nancy Komola is responsible for assisting clients with employee relations issues, organizational and development needs assessments, training programs, compensation, leadership development, and communication. Nancy has over twenty years of experience as an HR practitioner, business partner, and trainer. Prior to joining HRnovations in 2004, Nancy spent seventeen years in the industrial manufacturing industry, most recently as western regional HR manager for Borden Chemical, Inc.

Tara Mikosz, recruiting manager and senior HR consultant with HRnovations, is responsible for assisting clients with recruiting, training, compensation and performance management programs, and employee relations.  She has over ten years of experience as an HR generalist and recruiter, including technical recruiting with Renaissance Worldwide and employee and volunteer recruitment for nonprofit organizations.  She has a BA from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Washington, with a concentration in human resources management and organizational behavior.  She holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR).


Weds. 9-9:45 a.m.                    Commencement 272                  

Facilitators: Marta Palmquist Cady and Michael Benitez

What You Need To Know Regarding Sexual Assault Prevention and Education as a Puget Sound Staff Member

This session will focus on giving staff an overview of how sexual assault affects our campus.  Staff will learn about the various components of the Title IX Act, which include the Clery Act, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and the Campus SaVE Act.  Finally, each staff member will walk away with an understanding of what they need to know about reporting incidents of sexual assault as well as how to support those involved. Programming efforts and various campus and Tacoma resources will be available to all participants.  Attendance by all staff is strongly encouraged. This course will also be offered on Monday, January 12, at 11 a.m. in the Tahoma Room; on Tuesday, January 13, at 1 p.m. in the Tahoma Room; and on Thursday,, January 15, at 9 a.m. in Commencement 272. 

Marta Palmquist Cady is the assistant dean of students and director of student activities. She is responsible for providing programming and educational efforts for the Puget Sound community in an effort to prevent sexual assault in our community. 


Weds. 9-10 a.m.              Commencement 270                 Facilitator: Sarah Johnson, Premera Representative

Introduction to Preventive Benefits

Come learn about the benefits offered in the university’s medical plan for preventive health care. You will also gain a better understanding of the Premera member tools at your fingertips, from provider cost transparency tools, to receiving electronic EOB’s, to accessing member discounts, and accessing mobile applications. This session will help you get the most out of your medical benefits and help you begin planning for a healthy 2015!

Sarah Johnson has been an account manager at Premera for the past two years, but has had experience in the insurance industry for 17 years. Most of her work has been in account management for employee benefits, including medical, dental, disability and life insurance, but she started her career in both administrative and customer service capacities. 


Weds. 10 a.m.-noon                     Tahoma Room            

Facilitators: Amy Efroymson, Nancy Komola, and Tara Mikosz

Coaching and Corrective Feedback for Supervisors

Do you supervise someone who is ready for a new challenge? Someone whose performance needs improvement? This session is made for you. Learn how to talk about next steps in a staff member’s development or effectively address performance concerns. This course is open to supervisors of regular staff members. 

As principal consultant with HR consulting firm HRnovations, Amy Efroymson is primarily responsible for oversight of HRnovations’ consulting staff and client services. In addition, Amy supports HRnovations’ clients with organizational assessments, employee relations, executive coaching, training development, and employee communications programs. Her work experience includes over seventeen years in human resources services as a practitioner and consultant, with specific experience in health care, biotech, apparel, distribution, and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining HRnovations, Amy was the human resources manager for Seattle Children’s Hospital and the regional director of human resources for Cardinal Health. Amy has a BA from Whitman College and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR).

As a principal with HRnovations, Nancy Komola is responsible for assisting clients with employee relations issues, organizational and development needs assessments, training programs, compensation, leadership development, and communication. Nancy has over twenty years of experience as an HR practitioner, business partner, and trainer. Prior to joining HRnovations in 2004, Nancy spent seventeen years in the industrial manufacturing industry, most recently as western regional HR manager for Borden Chemical, Inc.

Tara Mikosz, recruiting manager and senior HR consultant with HRnovations, is responsible for assisting clients with recruiting, training, compensation and performance management programs, and employee relations.  She has over ten years of experience as an HR generalist and recruiter, including technical recruiting with Renaissance Worldwide and employee and volunteer recruitment for nonprofit organizations.  She has a BA from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Washington, with a concentration in human resources management and organizational behavior.  She holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR).


Weds. 10-11 a.m.            Commencement 270                   Facilitator: Arielle Hill-Moses ‘05

Couch to 5K: A Running Program For Beginners

“I am a runner. I love running. I run several miles a week.” These are statements our facilitator could not have imagined being true for herself just a year ago. Come learn as Arielle describes how her relationship with running changed drastically when she decided to undertake the Couch to 5K (C25K) program. This program is designed to help people who do not currently run and gradually builds up one’s endurance over a nine week period.

In this session, Arielle will talk about her relationship with running and her experience with C25K.  You’ll learn what the C25K program entails. After the session, Arielle is committed to coaching any interested attendees as they pursue the program as a group, completing it over nine weeks through the spring semester with the goal of running a 5k together at the end of the academic year.

Arielle Hill-Moses ’05 of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion was an enthusiastic sprinter in her youth and even on the track team in sixth grade, but came to dread any type of long-distance running. She never ran more than ten minutes straight in her entire life until this past summer. She now regularly runs between 2.5 and 3.5 miles a couple times a week. Come learn how you can, too!


Weds. 11 a.m. –noon                    Commencement 272                  Facilitator: Sarah Stall

Unlock the Vault! Using the Communications Online Image Library

Ever wonder where to find campus photography for your department Web page or brochure? This is it! The session will cover a basic overview of campus photography and what kinds of images are available on Vault, Puget Sound’s online image library. We’ll cover logging in and navigating the general collections; searching for (and finding!) an image; creating and sharing a lightbox; requesting image usage; and more. This course is perfect for new users of Vault, or anyone working on Puget Sound program/department fliers, promotional materials, Web pages, or social media. Participants are invited to bring their own laptops/tablets if desired, but a computer is not necessary to follow along with the demonstration.

Sarah Stall is assistant director of communications for campus communications and online media. She works with the creative services team to update and manage Vault, Puget Sound’s online image library, and to help offices and departments across campus create effective print publications, Web pages, and social media strategies.


Weds. 1-2 p.m.                      Commencement 272                    Facilitator: Lisa Chatterton, RDN

Now it’s Sea Veggies! Keeping Up With Nutrition

This session provides a fun and informative talk on the ever-changing field of nutrition. Participants will look at trends to see if they make sense and science. We’ll examine our personal eating habits and see how they are affecting our health. We’ll also look at some ways we can all improve our health through the foods we eat.

Lisa Chatterton is a registered dietician who has been in the field for 34 years. She has extensive experience working in schools with child nutrition programs, and is currently the Nutrition Services Director for Franklin Pierce Schools in Tacoma.


Weds. 1-2 p.m.                      Tahoma Room                     

Facilitators: Amy Efroymson, Nancy Komola, and Tara Mikosz

Goal-Based Performance Reviews: A Course for Supervisors

As we embark on the annual performance review season for staff, come learn about establishing goals at the heart of your performance reviews: what makes a goal clear and compelling; how do you write a specific and measurable goal; how do you evaluate performance with a focus on goal achievement in an environment when goals may change throughout the year? Facilitators from HR consulting firm HRnovations will also provide tips for conducting an effective and collaborative performance review conversation. This course will be repeated at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. today in the Tahoma Room. This course is open to supervisors of regular staff.

As principal consultant with HR consulting firm HRnovations, Amy Efroymson is primarily responsible for oversight of HRnovations’ consulting staff and client services. In addition, Amy supports HRnovations’ clients with organizational assessments, employee relations, executive coaching, training development, and employee communications programs. Her work experience includes over seventeen years in human resources services as a practitioner and consultant, with specific experience in health care, biotech, apparel, distribution, and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining HRnovations, Amy was the human resources manager for Seattle Children’s Hospital and the regional director of human resources for Cardinal Health. Amy has a BA from Whitman College and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR).

As a principal with HRnovations, Nancy Komola is responsible for assisting clients with employee relations issues, organizational and development needs assessments, training programs, compensation, leadership development, and communication. Nancy has over twenty years of experience as an HR practitioner, business partner, and trainer. Prior to joining HRnovations in 2004, Nancy spent seventeen years in the industrial manufacturing industry, most recently as western regional HR manager for Borden Chemical, Inc.

Tara Mikosz, recruiting manager and senior HR consultant with HRnovations, is responsible for assisting clients with recruiting, training, compensation and performance management programs, and employee relations.  She has over ten years of experience as an HR generalist and recruiter, including technical recruiting with Renaissance Worldwide and employee and volunteer recruitment for nonprofit organizations.  She has a BA from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Washington, with a concentration in human resources management and organizational behavior.  She holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR).


Weds. 1-1:30 p.m.                       Commencement 270                     Facilitator: Katie Holmes

Timekeeping and Leave Reporting Tips and Tricks

Do you have questions about time or leave reporting in PeopleSoft? Come learn tips and tricks that will help you navigate time and labor, including making corrections to entered time, how to check accrued leave balances, and more!

Katie Holmes is director of payroll and a Puget Sound alumna.


Weds. 1:30-2 p.m.                       Commencement 270                       Facilitator: Lori Gobble

Procurement Tools

Come learn about three new inquiry tools allow users to look up procurement-related information in PeopleSoft Financials based on budget administration security rules:

  • Purchasing & Payables Inquiry – replaces and refines former Vendor Invoice Inquiry tool to look up payment status of purchasing and payables requests throughout procurement cycle (requisition to purchase order to invoice to payment) based on vendor, requisition ID, purchase order number, invoice number, or budget coding
  • Requisition Inquiry – new search page based on vendor, requisition ID, or budget coding
  • Purchase Order Inquiry – new search page based on vendor, purchase order number, or budget coding

This course is recommended for budget managers and others using the current vendor inquiry tool in PeopleSoft.

Lori Gobble is the associate vice president for finance here at Puget Sound.  She has worked in higher education financial management for 13 years, and has worked collaboratively and successfully with staff, faculty, trustees, auditors and other external parties.  Past oversight has been in the areas of financial reporting, grants accounting, student accounts, accounts payable and procurement.  Lori came to Puget Sound in October of 2013.


Weds. 2-3 p.m.                     Commencement 272                                   Facilitator: Sarah Johnson

Ghosts in the Machines: Digital Estate Planning

As more and more of our lives are lived online and backed up in the cloud, it is necessary to consider how we will manage our digital presence after death.  In this class we will examine some of the common questions and techniques for dealing with social media, passwords, and household accounts. In addition to planning our own online presence, this session provides useful information for anyone dealing with end-of-life matters of family members.

Sarah Johnson earned a BA in classics from New York University, a MA in history and museum studies from the University of Delaware and a graduate certificate in multimedia development from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  She worked for several years as a corporate digital media archivist before starting work at Print & Copy Services at Puget Sound in July of 2013.


Weds. 2-3 p.m.                   Commencement 270                                 Facilitator: Lauren Nicandri

Presentation Design and Tools

Tired of the same old PowerPoint slides?  Want to engage your audience better?  Learn some basic techniques to liven-up your dull PowerPoints and learn about additional tools and features to help communicate more effectively!

Lauren Nicandri is the educational technologist for the social sciences and has been with the university for 5 years.  She is primarily focused on integrating technology into teaching and learning. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, walking the dog, football, and tea.


Weds. 2-3 p.m.                      Tahoma Room                     

Facilitators: Amy Efroymson, Nancy Komola, and Tara Mikosz

Goal-Based Performance Reviews: A Course for Supervisors

As we embark on the annual performance review season for staff, come learn about establishing goals at the heart of your performance reviews: what makes a goal clear and compelling; how do you write a specific and measurable goal; how do you evaluate performance with a focus on goal achievement in an environment when goals may change throughout the year? Facilitators from HR consulting firm HRnovations will also provide tips for conducting an effective and collaborative performance review conversation. This course is also offered at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. today in the Tahoma Room. This course is open to supervisors of regular staff.

As principal consultant with HR consulting firm HRnovations, Amy Efroymson is primarily responsible for oversight of HRnovations’ consulting staff and client services. In addition, Amy supports HRnovations’ clients with organizational assessments, employee relations, executive coaching, training development, and employee communications programs. Her work experience includes over seventeen years in human resources services as a practitioner and consultant, with specific experience in health care, biotech, apparel, distribution, and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining HRnovations, Amy was the human resources manager for Seattle Children’s Hospital and the regional director of human resources for Cardinal Health. Amy has a BA from Whitman College and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR).

As a principal with HRnovations, Nancy Komola is responsible for assisting clients with employee relations issues, organizational and development needs assessments, training programs, compensation, leadership development, and communication. Nancy has over twenty years of experience as an HR practitioner, business partner, and trainer. Prior to joining HRnovations in 2004, Nancy spent seventeen years in the industrial manufacturing industry, most recently as western regional HR manager for Borden Chemical, Inc.

Tara Mikosz, recruiting manager and senior HR consultant with HRnovations, is responsible for assisting clients with recruiting, training, compensation and performance management programs, and employee relations.  She has over ten years of experience as an HR generalist and recruiter, including technical recruiting with Renaissance Worldwide and employee and volunteer recruitment for nonprofit organizations.  She has a BA from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Washington, with a concentration in human resources management and organizational behavior.  She holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR).


Weds. 3-4 p.m.                          Tahoma Room                     

Weds. Facilitators: Amy Efroymson, Nancy Komola, and Tara Mikosz

Goal-Based Performance Reviews: A Course for Supervisors

As we embark on the annual performance review season for staff, come learn about establishing goals at the heart of your performance reviews: what makes a goal clear and compelling; how do you write a specific and measurable goal; how do you evaluate performance with a focus on goal achievement in an environment when goals may change throughout the year? Facilitators from HR consulting firm HRnovations will also provide tips for conducting an effective and collaborative performance review conversation. This course is also offered at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. today in the Tahoma Room. This course is open to supervisors of regular staff.

As principal consultant with HR consulting firm HRnovations, Amy Efroymson is primarily responsible for oversight of HRnovations’ consulting staff and client services. In addition, Amy supports HRnovations’ clients with organizational assessments, employee relations, executive coaching, training development, and employee communications programs. Her work experience includes over seventeen years in human resources services as a practitioner and consultant, with specific experience in health care, biotech, apparel, distribution, and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining HRnovations, Amy was the human resources manager for Seattle Children’s Hospital and the regional director of human resources for Cardinal Health. Amy has a BA from Whitman College and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR).

As a principal with HRnovations, Nancy Komola is responsible for assisting clients with employee relations issues, organizational and development needs assessments, training programs, compensation, leadership development, and communication. Nancy has over twenty years of experience as an HR practitioner, business partner, and trainer. Prior to joining HRnovations in 2004, Nancy spent seventeen years in the industrial manufacturing industry, most recently as western regional HR manager for Borden Chemical, Inc.

Tara Mikosz, recruiting manager and senior HR consultant with HRnovations, is responsible for assisting clients with recruiting, training, compensation and performance management programs, and employee relations.  She has over ten years of experience as an HR generalist and recruiter, including technical recruiting with Renaissance Worldwide and employee and volunteer recruitment for nonprofit organizations.  She has a BA from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Washington, with a concentration in human resources management and organizational behavior.  She holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR).


Weds. 3-4 p.m.                           Commencement 270                   Facilitator: Sarah Comstock

Creating and Implementing a Student Employee Evaluation Process! (It is more interesting than you think!)

Part of every employment process should include an opportunity for constructive feedback to both the employee and the supervisor about achieving the assigned tasks and responsibilities.  Within the student employment experience, evaluation opportunities are even more critical to the positive development of a student staff member during their time on campus and when they embark in jobs outside of Puget Sound.  Sarah will talk through how to write an evaluation process and how to tailor the evaluation to the needs of you and the student staff member.

Sarah Comstock has worked with more than 1000 student employees during her 18 years in Student Affairs.  During this time she has developed myriad evaluation processes for student employees. 


Weds. 3-4:30 p.m.                         Commencement 272                      Facilitator: Amber Case ‘05

Discovering Your Roots: How to Trace Your Family History

Understanding your roots can have positive effects on your well-being.  Studies have shown that individuals who have knowledge about their family history have higher self-esteem and felt more in control of their lives.  In addition, you can learn more about your family’s medical history as you uncover the stories of your ancestors.  This class will focus on the basic steps to take in researching  your family including basic U.S. records to search for, techniques for interviewing family, and tips for drafting a narrative to share with others.  

Amber Case ’05 is currently working for the University of Washington Libraries in Interlibrary Loan.  She co-teaches a Genealogy Library Services course for both the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin.  Although she is now a Husky, she is a Logger at heart, having graduated from Puget Sound with a Bachelor’s Degree in comparative sociology.   In her spare time, she can be found wandering local cemeteries and teaching genealogical workshops.


 ALL DAY 1/12-1/14

‘Tis the Season …. to support individuals and families in need of housing.  Join the Puget Sound Community by contributing needed items for the Annual Homeless Point-in-Time Count and Project Homeless Connect.  On any given night in Pierce County 2000 people experience homelessness. This number includes babies, children, teens, and adults. They are victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, veterans, and senior citizens. Volunteers on January 22-23 will help distribute the annual survey and will pass out warm clothing, food and toiletries to individuals without shelter. The surveys ask a range of questions from where people slept the night before to the biggest problems they face on the streets. On January 24th, volunteers will gather at Project Homeless Connect at Spanaway Middle School to provide needed services to homeless youth, including medical and dental services, haircuts, and support for education and employment.  Human Resources, the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement, and Professor Carolyn Weisz are partnering to collect items to support these two important community projects.  Donation boxes will be just outside of the Tahoma Room in Commencement Hall throughout the day on January 12-14 as a part of our annual Faculty/Staff Development Conference.  You can also drop items off at the CICE (3219 N. 13th Street) starting January 5 during regular business hours. 

Needed Items: Winter Hats, Winter Gloves, Wicking Socks, Handwarmers (Costco has 40 for $13.99), Rain Ponchos, Old Eyeglasses for Vision, Hotel Sized Toiletries, New Toothbrushes and Toothpaste, Diapers

If you have questions about the drive, please contact the CICE at x2751.

For more information or to be trained as a volunteer contact: 

Point in Time Count: Valerie Petit at the Pierce County Department of Community Connections (vpettit@co.pierce.wa.us)

Project Homeless Connect: Alanna Rodgers at South Sound Outreach (alanna@southsoundouteach.org


 Thursday, January 15, 2015


Thurs. 9-9:45 a.m.                    Commencement 272                    

Facilitators: Marta Palmquist Cady and Michael Benitez

What You Need To Know Regarding Sexual Assault Prevention and Education as a Puget Sound Staff Member

This session will focus on giving staff an overview of how sexual assault affects our campus.  Staff will learn about the various components of the Title IX Act, which include the Clery Act, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and the Campus SaVE Act.  Finally, each staff member will walk away with an understanding of what they need to know about reporting incidents of sexual assault as well as how to support those involved. Programming efforts and various campus and Tacoma resources will be available to all participants.  Attendance by all staff is strongly encouraged. This course will also be offered on Monday, January 12, at 11 a.m. in the Tahoma Room; on Tuesday, January 13, at 1 p.m. in the Tahoma Room; and on Wednesday, January 14, at 9 a.m. in Commencement 272.

Marta Palmquist Cady is the assistant dean of students and director of student activities. She is responsible for providing programming and educational efforts for the Puget Sound community in an effort to prevent sexual assault in our community.  

And for more development and enrichment in spring term:

You’re invited to participate in Puget Sound’s 7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.  Make it a day on, not a day off and contribute to our Tacoma community through the Day of Service.  In 2014 380 students, faculty, and staff spent part of their day working with a smattering of non-profits all across Piece County in project ranging from environmental clean-up, to serving meals to those without homes, to working with the residents of L’Arche Hope Farms.  To sign up as a department or an individual, visit www.pugetsound.edu/mlkdayofservice

Spring is annual staff performance review season. Later in January, HR will host an information session for staff members with tips for maximizing your participation in performance review conversations. We’ll discuss setting effective goals in collaboration with your supervisor, describe several self-assessment and performance review comment options and ways to give feedback to supervisors, and offer resources for dealing with any concerns. Watch your email and this space for the session date and location.

Stay tuned for more information about the spring Women in Leadership Conference for faculty and staff at Puget Sound. This one-day event planned for spring break will include a special keynote, panel topics, information on financial planning for professional women, a book group, and much more!