CWUNewsNews Soon: HR CENTRAL, 16 Oct 2014 11:13:44<p><strong>Human Resources's New Newsletter</strong></p><ul><li>Reintroducing HR<br>&nbsp;</li></ul><ul><li>Time and Attendance Update<br>&nbsp;</li></ul><ul><li>Wildcat Community ESL Program<br>&nbsp;</li></ul><ul><li>Open Enrollment</li></ul>CWU Receives Prestigious HEED Award for Excellence in Diversity, 16 Sep 2014 11:44:20<p><img alt="" src="/hr/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 306px;"></p><p>Central Washington University is a 2014 recipient of the prestigious <a href="">INSIGHT Into Diversity</a> Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. CWU is one of only 83 institutions nationwide, and the only four-year institution in Washington State, to receive the award.</p><p>The HEED Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today.</p><p>“This award highlights our efforts in enhancing diversity at CWU,” said Delores (Kandee) Cleary, chief diversity officer and chair of the Sociology Department. “We are proud and honored to be selected.&nbsp; While we continue to work to ensure CWU is welcoming to everyone, this award gives us a chance to take a breath and recognize all that we have accomplished.”</p><p>Currently, minority students make up roughly 25 percent of CWU’s enrollment and the university was recently named one of the top 50 LGBT-friendly universities in the nation.</p><p>The award, open to all colleges and universities throughout the United States, measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.</p><p>CWU communication alumna Veronica Gomez-Vilchis of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Professional Development, took the lead in submitting the application for the award.</p><p>“Veronica worked tirelessly to bring people together to talk about their diversity work,” said Staci Sleigh-Layman, Human Resources director-at-large,. “She collected and compiled the information into a readable format, and did much of this independently, without a lot of guidance. She produced an excellent submission.”&nbsp;</p><p>Gomez-Vilchis, who also has been a faculty member in Communication and program coordinator of Bridges, has worked in HR for the past two years. She focuses on recruitment, hiring and professional development.</p><p>The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.</p><p>For more information about the 2014 HEED award, visit</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>Annual Whistleblower Notification, 17 Mar 2014 08:53:31<p>The Washington State Whistleblower Program helps maintain accountability and integrity for citizens of the state.&nbsp; It is a proven tool that protects employees.&nbsp; By working together, state government improves and we increase the public’s confidence in our work.</p><p>The Washington State Whistleblower Act (<a href="">RCW 42.40</a>) encourages employees of the State of Washington to disclose improper governmental actions.</p><p>Please see <a href="/hr/sites/">Whistleblower 2014</a> for the definition of improper government actions, confidentiality provisions, and where to report violations.&nbsp; Also, the Washington State Auditor's Office provides the following Whistleblower <a href="/hr/sites/">FAQ</a>.</p><p>Contact Staci Sleigh-Layman, CWU Ethics Advisor, 509-963-1256, with questions or concerns.</p>Jobs in the Spotlight, 10 Mar 2014 15:02:55<p><a href="">Chief Human Resource Officer Search</a></p><p>Please view all of our <a href="">Jobs in the Spotlight</a> and share on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.</p>Total Rewards Statement Available, 25 Feb 2014 09:21:38<P>We are pleased to present your 2013 Total Rewards statement. This individualized compensation and benefits information ensures that you have a more complete picture of the total value of being a CWU employee. Total compensation consists of more than just your pay; it includes benefits, retirement contributions, leave accruals, and more.</P> <P>Central Washington University values its faculty and staff. Your contributions are essential to the overall success of the institution. Your individual efforts are appreciated by not only your colleagues and management, but the students we serve. Thank you for being a part of the CWU team.</P> <P>To access your Total Rewards statement, log on to MyCWU at and navigate to the following page: Main Menu &gt; Human Resources &gt; Self Service &gt; Payroll and Compensation &gt; My Total Rewards.</P>Jobs in the Spotlight, 13 Feb 2014 08:34:20<P><A href="">Chief Human Resource Officer Search</A></P> <P>Please view all of our <A href="">Jobs in the Spotlight</A> and share on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.</P>Administrator’s Boston Marathon Effort Will Benefit CWU Student-Athletes, 07 Feb 2014 14:59:07<p><img alt="" src="/hr/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>An estimated 35,000 runners will participate in the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21.&nbsp; Among them will be Gail Farmer, Central Washington University’s equal opportunity and professional development administrator. This will be Farmer’s second Boston Marathon, but her first running for a cause.</p><p>She is seeking $5,000 in donations to provide two CWU student-athletes with leadership training through the Step-Up! program.</p><p>While she says donations of any amount are welcome, she is hoping for those in $26-dollar increments, as a way to acknowledge the marathon’s mileage length.&nbsp; Farmer, who turned 60 last December, is aiming to establish a personal best time of less than four hours. She says she would like those who donate to also consider doubling their amounts if she sets the mark. To make a contribution, visit</p><p>“This is about providing student-athletes with some leadership skills so that they can talk about [high-risk] issues with their peers,” Farmer says. “It’s important to provide our student-athletes with leadership-development opportunities. I believe the impact this could have on the overall student population could be quite remarkable.”</p><p>Step UP! is a social behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others and to make them aware of reasons why bystanders may not help in high-risk situation. The goal is to develop confidence and motivate student-athletes to become more likely to ensure their safety and well-being and that of others.</p><p>To qualify for the Boston Marathon, Farmer had to run a sanctioned marathon in 4 hours and 25 minutes or less, which she did last year at the BMO Vancouver (British Columbia) Marathon. Her personal best time is 4 hours and 2 minutes.</p><p>“My hope is that this will resonate with athletes of my generation and other generations too,” says Farmer, who was a starting guard on the Carleton University, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, women’s basketball team (1972-1976). “I was a student-athlete. Being an athlete and captain of the basketball team provided me with incredibly meaningful learning opportunities. Having that focus helped me stay on a good path and has contributed to my personal and professional success.”&nbsp;</p><p>Since Farmer first started running seriously 20 years ago, this will be her 14th marathon—and 12th since 2008.</p><p>“I’d like to keep running for as long as I can,” she acknowledges. “I think doing another marathon when I’m 65 would be great.”</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, &nbsp; &nbsp;</p>Jobs in the Spotlight, 03 Feb 2014 13:23:30<P>Please view CWU's <A href="">Jobs in the Spotlight</A>&nbsp;and share on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.</P>Upcoming Professional Development and Training, 03 Feb 2014 10:15:22<P>View scheduled training on the HR calendar or login to MyCWU.&nbsp; This week the following training is scheduled:</P> <P>CAN116:&nbsp; Canvas Tests &amp; Respondus (WEBINAR)<BR>APP004: cAPPS for Non-Supervisor (Multiple Sessions Available)<BR>EHS001: Fire Extinguisher Training (Multiple Sessions Available)<BR>HRC003: Emergency Preparedness/Hostile Intruder (February 7) *Offered Via Distance Education*</P>CWU Leadership Team Reorganizes to Focus on Responsibility Centered Management, 16 Jan 2014 08:39:01<p><img alt="" src="/hr/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino today announced a reorganization of the university’s leadership team that will bring new focus to implementing Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) planning for new demands upon university operations, and addressing the June retirement of Chief of Staff Sherer Holter.</p><p>Holter will immediately move to the position of vice president of operations, which she will hold through June. Stevan DeSoer, chief human resources officer, will assume the role of vice president of operations on July 1, following Holter’s retirement.&nbsp;</p><p>Linda Schactler, who has served as the executive director of public affairs since 2010, will add the chief of staff duties to her current assignment. George Clark, vice president of finance and business services/chief financial officer, will focus exclusively on university finance: budgeting, auxiliary services, finance, payroll, and enrollment management.</p><p>Gaudino said the adjustments position the cabinet to address new financial, social, and political realities that confront the university.</p><p>“Along with the provost, this experienced and talented team is prepared to address an entirely different world than the one in which we operated five years ago,” said Gaudino, noting that student enrollment has risen by 1,000 students while state funding has fallen by half. “Mr. Clark’s fiscal savvy has to focus on the culture change that Responsibility Centered Management will require.”</p><p>RCM is an approach to operations that drives decision making from the Office of the President to operational units—colleges, in the case of CWU.&nbsp; The college deans are responsible for setting priorities and generating their own revenue through student credit hours. Good decisions reward the colleges that make them and also benefit the university generally. In addition, RCM emphasizes the importance of faculty shared governance in shaping academic units.</p><p>Gaudino said Clark's new fiscal challenges also would include implementing a new budgeting system and transitioning from an accounting system dependent on thousands of&nbsp; “project identification” numbers (PIDs) to a modern and efficient “chart of accounts.”&nbsp; The new system will provide a better understanding of the university’s financial health by articulating the accounts that define each class of items for which money is spent or received.</p><p>The vice president of operations will lead the departments of Information Services, Information Security, Organizational Effectiveness, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Inclusivity and Diversity, and Police and Parking Services.&nbsp; President Gaudino said DeSoer is well prepared to assume the new operations position, which recognizes the extraordinary demands on and the great importance of the university's operational departments.</p><p>“It’s absolutely critical to have strong leadership in the daily operations of CWU along with someone who is a strong operational manager, like Sherer,” said Gaudino, adding that Holter has led the rapid and significant upgrade of university information systems in just a few months. “Steve brings operational understanding and knowledge of the university to this role and will ensure a smooth and transparent transition for our staff and the university. His expertise helps to ensure that we continue to attract a diverse and highly skilled workforce.”</p><p>DeSoer has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and shared governance, having worked at Washington State University and in the University of Alaska system prior to coming to CWU. He holds a master’s degree in education from Boston University.&nbsp; A national search for the new chief human resource officer will begin immediately.</p><p>Schactler assumes chief of staff responsibilities in addition to those of her current position as executive director of Public Affairs, which includes state and federal government relations, marketing, media relations, issue management, and university communications. The chief of staff develops and manages special projects for the president, provides coordination, and acts as liaison with campus officials, and external constituents on all matters of interest to the president, along with serving as secretary to the Board of Trustees.</p><p>“Linda has the common sense, discretion, and organizational skills that this fast-paced position requires,” said Gaudino, noting that Schactler served in a similar capacity as deputy director of the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board from 1996 to 2000.&nbsp;</p><p>Schactler holds a master of arts in English Literature from Washington University (St. Louis). She previously operated an Olympia-based public affairs business and provided issue management and government relations services for CWU for 10 years. She also served as the communications director for the Washington State Senate.</p><p><br>Media contact: Linda Schactler, executive director of CWU Public Affairs, 509-607-4103,<br>&nbsp;</p>