What can I do for PSO?
The leaders of the Professional Staff Organization are your fellow colleagues who volunteer their time to look after the interests of the membership. The PSO Handbook allows reasonable time for you to serve in this manner, so we encourage you to get involved by:
- Serving as an officer or a representative from your University division on the PSO Executive Committee
- Serving on one of our PSO Standing Committees.
- Volunteering to represent PSO on various University committees. Members are currently participating in a number of University committees and PSO subcommittees as outlined in the PSO Committee Descriptions and University Representation.
- Attending PSO general meetings and participating in discussions.
You can stay informed by monitoring the following websites:
- Western Advocates
- FYI Pac
- Tracking State Bills
- Council of Presidents
- Select Committee on Pension Policy
- Budget information at various websites under Executive Committee (see navigation pane)
PSO Award for Excellence
PSO employee awards, initiated by the Professional Staff Organization, are generously supported by President Bruce Shepard. Award recipients receive a certificate of recognition, an engraved paperweight, and her/his name added to the PSO Employee Excellence Award plaque housed in the Board of Trustees’ Room in Old Main.
The PSO Award for Excellence honors one professional staff employee who is recognized for one or more of the following qualities: Exceptional communicator with excellent interpersonal skills in the performance of her/his job duties to the benefit of faculty, staff and students; Exceptional level of integrity, professionalism and job performance that inspires excellence in others and contributes to Western's mission and values; Exhibits and encourages excellence in initiative, creativity and willingness to explore new ideas through work and interaction with others. Nominations are received in spring and the award is presented annually at Fall Convocation by President Bruce Shepard.
Past PSO Award Recipients
The PSO Excellence in Service Award was retired in 2010 and awarded in recognition of an exceptional level of altruistic service to the University community. Recipients have included the following PSO members:
- Renee Roberts (2002)
- Jim Tragesser (2003)
- Gayle Shipley (2004)
- Clara Capron (2005)
- Linda Beckman (2006)
- Rick Osen (2007)
- Marilyn Johnson (2008)
- No Nominations (2009)
The PSO Excellence in Job Performance Award was retired in 2010 and awarded in recognition of exemplary accomplishment in job performance. Recipients have included the following PSO members:
- Elva Giddings (2008)
- Ichi Pencil (2009)
The PSO Outstanding New Professional Staff Employee Award was retired in 2007 and awarded in recognition of outstanding accomplishments by a new professional staff employee. Recipients have included the following PSO members:
- Megan Watt (2002)
- Gary Roberts (2003)
- Diana Cline (was Diana Scoles) (2004)
- Susan Hoidal (2005)
- No Nominations (2006)
- Lara Welker (2007)
PSO members are currently involved in the following community activities:
- Employee Art Show
- Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run in Bellingham
- American Cancer Society Relay for Life
Watch for announcements about these and other activities on the PSO listserv.
Are you having a hard time deciding how to use your Community Service Day to make a positive change in our community? If so, we've identified the following existing opportunities.
- The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County - Multiple opportunities throughout Whatcom County.
- Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County
Contact: Janet Straka - Program Manager 360-715-9170
- Skagit Volunteer Center - Multiple opportunities throughout Skagit County.
- Jean Gischer - Needs assistance with upkeep of private residence in Bellingham.
- Western Students Give Back - Work with students on their volunteer projects.
Contact: Sarah King 360-650-3281
- Samish Neighborhood Association - Move Out Madness.
Contact: Jacob De Guzman
- American Red Cross - Multiple opportunities.
Contact: Stacy Rice 360-733-3290 ext. 1019
Don't forget to fill out and submit a Department Leave Request form and select the Community Service Type to enable Human Resources to identify how we're utilizing this wonderful opportunity.