Weekly Vitals

Hey, UWS community! Here’s a look at your Weekly Vitals. Your source for everything UWS. This email is sent weekly with information about upcoming events, student clubs, university news, guest speakers and more. #UWSLife

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March 20 – 26

ASB Announcement

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After consideration, the UWS associated student body (ASB) has decided to discontinue the student wellness reimbursement program as of March 13. 

However, ASB is looking forward to sharing new opportunities for students coming soon! Questions? Please feel free to reach out to ASB at [email protected]






Financial Aid Deadline Approaching


Summer term is the start of a new FAFSA school year, which means students need to complete new FAFSA’s and Grad PLUS loan request. 

Priority deadline is May 19, 2023 to receive funding for summer term which starts July 10. Completion after the priority deadline may result in a delay in funding. Complete a new 2023-24 FAFSA by visiting studentaid.gov/fafsa.

GRAD PLUS LOANS: New process! Students will be provided instructions via email of the new process to apply for a graduate plus loan for terms starting after July 1, 2023.  Students who complete a FAFSA will be emailed an award offer notification with instructions on the next steps to take, including the process to apply for a graduate plus loan. 



UWS Operations Searching for Student Worker

We are hiring!

Are you currently looking for a work study position with flexible hours? Check out the work study position open in the UWS operations department!

Position: Student Operations Support
Salary: $14.75/hour
Positions available: Multiple


  • Ensure public spaces i.e., atrium, conference study rooms, are kept tidy.
  • Monitor sanitizer bottles and refill as needed.
  • Ensure gym space and equipment are kept clean.
  • Launder campus store towels and gym towels.

To apply, please visit the financial aid office to confirm work-study eligibility. Eligible students will be referred to the supervisor for application process. Position is open until filled. To view this position and other work study positions available, visit the UWS student job webpage.


2023 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

The VA Portland Health Care System has invited UWS students, faculty and staff to volunteer for the 42nd annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

The games will take place in Portland this year, where more than 500 veterans will compete in 22 sport this summer July 4-9.

This is not a UWS sponsored event where care will be provided. This is simply a great opportunity to serve our nation’s veterans, working around incredible individuals and athletes.

Interested in volunteering? Learn more about the games and sign up to volunteer by visiting the National Veterans Wheelchair Games website.



UWS Club Events

ASB will be providing free coffee and tea in the atrium during finals. Quantity is limited each day.



2023 Spring Commencement Ceremony

Upcoming graduates, mark your calendars for the UWS spring commencement ceremony, Friday, June 23, 2023!

The ceremony will take place at the Oregon Convention Center.

Graduates will receive additional information from the commencement office in April. In the meantime, please check out the commencement webpage for additional information. 

Congratulations from all of us at UWS! We’re proud of your achievements and look forward to celebrating YOU!

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Learner Questions for the Win

“The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.”   -George Bernard Shaw

It can be difficult to skillfully respond to challenging circumstances. Dr. Marilee Adams, author and executive coach, has a mindfulness practice titled “Learner Questions” to help.

“Learner questions are flexible and adaptive, leading to questioning assumptions, win-win relating and a view of plentiful possibilities,” Dr Adams writes. “These questions are solution-focused facilitating success.”

Try this:  Once a day this week practice using learner questions, especially when difficult situations come your way.

  1. What actually happened? What do I want?
  2. What assumptions am I making? What can I learn?
  3. What are my choices?
  4. What’s best to do now?
  5. What’s possible?

Notice how your outcomes may change. Notice how you feel in your body when you ask these questions. We may not be able to control all that happens in our everyday world, but we can control our responses!


With a little daily mindfulness, we make our world a better place. 

Shine On,

Ami Brimhall

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