Employee Wellness

Your health and well-being are important. Pacific University wants to help its employees feel fulfilled, healthy and well in all that they do – at work, at home, and in their communities and beyond. We offer several resources to support their overall wellness.

Special Considerations

As a university with a specialty in healthcare, we are dedicated to ensuring the continued educational progress and success of our students. However, we also believe it is critical that we participate in preventing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic to avoid overloading our hospital systems.

Pacific University is actively monitoring this rapidly evolving public health issue, building on established emergency preparedness and response procedures, and compiling information and support resources for our university community. Find additional information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

In conjunction with recommendations from the Oregon Health Authority and guidelines from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the university will alter its course delivery and upcoming events to limit gatherings and encourage social distancing. Pacific University has setup dedicated pages to address measures related to the coronavirus. Please visit pacificu.edu/coronavirus to learn more.

Until the university is able to resume normal access to in-person Faculty and Staff wellness resources, please explore the trusted resources below - some are member- or employee-exclusive and some are free to the public.

It is understood that this is uncharted, unpredictable territory. Please take steps to care for yourself, those around you, and the greater community as a whole.

Your overall well-being is important. Uncertainty can make situations feel even more overwhelming. As you are able, explore the options below and gain access to tools that can help you care for your wellness at this time.


Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program through Cascade Centers provides free and confidential assistance, including wellness support, counseling, legal and financial consultations, and concierge services for community resources. Cascade Centers also partners with the Advantage Home Plus home ownership program.

It is always important for employees to care for their wellness, but now, more than ever, it is critical for employees to be attentive to their overall health - mental, physical, financial, and social. Utilizing the tools available through the Employee Assistance Program can assist in stress reduction, building confidence in short- and long-term goals, and the support of healthy coping mechanisms.

For immediate assistance, EAP also has crisis counseling available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get more details and review a summary of benefits on our dedicated Employee Assistance Program webpage.

Did you know that the Employee Assistance Program has live, ongoing webinars? Here's a sneak peek at what's coming up:

Live Financial Forum: Debt and Saving

This is a great time of year to focus on debt and saving issues since the holidays are around the corner. Our panel of money coaches will be ready to address any live questions from people across the country related to investing, mortgages, retirement and more.

This webinar is presented on: Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 9:00 am and 12:00 pm (PT) REGISTER NOW

Discover more webinars offered by the Employee Assistance Program. Visit the Cascade Centers Webinar webpage.


Support and Resources for Trauma, Grief and Racism

As we face unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, which disproportionately affects communities of color, we have also witnessed horrific brutality against Black people across the country. These appalling acts are the most recent symptoms of ongoing systemic racism, oppression and violence. The pursuit of justice is an aspect of Pacific University's mission, and for the wellness of our entire community, we encourage everyone to come together to actively seek the dismantling of institutionalized racism. We recognize that our Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community members have specific well-being needs. Gaining appropriate assistance is essential, and the following resources can offer paths to accessing specialized support. 

A Message of Commitment and Demand for Change - President Hallick (All Community Members)

Employee Assistance Program - Ongoing Support and 24/7 Crisis Counseling (Cascade Centers)

Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (Support, Referrals and Pacific University Resources)

Rising from the Margins - Student Counseling Center Weekly Web Series for Students, Faculty and Staff

Coping with Violence and Racism - Employee Assistance Program (Cascade Centers)


Additional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

May we each take action to uplift, empower and support the BIPOC community.

Anti-Racism Resources

Effective Communication in a Culturally Diverse Workplace

Managing Cultural Diversity

Emotional Intelligence for Employees

Helping Children Respect and Appreciate Diversity

Racial Injustice: Awareness & Advocacy (Basics for Non BIPOC Allies - 60 Minute Video - Employee Assistance Program)



Coming Up: Flu Shot Clinics

Kaiser Permanente sponsored flu shot clinics will be on the Hillsboro and Forest Grove campuses in October. Flu shot clinics are open to Faculty and Staff employees and their covered family members age 18 and over. 

Forest Grove Campus: Tuesday, October 27, 11 am - 1 pm, Scott Hall 135, Cawein Gallery

Hillsboro Campus: Wednesday, October 28, 10 am - 1 pm, HPC 2, Room 170 


Don't have Kaiser Permanente insurance? That's okay. Additional insurance carriers are accepted. Printing and completing forms prior to your flu shot clinic visit will save time. Get a list of accepted insurance providers and gain access to necessary forms today!


Faculty and Staff Wellness Workshops

ONGOING: Employee Wellness Mini-Sessions (Online) Presented by Jamie Loken, Pacific University Wellness Coordinator 

Monday, September 28, 2020 through Thursday, December 17, 2020 (RSVP to Attend via Zoom)

Every Monday at 2 pm
Every Thursday at 10 am (except November 26, 2020)

Taking conscious breaks can improve your overall well-being and productivity. These employee wellness mini-sessions are structured to allow employees to attend more easily with set transitions at 5, 10, 15, and 30 minute increments. Drop-in to get a quick tip, participate in a stress reduction exercise and/or chat about wellness topics that interest you.

Take 5. Take 10. Take 15. Take 30.
Or watch/listen on-demand - anywhere, anytime.
The choice is yours.

Monday Format:
2-2:05: Stress reduction, relaxation, wellness or productivity tip/technique
2:05-2:15: Guided relaxation, visualization and/or breathing exercise
2:15-2:30: Open wellness discussion for participants

Thursday Format:
10:00-10:05: Stress reduction, relaxation, wellness or productivity tip/technique
10:05-10:15: Guided relaxation, visualization and/or breathing exercise
10:15-10:30: Open wellness discussion for participants

Sessions will take place via Zoom. The first 15 minutes will also be recorded for on-demand access. Please RSVP to get the Zoom link and updates about this event.

Employee Wellness Mini-Sessions On-Demand Access


Interpersonal Effectiveness Presented by Cascade Centers (Employee Assistance Program), Online

Thursday, October 29, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm RSVP to Attend

This seminar will explore how everything we do is a form of communication, including not communicating. We will discuss the following important components of communication skills: active listening, assertiveness, boundaries, self-awareness and locus of control.


Resilience and Mental Flexibility Presented by Cascade Centers (Employee Assistance Program), Online

Tuesday, November 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm RSVP to Attend

Resilience is a word we often hear but it can be difficult to define. This seminar focuses on understanding how it is defined and what skills can be learned to improve it, including mental flexibility. Mental flexibility involves being able to see different perspectives of a situation and adapt to new information. It can help you in every area of your life and ultimately, increase your overall well-being.


COVID-19: Coping with Financial Stress During Times of Crisis Presented by Cascade Centers (Employee Assistance Program), Online

Thursday, November 19, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm RSVP to Attend

Many areas of our lives that have been affected by COVID-19. Feelings of loss, grief and anxiety are common during this time and when unexpected financial worry takes place, things are even more overwhelming. This webinar will review steps to reduce stress and anxiety related to financial stress:

  • Managing grief and its stages
  • Financial worries and role changes
  • Anxiety as a source of resilience
  • Resources to feel connected and find support


Compassion Fatigue Presented by Cascade Centers (Employee Assistance Program), Online

Wednesday, December 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm RSVP to Attend

Compassion fatigue happens when you care about other people who have been experiencing significant challenges, and you feel or are responsible for helping. Over time this process can lead to changes in emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual well-being. This training explores what compassion fatigue is, who may be “at risk,” identifying signs of compassion fatigue and developing new ways to cope.


Ergonomics and Work Well-Being Presented by Pacific University Wellness Coordinator, Jamie Loken

We dedicate a considerable portion of our lives to work, and how you feel while you work can impact your entire life. Watch this session to learn how to adjust your office workspace for optimal comfort and overall health. Guidance will also be provided for those who work from home and have variable resources in their work areas. In addition to equipment setup and ideal body positioning, this workshop will address strategies to care for short-and long-term well-being – whether you’re in or out of your traditional office environment.

On-Demand Webinar and Presentation Slides


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Self Compassion Presented by Cascade Centers (Employee Assistance Program)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an evidenced-based intervention that helps with numerous symptoms, including depression and anxiety. This seminar discusses some core MBSR skills to use for self-care and how self-compassion factors into effectively taking care of yourself. 

On-Demand Webinar

Presentation Slides


Avoiding Job Burnout Presented by Cascade Centers (Employee Assistance Program)

In this seminar, participants will learn the potential causes of job burnout and how to reduce their chances for burnout by better managing internal and external boundaries. Participants will also learn how to recognize the warning signs and assess their level of job stress and burnout. 

On-Demand Webinar

Presentation Slides


Are you a Faculty or Staff team member who would like to know more about the Health and Wellness Committee? Sign up for more information today!

Be the first to know about Faculty and Staff Health and Wellness events! Get email updates.


Click on the image below to access the Faculty and Staff Wellness Resource Guide.

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Upcoming Virtual TIAA Sessions

    For those with TIAA, one-on-one consultations are offered free as a part of your retirement plan. There is no additional cost to you. You’ll get answers to these questions and more:

    • Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
    • Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need?
    • How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?

    TIAA sessions that were previously scheduled as on-campus appointments are now taking place virtually. If you’ve confirmed a session with TIAA, you should have received an email regarding your virtual appointment details. 

    Please note that there is also a COVID-19 Financial FAQ sheet available on BOX.

    Space is limited. If you’d like a session, please RSVP today. Click thru below to RSVP or call 800-732-8353, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET). 

    Schedule a TIAA Session Now (Choose the Virtual Consultations option)


    Upcoming TIAA Webinars

    Planning with Retirement Assets
    Your retirement assets will play a significant role in creating your retirement income, however, there are many rules surrounding your use of these assets. When can I start taking distributions? When must I start taking distributions? What happens when I leave them to my loved ones? Join us to get the answers to all of these questions and more.
    October 13 at 9 a.m. (PT) RSVP

    Understanding Medicare
    Paying for healthcare in retirement is a critical part of financial planning and it is important to understand how Medicare operates and what choices you have. This webinar will help you understand some aspects of Medicare including eligibility and what plans are available to you. We hope that you will join us for this educational event.
    October 13 at 12 p.m. (PT) RSVP

    Quarterly Economic and Market Update with TIAA’s Chief Investment Strategist
    Take a closer look at our views on the financial markets, including key market drivers, U.S. economy, policy and politics, and investing in public markets. This seminar will also cover the challenges that investors face and how to navigate them. TIAA’s Chief Investment Strategist will discuss economic and market developments that may impact your retirement savings strategy.
    October 14 at 9 a.m. (PT) RSVP

    An Introduction to Alternative Investments: Real Estate
    During times of market and other uncertainties, we believe that having real estate as part of your portfolio can help provide three critically important investment attributes: liquidity, low leverage, and diversification. This presentation will discuss the reasons to consider investing in private real estate and provide an overview of the real estate market and its outlook for the future.
    October 14 at 12 p.m. (PT) RSVP

    Understanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
    You may know about the tax advantages of contributing to a Health Savings Account (HSA), but did you know that HSAs are also a way to save for health care in retirement? This webinar will help you understand unique aspects of HSAs including how they help account owners to pay for current health care expenses and save for those in the future. 
    October 15 at 9 a.m. (PT) RSVP

    Are you concerned about identity theft and your family’s security online? TIAA’s Information Security team will discuss how you can protect yourself and your family from cybercriminal social engineering.
    October 15 at 12 p.m. (PT) RSVP

    Making Gifts to Loved Ones and Charities
    You can help to maximize the value of your life’s work and help to take care of your survivors and philanthropic causes with a little planning. This webinar will review basic strategies for giving to individuals and charities during your lifetime, as well as legacy planning.
    November 10 at 9 a.m. (PT) RSVP

    Money at Work 1: Foundations of Investing
    Discover how you can manage risk versus reward as well as understand the role of investing and managing risks, ways to help accelerate savings and tools that can help sustain a portfolio.
    November 10 at 12 p.m. (PT) RSVP

    The Power of Saving
    Whether you’re the kind of person that lives and spends in the now or plans for what’s ahead, there are always ways to save smarter. In this webinar, you’ll learn a number of strategies for better managing your money so you have the knowledge and confidence to pay your bills, save for a rainy day and achieve other financial goals.
    November 11 at 9 a.m. (PT) RSVP

    Making it Easier for You: Online Tools and Resources
    Save time, better manage your money and feel empowered by learning and using the latest tools, resources and retirement calculators on TIAA’s online platform.
    November 11 at 12 p.m. (PT) RSVP

    Retiring in the ‘New Normal’
    We know how important it is to save for retirement. This presentation brings all of the risks to light so you have a better understanding of what you may be facing and what you can do about it, especially in this new environment. Namely, shifting your strategy from just growing your money to protecting what you’ve saved as it grows. And for those still working, we’ll talk about protecting your income in retirement, by creating a "personal pension" to help cover essential expenses and next steps you can take to help protect your retirement future.
    November 12 at 9 a.m. (PT) RSVP


    Out of the Box[er] Recognition Program

    The Out of the Box[er] Recognition Program is a way for staff to nominate their colleagues for small acts that can have big, positive implications for the university. For example, members can be nominated for actions like helping visitors navigate to their desired destinations or suggesting/implementing ideas that help save resources. 

    Eligibility/Nomination Guidelines

    • All Full-time and Part-time Staff are eligible
    • No minimum length of service is required
    • An individual can be recognized multiple times per year
    • Self-nominations will not be considered

    Nomination Process

    • Fill out the Nomination Form
    • A committee reviews all submissions
    • If the nominated employee is eligible, a recognition email is sent
    • The nominated employee has a brighter day


    Outdoor Pursuits

    The Pacific Northwest conjures up images of peaks rising above green forests, hidden coves and bays dotting the coast, and rivers that flow year round from the Cascade and Coastal Ranges. Pacific University is located right in the middle of it all.

    Whether you seek to explore our region's amazing outdoor landscapes by signing up for a coordinated day trip or would like to rent equipment for a weekend adventure on your own, Pacific University's Outdoor Pursuits can help! Equipment rentals are available to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Adventure trips are open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and also non-affiliated parties.

    Also, with an AFree Bike Association membership, anyone in the university community can gain access to a bike for a leisurely lunchtime ride through town or a quick two-wheeled cruise across campus. With the free membership, a bike can be picked up at the Outdoor Pursuits office in the Milky Way between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Visit their team there to learn more!


    Fitness & Fun

    Pacific University employees have free use of the Stoller Center, Holce Tennis Courts and the Lincoln Park Athletic Complex with a Pacific ID. 

    Stoller Center facilities include the fitness center, three-court gym, and the turf-floored fieldhouse. Check the facility website for current hours.

    The Holce Tennis Courts may be closed certain hours for tennis team practices and competitions. Normal hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., but check the gates for special hours.

    The track and field at Hanson Stadium is open for public use from 6 a.m. to sunset, when not scheduled for competitions or special events. Schedules are posted at the west gate of the stadium. Chuck Bafaro Stadium (baseball) and Sherman/Larkins Stadium (softball) are limited access and must be reserved for use.

    Faculty and staff also are welcome to take part in free fitness classes and intramural competitions, such as yoga and Zumba classes or intramural basketball leagues. Find current schedules and opportunities on the Intramurals webpage.

    For Hillsboro Campus Faculty and Staff employees, the Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center in Hillsboro offers a 6 month membership for a discounted rate of $100. Please present your Boxer ID at the facility to obtain the discount.

    Each spring, students in the exercise science program at Pacific also offer Boxer Boot Camp, a one-on-one personal training service open to faculty and staff. Watch for opportunities to sign up each February. 


    Smoke-Free Workplace & Tobacco Cessation

    Smoking of any kind is prohibited on all university-owned or controlled grounds, including the Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn campuses, offices in Portland and Honolulu, and all clinic sites.

    Use of all types of tobacco products, including smokeless chew, is also prohibited at the Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn campuses and at locations in Portland.

    We support our employees' choice to live healthier lives through tobacco cessation with a number of programs:

    Employees who enroll in Kaiser Permanente healthcare have access to Freedom from Tobacco classes, phone counseling, and an online program. Coverage for medication therapy may also be available.

    Employees with Pioneer Educators Health Trust healthcare also are covered for smoking cessation programs, online resources and medication therapy as needed. 

    The Employee Assistance Program with Cascade Centers offers provides unlimited access to wellness coaches for help in making lifestyle changes, including smoking cessation. 

    Cascade Centers also has interactive online resources, such as self-assessments and informative videos, to help you kick the habit.