Employee Wellness

Your health and well-being is important. Pacific University wants to help you balance the commitments of your personal, work and community engagements. We offer several resources to support our employees.

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-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.


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 recently 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)


Faculty and Staff Wellness Workshops

Coping With COVID-19 and Beyond: Addressing Wellness During Uncertainty Presented by Kaiser Permanente (On-Demand until September 20, 2020)

Our schedules and daily lives have dramatically changed over the last several months. The COVID-19 pandemic has potentially affected your mental, physical, and emotional health. It is especially important during this time to care for your wellness.

This 1-hour webinar will focus specifically on how to cope with this pandemic through the following:

  • Become informed & receive resources for COVID-19
  • Learn tips on how to cope with uncertainty
  • Address the stress response to life changes
  • Gain control where you have control
  • Practice tricks to build your resilience

The intention of this offering is to help you become more centered and secure during this time.

On-Demand Webinar


The following wellness workshops are available on-demand via Cascade Centers. Want to know more about Cascade Centers and the Pacific University Employee Assistance program? Visit the Employee Assistance webpage for more information!


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!

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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


    Upcoming TIAA Live Webinars


    Money at Work, Part 2: Sharpening Investment Skills | Feel more secure in your savings strategy by verifying you’re on the right track. And if you’re off track, know what adjustments you need to make. Learn how to plan  your investments and hold on to as much of your nest egg as possible. August 12 at 9 a.m. (PST) RSVP
    Retiring in the "New Normal" | We all 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. August 12 at 12 p.m. (PST) RSVP
    Financial Housekeeping for Now and Later | For many, the current health crisis has resulted in unique financial challenges. From dealing with reduced income to trying to figure out what to do with money you usually spend on gas or a vacation, this webinar will explore ways to help deal with a new personal financial landscape. August 13 at 9 a.m. (PST) RSVP
    Postcards From the Future: A Woman's Guide to Financially Ever After | Fewer years in the workforce. Longer life spans. Women saving for retirement face unique challenges. You can learn what it takes to overcome these challenges and help make your retirement dreams come true on schedule. August 13 at 12 p.m. (PST) RSVP


    Asset Allocation: Practical Guide for Income and Estate Planning | We often think about our investments in terms of how much we should invest in stocks or bonds or other investments to that we can achieve the greatest return according to our own risk tolerance, goals and time frame. Equally as important is where those assets are located to maximize the benefits of different account types—usually to minimize taxes. Learn about how the location of your assets may impact your retirement income and your beneficiaries. September 15 at 9 a.m. (PST) RSVP
    The 411 on 529 College Savings Plans | You can learn how 529 college savings plans work and how to invest in one for a child, grandchild, yourself or other loved one. September 15 at 12 p.m. (PST) RSVP
    2020 Presidential Election and the Economy | This November, Americans will choose a President to lead the country for the next four years.  That choice can have major implications for our economy and the financial markets.  Larry Chadwick, TIAA’s head of Federal Government relations, will share his team’s insights into how the election’s outcome might shape the country’s economic future. September 16 at 9 a.m. (PST) RSVP
    Tomorrow in Focus: Saving for Your Ideal Retirement | Find out how retirement savings, planning and the real benefit of time are essential features of retirement investments. September 16 at 12 p.m. (PST) RSVP
    Looking to turn your retirement savings into a 'paycheck' for life? | You diversify your investment portfolio before retirement to help offset risk. A similar strategy can help see you through retirement. Learn how creating a diversified income plan—one that uses a combination of income sources and includes annuity income that’s guaranteed for life—can help reduce the risks you may face in retirement and ensure you have income that never runs out. September 17 at 9 a.m. (PST) RSVP 
    She's Got It: A Woman's Guide to Saving and Investing | You can discover saving and investing strategies developed especially for women and how you can put them into action. September 17 at 12 p.m. (PST) 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, an email is sent with an image of a Box[er] Buck
    • Employees save their Box[er] Buck emails and redeem them at the end of the year at the Out of the Box[er] Store 
    • Stay Tuned - Out of the Box[er] Store details will be revealed in the Summer of 2020


    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.

    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.