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Department of Retirement Systems Rate Change and Retirement Outlook Newsletter

As of July 1, 2015, the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) changed the employee contribution rate for PERS 2 participants. The new rate is 6.12%, up from 4.92%. This new contribution rate was reflected on the July 24th paycheck.  The other DRS plans (LEOFF and TRS) did not have changes to their rates.

Additionally, for all DRS participants, the Summer 2015 edition of the Retirement Outlook Newsletter is now available. The Retirement Outlook Newsletter provides valuable information on Department of Retirement Systems programs, benefits and services.

The Feast

There are only a few tables left for the September 4th Feast, featuring Barnard Griffin!  After that, there are only two remaining with seats open so don’t wait!  Sign up and read more about this delicious four-course dinner series (by WSU’s Executive Chef Callison) at

Retirement celebration for Pam Kelley

Pam Kelley, Research Support Specialist and Events Coordinator for the Office of Grant & Research Development, is retiring! Come and join our Office as we celebrate Pam with an Open House reception in Neill Hall, Room 416 (ETC), on Thursday, August 13 between 3:30-4:30pm.


Please stop by and wish Pam well, as she embarks in this new and exciting chapter.

Use of State Resources

This is a reminder about state ethics rules.

Improper computer, email and internet use are the most common findings in settlements issued by the Washington State Executive Ethics Board (EEB).

In general, employee use of state-provided resources is permitted if the use is reasonably related to the conduct of official University duties.

Use of state resources for personal purposes, unrelated to the conduct of official duties, is prohibited unless it falls under de minimis rules. De minimis is use that is brief, infrequent, does not result in additional cost to WSU, does not interfere with performance of job duties, and does not compromise the security or integrity of state information or software. Some personal use activities are deemed prohibited (including use for political activities, lobbying, and outside business). De minimis rules do not apply to these activities, thus, any use of state resources for these purposes would be an ethics violation.

Protect your unit, yourself and your employees by ensuring proper awareness of ethics rules. See for ethics training resources. Also refer to Executive Policy #4, BPPM 10.21 and BPPM 20.37.

For questions or assistance, please contact Internal Audit at

Tree Removal

In the near future Facilities Services Grounds Department will be removing three large old Silver Maples along Stadium Way. The trees are declining and deemed structurally hazardous especially given their proximity to Stadium Way traffic lanes. The wood from the trees will be taken to the Compost Facility. Replacement Sugar Maple trees  have already been planted in the near vicinity of these trees to be removed. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Kappy Brun, Grounds Supervisor, at 335-9067 or

University Communications Mailing Services Tip of the Week

There is a considerable cost difference between First Class, Priority, and Priority Express. The following chart shows the difference between a domestic letter and a ten ounce parcel. Priority and Priority Express postage is based on weight and zones. Items going to Seattle, no matter what class, are generally delivered in one day. Plan ahead to get the most out of your postage dollar.

Priority Express Priority First Class
$19.99               Flat Rate Envelope $5.75    Flat Rate Envelope $0.49               (1 oz letter)
10 ounce parcel to zone 3 (Seattle) $23.95 $5.85 $3.58

For more information contact University Communications at 335-2365, email, or visit