From the Chair

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to represent APAC at the WSU graduation ceremonies. It reminded me of why we, as administrative professionals, work hard to support the experience of those students. The excitement was palpable on the new graduates’ faces. And many of them had pretty cool decorations on their mortarboards. Congratulations to the new WSU alumni!

APAC won’t be meeting for the summer, but if issues come up for you, or if you have some ideas or thoughts on improving our work lives at WSU, we’ll be around. Send an email or call, and we’ll get back to you. Have an excellent summer!

Larry Clark

2016 Administrative Professional Contribution Award

Nikki Hinshaw stands with Nolan Yaws who nominated her for her outstanding contributions to WSU Vancouver.
Nikki Hinshaw stands with Nolan Yaws who nominated her for her outstanding contributions to WSU Vancouver.

Congratulations to the two winners of the Administrative Professional Contribution Award: Nikki Hinshaw from Vancouver and Darrel Nelson from Pullman. This award recognizes WSU administrative professionals who have contributed beyond their expected or required performance in their area/unit, for the university and the community making a unique different and/or their efforts have had a far-reaching impact.

Nikki has been with WSU Vancouver for 3½ years where she advises ASWSUV and the Student Ambassador program and plan large scale events such as Women of Distinction. “It is a pleasure to work with students who have such a diverse experiences and passions. It continually inspires me to be the best I can be and learn from others.” Nikki feels lucky to be part of the VanCoug experience and work with students, faculty and staff who are making a difference in our community. Congratulations Nikki for your outstanding contributions and achievements to WSU and your community.

Darrel Nelson, second from left, stands with Steve Simasko, Cynthia Faux and Becky Morton who all nominated Darrel for his outstanding contributions to WSU Pullman.
Darrel Nelson, second from left, stands with Steve Simasko, Cynthia Faux and Becky Morton who all nominated Darrel for his outstanding contributions to WSU Pullman.

Darrel has been with WSU Pullman since 2000 when he and his wife moved to the Palouse so she can attend veterinary school. He has been with the College of Veterinary Medicine for 15 years in 4 different capacitates including animal care staff, animal care supervisor, anatomy lab technical support and most currently as a classroom and teaching support supervisor. In those years Darrel also had time to receive his BS in Natural Resources from WSU in 2009 and has a list of awards behind his name. Darrel is proud of his teaching models that has helped other DMV programs including the complete camel skeleton he built and shipped to Qatar Saudi Arabia for the Emir and the Camel Veterinary clinic. “One of my most enjoyable responsibilities is curating the Worthman Veterinary Anatomy Museum where I give tours to the public. I give brief talks and discussions with school children from all over the state, as well as other Junior colleges and tech programs.” Congratulations Darrel on your outstanding contributions and achievements to WSU and the community.

Congratulations to the honorable mentions for the AP Contribution Award as well: Karla Ealy-Marroquim, Sophia Hutton, Gayle Landeen, Jenny Lewis, Bev Rhoades, Jared Prenguber, David Schmidt, Brian Shuffield, and Joshua Temple.

Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff Conference
**Early Bird Price Ending Soon**

WSU will host the second annual Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff Conference July 21 – 22, 2016. Please join us for a great event to foster cooperation and collaboration as well as providing skills to inspire day to day success. Register now to get the best rate! You can also apply by Friday for a matching grant to attend the conference (See below for details).

Registration Fees:
Early Bird (prior to June 1, 2016) – $225.00
Regular Registration (June 1, 2016 – July 6, 2016) – $250.00
Late Registration (after July 6, 2016) – $275.00

**All above conference fees include breakfast/lunch/banquet on Thursday as well as breakfast on Friday**

Please note that WSU employees registering for the conference must do so by an IRI.

Staff Appreciation Week

The Washington State University staff are invited to Employee Appreciation Week on June 6-10! Events and information are listed below and on our website at Hosted by the Administrative Professional Advisory Council and HRS WellCoug in partnership with University Recreation and the Health Wellness Services.

Get Your Fit On in Pullman
Entry to the Student Recreation Center (Pullman) will be free for staff during this week. Just check in at Membership Services Desk. (Staff guests will need to pay the normal day rate.)

Bookie Discounts for Everyone
Bookie discount of 20% – The discount does not apply to any sale items and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or coupons. Note the 20% discount does not apply to Cougar Gold Cheeses, Nooks, Magazines, Textbooks, Graduation gowns or convenience items (candy, pop, chips, etc). For online sales, please use the following email/phone number for orders: Mail order – (509) 332-2537 x101 – or Leslie Martin – (509) 332-2537 x109 –

Want Ice Cream?
If you’re in Pullman stop by Ferdinand’s to get 2 scoops of yummy ice cream for the price of 1! On an urban campus? Stop by the ice cream social and enjoy a treat – watch for details on your campus.

Wellbeing Workshops
Wellbeing workshops from 12:10pm-12:50pm:
June 6: Work/Life Balance by Taylor Schwab, HWS
June 7: Joy in our brains—the music of poetry or the poetry of music” by Dr. Michael Ebinger
June 8: Choosing Happy by Victoria Braun, HWS
June 9: Mindfulness by Victoria Braun, HWS
June 10: Smart Health Program by Niki Jones, HRS

Workshop Locations:
Pullman: Jackson 53
WSU Spokane(SAC 515)
WSU Tri-Cities(TWST 209) with the exception of 6/8 –TWST 260
WSU Vancouver(VSSC 108)
Puyallup REC (Conference Room)
University Centers-North Puget Sound WSU (Everett)(GWH 158)

Want to join, but your site isn’t listed? Contact Gayle Anderson, to request additional sites be added

BBQ on the Terrell Mall

Faculty, staff and students are invited to enjoy music and a barbecue during Wednesdays on the Mall, May 18-July 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. This event will take place on Terrell Mall in front of Todd Hall. Menu items will vary by week and include burgers, BBQ ribs, smoked German sausage and garden burgers. Music will be provided by SEB. For a full menu and a list of dates, visit

Upcoming APAC program

APAC regular meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Meetings are broadcast via AMS. All AP Staff members are invited to attend. Can’t attend the meeting in person? Call in on the phone bridge at 509-335-9445, meeting ID is 02722. All meetings will be held in Lightly 405.

Next Meeting – September 8, 2016