Chair’s Note

Saludos WSU AP Community,

Ray Acuna Luna - APAC 2016Where has the time gone? It doesn’t seem like that long ago when we were just welcoming our new and returning Administrative Professional (AP) staff to begin the new term. Our campuses are bustling with a vibrant and engaged community of APs committing themselves to provide the best educational experience and pushing WSU to new heights. I am immensely grateful to be part of a group that day in and day out conducts themselves with integrity, exudes passion and creates spaces that nurture excellence.

The Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) strives to effectively represent the voices that form our community and to provide an avenue in which all AP voices are heard. It is to that goal that we are constantly thinking of innovative ways to engage with all of you. I am happy to announce that in the next couple of months, APAC will host forums at each individual campus. The objective is to provide a space for all AP voices to be heard; to feel included in the conversations that occur with upper level administration; and to provide input on the ways we offer programming and professional development opportunities. It is our hope that these forums will serve as a starting point to a new level of engagement, transparency, and create a spirit of collaboration within the group. Please remain attentive as marketing information for these forums will be forthcoming. We hope that you will take some time out of your busy schedule to come learn how you fit into the vision of making APAC a truly representative body. Your participation is imperative!

Finally, you will notice that we have a new and improved website. Please browse through and discover all of the resources APAC has made available for you. Of particular importance check out the Contact section and send us your feedback, questions and concerns.

Vamos Cougs,
Ray Acuña-Luna, Chair

Employee training webinar aids undocumented students

In 2012, President Obama increased attention on undocumented students pursuing college degrees when he announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Since President Obama’s announcement, institutions of higher education have begun developing positions and trainings to help undocumented students navigate the higher education system. WSU is proud to be on the cutting edge of these developments with its new web training resource on teaching and supporting undocumented students.

Read more about the training.

Monthly APAC Meeting with President Schulz

Do you have issues impacting APs that you would like addressed with President Schulz? Please tell us what your comments and concerns. Please note that if you are raising a concern, President Schulz has expressed interest in hearing how you recommend the concern be resolved.

New APAC Website

Over the summer, the APAC Marketing Committee was hard at work revamping the APAC website. Take a look at the new, streamlined website.

Apply for a Mini-Grant (Deadline: 31 October 2016)

APAC is holding its second grant application cycle. You can apply for up to $250. Get your application and find more information.

APAC Council Member wins Chancellor’s Award

Congratulations to our APAC Council Member, Nikki Hinshaw, who won the Vancouver Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence! Read more about her award.

Nikki Hinshaw, left, with WSU Vancouver Chancellor Mel Netzhammer.

Upcoming APAC program

Our next APAC meeting is October 13, 2016, 9:00-10:30 a.m. The presenter is Guy Westhoff on enterprise systems for WSU.

Regular APAC meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month from 9:00-10:30 a.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 Lighty 405.