From the Chair
Fall term has started and the crisp fall air is starting to take over the Palouse. Welcome back to what will be a fantastic year for our administrative professional staff! The Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) is gearing up to tackle tasks, provide engaging professional development, and meet with WSU administration. We are fortunate to have a great relationship with President Kirk Schulz and Provost Bernardo, they value our feedback and concerns, and want to work together to improve Washington State University.
We want to be accessible to all Administrative Professionals (AP) and realize that attending general meetings is not always possible. Therefore, we want to encourage you to connect with us, any of us, regarding any concerns, suggestions, feedback, or professional development opportunities you would like to us to consider. You can locate all the administrative professional advisory council members on our website, www.apac.wsu.edu. Please feel free to reach out to any council member. You can also send an email to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 509-358-7968. We truly seek to represent your views to the best of our abilities so please engage with us and tell us how we can support you.
We hope you enjoyed WSU Staff Appreciation Week. Please help thank our Professional Development Committee and Marketing Committee for their outstanding work! The speaker line-up was fantastic and new activities included Ice-Cream Sundae Socials and Evening Staff Social at participating restaurants. Not wanting to leave anyone out, I traveled to the Tri-Cities campus to host their ice-cream social (the Tri-Cities campus APAC representative position is still open!).
Please provide your feedback on the seminars and activities — this helps us help you!
Monthly APAC Meetings
The AP council encourages other AP employees to attend the monthly meetings either in person or by video conference at other campus locations. Our next meeting will be held on October 12th from 9:00-10:30am in Lighty 405. Regular APAC meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Meetings are broadcast via AMS. 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. Read More >>>
WSU Staff Appreciation Week
Staff appreciation week was a huge success thanks to our wonderful staff throughout the university. The week’s seminars and events had record attendance. A big thank you to our four speakers who put on fantastic seminars and to Cask, Porch Light Pizza, and Birch & Barley for participating in our Staff Social. Our first time, in Pullman that is, having an ice cream social was a huge success. Who wouldn’t want Ferdinand’s Ice-Cream with toppings! To read more about the Staff Appreciation Week events visit our website. Read more >>>
Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff Conference
The 3rd Annual Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff Conference was held July 19-21, 2017 in Blaine, WA offering opportunities to foster cooperation and collaboration, as well as to provide training and skills for administrative professional staff. This year we had 76 attendees representing 11 universities! Follow the link to learn more about this last year’s conference. The NCPS conference in 2018 will be held in Moscow, ID, details will be coming soon. Read more >>>
Professional Development Mini-Grants
Professional development is highly valued by Washington State University and is supported by the President’s and Provosts’ offices. AP Mini Grant Fund is used to provide matching funds in conjunction with AP’s unit/department. Deadline for fall applications is October 31st. Read more >>>
Student Organization Advisors Wanted
Would you like to help influence and build the leadership skills of students outside the classroom by becoming a registered student organization (RSO) advisor? WSU Pullman has more than 300 RSOs, these organizations range from academic and professional to environmental, multicultural, and service-oriented.
All staff and faculty are eligible to become advisors. As an RSO advisor you would help students navigate administrative procedures and give insight regarding past organizational activity.
If you are interested in becoming an RSO advisor, have questions, or want to explore the types of RSOs you can get involved with, email Student Involvement Leadership Coordinator Evelyn Martinez at email@example.com.
WSU Staff TOP 5!
Coming to the AP Connection Newsletter will be WSU Staff Top 5!. This will show case various topics such as Top 5 Perks for WSU Staff, Top 5 Favorite Eateries, and more. We will be polling our APs over the next few weeks for an October release of “Top 5 Perks for WSU Staff”. If you have one, send it our way.
What is APAC?
The Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) provides institutional level advocacy in support of administrative professional personnel (AP) at WSU, communicates important information to APs, and provides opportunities for professional development and recognition for AP employees.
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