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September 12, 2016

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.

August 15, 2016

August 15, 2016

From the Chair

The Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) is gearing up for another great year! It is not without your endless commitment that we continue making APAC a site for engagement, professional development and advocacy on behalf all those that make Washington State University a great place to work. We are so lucky and thankful to be closely connected with WSU administration. Throughout the years, APAC has developed a close connection with the President, Provost and other upper level administration. They not only value but expect our feedback on how we can continue working together to improve Washington State University.

It is with that in mind that we want to be sure that we are as accessible as possible to all Administrative Professionals (AP) and we do realize that attending general meetings is not always possible. However, we want to encourage you to connect with us if you have a concern or feedback, events you would like us to consider or ways to better engage with you. No item is too little! As we continue improving our impact and presence on campus, your participation is key in making it happen. Visit our website at to learn more about APAC and our meeting times.

Feel free to email me at with any feedback. As a representative body, we truly seek to represent your views to the best of our abilities. Please engage with us!

Ray Acuña-Luna

New APAC officers

Welcome new officers elected for the 2016-2017 year. Please greet them and feel free to reach out to them with any questions.

Ray Acuña-Luna, Chair

Ray Acuna Luna - APAC 2016

Adam Williams, Secretary/Treasurer

2016 APAC council - Adam Williams

Brigitta Jozefowski, Vice Chair

Brigitta Jozefowski - APAC 2016

Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff Conference

WSU Pullman hosted the 2nd annual Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff (NCPS) Conference July 21-22nd and had an amazing turnout. 93 attendees from 12 universities representing Idaho, Oregon and Washington gathered to network and increase their professional development in topics such as Emotional Intelligence, Customer Service Attitude & Leadership, Advocacy as Empowerment and much more.

Opening the conference was Provost Bernardo; Glenn Johnson, Mayor of Pullman; and opening keynote speaker, State Representative Kevin Parker. Attendees were able to choose from 5 breakout sessions during the two days, attend the Thursday night banquet at Banyans with Cyndy Stevenson presenting and closed Friday with Cyndy’s final presentation titled “How to Lead Ourselves and Others through Change”.

Early reviews noted the high level of topics for the breakout sessions and the ability to network on several different occasions with other universities and their university colleagues.

If you were not able to attend this year’s conference stay tuned for more information for NCPS 2017 which will be held near Western Washington University in Bellingham.

For those that went this year, please share your experience with other AP staff here at WSU and other universities. We look forward to the program next year and hope you can all attend!

Kevin Parker
State Rep. Kevin Parker, founder of Dutch Bros. Coffee, delivers one of the keynote speeches at the NCPS conference.

Fall Term Begins – Week of Welcome

Week of Welcome 2016 beings with the official University move-in on Wednesday, August 17th. Check with your campus to see what events are in store for the Week of Welcome. This can be from volunteering to help students during move-in day or waving a Cougar flag or simply being a friendly smile to a lost student.

August 22nd marks the beginning of Fall Term. Our roles are important not only to the campus and departments but also to our students. Some are returning for their second year or more while others are entering college for their first time. Let’s greet them with Cougar Pride and show them that they are important to the whole of WSU.

Changes Ahead to APAC Website

We here at APAC strive to assist our fellow APs with notifying you about events that we feel are important or alerting you to professional development classes or scholarships. We have noticed that our website needs a little updating and so we will begin doing just that. Our website will be under construction so you will see changes in the next couple of month that we hope will benefit you. Stay tuned for more information.

AP Survey

Every fall we send out a survey to all of our APs. Look for this in September and please take the time to respond. The information collected influences APAC’s programming and it is a helpful tool in allowing us to see what is important to you.

Upcoming APAC program

Our first APAC regular meeting of the fall is September 8, 2016, 1:30-3 p.m.

Beginning in October, 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 Lightly 405.

May 20, 2016

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