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January 17, 2017

From the Chair

Colegas,
Ray Acuna-Luna, Chair of APAC
Welcome back! On behalf of the Administrative Professional Council, I want to wish you all a Feliz Año Nuevo! I hope that you had an amazing time in company of your loved ones and that you got some much needed rest. Personally, I had the opportunity to travel to Texas to visit my family. Contrary to popular belief and although no snow, it was still pretty cold.

I want to provide a quick update on our APAC Forums. As you might recall, for the first time ever, APAC hosted town-hall meetings at all WSU campuses. While we still have one more left, we have observed some trends across all campuses that I would like to share:

  1. The need for more professional development
  2. The need for mentoring for Administrative Professionals
  3. Improving WSU communication efforts in consistency and delivery
  4. AP retention in correlation to benefits

In the next few weeks, APAC will examine each of the concerns presented at the forums and look into their feasibility and how best we can address them. Please be sure to contact any of your council representatives or send your input online if you have any other suggestions.

Vamos Cougs,

Ray Acuña-Luna
Chair

Changes to Employee Assistance Program

Effective now EAP services for all WSU locations is provided by the Washington State Department of Personnel Employee Assistance Program. The EAP helps employees and their family members resolve personal or work-related problems.

Toll Free: 1-877-313-4455
www.dop.wa.gov/eap
TDD/TYY users, please call via WA Relay at 711

More information at the HRS Employee Assistance Program.

APAC Professional Development mini-grants

The Administrative Professionals Advisory Council awarded six professional development mini-grants in the fall grant cycle. These awards totaled $828 and were used to assist WSU APs in their pursuit of further education. APAC awards mini-grants twice annually, and the next deadline is April 30.

The most recent recipients of the APAC mini-grants were:

Victoria Braun – $250 to attend the Internation Symposium for Contemplative Studies
Sisouvanh Keopanapay – $108 to attend the Fall Public Safety Career Fair
Linda McLean – $125 to attend the recent Federally Recognized Tribes Extension/Intertribal Ag Council
Mary Lou Shean – $65 to attend the recent Simulation User Network Conference
Brooke Whiting – $140 to attend the upcoming NACADA Conference
Josh Whiting – $140 to attend the upcoming NACADA Conference

Please check out eligibility and the application at the APAC website.

The next cycle of grants will be awarded after our April 30 deadline.

We want to hear from you!

APAC executives meet with President Schulz and Provost Bernardo on a regular basis. If you have concerns, ideas, or questions you’d like us to bring to their attention, please contact us.

We also want to hear your ideas for professional development and how to make WSU an even better place to work.

Contact APAC

Thank you to Kirk and Noel Schulz!

Kirk and Noel Schulz, WSU’s president and first lady, graciously invited APAC members to a reception at their home in early December. Thank you to the Schulzes for their hospitality!

Kirk and Noel Schulz with APAC at December reception
APAC members with Kirk and Noel Schulz at the December reception

Chinook Student Center Memberships Now on Sale

WSU is pleased to announce the opening of the first level of the Chinook Student Center on January 17! AP staff can purchase a Chinook annual membership and get access to new recreational facility, right in the heart of campus. Amenities at the Chinook include a Freshens Fresh Food Studio, a sauna, cardio and weight rooms, meeting spaces, a meditation room and more.

Chinook Student Center
Rendering of the Chinook Student Center

As construction nears completion, members can utilize the various parts of the Chinook as they become available throughout January and February. Chinook members can also utilize the Student Recreation Center until March 1, 2017. Current SRC members can contact the membership services team to bundle their current membership with a new Chinook membership at a discounted and prorated price. For more information about the Chinook, visit www.chinook.wsu.edu.

Save the dates: Demonstrations of business software systems

In response to the request for information for a unified, software-as-service finance and human resource management system, the following vendors have been identified and will conduct on-site demonstration. Please join us for these informational demonstrations.

Oracle
January 23-24, 2017
Introduction begins at 9:00 on the 23rd
First session begins at 8:00 on the 24th
Pullman: CUB Auditorium
Video conferencing will be provided to other WSU locations. Those rooms will be assigned shortly.

Workday
January 30-31, 2017
Pullman: CUB Auditorium
Video conferencing will be provided to other WSU locations. Those rooms will be assigned shortly.
Agenda for January 30 and 31 – TBD

Summary and Questions go until 5:00 on both days

Learn more on the WSU Modernization website.

Annual Reviews

With the beginning of the new year, it’s time to think about annual reviews, an essential part of career development for supervisors and all APs. AP personnel are evaluated annually on a calendar year (January 1 – December 31) or academic year basis, as determined by the senior executive for the area and in accordance with guidance found in the Administrative Professional Handbook (PDF).

SmartHealth

SmartHealth is Washington State’s voluntary and confidential wellness program. It is an interactive website that helps you take steps to improve your health and well-being, while having fun and connecting with others online. By participating in activities you can earn points, and points earned between January 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017 are used to establish eligibility for the wellness incentive in 2017.

Earn 2,000 points to be eligible for the incentive by completing a Well-being Assessment and then participating in and tracking wellness activities. Depending on your WSU/PEBB medical plan, you will receive a $125 reduction in the subscriber’s 2018 PEBB medical deductible (if enrolled in a PEBB classic and value health plan); or a one-time deposit of $125 into the subscriber’s health savings account (if enrolled in a PEBB consumer-directed health plan).

Learn more: www.smarthealth.hca.wa.gov
HRS SmartHealth Wellness Incentive

Upcoming APAC program

Our next APAC meeting is February 9, 2017, 9:00–10:30 a.m. The presentation will be “Purpose Driven Work” by Josh McPhatter.

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.

November 16, 2016

Chair’s Note

Colegas,

At the age of sixteen and forced by my parents, I arrived in the United States one hot summer day in the month of August. Coming from a rural area in Central Mexico, I was shocked and overwhelmed by the immensity of the sprawling city. I was immediately confronted with the idea that the days I could get lost in the woods and play in the crystal-clear streams emanating from the moss-covered earth were long gone. Perhaps more devastating was the dooming thought that I could no longer communicate in my native language; and the hopelessness of being in a sea of difference and unfamiliarity. Like the trees I grew up with, I was uprooted and replanted in a land that at the time seemed so infertile.

My first glimpse into American customs came at a time when I missed home the most. Strange, yet so familiar, Thanksgiving gave me a sense of belonging and for the first time, an opportunity to participate in the process of acculturation. From that moment on, my identity began to shift and new roots began to sprout.

I hope that you always, but particularly this Thanksgiving, feel included and appreciated for who you are and what you bring into the mosaic forming the American landscape just like I was included from the moment I arrived in this land of opportunity years ago. At the same time, please extend the love and support you receive to others, particularly those who, for whatever reason, have been uprooted from their land and forced to sprout somewhere else. This Thanksgiving I am thankful for the opportunity to spring new roots in a land that once seemed so unfamiliar and for the opportunities that WSU has afforded me. Moreover, I am thankful to be part of a community who continuously works in making others feel like they matter. This Thanksgiving season, what are you thankful for?

Ray Acuña-Luna
Chair

APAC Forums

APAC chair, Ray Acuña-Luna has spent the past few weeks visiting WSU Campuses across the state to hold forums with Administrative Professional employees. The objective of these forums is to provide the opportunity for APs to share what is working and not working for them on their campus and for APs to learn more about APAC and how to get involved. The next AP forum will be held in Pullman on November 29th from 8:30-10 a.m. in Lighty 405. Check out the full schedule on the APAC website.

All AP employees are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to become more informed about the activity of APAC and to voice any thoughts, suggestions, and concerns that will lead to an improved workplace and make Washington State University the best it can be.

APAC Survey

Thank you to all AP’s who took the time to participate in the AP survey the past few weeks. Just under 300 AP employees responded to the survey. The results will be complied and analyzed in the coming weeks. This data will be useful in setting goals and improving the workplace.

WSU Annual Food Drive

Each year WSU participates in a food drive to lend support to those who may find themselves without food during the holiday season. Where possible AP employees are encouraged to support the food drive. Provost Dan Bernardo will be matching any donations that are received by faculty and staff. Donations can be made at multiple locations across campus and can also be brought to the forum on November 29th or to the next AP monthly meeting on December 8th. Let’s make a difference this year!

Final Week of the Apple Cup Fitness challenge

Let’s all be winners on and off the field!

The newest SmartHealth activity, is a fun competition between WSU and UW benefit eligible faculty and staff. It is designed to improve your health, wellbeing, and team spirit by setting up a fitness competition between the faculty & staff of Washington State University and University of Washington who are Public Employee Benefits Board (PEBB) benefit eligible.

What is SmartHealth? SmartHealth is the State of Washington’s voluntary and confidential wellness program. It is an interactive website that helps you take steps to improve your health and well-being, while having fun and connecting with others online. You may be familiar with SmartHealth as the venue through which PEBB-eligible employees are able to earn the Wellness Incentive, the $125 benefit that comes in the form of a reduced medical deductible (for Classic and Value plan participants) or an increased HSA contribution (for CHDP participants).

If you are a PEBB eligible employee you are able to login with SmartHealth and start participating in the new Apple Cup Fitness Challenge!

  • The challenge starts Monday, October 17, and runs through Friday, November 18.
  • Each week, you use the SmartHealth Activity to log and track the number of minutes you are active – any activity counts: walking, running, biking, swimming, yard work, whatever gets your heart rate up!
  • Earn 75 points every week you track at least 30 minutes

Prizes! You can even win prizes by participating in the Challenge. WSU will be awarding two tickets to the SOLD OUT Apple Cup game, UREC passes, and Cougar gear!

For more information check out the Apple Cup Fitness Challenge webpage or contact HRS at hrs@wsu.edu or (509) 335-4521.

Upcoming APAC program

Our next APAC meeting is December 8th, 2016, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. The presenter are Adam Malcolm from the Attorney General’s office and Stephanie Kalasz.

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.

October 25, 2016

Chair’s Note

Colegas,

Ray Acuna Luna - APAC 2016
Ray Acuña-Luna

I moved to the state of Washington a little over 6 years ago and when I first landed in Pullman, wondered whether I had made the right decision. Coming from Austin, Texas into a town like Pullman really made me question my sanity. “I will only stay for two years” – I assured myself. I realize now that moving to Pullman and becoming part of Washington State University as an Administrative Professional is the single best decision I have ever made. We are agents of change and our passion for what we do is demonstrated with every single action we take. In fact, I recently met a student at a campus event who told me that had it not been for an AP, she would have already packed her bags and gone home when she faced the loss of a family member. She went on to explain that this particular person went above and beyond by connecting her with resources and helping her navigate the emotional trauma she was confronted with. It is examples like this that keep reminding me that despite my initial hesitations when I first arrived in Pullman, I am part of larger picture and that our work matters.

Administrative Professionals at Washington State University constantly transform the student experience on the daily but often they go unrecognized. Although there are various ways by which we could recognize AP’s undying commitment, I want to encourage you to submit nominations through the Human Resources Services’ Crimson Spirit Award. We do it expecting nothing in return but a simple thank you can go a long way!

It has been my privilege to salute you once again! APAC is incredibly proud to be able to represent you!

Vamos Cougs,
Ray Acuña-Luna, Chair

AP Survey

APAC wants to hear from you. APAC provides institutional level advocacy in support of all administrative professional personnel at WSU and provides opportunities for professional development and recognition for AP employees. Please complete our brief survey about APAC and the best way to communicate emerging issues and professional development opportunities to you. We also want to know how you want to tell us about concerns to take to the administration, ideas, and thoughts. The survey will close on November 1. Take the survey.

APs Win Annual WSU Award for Student Advising

Three administrative professional academic advisors: Matthew Jeffries, Doug Juneau and Kasey Schertenleib, have received “Outstanding Achievement in Academic Advising” awards from the local WSU Academic Advising Association (ACADA). Jeffries won the “new advisor” category; Juneau in “primary advising”; and Schertenleib in “administrator”. Read more about them and the awards here.

Nominate Faculty and Staff for Crimson Spirit Award

Crimson Spirit Award

If you have experienced exceptional customer service by a WSU faculty or staff, show them appreciation by nominating them for a Crimson Spirit Award. The monthly Crimson Spirit Award recognizes Washington State University faculty and staff who have provided exemplary service while representing WSU. Details on the award and how to nominate are found here.

Apple Cup Fitness Challenge

The newest SmartHealth activity, is a fun competition between WSU and UW benefit eligible faculty and staff. It is designed to improve your health, wellbeing, and team spirit by setting up a fitness competition between the faculty & staff of Washington State University and University of Washington who are Public Employee Benefits Board (PEBB) benefit eligible.

What is SmartHealth? SmartHealth is the State of Washington’s voluntary and confidential wellness program. It is an interactive website that helps you take steps to improve your health and well-being, while having fun and connecting with others online. You may be familiar with SmartHealth as the venue through which PEBB-eligible employees are able to earn the Wellness Incentive, the $125 benefit that comes in the form of a reduced medical deductible (for Classic and Value plan participants) or an increased HSA contribution (for CHDP participants).

If you are a PEBB eligible employee you are able to login with SmartHealth and start participating in the new Apple Cup Fitness Challenge!

  • The challenge starts Monday, October 17, and runs through Friday, November 18.
  • Each week, you use the SmartHealth Activity to log and track the number of minutes you are active – any activity counts: walking, running, biking, swimming, yard work, whatever gets your heart rate up!
  • Earn 75 points every week you track at least 30 minutes

Prizes! You can even win prizes by participating in the Challenge. WSU will be awarding two tickets to the SOLD OUT Apple Cup game, UREC passes, and Cougar gear!

For more information check out the Apple Cup Fitness Challenge webpage or contact HRS at hrs@wsu.edu or (509) 335-4521.

Chef Earns Industry’s Highest Certification

Jason Butcherite has received executive chef certification from the American Culinary Federation. Chef Butcherite went through a rigorous certification process that required a written exam and a comprehensive cooking evaluation, which included making a traditional three-course meal. Read more about Chef Jason and the certification here.

WSU Chef Jason Butcherite
WSU Chef Jason Butcherite

Cougar Employee Wellness Program

Cougar Employee Wellness Program (CEWP) was created to support ALL non-student staff and faculty in being active, being fit, and being well. We have certified kinesiology personnel to provide exercise testing and planning. In addition, we provide licensed athletic training services to assist you in sustaining your program. Our role is to provide you with data on your capacity, provide you with an exercise plan, and provide care and treatment for exercise related aches and injuries. Annual membership ($75) includes unlimited athletic training services and six exercise testing/ exercise prescription sessions. Testing sessions may include: body fat composition, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and range of motion, and performance. For more information visit the CEWP website. To schedule your appointment today please e-mail cewp@wsu.edu or call 509-335-9658.

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.

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.

Upcoming APAC program

Our next APAC meeting is November 10, 2016, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. The presenter is Monika Jones on Quartzi Software.

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.

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 apac.wsu.edu to learn more about APAC and our meeting times.

Feel free to email me at ray.acuna@wsu.edu 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
Chair

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
Chair

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. http://www.wwu.edu/ncps/. 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 http://apac.wsu.edu/EmployeeAppreciationWeekActvity.html. 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 – wsubookie.mailorder@gmail.com or Leslie Martin – (509) 332-2537 x109 – sm050@bncollege.com.

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, anderson53@wsu.edu 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 http://bit.ly/WOMBBQM

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