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Faith Price is the Assistant Director of Native American Programs and oversees the recruitment and retention of Native American students at WSU Pullman. There are approximately 550 Native undergraduate students on campus. The Native American Programs office conducts outreach to tribal communities in the region, representing WSU at college fairs and community events. In addition, the office brings Native high school students to campus for campus visits and conferences.

Price directs the Native American student ambassador program, which is funded by a grant from the Nez Perce Tribe. The Native student ambassadors are current undergraduate students who provide campus tours, attend community events, and can speak to prospective students about the Native student experience at WSU.

The staff of Native American Programs also works with prospective students throughout the admissions and financial aid process. Once they are a student on campus, the Native American Student Center (NASC) offers cultural and educational programming designed to create a community for Native students, and increase their academic success. Native students need to have a home away from home in the NASC, something Price says is critical to the retention of Native students at any institution.

“Native students need a place on campus that feels like home, where they can be around other students and staff that understand where they are coming from. If I hadn’t had this as an undergrad, I would have left college, as culture shock was at times overwhelming.”

Price is of Wampanoag descent, and grew up on the Flathead Indian Reservation. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Montana.  She is currently in the Prevention Science doctoral program at WSU, in addition to her full-time duties with Native American Programs.

Native Youth Exploring Higher Education Camp, 2017

WSU Class of 2017, Stoles hand crafted by Faith Price

Registered Student Organization advisor volunteers wanted

With more than 350 Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) on campus, Washington State University relies on many faculty, staff, and graduate students to advise these groups. Influence students outside the classroom and office by becoming a student organization advisor. All faculty, staff, and graduate students with an assistantship are eligible to become RSO advisors.

Advisors help guide organizational goals and improve the leadership skills of student members. Additional advisor responsibilities include providing ideas for activities, events and fundraisers, guiding students through university procedures, and giving input for organizational growth and development.

To volunteer, fill out the form at http://bit.ly/RSOadvisorvolunteer.

October 23, 2017

From the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

In order to better service the university in our advisory capacity, APAC is canceling our monthly meeting in November so that members can attend the ERP vendor demonstrations. The Executive Council encourages Councilmembers to attend as many of the demonstrations from both vendors as possible in order to provide input to the RFP Evaluation Committee on which product would best suit the needs of WSU through participation in post-demonstration surveys. Those responding to the survey should attend the same sessions from both vendors wherever possible. Demonstrations will take place November 6-9 and November 13-16. The final demonstration schedule will be sent out as soon as it is available by WSU Announcements and will be on the WSU Modernization website.

Brigitta Jozefowski
Chair

Professional Development Seminar

APAC is pleased to sponsor Rueben Mayes, Chief Development Officer for Pullman Regional Hospital to speak to all WSU Staff and Faculty on “Five Keys to Success in Leadership, Work, and Life”.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 9:30-11:15 in the CUB Junior Ballroom.

AMS Sites Scheduled: Everett, Puyallup, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver.

Please register for this free event on Skillsoft: http://ihr.hrs.wsu.edu/skillsoft/default.aspx?c=ilt_wsu_PD_1141

WSU Staff Scholarship

The WSU Staff Academic Scholarship supports WSU employees (civil service and AP) or their children with scholarship dollars. The scholarship provides $1000/yr in scholarship support. If you would like to support this scholarship or read more information about this scholarship please read the gift use agreement. The scholarship will be awarded through the Student Financial Services.

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 31stRead more >>>

AP Spotlight

Faith Price, Assistant Director of Native American Programs, is making a difference for students. Price directs the Native American student ambassador program who are current undergraduate students that provide campus tours, attend community events, and speak to prospective students about the Native student experience at WSU. Price is of Wampanoag descent, and grew up on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Along with her full-time duties with Native American Programs, Price in currently in the Prevention Science doctoral program at WSU. Read more >>>

The Management Tip of the Day

The Management Top of the Day is brought to you by the Harvard Business Review.

Daydreaming (With a Purpose) Can Recharge Your Mind – Resisting distractions seems like an intuitive way to be more productive, yet research shows that excessive focus exhausts your brain. Read more >>>

Get Your Flu Shot

Flu season is nearly upon us. WSU employees are encouraged to get their flu vaccinations. Read more >>>

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 December 14th 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 >>>

 

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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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September 26, 2017

From the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

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 brigitta@wsu.edu, 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!

Go Cougs!

Brigitta Jozefowski
Chair

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 31stRead 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 evelynmtz@wsu.edu.

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.

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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.

Connect with APAC on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn

Have ideas for this monthly newsletter? Send them to stephanie.rink@wsu.edu

To unsubscribe from this list please send a blank email to apac-info-leave@lists.wsu.edu.

Sept 2017 NCPS

The Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff in Higher Education (NCPS) is an alliance of higher education professional staff organizations in the Pacific Northwest that supports and advocates for its members through communication, education, and professional development opportunities.

This year’s conference held in Blaine, WA included talks by decorated former Black Hawk helicopter pilot Elizabeth McCormick, Director of the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership Karen Stout, Director of Western’s Community Development office Dan Purdy, Western Washington’s Assistant Director of Human Resources Dennis Dashiell, Education and Organizational Consultant Cyndy Stevenson, Director of WWU’s Counseling Center Shari Robinson and senior instructor for WWU’s Woodring College of Education Joy Wiggins.

To keep up with more information on getting involved with NCPS or to see when you can sign up for Summer of 2018’s retreat please see their website or talk to Karen Garrett, NCPS’s vice chair and WSU IS Manager

Sept 2017 Grant Application

Professional Development Grants

Professional development is highly valued by Washington State University and is supported by the President and Provosts’ offices. The AP Mini Grant Fund (APMGF) is a supplemental fund and is intended to provide matching funds in conjunction with the AP’s unit/department. The maximum award is $250 and an eligible applicant received a maximum of one award every two fiscal years.

Information for applying can be found at https://apac.wsu.edu/awards-and-grants/. The deadline for applications is October 31st.

Congratulations to our Spring 2017 Mini Grant Awards

  • Stefano Borghi: $150 / Pacific Northwest PHP Conference
  • Andrew Hua:     $200 / NASPA Conference Natalie Grosser:$150 / College NET User Conference
  • Pam Loughlin:   $250 / WAPED Spring Conference
  • Karen Garrett:   $100 / Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff Conference
  • Julie Thayer:     $250 / Education & Research Greenhouse Curators Conference
  • Maria Clara Cardieri Souza: $200 / NAFSA Conference Paul Wilmoth:   $200 / NAFSA Conference