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Message from the APAC Chair 

I hope everyone's 2021 is off to a great start, and you were able to safely spend time with loved ones and friends before the new year. To all our administrative professional colleagues who have been working tirelessly on WSU Modernization initiatives and Workday implementation: Thank you for all your hard work! 

We know that budget reductions have taken a toll on many APs and their access to professional development funds. Due to this, we have opened the APAC mini-grant program to accept applications on a rolling basis. If you have a virtual conference or professional development event that you would like to attend, please apply for a mini-grant to help fund your education. Apply on the APAC website

APAC has a lot of great virtual events planned for this semester! Please keep an eye out for the monthly newsletter and emails directly from APAC for announcements and information on upcoming events. 

Anna McLeod,
APAC Chair

2021 APAC Town Hall Discussions - Spokane and Tri-Cities 

APAC is hosting a series of town hall meetings with President Kirk Schulz; Provost Elizabeth Chilton; Theresa Elliot-Cheslek, vice president and chief human resources officer; and Stacy Pearson, vice president and chief financial officer. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details and additional dates coming soon.  

February 2
WSU Spokane 
Time: Noon

Connect to the WSU Spokane Town Hall

March 31
WSU Tri-Cities 
Time: 4 PM 

Connect to the WSU Tri-Cities Town Hall

APAC February Meeting 
Guest Speaker: VP Stacy Pearson

Join us for the first APAC meeting of 2021 as we welcome WSU Chief Financial Officer Stacy Pearson

Pearson will provide an overview of how the University’s budget has been impacted by COVID-19 and actions that have been taken to stabilize the budget. She will also provide the most up to date information on federal and state funding to assist with the pandemic impacts, as well as an overview of financial planning activities that will take place over the next six months to continue to assess these impacts on the current fiscal year budget (FY2021) and the next biennium.

February 11
APAC Monthly Meeting 
9-10:30 AM via Zoom

In Case You Missed It: A Discussion with HRS on Careers and Advancement

In January, we welcomed Melissa DiNoto, compensation manager, and Don Read, learning & organizational development manager, from WSU Human Resource Services for a conversation on employee careers and

We were thrilled to welcome more than 170 guests to the January meeting and received so many great questions from the AP community. For those questions that were either submitted via email or asked in the chat, and weren't answered during the session, we are working with HRS on providing those answers and will post them on the APAC website. Keep an eye out for that information in future emails. 

WSU Human Resources Services presentation

Give Us Your Feedback on Professional Development Topics!  

The APAC professional development committee is exploring topics focused on building a diverse workforce and developing powerful and successful team cultures for APAC's spring professional development seminar, and we would love your suggestions! 

Have you attended a professional development workshop, training, or presentation that you think would benefit the WSU staff? Or do you have an idea for a topic or recommendation for a dynamic speaker to engage the AP community?

The funds available through our professional development budget are there to serve you...our AP community! Please reach out to us and share your ideas. No idea is too big or too small, we’d love to hear them all!

Send us a message through the Contact Us section of the APAC website with the subject: Spring Speaker Ideas

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. APAC meetings are open to all AP staff.   

February 2
WSU Spokane 
Time: Noon
Location: Zoom 

February 11
APAC Monthly Meeting 
9-10:30 AM via Zoom

March 11
APAC Monthly Meeting 
9-10:30 AM via Zoom

March 22-26
WSU Staff Appreciation Week
More information TBA 

March 31
WSU Tri-Cities
Time: 4 PM 
Location: Zoom  

Stay Connected, Get Involved! 

APAC would like to share several connection opportunities and hear your voice. First, connect with us at one of our monthly APAC meetings on the second Thursday of each month (excluding the December meeting). All WSU staff are invited to attend. In the APAC Update e-newsletter, we will share info on our guest speaker and topic. We hope you will find it of interest. In addition, our committees will share updates on what they are working on.

Speaking of committees, did you know you can join any of our APAC committees? They included: 
  • Budget
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Bylaws (Guidelines) /Election
  • Training/Professional Development
  • Events
  • Career Ladders
  • Diversity Equity & Inclusion Initiatives
  • Salary Equity
If you would like to get involved, just drop us a note via the "Contact Us" page of our website, or reach out to the committee chair directly. Their contact info can also be found on our website.   

Finally, APAC advocates for issues on behalf of the AP community, sometimes those are issues that individuals have not been able to address on their own. We have the privilege of meeting with President Schulz, Provost Chilton, and Chief Human Resource Officer Elliot-Cheslek each month. This exchange not only notifies university administration about potential concerns and issues, but it also gives APAC leadership direction on how to best assist with your needs.

We are grateful for WSU leadership and their commitment to making sure AP voices are heard. And thank you to the AP community for partnering with us to help promote staff job satisfaction.

About APAC

The Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) at Washington State University provides institutional-level advocacy in support of administrative professional (AP) staff by serving as a liaison with WSU senior administration, communicating matters of interest to APs, soliciting feedback from APs, helping make WSU a great place to work, and providing professional development opportunities.

Meet the council

Council members represent a variety of areas, including academic and managerial departments, from across the entire WSU system. Council members are appointed in the spring and serve a three-year term beginning in July.

APAC council members

APAC works for you

APAC represents administrative professionals across WSU’s campuses in Pullman, Spokane, Vancouver, Tri-Cities, Everett, and extension offices throughout the state.  

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