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Message from the APAC chair

Dear AP Community, 

I would like to thank our Professional Development committee for bringing Jan Hargrave to the WSU community in October. We had record participation, with more than 500 staff from throughout the WSU System joining the event virtually. For those who were not able to attend, the recording is included in the content below. There was also a great turnout to the discussion afterward with Jaime Nolan, AVP Community, Equity and Inclusion, to debrief on the topics discussed. Please watch our newsletter and emails for more great events coming up in the spring semester.

With the recent announcement about the change to the academic calendar for the spring semester, we would like to remind all APs to take the time for self-care. We recognize that the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work, Workday launch, and changes to the spring semester are hitting staff across the system hard and in varying degrees. It is important that you take your allotted breaks, grab a coffee, or enjoy a walk outside. We will get through this time.

With the launch of Workday, APAC has decided to cancel the December council meeting to allow APs to focus on training and preparation for Workday launch and spring semester. We look forward to seeing you all back in January at our meeting on January 14 at 9:30 am. 

May you all have a safe holiday season. 

- Anna 

Anna McLeod 
APAC Chair

Stay connected and get involved with APAC

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.

Video: Nonverbal communication with Jan Hargrave

Nonverbal Communication Skills that Display Trust, Emotional Well-Being and Ethical Truths During Virtual Conversation
For a transcript of the presentation, handouts, and additional notes, visit the nonverbal communication event page on the APAC website

Video: November Speaker Presentation

At the November APAC meeting, we welcomed Vicki McCracken, associate dean and director of Washington State University Extension. Dr. McCracken presented on the role WSU Extension plays in serving the mission of a land grant university. If you weren't able to attend, we are excited to share the presentation. 
The Role of Extension in the Land Grant Mission and the Role Administration Professionals Play in Extension

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

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

December 10
APAC Monthly Meeting 

January 14
APAC Monthly Meeting 
9-10:30 AM via 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 

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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