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Save the Date: 2021 APAC Town Hall Forums

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
Location: Zoom (more info will be sent out soon)  

March 31
WSU Tri-Cities (tentative) 
Time: 4 PM 
Location: Zoom (more info will be sent out soon)

APAC January Meeting: A Discussion with HRS on Employee Advancement

Join us for the first APAC meeting of 2021 as we welcome Melissa DiNoto, compensation manager, and Don Read, learning & organizational development manager, from WSU Human Resource Services for a conversation on employee promotion, compensation, advancement, and professional development. 

Topics to be covered:

  • Advancement/promotion concerns
  • Where do APs get the skills to advance/professional development opportunities?
  • Job equity with others in the same class
  • The perceived value of annual review
  • Requesting a salary review
  • How do job descriptions become modified? How does this impact compensation?
  • Who decides how raises or compensation are distributed? What is the most professional way to ask leadership about salary transparency?
  • What does transparency about hiring decisions look like at WSU? How can I find out how I interviewed, where I ranked, and what skills I need to advance after an interview? What if I feel the answer was not truthful?
  • If a position is demoted in title, pay, and responsibilities (due to budget cuts) how does this impact the AP's professional trajectory? 
About the speakers

Melissa DiNoto, compensation manager

Melissa DiNoto joined Washington State University in June 2019. She currently holds the compensation manager position with WSU Human Resource Services

DiNoto’s 18 years in human resources (HR) includes positions with the University of Idaho and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human resource management and a master’s degree in adult/organizational learning and leadership.

Most of her HR experience has been in the area of compensation. She has varied experience with public and private employers, as well as international compensation.

Don Read, learning & organizational manager 

Don Read joined Washington State University in July of 2019. He currently holds the learning & organizational development manager position with WSU Human Resource Services. 

Read's 35 years in learning and talent development includes positions with Virginia Mason Medical System in Seattle; the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA; the Department of Social & Health Services; and Country Insurance & Financial Group in Illinois.

Most of that experience has been in management/leadership development and consulting roles. Read led the training and development program for Country Insurance & Financial Group, was the training manager for Inland Northwest Blood Center, and served as the senior internal consultant for the State of Washington’s Department of Social & Health Services.

Give Us Your Feedback! What Professional Development Topics Do You Want?

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.   

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

February 2
WSU Spokane 
Time: Noon
Location: Zoom (more info will be sent out soon)  

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 (tentative) 
Time: 4 PM 
Location: Zoom (more info will be sent out soon)

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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