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Message from the APAC Chair 

Hello AP Community!

I would like to take a moment to recognize that we have been working remotely for a year now. I don’t think any of us thought that we would be in the same place a year later. It has not been easy, but we have persevered and are starting to see the light at the end of this exceptionally long tunnel. It has been encouraging to see and hear the plans to return to a robust in-person environment for fall semester!

While many are looking ahead to fall semester, APAC has a lot of exciting things going on in the next few months! Beginning March 1, we are opening applications/nominations for next year's APAC Council. We have five open council seats in Pullman and one open seat in Tri-Cities, and seven alternate positions (two Pullman alternates and five from across the WSU system). If you are interested in applying or nominating, more details are below in this newsletter.

APAC’s Events Committee has been working hard on an exciting and robust Staff Appreciation Week that will be held March 22-26. We look forward to celebrating all the hard work that staff has put in this year by offering a number of virtual classes such as yoga, cooking and dance classes, a noon-time concert,  Microsoft Teams training, and more. In addition, College Hill Custom Threads and the WSU Bookie are offering discounts to staff all week long! More details are coming soon, so watch your email and keep an eye on the APAC events calendar for updates. 

We have enjoyed seeing so many APs from across the system at our monthly APAC meetings! Just a reminder that all APs are invited to our monthly meetings to listen to our presenters, ask questions and share experiences. Our March meeting will be held on March 11 at 9 a.m. We will have Kyle Gonzalez from WSU Pullman’s Access Center presenting Digital Accessibility 101 for Administrative Professionals, we hope to see you there!

For all our Tri-Cities APs, we will be holding the APAC Town Hall Discussion with President Schulz, Provost Chilton, Theresa Elliot-Cheslek, and Stacy Pearson on March 31 at 4 p.m. We hope to see you there on Zoom!

Before I sign-off, I would like to take the time to thank Gayle Anderson for her many years of service as the APAC administrative assistant. Gayle is retiring at the end of March, and we will miss her very much but we know she is looking forward to a new adventure! Congratulations on your retirement, Gayle and THANK YOU for all your support, guidance, and encouragement. We will miss you!

- Anna

Anna McLeod,
APAC Chair

Serve on APAC: Application Period Opens March 1

Are you interested in joining APAC and serving the WSU administrative professional community? Then consider applying for a position on the council. Below are details for current council members and interested candidates. The application period opens on March 1. 

APAC Election Details:  
  • Elections to run March 1– March 30, 2021, for Executive Positions, Council, and Alternate Positions.
  • Nominations/Applications due by Tuesday, March 30, 2021, no later than 5:00 p.m.
  • Nomination/Application Review Process for voting-eligible Council Members will run March 31 – April 7, 2021.
  • Executive Session for selection (voting members only) will be held via Zoom following the monthly meeting on April 8, 2021.
  • All current Alternates will need to reapply.
    • (7) Alternate spots to include; minimum (2) Pullman campus + as many as (5) from across the WSU Community.
  • Continuing Council Positions have been established and the following vacancies include:
    • Pullman – (5) total. Including (4) three-year terms + (1) one-year term.
    • Tri-Cities – (1) total; three-year term.
  • New Council Members and Alternates will be invited to attend the May 13, 2021, monthly meeting after receiving their written notice of appointment.
APAC Bylaws & Election Guidelines
APAC Application (Opens March 1)

March Meeting: Digital Accessibility 101 for Administrative Professionals

This presentation will introduce the basic concepts and tools to make your digital content more accessible. By providing accessible digital materials a diverse population can more effectively and comfortably engage with your content. By the end of the presentation, you should be familiar with key digital accessibility fundamentals and basic skills needed to create accessible documents, presentations, virtual meetings, social media posts, and websites. You will also have a list of Kyle's favorite resources to reference and useful contact information for when you hit a roadblock. Providing accessibility is a journey, this will help you get started in the right direction.

About the Speaker
Kyle Gonzalez is the Assistive Technology Coordinator for the Pullman Access Center. His primary role is to provide students with the necessary course resources and technology as recommended by their Access Advisor. Kyle also works closely with faculty to help ensure accommodations are met and assist faculty in improving their course accessibility. As a part of WSU’s growing efforts to improve accessibility, Kyle serves on multiple committees, both at WSU and state-wide, to ensure that we continue to improve accessibility at WSU

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

We'll also have a brief overview of the Access Center's Disability Awareness Symposium by Davi Kallman, Access Advisor and Awareness Coordinator, WSU Access Center.
The Symposium will run March 29-April 2, 2021:

ICYMI: WSU CFO Stacy Pearson joined us for our February APAC meeting to share updates from the finance office.
APAC's January Guest Presentation
If you missed our January discussion with WSU Human Resources, you can view the presentation and follow-up Q&A on the APAC website. Login with your network ID. 

Click here to view the presentation.

WSU Staff Appreciation Week: March 22-29

WSU Staff Appreciation Week is coming up and we have plenty of exciting things scheduled to thank you for your continued commitment to the WSU community. More details will hit your inbox soon.   

WSU Tri-Cities Town Hall Discussion: March 31  

APAC is hosting a WSU Tri-Cities town hall discussion with APAC leadership, 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. Join us via the link below on March 31 to hear updates on topics that matter to the WSU APs

March 31
WSU Tri-Cities 
Time: 4 PM 

Connect to the WSU Tri-Cities Town Hall
ICYMI: Watch the APAC Town Hall Discussion with WSU Spokane 

Employment Opportunity: APAC and Faculty Senate Assistant

Summary of Duties:
The Principal Assistant position is responsible for performing complex administrative duties in support of the Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) and the Faculty Senate. The duties of this position include, but are not limited to: providing comprehensive administrative support, independently developing travel itineraries, compiling reports and studies, and updating the Committee and Faculty Manual; developing, modifying, and maintaining databases; coordinating and updating websites; monitoring and reporting on APAC budget(s) status; maintaining APAC and Faculty Senate records and/or filing system(s); establishing APAC office procedures, standards, priorities, deadlines, and coordinating office operations. This position initiates actions to ensure APAC and Faculty Senate office goals are met and has frequent contact with internal and external constituents.

Visit WSU Jobs for more information on the position and to apply

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

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

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

March 22-26
WSU Staff Appreciation Week
More information TBA 

March 39-April 2
WSU Access Center Disability Awareness Symposium 

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