SPAC produces at least two newsletters each academic year. The newsletter serves as the Council's communication to Service Professionals on all topics related to the Council's activities. Articles may include committee updates, professional development opportunities, and advocacy projects.
Notes from the Chair
I want to thank all of you for being ambassadors for
positivity this year, remembering that change brings opportunity! I appreciate your energy and enthusiasm which
is contagious for all on campus. We continue to strive to do the best job we
can with our ultimate consideration being the student experience. We can’t lose
sight of how our roles impact students and at the same time; isn’t that what
Which leads me to encourage all of you to nominate your
service professional colleagues for the SPAC Leadership Award. This award is
for a service professional who has made exemplary contributions in at least two
of the following areas:
- Creativity in leadership
- Going above and beyond the usual assignments
- Outstanding efforts on behalf of the University
- Significant outcomes from leadership in
projects, events, committees, or other areas.
- Excels as a role model and mentor for others
- Demonstrates involvement with students and
- Demonstrates outstanding service to the
University or community
The link to download the
nomination form is on the SPAC homepage. Nominations are due Monday, April 3rd! The winner will
be honored at the SPAC Mixer, April 20, 3-5:30 pm in the HRM Fireside Room.
This is a wonderful venue to meet new service professionals and connect with
your old friends and past recipients of this prestigious award.
SPAC has some service projects coming up. We will be doing our
adopt-a-trail clean-up for the City. The details are being finalized and I will
notify you when we have the details. In addition, we will have a new project to
support our NAU students who are in need. We are working with the first
generation support staff to devise a project to provide assistance to that
Please share this information and be sure to attend any and
all of the events that are happening as we wrap up the academic year! Keep up
the good work!
Shari L. Miller, M.A., J.D.
Chair, Service Professional Advisory Council
Adopt-a-Trail Community Clean-Up
Given all the recent development in the Aspen Sawmill
area, SPAC has changed our community clean up service activity to
Adopt-a-Trail, selecting the Pine Knoll Trail 020 section of the FUTS (from Arroyo Trail to
Payton Way) near South Campus (east of the intersection of Lone Tree Road and
Pine Knoll Drive).
Hope you’ll help us out on Saturday, 10:00am, April 8th. Check back soon for our meeting place!
New Spring Service Project
This spring we will be collecting “school” supplies to help meet the
needs of our first-generation students here at NAU. Like our holiday
Adopt-a-Family project, we will post a spreadsheet of requested items for you
to select one or more that you would like to contribute.
Watch for further details in a SPAC announcement email in May.
Employee Development Day - Pathway to Excellence: Develop U
calendars for the annual Employee
- Wednesday, May 24th
- W.A. Franke College of Business and Rolle Activity Center
SPAC members are
encouraged to submit a presentation proposal focusing on development, growth,
and excellence. Topics might include leadership,
time management, financial security, or overall well-being.
Proposal Deadline: Monday,
March 27th. Use this link to submit a presentation proposal.
Details on how to register for sessions will be in the May Human
Resources Announcement newsletter!
Questions? Contact Cassie Petit at 928-523-9338.
SPAC Needs You!
The NAU Service Professional Advisory Council is looking for motivated
service professionals (SP’s) just like you who are interested in working in an
advisory capacity for their colleagues on a wide range of issues. This is a
great way to learn about other areas/departments across campus, network with
fellow SP’s campus wide, and further develop your leadership skills.
Please consider nominating a colleague – or yourself – for this
opportunity! See the SPAC homepage for more information.
University Committee Updates
SPAC continues to remain a well-informed advocate for Service Professionals by attending regular University Committee meetings and providing summary updates at each SPAC meet. These updates are published in the SPAC minutes available here.
For detailed information on these campus-wide
initiatives, please visit the individual websites listed below.