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
As we head towards the end of the spring semester, I hope
that you have all had a fulfilling year on campus. It is the time of year where
we take time to celebrate each other’s accomplishments and also take (a bit of)
a breather. To give Service Professionals this breather, the Service
Professional Advisory Council is hosting our annual mixer on Thursday, April 28th
from 4pm to 5:30pm at the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management in the
Fireplace Room. Please join us for light refreshments and icebreakers. At
4:30pm, we will present the Leadership Award to one deserving Service Professional.
Speaking of the SPAC Leadership Award, the nomination form
is currently available on the Service Professional Advisory Council homepage. If you work with a great Service
Professional who you feel deserves this year’s Leadership Award, I highly
encourage you to nominate that person. The deadline to nominate someone is
Our final SPAC meeting of the year will be May 19th.
At this meeting the Service Professional
Advisory Council will be electing the new Vice Chair and Recorder for the
2016-2017 year. We will also have multiple openings on SPAC. If you are
interested, I hope that you apply to be a member of SPAC. It is wonderful
opportunity to provide leadership at NAU, learn more about campus issues, and
just be involved.
SPAC is always here as a resource to Service Professionals.
If you have a question or need some assistance, please contact us!
Have a wonderful spring semester!
Dylan Rust, Ed.D.
Chair, Service Professional Advisory
Lunch Break Workshops - LAST CALL
ALL WORKSHOPS take place on FRIDAYS from noon-1pm in the TRUE BLUE (room 201) of Extended Campuses building (#16)
Thanks to Stephanie McCarthy (eLearning) for the new logo!!
Lunch Breaks are available to the entire service professional population as a way for networking with peers and as a means of staying informed on a variety of topics from self-improvement to university business.
- March 25th – Habit 3: Put First Things First (facilitated by Cassie Petit from Human Resources)
- April 8th – Compassion Workshop (facilitated by Heidi Wayment, professor in Psychological Sciences
Employee Development Day - Pathway to Excellence: Develop U
calendars for the annual Employee Development Day on Wednesday, June 1, in the
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.
Wednesday, April 15th. Use this link to submit a presentation proposal.
Questions? Contact Cassie Petit at 928-523-9338.
SPAC Annual Mixer
It’s not too early to block out your calendar for the SPAC Annual
Spring Mixer! Enjoy a snack, mingle with fellow service professionals and
applaud the recipient of this year’s SPAC Leadership Award! Parking will be
available in the San Francisco garage next to the NAU Bookstore and south of
Refreshments will be served and games will be had with a chance to
Hope to see you there!
- Thursday, April 28
- 4:00-5:30pm (Leadership Award presentation at 4:30)
- School of Hotel & Restaurant Management (Building
#33), Fireplace Room
NEW: 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 E. Jen Drive to Payton Way) near South Campus (east of the intersection of Lone Tree Road and Pine Knoll Drive).
Be on the lookout for an email from SPAC with clean-up dates, times, and additional information!
Fall 2016 Contemporary Developments: American Higher Education (CCHE 599) Course
Haeger will be teaching an 8 week, 3 credit course called Contemporary Developments: American Higher Education (CCHE 599) in
the Fall 2016 semester. It is a blended course that is offered at the Flagstaff
Mountain Campus and in the North Valley. Three of his past students provided
these testimonials about the course.
Bierer, Communications Officer, Office of Public Affairs (enrolled Fall 2015)
This course was an excellent opportunity
to hear from a university president emeritus about experiences leading an
institution. Some of the challenges I learned about in this course were
that there are changes coming to higher education that not everyone is ready to
embrace and funding models are continuously changing. To me, it was
interesting to learn how the political waters for a university president are
becoming increasingly narrow—many people have input on leadership issues,
making it difficult to please everyone, yet maintaining support from a wide
pool of constituents is an imperative.
Klensin Badenhorst, Budget Administrator, University Budget Office (enrolled
The insight from Dr. Haeger was fascinating. I didn’t realize how much politics effects the University and that
there are so many facets to the job of the President. The course was full of
interesting readings that drove home the issues in higher education. It really
opened my eyes to the fact that NAU will need to make some major changes to be
completive in the future. It is a great course.
Miller, Compliance Director for State Authorization, Provost’s Office (enrolled
I took this course for professional
development, to help me better understand the inner workings of a university,
especially NAU. Dr. Haeger started the course by stating that he wanted to help
others learn from his mistakes, though I really didn’t think he made any
serious mistakes! He was respectful of President Cheng and never addressed
current events on campus, but other campuses were fair game! It was very
enlightening to study the evolution in higher education and to try to forecast
what NAU might look/be like in the future from a curriculum, faculty,
administration and physical campus perspective. There are definitely changes
needed and changes coming; the previously-comfortable concept of a unit
functioning totally independently as a silo is not a successful strategy for
the future. I would highly recommend the 8 week course to anyone who wants to
get a much more in-depth look at higher education from a view at the top and
insight about the direction NAU may take!
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.
The LGBTQIA Commission promotes acceptance of
Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Queer-Intersex-Ally diversity and fosters a respect
and appreciation for each member of the NAU community. Some of the Commission's initiatives are as follows:
- Trans Healthcare: Updating materials and other pieces related to trans-healthcare at NAU.
Please check out this webpage where information has been added:http://nau.edu/Medical-Services/Trans-Health-Care/
- NAU Pride: On Friday, March 25th, 5-7:30pm in Ashurst Hall, join us for the
4th Annual NAU Pride festival for speed greeting, free HIV testing,
and a resource fair. Win identity buttons, free food, music, and more! The
Condom Fashion Show will follow from 7:30-9:30pm.
- After Safezone: These workshops offer the opportunity to learn more about
identities; everyone is welcome: https://nau.edu/LGBTQA/After-SafeZone-Workshops/
All are welcome to attend the all-member meetings (Fridays
of the month, 2:00-3:30pm). To learn more, or to inquire about joining our
list-serv, please contact us at LGBTQIA.Commission@nau.edu .
Faculty Senate Highlights (1-25-16) ABOR President Eileen
Klein presented the 2025 goals and the Proposed State Investment Model and FY
2017 Budget Proposal. The main issue is to move to per-resident-student funding
(ABOR will continue to monitor performance even though the performance funding
model is not being used for state funding). The goal is to receive state
funding equal to one half of the tuition of a resident student’s tuition
(universities are currently losing about $3700 per resident student). That
would be $7,775 per resident student from the state. In addition, ABOR is
requesting restoration of funding for FY 2016, based upon the surplus and
restoration of the remaining reduction for FY 2017, in addition to the state
covering 50% of educational costs of anticipated student growth. Also requested
are funds for facility maintenance and one time capital requests. U of A is
requesting $8 million for a Veterinary Medicine program at Oro Valley Campus-wide
For detailed information on these campus-wide initiatives, please visit the individual websites listed below.