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.

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Fall 2015

Notes from the Chair

Dear Service Professionals,

I hope that you have had a productive and happy semester. The Service Professional Advisory Council (SPAC) has been busy hosting multiple speakers this semester, covering topics such as benefits, campus construction, and athletics. We look forward to a productive spring semester as well, with speakers including President Rita Cheng, Provost James Coleman, and Vice President Christy Farley. That doesn’t even include our spring mixer! We meet once each month during the academic year, usually the third Thursday of the month at 8:30am. All service professionals are invited to attend, and even if you cannot attend in person we broadcast the meetings live on Collaborate.

Additionally, we have organized events outside of our regular monthly meetings, including our Lunch Break professional development sessions and our holiday season Adopt-a-Family drive. We have also adopted a trail in the Flagstaff Urban Trail System that we will clean a few times a year. We welcome your involvement!

One thing that I’m always paying close attention to is employee benefits. While there is a SPAC representative on the benefits committee it is difficult to get feedback from service professional since that committee meets in the summer while SPAC is on hiatus. Benefits costs for Blue Cross Blue Shield medical coverage increased this year (except for the new Employee + Child option) as a cost savings for the university to offset funding cuts. Service professional feedback during the academic year will assist us in knowing your priorities going into next summer's benefits session. If you have any comments or questions regarding benefits, please send them to so that we can represent you to the best of our ability.

SPAC is always here as a resource to Service Professionals. If you have a question or need some assistance, please contact us!

Happy holidays!

Dylan Rust, Ed.D.
Chair, Service Professional Advisory Council


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    Lunch Break Workshops

    (formerly Brown Bag Trainings)
    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. 
    • September 25th – Supervising Students (facilitated by Melissa Welker from University College)
    • October 30th – What’s the Bottom Line? Managing Your Credit (facilitated by Neil Wesson from Arizona State Credit Union)
    • November 20th – Are you going to Eat that? Healthy Habits 101 (facilitated by Shawna Bowen from Academic Transition Programs)
    • February 12th – Managing Stress, Managing Attention (facilitated by Stan Clark from EAW)
    • 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

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    Adopt a Family Holiday Giving

    As is our tradition, SPAC once again is soliciting gifts from our colleagues around campus for our annual Adopt-a-Family drive. One wonderful family with 3 children who may have had a less joyful holiday season will be the happy recipients of dozens of gifts, including toys for the kids, clothing, gift cards and even help with utility bills!

    Use this link to see what this year's adopted family is requesting; additional instructions are also included on that spreadsheet.

    Wrapping party (hope you can drop by to join in the fun!)

    • Thursday, December 17
    • 8:30 – 10:00am
    • Applied Research & Development (ARD) Building (#56), Large Pod

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    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!

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 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) fosters a positive climate to promote full and equal opportunity for women in the university community.  For this academic year, the CSW has five subcommittees that provide input and outreach to the campus community on these issues:

  • Gender Parity
  • Child Care
  • Women’s Health (including Family Medical Leave)
  • Non-tenure Track
  • Strategic Planning & Collaboration

Interested faculty and staff are welcome to join the CSW by attending a meeting (first Monday of the month, noon-1:30pm) or by joining a subcommittee.

Academic Standards Committee

Ace Alternative Credit Policy –  Majority vote approved a combination of 64 units from a regionally accredited two-year college and ACE alternative credit with a grade of a “Pass” or “C” and above can be transferred to NAU.  Ace Alternative Credits will be reviewed and approved by departmental faculty for final determination for incoming NAU credit as:

  • Not Transferable
  • General Elective
  • Departmental Elective
  • Major Course Specific

Add/Drop Date Alignment – Introduction and discussion on the need to align the Add/Drop dates with the date that students can be administratively dropped from a course.  Currently students can be administratively dropped up to 21 days after a course begins, which can render their status just under “full-time” since the Add/Drop date is prior to 21 days. 

Campus-wide Committees

For detailed information on these campus-wide initiatives, please visit the individual websites listed below.