It’s hard to believe that another academic year is
coming to an end. Our campus will soon be filled with joyful graduates and their
friends and families who will be gathering to celebrate their accomplishments.
Some of us have worked very closely with those students while they’re here at
NAU while some of us may be practically invisible to them. But each of us –
every single Service Professional at the University – is helping to contribute
to the success of our students and of the University community as a whole. So as
we congratulate those who are earning their degrees, as we encourage those who
will continue in the summer or fall, and as we welcome those who are just
starting out… take some time to congratulate each other, too. Whether you work
in a budget office or provide care for the sick and injured, whether you keep
computer systems running or help our students improve their writing, Service
Professionals can be proud of their impact on the University’s
If you have helped with one of our service projects this year –
our holiday Adopt-a-Family drive and our Adopt-an-Avenue cleanups; if you’ve
worked with us as a member of the Service Professional Advisory Council (SPAC);
if you’ve even just come to one meeting: we thank you. We also encourage you to
get more involved, so please consider submitting an application for membership
on the Service Professional Advisory Council. SPAC is a great way to meet and
network with people from all facets of the University; a wonderful opportunity
to learn about, interact with and influence University Administration; and it’s
a great group of people who like to have some fun! The application for
membership and additional information are available from our website: http://www.nau.edu/spac.
again for a great year, have a wonderful summer, and we hope to hear from
Service Professional Advisory
Professional Advisory Council Nominations
invite you to nominate yourself or a fellow Service Professional to serve on the
Service Professional Advisory Council (SPAC) for a term beginning in the summer
Service Professional Advisory Council is the officially recognized body to
represent Service Professionals at NAU. We meet once each month during the
academic year, and Council members also represent SPAC on other University
committees such as the Strategic Planning Council, the Commission on the Status
of Women, etc. More information is available at our website: nau.edu/spac.
Nominations are due Wednesday, May 8. Nominees must be Service
Professionals in good standing, who have been employed as Service Professionals
for at least one year.
nomination form is available at our
website. Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to
hearing from you!
Service Professionals helped to make Flagstaff a little cleaner
through our successful Adopt-An Avenue Clean-up on Saturday, March 30. A number
of folks, families and dogs came out to the Sawmill area in order to contribute
to our community.
Speakers and Demos this Spring
OnBase with Michael Zimmer - Hyland OnBase is an
Enterprise Content Management System which helps an organization strategically
use content to gain faster document retrieval, improved work flow, simultaneous
user access, backups, online forms, and more. It integrates with Outlook,
Windows, and PeopleSoft. In January 2012 NAU implemented OnBase, Financial
systems converted to PeopleSoft a few months later and began implementing
paperless invoicing, then in November 2012 they upgraded to the newest version
of the software. This Spring, Enrollment Services entered into a contract with
OnBase as well. Soon after, Dining Services began work on their food waiver form
and more PeopleSoft financials integration began for the purchasing card
processes. For a demo of OnBase, see their website www.Hyland.com.
Please note, an API certification is required to utilize the OnBase software.
Currently OnBase can be requested by departments on an individual basis, but
there is a plan to implement campus-wide in the future. If there are any
questions, contact Michael.Zimmer@nau.edu.
Employee Giving Campaign with Mason Gerety and Anne Marie
Mackler – The employee giving campaign began in March and is currently
underway. Their goal is 25% of NAU employees giving any amount for any cause.
Participation is paramount. There are many ways to contribute; some of which are
Dining Scholarships for student meals, Santa’s Sleigh for employee need,
Student-Employee Scholarships, etc. University Advancement will have a booth at
the CSAC employee mixer this year and allow sign ups at the event as well. The
giving campaign is in need of team leaders, a spokesperson in your area or
department. If you are interested in assisting in this capacity, please contact
Anne Marie Mackler at 3-0668. Not only are your donations tax-deductible but
also, you will receive a cup of soup at the 1899 as their “give a cup, get a
cup” theme states. Departments as a whole like Sodexho give to the employee
fund by donating any unused Dining Dollars yearly. Giving stories will be posted
on the University Advancement website – be sure to share yours! See nau.edu/giving
for additional information.
President’s Address with John Haeger – The Regents
are now a more corporate-type of board and are currently streamlining their
committees. Our Budget Proposals and Tuition Raise Recommendations were being
reviewed. At this point NAU is essentially already spending money based on
educated guesses. Some investigations currently underway include class delivery
through technology with systematic educational outcomes, having more students
with less faculty through utilization of technology, and introductory courses
meeting one time per week instead of two to three times per week. As far as
upcoming construction on campus, the new Science and Health Building will break
ground on north campus this summer and the Wall Aquatic Center is due for
immediate repairs so a possible city-partnership is being looked into on that
front. Performance funding will be occurring based on the number of degrees
awarded, degrees in specific fields, the number of credit hours completed, and
amount and type of research conducted. For Freshman, the current failure rate in
gateway courses is 30-40%. We will work to reduce these percentages by possibly
further developing University College and the Math Center, changing “F” to “I”
grades for competencies - not moving students forward until competencies are
accomplished, and addressing High School deficiencies systematically by
providing remedial assistance for math, English, and hard sciences. Changes are
possible through self-paced learning with technology like the Personalized
Learning model, bringing all faculty up to the level of acceptable proficiency,
and phasing out traditional lectures and using technology-based instruction.
When people think of NAU, the brand, they should think of technology, an
in-person connection, and an attendance requirement for freshman. Moving
forward, we will head toward competency measurement and additional independent
learning, doing away with “seat” time/credits/contact hours.
Tobacco Task Force with Melissa Griffin, Alexa Wirth, and
Alexis Krueger – The task force is comprised of students, faculty, and
staff. The program was first initiated in November 2011 with a first survey
conducted in Spring 2012. Of those surveyed, the feedback received stated 60%
wanted a smoke free campus, 80% did not want exposure to secondhand smoke, and
40% agreed that the campus should enforce a no smoking policy. To accomplish the
goal of a smoke free campus, the task force will provide education on the health
factors, what it means to be independent of smoking, help to promote a greener
NAU (cigarette butts are the #1 littered item), and continue to spread the
message that life doesn’t stop for smoke breaks. The task force is ironing out
possible penalties and decisions regarding ashtrays and disposal around campus.
The timeline for full implementation is Spring
Leadership Award Winners
Service Professional Advisory Council(SPAC) honored two longtime employees at
the SPAC Annual Meeting and Mixer on April 18, 2013. Recipients of the
Leadership Award were Marcia
Warden, Manager, Employee Relations & Training and Dan Stoffel, Associate Director
of the e-Learning Center.
were nominated by their respective supervisors for their involvement with
students and programs, leadership, and service to the university. Marcia’s
compassion and fairness in employee relations and Dan’s humor in addressing
technology issues for faculty and students are attributes that enhance their
leadership qualities. SPAC is grateful for their continued commitment and
service to NAU.
- Beth Armstrong,
senior associate director in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid who
has been elected as the 2013-2014 vice-president of the Arizona Association of
Student Financial Aid Administrators.
- The entire staff of Campus Health
Services which includes Medical Services, Counseling
Services, Disability Resources & Health Promotions. This entire
organization has grown & developed into a premier healthcare facility
offering up-to-date, evidence-based care and treatment as well as programs
designed to facilitate a healthy, successful experience for students. CHS has
also become the “primary care home” to many of NAU’s faculty and staff members.
A colleague says “It is a pleasure and an honor to work with these amazing
individuals”. The amazing administrative, nursing & other Classified Staff @
CHS are also critical to this successful team.
- Tara Cobourn of
NAU-Extended Campuses, who played a pivotal role in helping organize and host
the popular "I'm Going To College" (IG2C) program at Arizona Western College and
NAU's Yuma branch campus. IG2C brings 5th graders from the local community the
Yuma campus for a mini-College Day to show them that they too can go to college.
The program recently won an award from the Expect More Arizona Excellence Tour!
Check out their winning submission here: http://youtu.be/YM3xi33muU8.
- Lori Rubino-Hare,
Professional Development Coordinator at the Center for Science Teaching and
Learning, who is on the team that helped to set up a ArcGIS statewide site
license in Arizona. This allows for free ArcGIS desktop software and
organizational access to ArcGIS Online to schools and youth organizations
throughout Arizona. The team includes the GRAIL Lab at NAU, the Arizona Geographic Alliance and the Arizona Geographic Information Council.
- Paul Gazda for
promoting the Culture of Sustainability on the NAU campus. Paul has been staff
advisor for two years for the Sustainable Landscape Maintenance project, working
with 16 interns toward a campus landscape that can be maintained without harmful
synthetic chemicals and with less harmful environmental impact. The project has
been funded by the NAU Green Fund, and has recently been granted new funds for
2013. This funding will go toward continuing research as well as undertaking a
demonstration project on the North Quad and surrounding area, collaborating with
NAU Grounds to integrate sustainable methods with normal landscape maintenance
operations. For more information, visit the project website at http://green.nau.edu/landscaping.
- The Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation
Recruitment Team for a fabulous recruitment year! Each
team member worked diligently throughout the year with students and their
parents to help them find the right college fit for them here at NAU. The
incoming freshmen class is going to be bigger and better than ever before due to
the Recruitment Team’s hard work and dedication. Kudos to Recruitment Team!
- Stacy Wyman, Grant
and Contract Administrator for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at
Northern Arizona University, who has earned a nationally recognized credential
in the grants field. The distinction, conferred by the Grant Professionals
Certification Institute, Inc., an affiliate of Grant Professionals Association
(GPA), acknowledges proficiencies in criteria including tenure in the
profession, education, demonstrated achievement and a commitment to service for
public and private philanthropy. Wyman joins the ranks of only eleven other
Arizona residents who have earned GPC designation.
- The service professionals on the NAU-Yuma Branch Campus, Tara Cobourn,
Rosa Corona, Alvina Johnson, and Bernadette
Presloid, who participated in the 2012 Socks for Seniors
project. A total of 136 new pairs of socks were collected on campus and
delivered to Life Care Center of Yuma residents on December 17, 2012.