Note from the Chair
Since this is the last
SPAC newsletter of the year and my final opportunity to hold forth
as chair, I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation
for my fellow members on the Service Professional Advisory Council.
This academic year has seemed at times like a prolonged “Mr. Toad’s
Wild Ride,” but through it all the members of SPAC have kept in
focus the best interests of the 600+/- service professionals they
have been appointed to represent. University citizenship often
appears to be just one more darned thing to do, but the connections
you make while serving on the SPAC pay dividends down the road. It
has been an honor and a privilege to serve with my SPAC colleagues.
One more thing. Please consider participating in The NAU Employee
I know, I know, with parking increases, furloughs, tuition
increases, surcharges, and health benefit changes on the horizon, it
seems like we’re being nibbled to death by ducks (if not piranhas).
I don’t dispute that, but still I ask you to consider that
scholarship contributions are more important than ever. A small
payroll deduction, over the course of the year, can go a long way
toward helping another needy student get closer to fulfilling the
dream of a college education.
I encourage you to visit the
Advancement employee giving web page to learn about the giving
options available to you.
Yours in Service,
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Annual Meeting and Mixer
Service Professional meeting and mixer will be held on Tuesday, May
12, 2009, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Southwest Forest
Science Complex (Bldg. #82) located on Pine Knoll Drive on South
Campus. Robin Long of the Ecological Restoration Institute is our
host for the meeting.
The winner of the 2009 SPAC Leadership Award will be introduced and
will receive the award from President John Haeger at 3:30 p.m.
Please plan to join us for conversation and light refreshments.
There is a campus shuttle stop at Lot 46; this lot also has ample
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Have You Registered
for Employee Development Day?
Just a friendly reminder...
Registration is currently open for the Thursday, May 14, 2009
Employee Development Day. Navigating Our Changing World will explore
two prominent themes in our dynamic and changing world – resiliency
Resilient systems (whether an individual, a university, or a
community) are often found to be:
• Adaptable: acknowledging that change is constant and
• Diverse: able to draw on a variety of perspectives and solutions;
• Creative: able to discover different ways of being in the world,
but still retain essential identity.
This will be a half-day event and will be repeated in the morning
and the afternoon so that more people will have an opportunity to
attend despite busy schedules. Over 30 breakout sessions will be
offered and an informal pizza lunch will be provided to those who
Session topics include Using the Best of Emotional and Moral
Intelligence, Nine Ways to Bolster Your Resilience in Tough Times,
What’s Culture Got to Do With It?, Promoting Civility in Our
Workplaces and Communities, Leading Change in Turbulent Times,
Protecting and Advancing Your Unit and NAU in Times of Economic
Uncertainty, Ten Steps to Financial Success, Perspectives on Working
More Effectively with Native American Students, Building Community
in Your Workplace, and Developing a Multiculturally Competent Staff.
For more information and to register, visit
Changing World. Registration closes May 1.
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fun part of being new is meeting friends you didn’t know were
Originally from southern Indiana, Anne Morgan is happily adjusting to
life at 7,000 feet.
Anne started at NAU on March 30, 2009, as the Director of Gift
Planning in University Advancement. University Advancement promotes
NAU by fostering relationships that lead to philanthropic support of
NAU colleges, programs and students. University Advancement raises
funds for the university through the annual fund drive, personal
solicitation and planned giving. The Office of Gift Planning assists
NAU’s benefactors by working with them with their estate plans,
trusts, life insurance and life income gifts to ensure the future of
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