SPAC Update

Vol. 4, No. 3 | April 23, 2009 


Note from the Chair |Service Professional Annual Meeting and Mixer | Have You Registered for Employee Development Day? | Service Professional Spotlight

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 Giving Campaign.

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 University Advancement employee giving web page to learn about the giving options available to you.

Yours in Service,

Tom Carpenter


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Service Professional Annual Meeting and Mixer


The annual 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 employee parking.

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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 and diversity.

Resilient systems (whether an individual, a university, or a community) are often found to be:
• Adaptable: acknowledging that change is constant and unpredictable;
• 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 are registered.

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 Navigating Our Changing World. Registration closes May 1.


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Service Professional Spotlight

“The fun part of being new is meeting friends you didn’t know were there.”

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 NAU.


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