SPAC Update

Vol. 5, No. 2 | February, 2010 


Note from the Chair | Service Professional Brown Bags | SPAC Mixer & Annual Meeting | New Service Professionals | Adopt-a-Family Update | Adopt-an-Avenue Event | Service Professional Spotlight

Note from the Chair -- Call for Nominations

Snowy NAU

My Dear Service Professional Colleagues,

I encourage you to consider becoming a member of the Service Professional Advisory Council (SPAC). As an officially recognized organization on campus whose membership is appointed by the president, SPAC offers its members unique opportunities to interact with service professionals in other units and to become involved with the governance that shapes the direction and culture of NAU.

I suspect many of you are the only service professionals in your unit. Even if there are other service professionals among your colleagues, I have a hunch that the day-to-day grind of your many professional duties makes it difficult to find time to interact with colleagues in other units who might have similar challenges and concerns.

Membership in the SPAC will expand your circle of colleagues. For example, current SPAC members are employed in ITS, Extended Campuses, the Bilby Research Center, the e-Learning Center, University Development, the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences, duBois Conference Center, the W.A. Franke College of Business and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

SPAC members are involved with the several university committees: the President’s Cabinet, the Strategic Planning Council, the Employee Conference committee, the Classified Staff Advisory Council, the Commission on Ethnic Diversity, the Commission the Status of Women, The Faculty Senate, the Benefits committee, the Parking and Shuttle Services committee, and the Disability Access committee.

The time commitment is reasonable—monthly meetings during the academic year plus time for any committees on which you might serve—about four hours a month, on average.

I know the Service Professional Advisory Council sounds like just one more darned thing to do, and in a narrow sense it is. To be sure, SPAC membership and five dollars will get you a White Chocolate Mocha at any coffee shop, but it also provides a unique opportunity to play a larger role in the university community.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please visit our Membership Nomination page.


Tom Carpenter, Chair
Service Professional Advisory Council

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Service Professional Brown Bag Discussions

SPAC Brown Bags

All employees are welcome to attend SPAC Brown Bag discussions.  Bring your lunch, connect with colleagues and learn something new!

NAU's Culture of Sustainability
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Noon to 1:00pm
Presented by: Heather Farley
Location: ARD Large Pod Conference Room

Keep an eye out for our final Brown Bag coming in April!

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SPAC Mixer & Annual Meeting

SPAC Mixer
The annual Service Professional Mixer and Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 29th, 2010 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Havasupai Room of the University Union (Bldg. #30) located on Knoles Dr. on Central Campus. Robin Long of the Ecological Restoration Institute is our host for the meeting.

The winner of the 2010 SPAC Leadership Award will be introduced and will receive the award from President John Haeger.

Please plan to join us for conversation and light refreshments.

There is employee parking available at Lots 15 and 16; there is also a Mountain Campus Transit shuttle stop at the Campus Union.

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New Service Professionals

We extend a warm welcome to the following new service professionals:

  • Lisa Shanti Chaudhari, Project Director, College of Health and Human Services
  • Daniel Diemer, Application Systems Analyst/Programmer, W A Franke College of Business
  • Trey Mason, Help Desk Support Services Specialist Sr, ITS
  • Lisa Mauldin, Area Coordinator, Extended Campuses
  • Robert Moser, Software Systems Engineer Sr, ITS
  • Scott Perelstein, Associate Director, Residence Life
  • Bernadette Presloid, Coordinator, NAU-Yuma
  • Mike Watford, Systems Administrator Sr, ITS

We hope to meet you at a future SPAC meeting.  All service professional employees are invited to attend.


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Adopt-a-Family Update

Thanks to all who helped with the Adopt-A-Family effort this year.  SPAC worked with three elementary schools in town (DeMiguel, Killip and Sechrist) to identify families in need.  The NAU commitment to help these families was inspirational and the families were extremely grateful.  Thank you NAU!


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Adopt-an-Avenue Event

Mark Your Calendars for the SPAC Adopt-an-Avenue Event!
SPAC has adopted an avenue near the new Aspen Place at the Sawmill Plaza.  Mark your calendars to help with the clean-up on April 24, 2010!  Additional information about this event will be out soon on the SPAC website, newsletter, and email – stay tuned!


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Service Professional Spotlight: Thomas Michael Carpenter

Tom Carpenter

An easy smile, sense of humor, and friendly conversational style are the first things that people notice about Tom Carpenter. He has a way of putting people at their ease, and he gives off a reassuring sense of “we can do this.” Leadership comes naturally to Tom, and he feels it’s an important part of life. For Tom, this has resulted in a multitude of rewards. Helping people to grow and find their own voices is rewarding, but becoming aware of synchronicities and the scope of the campus and community as a whole, well, “that’s gold.”

Tom has been a member of SPAC for five years, and is in his second term as Chair; he also served as Vice Chair and as Secretary. For the past 12 ½ years, Tom has been Director of Graduate Admissions and Services. On February 5 he moved into a new position as Assistant Dean of Extended Campuses. He has enjoyed working directly with graduate students to help them solve problems and succeed. He looks forward to working with new programs in Extended Campuses, though he’ll miss working directly with the students.


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