SPAC Update

Vol. 3, No. 1 | January 31, 2008


Save the Date! Service Professional Annual Meeting and Mixer | Service Professional Spotlight | SPAC Brown Bag Seminar Series for Spring 2008 | ADR Committee Reports to Cabinet | SPAC Seeking New Members

Save the Date! Service Professional Annual Meeting and Mixer

On Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 2:00-4:00 p.m., in University Union, Havasupai A-C, the Service Professional Advisory Council (SPAC) will be hosting an annual meeting and mixer for service professionals.

According to the by-laws of the SPAC: "The Service Professional Advisory Council shall call an annual meeting of all service professional staff at least once each fiscal year." In the past, we fulfilled this obligation by hosting the summer conference employee development day. That event has grown so large that it has become a collaborative effort of several groups on campus; therefore, SPAC will hold this mixer as a new annual event for Service Professionals.

We will have light snacks and beverages and will use this opportunity to announce the recipient of the 2008 Leadership Award. This award recognizes an NAU employee for highly significant contributions, achievements, and service in leadership to the University or the community.

Let's face it, we're an odd little constituency within the NAU organization, so let's take this opportunity to get together and discover from each other the broad scope of service we provide.

So, put it on your calendar and we'll see you then.

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Service Professional Spotlight

Dave Finney is the Administrative Director of Cline Library. He has also been very involved in the Service Professional Advisory Council, having served as a member and as chair in recent years. Dave has been at NAU for 13 years, all of them at Cline and he shared some thoughts on his own position, service professionals and life.

You are the Administrative Director of the Cline Library. What does that mean? What are your responsibilities?

The primary 3 areas of responsibility are: fiduciary responsibilities of the Library's budgets [state, local and foundation accounts], oversight and compliance for all hiring of staff [classified staff, service professionals and academic professionals], and building management for the second largest building on campus.


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Dave Finney, Administrative Director,
Cline Library

SPAC Brown Bag Seminar Series for Spring 2008

Every spring semester, the Service Professional Advisory Council offers a series of “brown bag seminars” for NAU supervisors. No advance registration is required, you can bring your lunch along, and all seminars are free. We will provide light beverages for all attendees. We hope you will take advantage of the events we have planned for this year and bring suggestions for future seminars. See you there!

How web-based technologies will increase your effectiveness

Date: February 27th, 2008, noon to 1 p.m.
Presenter: Sharon Gorman, Lead Instructional Technologist, e-Learning Center
Location: School of Communication, Room 118
Imagine working on the same document at the same time as your collaborators and seeing their changes appear alongside yours in real time! Google Docs and Wikis are two ways to collaborate real time without having to be present in the same room. Sharon Gorman, who has been using Google Docs and Wikis for several years, will present how these web-based technologies will increase your effectiveness on collaborative projects.

Digital You: Managing your Online Identity

Date: March 26, 2008, noon to 1 p.m.
Presenter: Dawn Armfield, Instructional Technologist, e-Learning Center
Location: School of Communication, Room 118
As more of us become engaged in online communities, we need to consider the benefits and pitfalls of how we construct our online identities. These identities, which can be found easily by employers, friends, and family, have the ability to not only give us access to communities of interest, but can also restrict our opportunities for professional growth. We will discuss the ways to create positive identities and how to avoid the problems of a poorly-developed identity.

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ADR Committee Reports to Cabinet

The SPAC/CSAC Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee reported to the President’s Cabinet on 1/17/2008. The committee made the following recommendations:

  • That an Ombuds office be opened;
  • That mediation and conflict prevention/resolution training for managers should be two core services of this office;
  • That the Ombuds office be able to use this report as a guide when starting up;
  • That an Ombuds steering committee be formed, and include members of SPAC and CSAC to represent staff needs.

Download the full report (.pdf) here.

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SPAC Seeking New Members

SPAC is currently accepting nominations for new Council members.

Deans, Directors, Department Chairpersons, and Service Professionals are asked to assist in identifying and nominating qualified service professionals to be part of the SPAC. Service Professionals may also nominate themselves for membership on the Council. Nominees should be interested in working for their fellow service professionals on a wide range of issues. Time commitments include meeting as a council once per month and participation on one or two other task forces, committees, or university work groups as a representative of the SPAC.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 18, 2008. More information and the nomination form may be found on our nomination page.

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