SPAC Update

Vol. 7, No. 1 | November, 2011 

Note from the Chair | Service Professional Brown Bags | Service Projects |

Note from the Chair

Blome Building

Happy Autumn Service Professionals!

This fall has been busy, busy, busy and it’s hard to imagine that it’s almost over, but it is. Another few short weeks and 2012 will be knocking on our door…how did that happen?! Just about the time I think things will ease up, another ad hoc project is requested and other commitments crop up. Maybe a few (or more likely all) of you can relate. I try to look at the positives: job security, and it’s nice to be needed. The down side, of course, is getting burned out and the nagging feeling that I will never catch up. In order to manage the stress, I try to stay balanced. While serving on SPAC adds to the workload, it has given me the opportunity to get to know colleagues better and reach out to not just the campus community, but Flagstaff as well. For me, SPAC involvement gives me a sense of contentment and satisfaction.

"Many hands make light work" and that’s my informal definition of SPAC. SPAC isn’t just one person bearing the burden, it’s a communal effort and being part of this team has so many rewards. As you read further into this publication you will learn about the continued effort of SPAC’s Adopt-An-Avenue (ours is the cleanest in town!) and the Adopt-A-Family event coming up this holiday season. And finally, don’t forget the last Brown Bag series of the Fall is just around the corner. Not to worry if you miss it, there will be more dates in the Spring and I’m looking forward to lots more exciting topics.

I hope you will consider taking some time out of your busy schedule to attend a SPAC meeting, volunteer with one of our service projects and/or stay connected with peers during a Brown Bag lunch. You won’t regret it!

Jessica Fitchett, Chair
Service Professional Advisory Council

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Service Professional Brown Bag Discussions

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

Aerial NAU

Effective Leadership and Relationships: Growing your Emotional Intelligence

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011, Noon to 1:30pm
Presented by: Marc Levy, Human Resources
Location: Health & Learning Center (Bldg. 25) Multipurpose Room 3 (2nd Floor)

Much of our work and personal success revolves around effectively managing the relationships in our lives. One important skill to consider is the ability to capably perceive and respond to emotional signals in yourself and others. Participate in this energetic, engaging, interactive session where you’ll acquire basic knowledge and techniques for building this important competency in yourself.

Marc Levy attained his Ph.D. in clinical and systems psychology at the University of South Carolina. Prior to coming to NAU as an HR Manager (supervising the Benefits area), Marc’s professional history included roles as a psychologist in hospitals and private practice in Utah, a faculty member at the Oregon Institute of Technology and Southern Oregon University, a consultant with dozens of businesses and organizations on building more effective teams, conducting training and group facilitation all over the country, and serving as an HR Director in Ohio. He relocated to Flagstaff this past spring with his wife Robin, and their two beloved Beagles, Napoleon & Josephine.

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Service Projects


The Service Professional Advisory Council, in partnership with the W.A. Franke College of Business, the College of Health and Human Services and the Classified Staff Advisory Council, will be conducting the annual Adopt-a-Family drive to benefit needy families in the community and Flagstaff Shelter Services.
Details of family and shelter needs will be announced soon!


Our little avenue is growing up! Two years ago, SPAC adopted an avenue in Flagstaff. Three Saturdays a year, service professionals gather near the new Aspen Place at the Sawmill Plaza and pick up trash to help keep Flagstaff beautiful. In October, we fulfilled our parental duties for the year with another successful cleanup, so keep an eye on your email next year as we hit the streets again!


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