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Happy September! I hope everyone’s semester is off to a great start. There’s so much energy in the air with the return of students and faculty to campus. As we welcome new students, faculty and staff to campus, I would also like to welcome all of our new Secretariat Members - 18 new members already this year! If you see any of these people, please give them a warm welcome: Pamela Wakefield, Theresa Harris, Rebecca Vance, Sheree Denham, Mary White, Janette Bradley Wright, Shanitera Walker, Cathy Keltz, Keri Frederick, Andrea Stark, Linda Meccoli, Tracie Hediger, Lauri Quick, Amber Holmes, Karla Denzler, Laura Ketchum, Penny Ames, and Andrea Semiche.

The 2015-2016 Annual Report has been completed! Under Andréa Fain’s leadership for AY16 we accomplished quite a bit and only spent $20 more than the total revenue for the year. To read about all of our wonderful accomplishments, please check out the report on our website.

We are still seeking persons interested in joining various committees. At the last board meeting, the Executive Committee voted to establish a Website Committee. This committee will be responsible for updating the current website. The committee has been charged to determine if the current website is meeting the members’ needs, or if a new format would be more beneficial. This committee will also work closely with the Social Media Committee. If you are interested or have suggestions, please contact Angie Wisehart ( I encourage you to contact me or any committee member to learn more about any of the committees that interest you! It’s a great way to meet new people and interact on a more intimate level. Most committees only meet a few times a year, so the time commitment is not overwhelming, but it’s a great opportunity if you’re looking to add to your portfolio!

Don’t forget to sign up for the September Luncheon. The presenter will be an excellent one! John Wright, a highly sought after national speaker from Greyfield Legacies will be here. ‘John brings to the podium a tremendous sense of energy. He has audiences laughing and crying at the same time and challenges them to be “IN” not “AT” the game. He guarantees to deliver life changing ideas and more importantly, the tools to follow through with them.’ October will be our “Boss of the Year” (BOTY) and Bosses Recognition Luncheon. Be sure to nominate your boss for all the good work they do! See the BOTY section for more details.

Last month, Laura Barnett, Assistant Director of University Payroll and Benefits (UPB) Training with OBFS explained the UPB Training Initiative Project.  UPB is currently seeking “Learning Partners” to provide input and feedback for one or more training topics. If you are interested, please email More information can be found on their website.

Lastly, I would like to congratulate Lezli Cline, winner of the August Riddle! Lezli won a “back-to-school goodie bag! What’s big and yellow and brightens every mom’s morning? A School Bus!  We had a great time hearing all the silly answers that were submitted: the sun, a sunflower, an egg yolk, the Jimmy Dean’s Guy, & Big Bird. I would also like to congratulate all of the individuals from our campus who will be participating in the 2016 U.S. Paralympics this month in Rio de Janeiro. Good Luck!


Be sure to wish these members a “Happy September Birthday”!

Lori Stalter (1st) and Barb Vandeventer (14th)

Also, these members celebrated their UI Anniversary in September as well!

Laura Ketcham - 19 years & Marcy Frerichs - 14 years


Penny Nigh 




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11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, September 21st 

114 Huff Hall

1206 South Fourth Street, Champaign, IL

Presentation by John Wright, Executive Mentor and Coach,

Greyfield Legacies, Owner

A highly sought after speaker on the national level, John will present, "The Five C's of Leadership"


Catered by Michael's Catering

The buffet menu has not been finalized. 

Cost is $12.00

RSVP is required.


RESERVATIONS (Deadline:  5 p.m., Friday, September 16, 2016). Reservations will NOT be accepted past the deadline date of, September 16th, so please RSVP today!

Please RSVP for you and your guest by clicking the following link:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Deb Flessner,, or Anne Price,               

Please remember that reservations and cancellations must be received 48 hours before the above date and payment must be made if the cancellation is not made by the reservation deadline.

PLEASE NOTEIf you plan to attend ONLY to hear the speaker’s presentation and you prefer other lunch options, (ex., bring your own lunch, not eating, etc.), please indicate this information on the registration form.  If not indicated, a lunch will be ordered for you.



At our next luncheon, the Membership committee will be holding a drawing for everyone that brings a guest.  One winner will be chosen and the prize is going to be pretty awesome: DINNER ON ME!! I appreciate all of your help encouraging new folks to join and since our guest speaker is going to be really great, I think there’s no better time than this luncheon to show our colleagues how great the Secretariat is. So be sure to BRING A FRIEND, for a chance to win dinner on me.

Update your membership or join Secretariat today for fiscal year 2016-2017.  We offer so many great opportunities to improve your leadership skills, advance your career, and connect with other office professionals across campus.  

Remind your friends and colleagues to join and please invite any NEW staff in your office to be a guest at an upcoming luncheon so they can see for themselves what we have to offer.

Check out the membership page of our website for more information on joining!

Michael Foellmer, Chair





The Career Connections Committee [C3] is planning Brown Bag Sessions for the coming academic year.  We will hold three sessions in the fall and three in the spring.  Please save the following dates on your calendar.  More information regarding topics and speakers will be provided in the next few weeks.

Fall Semester

  • Thursday, October 6               12:05 – 12:50 pm
  • Thursday, November 3             12:05 – 12:50 pm
  • Thursday, December 1               12:05 – 12:50 pm

Spring Semester

  • Tuesday, February 7                   12:05 – 12:50 pm
  • Tuesday, March 7                        12:05 – 12:50 pm
  • Tuesday, April 4                            12:05 – 12:50 pm

We are looking forward to a great year and hope to see you at the brown bag sessions!  …and remember these opportunities are open to all, so please share with your friends and colleagues.



Rebecca Nash, Chair
Karen Myers
Tina Hill



The social Committee’s focus for the 2016-2017 year is to provide opportunities for the Secretariat members where they can interact with one another. The committee is coordinating after work events, tour of campus locations and other group gatherings that may be of interest to multiple member. We also welcome members and their guests attending the monthly luncheons.  If you are attending one of these for the first time, Debbie and I are there to meet you and can answer questions you may have about The Secretariat.  We enjoy meeting new people – so come join us at the luncheon or one of our upcoming events!

After 5:00 Plans - Make plans to meet your Secretariat colleagues and their guests after work at Houlihan’s on Thursday, September 15.  During summer months, their patio is a relaxing place to unwind. On Thursday evenings, there is live music and half-price specials on select food and drinks.  Houlihan’s is located at the I Hotel on South First Street, across the street from the State Farm Center.  If you plan to join us, kindly send a note to so we can reserve enough space for the entire group.

Walking & Running Group - We noticed during the July luncheon that there are several members who walk or run in their free time.  If you happen to be interested in walking or running with others, send me an email indicating your interest in running and/or walking and how far you typically go when you do run or walk.  We are putting together some ideas on where and when to meet as a group for long and short run/walks.

Suggestions and Ideas - Do you know of some place on campus or in the surrounding community that would be interesting for Secretariat members to visit?  Have an idea for a fun lunch hour or evening event? Send us a note and tell us! We welcome ideas, suggestions and feedback.



Andréa Fain

Debbie Schoonover



Looking forward, our committee hopes to continue and expand our member usage and to provide information and entertainment. Feel free to send any of us your contributions for the various Social Media platforms available to us: 

Twitter: @SecretariatUIUC

Facebook: TheSecretariatAtIllinois

LinkedIn: The Secretariat - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Pinterest: We have 2 boards so far, Secretariat Photos and Images, and The Secretariat

Respectfully submitted,

Lezli Cline, Chair
Marie Kreoger, Member
Laura S. Owen, Member



At the August meeting, the Executive Board agreed to establish a Website Committee. The Committee will be responsible for updating the current website. The committee has been charged to determine if the current website is meeting the members’ needs, or if a new format would be more beneficial. This committee will also work closely with the Social Media Committee.

If you have experience with websites, anywhere from the behind-the-scenes technological aspect to web design to just updating existing information, please consider joining this committee! Even if you don’t, but this sounds like something that you may be interested in to expand your office skills please still consider joining! All input will be needed and welcomed for this important committee! We will be mindful of busy schedules and try to conduct most business by email.

Please contact President Nigh, Angie Wisehart, Michael Foellmer, or Lezli Cline if you are interested in joining, have suggestions, or would like more information.

Thank you.

Angie Wisehart, Chair
Lezli Cline, Member
Michael Foellmer, Member



Photos from past and present luncheons are now available for your viewing on The Secretariat Flicker album. 

Selena Douglass


Please forward any pertinent newsletter information to Lori Stalter at