Click here to see this online
header image



October is full of treats for everyone - The All-Employee Expo, Boss of the Year Award and Recognition Luncheon, our first C3 brown bag of the semester, conversation and music on the Houlihan’s patio and more!

October 6 Career Connections will host a brown bag session “University Payroll and Benefits TouchPoint Phone Solution” given by Mark McGiles at 12:05 in the Lucy Ellis Lounge. For more information please contact Rebecca Nash (

October 13 - The Social Committee with host a social hour at Houlihan’s after work. For more information please contact Andréa Fain (

October 182016 All Employee Expo from 10:00AM – 2:00PM at the Illini Union. This is an approved event for Civil Service employees. Civil Service employees may take up to one hour to attend the expo, operations permitting and with prior supervisory approval.

The Secretariat will again have a booth at the event. We welcome all visitors to stop by and learn more about The Secretariat. Please stop by and bring a guest. If you have any interest in helping at our booth please contact Angie Wisehart ( She is looking for volunteers to help out for as little as 30 minutes.

In conjunction with the All Employee Expo, Staff Human Resources will offer an opportunity for employees to learn more about the EIU Nontraditional Degree Program, designed for adults seeking a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree. Participants can select from two sessions, 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m., in Illini Union Room 314 A. The presentation will last about an hour. Space is limited, and registration is required. Registration deadline is Friday, October 7,

October 19 Bosses Recognition Luncheon and Boss of the Year Award at noon in room 114 Huff Hall. This will be a great event to recognize all of our wonderful bosses. If you haven’t done so already, please nominate your boss for the Boss of the Year Award – the deadline has been extended to THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6TH! Go online at: to submit your nomination. For more information please contact Jane Baumgartner (

October 25 - State Universities Civil Service Advisory Committee (SUCSAC) will elect two representatives to the vacated position of representative. The elected representative will serve a term beginning immediately following the election and ending December 31, 2019 or a term beginning January 1, 2017 ending December 31, 2020.  Any full-time status Civil Service employee, who at the time of the election has at least three current and consecutive years of employment with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is eligible to be a candidate for election to this committee.”

The purpose of the State Universities Civil Service Advisory Committee (SUCSAC) is to advise the State Universities Civil Service System (SUCSS) Merit Board on all matters pertaining to SUCSS. Committee members recommend actions and present problems to the Merit Board concerning the interests and needs of employees governed by SUCSS.

Find out more about the committee: or contact Jill Odom (

We are still seeking persons interested in joining various committees. 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!

Lastly, I would like to congratulate Jim McGraw, winner of the September Riddle! How do you fix a flat pumpkin? With a Pumpkin Patch!  I would also like to congratulate Jane Baumgartner, she won a Black Dog gift certificate that Michael Foellmer so kindly donated as an effort for members to bring a guest to the luncheon.


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

Jill Odom, Andrea Semiche, Karla Denzler, Debbie Schoonover, Sarah Adams, Sonja Bean, Angela Derossett, Selena Douglass and Lisa Leininger! Teresa Harvey also had a Birthday in late September.

Also, these members celebrate their UI Anniversary in October as well!

Rebecca Nash, 9 years; Beth Leamon, 8 years; Ann Zettervall, 5 years and Lisa Leininger, 2 years

Happy Birthday to any other October Birthdays and/or Anniversary’s that may not have renewed yet!

Be sure to renew your membership today to be included!

Penny Nigh 




Facebook page:


A note from President-Elect, Angie Wisehart:

You probably know by now that the All Staff Expo will be held on October 18, 10am – 2pm, at the Illini Union. The Secretariat will again have a booth at the event. We welcome all visitors to stop by and learn more about The Secretariat. Please stop by and bring a guest. If you have any interest in helping at our booth please contact Angie Wisehart ( She is looking for volunteers to help out for as little as 30 minutes.

Break-out sessions at the Expo at 11AM and 1PM

Staff Human Resources Presents:

Making the Grade: Nontraditional Degree Program

Eastern Illinois University

By Carrie Johnson, Director, B.A. in General Studies, Educational Attainment and Outreach at Eastern Illinois University

Registration is REQUIRED.  Register early for this session since space will be limited.



The OCTOBER SECRETARIAT Bosses Appreciation/Boss Of The Year Luncheon

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, October 19th 

114 Huff Hall

1206 South Fourth Street, Champaign, IL

Catered by Rosati's

During the luncheon we will recognize all bosses for their daily contribution and we will announce the name of the 2016-17 Boss of the Year.


The buffet style lunch will include:

Italian sausage with sweet peppers

Vegetable lasagne

Caesar salad


Cost is $12.00 which includes a complimentary lunch for your supervisor or one guest.

RSVP is required - you will need to register yourself first and then your guest.  For the guest reservation, please enter your guest's name, select complimentary lunch and enter code BOTY.  **Please note, only one guest per paid lunch is permitted.


RESERVATIONS (Deadline:  5 p.m., Friday, October 14, 2016). Reservations will NOT be accepted past the deadline date of, October 14th, 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.



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.  Be sure to visit us at the All Employee Expo on October 18th to ask any questions and learn more about the great programs we offer.

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 excited to announce the Fall 2016 Sessions! During the fall we will meet on the first Thursday of the month.  All sessions take place in the Lucy Ellis Lounge of the Foreign Languages Building.

“University Payroll and Benefits TouchPoint Phone Solution"
Presented by Mark McGiles
Thursday, October 6th
12:05 p.m.

“Interactive Workshop on Effective Team Building”
Presented by Jeff Beavers, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, College of Business
Thursday, November 3

12:05 p.m.

“Creating a Strong LinkedIn Profile”
Presented by Elizabeth Chominski, Associate Director for MBA Advising
Thursday, December 1

12:05 p.m.

As a reminder, these Brown Bag sessions are open to all staff, so please share with your colleagues and friends.  We look forward to seeing you!

If you have any suggestions regarding topics or guest speakers, please let us know by emailing Rebecca Nash at

Rebecca Nash, Chair
Karen Myers
Tina Hill



The first tour has been planned and it is an exciting one!  Please mark your calendars and RSVP to for the tour of the Illinois Fire Service Institute on Wednesday, November 2.  This tour will take place at their facilities on Galen Drive and attendees are advised to wear closed-toe shoes and appropriate outerwear to stay warm.  The tour will begin at 4:45 p.m. and end at approximately 5:30 p.m.  This is a date when one of the classes will be having a controlled burn and we will be able to view the exercises as they are held.  Directions to the location will be sent to individuals interested in the tour. 

After 5:00 p.m. PlansMark your calendars on Thursday, October 13 and plan to meet your Secretariat colleagues and their guests after work at Houlihan’s.  The cooler temps may force us to move inside, but we will still have an enjoyable evening reconnecting with our fellow Secretariat members and guests while listening to some lively music.  If you plan to join us, kindly send a note to so we can reserve enough space for the entire group.

Future Tours – There are plans for a tour of the WILL television studios and the opportunity to watch the taping of a Master Gardner’s program; however, this tour will occur in the spring. With the potential for the trip to be canceled because of Presidential debates, it was decided the best time to watch the Master Gardner’s would be in the spring as everyone is preparing for a new growing season. 

Other possible tours or events being considered:

  • Altgeld Chimes tour
  • Art party or Paint Your Own Pottery
  • Krannert Center for Performing Arts
  • State Farm Center
  • University Archives
  • Walking scavenger hunt with Wellness Center

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



Thanks to all who view and comment on our Facebook and LinkedIn posts.  We want to see your content there, as well!

Let us know about your or your department's special autumn happenings, and include images if available.

Don't forget our Pinterest boards, too!

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



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