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Happy November!

Life is Full of Give and Take…Give Thanks & Take Nothing for Granted!

I would like to start by saying how thankful I am for all of our members, whether you are an elected officer, serve on a committee or just simply participate in the luncheons – it’s all of us together that make up the Secretariat, and all of us contribute to the success of the Secretariat is our own way.

I am especially thankful and excited for the opportunity, as President, and on behalf of the Secretariat, to announce that Terri Palumbo has been chosen to receive the Bess G. Matteson Award!

The Executive Board unanimously approved Terri’s nomination and will recognize all the contributions that she has made to the Secretariat, as well as, the entire Campus during her tenure at the University of Illinois at the November Luncheon, on Wednesday, November 16th and officially present her with this outstanding award. We hope everyone will be able to join us in this special celebration!

This special recognition award is presented upon the selected recipient’s retirement from the University of Illinois. This award was established in 1978 and named in honor of Bess G. Matteson, 1971-72 Secretariat President. The candidates must meet all of these requirements to be eligible for consideration:

  • Must have been a member of The Secretariat for 10 years. Board membership need not be consecutive.
  • Must have served as an elected officer of The Secretariat for at least one term and served as a member of the Executive Board for at least 5 years.
  • Must have made an outstanding contribution on one or more of the following committees: Civil Service Advisory Committee, Staff Advisory Council, Committee on the Status of Women, Employee’s Advisory Committee to the Retirement Board, etc.
  • Must have made a major contribution to the improvement of life as a Civil Service Employee.
  • Must have a minimum of 15 years of service at the University of Illinois.

This is a very prestigious award and understandingly, due to the very stringent criteria, is not awarded often. Terri is very deserving of this award and is now among the elite of Bess G. Matteson Award recipients! CONGRATULATIONS TERRI!

The Boss of the Year Celebration was a spectacular event! Thanks to Jane Baumgartner, Chair of the BOTY Committee and her team, Jim McGraw and Teresa Harvey!

Congratulations to Marlah Bonner-McDuffie, Associate Dean for Advancement in the College of Media, as being named the 2016 Boss of the Year! She was nominated by Colleen Hammel.

I would also like to recognize Kathleen Harleman, Acting Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts for being nominated by Rebecca Nash. The committee had the difficult task of scoring the nominees letters as they were both terrific and deserving candidates.

I am thankful that I have two amazing bosses, Bill Goodman and Jeff Woods, and that they were both able to attend the luncheon and enjoy some Jeopardy fun with us, despite their busy schedules. I hope all of your fabulous bosses were able to enjoy Bosses Day as well!

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 Sara Simmons, winner of the October Riddle! What has three eyes but cannot see? Illinois! [or Illini]


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

Cathy Keltz, Beth Leamon, Tera Martin-Roy, Angie Wisehart, Amy Cain, Tina Harmes and Katrina Kotowski

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

Kristen Reifsteck, 14 years; Penny Ames, 10 years and April Wellman, 3 years

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

Be sure to renew your membership today to be included!

Penny Nigh 




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A note from President-Elect, Angie Wisehart:

As President-Elect, I have the honor of being liaison to the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). Often times, we forget about SAC’s important role on campus representing Civil Service Employees. SAC works in an advisory capacity with the Associate Provost for Human Resources (UIUC) to identify and resolve problems and to present ideas and information important to all staff employees. The Council provides a medium for passing ideas and information among employees, employee groups, the Associate Provost for Human Resources, the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Human Resources at the Urbana-Champaign campus. The Council consists of eight elected members representing each of the staff job groups on campus (clerical and secretarial, skilled crafts and trades, executive/administrative and managerial, service and maintenance, and technical and paraprofessional) and appointed representatives from various campus groups.

Please visit the SAC website for additional information:

If you have questions or concerns that you would like to bring to SAC’s attention please do not hesitate to contact me, or one of your SAC representatives.

Angie Wisehart





11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, November 16th 

114 Huff Hall

1205 South Fourth Street, Champaign, IL

Special Recognition Luncheon honoring

Terri Palumbo, Secretariat Past President

Bess G. Matteson Award Winner


A salad buffet catered by Michael's Catering


Cost is $12.00

RSVP is required


RESERVATIONS (Deadline:  5 p.m., Friday, November 11, 2016). Reservations will NOT be accepted past the deadline date of, November 11th, 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.

SPECIAL NOTE:  We are always looking for new luncheon locations without the high cost of renting.  If anyone has space available in your building, please let Programs and Reservations know. 



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.

Please remember to let the membership committee know if you are planning to retire soon so that you can be a Secretariat retiree member! We will miss you very much, but we hope that you’ll come back for a visit! Email Michael at with your contact information and we will keep in touch.

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

Michael Foellmer, Chair




The Career Connections Committee 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. 


“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



After 5:00 p.m. PlansMark your calendars on Thursday, November 10 and plan to meet your Secretariat colleagues and their guests after work at El Toro on Neil Street. These social gatherings have proven to be a great way to get to know one another and share information that is beneficial to other members, whether it be career development or general campus-related information. If you plan to join us, kindly send a note to so we can reserve enough space for the entire group.



Andréa Fain

Debbie Schoonover



Veterans Day is a celebration which is commemorated every year on November 11 in the remembrance of the military persons who have served the country during peacetime and any war. These military persons are also recognized as Veterans’.

We are collecting items again this year for the Danville VA patients. Please see the list of items they are in need of/requesting, Veterans Day List. Items will be collected at the November luncheon, can be dropped off at 377 Henry Administration Building, or arrangements can be made with Sonja for pick up.  

Last year, we were able to take over several boxes with items.  All donations will be delivered before Thanksgiving. Please consider sending a card with your donation as well, the Veterans enjoy reading them.

Let’s show our Veterans how much we appreciate what they have done.

Please visit the website,, for other opportunities to help the Veterans at Danville. They are always looking for Angel Wings Volunteers who bring healing presence to dying Veterans.

The Philanthropy Committee will provide a monetary donation for the Thanksgiving baskets.

Thank you!!

Sonja Bean & Debbie Schoonover, Co-Chairs



Our Facebook page now has 72 members! Our LinkedIn group has 39 members – let’s get that one going!

Check out our Pinterest boards, too.

If you know of a member who hasn’t requested to join our social media venues and has questions, direct them to someone on our committee, please!

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



The Website Committee seeks your input as we begin the update and redesign process of the current website. Our goal is to make sure that the website is meeting your needs. In order to do that we need your input. Please visit the website ( and complete the survey ( by Friday, November 18.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact any of the committee members.

Thank you.

Angie Wisehart, Chair (
Lezli Cline (
Michael Foellmer (
Lauri Quick (



The Bosses Recognition and Boss of the Year luncheon was held on Oct. 19, 2016.  The luncheon was attended by 11 bosses and 22 members.  Two members submitted a nomination for the 2016 Secretariat Boss of the Year award.  Rebecca Nash, Administrative Assistant, College of Fine & Applied Arts, nominated her boss, Acting Dean, Kathleen Harleman and Colleen Hammel, Office Administrator, College of Media, nominated her boss, Associate Dean, Marlah Bonner-McDuffie.  A portion of each nomination letter was read to the attendees and the 2016 winner, chosen by the Bosses Recognition and Boss of the Year committee was announced. Marlah Bonner-McDuffie was chosen as winner of the Secretariat’s Boss of the Year award for 2016.  Marlah was called out of town at the last minute but was able to participate in the award portion of the program via conference phone.

The Committee catered in Rosatis for lunch and was able to provide a Secretariat member and one boss or guest a lunch for only $12.00.  

Various committee chairs of the Secretariat shared a quick overview of their committee work with the attendees.  This provided the benefits, both for the employee and boss, of belonging to the Secretariat organization.

The committee worked hard to recognize all the bosses that attended the lunch and each boss received a small gift.  The luncheon finished with a “Bosses Day” edition of the Jeopardy game.  Various trivia questions regarding the University were assembled and put into game format.  It was a fun way to end this very special luncheon.

I would like to thank the Boss of the Year committee members: Teresa Harvey, Jim McGraw, Penny Nigh and Angie Wisehart for their work on this committee.

Jane Baumgartner, Chair


2016 Boss of the Year - Marlah Bonner-McDuffie, Ass. Dean for Advancement, College of Media.


Congratulations to Boss of the Year nominees:

Marlah Bonner-McDuffie, Ass. Dean for Advancement, College of Media nominated by Colleen Hammel.

Kathleen Harleman, Acting Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts nominated by Rebecca Nash.



What a wonderful organization to be a part of! We are in our 68th year of existence and it is just about time to consider nominations for the 2017-2018 Officers Election. Could experience gained as an elected officer in The Secretariat and thus a member of the Executive Board, help advance your skill set to the next level? The Nomination/Elections Committee will make a formal request for nominations beginning in January and running through the end of March. Please put together a list of whom you would like to serve in our leadership roles for The Secretariat. Please consider nominating yourself as well!

Jim McGraw
Nominations/Elections Chair



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

Selena Douglass


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