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 Happy April!  Everything is starting to look green again and the weather is slowly getting warmer.

The Membership Committee recently announced the membership prices for the rest of the year have been reduced.  Is there anyone you know that is interested in joining Secretariat, but has not yet done so?  Share this newsletter with them and point out that membership fees for new members have been reduced to $7.50. The year may be half over, but we still have a lot to offer. Encourage your colleagues to join us!

The Nominations and Elections Committee will present the slate of candidates to serve as officers for next year. Please consider attending the April meeting to learn about the candidates. We will also consider nominations from the floor.  This is a great way to be more involved and continue to learn and grow in your position. If you have any questions about serving as an officer, feel free to contact me or anyone on the committee.

The Programs and Reservations Committee hosted a great program last month. Robbie Witt, AHR Deputy Director, spoke to us about human resources related topics such as, classifications, upgrades, Civil Service changes, etc. Robbie always has a wealth of knowledge regarding staff policies. If you ever have AHR related questions, please contact her office.

The Office Professional of the Year Committee is geared up to host a wonderful program this month and present one of our very deserving members with the Office Professional of the Year Award. I would like to thank several departments for donating to this event: College of Business; Graduate College; College of Media; College of Applied Health Sciences; College of Fine and Applied Arts; Colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Carle Illinois College of Medicine; Office of the Provost; Office of the Chancellor; and Staff Human Resources.

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!



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

Becky Burklund (1st), Regina Cook (3rd), and Donna Purcell (16th)


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

Tera Maring-Roy (5 years), Aleta Lynch (11 years), Jane Baumgartner (19 years), and Deanna Dale (21 Years)

Happy Birthday to any other April Birthdays and/or Anniversaries that may not have renewed yet!

Be sure to renew your membership today to be included – Remember its ½ price now!

Special announcement from President Penny Nigh:

The University of Illinois – Willard Airport and the Fly Champaign-Urbana team is happy to host United Airlines representatives on Wednesday, April 5th to meet with anyone who books or arranges travel for University business or for personal travel.

United Airlines will be able to answer any questions you have regarding:

  • Frequent Flyer Programs and Status Matching Programs,
  • Discounts for University sales and group sales,
  • Destinations that United Airlines flies to,
  • And any other questions you may have on booking travel with United.

The event will be Wednesday April 5th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Illini Union in Room 215.

Please come by and speak with airline representatives about your needs.




11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, April 19th 

114 Huff Hall

1206 S. Fourth St., Champaign, IL


Celebrating 25 years for the

Office Professional of the Year Presentation


Catered by Michael's Catering


Make your own Salad Menu to include:

Crisp romaine lettuce with mesclun green
Cheddar cheese
Grape tomatoes
Sliced cucumbers
Sliced eggs
Crumbled bacon
Marinated breast of chicken
Seared salmon filets
Fruit salad
Raspberry bars
Soft drinks & water

Cost is $10.00

RSVP is required


RESERVATIONS (Deadline:  5 p.m., Friday, April 14, 2017). Reservations will NOT be accepted past the deadline date of, April 14th, so please RSVP today!

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

Please note:  be sure to finish the registration form completely - all the way through - as that gives us an accurate count.  It is possible that a lunch may not be ordered for you if the form has not been completely finished.

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

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.




For just $7.50, you can join or renew your membership through the end of the fiscal year. 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



Spring is here! Yeah!! Let us know about you or your department’s special spring happenings, and include images if available.

Be sure to visit, like and comment on our Facebook post, LinkedIn posts and our Pinterest boards. We’d love for you to post content there as well!

Respectfully submitted,

Lezli Cline, Chair
Marie Kreoger
Laura S. Owen

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





After 5:00 p.m. PlansThanks to everyone who joined us in March at Seven Saints. The conversations were great and it was fun to see so many people outside of work hours.  On Tuesday, April 11, we will meet after work at O’Charley’s at 730 W. Town Center Blvd. in north Champaign. Come join us for an hour to relax and connect with colleagues from across campus.  If you plan to join us, kindly send a note to so we can reserve enough space for the entire group. Ask the host/hostess for the Secretariat group.

Runners & Walkers – Running or walking in one of the events during the Christie Clinic Marathon weekend? Tell us about it! Send an email to with your name, race(s) you have registered for, if you are walking/running, and the pace you signed up with and we will send a group email with this information to participants of each race so you know who to look for on race day.  The group emails will be sent on Thursday, April 20 so please send your information no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.

Art Party StudioWe will be at the Art Party Studio on Thursday, April 27 painting ‘The Cove’ (see image above). The Art Party Studio is located in the north wing of the Lincoln Square Mall, 300 S. Broadway Ave., Urbana.  Registration is required and can be completed at their easy to use Registration Page.

Andréa Fain, Chair

Debbie Schoonover



The Nomination/Elections Committee would like to thank all of our members who submitted quality nominations for the 2017-2018 Officer positions for The Secretariat election ballot. We appreciate all the nominees who took the time to consider running for a position and a big thanks to the nominated members who accepted the nominations. The dedication of our members has made this organization strong and well respected for 68 years on this campus. The email and paper nominations were closed as of March 24th at 5:00pm. The list of candidates will be announced at the April General Meeting/Luncheon. Nominations will be requested one last time from the floor at the April General Meeting, after which nominations will be closed and the nomination slate will be considered final. Elections take place during the May General Meeting/Luncheon. Voting is conducted by paper ballot if there is more than one candidate for an elected position.  Voting is conducted by voice vote when there is only one candidate per elected position.


Jim McGraw, Chair,
Jane Baumgartner,
Lezli Cline,



You should have received an email from President Nigh announcing the new look of the website a couple of weeks ago.  Check it out if you haven't had time to do so. Please don't hesitate to contact any one of us with suggestions for content. 

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



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