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Happy Summer!

Another academic year comes to an end and so will my term as President of the Secretariat. I have been truly humbled to serve as your President this year. The Secretariat is such a highly respected and well-known organization and has really helped me developed new skills and improve on old ones. And - the best part is - getting to know all of you and building a network of friends! I hope you have all enjoyed the monthly luncheons, social gatherings, special events and have started to build a network of your own.

I encourage you to consider joining a committee in the upcoming year. Please 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!

Congratulations to our newly elected officers

President:  Angie Wisehart - Business/Administrative Associate, Prairie Research Institute
President-Elect:  Michael FoellmerAssistant Director, Labor Education Program
Recording Secretary: Laura OwenOffice Manager, Bureau for Educational Research at the College of Education
Treasurer:  Jill Odom- Administrative Assistant, Office of the VP, CFO & Comptroller, University Administration  

Thank you to all the elected officers and committee chairs this past year

Angie Wisehart, President-Elect, Website Chair and Liaison to Staff Advisory Council
Jill Odom, Treasurer and Illinois Representative to the State Universities Civil Service Employee Advisory Committee
Rebecca Nash, Recording Secretary, Career Connections Committee (C3) Chair and Office Professional of the Year Chair
Susan Schuh, Auditing
Debbie McCall, Bylaws-Parliamentarian Chair
Selena Douglass, Historian
Donna Miller, Marketing and Branding Chair
Michael Foellmer, Membership Chair
Lori Stalter, Newsletter Chair
James McGraw, Nominations and Elections Chair
Jane Baumgartner, Boss of the Year Chair
Sonja Bean, Philanthropy Chair
Deb Flessner, Programs and Reservations Chair
Anne Price, Scholarship Chair
Andrea Fain, Social Events Co-Chair
Debbie Schoonover, Social Events Co-Chair
Lezli Cline, Social Media Chair

Thank you to all the Committee Members this past year

Karen Myers, Tina Hill, Teresa Harvey, Betsy Lancaster, Beth Leamon, Colleen Hammel, Marie Kreoger, Laura Owen, and Lauri Quick

June’s luncheon is when we recognize past President’s, outgoing Officers, the current Committee Chairs and new or soon-to-be retirees.  It is also when the 2017 Secretariat Member of the Year is announced.  Registration information for the Wednesday, June 21st luncheon is below in the Programs and Reservation section.

Be sure to wish these members a “Happy June Birthday!

Barb Russell, Katie Wax, Marcy Frerichs, Andrea Fain and Katherine Freeman

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

Lezli Cline, Lori Stalter, Barb Russell, Becky Burklund and Sandy Hardin

I would also like to recognize the May Birthday’s that I missed last month…

Linda Meccoli, Erica Hanson, Deanna Dale, Penny Ames, Michael Foellmer, Janette Bradley Wright, Rita Conerly, Stacy Dudzinski, Laura Owen and Tami Fazio.

And, the May Anniversaries...

Tracie Hediger, Lauri Quick, Laura Lotzgesell, Kari Mahannah, Jill Ouellette and Susie Conrad

I hope that you have enjoyed your Secretariat membership this year! The Secretariat Board is always looking ahead and working to enhance what is presented to the membership.  I am pleased to announce that, at the May Business Meeting, the Secretariat membership passed several bylaw changes that will take effect with the new fiscal year in July. I believe these changes will enhance your experience with the Secretariat and increase your professional development opportunities. Please continue to share your thoughts and ideas with the board.  The Secretariat depends on all of our members for continued growth!

Once again, thank you for helping make this a great year for Secretariat and thank you for allowing me to serve as your President!

Penny Nigh




11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, June 21st 

114 Huff Hall

1206 S. Fourth St., Champaign, IL


2017 Secretariat Member of the Year

& Recognition of Secretariat Officers, Committee Chairs, and Retirees


Catered by Gregory Street Catering Company

(Rosati's Catering of Urbana)

Italian Style Buffet

Chicken piccata
Chef's choice pasta (vegetarian option)
Tomato-basil-mozzarella salad
Roasted seasonal vegetables

Tea & water

Cost is $12.00

RSVP is required


RESERVATIONS (Deadline:  5 p.m., Friday, June 16, 2017). Reservations will NOT be accepted past the deadline date of, June 16th, 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.




If you renew your membership now or join The Secretariat now, your membership will be good through the end of fiscal year 2018! 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



Proposed bylaws revisions were distributed to the membership via email on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  Those revisions were read and approved at the May 17, 2017 Secretariat General Luncheon meeting. The approved changes to existing committees will be effective with the membership year beginning July 1, 2017.

Respectfully submitted,

Debbie McCall, Chair



Welcome Summer, and the newly updated Secretariat website! Continuing the rejuvenation process, we will be streamlining the committee list for The Secretariat, combining several of the special committees into the Communications Committee, of which Social Media will be one component. Please continue to monitor our posts, and provide feedback to help us provide useful, informative (and fun) content.

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. PlansWarmer weather is here and we can enjoy our evenings on the patios again! Mark your calendar and head to Houlihan’s on Thursday, June 15. Their patio is the place to visit Thursday evenings during the summer months. There will be live music and food/drink specials offered.  If the weather is pleasant, we will be sitting outside. 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.

Add Riggs Beer Company (1901 S. High Cross Road, Urbana) as the place to be after 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29. This is the first day of their 1-year anniversary festival, Riggs Fest. Live music will be performed by Love Sign, a popular local band. Their food truck calendar shows Sidney Dairy Barn, Fernando’s, Pauly’s BBQ and Piato to Go as being on site and ready to serve delicious food. More information on Riggs and specifically their weekend-long events to celebrate their first year can be found on their page, Depending on the weather and space, we will either sit outside or be indoors. Otherwise, send a note to so we can know who to expect and how much seating to reserve. This is sure to be a fun evening and a good way to unwind after a long work week!

Andréa Fain, Chair

Debbie Schoonover



The Nomination/Elections Committee would like to present The Secretariat Officers for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, elected at the May General Meeting Luncheon.  Congratulations!

President:  Angie Wisehart - Business/Administrative Associate - Prairie Research Institute. Last Year Angie was elected the President-Elect for the 2016-2017 year and will assume the President’s role for 2017-2018.

President-Elect:  Michael Foellmer – Assistant Director, Labor Education Program

Recording Secretary: Laura Owen – Office Manager, Bureau for Educational Research at the College of Education

Treasurer:  Jill Odom- Administrative Assistant - VP Chief Financial Officer - University Administration

A big thank you goes out to our other nominee for Recording Secretary, Lauri Quick- the Office Manager for the Center of Translation Studies, Department of the Classics and Program in Medieval Studies in the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics. Thanks Lauri for your willingness to run.


Jim McGraw, Chair
Jane Baumgartner
Lezli Cline



THANK YOU to all that purchased plants.  Your generosity and support continues to make a difference in our community.

"Be the change you want to see in the world."  Mahatma Gandhi

Sonja Bean, Chair



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