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Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? I hope that each of you enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. Now, we turn our attention to December celebrations. We all become so busy during this month celebrating with our co-workers, friends, and family members. I know that many of us are also busy volunteering our time or donating to our favorite charities to make sure that other families can enjoy their holidays together. You should have received an email last week from our Philanthropy Committee with information on the family that we are adopting this month. There is no time commitment, but while you’re buying gifts please consider buying for this family. Even the smallest of gifts will ensure that they have an opportunity to enjoy the holiday season. If you missed the email last week you may find additional information below.

We are extending the deadline to complete the survey that was announced in November. Only you can tell us how we can make a bigger difference for you. Please take just a couple of minutes to complete the survey:

I want to say congratulations once again to Susan Conrad, the 2017 Bess G. Matteson Award recipient. The award ceremony was very special with several guest speakers, and the room was filled to capacity. The Secretariat has been very lucky to have had Susie’s participation, leadership, and constant promotion of our organization. I do want to give another very special thank you to those who helped with the planning: Michael Foellmer, President-Elect; Jill Odom, Treasurer; Laura Owen, Recording Secretary; and Colleen Hammel, Co-Chair, BOTY/OPTY Committee. And, thank you to the Programs & Events Committee: Andréa Fain, Co-Chair; Leta Summers, Co-Chair, Karen Yeager, Jennifer Sans, and Tina Hill. Thanks to each of you for helping make sure that the event such a huge success!

I hope that you are able to join us at the President’s House for lunch this month. It’s a wonderful honor when Dr. Roberta Johnson Killeen hosts our organization during the holiday season. Come take a tour of the house, and enjoy the great food and company of your fellow members. Additional information can be found below. 

Thank you for everything that you’ve done this year as a Secretariat member. Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” – Mary Ellen Chase

Angie Wisehart



11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The President’s House

711 West Florida Avenue, Urbana, IL 

University of Illinois First Lady, Dr. Roberta Johnson Killeen

cordially invites you to a Holiday Luncheon.


Parking is available on the west grass lot. 

RSVP is required.


RESERVATIONS (Deadline: 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 13, 2017).

 Reservations will NOT be accepted past the deadline date. 

RSVP for you & your guest by clicking the following link:

  The registration form must be filled completely to insure your registration is received and confirmed.


Looking ahead: January 17, 2018 – Tour the Natural History Building


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
Andréa Fain, Leta Summers, Tina Hill,
Jennifer Sans, or Karen Yeager



It is that time of year...Christmas decorations go up, stockings are hung and children write to Santa for their wish list.

This year we adopted a family of six, a single Mom with five children ranging in age from 19 to 10 years old. When she submitted her request to the Faculty/Staff Assistance Services she noted that if chosen, "this would be a blessing". We know as a group, we can help give the family a special Christmas.  Please find details attached.

Deadline is Thursday, December 14 to allow us time to shop before we drop off gifts on Tuesday, December 19.

Thank you for helping to provide wishes to the children and ease of mind to the Mom.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Sonja J. Bean, Chair
Jim McGraw


Social Event

Along with coordinating the monthly Career Connections meetings, the Program and Events Committee also schedules events where Secretariat members can interact with one another in an informal setting. Members and their guests – guests are always welcome! – are encouraged to relax and take a moment to get better acquainted with fellow Secretariat members.

After 5:00 PlansJoin your Secretariat colleagues for a festive evening at Sunsinger on Thursday, December 14.  Sunsinger is located at 1115 Windsor Road in Champaign in the Windsor Galleria Plaza. 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.

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? Email one of our committee members shown below your ideas and suggestions. We welcome your input and feedback!


Programs and Events Committee:

Andréa Fain                                                               Leta Summers                                         
Program and Events Co-chair                                   Program and Events Co-chair

Tina Hill                                                                     Jennifer Sans                                                 

Karen Yeager


Bess G. Matteson Award

Susan L. Conrad 

I want to thank the speakers at the Bess G. Matteson Award event for their outstanding speeches and for making the event so special for Susie: Deb Flessner, Deb McCall, Kendra Courson, E. Louise Rogers, Prof. Leon Dash,  Prof. Jacqueline Hitchon, Andrea Fain and Elyne Cole, plus Prof. Nancy Benson, Tina Veal, Prof. Rich Martin and Chancellor Jones for their comments/letter contributions even though they were unable to attend the luncheon.  Also, thanks for all of the hard work of The Secretariat Officers for putting this event together so well under short notice.


Thank you!

Colleen Hammel


Bess G. Matteson Award Photos:





All photos for The Secretariat are available at: 

Selena Douglass



Thank you to all Secretariat members who have renewed their memberships. To make sure that you don’t miss any of the wonderful opportunities the Secretariat has to offer, be sure to renew your membership today


Happy December Birthday! 
Jill Ouellette --2, Jessica Dalhaus--6, Tina Hill--14, Mary Moon--23, Laura Lotzgesell--29

Happy December Anniversary!
Tami Fazio--2 years, Deborah Schoonover--5 years, Andrea Semiche--9 years




Susan Conrad made an excellent point during her remarks upon acceptance of the Bess G. Matteson Award on November 15. She reminded the group to not forget about The Secretariat, and called it “A Hidden Gem” on campus. Susie also said that once she chaired the Nominations and Elections Committee she was “never the same!” She is absolutely correct, that serving as a Committee Chair, and later as an Elected Officer, as she did, ultimately serving as President, can change you – for the better! You will gain confidence and a larger network.

Give serious consideration to running for one of our elected offices during the upcoming semester – The Secretariat needs you, and you will benefit from serving!

Respectfully submitted,

Lezli Cline, Co-Chair
Stacy Duzinski, Co-Chair
Crystal Hahnstadt, member


Remember to share your thoughts, images, and events via The Secretariat social media channels. 



Where to find us:

The Secretariat’s primary social media platforms are:


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Thank you for sharing photos and comments about your activities for the group to enjoy - keep 'em coming!

Lezli Cline, Chair

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 


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