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Welcome to Illinois Administrative Professionals, formerly known as The Secretariat
July 2018 Newsletter Issue
Message from the President
Michael Foellmer


Hello fellow Illinois Administrative Professionals members! I am so thrilled to be writing to you for the first time in my role as President of our newly named organization! We will have many exciting changes coming and I can’t wait to share them all with you so please be sure to read our newsletters every month. The Executive Board will work hard to embrace our future and pay respect to our past while continuing to bring excellent professional learning sessions, establish more mentoring relationships, and continue our great social activities. If you are thinking about joining the leadership team of our organization as a committee member or chair, what better time than now—in our first year as Illinois Administrative Professionals! To learn more about the committees, visit our website at Thank you SO much to everyone who has volunteered in the past and to everyone who agreed to continue leading us through the next year!

Two special notes: CONGRATULATIONS to Colleen Hammel, our Secretariat Member of the Year who was recognized at last month’s meeting! Please join me in congratulating and thanking Colleen for her accomplishments and contributions to our organization over the past year. Secondly, a special THANK YOU to our past president, Angie Wisehart, for her incredible work during last year’s term.  She has been an incredibly valuable member of our team and we will miss her at the helm! Fortunately, we are lucky to be able to continue working with her as she joins the membership and mentoring committee as a co-chair. I am certain we will have an exciting year ahead as we continue developing the many efforts Angie set forth in her short year as president. Please join me in thanking Angie for all of her fantastic work!

I look forward to seeing you all very soon at our next luncheon!

Michael Foellmer

Career Connections Calendar


Wednesday, July 18, 2018     

Topic:                        Networking on the Quad                               
Location:                   Meet at Anniversary Plaza
                                (southside patio of the Union)                                  
Time:                        12:10-1:00 pm

Bring your own lunch! Bring a blanket!  Sit under a tree and visit with other Illinois Administrative Professional members.  No need to RSVP, unlimited seating available!    

We'll have some networking activities to get to know each other!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Topic:                        Tour of Electrical and Computer Engineering Building (ECE)
Location:                   306 N. Wright St., Urbana

Time:                         12:00-12:50 pm

More information to come.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Topic:                           70th Anniversary Celebration
Location:                       To be announced

More information to come.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michael Foellmer at

70th Anniversary Celebration Planning Committee
Debbie McCall & Leta Summers, Co-Chairs

The 70th Anniversary Celebration Planning Committee is seeking items to raffle or auction at a future Career Connections luncheon meeting in order to raise funds for the celebration event to be held later this year. 

Members who have items to donate may contact any committee member. This is a great way to promote your unit and help Illinois Administrative Professionals, formerly known as the Secretariat!

70th Anniversary Planning Committee Members:

Rob Chappell,
Sharon Conatser,
Andréa Fain, 
Teresa Harvey,
Debbie McCall,
Terri Palumbo,
Leta Summers,

Membership:Information, Connections and Celebrations
Jill Ouellette & Angie Wisehart, Co-Chairs

Welcome New Member

Karla Denzler--College of LAS, Office of the Dean

IT’S TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP DUES! If you are a current member please remember to renew your membership. Dues are to be paid no later than August 1st. New members may join the organization by paying their dues at the same link, so please forward this newsletter to your colleagues to share all of the exciting things that we are doing and encourage them to sign up today!

Don’t forget that one way to entice a colleague to become a member is to invite them to attend a Career Connections event as your guest. This is a great way to see firsthand what we’re all about.

WE WANT TO KEEP YOU CONNECTED! Have you or a colleague received a promotion or moved to a new office? Are you continuing your education here on campus, EIU, Parkland or elsewhere? Please let Jill Ouellette know and she will share that information in the next newsletter. Our goal is to make as many connections as possible to ensure you are successful in whatever it is that you are doing!

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MENTOR OR MENTEE? We are currently in the process of enhancing the mentoring program. Efforts are being made to make sure that the mentor/mentee relationships will be successful. This includes future luncheons, seminars, and resources that will be made available to all involved. Watch for additional information, as well as, requests for mentee/mentors in late summer/early fall.

Please remember to let us 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!

The Membership and Mentoring Committee
Jill Ouellette, Co-Chair or 333-6104
Angie Wisehart, Co-Chair or 264-4677
Marie Buckhanon, or 265-5452

For general inquiries email:

July Birthdays

Gary Brennan, Brenda Deaville, Lorraine Graham, Patti Graves, Debbie Kemphues, Lauri Quick

July Anniversaries

Sarah Adams--17 years; Cathy Bialeschki--18 years; Jessica Dalhaus--6 years; Wendy Kunde--12 years

Philanthropy: Making a difference in our community
Jim McGraw & Sonja Bean, Co-Chairs


The Philanthropy Committee wants to thank everyone again for your contribution and support for this year. We have a lot of generous individuals in this organization.

Just to let you know, Jane Baumgartner will be taking over as Chair for this committee. Jane will do a great job and she could really use your help with this committee. We can attest this is one of most rewarding committees to be involved with. Please reach out to Jane Baumgartner or Michael Foellmer if you are interested in being involved with the Illinois Administrative Professional’s Philanthropy Committee.

Lezli Cline & Stacy Walker, Co-Chairs

The Nominations/Elections Committee thanks all who participated in this year’s process. Please welcome our newly elected officers, as we move forward into our new identity as Illinois Administrative Professionals!

New Officers for IAP

Photos Taken From Last Month's Meeting
Selena Douglass

The link to the rest of the pictures in Flickr is 

More Information
Selena Douglass & Donna Miller, Co-Chairs

As we are starting a new chapter as Illinois Administrative Professionals, we are slowly making the transition from The Secretariat to IAP.  You will still see some Secretariat information for a couple months.  As the Communications committee we will strive to do our best to have the information current and update moving forward.  Below is a list of links to Illinois Administrative Professionals, formerly known as The Secretariat in social media.  

Pardon Our Dust: Re-branding in progress
Andréa Fain & Leta Summers, Co-Chairs

Several potential logos were submitted. Thanks to all that took the time to share their ideas. These submissions will be reviewed and the top selections presented to the Board during the July Executive Meeting. Stay tuned for the unveiling!!