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

Hello fellow Illinois Administrative Professionals! I hope you are enjoying the quiet of the last month of summer—hard to believe the students will be back when I write my next message!

We had a great time meeting on the Quad during last month’s lunch, with many new faces and a gorgeous day to lounge in the shade! Thanks so much for everyone that came out and I hope our guests will be joining us as members, soon! Speaking of joining, have you renewed your membership and encouraged the others in your office to join us, too?! We have so many exciting activities coming up and a wonderful mentorship program which made its debut last year and is sure to bring something to everyone’s workplace in the coming year. Be sure to check the membership section below to renew your membership or join today.

I look forward to the August Career Connections luncheon where Morgan White from Facilities and Services will present “Use the Bin,” a presentation focused on campus sustainability. I hope you will join us!

We are working hard to update all of our information to reflect our name change and establish a logo through our marketing and re-branding team, please excuse our “dust” as we get everything updated and thank you for your patience.  The elected officers and committees are working hard to meet your expectations for all aspects of our organization.  If we aren’t successful in doing that, please do not hesitate to contact us, we love hearing from you!

Michael Foellmer

Career Connections Calendar
Kristi Webster, Sharetta Hall, Laura Lotzgesell
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Topic:              "Use the Bin" Sustainability Presentation
                        Morgan White, Facilities & Services

Location:          1002 Huff Hall Khan Annex
                       1206 S. Fourth St., Champaign

Time:               12:10-12:50 pm, Doors open at 11:45 am

Lunch Option:   Classic Events Catering, Cost is $12.00

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

August 2018

Reservation deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, August 10, 2018.  Reservations will NOT be accepted past the deadline date!

Please note:  Be sure to finish the registration form completely, this assures your lunch is ordered correctly. Remember cancellations must be received 48 hours before the deadline date or payment will still be required.

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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Topic:                        Tour of Electrical and Computer Engineering Bldg (ECE)
                                  Provided by Clint Harper

Location:                    3002 Electrical and Computer Engineering Building
                                 306 N. Wright St., Urbana

Time:                         12:00-12:50 pm

More information to come. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Topic:                  Boss of the Year Celebration

Guest Speaker:    Susan Key

Location:              TBD

More information to come.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Topic:                           70th Anniversary Celebration
Location:                       To be announced

More information to come.

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

Elizabeth Lewis, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Sharetta Hall, Office of Corporate Relations

DON'T FORGET 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!

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!

WE HOPE THAT YOU'RE CONSIDERING BECOMING A MENTOR OR MENTEE.  Plans for the '18-'19 mentoring program are almost finalized.  Watch for an email in early September when you will have the opportunity to sign up. 

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:

August Birthdays

Robert Chappell-2; Katherine Day-21

August Anniversaries

Amy Cain-2 years, Stacy Walker-4 years,  Jennifer Sans-6 years, Sandy Hardin-10 years; Kathleen Wax-12 years; Betsy Lancaster-14 years; Sonja Bean-18 years; Katherine Day-40 years

Congratulations to Lauri Quick on her promotion to Office Administrator for the Extension Office located in Mumford Hall.




Philanthropy: Making a difference in our community
Jane Baumgartner, Jill Odom, Jen Sans

October is Dental Hygiene month and the Philanthropy Committee is campaigning to local dental offices in the area to donate toothbrushes and toothpastes through the end of October. We plan to donate them to the CU Home/Phoenix Drop-In. If you have any of these unopened items laying around in closets or drawers, please feel free to donate them to our cause. You may bring the items to the monthly luncheons in
                         September and October. Thank you for your support. 


Please watch for our Fall Mum sale.  Information will be coming to you soon!

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.