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September 2018 Newsletter Issue
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Did you notice the new Illinois Administrative Professionals (IAP) logo on the newsletter? Did you like it? The Rebranding Committee is excited to announce Lorraine Graham’s submission for the new logo was chosen by the Executive Board. She created a couple versions of the logo that can be used for various items. The formal can be used for letterhead or stationary at the bottom of emails and the informal can be used when just a brief intro is necessary. If you would like more information on how to use the new branding contact Andrea Fain or Leta Summers

The Rebranding Committee would also like to thank each person who submitted their version of a new logo for Illinois Administrative Professionals. We received several submissions, making it all the more challenging for us during the selection process. Thank you for all you do to make this a great organization!  

Message from the President
Michael Foellmer

What an exciting time it is on campus! I don’t know about you, but the excitement of a new freshman class always reinvigorates me for a new learning adventure in the year ahead—what better way to celebrate than with our new logo! I can hardly wait to see the materials that will show off our new look! And speaking of learning, we have a great opportunity for you to become a mentor or mentee (or both!) so be sure to fill out the form before the deadline.

Are you looking for new spaces to host meetings on campus or just want to know more about the Electrical and Computer Engineering facility? Be sure to come to this month’s Career Connections luncheon where you can learn all about their beautiful building and the spaces they have to offer. It’s definitely an opportunity you won’t want to miss—and for all you North-Campus folks, we can’t wait to see you there.

Lastly, be sure to check out the Philanthropy’s notice below—we will once again have mums for sale, and this year for as little as $5! Fill up your porch with colors this fall and support our mission to make a difference in our community.

As always thank you for all you do for IAP and best wishes for a fun-filled new year!

Michael Foellmer

Career Connections Calendar
Kristi Webster, Sharetta Hall, Laura Lotzgesell
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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

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

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

Lunch Option:             Einstein Bros. Bagels

Sandwich Box Meals
Hummus Veg Out

Thintastic Chicken
Ham & Swiss
Turkey Cheddar

Bottled Water
Cost is $12.00
RSVP is required

RESERVATIONS (Deadline:  5 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2018). Reservations will NOT be accepted past the deadline date! RSVP for you and your guest by clicking the following link:

September 2018 ECE Tour

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 Sharetta Hall, Laura Lotzgesell, Kristi Webster

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Topic:                  Boss of the Year Celebration

Guest Speaker:    Susan Key

Location:              TBD

More information to come.


2018 All Employee Expo

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Illini Union - Rooms A, B, & C 

Please save the date for the All Employee Expo. All University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign employees are encouraged to attend the annual All Employee Expo. Representatives from campus, community and affiliated organizations will provide information about benefits, services, programs and other related topics. There is no charge for admission.

This is an approved event for Civil Service employees. Civil Service employees may take up to one hour to attend the Expo, operations permitting and with prior supervisory approval.

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

Mark your calendars for the December 12 meeting of the Illinois Administrative Professionals. This will be our main celebration for the organization’s 70th anniversary. Plans are still being finalized and more information will be announced in the coming months on the list of events. This will be a wonderful celebration of our outstanding organization!

Donations for Silent Auction Items:

Do you or your office have an item to donate? The committee is still collecting items for the silent auction/raffle event that will be held during the luncheon. Contact the committee at your earliest convenience so it can be added to the list. Several items have already been received including those listed and shown in the photos.

Items already in Silent Auction:

  • Wooden Block I coaster sets
  • Silpada jewelry, including several bracelets and necklaces
  • Ivy & Fig handbag

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


ARE YOU READY TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING A MENTOR OR A MENTEE? Caterpillar learned after implementing their own mentoring program that the biggest benefits for both the mentors and mentees were learning from each other and collaborating with one another (5 Corporate Mentorship Programs Worth Imitating). It’s not simply just a one-way relationship. It doesn’t matter how much or how little experience you have; there is always room to grow, both professionally and personally, with the opportunity to develop friendships along the way. If you’re interested in becoming either a mentor or mentee complete this form by Friday, Sept. 28. In early October we will work with you to make the best matches possible. We will plan a special meet & greet shortly thereafter that will include a speaker to discuss what it means to be a mentor and mentee, provide resource tools, and discuss expectations (including your expectations of our committee). You may also visit our webpage to find the full document describing the mentoring program.

DON'T FORGET TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP DUES! If you are a current member please remember to renew your membership. Dues were 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? Are you serving on any campuswide committees? 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!

Please remember to let us know if you are planning to retire soon so that you can be an honorary IAP retiree member! We will miss you very much, but we hope that you’ll come back for a visit!

For general inquiries email:

The Membership and Mentoring Committee
Jill Ouellette, Co-Chair or 333-6104
Angie Wisehart, Co-Chair or 264-4677
Jill Odom, or 333-1560

September Birthdays

Lori Stalter 09/01; Anne Stites 09/01; Yolanda Thomas 09/02; Aleta Lynch 09/03; Susan Conrad 09/06; Terri Palumbo 09/06; Sandy Hardin 09/10; Grace Witmer 09/12; Sharetta Hall 09/18; Darlene Dallas 09/20; Teresa Harvey 09/26; Diana Marshall 09/28

September Anniversaries

Elizabeth Lewis-1 year; Marcy Frerichs-16 years; Laura Ketchum-21 years; Karen Myers-22 years; Susan Schmall-Ross-30 years     

Continuing Education Announcement
Lori Bender-Bachelor of General Studies program at E.I.U. for Fall 2018

Congratulations to Jill Ouellette, she was recognized as the IIP LEADER for the step challenge in the Provost's Walking Initiative Celebration.  She received a trophy and goodwill from the Provost, AD Whitman and all there.

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. 

Annual Mum Sale

The Illinois Administrative Professionals will be selling MUM’s again this year. Our proceeds from this fundraiser will be used for helping families in need at Thanksgiving and our Adopt-A-Family program at Christmas.

Orders for these beautiful mums will be taken from now until September 12.  Delivery will be September 20. The pick-up location will be at the Natural Resources Building loading dock. This is located at 615 E. Peabody Dr. The dock/circle drive is located on the south side of the building off of Pennsylvania. Pick up time will be 4:30-5:30.

Payment must be received no later than Wednesday September 12. Please email your order to and then forward the original order form and check made out to Illinois Administrative Professionals Philanthropy Committee to:

Illinois Administrative Professionals – Mum Sale
c/o Jane Baumgartner
Office of the Provost
317 SAB MC-304

2018 Mum Order Form

American Heart Association Heart Walk Info

Did you know that the University of Illinois is a sponsor of the American Heart Association (AHA)? In the past 5 years, AHA has funded 27 Illinois studies related to cardiovascular health for nearly $2.5 million! To support AHA’s work and this sponsorship, please consider participating in AHA’s 2018 Champaign-Urbana Heart Walk (Sun. 9/16) by starting a team for your unit.

Below you’ll find step-by-step instructions for starting a team. You’ll also find an email template that you can personalize and send out to members of your unit, encouraging them to join your unit’s team.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute (IHSI) Research Operations Coordinator Kristin Ryder at


Photos Taken From Last Month's Meeting
Selena Douglass

The link to the rest of the pictures in Flickr is