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December 2018 Newsletter Issue
Message from the President
Michael Foellmer

Hello everyone and happy holidays to you all!

We have so much to talk about, I’m not sure where to begin! Last month was an incredibly awesome Career Connections luncheon from our friends at the Illinois Leadership Center who talked about leadership and the importance of clear communication. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. Speaking of leadership, I’d like to give a shout out to our Philanthropy committee that has been providing great leadership for the Illinois Administrative Professionals and our philanthropic mission; they ensured families enjoyed Thanksgiving and are now looking to help a family with holiday gifts through the University. If you’re interested in helping the family, check out Philanthropy’s section below.

Lastly, I hope you are all getting very excited about our 70th Anniversary Celebration which will take place on December 12. It is sure to be a great time and I look forward to seeing you all there. If you would like to show off your IAP pride, we have new clear bags and lunch totes commemorating our 70 years of impact on our campus administrative professionals. You can purchase a bag or lunch tote along with a raffle ticket for tons of other great items at the 70th Celebration. See you then!

Have a wonderful holiday break and happiest of new year celebrations!



Career Connections Calendar
Kristi Webster and David Perryn, Co-Chairs
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Topic:                     70th Anniversary Celebration

Location:                Illini Room A, First Floor, Illini Union

Time:                      Doors open at 11:45 am
                               Program will begin around 12:10 pm with every attempt
                               made to end by 12:55 pm

Lunch Option:        Illini Union Catering, Cost is $12.00                       

                                                            Lemon & Herb Grilled Chicken Breast
                                                            Wild Rice Blend
                                                            Green Beans w/Roasted Garlic Oil
                                                            Iced Water
                                                            Iced Tea
                                                            Celebration Cake

RSVP is required.  RESERVATIONS (Deadline: 12:00 p.m., Friday, December 7th). 

Reservations will NOT be accepted past the deadline date. Cancellations must be received 48 hours before the deadline date or payment will still be required.

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

IAP 70th Anniversary Celebration

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 Kristi Webster or David Perryn

This will be a special event to celebrate the organization’s 70 years of bringing members in similar working classifications together for networking, learning from one another and helping each other advance in their careers.

Dr. Lynn Jones will not be able to speak, but we are busily working behind the scenes to secure a speaker with comparable leadership qualities.

The silent auction for the items collected will be conducted as a raffle. Numbered tickets will be available to purchase as you arrive at the luncheon. Purchase your tickets and then put as many as you wish in the buckets representing the items available. At the end of the program, we will pull the raffle tickets from the buckets and announce the winner for each item.  Tickets are 1 for $2 or 6 for $10, cash or check only.

Items (click to see) already in Silent Auction:

  • Merino wool hand woven scarf
  • Silpada jewelry: bracelets, earrings, and necklaces
  • Ivy & Fig handbag
  • Wooden Block I coaster sets

To support this special event, we are selling lunch coolers and clear bags, which meet the required specifications for UI sporting events.  Photos of these items are included hereOrder forms may be forwarded to Andrea Fain, Deb McCall or Leta Summers.

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

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

December Birthdays

2nd--Lori Bender & Jill Ouellette; 6th--Jessica Dalhaus; 15th--Cynthia Smith; 23rd--Mary Moon & Rachel Park; 29th--Laura Lotzgesell

December Anniversaries

Tami Fazio-3 years; Deborah Schoonover-6 years; Andrea Semiche-10 years; Jill Odom-16 years

Stacy Walker, Chair

Have you considered giving a go at a leadership opportunity?  Perhaps you are looking for that special push on your resume?  Big or small, we have many positions that we will be filling in the spring nominations/elections time period. If you have questions, or would like to attend a board meeting to see what these positions are about, please contact Stacy Walker at or call 217-244-9590.

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

Holiday Family Program

This year the Philanthropy Committee was offered to assist a family in need this Holiday season through the Faculty Staff Assistance Services at the University of Illinois. Our family which includes a single mother with three boys has completed an application form for this assistance and has included their needs and wishes. 

Please read their story and sign up to donate particular items by viewing this site. Please click on the link   

The donations will need to be turned in by Wednesday, Dec. 12.  Please bring donations to the 70th Anniversary Luncheon on Dec. 12 or you bring them directly to Jane Baumgartner, 317 Swanlund, Jen Sans, 206 Engineering Hall or Jill Odom, 349 Henry Admin Building.

The Gift of Time....Sometimes One of the Most Treasured

On Tuesday, December 18th and Wednesday, December 19th we have a wonderful opportunity to volunteer assistance at The Salvation Army Toy Shop. Join other Illinois Administrative Professional members as we assist with various tasks from restocking tables with toys, sorting toys in the receiving area, assisting recipients/clients as they pass through the Toy Shop, and restock & cleanup/prep for the next day. Our volunteer hours are from 1:00pm until 4:30pm (approx) on both Tues & Wed. Your assistance any portion of the afternoon or the entire afternoon is greatly appreciated. Please contact Jill Odom at or 333-8065 if you are interested or need additional information.

Another opportunity to volunteer is at the Angel Tree at Market Place Mall. The Angel Tree is in need of volunteers to work 1hr, 2hr, 4hr... any time slot beginning Friday, November 23rd through Saturday, December 15th. Volunteers will need to sign up in advance and commit to attending to the booth. Children are permitted to assist but an adult must be present the entire time period. Please contact Judy Norwood at 217-778-2947 if you are interested or need additional information for yourself or a particular group.

Thank You For Making Someone's Thanksgiving!

The Philanthropy Committee would like to thank all who donated funds or food items for the Thanksgiving baskets.  We were able to deliver SIX complete baskets (bags) to Stone Creek Church on Friday November 16. They were full of all the necessary Thanksgiving meal goodies along with a $25.00 gift card to Meijer.  The church had many applicants for these baskets with some families on a waiting list.  Our contribution was definitely appreciated.  Thank you for your generosity and best wishes for the upcoming Holiday Season.

Photos Taken From Last Month's Meeting
Selena Douglass