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February 2019 Newsletter Issue-Happy Ground Hog's Day--6 Weeks til Spring!
Message from the President
Michael Foellmer

Brrrr! I can't believe how cold it's been! I just want to curl up with a book and some hot chocolate by a fireplace on days like these! On a positive note, we'll experience a 60 degree swing from today to Sunday so we'll get some much needed relief soon, thank goodness!

I hope you enjoyed and learned as much as I did at the SURS Career Connections lunch last month. If you missed any information or were unable to join us, let us know and we'll be sure to get you a copy of the information that was shared.

This month's Career Connections will be a very special and unique opportunity to engage with one another on a topic that is very important to Illinois Administrative Professionals and the campus community at large: Diversity in the Workplace. Dr. Stephanie Fortado will join us for an interactive and informative approach for working with and promoting diversity within our units. Please join me for this very exciting opportunity!

I look forward to seeing you all very soon, stay warm!



Career Connections Calendar
Kristi Webster and David Perryn, Co-Chairs
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Topic:                     Diversity in the Workplace
                               Dr. Stephanie Fortado, Labor Education Program

Location:                Room 2009, Student Dining and Residential Programs Building, 301 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign

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:        University Catering, Cost is $12.00                       

RSVP is required.  RESERVATIONS (Deadline: 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 13th). 

Menu Items offered:

  • Classic Box Lunch-Roast Beef Sandwich with White Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato on a Wheat Roll, served with Potato Chips, a Brownie and a Bottle of Water
  • Classic Box Lunch-Smoked Turkey Sandwich with Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato on a Wheat Roll, served with Potato Chips, a Brownie and a Bottle of Water
  • Classic Box Lunch-Vegan Wrap with Seasonal Whole Fresh Fruit, Vegan Dessert and a Bottle of Water
  • Classic Box Lunch-Entrée Chicken Caesar Salad with Seasonal Whole Fresh Fruit, a Brownie and a Bottle of Water

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:  

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

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

Did you know that January was National Mentoring Month? Even if you are not participating in IAP’s Mentoring Program you could still become a mentor or mentee in the workplace. Here’s a very brief article that describes the benefits of becoming a mentor and/or mentee: If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee and don’t know how to get started, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll help you.

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

January Birthdays

11-Rebecca Nash; 14-Karen Myers; 15-Hannah Wirth; 16-Jodi Ferris; 20-Frances Miller & Penny Nigh; 23-Barb Haegele; 29-Laura Ketchum

January Anniversaries

Yoland Thomas-1 year; Kelly McKinney-1 year; Erin Farrar-2 years; Lisa Yanello-2 years; Jodi Ferris-10 years; Hannah Wirth-10 years; Darlene Dallas-11 years; Penny Nigh-13 years

February Birthdays

4-Deb Kincaid; 5-Colleen Hammel; 7-Lezli Cline; 9-Jane Baumgartner; 10-Deb Flessner; 18-Sue Berndt; 20-Jim McGraw & Kelly McKinney; 22-Diane Tellschow; 24-Andrea Stark; 28-Jill Sanders 

February Anniversaries

Michael Foellmer-5 years; Rachael Park-5 years; Amanda Foley-7 years; Laura Owen-8 years; Andrea Fain-11 years; Sharetta Hall-11 years; Erica Hanson-17 years; Elizabeth Cromwell-20 years; Angie Wisehart-20 years; Colleen Hammel-21 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.

Scholarship Committee
Amy Cain & Jen Sans, Co-Chair

Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship 2018-2019 Application Instructions

One $500 scholarship is being awarded by The Secretariat in honor of Kathryn G. Hansen. Ms. Hansen was one of the founding members of the State Universities Civil Service System, and The Secretariat, an organization composed of employees in civil service classifications with qualifications that meet or exceed those of Office Support Associate. The scholarship is to be used for tuition, books, or other related educational expenses at any university within the State of Illinois.


  • be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the 2018-2019 academic year in Illinois, progressing normally toward graduation, and planning to enter college no later than the fall following graduation;
  • have a strong commitment to pursue a higher education in an office professional, secretarial, or business-related field within the State of Illinois with preference given to attendance at the University of Illinois;
  • involvement in co-curricular and community activities;
  • demonstrate academic achievement;
  • be a resident of Illinois;
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

The recipient will be asked to attend a presentation at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus to receive a certificate. A recipient unable to attend the presentation must contact the committee. If a recipient makes no direct contact with the committee once they have been notified the scholarship is forfeited.

Deadline for postmark or email receipt of application and all materials is

 Monday, March 4, 2019

The application packet must include: 

Application form and brief (approximately 500 words) essay explaining your future educational and career plans. The online application form is available at:  Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship

  1. Two letters of recommendation from non-relatives, (can be submitted via US Mail or e-mail)
  2. High school transcript to include grade-point scale, average, ACT score and class rank. Note: an unofficial transcript will suffice. (can be submitted via US Mail or e-mail)

Falsification of information will result in disqualification from the scholarship competition.

Mailing address for application materials:

Email (preferred method):


U.S. Mail:   Amy Cain
                 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
                 801 N. Country Fair Dr., Suite D  
                 Champaign, IL  61821                                                        

Photos Taken From Last Month's Meeting
Selena Douglass