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May 2019 Newsletter Issue
Message from the President
Michael Foellmer

Happy May! What a celebration we had last month as we honored and recognized our Office Professional of the Year, Penny Nigh, along with all of our wonderful nominees. I am very proud to be part of a group with such successful and hardworking people! Thanks especially to the OPTY planning committee and evaluators, it was so nice to have a great celebration of the work of our members. Speaking of congratulations, I hope our Illinois Marathon participants are recovered, and felt the love from the community and volunteers. You all are very inspiring! Lastly, congratulations to anyone graduating or with family members graduating--you did it! And for the rest of us, we’ve almost made it to summer! Don’t forget to pick up your flowers from our Philanthropy committee to celebrate!

With the upcoming reprieve of excitement and hustle and bustle, I hope you will join us for our May business meeting. Because we won’t have a large agenda, I will be hosting a speed networking event. This will be an opportunity, like speed dating, to sit with a fellow member and get to know them a bit better before moving on and meeting someone else. I’m looking forward to seeing you and hope you enjoy graduation weekend!



Career Connections Calendar
Kristi Webster and David Perryn, Co-Chairs
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Topic: Speed Networking

Location: 134 A Clark Residence Hall; 1204 South Fourth Street (across the street from Huff Hall)

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:  Einstein's Brothers

RESERVATIONS (Deadline: 12:00 p.m., Friday, May 10th). Registration link for the May Luncheon: http://go.illinois.edu/IAPSpeedNetworking  

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.  

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 kwebster@uillinois.edu or David Perryn dperryn@illinois.edu


Twenty-Seventh Annual Office Professional of the Year Award

CONGRATULATIONS TO Penny Nigh for receiving the 2019 Office Professional of the Year Award from the Illinois Administrative Professional (formally The Secretariat) at the University of Illinois. Penny is an Administrative Aide and Assistant to Executive Associate Chancellor for Administration and University Relations Wanda E. Ward.  Dr. Ward provided a stellar nomination of Penny’s skills and professionalism.

Also nominated were: Cathy Bialeschki, Illinois Natural History Survey nominated by Eric Schauber; Laura Ketchum, College of Education nominated by Yoon Pak; Elizabeth Lewis, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research nominated by Juan Chambers represented by Sharee Robinson; Jill Odom, Office of the Vice President and CFO nominated by Karen Greenwalt and Marie Tan; David Perryn University Housing, nominated by Kimberly Otchere; Kate Wax, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement nominated by Susan Lee; and Angie Wisehart, Prairie Research Institute nominated by Mark Ryan.

This event was held at Beckman Institute on Wednesday April 17th 2019 that included Keynote speaker Dr. Rohit Bhargava Director, Cancer Center at Illinois and Founder Professor of Bioengineering.

This year’s committee, consisting of Erica Hanson, Kate Day, and nomination voting help from Rebecca Nash and Jane Baumgartner chaired by James McGraw, had the daunting task of selecting the twenty-seventh recipient of this prestigious award from the nine very strong nominations submitted that included two for the same person. 

The committee thanks everyone who made this a special event!

Respectfully submitted by James McGraw on behalf of Erica Hanson, and Kate Day.

Photos Taken From Last Month's Meeting
Selena Douglass
Nominations & Elections Committee
Stacy Walker, Laura Owen, and Lisa Yanello

The Nominations and Elections Committee is excited to present three terrific candidates at the May 2019 annual meeting.  The voting will be conducted by voice.  Candidates for Officers of the Illinois Administrative Professionals for 2020-2021 are: 

From the Desk of the Communications Committee

Urbana-Champaign is recovering from a fantastic weekend of racing.  I asked for your story about the race weekend.  Laura Ketchum had this to say about her experience.

I will be running/walking the 5K on Friday, April 26th.     The 5K has become a mother/son tradition for me and my youngest son (8 years old).   Because he is so much faster than I am, he darts along the course in half mile intervals and cheers on the other participants as he waits for me to catch up!

Our favorite part is always watching for our family along the route with their crazy posters.   “Ketchum- if you can!”   “Run like your brother is chasing you!”  “Fun faster, we want to go eat dinner!”

Thanks Laura for sharing!  Next question for the month...

What are you listening to in your workspace or are you able to listen to anything? I am usually listening to either a history podcast or Pandora music (Celtic music or Pop Fitness Radio).  It all depends on what type of work I am doing and everything is on low so no one has to hear.  It is your turn to share, please email me at dkmllr@illinois.edu.  

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


For just $7.50, you can join or renew your membership through the end of the fiscal year. We offer so many great opportunities to improve your leadership skills, advance your career, and connect with other office professionals across campus. Remind your friends and colleagues to join and please invite any NEW STAFF in your office to be a guest at an upcoming luncheon so they can see for themselves what we have to offer.

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: thesecretariat@illinois.edu

The Membership and Mentoring Committee
Jill Ouellette, Co-Chair ouellett@illinois.edu or 333-6104
Angie Wisehart, Co-Chair wisehart@illinois.edu or 264-4677
Jill Odom, Jillodom@uillinois.edu or 333-1560

Birthdays, Anniversaries and Celebrations

April Birthdays

3--Regina Duncan; 8--Elizabeth Cromwell; 19--Becky Burklund; 20--Laura Lang; 25--Kelly McKinley; 28--Jamie Landuyt; 29--Heather Schulze

April Anniversaries

Cathy Keltz--6 years; Aleta Lynch--13 years; Jane Baumgartner--21 years; Frances Miller-- 24 years

May Birthdays

6--Kristin Sexton; 11--Erica Hanson; 21--Penny Ames; 22--Stacy Walker; 23--Dana Garard; 24--Laura Owen; 26--Tami Fazio; 29--Michael Foellmer; 31--Cynthia Smith & Rita Conerly

May Anniversaries

Jennifer Dixson--1 year; Cynthia Smith--2 years; Jill Ouellette--5 years; Jim McGraw--6 years; Helen Agans--8 years; Laura Lotzgesell--11 years; Lauri Quick--12 years; Rob Chappell--21 years

Although your current membership does not end until June 30, it’s not too early to renew! Remind your friends and colleagues to join and please invite any new staff in your office to be a guest at an upcoming luncheon.

Marketing and Branding
Andréa Fain & Leta Summers, Co-Chairs

IAP Branded Lunch Bags and Clear Backpacks

The IAP branded lunch bags and clear backpacks are excellent gift ideas for Administrative Professionals Day. Not only do they promote a long-standing organization for administrative professionals, but they are also highly functional. The clear backpacks meet the new security requirements at State Farm Center, Memorial Stadium and other large venues while the lunch bags can hold a variety of items in its zippered pouch. Each are available for $10.00 each by contacting Andréa Fain (amfain@illinois.edu) or another IAP Board member.

Testimonials from others purchasing the bags:

‘I purchased both the clear bag and the lunch bag for the 70th anniversary fundraiser. The clear bag was a gift for a friend, but I kept the lunch bag and I love using it. I bring it to work almost every day. It is just the right size for the tall thermos that I like to travel with and has a pocket on the front for notes. I would recommend as a great lunch carrier.’  - James McGraw, Administrative Aide, Beckman Institute

‘My new clear bag was perfect for the recent Jeff Dunham show. I made it right through the door and they didn’t even stop me to look in it.’ - Stacy Walker, Administrative Assistant, NCSA