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July 2020 Illinois Administrative Professional Newsletter
President's Message

Greetings IAP Members!

I have been reading about a black bear who came down from Wisconsin and wandering in Western Illinois.  I read last night Bruno the bear was sedated and moved to a more safer area.  He was last seen in a suburb of St. Louis near St. Charles.  What I have noticed when observing wildlife, there are lot of ground squirrels.  I have one who likes to visit my garage when the door is open.

Good News! We have entered Phase 4 in the reopening Illinois!  As the campus is slowly reopening, I am reminded that we all need to be patient and abide by the campus policies.  What does it mean for IAP? We will continue to have Zoom lunch meetings on the third Wednesday of the month until it is safe to meet in person. 

Reminder: It is time to renew your IAP membership for the 2020-21 academic year, the Membership and Mentor committee has the information below on renewing your membership.  Our Programs and Events committee has been working hard to make each month informative as well as part of professional development. 

Please mark your calendars for upcoming lunch meetings via Zoom:

Wednesday, July 15:  Social Justice  
Wednesday, August 19: Guest speaker, Morris Moseley
Wednesday, September 16: Guest speaker, Michael Foellmer will present writing cover letters and resumes

Please contact me if you have questions at dkmllr@illinois.edu.   

Donna Miller
IAP President

Career Connections Calendar
Programs and Events Committee
July Luncheon

IAP Programs & Events Committee (David Perryn, Tenea Harris, Suzi Stadel, Marie Tan)

IAP Programs & Events Committee obtained feedback through an interest survey and learned that 75% of respondents asked for a Social Justice Discussion by the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR).  As Illinois Professionals, you may be asking some questions about Social Justice and want to expand your knowledge to better support students and colleagues.  IAP Programs & Events will host Dr. Joe Minarik on July 15th via Zoom.  We hope you can join us at 12:00pm for this topic.  We will utilize breakout rooms for this event, so registration will close on Sunday, July 12th.

In order to attain the most of the experience, please watch the following video a few days prior to the event: “The danger of a single story” which features a TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg

To obtain the link for this Zoom meeting, please register:  https://go.illinois.edu/IAPSocialJustice

Andrea Fain
Andrea Fain

Twenty-Eighth Annual Office Professional of the Year Award

CONGRATULATIONS TO Andréa Fain for receiving the 2020 Office Professional of the Year Award from the Illinois Administrative Professional (formally The Secretariat) at the University of Illinois. Andréa is the Assistant to Dr. Rohit Bhargava, Director at the Cancer Center at Illinois.  Dr. Bhargava provided a exceptional nomination of Andréa’s skills and professionalism.

Also nominated were: Sarah Adams from Carle Illinois College of Medicine, nominated by Tary Finefield and Dr. Judith Rowen; Barbara Russell from Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, nominated by Rizwan Uddin; Kathryn Walker from Spanish and Portuguese, nominated by Mariselle Meléndez; Megan Weeks from Prairie Research Institute, OVCRI, nominated by Amy Dillman; and David Perryn from Grainger Engineering Administration, nominated by Jennifer Sans.

A formal OPTY celebration will be held in the fall when, hopefully, we can all be together again!

This year’s committee, consisting of Beth Lewis, Lisa Yanello and Penny Nigh, had the daunting task of selecting the twenty-eighth recipient of this prestigious award from the seven very strong nominations submitted that included two for the same person. 

Membership: Information, Connections and Celebrations
Dimitria Johnson, Hannah Stites & Beth Lewis


IT’S TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP DUES!  Current memberships end June 30! If you are a current member please remember to renew your membership for July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. 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! Note, the link to renew will be unavailable until July 13th, but paper forms will still be accepted.

Don’t forget that one way to entice a colleague to become a member is to invite them to attend a Career Connections event as your guest. This is a great way to see firsthand what we’re all about.

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 Hannah Stites 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 IAP retiree member! We will miss you very much, but we hope that you’ll come back for a visit!

The Membership and Mentoring Committee

Dimitria Johnson, Co-Chair dimij@illinois.edu or 333-4634
Hannah Stites, Co-Chair hstites2@illinois.edu or 300-4072
Beth Lewis, ealewis@illinois.edu or 300-7227

For general inquiries email: IAP@illinois.edu

July Celebrations

July Birthdays
Brenda Deaville July 1
Suzi Stadel          July 10
Katie Walker      July 22
Patti Grove        July 29
April Wellman   July 31

July Anniversaries
David Perryn      2 Years
Jessica Dalhaus 8 Years
Regina Duncan  14 Years
Sarah Adams      19 Years
Emily Brown      33 Years

 Cooler and Backpack
IAP Branded Lunch Bags and 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).