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Happy New Year!

I hope that you all had a great holiday season and spent some time relaxing during the winter break.

Our 2016 starts off BIG with an opportunity to learn about Willard Airport, one of the few airports in the country operated by a university.  Recently hired as the Executive Director of Willard Airport, Gene Cossey will give us an overview of the current services and his plans on how to keep improving Willard Airport during the luncheon on January 20.  Mr. Cossey is also new to the community and excited to meet members of the Secretariat.  See the Programs and Reservations section below to RSVP for this event. 

The Nominations Committee’s section below reminds us that our contributions make The Secretariat a strong organization.  If you are interested in an opportunity that can expand your skills and or are curious about the officer positions listed, contact Jim McGraw and the Nominations Committee to learn more. 

The Career Connections Committee’s Brown Bag Luncheon series will resume in February.  Be sure to mark February 2 on your calendar for the next Brown Bag featuring Elizabeth Chominski from the College of Business.  She will share information and useful tips on how to promote yourself in order to advance in your career.   This session will also be helpful for those who are changing their career goals.  Plan to bring your lunch to the Lucy Ellis Lounge on Tuesday, February 2 for this informative session. 

The Social Event Committee section below has information listed for a fun evening out later this month with your fellow Secretariat members.  Read below and sign up quick as seating is limited for the ‘Fun in the Sun’ painting night at the Art Party Studio! 

I encourage you to read through the Philanthropy Committee’s report.  The donations collected for the veterans and the gifts presented to our Christmas family were very appreciated by the two groups.  It is wonderful to see and hear how much positive impact our members can have in the lives of others through the events coordinated by the Philanthropy Committee.

As always, if you have questions or feedback, you can send them to The Secretariat's email address:

Or email me directly at    


Facebook page:


Andrea Fain





11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, January 20th 

114 Huff Hall

1206 South Fourth Street, Champaign, IL

Guest Speaker

David E. (Gene) Cossey

Executive Director, Willard Airport


Catered by Classic Events

Please select the box lunch of your choice

Ham and Swiss Croissant/Box Lunch: honey ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce tomato

Turkey and Swiss Croissant/Box Lunch: smoked turkey, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato

Sesame Chicken Pita Wrap/Box Lunch: pita pocket, sesame-roasted chicken breast, lettuce, tomato

Veggie Croissant/Box LunchSundried tomato cream cheese, grilled and roasted veggies, tomato, cucumber and red onion

All box lunches served with side salad, cookies and water.

Cost is $12.00

RSVP is required.


RESERVATIONS (Deadline:  5 p.m., Friday, January 15, 2016). Reservations will NOT be accepted past the deadline date of, January 15th, so please RSVP today!

Please RSVP for you and your guest by clicking the following link:  
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Deb Flessner,, or Anne Price,  

Please remember that reservations and cancellations must be received 48 hours before the above date and payment must be made if the cancellation is not made by the reservation deadline.


PLEASE NOTEIf you plan to attend ONLY to hear the speaker’s presentation and you prefer other lunch options, (ex., bring your own lunch, not eating, etc.), please indicate this information on the registration form.  If not indicated, a lunch will be ordered for you.



Happy New Year! 

The Career Connections Committee has been hard at work preparing sessions that add value for our membership and the campus community at large.  We are very excited to offer the following opportunities and hope you will take advantage of them. 


Career Coaching 

Wondering how to plan your career?  Take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about strategies for advancing within your unit or the University.  Among the topics will be 

  • Developing career goals
  • Networking/LinkedIn®
  • Building your resume and cover letter
  • SMART goal setting

When: Tuesday, February 2 | 12:05 – 12:55 p.m.

Where: Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building

Presenter: Elizabeth Chominski, Assoicate Director MBA Advising, MBA Career Services



Successful Career Path Panel Discussion 

As a follow up to the February session, we have invited Secretariat Members to share their career path and also to provide practical insights on utilizing the ideas and skills presented by Elizabeth Chominski. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

When: Tuesday, March 1, 12:05 – 12:55 p.m.

Where: Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building

Presenters: Debbie Kemphues, Assistant to the Provost; Terri Palumbo, Assistant to Associate Provost Elyne Cole; and one more to be named later

Brown Bag Sessions are open to the campus community, so please be sure to share information with your colleagues!

Rebecca Nash         Karen Myers            Angie Wisehart

Interim Chair            Committee Member     Committee Member



If you know ANYONE who has not yet renewed their membership for this year, please remind them that the process is painless, but the rewards are many. Remember to encourage your guests of past luncheons to become full members so they can keep coming! Also, 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.

Check out the membership page of our website for more information on joining!

Michael Foellmer and Cindy Curtiss




Welcome back to campus for 2016! Please share relevant items of interest, happenings in your unit, or photos of on-or-off campus events which might interest or benefit Secretariat members. The Social Media Committee thanks you for your continued interest and participation in our various platforms.

Respectfully submitted,

Lezli Cline




The Secretariat has 151 total members with 103 members who are eligible to serve in an Officer role. Many of you have taken the time to forge this great organization in its current direction. Each member has a quality that could help make it even stronger.  Perhaps this is why you joined “The Secretariat”.

The Nomination/Elections Committee is announcing a formal request for nominations beginning now (January) and running through April, so please put together a list of whom you would like to serve in leadership roles for The Secretariat. Please consider nominating yourself as well! Over the next couple of months, I will introduce a position for which you could nominate YOURSELF or another person of trust. I will start with The Treasurer:

The Treasurer

  • Will assure sound financial management and accountability of resources.
  • Will project an annual budget for approval at the July Executive Board Meeting.
  • Will deposit all receipts of this Association, and will make disbursements by University voucher. Expenditures not included in the annual budget approved each July will require presentation to and approval by the Executive Board prior to commitment.
  • Will keep an account of all receipts and disbursements, making monthly reports to the Executive Board and an annual written report by June 30 of the current term.
  • Will deposit the funds of this Association in accordance with Guidelines issued by University of Illinois Registered Organization Office.
  • At the end of the elected term, will transfer the current records to the successor and will forward prior year's records to President to be archived.

Please remember you are not alone when taking on your role as an officer. The Secretariat has a strong member base and you will be, at most, an email away from help with any challenges that arise.

You can reach me at 217-244-0822 or and please print off the 2016 nomination form here - 2016 Nomination Form

Jim McGraw




THANK YOU to all that contributed to the Adopt-a-family through the plant sale and donations. WE were able to give our family a wonderful Christmas.  I have to admit that I was humbled when I took the presents to the family.  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I dropped off the presents.  The grandmother was just starting to get around from her knee surgery, but was happy to meet me. I took time to show the grandmother what we purchased for each child and I let her know we spent almost $200 on each child. She was speechless at first, then came the tears, and of course the hugs. WE provided a sparkle for their small tree. WE provided a smile on the grandmother’s face and some reassurance that her grandchildren would have Christmas this year. So, a special THANK YOU from the grandmother and THANK YOU from me for all that you do throughout the year to make our community a little brighter!

Christmas for the family:

Comet 14 year old:

Dick’s Sporting Good’s gift card $50
Visa gift card for Footlocker $50
Kohl’s gift card for boots $50
Illinois  hoodie
Gloves – 2 pairs

Dasher 10 year old:

Kohl’s gift card for boots $50
Walmart gift card for $25
Illinois hoodie
Cotton candy maker
Ball set

Rudolph 5 year old:

Kohl’s gift card for boots $50
Gloves – 2 pairs
Lego set – 2 big sets
Matchbox car set
Matchbox race car track

Grandmother and friend:

Soft blankets
12 piece cookware set – really good set

Family gifts:

Taboo game
Monopoly game
NBA  2K16 game

Also, please note, I finally made it over to the Danville Veterans Center during winter break. Yes, a little late, but . . . just at the right time. It was a quiet day at the compound and when I called the drop-off location, they were closed. My husband (retired Army of 20 years) and I decided to randomly stop at one of the Veteran homes on the compound and the day manager was happy to see us. She said the donations came at a perfect time for the Veterans in the house. It was a day of mourning as they lost a Veteran 101 years young and they were celebrating his life. We were able to meet his family and some of the other Veterans in the home. We received a personal tour of the beautiful home. The manager noted that we are most welcome any time and they appreciate the donations coming directly to the house.  THANK YOU for your contributions!  We had two boxes stuffed full of hygiene products, coffee, word search books, coloring books, crayons.  Also, bags of hats, scarves, underwear, socks, and shirts.  I purchased additional sweatshirts, underwear, and socks from the $50 cash donation and extra money from the Philanthropy account. A donation was also made to their fund account.

Again, WE make a difference….THANK YOU and Happy New Year!

We make a LIVING by what we get…but we make a LIFE by what we give ~Winston Churchill

Sonja Bean




Half art lesson, half party, 100% fun!

Looking for something to do on a cold winter evening?  The Social Events Committee invites you to sign up for a fun and creative evening on Thursday, January 21 at the Art Party Studio in Urbana’s Lincoln Square Mall.  If you have not yet been to the Art Party Studio (, you are in for a treat!  The teacher will provide easy instruction on how to create the beach umbrella scene and the studio encourages attendees to bring their own snacks and beverages to the 2-hour class. 

To view and register for the painting class at 7:00 p.m. on January 21, visit the Class Calendar,, and scroll down to the ‘Fun in the Sun’ beach scene shown for January 21.  Helpful registration information is listed at the top of the calendar page and on the registration page after you click on the link shown next to the ‘Fun in the Sun’ painting. To sit next to other Secretariat members, enter ‘Secretariat’ in the comments section on the registration page. 

Questions?  Send them to Andréa Fain at  

Chair, TBA



As a follow-up to the panel discussion on leadership that we cosponsored with the Career Connections Committee in October, our committee will be sponsoring a noon-hour tour of the Illinois Leadership Center during the month of February. Please watch for an official announcement in the near future about when this event will take place.

The Legacy of Leadership Committee was very active this past fall, and we will soon be meeting again to make plans for the spring semester and the summer session. Please email any suggestions for future programming to me at We look forward to seeing you at upcoming Secretariat events!

You may access the January Leadership Reflection at

Rob Chappell




Historian, Office Professional of the Year/Boss of the Year, Parliamentarian, Scholarship.

Lori Stalter

Newsletter Chair


Please forward any pertinent newsletter information to Lori Stalter at