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The 2016 Spring Semester is in full swing and campus is once again filled with endless activity.  To say the least, there are a plethora of things going on around us. The Secretariat itself has many events planned for its members during the weeks and months ahead.  Committee members have been busy coordinating and scheduling many opportunities for members that will enhance their professional development, strengthen leadership skills, and even a few social activities that provide opportunities to expand those professional networks.  I encourage you to take advantage of a few of these events.  Do you have a couple of ideas or know of a professional development event in the area that you would like to share with us? Comments and suggestions for improving the opportunities through Secretariat are always welcome through our email address,

The Membership Committee recently announced the membership prices for the rest of the year have been reduced.  Is there anyone who know that is interested in joining Secretariat, but has not yet done so?  Share this newsletter with them and point out that membership fees for new members have been reduced to $7.50.  It may be the beginning of 2016, but our membership year is halfway over and this gives people the chance to join without having to wait until the beginning of the 2016-2017 year.  Share and encourage your colleagues to join us!

The month of February kicks off with an excellent way to gain more knowledge that can help you advance in your career.  The Career Connections Committee’s Brown Bag Luncheon will be on February 2 in the Lucy Ellis Lounge.  Elizabeth Chominski will share ideas on how to advance in your career from 12:05-12:55 p.m.  More details about this event and the Panel Discussion scheduled for March 1 are below in the Career Connections Committee’s section. 

The monthly luncheon in January featured the new Executive Director of Willard Airport, Gene Cossey as the speaker.  He gave attendees an informative overview on how airlines companies decide ticket prices, why Willard Airport is an economical way to travel and shared a few of his plans for future improvements to services offered at Willard Airport.  And since Mr. Cossey is new to the area, our members had the opportunity to warmly welcome him into the Illinois family. 

February’s luncheon will be just as informative and one of several ways in the near future to gain valuable knowledge about how to enhance your leadership skills.  Royal Mortensen, Director of the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), will be the featured speaker.  Mr. Mortensen is a retired Marine Colonel and has been the director at IFSI since 2012.  His career has specialized in helping others develop their leadership skills, decision-making and problem-solving abilities both in the Marines and in the Fire Service industry.  Registration and sandwich options for the February 17 luncheon are listed below in the Programs & Reservations section. 

The Legacy of Leadership has scheduled an informational meeting with Jeff Yacup, Assistant Director of the Leadership Center, for all interested in attending.  This opportunity to learn more about the services offered at the Leadership Center will be during the noon-hour on Monday, February 22.  Details on how to sign up are listed below in the Legacy of Leadership section.

With the elections for new officers coming up in a few months, the Nominations and Elections Committee is now soliciting nominations for these important roles.  These are not only important to the development of our organization, but also a great way to enhance your own professional portfolio.  Additional information, including a description of the Recording Secretary role, is listed in the Nominations & Elections section below or a nomination form can be found on the Secretariat’s website at the following page,

The search is also on for the next Kathryn G. Hansen scholarship recipient.  If you know of a high school senior preparing to enroll in college, be sure you share the information listed below in the Scholarship Committee’s section. 

Since the theme for this month’s events seems to be largely on professional-development and leadership, I found the following quote from John Quincy Adams to share:

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more
and become more, you are a leader.

As you can see, there is plenty of activities scheduled for this month.  I look forward to getting the chance to say hello to you at one or two of these worthwhile events! 

Andrea Fain 




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David (Gene) Cossey, Executive Director of Willard Airport at the January Luncheon



Future goals for Willard Airport. 




11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, February 17th 

114 Huff Hall

1206 South Fourth Street, Champaign, IL

Guest Speaker

Royal Mortensen, Director

Fire Service Institute

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Catered by Piato Cafe

Please select the box lunch of your choice

Roasted Turkey Breast: Turkey on sourdough bread with swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber

Hickory Smoked Ham: Ham on wheat with smoked gouda cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and homemade honey mustard

Ultimate Veggie Wrap: Mixed greens, carrots, cucumbers, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, caramelized onions and Kalamata olives with pesto mayo in a tortilla wrap.

Each box lunch includes fruit salad, chips, cookies and water.

Cost is $11.00

RSVP is required.


RESERVATIONS (Deadline:  5 p.m., Friday, February 12, 2016). Reservations will NOT be accepted past the deadline date of, February 12th, 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 Almost Spring! 

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, uilding 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

Panelists:   Debbie Kemphues, Assistant to the Provost;
Terri Palumbo, Assistant to Associate Provost Elyne Cole;
Debbie McCall, Executive Assistant Dean for Administration, College of Medicine.

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



Dues for the remainder of the year have been cut in HALF!!  If you have delayed renewing or becoming a new member, consider renewing today for just $7.50 through the end of the fiscal year.  We offer so many great opportunities including upcoming sessions designed to improve your leadership skills and advance your career (be sure to check out the C3 and monthly luncheon section of this newsletter) and look forward to connecting with new members every day!  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.

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

Michael Foellmer and Cindy Curtiss



The scholarship committee has e-mailed the Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship announcement to our Illinois High Schools.  The deadline for submission of the on-line application and requested materials is Monday March 7.  The Scholarship Committee looks forward to reviewing the submitted applications with a goal of choosing the winner of the 2016-17 scholarship.

Jane Baumgartner



Thank you for those contributing content ideas for The Secretariat's LinkedIn and Facebook pages!  Please continue to send content and ideas to the committee.  Encourage those you know in our organization who have not yet joined these groups to do so.

Respectfully submitted,

Lezli Cline



The Nomination/Elections Committee is formally requesting nominations through March 25th for leadership roles for The Secretariat.  Please put together a list of whom you would like to serve and consider nominating yourself as well! If a trusted Secretariat Member nominates you, consider it an honor and accept the nomination for an Officer’s position on the Secretariat Leadership Board! Last month I mentioned duties for the Treasury position, this month, I will note what is mentioned in the Bylaws for the RECORDING SECRETARY:

   Section 3.  The Recording Secretary – Will keep a correct recording of the proceeding of all    meetings of this Association and of the Executive Board.  Will also preserve in a permanent    file all records and letters (of value) to this Association and its officers.  At the end of the    elected term, this file including the minute’s book will be transferred to the successor and    prior year’s records will be turned over to the President to be archived.

We have election forms available upon request and electronically. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Nomination/Elections Committee members: Jane Baumgartner (, Lezli Cline, Jim McGraw, or any Secretariat Board Member for that matter.

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 link the nomination form here at 2015 Nomination Form  

Jim McGraw



The Legacy of Leadership Committee held a meeting on January 7 to discuss upcoming events and plans for the spring semester. I’m pleased to announce that our long-awaited visit to the Illinois Leadership Center (in 290 Illini Union) will take place on Wednesday, February 24, at 12:00 noon. This event will not be like a traditional noon-hour tour; instead, it will be more like an information session, led by Jeff Yacup, Assistant Director of the Leadership Center. He will be informing us about the Center’s programming and how Secretariat members can become involved in its ongoing mission. Please RSVP me at by Monday, February 22 at 12:00 non if you're planning to attend this very special event, which is open to all Secretariat members.

We also discussed the possibility of holding a special luncheon for current Executive Board members, past Presidents, and Legacy of Leadership Committee members to network and brainstorm about future leadership-related programming and other topics of current interest within the Secretariat. Ideally, this luncheon would be held in mid-late May, hopefully in the Federal Room of the Illini Union, where the Secretariat was born in September 1948. More information about this event will be shared as soon as it has become available.

Finally, I mentioned to the committee members that I am planning to retire as Co-Chair of the Legacy of Leadership Committee as of June 30, 2016. I’ll continue to be an active member of The Secretariat, but I’m reshuffling some of my commitments in light of some new projects that I’m undertaking, and I don’t want to short-change any of the organizations that I’m involved with by overcommitting myself. I’ve enjoyed my eight years of service on our committee and look forward to seeing what its next leaders will come up with in the coming years.

We’ll convene another committee meeting in mid-February to continue making plans for the spring and summer months. In the meantime, if you have any ideas for any of these activities, please feel free to email me anytime at Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome!

You may access the February Leadership Reflection at

Rob Chappell



Photos from past and present luncheons are now available for your viewing on The Secretariat Flicker album. 

Selena Douglass



Office Professional of the Year/Boss of the Year, Parliamentarian, Philanthropy.

Lori Stalter
Newsletter Chair


Please forward any pertinent newsletter information to Lori Stalter at