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During what are usually the coldest weeks of winter, a time when snow is covering dirt that has been frozen for weeks, one tiny flower shoots through the ground to bring signs that Spring is on the way. Commonly known as Snowdrops, these little jewels appear as optimistic signs that the harsh winter weather is coming to an end. They are a wonderful sight and foster hope as they are reminders that each cycle has a beginning and an ending. Let’s enjoy the final days of winter knowing that the beginning of Spring is on its way!

Attendees at February’s luncheon learned more about each other during a ‘get-to-know-you’ activity. Secretariat members learned little known facts about each other as they shared useful tidbits about their family life, specific hobbies, and past and future travel destinations. 

The March luncheon will be held at the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education.  Our speaker will be Interim Director Nick Osborne. He will tell us about the Center and luncheon attendees will also have the opportunity to take a brief tour of this beautiful state-of-the-art facility. Be sure to RSVP today for the luncheon. Registration details are below in the Programs and Reservations section.

The application period for the Kathryn G. Hansen scholarship is coming to a close.  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.  But do it quick – applications are due by March 7.

The Nominations and Elections Committee is accepting nominations for next year’s President Elect, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer positions.  These are not only important roles in Secretariat, but a great way to enhance someone’s professional portfolio.  I have personally enjoyed my time on the Secretariat Board and feel it has been very rewarding. It is an experience that has enhanced my personal communication skills and professional development while giving me the opportunity to collaborate with a dynamic group of individuals.  Further information and details about the nominating process are listed below in the Nominations and Elections Committee section.

Career Connections Committee’s next Brown Bag Luncheon will be at 12:05-12:55 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 in the Lucy Ellis Lounge.  Sue Stewart and Tiy Goddard from the Center for Training and Professional Development will be the speakers.  More details about this event are below in the Career Connections Committee’s section. 

Looking ahead, the April luncheon will feature the naming of this year’s Office Professional of the Year and the guest speaker will be Helen Coleman, Director of Capital Programs in Facilities and Services.   

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, 

Enjoy these final days of winter and I look forward to seeing you at this month’s luncheon!

Andrea Fain 




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Choosing pennies for the "Take What You Need" game at the February Luncheon



Tanya Jackson shared some fun facts about herself during the "Take What You Need" game.




11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, March 16th 

Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans

in Higher Education

901 West Nevada Street, Urbana, IL

(Between the School of Social Work & the Family Resiliency Center)

Metered parking available along Nevada Street

Guest Speaker

Bill Goodman, Assistant Dean for Administration &

Dr. Nicholas Osborne, Interim Director of the Center

Applied Health Sciences

Small presentation and tour of the facility


Catered by Michael's Catering

Please select the box lunch of your choice

Turkey Sandwich / Ham Sandwich / Hummus & Roasted Vegetable Sandwich / Vegetables over pasta salad


Each box lunch includes:  a gourmet cookie, homemade salad of the day, crispy breadsticks, spread of the day, fresh fruit, mini candy bar and Michaels’ mint

Cost is $10.00

RSVP is required.


RESERVATIONS (Deadline:  5 p.m., Friday, March 11, 2016). Reservations will NOT be accepted past the deadline date of, March 11th, 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.




Successful Career Path Panel Discussion

Thank you very much to Debbie Kemphues, Assistant to Interim Provost Ed Feser; Terri Palumbo, Assistant to Associate Provost Elyne Cole.  And Debbie McCall, Executive Assistant Dean for Administration, College of Medicine for their generosity of time and for sharing tips and personal experiences in advancing their careers.  It was a great discussion!


Opportunities for Training and Professional Development

When: Tuesday, April 5 | 12:05 – 12:55 p.m.

Where: Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building

Presenter: Sue Stewart, Director - Center for Training and Professional Development

Tiy Goddard, Manager, Professional Development - Center for Training and Professional Development  

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 is anxiously awaiting applications for the Kathryn G. Hansen scholarship.  As of Feb. 26, six complete applications have been received. The deadline for submission of the on-line application and requested materials is Monday March 7.

Jane Baumgartner



Thanks to those who are regularly checking our Facebook page for updates on organizational, campus, and community events, Tuesday Trivia and Throwback Thursday postings. Share your items and photos on our page!

Let’s get our LinkedIn group going and growing. Log in or sign up!

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 two months I mentioned duties for the Recording Secretary and Treasurer position, this month, I will note what is mentioned in the Bylaws for the PRESIDENT-ELECT:

   Section 2.  The President Elect – Will assume office of the President following term as President Elect.  Will preside in the absence of the President and will perform other duties as ordinarily pertain to this office.  Will assist the President in preparing Executive Board agendas and follow up on items raised at board and general membership meetings.  If possible, will be liaison to Staff Advisory Council representing The Secretariat.

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 2016 Office Professional of the Year Award will be presented at the April luncheon at the Illini Union.  Our guest speaker will be Helen Coleman, Director of Planning with Facilities and Services.  We hope everyone will be able to attend!

Leta Summers



The Legacy of Leadership Committee will be meeting again in the near future to finalize plans for the remainder of the spring semester.

The scheduled visit to the Illinois Leadership Center on February 24th will be rescheduled for a later date.  Due to the snowstorm, no one was able to attend.

Ideas and suggestions for future programming may be sent to me at

Rob Chappell



"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle.  Happiness never decreases by being shared."  - Buddha

Sonja Bean



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

Selena Douglass



Boss of the Year, Parliamentarian.

Lori Stalter
Newsletter Chair


Please forward any pertinent newsletter information to Lori Stalter at