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"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant:  if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."   -Anne Bradstreet

April is considered by many to be the start of Illinois’ growing season and this year is no exception. The foliage is growing and campus is once again covered with beautiful blooms. A quick walk around the Main Quad during the lunch hour is a good way to enjoy all that beauty on the ground and in the trees at this time of year.  Just like what is going on outside, the activity in our offices begins to increase as we march toward the end of this semester and its final celebration – Commencement!

Last month, Secretariat members enjoyed lunch while guest speakers Bill Goodman and Nick Osborne explained the services being offered to veterans at the recently opened Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education. After the presentation, those interested had the opportunity to tour the facility and learn more about the accessibility features throughout the building.  A special thanks to Terri Daniels and Penny Nigh for coordinating this presentation and lunchtime tour for our members.

The Career Connections Committee’s Brown Bag Luncheon will be at 12:05-12:55 p.m. on April 5 in the Lucy Ellis Lounge.  Sue Stewart and Tiy Goddard from the Center for Training and Professional Development will explain the importance of an ‘Informational Interview.’  These interviews give the potential job seeker a chance to gain advice on their career, the industry, and the culture of a potential future workplace; while the employed professional gains information about the job seeker.  More information about Tuesday’s event is shown below in the Career Connections Committee’s section. 

April’s luncheon is shaping up to be a ‘cannot miss’ type of event, as well. The much anticipated Office Professional of the Year award will be presented to this year’s selected recipient.  The committee has received and reviewed all the submitted nominations. Each letter reflects how important and valued each person is to their supervisor and unit.  Additionally, Helen Coleman, Director of Capital Programs in Facilities and Services will be the guest speaker at the luncheon.  Details for the meal and registration instructions are below in the Programs and Reservations section.

This is also the month for the Spring Flower Sale! The Philanthropy Committee’s spring fundraiser features the beautifully grown flowers cultivated in the greenhouses at Danville Gardens.  Monies collected through this event are used to provide support to programs on campus and in the community.  A list of the programs supported during the past several months and instructions on how to order are below. These will arrive before Mother’s Day and make great gifts!

The Marketing and Branding Committee has created a short questionnaire for Secretariat members to complete. The purpose is to gather valuable feedback from newer and long-standing members of The Secretariat.  The responses received will be reviewed and used by next year’s Executive Board members to create goals and activities for the 2016-2017 membership year. The survey link and deadline to complete the survey are shown below. 

Have an idea 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,

I look forward to seeing you at this month’s luncheon when we celebrate and honor the Office Professional of the Year!

Andrea Fain 




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As a first step in the process to gather information, the Marketing Committee has developed a short survey to collect feedback from its current members. Information collected from this survey will be shared with the Board so it can focus on next year’s goals to move in a direction suited for all of Secretariat. We thank you in advance for completing the questionnaire before April 30th.



Dr. Bill Goodman, Associate Dean for Administration

Applied Health Science



Dr. Nicholas Osborne, Interim Director

Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education


Patty Starks, veteran and our tour guide for the March Luncheon.




11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, April 20th 

Office Professional of the Year Presentation

Illini Union, Room 314B

Guest Speaker

Helen Coleman, Director,

Facilities and Services Capital Programs


Catered by The Illini Union

Buffet menu to include:

Herb baked chicken

Roasted redskin potatoes

Whole green beans with roasted red peppers

Mixed green salad

Bread selections & beverage


Cost is $15.00

RSVP is required.


RESERVATIONS (Deadline:  5 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2016). Reservations will NOT be accepted past the deadline date of, April 13th, 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.





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

Where: Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building

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

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



Informational Interview for Career Growth

So, what is an "informational interview," and why does your career need it, anyway? An informational interview is a no-obligation information gathering conversation that can help you, the interviewer, gain knowledge about what's important in the field, function, and organization represented by someone whose career you admire--your interviewee!

This session will guide participants through a process for setting up, conducting, and following up on these essential career conversations.

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 reviewing the 12 complete applications received for the Kathryn G. Hansen scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The committee hopes to announce the winner at the April luncheon.

Committee members include, Peggy Buchner, Rob Chappell, Betsy Lancaster, Anne Price and Jane Baumgartner.

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 wants to thank all of our members for the good response in submitting quality nominations for Officers for The Secretariat election ballot. We appreciate all the nominees that took the time to consider running for a position and a big thanks to the nominated members that accepted the nominations. The dedication of the members has made this organization strong and well respected for 67 years on this campus. The email and paper nominations were closed as of March 25th at 5:00pm. The list of candidates will be announced at the April General Meeting/Luncheon. Nominations will be requested one more time from the floor at the April General Meeting, after which nominations will be closed and the nomination slate will be considered final. Elections take place during the May General Meeting/Luncheon. Voting is conducted by paper ballot if there is more than one candidate for an elected position.  Voting is conducted by voice vote when there is only one candidate per elected position.

Nomination/Election Committee members:  Jane Baumgartner and Lezli Cline. 

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 Secretariat Philanthropy Committee is pleased to announce our spring fund-raiser. Our flower sales are a huge success because of you! All proceeds will be used to help families in need and organizations in our area. In 2015 with your contributions we were able to donate to; the Heavenly Seven Project (providing school supplies), Journey Bags (special bags with items for a foster child), donations to the Danville Veterans Nursing Home, and adopt-a-campus family of five. Please note, this is the largest fundraiser of the year.

With the warmer weather, we are thinking flowers! You buy the plants you (or a loved one) enjoy and the proceeds from your purchase will help a family and organization in need this year. Plants are in 10” hanging baskets or stock pots. Our vendor again will be Danville Gardens. Flowers will arrive in time for Mother’s Day.

Flyer and order form - 2016 philanthropy-flowers.docx

Payment must be received by our office no later than Thursday, April 21, 2016 to be included in the order. Please email your order to then forward the original order form and check made out to The Secretariat Philanthropy Committee to:

The Secretariat Spring Sale
c/o Sonja Bean, 377 HAB, MC-348, 506 S. Wright Street, Urbana, IL  61801

Pickup will be Wednesday, April 27 from 4:00-5:30pm on the loading dock of the Medical Sciences Building located at 506 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana. The loading dock is in the rear of the building. Enter from Goodwin Avenue (across the street from Krannert).

If you have questions, please contact Sonja Bean at


Sonja Bean

"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."  - Author unknown



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

Selena Douglass



Boss of the Year, Parliamentarian, Legacy of Leadership.

Lori Stalter
Newsletter Chair


Please forward any pertinent newsletter information to Lori Stalter at