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"We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, therefore is not an act, but is a habit."  -Aristotle



Welcome to summer!

Finals are over, Commencement ceremonies have been completed and the summer term has begun.  Most students have returned home giving us the chance to slow down, catch our breath and prepare for the beginning of the next academic year when the cycle will begin again.

June is also the last month of The Secretariat’s 2015-2016 year and my term as President will soon end.  It has been a complete honor to have been chosen for this leadership role in such a highly respected and well-known organization. The main goals of The Secretariat are to provide opportunities that contribute to the membership’s professional development and to provide ways to build working relationships across campus through events such as the monthly luncheon.  The officer roles and committee chair positions for The Secretariat give our members another way to develop their leadership skills and expand their knowledge of how an organization functions. I am grateful to have been given the chance to expand my own skills in the role of President and previously as the Recording Secretary and President Elect.  I have developed new skills and established many new working relationships through my various roles on the Executive Board.  And it is because of my own experiences that I encourage you to consider joining a committee in the upcoming year. Being part of a committee - a team working towards a similar goal - is a great way to learn and to establish relationships across the campus. The time commitments for committees is minimal, but the rewards you will receive are great!

Congratulations to our newly elected officers – Angie Wisehart (President Elect), Terri Daniels (Recording Secretary), Jill Odom (Treasurer).  They join Penny Nigh, President, as members of the 2016-2017 Secretariat Executive Board and officially begin their duties on July 1. I look forward to the next twelve months with each of them on the Executive Board. 

June’s luncheon is when we recognize past President’s, outgoing Officers, the current Committee Chairs and new or soon-to-be retirees.  It is also when the 2016 Secretariat Member of the Year is announced.  Registration information for the Wednesday, June 15 luncheon is below in the Programs and Reservation section.

I hope that you have enjoyed your Secretariat membership this year! The Secretariat Board is always looking ahead and working to enhance what is presented to the membership.  Please continue to send your feedback and share ideas.  Feedback from members is part of what helps makes The Secretariat such a great organization!

Once again, thank you for helping make this a great year for Secretariat!

Andrea Fain 




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Secretariat President, Andrea Fain


Nominations and Elections Chairman, James McGraw


Timothy Parrish, Office of Business and Financial Services




11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, June 15th 

114 Huff Hall

1206 South Fourth Street, Champaign, IL

2016 Secretariat Member of the Year

And recognition of Secretariat Officers, Committee Chairs, & Retirees


Catered by Caribbean Grill Signature Events

Please select the box lunch of your choice.

Smoked turkey and cheddar

Honey ham and Swiss

Veggie delight wrap

Summer medley salad

Each box lunch includes:

house seasoned crunchy kettle chips, signature savory pasta salad, hand-cut seasonal fresh fruit salad and signature salted caramel chocolate chip cookie.

The Summer Medley Salad includes fresh baked French roll and signature gourmet cookie.

All lunches include water.

Cost is $12.00

RSVP is required.


RESERVATIONS (Deadline:  5 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016). Reservations will NOT be accepted past the deadline date of, June 10th, 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.



Update your membership or join Secretariat today for fiscal year 2016-2017.  We offer so many great opportunities to improve your leadership skills, advance your career, and connect with other office professionals across campus.  

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 winner of the 2016-2017 Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship is Alexander Martin.  Alexander is from Bethany, Illinois and is a senior at Okaw Valley High School.  Alexander will be attending the University of Illinois and pursuing a major in actuarial science in the College of LAS.  Alexander wants his education at the University of Illinois to provide him versatility in this modern world of business and will also be exploring majors in accountancy and finance as well. We will invite Alexander to a Secretariat luncheon this Fall and look forward to hearing more from him.

I want to thank my committee for their time and commitment to this very important endeavor. 

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

Jane Baumgartner



Another successful Secretariat year has drawn to a close, and we look forward to the year ahead. Thank you for contributing ideas and content to our Facebook and LinkedIn presences. Please encourage your colleagues in our organization to become active on these platforms, to enhance networking and sharing of information that will help move us all forward.

Respectfully submitted,

Lezli Cline, Chair
Marie Kreoger, Member
Laura S. Owen, Member

President-Elect: Angie Wisehart, Business/Administrative Associate with Prairie Research institute. 


After an exciting day of voting at the May General Meeting Luncheon, we have The Secretariat Officers for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

A big thank you goes out to our other nominees for Recroding Secretary:  Donna Miller and Debbie Schoonover.  It was a virtual tie after the first vote.  A second vote was needed to narrow the field down to two nominees, with a third vote deciding a winner.  How exciting!


Recording Secretary, Terri Daniels, Business/Administrative Associate with CHez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education. 

I would especially like to thank my committee members, Jane Baumgartner and Lezli Cline. 

Jim McGraw

Treasurer, Jill Odom, Administrative Assistant for the VP Chief Financial Officer, University Administration. 





“Philanthropy, charity, giving voluntarily and freely…call it what you like, but it is truly a jewel of an American tradition.” John F. Kennedy



Legacy of Leadership

Long-time committee chair Rob Chappell recently announced he would need to step down as the committee’s chair. Rob’s contributions and faithful service on the Secretariat Board have been and will continue to be missed.  He has been responsible for the direction and vision of this committee for many years.  The Secretariat and its membership has been served well. On behalf of the Secretariat Executive Board, I wish to thank Rob for his devotion to the organization and its members. 

Andrea Fain, President of the Secretariat Board



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

Selena Douglass



Boss of the Year, Office Professional of the Year, Parliamentarian, Marketing.

Lori Stalter
Newsletter Chair


Please forward any pertinent newsletter information to Lori Stalter at