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On behalf of The Secretariat, it brings me great joy to welcome our new and returning members to the 2016-17 academic year. We are thrilled to have you with us, and we are excited to help nurture your strengths, encourage your personal growth, and inspire your creativity by providing fellowship and professional development opportunities. As your President this year, I will lead The Secretariat to the best of my abilities; however, this is a team effort and I will be counting on all of you to help make it a successful year!

I know this past year has been difficult for many of us, and the upcoming year (so far) seems as if it will be just as challenging. However, I am motivated by an interview that our founder, Kathryn G. Hansen, once gave and how our problems today seem pale in comparison to the difficult times she endured during the depression and World War II. I’m inspired by her will and tenacity to overcome her obstacles so others may benefit from her knowledge and expertise.  I encourage all of you to challenge yourselves this year, try something new, something that you think you’d enjoy but have been too scared to take that step. You’ve already joined The Secretariat, now ask yourself “What do I want from this group,” “What expertise do I have that I can share with my peers.” There are many opportunities here, you just have to take that first step!

The July 20 luncheon will be an excellent opportunity to take that step! We will give an overview of each committee and review their goals, discuss the proposed and planned events for the upcoming year, and to loosen everyone up, we will start with a fun-filled ice-breaker activity!  Additional members and/or chairs are still needed for committees, I encourage you to come learn more about them and meet your peers! I welcome you to also contact me directly at or 265-0451 for further information regarding the opportunity to become more involved in Secretariat.  Complete luncheon information and a registration link are included in this newsletter’s Programs/Reservations section.

Our organization’s ability to serve its members is directly influenced by the participation level and the teamwork involved within each of these committees.  Without them, our group would not thrive or be able to provide as many opportunities to its members. We recognized and thanked committee chairs and committee members at the June luncheon for the outstanding work each of them performed during the 2015-2016 year.  Each of them deserve a huge round of applause for their commitment to The Secretariat and the great examples of teamwork they provide to present and future committee members.

Lastly, I would like to thank Andrèa Fain for her outstanding leadership as the President during the 2015-2016 year.  Your commitment to upholding The Secretariat by-laws and dedication to its members has been truly amazing and appreciated! I am honored to follow in your footsteps!  Congratulations on your successful year and thank you from all of us!

Penny Nigh 




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2015-16 Executive Board


Member of the Year, Michael Foellmer and Nominator, Debbie McCall


Past Presidents of The Secretariat




11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, July 20th 

114 Huff Hall

1206 South Fourth Street, Champaign, IL

This luncheon will be a great opportunity to help shape the coming year, see old friends and make new friends!

Learn more about Professional Development Opportunities; Get to know your fellow members; Share your ideas about what interests you most!


Catered by Michael's Catering


Warm, crispy Garlic Bread

Make your own Caesar salad with:

Romaine lettuce

Roma tomatoes

Parmesan Cheese

Homemade Croutons

Caesar dressing

Marinated breast of chicken

Seared salmon fillets

Fresh fruit salad

Iced Tea, Lemonade and Water Provided

Cost is $12.00

RSVP is required.


RESERVATIONS (Deadline:  5 p.m., Friday, July 15, 2016). Reservations will NOT be accepted past the deadline date of, July 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.



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



Let's stay in touch this summer through our Facebook and LinkedIn pages. Please encourage others 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



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

Selena Douglass


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