Q: What's your job title? A: I'm the secretary in College of Agriculture's resource development office. Q: What are the functions of the office? A: We're the fund-raisers for the college. This also is the office that takes care of all our Agriculture alumni. We're fund-raisers and friend-raisers. We hold events like the annual alumni meetings, the fall basketball pavilion party and the winter basketball party for our alums. Q: How many alums and donors do you work with? A: Twenty-six thousand alums, and 400 members of the President's Council. Q: What are your responsibilities? A: The daily routine of letters and paying the bills; sending thank-yous to the alums when they send gifts; trying to keep in touch with donors - we send out birthday cards to them. We have lots of events ... there's always some kind of meeting, so I help plan meetings, making sure the guest list is complete, making sure everything is complete - from the room to the food to the speakers. I just helped plan the dedication of the new college library. We're also involved in the Farm Progress Show and the Ag Open House. It's often just one crisis after another! Q: How long have you worked there? A: Five years. Q: Where did you work before? A: Eight years at UI Alumni Association, which was good preparation for this job. Q: What do you like best about your current job? A: The daily challenge. Every day you come in, there's something different. For instance, someone will write in and say, 'We're giving such and such because our grandfather was a friend of the dean in 1900,' and we'll dig to find out what the relationship was back then. Or some alum will call and ask about the history of Illini Nellie, and I have to dig it up and find out what it's all about. Q: Who is Illini Nellie? A: She was a Brown Swiss cow that was famous for her fantastic milk production records. She died in 1940 and is buried at the dairy barn on South Lincoln. Q: If you could pick any other job or career, what would it be? A: I've enjoyed this so much, I wouldn't change what I do. The team we have here is wonderful. I'll stay here, thank you. Q: When you're not on the job, how do you like to spend your time outside work? A: I love to paint and cross-stitch and garden. I've been married 35 years, have three children who are married, six grandchildren, and my daughter has twins on the way any time. I'm a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Urbana, where I sing in the choir; I belong to the Women's Guild; and I'm a member of the county homemakers' extension. I'm also chair of the Faculty-Staff Social Committee. Q: What does the Faculty-Staff Social Committee do? A: We're responsible for four travelogs a year, held at the Illini Union. We usually have three to four other events we sponsor at the Union - the Children's Holiday Party in December, Country-Western Night, and the Mystery Night in April. Every other year we hold the Chocolate Night. The committee consists of 12 members from across the campus. Dan Stoffel in the Illini Union's program department is our adviser. Q: Sounds like a lot of work. Why do you do it? A: I love meeting people. There are so many wonderful people I've met across campus who I wouldn't have met any other way. Also, there's the satisfaction you get, for instance, when you know that you've had to open Chocolate Night to a second night because so many people want to come. Q: How can faculty and staff members get involved with the committee? A: There are four openings this year for positions that start in June. If someone is interested, they can call Dan Stoffel at 333-3660 to get an application form. (Entries must be received by March 31). After they return the form, the committee goes through the processing, and people are interviewed. Q: When does the committee meet? A: Once a month we meet during work time. Subcommittee meetings are usually after work.