The AA&A started in 1969 and is considered the oldest, and still active organization on campus to date. The three main reasons for forming the organization were to build unity within USI employees, to learn ways to improve professionally, and to establish an endowed scholarship to help eligible USI students.
Twelve secretaries formed the organization of Secretaries of ISUE on October 21, 1969. Today the organization has grown in membership, in activity, and the goals are met annually through the efforts of the members. Fundraisers, such as card parties, candy sales, basket raffles, apple butter sales, craft sales and participation in the Ohio Arts Festival, have proven successful in providing the scholarships for students in need. Members participate in other projects for fun-filled luncheons, parties and get togethers. Guest speakers are invited to further enhance the lives of the members and provide entertainment as well as hints on improving oneself as a USI employee and as a person.
In March, 2005 the organization changed it's name to Administrative, Assistants and Associates. This is to reflect more appropriately our place in the USI community.
-- In September 2009, the AA&A Celebrated it's 40th Year at USI. Below is the remarks the founder and honorary member, Mary Lue Russler said at the luncheon.
During the year organization members and attendees engage in a variety of activities once a month between September and April, which may include trips off-campus and guest speakers who enhance the lives of members by providing entertainment, as well as hints on improving oneself in the workplace and as a person.
The organization's name should not be confused with titles or positions, but simply reflects the different titled positions held by USI employees, from faculty, support staff to administrative staff. EVERY USI employee is encouraged and are welcome to participate with us each month!
In May 2014 the AA&A celebrated 45 years helping USI students continue their education through their endowed scholarship fund.
In the above picture, past presidents gathered for a group photo at the 40th year celebration in 2009.
Pictured left to right: Mary McGrew, Julie Bordelon, , Christine Crews, Bea Purcell, Ginny Hall, Jo-Ann Wilson, Mary Lue Russler, Janet Duncan, Jennie Head, Debbie Weigand, Sandy Hatfield, Yvonne Floyd and Ginny Bryant.
Listed below are the names of past presidents and the year they served.