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Administrative Assistants and Associates

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.

40th Year Anniversary history remarks by Mary Lue Russler (pdf)

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.

Aaa Past Presidents

Past -presidents

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.

  • Kim Sullivan/Yvonne Beavin 2016-2017
  • Kim Sullivan - 2014-2015, 2015-2016
  • Donna Hopf/Terri Alvey 2013-2014
  • Donna Hopf 2012-2013
  • Susie Schmitt 2011-2012
  • Julie Bordelon 2010-2011
  • Terri Alvey 2009-2010
  • Julie Bordelon/Terri Alvey 2008-2009
  • Terry Martin/Julie Bordelon 2007-2008
  • Terry Martin/Terri Alvey 2006-2007
  • Kathy Carmichael 2005-2006
  • Gina Walker 2003-2005
  • Janet Duncan 2002-2003
  • Carol Grannan 2001-2002
  • Janet Duncan 2000-2001
  • Christine Crews 1998-2000
  • Mary Ann McCulloch 1997-1998
  • Ginny Bryant 1995-1997
  • Joyce Babillis 1993-1995
  • Yvonne Floyd 1991-1993
  • Jennie Head 1990-1991
  • Ginny Hall 1989-1990
  • Julia Yancey 1987-1989
  • Debbie Weigand 1985-1987
  • Sharon Flesher 1984-1985
  • Phyliss Valandra 1982-1984
  • Judy Beck 1980-1982
  • Beatrice Purcell 1979-1980
  • Joanie Jost 1978-1979
  • Carolyn Stagg 1977-1978
  • Margaret Jones 1976-1977
  • Sharon Green 1975-1976
  • Hazel Rhoads 1974-1975
  • Susanna Chastain 1973-1974
  • Mary Lue Russler 1972-1973
  • Wanda Kirchoff 1970-1972

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