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A Huskie you should know: Spotlight on operating staff
Featurd civil service employee: David Pevonka

Pevonka–building services worker, NIU starting pitcher and trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Dave Pevonka, a building services worker at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center (BAVC), has an interesting story to tell about his past. Some NIU faculty and staff may remember him from when he was an NIU student; he was a starting pitcher and a corporate fitness major from 1980-1983. He spent 17 years as a trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange prior to working at NIU.

A Huskie baseball player from 1980-1983, he is one of the elite group of Huskie baseball players who is an all-time
letterwinner for his pitching skills in 1981. The corporate fitness student didn’t graduate because he was offered an opportunity at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).  More

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Operating Staff Personnel Advisor

The Operating Staff Personnel Advisor (OSPA) is a new resource for civil service employees at NIU. OSC is currently soliciting candidates for this position - applications are due on May 31, 2016.

Want to do a fun activity with your NIU friends?

Activities are being planned based on your interests. Thanks to those who completed the Activity Survey. If you haven't completed one yet, please let us know what interests you, and take the Activity Survey.

Staff enjoyed tours of the Art Deco Exhibition at the NIU Art Museum 

We will be scheduling a reserved viewing  at the NIU Observatory in June. (Previously scheduled telescope viewngs were canceled due to overcast sky conditions.)  Please check back on our website for updates on this and other events and activities.

Mercury was in transit in front of the sun on May 9. This happens about 13 times in a century. View excellent shots: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/eclipse/index.html.

Who is the OSC?

The Operating Staff Council is here to represent all operating staff employees in the shared governance at NIU. Please feel free to contact any OSC member if you have questions or concerns.

OSC Meetings:

  • OSC meetings are open meetings and anyone can attend.
  • We will come to your area in the future. Email us if you would like us to come there!
  • Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 9:00 a.m.
  • Usually the OSC meetings are held in the Holmes Student Center Sky Room. Please check here for any changes.
  • View current meeting minutes. The June agenda is available.

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Here is the latest edition of the Northern Staff News.

NIU Today is your online news source that keeps you up to date on NIU. 

Campus safety bulletins are on the Emergency Information website. Instructions on how to subscribe to NIU's safety bulletin tesxt message service are on the Emergency Notification System web page.


Information on the 2016 StaffFest will be coming soon! Take a look at the fun operating staff had at StaffFest 2015 !We will be selling raffle tickets as usual. Bring your cash so you can have a chance at winning half of the money - last year's winner won $176! Also, you can feel good about the other half going to the Dependent Scholarship. Check out previous years StaffFest photos.

Information on workshops coming soon!