What's Happening with the OSC?


NIU Administration Invites Operating Staff to the 17th Annual StaffFest on Thursday, August 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center Ballroom. Infvitations to the 2016 StaffFest were announced via email or through campus mail. Please note:

  • If you know of an operating staff member who did not receive this invitation flyer please contact us at ksmith12@niu.edu.
  • This event is for civil service employees: No children, spouses or significant others.
  • Due to the gift ban we are no longer giving out raffle items.
  • Outdoor games include: Dunk tank with "special guests" (three balls for $2). Proceeds will be used for the OSC Scholarship fund. Complimentary bags and mini golf.

Please RSVP your reservation by July 15, 2016 to Karen Smith, HSC 7th Floor or email ksmith12@niu.edu

Like to Help? The Huskies Student Food Pantry collects non-perishable food and other necessities for NIU Students in need of support. Donations and volunteers accepted! We will have boxes available for drop-off at the entrance. Remember to bring cash for the 50/50 Raffle to help fund the Dependent Scholarship Fund.

If you like, take a look at the fun operating staff had at StaffFest 2015 ! Check out previous years StaffFest photos.

A Huskie you should know: Spotlight on operating staff Featured 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

Nominate somebody! Send us an email with who you want to nomiate and why. We'll post feature stories on them here.


The crochet and knit workshops were very successful! Staff, faculty and students are making sleeping mats and scarves for people who are homeless and without a shelter. We are going to continue getting together to create things for people in need while enjoying each other's company. Maybe you would like to make things for someone who is underprivileged? Besides the homeless unsheltered, there are others in the community who have needs like the poor and the hungry, chemo patients, hospital-bound patients, and many others who might need something. If you don't want to knit or crochet, join us with something different. If you don't want to do a craft, but you'd like to help, we could use others to prepare the materials that the crafters' use. Please check the website soon to find out when and where you can join us! Please RSVP Pam Roesner at proesner@niu.edu or 753-9202.

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.

If you have a hobby or craft that you would like to teach NIU staff, faculty and students, please let OSC know! Contact Pam Roesner at: (815) 753-9202 or proesner@niu.edu 

We will be scheduling a reserved viewing at the NIU Observatory soon. (Please check back on our website for updates on this and other events and activities.

Operating Staff Personnel Advisor

Congratulations John Hulseberg, who was elected as the Operating Staff Personnel Advisor (OSPA), a new resource for civil service employees at NIU. 

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. View the July agenda.

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Information on more workshops coming soon!