What's Happening with the OSC?


Wellness Fair - Thank you to everyone who came by the OSC table at the Wellness Fair on March 29. Lesley Gilbert, Assistant Director of Employee Services HR Development for Human Resource Services, won $60.00 at the 50/50 raffle, which she generously donated back to OSC for the Dependent Scholarship Program. Thank you to Lesley and to everyone who participated in the 50/50 raffle! Those who stopped by the OSC table were able to participate in a game that demonstrated how we control the stressors in our daily lives, and we offered some helpful information on what can be done to help manange stress. 

The Giving Project - Do you want to make a difference, and help people in our community? These workshops are a way for NIU Huskies to give of ourselves for others. The Giving Project is featured in NIU Today.

        The Giving Project Making Scarves            The Giving Project Makes Sleeping Mats

*Pictured: Some attendees of The Giving Project crocheting scarves for Huskie students in need of support and Theresa LaRocco, Admissions/Records Supervisor at the Graduate School, holds up a sleeping mat to be given to a homeless person without shelter.

Join the group in spring 2017 for workshops that will be held in the Holmes Student Center Glidden Room (ground level next to the OneCard ID Services Office) from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9 and 5/23. Come to one or as many as you like! Workshops are open to all staff, faculty, students and retirees. Bring a project that you are currently working on, a crochet hook (large size such as "K" or larger for beginners), a pair of knitting needles (size "9" or larger for beginners), or a pair of scissors if you would like to help by preparing project materials. Yarn will be provided.

A donation of materials would be very appreciated! Some participants are making washcloths for students who frequent the Huskie Food Pantry, and we need any brand of 100% cotton worsted weight yarn. Also, crochet hooks, sizes G, H, I or 6, 7 or 8 and knitting needles, size 9 or larger are needed. Please contact Pam Roesner at proesner@niu.edu if you would like to help.

Bowling Night - Thank you for attending the NIU Staff Bowling Event that the Operating Staff Council sponsored on January 12. Members of the staff and their families had an excellent time! We thank Huskies Den for a great time of bowling, games and fun! 

More Activities are Being Planned - NIU staff, faculty, and students are welcome to attend the activities, which are being planned based on your interests. Please let us know what interests you by taking the Activity Survey.

Lead a workshop - If you have a hobby or craft that you would like to teach NIU staff, faculty and students, please let OSC know! Contact us at osc@niu.edu

A Huskie you should know: Spotlight on operating staff Featured civil service employee: Theresa LaRocco

LaRocco's excellent student service helps student retention

Theresa LaRocco, Records Supervisor for the Graduate School, gives excellent student service on a personal level, which helps student retention, and through an instructional video that she recently created. More

Nominate somebody! Send us an email with who you want to nominate and why, or complete the nomination form and send it to Pam Roesner at Human Resource Services. We'll post feature stories about them here.

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 may 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 in the Holmes Student Center, Sky Room.

News You Can Use

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