Outstanding Service Award

Lise Schlosser

Office Manager, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming

Lise Schlosser

Although Lise Schlosser’s title includes the word “office,” much of the 12-year employee’s work takes place elsewhere.

Schlosser has led travel programs to Canada for the Stratford Festival. She’s accompanied one-day trips to Chicago Shakespeare Theatre productions, and has organized several “movie meet-ups” with Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) members.

Meanwhile, the Ph.D. candidate in the NIU Department of English has taught the English portion of the ACT Test Prep course offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming.

“Lise has been a staple of our office for the last four years and continues to demonstrate her great enthusiasm and dedication to our mission,” said her director, Anne M. Petty Johnson. “Lise is a proud Northern Illinois University alumnus, NIU employee and NIU student. It is NIU, however, that should be most proud that they helped produce a great professional.”

Called an “innovative” and “exceptional” employee who demonstrates “independence in exploring, expanding and improving ways to deal with her work,” Schlosser is praised by colleagues for her “perseverance, warmth, humor and expertise.”

She has ensured that academic summer camps ran smoothly, assisted in the implementation of new camp processes, encouraged the creation of a summer camp staff handbook and instituted a mandatory staff orientation.

Volunteering to teach study groups for the LLI, meanwhile, prompts her to spend several hours of free time planning, and conducting research for, those classes.

Away from work, she also has volunteered for Northern Public Radio, the Illinois History Expo and NIU women’s basketball.