Committees

SPSC Standing Committees

There are nine standing committees on the SPS Council. The committees endeavor to support and enhance the university mission and goals identified by the President, administrative officers, and the Board of Trustees, as well as represent, support, and enhance the environment for SPS on campus.


Awards Committee

Primary Goals:

  1. Solicit applications, evaluate candidates, announce recipients, and award the Supportive Professional Staff Presidential Award for Excellence.
  2. Solicit applications, evaluate candidates, announce the recipient, and award the annual Gary Gray Award for Service to the SPS Council.
  3. Work with the faculty development office to solicit applications, evaluate applications, and announce bi-annual recipients of the Supportive Professional Staff Development Awards.

Committee Co-Chairs:

Dana Gautcher, dana@niu.edu
Alicia Czachowskiaczachowski@niu.edu


Communications Committee

Primary Goals:

  1. Facilitate communication among SPS on campus.
  2. Provide relevant documentation of the SPS Council meetings, such as, but not limited to agendas and minutes in a timely manner.
  3. Provide updates on the activities of the recognized SPS committees.
  4. Distribute relevant data/reports/information related to issues concerning SPS, such as but not limited to employment practices, professional training, educational opportunities, and university policy.
  5. Strive to keep a current listing of SPS on the listserve.
  6. Utilize campus resources to increase the visibility of the SPS Council.
  7. Revise and update the SPS web site to keep SPS informed of the latest developments in the areas of common concern, provide relevant documentation of SPS Council meetings, and include links to relevant campus departments/offices.
  8. Use the SPS listserve to communicate with current and new SPS.

Committee Co-Chairs:

Rachel Xidis, rachelx@niu.edu
Brian Walk, bwalk@niu.edu


Constitution and Elections Committee

Primary Goals:

  1. Administer and supervise elections to the Supportive Professional Staff Council.
  2. Obtain approval of nominees to be placed on the ballot and make final rulings on the eligibility of candidates for election to the SPS Council and all other election matters not specifically covered by these bylaws.
  3. Monitor the total number of all SPS and recommend to the SPS Council an adjustment of distribution of representatives if need be.
  4. Administer and supervise all referenda that require the vote of SPS.

Committee Co-Chairs:

Mike Stang, mstang@niu.edu


Events Committee

Primary Purposes:

  1. Coordinate, plan, facilitate, and evaluate special events sponsored by the Council, as directed by the Council and/or the President
  2. Assist the Council in determining the advisability or necessity of such events, and in identifying and securing appropriate venues for such events
  3. Prepare budgets for such events as necessary, in consultation with the Finance Committee

Committee Co-Chairs:

Melissa Burlingame, mburlingame@niu.edu
Janet Love-Moore, jlovemoore@niu.edu


Finance Committee

The Finance Committee maintains council expense records and establishes and maintains yearly fiscal records; it also prepares the council's fiscal year budget.

Committee Chair:

Dena Funkhauser, dfunk@niu.edu 


Legislative Issues Committee

The Legislative Issues Committee maintains contact with the university's legislative liason staff, as well as local, state, and federal legislators, and frames information about legislative issues as they arise.

Committee Chair:

Clifford Bottigliero, cliffordb@niu.edu 


SPS Dependent Scholarship Committee

The SPS Dependent Scholarship Committee facilitates growth of the scholarship fund, which was established to provide scholarship support for children and grandchildren (biological, adopted, foster, stepchild, legal guardianship) of Northern Illinois University’s Supportive Professional Staff. The committee coordinates the selection process and distribution of an annual scholarship to a full-time, degree-seeking student pursing an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree at NIU.

Committee Chair:

Anne Hardy, ahardy@niu.edu 


Technology Resources Committee

Primary Goals:

  1. Help maintain a current database of SPS employees, and use it to update SPS mailing lists and other resources;
  2. Provide assistance to the Council and its members in the use of the various technologies available to them. This assistance includes, but is not necessarily limited to, ensuring that all Council representatives and alternates know how to use SPS mailing lists to communicate with their constituents, and that the Secretary (or other designated responsible personnel) is enabled to update Council minutes, agendas, and other working documents on the Council’s web site;
  3. Help maintain the SPS and Council web sites by locating appropriate hosting environments, and working with the Communications Committee to develop and maintain web-based resources;
    Develop and maintain electronic resources that are of use or assistance to the SPS as a whole, or to the Council in particular;
  4. Assist the Constitution and Elections Committee in conducting SPS elections by maintaining or enhancing an electronic voting procedure;
  5. Assist other regular and ad hoc committees of the Council by investigating, developing, altering, or maintaining technological solutions or procedures (such as online surveys, self-reporting tools, etc.);
    Suggest electronic options to the Council when appropriate technologies exist to assist with any aspect of the communication or distribution of appropriate information; and
  6. Perform other duties as requested by the Council and/or the President, not inconsistent with this Constitution.

Committee Chair:

Eric Biletzky,  ericb@niu.edu


Workplace Issues Committee

Primary Purposes:

  1. Define workplace issues critical to SPS by eliciting concerns and feedback from constituents.
  2. Research and inform the SPS Council of these issues.
  3. Facilitate action that will assist SPS to perform their jobs more effectively and enhance the political, cultural, economic and motivational climates in the workplace.

Primary Goals

  1. Bring several concerns of the constituency to the SPS Council each month for discussion and action.
  2. Support, with data, recommendations for action from appropriate offices.
  3. Work with the Communications Committee to solicit opinions and data about issues critical to SPS.

Committee Co-Chairs:

Julia Lamb, jlamb@niu.edu
Kathy Smith, klsmith@niu.edu