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:  

Emily Hochstatter 

 


Communications & Technology Committee

Primary Goals:

  1. Utilize campus and other resources to promote the visibility of the Council.  Such efforts include, but are not limited to, revising and updating the Council's web presence to keep SPS members informed about developments on matters of mutual concern; providing documents and other information about the Council its meetings and procedures, elections, etc., including links to relevant University resources; and using the SPS mailing list to communicate with SPS membmers;
  2. Help maintain a current database of SPS employees and use it to update SPS mailing lists and other resources;
  3. 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 website;
  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.);
  6. Suggest electronic options to the Council when appropriate technologies exist to assist with any aspect of the communication or distribution of appropriate information; and
  7. Perform other duties, not inconsistent with the SPS Constitution, as requested by the Council and/or the President of the Council.

Committee Co-Chairs:  

Brian Walk
Rachel Xidis


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:

Mark Pietrowski
Margaret Myles

 


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 Treasurer; and
  4. Perform other duties, not inconsistent with the SPS Constitution, as requested by the Council and/or President.
  5. The Events Committee may, at its discretion, recruit additional auxiliary members to assist the regular members of the committee in staffing and supervising special events on behalf of the Council.

Committee Co-Chairs:

Janet Love-Moore

 


Advocacy Committee

Primary Goals:

  1. Define workplace issues critical to members of the SPS by eliciting concerns and feedback f rom the SPS as a whole;
  2. Research and report to the Council on these issues or issues developed by the Council, the President, and/or the Executive Committee;
  3. Facilitate actions that will assist SPS members to be more effective in the performance of their duties and that will enhance the political, cultural, economic, and motivational climate in the SPS workplace;
  4. Maintain contact with the University's legislative liaison staff to facilitate the sharing of information on matters of interest and concern and to communicate those matters to the Council for appropriate action;
  5. Maintain contact with relevant local, state, and regional organizations to facilitate the sharing of information on matters of interest or concern and to communicate those matters to the Council for appropriate action;
  6. Maintain contact with members of the professional staff and their representative bodies at other Illinois public universities to facilitate the sharing of information on matters of interest or concern at a state level;
  7. Assist the Council in researching and framing legislative issues of concern and to communicate to the Council regarding such issues when they arise; and
  8. Perform other duties, not inconsistent with this Constitution, as requested by the Council and/or the President.

Committee Co-Chairs:

 


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 Co-Chairs:

Karinne Bredberg
Erin Reid

 


Professional Development Committee

The SPS Professional Development Committee shall include the current ad hoc Leadership Workshops Initiative Committee.  The Committee shall be tasked with identifying professional development opportunities for SPS employees and developing professional development opportunities for SPS employees such as those presented by the Leadership Workshop Initiative.  Duties will also include educating university on importance of SPS staff distinction and what it means to be an NIU SPS employee.

Primary Goals:

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

 

Committee Chair:

 

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SPS Regional Community Relations Committee

Primary Goals:

  1. Identifying ways in which SPS staff can interact with the regional community to advance NIU mission;
  2. Research and communicate allo SPS led events that are reaching out to our regional area, NIU regional media mentions (positive or negative); and
  3. Identify community organizations or events that should have a presence from NIU SPS employees through either attendance or partnering.

Committee Co-Chairs:

Judy Schneider
Judith Dymond

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