News & Events

Upcoming Events

March Social
Thursday, March 17, 5:30 p.m. at Tapa La Luna

Hands-on event at the Rare Books and Special Collections Department
Thursday, March 24, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to page through a first edition copy of The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings? Or how about an early Batman comic? Maybe a dime novel from the late 1800s? How about seeing a cuneiform tablet? And maybe some medieval manuscript leaves? You’ll be able to get your hands on these and many more examples of the amazing rare items housed at Founders Memorial Library. Lynne Thomas, curator of the Rare Books and Special Collections, will be hosting us. No food or drink is allowed, so be sure to plan your lunch either before or after the event.

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Money Smart Week
April 23-30, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Altgeld Hall Room 125

Keeping Your Identity Safe in The Digital Age
Tuesday, April 26

Come join NIU’s Chief Information Security Officer Drew Bjerken as he takes digital security to the personal level and sheds some light on the Dark Web and the potential impact on identity protection. In these digital days, how secure is your identification and personal information? How secure is your phone, your credit card, your internet profile? This event is a Lunch and Learn event hosted by the Supportive Professional Staff Council, open to all members of campus. Bring some lunch, bring your questions, and come ready to learn the ins and outs of keeping your identity safe in the digital age.

The Challenges of Investing in Today’s Market
Wednesday, April 27
Jon F. Bowker, CFP, Financial Advisor – Robert W. Baird & Co

**A light lunch will be provided, please RSVP via email at or call (815) 636-5221.

Volatile stock markets and low interest rates have caused concern for many investors, especially retirees or those nearing retirement. Why are interest rates at historic lows? Should investor’s revise their expectations of the returns they receive on their portfolios? This session we will discuss the risk/return tradeoff associated with various investment types, the importance of Asset Allocation, and the various investments that can be used to increase yield in one’s portfolio.

Going Green to Save Green
Thursday, April 29
Melissa Burlingame - NIU Center for Governmental Studies & Michelle Gibson - DeKalb County Health Department

Today, Americans spend more money on convenience than ever before. These consumer choices affect our pocket book and the environment. The presenters will provide a little background into how consumer behavior has changed over time and how consumers can take back control of their wallets with little impact to convenience in the areas of waste reduction and energy savings.

How to Make Your Donation Count: Smart Giving to Nonprofit Organizations
Friday, April 30
Dr. Alicia Schatteman, NIU Center for Non-Governmental Organization Leadership and the Department of Public Administration

This workshop will explore how the nonprofit sector is supported, who is most likely to give and why, and how to evaluate where your charitable donations should go based on some measures of financial health and mission effectiveness.

Softball and Baseball Picnic Social
Friday, May 6 (Rain Date: Saturday, May 7th)

Baseball v. Toledo
Picnic at 2:30 p.m., Game starts at 3 p.m.
Bring your own food and beverages

Softball v. Central Michigan
Picnic at 4:30 p.m., Game starts at 5 p.m.
Bring your own food and beverages

Spring 2016 Staff Leadership Workshop Series

The Supportive Professional Staff Council is excited to announce the spring 2016 Staff Leadership Workshop series.

All staff, regardless of designation, are invited to participate. Workshops will be held in the Holmes Student Center Regency Room from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the dates indicated below (you may bring your lunch).

Tuesday, March 22
Judy Santacatarina from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences will help us to “build credibility and authority through communication skills.”

Wednesday, April 20
Sarah Klaper, Ombudsperson, will facilitate a session on conflict management.

Thursday, May 19
Steve Builta from the College of Education (and current SPS Council President) will talk about developing high-performing teams.

Please RSVP if you are interested in attending one or more sessions. We will send reminders prior to each session.

Questions should be directed to Anne Hardy at or 815-753-0143.