NIU official announcements for employees

Week of January 16, 2018


Archived Announcements










Changes coming to Anderson Hall parking lots for Spring 2018 semester


Changes have been made to the parking permit designations and the names of Lot B and Lot 2 near Anderson Hall. These changes allow Campus Parking Services to make 28 additional parking spaces available to yellow permit holders.


· 2, which is was a mix of blue and yellow permit spaces, has been designated for yellow permits and renamed Lot E.


·         Lot B, which is was for yellow permits, has been changed to blue permit spaces and renamed Lot 2.


Reserved blue, yellow and orange parking spaces in these lots will remain in their existing locations until they expire.


As a reminder, parking permit restrictions are enforced from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students with evening classes are able to park in any unreserved parking spaces after 5 p.m. During that time, certain areas are enforced by the NIU Police including no parking zones, handicapped spaces, reserved spaces and lots requiring permits at all times.    


Anyone driving to campus should allow ample time to travel to campus, park and walk or take the bus to their destination.


Additional parking for yellow (commuter student) permits is available in the Parking Deck, Lot 15E, (by the Rec Center), Lot L (behind the Oderkirk House on Annie Glidden Road) and Lot K (off of W. Lincoln Hwy., near the Popeye’s restaurant).


Every semester, Campus Parking Services conducts an audit of the number of parking spaces available on campus, looking at peak parking hours and locations and the number of permits sold, and shares that information with the Campus Parking Committee.


The Campus Parking Committee is comprised of four faculty, four operating staff employees, four supportive professional staff and four students and acts as the standing advisory body to the president, the associate vice president for facilities management and campus services and the university community pertaining to parking and traffic problems.


Changes to University Information 753-1000 number


Effective Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, the 753-1000 University Information line will be automated. Callers to the number will receive a menu of call forwarding options. As this is not a comprehensive or interactive system, to find a specific person or department, please use the A-Z index on the NIU website or use the online NIU Directory, which can be found at


Central Stores - Office Depot customer ordering portal transition


Office Depot and OfficeMax merged in 2014, and as a result, the OfficeMax Workplace ordering site is being retired and replaced by a new, vastly improved ordering platform, The transition is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.


Benefits of the new ordering system include:


·         Much easier to use and to navigate.

·         Faster, more accurate product searches and search functionality. For example, now you can sort search results from lowest to highest price.

·         Greatly improved product information and images.

·         Lowest cost items are indicated by the “best value” icon, helping you save money.


Customer (End User) Training Webinar: You are invited to join us in viewing the webinar on how to use the new Office Depot customer-ordering portal, from 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18. Webinar and training information is posted on the Central Stores website.


Central Stores will continue to support you as our customer, so please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have at 753-6274 or at


Spring 2018 Graduate School Career and Professional Development Workshop schedule released


Registration is now open for over 30 Graduate Career and Professional Development workshops scheduled for the spring semester. Information on the events and a link for online registration can be found at Advanced registration is required.


Workshops are free and open to all NIU graduate students. They also reflect partnership with seven different units on campus: Career Services, Jobs PLUS, International Student and Faculty Office, NIU Writing Center, Office of Research Compliance, Integrity, and Safety, Office of the Ombudsperson and Thesis/Dissertation Office.


Faculty are asked to share the workshop link with their masters and doctoral students and encourage participation. A wide range of themed-topics will be covered, including enhancing a grad student’s communication, leadership/management, professionalism, responsible conduct of research and career development. Workshops will be hands-on to assist graduate students in exploring and enhancing their career development pathway.


It’s not too late to register for Spring 2018 Music Lessons and Classes


Spring 2018 registration at the NIU Community School of the Arts is now open.


Learn to play a new musical instrument, or brush up your skills by taking private music lessonsregister soon and start lessons the week of Jan. 22.


Guitar and piano group classes for adults and for kids make learning to play music more fun – register soon for classes that begin in late January.


Toddlers ages 1 to 5 sing, dance and play with rhythm and song in Prelude and Development classesregister soon and bring your kids for their first music classes starting Feb. 3.


NIUkulele, CSA Steelpan and CSA Guitar ensembles, Suzuki music instruction and Qi Gong all start new spring sessions soon.


Read more information about CSA Spring activities at the new NIU Arts Blog.


Please call the CSA for more information at 753-1450, and visit our website for details and to register.


Notice of change to student account lifecycle


NIU applicants will no longer receive NIU student email accounts. Instead, NIU student email accounts will only be created for admitted and enrolled students. The Division of Information Technology has worked with stakeholders in Admissions, Financial Aid, the Graduate School and College of Law to ensure communications do not go to the student email account until applicants are admitted. This will reduce email account creation by approximately 10,000 accounts per year.


Additionally, email accounts that were previously created for applicants that have not been admitted or enrolled within one year of admit term will be deleted from Office 365. This will reduce our overall email accounts by approximately 190,000 accounts. 

Finally, applicants who have not been admitted or enrolled within one year of admit term and have no prior enrollments will be locked out of MyNIU.


This will not affect students who are admitted, accepted or currently enrolled at NIU.


New streaming video resource available through NIU Libraries


The on-demand, streaming service Kanopy is now available through NIU Libraries and provides access to thousands of documentaries, feature and independent films, and training videos from a variety of subject areas, including the arts, business, education, health, social sciences and much more. Showcasing award winners, hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films and world cinema, Kanopy is accessible from both on and off-campus by an unlimited number of simultaneous viewers. Films can be streamed from any computer or from a mobile device by downloading the Kanopy app.


Faculty and students can easily embed Kanopy films into Blackboard courses, as well as create clips and playlists, making it an ideal resource for use in the classroom or as required viewing outside of the classroom. Closed-captioning, subtitles and transcripts also are available. "I have to say I'm impressed and thrilled that it will be available for my students," said NIU Professor of History Heide Fehrenbach.


To explore and stream Kanopy, visit the library's home page and search for Kanopy under Article Databases. To go directly to the resource, visit:


Questions? Contact the reference desk at 753-0152.


NIU communicative disorders programs seeking feedback


The NIU Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology graduate programs are being evaluated for reaccreditation by the Council for Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in February. Public feedback is a part of that process.


All are invited to a public comment meeting 4:30 p.m., Feb. 19, at the Health Wellness and Literacy Center, 3100 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, room 230.


This is a chance to meet the accreditation site visitors, give feedback about the programs and the NIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, and ask and answer questions. For more information call 753-1484 or email


In addition to these opportunities for providing public comment regarding a program’s accreditation status, the CAA has separate procedures for filing written feedback or a formal complaint about a CAA-accredited program. Individuals who wish to provide written feedback or file a formal complaint should contact the Accreditation Office to obtain a copy of the complaint procedures. A copy of the Standards for Accreditation and/or the CAA’s Policy on Public Comment can be obtained by contacting the Accreditation Office at ASHA, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, calling ASHA’s Action Center at 1-800-498-2071, or accessing the documents online at


NIU STEM Outreach offers a new season of STEM Saturdays for students ages 7 and up


Registration is open for the new season of NIU STEM Saturdays and STEM Divas classes for students ages 7 and up.


The popular classes, which offer hands-on lessons about topics ranging from woodworking to gardening to speaker construction and the science of sound, are designed by the STEM Outreach department of NIU’s P-20 Center to get students fired up about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts and encourage problem solving, innovation and critical thinking.


Each class meets on either one Saturday or two consecutive Saturdays in the spring semester. Classes are recommended for either ages 7 and up or ages 12 and up. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children and join in the fun.


The full schedule of classes, complete with location and registration information, is available online.


Scholarships are available for students who qualify for discounted school lunch programs.


Contact with questions, or for more information about scholarships.


NIU researchers seek fitness app study participants (Android only)


Professors Lynn Herrmann (Health Studies) and Philippe Giabbanelli (Computer Science) are recruiting participants for their mobile fitness app study, Health Behavior Theory-based App Development and Evaluation, to test efficacy of different fitness app features.


The study will involve using a randomly assigned fitness app developed specifically for this study. Participants will need to:

Download the app to their personal mobile device (Android only);

Use the app as desired for approximately 8 weeks;

Take a survey on health behaviors at the beginning and end of the 8 weeks;


Participants will receive $10 at the end of the study. Participants must be age 18 and older and not pregnant.To participate, contact Herrmann at for access to your unique participant PIN and the link to the pre-study survey.



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