NIU official announcements for employees

Week of January 8, 2018


Archived Announcements




·         Wednesday, Jan. 10: STEM Café: The Vinyl Resurgence: Fueled by Frenzy or Scientific Fact

·         Thursday, Jan. 11: NIU Staff Bowling & Huskie Food Drive Kick-off




·         New mileage reimbursement rate / Revised employee travel voucher available

·         Changes made to Anderson Hall parking lots for Spring 2018 semester

·         Weight Watchers at Work free informational meeting

·         Quilts exhibit extended at the Pick Museum

·         Make fitness a year-round resolution with NIU FitWell




·         Host a Huskie Service Scholars Team to help you engage with the community

·         Nominations sought for 2018 Operating Staff Outstanding Service awards

·         Serve as a judge at the History Fair






New mileage reimbursement rate / Revised employee travel voucher available

Effective Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, the personal mileage reimbursement rate changed to $0.545 per mile. The travel voucher form located on the Accounts Payable webpage is updated to reflect this change. Please use this form for any travel occurring after Jan. 1, 2018.

Changes made 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. was formerly Lot B has been changed to blue permit spaces and renamed Lot 2.

What was formerly Lot 2 has been designated for yellow permits and renamed Lot E.

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

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. Recent surveys of these lots showed that, on average, there were 35 unoccupied blue spaces in what was formerly Lot 2. This change reallocated a portion of the spaces that are not being used by blue permit holders to yellow permit holders for the benefit of our students and overall enrollment while still preserving sufficient parking for faculty and staff.

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.

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

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

Weight Watchers at Work free informational meeting

We would like to start a “Weight Watchers at Work” group on campus for this spring. To learn more about the program and to answer questions, a free informational meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 12:30 - 1 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center – Blackhawk East. To be able to have a group, we will need at least 15 employees or students to commit to be a part of the group.

If you are interested in joining and are unable to attend the informational meeting, please contact the NIU Employee Assistance Program (EAP) with your interest and the days of the week that work best with your schedule from 12 - 1 p.m. You may contact us at 815-753-9191 or by email:

If you are on any of the State of Illinois Employee insurance programs, this program is covered up to $200/every 3 years. If you are not on one of the State Illinois Employee insurance programs, you may want to check with your insurance provider to see if they will also reimburse for this program.

Quilts exhibit extended at the Pick Museum

The Pick Museum of Anthropology's exhibition, “Quilts and Human Rights” has been extended through Friday, May 11. The museum is offering free customizable exhibit tours, collections tours, research and writing opportunities, and hands-on learning exercises to support students and faculty this spring.

·         Class tours can be tailored to cover a wide range of topics including but not limited to activism, social justice, fiber arts, institutional racism, sexism, LGBTQ+ rights, Native American sovereignty, labor, anti-violence and more.

·         Scavenger hunts are available for students to conduct during class time or on their own time for class or extra credit.

·         Group curatorial projects can be customized to teach students how museums develop and design exhibits, allowing students to creatively reinterpret objects.

·         Object based learning can get students out of the classroom and utilizing the museum’s collections for a variety of research and hands-on opportunities.

·         Special events can be hosted at the museum and customized to fit any faculty, staff or student group’s needs.

We can help! Reserve a tour today or contact the museum curator, Laura McDowell Hopper at or 815-753-2011 to discuss how the museum can support your course goals.

Make fitness a year-round resolution with NIU FitWell

The NIU FitWell Program is an exercise and wellness program for NIU employees, family members, alumni, retirees and residents of the NIU community.

FitWell membership includes:

Use of the fitness facilities at the Student Recreation Center, Anderson Hall, Gabel Hall, Gilbert Hall, New Hall and Chick Evans Field House

·         Use of Anderson Pool for water exercise and lap swim

·         Use of the Outdoor Recreation Complex

·         A wide variety of Group Exercise classes (land and aquatic exercise)

·         Locker and towel service in Anderson Hall and the Student Recreation Center

·         Physical fitness assessments, exercise prescriptions, and health and nutrition education

The NIU FitWell program will be holding walk-in registration at Anderson Hall 126 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, and Friday, Jan. 12. Sign up during walk-in registration and receive a new member goodie-bag! You can also register at the Student Recreation Center when it is open. For more information on registration, program hours and classes, fees and facilities, please visit the FitWell webpage or email



Host a Huskie Service Scholars Team to help you engage with the community

NIU’s Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) is currently accepting campus site supervisor applications for the Huskie Service Scholars (HSS) program for the 2018-2019 academic year. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The HSS program was designed to develop a critical peer network and to provide necessary support for NIU freshmen and first-semester transfer students while they engage in service-learning work on campus and in the community. The program is specifically geared towards first-generation or Pell grant eligible undergraduate students.

Students receive a $1,200 tuition waiver through NIU’s Scholarship Office after successful completion of the program. Service to the campus partner is a regular commitment that students make each week. Hours in office is dependent upon the office’s needs and the student’s availability.

The service projects that students engage in should help them to understand and contribute to the mission of their site, allow the student to interact with faculty, staff and students across campus, and challenge them to use critical thinking skills. In return, campus partners provide students with projects and tasks that are within their interest range, and help them to practice and develop the skills they need within their major. In the past, the scholars in the program have assisted offices in a variety of ways, including programming prep work, data collection, tabling events and volunteer projects put on by the respective campus partners. In addition, students propose a yearlong service-learning project related to their campus site that they present at the Community Engagement Showcase at the end of the program.

Participation in HSS helps students to grow and expand their knowledge on how they can serve their community and enhance their education through real-world experiences.

Please register to become a site supervisor at the following link:

If you are interested in becoming a site supervisor and have questions, please contact the OSEEL office at or call 815-753-8154.

Nominations sought for 2018 Operating Staff Outstanding Service awards

Do you know an employee who goes above and beyond the call of duty? Please consider nominating them for the OSC Outstanding Award.

This award is presented each year to recognize individual Civil Service employees who demonstrate outstanding service and who make significant contributions to the university and to the community.

Up to four awards are given out each year and will be presented at the annual Operating Staff Service Awards Banquet in the spring.

Eligible employees must be full- or part-time status civil service employees who have been continuously employed at NIU since Feb. 1, 2012, or before.

The nomination form and additional information can be found at:

Deadline for nominations is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Serve as a judge at the History Fair

It is History Fair planning time again. We invite you to serve as a judge for student papers, projects or both for the Fifty-fifth annual Northern Illinois Regional History Fair to be held Saturday, Feb. 24.

Paper judges will be sent approximately 6-8 short papers in January to evaluate and return to our office within two weeks. The papers will be 1,500 - 2,500 word research papers.

Website judges will be sent 4-6 links to student-created websites in January to evaluate with the score cards returned to our office within two weeks.

We would be pleased if you would honor the fair by serving as a judge. If you are interested, please fill out the form located here: stating your category preference no later than Monday, Jan. 15. We will make every effort to accommodate your preference. You will be contacted with more information relating to the fair day schedule in early February.

If you have any questions, comments and/or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 815-753-5200 or by email at We hope to hear from you soon!

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