Barbara Rice

Administrative Assistant, Human Resource Services

Everyone in Human Resource Services is committed to NIU's employees.

Barbara Rice, a member of the NIU family since 1998, elevates her commitment "above and beyond."

Among Rice's many duties, which include being "the voice" of supervisor and colleague Steve Cunningham and managing his busy schedule, is service to the university's shared governance. She coordinates annual faculty and staff recognition ceremonies that sometimes honor a collective 1,000 employees.

"Each spring, Barb becomes the 'field marshal' of functions. She organizes all the details, from invitations and guest lists, scripts, menus, decorations and job responsibilities for many of us who also work at these events," said Deborah Haliczer, director of employee relations. "It is a massive undertaking, like organizing a wedding for several hundred people each and every year."

"Barb's work on these events greatly exceeds the level of anticipated responsibility," Cunningham said, "and is a true representation of her dedication to our employees and staff councils."

Lauded for her friendly strength, calm, fortitude and integrity, Rice is always prepared to staff meetings, committees and advisory panels. She coordinates several HRS events and helps to produce the annual supplier diversity fair.

Since 2000, she has coordinated the university's annual campaign through the State Employees Charitable Appeal.

Away from work, Rice has been a Sunday School teacher, church choir member and on stage or backstage at community theater plays. She supports Hope Haven and Safe Passage and prepares homemade chicken soup for friends and family who are ill.

Barbara Rice