In an effort to better highlight its role as the campus centerpiece for student life, the Holmes Student Center has merged with the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.
The transition of the Holmes Student Center operations to SAEM will align well with the goals and objectives of both units.
“I believe the Holmes Student Center is at the heart of our campus and is vital to student engagement and recruitment,” said Eric Weldy, Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. “The departments within our division have a strong, long-standing working relationship with HSC, and we are thrilled to augment that work through this organizational change.”
Renovations for the HSC are in their early stages, and Weldy believes the planned improvements will provide endless potential for the enrichment of the campus experience for students and other university constituents.
The recent introduction of the Commons Café, featuring a rotation of menu items from HSC dining services and activities associated with the center, is an example of one of the immediate enhancements to the facilities and services of HSC.
A campus working group is also looking at possible long-term improvements to services, including review of implementing a clearinghouse for reservation of general use (non-academic) space and enhanced conference services.
“For many, many years the Holmes Student Center has partnered with Student Affairs, which now includes Enrollment Management, in the interest of serving NIU students,” said Norm Jenkins, Holmes Student Center director. “This merger presents us with the opportunity to enhance that service, while at the same time serving important regional constituents. For certain, we can be very excited about what the future holds for NIU.”