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If you want to make a difference, and help Huskie students need, consider participating in the Giving Project. The Operating Staff Council (OSC) is hosting workshops as a way for NIU Huskies to give to others. Join some Huskies who are excited about creating practical and useful items for those in need while collaborating on ideas for projects.

The next workshop is scheduled for 12 to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, in the Glidden Room of the HSC. More information and other workshop dates are listed at www.niu.edu/osc. Come to one or all! Current staff, students and faculty are welcome, as well as NIU retirees.

Bring a current project, a crochet hook if you want to learn how to crochet, knitting needles if you’d like to learn how to knit, or scissors if you’d like to make “plarn” (plastic yarn made from grocery bags that is used in making tote bags for students). Other current projects are baby blankets, scarves and washcloths. Participants are making items for NIU students who utilize the Huskie Food Pantry, and parents who have children enrolled in the Child Development Lab.

Yarn and plastic bags will be provided. A limited number of crochet hooks and knitting needles are also available.

RSVP to Pam Roesner at [email protected] or OSC at [email protected].

Barbara Andree, Office Manager, College of Education teaches Lisa March, Office Support Specialist, Public Administration, how to crochet a granny square baby blanket.

Date posted: April 18, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Craft to help others April 25

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My role and performance as president is reviewed annually by the Board of Trustees to aid in goal-setting for the coming year, and this June will mark my fourth anniversary. The board and I agree that it is an appropriate time – and considered a best practice in the higher education community – to conduct a “360 degree review” to garner feedback from across the university at this phase. Our goal is to come away with feedback that will aid in understanding what has been successful, what potential exists for growth and what improvements need to be made.

Because we are opening this process to faculty, staff and students, timing is critical as the end of the semester draws near. With direction from the board, the university has chosen Greenwood/Asher & Associates from a list of vendors approved by the Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative to conduct the review and to collect relevant information for the review within the next two weeks. The firm is led by individuals who have both previously served as tenured professors and presidents at four-year universities, and who specialize in finding leaders and evaluating leadership for universities across the country.

The team will facilitate face-to-face interviews (individually and in groups) with approximately 100 members of the university community. The interview process will include representatives from the Faculty Senate, the Operating Staff Council, the Supportive Professional Staff Council and the Student Association. The leaders of each group have been asked to assist in identifying appropriate representatives to participate in the review. To encourage open and honest feedback during this process, the names of participants will not be released. Interviewers also will speak with alumni, members of the Board of Trustees, deans, members of the senior cabinet and all those who report directly to the president.

We anticipate that results of the review will be presented to members of the Board of Trustees in the May-June timeframe to inform their annual presidential evaluation, which under a new state law effective this year must be posted on the university’s website.

I welcome and value honest and constructive feedback as part of my professional development, and I look forward to learning more.

Date posted: April 17, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Baker Report: An Opportunity for Feedback

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sos-licenseNIU students, faculty, staff and local residents can renew driver’s licenses and state IDs, purchase annual vehicle license plate stickers, register as organ and tissue donors or conduct other transactions on campus at a mobile office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

In addition, NIU collegiate license plates will be available for purchase. Sales help to support NIU scholarship funds.

The mobile office will visit campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017, in the lower level of the Holmes Student Center.

Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, cash, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards. Other services available include vehicle title registration and parking placards for persons with disabilities.

A complete list of acceptable forms of identification is online.

Date posted: April 10, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Secretary of State’s office returns to NIU April 17

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If you want to make a difference, and help Huskie students need, consider participating in the Giving Project. The Operating Staff Council (OSC) is hosting workshops as a way for NIU Huskies to give to others. Join some Huskies who are excited about creating practical and useful items for those in need while collaborating on ideas for projects.

The next workshop is scheduled for 12 to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, in the Glidden Room of the HSC. More information and other workshop dates are listed at www.niu.edu/osc. Come to one or all! Current staff, students and faculty are welcome, as well as NIU retirees.

Bring a current project, a crochet hook if you want to learn how to crochet, knitting needles if you’d like to learn how to knit, or scissors if you’d like to make “plarn” (plastic yarn made from grocery bags that is used in making tote bags for students). Other current projects are baby blankets, scarves and washcloths. Participants are making items for NIU students who utilize the Huskie Food Pantry, and parents who have children enrolled in the Child Development Lab.

Yarn and plastic bags will be provided. A limited number of crochet hooks and knitting needles are also available.

RSVP to Pam Roesner at [email protected] or OSC at [email protected].

Barbara Andree, Office Manager, College of Education teaches Lisa March, Office Support Specialist, Public Administration, how to crochet a granny square baby blanket.

Date posted: April 4, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Craft to help others April 11

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Items that The Giving Project made for Huskie students in need. Scarves and tote bags are available at the Huskie Food Pantry (on a first come first serve basis)

If you want to make a difference, and help community members in need, consider participating in The Giving Project. The Operating Staff Council (OSC) is hosting workshops as a way for NIU Huskies to give to others. Join some Huskies who are excited about creating practical and useful items for those in need while collaborating on ideas for projects.

The next workshop is scheduled for 12 to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, in the Glidden Room of the HSC. More information and other workshop dates are listed at www.niu.edu/osc. Come to one or all! Current staff, students and faculty are welcome, as well as NIU retirees.

Bring a current project, a crochet hook if you want to learn how to crochet, or scissors if you’d like to make “plarn” (plastic yarn made from grocery bags that is used in making tote bags for students in need and sleeping mats for homeless people without shelter.) Yarn and plastic bags will be provided.

RSVP to Pam Roesner at [email protected] or OSC at [email protected].

 

Date posted: March 23, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Craft to help others March 28

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The University Libraries Dean candidates will be on campus beginning Tuesday, March 21. There are four candidates for this position. Below are the open forum session times and locations. The candidate CVs will be posted on this page 24-48 hours prior to interview. For information about attending other sessions or the full schedules, please contact Liz Wright at [email protected] or 753-9400.

Tuesday, March 21
Candidate 1
Open Forum: 1 – 2 p.m., Altgeld Hall Room 315

Friday, March 24
Candidate 2
Open Forum: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Altgeld Hall Room 315

Thursday, March 30
Candidate 3
Open Forum: 1 – 2 p.m., Altgeld Hall Room 315

Tuesday, April 4
Candidate 4
Open Forum: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Altgeld Hall Room 315

The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology Dean candidates will be on campus beginning this week as well. The open sessions for the candidates are being held in the college. If you are interested in attending a session outside of the college, please contact Liz Wright at [email protected] or 753-9400, who can assist in providing you additional opportunities. The candidate CVs will be posted on this page 24-48 hours prior to interview.

Thursday, March 23
Candidate 1
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. – CEET Dean Open Forum for Faculty and Staff in EB, Room 354
3:15 – 4 p.m. – CEET Dean Open Forum for Faculty and Staff in EB, Room 354

Monday, March 27
Candidate 2
10:00 – 10:45 a.m.– CEET Dean Open Forum for Faculty and Staff in EB, Room 354
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. – CEET Dean Open Forum for Faculty and Staff in EB, Room 354

Thursday, March 30
Candidate 3
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. – CEET Dean Open Forum for Faculty and Staff in EB, Room 354
3:15 – 4 p.m. – CEET Dean Open Forum for Faculty and Staff in EB, Room 354

Tuesday, April 4
Candidate 4
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. – CEET Dean Open Forum for Faculty and Staff in EB, Room 354
3:15 – 4 p.m. – CEET Dean Open Forum for Faculty and Staff in EB, Room 354

Date posted: March 19, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Forums with dean candidates for Libraries, Engineering and Engineering Technology begin this week

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Hiring process goes paperless; training continues

The process of searching and applying for jobs at NIU has a new look and the entire hiring process is now online for the following employee classifications: faculty, supportive professional staff, civil service, extra help and post docs. The new system is powered by PeopleAdmin, a leading provider of applicant tracking software and on-demand human resources solutions.

This new software allows for the collection of employment applications online, electronic screening of candidates, distribution of applications electronically to hiring managers and/or search committees and communication with candidates via e-mail.

It also offers a number of automated processes that will significantly improve the current hiring process. Some additional key capabilities and benefits of the applicant tracking software include the ability to:

  • Collect employment applications and materials online, eliminating the data entry and potential errors associated with traditional paper-based hiring processes
  • Provide automated status updates to candidates, improving communications and relationships with job applicants
  • Distribute employment applications to hiring managers online, saving time from downloading or scanning and emailing applications
  • Provide hiring managers and search committee members the ability to log in and view applicant pool information electronically wherever internet is available
  • Provide frequent and automated communication between hiring manager and HR regarding the status of their request
  • The ability to view where the request is at in the approval process
  • Allow candidates to update and edit their profile and resume and apply for multiple positions without having to re-do the application entirely

Additional training sessions are scheduled for employees who are responsible for processing or approving paperwork during the hiring process:

  • Tuesday, March 14 – 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 16 – 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

Contact Mollie Montgomery at [email protected] to reserve your spot at a training session.

To access the new system, as well as training guides and other instructions, visit http://go.niu.edu/employment/.

Date posted: March 13, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on New applicant tracking software launched

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sos-licenseNIU students, faculty, staff and local residents can renew driver’s licenses and state IDs, purchase annual vehicle license plate stickers, register as organ and tissue donors or conduct other transactions on campus at a mobile office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

In addition, NIU collegiate license plates will be available for purchase. Sales help to support NIU scholarship funds.

The mobile office will visit campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2017, in the lower level of the Holmes Student Center. The mobile office also will return to campus on Monday, April 17, 2017.

Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, cash, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards. Other services available include vehicle title registration and parking placards for persons with disabilities.

A complete list of acceptable forms of identification is online.

Date posted: March 13, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Secretary of State’s office returns to NIU March 20

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Items that The Giving Project made for Huskie students in need. Scarves and tote bags are available at the Huskie Food Pantry (on a first come first serve basis)

If you want to make a difference, and help community members in need, consider participating in The Giving Project. The Operating Staff Council (OSC) is hosting workshops as a way for NIU Huskies to give to others. Join some Huskies who are excited about creating practical and useful items for those in need while collaborating on ideas for projects.

The next workshop is scheduled for 12 to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, in the Glidden Room of the HSC. More information and other workshop dates are listed at www.niu.edu/osc. Come to one or all! Current staff, students and faculty are welcome, as well as NIU retirees.

Bring a current project, a crochet hook if you want to learn how to crochet, or scissors if you’d like to make “plarn” (plastic yarn made from grocery bags that is used in making tote bags for students in need and sleeping mats for homeless people without shelter.) Yarn and plastic bags will be provided.

RSVP to Pam Roesner at [email protected] or OSC at [email protected].

 

Date posted: March 9, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Craft to help others March 14

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This week I am working with our vice presidents to update the President’s Program Prioritization Progress Report released in November 2016. We are creating a chart to show the progress made to date, as well as pending work for administrative programs; this status update will go live online Wednesday, March 22.

We have accomplished a great deal in challenging times because of the hard work of our dedicated faculty and staff. Together, we are advancing our strategic goal of aligning the university’s mission and budget. I continue to be impressed with the way people from across the university have come together to move NIU forward.

Here, I want to inform you about a few administrative changes that have occurred or are in process to help us address our immediate and long-run needs.

Student Affairs: Program Prioritization inspired a re-examination of the structure of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Accordingly, a number of changes have taken place in an effort to improve student support services and increase efficiency. For example, our cultural resource centers (i.e., Latino Resource Center, Asian American Resource Center, Center for Black Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Resource Center) were moved under NIU’s chief diversity officer in Academic Affairs. Further, to create greater impact and alignment in our recruitment efforts, we integrated our Enrollment Management team with Marketing and Communications. With each of these moves, the goal was to be more strategic, impactful and effective, and the early signs are very positive. I plan to highlight each area in future Baker Reports.

In December, upon the departure of Eric Weldy, who served as vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, I asked Executive Vice President and Provost Lisa Freeman to oversee the Division of Student Affairs while we assessed the most effective way to organize the units that directly support NIU students. What became evident to the leadership of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs was the opportunity for greater synergy and a more positive impact on the undergraduate experience.

With full support from Kelly Wesener-Michael, associate vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students, and Mike Stang, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, I have asked Provost Freeman to permanently oversee these remaining functions in the Student Affairs division, thereby allowing for the elimination of the vice president of Student Affairs position and salary. I want to stress that this in no way diminishes our commitment to Student Affairs, and in fact, this is an increasingly common organizational structure in higher education. Next week’s Program Prioritization updates on the Campus Child Care Center, Student Involvement and Leadership Development and the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning will begin to highlight some of the benefits of this enhanced collaboration.

Legislative Affairs: Mike Mann, associate vice president for state government relations and liaison to the NIU Board of Trustees, has announced he is retiring this May after more than 30 years in Illinois higher education and state government. Mike has been a crucial and highly effective member of our leadership team, and will be missed by our university community. While we are saddened by Mike’s impending retirement, this also provides us with an opportunity to consider how to more effectively structure the position for future needs. Going forward, the person in this position will continue to serve as a liaison among university members and the board, but also will place a stronger emphasis on managing projects to enhance university operations, and act as a chief of staff.

Finance and Administration: With the recent retirement of Vice President for Administration and Finance Al Phillips, both Larry Pinkleton, associate vice president of Finance and Budget, and John Heckman, associate vice president of Facilities Management and Campus Services, now temporarily report to me while we search for a permanent replacement. In February, the Board of Trustees approved Larry to serve as acting chief financial officer. Al built a strong management team, and I am confident that Larry and John will continue to perform at a high level during this transition period.

These many changes will allow us to better serve the university by reducing our administrative expenses, and building on past reductions. My thanks to all of our faculty and staff as they continue to work in challenging times to fulfill our mission.

Date posted: March 8, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Baker Report: Making Progress in Challenging Times

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Last week, the NIU Student Association (SA) unveiled a mural in the Holmes Student Center outside the Center Cafe to commemorate their #OneLoveNIU campaign. The mural features images that were gathered through the campaign.

#OneLoveNIU launched after the November election, spearheaded by Student Association Director of Student Life Anthony Williams II, “to generate positive content and posts about people or aspects that we all appreciate about NIU in regards to diversity and inclusion in a time when we needed it most.”

The SA encouraged members of the NIU community to share pictures and social posts about who and what they love about the NIU community and include the hashtag #OneLoveNIU and a picture of a heart. Students and employees also chalked the campus – especially on Valentine’s Day – with positive messages about love and spreading positive vibes to one another.

Williams worked closely with Sophia Varcados and Diane Lyang, graphic designers in the Office of University Marketing and Creative Services, to produce the mural.

“The real work goes far beyond social media,” said Williams. “But when we are actually embodying the principle of having an altruistic love for one another and promoting diversity in our classrooms and our academic departments, in our professors and staff, in our residence halls and our student government, in our sport teams and in our resource centers, but most importantly in the relationships with one another in this NIU community.”

“When we begin to love one another in spite of the various traits that differentiate us, then we can begin to master the simple art of living together.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrpnKJEipL8

Date posted: March 6, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Student Association unveils #OneLoveNIU mural

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The campus community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Vice President of Administration and Finance Alan Phillips from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center.

Phillips will retire March 1, 2017, from a 40-year career serving in senior government and higher education leadership and management positions to spend time with his family, including a new grandchild. He announced his retirement in December.

Date posted: February 24, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Retirement reception planned for Alan Phillips Feb. 28

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