Council of Councils

The Council of Councils is returning to NIU
for its 20th anniversary!

Please join us on October 19 and 20, 2017

The Council of Councils is an annual conference for state of Illinois public university civil service staff council members. We hope you will join us for a day of important state legislation updates, professional development and networking.


Thursday, October 19
Ellington Restaurant, Holmes Student Center

  • 5 - 6 p.m.: Cash Bar
    • Appetizers: cheese, crackers and vegetable tray with dip
  • 6 - 7 p.m.: Plated dinner
    • Menu: mixed field green salad, dinner rolls, Chicken De Provence, bourboun beef sirloin, red-skinned mashed potatoes, chef's choice seasonal vegetable and vegetarian options with cheese cake for dessert

Friday, October 20
Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center

  • 8 - 9 a.m.: Registration and continental breakfast
  • 8:45 - 9 a.m.: Restorative Relaxation
  • 9 - 9:15: Welcome from NIU Acting President Lisa Freeman
  • 9:15 - 10:15: Keynote
  • 10:30 - 11:30: SUCCS and SURS presentations
  • 11:30 - 11:45: NIUAA and SUAA presentation
  • 11:45 - 1: Lunch and NIU School of Music concert
    • Menu: minestrone soup, caesar salad, vegetarian italian pasta salad, grilled chicken strips and fresh melon tray with angel food cake (topped with chocolate sauce, strawberries and whipped topping) for dessert
  • 1 - 2: Breakout sessions
    • Workplace Relationships and the Age of Austerity
      Michael Oswalt, J.D. - NIU College of Law
    • Aligning Your Department's Values, Vision and Mission: Strategies and Tips
      Alicia M. Schatteman, Ph.D. - NIU Department of Public Administration
  • 2 - 3: Council presidents panel discussion and open forum
  • 3:15 - 4: Optional campus bus tour


Events will be held at the Holmes Student Center and Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center.

Parking at Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center: Park in lots 35/H (outside the west entrance of the building) or L (just south of the building)


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel at Holmes.

Call 815-753-1444 for booking.