Leslie Holmes Student Center, under the Division of Finance
and Facilities, is an integral part of the education program
of the university complementing the classroom experience
with out-of-classroom learning opportunities. It is a setting in which students can develop leadership
skills and experience personal fulfillment. The Center offers cultural, social,
and recreation activities that make study and leisure
cooperation factors in higher education.
The Holmes Student Center provides a variety of
facilities and services for the daily use and convenience
of the members of the university community, students,
faculty, staff, alumni, guests, and visitors.
Food Service operations include: The Blackhawk
Food Court, which is open Monday thru Friday for work day service, features a grill to order station, a self-serve breakfast buffet, and lunch buffet with wide varieties of salads, entrees, and desserts. The Center Café, a favorite with
the students, houses a Subway, Huskies Hub(a snack & grill corner), and
a Starbucks Coffee Corner with muffins and sweet rolls.
The Ellington Room offers full service dining, during the spring and fall semester, hosted by students in the Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Administration program, FCNS 320 class. On line reservations can be made at http://www.chhs.niu.edu/luncheons/reservations/index.shtml.
The Holmes Student Center, Food Service, Catering Department provides both NIU and the surrounding area contracted services ranging from refreshments, receptions, and buffets to full service banquets: serving 20-1500 guests. More details can be found at http://www.niu.edu/hsc.
The Center features seventy-four hotel guest rooms and
three executive suites in the tower section.
The rooms include twin, queen, and king bed accommodations,
TV, air conditioning, and wireless network connection for suites. Four of the rooms are equipped to accommodate the needs
of a physically handicapped person. Located in the very center of campus, the guest rooms
offer all the amenities and services appropriate to a
space ranges from the large multi-purpose Duke Ellington
Ballroom with a seating capacity of 2000 to medium and
small conference facilities seating from 10 to 1000. Twenty-three major meeting rooms
provide the Center with the ability to serve any size
group with the appropriate size facility. Lectures, debates,
as well as major performances from big bands to rock concerts
are scheduled in the Center for the enjoyment and pleasure
of the university community. Art displays in the Gallery Lounge
complement the educational atmosphere of the Center by
featuring works by guest artists from around the country
as well as by student artists from the university’s
renowned art department.
The Huskie Den is the Holmes Student Center’s
recreation area which features videos, TV, billiard tables,
arcade games, Wii, PlayStation, X-Box consoles, poker night, and bowling lanes.
A favorite with the students of NIU, the Den conducts
tournaments, special theme night events, and glo-bowling.
The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education
holds bowling classes in the Den during the academic year.
Holmes Student Center Bookstore maintains 30,000 square
feet dedicated to textbooks, general and trade books,
art and school supplies, NIU-imprinted clothing, gifts,
and greeting cards for all occasions. The Center provides
copy machines, ATM's, and a full service bank for fast
and convenient check cashing and banking services.
faculty, staff and guests can study, socialize, watch
TV, and relax in the large, comfortable lounges on the
main floor of the Center. The Campus Assistance Information
Desk on the main floor assists with information and answers
questions about the Center and the university. The Center
provides office space for Ombudsman, Employee Services & Human Resources Development, Orientation, University
Conferences and Institutes, Employee Assistance Office,
OneCard ID Services, Commuter & Non-Traditional Student Services,TCF Bank, and LGBT Resource Center.
Open early morning and late night seven days
a week, the Holmes Student Center is the “Living
Room and Front Door” for the Northern Illinois University