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Holmes Student Center
General Information
Procedure No. 15-1
Issued 8/2010

The 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

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

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 full-service hotel.

Meeting 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.

The 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.

Students, 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 campus.