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Facilities management has never been a 9-5 job with plenty of time to invest in your future. Make completing an IFMA program with NIU a priority, and transform your position into your profession.

Download a PDF version of the NIU brochure here.

Students will benefit from a hands-on learning experience and valuable exposure to the 11 major FM competency areas as identified by IFMA. The course will help attendees grow in the facility management profession, advance their career and better communicate with members of their FM department or team.

Upcoming Dates                 Event Nbr   Register Online

6/05-6/6/2014                     #13314

Location: Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council,
Suite 1900, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago IL

The cost of each class is: $695 - Regular   $595 - IFMA member/NIU alumni
Class times are: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Certified Facility Manager LogoCertified Facility Manager® (CFM) Review
Demonstrate Your Experience and Commitment
NIU’s IFMA approved CFM review and competency courses help you earn the CFM credential and earn recognition for your expertise. These courses are ideal for experienced FM professionals who meet IFMA’s education and experience requirements.

NIU Naperville

IFMA’s Certified Facility Manager® (CFM) credential is the most respected global credential in facility management. The CFM sets the industry standard for ensuring the knowledge and competence of practicing facility managers.

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NIU Logo and Title Partnership Logo (IFMA) Earn your IFMA credential in 2014.  Enroll in a NIU program today.


Contact Donna Mann at dmann@niu.edu or 815-732-6249 or visit us at www.fm.niu.edu

Register for NIU’s IFMA Programs at www.fm.niu.edu or call us at

Download a PDF version of the NIU brochure here.

In The News

Business Achievement: Cullen receives IFMA scholarship

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Scholarship Winners

The winners of the 2013 CIC-IFMA Scholarships are:
Jensen Falker and Kathryn Cullen
(Hint: Just click on their names to view their photos and bios.)

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Bio Photo of Jeremy Morris Spotlight Member

We are pleased to introduce Jeremy Morris of COUNTRY Financial, to you. Jeremy is our new Spotlight Member. We need more members to step up, like Jeremy has, become a spotlight member, and let your fellow chapter members get to know you!
Send us your bio and photo today!
Or just email us and we'll give you a call.
Get to know Jeremy here.
Thanks, Jeremy, for agreeing to be our latest Spotlight Member!

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Thought for the Month:

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
 - Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) - Contributed by: Jack Moody

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Regional Green Building Case Study

The Children's Discovery Museum (pictured below) was evaluated in a 2009 Regional Green Building Case Study. The Project Supporter was the Grand Victoria Foundation and Project Partners were the U.S. Green Building Council-Chicago Chapter, the U.S. EPA, Region 5, the City of Chicago Department of Environment and Department of Zoning Land Use Planning, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and the Delta Institute. You can read the findings on page 40 of the document, which can be found here. (You will need Adobe Reader to view this paper.)

The photo below is courtesy of Tretter Glenn Home Match Team.

GBCI CMP LogoThe FMP program has been approved by GBCI for LEED credential maintenance. LEED Professionals can earn 60 general CE hours upon successful completion of the FMP program.

Operations & Maintenance
NIU Naperville
Next Class Date T.B.A.

Project Management
NIU Naperville

Leadership and Strategy Essentials
NIU Naperville

Finance and Business Essentials
NIU Naperville

GBCI CMP LogoThis SFP course is GBCI approved. LEED-certified professionals can earn 70 general CE hours upon successful completion.

Focus Area 1
Strategy & Alignment for Sustainable Facility Management
NIU Naperville
March 21 & 22, 2014

Focus Area 2
Managing Sustainable Facilities
NIU Naperville
April 11 & 12, 2014

Focus Area 3
Operating Sustainable Facilities
NIU Naperville
May 2 & 3, 2014

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Sustainability Facility Professional™ (SFP) Program
Become an SFP and play a leadership role in creating, managing and operating sustainable facilities.
The SFP is the new credential for FMs seeking a higher level of sustainable performance. Go farther, faster. Engage all your company’s FM assets to truly maximize triple bottom line results.

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Facility Management Professional® (FMP) Series
Build Your Career on a Solid Foundation
The IFMA FMP Credential Program™ at NIU helps you earn the FMP credential and equips you with the knowledge and skills that today’s global FM employers demand. This program is ideal for new and transitioning facility managers and industry suppliers.


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Click here for an important message from Kathy Roper, CFM, CFMJ, LEED, AP, IFMA Fellow regarding the importance of becoming an IFMA member and participating in the important opportunities membership offers.

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It’s time for the 2014 Scholarship Golf Outing!

SummaryMay 2014 Chapter Program: 13th Annual CI Chapter of IFMA Scholarship Golf Outing       
It's 2014 and it's time to start thinking about participating in the Central Illinois Chapter of IFMA's highly successful and extremely fun annual golf outing to raise money for student scholarships. Every year we hand out one or more student scholarships to students who apply, and who are studying architecture, facility management, interior design, engineering, or any other field of study centered around the built environment.

This year we will again be using a scramble format, and you do not need to be an IFMA member to participate, although we would like at least one team member to be an IFMA member, or the team sponsored by an IFMA member. We would love to see the ladies participate, and have at least one on each team, but not a requirement.


When: Monday, May 19, 2014 from 10:30 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Where: Crestwicke Country Club, Bloomington.

Attire: Casual

FEES: (per golfer)

Golf Registration with Dinner: $90.00

Golf Registration with Dinner and Box Lunch: $99.00

RSVP BY: Monday, May 12, 2014

If you received an invitation via e-mail please use the link in that email to RSVP. If you did not receive an invitation, please visit the links below. You can go to the Invitation, view the Event Summary and Agenda and even Register immediately.

Thank you for your interest in the CICIFMA Scholarship Golf Outing!

View the event invitation.

Online registration for this event.

Visit the event web page.

View this event's agenda.

Do you want to be a sponsor? Please use this form (pdf format) or this form (Microsoft Word format).

From the Chapter PresidentClick this banner to read the latest Chapter NewsJohn Huffman, President of the Central Illinois Chapter of IFMA

Okay a show of hands…how many had ever heard of the Polar Vortex prior to this winter season? Hands down…now how many are ready for winter to conclude and spring to….well spring into action? While it is hard to imagine that winter will ever conclude this year, nature tells us it will. Have you noticed the flocks of geese beginning to head north? Anyone other than me heard the cardinals beginning to sing in the mornings? How about the game of dodge the potholes as you drive to and from work daily? Yes, there are small signs that spring is on the way. Another sign of spring forthcoming is the announcement of the annual Central Illinois Chapter Golf Outing. Check out the sign-up information located just below this article on the website. The event this year will be held on Monday, May 19th at Crestwicke Country Club in Bloomington. The fee for the outing will remain at $90 a player. That fee includes golf, cart, dinner and prizes following the outing. New this year is the option to include a box lunch for an additional $9. Crestwicke has recently undergone a $500,000 redevelopment with most of the greens being rebuilt and several other improvements to the course. With this being the primary fundraiser for our annual scholarship program, we hope to see a full 72 player field for the event, maybe even more. To sign up for the outing please visit the website. Registration closes May 12th.

Our scholarship program is in full swing with the board awaiting applicants. We have had several inquiries from interested individuals so we are hoping to award multiple scholarships again this year. This time of year is also the perfect time to begin to think about your own professional development. If you look at the lower right side of the homepage you will see several IFMA related courses at Northern Illinois University in March, April and May. Included is a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) review course on May 16th at the NIU-Naperville campus. Don’t forget, Central Illinois Chapter members receive a special rate of $295 for this review course if you enroll before May 1st. Otherwise the course fee is $395.

I had the pleasure of attending several seminars at World Workplace in October and a few webinars over the winter wherein the topic of demand for qualified Facility Managers was discussed. Across the country and the globe, the demand for Facility Managers is increasing with those of us in the Baby Boomer age nearing retirement. Just today, all IFMA Chapter leaders received a message from Jeffrey Tafel, Executive Director of the IFMA Foundation with the following information. “FM has a huge problem heading our way — an enormous workforce gap. As a growing profession, combined with the expectation that more than half of today’s practitioners will retire in the next decade, there are going to be thousands of FM jobs that will need to be filled. Further, our buildings, facilities and workplaces continue to be increasingly complex and technical with high expectations for financial stewardship (ROI), increased productivity and occupant satisfaction. That’s a mighty tall order. ASU professor Kenneth Sullivan published a study in 2008 on the FM profession. From his findings: The results indicate that there is an inefficient number of FMs entering the field to account for the high rate of attrition that will occur in the next 10 to 15 years. The main reason for the lack in new facility managers is the severely limited number of formal academic programs that specifically educate students in FM.

It is never too early to begin to prepare for future opportunities within the FM world and what better way than to obtain the Certified Facility Manager certification.  I was recently contacted by Dr. Tom Erekson at Western Illinois University. Dr. Erekson was excited to tell me that WIU is in the process of finalizing plans for a full degree program in Facility Management including a Master’s Degree program. The board of the chapter has voted our support to the development of this program.   Watch for more exciting news as we hear more and become more involved.

Finally, we are also in the development stage for programs so stayed tuned for more about those as we finalize the details. As always, we value any input you may have on the programs for 2014. Stay warm and keep watching for those signs of spring.

President, Central Illinois IFMA