Huskie Minute – August 12, 2013

Dear Huskie Family Connections Member!

The following Huskie Minute features a few updates, events, and helpful tips to assist you and your student in having a safe and enjoyable fall semester. Beginning with the 2013 -2014 newly entering student group, ALL NIU families will begin receiving the Huskie Minute. Welcome to the Huskie Family!

In this issue


Parent Assist Summer Send Off - PASS It On

The first annual HFC PASS It ON was a great time! Our hosts, Terry and Jeff Howe graciously allowed us to claim their home as Huskie Territory for a fun afternoon filled with games, delicious food, and wonderful camaraderie. New and experienced Huskie families shared tips on Huskie success and formed new friendships. Soon-to-be NIU co-eds got to know one another and even found out that they just met someone who would be their neighbor, living in their residence hall. Jeff was the chef extraordinare, grilling burgers and dogs. Simple Sweets of Elgin provided us with delicious and beautiful desserts. The raffle prize, tickets to the Huskie Football home-opener, t-shirts, and newly released football team poster was won by Jessica Zych's family. All families left with a Huskie Family Connection tote bag filled with goodies. Remember guys, logo facing out! Check out the photos of the day on our web page


It will be here before you know it! Move-In Day for new students is Aug. 22, 2013. The Welcome Days committee has many events planned for your students and you to begin a great academic year. Huskie Family Connections will sponsor Family Fair on Aug. 22nd from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Recreation Center. Your student will be attending the Residence Hall meeting. Come join us for a little respite from the busy day and to find answers to last minute questions. Financial Aid will be ready with two stations for individual consultations and over 15 other NIU Resources will also be represented. For more information about all the Welcome Days events,

2013 Volunteer Fair 

Interested in volunteering in the DeKalb community or finding a student organization committed to community service? Attend the Student Involvement & Leadership Development Volunteer Fair anywhere between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Art Gallery Lounge in the Holmes Student Center to find a match for your interest! If you have any questions please call (815) 753 - 1421 or e-mail

Hotel Accommodations for Fall Family Weekend

NIU’s  hotel  in the Holmes Student Center has rooms available for Fall Family Weekend. Mention you are a member of Huskie Family Connections and receive 10% off. Call 815-753-1444 for reservations.  Or visit their website

Holiday Inn Express in Rochelle also has rooms available for Fall Family Weekend. Reserve your room and receive 20% off.

Huskie Den

NIU’s Huskie Den offers fundraising opportunities! The Huskie Den includes a 16 AMF bowling lanes plus shoe rentals, 12 billiard tables, over a dozen TV's, million song sound system, gaming lounge with huge game library. They will help plan and host your event to help you raise money for your organization.

Move In Day Tips From the PAC

Huskie Family Connections Parents' Advisory Board offers these helpful tips to make Move In day a little easier. Between DeKalb and Sycamore lie the strip malls. Many major retailers are located here. 1)You can order many items online and have them delivered to the DeKalb or Sycamore location. Then, instead of packing them into the car at home, you can pick them up once you get here. 2)Or, you can wait until you arrive in the land of NIU to pick up asundry items. Sometimes, you don't know exactly what you'll need, or what size of an item will fit in the space. You can check out the room, move in what you've brought from home, and pick up the rest of the stuff here. 3)By seeking out the strip mall area, or any of the greater DeKalb area, you are helping your student become acclimated to their academic home. Most of the strip malls are on Sycamore Road, which is IL Rt. 23 between DeKalb and Sycamore. Downtown DeKalb is Lincoln Hwy., or IL Rt. 38. Downtown Sycamore is State St., or IL Rt. 64.

Gilbert Hall

Check out Gilbert Hall, NIU’s newest renovated building for upper classman! It is now open for tours, room sign up and selection.

Encourage Your Student to Get Involved

Date: Sunday, August 25 3:00pm-5:00pm

Holmes Student Center

Encourage your student to make the college years count by getting involved at NIU! With nearly 300 student organizations on campus, there is something of interest to everyone. The Involvement Fair seeks to provide students with an opportunity to improve and strengthen networks within the NIU community and develop upon their leadership skills, while familiarizing themselves with campus organizations and the services that they provide. The Involvement Fair also provides students with opportunities to build their resume through campus involvement and community service initiatives by getting involved in student organizations and student projects.Encourage your student to come to the fair to meet the student leaders of these groups and learn how to get involved at Northern!


Final Note

If you prefer to have this information sent to a different email address or to remove your name from our mailing list, please notify the HFC staff at or by calling 815-753-4444.