Huskie Minute – January 9, 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

2014 Regional Meetings

Huskie Family Connections enthusiastically announces the dates for the 2014 series of Regional Meetings. NIU Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management (SA&EM) administrators will join HFC on three evenings in February to meet with you, our NIU families. Please come for an evening of open dialogue, great refreshments, and warm collegiality. Meet Dr. E. Weldy, Vice President for SA&EM, Dr. K. Wesener Michael, Associate Vice President for SA&EM, and other executive directors. Let us know how we can better serve your student. What are we doing well? What can we improve upon?

2/5/14 at NIU DeKalb Campus

2/11/14 at NIU Rockford Campus

2/27/14 at NIU Hoffman Estates Campus

All meetings will be held from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. e-invitations will be sent to those in each region; however, you are welcome to attend any meeting. Please RSVP to with names, number of attendees, and location choice. Directions and room number will be forwarded.   

Leadership Academy

Encourage your students to enroll in the Leadership Academy today! The Leadership Academy is a three-tiered, self-paced leadership program (i.e., students can complete the activities as their schedule allows!)

Our goal is for your student to graduate from the Leadership Academy by the time they graduate from NIU. Through the Leadership Academy, students have the opportunity to join organizations, attend workshops, write reflections, become a mentor, and much more. The Leadership Academy is fun AND looks great on a resume! More specifically, joining the Leadership Academy can enhance students’ applications for Student Involvement & Leadership Development’s yearly Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards (which include tuition waivers!) Students can fill out an application to join the Leadership Academy on the Leadership Academy website at

This spring, SILD’s Leadership Academy is hosting another series of leadership workshops! In our fall semester, the Leadership Academy workshops were facilitated by a variety of knowledgeable staff members and saw an increased number of participants.Below are additional details for the spring Leadership Academy workshops. Please encourage your students to put these workshops in their planners so they are fully prepared for the spring semester!

Culturally Competent Leadership

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Campus Life Building, Room 100

Career & Leadership Development: How do they Connect?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Campus Life Building, Room 100

Encouraging the Heart

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Campus Life Building, Room 100

Student Organization Leader Panel

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Campus Life Building, Room 100 

Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Campus Life Building, Room 100

End-of-the-Year Leadership Academy Celebration

Thursday, May 1, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Campus Life Building, Room 100 

If you have any questions about the Leadership Academy or the Leadership Academy workshops, contact Kelli Bradley, Assistant Director for Leadership and Student Organizational Services, at or 815-753-6505.

Kevin D. Knight Leadership Award Applications Now Available!  

Is your student an involved student leader? Do you believe your student should be recognized for all they do as a leader at NIU? If so, your student should consider applying for a Kevin D. Knight Leadership Award! Student Involvement & Leadership Development is offering students the opportunity to be recognized for their leadership and involvement at NIU. Institutional Tuition Waivers and Leadership Awards for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students are just a few of the awards available. All award winners will be formally recognized at the Kevin D. Knight Award Ceremony on Sunday, April 27, 2014. 

You and your student are encouraged to visit Student Involvement & Leadership Development’s Leadership Awards website at to learn more about the application process and to download applications today! Students MUST turn in all completed applications by Friday, February 14, 2014. Please contact Kelli Bradley, Assistant Director for Leadership and Student Organizational Services, at or 815-753-6505 with any questions.

Emergency Alerts

NIU students have the ability to register up to two additional contacts to receive emergency alerts. These contacts can be parents, spouses, family members or anyone else.In the event of a situation that presents an imminent and verifiable danger to the campus community, notifications will be sent to the parents, spouses and others AFTER a message has been sent to all students and employees. The primary purpose of this service is to notify the people on campus as quickly as possible when an emergency occurs. Read more

Residence Hall Information

Please visit the Residence Hall web page for important information and dates regarding Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 sign-up.

Science Fun Brought to You by NIU STEM

STEM Cafe: Saving the Brain - New Breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s Research January 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Eduardo's Restaurant Dr. Doug Wallace will share his research into the spatial disorientation observed in Alzheimer's patients and discuss new therapies that could improve lives of the newly diagnosed.         

I <3 Engineering: An Evening of Family Fun at the DuPage Children's Museum

February 7, 5:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, and prize giveaways related to the children's book Rosie Reve, Engineer. Author Andrea Beaty will be on hand to sign books and share in the fun. No registration necessary. Museum admission price applies.

Best Picture Film Festival

The Egyptian Theatre, downtown DeKalb is partnering with NIU to bring the community a film series featuring Best Picture films through the decades.  NIU Department of English, Department of Communications, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and the Honor Program, along with local businesses are jointly sponsoring this event.  NIU faculty will lead post-film discussions.   Starting when the theatre opened in 1929, Academy Award winning Best Picture films were chosen each decade to create this film series.  January shows are "All Quiet on the Western Front" 1/14/14, "It Happened One Night" 1/21/14, and "Casablanca" 1/28/14; all showing at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available for each individual film or in a discounted package ticket for the entire series.   Single show admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For further details

Important Dates

1/9 Residence Halls re-open

1/13 Classes begin – Welcome Back!

1/19 Last day for undergrads to withdraw from full-semester course

1/20 University closed in honor of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. holiday

2/1 last day to apply for Spring 2014 graduation


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.