Huskie Minute – June 17, 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




The first Parent Assist Summer Send-off is scheduled for Saturday, July 27th. HFC PASS It On hosts, Terry and Jeff Howe have graciously offered their 2 acre yard in West Chicago for a late afternoon/early evening of good fellowship, volley ball, bocce ball, bags, burgers, and dogs on the grill. Share your NIU parenting knowledge with new families. Learn NIU parent strategy (like where the good parking spaces are, residence hall tips, helping your student acclimate, maybe find a car pool family!) Watch for an invitation e-mail coming soon. Space will be limited. Mark your calendar NOW!

Huskie Service Scholars - for New Students

HSS is a program that strives to develop a peer network and provide support that enables students to engage in service work on campus and in the community. First-generation or low income students entering NIU for the first time are placed into teams with an upper classmen mentor. Teams then work with a site supervisor to provide regular service to their campus partner. In addition, students will attend campus wide service events and collaborate to plan off campus service projects. Monthly meetings will provide collaboration, training, and reflection opportunities for students. At minimum, students will dedicate 300 hours to service work, mentoring, reflection, and training opportunities. Upon completion of 300 hours of service and meeting other requirements, students will receive a tuition waiver of $1,132. See more at


First-Year Connections

In support of the academic mission of the university and the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management mission, First-Year Connections (FYC) aims to help all first-year freshmen and transfer students successfully adjust to Northern Illinois University. Through student-focused programs, courses, and collaborative partnerships with faculty and staff, First-Year Connections strives to enhance students' academic achievement, increase the likelihood of students returning for their second year, and help students integrate into the academic and social communities found on NIU's campus.

Your student may want to explore UNIV 101:  The University Experience, a twelve-week, one credit-hour course designed exclusively for first year students. UNIV 201:  The Transfer Experience is a twelve-week, one credit-hour course designed specifically for transfer students. The course contains topics such as adjusting to life at NIU and getting involved on campus, establishing a solid GPA, who and where to go for help, living in a diverse community, staying healthy at college, preparing for your career. Registration is through the online system, MyNIU. For more information you can also call First-Year Connections at 815-753-0028 or e-mailing


Fall Family Weekend 2013

Mark your calendars for Fall Family Weekend. Plan a weekend of Huskie fun with your student beginning Friday, September 20th, 2013. This weekend has been designated Huskie Pride Weekend. Campus will be alive and kicking all weekend long! NIU's fabulous, reigning MAC Football Champions will host Eastern Illinois University for the season home-opener on Saturday, September 21st. We'll have it all; tailgating, a Huskie home win, and lots of family activities beginning Friday and ending in jubilant exhaustion on Sunday, September 22nd!

Friday evening will feature the amenities of the Holmes Student Center:

  • Casino Night, hosted by the Campus Activity Board. 
  • Huskie Den, Community Service, and the Huskie Service Scholars will join together to sponsor a fund-raiser, Bowling and Billiards for Alternative Spring Break.
  • The Holmes Student Center Hotel is offering all HFC families a 10% discount on rooms throughout the weekend.


  •   Amazing Dog Sled Race, a family scavenger hunt/tour highlighting our wonderful campus. Participate in competition as a family team, or pace yourselves and use the directions as a self-guided tour. Either way, you'll be AMAZED at all that is going on here at NIU! 
  • Oktoberfest Tailgating in conjunction with NIU Athletics. HFC will have their own gigantic tent inside the Athletics Oktoberfest Beer Garden.
  • The reigning MAC Champs, our very own NIU Huskie Football team will move on down the Eastern Illinois line to a (Lynn's prediction) victory. Tentative kick-off time is 6:00 p.m. HFC will have a fabulous deal on tickets.


  • Continue the celebration with a pancake breakfast, hosted by the Newman Catholic Student Center and in partnership with HFC and the Association of Campus Religious Organizations.
  • Families arriving later than Friday can participate in the Amazing Dog Sled Race on Sunday.
  • HFC, Campus Recreation, and the DeKalb County Tourism Office have bike paths mapped out for the short and long of it.

We've only just begun to plan events. Keep watching the HFC web page for details.


HFC Parents’ Advisory Council Constitution and Bylaws

Thanks to everyone who took the time to review and vote on our Constitution and Bylaws. The HFC PAC met in April to elect officers, set forth a plan of action, form sub-committees to carry out the action, and to begin preliminary plans for Fall Family Weekend. We are still looking for 5 interested adult family members to join the PAC. It’s a great group of people. Read our officers’ bios on our web page at



Contact Information

Don’t forget to update your mailing address as well as email information in order to insure that you are receiving all mailings and updates from Huskie Family Connections. Please contact Huskie Family Connections at 815-753-4444 or to update your personal information.




Huskie Alternative Break Site Leaders Wanted!

Is your student looking for leadership opportunities?  Do you think he/she would be interested in coordinating one of next year's Huskie Alternative Break sites? Encourage them to apply for a Site Leader position with Huskie Alternative Break! Huskie Alternative Break provides a way for students to enrich the broader community and do service over break. Site Leaders plan their own trips, educate their site participants around the social issue connected to their site, and facilitate planning for site trip preparations. Applications are available on the Community Service website. Please e-mail if you have any questions.

Student Employment Opportunity

Is your student looking for employment here on campus? Event Production Staff (EPS) is accepting applications. EPS is a functional area of Student Involvement & Leadership Development, as is HFC.

Event Production Services is a student-run production service at NIU. EPS is looking for new crew members to assist in the production of a wide range of events including, but not limited to, concerts, fashion shows, and dances. They produce over 120 events a year for the University, many of which are sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, Student Association and Residence Hall Association. If your student was ever part of a stage crew, or has interest in this field, perhaps you may want to encourage your student to apply. On the NIU website, just search “student employment” and this vacancy posting and more on campus student employment opportunities will be at your fingertips.

NIU Career Resource Center has all your student needs to search for a job on or off campus, including part-time jobs for busy students! They also have a great staff ready to assist your student in landing a job to help with their educational and living expenses. Contact them today to land a job for fall semester. Good luck!


Student and Family Handbooks Available Online

Access the information you need to know. Student and Family Handbooks are now available online at  From there, click on Important Resources.


Huskie Football Season Tickets Deal – too good to pass up


NIU Alumni Days at Great America

The NIU Alumni Association has partnered with Chicagoland’s premier amusement park to offer alumni discounted tickets for two weekends this summer: June 22 & 23 and June 29 & 30. NIU alumni can purchase tickets for those dates for only $31, more than half off the usual admission price!

Visit the Six Flags Great America website and use promo code NIUAlumni to purchase your discounted tickets.









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.