Huskie Minute – November 5, 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

Inauguration of NIU's 12th President, Dr. Douglas D. Baker

Please join the NIU community in celebrating the inauguration of NIU's 12th President. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13th at 3:00 pm in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium, Holmes Student Center. In addition to President Baker’s inaugural address, the program will feature NIU students, faculty and staff who exemplify Dr. Baker’s main focus of Student Career Success through engagement opportunities in the classroom as well as in our local, regional and global communities.

Directions, maps and parking information are available on the inauguration guest information page.

Spring Semester Registration and Your Student's Account

Registration for Spring 2014 begins the week of November 4, 2013. Students will be assigned registration appointments mid-October 2013. Registration appointments are assigned based on the number of cumulative hours. Beginning mid-October, students may check MyNIU for their appointment day and time. Students may register on or after the assigned appointment day and time as long as there are not any holds assigned to their record.

Either encourage your student to check their account via their MY NIU Student System or Center. Adult family members may access their student's MY NIU account ONLY with your student's approval. You will need your student's Z ID number and password. Go to My Student System and click self-service. Or, go to My Student Center to Finances.

The Office of the Bursar sends account statements to the student's permanent address of record each month via U.S. mail. It is sent to your student's name; therefore you need their permission to open their mail. It is the Office of the Bursar NOT Financial Aid that keeps the account information.

Huskie’s Marching Band Concert

Please encourage your student to attend the annual HMB Indoor Concert! Thursday, November 14th at 7:30 in the Convocation Center.

Tickets available on  

$5 for Adults

$1 for Students with ID

For more information check out 

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness

Northern Illinois University students and faculty/staff groups are teaming up with community and student organizations to present a week of events in recognition of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW)! Each year, one week before Thanksgiving, the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness co-sponsor National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. 

The goal of HHAW is to educate NIU students about hunger and homelessness in our local, national, and global community while introducing them to the variety of ways they can help end hunger. During this week, hundreds of universities, colleges, high schools, and community and religious groups held Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week activities, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Contact if you have any questions about HHAW 2013.

Health Enhancement- Parents Health 101

A great FREE resource for your student and you is available online through NIU's Health Enhancement program. Student Health 101 and Parent Health 101 are online magazines that are well worth checking out! NIU students and their families now have access to monthly issues of Student Health 101 and Parent Health 101. This resource is provided to help make the most of health and wellness decisions while here on campus. Each online issue talks about the issues that matter, and focuses on helping your student and your family to get the best out of life in college. In addition to some great articles, SH101 and PH 101 have embedded audio/video, cartoons, contests and opportunities to share comments with other students and families around the country. SH101 and PH 101 can also be linked to your Facebook page. Let your student know about this wellness-wise resource. Let's keep them healthy! Explore! Enjoy!

What is MAP-Works?

Northern Illinois University is proud to offer MAP-Works, a first year success program for new freshmen and transfer students. MAP-Works is a survey based tool that will help assist students in establishing roots and developing positive habits in order to succeed at NIU and beyond.

Your student may have completed the first survey of the fall semester through UNIV 101 or another course. The top five things on our students' minds during this time of significant life transition are: homesickness, study habits, test anxiety, finances, struggling in courses. Our NIU students are very similar to students nation-wide in concern over these top five issues. Talk with your student about these issues, they're probably on your student's mind too. Let them know that assistance is available to help them at the Office of Student Academic Success, Counseling and Student Development, and many other NIU resources dedicated to student success.

Participation in MAP-Works increases first year success by:

  • Providing early intervention to students who may benefit from additional assistance
  • Aligning student expectations with actual outcomes
  • Cultivating student involvement
  • Facilitating the social and emotional transition to college

Results of the first MAP-Works survey are in. To learn more about the MAP-Works program follow the link:


Forward, Together , Forward Scholarship


The Forward, Together Forward Scholarship endowment was created through the generosity of more than 1,770 donors to honor the five Huskies whose lives were lost Feb. 14, 2008. Gayle Dubowksi, Catalina Garcia, Julianna Gehant, Ryanne Mace and Daniel Parmenter were dynamic, selfless and hard-working individuals who added so much to the NIU community simply by being themselves. Applicants for the scholarship must demonstrate strength of character as demonstrated through traits such as a strong work ethic, motivation, inspiration, a high regard for others, integrity and intellectual curiosity. Students also must exhibit solid academic credentials as evidenced by at least a 2.5 cumulative NIU grade point average and good standing within their major as well as the university at large. Applicants should have successfully completed a minimum of 12 hours at NIU prior to the fall 2011 semester. The scholarship is available for undergraduate students only. The application is available on The February 14th Fund for the Forward, Together Forward Scholarship website and must be submitted electronically. Students will answer three essay questions and provide two recommendations. The application deadline is Monday, Dec. 2; the deadline for recommendation submission is Monday, Dec. 9. Contact the Scholarship Office at (815) 753-4829 or for more information.


Final Note

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