Huskie Minute – April 3, 2014

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 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

Everybody Needs a Little Lovin'

Sending Huskie Love events bring Huskie Family Connections (HFC) to your area for a care package building event. It’s a time to meet other local NIU families and build a care package for your student. How it works: each participating family brings 10 single-serving snack items, keeping good nutrition in mind (granola bars, trail mix, juice boxes, chips, chex mix, candy bars, etc.). These items will be compiled to make the care packages. Huskie Family Connections staff will bring the care packages back to NIU, where your student can pick one up at Suite150, SILD, Campus Life Building. This is a new initiative to support students and help NIU families connect with one another. Two events have been held during this spring semester, in Elgin and Joliet. Our next Sending Huskie Love event will be April 5th at NIU Naperville campus at 11:00 am, immediately following the PAC Meeting. (See below.) Please RSVP to If you would like a Sending Huskie Love event in your area, email

PAC Meeting

The annual spring meeting of the Huskie Family Connections Parents' Advisory Council will be held Saturday, April 5th from 9:30 to 11 am at the Naperville campus. Topics for which HFC seeks advice are Fall Family Weekend programming, Orientation suggestions for new NIU families, Summer Send-offs, re-vitalizing the PAC with new members, and other topics of interest to our NIU families. Please come and share your ideas! Come for the PAC Meeting, stay to build a care package for your student! RSVP at and watch our Facebook page and/or web page for details.

DeKalb Regional Meeting

An enjoyable and informational meeting was held on March 20th in the Chandelier Room of Adams Hall. Families, their students, and NIU administrators gathered to discuss NIU resources available to support student success. The event was catered by students in a practicum course offered through The School of Family, Consumer, & Nutrition Sciences.

Huskies Student Food Pantry

Food insecurity should not be the result of seeking one's education. Many students do not qualify for food assistance programs, which is why Huskies Student Food Pantry steps in. The food pantry is intended to provide non-perishable, supplemental food and other necessities for NIU Students in need of support. ONLY Northern Illinois University Students are eligible. Students must present a valid, current NIU Student ID Card, Student number and a photo ID. The Huskies Student Food Pantry is located at 401 Normal Road, De Kalb, IL, in the Grace Place Campus Ministry building, across Lucinda Avenue from the NIU Holmes Student Center, at the heart of the NIU campus. Contact Huskies Student Food Pantry: 815-753-8344 or 815-756-7700

Tunnel of Oppression

It is with great pleasure that the Diversity Initiatives Committee for Residential Communities through our Housing and Dining Department present the 2nd Annual Tunnel of Oppression, held from April 7th-9th, 2014 from 5 pm-8 pm in the Duke Ellington Ballroom. Tunnel of Oppression began in the Residence Halls of Western Illinois University in 1993/ 1994. Using the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, CA students created “Tunnel of Oppression” (TOO). TOO is a program that brings various forms of oppression (ageism, sexism, racism, bullying, etc.) to the forefront of our perceived reality. Participants are led through 10-15 “tunnels” with 2 minute scenes that display different social justice issues using graphic media, theatrical vignettes, powerful readings, and some interactive role playing. TOO is designed to challenge your own biases and by the end of the program, bring you together to advocate for positive social change.

Reminder: Mapworks Scholarship

The deadline is fast approaching! Read more.

Reminder: Students Health 101 / Parents Perspective

Don't forget to check the most recent edition of this on-line magazine, brought to you by NIU's very own Health Enhancement, To go directly to the magazine, click here.

Important dates

April 5th – PAC Meeting/ Sending Huskie Love
April 12th – NIU Cares Day
April 19th - Huskie Bowl Spring Game
April 27th – Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards
April 27th - Adele de la Torre Honors Induction
April 28th – Last day of classes
April 29th- May 1st - Reading period
May 2nd – 16th Final Examinations
May 24th Graduation
June 16th Summer Session Begins
August 10th - Summer Session Ends

Information for some articles has been taken from NIU Today and/or the NIU web site.

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.