Huskie Minute – February 20, 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 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

Regional Meetings –

Hope to see you in Hoffman Estates at the Regional Meeting. Mother Nature has yet to cooperate with our plans, so we're hoping that this third time is the charm! Huskie tenacity working for you!

"Remember the guy who gave up? Nobody else does either." Unknown

Feb. 27th ,  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

NIU Hoffman Estates campus, Rm. 124

5555 Trillium Blvd.

Hoffman Estates, IL

Please RSVP to ,

with your name(s), number of guests, and a phone number (just in case).

Destination Graduation Program

Is your NIU Huskie graduating this spring or summer? The Office of Student Academic Success, Destination Graduation program will help your student set forth on a path of success. This semester's workshops will take place in Altgeld Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Destination Graduation is an initiative designed to help students gain information from NIU faculty, staff, alumni and community members to help them succeed after graduation. Students will have the opportunity to participate in different sessions on topics such as: student loans; salary negotiation; health insurance and benefits terminology; networking and more.

Summer Research Opporitunites Available

Is your student interested in gaining research experience?

This summer, the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) will host undergraduate students from NIU to complete research at NIU and the surrounding community.

SROP is an eight-week program for sophomores, juniors, and some seniors to conduct paid, faculty-mentored, research over the summer weeks. The program gives participants the chance to develop personally, academically and professionally through a variety of workshops, field trips, and activities.

In SROP, students will:

  • Learn what research looks like in their field of study
  • Learn how to write a formal research proposal
  • Gain experience working alongside talented faculty at NIU
  • Attend professional and academic enrichment activities
  • Receive housing, meals, and a stipend

Student applications are due to the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.

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Carrer Services

Career Services upcoming events:  Educator's Job Fair and Retail Leadership Expo. These are great opportunities for all students, even those not quite at the job hunting stage. Students can get a preliminary view of the job market climate and practice that 2 minute Elevator Speech!. 

Feb. 24   NIU Educators' Job Fair

NIU Convocation Center (NIU, DeKalb) [See times & details listed below]

Directions & Parking
Shipping Instructions

  • EmployersRegister
  • Students/Candidates: Pre-Register (open now)
    Pre-registration is required for this event.
  • View the list of school districts registered for the spring 2014 fair: PDF file

IMPORTANT PROGRAM DETAILS (entry times and costs)
This program is comprised of two sessions:

  • Open Session (different entry times for NIU candidates and non-NIU candidates)
  • Pre-Scheduled Interviews by invitation only

NIU Students, Alumni, Staff & Faculty Only

  •  9 AM - NIU Students/Alumni admitted to fair* (Free Admission).
  •  Free for NIU students, alumni, faculty and staff.
    • *Your résumé with degree or certification from NIU is proof of attendance.
  •  9 AM until 12:30 PM   = Open Session
  • 1:30 PM until 4:00 PM = Pre-Scheduled Interviews by invitation only.

Non-NIU Candidates

  • 10 AM - Only those non-NIU candidates who have pre-registered will be admitted to the fair
  • $10 admission fee  
    • No admission will be available for non-NIU candidates who did not pre-register.
  • 10 AM until 12:30 PM  = Open Session
  • 1:30 PM until 4:00 PM = Pre-Scheduled Interviews by invitation only

Non-NIU candidates must have pre-registered and paid $10 fee by 2/22/2014 at 11:59 p.m. to be able to enter this fair.

Mar. 27   Retail Leadership Expo

***Note: This is an educational, networking event.***
Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center (NIU, DeKalb), 5 PM - 8 PM  
Cost: FREE for NIU studentsRegistration

  • Employers: Register
  • Students:   Pre-registration will open on Feb. 19, 2014 in Huskies Get Hired!

For more information and to register

Need FAFSA help?

The Student Financial Aid Office (SFAO) is once again beginning their yearly campaign to promote the early filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This important application must be completed each academic year by the student to determine their eligibility to participate in federal, state, and institutional grant and loan programs. Highly skilled and knowledgeable counselors are available throughout the week and during the workshops to assist your student with completing the on-line FAFSA completion process. Early filing of the 2014-2015 FAFSA is imperative as the State of Illinois is expected to suspend the awarding of the Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant even earlier than last year’s date of March 1. Contact Student Financial Aid .

Phone: 815-753-1395

Toll Free: 815-800-892-3050



Location on campus:

Swen Parson 245

Sending Huskie Love Event recap! 

Thanks to the families who participated in the first ever Sending Huskie Love event! On Saturday, February 8 a few families met at Joliet Junior College to build a care package for their student and meet other NIU families. HFC is planning upcoming Sending Huskie Love to be held in Elgin on March 29, more details to come. 

STEM Summer Camps

2014 Registration - Now Open!

STEM summer camps, presented by NIU STEM Outreach, help 5th - 12th graders discover STEM topics with camps. 

NIU's DeKalb Campus hosts all of the 2014 STEM camps listed below. This allows campers to get a feel for campus life. Campers reside in double rooms on a secure floor in a dorm with our counselors. They share the dorm and dining hall with campers from many of NIU's other summer programs. They hike to and from labs, just as they will in college.

Most camp activities occur in laboratories in Faraday Hall and outdoors. Davis Hall Observatory and other science facilities are also used.

Engineering Amusement

July 21 - 26

Campers Entering Grades 5-7

  Campers will learn the ups and downs of how their favorite amusement park attractions really work as we explore the answers to questions like "Why don't you fall out when the ride goes upside down?" and "How do they make Dippin' Dots?"  Campers will design their own thrill rides, learn how engineers optimize traffic flow, and even get to concoct their own carnival confections.

Exploring STEM

July 13-18, 2014

Campers Entering Grades 7-9

Exploring STEM through Nature: Get ready to get down and dirty while exploring natural habitats on the NIU campus and at the Afton Prairie (just 10 miles from the NIU campus). Campers will learn about habitat restoration, plant and animal identification, and how different species adapt to living near people. 

Exploring STEM through Art: Create, make, and innovate! Take your creations to the next level by investigating the science behind making cool art. Create wind-powered kinetic sculptures; use polarized light to create paintings with tape; animate your art digitally; color your world with laser spiro-graphs; explore the chemistry of color through tie-dye; learn the secrets of making cool pop-up cards. 

Exploring STEM through WaterBotics: Love robots? Try them underwater! Design and build your own robots using Lego Mindstorm software to operate bots made of LEGO and other components. Test your bot to the limit in a series of challenges while learning how to manipulate the robots under water. Campers will learn how to apply the engineering design process, use informational technology tools, and practice computer programming, all while honing the ability to think creatively and work in teams.

STEM Career Explorations

Choose a Track: STEM, Health Sciences, Engineering, or Video Game Design

August 3-8, 2014

Campers Entering Grades 10-12

STEM Careers Camp gives high school students an opportunity to explore career options in several areas. NIU faculty and staff in several colleges and Career Services as well as local professionals will staff specialized tracks in Health Sciences, Engineering, and Video Game Development. Participants will apply to the track of their choice and spend the bulk of the week with the smaller group of students who have also chosen that track. Evening recreational activities will involve all campers. Participants can expect a fun and busy week as STEM career options open up before them!


The Good, the bad, and the buggy

Thursday, March 6th

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Feed’em Soup

122 S 1st St, DeKalb

Northern Illinois University experts Dr. Bethia King and Ted Burgess will discuss green pest control, the e_ects of widely popular pesticides on bene_cial insects, and possible alternative solutions to the pest problems facing the agricultural industry.

Open Access in a Nutshell -- Updated!

Lynne M. Thomas, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections and Associate Professor presents

The Open Access to Research Articles Act was signed into Illinois State Law in 2013. 
Learn about how Open Access practices can help your publications get more notice, and how NIU might consider handling the requirements of the law.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7:30 pm

Founders Memorial Library, Staff Lounge, Lower Level

This event is free and open to the public.

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

Final Note

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