Huskie Minute – March 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 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

Fall Family Weekend 2014   

With great Huskie Pride, Huskie Family Connections announces Fall Family Weekend 2014!
Mark your calendars now for October 3rd through the 5th! We'll kick-off the weekend Friday with Casino Night, co-sponsored by HFC and the Campus Activities Board. The fabulous NIU Huskie Football team will return home to play Kent State. HFC will have a huge tent for tailgating. There will be family activities all weekend long! Keep watching our web page  and Face book for details as they unfold.

PAES Recipient

The Parents' Association Endowed Scholarship selection committee is happy and proud to announce the recipient of this year's award, Raquel Chavez. Raquel is a Political Science major, specializing in International Relations and Spanish and Latino and Latin American Studies. Her leadership in many organizations including; NIU Model United Nations, Alpha Phi Omega, Student Association Mass Transit Board, Pre-law Honors Society, Red Riot, and many more; along with her extensive volunteerism, across a wide swath of diverse charities, set her apart from a field of highly talented applicants. Raquel and all of the Kevin D. Knight Leadership Award recipients will be honored on April 27th with a ceremony and reception.

Mapworks Scholarship

The information for this year's MAP-Works Scholarship is now available. Last year, one of the three students in the country to win a MAP-Works Scholarship was a NIU student, and since the applications are reviewed without the name of the institution, there is no reason that a student from NIU cannot win again! EBI MAP-Works will be providing up to three $1,500 scholarships to students who submit an essay between 800 and 1,600 words in length on one of three essay prompts. To be eligible, students must have taken at least one MAP-Works survey and be currently enrolled. Applications are due by Wednesday, April 30th and should be sent to
Application information and materials can be found here:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Matt Venaas ( or Randi Napientek ( at your earliest convenience.

Missing Minute

You may have noticed that the March 6th edition of the Huskie Minute did not arrive in your e-mailbox. Our mass e-mail system was not functioning properly. We posted a text only version to the HFC Face book page. There are many important dates and deadlines that your student may need to be reminded of.  Please check it.

STEM:  Something for Everyone

STEM Outreach for youth and STEM Café, for a more mature crowd, are hosting events soon. "Making Credit Work for You" will be held April 8th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Eduardo's Mexican Restaurant in DeKalb, hosted by STEM Café. STEM Outreach invites high schoolers to "The Maze Runner Field Trip Event with James Dashner" on April 9th from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at NIU in DeKalb.  Keep in mind, STEM Summer Camp is now accepting applications.

Retail Leadership Expo

Peer Mentor Summit

March 28, 2014
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Altgeld Hall

Inspire Change, Empower Others

This event includes presentations by keynote speaker Vice President Eric Weldy, guest lecturers, and peer leaders; a peer mentor program showcase, and networking opportunities. For questions, contact the University Honors Program at or 815-753-0694.
Presented by the University Honors Program, First-and Second-Year Experience, and The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning.

Curriculum-Rich Economic Education Workshop

Using Children’s Literature to Teach Financial Literacy

April 7, 2014  at 4:15 to 6:15 PM 4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care
155 N. Third St., Training Facility (Basement Level) West Side of Building  DeKalb, IL

Engage in interactive lessons that introduce children to personal finance concepts through popular children’s books.
Dr. Mary Beth Henning and Judith Dymond from NIU CEE will present books and activities that will help students practice essential math and literacy Common Core skills while learning about income, saving, and money management.

 Register Today!
To register send an email to Judith Dymond ( Please include the following information:
    Full Name
    Email address
    Phone number
Please include “Children’s Literature Workshop” in the subject line of your email.

Friends of NIU Libraries Program

The Friends of NIU Libraries invites the public to attend "American Social History Through Sheet Music" with Lee Schreiner at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014.  The event will be held in the Staff Lounge, lower level, Founders Memorial Library on the NIU campus in DeKalb.  This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Visitor’s Parking Lot located on Carroll Avenue.  This lot is located just west of Founders Memorial Library.  A campus map is available on the NIU Campus Parking Services website at:  Please call 815-753-8091 if you have questions.

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.