Huskie Minute – March 6, 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

Regional Meetings

Huskie Family Connections has had a tough time this winter trying to meet with you! We won't give up the effort because it is very important to NIU to receive your feedback regarding your family's NIU experience. The DeKalb Area Regional Meeting has been re-scheduled for Thursday, March 20th from 7:10 to 8:30 p.m. We have reserved the Chandelier Room of Adams Hall; this ivy covered building is among the most historic structures on campus. Refreshments will be served by the Chandelier Catering Corps., a student run service, under the direction of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Administration Program, School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences. We've planned a warm atmosphere for a (probably) cold evening. Please join us. Your student is welcome too!

Encourage Your Student to Schedule an Advising Appointment NOW!

Registration for the summer and fall semesters is just around the corner, so now is the time for students to sign up for appointments with their academic advisers. For students who have yet to declare a major, the Academic Advising Center is where they will find an advisor to assist them. Academic Advising Center at (815) 753-2573 or Students who have declared a major should schedule an appointment NOW with their college of study adviser. Following good advising will help your student to make the most of their studies and may result in your student graduating in fewer semesters. That means saving $$$ too!

Pick a path, any path

Is your student undecided on a major? Looking for guidance on which to pick?

 Up to 75 percent of college students change their majors at least once.

NIU will host free webinars this spring on “Choosing Your Major” with Steve Barleen, associate director of the NIU Academic Advising Center, leading the conversation. 

The webinars are scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. on three Mondays: March 10, April 7 and May 5.Registration is available online.

Current and future students who participate will learn about:

  • potential majors and career paths to pursue;
  • undergraduate academic options at NIU; and
  • advisers, events, and resources that NIU offers to help students achieve career goals.

Webinar participants also will receive personal major advisement; at the end of each webinar, Barleen will explain how to schedule a “Majors Exploration” appointment.

For more information, call (815) 753-2573 or email

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Summer/Fall 2014 Registration Appointments

Remind your student that registration for Summer and Fall 2014, is just around the corner. Please go to for important dates and further information.

Think Spring! Think Graduation!

Yes, this winter will end, eventually, and then our sights will be set on graduation. It seems early, but HFC strongly suggests that all families of students scheduled to graduate in May consult the Commencement web page for details. You must reply online by 5 p.m. on April 21 if you plan to attend the ceremonies and you have met the Registration & Records deadline. - See more at:

Residence Hall Sign-up

IMPORTANT! Please go to for information regarding Fall 2014 room sign-up. Room selection by lottery number will begin Tuesday, March 25 at 10 a.m. and run through Monday, April 28 at 10 a.m.

Resources to Help Your Student Succeed

Y2 @ NIU Cupcakes and Conversation

March 26, 2014

7 p.m.

Location: TBD

Cupcakes and Conversation provides second-year students with the opportunity to establish meaningful connections with faculty. Second-year students can come together with professors and instructors from their colleges, departments, or similar backgrounds to have informal conversations about academic success, career paths, major selections, and networking opportunities. Sponsored by Housing & Dining

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

Overcoming Stressors in College Life

Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or

Thursdays 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Graham Hall 416

The undergraduate group focuses on overcoming stressors in college life. Group topics include anxiety, sadness, identity development, self-exploration, adjusting to college, handling authority, self-esteem, cultural exploration, homesickness, and more. For more information about signing up for the group, contact the Community Counseling Training Center at 815-753-9312. Sponsored by Student Services and the Department of Counseling, Adult, and Higher Education

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.