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Week of December 11, 2017

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Call for Papers - Graduate Conference in Qualitative Inquiry

The Qualitative Inquiry Collaborative (QUIC) at Northern Illinois University will host the first Graduate Conference in Qualitative Inquiry at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

The conference will feature keynote speaker, Elizabeth de Freitas, Professor in the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

If interested in participating, please submit a 500-word abstract (excluding references) that addresses the following components:

  • Research question/s 
  • Why qualitative inquiry is the most appropriate approach to address this question/s 
  • The qualitative methodology being employed 
  • The conceptual framework 
  • Findings and analysis (if the study is still in the proposal stage, address methods for analysis and anticipated findings)
  • Significance of the research

Abstracts should be written in APA style. Graduate students who have their papers accepted should plan for a 14-minute presentation. While there is no conference registration fee, $10 is required to off-set the cost of the catered lunch.

Abstracts must be submitted to the QUIC by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Please submit proposals electronically to QUIC@niu.edu. Presenters will receive an acceptance email by Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Notices

ACCESS PAL Tutoring Centers final exam week schedule

Founders Memorial Library: Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

New Hall West: Monday – Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

For more information, visit http://niu.edu/access/tutors/.

Sign Up for Spring Semester On-Campus Housing

NIU's residence halls are a great place to find your niche on campus and be a part of a caring, safe community. Whether you're a new first-year student, transfer student or a returning upper-division student, you'll find that life on campus is both convenient and full of new opportunities to become engaged at NIU.

If you're interested in living with us this spring, you can sign up now for a one-semester contract that ends in May, at go.niu.edu/spring-housing.

Over 3,500 students enjoy the convenience and peace of mind of living in our residence halls each year. Dining, internet and utilities are included in your room rate. In most cases, you can use financial aid to help cover your housing and dining fees. On-campus residents enjoy the security that NIU OneCards and controlled door access provide, and our highly trained staff are available 24/7 in each community. You can compare halls and room rates online to see which hall is the best fit for you or visit go.niu.edu/tours to schedule a tour.

If you have any questions about spring housing, visit go.niu.edu/spring-housing or call Housing and Residential Services at 815-753-1525.


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Events

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2017 Holiday Card contest for students

Take advantage of the opportunity to be one of three artists who have their work featured on the official NIU President’s Holiday Card for 2017. Acting President Lisa Freeman will select student artwork to showcase the incredible talent that NIU students possess. Submit your original artwork to the website by Thursday, Nov. 30, for a chance to be chosen for this honor. For more prize information and design guidelines, see http://niu.edu/president/holiday-card/

Pick Museum of Anthropology calls for student proposals for research exhibition

Do you know a student who has conducted original research while attending NIU? Does this research address real-world problems and issues?

The Pick Museum of Anthropology is planning a spring semester exhibition that showcases original student research at NIU on specific themes that support the Pick Museum mission to foster understanding and appreciation for human diversity and human rights.

Any current NIU junior or senior undergraduate or graduate student who has conducted research within the following themes is eligible: 

  • Social and/or environmental justice
  • Climate change
  • Human and cultural diversity and adaptation
  • Local engagement or impact

Awards and cash prizes will be given for winning posters. All applications will be judged by the Pick Museum Student Advocacy Board as well as by museum staff. Only the top applications will be accepted. Space is limited.

For more details and to submit your proposal, go to niu.edu/pick-museum/faculty-students/student-poster.shtml. Proposals are due by Friday, Dec. 1, and students will be notified about their acceptance by Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Questions? Contact Museum Director Jennifer Kirker at jkirker@niu.edu.

Notices

Changes coming to parking spaces in Parking Deck, Field House

Changes will be made to the permit designations of the parking spots in the Parking Deck and Lot 20 (near the Chick Evans Field House) beginning Monday, Nov. 20.

Every semester, Campus Parking Services conducts an audit of the number of parking spaces available on campus, looking at peak parking hours and locations, and the number of permits sold. Based on that information, the following adjustments were recommended by the Campus Parking Committee:

  • In the Parking Deck, located at Normal Road and Lincoln Terrace, a portion of Level 2 and all of Levels 3, 4 and 5 will be available to those with blue or yellow parking permits. A portion of the second level (on the south end) as well as the entire first level will remain blue permit parking.
  • In Lot 20 (near the Chick Evans Field House), sixteen more yellow permit spaces will be available.

As a reminder, parking permit restrictions are enforced from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students and employees with evening classes can park in any unreserved parking spaces after 5 p.m. During that time, certain areas are enforced by NIU Campus Police including no parking zones, handicapped spaces, reserved spaces and lots requiring permits at all times.

Parking for yellow (commuter student) permits is also available in Lot 15E, (by the Rec Center), Lot L (behind the Oderkirk House on Annie Glidden Road) and Lot K (off of W. Lincoln Hwy., near the Popeye’s restaurant). These lots are convenient for anyone taking classes near the area of Graham, Gabel and the DuSable Halls. Anyone driving to campus should allow ample time to travel to campus, park and walk or take the bus to their destination.

The Campus Parking Committee is comprised of four faculty, four operating staff employees, four supportive professional staff and four students, and acts as the standing advisory body to the president; the associate vice president for facilities management and campus services; and the university community pertaining to parking and traffic problems.

Campus community input sought for ombudsperson end-of-term review

The University Council is conducting its end-of-term review of the performance of NIU ombudsperson Sarah Klaper, and seeks responses from the university community that will help in the preparation of its review via a brief survey.

The survey will take two to five minutes to complete, and your responses are anonymous. The survey will close on Thursday, Nov. 30. Before completing the survey, please review the ombudsperson’s summary of accomplishments.

For more information, contact Pat Erickson, Office of University Council and Faculty Senate, 815-753-1732 or pje@niu.edu.

Participate in eating disorder survey

If you are an undergraduate student at NIU, you are eligible to take a thesis survey that will contribute to research on eating disorders and disordered eating. This is a brief, anonymous survey on orthorexia nervosa, which is an obsessive desire to only consume healthy foods. By participating in this short survey, you will be helping to advance the field of eating disorders and shed light on orthorexia nervosa. If you would like to participate, please complete the survey online. Feel free to contact Ashley Kyle at akyle@niu.edu with any questions or concerns. Please share this survey with friends who attend NIU as well.

Take ACTION with Pick Museum of Anthropology

Take ACTION with the Pick Museum of Anthropology now through February, as it partners with five local organizations to raise awareness of the needs in our local community: Huskie Food Pantry, Hope Haven of DeKalb County, Inc., Safe Passage, Inc., Family Service Agency of DeKalb County and the American Indian Center - Chicago. Visit the museum’s “Quilts and Human Rights” exhibition in Cole Hall. Learn about each organization’s mission and most-needed items by selecting your favorite Action Cards. Donate canned food, bedding and hygiene products, or show your support for children, seniors or indigenous communities in need. Nov. 28 is #GivingTuesday so kick it off by bringing a donation to the museum’s front desk. Call the Pick Museum at 815-753-2011 for more information.

NIU Community School of the Arts – spring 2018 music lessons, classes, ensembles and more!

Spring 2018 registration at the NIU Community School of the Arts is now open!

Learn to play a new musical instrument, or brush up your skills by taking private music lessons  register soon and start lessons the week of Jan. 22, 2018!

Guitar and piano group classes for adults and for kids make learning to play music more fun – register soon for classes that begin in late January!

Toddlers ages 1 - 5 sing, dance and play with rhythm and song in Prelude and Development classes  register soon and bring your kids for their first music classes starting Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

NIUkulele, CSA Steelpan and CSA Guitar ensembles, Suzuki music instruction and Art Express "Saturday School" for kids all start new spring sessions soon!

Call the CSA for more information at 815-753-1450, and visit our website for details and to register.

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Week of November 13, 2017

Events

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Deadlines

2017 Student Holiday Card contest

Take advantage of the opportunity to be one of three artists who have their work featured on the official NIU President’s Holiday Card for 2017. Acting President Lisa Freeman will select student artwork to showcase the incredible talent that NIU students possess. Submit your original artwork to the website for a chance to be chosen for this honor.

Deadline

Thursday, Nov. 30

Prizes

  • First Place - $500
  • Second Place - $300
  • Third Place - $100

In past years the competition has been impressive. A few things to keep in mind when creating your design:

  • This is a holiday card. It should be joyful, seasonal and resemble cards you would find at your local retail establishment.
  • This is from NIU. Recipients should be able to make a connection with the university immediately upon viewing the card.
  • To support our mission to foster an inclusive community we encourage entries that reflect the diverse holiday traditions celebrated by our students, faculty and staff
  • Manipulation of the university logo is discouraged.

All 2D media is accepted (i.e., digital, photography, illustration, print, painting, drawing).

Notices

Pick Museum calls for proposals for student research exhibition

Have you conducted original research while attending NIU? Does your research address real-world problems and issues? Do you want to see your research in a museum exhibition?

The Pick Museum of Anthropology is planning a spring semester exhibition that showcases original student research at NIU on specific themes that support the Pick Museum mission to foster understanding and appreciation for human diversity and human rights.

Any current NIU junior or senior undergraduate or graduate student who has conducted research within the following themes is eligible:

  • Social and/or environmental justice
  • Climate change
  • Human and cultural diversity and adaptation
  • Local engagement or impact

Awards and cash prizes for winning posters! All applications will be judged by the Pick Museum Student Advocacy Boardas well as by museum staff. Only the top applications will be accepted! Space is limited!

For more details and to submit your proposal, go to the Students and Faculty tab on the Pick Museum website. Proposals are due by Friday, Dec. 1, and students will be notified about their acceptance by Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Questions? Contact Museum Director Jennifer Kirker at jkirker@niu.edu.

Campus community input sought for ombudsperson end-of-term review

The University Council is conducting its end-of-term review of the performance of NIU Ombudsperson Sarah Klaper, and seeks responses from the university community that will help in the preparation of its review. To provide input via a brief survey, click on the link provided at the end of this announcement, or copy and paste it into your browser.

The survey will take two to five minutes to complete, and your responses are anonymous. The survey will close on Thursday, Nov. 30. Before completing the survey, please review the ombudsperson’s summary of accomplishments.

For more information, contact Pat Erickson, Office of University Council and Faculty Senate, 815-753-1732 or pje@niu.edu.

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Secretary of State Mobile Services is coming to NIU for your convenience

NIU students, faculty, staff and local residents can renew driver’s licenses and state IDs, purchase annual vehicle license plate stickers, register as organ and tissue donors, or conduct other transactions on campus at a mobile office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

In addition, NIU collegiate license plates will be available for purchase. Sales help to support NIU scholarship funds.

The mobile office will visit campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in the lower level of the Holmes Student Center.

Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, cash, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards. Other services available include vehicle title registration and parking placards for persons with disabilities.

A complete list of acceptable forms of identification is online.

Global Internship and Leadership Development Program

Applications are now available for the NIU Human Connections Global Internship and Leadership Development (GILD) Program. GILD provides up to 12 NIU students an immersive cultural experience in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, which includes a four-week interdisciplinary internship in the social sector and an extensive one-week leadership development experience. In preparation for the internship, students will also complete a three-week, hybrid pre-departure course. In total, students will receive six course credits for the internship, leadership development experience and pre-departure course. This internship is open to students from all majors as internships are tailored to meet student’s professional goals. Human Connections is a responsible tourism agency that brings together international travelers and local entrepreneurs to share in cultural and personal exchange. Students interested in global engagement, social entrepreneurship, non-profit or social service management are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. For more information visit go.niu.edu/global-internships.

Need-based scholarships from the NIU Community School of the Arts

The NIU Community School of the Arts (CSA) offers need-based scholarships in fall and spring. Families with an adjusted gross income below $60,000 are encouraged to complete a scholarship application when registering for spring activities, before Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Scholarship awards help parents manage the cost of CSA art and music lessons for their children ages 18 and younger. Private lessons, group music classes and Suzuki music instruction, plus several music ensembles are available for kids who want to increase musical skills and make new friends. For more information, please call the CSA at 815-753-1450 or stop by NIU Music Building room 132.

Week of November 6, 2017

Events

Full calendar of events

Deadlines

Pick Museum calls for proposals for student research exhibition

Have you conducted original research while attending NIU? Does your research address real-world problems and issues? Do you want to see your research in a museum exhibition?

The Pick Museum of Anthropology is planning a spring semester exhibition that showcases original student research at NIU on specific themes that support the Pick Museum mission to foster understanding and appreciation for human diversity and human rights.

Any current NIU junior or senior undergraduate or graduate student who has conducted research within the following themes is eligible:

  • Social and/or environmental justice
  • Climate change
  • Human and cultural diversity and adaptation
  • Local engagement or impact

Awards and cash prizes for winning posters! All applications will be judged by the Pick Museum Student Advocacy Boardas well as by museum staff. Only the top applications will be accepted! Space is limited

For more details and to submit your proposal, go to the Students and Faculty tab on the Pick Museum website. Proposals are due by Friday, Dec. 1, and students will be notified about their acceptance by Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Questions? Contact Museum Director Jennifer Kirker at jkirker@niu.edu.

Notices

The Grant South Tutoring Center relocates to Founders Memorial Library

Grant South tutoring services have moved to Founders Library 302 until further notice. The hours for Founders Library tutoring services will remain the same, and the Grant South tutoring services from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, will also be available at Founders Library. Check the ACCESS Tutoring and Support Services website for course availability under “Tutor Times and Locations.” Any questions, call the ACCESS/PAL office at 815-753-0203.

Need-based scholarships from the NIU Community School of the Arts

The NIU Community School of the Arts (CSA) offers need-based scholarships in fall and spring. Families with an adjusted gross income below $60,000 are encouraged to complete a scholarship application when registering for spring activities, before Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Scholarship awards help parents manage the cost of CSA art and music lessons for their children ages 18 and younger. Private lessons, group music classes and Suzuki music instruction, plus several music ensembles are available for kids who want to increase musical skills and make new friends. For more information, please call the CSA at 815-753-1450 or stop by NIU Music Building room 132.

Letter to the Campus Community from Presidential Commissions

NIU’s five Presidential Commissions have posted a joint letter to the campus community about a recent incident where an organization that encourages divisiveness and intolerance made its presence known by posting flyers in various NIU buildings. You can read the letter online.

Students needed for Health Outcomes study

Current NIU students over the age of 18 are needed for a graduate thesis study. The study survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Participants will be eligible to enter a raffle to win one of two Visa gift cards! To participate, complete the study survey

Keep your mobile devices secure with tips from the Division of Information Technology

Smartphones and tablets store a tremendous amount of your personal and sensitive information, including your contacts, photos, text messages and online activity. As such, be sure to protect these devices. Learn some useful tips from The Division of Information Technology to keep your information secure--including the proper way to dispose of your old devices. For more information, email infosecurity@niu.edu.

Jo-Jo-Jolly-Days: Safe Passage Women’s Shelter donation drive

The holiday season is rapidly approaching! During this time, we are all typically making lists of things we want, appreciating the fact that all our needs are already being met. This year, why not take time out to help those affected by domestic violence? Let’s join together in hopes of checking off their wish list.

Through Saturday, Dec. 9, you can drop off the following new items for Safe Passage at any of the residence halls’ area offices between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.: socks, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, body wash, baby wipes, laundry detergent, toilet paper, razors, diapers and pull-ups (esp. larger sizes), non-perishable food and colored pencils.

For more information, contact Angel via ahannah1@niu.edu.

Week of October 30, 2017

Notices

Pick Museum calls for proposals for student research exhibition

Have you conducted original research while attending NIU? Does your research address real-world problems and issues? Do you want to see your research in a museum exhibition?

The Pick Museum of Anthropology is planning a spring semester exhibition that showcases original student research at NIU on specific themes that support the Pick Museum mission to foster understanding and appreciation for human diversity and human rights.

Any current NIU junior or senior undergraduate or graduate student who has conducted research within the following themes is eligible:

  • Social and/or environmental justice
  • Climate change
  • Human and cultural diversity and adaptation
  • Local engagement or impact

Awards and cash prizes for winning posters! All applications will be judged by the Pick Museum Student Advocacy Boardas well as by museum staff. Only the top applications will be accepted! Space is limited

For more details and to submit your proposal, go to the Students and Faculty tab on the Pick Museum website. Proposals are due by Friday, Dec. 1, and students will be notified about their acceptance by Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Questions? Contact Museum Director Jennifer Kirker at jkirker@niu.edu.

New online calendar set to debut Wednesday

A new NIU calendar will debut on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at calendar.niu.edu.

The updated platform offers a cleaner user interface, more robust functionality, social channel integration, and enhanced options to sort and group events using filters and landing pages.

All events in the current calendar will be transferred over to the new version. If you have any new events to submit prior to Wednesday, we ask that you wait until the new system has launched. Any events submitted or changed in the current calendar after Friday, Oct. 27, will not be migrated into the new calendar.

In addition to departmental events, the calendar will feature feeds from HuskieLink, NIUHuskies.com and the City of DeKalb, providing a one-stop shop for campus and local events.

All campus departments, offices and organizations are encouraged to add their events to the calendar.

During the transition, the calendar may be intermittently offline for a period of up to 24-48 hours. There may also be broken event feeds on web pages as the Web Team works to replace them with new code. We appreciate your patience during this transition.

If you have questions, please email the Web Team at webcommunications@niu.edu.

Volunteers needed for IHSA State Football Championships

NIU and the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau will again host the 2017 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Football State Championships at Huskie Stadium, Nov. 24-25.

Volunteers serve a big role in the continued success of the event, and the IHSA Destination DeKalb team is seeking assistance from the university community to welcome up to 30,000 visitors to campus during state championships weekend.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be a current high school student. Volunteer positions include ticket scanners, ushers and parking personnel for at least one of the three available shifts: 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Noon - 5:30 p.m.; and 4:30 - 10:30 p. m.

Faculty, staff and students who are interested in contributing to a great event that highlights NIU and the local community to students, families and visitors from across the state can register to volunteer at www.ihsadestinationdekalb.com/volunteer.

Individuals certified in cash handling and interested in selling tickets or assisting with collection of parking fees may contact Sue Hansfield directly at 815-753-9544 or email shansfield@niu.edu.

Additional information about the IHSA State Football Championships at Huskie Stadium is available at ihsadestinationdekalb.com.

Mentors needed to assist students addressing challenges in technology, health and wellness

Do you enjoy working with engaged and enthusiastic students? Do you have knowledge or experience with health and wellness fields, computer coding, project management, engineering, design or data management?

If so, please consider volunteering as a mentor during the Huskie Hack—a 24-hour competition where student hackers will develop hands-on solutions to current and future challenges in health and wellness. The Hack will take place in the Holmes Student Center from noon on Saturday, Nov. 4 to noon on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Mentors will be needed in shifts throughout the event and will fall into two categories: Technical Mentors with computer science, human-design or engineering backgrounds, and Content Mentors with experience in health and wellness career fields (such as health educators, doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, patient advocates, etc.).

To sign up to mentor, please complete the online form by Wednesday, Nov. 1. Questions? Contact Tracy Rogers-Tryba at tlrogers@niu.edu.

Self Service password reset is coming to active students, faculty and staff on Nov. 6

Starting Monday, Nov. 6, active students, faculty and staff will now have the ability to reset their password utilizing Microsoft’s Azure Cloud service. All that is required to use this service is an alternate cell number and alternate (non NIU) email address. Users will have the ability to change their password without the need for security questions or assistance from the Service Desk. For more information, please visit http://go.niu.edu/sspr.

Events

Asian American Resource Center presents OHANA!

“OHANA!” means family and family means no one is left behind or forgotten!

“OHANA!” helps students navigate college life at NIU, connects students with relevant campus resources, raises awareness on cultural issues and provides an atmosphere for students to build community. “OHANA!” can be students ‘home away from home!’

Next Tuesday, on Oct. 31, at 5 p.m. at the Asian American Resource Center (AARC), OHANA will be presenting our 2nd Annual Fall Festival to come together as a community and celebrate the fall season, mid-autumn festival and Halloween. There will be various activities such as donut bobbing, costume contests, as well as cultural activities like Ddjakki! hosted by our Asian-interest student organizations; Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. and Chi Sigma Tau National Fraternity, Inc. The event is co-hosted by the AARC Staff and Alpha Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. Join us! All are welcome!

Dual Degree Program information session

Did you know that NIU’s College of Law offers two dual degrees: J.D./M.B.A. and J.D./M.P.A.? Are you interested in learning more about a J.D./M.B.A. or J.D./M.P.A. dual degree at NIU?

Learn the application process from faculty advisors from the College of Law, M.B.A. and M.P.A. programs at noon Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Riley Courtroom (room 170) of Swen Parson Hall. You will also hear from current students about their decision to pursue a dual degree. Lunch will be served. Register online.

For more information, email law-admit@niu.edu or call 815-753-8595.

Presidential Commission on the Status of Women luncheon Nov. 10

The Presidential Commission on the Status of Women will hold a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, the Chandelier Room in Adams Hall.

Acting President Lisa Freeman will use her professional journey to demonstrate the importance of mentors and sponsors in advancing the careers of women. She will also speak about the powerful roles of chance, choice and change in defining professional opportunities.

This event is Business Passport approved. Register today at go.niu.edu/PCSW-luncheon.

Week of October 23, 2017

Deadlines

Congressional internship application deadline is Nov. 3

Spend your summer interning in Washington, D.C., on the Hill. In 2009, NIU established an annual summer congressional internship program. This highly competitive program provides students with the opportunity to live, learn and work in the heart of our nation’s capital. Four students will intern on the Hill for a member of the Illinois congressional delegation. Each student will receive a $6,000 scholarship to cover the cost of housing and some living expenses. Additionally, students may receive a tuition waiver for six credit hours. Apply now through Academic Works.

Global Internship and Leadership Development (GILD) Program

Applications are now available for the NIU Human Connections Global Internship and Leadership Development (GILD) Program. GILD provides up to 12 NIU students an immersive cultural experience in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, which includes a four-week interdisciplinary internship in the social sector and an extensive one-week leadership development experience. In preparation for the internship, students will also complete a three-week, hybrid pre-departure course. In total, students will receive six course credits for the internship, leadership development experience and pre-departure course. This internship is open to students from all majors as internships are tailored to meet student’s professional goals. Human Connections is a responsible tourism agency that brings together international travelers and local entrepreneurs to share in cultural and personal exchange. Students interested in global engagement, social entrepreneurship, non-profit or social service management are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. For more information visit go.niu.edu/global-internships.

Events

National Outdoor Leadership School exploration film tour Oct. 23

Meet and talk with National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) representatives from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at their table in the Holmes Student Center.

Attend the Exploration Film showing at 7 p.m. in the Rec Center Meeting Room. This event is FREE and open to the public.

We will be showing eight short films, followed by a Q&A session about opportunities with NOLS.

NOLS started the Exploration Film Tour as a way to tell the stories of ordinary individuals pursuing their dreams in extraordinary wilderness environments. Through these films, they hope to highlight the amazing places we can find in this world and inspire others to pursue their dreams, whether they are exploring their backyard, seeking remote summits or paddling the great blue sea.

Enjoy free popcorn and door prizes! Support the Outdoor Adventure Club by purchasing bake sale items.

For questions, please contact outdooradventure@niu.edu or 815-753-9422.

Asian American Resource Center presents OHANA!

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. in the Sky Room, Holmes Student Center, OHANA will be presenting “Filipino Farm Workers Movement” to examine the contributions of Filipino Americans throughout history, the significance of Filipino Farm Workers Movement and how that shaped the society today. Our Graduate Assistant Diana Qiao, who is assisted by mentors Lianne Abellar, Brandon Antonio and Shaylee Hester, leads the presentation. On Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5 - 6 p.m. in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center, join us for the second annual Fall Festival. All are welcome!

School of Theatre and Dance presents ‘Blue Stockings’ Oct. 25-29

The School of Theatre and Dance’s upcoming production of Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale is the story of four young women and their struggle to earn the right to graduate. Set in 1896, at the first British college to admit women, these brave minds face heavy discrimination and misunderstanding. Seen as only future wives and mothers, without cause to speak their minds, these women must fight for their intellectual curiosities and discoveries. This witty and enlightening show runs Oct. 25-29, at the Huntley Middle School Auditorium, located at 1515 S. 4th St. in DeKalb. For more information, visit niu.edu/theatre/productions.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance will host an information session with Safe Passage, DeKalb County’s rape crisis and 24-hour domestic violence shelter, from 12 - 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center. Having a safe place to go can mean all the difference to a victim/survivor of domestic or dating violence. Safe Passage will also discuss the many other resources and services available.

This program meets the requirements of the College of Business’ Passport Program and Honors Engaged.

For more information on this event, contact aaec_training@niu.edu or 815-753-1118.

Nov. 8 Protest Banner Workshop supports student activism

Join the Pick Museum of Anthropology and NIU’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality for a hands-on Protest Banner Lending Library workshop led by Chicago-based textile artist Aram Han Sifuentes. The workshop will be held at the Pick Museum in Cole Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 4 - 7 p.m. All students and student activist groups are welcome and encouraged to attend the workshop. Sifuentes will show examples of other banners then lead participants in making their own. No previous sewing experience is necessary. Banners made at the workshops will become part of a repository at NIU where students can check them out and take them to future demonstrations.

This program coincides with the Pick Museum’s newest exhibition, “Quilts and Human Rights,” which is open now through Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. The exhibit features quilts from around the world that honor champions of human rights and document quilt-making as a means of coping with oppression, and it examines how quilts raise awareness of global social issues. An additional 15 quilts made between 2008 and today have been added to the exhibit to highlight the last decade’s booming modern quilting movement and bring the exhibit’s topics and themes up to the present day. For more information, go to the Museum’s website at niu.edu/pick-museum.

Considering Graduate Business School?

Visit the Barsema Hall Atrium from 12 - 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, to find out more about the College of Business graduate programs offered on-campus and off-campus.

Information will be available on the Master of Business Administration, Master of Accountancy, Master of Financial Risk Management and Master of Science Management Information Systems.

This event is Passport Program approved. For questions, please contact Candice Olagunju at cwheaten1@niu.edu or 815-753-1264.

CLAS Secondary Educator Licensure info night Nov. 14

Do you aspire to become a high school teacher? Unsure if obtaining educator licensure fits into your future plans? Wondering if it’s too late to pursue licensure?

Get the guidance and answers you need at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Secondary Educator Licensure info night from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Cole Hall 100.

Join us for a short presentation on secondary educator licensure in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Representatives from the educator preparation programs will be on site to answer all of your questions on how you can become an English, foreign language, history, math, science or social science high school teacher.

For more information about secondary educator licensure in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, go to niu.edu/clas-educator-licensure.

Week of October 16, 2017

Notices

Be a leader! Apply to be part of our Orientation Team

Applications are now open for the 2018 Orientation Team. Orientation and Family Connections is looking for motivated students who want to serve as 2018 Orientation Leaders or Orientation Program Interns.

Both positions will allow you to gain significant leadership skills, develop your communication skills, help welcome new students and represent NIU. You’ll also be part of a diverse team working towards a common goal---helping new students feel confident in choosing NIU! Plus, both positions offer a $2,000 stipend.

In order to apply, you’re required to attend an Orientation Leader/Orientation Program Intern 101 Session in order for us to accept your application. You can turn in your application first, but make sure you also attend a 101 Session.

101 Sessions:

  • Thursday, Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. DuSable Hall, Room 206
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. DuSable Hall, Room 206
  • Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Holmes Student Center, Regency Room (main level)

For more information and the online application, visit go.niu.edu/joinourteam. Your application is due on Friday, Dec. 1 by midnight.

If you have any questions contact us at orientation@niu.edu or 815-753-1535. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Free portraits for your LinkedIn profile

First impressions count! That’s why we’re providing free professional portraits at the Graduate and Professional School Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Internship and Job Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Look your best and feel confident with a professional photo for your LinkedIn profile. The photographers from Institutional Communications will have a photo booth set up, no appointment is necessary. Photos will be available for download on Friday, Nov. 3.

Registration now open for the NIU LEAD Summit Nov. 11

Calling all student leaders! Registration for the NIU Lead Summit is now open! The NIU Lead Summit is NIU’s premier leadership conference. This leadership conference is open to all NIU students; however, conference content is geared toward undergraduate students. Participants have opportunities to attend various workshops related to developing leadership skills, hear from keynote speakers, and network with other student leaders and staff members.

This year’s NIU Lead Summit will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11, in Barsema Hall. The summit will be the concluding event of Leadership Week.

Check-in for the summit will begin at 9 a.m. in Barsema Hall, and the first session will begin at 9:30 a.m. The summit will conclude at 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required to attend the summit at niutickets.com. To register, you must pay a $10 refundable fee. This fee will be refunded to you after you check out at the conclusion of the summit. If you do not stay for the entirety of the summit, you will not receive a refund.

If you have any questions about the NIU Lead Summit, please contact Alex Pitner, assistant director for leadership, at 815-753-6505 or apitner1@niu.edu.

Nutrition coaching available through NIU Recreation and Wellness

Make sure to take advantage of the fall midterm special for nutrition coaching at NIU Recreation and Wellness! Starting Monday, Oct. 16, you can take advantage of our discounted rate of $29 (regular $39). This one-time fee allows you up to weekly visits with a nutrition coach through the fall semester.

Our coaches are graduate nutrition students and tailor the sessions toward your personal health and wellness goals.

Go to go.niu.edu/fallsale for more information and take advantage of this great deal today!

Events

Fall Festival dining event Oct. 16

The dietetic interns in Campus Dining Services are hosting their Fall Festival special dinner on Monday, Oct. 16, from 4-8 p.m. in the Neptune dining facility. Join us for a night filled with fall food favorites, festivities and more.

Featured menu items will include create-your-own chili, pumpkin ravioli, savory sweet potato fries, harvest veggie pizza, fireside flannel BBQ burger, seasonal caramel apples, apple cider donuts, pumpkin pie, and hot and cold apple cider.

The event will include games, prizes and fun like corn hole, a photo booth, raffle, trick-or-treating and more.

Individuals without a meal plan can enjoy the special meal at a reduced price of $8. For more information, email dining@niu.edu.

Asian American Resource Center presents OHANA!

“OHANA!” means family and family means no one is left behind or forgotten!

“OHANA!” helps students navigate college life at NIU, connects students with relevant campus resources, raises awareness on cultural issues and provides an atmosphere for students to build community. “OHANA!” can be students’ home away from home!

OHANA! will be presenting “Asians in Leadership” on next Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. in the Sky Room, Holmes Student Center. It’s a great chance to expose general concepts of leadership and examine the leadership roles of Asian Americans throughout history at various fields. Senior mentor Minnika Hoggstrom along with her mentors, Adrian Franco, Jacky Triplitt and Kristy Tutak will assist the students in analyzing their own leadership roles. Join us! All are welcome!

Event: Asians in Leadership
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 17
Time: 5 – 6 p.m.
Location: Sky Room, Holmes Student Center.

Event: Filipino Heritage Month: Filipino Farm Workers Movement
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 24
Time: 5 - 6 p.m.
Location: Sky Room, Holmes Student Center

AAEC hosts ‘Got a Minute’ sessions Oct. 18 and 25

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance (AAEC) is hosting informational sessions on each Wednesday of October from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Heritage Room. These Got A Minute sessions are designed to provide students, faculty, staff and community members with quick information on resources and services available to domestic violence victims/survivors, and how others can assist someone involved in a domestic or dating violence situation.

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, AAEC will present Come on! Be an Active Bystander, providing tips for helping others in any negative situation. The ability to know when and how to help can be crucial when a split-second decision must be made.

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, Safe Passage, DeKalb County’s Rape Crisis and 24-hour Domestic Violence Shelter, will explain how having a safe place to go can mean all the difference to a victim/survivor of domestic or dating violence. Safe Passage will also discuss the many other resources and services available.

Questions about these events can be directed to aaec_training@niu.edu or 815-753-1118.

These programs meet the requirements of the College of Business’ Passport Program and Honors Engaged. Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance also thanks Alpha Phi Gamma for their support of this event.

Secretary of State Mobile Services is coming to NIU for your convenience

NIU students, faculty, staff and local residents can renew driver’s licenses and state IDs, purchase annual vehicle license plate stickers, register as organ and tissue donors or conduct other transactions on campus at a mobile office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

In addition, NIU collegiate license plates will be available for purchase. Sales help to support NIU scholarship funds.

The mobile office will visit campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the lower level of the Holmes Student Center.

Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, cash, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards. Other services available include vehicle title registration and parking placards for persons with disabilities.

A complete list of acceptable forms of identification is online.

Set your phasers to fun: STEMfest returns on Oct. 21

On Saturday, Oct. 21, NIU students, faculty and staff will present hundreds of hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math at STEMfest, the Midwest’s premier celebration of the STEM fields.

Adults and children of all ages will find something engaging and informative at STEMFest. Exhibits include the Haunted Physics Lab, a crime-scene booth to introduce visitors to innovations in forensic science, BLOCKfest®—an interactive building block experience for ages 8 months to 8 years and many more. Presentations by authors and experts will also take place throughout the day.

The event is free and open to the public at the NIU Convocation Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and no advanced registration is required. Free parking will be available.

For more information, visit www.stemfest.niu.edu.

First Amendment rights presentation Oct. 23

Students’ Legal Assistance presents “Know Your Rights,” a presentation to help you learn about your First Amendment right to protest and assemble. The event will take place at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in the lower level of Founders Memorial Library, F020. For more information, call 815-753-1701.

Week of October 9, 2017

Deadlines

Now accepting applications for the Forward, Together Forward scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of the five students lost on February 14, 2008. Applicants must demonstrate strength of character and strong academic credentials. Two recommendations are required. The deadline is Sunday, Oct. 15, so apply now. For more information and a link to the application, visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office website.

Upcoming deadlines for research opportunities

Are you looking to get paid to do research? Are you interested in working alongside talented faculty? Consider applying for one of the many undergraduate research programs provided by the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL).

Undergraduates have an opportunity to apply to the Student Engagement Fund (SEF) for funding for student engagement projects such as research or community-based projects, study abroad programs, and travel to conferences or competitions. Applications for Spring SEF are accepted until Sunday, Oct. 15.

Undergraduate students can also apply to the Research in Engagement and Academic Diversity (READ) Grant. Any student interested in conducting research on topics related to social justice and diversity, social innovation or social entrepreneurship projects should apply. Applications are accepted until Friday, Oct. 20.

For more information on undergraduate research or any of the above mentioned programs, contact an OSEEL staff member at UGResearch@niu.edu or 815-753-8154.

Congressional internship application deadline is Nov. 3

Spend your summer interning in Washington, D.C., on the Hill. In 2009, NIU established an annual summer congressional internship program in Washington, D.C. This highly competitive program provides students with the opportunity to live, learn and work in the heart of our nation’s capital. Four students will intern on the Hill for a member of the Illinois congressional delegation. Each student will receive a $6,000 scholarship to cover the cost of housing and some living expenses. Additionally, students may receive a tuition waiver for six (6) credit hours. Apply now through Academic Works.

Events

Asian American Resource Center presents OHANA!

“OHANA!” means family, and family means no one is left behind or forgotten!

“OHANA!” helps students navigate college life at NIU, connects students with relevant campus resources, raises awareness on cultural issues and provides an atmosphere for students to build community. “OHANA!” can be students’ home away from home!

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 5 p.m. in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center, OHANA will be hosting “Marketing Yourself,” a great opportunity to learn about the concepts of personal brand and professionalism for jobs and interviews through interactive, one-on-one, group activities assisted by our AARC Team. Join us! All are welcome.

Quilter Chawne Kimber Explores Intersections of Activism and Textile Art

Join the Pick Museum of Anthropology and NIU’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality for a lecture by award-winning activist quilter Chawne Kimber at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in Cole Hall Room 100.

In her lecture “In Tall Cotton,” Kimber will present a series of quilts, explaining her development into an artist over the past decade. The main themes of her work are identity and difference, censorship, social justice and Black Lives Matter.

At noon Wednesday, Oct. 11, Kimber will present a graduate colloquium seminar at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality in Reavis Hall Room 103. Her seminar, titled “Lab and/verses Studio,” will describe recent explorations of the artistic practices of a handful of women scientists, including herself.

“Quilts and Human Rights” is open now through Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Pick Museum of Anthropology at NIU. The exhibit is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Cordogan, Clark and Associates Inc., and all exhibit programming is co-sponsored by NIU’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality and The Graduate School.

Autism Caregiver Group meets Oct. 12

The monthly Autism Caregiver Group meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the NIU Speech Language Hearing Clinic (3100 Sycamore Road in DeKalb).

Guest speakers Janna Stahl and Natalie Andzik will share their experience and expertise on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) use in children with autism. Stahl is a mother of three boys, including 9–year-old Wyatt who has been an AAC user since the age of 2. Dr. Andzik is a special education professor at NIU whose research focuses on supporting communication independence among individuals with developmental disabilities.

The Autism Caregiver Group meets the second Thursday of each month for discussion of personal experiences as well as educational, legal, medical, adaptive and transitional topics.

Childcare and refreshments are provided. For more information, visit our website at go.niu.edu/asdcaregiver or call 815-753-9126.

Illinois Correctional Association Fall Conference open to NIU students

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Office of Student Professional Development is cohosting the Illinois Correctional Association Fall Conference at the NIU Holmes Student Center on Oct. 13 and 14. Students are able to attend any and all sessions at no charge but can also register for the full conference which includes all meals and some social events for only $25.

The program includes breakout sessions covering mental health issues and trauma in the workplace, immigration and customs enforcement, inmate behavior and the hiring process, correctional officer wellness, community corrections and resources, 21st century workforce and the Prison Rape Elimination Act. There is a special student careers session on Friday, Oct. 13, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The full program can be viewed online.

We are hoping to get some sense of possible student attendance. One of the goals of the association is to re-establish a student chapter of the association on campus and create a student research conference. If you are interested in attending this conference or learning more about the Illinois Correctional Association, please contact Jack King, director of the CLAS Student Professional Development Program, at jackking@niu.edu.

Graduate and Professional School (GPS) Fair set for Oct. 17

The Graduate and Professional School (GPS) Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center.

Meet representatives from over 100 graduate and professional programs from across the United States and learn how advanced degrees can help your career. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are especially encouraged to attend. It’s never too early to start thinking about an advanced degree. Learn now about admission criteria so that you will have the competition beat when it’s time to apply! Programs available for students in all majors and career paths.

Need a photo for your LinkedIn account? Free photography services will be offered.

Casual dress. No résumés required. Event is free to all. Visit careerfairs.niu.edu for more information, Questions? Email careerservices@niu.edu or call Career Services at 815-753-1641. To receive event reminders, text NIUGPSFair to 64800.

WNIJ hosts forum on state budget

WNIJ | 89.5 and NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS are hosting a forum on the state’s financial health and the lasting impacts of the two-year-long state budget impasse. Support for the event is provided by the AARP.

The forum will take place in DeKalb at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Faranda’s Banquet Center. Those planning to attend should register at WNIJ.org.

The panelists for the forum are Jeremy Groves, NIU Economics Department; Mary Ellen Schaid, Safe Passage; Matt Streb, NIU Administration; Deanna Cada, DeKalb County Community Mental Health Board; and Kristina Garcia, Conexión Comunidad.

WNIJ has a tradition of holding forums as part of its mission to enrich, inspire and inform the community. NPR Illinois is hosting free events across the state to talk about how different regions have been affected by the budget impasse. The forums sponsored by AARP are a chance to hear directly from Illinois residents about their experience without a state budget and panelists’ views on these impacts.

For those who cannot attend the event, a recording and coverage of the forum will be available at WNIJ.org.

Get ready for the Internship and Job Fair Oct. 18

Two hundred employers will be at the Convocation Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, looking for NIU candidates. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your possible future employer at the NIU Internship and Job Fair. Our new one-day career fair format allows to students to connect with employers for internships and full-time positions on the same day! Admission and parking are free. Dress professionally and bring several copies of your résumé. You can also view a list of employers attending and research Career Fair Success Tips.

Feel more confident to approach employers at the Internship & Job Fair by attending the Career Fair Prep Workshop from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Need help with your résumé? Visit our Career Peer Mentors in the Career Resource Center, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Campus Life Building 235, for résumé review assistance. The Career Resource Center will not be open on the day of the Internship and Job Fair.

Contact Career Services at 815-753-1641, careerservices@niu.edu, or website at careerservices.niu.edu for questions.

Fall 2017 Common Reading Experience author visits Oct. 17

Students, faculty, staff, family, friends and community members are invited to attend Jennine Capó Crucet’s presentation “Making a Home Among Strangers: An Evening with Jennine Capó Crucet” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center.

Prior to the presentation, please join community members, students, staff and faculty, along with special guest Jennine Capó Crucet, at a community reception from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the DeKalb Public Library. This is a free event open to the public. Food from Jimmy Johns will be provided.

For more information, to learn about the book or explore more Common Reading Experience events, please visit go.niu.edu/CRE or contact First- and Second-Year Experience at fsye@niu.edu or 815-753-0028.

Register now to compete or volunteer for Huskie Hack 2017

The Midwest’s premier university and high-school hackathon event will return to NIU Nov. 4 – 5.

For 24 hours, student hackers and medical experts will explore and develop hands-on solutions to current and future challenges in health and wellness. Students will develop new mobile applications and innovative designs through creative uses of GIS, time art design, digital gaming, social science data, robotics, public data, engineering, wearable technology and nanotechnology.

Now is the time to register to put your knowledge of coding, design, health and wellness, or project management to work!

Prefer not to compete? We need volunteers, too!

Visit http://www.huskiehack.org/ to find out more, or to register as a participant or volunteer.

Travel with the Professor to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Alphawood Galleries

On Thursday, Nov. 9, Professor Michael and Takako Day will lead an emotional and educational journey to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, IL, and the “Then They Came for Me” exhibit at the Alphawood Gallery. External Programming is proud to offer this unique learning experience as part of its Travel with a Professor Series.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons to combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation, and interpretation of its collections and through educational programs and initiatives that foster not only the promotion of human rights, but also the elimination of genocide.

“Then They Came for Me” draws heavily on photographs taken by renowned photographers Dorthea Lange and Ansel Adams of the Japanese prisoners of the U.S. internment camps. A persistent message of the exhibit is that intolerance, fear and hysteria can have the same effect today.

The trip departs from the Normal Road entrance of the Holmes Student Center at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, and returns at approximately 7 p.m. The cost is $70 per person and includes museum entry, the professor’s talk on the bus and transportation.

Notices

This week is Tutor Appreciation Week

ACCESS Tutoring and Support Services encourages the NIU campus to thank a tutor during Tutor Appreciation Week, October 9 -13. Our Supplemental Instruction leaders and Peer Assisted Learning tutors provide academic assistance to over 1,560 students every year.

Eating disorder survey for undergrads

If you are an undergraduate student at NIU, you are eligible to take a thesis survey that will contribute to research on eating disorders and disordered eating. This is a brief, anonymous survey on orthorexia nervosa, which is an obsessive desire to only consume healthy foods. By participating in this short survey, you will be helping advance the field of eating disorders and shed light on orthorexia nervosa. If you would like to participate, please complete the survey online. Feel free to contact Ashley Kyle at akyle@niu.edu with any questions or concerns. Please share this survey with friends who attend NIU as well.

ELC project seeks student volunteers for AMITAally pilot program

The NIU College of Business Experiential Learning Center (ELC) connects teams of the very best students with accomplished executives over the course of a 16-week collaboration. AMITAally is a partnership between the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning, the College of Business, the College of Health and Human Sciences and AMITA Health.

AMITA Health is a faith-based health system created by Adventist Midwest Health and Alexian Brothers Health System. AMITA’s Health Innovation team believes that aging well is one of the most important issues of our time. AMITAally presents an answer to the housing issues faced by older adults and college students, providing both parties an opportunity to engage in an intergenerational program.

The current project is an outgrowth of AMITA's Health Design Challenge, “Explore Aging Well,” which took place in October 2016. AMITAally is a mutually beneficial program, providing both low-cost housing and experiential learning for students, and the opportunity for older adults to age in place more successfully and comfortably.

By the end of the semester, we plan to execute a pilot for AMITAally in order to foreshadow the intergenerational living program of the future. The program incorporates both older adults and college students. If you would like to participate in the pilot program, please complete our student survey. Questions? Contact Daniel Pineda at dpineda@niu.edu.

Week of October 2, 2017

Deadlines

Financial aid application period open, impacts MAP

The FAFSA filing period opened Sunday, Oct. 1. If you’re among the 5,000 NIU students hoping to secure MAP grants, don’t wait too long. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which administers the Monetary Award Program, has limited funds. When the money’s gone, the money’s gone.

FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – is the U.S. Department of Education’s mechanism to consider students for Pell grants, federal student loans and work-study opportunities.

Questions? Need help? Call 815-753-1395 or 800-892-3050 or email finaid@niu.edu.

Congressional internship application deadline is Nov. 3

Spend your summer interning in Washington, D.C., on the Hill. In 2009, NIU established an annual summer congressional internship program in Washington, D.C. This highly competitive program provides students with the opportunity to live, learn and work in the heart of our nation’s capital. Four students will intern on the Hill for a member of the Illinois congressional delegation. Each student will receive a $6,000 scholarship to cover the cost of housing and some living expenses. Additionally, students may receive a tuition waiver for six (6) credit hours. Apply now through Academic Works.

Now accepting applications for the Forward, Together Forward scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of the five students lost on February 14, 2008. Applicants must demonstrate strength of character and strong academic credentials. Two recommendations are required. The deadline is Sunday, Oct. 15, so apply now. For more information and a link to the application, visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office website.

Sign up for NIU Career Fair text message information and reminders

Want to receive text reminders about this fall’s career fairs and events?

Text NIUGPSFAIR to 64800 to receive updates and reminders about the Graduate and Professional School Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Text NIUCAREERFAIRS to 64800 to receive updates and reminders about the Fall Internship and Job Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 18.  

For more information on fall career fairs, visit niu.edu/careerservices.

Notices

Alternative parking available during Lot 3 Homecoming Parade closure Oct. 5

The Student Association will stage the Homecoming Parade in Lot 3 south of the Music Building on Thursday, Oct. 5. The lot will be closed all day for this event and will reopen at 7 p.m.

Alternative parking for blue permit holders will be Anderson Lot, Campus Life Building, Gilbert Drive, Parking Deck, Lot 14 or any open blue space in any blue lot.

If you have any questions, contact Campus Parking Services at 815-753-1045.

Events

Asian American Resource Center presents OHANA! Oct. 3

“OHANA!” means family and family means no one is left behind or forgotten.

“OHANA!” helps students navigate college life at NIU, connects students with relevant campus resources, raises awareness on cultural issues and provides an atmosphere for students to build community. “OHANA!” can be students’ “home away from home.”

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Holmes Student Center Sky Room, OHANA will be presenting “Discover Your Identity.” A platform to express and discuss about ethnic identity development and intersectionality, followed by a potion making activity where you can express your identity assisted by our senior mentors.

For more information, visit the Asian American Resource Center website.

NIU researchers seek fitness app study participants (Android only)

Professors Lynn Herrmann (Health Studies) and Philippe Giabbanelli (Computer Science) are recruiting participants for their mobile fitness app study, Health Behavior Theory-based App Development and Evaluation, to test the efficacy of different fitness app features. The study will involve using a randomly assigned fitness app developed specifically for this study. Participants will need to:

  • download the app to their personal mobile device (Android only)
  • use the app as desired for approximately eight weeks
  • take a survey on health behaviors at the beginning and end of the eight weeks

Participants will receive $10 at the end of the study. Participants must be age 18 and older and not pregnant. To participate, contact Dr. Lynn Herrmann at LHerrmann@niu.edu for access to your unique participant PIN and the link to the pre-study survey.

Events

Asian American Resource Center presents OHANA on Sept. 26

“OHANA!” means family and family means no one is left behind or forgotten.

“OHANA!” helps students navigate college life at NIU, connects students with relevant campus resources, raises awareness on cultural issues and provides an atmosphere for students to build community. “OHANA!” can be students’ “home away from home!”

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the Sky Room, OHANA will be presenting, “Student Resource Competition Night,” for a chance to get to know about the university’s great resources like Access/PAL, Financial Aid, NIU Police, Career Services, Center for Black Studies and the Academic Advising Center. Senior mentors Christian Moy, Lianne Abellar, Minnika Hoggstrom with Graduate Assistant Carlo Aseron will be organizing a student resource Jeopardy game.

Immediately following the OHANA night, as a part of peer mentoring, the Asian American Resource Center, in coordination with University Writing Center and Career Services, will help students to prepare for the fall job and internship fair by helping them edit their resume, elevator speech and other professional resources.

Fall casting call Oct. 4

Come to our fall casting call to be included in photography, video, social media posts and publications promoting NIU and life as a Huskie.

We are looking for students of all ages, races, majors, gender identities, backgrounds and club/organization involvement. The only requirement is that you respond promptly to requests to participate in photo/video shoots.

The fall casting call is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Campus Life Building room 100.

On the day of the casting call, plan to wear Huskie gear or something that you are comfortable in, no need to get all dressed up. We will take a few photographs of you and ask basic information including a few questions about why you chose NIU on video. You will need to sign a talent release form at the call and not currently have a Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) hold on your MyNIU account.

Contact Danielle Guerra, Office of Institutional Communications, at dguerra@niu.edu if you have any questions.

Open forum set for Vice President for Administration and Finance candidate Oct. 4

The campus community is invited to open forums with the final candidate selected for the position of Vice President for Administration and Finance  (VPAF) on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center room 506. The open forums provide faculty, staff and students with the opportunity to learn more about the candidate’s qualifications for the position and to provide feedback to the search committee.

The VPAF will be responsible for providing direction and management oversight for the following administrative functions: accounting and business operations, finance controls and reporting, audit, procurement and strategic sourcing, treasury functions, investment oversight, facilities and grounds operations, space planning and construction, and enterprise risk management.

Please contact Vicky Rippberger with questions related to this search.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance will be hosting informational sessions on each Wednesday of October from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Heritage Room in the Holmes Student Center. These “Got A Minute” sessions are designed to provide students, faculty, staff and community members with quick information on resources and services available to domestic violence victims/survivors, and how others can provide assistance to someone involved in a domestic or dating violence situation. The schedule of speakers include:

Oct. 4:  NIU Police Department - NIU Police will highlight their R.A.D. Program that teaches self-defense techniques, as well as the many resources offered for victims/survivors of domestic or dating violence.

Oct. 11: NIU Counseling and Consultation Services - Knowing the resources and services available when trying to help a victim/survivor of domestic or dating violence can be essential information.

Oct. 18: Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance - Come on! Be an Active Bystander, provides tips for helping others in any negative situation. The ability to know when and how to help can be crucial when a split-second decision must be made.

Oct. 25: Safe Passage, DeKalb County’s Rape Crisis and 24-hour Domestic Violence Shelter - Having a safe place to go can mean all the difference to a victim/survivor of domestic or dating violence. Safe Passage will also discuss the many other resources and services available.

Questions about these events can be directed to aaec_training@niu.edu or 815-753-1118.

These programs meet the requirements of the College of Business’ Passport Program and Honors Engaged.  Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance also thanks Alpha Phi Gamma for their support of this event.

Events scheduled to celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks at 100

NIU Libraries and the DeKalb Public Library have partnered to commemorate the centennial of Gwendolyn Brooks. Please join us in celebrating the life and works of the poet with “Sounds and Scenes of Gwendolyn Brooks’ Chicago” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Oct. 6, at the DeKalb Public Library. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The program will begin at 7 p.m. This event is open to all. Also, be sure to visit the Gwendolyn Brooks exhibits on the second and fourth floors of Founders Memorial Library.

Quilter Chawne Kimber Explores Intersections of Activism and Textile Art

Join the Pick Museum of Anthropology and NIU’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality for a lecture by award-winning activist quilter Chawne Kimber at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in Cole Hall Room 100.

In her lecture “In Tall Cotton,” Kimber will present a series of quilts, explaining her development into an artist over the past decade. The main themes of her work are identity and difference, censorship, social justice and Black Lives Matter.

At noon Wednesday, Oct. 11, Kimber will present a graduate colloquium seminar at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality in Reavis Hall Room 103. Her seminar, titled “Lab and/verses Studio,” will describe recent explorations of the artistic practices of a handful of women scientists, including herself.

“Quilts and Human Rights” is open now through Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Pick Museum of Anthropology at NIU. The exhibit is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Cordogan, Clark and Associates Inc., and all exhibit programming is co-sponsored by NIU’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality and The Graduate School.

Illinois Correctional Association Fall Conference open to NIU students

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Office of Student Professional Development is cohosting the Illinois Correctional Association Fall Conference at the NIU Holmes Student Center on Oct. 13 and 14.  Students are able to attend any and all sessions at no charge but can also register for the full conference which includes all meals and some social events for only $25.

The program includes breakout sessions covering mental health issues and trauma in the workplace, immigration and customs enforcement, inmate behavior and the hiring process, correctional officer wellness, community corrections and resources, 21st century workforce and the Prison Rape Elimination Act. There is a special student careers session on Friday, Oct. 13, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. View the full program.

Graduate and Professional School (GPS) Fair set for Oct. 17

The Graduate and Professional School (GPS) Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center.

Meet representatives from over 100 graduate and professional programs from across the United States and learn how advanced degrees can help your career. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are especially encouraged to attend. It’s never too early to start thinking about an advanced degree. Learn now about admission criteria so that you will have the competition beat when it’s time to apply! Programs available for students in all majors and career paths.

Need a photo for your LinkedIn account? Free photography services will be offered. 

Casual dress. No résumés required. Event is free to all. Visit careerfairs.niu.edu for more information, Questions? Email careerservices@niu.edu or call Career Services at 815-753-1641. To receive event reminders, text NIUGPSFair to 64800.

Travel with External Programming Oct. 23 for a private tour of Soldier Field

NIU External Programming is pleased to announce an upcoming Travel with External Programming event on Monday, Oct. 23.

Go behind the scenes of the legendary home of the Chicago Bears. The stadium, built in 1924, is not only the home of football in Chicago but also a historic memorial to American soldiers.

On this private, 75-minute guided, VIP tour, you will see the south courtyard, Doughboy statue, field, visitor’s locker room, Skyline Suite and colonnades. This is on a non-game day.

Tours are outdoor walking tours conducted in rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.

Participants will also be able to explore around the stadium, shop and have plenty of time to visit the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium. Both institutions are admission-free while we are there.

The tour will depart from the Normal Road (east) entrance of the Holmes Student Center at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, and will return at approximately 7 p.m. The $65 fee includes a VIP tour and bus transportation. Lunch is on your own.

Register now as tickets are very limited. Registration is also available by phone at 815-753-0277.

Week of September 25, 2017

Deadlines

CSA Sinfonia Concerto Competition 2017 applications due Oct. 16

The Community School of the Arts at Northern Illinois University invites musicians 18 years and younger to compete in the annual CSA Sinfonia Concerto Competition. The deadline for applications is Monday, Oct. 16. Auditions are scheduled in the Recital Hall of the NIU Music Building on Nov. 13, beginning at 5 p.m. More information and application forms are available at http://www.csa.niu.edu or by calling the CSA office at 815-753-1450.

Homecoming parade applications due Sept. 28

All groups, student organizations and departments are invited to participate in NIU’s Northern Lights Homecoming Parade. Show your group’s Huskie Spirit to the entire campus and surrounding communities. The Northern Lights Homecoming Parade will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.

As suggested by the name, this year’s parade is once again a lights parade! Parade entrants comprised of vehicles, walking entries and floats will be decked out in lights to help light up the night and pump up the Huskie Pride. Additionally, in keeping with this year’s Homecoming theme, Destination Huskie Nation: 111 Year Strong, entrants are encouraged to decorate their entries in accordance with the theme. The parade will start at the NIU Art Building parking lot, follow Lucinda Avenue and end at the Chick Evans Field House.

Want to apply to be a participant in this year’s parade? The link to the application can be found on the Campus Activities Board website or at go.niu.edu/hoco-app. All parade applications and the $10 entry fee are due to Student Involvement and Leadership Development, Campus Life Building Room 150, by 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28.

For more information, contact this year’s Homecoming Parade Chair Alex Pitner at apitner1@niu.edu or 815-753-6505.

Honorary Degrees nominations due Nov. 1

Nominations for honorary doctoral degrees to be awarded from NIU are now open. This year’s nominations, with the required supporting information, should be submitted to Bradley Bond, dean of the Graduate School, by Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. For more information on the honorary degree nomination process.

Notices

Financial aid application period opens Oct. 1, impacts MAP

If you want or need to apply for financial aid for the 2018-19 academic year, get ready: The FAFSA filing period opens Sunday, Oct. 1.

And if you’re among the 5,000 NIU students hoping to secure MAP grants, don’t wait too long.The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which administers the Monetary Award Program, only has limited funds. When the money’s gone, the money’s gone.

FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – is the U.S. Department of Education’s mechanism to consider students for Pell grants, federal student loans and work-study opportunities.

NIU students responded well to last year’s inaugural Oct. 1 start, which came three months earlier than previous years.

Last year’s significant and permanent change in the FAFSA cycle synced the process with traditional deadlines for college admission decisions.

Shifting the opening date also allows FAFSA filers to submit federal income tax information from the previous year and not the next. Parents and students no longer must wait for W2s from their employers or hurry to file their tax returns with the IRS, something that traditionally caused anxiety, especially in the scramble for MAP grants.

Questions? Need help? Call 815-753-1395 or 800-892-3050 or email finaid@niu.edu.

Sign up for NIU Career Fair text message information and reminders

Want to receive text reminders about this fall’s career fairs and events?

Text NIUGPSFAIR to 64800 to receive updates and reminders about the Graduate and Professional School Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Text NIUCAREERFAIRS to 64800 to receive updates and reminders about the Fall Internship and Job Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

For more information on fall career fairs, visit niu.edu/careerservices.

Student volunteers needed for STEMFest 2017

It’s almost time for STEMFest! On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Midwest’s premier festival for celebrating science, technology, engineering and math will return to the NIU Convocation Center.

And once again, we’re asking for your help. Hundreds of NIU student volunteers help us welcome visitors and treat them to a free, family-friendly day of hands-on science fun.

To volunteer, please fill out the online form. To guarantee a T-shirt in your size, be sure to register by Monday, Oct. 9.

With questions, or to find out how to volunteer as part of a student group or organization, please contact Sara Finnigan at sfinnigan@niu.edu or call 815-753-1272.

NIU researchers seek fitness app study participants (Android only)

Professors Lynn Herrmann (Health Studies) and Philippe Giabbanelli (Computer Science) are recruiting participants for their mobile fitness app study, Health Behavior Theory-based App Development and Evaluation, to test the efficacy of different fitness app features. The study will involve using a randomly assigned fitness app developed specifically for this study. Participants will need to:

  • download the app to their personal mobile device (Android only)
  • use the app as desired for approximately eight weeks
  • take a survey on health behaviors at the beginning and end of the eight weeks

Participants will receive $10 at the end of the study. Participants must be age 18 and older and not pregnant. To participate, contact Dr. Lynn Herrmann at LHerrmann@niu.edu for access to your unique participant PIN and the link to the pre-study survey.

Events

Asian American Resource Center presents OHANA on Sept. 26

“OHANA!” means family and family means no one is left behind or forgotten.

“OHANA!” helps students navigate college life at NIU, connects students with relevant campus resources, raises awareness on cultural issues and provides an atmosphere for students to build community. “OHANA!” can be students’ “home away from home!”

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the Sky Room, OHANA will be presenting, “Student Resource Competition Night,” for a chance to get to know about the university’s great resources like Access/PAL, Financial Aid, NIU Police, Career Services, Center for Black Studies and the Academic Advising Center. Senior mentors Christian Moy, Lianne Abellar, Minnika Hoggstrom with Graduate Assistant Carlo Aseron will be organizing a student resource Jeopardy game.

Immediately following the OHANA night, as a part of peer mentoring, the Asian American Resource Center, in coordination with University Writing Center and Career Services, will help students to prepare for the fall job and internship fair by helping them edit their resume, elevator speech and other professional resources.

Chai Chat for international students and their friends Sept. 27

Ready for a little break? Want a relaxing multicultural experience? Or just want to meet people and have fun? If yes, do join us for Chai Chat, an informal gathering for international students and their friends. All are truly welcome as we want all students to feel welcome at NIU and have a chance to meet students from different groups. Come and have some tea and snacks and fun conversation from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Campus Life Building 100!

NIU students invited to participate in AGN Revitalization Plan community meeting Sept. 27

The City of DeKalb invites NIU students to participate a community meeting about the Annie Glidden North (AGN) Revitalization Plan from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 830 N. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb.

The AGN area is defined as stretching along Annie Glidden Road from Lucinda Avenue to Dresser Road, and for several blocks east and west of Glidden. This area includes most of the off-campus apartments built for NIU students, as well as Greek student housing and non-student public housing.

This community initiative seeks to improve the quality of life for residents of the AGN neighborhoods. You will learn about the goals of the plan and be able to provide your ideas to guide the development of the plan. Families with children are welcome. A Spanish translator will be present.

For additional information, please contact Aaron Stevens with the City of DeKalb at 815-748-2096 or at aaron.stevens@cityofdekalb.com.

Be a part of our fall casting call Oct. 4

Come to our fall casting call to be included in photography, video, social media posts, and publications promoting NIU and life as a Huskie.

We are looking for students of all ages, races, majors, gender identities, backgrounds and club/organization involvement. The only requirement is that you respond promptly to requests to participate in photo/video shoots.

The fall casting call is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Campus Life Building room 100.

On the day of the casting call, plan to wear Huskie gear or something that you are comfortable in, no need to get all dressed up. We will take a few photographs of you and ask basic information including a few questions about why you chose NIU on video. You will need to sign a talent release form at the call and not currently have a Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) hold on your MyNIU account.

Contact Danielle Guerra, Office of Institutional Communications, at dguerra@niu.edu if you have any questions.

UC-Irvine historian to discuss China’s Boxer Rebellion Oct. 5

Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a leading historian of modern China, will discuss the stories surrounding the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 during the 14th annual Lincoln Lecture, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in NIU’s Altgeld Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.

This illustrated lecture, “China and the Ghosts of 1900: Stories of the Boxers and the First Global War,” revisits the anti-Christian uprising and international invasion that convulsed the Qing Empire during the final year of the 19th century, paying particular attention to the varied ways these events were understood in different places at the time and the diverse kinds of stories that have been told. Dr. Wasserstrom will move between regions, touching down everywhere from Shanghai to Chicago, and between genres, bringing in versions of episodes such as the 55-day siege of Beijing that have appeared in everything from poems to live battle reenactments and in novels, comic books and films.

To learn more about NIU’s Lincoln Lecture Series, go to www.niu.edu/history/about/lincoln-lecture.shtml.

Vazquez to present Board of Trustees Professor Seminar Sept. 28

On Thursday, Sept. 28, Board of Trustees Professor Laura Vazquez will discuss her work in a presentation titled, “Behind the Lens: Engaging Students in the Creative Process of Social Justice Documentary Filmmaking.” The presentation will take place in the University Suite of the Holmes Student Center. Refreshments will be served from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed by the presentation and Q&A from noon to 1 p.m. Vazquez received her Ph.D. degree in radio, TV and film from Northwestern University and has been teaching media theory and production courses in the Department of Communication at NIU for 17 years. She currently chairs the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and is the undergraduate director for the Department of Communication.

For more information, see www.niu.edu/facdev/programs/2017-09-28-board-of-trustees-professor-seminar.shtml. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.

Alumnus Cerrone to deliver Jobs PLUS presentation on Oct. 3

NIU Alumnus Rick Cerrone will deliver a Jobs PLUS presentation titled “Nice Guys Finish First” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in Campus Life Building 100.

The event will feature personal anecdotes and stories from Rick’s professional career that included time as senior director of media relations for the New York Yankees, where he worked side by side with some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment. The presentation aims to transform the way attendees relate to others and inspire them to renew their efforts at building and maintaining relationships with their business associates, clients, customers, family and friends.

Rick has had an amazingly diverse career that spans more than 30 years – from editor and publisher of a national baseball magazine to Major League Baseball executive to talk show host to being at the helm of public relations for the Yankees. During his time with the Yankees, the club had a run of 11 post-season appearances, six Word Series and four world championships.

Limited seats for students remain and advanced registration is required at go.niu.edu/jobsplusevents.

Jobs PLUS events are free and open to all NIU students. If a student’s employer is a Jobs PLUS partner, the student may be eligible to attend select Jobs PLUS events on their paid work time with permission from their employer. Students interested in connecting their employer to Jobs PLUS can self-report where they are working.

Be a part of our fall casting call Oct. 4

Come to our fall casting call to be included in photography, video, social media posts, and publications promoting NIU and life as a Huskie.

We are looking for students of all ages, races, majors, gender identities, backgrounds and club/organization involvement. The only requirement is that you respond promptly to requests to participate in photo/video shoots.

The fall casting call is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Campus Life Building room 100.

On the day of the casting call, plan to wear Huskie gear or something that you are comfortable in, no need to get all dressed up. We will take a few photographs of you and ask basic information including a few questions about why you chose NIU on video. You will need to sign a talent release form at the call and not currently have a Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) hold on your MyNIU account.

Contact Danielle Guerra, Office of Institutional Communications, at dguerra@niu.edu if you have any questions.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance will be hosting informational sessions on each Wednesday of October from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Heritage Room in the Holmes Student Center. These “Got A Minute” sessions are designed to provide students, faculty, staff and community members with quick information on resources and services available to domestic violence victims/survivors, and how others can provide assistance to someone involved in a domestic or dating violence situation. The schedule of speakers include:

  • October 4: NIU Police Department - NIU Police will highlight their R.A.D. Program which teaches self-defense techniques, as well as the many resources offered for victims/survivors of domestic or dating violence.
  • October 11: NIU Counseling and Consultation Services - Knowing the resources and services available when trying to help a victim/survivor of domestic or dating violence can be essential information.
  • October 18: Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance - Come on! Be an Active Bystander, provides tips for helping others in any negative situation. The ability to know when and how to help can be crucial when a split-second decision must be made.
  • October 25: Safe Passage, DeKalb County’s Rape Crisis and 24-hour Domestic Violence Shelter - Having a safe place to go can mean all the difference to a victim/survivor of domestic or dating violence. Safe Passage will also discuss the many other resources and services available.

Questions about these events can be directed to aaec_training@niu.edu or 815-753-1118.

These programs meet the requirements of the College of Business’ Passport Program and Honors Engaged. Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance also thanks Alpha Phi Gamma for their support of this event.

NIU Athletics Hall of Fame to welcome its 33rd induction class Oct. 6

More than 30 members of the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame and head coaches of Hall-of-Fame teams are expected to be on hand when the six-member “Class of 2017” is inducted at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in the historic Duke Ellington Ballroom at the Holmes Student Center. A cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

The “Class of 2017” includes Dee Abrahamson, Softball head coach, 1980-94; Athletics administrator, 1995-2011; and NCAA secretary-rules editor, 1996-2015; Steve Azar, Football, 2000-03; Mark Goodson, Men’s Gymnastics, 1976-80; Ed Kositzki, Men’s Soccer, 1969-71; Angela Lockett, Women’s Basketball, 1990-92, 1993-95; and Garrett Wolfe, Football, 2004-06.

Complimentary tickets to the 33rd induction ceremony can be reserved by emailing halloffame@niu.edu. Please include full name and number of tickets requested. An email confirmation will be sent and tickets can be picked up at the reception table outside the Duke Ellington Ballroom on Friday, Oct. 6.

Common Reading Experience author Jennine Capó Crucet comes to NIU Oct. 17

NIU will welcome the 2017-2019 Common Reading Experience author Jennine Capó Crucet to campus at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center. A book signing will follow in the HSC Gallery Lounge.

Crucet’s book, Make Your Home Among Strangers, is being read by first-year students in UNIV 101 (University Experience) and 201 (Transfer Experience) courses and has also been adopted by several other courses as part of their course-required readings or curriculum.

This powerful novel’s themes include social justice, quality/access to education, first-generation students, immigration, ethics (plagiarism), diversity, inclusion, identity, relationships, socioeconomic class, race and leaving home.

Each year, different events take place centering on the themes of the Common Reading Experience (CRE). In addition to Crucet’s visit, all campus and community members are welcome and encouraged to come and participate in any event you might find interesting.

Additional fall 2017 common reading events include:

  • Travel Challenge Escape Room - Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5:30-7 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room. Solve riddles and puzzles while you learn about the American Immigration experience.
  • Make Your Home Open Mic - Wednesday, Oct. 11, 3:30 p.m., Swen Parson room 170. Share your story of what home means to you.
  • Eight Countries in One Day - Friday, Oct. 13, 3-7 p.m., DeKalb Public Library. Explore culture, food and crafts from countries around the world.
  • Book Discussion - The Travel Ban: Immigration - Thursday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m., DeKalb Public Library.
  • Essay Contest open to all first-year students - Entries due Monday, Oct. 30, by 4 p.m. Submit your essay and cover sheet to Maribel Montelongo, First-Year Composition Office support specialist, Reavis 215
  • Make Your Home Essay Contest Awards Ceremony - Wednesday, Nov. 15, 3:30 p.m., Adams Hall, Chandelier Room.

Ju Hong - Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Ju Hong shares his story as one of the millions of undocumented immigrants living in America today. His documentary, “Halmoni,” follows his struggle to understand his identity and familial responsibility.

For more information, visit First- and Second-Year Experience, email fsye@niu.edu or call 815-753-0028.

Ninth annual Graduate and Professional School Fair Oct. 17

Attending graduate or professional school can have a tremendous impact upon students’ career paths. We ask for your help educating NIU students about the importance of attending NIU's upcoming Graduate and Professional School Fair so they can talk with graduate school representatives at this once-per-year event, sponsored by Career Services. The ninth annual Graduate and Professional School Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. Over 100 schools/programs will be represented, including NIU programs. Visit careerfairs.niu.edu to view the list of schools/programs that will attend, which includes masters and doctoral programs in law, technology, health fields, business, psychology, education and sciences. For more information, please contact Joyce Keller at 815-753-9113 or jkeller@niu.edu.

Fall 2017 All-Majors Internship and Job Fair Oct. 18

Employers will be on campus seeking NIU talent at the Fall 2017 NIU Internship and Job Fair. Career Services has moved to a new one-day career fair format. Students from all majors can connect with employers for both internships and full-time positions on the same day. The Internship and Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Convocation Center. A Career Fairs Prep Workshop is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center. Students also can visit our Career Peer Mentors in the Career Resource Center between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Friday in Campus Life Building 235, for resume review assistance. The Career Resource Center is not open on the day of the Internship and Job Fair. For more information, contact Career Services at 815-753-1641 or careerservices@niu.edu, or visit careerservices.niu.edu.

Week of September 18, 2017

Deadlines

Important deadlines approaching for Homecoming participation

Homecoming 2017 begins on Sunday, Oct. 1, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 7, with the theme "Destination: Huskie Nation! 111 Years Strong." For your student organization to participate in many of the events, you need to complete the application packet available through Huskie Link.

The registration deadline is 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, for Powder Puff Football, Paint the Town, Recycled Boat Race, Yell like Hell and Dec out the Campus.

The registration deadline is 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, for the Northern Lights Homecoming Parade.

For complete details and to register, visit niu.edu/homecoming and click on the button for the “2017 Homecoming Application Packet.” For more information, contact the Campus Activities Board at (815) 753-1580 or email cab@niu.edu.

International Education Week to be celebrated Nov. 13-17

The Division of International Affairs is gearing up for another exciting International Education Week, to be celebrated Nov. 13-17. If you have any cultural events, speakers, performances, etc., that you would like us to share on our calendar, please send Sarah Lindell the information by Wednesday, Oct. 4, at slindell@niu.edu.

Events

“How to be a Better Watchdog” seminar at NIU on Sept. 21

The Department of Communication, together with the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association and the Better Government Association are co-sponsoring the seminar “How to be a Better Watchdog” from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, in Cole Hall 100. The event is free and open to the public.

This program will help citizens become better watchdogs of government at all levels. Matt Topic, a Chicago attorney who specializes in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and governmental transparency, will lead the program. He will be joined by Annum Haider, who serves as the civic engagement and research analyst at the Better Government Association.

The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Please sign up to attend. For more information about this program, please contact Jason Akst at 815-753-7009 or jakst@niu.edu.

Who really invented homecoming?

Fact or Fiction: NIU was the first school in Illinois to play a homecoming game? Attend the presentation by NIU Sports Information Director Emeritus Mike Korcek for answers to this and many other questions about the history of homecoming at NIU. Korcek has over 50 years of experience as a sport staffer, writer and editor. He is best known for his 22-year tenure at NIU as the sports information director and his 37 years as the sports information office employee (1969-70, 1973-2009). Come discover what you thought you knew about the history of homecoming. A few things may surprise you! The presentation begins 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Staff Lounge (lower level) of Founders Memorial Library. Guests are encouraged to view the “Homecoming: 111 Years Strong” exhibit in the foyer of Founders Memorial Library following the presentation. This is a free event and open to all. Contact us at rhcua@niu.edu or 815-753-1779 for more information.

‘Homecoming: 111 Years Strong’ exhibit presented by the Regional History Center and University Archives

Please join the Regional History Center during the month of October in celebration of American Archives Month and the opening of our exhibit, “Homecoming: 111 Years Strong.” The exhibit focuses on the history of homecoming at Northern and highlights items from the University Archives, including school pennants, buttons, yearbooks, photographs, football programs, sports memorabilia and more. Come discover what you thought you knew about the Huskies’ Homecoming. A few things may surprise you!

The exhibit will remain on display through the month of October. The main exhibit will be on display in the foyer of Founders Memorial Library and will continue in the Regional History Center (room 400).

Interested in other Chicago Open Archives events for the month of October? Visit www.chicagoarchivists.org/COA2017.

The exhibit is free and open to all. Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - midnight; Friday, 8 a.m. -10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. - midnight. Regional History Center hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - noon; 1 - 4:30 p.m. Contact us at rhcua@niu.edu or 815-753-1779 for more information.

Help NIU compete for National Outdoor Champion honors

Hiking. Kayaking. Backpacking. Bicycling. Even bird-watching. These are just a few of the activities students, faculty and staff at NIU will be participating in through October 15 as they compete to win the fourth annual Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge.

Interested participants should visit oncampuschallenge.org to download the app and follow NIU Outdoor Adventures Club on Facebook and/or Instagram for details on giveaways and special events.

Hosted by the Outdoor Foundation, a nonprofit committed to reconnecting millennials with the outdoors, the Campus Challenge aims to get students from more than 90 universities off the couch and into the wilderness. To participate, students simply download the Campus Challenge app, join their university’s team, and log their outdoor activities during the Challenge to score points. Prizes for winners include national titles, free outdoor gear, and most importantly, bragging rights.

In addition to the National Outdoor Champion award, there are more than 30 other individual and regional awards up for grabs. The top winners will receive gear compliments of REI and The North Face. Each sponsor will also host a weekly challenge, giving students even more opportunities to score free gear.

Notices

Title IX Training for NIU students to begin soon

In August 2016, the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act went into effect. To comply with this law, all students and employees must complete Title IX training every year. Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance (AAEC) has developed an online training module utilizing the Blackboard system.

The training will be open to students from Sunday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Dec. 1. Students who are new this semester are required to take Haven and AlcoholEdu and therefore, are not required to take this module.

Employees will complete the training between Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, and Sunday, April 1, 2018. The employee window will not be opened until Feb. 1, 2018.

Visit the AAEC website to review the FAQ and find out more information.

Energy conservation tips - campus edition

Conserving energy at home and on campus is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce the impact you have on the environment.

One of the most effective ways to conserve energy is turning off lights and switching to energy efficient lighting. Around campus, you will find that many rooms are fitted with motion or heat sensors that turn the lights on when people are in the room and shut them off when the room is empty. If you are in a room that doesn’t have these sensors, shut the lights off when you leave. Turning off lights is extremely important for cutting down the amount of energy that is wasted on campus.

Another source of energy consumption on campus is computer monitors in computer labs and offices. When you are done using a computer on campus, turn off the monitor.

These small steps can have a large impact on the campus energy usage if enough people participate.

Want to get more involved? There are numerous student-run organizations dedicated to sustainability, and the NIU Green Team is always looking for members interested in creating a more sustainable campus. For more information on Campus Sustainability, check out the Institute for the Study of Environment, Sustainability, and Energy website.

NIU researchers seek fitness app study participants (Android only)

Professors Lynn Herrmann (Health Studies) and Philippe Giabbanelli (Computer Science) are recruiting participants for their mobile fitness app study, Health Behavior Theory-based App Development and Evaluation, to test the efficacy of different fitness app features. The study will involve using a randomly assigned fitness app developed specifically for this study. Participants will need to:

  • download the app to their personal mobile device (Android only)
  • use the app as desired for approximately eight weeks
  • take a survey on health behaviors at the beginning and end of the eight weeks

Participants will receive $10 at the end of the study. Participants must be age 18 and older and not pregnant. To participate, contact Dr. Lynn Herrmann at LHerrmann@niu.edu for access to your unique participant PIN and the link to the pre-study survey.

Week of September 11, 2017

Deadlines

Financial aid application period opens Oct. 1, impacts MAP

If you want or need to apply for financial aid for the 2018-19 academic year, get ready: The FAFSA filing period opens Sunday, Oct. 1.

And if you’re among the 5,000 NIU students hoping to secure MAP grants, don’t wait too long.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which administers the Monetary Award Program, only has limited funds. When the money’s gone, the money’s gone.

FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – is the U.S. Department of Education’s mechanism to consider students for Pell grants, federal student loans and work-study opportunities.

NIU students responded well to last year’s inaugural Oct. 1 start, which came three months earlier than previous years.

Last year’s significant and permanent change in the FAFSA cycle synced the process with traditional deadlines for college admission decisions.

Shifting the opening date also allows FAFSA filers to submit federal income tax information from the previous year and not the next. Parents and students no longer must wait for W2s from their employers or hurry to file their tax returns with the IRS, something that traditionally caused anxiety, especially in the scramble for MAP grants.

Questions? Need help? Call 815-753-1395, 800-892-3050 or email finaid@niu.edu.

Nominations for outstanding international educators, students due Oct. 10

NIU’s Division of International Affairs invites nominations for the 2017 awards to recognize outstanding practice in international education.

Recognition is planned for:

  • Outstanding International Educator
  • Outstanding Department Contribution to International Education at NIU
  • Outstanding Student Contribution to International Education at NIU (for a domestic student and a non-immigrant student)

Nominations are due by Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The awards will be announced during International Education Week at the International Recognition Reception, from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Homes Student Center Sky Room.

For complete descriptions of the awards, visit www.niu.edu/international/resources.

For more information on any or all of these awards, contact Sarah Lindell at 815-753-9526 or slindell@niu.edu.

Events

Visit the Major and Minors Fair on Sept. 13

Don’t miss the Majors and Minors Fair from 11 a.m. to 2p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center.

With over 50 majors and 70 minors, how do you choose?

The Majors and Minors Fair can help you if…

  • You want to explore majors and minors
  • You are unsure on your major and want to check out other options
  • You want to connect your major to careers

Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Come speak with representatives from each department. For more information, visit the Academic Advising Center website.

Fall Diversity Dialogues Series kicks off with documentary discussion

NIU will kick off its Diversity Dialogues Series this fall with a documentary screening and discussion with director Julie Winokur. The series, which began in 2016, aims to reinforce the university’s commitment to creating a rich learning environment and encouraging people to talk openly about diversity topics. Events are free and open to the public.

Kicking off the series this year is Emmy-nominated director Julie Winokur with a discussion of her documentary, “Bring it to the Table,” at 6 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Altgeld Auditorium. The documentary chronicles her personal journey where she invited people to discuss the roots of their political beliefs. A workshop and discussion with Winokur will follow the screening.

In preparation for Winokur’s visit to NIU, the university is inviting the community to watch a screening of the documentary immediately following the Unity March, which begins at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

For more information on the Diversity Dialogues events, visit www.niu.edu/diversity/programs/dialogues.shtml

Constitution Day activities planned for Sept. 18

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 forefathers on Sept. 17, 1787. This day recognizes all who have become citizens whether born in the U.S. or by naturalization. This year, Constitution Day is Sunday, Sept. 17. When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, schools and other institutions observe the holiday on an adjacent weekday. For information on campus events taking place, visit niu.edu/constitution.

Secretary of State Mobile Services returns to campus Sept. 18

NIU students, faculty, staff and local residents can renew driver’s licenses and state IDs, purchase annual vehicle license plate stickers, register as organ and tissue donors, or conduct other transactions on campus at a mobile office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

In addition, NIU collegiate license plates will be available for purchase. Sales help to support NIU scholarship funds.

The mobile office will visit campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18, in the lower level of the Holmes Student Center.

Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards. Other services available include vehicle title registration and parking placards for persons with disabilities.

complete list of acceptable forms of identification is online.

Get ready for Homecoming 2017!

Homecoming 2017 is just around the corner! This year’s theme is “Destination: Huskie Nation – 111 Years Strong.” Events begin Sunday, Oct. 1, and run through Saturday, Oct. 7. The complete list of events and additional details are now online at www.niu.edu/homecoming. Make plans to attend and show your Huskie Pride!

Notices

Updated academic integrity online tutorials available

Online tutorials on academic integrity are now available at go.niu.edu/academic-integrity.

The purpose of these tutorials is to promote academic integrity at NIU by increasing students’ awareness of the issues, offering strategies for students to protect themselves from academic dishonesty situations, and increasing faculty’s awareness of the issues and offering them strategies to address academic dishonesty incidents effectively.

These tutorials are intended for self-paced learning by students and faculty and can be used as an educational resource to supplement classroom discussions on academic integrity. Over the past 12 months, the academic integrity tutorials have been viewed by more than 10,000 users and average over 1,300 hits each month.

Students who complete the student tutorial successfully can print a certificate of completion, which can be submitted as verification of their completion.

New funding opportunities for engaged learning and undergraduate research projects

The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) is excited to announce two new grant opportunities, the Undergraduate Student Engagement Travel (USET) Grant and the Research, Engagement, and Academic Diversity (READ) Grant. Both grants provide students and faculty (READ only) with additional funding for engaged learning and scholarly endeavors. Our hope is that these additional funding sources will allow students and staff a chance to partake in experiences and explore topics that they normally would not have considered due to lack of resources available and increase overall involvement in engaged learning activities amongst colleges. For more information on these grant opportunities, visit www.niu.edu/engagedlearning/undergraduate-research or contact ugresearch@niu.edu.

Undergraduate survey on orthorexia nervosa

If you are an undergraduate student at NIU, you are eligible to take a thesis survey that will contribute to research on eating disorders and disordered eating. This is a brief, anonymous survey on orthorexia nervosa, which is an obsessive desire to only consume healthy foods. By participating in this short survey, you will be helping advance the field of eating disorders and shed light on orthorexia nervosa. If you would like to participate, please complete the survey online. Feel free to contact Ashley Kyle at akyle@niu.edu with any questions or concerns. Please share this survey with friends who attend NIU as well.

Week of September 5, 2017

Events

NIU Outdoor Adventures: Camp on Campus

Connect, learn and recreate with Outdoor Adventures this fall during Family Weekend, Sept. 8-9. How does this sound: you and your new friends hanging out under the stars in the glow of a bonfire while enjoying freshly roasted s’mores? Sound appealing? Then don’t miss the annual Camp on Campus event at the West Lagoon. An evening of fun activities includes sport games, a multitude of outdoor workshops, paddling on the Lagoon and much more. Campers can bring their own equipment or rent equipment from the Adventure Center. For more information, go to go.niu.edu/camponcampus.

NIU Outdoor Adventures Disc Golf Tournament

Play on a temporary nine-hole course set up by the DeKalb County Disc Golf Club at NIU's West Lagoon near Stevenson Towers on Saturday, Sept. 9. Choose between several options of play, play two rounds or all three! Each event is $10 per person.

These are all-ages tournaments and will be played rain or shine. If there is thunder and/or lightning the event will be canceled. Each registration will receive a goody bag consisting of a custom NIU Innova disc with a different disc for each level of play (Beginner – Putter, Singles – Mid-Range, Doubles – Driver). The top winning individuals and teams will receive an NIU prize package. For more information, go to go.niu.edu/discgolf.

“Clean the Kish” on the Kishwaukee River, DeKalb, IL

Join us during National Illinois Waterways Cleanup Week to help clean trash out of our community treasure from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. The “Kish” is an amazing river. The south branch has its humble beginnings in Shabbona, IL, and another branch starts in Woodstock, IL. For over 60 miles and many winding turns, eventually feeding into the mighty Rock River. We are thankful for the recreation opportunities from fishing to paddling. The Kishwaukee River is classified as a Class A river and is home to 28 endangered, threatened or watch-listed species. Let’s show this river some love and help protect this important resource. For more information, visit go.niu.edu/cleanthekish.

Feed Your Mind at the Sept. 13 Stem Café

Join us for monthly STEM Cafés - fun, casual gatherings where you can eat, drink and chat with STEM professionals about the latest scientific research. The next Stem Café, Combating Cancer, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fatty’s Pub and Grill in DeKalb. Learn about new cancer therapies such as a gene-altering leukemia treatment from Dr. Barrie Bode, chair of NIU’s Biological Sciences Department. A cancer researcher, Dr. Bode will explore benefits, side-effects and costs of cutting-edge therapies. These events are free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase from our host restaurant.

Fall 2017 Graduate Career and Professional Development workshop schedule released

Registration is now open for 28 Graduate Career and Professional Development workshops scheduled for the fall semester. Information on the events and a link for online registration can be found at go.niu.edu/gradworkshops. Advanced registration is required.

Workshops are free and open to all NIU graduate students. They also reflect a partnership with five different units on campus: Career Services, Jobs PLUS, International Student and Faculty Office, NIU Writing Center, and the Office of Research Compliance, Integrity and Safety.

A wide range of themed-topics will be covered, including enhancing a grad student’s communication, leadership/management, professionalism, responsible conduct of research and career development. Workshops will be hands-on to assist graduate students in exploring and enhancing their career development pathway.

Notices

Tutoring resources are just a click away

Visit go.niu.edu/tutoring for campus-wide information about tutoring that is available at NIU. The site provides three links to view campus resources for specific course tutoring, study skills, and time management and writing support.

If you select “A specific course,” the site will direct you to all areas that provide tutoring for the identified course. If you select “Study skills and time management,” the site will direct you to the A+ Program. The program is comprised of reading specialists who provide one-on-one and group support for reading effectiveness, study strategies and time management. If you select “Writing,” you will be directed to the University Writing Center website, which provides services and other information on undergraduate, graduate student, and faculty and staff writing support.

If you have a tutoring program or other support that you would like to include on this site, please contact Shevawn Eaton, seaton1@niu.edu, to help you connect with the appropriate resource service.

Volunteers needed for STEM FEST

STEMfest is a free community event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, that packs NIU’s Convocation Center with hands-on interactive exhibits, activities and competitions to help K-12 students, their families and the community, to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). People of all ages have fun while learning more about STEM careers and innovations. We count on NIU student volunteers to provide a positive experience for everyone who participates in STEMfest.

We need students to help with everything from greeting visitors, to event set-up and teardown, to working at one of our interactive displays, during a shift of the student’s choosing. We rely on students to make this a fun and successful day! Students can sign up to volunteer at go.niu.edu/stemfestvolunteers.

ACCESS Tutoring and Support Services announces web resources

PAL Tutoring: Rather than coming to our office in Williston 100, students can now sign up online for an appointment tutor at: http://tutoring.niu.edu/access/help/pal.shtml

On this same site, under Walk-In Tutoring, you can hit the link and type in the course, and our site will provide you with times, dates and locations for all of the PAL walk-in tutoring for your selected course as well as Supplemental Instruction availability. Walk-in tutoring is available at various times in the library, New Hall West basement and Grant South basement.

A+ Program: A+ is staffed with professional reading specialists who can assist students with building study strategies, reading more efficiently, managing time and organizational skills. To meet with a reading specialist, go to http://tutoring.niu.edu/access/help/aplus.shtml, and request an appointment.

Supplemental Instruction (SI): SI provides enhanced tutoring in weekly review sessions to help you with specific courses. For more information on SI check the web at: http://niu.edu/access/help/supplemental-instruction.shtml.

Workshops: ACCESS can provide study strategy workshops on request from faculty, staff and student groups. Contact Kenlyn Bialas at 815-753-1141 to schedule an event.

Campus Bus System updates

Welcome back, Huskies! The Student Association (SA) is excited to announce some improvements to the Huskie Line bus system. These updates better accommodate NIU students in more efficient and effective manners.

The updated routes and Huskie Line bus system schedule can be found on the Huskie Line website as well as the ETA Spot mobile app. Additionally, the Student Association will provide route booklets that serve as guides to better learning and understanding the updated system. Please contact the SA at 815-753-0483 or mailto: mstudentassociation@niu.edu with any questions.

Fall 2018 College of Law application open for first-year applicants

After welcoming the class of 2020, one of the most accomplished and diverse classes in recent history, NIU College of Law is pleased to announce that its Fall 2018 application for full-time first-year and accelerated law degree applicants will open on Friday, Sept. 1. The application for transfer applicants will open on Friday, Sept. 15. Application review will commence in mid- to late-October.

Last application cycle, NIU Law received over 625 applications for approximately 100 seats in the fall 2017 entering class. With a priority deadline of April 1, 2018, NIU Law reviews applications on a rolling basis and will continue to review applications until classes begin. Early applications are most competitive for both admission and scholarship.

NIU Law requires that applicants have earned or will have earned before classes begin a bachelor's degree that has been awarded by an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, a valid Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score and Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) registration. All traditional first-year applicants must have completed or be in the final year of their undergraduate degree programs.

For more information, including a complete list of application requirements, decision-making review process, non-discrimination policy and opportunities to visit, go to the College of Law admissions website.

Week of August 28, 2017

Notices

New Blackboard mobile apps available for download

New student and instructor Blackboard Learn apps are now available for download. The new set of apps replace the older "Blackboard Mobile Learn" app, which is no longer supported. NIU students are encouraged to download the latest apps from either Apple Store and Google Store.

Download the Everbridge App for safety communications

Safety bulletins from NIU proactively inform you about crimes that recently occurred on or near campus so you can take the appropriate precautions. They also work to prevent similar crimes and assist the Department of Police and Public Safety in identifying offenders. NIU provides a free app for students to receive these notification. For instructions on downloading the app, visit www.niu.edu/emergencyinfo/register

Employers want NIU student candidates for internships and jobs

Imagine employers knocking on your door to seek you out. Sound impossible? That's just what employers and recruiters do by coming to NIU to meet with students and posting positions.

Employers want NIU student candidates for internships and jobs. Where can you find out which employers are looking for you? Check out Huskies Get Hired and the College Diversity Network.

The Huskies Get Hired system connects students who are seeking internships and jobs with employers who have open positions. Huskies Get Hired has additional functions that help students, employers and NIU faculty/staff.

The College Diversity Network (CDN) introduces you to companies looking to build a diverse and inclusive work environment. CDN's job board houses employers from across the country that value workforce diversity.

By using these tools you can begin exploring actual job postings, for internships and full-time jobs, from employers that have made the decision to recruit NIU students. For more information, visit the Career Services website

Events

#BLACKOUTBC Friday night at Huskie Stadium

The Huskies open the 2017 season Friday, Sept. 1, when NIU plays host to Boston College in Huskie Stadium, as the Eagles become the first Atlantic Coast Conference opponent to play at NIU since 2003. For the home opener, fans can use #BlackoutBC and are encouraged to wear Huskie black in the stands. Admission to all NIU athletics events is free to NIU students with a valid NIU One Card..

Show your #HuskiePride on Red and Black Fridays

Beginning on Sept. 1, everyone's favorite day of the week gets another reason to be awesome with Red and Black Fridays observed on campus and by NIU Huskies around the world. Participants are asked to wear NIU clothing and gear, and to share their pride on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with #HuskiePride for a chance to be featured on NIU's homepage and NIU official social media accounts. Organizers plan to hand out t-shirts, snacks and prizes across campus on Sept. 1 .

Friday is National College Colors Day

In a stroke of serendipity, the kick-off to Red and Black Fridays falls on the date of the first home football game for the NIU Huskies, and also on National College Colors Day, which is observed annually across the country by encouraging fans to wear their college team's colors or university apparel. On that date, participants can use #CollegeColors for a chance to be featured on NIU's homepage and NIU official social media accounts, and to participate in the national campaign.

Invite your family up for the weekend!

Family Weekend, Sept. 8-10, is a chance for students to invite family members to visit and explore NIU and the DeKalb community. We've packed the schedule with lots of fun and interesting programs Friday through Sunday. To register, see the schedule and learn more, visit go.niu.edu/familywknd. If you have questions call 815-753-1535 or email us at parents@niu.edu.

Fall 2017 Jobs PLUS event schedule released

Registration is now open for 12 Jobs PLUS events scheduled during the fall semester. Information on the events as well as a link for online registration can be found at go.niu.edu/jobsplusevents. Advanced registration is required. Jobs PLUS events are free and open to all NIU students. If a student's employer is a Jobs PLUS partner the student may be eligible to attend select Jobs PLUS events on their paid work time with permission of their employer. Students interested in connecting their employer to Jobs PLUS can self-report where they are working at www.niu.edu/jobsplus/employers/refer-lead.

Join the Pick Museum at exhibit opening of "Quilts and Human Rights"

Join the NIU Pick Museum of Anthropology for the Exhibit Opening Reception of "Quilts and Human Rights," 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5. Rights” features quilts from around the world honoring champions of human rights and documenting quilt making as a means of coping with oppression, and examining how quilts raise awareness of global social issues. This event also includes a free quilt block workshop led by the Social Justice Sewing Academy. This exhibit is generously supported by Cordogan Clark & Associates Inc., Michigan State University Museum and NIU's Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality.

NIU GRE and LSAT Test Prep offered this fall

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming is offering on-campus GRE and LSAT test prep course this fall. For more information, visit www.niu.edu/clasep/testprep.

Travel with the Professor for a day to celebrate American writers

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming invites you to Travel with the Professor for a day to celebrate American writers on Thursday, Sept. 28. We will depart from the Holmes Student Center east side at noon and travel to the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum, after which we will travel to downtown Chicago to visit the new American Writers Museum. Travelers will also have time to shop and dine on Michigan Ave, stroll Millennium Park, and just take it all in before returning to DeKalb at approximately 8 p.m. Tickets are just $65. Transportation and museum entry fees included. Registration is now open.