Huskie Family Connections

NIU Spring Family Weekend
April 29 - May 1, 2011

Parents with Victor E. Huskie

Spring Family Weekend at NIU is a great time to celebrate family, friends, and the Huskies! This calendar will continually be updated, so come on back! We hope that you and your family will join us in the Huskie Tradition.

Events for:

Click here to register online for Spring Family Weekend events!


Friday, April 29

Recreation Services
Work out, play a game of basketball or racquetball, and see what "the Rec" has to offer. Family members are FREE for the day when accompanied by an NIU student. Waiver forms will also be available at the Rec Center.
6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Corner of Lucinda Ave. & Annie Glidden Rd.

University Bookstore
Stop by the university bookstore and buy your NIU apparel or keepsakes. Remember that Huskie Family Connections members save 10% on spirit wear and souvenirs when they show their membership card.
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Holmes Student Center Ground Level

Village Commons Bookstore
Stop by the VCB and buy your NIU apparel or keepsakes. Remember that Huskie Family Connections members save 10% on spirit wear and souvenirs when they show their membership card.
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
901 Lucinda Ave

Huskies Den 
Bowling, billiards, video games, and more! Show your Huskie Family Connections membership card and receive an extra special discount beginning at 1:00 pm. Discounted pricing will be available to HFC members for the entire weekend during regularly scheduled hours.
Admission: $2.50 (Bowling) and $6.00 (Billiards) for Students; $3.50 (Bowling) and $7.00 (Billiards) for all other family members; $2.50/pair (Shoe Rental) for everyone   
1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Huskies Den (Holmes Student Center Lower Level)

Family Weekend Information Table/Check-in 
Questions, concerns, or lost?? Come visit our table to find HFC staff who will be more than willing to lend a helping hand. In addition, this is where you will pick-up any pre-ordered tickets for the weekend’s events, receive handy campus information, and have the opportunity to purchase Huskie Family Connections t-shirts.
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Campus Life Building (Rm. 150) 

NIU Carnival
Sponsored by:
 Phi Rho Eta Fraternity
Bring the entire family out to enjoy over 27 rides, games, food, and more at this year’s end of the semester carnival located near the Huskie Stadium. Tickets for rides can be purchased at the Carnival's Box Office which will be located at the site entrance. 
Admission: 20 tickets for $15.00
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Lot K (next to Pizza Pros and across from the Huskie Stadium)

NIU Observatory - NIU Family Weekend Open House
The evening’s events are listed below. For more information, call the NIU Observatory at (815)753-1305. 
5:00pm & 6:00pm: Presentation/Discussion:  An Introduction to the Night Sky (LaTourette Hall, Faraday   
                                West, Room 200)
7:00pm - 12:00 midnight: Observing at the NIU Observatory (at top of Davis Hall)
Admission: FREE and open to all
NIU Observatory (Davis Hall)

5K the Night Away
Sponsored by:
 Grad Sport Society (GSS) and Hauser Ross 
The 5K race will benefit our organization and greatly assist in securing the financial needs of the Grad Sport Society. As a group, we want to support students of the Sport Management program at NIU, and you can help by taking part in our inaugural 5K race. This event was planned by a tremendous group of students and is supported by world class professionals in the road racing industry. 5K the Night Away is a one of a kind event and all of the members of the GSS invite you to lace up your favorite pair of shoes and come run with us. More details and early registration can be found at http://gradsportsociety.com All proceeds will be split between the Grad Sport Society and Ballou Skies, a charity benefiting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. In addition, GSS has partnered with another charity called Share Your Soles, which provides shoes to impoverished countries around the world. Racers at the event will get $5 off registration if they bring a pair of shoes. 
Admission: Early Registration (on or before April 21st): $20
                    One week prior to race (April 22nd-28th): $25
                    Day of Race (April 29th): $30
*$5 off with donation of a pair of shoes (limit one pair for discount, but bring as many pairs as you like)
Sign-up now at Active.com and search 5K the Night Away
Registration begins at 6:00 pm and the race starts at 7:30 pm  
Convocation Center

"Spring Dance Concert 2011" 
Sponsored by:
 NIU School of Theatre and Dance 
A showcase of the many facets of dance expression from the nationally recognized dance program with over thirty years of history at Northern Illinois University. Dancers will perform their full range of dance repertoire and demonstrate the training program that has placed School of Theatre and Dance students in professional ballet and modern dance companies and venues throughout the United States and abroad since 1979. Please call (815)753-1337 for more details and ticket order information. 
Admission: $15 adults, $12 seniors, $8 students 
7:00 pm 
O'Connell Theatre in the Stevens Building 

“A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, & A Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women & Girls"
Sponsored by:
 NIU Women's Rights Alliance and Women's Resource Center
A groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle and commissioned by V-Day for the first V-Day: UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS festival, which took place June 2006 in New York City. The monologues are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic, and beautiful. But above all, together they create a true and profound portrait of how violence against women affects every one of us. A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, And A Prayer is a call to the world to demand an end to violence against women. All proceeds from the production will benefit V-Day and DeKalb's Safe Passage Inc., an organization that provides services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in DeKalb County.
Admission: $5.00 at the door
7:30 pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm)
Diversions Lounge (Holmes Student Center)

“Seussical The Musical Jr.”
Produced by:
 Dreamers & Annex Theatre Groups
In this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty ("Ragtime," "Once On This Island") have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination -- Jojo. "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think" captures the show's spirit of imagination, as the colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under, $5 students (www.egyptiantheatre.org)
7:30 pm
Egyptian Theatre, 135 North Second Street, downtown DeKalb


Family under tent

Saturday, April 30

Family Weekend Information Table/Check-in 
Questions, concerns, or lost?? Come visit our table to find HFC staff that will be more than willing to lend a helping hand. In addition, this is where you will pick-up any pre-ordered tickets for the weekend’s events, receive handy campus information, and have the opportunity to purchase Huskie Family Connections t-shirts.
8:00 am – 4:00 pm 
Holmes Student Center (Main level - near Info Desk)

Colossal Clean Sweep
Are you ready to kick_off the garage sale season in an enourmous way? Whether it's antiques, collectibles, sports cards, atrs, crafts, garage sale items or anything else you want to buy or sell, the place to be is NIU Convocation Center's third annual "Colossal Clean Sweep."
Admission: $1 per person and free for children age 6 and younger
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Convocation Center

Explore DeKalb
The downtown area will be welcoming Huskie families as they enjoy shopping at various stores and unique gift shops located in DeKalb. Don't forget to use the coupon sheets included in your goody bags for even more savings and stop by the Huskie Family Connections booth located on the corner of 2nd Street and Lincoln Highway (Rt. 38) for music, prizes, and fun giveaways! 
10:00 am - 5:00 pm (HFC booth from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ONLY!!)
Downtown DeKalb

Village Commons Bookstore
Stop by the VCB and buy your NIU apparel or keepsakes. Remember that Huskie Family Connections members save 10% on spirit wear and souvenirs when they show their membership card.
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
901 Lucinda Ave.

Recreation Services
Work out, play a game of basketball or racquetball, and see what "the Rec" has to offer. Family members are FREE for the day when accompanied by an NIU student. Waiver forms will also be available at the Rec Center.
11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Corner of Lucinda Ave. & Annie Glidden Rd.

Huskie Family “Toolbox” Sessions
Sponsored by:
 Huskie Family Connections
- “Making Sense of Your Money” presented by John Harkness, Graduate Assistant, Office of Student Academic Success (Illinois Room)
- “Summer Plans: Volunteering, Summer Jobs, and Internships” presented by Joyce Keller, Associate Director Career Counseling and Internships, Career Services (Heritage Room)
Admission: FREE...click here to register!
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Illinois Room and Heritage Room (Holmes Student Center)

University Bookstore
Stop by the university bookstore and buy your NIU apparel or keepsakes. Remember that Huskie Family Connections members save 10% on spirit wear and souvenirs when they show their membership card.
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Holmes Student Center Ground Level

Huskies Den 
Bowling, billiards, video games, and more! Discounted pricing will be available to HFC members (just show your membership card) for the entire weekend during regularly scheduled hours.
Admission: $2.50 (Bowling) and $6.00 (Billiards) for Students; $3.50 (Bowling) and $7.00 (Billiards) for all other family members; $2.50/pair (Shoe Rental) for everyone   
1:00 pm – 1:00 am
Huskies Den (Holmes Student Center Lower Level)

Taste of DeKalb
Sponsored by:
 Huskie Family Connections
Enjoy a sample of food from DeKalb area restaurants. Participants may visit each restaurant any time between 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Maybe you will find a new favorite! This year’s restaurants include O'Leary's, Rosita's, Golden Thai Jasmine, and Sweet Dreams! 
Admission: $15.00 (students), $15.00 (members), $17.00 (non-members)...click here to buy tickets! 
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
DeKalb area participating restaurants

NIU Carnival
Sponsored by:
 Phi Rho Eta Fraternity
Bring the entire family out to enjoy over 27 rides, games, food, and more at this year’s end of the semester carnival located near the Huskie Stadium. Tickets for rides can be purchased at the Carnival's Box Office which will be located at the site entrance. 
Admission: 20 tickets for $15.00
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Lot K (next to Pizza Pros and across from the Huskie Stadium)

NIU Observatory - NIU Family Weekend Open House
The evening’s events are listed below. For more information, call the NIU Observatory at (815)753-1305.
4:00pm & 5:00pm: Showing of Through the Wormhole: Beyond the Darkness (LaTourette Hall, Faraday   
                               West, Room 200). A brief discussion will follow each showing.
6:00 - 10:00pm: Observing at NIU Observatory (at top of Davis Hall)
Admission: FREE and open to all
NIU Observatory (Davis Hall)

IFC Tugs Championship

The Interfraternity Council will be hosting the championship matches for the week long Tugs event. This tug-of-war competition is best described as "tug-of-war with trenches". Teams compete with one another to "take-the-rope" and win the match.
Admission: $10.00 per person
4:00 pm
East Tailgate Area (Huskie Stadium)

The Last Bash – “Family Fun Zone”
Sponsored by:
 Huskie Family Connections and Housing & Dining
Come out and enjoy the fun with other students who are celebrating the close of yet another semester! There will be fun for the enitre family to enjoy including caricature artists, glitter tatoos, photo booth, tie-dying, bungee run, gladiator joust, bungee ball, popcorn, cotton candy, and much, much more.
Admission: FREE
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Chick Evans Field House

Mission IMPROVable 
Sponsored by:
 Huskie Family Connections
This fast-paced and exciting new form of comedy is a combination of MTV's "Wild 'N Out" and "Who's Line is it Anyway?" - but there is a bit of a twist. Just like in the old TV series "Mission Impossible," the actors in Mission IMPROVable pretend to be agents. The audience members are the co-agents and participate in the hilarious theater games or "missions" by yelling out suggestions. The on-the-spot randomness provided by the audience makes each mission truly unique and very often hysterical. This new improvisational comedy troupe, Mission IMPROVable, is infectious and hot. MI is a regular at festivals and colleges across the country with a show that will leave you with a smile on your face and your stomach aching from laughter. 
Admission: FREE
7:30 pm
Carl Sandburg Auditorium (Holmes Student Center)

Kishwaukee Symphony Spring Concert
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting. The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians. It began informally in 1976 and now engages in weekly rehearsals and an annual series of concerts. This spring program will include the "Titan" & "Jupiter" Symphonies which are the First & Last of the Two Legendary Composers. Tickets can be purchased online at www.kishorchestra.org or at the door 30 minutes prior to the concert. All seats are general admission. 
Admission: $15 adults, $10 seniors/students, $5 children under 12
7:30 pm (tickets will be on sale beginning at 7:00 pm)
NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

“A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, & A Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women & Girls"
Sponsored by:
 NIU Women's Rights Alliance and Women's Resource Center
A groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle and commissioned by V-Day for the first V-Day: UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS festival, which took place June 2006 in New York City. The monologues are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic, and beautiful. But above all, together they create a true and profound portrait of how violence against women affects every one of us. A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, And A Prayer is a call to the world to demand an end to violence against women. All proceeds from the production will benefit V-Day and DeKalb's Safe Passage Inc., an organization that provides services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in DeKalb County.
Admission: $5.00 at the door
7:30 pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm)
Diversions Lounge (Holmes Student Center)

"Spring Dance Concert 2011" 
Sponsored by:
 NIU School of Theatre and Dance 
A showcase of the many facets of dance expression from the nationally recognized dance program with over thirty years of history at Northern Illinois University. Dancers will perform their full range of dance repertoire and demonstrate the training program that has placed School of Theatre and Dance students in professional ballet and modern dance companies and venues throughout the United States and abroad since 1979. Please call (815)753-1337 for more details and ticket order information. 
Admission: $15 adults, $12 seniors, $8 students
7:00 pm 
O'Connell Theatre in the Stevens Building 

“Seussical The Musical Jr.”
Produced by:
 Dreamers & Annex Theatre Groups
In this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty ("Ragtime," "Once On This Island") have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination -- Jojo. "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think" captures the show's spirit of imagination, as the colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under, $5 students (www.egyptiantheatre.org) 
7:30 pm
Egyptian Theatre, 135 North Second Street, downtown DeKalb

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Huskie Family Connections

Sunday, May 1

Colossal Clean Sweep
Are you ready to kick_off the garage sale season in an enourmous way? Whether it's antiques, collectibles, sports cards, atrs, crafts, garage sale items or anything else you want to buy or sell, the place to be is NIU Convocation Center's third annual "Colossal Clean Sweep."
Admission: $1 per person and free for children age 6 and younger
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Convocation Center

Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony
Sponsored by:
 Student Involvement and Leadership Development
A time to recognize the contributions of students to the NIU and DeKalb community. Institutional tuition waivers and a variety of other leadership awards are presented to recipients every spring by the staff of Student Involvement and Leadership Development. 
Reception at 1:00 pm followed by the ceremony at 2:00 pm
RSVP date for families of award recipients is TBD
Duke Ellington Ballroom (Holmes Student Center)

NIU Carnival
Sponsored by:
 Phi Rho Eta Fraternity
Bring the entire family out to enjoy over 27 rides, games, food, and more at this year’s end of the semester carnival located near the Huskie Stadium. Tickets for rides can be purchased at the Carnival's Box Office which will be located at the site entrance. 
Admission: 20 tickets for $15.00
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lot K (next to Pizza Pros and across from the Huskie Stadium)

Recreation Services
Work out, play a game of basketball or racquetball, and see what "the Rec" has to offer. Family members are FREE for the day when accompanied by an NIU student. Waiver forms will also be available at the Rec Center.
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Corner of Lucinda Ave. & Annie Glidden Rd.

Huskies Den 
Bowling, billiards, video games, and more! Discounted pricing will be available to HFC members (just show your membership card) for the entire weekend during regularly scheduled hours.
Admission: $2.50 (Bowling) and $6.00 (Billiards) for Students; $3.50 (Bowling) and $7.00 (Billiards) for all other family members; $2.50/pair (Shoe Rental) for everyone   
1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Huskies Den (Holmes Student Center Lower Level)

"Spring Dance Concert 2011" 
Sponsored by:
 NIU School of Theatre and Dance 
A showcase of the many facets of dance expression from the nationally recognized dance program with over thirty years of history at Northern Illinois University. Dancers will perform their full range of dance repertoire and demonstrate the training program that has placed School of Theatre and Dance students in professional ballet and modern dance companies and venues throughout the United States and abroad since 1979. Please call (815)753-1337 for more details and ticket order information. 
Admission: $15 adults, $12 seniors, $8 students 
2:00 pm 
O'Connell Theatre in the Stevens Building 

“Seussical The Musical Jr.”
Produced by:
 Dreamers & Annex Theatre Groups
In this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty ("Ragtime," "Once On This Island") have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination -- Jojo. "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think" captures the show's spirit of imagination, as the colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under, $5 students (www.egyptiantheatre.org) 
2:00 pm
Egyptian Theatre, 135 North Second Street, downtown DeKalb