I hope you have been taking advantage of this beautiful weather we have been having! October can often be a hard month with colder weather, mid-terms and home sickness. Sunlight can improve your mood and well-being. Take a walk around the lagoon, eat lunch outside or study in a grassy area. Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Consider giving your mental health an “oil check” with Counseling and Consultation Services.
There are many opportunities in October to get better connected and more involved with the NIU and/or Dekalb community.
• Dekalb and NIU are committed to creating a community where all members can feel a sense of Belonging. Join the Oct. 22 discussion, led by an international expert, as we begin this conversation.
• Student organizations seeking SGA allocated funding for next year are required to attend one of the upcoming Funding workshops.
• Your Student Government Association has three director openings for which students can apply. Represent NIU students and make your voice heard.
• There are Senate positions open within the Student Government Association. Apply today and have a voice in how your SGA represents the students of NIU.
• Stay tuned for a full list of Halloween-related events!
21 days to go until the Nov. 3 election. We are close, but you still have time. Huskies Vote has information or links to all things voting. Some deadlines to know about:
• The deadline to register online to vote is Sunday, October 18, 2020.
• The deadline to register in person to vote is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
• You can register and vote in person during a grace period, which begins the day after the deadline and runs through Election Day. During this grace period, you can register and vote at your local election office, a permanent polling place, at early voting sites, at some polling places on Election Day, and at any other location specifically designated for grace-period voting by your election authority.
• Contact your local election office for more information on grace period locations and hours.
• The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Thursday, October 29, 2020.
Kelly Wesener Michael, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Chief Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students
Protecting the Pack Updates
Plans for Spring Semester
Provost Ingram sent a message on Thursday outlining the plans for the spring semester and changes being made to continue supporting the health and well-being of our university community as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. While details will be worked out in the coming weeks and months and more updates will be forthcoming, the university wants you to have the latest information so that you can plan accordingly.
Have you made an appointment to get your flu shot?
Do your part to protect the pack by attending NIU’s second Flu Vaccine Clinic taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Holmes Student Center. Flu shots are free for students enrolled in the university-sponsored insurance plan and most other insurance providers cover the cost of the flu vaccine. Schedule your five-minute appointment and complete the client form in advance.
MyNIU Student System maintenance scheduled
The MyNIU Student System will be unavailable from 5-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 due to system maintenance.
Ellington’s meals available at The Depot
The HOSP 320 teams are working incredibly hard to bring Ellington’s to The Depot. As part of their course requirements, students are responsible for planning, preparing and serving prepackaged meals, each centered on a unique theme. Students are dedicated to providing high-quality, nutritious food, as well as compliance with the highest safety and sanitation standards. Meals will be made available for purchase Tuesdays and Thursdays around noon for the price of $7.99. Your support is very much appreciated!
First Year Focus
Although it may seem like your college career has just begun, it's important to continually plan for the future so that you're best prepared for upcoming challenges and deadlines. As a first-year student there is support available to you to make sure you stay on top of your to-do list so that you can be successful as you transition into college life.
Here this week's tips and suggestions:
• Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your Spring 2021 courses. Make sure you're on track to graduate and make the most of your college experience by meeting with your advisor at least once a semester.
• Fill out your 2021-22 FAFSA. We recommend submitting it as soon as possible! For more information and tips, watch this video.
• Attend a First-year Success Series’ Financial Literacy program that will cover financial aid and student account basics, upcoming financial aid and scholarship deadlines and completing your FASFA.
LinkedIn Learning subscription to expire on Oct. 26
NIU’s subscription to the LinkedIn Learning professional development platform will expire on Oct. 26, 2020. Due to budgetary restraints, NIU will not be renewing the license beyond Oct. 26.
If you are taking LinkedIn Learning courses for professional development, you should complete those courses before the expiration date. If you utilize LinkedIn Learning content in your academic courses, you will need to find or create alternative content to replace it. If you need assistance identifying alternative options, please reach out to the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning or your subject specialist Librarian within University Libraries.
• Monday, Oct. 12: STEMFest Maker Mondays: Bioinformatics and the Battle Against SARS-COVID-2 — An Interview with Researcher Carla Mann
• Tuesday, Oct. 13: Outdoor Adventures: Yoga at the Lagoon
• Wednesday, Oct. 14: Golf Talk with Jim Suttie
• Wednesday, Oct. 14: New Venture Challenge — Kickoff Q&A — CREATIVE STUDENTS NEEDED!
• Wednesday, Oct. 14: STEMFest — The Secret Lives of Rare Elements: Finding Critical Materials for Green Energy
• Wednesday, Oct. 14: Outdoor Adventures: Virtual Navigation/Geocache Clinic
• Friday, Oct. 16: Outdoor Adventures: Night Hike
• Saturday, Oct. 17: STEMFest — Oozes and Slimes
Saturday, Oct. 17: STEMFest — Build-A-Blinky Soldering Workshops — In Person
• Saturday, Oct. 17: Outdoor Adventures: Stargazing at the West Lagoon
• Sunday, Oct. 18: Outdoor Adventures: Geocache Workshop
• Thursday, Oct. 22: Everybody Poops: A Discussion of Fiber, Prebiotics, Probiotics and Gut Bacteria
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Disappointment and Loss
COVID-19 has caused many to feel disappointment and loss. These are difficult feelings that everyone experiences. Learn more about how to cope with disappointment with our FREE self-care webinar series: Coping Through COVID-19 (Mondays at 4 p.m.).
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