Congratulations — you did it! Our campus community is halfway through a semester that has, at times, required all the grit we’ve got. Be proud of your perseverance. Your hard work creates meaning for the words “Huskies never quit.” I’d like to ask you to carry that spirit forward, and make a determination right now to finish this year strong.
To inspire you, I’m sharing some reminders to help you stay organized, opportunities for self-care and fall successes from your peers.
INFO TO KNOW …
• Register for Spring classes: Registration for Spring 2021 opens Nov. 2. Check your email or view the website for everything you need to know to get set for next semester.
• Apply for aid/scholarships: Make sure you file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid or Alternative Application for Financial Aid as soon as possible. Some programs for assistance, like MAP Grants, have a priority deadline of Dec. 1. Also, since many awards on MyScholarships have deadlines around Jan. 31, winter break is a great time to plan to apply.
• Take this required training: Please check your email for information about required Student Sexual Misconduct Awareness and Prevention Training. This important online module on Blackboard must be completed by Dec. 1.
GET INVOLVED …
• Help us build “Belonging”: You’re invited to tune in for “Belonging” with the University of California, Berkeley’s Dr. john a. powell. This free virtual conversation is for Huskies and the broader communities, including discussions for DeKalb from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22.
• Have a healthy haunting: Student Wellness is hosting daily virtual “Well-O-Ween” activities leading up to Halloween. Monday (Oct. 26) kicks off with mindfulness exercises, Tuesday (Oct. 27) continues with yoga, Wednesday (Oct. 28) offers a paint night, and Thursday (Oct. 29) features a Halloween movie! Browse all wellness events, including ongoing webinar series, and email BeWell@niu.edu for more information. You can also download a self-care app.
• Your voice matters — vote: The Nov. 3 election is right around the corner. Visit Huskies Vote to make sure you’re ready. You can register and vote in person. Or, if you’re already a registered voter, you still have time to request a ballot in the mail, as long as it’s postmarked by Oct. 29. Please make a plan to vote if you haven’t yet!
• Keep yourself moving: Recreation offers many options to stay active as winter approaches, starting with a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt on Friday, Oct. 30 in MLK Commons. The Rec Center and Anderson Pool are open for students. There are safeguards in place to protect you and you must register in advance for a time slot on the website. You can also participate in virtual group fitness classes, rent outdoor equipment from the Adventure Center, start learning how to do fun activities like geocaching and stand up paddleboarding, and even partake in online nutrition coaching.
FROM THE PACK …
• Find a fun new outlet: With the weather getting colder, now is the perfect time to explore all the ways you can connect with others on common interests. NIU’s Student Organizations have remained active this year, hosting an average of one event every day so far for the first half of the semester. Close to 1,200 students enrich their experience at NIU by choosing from more than 150 organizations, or starting their own.
• Huskies and horses: The NIU Equestrian Team has kept charging forward this fall, and members plan to compete in virtual competitions with their conference starting this month. Riders will be filmed at their local barns and judged against other colleges’ clubs. Many of NIU’s Sport Clubs and Intramural Sports are practicing, and you can join in!
• Victory in view: You may not be able to support Huskie Football in person this season, but you can still stay up-to-date on game day by downloading the NIU Huskie Athletics app from your preferred app store. Watch for more details soon from NIU Athletics.
• Tell your own story: As the NIU Foundation prepares for “Thousands Strong” — this year’s philanthropic campaign leading up to our Day of Giving on Nov. 18 — they are seeking students to share why they’re proud to be part of our pack. It’s so easy, you can do it in 30 seconds or less with a quick video! Here’s how to upload your clip.
Many thought we would never make it this far into the semester, but we are stronger than ever and we will continue to push forward.
Kelly Wesener Michael, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Chief Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students