Hello Huskies!

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.


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.


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 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.



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.

Forward Together,

Kelly Wesener Michael, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Chief Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students

Week of Oct. 19, 2020

Protecting the Pack Updates



Huskie Spotlight

Wellness Tip

From NIU Today

Did You Know?


NIU’s 125th Anniversary

Protecting the Pack Updates Self-reporting COVID-19 cases or exposure
Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to or experience symptoms of COVID-19 must complete the checklist at Login to the checklist using your NIU credentials. After completing the checklist, you will receive immediate guidance via email with important next steps. The customized, web-based checklist is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and it replaces the COVID-19 Helpline.




Complete your Student Financial Agreement
Northern Illinois University requires all students to complete the Student Financial Agreement prior to registering for classes for Academic Year 2020-21. The agreement acknowledges that you understand and agree to the financial responsibilities for enrolling in classes at NIU. You can access the agreement through your MyNIU.

You will be responsible for completing the Student Financial Agreement once every academic school year. For instruction on how to complete the Student Financial Agreement, visit

Forward Together Forward Scholarship deadline approaching
Each year the Forward, Together Forward Scholarships are given to Huskies who highlight the diversity, strength and integrity of the NIU student body. Visit to apply by the Oct. 23 deadline.

NIU Recreation invites you to help ‘invest’
We’re excited to share our new name with you. We’re now called NIU Recreation and we’re still your recreation, fitness, adventure and sport provider. NIU Recreation now operates as a part of the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, and is participating in the annual fundraising campaign, Huskies Invest! We invite you to share this opportunity to donate with others who can support your recreation experience on campus. We have a separate fund that will directly support student sport clubs. The campaign will run for one week from Monday, Oct. 19 through Friday, Oct. 23. If you have any questions, please email

A self-care app that doesn’t judge
Looking for a stress management tool you can use no matter how small your problems seem? Researchers at Northwestern have worked with NIU students and Counseling and Consultation Services to design an app that helps students learn stress management strategies and connect with on-campus services. The app is now available for free use and is being examined as part of a research study.

Monday, Oct. 19: Early Voting for the General Election in Illinois begins at the Holmes Student Center
Wednesday, Oct. 21: Ask Us Anything – Talk with NIU Career Services
Wednesday, Oct. 21: Love Labyrinth: Navigating Relationships Virtual Workshop
Wednesday, Oct. 21: Race and the Law Conversations: Voting Rights and Election Law
Thursday, Oct. 22:  
Belonging: A Community Conversation
Thursday, Oct. 22: Wear Purple Day
• Thursday, Oct. 22: Everybody Poops: A Discussion of Fiber, Prebiotics, Probiotics and Gut Bacteria
Friday, Oct. 23: CODE 1 Workshops - First Year Success Series
Saturday, Oct. 24:
STEM Fest — Holograms
Saturday, Oct. 24: STEMFest — Build-a-Blinky Soldering Workshops — In Person
Monday, Oct. 26: STEMFest Maker Mondays: Find Your Spark, Shape Our Future — An Interview with Artificial Intelligence Researcher Marius Stan
Monday, Oct. 26:
Well-o-Ween: Glow Boo-tifully
Monday, Oct. 26: Well-o-Ween: Trick or Treat Yo' Self
Tuesday, Oct. 27: Well-O-Ween: Yoga
Wednesday, Oct. 28: STEMFest - The Science Behind Haunted Houses
Wednesday, Oct. 28: Well-O-Ween: Paint Night
Thursday, Oct. 29: Well-O-Ween: Movie & Mindfulness

View all upcoming events >


Huskie Spotlight


Kaelyn Nannini
I've mainly connected with other Huskies through the student organizations I've been a part of and through classes we've shared. It's much easier to talk to people when you know you have a shared common interest.

Learn more about Kaelyn >


Wellness Tip


Register for Well-o-Ween Events
Looking to be well with a spooky twist this Halloween? Student Wellness is presenting a Halloween-themed wellness week with virtual activities each day to help you de-stress. You can be well and celebrate Halloween early by joining us in this 4-day event. Registration required.

Learn more >


From NIU Today


NIU hosts UC Berkeley expert for virtual ‘Belonging’ events
Northern Illinois University and the Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence have joined forces with community partners in DeKalb and Rockford to offer intersectional conversations hosted by an international expert.

Read more at NIU Today >


Did you know?


Learn more about spring 2021 class registration.




Sunday, Oct. 25: Last day for undergraduates to add or course drop a second-half-semester course via self-service in MyNIU. (Fall 2020)
Monday, Oct. 26: Last day for undergraduates to add a second-half-semester course with approval from the offering department or to course drop a second-half-semester course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office (Fall 2020)
Friday, Oct. 30: Last day for undergraduates to process a course withdrawal or semester withdrawal from a 16 week course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation. (Fall 2020) Key Moment
America’s most enduring institutions are those created to meet specific needs and allowed to evolve as those needs change. Such is the story of Northern Illinois University, which this year celebrates its 125th anniversary.


College of Engineering & Engineering Technology established (1985)
Early in Northern’s history, leaders seeking permission to offer new, non-teaching-related programs had to promise that they’d keep their aspirations modest, and under no circumstance pursue agriculture, law or engineering. Yet within just a few decades, two of those three prohibitions fell away, overcome by expressions of regional need. Learn more about the history of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

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