We may be close to wrapping up the fall semester, but you still have some important opportunities to lean in and use your voice at NIU.
There’s a lot going on this week, and it’s worthy of your time:
• Get a snapshot of the university: Mark your calendar for NIU’s State of the University, streaming 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17. President Lisa Freeman will share updates on 2020 and goals for the year ahead, with a live Q&A at the end.
• Learn about freedom of expression: From 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, Student Affairs is hosting another great virtual event. Student-leader Shantez Branch and I will moderate a virtual discussion with a staff and faculty panel about the role of freedom of expression at a public university. There will also be time for questions!
• Hear from NIU’s student leadership: It’s easy to listen in from your browser when the Student Government Association’s Senate meets on Sundays at 5 p.m. Their last meeting of the semester is coming up this weekend, on Nov 22.
If you’re traveling or gathering this Thanksgiving, please make sure you follow Dr. Freeman’s guidance and get a free drive-through COVID test. They’re available today through Wednesday. In the spirit of COVID precautions, I want to share how proud I am of our United Greek Council for executing a goal to have all of their 108 members across 15 chapters to sign NIU’s Protect the Pack pledge, an example for all of us to follow.
Make sure you look up if you’re on campus this week. Progress Pride flags will be flying along Normal Road outside the Holmes Student Center, as a vibrant reminder to value the LGBTQ+ Huskies in our pack and recognize the richness that diversity brings to our community.
I hope you’ll also plan to connect with me next week! I’ll be hosting my Dean of Students Virtual Open Office Hours from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
In the days ahead, let’s all determine to reach out and engage in something good for us.
Kelly Wesener Michael, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Chief Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students
Protecting the Pack Updates
Campus and local community invited to free COVID-19 drive-thru testing event Nov. 16-18, plus opportunity to assist NIU researchers
Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be offered 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 16-18, in the Anderson Hall parking lot on the NIU campus. The test is performed with a simple nasal swab administered by a health professional, and results will be communicated by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) via phone within 4 to 7 days. Participants should enter from Kishwaukee Drive off Lucinda Avenue and exit onto Garden Road. Walk ups are welcome as well. This temporary testing opportunity is being offered in partnership by the IDPH, DeKalb County Health Department and NIU. For more information, see https://go.niu.edu/covid-test/.
Also at the three-day testing event, participants will have the opportunity to play a part in helping validate a new COVID-19 test currently in research development at NIU under the leadership of Elizabeth Gaillard, director of the NIU Molecular Analysis Core (MAC) Laboratory and professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and her research team. The new test involves a simple oral rinse. Participation in this second test is optional but important and more information is available online at https://go.niu.edu/drive-thru-research.
Celebrate International Education Week
The Division of International Affairs is proud to celebrate International Education Week, a federal initiative created in collaboration by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, that promotes internationalization and participation in developing a global community. This celebratory week takes place Nov. 16-20.
The Center for Southeast Asian Studies will be hosting Virtual Language Tables each day along with a Virtual Culture Fest on Thursday. The International Training Office and the Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society is offering an International Speaker Series Monday through Thursday, featuring a talk by NIU's own Professor Taylor Atkins. The Study Abroad Office and International Student and Scholar Services Office will be hosting a Career Panel on Monday. The Virtual International Recognition Reception on Tuesday will recognize outstanding contributions to international education by faculty, departments, staff and students.
A full list of events is available on the Division of International Affairs website and information on registering for these events is on the NIU calendar.
Provide Your Feedback about Academic Support Services
As part of our continued efforts to enhance the student experience and to provide comprehensive, accessible and well-coordinated academic support services for all NIU students, we are requesting your feedback and ideas. Please take five to 10 minutes to share your thoughts by completing this brief survey by Friday, Nov. 20. Your feedback will inform our approach moving forward. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to let your voice be heard.
Fitness Equipment Rental Available through NIU Recreation
NIU Recreation is now offering fitness equipment rentals! Rent equipment to use while working out at home or during their virtual Group Fitness classes. Equipment can be rented for the winter break or for the entire spring semester! Visit go.niu.edu/fitrental to submit your request. Contact email@example.com with questions.
Interested in Working for the University Writing Center?
Attend the Writing Center Undergraduate Employment Open House on Monday, Nov. 23 from 6 to 7 p.m. The Undergrad Employment Open House will allow undergraduate students to meet with University Writing Center staff to gain a better understanding about employment with the center. Participants will spend most of their time learning about the specific aspects of working at the UWC by migrating between five breakout rooms in Blackboard Collaborate. Participants will also have a chance to win one of four $25.00 Amazon gift cards.
Office of Information Security Warns of New Phishing Attempts
Phishing emails that contain links to external documents containing malware and ransomware are typically delivered by commercial mass email delivery services such as google. Spoofed email addresses may also be used.
Email received by a victim will contain a link to an actor-controlled Google Drive document or other free online file hosting solutions such as Box, Drop Box, or even OneDrive. More information is available by visiting the Office of Information Security’s website.
Rebuilding Democracy Speakers Series kicks off Dec. 1 with Eugene Robinson
The NIU Community is invited to join the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 as they kick off their Rebuilding Democracy Speakers Series with Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist and MSNBC Political Analyst Eugene Robinson.
The event, conducted on Zoom, will feature Robinson discussing a variety of topics such as rebuilding democracy and restoring civility, voting rights, the ongoing fight for equity and inclusion, expected action by a new administration regarding the pandemic and the environment and restoring America’s reputation on the global stage with Dean Robert Brinkmann. A moderated question and answer session will follow.
Advanced registration is required. Go to http://go.niu.edu/CLAS-Series-Registration to request a link to the event. Event links will be sent out from the firstname.lastname@example.org mailbox one day prior to the event.
• Monday, Nov.16 through Friday, Nov. 20: Progress LGBTQ+ Pride Flags at NIU
• Monday, Nov. 16 through Wednesday, Nov. 18: Free Temporary Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing
• Tuesday, Nov. 17: Making Art with Nature at Lorado Taft Field Campus
• Tuesday, Nov. 17: Virtual International Recognition Reception
• Tuesday, Nov. 17: 2021-22 Scholarships Workshop
• Tuesday, Nov. 17: State of the University Address
• Tuesday, Nov. 17: Avoiding Procrastination - Write Now!
• Wednesday, Nov. 18: STEM Cafe— Board Game Renaissance: Leveraging Virtual Connections in a Time of Physical Distancing
• Wednesday, Nov. 18: Period Project Pick-up
• Wednesday, Nov. 18: Congresswoman Robin Kelly ('04) with Wednesday Night Wisdom
• Wednesday, Nov. 18: The Role of Freedom of Expression at a Public University
• Wednesday, Nov. 18: Virtual Open House - Master of Science degree in Applied Human Development and Family Sciences (AHDFS)
• Wednesday, Nov. 18: NIU Foundation Thousands Strong Opening Night
• Wednesday, Nov. 18 through Thursday, Nov. 19: NIU Foundation Thousands Strong - Day of Giving
• Thursday, Nov. 19: Third Thursday Craft Night: String Art
• Friday, Nov. 20: Office Hours with the Executive Vice President & Provost
• Saturday, Nov. 21: Fire Building Class at Lorado Taft Field Campus
• Saturday, Nov. 21: Students Speak: LGBTQ+ at NIU
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Practicing Self Care
How are you? Have you been well? When was the last time you ask yourself those questions? If it has been awhile, check out this article to learn more about checking in with yourself and practicing self-care.
From NIU Today
NIU students can download free self-care app
Huskies headed into the end of the semester can give themselves an easy boost in wellbeing by using a free self-care and stress management app.
IntelliCare for College Students was developed through a partnership between a research team from Northwestern University and Counseling and Consultation Services, as well as students from both Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Read more at NIU Today.
Featured 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 Professional John E. LaTourette becomes tenth president (1986)
At the same Board of Regents meeting where Clyde Wingfield’s resignation was accepted, John La Tourette was named NIU’s tenth president.
He had been the runner-up in the last search, the board reasoned, and had performed admirably both in five years as provost and in seven months as acting president. After the turmoil surrounding Wingfield, the campus needed stability and not more time lost and money spent on a lengthy search. Learn more about John E. LaTourette.
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