Hello Huskies!

It’s an eventful week with Spring 2021 class registration opening today and Election Day on Tuesday. Remember, NIU is closed on Tuesday—classes will not meet and university offices will not be open. During this time I encourage you to actively take care of yourself. Check out
this video on radical self-care from NIU’s Dr. Kimberly Hart and Lucas DeMonte, a counseling graduate student.

Vote on or Before Election Day

Today is the last day to vote early! Here are the basics:

Early voting takes place at the Holmes Student Center (Other Early Voting Locations in the US)

Anyone registered in DeKalb County can vote early in the HSC.

Any Illinois resident registered elsewhere can update their registration to DeKalb County at the polls if they want to vote in the HSC or in DeKalb.

Not registered? You can register on-site with valid identification.


Voting on election day? Here are some tips:

If not already registered, you must bring valid identification to register on-site.

Verify your registration, then locate your polling place. If you registered with your home address, you either need to vote at home or re-register at the polls in DeKalb.


The Huskie Bus Line will be running to all local polling places throughout Election Day and there will be virtual Election Day Help from NIU faculty and staff from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help you find your polling location, identify proper documents, etc. Don’t forget, the HSC is not a polling location on Nov. 3. Visit for more information!


Post-Election Day

How one votes and processes the election are deeply personal. It is important that we treat each other with respect and in accordance with our commitment to Freedom of Expression. As we absorb or wait on the election results, NIU wants to provide opportunities and spaces for you to process and reflect with one another. Below, are some immediate offerings for this week. We will continue to assess the needs of our campus and plan accordingly.

Counselors will be on stand-by to assist individuals or groups as needed.

Various Huskie Election Reflection sessions will be hosted throughout the week to help you process with others. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Election 2020: Ask the Experts will be hosted on Thursday, Nov. 5 where you can learn more about the election process, the results and/or the status of the results.

All events and additional resources can be found at Huskies Vote!

Above all, let’s be good to ourselves — and the Huskie pack as a whole — this week.

Forward Together,

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

Week of Nov. 2, 2020

Protecting the Pack Updates



Huskie Spotlight

Wellness Tip

From NIU Today

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NIU’s 125th Anniversary

Protecting the Pack Updates Update to the spring academic calendar

As previously communicated, continuing to reduce the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19 requires that the university adjust the spring 2021 academic schedule. The updated spring academic calendar includes the following:


• The spring semester will start Monday, Jan. 11, and will end one week earlier, on April 30.

• An additional administrative closure day will take place on Thursday, Feb. 11 and classes will not meet and university offices will be closed.

• There will be no spring break, however the university will provide all students, faculty and staff a three-day weekend beginning Friday, March 12

• Final exams will be held April 24, 26-30, and commencement dates will remain unchanged for now.




State of the University Address Scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 17
Join fellow Huskies on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. for NIU’s virtual State of the University Address. President Freeman will reflect on the university’s response to COVID-19 and the NIU’s goals for the coming year during a video message. Following the video presentation, President Freeman will participate in a live Q&A session.

Nominations Being Accepted for the Richard A. Flournory Engagement Award

The Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion launched a new award this year to honor the person who founded the NIU Inclusion Reception (now the Richard A. Flournory Homecoming Inclusion Reception) and to highlight those who help build an inclusive NIU campus.  It is called the Richard A. Flournory Engagement Award and information was released earlier this month in conjunction with Homecoming.  


If you know any alumni, friends, faculty, staff or students who have worked to make NIU a more inclusive place, nominate them for this award. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 20.

Register to Attend ‘Avoiding Procrastination - Write Now!’ Workshops

Do you have a writing project due at the end of the semester? Do you tend to procrastinate? Jump start your project before the Thanksgiving holiday and/or wrap it up after the holiday by joining the University Writing Center’s virtual study experience on Tuesday, Nov. 17 and Tuesday, Dec. 1. There will be breakout spaces in Blackboard to connect with other students who are working on the same project or to meet with staff from the University Writing Center and/or Founders Memorial Library for live consultations. Pre-registration is required.  

Win NIU Gear through Northern Star Competition
Want a chance to win NIU gear courtesy of NIU Athletics and the Village Commons Bookstore? Entry is easy:

1. Take a photo showing your Huskie Pride on football’s first game day, Wednesday, Nov. 4.
2. Submit your photo to
3. Head to to vote. Share the link to get friends and family voting.

The winner will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 11.  

STEAM Studios Make Learning Fun and Accessible

STEAM Studio after-school sessions help students in grades three through 12 explore and develop their interests and passions. Students can delve into coding, art, weather forecasting, simple machines, sci-fi or digital media. They’ll hone their minds, explore careers, gain confidence in social and academic realms, and build friendships with peers who share the same interests. There’s no request for grades and no entrance exam. We ask only that students come open to the prospect of learning more and enjoying their experience. STEAM Studio sessions are designed for at-home, after-school learning, but we can also bring STEAM Studio to online classrooms. Register at the STEAM Studio website or email us at to learn more.

Fall sessions begin Nov. 2. One- and two-hour after-school sessions take place two days a week for six weeks.

Tuesday, Nov. 3: Election Day (University Closed) (Fall 2020)
Tuesday, Nov. 3: Women and Kids' Sale - NIU Bookstore
Tuesday, Nov. 3: Strategies for Successful Online Job Interviews
Wednesday, Nov. 4 through Friday, Nov. 6: Huskie Election Reflection Session for Students
Wednesday, Nov. 4: Northern Illinois University Football vs Buffalo
Wednesday, Nov. 4: NIU Transforms into an Electronic Century
Thursday, Nov. 5: Social Justice Town Hall: Decolonize Your Mind
Thursday, Nov. 5: Election 2020:  Ask NIU Experts

Thursday, Nov. 5:  How to Use the Career Pathway Dashboard to Augment Your Job Search
Friday, Nov. 6:
Internships 101: Part 1
Friday, Nov. 6: Campfire at the West Lagoon

View all upcoming events >


Huskie Spotlight


Kristen Ernst
I've connected with other students by joining different organizations on campus. During my first few semesters, I was very uninvolved and had very few on-campus friends. However, once I started involving myself in different aspects of NIU, making friendships that will last a lifetime became easy.

Learn more about Kristen >


Wellness Tip


Tackling Procrastination
Do you have a tendency to wait until the last minute to get things done? Are you constantly racing to beat the clock?  Who doesn’t?! Learn strategies to better tackle procrastination by joining Counseling and Consultation Services Coping Through COVID-19 webinar, today at 4 p.m.

Learn more >


From NIU Today


City of DeKalb to take over Huskie Safe Line Nov. 2
Starting Nov. 2, the Huskie Safe Line will have a new name and a new look, but will provide the same safe, secure transportation to those who travel around town between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Read more at NIU Today >


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File you FAFSA.




Tuesday, Dec. 1: Deadline for Returning Student Sexual Misconduct Awareness and Prevention Training 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.


Highest-ever attendance at a women’s basketball game achieved at NIU (1989)
By any definition, Northern Illinois University women’s basketball reached dynasty status in the late 20th Century.


A quote from then junior Hall of Fame point guard Denise Dove in 1989-90 summed up the era:  “We were on a mission from the beginning.” Learn more about this historic women's basketball game.

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