Hello Huskies!

On campus or off, we remain a pack committed to protecting each other and the many communities in which we live. Are you making plans to stay safe the rest of this year? 

Please consider carefully the end-of-semester update sent by President Freeman last Monday.

It’s a busy but shortened week with the holiday. Here are a few reminders:

Thanksgiving break runs from this Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Nov. 27. Starting on Monday, Nov. 30, NIU will transition most remaining classes online.

Residence halls, dining facilities and some other limited resources will be open. Don’t forget — you’ll need your OneCard for access to the Holmes Student Center!

If you are able to stay home until the spring semester starts, please plan to do so. NIU is asking all Huskies to prioritize the health of our campus and hometown communities.

Will you be attending classes online and staying off campus after break? Make sure you request an exemption from COVID-19 surveillance testing and notify your residence hall, if applicable.

Of course, you are welcome at NIU through the end of the semester. Remember to monitor your health, use the #CampusClear app and report any symptoms through NIU’s screening checklist.

No matter where you are, Student Affairs and our Center for Student Assistance are here to help.

Like everything else in 2020, this year’s holiday season will look a little different. Thank you for doing your part so fewer lives will be lost before we can gather again responsibly. 

Forward Together,

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


Week of Nov. 8, 2020

Protecting the Pack Updates



Huskie Spotlight

Wellness Tip

From NIU Today

Did You Know?


Celebrating our 125th Anniversary


Protecting the Pack Updates

Plans for the Remainder of the Semester
On Monday, Nov. 16, President Freeman sent a message regarding plans for the remainder of the semester. Included in the message were updates about course delivery changes, residence halls, surveillance testing, in-person events, resources, and student employment. Read President Freeman’s message.



I-88 Construction and NIU’s Internet Service

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, fiber optic communications cables along I-88 will undergo maintenance from about 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2. This work has the potential to impact regional internet and communications service providers. The Division of Information Technology has worked with our internet service providers to understand the risk posed to our campus services and has determined that the risk of this work impacting campus access to the internet is low but important enough to inform campus as other regional services may be impacted.

Upcoming improvements to email authentication

The Division of Information Technology will improving to email authentication on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. These improvements are being made because your cyber security is important and O365 modern authentication protects your account from hackers. Also, basic authentication doesn’t require multi-factor authentication which leaves you and the university vulnerable. Because of that, it gives hackers an easy way to exploit an account once they have the password. Additionally, Microsoft has indicated that this will be the only authentication method for O365 in the near future.

The advantage of this authentication method is that even in the worst case of compromised credentials, modern authentication will help in reducing the impact using multi-factor authentication.


This improvement will be applicable to all staff, students and retirees. Once this improvement goes live on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, only the supported clients will function with our O365 service. A detailed list of these supported clients are available at this page. If you are using any clients which are not on the supported list, you would have to make the transition to one of these clients to be able to access your NIU email.

Join the Midwest Fitness Challenge
Huskie fans, it's time for you to get in on the #MACtion by joining "Team NIU" for the Midwest Fitness Challenge supported by Northwestern Medicine! Proceeds will directly benefit NIU Athletics' COVID-19 relief fund and Huskie student-athletes. All members of Team NIU will receive a Huskie-branded mask.

Updated Emergency Response Guide Now Available
The Emergency Response Guide has been updated for the 2020-2021 academic year.  This quick and easy reference contains basic information on how to handle different emergency situations. The information provided is given to every employee on campus and is displayed on the wall in each room on campus as a guide on how to handle these circumstances should they arise.

Dancing Together Forward: Fall 2020 Dance Concert
The NIU School of Theatre and Dance presents Dancing Together Forward: Fall 2020 Dance Concert with three airings this week on YouTube. This screen dance was made in collaboration with the dancers and choreographers of the School of Theatre and Dance and the artists of NIU’s Integrated Media Technologies. It was filmed and produced at locations all throughout our NIU campus.

The artists want to acknowledge that the place where they study and make their art sits upon the traditional homelands of the Sauk, Meskwaki and Potawatomi nations. This collaborative project is the culmination of a classroom exploration, not a production to which they are selling tickets.
The performance will only be available for viewing during these live airings:

Thursday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m.

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 to request a link to the event. Event links will be sent out from the mailbox one day prior to the event.

Policy Library Update – One new policy and one revised policy
One new policy and one policy revision have been posted on the Policy Library website and are open to review and comment for a 30-day period. This provides the NIU community the opportunity to consider and respond to the revised policies before they take effect. The policies are:


New Policy: Prevailing Wage Policy

Policy Revision: Sexual Misconduct Policy and Complaint Procedures.


To submit a comment, go to the Policy Library website. The revised policies appear on the right side of the screen. Click on one of the policies listed above. You will be asked to sign in to SharePoint. All comments are due by Thursday, Dec. 17. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Hunt, university policy librarian, at

Apply for Need-based Scholarships and Enroll for Spring Music Lessons, Classes and Ensembles at NIU Community School of the Arts
Spring 2021 registration at the NIU Community School of the Arts is now open. All NIU community members are invited to enrich their lives with music and art classes, private lessons and the music ensemble experience. 

Learn to play a new musical instrument or brush up skills by taking private music lessons — register for music lessons and start as soon as the week of Jan. 18.

Online guitar and piano group classes for adults and for kids make learning to play an instrument more fun — register now for classes that begin in January.

CSA Guitar Ensemble, CSA Steel Band, Symphonette, Sinfonia, Suzuki music instruction and Art Express "Saturday School" all start new spring sessions in January. 

Families in need of tuition assistance should complete a need-based scholarship application. A family with an annual adjusted gross income of less than $75K will now qualify to apply, and applications are accepted through Jan. 15. Pick up an application at the Music Building, Room 132 or call for more information.

Programs that meet in person in the NIU Music Building will strictly adhere to safety measures outlined by the NIU Community School of the Arts and the safety requirements of Northern Illinois University. Call for more information at 815-753-1450 and visit the NIU Community School website for complete details and to register. Events

Monday, Nov. 23: Coping Through COVID-19: Tips to Move More Webinar
Monday, Nov. 23: University Writing Center Undergrad Employment Open House
Tuesday, Nov. 24: Dean of Students Virtual Open Office Hours
Wednesday, Nov. 25: Men's Basketball vs UIC
Saturday, Nov. 28: Football at Western Michigan

View all upcoming events

Huskie Spotlight


Megan Nordstrom
I got involved on campus! First, I joined Huskie Marching Band and then other clubs and organizations across campus. Getting involved is the best thing I have done in college so far. I have met so many amazing people who inspire me and push me to do my best.

Learn more about Megan.


Wellness Tip


Move More and Be Active

Looking for a way to sleep better and manage your stress? Trying moving more and being active! Join our Coping Through COVID-19 webinar, today at 4 p.m., to learn more tips to get active and the benefits that come with moving more.

Learn more.

From NIU Today


Biological sciences graduate students launch Inclusive Birding Club at NIU
Huskies at all stages in their educational journey can now join a new club focused on creating a welcoming space for aspiring birdwatchers to share a fun hobby.

Read more at NIU Today.


Did You Know?


Learn more. 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.


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commons is completed (1982)
As early as 1973, campus master planning called for the parking lot outside the Holmes Student Center to be removed and replaced with a landscaped commons area connecting the Center to the new Founders Library. But as the years went by, no state funding was made available for that project. Learn more about the MLK Commons.


Tuesday, Dec. 1: Deadline for Returning Student Sexual Misconduct Awareness and Prevention Training
Friday, Dec. 18: Nomination Deadline for 2021 Outstanding Women and Gender Advocacy Student Award

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