Thanksgiving Break begins Wednesday and Native American Heritage Day is Friday. This time of year, I reflect on how grateful I am to be a Huskie and to serve as your Dean of Students. Take time this week to tell those you love that you’re grateful for them.

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The recently-launched Tobacco, Alcohol, Cannabis and Other Drugs Website check out cannabis resources and be informed in preparation for the January 2020 change in state law.

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Thank you for the hard work you do every day to succeed in school and to support your fellow Huskies!

"When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude." - G.K. Chesterton

Forward Together,

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

Monday, Nov. 25: NIU Men's Basketball vs. Oakland
Tuesday, Nov. 26: NIU Football vs. Western Michigan University
Wednesday, Nov. 27 - Friday, Nov. 29: Thanksgiving Break
Saturday, Nov. 30: Huskie Installment Plan Deadline
Sunday, Dec. 1: Swingin' in the Holidays
Tuesday, Dec. 3: STEM Café: Musical Bow Research and Creative Artistry in Africa and Brazil

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Huskie Spotlight
Frank Acheampong
I attended community college at Harper College in Palatine, and upon speaking to a counselor about my career path, he advised me about the major NIU offered.

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Living Local
Chelsea McGhee Studios
A variety of classes for children and adults, including private event painting sessions for birthday parties, girls night out, corporate events, team building, bachelorette parties and baby showers.

Learn more about Chelsea McGhee Studios >



Huskie Food Pantry helps students in need
Thanksgiving and "Friendsgiving" is a time to give thanks and share a meal with family and friends. It's also a time to remember those who experience food insecurity in the Huskie community.

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MyNIU Student System Maintenance
The MyNIU Student System will be unavailable on Monday, September 30th, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM due to system maintenance.

ACCESS PAL accepting applications for spring 2020 peer tutors
ACCESS PAL is accepting online applications for undergraduate students as peer tutors. Apply now to begin spring 2020 semester providing academic assistance to other Huskies.

Shutting down Skype for Business Tuesday, Dec. 31
The Division of Information Technology is excited to announce an NIU license upgrade for Microsoft Office 365 to include Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft recently announced the retirement of Skype for Business, an application with roots to Office Communicator 2007. Microsoft Teams expands the capabilities of Skype for Business to include file storage, application integration, collaboration, chat and meetings into a single, convenient interface.

The new Teams software license is currently active for all faculty, staff and students, and will be the primary collaboration and conferencing tool beginning Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.


Friday, Dec. 6: Orientation Leader Application Deadline
Are you looking for a way to get involved, develop your leadership skills and show off your Huskie Pride? Apply to be an Orientation Leader! You'll show new students what an awesome place NIU is by sharing your experience as a Huskie! Visit the Orientation and Family Connections website to get started.

Friday, Dec. 6:
The Research, Engagement, and Academic Diversity (READ) Grant Application Deadline
The Research, Engagement and Academic Diversity (READ) Grant provides funding to faculty, staff and students interested in:

Conducting research on topics related to social justice and diversity.
Social innovation or social entrepreneurship projects with a particular focus on social and cultural issues.

Applicants can apply for up to $5,000 per year, which may include funding for undergraduate student compensation and supplies, travel or other associated costs tied to the project. Compensation funds requested for team proposals will be divided among team members. Each student is eligible for up to $1,200 per year in compensation. Accepted applicants can use their funds starting on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 through to Monday, May 31, 2021.

Application deadline is Monday, Dec. 6. Apply online.

Sunday, Dec. 8: Student Engagement Fund (SEF) Study Abroad Deadline
Fund your study abroad experience with the Student Engagement Fund! This application provides funds for students who are participating in NIU faculty-led study abroad programs and field schools. Applications for 2020 are due by Wednesday, Dec. 8. Only College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) majors may apply.

Students will:

Learn what research looks like in their field of study.

Gain experience working alongside talented faculty at NIU.

Commit to full time research.

Be eligible to receive up to $2,500 per year in expense support.

Thursday, Nov. 28: Holiday Card Contest Deadline
NIU President Lisa C. Freeman invites all students to participate in the 2019 Holiday Card Contest. 

Winning artwork will be featured in the NIU president's electronic holiday card. Instructions and submission guidelines are available at

First place winner will receive $500, second place winner will receive $300 and third place winner will receive $100.

Entries are due on Thursday, Nov. 28 and winners will be notified on Monday, Dec. 9.

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