Welcome to November! The semester is moving along, and I hope yours is going well. It’s hard to believe, but spring 2020 course registration has started, so find your time and get registered. If you need to, check in with your advisor and resolve any holds so you can get the classes you need to stay on track. Once you get registered, explore the other opportunities in front of you.

Get engaged in your education.

Explore a Huskie Alternative Break for a spring break service learning trip. Take what you’re learning in the classroom to real-life, hands-on situations. Applications close on Nov. 15. Apply for an Undergraduate Student Engagement Travel Grant to help pay for your trip.

Apply for a Research, Engagement, and Academic Diversity (READ) Grant if you’re interested in social justice and diversity or social innovation or social entrepreneurship projects focused on social and cultural issues.

Make an appointment with the Writing Center in the library and be proactive about improving your writing. Tutors or academic advisors can help you get back on track if you’re struggling in class.

Updates & reminders:

Flex your design skills and submit something for the 2019 Holiday Card Contest.

Attend NIU’s 1st Annual Diversity Ball.

Complete your FAFSA and use School Code 001737.


Being engaged in our community makes us all stronger. Take a minute this week to strengthen your community.

“Community is society with a human face – the place where we know we’re not alone.” - Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Forward Together,

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

Monday, Nov. 4: Resume Writing: The Basics
Tuesday, Nov. 5:
Renting 101: Your Vision of Home, Our Expertise
Tuesday, Nov. 5: Men's Basketball vs. Roosevelt
Tuesday, Nov. 5:
New Music Festival Series #1
Tuesday, Nov. 5:
STEM Café: Measles Epidemics and Immunizations
Wednesday, Nov. 6: New Music Festival Series #2
Wednesday, Nov. 6: First Annual Diversity Ball
Wednesday, Nov. 6: Game Day at RecWell
Thursday, Nov. 7: The Giving Project
Thursday, Nov. 7: A Peek into the American Indian Way of Life Through Their History and Oral Traditions
Thursday, Nov. 7:
New Music Festival Series #3
Thursday, Nov. 7:
New Music Festival Series #4
Friday, Nov. 8:
Women's Volleyball vs. Toledo
Friday, Nov. 8 - Sunday, Nov. 10:
The Castle
Saturday, Nov. 9: Men's Basketball vs. Northern Iowa
Saturday, Nov. 9:
Women's Volleyball vs. Ball State
Sunday, Nov. 10
: "Swing Dance" with the NIU Jazz Orchestra

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Huskie Spotlight
Samantha Lindberg
I would recommend NIU to others because it’s a large school but you still get small class sizes which makes college less daunting. A piece of advice for anyone starting college would be to get a planner and to write down all your assignments and events you have going on, so you know what days you can hang out with your friends and which days you need to get work done.

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Living Local
Fargo Skateboarding & Indoor Skate Park
A Skateboard Shop & Indoor Skateboard Training Facility, Fargo Skateboarding offers a wide variety of boards and accessories as well as an indoor skate park. Fargo hosts live music, skateboard contests, lessons and more throughout the year. No matter your level, Fargo has you covered.

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Indoor Skate Park>



Diversity Ball set for Wednesday, Nov. 6
The NIU community is invited to attend the inaugural Diversity Ball on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. The formal gala is a celebration of the many multicultural organizations that make NIU a dynamic place to live, learn and work.

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President Lisa C. Freeman invites all students to participate in the 2019 Holiday Card Contest
Take advantage of the opportunity to be one of three artists who will have their work featured on the official NIU president’s electronic holiday card. Submit your original artwork for a chance to be chosen for this honor. First place winner will receive $500, second place winner will receive $300 and the third place winner will receive $100.

Instructions, submission guidelines and examples from past winners are available at Entries are due Nov. 28 and winners will be notified on Dec. 9.

Take a moment to thank our donors.
Did you know that last year over 8,000 NIU alumni, parents, and friends made contributions to Northern Illinois University through the NIU Foundation?  These gifts help to support student scholarships, classroom technology, research opportunities, and out-of-the-classroom experiences. 

Every student is impacted by the generosity of donors to NIU.  The NIU Foundation is providing students the opportunity to thank those donors for making gifts that allow NIU students, like you, to attend and excel here. You are invited to help us accomplish this on Monday, November 4. Simply stop by our Thank You Station in the Holmes Student Center (near the Starbucks) from 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM to write a thank you post card to one of our generous donors.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the NIU Foundation’s Northern Fund department at


Saturday, Nov. 30: Huskie Installment Plan enrollment deadline (Spring 2020)

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