Can you believe finals are just four weeks away, and we’ll be starting a new semester in two months?
Here’s what you can do to be ready:
• Practice self-care: Did you eat yet today, and have a drink of water? Have you been getting enough sleep? Are you taking breaks to enjoy the sunshine we’ve had lately? These are small but significant things we can do for ourselves.
• Reach out for help: If you’re feeling stuck in a class, now’s a good time to seek tutoring. Or, maybe you have a big term paper due? Check out our Writing Center! And don’t forget that our Center for Student Assistance and Counseling and Consultation Services are always there for you, too.
• Get set for spring: Fill out your application for financial aid, register for classes, and plan to apply for scholarships over winter break. Classes start the week of Jan. 11.
In just two weeks, we’ll be getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. Because this holiday is a time when we traditionally gather with others, I’d like to ask you to plan thoughtfully.
I encourage you to get a free drive-through COVID-19 test on campus next week before you go home to family and friends, as President Freeman shared recently. Please review her email for more need-to-know information!
Let’s keep our pace and push on toward a well-earned rest next month.
Kelly Wesener Michael, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Chief Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students
Protecting the Pack Updates
This has been a challenging semester, and we know that you are all looking forward to getting a bit of a break at Thanksgiving and after finals next month. President Freeman sent an update to campus this past week regarding our plans for the coming weeks and to share new measures we’re offering to help protect our university community at this time. Read President Freeman’s latest message.
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.
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.
Office Hours with Executive Vice President and Provost Beth Ingram
For her last office hours of the Fall 2020 semester, Executive Vice President and Provost Beth Ingram will meet with students, faculty and staff virtually on Friday, Nov. 20 from 9 to 10 a.m. To ensure a reasonable conversation, please sign up (up to a group of 20) for the one-hour time. For questions about office hours please contact Mia Hannon.
PeopleSoft Financial Management System Maintenance Scheduled
The PeopleSoft Financial Management System will be unavailable from 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 through 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, due to system maintenance.
Learn more about NIU’s M.S. in Applied Human Development and Family Sciences
Thinking about graduate school? Learn more about the Master of Science degree program in Applied Human Development and Family Sciences at NIU. Attend a one-hour virtual Open House on Zoom for an in-depth look into our graduate programs followed by a live Q&A with faculty. Attend an open house on Nov. 10 (9:30 a.m.) or Nov. 18 (6 p.m.).
RSVP online at go.niu.edu/AHDFSOpenHouse or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• Tuesday, Nov. 10: From Global to Local: Museums' Response to COVID19
• Tuesday, Nov. 10: Student Success Series: Breaking Barriers-Mindful Reset
• Thursday, Nov. 12: Social Justice Town Hall: Decolonize Your Mind
• Thursday, Nov. 12: Huskies Get Hired Tips and Tricks
• Thursday, Nov. 12: NIU Outdoor Adventures - Office Hours
• Thursday, Nov. 12: Forward Together: Celebrating NIU’s Native American Past, Present, and Future
• Friday, Nov. 13: Pop Up Shop: NIU Rec Custom T-Shirt Sale
• Sunday, Nov. 15: Outdoor Adventures: Standup Paddleboard Yoga Clinic with DeKalb Park District
• Wednesday, Nov. 18: STEM Café — Board Game Renaissance: Leveraging Virtual Connections in a Time of Physical Distancing
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