You've made it to finals week! Come see me tonight in Neptune Dining at the Finals Late Night Breakfast to kick off your week. Here's the rest of your finals and semester break check list:

Be present to what's around you, relax and have fun with friends and family.

Work a bit to earn some cash for next semester and learn some
money smart tips.

Make sure you're
registered for class and keep your academic progress moving forward.

Confirm your
on-campus housing for next year or investigate off-campus options.

Explore some
self-care practices and find one that's right for you. You deserve it!

Keep up the hard work on your courses and have a great break!

"As important as it is to have a plan for doing work, it is perhaps more important to have a plan for rest, relaxation, self-care, and sleep."
- Akiroq Brost

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

Monday, Dec. 9 to Saturday, Dec. 14: Final Exams Week
Monday, Dec. 9: Volunteer with STEM Read
Monday, Dec. 9 to Friday, Dec. 17: Food for Library Fines
Tuesday, Dec. 10: Census2020 Hiring Event
Tuesday, Dec. 10 and Wednesday, Dec. 11:
Newfoundland Dogs at Founders Memorial Library
Wednesday, Dec. 11: Coffee with Provost Beth Ingram
Thursday, Dec. 12: Huskie Food Pantry

Thursday, Dec. 12: The Giving Project
Friday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 15: Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Campus String Orchestra, "Holiday Pops Concert-Winter Wonderland"
Saturday, Dec. 14: Fall Graduate Commencement
Sunday, Dec. 15: Fall Undergraduate Commencement

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Huskie Spotlight
Arlene Elias
I volunteer through my service sorority Sigma Lambda Sigma, study at the library, go to the movies, or just hang out with my friends. I also really enjoy attending the football games, seeing the marching band perform, and just witnessing the pure pride displayed by my fellow Huskies.

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Living Local
Inboden's Meat Market - DeKalb
Inboden's Meats Ltd. is a premier specialty meat butcher, baker, fresh greens and gourmet retail store. People from all areas of Illinois come to Inboden's to enjoy their fresh cuts of meat, breads, and pastries baked daily, fresh hand-picked produce, and friendly atmosphere.

Learn more about Inboden's Meat Market >



NIU launches ALL IN Democracy Challenge
NIU is excited to participate in the ALL IN Democracy Challenge, a campus-wide effort to encourage Huskies to get involved in the election process and improve overall civic engagement.

Read more at NIU Today >



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Learn about employment opportunities for the 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is accepting applications at for a variety of temporary jobs including recruiting assistants, office staff, supervisors and census takers starting at $15/hr. Members of the U.S. Census Bureau Recruiter Team will be at the Student Recreation Center on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to discuss applying for these various different positions. These will be temporary positions.

Student Health Center hours of operation for winter break
The Student Health Center sends its best wishes to all Huskies during finals.

The Student Health Center will be open on Monday, Dec. 23 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. They will be closed on Friday Dec. 24 through Wednesday Jan. 1 during the University shutdown.

As a reminder, Huskies who have paid their on-campus fee can use the Student Health Center, even if they don't have the student health insurance.

Tutoring help available to students during Finals Week
ACCESS PAL Founders Library Tutoring Center is open during Finals Week to assist you during the following times:

Monday - Wednesday, Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday closed.

Come for assistance, bring a study group or just come to surround yourself in study! Find a tutor for your courses at ACCESS PAL.

Sponsored Projects Administration Winter Break schedule - key dates
Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) will observe official university closure dates for the Winter Break beginning Monday, Dec. 23 through to Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

If you anticipate a proposal or contract submission during this time, please contact your research development specialist as soon as possible. If you are not sure who to contact, please send an email to Proposals for which SPA receives notification after Monday, Dec. 16, will not be submitted prior to Winter Break.

If you anticipate any changes to currently awarded projects (e.g., no-cost extension) or need to spend funds prior to receipt of an award during the closure, please contact SPA as soon as possible at

If you have any grant expenditure, personnel, financial accounting or effort questions that need to be addressed prior to break, please contact by Tuesday, Dec. 17.

SPA appreciates your cooperation.


Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019: 2020 Outstanding Women Student Awards nomination deadline

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