In just one week, the fall semester begins! Many students will move into the residence halls or move into local apartments around DeKalb this week. Students new to NIU will participate in Week of Welcome (WOW) activities Wednesday through Sunday as we orient them to our Huskie family. And next Monday, both virtually and in-person, we will begin the fall 2020 semester.
Before the semester begins…
Last week, all new and returning Huskies received the Protecting the Pack training. Whether living on or off-campus, taking virtual or in-person courses, every Huskie is expected to complete this training. As an institution, we are following local, state and federal guidelines for the health and well-being of our community. Whenever on campus, you will need to follow NIU’s expectations which include wearing a mask, physical distancing, staying home if you have any symptoms and more.
Resources for the year…
• Student organizations, campus events and more can be found on the newly redesigned HuskieLink webpage.
• As we get closer to the November election, our Huskies Vote website has resources you need to register to vote, find your polling location and more.
• Students are encouraged to check out Huskies Take Action and NIU’s Freedom of Expression policy as they engage in activities and civil discourse about the political and social climate this year.
We are excited to have many of you back on campus next week. Remember to practice patience and grace more than ever as we work together to Protect our Pack and engage in the Huskie experience.
Kelly Wesener Michael, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Chief Student Affairs Officer & Dean of Students
I have been a Huskie since 2014 and when I originally came to college I didn't know what to expect. I used to go home so much because I missed my family and wasn't used to being away, but one day I decided to get involved because I loved doing community service.
Learn more about Jasmine >
ProTip from a Professor
Try different things while you are here. NIU has so much to offer in terms of classes, activities, clubs, sports, etc. And, be patient with yourself in finding your major or your passion/interest. Most of us did not know what we wanted to do when we were 18 to 20 years old.
Learn more about Professor Schoenbachler >
From NIU Today: MAC decision not a surprise to Huskie football team
The Northern Illinois University football team was in the middle of its second day of preseason practice Saturday morning when news broke that the Mid-American Conference would be the first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) league to postpone the 2020 football season.
Read more at NIU Today >
President’s Office announces scheduled office hours for fall semester
Members of the Northern Illinois University community are partners with the NIU leadership in creating a positive NIU experience. With that in mind, President Freeman invites NIU faculty, staff, students, as well as alumni and community members, to meet with her during scheduled office hours. President Freeman welcomes respectful, open dialogue about NIU and working together to move NIU forward.
Meetings will be held virtually either through Microsoft Teams or by phone and limited to 15 minutes. Meetings should typically include one person, but consideration for groups up to three will be made based on the topic. First-time participants will be given priority. The following dates and times are available for appointments:
• Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 from 1 to 2 p.m.
• Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 from 9 to 10 a.m.
• Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 from noon to 1 p.m.
• Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 from 4 to 5 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit the Office of the President’s website. Questions regarding office hours may be directed to Liz Wright, email@example.com, executive assistant to the president.
Register for NIU Community School of the Arts and apply for need-based scholarships
Fall 2020 registration at the NIU Community School of the Arts is now open.
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 Aug. 24.
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 early September.
CSA Guitar Ensemble, CSA Steelband, Symphonette, Suzuki music instruction and Art Express "Saturday School" all start new fall sessions soon.
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 will be accepted through Oct. 15. Call the CSA office for more information or pick up an application at the Music Building, Room 132.
A variety of programs for personal enrichment are offered in person or online. 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 the CSA office for more information at 815-753-1450 and visit the NIU Community School website for complete details and to register.
Sunday, Aug. 30: Last day for undergraduates to add or course drop a first-half-semester or full-semester course(s) via self-service in MyNIU. (Fall 2020)
Friday, Sept. 4: The Student Health Insurance Online Enrollment and Waiver period deadline
Featured 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.
NIU joins the MAC (1973)
For Northern Illinois University intercollegiate athletics, membership in the Mid-American Conference is literally a “Back to the Future” story.
As NIU’s enrollment, campus, and aspirations grew in the 1960s, the Huskies had outgrown their College Division home. It was time for “major-college” status in athletics. NIU men’s sports had moved to the NCAA University Division in 1967-68, followed by football in 1969. The next step? Learn more about how NIU joined the MAC.
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