Hello Huskies!

Your hard work this summer is about to pay off. Final exams and projects will be due this week and then the summer semester comes to a close. To our Huskies who are finishing up their last class before getting a degree or moving on to their next adventure, we wish you the very best! For our Huskies who will be rejoining us for the fall semester in just three short weeks, we look forward to another year with you as part of our Huskie family!


NIU faculty and staff have been working hard all summer to prepare for this fall. I invite you to join me later today for a Virtual Town Hall. Together, with other staff members from across campus, we hope to outline the upcoming semester and answer questions as you prepare to return to campus, whether virtually or in-person. These events will take place via Teams:

Monday, August 3, 1-2:30pm

Monday, August 3, 5:30-7pm


I look forward to answering questions and making you feel more informed and ready for the fall semester. If you have any issues joining, email - we will be standing by to assist with connection.


Good luck with final exams and projects. We are proud of you, Huskies!

Forward Together,

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

Monday, Aug. 3: Huskie Town Hall (afternoon session)
Monday, Aug. 3: Huskie Town Hall (evening session)
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Huskie Families Town Hall
Thursday, Aug. 6: Introduction to Mindfulness
Through Friday, Aug. 7: ACCESS PAL Online Tutoring for Summer 2020
Tuesday, Aug. 11: Stargazing – In Person and Online – Registration Required
Monday, Aug. 24: Classes begin (Fall 2020)

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Huskie Spotlight
Wieteke Holthuijzen
There are many things that I wanted to do when I was kid — becoming president of the United States was one (and still remains one of my goals). However, I've also loved the outdoors and birds all of my life, so I went down the route and ecology and biology — and now I'm an M.Sc. student at NIU.

Learn more about Wieteke >



New Facebook Data Center sparks opportunities for DeKalb and NIU
Facebook’s recent announcement that it will build a data center in DeKalb is an exciting sign of progress and growth for the region. The environmentally sustainable 907,000-square-foot facility, located off Gurler Road on DeKalb’s south side, will bring a substantial investment (about $800 million in phase one) in construction and infrastructure, as well as long-term benefits to DeKalb and NIU.

Read more at NIU Today >



FY ’21 Parking Permits Available for Purchase
Parking permits for the 2020-2021 academic year are now available for purchase. Annual permits will be valid from August 1, 2020 to August 15, 2021. When you purchase your permit, you will be given the option to print a temporary decal. It will be good for 14 days and should be displayed on your front dash until you receive your parking permit.

Due to COVID-19, in-person permit sales will not be available; however, you may purchase permits 
online or you can print the vehicle registration form and mail it to Parking Services, along with payment, to 121 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL 60115. Check out the Parking Services website for more details about rates and payment options. If you have any questions or need more information, please call (815) 753-1045 or send an email to


Sunday, Aug. 9: End of Summer session (Summer semester 2020)
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) 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.


Huskie Bus Line transportation system is born (1971)
The rapid growth of the NIU campus in the 1960s significantly expanded the university’s physical size and shape. There were now more than 40 buildings sprawled across 417 acres with nine miles of streets and 13 miles of sidewalks. Three cars were registered for every available parking spot (15,108 vehicles registered and 4,778 parking spaces). Learn more about the the Huskie Bus Line.

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