I trust by now you have seen the President’s Urgent Message regarding in-person activities over the next two weeks. Until September 28, undergraduate courses will move to online/ virtual formats and students are expected to take steps to limit in-person activities and interactions. We know this will be difficult but it is a necessary step to Protect the Pack and reduce the spread of COVID-19 at NIU.

Some offices at the University will also go remote for the next two weeks. Be sure to check out the
Campus Operations page for updates on services and hours. Know that students are still our number one priority and many services are still fully operational such as:

Campus Dining
Founders Memorial Library
Counseling and Consultation Services
Center for Student Assistance
Disability Resource Center

Stay tuned for more information on virtual engagement opportunities being created during this time as well.

We know that many of you are being responsible Huskies and making good choices. We hope the actions the University is taking until September 28 will force other students to take a pause and reflect on the implications of choices they have made over the past few weeks. We will get through this together because we are Huskies and Huskies Never Quit!

Forward Together,

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

Week of Sept. 14, 2020

Protecting the Pack Updates



Huskie Spotlight

Wellness Tip

From NIU Today

Did You Know?


NIU’s 125th Anniversary

Protecting the Pack Updates to Undergraduate Courses and In-person Activities

President Freeman sent a message to the NIU community on Friday that outlined important developments in our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our Huskies. Effective immediately, we are temporarily moving undergraduate courses online and expect all students who reside on campus, and undergraduates who live in DeKalb County, to strictly limit their in-person interactions and activities to only those that are essential such as obtaining meals and groceries, seeking medical care or attending work. It also means absolutely avoiding gatherings or parties, indoors or out, until Monday, Sept. 28. It’s imperative that you read this entire email so that you understand the latest information and expectations as an NIU student. Read more.


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MyNIU Student System maintenance
The MyNIU Student System will be unavailable on Friday evening, Sept. 18, from 5-10 p.m. due to system maintenance.

Have you completed your Sexual Misconduct Awareness and Prevention Training?
All new students at NIU must complete Sexual Misconduct Awareness and Prevention Training. We encourage you to learn this important information as early as possible in the semester. The deadline to take the online training is Oct. 15. Visit the Sexual Misconduct Response and Prevention website to access the training.

Register for the virtual career fair and upload your resume
Career Services’ fall career fair is going virtual this year on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Similar to an in-person fair, you will be able to talk to employers directly. You can have one-on-one video chats with representatives or attend group video chats.

Log into your Huskies Get Hired (Symplicity) account and click Student/Alumni to register to attend and see the list of great employers currently signed up to participate. This list automatically updates as more employers sign up.


When you click the Attend button, you will be asked to complete your video chat profile and upload your resume, which will be shown to employers. You are not required to upload your resume, but this will be the only way for you to pass your resume to the employers at the fair.


If you don’t have a resume ready yet, you can still go ahead and register for the fair, and then upload your resume the day of the fair.


If you need help on your resume or with interviewing, please visit the online resources available through Career Services for resume writing and interviewing. As always, please email or call us at (815) 753-1642 with questions or concerns !

Register for the Virtual Study Abroad Fair
The virtual study abroad fair is a chance for you to learn about the international opportunities available to NIU students. You can browse through our programs, live chat with a study abroad advisor, attend live program information sessions hosted by NIU faculty and program representatives, as well as attend special interest sessions including: Study Abroad 101, Funding Study Abroad and a Study Abroad Student Panel that will allow you the opportunity to get all your questions answered.

Register for the virtual fair at anytime to browse programs and see a complete schedule of program information sessions. The Virtual Fair will be available all semester, with live programming September 22-24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 15: On-Campus Events Panel
Tuesday, Sept. 15: Creating Campus Connections - First Year Success Series
Tuesday, Sept. 15: Resume Q & A with Career Services
Tuesday, Sept. 15: Creating a Conducive Study Space
Wednesday, Sept. 16: Womanist Wednesdays
Wednesday, Sept. 16:
Outdoor Adventures: Virtual Canoeing Clinic
Wednesday, Sept. 16: Interpret Your Assignments
Wednesday, Sept. 16: What Lurks Beneath: How Soil Microbes Support Plant Health
Thursday, Sept. 17: CODE 1 Workshops - First Year Success Series
Thursday, Sept. 17: Social Justice Town Hall: The Power of Your Vote
Thursday, Sept. 17: Constitution Day Panel
Saturday: Sept. 19: Huskie Pride Corn Maze at Jonamac Orchard

View all upcoming events >


Huskie Spotlight


Caroline Melsa
I have formed connections through my classes, extracurricular clubs and activities, and my job at the Recreation Center. Being able to interact with other students who have similar likes, as well other interests has given me a chance to open my mind to the ideas of others and find other activities that may be of interest to me.

Learn more about Caroline >


Wellness Tip


Nutrition Coaches are here to help you!
The busy lifestyle of a college student can make it difficult to prioritize eating healthy. Balancing classwork, maintaining a job, coping with stress, and more, can all create barriers to achieving your goals and to make healthier food choices. Luckily, NIU has nutrition coaches that are here to help you!

Learn more >


From NIU Today


New ADEI podcast encourages Huskie interaction on social justice issues
Huskie Conversation CafĂ© will transform into a new podcast this fall with Huskies invited to listen in and reflect on conversations about NIU’s Common Reading Experience book, “When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.”

Read more at NIU Today >


Did you know?


Learn more about Constitution Day.



Friday, Sept. 18: Last day for undergraduates to process a course withdrawal from a first-half-semester course
Thursday, Oct. 15:
Deadline for New Student Sexual Misconduct Awareness and Prevention Training 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.


Latino Center is established (1978)
In the chill of a DeKalb winter in 1972, President Richard Nelson met with a small group calling themselves the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS).


The students presented several grievances: First, they wanted to see more effort put into recruiting Latin American students, as there were only 94 on a campus of 23,000 students. Second, and related to the first point, they wanted to see more scholarships offered for Latin American students. And third, they asked that the university hire more bilingual teachers and counselors. Learn more about the Latino Center.

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