A look at the NIU Calendar shows there’s a lot happening. We have resources to support you, both inside and outside of class. On-campus students can check in with your CA for help navigating NIU; off-campus students can connect with Military and Post-Traditional Student Services, or stop by their lounge.


Be heard. Provost Ingram would like to hear from you. Bring your coffee and share your thoughts and experiences.


Take care of business.

Update your driver’s license, State ID, or vehicle stickers. See the Secretary of State’s Mobile Services in the Holmes Student Center.

Hunger Relief. If you don’t have a meal plan and need assistance, stop by the Huskie Food Pantry.

Be safe. Download the NIU Safe app for campus safety updates, including weather safety. Also, NIU Police and Public Safety will teach ALICE concepts to help be prepared if you encounter violence and provide SAFE Training crime prevention education for women.


Get connected and learn something new. Check out the Archery Club, or a Breaking Barriers meeting for first-generation students, learn where to start to connect as a first-year student, attend the NIU card revoked trivia game or the Student Association Meet and Greet, get moving at Free Fitness Friday Yoga, communicate across cultures at Chai Chat, or learn about Constitution Day.


You don’t have to do everything all at once or by yourself you can ask for help from a friend, a staff member or your faculty.


“No part of the human community can live entirely on its own planet, with its own laws of motion and cut off from the rest of humanity.” --Hugo Chavez

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

Monday, Sept. 16: Secretary of State Mobile Services

Monday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Oct. 13: Outdoor Adventures Campus Challenge

Monday, Sept. 16: Resume Writing: The Basics

Tuesday, Sept. 17: Blind Spots

Tuesday, Sept. 17: IT/STEM Fair

Tuesday, Sept. 17: Private Lives; Public Voices

Tuesday, Sept. 17: Unstacking the Debt

Tuesday, Sept. 17: Outdoor Adventures: Learn How: Camping Basics Workshop

Wednesday, Sept. 18: Majors and Minors Fair

Wednesday, Sept. 18: So you want to be involved?

Wednesday, Sept. 18: STEM CafĂ©: Combatting the Opioid Epidemic – One Year Later

Wednesday, Sept. 18: LinkedIn Basics

Wednesday, Sept. 18 and Thursday, Sept. 19: Study Abroad Workshop

Thursday, Sept. 19: 27th Annual Study Abroad Fair

Thursday, Sept. 19: Art in the Park

Thursday, Sept. 19: S.A.F.E. Training

Sunday, Sept. 22: NIU Women's Soccer vs. South Dakota State

Tuesday, Sept. 24: STEM Cafe: Up for the Count - 2020 Census in Illinois Register by Tuesday, Sept. 24

Sunday, Sept. 29: DeKalb Corn Classic 10k/5k

Register by Friday, Sept. 27

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Huskie Spotlight
Sylwia Miniewicz
I love that the campus isn’t huge but not little either and everyone is so friendly. I remember when I was lost my first few days on campus and asking someone for their help and they helped me without a problem!

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Living Local
The Egyptian Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre hosts film festivals, special movie screenings, and live entertainment events. This theatre is a 1929, fully restored Egyptian Art Deco movie palace and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Learn more about the Egyptian Theatre >



University Writing Center helps build strong, confident writers
The University Writing Center is dedicated to assisting Huskies with the writing process. From brainstorming to polishing the final draft, their team is available to help students, faculty and staff become stronger and more confident writers.

Read more at NIU Today >



Learn more about Constitution Day >



Secretary of State Mobile Services at NIU
Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding NIU students, faculty, staff and local residents that office services will be on campus Monday, Sept. 16. The mobile office will provide certain driver and vehicle services on campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first floor of the Holmes Student Center. Available services and additional dates they will be provided are available online.

Sign up for Outdoor Adventure Campus Challenge
From Monday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Oct. 13, get outside and compete against universities across the country to win free outdoor gear and be named National Outdoor Champion. For these four weeks, NIU is one of 98 schools participating in this competition to see which campus can get the most people outside. The Challenge is simple; the university with the most activities logged through the Campus Challenge app wins. All you have to do is download the app and log your outdoor activities--anything from walking or gardening to paddling or hiking. By participating, you can win products each week provided just for NIU participants from Osprey, Columbia, Cotopaxi and Big Agnes.

Learn more about the Campus Challenge and If you have any questions, email, call 815-753-9423, or stop by the Adventure Center located inside of the Recreation Center business hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. is upgrading to LinkedIn Learning on Monday, Sept. 16

LinkedIn Learning is a free-to-you online learning platform with thousands of videos with topics ranging from technical skills like PowerBI, to soft skills like leadership. Here’s some information regarding the upgrade:


Will there be a time period when I can’t login to Lynda? Yes, there will be a 24-hour service outage Monday, Sept. 16.

Do I need to do anything to get this upgrade? No, you do not need to do anything.

Is the content the same on LinkedIn Learning as on Yes, all the content available on will be available on LinkedIn Learning.

Can I bring my history from Yes. All your history, in progress and bookmarks will be in your new LinkedIn Learning account.

Will I end up with two accounts? No, you will have only one NIU account.

How can I log in to LinkedIn Learning? Beginning Tuesday, use the URL: and log in using your NIU credentials. If it prompts you to choose an account, select the “Sign in with organizational account” option.

To learn more about LinkedIn Learning, watch this short video: Upgrading from Lynda.comto LinkedIn Learning. Questions? Go to > Get Help.


File your FAFSA for Fall 2020 beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available starting on Tuesday, Oct. 1. File your FAFSA as soon as possible each year.


Sunday, Oct. 6: Research, Engagement and Academic Diversity (READ) Grant application due


Nominations sought for outstanding international educators, staff and students
NIU’s Division of International Affairs invites nominations for the 2019 awards to recognize outstanding practice in international education. Nominations are due by Friday, Oct. 18.

Recognition is planned for:

Outstanding International Educator.

Outstanding Department Contribution to International Education at NIU.

Outstanding Student Contribution to International Education at NIU (for a domestic student and a non-immigrant student).

Outstanding Staff Contribution to International Education at NIU (New!).

The awards will be announced during International Education Week, which begins Monday, Nov. 18, at the International Recognition Reception, scheduled from 12 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Holmes Student Center Sky Room.

For more information on any of these awards, please visit the
Division of International Affairs or contact Sarah Lindell at 815-753-9526 or

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