You have completed the first month of the fall semester! Despite challenges related to COVID-19, time continues to pass quickly. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we move into the last week of the scheduled pause of in-person classes and activities. We know these two weeks can be isolating, but if we can get our community back on track it becomes more likely that we will be able to press forward through the end of the semester. We encourage you to check out some virtual options for engagement until the “pause” is lifted.


Last week, our community experienced an incredibly hurtful and racist act when the N-word was spray painted on the Center for Black Studies. The NIU community came together last Thursday night to listen, show support for our black community members and begin the process of addressing concerns. These horrific acts and sentiments go against everything NIU stands for and we will continue to work to support our black students, faculty and staff.


As students seek to express themselves in various ways surrounding this incident and other topics, know that NIU supports your right for Freedom of Expression. If you are seeking to host an expressive event, we ask that you register the activity. This allows us to properly support your rights and work to protect the health and wellness of our community.


During these times, we want to also remind everyone of the importance of voting. There are 42 days until the November 3 election. On the Huskies Vote page you will find information for/on:

Voter registration, including deadlines

Candidate information

Resources to assist with learning what is on your ballot, looking up your registration status, and more.


As we enter fall, I hope you will all take advantage of the beautiful weather. Enjoy a walk around the Lagoon, open your windows, and breath in the fresh air. Winter will be here all too soon so let’s enjoy the sunshine while we have it!


"Autumn... the year's last, loveliest smile." –William Cullen Bryant

Forward Together,

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

Week of Sept. 21, 2020

Protecting the Pack Updates



Huskie Spotlight

Wellness Tip

From NIU Today

Did You Know?


NIU’s 125th Anniversary


Tell Us What You Think. want to understand your experience to ensure we are best able to support your needs throughout the semester. Take a couple of minutes to complete this four-question survey.

Take the Huskie Pulse survey.

Your responses will be kept confidential and individual responses will not be reported. Thank you for participating in this Huskie Pulse survey.

Protecting the Pack Updates you made an appointment to get your flu shot?
Do your part to protect the pack by attending one of NIU’s Flu Vaccine Clinics taking place on Thursday, Sept. 24 and Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Holmes Student Center. Flu shots are free for students enrolled in the university-sponsored insurance plan and most other insurance providers cover the cost of the flu vaccine. Schedule your five-minute appointment and complete the client form in advance.

Learn more and sign-up.




Participate in National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 22
“Voting is your civic duty.” This is a pretty common sentiment, especially each November as Election Day approaches. Participating in elections is one of the key freedoms of American life. Many people in countries around the world do not have the same freedom, nor did many Americans in centuries past. No matter what you believe or whom you support, it is important to exercise your rights. Tuesday, Sept. 22 is National Voter Registration Day. Make sure that you are registered to vote in the upcoming election cycle. Visit our Huskies Vote website for more information about voting and to check your voter registration status.

Monday, Sept. 21: Resume Q & A
Monday, Sept. 21: College Health Hacks
Monday, Sept. 21: Research and Artistry Series: Challenges of Communiversity Organizing
Tuesday, Sept. 22: Virtual Study Abroad Fair
Tuesday, Sept. 22:
IT/STEM Virtual Fair via Huskies Get Hired
Tuesday, Sept. 22: What Is Academic Writing?
Wednesday, Sept. 23: Introduction to Mindfulness
Wednesday, Sept. 23:
Future Telling Science + Fiction Webinars: Math and Physics are Our Super Powers!
Wednesday, Sept. 23: Career Fair Prep Workshop - Virtual
Thursday, Sept. 24: The History of Political Activism at NIU
Thursday, Sept. 24: Flu Shot Clinic
Thursday, Sept. 24: Social Justice Town Hall: The Power of Your Vote

View all upcoming events >


Huskie Spotlight


Maddie Mackey
Growing up I knew that I always wanted to work in the sports field, but did not know what specific role I would play in doing so. At first, I wanted to be a sport performance coach, then a softball coach, and now I am looking into the sport psychology end of things.

Learn more about Maddie >


Wellness Tip


Nutrition Coaches can 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


Psychology doctoral student discovers online community, confidence to join voices of social justice advocacy
Being raised in tiny Brownsburg, Indiana, while not only Black but Nigerian, confronted NIU doctoral candidate Ore Akinbo with challenges from many sides.

Read more at NIU Today >


Did you know?





Nominations for outstanding international educators, staff and students due Oct. 9
The NIU Division of International Affairs invites nominations for the 2020 awards to recognize outstanding practice in international education.

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.

International Education Week begins Monday, Nov. 16. The awards will be presented virtually during the Virtual International Recognition Presentation from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17. For more information on any of these awards, please visit our
Awards, Grants and Scholarships webpage, or contact Sarah Lindell at 815-753-9526.

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.


College of Law is established (1979)
Shortly after Bill Monat became acting president of NIU in 1978, he was approached by representatives of Lewis University, a private institution headquartered in Romeoville with a new law school located in the western suburb of Glen Ellyn. The Lewis University College of Law was just four years old, had just received provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association, and had just graduated its first class of 218 new lawyers. Learn more about the history of the College of Law.

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