It’s hard to believe that today is the first day of fall … the Autumnal Equinox! It’s a season of preparation for many as the temperature begin to change. It’s also a good time for us to re-commit to being engaged citizens.


Walk for Unity. Join me for the Unity Walk - creating an inclusive community that understands the power of participation. Exercise your power (and rights) at this event - register to vote and prepare to take the 2020 Census.


Get engaged (no ring needed). If you’re interested in social innovation or social entrepreneurship, consider applying for a Research, Engagement, and Academic Diversity (READ) grant. If you want to work on a faculty-mentored research project, learn more about the Student Engagement Fund.


Get connected. Attend the Transfer-2-Transfer Student Panel to learn about campus resources, the LGBTQ Identities & Experiences Panel to hear students from the LGBTQIA+ Speakers Bureau, the Recovery Panel to hear from others in recovery and join the discussion or bring a friend with you to see a Women’s Volleyball match.


As you keep working hard on your schoolwork, take an opportunity to get engaged in your community.


“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

- John F. Kennedy

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

Tuesday, Sept. 24: Voter registration
Tuesday, Sept. 24: Men's Soccer vs. Milwaukee

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

Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Thursday, Sept. 26: Study Abroad Workshop

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Modern Day Minstrel: The history of stereotype and caricature in the Black community and its effect on current media and pop culture

Thursday, Sept. 26: Lincoln Lecture: Dr. Timothy Beal

Friday, Sept. 27: Women's Volleyball vs. Central Michigan

Friday, Sept. 27: Music and Dance of Indonesia by Indonesia Cultural Caravan

Saturday, Sept. 28: Women's Volleyball vs. Eastern Michigan

Sunday, Sept. 29: DeKalb Corn Classic 10k/5k - Register by Friday, Sept. 27

Sunday, Sept. 29: Women's Soccer vs. Kent State

Tuesday, Oct. 1: Discover Financial Services: code_orange Program Open House

Friday, Oct. 18: Volunteers Needed for STEM Fest 2019

View all events >



Huskie Spotlight
Daniel Guerrero
Being a first-generation college student is the real reason I decided on going to law school. … Both my parents have worked really hard to give all three of their sons a better life, and I decided to attend college and law school to make them proud.

Learn more about Daniel >



Living Local
DeKalb Public Library
The 19,500 sq. ft. Haish Memorial Library building built in 1930. The library recently finished a 46,000 sq. ft. addition, adding meeting space, a maker space and more along with its impressive collection of over 150,000 books, dvds, cds and more.

Learn more about DeKalb Public Library>



Step up for the Unity Walk on Sept. 24
NIU students, faculty and staff are invited to join members of the DeKalb community for the annual Unity Walk which kicks off at 5 p.m. on Sept. 24. In its sixth year, the event brings people together to promote civic engagement, collaboration and positive change where they live, work and learn.

Read more at NIU Today >



Register to vote on campus>



Volunteers Needed for STEMfest 2019
STEMfest is a free community event that packs NIU’s Convocation Center with hands-on interactive exhibits, activities, and competitions to help k-12 students, their families, and the community, to explore science, technology, engineering, and math. People of all ages have fun while learning more about STEM careers and innovations. We count on NIU student volunteers to provide a positive experience for everyone who participates in STEMfest.

We need students to help with everything from greeting visitors, to event set-up and tear-down, to working at one of our interactive displays, during a shift of the students choosing. We rely on students to make this a fun and successful day for the community. 

Students can
sign up to volunteer online before Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

2019 Annual Campus Flu Clinics

The DeKalb County Health Department, NIU Employee Assistance Program and NIU School of Nursing will provide flu shots at the NIU Holmes Student Center on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Regency room. The next flu clinic will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also in the Regency room.


The annual campus flu clinics are open to NIU students and forms are available on the Employee Assistance Program and Training Center website -- NIU EAP Health Events -- to download, print and complete to bring to the clinic. Forms will also be available at the clinic.


You should wear clothing that allows for your upper arm to be easily accessible and bring your insurance cards and photo ID along with the completed and signed form. If you don't have a form, they will be provided at the clinic. More information about the flu shot clinic is available online.

Scheduled maintenance for MyNIU Student System
The MyNIU Student System will be unavailable on Monday, September 30, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. due to system maintenance.

Class project seeking survey participants on the effectiveness of NIU marketing communications

A class research project for a Marketing Research and Analysis course (MKTG 603) is conducting an anonymous online survey to examine how likely students are to engage in NIU marketing communication via email, print and social media.


Information gathered from this data will be used to understand how to statistically analyze and gain consumer insights from research. The voluntary survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Only students over the age of 18 can participate.

Policy Library update – Commercial Card Program Policy

The Commercial Card Program Policy is posted on the Policy Library website and is open to review and comment for a 30-day period. This provides the NIU community the opportunity to consider and respond to the revised policy before it takes effect.


To submit a comment, you will need to sign into SharePoint first. All comments are due by Friday, Oct. 18. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Hunt, university policy librarian, at


File your FAFSA starting on Tuesday, Oct. 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the 2020-21 school year opens on Tuesday, Oct. 1. File yours as soon as possible.

Friday, Oct. 4, 2019: Deadline for BOT and Presidential Professorship Nominations

Friday, October 18, 2019: Deadline for outstanding international educators, staff and students award nominations

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