This week holds the National Day of Encouragement on Sept. 12. Make the commitment to encourage someone this Thursday and remember, when it comes to getting through this semester - you got this! I also encourage you to ask for what you need to be successful. Check out some resources and ways to connect to a community for support.


Things to do:

Stop by the Annie Glidden North Backyard BBQ and enjoy food, music, activities, while you learn about nonprofit and other organizations in DeKalb.

Find a Club or Organization
: Interfraternity Council Informational, Archery, Black Student Union Mass Meeting, Campus Activities Board Informational, Panhellenic Association Formal Recruitment, organizations affiliated with National Pan-Hellenic Council conduct continuous intake with more information provided through Huskie Link.

Explore Opportunities and Communities
: Transfer to Transfer Panel including lunch, Study Abroad 101 Workshop, Latin Chill, and Outdoor Adventures: Free! Full-Moon Night Hike.

Suspicious e-mail?
NIU official e-mails will always originate from Please report any suspicious or phishing messages by forwarding the e-mail to


NIU has a place for you. If I can help you get connected, let me know.


“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” — Albert Einstein

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

Monday, Sept. 9: NIU Women's Volleyball vs. Texas Tech

Wednesday, Sept. 11: Helping Huskies Thrive Wellness Fair

Wednesday, Sept. 11: Latin Chill

Wednesday, Sept. 11: LinkedIn: Rock Your Profile

Wednesday, Sept. 11 and Thursday, Sept. 12: Study Abroad Workshop

Thursday, Sept. 12: Green Lens Environmental and Social Justice Film Series

Thursday, Sept. 12: S.A.F.E. Training

Friday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 15: Something Like Happiness play
Saturday, Sept. 14: 2019 Special Olympics Illinois Flag Football Competition - Volunteers needed
Sunday, Sept. 15: Clean the Kish - Registration encouraged

Sunday, Sept. 15: NIU Men's Soccer vs. Bradley

Sunday, Sept. 15: Women's Soccer vs. Loyola Chicago

Tuesday, Sept. 17: Constitution Day

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

Saturday, Sept. 21: Hustle for Hearing 5k Run/Walk - Register by Friday, Sept. 20

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Huskie Spotlight
Jahleel Shepherd
This school has a fantastic environment with great people and it is not hard to memorize the layout of campus. There are so many clubs, activities, events and concerts to explore.

Learn more about Jehleel >



Living Local
Jonamac Orchard
Jonamac Orchard is a three generational family farm owned and operated by the McArtor Family since 1984. The apple orchard is part of the 105 acre farm in Northern Illinois, with over 20,000 apple trees.

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Majors and Minors Fair happening on Sept. 18
Students are invited to learn more about the many majors and minors offered at NIU and to start on the path to choosing their ideal program of study at the Majors and Minors Fair, being held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the Duke Ellington Ballroom at the Holmes Student Center.

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Save the dates: Flu shots
The annual Campus Flu Clinics for faculty, staff and students will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, and Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Holmes Student Center, Regency room.

Please watch announcements for more information.

Walk-in registration is available for CSA fall music classes and ensembles
The NIU Community School of the Arts offers walk-in registration for music classes and ensembles that begin this week. You are invited to come to the first class meeting or ensemble rehearsal and register on-site with a check or credit card. Classes are:

Qi Gong – Monday, Sept. 9, 5 to 5:55 p.m., Music Building room 241
Square One Piano: Group Basics – Monday, Sept. 9, 6:15 to 7 p.m., Music Building 100
CSA Steelband – Monday, Sept. 9, 6:30 to 7:25 p.m., Music Building 154C
NIUkulele Ensemble – Monday, Sept. 9, 7:30 – 8:25 p.m., Music Building 241
Ukulele for Kids – Wednesday, Sept. 11, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Music Building 103
CSA Guitar Ensemble – Wednesday, Sept. 11, 8 – 8:55 p.m., Music Building 241

Call 815-753-1450 for more information, and visit the NIU Community School website for complete details and to register. is Upgrading to LinkedIn Learning
NIU is upgrading to LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning is a free-to-you online learning platform with thousands of videos with topics ranging from Microsoft Office skills to soft skills like public speaking. Here's more information on the transition:

Will there be a time period when I can’t login to Yes, there will be a 24-hour service outage on Monday, Sept. 16.
Do I need to do anything to get this upgrade? No, you do not need to do anything to prepare for the upgrade.
Is the content the same on LinkedIn Learning as on Yes, all of the content available on will be available on LinkedIn Learning.
Can I bring my history from Yes. All of 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.
Can I login now to LinkedIn Learning? No, not until the upgrade is complete. You can continue to login to through Sunday, Sept. 15, using

To see a preview of LinkedIn Learning, watch this short video: Say hello to LinkedIn Learning. For more details, visit the LinkedIn Learning upgrade page for learners.


Questions? Go to > Get Help.


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


Tuesday, Oct. 15: Student Engagement Fund: Spring 2020 application due

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