Host an Event

The First- and Second-Year Success Series (FSYSS) provides an opportunity for first- and second-year students to learn about the various programs, offices and opportunities available to them at NIU.

  • FSYSS events are usually one hour long except for a few special events
  • Most FSYSS events are held between the early afternoon and early evening (think about students’ schedules when setting up a time, date, and location).
  • Some series can take place in Altgeld 100, which is the location of First- and Second-Year Experience.
  • We can help you with the behind-the-scenes work (for example, scheduling, room reservations, marketing, set-up)

  • Participating in the FSYSS will allow you to plan ahead for an entire student program well before the start of the fall semester.
  • Students will have a better understanding of your department and the resources you have early in the academic year.
  • First- and Second-Year Experience will heavily promote the FSYSS schedule of events during summer orientation programs and in the UNIV 101/201 classes, reaching approximately 10,000 people. Flyers will be posted during the academic year closer to the event and announcements will be made on social media to further promote the events.

  • NIU faculty or staff
  • Student organizations or upper-division student leaders
  • DeKalb/Sycamore community members

At least one member of the presenting team must be a NIU faculty or staff member.

We encourage the use of presenting teams whenever possible and appropriate.

  • Academic engagement and success skills
  • Alcohol and drug awareness
  • Apartment and lease hunting
  • Campus involvement
  • Career and major exploration/student career success
  • Current Issues—local, national or worldwide
  • Diversity awareness
  • Financial and debt management
  • Leadership and communication skills
  • Mental health issues (for example, anxiety, depression, eating disorders)
  • Recreation and wellness
  • Relationships
  • Sexual health
  • Spirituality
  • Student employment
  • Study abroad
  • Values exploration
  • Volunteerism/community Service

  • Understanding how to effectively use campus services and resources.
  • Exploring involvement opportunities within and outside of the classroom.
  • Engaging in discussions and activities that cover the complex issues associated with the college transition.
  • Learning that they are not alone in their struggles and that there are people here at NIU who care about their success.

  • Select a good title for your program. Try to think of something both brief and creative that will draw students’ interest, but also accurately describe your program.
  • Please list three items that you want students to learn in your session. More importantly, make sure to relate your program to these stated learning objectives.
  • Consider presenting with a partner from the community or another area of the university. Partnerships can often turn a good program into an outstanding program.
  • Prepare a well written outline and description for your program. This is where we, and students, will learn what you plan to present.

  • Interest and benefit to the target audience — first- and second-year students
  • Clarity of the program outline and description
  • Creativity of the title, topic, and presentation format

First- and Second-Year Success Series Application

Contact Us

First- and Second-Year Experience
Altgeld Hall 100