Announcements - Northern Illinois University

Official Announcements for Students
Week of December 4, 2017

Archived Announcements




It’s time to apply for scholarships!

Applications for 2018-19 scholarship opportunities are now available in AcademicWorks. A common deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. For more information, visit

Changes coming to Anderson Hall parking lots for Spring 2018 semester

Beginning January 2, 2018, changes will be made to the parking permit designations and the names of Lot B and Lot 2 near Anderson Hall. These changes allow Campus Parking Services to make 28 additional parking spaces available to yellow permit holdersl.

  • Lot 2, which is currently a mix of blue and yellow permit spaces, will be designated for yellow permits and renamed Lot E.
  • Lot B, which is currently for yellow permits, will be changed to blue permit spaces and renamed Lot 2.

Reserved blue, yellow and orange parking spaces in these lots will remain in their existing locations until they expire.

As a reminder, parking permit restrictions are enforced from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students with evening classes are able to park in any unreserved parking spaces after 5 p.m. During that time, certain areas are enforced by the NIU Police including no parking zones, handicapped spaces, reserved spaces and lots requiring permits at all times.


Anyone driving to campus should allow ample time to travel to campus, park and walk or take the bus to their destination.

Additional parking for yellow (commuter student) permits is available in the Parking Deck, Lot 15E, (by the Rec Center), Lot L (behind the Oderkirk House on Annie Glidden Road) and Lot K (off of W. Lincoln Hwy., near the Popeye’s restaurant).

Every semester, Campus Parking Services conducts an audit of the number of parking spaces available on campus, looking at peak parking hours and locations and the number of permits sold, and shares that information with the Campus Parking Committee.

The Campus Parking Committee is comprised of four faculty, four operating staff employees, four supportive professional staff and four students and acts as the standing advisory body to the president, the associate vice president for facilities management and campus services and the university community pertaining to parking and traffic problems.

House Leader applications are now being accepted

Are you interested in a leadership position in the residence halls? House Leader applications are now being accepted. House Leaders coordinate programming, encourage community building and provide support for residents of living-learning communities at NIU. Develop your skills as a leader, and take advantage of the opportunity to live and learn through NIU's living-learning communities.

House Leaders are being hired for the following Living-Learning Communities:

  • Health Professions House
  • Academic and Career Exploratory Scholars House (ACES)
  • Business Professions House
  • Honors House
  • Fine-Arts House
  • TEACH House

The House Leader application opened on Friday, Dec. 1. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. To apply and for more information visit

DeKalb Police warn of theft of local packages

The DeKalb Police Department has investigated several theft reports regarding packages that were stolen from the front of homes over the past couple of weeks. The packages were left unattended on the porch by delivery agencies. The thefts were reported at various locations within the city. At this time, the suspect(s) have not been identified. Investigations into these thefts are ongoing and extra patrol will be provided throughout the holiday season.

The DeKalb Police Department recommends the following theft prevention tips:

  • try to be at home when packages are expected to arrive
  • have the packages delivered to a neighbor, friend or your place of business, if you will not be home when the package is due to arrive
  • track your package for expected delivery time
  • request a delivery alert on your phone • keep your porch light on for night deliveries

Please report any suspicious activity or persons immediately to the DeKalb Police Department.

If you have information on any of these crimes, you can contact the DeKalb Police Department at 815-748-8400 or contact Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272. You can also text ALERTDEKALB to 67282 and provide an anonymous tip.

PCSOGI travel funding available

The education of the NIU community about the unique needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ individuals is fundamental to the mission of the Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (PCSOGI). To help fulfill this mission, PCSOGI invites students, faculty and staff members to submit requests for funding assistance for participation in conferences, workshops and other activities relevant to LGBTQ+ concerns.

Applicants will need to submit information on the event in question, including relevance to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as information on travel costs and additional sources of funding. Recipients are asked to share their experiences with the NIU community by writing a brief reaction to the event. Further contributions, such as conducting on-campus presentations, are also welcome.

To receive an application form, interested parties should email Questions about the application process should be directed to Dr. Brian Pillsbury, Travel Committee chair, at 815-753-9180 or PCSOGI is an equal opportunity commission. Funding will not be based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation.

2017–2019 Service-learning Faculty Fellow announced; Application now open for next fellow

The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning is pleased to announce our 2017-2019 Service-learning Faculty Fellow Carrie A. Kortegast.

Kortegast has been at NIU since summer 2014. She teaches courses on college student development, administration of higher education and student affairs, campus environments and diversity in higher education. Kortegast plans to create a service-learning course that includes international service-learning opportunities to teach students how to promote and facilitate engaged learning opportunities for college students.

If you are interested in becoming the next Service-learning Faculty Fellow, apply online by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

Global Internship and Leadership Development Program

Applications are now available for the NIU Human Connections Global Internship and Leadership Development (GILD) Program. GILD provides up to 12 NIU students an immersive cultural experience in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, which includes a four-week interdisciplinary internship in the social sector and an extensive one-week leadership development experience. In preparation for the internship, students will also complete a three-week, hybrid pre-departure course. In total, students will receive six course credits for the internship, leadership development experience and pre-departure course. This internship is open to students from all majors as internships are tailored to meet student’s professional goals. Human Connections is a responsible tourism agency that brings together international travelers and local entrepreneurs to share in cultural and personal exchange. Students interested in global engagement, social entrepreneurship, non-profit or social service management are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. For more information visit

CALL FOR PAPERS - Graduate Conference in Qualitative Inquiry

The Qualitative Inquiry Collaborative (QUIC) at Northern Illinois University will host the first Graduate Conference in Qualitative Inquiry at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

The conference will feature keynote speaker, Elizabeth de Freitas, Professor in the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

If interested in participating, please submit a 500-word abstract (excluding references) that addresses the following components:

1) Research question/s
2) Why qualitative inquiry is the most appropriate approach to address this question/s
3) The qualitative methodology being employed
4) The conceptual framework
5) Findings and analysis (if the study is still in the proposal stage, address methods for analysis and anticipated findings)
6) Significance of the research

Abstracts should be written in APA style. Graduate students who have their papers accepted should plan for a 14-minute presentation. While there is no conference registration fee, $10 is required to off-set the cost of the catered lunch.

Abstracts must be submitted to the QUIC by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Please submit proposals electronically to Presenters will receive an acceptance email by Thursday, March 1, 2018.

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