We know life outside the classroom is often just as significant for our students as time spent within the classroom. We’re finding creative ways, through both virtual and in-person opportunities, to keep students connected to one another and our entire Huskie family this fall. Through thoughtful planning involving faculty, staff, students and alumni, we’ve built a comprehensive student life and engagement plan that takes into consideration the health, safety and well-being of our students. Even with today’s physical distancing limitations, we are committed to providing opportunities for students to get involved in our Huskie community and have fun.
Our new Huskies will take part in exciting and friendly events designed just for them at our Week of Welcome (WOW) hosted by Orientation and First Year Programs, in collaboration with many partners from across the campus community. WOW allows first-year students and new transfer students to experience campus about a week before the start of fall classes. Our goal is to provide an experience that builds community and NIU pride among our incoming students, while introducing them to all NIU has to offer – whether they’re living on campus or off. Programming involving a combination of virtual and face-to-face events from August 19 through August 23 is still being finalized. Keeping in mind safety recommendations from public health officials, we’re working on a schedule full of engaging activities that will help build excitement about coming to NIU and set expectations for new students about what it means to be part of the Huskie Pack.
Our more than 300 student organizations – focusing on service, diversity, culture, entertainment, sports, politics, government, academics and so much more – provide valuable and meaningful experiences. We’re working to foster an environment this fall that supports the activities of these organizations, while prioritizing the health and safety of their members. Plans remain flexible, but our aim is to:
Our more than 40 fraternities and sororities, some with off-campus housing, offer their members personal and professional growth, development and education. Although we are deferring formal recruitment activities to the Spring 2021 semester, we’ll continue to support and advocate for our Greek Letter organizations.
The monthly presidents’ meetings will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams and resources to help chapters plan activities will be provided, and will include guidance for conducting new virtual activities, as well as supporting healthy behaviors.
The Recreation and Wellness Center will open August 10. In the meantime, we encourage students who are automatically RecWell members to connect with our virtual activities such as fitness classes and personal training.
As of now, our plans are to provide the following this fall:
An integral part of campus, our newly renovated Holmes Student Center enhances student life, cultivates unity and promotes development through a variety of cultural, educational, social and recreational programs. In our planning, we are prioritizing the health and safety of all students. Here are some things to expect: