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Week of September 11, 2017


Financial aid application period opens Oct. 1, impacts MAP

If you want or need to apply for financial aid for the 2018-19 academic year, get ready: The FAFSA filing period opens Sunday, Oct. 1.

And if you’re among the 5,000 NIU students hoping to secure MAP grants, don’t wait too long.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which administers the Monetary Award Program, only has limited funds. When the money’s gone, the money’s gone.

FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – is the U.S. Department of Education’s mechanism to consider students for Pell grants, federal student loans and work-study opportunities.

NIU students responded well to last year’s inaugural Oct. 1 start, which came three months earlier than previous years.

Last year’s significant and permanent change in the FAFSA cycle synced the process with traditional deadlines for college admission decisions.

Shifting the opening date also allows FAFSA filers to submit federal income tax information from the previous year and not the next. Parents and students no longer must wait for W2s from their employers or hurry to file their tax returns with the IRS, something that traditionally caused anxiety, especially in the scramble for MAP grants.

Questions? Need help? Call 815-753-1395, 800-892-3050 or email

Nominations for outstanding international educators, students due Oct. 10

NIU’s Division of International Affairs invites nominations for the 2017 awards to recognize outstanding practice in international education.

Recognition is planned for:

  • Outstanding International Educator
  • Outstanding Department Contribution to International Education at NIU
  • Outstanding Student Contribution to International Education at NIU (for a domestic student and a non-immigrant student)

Nominations are due by Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The awards will be announced during International Education Week at the International Recognition Reception, from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Homes Student Center Sky Room.

For complete descriptions of the awards, visit

For more information on any or all of these awards, contact Sarah Lindell at 815-753-9526 or


Visit the Major and Minors Fair on Sept. 13

Don’t miss the Majors and Minors Fair from 11 a.m. to 2p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center.

With over 50 majors and 70 minors, how do you choose?

The Majors and Minors Fair can help you if…

  • You want to explore majors and minors
  • You are unsure on your major and want to check out other options
  • You want to connect your major to careers

Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Come speak with representatives from each department. For more information, visit the Academic Advising Center website.

Fall Diversity Dialogues Series kicks off with documentary discussion

NIU will kick off its Diversity Dialogues Series this fall with a documentary screening and discussion with director Julie Winokur. The series, which began in 2016, aims to reinforce the university’s commitment to creating a rich learning environment and encouraging people to talk openly about diversity topics. Events are free and open to the public.

Kicking off the series this year is Emmy-nominated director Julie Winokur with a discussion of her documentary, “Bring it to the Table,” at 6 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Altgeld Auditorium. The documentary chronicles her personal journey where she invited people to discuss the roots of their political beliefs. A workshop and discussion with Winokur will follow the screening.

In preparation for Winokur’s visit to NIU, the university is inviting the community to watch a screening of the documentary immediately following the Unity March, which begins at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

For more information on the Diversity Dialogues events, visit

Constitution Day activities planned for Sept. 18

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 forefathers on Sept. 17, 1787. This day recognizes all who have become citizens whether born in the U.S. or by naturalization. This year, Constitution Day is Sunday, Sept. 17. When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, schools and other institutions observe the holiday on an adjacent weekday. For information on campus events taking place, visit

Secretary of State Mobile Services returns to campus Sept. 18

NIU students, faculty, staff and local residents can renew driver’s licenses and state IDs, purchase annual vehicle license plate stickers, register as organ and tissue donors, or conduct other transactions on campus at a mobile office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

In addition, NIU collegiate license plates will be available for purchase. Sales help to support NIU scholarship funds.

The mobile office will visit campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18, in the lower level of the Holmes Student Center.

Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards. Other services available include vehicle title registration and parking placards for persons with disabilities.

complete list of acceptable forms of identification is online.

Get ready for Homecoming 2017!

Homecoming 2017 is just around the corner! This year’s theme is “Destination: Huskie Nation – 111 Years Strong.” Events begin Sunday, Oct. 1, and run through Saturday, Oct. 7. The complete list of events and additional details are now online at Make plans to attend and show your Huskie Pride!


Updated academic integrity online tutorials available

Online tutorials on academic integrity are now available at

The purpose of these tutorials is to promote academic integrity at NIU by increasing students’ awareness of the issues, offering strategies for students to protect themselves from academic dishonesty situations, and increasing faculty’s awareness of the issues and offering them strategies to address academic dishonesty incidents effectively.

These tutorials are intended for self-paced learning by students and faculty and can be used as an educational resource to supplement classroom discussions on academic integrity. Over the past 12 months, the academic integrity tutorials have been viewed by more than 10,000 users and average over 1,300 hits each month.

Students who complete the student tutorial successfully can print a certificate of completion, which can be submitted as verification of their completion.

New funding opportunities for engaged learning and undergraduate research projects

The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) is excited to announce two new grant opportunities, the Undergraduate Student Engagement Travel (USET) Grant and the Research, Engagement, and Academic Diversity (READ) Grant. Both grants provide students and faculty (READ only) with additional funding for engaged learning and scholarly endeavors. Our hope is that these additional funding sources will allow students and staff a chance to partake in experiences and explore topics that they normally would not have considered due to lack of resources available and increase overall involvement in engaged learning activities amongst colleges. For more information on these grant opportunities, visit or contact

Undergraduate survey on orthorexia nervosa

If you are an undergraduate student at NIU, you are eligible to take a thesis survey that will contribute to research on eating disorders and disordered eating. This is a brief, anonymous survey on orthorexia nervosa, which is an obsessive desire to only consume healthy foods. By participating in this short survey, you will be helping advance the field of eating disorders and shed light on orthorexia nervosa. If you would like to participate, please complete the survey online. Feel free to contact Ashley Kyle at with any questions or concerns. Please share this survey with friends who attend NIU as well.


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Week of September 5, 2017


NIU Outdoor Adventures: Camp on Campus

Connect, learn and recreate with Outdoor Adventures this fall during Family Weekend, Sept. 8-9. How does this sound: you and your new friends hanging out under the stars in the glow of a bonfire while enjoying freshly roasted s’mores? Sound appealing? Then don’t miss the annual Camp on Campus event at the West Lagoon. An evening of fun activities includes sport games, a multitude of outdoor workshops, paddling on the Lagoon and much more. Campers can bring their own equipment or rent equipment from the Adventure Center. For more information, go to

NIU Outdoor Adventures Disc Golf Tournament

Play on a temporary nine-hole course set up by the DeKalb County Disc Golf Club at NIU's West Lagoon near Stevenson Towers on Saturday, Sept. 9. Choose between several options of play, play two rounds or all three! Each event is $10 per person.

These are all-ages tournaments and will be played rain or shine. If there is thunder and/or lightning the event will be canceled. Each registration will receive a goody bag consisting of a custom NIU Innova disc with a different disc for each level of play (Beginner – Putter, Singles – Mid-Range, Doubles – Driver). The top winning individuals and teams will receive an NIU prize package. For more information, go to

“Clean the Kish” on the Kishwaukee River, DeKalb, IL

Join us during National Illinois Waterways Cleanup Week to help clean trash out of our community treasure from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. The “Kish” is an amazing river. The south branch has its humble beginnings in Shabbona, IL, and another branch starts in Woodstock, IL. For over 60 miles and many winding turns, eventually feeding into the mighty Rock River. We are thankful for the recreation opportunities from fishing to paddling. The Kishwaukee River is classified as a Class A river and is home to 28 endangered, threatened or watch-listed species. Let’s show this river some love and help protect this important resource. For more information, visit

Feed Your Mind at the Sept. 13 Stem Café

Join us for monthly STEM Cafés - fun, casual gatherings where you can eat, drink and chat with STEM professionals about the latest scientific research. The next Stem Café, Combating Cancer, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fatty’s Pub and Grill in DeKalb. Learn about new cancer therapies such as a gene-altering leukemia treatment from Dr. Barrie Bode, chair of NIU’s Biological Sciences Department. A cancer researcher, Dr. Bode will explore benefits, side-effects and costs of cutting-edge therapies. These events are free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase from our host restaurant.

Fall 2017 Graduate Career and Professional Development workshop schedule released

Registration is now open for 28 Graduate Career and Professional Development workshops scheduled for the fall semester. Information on the events and a link for online registration can be found at Advanced registration is required.

Workshops are free and open to all NIU graduate students. They also reflect a partnership with five different units on campus: Career Services, Jobs PLUS, International Student and Faculty Office, NIU Writing Center, and the Office of Research Compliance, Integrity and Safety.

A wide range of themed-topics will be covered, including enhancing a grad student’s communication, leadership/management, professionalism, responsible conduct of research and career development. Workshops will be hands-on to assist graduate students in exploring and enhancing their career development pathway.


Tutoring resources are just a click away

Visit for campus-wide information about tutoring that is available at NIU. The site provides three links to view campus resources for specific course tutoring, study skills, and time management and writing support.

If you select “A specific course,” the site will direct you to all areas that provide tutoring for the identified course. If you select “Study skills and time management,” the site will direct you to the A+ Program. The program is comprised of reading specialists who provide one-on-one and group support for reading effectiveness, study strategies and time management. If you select “Writing,” you will be directed to the University Writing Center website, which provides services and other information on undergraduate, graduate student, and faculty and staff writing support.

If you have a tutoring program or other support that you would like to include on this site, please contact Shevawn Eaton,, to help you connect with the appropriate resource service.

Volunteers needed for STEM FEST

STEMfest is a free community event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, 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 (STEM). 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 teardown, to working at one of our interactive displays, during a shift of the student’s choosing. We rely on students to make this a fun and successful day! Students can sign up to volunteer at

ACCESS Tutoring and Support Services announces web resources

PAL Tutoring: Rather than coming to our office in Williston 100, students can now sign up online for an appointment tutor at:

On this same site, under Walk-In Tutoring, you can hit the link and type in the course, and our site will provide you with times, dates and locations for all of the PAL walk-in tutoring for your selected course as well as Supplemental Instruction availability. Walk-in tutoring is available at various times in the library, New Hall West basement and Grant South basement.

A+ Program: A+ is staffed with professional reading specialists who can assist students with building study strategies, reading more efficiently, managing time and organizational skills. To meet with a reading specialist, go to, and request an appointment.

Supplemental Instruction (SI): SI provides enhanced tutoring in weekly review sessions to help you with specific courses. For more information on SI check the web at:

Workshops: ACCESS can provide study strategy workshops on request from faculty, staff and student groups. Contact Kenlyn Bialas at 815-753-1141 to schedule an event.

Campus Bus System updates

Welcome back, Huskies! The Student Association (SA) is excited to announce some improvements to the Huskie Line bus system. These updates better accommodate NIU students in more efficient and effective manners.

The updated routes and Huskie Line bus system schedule can be found on the Huskie Line website as well as the ETA Spot mobile app. Additionally, the Student Association will provide route booklets that serve as guides to better learning and understanding the updated system. Please contact the SA at 815-753-0483 or mailto: with any questions.

Fall 2018 College of Law application open for first-year applicants

After welcoming the class of 2020, one of the most accomplished and diverse classes in recent history, NIU College of Law is pleased to announce that its Fall 2018 application for full-time first-year and accelerated law degree applicants will open on Friday, Sept. 1. The application for transfer applicants will open on Friday, Sept. 15. Application review will commence in mid- to late-October.

Last application cycle, NIU Law received over 625 applications for approximately 100 seats in the fall 2017 entering class. With a priority deadline of April 1, 2018, NIU Law reviews applications on a rolling basis and will continue to review applications until classes begin. Early applications are most competitive for both admission and scholarship.

NIU Law requires that applicants have earned or will have earned before classes begin a bachelor's degree that has been awarded by an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, a valid Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score and Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) registration. All traditional first-year applicants must have completed or be in the final year of their undergraduate degree programs.

For more information, including a complete list of application requirements, decision-making review process, non-discrimination policy and opportunities to visit, go to the College of Law admissions website.

Week of August 28, 2017


New Blackboard mobile apps available for download

New student and instructor Blackboard Learn apps are now available for download. The new set of apps replace the older "Blackboard Mobile Learn" app, which is no longer supported. NIU students are encouraged to download the latest apps from either Apple Store and Google Store.

Download the Everbridge App for safety communications

Safety bulletins from NIU proactively inform you about crimes that recently occurred on or near campus so you can take the appropriate precautions. They also work to prevent similar crimes and assist the Department of Police and Public Safety in identifying offenders. NIU provides a free app for students to receive these notification. For instructions on downloading the app, visit

Employers want NIU student candidates for internships and jobs

Imagine employers knocking on your door to seek you out. Sound impossible? That's just what employers and recruiters do by coming to NIU to meet with students and posting positions.

Employers want NIU student candidates for internships and jobs. Where can you find out which employers are looking for you? Check out Huskies Get Hired and the College Diversity Network.

The Huskies Get Hired system connects students who are seeking internships and jobs with employers who have open positions. Huskies Get Hired has additional functions that help students, employers and NIU faculty/staff.

The College Diversity Network (CDN) introduces you to companies looking to build a diverse and inclusive work environment. CDN's job board houses employers from across the country that value workforce diversity.

By using these tools you can begin exploring actual job postings, for internships and full-time jobs, from employers that have made the decision to recruit NIU students. For more information, visit the Career Services website


#BLACKOUTBC Friday night at Huskie Stadium

The Huskies open the 2017 season Friday, Sept. 1, when NIU plays host to Boston College in Huskie Stadium, as the Eagles become the first Atlantic Coast Conference opponent to play at NIU since 2003. For the home opener, fans can use #BlackoutBC and are encouraged to wear Huskie black in the stands. Admission to all NIU athletics events is free to NIU students with a valid NIU One Card..

Show your #HuskiePride on Red and Black Fridays

Beginning on Sept. 1, everyone's favorite day of the week gets another reason to be awesome with Red and Black Fridays observed on campus and by NIU Huskies around the world. Participants are asked to wear NIU clothing and gear, and to share their pride on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with #HuskiePride for a chance to be featured on NIU's homepage and NIU official social media accounts. Organizers plan to hand out t-shirts, snacks and prizes across campus on Sept. 1 .

Friday is National College Colors Day

In a stroke of serendipity, the kick-off to Red and Black Fridays falls on the date of the first home football game for the NIU Huskies, and also on National College Colors Day, which is observed annually across the country by encouraging fans to wear their college team's colors or university apparel. On that date, participants can use #CollegeColors for a chance to be featured on NIU's homepage and NIU official social media accounts, and to participate in the national campaign.

Invite your family up for the weekend!

Family Weekend, Sept. 8-10, is a chance for students to invite family members to visit and explore NIU and the DeKalb community. We've packed the schedule with lots of fun and interesting programs Friday through Sunday. To register, see the schedule and learn more, visit If you have questions call 815-753-1535 or email us at

Fall 2017 Jobs PLUS event schedule released

Registration is now open for 12 Jobs PLUS events scheduled during the fall semester. Information on the events as well as a link for online registration can be found at Advanced registration is required. Jobs PLUS events are free and open to all NIU students. If a student's employer is a Jobs PLUS partner the student may be eligible to attend select Jobs PLUS events on their paid work time with permission of their employer. Students interested in connecting their employer to Jobs PLUS can self-report where they are working at

Join the Pick Museum at exhibit opening of "Quilts and Human Rights"

Join the NIU Pick Museum of Anthropology for the Exhibit Opening Reception of "Quilts and Human Rights," 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5. Rights” features quilts from around the world honoring champions of human rights and documenting quilt making as a means of coping with oppression, and examining how quilts raise awareness of global social issues. This event also includes a free quilt block workshop led by the Social Justice Sewing Academy. This exhibit is generously supported by Cordogan Clark & Associates Inc., Michigan State University Museum and NIU's Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality.

NIU GRE and LSAT Test Prep offered this fall

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming is offering on-campus GRE and LSAT test prep course this fall. For more information, visit

Travel with the Professor for a day to celebrate American writers

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming invites you to Travel with the Professor for a day to celebrate American writers on Thursday, Sept. 28. We will depart from the Holmes Student Center east side at noon and travel to the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum, after which we will travel to downtown Chicago to visit the new American Writers Museum. Travelers will also have time to shop and dine on Michigan Ave, stroll Millennium Park, and just take it all in before returning to DeKalb at approximately 8 p.m. Tickets are just $65. Transportation and museum entry fees included. Registration is now open.