From the Desk of the Dean of Students


By this point in the semester, you’ve probably already experienced a quiz or paper or assignment. Expectations are clear and you might even be adjusting your study schedules accordingly. This week, I want to encourage you to keep up all your hard work—you can reach your goals, and we’re here to help.

For your academic radar? A “to do” list to make sure you’re staying on track:

·         Meet with your advisor so you are ready to register for next semester.

·         Find a tutor for a class or take advantage of faculty office hours.

·         Investigate options to do research - start with OSEEL.

·         Complete and submit your next FAFSA. 


Do your part. Being a Caring Community is part of the Northern Pact that we all live by at NIU:

·         Learn more about what it’s like for people who have a service dog.

·         Discover Helping Huskies Thrive. A Wellness Fair will provide resources to help someone in need.

·         Knit or crochet things for students in need with The Giving Project.


Go global. Learn about the Global Internship and Leadership Development (GILD) Program, stop by the Study Abroad Fair or learn about the American immigration experience at the Travel Challenge: Escape Room.


Work hard, play hard. Check out Outdoor Adventures Full Moon Hike, their free Weekly Wednesday Crate Climbs, or go Rock Climbing at Mississippi Palisades State Park; cheer on your fellow Huskies at a Women’s Volleyball game, or go to the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality’s Fun Fair.


Holmes Student Center Update: We appreciate your patience as the renovation of the HSC gets underway. When it’s done, it will be a vibrant and exciting space for students and campus visitors to enjoy. In the meantime, visit Huskie Books and Gear in the Gallery Lounge on the main floor for spirit wear, purchase your books online (we’ll share step-by-step instructions for spring semester) and check out other places to eat on campus.


Your experience here matters to me. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Student Life at NIU, and let us know how we can help.

Forward Together,


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


Featured Events

Monday, Sept. 24: The Right to Quality Education Discussion

Tuesday, Sept. 25: Travel Challenge – Escape Room

Tuesday, Sept. 25: Winter Clothing Drive

Tuesday, Sept. 25: OHANA! Presents Finance Jeopardy

Wednesday, Sept. 26: 26th Annual Study Abroad Fair

Wednesday, Sept. 26: Archeology on Ice: An Emerging Research Frontier

View all events


We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.”


-- Jesse Owens,
world record-setting Olympic athlete




eduroam to become available on NIU campus Wednesday, Sept. 26


The Division of Information Technology is pleased to announce that eduroam will soon be available to NIU students and employees, and to visiting constituents of eduroam-enabled institutions from around the world.


What is eduroam? The website describes eduroam as “the secure, worldwide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community.”


How does eduroam work? When you visit other participating eduroam institutions, you can now use your NIU credentials to securely log in to their wireless networks. And the converse is true: members from those institutions who visit NIU can use their home credentials to securely log in to NIU's wireless network.  


Where can you eduroam? An interactive map to thousands of eduroam locations throughout the world can be found on the organization’s website, with 90 territories currently participating.


Is eduroam secure? Yes. eduroam provides a secure connection, and is safe for you to use.


Where can I find out more? Go to the site to read more about it, and to see a short video.


OSEEL walk-In hours


Are you interested in research, but unsure where to start? Do you want help finding a faculty mentor? If so, stop by the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) during our walk-in hours to talk with staff about undergraduate research! Come by anytime on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Thursday, Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – even if you just want to know more! We are here to answer any questions you may have about getting started with undergraduate research.




Wednesday, Oct. 17: NIU Learn About: Harry Potter Passion: Connecting with the Wizarding World
Preregister by Tuesday, Oct. 16

Monday, Oct. 22: NIU Learn About: Jumpstart Your College Essay
Preregister by Sunday, Oct. 21


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