Friday, Aug. 30, is national College Colors Day, and Northern Illinois University students, employees, alumni and annuitants are encouraged to show their Huskie pride this and every Friday by wearing cardinal (red) and black attire.
“There is a lot of Huskie pride among our students, faculty, staff and alumni, and I hope that it will manifest itself each and every Friday by wearing school colors,” says NIU President Doug Baker. “It’s another way we can all come together as a community.”
According to its website, College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that make the college experience great by encouraging people across America to wear apparel of their favorite college or university throughout the day.
Additionally, College Colors Day, which coincides with “back to school” and the kick-off of intercollegiate athletics, strives to advocate higher education through increased public awareness, and celebrates the achievements of colleges and universities, acknowledging their fundamental importance.
Since its inception in 2005, College Colors Day has grown rapidly across the country. Thousands of organizations and millions of individuals participate annually by donning their team colors and sharing in the college spirit with friends and colleagues.
“We have more than 225,000 alumni across the country who are proud members of our NIU community,” says Joseph P. Matty, associate vice president of University Advancement and executive director of the NIU Alumni Association. “College Colors Day is an easy – and very visible – way for them to stay connected.”