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New students urged to study hard, get involved

August 19, 2011

Academic Convocation 2011Inspirational, energetic and appropriate are three words NIU faculty and administrators used to describe the message new students heard at Friday’s Academic Convocation.

In essence, they heard from speakers such as NIU President John G. Peters to Provost Ray Alden to study hard and get involved with their new learning and living community.

In other words, engage from Day 1.

“It’s appropriate because pride comes about through engagement,” said Becky Harlow, assistant director of Student Involvement and Leadership Development. “When students become involved, they are creating a commitment with their learning community.”

And those students, who this year are from 30 states and 500 high schools, will be forging partnerships with their classmates residence hall roommates and teachers when they become involved with extracurricular activities.

With 400 organizations on campus, NIU students are never at a loss to pursue their academic, athletic or philanthropic interests.