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Woof! Welcome Days begins Aug. 23

August 13, 2012

Welcome Days 2012 logoThe sudden taste of autumn weather means that new academic year is only a fortnight away!

Welcome Days 2012 begins Thursday, Aug. 23, providing new Huskies and their families with a four-day greeting.

New this fall is Bark ’til Dark, a series of weekend events for the entire campus that includes programming on the first five Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays of the fall semester.

Check out everything that’s been planned in advance of cracking the books; for more information, call (815) 753-1421 or email [email protected].


Residence Hall Opening, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Families welcome!

Representatives from various offices throughout the university, as well as our NIGuides and Team NIU volunteers, are here to welcome you and help you move in. You’ll have plenty of time to meet your roommate, unpack and get ready to immerse yourself in all things NIU!

Parent and Family Orientation Session, 3 to 3:45 p.m.
A must for families!

Understanding on-campus living is as important for parents as it is for students. Attend a parent/family orientation session to learn how you can be involved in helping your student establish a positive living environment in their home away from home. Meet the staff and learn about living on campus at NIU. NIU staff will escort you from this meeting to Family Fest.

Floor Meeting, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Meet your neighbors and your community adviser, and learn how to take advantage of the benefits of living on campus. An overview of on-campus living topics will be presented, including how to make the most of your residential experience. You’ll also learn about and sign the Northern PACT.

Family Fest, 4 to 5 p.m.
Campus Recreation

Families, parents and friends of our NIU students are invited toFamilyFest, a resource fair to learn more about the wonderful services available on campus. Meet representatives from Huskie Family Connections (our Parents’ Association), Financial Aid, Health Services, the Honors Program, Athletics, Student Involvement & Leadership Development and much more! You will be able to gather additional information, as well as get any of your last-minute questions answered by NIU staff members!

Taste of Northern, 5 to 7 p.m.
Huskie Stadium West Lawn
(Rain location: Students and families can eat at any residential dining unit.)

On Opening Day every year, Housing & Dining celebrates the arrival of our newest residents by hosting A Taste of Northern. A Taste of Northern is a fantastic opportunity for new students and their families to experience what NIU and the DeKalb community have to offer. Students, their families, NIU faculty and staff and community members are all invited to partake in the fun and lively atmosphere. Attendees can meet new students, enjoy live entertainment (including the NIU Marching Band!) and eat delicious food from DeKalb area

Northern Lights, 7 to 8 p.m.
Oderkirk House Lawn, between Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center and IHOP
(Rain location: Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom)

Come join the PACT! The Northern PACT, NIU’s student pledge to the campus community, is the focus of this event. This experience introduces new students to the traditions of NIU and officially brings them into the university’s rich history. Participation in this event inaugurates students into the Huskie community as they pledge to be a part of the Northern PACT.

RHA Block Party, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Central Park
(Rain location: Chick Evans Field House)

Come out to the Residence Hall Association’s Annual Block Party located in Central Park! Enjoy free food, entertainment, giveaways, and much more. The Block Party will offer a variety of games and activities throughout the night and is one of RHA’s biggest programs, with thousands of residents attending each year!

Target Event, 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Bus stops: Lincoln, Neptune, Stevenson South and new residence hall

Finish up the day by taking a bus ride from campus to Target on Sycamore Road for a private, students-only shopping experience, which includes discounts, prizes, and great giveaways. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend time with new friends or roommates while stocking up on all your back-to-school necessities!

NIU Huskies Marching BandFRIDAY, Aug. 24

Band Run, 9:15 to 11 a.m.
Begins at your residence hall

Wake up and bring your school spirit to this early morning procession, led by NIU’s marching band and cheerleaders.

You won’t want to miss this! Feel a sense of pride as you make your way through campus as an NIU Huskie, and arrive as a unified class at Academic Convocation. Commuter students are encouraged to join us at the Neptune Hall sand volleyball courts for this walk through campus.

Academic Convocation,
11 a.m. to noon

Convocation Center

Join President John G. Peters and members of the faculty and staff as we celebrate the beginning of your college experience at Northern Illinois University. Academic Convocation is a formal ceremony to officially welcome you to NIU, where you will learn about academic opportunities and campus traditions.

All Campus Picnic, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Huskie Stadium West Lawn
(Rain location: Convocation Center)

Relax with your new friends and members of the university community while enjoying a great lunch on the lawn of Huskie Stadium.

“We are Huskies!” 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Huskie Stadium
(No rain location; this event will be canceled in event of rain.)

Huskies, come on you, Huskies! Immerse yourselves in Huskie athletic tradition, learn the Huskie Fight Song and meet your NIU coaches and your 2012-2013 Huskie athletic teams at Huskie Stadium. Experience NIU spirit and get ready to attend your first Huskie athletics event!

Academic Receptions, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Bus transportation will be provided to your respective college

The Academic College Receptions are an opportunity to celebrate and welcome new students to campus. You will have a chance to meet the faculty, staff and students in your respective college. This is a wonderful occasion for you to begin building connections with the faculty and staff who will be your mentors for the next four years! Light refreshments will be provided.

SHIFT NIU: Kicking Your NIU Journey Into High Gear, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Diversions Lounge

This event will provide an opportunity for adult/non-traditional, commuting, off-campus and transfer students to learn about services available specifically for them as they embark on their academic journey at NIU. It is also a great way for students to connect with others who may be from or near their home area, get insightful information from our staff and current off-campus or commuting students while enjoying great music, good food and giveaways. To RSVP or for more information, contact [email protected].

Floor Meetings, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Your residence hall floor

As a follow up to the first floor meeting, students will discuss community standards for living in the residence hall, share their thoughts about what their community will look like, and get further acquainted with the residents who live on their floor. Your community adviser will talk about making healthy choices while living on campus, and introduce the residential curriculum. Students will then attend the evening Welcome Days events together.

The Mentalist Team, 8:30 to 10 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium

Join us for some mind-blowing mind-reading! Mentalism involves mind reading, altering the state of matter using the mind, and finding hidden or lost objects. This event will be highly entertaining and hilarious. These professional mentalists will read your mind and surely have you scratching your head. You have to see this to believe it!

Glow in the Dark Dance Party, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Martin Luther King Commons
(Rain location: Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom)

Come on out and dance with your new Huskie friends! At this party, your white T-shirt is the canvas, and highlighters are the brush. Have lots of fun dancing the night away while you draw on your friends and watch them glow under the night sky! Your Campus Activities Board can’t wait to see you there!

NIU Cares Day 2011SATURDAY, AUG. 25

Saturday of Service,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Check in the Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom

Jump-start your Saturday with a gratifying experience! Participate in meaningful and empowering volunteer opportunities supporting campus and community agencies. Start at the Saturday of Service kick-off and home-base, located in the Holmes Student Center Duke Ellington Ballroom. Volunteers are welcome to join the event any time
between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Materials will be provided at each service site; bring your positive attitudes! Light refreshments served.

Students are welcome to visit one or more hosting service locations:

Rec Fest, 2 to 5 p.m.
Campus Recreation

Kick off your first week of school at the Campus Recreation “Rec Fest” with lots of fun activities such as crate stacking, 3-point basketball contest, climbing on a 25-foot wall, Zumba and Body Combat sessions and more! Come join the fun and win cool prizes! We have something for everyone.

Cultures Welcome, 8 to 9 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room

Explore the diverse resources that NIU has to offer! Students will become acquainted with events and opportunities to engage in the rich culture at NIU. Connect with the various cultural and identity centers that provide a “home away from home” at NIU!

Rock Tha’ Mic: Huskie Talent Jam (featuring Stir Friday Night), 9 p.m. to midnight
Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom

Sing it! Show It! Shout it! Step It! Show us what you got! “Rock tha’ Mic: Huskie Talent Jam” features NIU student performances and an open mic. Students and student organizations are invited to apply to participate as a featured act. We are looking for students and student organizations to perform music, dance, poetry, or other talents. We are especially seeking performances that represent a wide range of cultures! Contact the Asian American Center (815-752-1177) to participate as a performer.

Move-In Day 2011SUNDAY, Aug. 26

Move -in for Returning Students, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residence Halls

Returning residents, we invite you to extend your summer a few extra days this year! We have a special optional move-in day planned for you from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug, 26. Returners moving back into the residence halls Sunday will experience less traffic and shorter wait times due to this year’s incoming freshman already having moved in. There also are special Welcome Days events planned for Sunday evening.

Spiritual Life at NIU, noon to 2 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium

Please join the Association of Campus Religious Organizations for a multi-faith opening event. With an awareness and celebration of the diverse religious and cultural traditions among NIU students, this program will include the opportunity for spiritual reflection, as well as the chance to meet with representatives from a variety of spiritually based NIU student organizations.

The Huskie “How-To:” Teaching New Dogs Old Tricks, 2 to 3 p.m.
Holmes Student Center

Classes start tomorrow. Get the inside scoop from someone who has “been there and done that.” Join your fellow classmates, as well as NIU alums, to learn what it takes to be successful inside the classroom and out. Afterward, classroom tours will be offered. Bring your course schedule so you can hit the ground running on Monday morning for the first day of classes!

Involvement Fair, 3 to 5 p.m.
Martin Luther King Commons
(Rain location: Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom)

Make your college years count by getting involved at NIU! With nearly 300 student organizations on campus, you will be sure to find one (or more) that interests you. Come to the fair to meet the student leaders of these groups and learn how to get involved at Northern!

Floor Meetings, 6 to 8 p.m.
Your Residence Hall Floor

After returning students move in, new students will have the opportunity to meet upper class students residing on the floor. Community standards will be agreed upon by the floor, and you will have the opportunity to talk with your roommate about your roommate agreement. Information will be shared for getting involved in Hall Council and other organizations on campus. Further questions about the first week of classes will be answered.

Bark ’til Dark logoBARK ’til DARK

Bark ’til Dark offers fun, entertaining, late-night and weekend
activities by providing on-campus programs, movies, interactive
games, comedy and other social events that are FREE or low-cost for
all NIU students.

Students attending Bark ’til Dark will meet other Huskies, learn about involvement opportunities, and most importantly, have fun! You won’t want to leave campus!

The primary organizations and departments sponsoring this new
initiative are the Campus Activities Board (CAB), the Residence
Hall Association (RHA), the Student Association (SA), and Student Involvement & Leadership Development (SILD).

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. RHA Block Party Central Park. RHA is hosting their annual “Block Party” in Central Park on the west side of campus. Come join us for an evening filled with free food, promotional giveaways and entertainment, including a DJ and games.
  • Friday, Aug. 24, 8:30 p.m. SILD The Mentalist Team Carl Sandburg, HSC. Join our professional and entertaining mentalist duo as they mind read, alter the state of matter using the mind and find hidden or lost objects. This event will be mind-blowing and hilarious.
  • Friday, Aug. 24, 10 p.m. CAB Glow in the Dark Dance Party MLK Commons Come on out and dance with your new Huskie friends! At this party, your white t-shirt is the canvas, and highlighters are the brush.
  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 9 p.m. to midnight. Diversity & Equity Rock Tha’ Mic: Huskie Talent Jam! Duke Ellington, HSC Rock Tha’ Mic: Huskie Talent Jam! Rock Tha’ Mic features NIU student performances and an Open Mic. Students and student organizations are invited to apply to participate to be a featured act.
  • Thursday, Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m. CAB Cinema in Central Central Park. The Campus Activities Board presents a movie night in Central Park located on the west side of campus. Bring blankets and chairs, and we’ll provide the rest! You’ll enjoy a free movie showing on a huge outdoor screen.
  • Friday, Aug. 31, 4 to 6 p.m. SA Huskies Send Off East Side of Stadium. Come watch the Huskies practice as they prepare to take on Iowa. BBQ and music will be provided after the practice! Come cheer on your Huskies!
  • Saturday, Sept. 1, Soldier Field Showdown III, Soldier Field, Chicago. Make sure you buy a ticket to this football game versus the University of Iowa as we take on the Hawkeyes! Join us on the student buses that the Student Association is providing for Soldier Field Showdown III.
  • Thursday, Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m. CAB Cinema in Central Central Park. Bring blankets and chairs, and we’ll provide the rest! You’ll enjoy a free movie showing on a huge outdoor screen.
  • Friday, Sept. 7, 4 to 8 p.m. RHA Rat-Race Rumble Central Park. RHA presents “Rat Race Rumble” in Central Park on the west side of campus. Try and make it through the inflatable “Rat Race Maze” and participate in events hosted by the Outing Center – from Campus Recreation.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8, 7 to 9 p.m. FSL Meet the Greeks Recreation Center. Fraternity & Sorority Life is hosting their annual Meet the Greeks event at the Recreation Center, courts 7 and 8. Come to learn what fraternity and sorority life is all about, mingle with current chapter members, and eat great food!
  • Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. CAB Cinema in Central Central Park. Bring blankets and chairs, and we’ll provide the rest! You’ll enjoy a free movie showing on a huge outdoor screen.
  • Friday, Sept. 14, 7 to 10 p.m. RHA New Orleans Game Night Stevenson C Tower. Join RHA in their newly renovated New Orleans Room located in Stevenson Complex in the basement of C tower for a “New Orleans Game Night.” There will be free games of billiards, Ping-Pong, foosball, Wii and X-box and much more. Plus there will be FREE pizza!
  • Thursday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. CAB Cinema in Central Central Park. Bring blankets and chairs, and we’ll provide the rest! You’ll enjoy a free movie showing on a huge outdoor screen.
  • Friday, Sept. 21, 6 to 10 p.m. RHA Laser Tag Central Park. RHA will be hosting their first outdoor “Laser Tag” event in Central Park located on the west side of campus. There will be 23 bunkers and 10 vests with a live feedback of the time remaining and accumulated scores on a 42” board. Sign up with your Residence Hall Council and come join the fun!
  • Saturday, Sept. 22, 7 to 9 p.m. CAB & SILD Casino Night Regency Room, HSC. Try your hand at our family friendly casino! Students and families can spend the night playing black jack, poker, craps, or spinning the roulette wheel. All ages are welcome. Your favorite staff members and student leaders from the Campus Activities Board will be on hand to deal out a great event!
  • 9/27 7:30 p.m. RHA Cinema in Central Central Park. RHA presents a Cinema in Central Park located on the west side of campus. Bring blankets and chairs and we’ll bring the FREE popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and hot dogs!