A group of NIU families from the Chicago urban area met Feb. 20 at Goose Island Brewery in Chicago for a winter evening of earnest dialogue with administrators and staff from Huskie Family Connections, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and the Academic Advising Center.
This was the second in a series of three meetings with the purpose of furthering communication between NIU and students’ families.
Research has shown that positively participating adult family members have an impact on student success in college. Topics of parental interest ranged from students’ personal well-being, academic support and financial assistance.
Huskie Family Connections is forming a Parent Advisory Council (PAC) to develop a regular line of communication with families and to solicit input on ways that families would like to be positively involved in NIU life. The PAC Foundation Group is composed of adult family members from throughout the state. Face-to-face meetings are planned to be held two to four times per year, in various locations, with the remainder of meetings accomplished via electronic communication.
Interested parents can contact Lynn Schmitz, assistant director of Huskie Family Connections, at (815) 753-9727 or [email protected].
The first regional meeting was held in early February at the NIU Naperville campus. Families from the surrounding suburban area attended and expressed many of the same concerns and accolades as the families attending the Feb. 20 event. A third regional meeting is in the planning stage and will be held in the greater DeKalb area in the spring.
For more information, contact Huskie Family Connections at (815) 753-4444, visit www.niu.edu/hfc, email [email protected] or find the office on Facebook. Visitors to campus can stop in Suite 150 of the Campus Life Building.