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Baker: Welcome Days spark excitement for fall

August 22, 2013
President Doug Baker chats with students during his first NIU move-in.

President Doug Baker chats with students during his first NIU move-in.

I’ve spent a great six weeks meeting members of the NIU community, but today is by far one of my favorite days – it’s Move-In Day for students at NIU.

This morning, Dana and I joined hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community leaders in helping our new Huskies move in. I met many fantastic students, proud parents and families.

As exciting as it is to welcome students to campus, I am even more exhilarated by what lies ahead. It is very important to set the tone for the school year, and our Welcome Days celebration does just that. Friday activities include a band run, the academic convocation and the first official “We are Huskies” tailgate lunch, followed by academic college receptions and additional activities that run into the night.

The weekend agenda begins with Saturday service opportunities, a chance to learn more about Greek life and tour NIU fraternities, Rec Fest and a night of entertainment. Sunday is move-in for returning students and the NIU Involvement Fair.

I invite everyone – students, faculty and staff – to the first Welcome Back Picnic across the street from the newly renovated Gilbert Hall on the lawn of the Art Building off Lucinda Avenue, featuring live music and free food and drink beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 26! There’s an energy and excitement throughout the NIU community as we begin a new school year. Follow the excitement on campus throughout the year on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Welcome to NIU! Join me in a strong start to the new academic year!


Doug Baker
President, NIU