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Weldy: Open house offers chance to put our best foot forward

July 21, 2014


This Friday, July 25, we will be hosting approximately 2,000 VIPs on campus…potential new Huskies and their families.

Eric A. Weldy

Eric A. Weldy

The Northern Illinois University Summer Open House takes place mainly in Holmes Student Center, but a campus scavenger hunt is also planned, so no matter where you work, you may see these families around campus.  Studies show that the experience students have at an on-campus open house weighs very heavily on their final decision.  To that end, I’d like to invite you to join me in welcoming them with a few simple acts of kindness:

  • “Park it Forward!” Give your usual parking spot to a potential student and their family by avoiding the parking deck on Friday.  This is the designated parking area for our guests, giving them easy access to Holmes Student Center.
  • If you see someone who looks lost, please offer help, asking, “Can I help you find something?”
  • Offer a friendly smile to families as you encounter them, and welcome them to campus.
  • Volunteer to assist Admissions staff between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., welcoming students and checking them in.  Additional volunteers are needed between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to assist in giving residence hall tours.  All volunteers will have the opportunity for training previous to the open house.  To volunteer, please email Ted Campbell

As always, thank you for making our community a wonderful place. Together, we can provide a friendly, welcoming environment that will show these potential new students that NIU is where they belong.

In Huskie Pride,

Eric A. Weldy, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management