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Weldy: University ambassadors needed for Nov. 10 open house

November 3, 2014

Open House – Spring 2014Our final open house for the fall season is next Monday, November 10.  We are expecting about 1,000 potential new Huskies and their families on campus that day.  The open house will take place mainly in Holmes Student Center, but campus tours and departmental receptions are also planned.  No matter where you work or what you do on campus, you are vital to helping put NIU’s best foot forward and demonstrating the student-first focus we all share.

In our constant endeavors to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for these VIPs, we have added a new initiative for which we could use the assistance of campus volunteers.  University ambassadors will host our guests on their bus ride from the Convocation Center (where they park and check in) to the Holmes Student Center between 8 and 11 a.m.  As an ambassador, you will be welcoming guests, providing critical information, answering questions, and starting their visit off on a positive note.  It is a wonderful opportunity to impact families’ perceptions of our university.  To volunteer for this crucial job or others, please contact Ted Campbell [email protected]

Open House experiences weigh very heavily on students’ final decision on where they will attend school.  We have an excellent opportunity to show more than 1,000 students why NIU should be their home, come next fall.  If you are not able to volunteer on Monday, I invite you to join me in welcoming them with a few simple acts of hospitality:

  • Wear your “Ask Me, I can help you” button to identify yourself as a friendly university employee ready to help.
  • 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.

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.

Eric A. Weldy

Eric A. Weldy

Eric A. Weldy, Ed.D., is NIU’s vice president for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management