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Family Weekend begins September 11

August 3, 2015
An NIU family enjoys Casino Night during the 2014 Fall Family Weekend.

An NIU family enjoys Casino Night during the 2014 Fall Family Weekend.

It’s family first at NIU.

Whether it’s the one you were born into or the Huskie family we’re glad you chose, NIU is rolling out the red – and black – carpet during Family Weekend, set for Friday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 13.

“We want to introduce parents and family members to NIU, its culture and what we are all about,” said Kesha Williams, associate director of Orientation and Family Connections and coordinator of the event.

“Family Weekend gives the parent and family members time to actually experience what their student is doing here, and the type of resources and activities their student can be engaged in while attending NIU.”

Family Weekend showcases a host of activities to foster a sense of Huskie spirit for NIU students and their family members.

“Every program is pretty special,” Williams said. “There are some new and different events and some that we have done before that give family members a real taste of the community.”

Go bowling, play billiards, enter a bags tournament or camp out on campus at the West Lagoon. Cheer from the sidelines as the Huskies tackle Murray State, bike to Ollie’s for the famous frozen custard or head to Jonamac Orchard for a taste of autumn.

The annual event is not only an opportunity for families to connect with their student, it’s a chance for everyone to experience campus and the DeKalb community.

“I attended Family Weekend 2014,” said Karan Payne, mother of Michael, now a senior at NIU. “Everyone who was working the event made every family member feel right at home.”

A variety of events take place on and around campus, and families can pick and choose which events they’d like to attend. Most events are free but do require pre-registration.

Registration is now open through Wednesday, Sept. 9.

For special accommodations to participate in any of the events, or for more information, call (815) 753-1535 or email [email protected].