Huskies on and off campus will be rewarded for displaying their pride on Fridays this year, as campus officials plan to give everyone another reason to celebrate the most popular day of the week.
The effort – dubbed Red and Black Fridays – kicks off on Sept. 1, which also happens to mark the first home football game for the NIU Huskies. That date also falls on National College Colors Day, which is observed annually across the country by encouraging fans to wear their college team’s colors or university apparel.
Kelly Wesener-Michael, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, is part of a committee comprised of departments from all across campus who are helping to organize the Red and Black Fridays effort.
“There’s really no better place to be and to work on Fridays than a college campus, and we’re excited to have an official excuse to spread Huskie spirit through Red and Black Fridays,” she said. “This is what we are all about. We have so many great and exciting things going on, so it’s the perfect timing to spark and share enthusiasm.”
The #HuskiePride campaign can be followed on social media too, where every NIU Huskie, no matter where they are in the world, is encouraged to wear red and black on Fridays to show school spirit. Taylor Hayden, NIU Director of Social Media, said Huskie fans can tag photos showing off their school spirit on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with #HuskiePride and #CollegeColors for a chance to be featured on NIU’s homepage and NIU official social media accounts.
“If you’re not already following NIU on social media, this is the time to do it because there will be giveaways on campus on Friday, September 1, announced on social media,” she said.
Brad Hoey, Marketing and Communications Special Projects Coordinator, said the NIU Athletics Marketing and Game Experience Office is working with partners across the university on the Red and Black Fridays initiative. He said the occurrence of the Huskie football home opener falling on College Colors Day is a “terrific coincidence.”
Hoey said NIU is offering several discount packages to alumni, community partners and residents for the Sept. 1 “Blackout” opener, including a three-game tickets mini plan that includes tickets to the Boston College game, Ball State on November 9 and Western Michigan on November 15. Victor E. Huskie will also be roaming campus on Sept. 1, and throughout the fall semester.
Those who want to participate in Red and Black Fridays but who need to infuse their wardrobe with more things NIU Huskie can find discounts available at Huskie Books and Gear, located in the Holmes Student Center. The shop is offering 30 percent off all NIU insignia items on August 31 and Sept. 1.
Organizers plan to hand out NIU T-shirts, snacks and prizes across campus on Sept. 1. Other divisions across campus are encouraging their various faculty, staff, board members and alumni to participate.
Here are ways to participate:
On social media:
Fans can tag photos showing off their school spirit on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with #HuskiePride and #CollegeColors for a chance to be featured on NIU’s homepage and NIU official social media accounts. Here are the accounts to follow for updates about where to get freebies:
Fans can continue tagging their photos throughout the year with #HuskiePride for a chance to be featured on the homepage and NIU social media accounts.
Participants can also show their #HuskiePride on Facebook by adding an NIU frame to their profile picture, and can also download an NIU cover photo. To add an NIU frame to your profile photo, select “update profile photo,” add frame, search for NIU, select the frame you like and then select “use as profile picture.”
If you’re not on Facebook, you can still proclaim your love of NIU on your other social media accounts with an NIU profile photo.
Attend a game:
Admission to all NIU athletics events is free to NIU students with a valid NIU One Card. Additional information on NIU football season ticket packages is available here.
Besides football, NIU Athletics is supporting its other fall sports programs through various campus and community promotions throughout fall. The home opener for Volleyball and Men’s Soccer is on move-in day, Friday, August 25.
Huskie Books and Gear, located in the Holmes Student Center, is offering 30 percent off all NIU insignia items on August 31 and Sept. 1. Check out some of the gear available: