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Four opportunities to unleash your #HuskiePride in April

March 9, 2020

April is a time to unleash your #HuskiePride and reflect on what makes NIU a special place to live, work and learn. Beginning April 1 and culminating on April 18, the university is hosting four distinct events that that celebrate the people, vision, mission and values of NIU.

NIU Advocacy Day in Springfield
Let your voice be heard during the second annual NIU Advocacy Day which takes place April 1 from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join NIU President Lisa Freeman and members of the NIU Alumni Association a trip to the state capitol to meet with current legislators.

“This is an intense day of Huskie pride,” said Liz McKee, director, NIU Alumni Volunteer Engagement. “It’s critical for our legislators to understand the importance of higher education and NIU in the state of Illinois.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to share their NIU story – how the university has made an impact on them – with state legislators throughout the day. The only requirement is a passion for NIU.

“We really want to have as many people as possible share their story,” McKee said. “We hope to leave an impression on our legislators so when they are making important financial and legislative decisions, they remember NIU and think about the impact their decisions have on us.”

NIU Day of Giving
For 1,895 minutes – in honor of the year the university was founded – Huskie nation has the opportunity to join together to support NIU students and programs during the university’s second annual Day of Giving set for April 1 at 4:25 p.m.

“This is an opportunity for people from all walks of NIU life to come together to show their support and love for NIU,” said Michael Adzovic, director, Northern Fund.

Last year, Huskies came out in full force, donating more than $770,000 during the inaugural drive.

“We didn’t know what to expect and we were floored by the overwhelming response,” Adzovic said. “People from all over the world were making gifts online and sharing on social media why they love NIU.”

NIU 3rd Annual Cultural Meet and Greet
Enjoy an evening out with fellow NIU alumni, faculty, staff and prospective Huskies during the Cultural Meet and Greet on April 2 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at NIU’s Naperville campus. Hosted by the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in partnership with the Alumni Association and Office of Admission, the event is an opportunity to explore the university’s diversity and inclusion efforts and the many resource centers and programs that contribute to student success.

“We hope our attendees rejuvenate old relationships and initiate new relationships with one another and our NIU staff,” said Monique Bernoudy, assistant vice president for Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “We want to get our alumni engaged in the many faucets of the university because we know their voices, talents, and vision will support, sustain and propel NIU for future success.”

Bernoudy said strong relationships are the foundation from which NIU has had 125 years of success and alumni play an important role in that.

“Our alumni are critical to NIU’s history and help us to shape our future.” Bernoudy said. “We are hopeful they will attend the Cultural Meet and Greet to tell their stories, engage with prospective students and share what a great investment NIU is.”

NIU Cares Day
April 18 is NIU Cares Day, a campus-wide day of community service where students, faculty, staff and alumni volunteer to complete projects that benefit DeKalb County’s not-for-profit organizations and community agencies.

“NIU Cares Day is a great opportunity for Huskies to come together in mass and serve the community in which we are housed,” said Meg Junk, chief of staff to the Dean of Students. “NIU works with our local agencies in a number of capacities and often those agencies are working to serve our students. This gives us a chance to give back.”

More than 700 Huskies are expected to spring into action during the 14th annual NIU Cares Day and they are hoping even more sign up in the next few weeks.

“Any time our students connect with service-related activities we hope they learn more about the world they live in and how they can be a bigger part in that world,” Junk said. “We also hope that faculty, staff and alumni who participate get the opportunity to connect with students in ways that they don’t normally get to.”

There are several opportunities to make a difference on campus and in the community, and it all starts with you. Make it a priority to unleash your Huskie pride in April.

NIU Advocacy Day in Springfield
April 1 from 11:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

NIU President Lisa C. Freeman and the NIU Alumni Association invite you to share your NIU story with current legislators during the second annual NIU Advocacy Day on April 1, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We need your voice and story during this important day of Huskie Pride.

Register online or email Liz McKee at [email protected] for more information. 

NIU Day of Giving
April 1 from 4:25 p.m.—April 3 12:00 a.m.

Over the course of 1,895 minutes Huskie Nation has the opportunity to #UnleashtheDOG and support NIU students and programs through being an ambassador, inspiring others and giving. 

For more information, visit Day of Giving or email [email protected]. To sign up to be a Day of Giving Ambassador, visit

 NIU 3rd Annual Cultural Meet and Greet
April 2 from 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.

Taking place at NIU’s Naperville campus, the annual Cultural Meet and Greet is an opportunity for alumni, friends, faculty, staff and prospective Huskies to engage with one another while learning about the diversity and inclusion efforts at NIU. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Purchase tickets ($15) online or email [email protected] for more information. 

NIU Cares Day
April 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

NIU Cares Day is a campus-wide day of community service.  Volunteers comprised of NIU students, faculty, staff and alumni come together to complete projects that benefit DeKalb County’s not-for-profit organizations and community agencies as a way of thanking the community for their support of the institution and mission. 

For more information, visit the NIU Cares Day or email Meg Junk at [email protected]