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New, returning Huskies encouraged to come to campus July 23 for Huskie Hustle

July 19, 2021

A kick-off of everything NIU has to offer this fall, the new Huskie Hustle on July 23 will bring Huskies together to connect with one another, learn about resources and have fun.

The campus-wide event will include a scavenger hunt for newly admitted and second-year Huskies.

As they visit the people and places where Huskies turn to for any kind of support, students will have the chance to win a variety of prizes, ranging from a parking pass to Huskie Bucks to Huskie swag and gear and more. All will bring home a free NIU t-shirt.

They’ll also be encouraged to meet with student leaders and the Student Affairs team to learn about the many ways to get involved this fall and beyond.

Along with Students Affairs, representatives from Orientation and First Year Programs, Admissions and other campus services will be on hand in the MLK Memorial Commons from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer questions and provide resources.

Students also will find music, games, food, an on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinic and more in the MLK Commons as part of the event.

Faculty and staff throughout campus are invited to stop by the MLK Commons as well to meet the newest members of the pack.

“I think it’s really a great opportunity to build community with students, to encourage staff to connect with students and for students to feel completely connected with campus,” said Mayra Lagunas, associate vice president of Enrollment Services and director of Admissions.

“It’s an important kick-off for us because it’s setting the stage for what we hope to accomplish in unity this upcoming academic year and moving forward.”

The event provides an opportunity for engagement not only with incoming students, Lagunas said, but also returning Huskies who haven’t yet truly experienced what makes Huskie life so special.

Among the many stops on the scavenger hunt are cultural resource centers, the NIU Recreation Center, the Campus Life Building, Financial Aid and Scholarships and more.

As part of the event, sophomores also are invited to enjoy free bowling, billiards, ice cream and more at a Second Year Kickback in the lower Huskie Den at the Holmes Student Center.

“Many of these students have not had the opportunity to visit campus due to the pandemic,” said Tressman Goode, program coordinator for admissions, tours and events.

“This event allows them to discover the many student support offices, including what services they provide and their locations, which are available to them as a Huskie. It gives students an opportunity to see what resources are available to support them during their time at NIU. We want them to explore their home away from home.”

Through separate registration links, one for newly admitted students and one for returning sophomores, participants are asked to choose a two-hour time slot to start the scavenger hunt.

In line with NIU’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement, the event will include an on-site vaccination clinic offered by the DeKalb County Health Department, which will be open to Huskies, their families and anyone interested. The DCHD clinic will offer vaccinations of Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer. Those who get vaccinated that day will be eligible to win a $100 Visa gift card or tickets to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.