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August 22, 2013

President BakerBAKER REPORT:
Welcome Days spark excitement for fall semester

I've spent a great six weeks meeting members of the NIU community, but today is by far one of my favorite days — it's Move-In Day for students at NIU. This morning Dana and I joined hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community leaders in helping our new Huskies move in. I met many fantastic students, proud parents, and families.

Move In DayAs exciting as it is to welcome students to campus, I am even more exhilarated by what lies ahead. It is very important to set the tone for the school year, and our Welcome Days celebration does just that. Friday activities include a band run, the academic convocation, and the first official “We are Huskies” tailgate lunch, followed by academic college receptions and additional activities that run into the night.  

The weekend agenda begins with Saturday service opportunities, a chance to learn more about Greek life and tour NIU fraternities, Rec Fest, and a night of entertainment. Sunday is move-in for returning students and the NIU Involvement Fair. I invite everyone—students, faculty and staff—to the first annual Welcome Back Picnic across the street from the newly renovated Gilbert Hall on the lawn of the Art Building off Lucinda Avenue, featuring live music and free food and drink beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Classes begin Monday, August 26! There's an energy and excitement throughout the NIU community as we begin a new school year. Follow the excitement on campus throughout the year on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Welcome to NIU! Join me in a strong start to the new academic year!



Welcome Days


Thursday, Aug. 22
Opening Day at the Residence Halls

Friday, Aug. 23

Band Run

Academic Convocation

"We Are Huskies" Tailgate

Academic College Receptions

Saturday, Aug. 24

Saturday of Service

Greek Life BBQ

Greek Row Tours

Sunday, Aug. 25

Involvement Fair

President's Welcome Back Picnic

Monday, Aug. 26
Classes Begin

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There was no way she would not be a Huskie
Lizy Garcia became the youngest and only high school senior inducted into the Adela de la Torre Honor Society in Spring 2013, making her “a Huskie before she came to NIU.”

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Concealed carry law affirms NIU weapon ban
The General Assembly has passed concealed carry legislation into law in Illinois, which allows Northern Illinois University to continue its practice of prohibiting guns on campus.


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Registration is now open for Perspectives on Disability, Northern Illinois University’s first-ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Plus/minus grading system to begin this fall
Effective Fall 2013, a new grading system has been implemented for undergraduate students incorporating plus/minus grades. Registration and Records provides answers to “Frequently Asked Questions” online.

Allied Health professor named National Academies Education Fellow
Masih Shokrani, associate professor in the Department of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, has been named a National Academies Education Fellow for 2013-2014.


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“Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation” by Eboo Patel has been chosen for NIU’s 2013-2014 Common Reading Experience.

Future of Lincoln Hall to be studied
Northern Illinois University will begin a cost/benefit analysis regarding the future of Lincoln Hall as a student housing option.

Dude, where’s my bus?
The NIU Student Association has announced new Huskie Bus routes for the upcoming academic year.


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As the school year gets ready to begin, the NIU Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Huskie Battalion will welcome back one of its own.

NIU grad appointed McCormick Foundation director of communications
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation appointed Philip Zepeda as director of communications

MBA from NIU fuels consultant’s career in Chicago
CBS Chicago caught up with NIU graduate Jay Beaton, founder and principal of On The Beaton Path, to learn how his MBA has fueled his career success.

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