Weekly events: Week of Sept. 6


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Weekly events: Week of Sept. 27.

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  • Huskie Conversation Podcast Season 3 Episode 3 Release: The Social Justice Education Department will continue their Conversations That Matter about Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. Host J Pappas will discuss the 2021 NIU Common Read Experience book with local guest experts from across campus. For more information, contact Pappas at jpappas@niu.edu
  • The IMAGES from SCIENCE exhibition: series will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jack Olson Gallery in Jack Arends Hall, Room 200. This series is a collaborative experiment that began at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2002 and aims to explore the boundaries of what is possible using the Internet as its primary voice to identify the world’s most striking images. IMAGES from SCIENCE 3 includes still and moving pictures and animations and illustrations.


  • Mueller Barsema Hall Meet and Greet Table: Mueller will host an information table from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Barsema Hall’s atrium to discuss internship and job opportunities. For more information, contact Amy Buhrow, senior director for strategy, student success and accreditation at abuhrow@niu.edu.
  • Refuge and Refugee: This exhibit includes the work of 10 artists that were moved by current events and news reports and used their art to express their shock, horror and critique of government policies and their compassion for people impacted by the global humanitarian crisis, according to the NIU event calendar. The exhibit is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the art museum on the first floor of Altgeld Hall. The exhibit is free and open to the public.​​
  • The Art of Surviving: The Journey of Karen Refugees in Illinois: This exhibit is based on work done by PhD and Masters of Arts students who either lived with the refugee camps along the Burma-Thai Border or who worked with Illinois Karen Refugee communities for the last 15 years. The exhibit is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the art museum on the first floor of Altgeld Hall. The Karen are an ethnic group in southern Burma/Myanmar that has been in conflict with the government since 1949 that first called for an independent state and now calls for representation in the national government. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
  • AAPI Welcome Night & Movie: Joy of Luck Club: Students can meet AAPI student organizations and learn about diverse resources with activities, music and light refreshments from 5-9:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Commons if weather permits. In case of rain, it will move to the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. For more information, contact Yoonjae Jeon, associate director for the Asian American Resource Center, at yjeon1@niu.edu.
  • Punt, Pass, Kick: Dawg Pound will host Punt, Pass, Kick at 7 p.m. at the Huskie Stadium for students to meet different organizations on campus.
  • Finance Investment Introduction: This event aims to teach students more about finances and the stock market. The intro will be from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Barsema Hall, Room 301. For more information, contact Chair of Finance Gina Nicolosi at gnicolos@niu.edu.


  • Womanist Wednesdays: Womanist Wednesdays are interactive tabling sessions at the Holmes Student Center OASIS’s Conference Room that highlight topics related to gender identity, intersectionality and current events. For more information, contact Ariel Owens, assistant director for Women and Gender Programs, at aowens1@niu.edu.
  • Innovation Hours: The Office of Innovation will start Innovation Hours from 9 a.m. to noon every Wednesday and Thursday morning in the 71 North Partnership Studio in the Founder’s Memorial Library. Students will get the chance to meet the innovation team and get personalized support for their innovation ideas and projects, no matter what stage those ideas are in. To book a scheduled session, contact the innovation team at innovation@niu.edu.
  • Grant Thornton Meet and Greet Table: Grant Thornton will host a meet and greet table from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Barsema Hall’s atrium to recruit accountancy interns and full-time hires. For more information, contact Amy Buhrow, senior director for strategy, student success and accreditation at abuhrow@niu.edu.
  • Huskies Get Hired: NIU Job Fair: There will be a job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center. Students can apply for jobs in several areas, get interviewed by jobs and have an opportunity to get hired on the spot. To speed up the process, students can bring their identification to the job fair, such as a driver’s license, social security card, birth certificate, state ID or passport. For international student workers who use a passport, I-20 or I-94.
  • ABA Selection of Intellectual Property Networking Event: There will be a virtual networking event for law students at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Panelists are attorneys in the field who are ready to network and share their expertise and advice to law students. For more information, contact Melody Mitchell, chief of staff for the College of Law, at mmitchell@niu.edu
  • The Huskie Food Pantry Open: The food pantry will be open 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and 5-7 p.m. Thursdays at the Chick Evans Field House. For those who cannot make it to normal hours of operation, contact the Center for Student Assistance at (815) 753-8300 or studentassistance@niu.edu.
  • What is Academic Writing?: The Huskie Academic Support Center will teach students the difference between writing texts, emails and social media posts versus writing what is expected for academic courses at 12:30 p.m. in Cole Hall, Lab 106. Seats are limited, so it is first come, first served. For more information, contact Melanie Griegoliet, assistant director for Orientation and First-Year Programs, at mgriegoliet@niu.edu.
  • Homeschool Water Ecology: Students will explore the banks of Rock River while learning about water quality, species diversity, river current, water cycle and macroinvertebrates. Students will also use nets to explore the aquatic habitat. This class is $5 per student and is from 2-4 p.m. at NIU’s Lorado Taft Field Campus. To register, email Alyssa Parker, part of NIU’s outreach program, at aparker4@niu.edu.
  • Police Chief Hiring Listening Session: Representatives from the Public Sector Search and Consulting will conduct a listening session from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday via Zoom to gather student input about what attributes the next NIU chief of police should possess. Students who cannot attend are encouraged to fill out an online survey.


  • Active Bystander Workshop: This workshop will teach students about the basics of sexual misconduct and the ways that students can help fellow Huskies be active bystanders. They will talk about peer advocacy, resources and ways to report misconduct from 10-11:30 a.m. virtually. Sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking will also be discussed. For more information, contact Allison Hurlburt, prevention program coordinator, at ahurlburt@niu.edu.
  • Campus Meets Community Block Party: Over 50 local businesses and organizations from throughout the DeKalb area will host a block party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Commons if weather permits. In case of rain, the block party will move to the Duke Ellington Ballroom. Students can learn more about businesses in the area, discover local resources, get coupons and samples and more. For more information, contact Jennifer Groce, director of community promotions, at jgroce@niu.edu.
  • CODE 1: This workshop introduces opportunities for participants to explore their own unique cultural identities and the identities of others through a series of interactive exercises. Participants will learn general diversity terms and concepts, share their personal stories and identify ways that their identities shape their understanding of the world. The workshop is from 2-3:30 p.m. via Zoom. 
  • CSEAS Fall Lecture Series: Nicolas Verstappen: Nicolas Verstappen, author of “The Hermit and the Buffoon: Thai Comics’ Archetypes in the Service of the Nation” will introduce his book from 7-8 p.m. via Zoom
  • Lincoln Lecture: Geraldine Heng, perceval professor at the University of Texas in Austin, will host the lecture, “What’s Religion Got to Do With It?: Seeing, Reading, Teaching Race in the European Middle Ages at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom.


  • First State Bank Opening Day 5K: A 5K race will be held from 5-6 p.m. at NIU North 40. Registration costs $30 and includes a race t-shirt. The top three winning students, three winning women and three winning men — a total of nine winning runners — will receive two tickets to NIU’s first home football game of the season, a VIP tailgate package, field access pregame and their race award. Proceeds go to NIU Cross Country.
  • Glow Bowling: The Huskie Den will host a free game of bowling from 7-10 p.m.

Family weekend events:



  • Bingo: A bingo game will be held from 2-4 p.m. in Neptune Hall Central.
  • Trivia: An NIU trivia game will be held from 2-4 p.m. in Gilbert Hall.