Apr
23
2014
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A Day in the Life of a Huskie

Compared to a lot of students that attend NIU, I don’t necessarily live a normal undergrad life. I commute to campus every day from North Aurora, so I’m not getting the experience of living in a dorm. But there are still similarities to how all Huskies spend a day!

For me, a normal day consists of arriving on campus around 8:15 a.m.  I park in the parking garage then make the short walk over to the Holmes Student Center to relax for a little bit before classes begin. Sometimes, I’ll do a bit of homework during that time as well.

Then, I’ll head on over to DuSable Hall for classes. When the weather is nice in DeKalb, the walk over to that side of campus is a beautiful one as I pass the fountain outside of Cole Hall and follow the pathways around Reavis Hall up to DuSable.

After my first two classes are over, I head on back to the Student Center to relax some more. If I need a quiet place to do some homework, I will head on over to the library right across the way from the Student Center. It’s nice and quiet in there and makes for a perfect place to study or get homework done!

Afterwards, I head over to the other side of campus to the Music Building for a class there and when that class is over, I walk back to the parking garage so I can get in my car and drive home!

The walk from the Music Building to the parking garage is a pretty one. There are many different routes I can take to get there. Each one is special in its own way because I get to see some of the buildings with older architecture that I don’t normally see on campus.

Being a Huskie and attending NIU is great. The campus is beautiful and the education is top notch; I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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**Picture courtesy of niu.edu.

Kim Wrona

About Kim Wrona

Freshman Journalism major/Spanish Minor from North Aurora, IL

Written by Kim Wrona in: Class Life,Culture | Tags:
Apr
23
2014
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The offices you need!

As a junior on campus I have been bumped around by several different offices for various things. You go here, they tell you ‘no’ go somewhere else.  Most of this was ‘user error’ on my end and just guessing at where I should be going for information.  But now that I have had three years to perfect the art I definitely have my list of most helpful places to go when I need anything.

My ultimate and number one go to office for anything would be my degree program’s office.  Our office manager knows anything under the sun and then some.  She is so helpful in giving me information, emails, or even providing new professional contacts to me.  Now some offices may be more helpful than others, but if you do not already have a relationship with your majors’ office and its staff I would highly, highly recommend it.

Next, and a close runner up to my favorite office is the Undergraduate Admissions office.  These folks are some of the most helpful and knowledgeable people.  If you have a question, and do not know where to call.  Call them!  They will mostly likely be able to answer your question, of on the odd chance they cannot, they can connect you to someone who can!

So when you are alone, scared, and full of questions, the two places to always go are you major’s office manager or the undergraduate admissions office!  Neither office will be mean or judge you, they will just be the helpful hand you need to get up on your feet and navigating the offices of NIU!

Written by Ashley Pales in: Uncategorized |
Apr
14
2014
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NIU Cares Day 2014

  Hello, everyone! My name is Liz McAllister, and I am a graduate assistant for community service in the Student Involvement & Leadership Development office at NIU.

Each year, Student Involvement & Leadership Development at NIU hosts NIU Cares Day as a way to thank the surrounding community for its support of our students throughout the year. Not only does NIU Cares Day allow students to give back to the community, but it also allows our community to showcase the work that they do, which provides students with the opportunity to become more involved with various non-profits and residents in the area.

Over the past eight years, over 10,000 students have volunteered at almost 600 projects sites and completed about 30,000 hours of community service DeKalb County. Saturday, April 12th marked the eighth year of the event and was a beautiful seventy degree day, in which over 1,200 current NIU student volunteers completed community service at over 100 projects sites in DeKalb County!  Students helped local non-profit organizations and DeKalb County residents complete projects they would not have been able to complete without our students’ help. This year, projects ranged from building community gardens to benefit those who are experiencing food scarcity, to assistance with lawn care in order to beautify our community, to staffing a 5K hosted in order to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research!

For some students this is their first exposure to community service and we often see them back again the next year. For others, it’s just a continuation of the commitment they have to serving their community. For us, as NIU staff, it’s an way to showcase how amazing our students truly are.

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Apr
10
2014
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Northern Illinois University Esports

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When I arrived at Northern Illinois University, I quickly began looking for clubs to be a part of. I needed something that took the edge off studying everyday and I found that in Esports Club. When I joined in early fall the club had just been created. I quickly wanted to take action in the club to help them branch out and the only way I knew how to do that was creating a competitive team. I noticed that a lot of members from Esports club and people outside of the club took interest in a game called League of Legends. After doing some research I found a college league, where college teams around the country play against each other.  The name of this league is Ivy Collegiate League of Legends http://www.ivylol.com/). To be effectively competitive, I hosted tryouts to find some of the best players here on campus. After 2 weeks of tryouts the team was formed and I called the team the Howling Huskies.

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The Howling Huskies was a branching out for Esports club and many people outside of the club began to take interest. Many people on campus wanted to watch our games as the team battled its way to the top of standings during the regular season. As we climb in our division we had the chance to land 3rd in the O division, with the tie breaker over the other teams (http://www.ivylol.com/seasons/standings?league=3). This allowed the Howling Huskies to enter the 5,000 playoff round. The team from Esports Club battled hard, but fell after the 4th round. Though we weren’t able to win 5,000 dollars, we were given an invite to the Open League Playoffs and we humbly accepted the invitation.

The Howling Huskies entered the Open League Playoffs as the 7th seed.  Though the team felt defeated, we were hungry to show what we had. As we battled through the playoffs, the team once again gained supporters and viewers. Everyone wanted to watch the Howling Huskies battle it out against other colleges. As we battled it out we ended up in the quarter finals where we played against Georgia Institute of Technology, the 2nd seed in the playoffs. We battled against them, but to no avail. The Howling Huskies lost, but at least we ended up in the top 8. All the accomplishments were thanks to Esports club.

Esports Club’s friendly atmosphere and outgoing members pushed the team every day. Not only does Esports Club create competitive teams they also host friendly activities as well. Esports club is always opened to new people and it doesn’t matter what type of game you play. Also if you are looking to watch gaming tournaments online such as MLG,LCS, Dreamhack and more Esports club hosts viewing parties as well. Esports club is open to all kinds of games and gamers, if you are looking for a place to relax and meet a good group of people stop on by and sign up on Facebook at NIU eSports Club.

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Michael

About Michael Wisnios

Junior transfer student, English major/history minor (pursuing law school) from Crystal Lake, IL

Written by Michael in: Campus Organizations,Linking up |
Apr
08
2014
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It’s Always Hockey Season

Even though the season has been over since February, it’s always a good time to talk about NIU Hockey!

For those that don’t know—and many people on campus are shocked to hear this–NIU has a Division-II team and Division-III team that play in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).  Both of NIU’s teams play out of Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, which is an easy drive east down Lincoln Highway from campus.

Why are you reading about NIU Hockey, you ask? Well, because yours truly is the Media Relations Coordinator and Writer for NIU Hockey!

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During the 2013-14 season, the D2 Huskies went 15-18-0-2-1 and made it to the first round of the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) playoffs; the MACHA is their conference. 3 Huskies were named to the MACHA 2nd Team roster at the end of the season, which is essentially an MVP roster:  senior forward Nick Leon, junior forward Justin Rucinski and senior defenseman Troy Hickey.

The D3 Huskies went 8-20-0-1-0 during the 2013-14 season and even put together a 5 game winning streak to start the second semester off strong. Junior forward and team captain Jc Weems was selected to play in the ACHA D3 All-Star Challenge in Philadelphia, which took place March 27-30.

While September may seem like a long time away before the 2014-15 season starts up, there are still a few things going on for NIU Hockey during the offseason.

With 2 dates in April and May and 1 in June and July, NIU Hockey is hosting Spring and Summer Skates for prospects for the team. NIU Hockey also has a Jr. Huskies Summer Camp from July 14-17 at Fox Valley for children ages 8-13; current NIU players and coaches will be the instructors of the camp.

It’s always a busy time in the NIU Hockey organization. Once next season rolls around, don’t be shy to come out to Fox Valley and take in a few games!

Kim Wrona

About Kim Wrona

Freshman Journalism major/Spanish Minor from North Aurora, IL

Written by Kim Wrona in: Athletics,Campus Organizations,Linking up | Tags:
Apr
04
2014
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The Best Class at NIU– Water Quality Lab

As a junior at NIU I have had my fair share of good and bad, of all varieties, from food to instructors.   I count myself blessed with an assortment of fantastic memories that stem from the people I have encountered at NIU and the experiences I have had.  It’s hard to determine what courses were the most enjoyable, from Cultural Anthropology and Greek Mythology to Chemistry and Hydrogeology, most of my classes have been intriguing and stimulating.  The course that I found to be the most enjoyable was my Water Quality lab.

The reason why I loved this class was because it incorporated many elements with in a single course.  During the course we had three subjects, microbiology, water contamination and chemistry, and water quality in public health.  With each new subject there was a different professor who was an expert in their field.  During each subject we had mini laboratory work and functional projects that were constantly integrated into the next section.

From this class I was able to gain a lot of classroom and hands on knowledge.  As a student it is sometimes difficult to provide evidence to future employers that you have the necessary skills.  I feel that through this class I was able to become more prepared in physical environments.  It was also a strong talking point for me when seeking internships.  If anyone has the opportunity to take a hands on experiential course I would highly recommend it.  It will add a level of strength that gives you a competitive edge amongst peers.

Written by Ashley Pales in: Class Life |
Apr
03
2014
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Take a Chance: Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a great experience to have as a college student!  The Study Abroad Office at NIU provides opportunities for trips to 75 different countries, is flexible with scheduling, and is great for any major.

Click here to check out this short video about NIU’s study abroad trip to Montreal, Canada.

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To check out more awesome information about NIU’s study abroad programs, take a look at the Study Abroad website: http://www.niu.edu/studyabroad/

Liz Yee

About Liz Yee

Graduate student in Adult & Higher Education from Elgin, IL

Written by Liz Yee in: Culture |
Mar
26
2014
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Stevenson Transfer House and Networking

Northern Illinois University’s Spring semester is already half way through and the excitement keeps on going. Time truly does fly, when you are having fun and the Stevenson Transfer House has been a blast! My biggest moment from the Transfer House has to be in October, I know I’m reaching back, but it was such a great time. The haunted house and getting into costume was something my friends and I will always remember doing. Having fun in all is great and I could go on and on about how great everything is and the things you can do here, but the more important matter is the transfer scholarship.

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The Transfer Center Residential Scholar Award, which has a value of $9,370 dollars.  This scholarship is a great investment, if you are currently an outgoing student at a community college and looking to transfer over to Northern Illinois. By getting this scholarship you’ll have housing completely covered for the entire school year, which takes a lot of stress off your financial worries. The Transfer Center Residential Scholar Award, will get you set up in Stevenson Transfer House and will provide you with immediate connections here on the school. This scholarship allowed me to meet the lovely people in the blogging office, which helped me get started as a NIU blogger. Also only 20 awards are given and you will meet many likeminded people, with the goal to get connected and get out there. One of the biggest worries during your college career is networking and by getting this Scholarship and participating with the great people at the Stevenson Transfer House, you will be able to be full integrated and able to start making connections.

All in All, the Stevenson Transfer House is a great way to get connected. Though you’ll have a lot of fun it is important to remember to make those important networking connections. If you are planning on transferring over to Northern Illinois University check out the Scholarship right away: http://http://niu.edu/admissions/transfer/residential_scholar/

Michael

About Michael Wisnios

Junior transfer student, English major/history minor (pursuing law school) from Crystal Lake, IL

Written by Michael in: Living on Campus |
Mar
11
2014
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Moments in our Lives

We have all had an embarrassing moment.  These moments are not planned and we wish these moments never happened; however, they exist and we must embrace our slip ups. They might make us feel low at that current moment, but we will eventually get over it and we will learn from them.  My embarrassing moment for me turned out to be one of the best teachable on how to accept oneself.

One of the embarrassing moments that sticks out in my mind is my  middle school dance fiasco.  In 6th grade I believed in my dancing abilities, for I knew how to do the sprinkler dance quite well.  I was very proud of my dancing ability and I wanted to surprise everyone at the dance with my moves.  I can safely say it did surprise everyone, but not in the way I wanted it. The day of the dance finally arrived and I was ready to go. I got all dressed up and practiced my dance moves in the mirror a few times before I left home. After practicing my moves and dressed in my best clothes. I jumped into my parent’s minivan and was driven to my middle school.

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I arrived at the dance ready to tear up the dance floor. I made my move to the middle of the gym and prepared myself for the sprinkler dance.  Once I arrived in the middle of the gym I planted both my feet and clasp my hands together and began doing the sprinkler dance, but I was doing it wrong… Quickly everyone around me stopped dancing and even the music stopped playing. That was when I noticed everyone was watching dancing. As soon as I finished dancing everyone burst into laughter and made fun of the way I danced. Everyone from my 6th grade class saw me, but that did not stop me. Though I was embarrassed I quickly turned that into something else and I began doing different weird dance movements. Though I could not dance I made people laugh and in doing so I had fun doing it. I was doing something to just have fun and it quickly did not matter to me what other people thought. I accepted myself and that was all that mattered.

Michael

About Michael Wisnios

Junior transfer student, English major/history minor (pursuing law school) from Crystal Lake, IL

Written by Michael in: Uncategorized |
Mar
03
2014
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Our lives to come

Up until this part in everyone’s life, all we have ever known is school.  It is what we talk about, complain about.  But in the hopefully warm spring ahead of us yet another graduating class will be entering into the working world and possibly leaving their schooling days behind… if you though finals were frightful you have yet to realize the depth of what lies ahead.  Usually when graduation comes there are two types of people graduating; the ones who have a plan and those who don’t.

Currently I have no clue what I want to do, there are so many interesting things that I am learning that I simply cannot decide.  This is something that I have struggled with, feeling that I was inadequate and a failure for not already knowing EXACTLY what I wanted to do.  Now I know that it is entirely OK to not have a structured plan.  Sometimes a little uncertainty or a basic outline is just enough to leap from in order to get to where you need to be.

I hope to do something with water, geology, contamination, people, and how that may all work together.  I know that I vaguely want to travel (like everyone else).  I want to experience new things and places, to go on adventures that take me outside of my comfort zone.  I want to be financially stable. I want to have a job that I love and allows me to have a life that I enjoy.  I want to get married to the man I love and have a family and see my kids grow to be successful people.  Then lastly, I want to be the cute old crotchety couple that everyone thinks is great even though we would only fake it for the fun of it because who cares when you are old you can do what you want!!

So basically, I know the feelings and end goal I want from my life and everything else is as variable as the tides.  Hopefully I have successful career in environmental consulting or in contamination research. I would like to know that my life had an impact (however small it may be) and that it would be enough to leave this world knowing that I have accomplished something.

Written by Ashley Pales in: Uncategorized |

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