DeKALB – DeKalb residents should brace for more than 4,000 Northern Illinois University students moving into residence halls.
Move-in day will start at 8 a.m. Friday when university residence halls open. Students and their families will continue to move in until 3 p.m., when the university’s Welcome Days events start. The students will join up to 1,000 who already are on campus.
This year’s series of welcome events has changed slightly from previous years as university leaders encourage students to bond with the campus and community to combat more than a decade of student retention troubles.
“We want to integrate them into Huskie culture,” NIU President Doug Baker told nearly 700 NIU faculty members during a town hall meeting he hosted Wednesday.
University leaders switched move-in day from a Thursday to a Friday this year and added what they are calling the Huskie Family Welcome on Friday night. After a short public run with the NIU marching band, Baker, and faculty, students and their families will gather at NIU’s Convocation Center for the welcoming event.
Eric Weldy, the vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, expects between 2,000 and 3,000 families will attend the event, which is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“I would stay away from Annie Glidden Road,” Weldy said.
People not moving into the dorms should also avoid parking lots on the NIU campus starting Thursday afternoon. All lots on the west campus, Lot D west of the Neptune Hall complex and Lot 4 east of Gilbert Hall will be used to unload vehicles Friday. All vehicles have to be removed from those lots by 5 p.m. today. Towing will start at 6 p.m.
In addition, DeKalb police are reminding motorists that parking is not allowed between 2 and 6 a.m. on Varsity Boulevard, Regent Drive, Eco Park Drive, Fotis Drive, Aspen Court, Spiros Court and Pappas Drive.