NIU Foundation Thousands Strong Opening Night

From the comfort of your home, please join us from 7-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, as we commemorate all that makes NIU extraordinary. Opening Night festivities will include an inspirational and entertaining lineup on YouTube Live, with NIU President Lisa C. Freeman and special celebrity guest Joe Minoso, M.F.A. '04, who plays firefighter Joe Cruz on the NBC drama “Chicago Fire.” 

This event, which borrows its name from a famous line of “Hail NIU,” the University’s alma mater, will honor the outstanding alumni and donors who help make NIU an engine for innovation, creativity and social mobility and include an “all-star” line-up of NIU scholarship recipients. Opening night will provide hope and support for current and future NIU students who are facing barriers to education at such an uncertain time, while also kicking off our Day of Giving.  

Part of the NIU Foundation Thousands Strong Events
A celebration of our impact, Huskies the world over are invited to participate in the NIU Foundation “Thousands Strong” virtual events, Nov. 18-20. 

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Virtual Event

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Target Audience

Students, Faculty and Staff, Alumni, General Public


Thousands Strong



Free and open to the public!

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Contact Name

Angela Johansson

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