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Dear Campus Community:

I hope the Spring Semester is progressing well and you have been able to take advantage of the many engagement activities that have been organized.

NKU’s TikTok account– @NKUedu1– is up and running. It has been fun to watch our students share their day-to-day life at NKU. Our students also stepped up for the Pitch a Program last month. The Student Engagement team reviewed the pitches and are in the process of setting up three new programs– Wellness Wednesday, Paint Night and Trivia Night– all designed by our students. Keep an eye out for more details soon on the Student Engagement page.

Next week, we host the third annual Making Teaching Public event and kick off Homecoming celebrations. Making Teaching Public is a wonderful opportunity to open our classrooms and share the faculty’s expertise, not just with the community, but also within the campus. The classroom experience – in-person, virtual or hybrid – is at the heart of the college experience and making it “public” allows learners from all walks of life to get a glimpse into NKU’s core mission. It allows our alumni an occasion to engage with their alma mater and offers community members the chance to learn something new. While this year will be different, the option to join a virtual class removes the challenge of finding childcare or taking time off work to come to NKU.

Each year, I always enjoy seeing the submissions from our faculty who are eager to share their passion with the world. This year, there are a variety of courses being offered across multiple disciplines. I thank all the faculty who are participating in the event. The full course list is posted on the Making Teaching Public website.

“Norse up to the Roaring Twenties” is the theme of this year’s Homecoming, and the activities begin on Tuesday evening with Black History Month Celebration Keynote Speaker Angela Davis, a political activist, philosopher and author. Once again, the Student Union will be full of Norse Pride with the window painting competition and helmet decorating contest. Our Alumni Engagement team has customizable NKU Spirit Boxes to order, so our fans can create their Homecoming and Alumni Weekend experience “at home.” We are also holding a virtual pep rally before the Norse Men’s Basketball team take on Wright State.

NKU has many opportunities to shine next week as we continue some of our Homecoming traditions and adjust others to keep our campus community healthy during the pandemic. I look forward to taking part in many of the activities and hope you do, too.

With Norse Pride,
Ashish Vaidya