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Hello Wildcat Parents & Family Members! As I write this, I have my office windows wide open and am enjoying the 49 degree temp– certain that Spring will soon be on it’s way! With the arrival of daylight savings time and spring break on the horizon, our students will soon be embarking upon finals. This edition of The Wildcat Family Focus highlights the array of exam relief activities available for our students during exam week, which takes place March 17—21.Students can soothe away their stress while petting a therapy dog, eating free Dunkin’ Donuts, utilizing a “pop-up” library, or my personal favorite—taking advantage of a free massage. Please encourage your student to take advantage of these and many other free initiatives during this challenging and often stressful time. Often a break from studying is just what they need to get back on track and be more productive in the end. Another sure sign that spring is on it’s way is the arrival of one of Northwestern's longest standing traditions and the largest philanthropic event on NU’s campus, Dance Marathon (NUDM) which took place this past weekend. For 30 hours straight, 1500 plus NU students danced to raise money and awareness for Team Joseph which raises funds to fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Even President Obama joined in the excitement by kicking off the festivities with a video of support. This year, participants raised more than 1.3 million dollars—a fitting way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of DM. Turn the page to learn more about the amazing (and often smelly) event that rocked campus this weekend. Some parents will see their students during spring break while other’s may have to live vicariously through texts and snap chats. Whatever your student’s plans are, we hope they have a safe (and warm) Spring Break! Best Regards & As Always, Go ‘Cats! Patricia F. Hilkert Director of New Student and Family Programs Northwestern University New Student and Family Programs 600 Haven St. J230 Evanston, IL 60208 847-467-6100

Wildcat Family Focus - March 2014

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