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Meet Mission II - The Official NIU Mascot

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  • About Mission II

    Mission II was born on July 6, 2019, and is a purebred Siberian Husky from Southern Wisconsin. Formerly known as “Mini-Mish,” he began his mascot term in June 2021, taking over for the original Mission upon his retirement.

  • Northern Illinois University and NIU Alumni Association Announce Addition of Mission II

    Northern Illinois University and the NIU Alumni Association - including big brother, Mission - are happy to announce the arrival of Mission II to the Huskie Nation.

  • Book a Visit

    Add a special NIU touch to your next event with an appearance by Mission, the official mascot of NIU. Please note, Mission appearances are currently on hold until fall 2021.

  • A Mascot On A Mission

    Obedience training is an essential part of every dog’s life, and Mission the Mascot’s life is no exception. His job duties require that he be public access ready and well mannered for all of his interactions on campus and beyond.

  • EmBARKing on a New Mission

    As the original Mission mascot is set to retire, Mini Mish is ready to step into the role.

  • Media Gallery

    Download a desktop background or Facebook cover photo to show your support of Mission and pride in NIU!

  • Mascot Mission Named Champion

    NIU’s mascot Mission stole the show in March, but it wasn’t from the attention he usually gets at a sporting event. He actually won a championship title at a dog show.

  • Northern’s Top Dog Barks for Books

    NIU’s mascot Mission visited Founders Memorial Library in July to pose for a READ poster, which is now hanging in the leisure reading area on the third floor of the library.

  • Mission Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

    NIU’s official mascot, Mission, accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in August and called out the husky mascots of the University of Connecticut and the University of Washington to show their support for Lou Gehrig’s disease as well.

  • NIU’s Mascot Steals the Dog Show

    Unlike most mascots, NIU’s Mission has started a second career as a show dog and is proving to be a natural. At his first conformation show in February in Geneva, Ill., the Siberian husky was awarded best in breed by the United Kennel Club and...