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NSU students, professor part of research that could lead to cure for Huntington’s

While her friends are working typical summer jobs, Northern State University student Cindy Venegas is spending her summer conducting research for a project that could lead to a cure for Huntington’s disease.

“It’s very cool,” said Venegas, an Aberdeen native pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology and an associate’s in biotechnology. “It’s amazing to be able to do research as a sophomore in college.”


Originally from Huron, South Dakota, NSU psychology major Matthew Mayfield was a quiet high schooler, participating in Boy Scouts and soccer, but mostly keeping to himself and rarely speaking out in class. 

Albeit his shy demeanor, Mayfield quickly found himself coming out of his shell when he enrolled at Northern State University's School of Education for psychology..

Time management: A skill required by most individuals to ensure their day goes as planned. Even so, few can compare to the time management skills of recent Northern State University spring graduate Lindsey Brooks. 

As a full-time student at NSU, Research Analyst for Hartlend Capitol and regional market manager for CBO, business owner of “ModernMama Design Co.” and mother of one, Brooks often finds herself with a full schedule.

As a high school dropout, Shane Haley earned his GED at 16 years old. But by age 25, he was still working six days a week at a Cracker Barrel until he was 25, he struggled to make ends meet for rent.

“I knew things weren’t going to change unless I did something different,” explained Haley, a native of Houston, Texas. “One day I was chatting with my mom on the phone when she mentioned that there was a college in Aberdeen, where she was living. So, I took the opportunity and moved in with her.”

NSU NEWS UPDATE – May 21, 2018

NSU NEWS UPDATE – May 14, 2018

ABERDEEN, S.D. – When Jodi Gardner would visit her uncle, Keith Gerving, she’d often find him sitting in his living room with rolls of wire, stripping them to sell the copper.

All of that money would go to scholarship funds for Northern State University students.

Gerving, a longtime NSU employee who passed away in December 2016, went above and beyond in his generosity for Northern, raising money for student scholarships in numerous ways. The university honored him by planting a tree on campus and installing a plaque at the site.

NSU NEWS UPDATE – May 7, 2018

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NSU NEWS UPDATE – April 30, 2018

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Friday, April 13, on the Northern State University campus for the Regional Science Education Center and Athletic and Recreation Fields project.

NSU students, faculty and administration, as well as South Dakota Board of Regents representatives, attended the ceremonies, which took place inside the Johnson Fine Arts Center. University and project officials spoke, and a reception was held between groundbreaking ceremonies.