NSU News

When people think of major financial careers, they usually think of Wall Street – but one Northern State University graduate landed this type of job opportunity a lot closer to home.

Makenzie (Zomers) Smook works for the South Dakota Investment Council in Sioux Falls – a job that first started through an internship while she was a Northern student.

“It’s very challenging,” said Smook, an Aberdeen native who graduated from NSU in December 2015 with degrees in finance and marketing. “Every day you learn something new.”

When Annika van Oosbree came across an online fundraising site for a child with pediatric leukemia, it drove home the importance of her summer internship.

“I just started crying,” said van Oosbree, a senior honors student at Northern State University. “These are kids who are actually affected by what I’m doing. … I don’t even have my B.S. yet, and I’m making some small dent in this huge problem for kids.”

Annika Van Oosbree

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Four Northern State University alums have recently been accepted into the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in Vermillion.

The four NSU alums will join 67 other students comprising the class of 2021. More than 700 individuals applied for admission, according to information from the University of South Dakota. 

Accepted NSU alums include:

NSU Alums at USD

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Courtney Waid-Lindberg, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, won Northern State University’s 2016-2017 Outstanding Faculty Award based on her achievements in teaching, research, and service. Before coming to Northern, Dr. Waid-Lindberg earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Kentucky, a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University.

Dr. Courtney Waid-Lindberg

Tessa Durnin, a Biology and Environmental Science major with a Certificate in Organismal Biology, was the recipient of two prestigious awards this year. She received an Instars Fellowship from the Society for Freshwater Science that provided support for her to join over 800 freshwater scientists from around the world at the Society’s annual meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Erin Brownlee, Instructor of Mathematics, grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she also completed a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Mathematics at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Dr. Brownlee went on to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics at North Dakota State University. She is currently teaching Intermediate Algebra, Calculus I, and Math Concepts for Teachers. Her research interests include graph algebras (or more broadly, C*-algebras) and elementary and undergraduate mathematics education.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, all programs have embraced the internship experience for majors.  Internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience while establishing important connections to one’s chosen field. Carefully structured internships offer a unique experience for students and allow multiple advantages to both the student intern and agencies and programs that host interns.

Construction has not started yet, but great strides have been made over the last six months to build NSU’s new Regional Science Education Center (RSEC). Faculty, staff, and administrators have worked closely with our team of architects, designers, and engineers to bring the design phase to a successful conclusion this fall. Everything is proceeding smoothly to begin construction in spring 2018 and open the building for classes for the fall 2019 semester.

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – After studying abroad in South Korea, Northern State University student Taylor Bice knew he wanted to pursue a career teaching English overseas.

Now, Bice will begin that career as the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Bice, an Aberdeen native, will return to South Korea this July for a year-long English teaching assistantship program.