NSU NEWS UPDATE – March 5, 2018

NSU NEWS UPDATE – March 5, 2018

Welcome to the NSU News Update - providing information on events happening on campus or involving NSU students, staff and faculty.


To submit a news item, send it via email to NSUNews@northern.edu by 5 p.m. Thursday of the week before the announcement should run. 

Women in Science Conference, speaker canceled

Due to weather, the Women in Science Conference set for Tuesday at NSU has been canceled, including the evening speaker.

The Day of Distinction 2018

The Day of Distinction 2018 will be held on March 7, 2018, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. The Day of Distinction was developed by the 2017 Leadership Aberdeen Class to provide an opportunity for people in the Aberdeen area to gather with locally and nationally recognized speakers. For more information on speakers and tickets, please visit www.dayofdistinction.com or contact Garrett Brunmaier at 605-786-3930.

Women’s Business Conference

The Northeastern South Dakota Women's Business Conference will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March 9. The event, hosted by the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity, will take place in Aberdeen’s Ramkota Hotel, 1400 Eighth Ave. N.W.

JFAC Gallery Exhibit

Artist Molly Wicks will showcase her ‘New Works’ exhibition in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Gallery through March 9. Wicks’ artwork explores subtractive form and the ghosts of color, working from sedimentary layers, fungus and mold forms, then applying paint to the cuts in wooden panels, which provides an organic grid whose holes refract into shadow harmonies.

Summer in Jinan Program Deadline Extended

The application deadline for the Confucius Institute’s 2018 Summer in Jinan program has been extended to Tuesday, March 13. This five-week study abroad opportunity in China is educational, affordable and fun! Interested students can apply by sending an e-mail to gregory.depies@northern.edu.

Primrose Arts and Lecture Series: 'It’s never too late to exercise'

The Primrose Arts and Lecture Series, a community arts and lecture series featuring an array of interdisciplinary topics and music performances, presents “It’s never too late to exercise” with Dr. Greg Cantrell, assistant professor of human performance. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Primrose Retirement Community, 1701 Third Ave. S.E. For more information, contact the NSU School of Fine Arts (northern.edu/artsnsu) at 605-626-2497.

‘A Writer Reads’ presents Brenda Donelan

This spring at NSU, “A Writer Reads” will feature readings by three visiting writers, as well as a capstone reading by students taking fiction writing. On Tuesday, March 13, Brenda Donelan will give a public reading of her work in the Williams Library Round Room from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Donelan is a former NSU professor of criminology and author of a cozy mystery series featuring a criminology professor. Her books will be available for sale at her reading, and she will be happy to sign them. “A Writer Reads” events are sponsored by funding from the South Dakota Humanities Council. For more information, contact NSU English Professor Dr. Pen Pearson at Pen.Pearson@northern.edu.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition Reception

The School of Fine Arts’ Annual Juried Student Exhibition will be on display in the NSU Student Center Gallery Feb. 26-March 16. This year’s exhibition features 23 pieces of art from 17 different NSU student artists. A closing reception for the exhibition will be held on Tuesday, March 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the NSU Student Center Gallery. Guest juror, Ryan Stander, will be present to announce the awards of the exhibition. This reception is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Greg Blair, NSU associate professor of art/Northern Galleries director, at Greg.Blair@northern.edu.

National History Day at NSU

More than 100 middle and high school students from northeastern South Dakota will be on the NSU campus on March 14 for the National History Day regional competition. Students will present research projects as part of the competition, which will run from 8 a.m. to noon in the Student Center and Missouri River Room. This year’s theme is “Conflict and Compromise in History.” For more information, contact Ric.Dias@northern.edu or Dave.Grettler@northern.edu.

Spread the Word to End the Word

On March 14, the NSU Council for Exceptional Children will be participating in the SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD campaign from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the NSU Student Center. Please stop by to sign the pledge and pick up some free materials. The STWTETW is a global initiative with the goal of eradication of both the malicious and casual use of the word “retarded.” This word hurts millions of people with intellectual disabilities, their families, and friends. Special Olympics is strongly committed to the education of young people to eliminate the use of this word. 

NSU Pre-Med Club Meeting

The Pre-Med Club will be meeting March 15 in MJ 204 at 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

'A Hand of Bridge' and 'Gallantry'

The Northern State University School of Fine Arts Opera Workshop will present “A Hand of Bridge” by Samuel Barber and “Gallantry” by Douglas Moore, March 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. in the NSU Krikac Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 24 and are $18 for adults, $9 for NSU faculty/staff and high school students, and free for NSU students with student ID. Tickets will be available in the NSU box office during normal hours of operation and will be available at the door in Krikac Auditorium prior to the shows. Box office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, noon-4 p.m. The JFAC box office phone number is 605-626-2900. For more information about “A Hand of Bridge” or “Gallantry,” please click here!

Wings Hockey - College Night

Wings Hockey - College Night will take place March 17 at the Odde Ice Center starting at 7:15 p.m. Celebrate this St. Patrick's Day with the Aberdeen Wings taking on the Brookings Blizzard. The special college cost is $8. Four student volunteers are needed for the first intermission. There will be a Zorbball Soccer Game to compete against Presentation College students. Winners will participate in a Pot o' Gold Shoot-out for amazing prizes during the second intermission! To volunteer, email nsufitlikeawolf@gmail.com.  For transportation, sign up on the NSU School of Education's Facebook page. The bus departs from the Student Center at 6:15 p.m.

NSU Partner Announces New Scholarship

NSU partner the University of Jinan announces a new graduate studies scholarship for an M.S. in Computer Science. School of Information Science & Engineering, University of Jinan (UJN), China, is seeking highly motivated M.S. students for a three-year program in Computer Science on a full scholarship. The entire program is in English, including ALL courses, supervision, papers, thesis and other such activities.

Scholarship Coverage:

1) A waiver of fee for registration and tuition;

2) Free on-campus accommodation;

3) Medical insurance;

4) Monthly living allowance (depending on qualifications and experience).

Contact the NSU CI director for eligibility and application information at Gregory.depies@northern.edu. The application (via email) Deadline is March 20, 2018.

Fourth Annual Lamont-Rhodes Lecture Series

The fourth annual Lamont-Rhodes Lecture Series presents Eric Snodgrass, director of atmospheric sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 7:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center. A breakfast buffet will take place at 7:30 a.m., with the presentation at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $20/person or $125/group of eight. To RSVP, contact the NSU Foundation at nsualumni@northern.edu or 605-626-2550. Register online by clicking here, or click here to read more about the event.

Northern South Dakota Science and Mathematics Fair

NSU will hold the 35th annual Northern South Dakota Science and Mathematics Fair on Thursday, March 22. Approximately 60 judges from surrounding areas will be judging the projects of high school juniors and seniors from 20 surrounding schools in the area. Projects will be judged in the morning and will be open to public viewing from 1 to 7 p.m. only. There will be a science fair awards ceremony at 6 p.m., held in the upstairs gym of the Barnett Center. This awards ceremony is free and open to the public. In conjunction with the science fair, the junior and senior high science bowls will be held, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. The public is invited to attend this event.

Environmental Club Meeting

The Environmental Club will meet on Thursday, March 22, at 6 p.m. in MJ 201. After the meeting, we will go over to the sculpture studio to build birdhouses. Please join us! 

Event Posters for Snapchat

If you have a poster for an upcoming campus event, email it to the NSU Communications and Marketing Department at communications@northern.edu, and we might feature your event on NSU Snapchat! Please send the file as a JPEG or PDF.

Upcoming Wolves Events:

The NSU men's and women's basketball team will head to the NCAA Central Region Tournament:

The No. 5 women will face the No. 4 seed Arkansas Tech on March 9 (game time TBD), playing in Sioux Falls. 

The No. 2 men will face No. 7 Washburn at 2:15 p.m. March 10, playing in Maryville, Mo.


Two statewide high school basketball tournaments will be held in the Barnett Center this month:

March 8-10: The South Dakota Girls State B Basketball Tournament. Click here for more information.

March 15-17: The South Dakota Boys State B Basketball Tournament. Click here for more information.