NSU NEWS UPDATE – Week of April 16, 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. 

Wage Negotiation - $tart $mart Workshop

AAUW is hosting a $tart $mart workshop led by Dr. Audrey Miller (certified Start Smart Facilitator). This workshop will give you the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate your salary and benefits. You will also learn how to quantify the market value of your education, skills and experience; how to conduct objective market research and determine a fair target salary; and how to create a strategic pitch and respond to salary offers. The event will be held April 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in JFAC 109. To pre-register, please email Audrey.Miller@northern.edu.

Wingate Author Reading Rescheduled

This spring at Northern State University, “A Writer Reads” will feature readings by three visiting writers. The reading by Steven Wingate, a professor of English at South Dakota State University, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 17. Wingate will present on digital storytelling in the Williams Library Round Room from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Wingate’s books will be available for sale at his reading, and he 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.

Noon Forum on Wednesday

This week’s NSU Noon Forum, “Teaching and Learning Abroad: Tails from the Bahamas” with Alyssa Anderson and students, will take place Wednesday, April 18, at noon in the Williams Library Round Room.

Senior Tradition Luncheon

Graduating seniors are invited to attend the NSU Foundation’s Senior Tradition Luncheon, which will be held on Wednesday, April 18, at noon at the NSU Student Center. Seniors will enjoy a complimentary lunch, learn about the NSU Alumni Association, and will be invited to join a long-standing Northern tradition. RSVP to the NSU Foundation by April 11 at 605-626-2550, or email nsualumni@northern.edu

“Life After Northern” on Thursday                

The College of Arts and Sciences is sponsoring a series of events for all NSU students under the broad title of “Life After Northern.” The second of these events for the spring 2018 semester is “Using Social Media for Professional Networking.” This session will be held on Thursday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the Maroon Room of the Student Center. At this session, Justin Fraase will discuss how students can properly brand themselves for their career search, including LinkedIn basic, and other related topics. Interested students may contact Dr. Courtney Waid-Lindberg with questions about the event at c.waidlindberg@northern.edu.  

Spring String Fling

Members of the Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony (AUCS) string section will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. April 19 in Krikac Auditorium. The program will feature students from the studio of Dr. Robert Vodnoy, as well as community members of the orchestra. The program will feature the music of Beethoven, Handel, Eccles, Gebauer, Telemann and an original composition by freshman music major Isaac Seaton. Please click here for more information.

Spring Sash Ceremony

Please join the Office of International Programs staff members to celebrate international student graduates at the spring sash ceremony on Thursday, April 19, at 5:15 p.m. in the JFAC Blue Room. This year’s ceremony will feature nearly 20 international student graduates.  

Fall Cheer Team Tryouts

Tryouts will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 21, at the NSU Barnett Center, 15th Avenue Southeast. Tryouts will consist of:

  • School Song
  • 1 8-Count Dance
  • Basic Tumbling
  • Basic Stunting
  • Jumps
  • 2 Required: Toe Touch and Pike

    with Punch Approach
  • 2 of Participants Choice

Attire: black Sophie shorts and plain white T-shirt. For questions, please email erin.drew@northern.edu.

Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony Concert

The Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony will perform the closing concert of its 98th Season on Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. The theme of the program is “War and Peace” and includes music by Handel, Haydn, and Tchaikovsky as well as music from films in the Star Wars series, “Dunkirk”, and the video game World of Warcraft. The Symphony will be joined by the NSU Concert Choir, the Aberdeen Community Chorus, and members of the brass section of the NSU Symphonic Band. Tickets for the concert are $18 for adults. All students are admitted free of charge. Tickets are available online, or at the JFAC box office, which is open from noon-4:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and two hours before concert time. Call the box office at 605-626-2900 or email nsuboxoffice@northern.edu for ticket information. For general concert information, call the School of Fine Arts Office at 605-606-2497, email Robert.vodnoy@northern.edu, or go to www.aberdeensymphony.org.

Senior Recital set for April 22

Joni Willoughby and Paul Fellbaum will hold a senior recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, in the Northern State University Krikac Auditorium. Willoughby, a music education major, is a mezzo-soprano and plays the bass clarinet. She will perform “Et Exultavit Spiritus Meus” by J.S. Bach; “Les Berceaux,” “Ici-Bas!,” and “Les Roses d'Ispahan” by Faure; “Fußreise,” “Verbogenheit,” and “Der Gärtner” by Wolf; “The Woodcutter's Song,” “Hands, Eyes, and Heart,” and “Silent Noon” by Vaughan Williams; and “Black for Two Bass Clarinets” by Mellits. She will be accompanied by Kay Fischer. Fellbaum, a music education major, plays the trumpet. He will perform “Prayer of Saint Gregory” by Alan Hovhaness; “Sonate” by Jean Hubeau; and “Concerto” by Alexander Artunian.

Dilts Senior Art Exhibition

Kate Dilts’ senior art exhibition will be on display in the President’s Gallery in Spafford Hall from April 23 to May 5. A reception for the exhibition will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 23 in the President’s Gallery. Displayed work in the exhibition includes graphic design pieces, as well as digitally altered film and digital photography, mounted and displayed in resin.

NSU Plant Sale

There will be a plant sale in MJ 144B (attached to the greenhouse) on Monday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, April 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. 

Fesler Senior Art Exhibition

Emily Fesler’s senior art exhibition will be on display in the Northern State University Spafford Hall Gallery from April 23 to May 4. A reception for the exhibition will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 4 in the Spafford Hall Gallery. Displayed work in the exhibition includes animation, illustration and photography pieces. Most of Fesler’s works are macro photography shots.

‘A Writer Reads’ Capstone Event

At the capstone event, students taking fiction writing will give a reading of their work. This will take place in the Williams Library Round Room from 4 to 4:45 p.m. April 26. “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.

Volunteers Needed for Barrier Awareness Day

The Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities will be hosting the annual Barrier Awareness Day for area fifth graders from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Aberdeen Civic Arena. The committee is looking for volunteers for the event. The fifth graders will get to learn and experience a variety of disabilities such as physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, blind/visual impairments, deaf/hard of hearing, autism and more. If students are interested in volunteering all day, just during the morning session between 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., or during the afternoon session from 11:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., please email krista.bau@northern.edu. Lunch is provided for volunteers.

Spring Swing Dance

The NSU Jazz Ensembles will host a Spring Swing Dance at the Aberdeen Eagles on Friday, April 27. Doors for the event will open at 6 p.m., with music beginning as early as 6:30 p.m. NSU students will perform jazz standards from the musical “Sondheim on Sondheim.” Groups performing include the NSU Jazz Combo, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 2 O’Clock Jazz Ensemble, and the student-run group "Jet Lagged." Vocalists with the band include NSU music faculty members Dr. Darci Bultema, making her NSU Swing Dance debut singing a nightclub version of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," and Dr. Marla Fogderud, singing a smoky rendition of “Tenderly.” NSU vocal majors will also perform alongside the bands throughout the evening. Tickets are $10 for all who attend and will be available at the door, beginning at 6 p.m. The Aberdeen Eagles is located at 316 S. 2nd St., Aberdeen.

Employee Service and Recognition Lunch

The Employee Service and Recognition lunch will be held May 1 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the NSU Student Center Centennial Rooms. Please RSVP to susan.bostian@northern.edu. NSU staff members may be nominated in the following categories:

  • Excellence in Performance
  • Excellence in Management
  • Student Service Award – Support Services
  • Teamwork Award
  • Community Leader Service Award

The nomination form is on the NSU portal under Human Resources and then under HR Links called ‘NSU Employee Performance Award Nomination Form.’ The deadline for awards submission is April 23.

Art Exhibition Reception is May 4

Danny Quinn’s senior art exhibition will be on display in the NSU Student Center Gallery from April 23 to May 4. A reception for the exhibition will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4 in the Student Center Gallery. Displayed art in the exhibition includes graphic design work, including both corporate type design work as well as digital artwork.

2018 Distinguished Alumni Banquet is May 4

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Northern State University Alumni Association. This prestigious award recognizes graduates who’ve attained extraordinary distinction in his or her professional field or life and serves to honor alumni who’ve made significant contributions to society, the university and their community.

Awardees are honored annually in the presence of the alumni, students, families and community members to celebrate this important tradition.

The 2018 Distinguished Alumni winners are:

-School of Business Award Winner and NSU Commencement speaker: Carolyn (Stevens) Thompson, J.D., Class of 1991

-Millicent M. Atkins School of Education Award Winner: Bryan DeBates, Class of 1993

-School of Fine Arts Award Winner: Christopher Maunu, Class of 2003

-College of Arts and Sciences Award Winner: Rochelle Nolte, M.D., Class of 1992

The event is open to the public. Please RSVP to the NSU Foundation Office by April 25, 2018, at 605-626-2550 or email nsualumni@northern.edu. Banquet tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children.


6:30 p.m. - Social Hour at Ramkota

7:30 p.m. - Plated Dinner

8 p.m. - Program and Awards Ceremony

Chinese Summer Camp

The Confucius Institute’s Second Annual K-5 Chinese Summer Camp will be held 8:30-11:30 a.m. June 4-8 at NSU. The camp is open to ages 6-11, and the cost is $40 for the week. Space is limited. Register by May 21 by emailing confucius@northern.edu or calling 605-626-3293.

Wolves Buddies Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 2018-19 Northern State University Wolves Buddies program sponsored by Culver's. Wolves Buddies is open to boys and girls in eighth grade and below, with exclusive benefits throughout the year. Each Wolves Buddies membership includes a 2018-19 season pass for all home games (excluding NSIC and NCAA postseason), T-shirt, $1.99 kids meals on game day, special invites to NSU camps, clinics and events, a birthday card from Thunder the Wolf, and the opportunity to be a Wolves Buddy of the Game. Cost is $35 per child, with an $85 family maximum. Click here for more information and to learn how to register!

Greenhouse Worker Needed

The NSU Greenhouse is seeking a student worker for the summer. The individual must live in the Aberdeen area as the primary responsibility will be watering plants (including on some weekends). Some hours for training are available in April. Contact Julie Schroer in MJ 144 at 605-626-3430 or Julie.Schroer@northern.edu for an interview. 

Taekwondo Club Meeting Tuesday

The NSU Taekwondo Club will be meeting every Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. upstairs in the Dacotah Hall Gym. Anyone is free to attend. Workout clothes are recommended. No prior experience is necessary. 

Residence Hall Association Meetings

Do you live on campus and want to make a difference in the residence halls? Join RHA (Residence Hall Association) today! We meet every Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Maroon Room. Email Club President Dana Duvall at Dana.Duvall@wolves.northern.edu or Advisor Katie Cochran at Katie.Cochran@northern.edu. We hope to see you there!

Cru Bible Study held every Tuesday

Cru will be having Bible study every Tuesday at 8 p.m. in MJ101. Cru, formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ, is a student group passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ. All are welcome to join – people who aren't sure what they believe, people who are curious about their faith, people who are new believers, and people who are strong in their faith. The group will be answering questions such as, "Is there more to life than this?"; "Why did Jesus die?"; "How and why should I read the Bible?"; and many others.

Jazz and Chess Night

Jazz and Chess Night takes place Wednesdays at the NSU Dining Hall. Chess sets are available at 5 p.m. Music will start around 5:30. For more information, contact Art Marmorstein at 605-626-2608 or marmorsa@northern.edu.

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 Home Events

For the most up-to-date schedule of home events, visit the NSU Wolves calendar.