NSU NEWS UPDATE – Week of Feb. 20, 2018

NSU NEWS UPDATE – Feb. 20, 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. 


Black History Month Event Today at NSU

NSU will host events throughout the month celebrating Black History Month. The month’s festivities will culminate at 5 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Student Center Centennial Rooms with “NSU Celebrates Black History Month,” featuring a keynote speech by Lawrence Diggs. Southern-style cuisine tasting will be offered and the NSU Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Timothy Woods, will perform. This event is free and open to the public.

Noon Forum on Wednesday

This week’s NSU Noon Forum, “Decline and Fall of the American Empire” with Drs. Steven Usitalo and Ken Blanchard, will take place Wednesday, Feb. 21, at noon in the Williams Library Rotunda. Noon Forums, which are free and open to all, will continue each Wednesday at noon in the library.

NSU Teacher Job Fair

The second annual NSU Teacher Job Fair will take place on Thursday, Feb. 22, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Student Center Centennial Rooms. The event will begin with round-table discussions led by school administrators, followed by a job fair and candidate interviews. Candidates should check Wolf Work regularly for participating schools and openings. Professional dress and résumés are required. The NSU Teacher Job Fair is co-sponsored by the Millicent Atkins School of Education and Career Services.  For additional information, please contact the Field Experiences Office or Career Services.

Environmental Club to meet

The next Environmental Club meeting will be Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in MJ 201. Please join us! 

Wolf Shoppe has ‘When War Came to Paradise’

The NSU Wolf Shoppe has just received copies of “When War Came to Paradise.” It is a story of a teenage boy whose ordinary life was interrupted when war came to the mountains of Crete, his homeland. The book was written by former NSU professor Dr. Michael E. Paradise. He was born Mihalis Paradisanos in Vyzari, a village in the Amari Valley, on the Greek island of Crete. He came to the United States for college, where he met his wife, Ann Ramos of Mitchell, S.D. In his career, Paradise served as a high school teacher and principal, college and university mathematics professor (including NSU), college president, university chancellor, and executive director of an international consortium of more than 120 colleges from a dozen countries. After retirement, Paradise lived in Aberdeen until his death in 2016.  The book can be purchased at the Wolf Shoppe for $19.95.

Boulton, Barry Recital in Krikac Auditorium

Dr. Kenneth Boulton and JoAnne Barry will present a recital of music for piano four-hands at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in NSU’s Krikac Auditorium. Joining them for one of the selections will be NSU faculty members Dr. Darci Bultema, associate professor of voice, and Mr. Michael Skyles, instructor of voice. Featured on the program will be music by Georges Auric, John Corigliano and Lowell Liebermann. The concert is free and open to the public.

Newman Club Barn Dance

Newman Club will host its first barn dance of the spring semester on Friday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. at the Newman Center. Country swing dancing and line dancing lessons will begin at 7:30. Bring your partner, or find one at the dance! Admission is $5. 

PBL Blood Drive

The Business Club/PBL will be sponsoring a blood drive in the Student Center Centennial Rooms on Monday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If anyone would like to donate, please contact Dr. Amber Mathern at Amber.Mathern@northern.edu or Dr. Kristi Bockorny at Kristi.Bockorny@northern.edu.

A Writer Reads presents Steven Wingate

This spring at Northern State University, “A Writer Reads” will feature readings by three visiting writers. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Steven Wingate, a professor of English at South Dakota State University, will present on digital storytelling. The event will take place 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.

B.I.G. and South Dakota Teacher Job Fairs

The annual B.I.G. (Business – Industry – Government) and South Dakota Teacher Job Fairs will take place on Thursday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Entrance to both fairs is free for students who pre-register online. Pre-registration also includes a professional free, digital portrait. NSU Career Services will print registrants’ nametags, which will be available for pick up at the fair and will serve as students’ ticket for admission. All other attendees will be required to pay $10 at-the-door for entrance. The deadline to pre-register is Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Professional dress and résumés are required.  For additional information, please contact Career Services, Student Center No. 208. To learn more: B.I.G. and SD Teacher Job Fair information

NSU Summer in Jinan Program

The NSU Confucius Institute is accepting applications for this five-week study abroad opportunity in China. The program will run from May 6 to June 10, and students will be accompanied by NSU professor Ken Blanchard. The program includes two courses plus weekend travel excursions. Further information is available at the Confucius Institute/NSU in the third floor of Lincoln Hall or by contacting the CI director Gregory.depies@northern.edu. The application deadline is March 1, 2018.

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. Our goal is to bring motivational and inspirational speakers to the Aberdeen area to provide tools and resources necessary to create tangible personal and professional growth. We want to provide a forum for all individuals to learn to be a better version of themselves. 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.

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.

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.

Confucius Institute Music Lesson Series Continues

Join the Confucius Institute for free introductory group lessons in traditional Chinese performing arts. This semester we feature the erhu, a Chinese two-stringed fiddle, which will be taught by Chinese exchange student Yaxuan Ji. No experience is necessary! Lessons run weekly on Mondays at 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. until April 9 in the Student Center by the ping pong table. The program is open to all NSU students, faculty and staff. Refreshments will be served!

ZUMBA with Lara and Marilin

Zumba will be taught from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday in the studio room in Dacotah Gym. Classes will run through Feb. 28.

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.

YOGA Classes

Yoga classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the upper studio room in Dacotah gym. The classes, sponsored by wellness, are open to all NSU students, faculty and staff.

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:

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Women’s basketball vs. Upper Iowa, 6 p.m., Wachs Arena

Men’s basketball vs. Concordia-St. Paul, 8 p.m., Wachs Arena