Submitted by admin on Wed, 06/22/2022 - 15:09

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 by 5 p.m. Thursday of the week before the announcement should run.


Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Update

Results from our recent website audit are available for review. The audit focused on search engine optimization (SEO) and is one of the takeaways included in our strategic enrollment management planning (SEM) with EAB. Learn more about the recent website audit and future website changes.


Northern Fort Playhouse Open Rehearsal June 29

The Northern Fort Playhouse is hosting open rehearsals of our “Christmas in July” productions on Wednesday, June 29. The rehearsals will include runs of our shows in the Black Box Theater in the Johnson Fine Arts Center:

  • 6:30 p.m.: “A Charles Dickens Christmas” – a musical about Dickens’ inspirations for “A Christmas Carol.”
  • 8 p.m.: “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)” – a play about a holy pageant that goes hilariously wrong.

The rehearsal is FREE and all are welcome!


Wolf Shoppe Closed June 30

The NSU Wolf Shoppe will be closed for inventory on Thursday, June 30.


Power Outages

The campus electrical infrastructure will be upgraded this summer. To facilitate this work, there will be three power outages, with each one affecting different areas of campus. The power outages will also affect network connectivity, so please power down computers, monitors and printers during the times listed below that will affect the building in which you are located:

  • Friday, July 8: Gerber Building, 6 a.m. to noon; Krikac Administration, Spafford and Dacotah Hall, brief interruption at 6 am and potentially over the noon hour 
    • Network Outage: 
      • Gerber – all day
  • Network Outage: 
    • During power interruptions at 6 am and potentially over the noon hour
    • Spafford, Krikac Administration, Johnson Fine Arts Center, Heating Plant, Facilities, Beckman Building, Barnett Center, SDSBVI, Athletic Pavilion, Science Center, BC addition, football stadium, softball complex, Dacotah Hall         
  • Monday, July 11: Fifteen-minute power interruption the evening of July 11 for Steele, Great Plains West, Avera Student Center, Graham Hall, Lincoln Hall and Briscoe Hall 
    • Network Outage: 
      • Steele Hall, Great Plains West, Avera Student Center, Graham Hall, Lincoln Hall, Briscoe Hall
  • Tuesday, July 12: Steele Hall power down all day; potential interruption over the noon hour for GPW, Student Center, Graham, Lincoln Hall, and Briscoe Hall  
    • Network Outage: 
      • Steele Hall, Great Plains West, Avera Student Center, Graham Hall, Lincoln Hall, Briscoe Hall


Fall Northern Bound Day

Our fall Northern Bound Day is now taking registrations. Please share and mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 21, 2022.

Admissions encourages all areas of campus to brainstorm ways that assist in promoting this recruitment event.


Parade Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 106th annual NSU Gypsy Day Parade, set for Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. in downtown Aberdeen. Entrants will decorate their float based on this year’s theme, “Wolves on Broadway.” A panel of judges comprised of Northern and community leaders will present awards in various categories. Online parade registration is now open at this link.


NSU Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Banquet

The NSU Foundation will honor six Northern alumni and friends of the university at the 2022 NSU Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Banquet. The event will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the Kessler’s Champions Club Room in the Barnett Center. This year, the NSU Foundation honors the following individuals:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Lester Clarke
  • Kretchman Coaching Award: Charles (Chuck) B. Welke
  • Distinguished Alumnus: Roger Youngman
  • Hall of Fame inductees: Doyle Everson, Adam Kampsen and Rachel (Krogman) Rieger

For more information, click here.


Summer Residence Hall Tours

Fall 2022 students can tour Northern's five residence halls and dining service locations this summer! Tours will be offered:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

No reservations are necessary - just stop into the Office of Residence Life, Suite 222 of the Avera Student Center, at the designated time. (Fall 2023 students are encouraged to take the regular admissions tour.) Can't make an in-person tour? See 360 views of rooms and more with our virtual tour (choose "Residence Life"). For more information about summer residence hall tours, click here!


Northern Fort Playhouse

The upcoming 16th season of Northern Fort Playhouse will celebrate Christmas in the summertime, with two holiday-themed productions planned at historic Fort Sisseton. NFP will present “A Charles Dickens Christmas” and “The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged).” Performances of “A Charles Dickens Christmas” will take place July 8, 16 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and July 10 at 2 p.m. Performances of “The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)” will take place July 9, 15 and 23 at 7:30 p.m., and July 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available in advance with reserved seating by calling Pam at 605-467-3247. For more information, Northern Fort Playhouse Tickets or email


Summer Book Bingo

Looking for a summertime day trip? Armchair travel while reading in a comfy chair indoors or browsing a book in the backyard could be perfect!

Add Summer Book Bingo and you can add a challenge to your summer reading and potentially broaden your reading list.

Pick up a bingo card at the library or download one from the library’s Book Bingo Subject Guide.

Read a book from each category until you get five in a row (or a postage stamp, blackout - you decide when you win!)

You can read ebooks and audiobooks to complete the challenge, too. There's no competition involved - unless, of course, you want to enroll your friends, neighbors, or book club in the game!

Post your winning card on social media using: #NSUBookBingo, #northernstateu, #northernstatelibrary. Tag us @nsulibrarian on Instagram and Twitter.

We'd love to hear what books you've been reading!


Military Veterans Affairs Certifications

Each semester the NSU Military Veteran Affairs staff certify enrollments for students receiving Military Tuition Assistance, South Dakota State Tuition Assistance, or Veteran Education Benefits. The staff submits Certifications after the census date for each term.

  • 202250 Summer 1 (5 weeks) May 31-July 1 – Enrollment Certification date: July 10
  • 202250 Summer 2 (5 weeks) July 5-Aug. 5 – Enrollment Certification date: July 15
  • 202250 Summer 3 (10 weeks) May 31-Aug. 5 – Enrollment Certification date: July 10


‘Be Northern’ Nominations

Do you know someone in the NSU campus community who should be featured on Northern social media? Nominate a student, faculty, staff or alum to be featured as a Be Northern on NSU Instagram and Facebook! Nominated are accepted through this online form.