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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.


Noon Forums

Fall 2022 Noon Forums will continue at noon Oct. 12 in the library, with a Native American Day presentation by Pam Monaghan-Geernaert and Lara Nelson. Noon Forums, which are free and open to the public, are sponsored by Faculty Senate, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the Center for Public History and Civic Engagement. Remaining topics for fall semester are:

  • Oct. 19: Four Feet Better: Animals and Mental Health (Chris Puglisi)
  • Oct. 26: Town and Gown: Northern and the Aberdeen Community (Travis Schaunaman, Mike Bockorny, Zach Flakus)
  • Nov. 2: Apocalypse Now! What’s at Stake in the 2022 Elections (Steven Usitalo, Ken Blanchard, Jon Schaff)
  • Nov. 9: Over There and Over Here (Brooke Louise Thielbar and Sgt. Brock Thielbar)
  • Nov. 16: Effective Engagement Strategies in HyFlex Modality Based on Intrinsic Motivation in Students (Kristi Bockorny, Theresa Giannavola, Shalini Mathew, and Hannah Walters)
  • Nov. 30: How Local Botany Has Altered Our History (Jeff Bartel)


October 12: SnackChat—Susan Citrak and Kane Anderson—Undergraduate Research 

Cohosts Susan Citrak and Kane Anderson will host a second October Snackchat Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. in CETL's Pedagogy Lab (Library 141A). During this Snackchat, Citrak and Anderson will discuss how all faculty—especially those in the arts—can help their students apply for undergraduate competitive research grants, travel grants and Northern Edge Awards. If you are unable to attend in person, please join via this zoom link.


Guatemala Spring Break Info Session

The first INFO SESSION for the Service Learning Spring Break in Guatemala Program will take place Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. in the Student Center Gold Room. Come and learn more about this life-changing opportunity during our first info session and get your questions answered! This program takes place March 10-18, 2023, and will involve building a bottle school in Tecpan. Interested students can fill out the application here, and email with any questions.


Flu Shots

Be sure to attend the on-campus flu shot clinic. On Oct. 12, the flu shot clinic for employees will be held in the Student Center Centennial rooms from 2 to 6 p.m.


S.D. Tribal Flag Display Dedication

Northern will hold a dedication ceremony for its South Dakota Tribal Flag Display on Thursday, Oct. 13. The event will begin with a Smudging at 3:30 p.m. on the campus green outside the Avera Student Center. At 4 p.m., the dedication will take place in the Avera Student Center Mezzanine. The dedication will include remarks by NSU American Indian Circle Program Director Lara Nelson, Native American Student Association President Alexis Martin and NSU President Neal Schnoor. The ceremony will also feature Honor Guard Procession by Akicita Indigenous Woman Honor Guard; Drum-Lakota Flag Song, Aberdeen Central High School NASA; and reading of the NSU Land Acknowledgment by NASA Vice President Aceanna Baker-Ramsey. All are welcome to attend the event, which is being hosted by the Circle Program, NASA and Multicultural Student Affairs.


NSU Theatre

Northern Theatre will present the musical "First Date" in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Black Box Theater at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 14, and 15 as well as at 3 p.m. Oct. 16. "First Date," written by Austin Winsberg with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, follows Aaron and Casey on their first blind date at a trendy New York restaurant. In this musical comedy, she quickly assesses him as overdressed and tense while he is immediately intimidated by her artsy and provocative exterior. “First Date” is an upbeat musical about the downbeats of dating and includes some adult language. Please use discretion with bringing younger patrons. All tickets are general admission and will be available at the door. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and NSU faculty/staff. Students will be admitted for free. Payment will be cash or check only; debit or credit cards will not be accepted. There will be no advance or online ticket sales. For more information, contact the School of Fine Arts at 605-626-2497.


Help Decide the Theme of the Northern Lights Launch Party 2023!

Help us choose a theme for our launch party on March 29, 2023! Northern Lights is NSU's creative literary magazine. Your vote will also help us choose the theme for the cover of the magazine. Cast your vote by filling out the form at the following link: Northern Lights 2023 Launch Party Theme All are welcome to vote regardless of their status and affiliation with Northern!


‘God’s Not Dead’ Event

A presentation, “God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty,” will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the NSU Johnson Fine Art Center’s Jewett Theater. Featured speakers will be Dr. Rice Broocks, author of the book, “God’s Not Dead,” which inspired a movie series, and Dr. Eric Hedin, who earned his doctorate in physics from the University of Washington. The event is free and open to the public.


Oct. 19: Erin Kaszynski—Mental Health  

Are you interested in finding ways to connect better with your students, particularly those who may be facing challenges in their day-to-day lives, and create a space that allows for learning? If so, join CETL and Dr. Erin Kaszynski on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the CETL Pedagogy Lab (library 141A) as we explore a trauma-informed approach to pedagogy that is influenced by the trauma-informed care principles of safety, trust, collaboration, empowerment, and choice/voice. As we explore these concepts, we will evaluate how we can create spaces where our students can thrive!  If you are unable to attend in person, please join via this zoom link. 


Basic 3D Modeling (Oct. 19 at 4 p.m.)

Learn the basics of 3D modeling and how it applies to 3D printing at 4 p.m. Oct. 19 in Beulah Williams Library. Everyone who attends the workshop will be able to create a free print of their creation. Contact Lynn Klundt with any questions. at This event is free to NSU students, staff and faculty.


Women in Entrepreneurship Panel

The Business Club is hosting a Women in Entrepreneurship Panel on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Lincoln Hall Gallery. Join us and our panelists for a discussion about what it's like to start a business and to answer your questions! Our guest speakers are Julie Fischbach, Fallon Helm, Katie Washnok and Kelly Weaver. Snacks will be provided.


Wolf Talks

Northern will hold fall 2022 Wolf Talks in conjunction with the 2022 Common Read Lecture, which are free and open to the public. Remaining Wolf Talks are:

  • At 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the JFAC Jewett Theater, presenters will be Debra Butman-Perkins, Clark Perkins and Deb Langrehr, will discuss where stress comes from and how to incorporate “de-stressing” activities in our daily lives. The presentation, “Never Too Old to Play,” will be interactive, with participants trying out new and fun techniques. This event is sponsored by TRIO SSS in conjunction with Mental Wellness Week.
  • At 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the JFAC Jewett Theater, Dr. Darryl Tonemah will deliver an unforgettable experience, bringing his intimate storytelling of friendship and family loyalty to Northern. A 1989 NSU graduate, Tonemah is an acclaimed singer, songwriter and author. He has spoken on campus in the past, including delivering Northern’s spring commencement address in 2014. Tonemah’s Wolf Talk and concert performance is sponsored by TRIO SSS and the NSU American Indian Circle Program.


24-Hour Theatre Festival – Oct. 21/22

Are you an actor, director or writer? Ever wanted to try it out? We are excited to announce Northern Theatre’s 24-Hour Theatre Festival on Oct. 21 and 22. We will show up at the Black Box Theater in the Johnson Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21. Then we’ll break into teams and work on the shows all day on Oct. 22 with a 7:30 p.m. showtime! The show is free and open to all! If you’re interested, email the Theatre professors to sign up (;


‘Claiming Her Seat at the Piano’

The School of Fine Arts, in cooperation with the Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas, will host a one-day mini-festival, “Claiming Her Seat at the Piano,” on Sunday, Oct. 23.

The festival, which will feature music by Norwegian women composers of the 19th and early 20th centuries, will take place in the Johnson Fine Arts Center and include the following events: 

  • A brown bag luncheon with a presentation by Danish-Canadian pianist Sandra Mogensen, “Exploring a Wealth of Piano Music Composed by Women in 19th Century Norway,” 1 p.m. in JFAC 117 (Red Room).
  • “A Showcase of Norwegian Women Composers” featuring performances by students, faculty and community pianists; 3 p.m. in the Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater.
  • “Agathe Backer Grøndahl 175th Jubilee Concert,” featuring NSU faculty Drs. Marla Fogderud and Christopher Stanichar and guest performers Drs. Benjamin Druffel and Jean Hellner; 5 p.m. in the Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater. Reception to follow in the JFAC lobby.

All events are free and open to the public. The two concerts (3 p.m. and 5 p.m.) will also be livestreamed at the NSU Music Department Facebook page. For more information, visit the Grieg Society on Facebook.


Finalize Course Registration for Next Year

Students, it’s time to meet with your Professional Advisor and finalize course plans for spring, summer and fall 2023! Schedule an advising appointment using Navigate to review your program evaluation, finalize course schedules and explore NSU programs. Course registration begins on Oct. 24, 2022. For additional information or assistance, contact the Advising Center at   


Idea Pitch Competition

This competition is open all Northern undergraduate students who have creative new ideas. You don’t need to have a full business plan, and no entrepreneurial or business experience is necessary! Applicants (either individuals or teams) will receive valuable insight from successful business people and have the opportunity to win up to $1,000 in cash prizes. At least three (and up to five) individuals or teams will walk away with a cash prize based on our judges’ rulings and the voting of audience members at the Shark Tank competition!


STEP 1: Submit your idea using the registration form. Ideas can be submitted in written or video format! Deadline: Friday, October 28


STEP 2: Finalists will have five minutes to give their pitch at The Shark Tank Competition in Lincoln Gallery on Thursday, November 17, at 7 p.m. The five-minute presentation will be followed by five minutes of Q and A from our judges. Judges will be local business people, including business owners, potential investors and representatives from development centers. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded following the Shark Tank Competition in the Lincoln Gallery.


STEP 3: Walk away with $1,000 in cash prizes!


For more information visit NSU Idea Pitch Competition.


Next Silent Book Club Meeting is Nov. 1

This isn’t your regular book club. No set books to read. No pressure to share or discuss. Never worry if you haven't finished the book. No judgment.


The Silent Book Club model means we are not all reading the same book at the same pace. There is no homework and no pressure to lead or contribute to a discussion. We introduce our books and ourselves at the start of the meeting and then we dive into reading for an hour. Simply bring yourself and whatever you're currently reading (we don't care about genres or formats, anything goes!) All readers are welcome—even e-readers.


The Silent Book Club meets the first Tuesday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. on the Campus Green (by flagpole), weather permitting. Fall semester meetings:

  • Nov. 1
  • Dec. 6

In case of inclement weather, meet in the library Round Room. Everyone is welcome, and anyone can join! Consider joining if you are unable to find time and space to just enjoy a book. That's it! No pressure whatsoever. For additional information, contact Hosted by Williams Library.


Common Read is Nov. 7      

Northern’s fall 2022 Common Read book will be Send,” by Patty Blount. Blount will deliver the 2022 NSU Larry and Julie Poeppel Family Common Read Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center’s Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of “Send” are available for purchase at the NSU Wolf Shoppe. For more information about Northern’s Common Read, contact NSU Honors Program Director Dr. Kristi Bockorny,


Pre-Health Club Blood Drive

The Pre-Health club will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Centennial rooms of the Student Center. Sign up to donate at this link, or contact George Nora by email at


All-Campus Smudge

The American Indian Circle Program will host an all-campus smudge the first Tuesday of each month at 12:15 p.m. in MJ 112 (outside on the patio). Smudging is the burning of sacred plants and is done individually or in a group to begin a new or to cleanse a space. We seek to build community, so everyone is welcome!


Northern Lights Taking submissions

Northern Lights is now taking submissions for the 2023 issue. Students can submit their stories, poetry, art, creative nonfiction, photography, original essays and songs to or message us on Facebook! Accepted submissions will be included in our literary magazine that is released in March 2023. Please submit all written works as a Word document (.docx) or a PDF (.pdf), and any artworks as a JPEG (.jpeg) or JPG (.jpg) file. Submissions are open until Dec. 31, 2022. If you have any questions, contact President Madi Filber,


‘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.