Submitted by Elissa Dickey on Mon, 10/24/2022 - 08:30
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Welcome to the NSU News Update - providing information on events happening on campus or involving NSU students, staff and faculty. 


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Honors Research Poster Session

The nine Honors students participating in the National Collegiate Honors Conference Nov. 2-6 will have their research posters on display in the Beulah Williams Library on Monday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. Please stop by and talk with them about their research. This will be great practice for them as they prepare for the national conference.


It’s time to REGISTER for classes!

Course registration is now open for the spring, summer and fall 2023 terms. Finalize course registration for the spring 2023 semester Oct. 24-Nov. 10 to receive SGA Pack Points. To register, log into Self-Service Banner (SSB) and register for classes. Be sure to register as soon as your time ticket allows to ensure the best course availability! For registration and course selection assistance, schedule an appointment with your professional advisor through the Navigate app, or contact the Advising Center at   


Attention Fall Graduates

Please purchase your graduation apparel by Nov. 1 to make sure that your order arrives on-time for commencement on Dec. 10.

Click on these links to purchase:


Author Talk

Beulah Williams Library will host an author talk at 7 p.m. Oct. 25. Elissa Grossell Dickey, author of “The Speed of Light” and “Iris in the Dark,” will give a presentation on her two novels and her writing process. Copies of her books will be available for purchase, and Dickey will be available to sign them. The event is free and open to the public.


Fall Jazz Concert

The NSU Fall Jazz Concert will take place Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater. The concert will feature the 2 O’Clock Jazz Band, directed by Dr. Grant Manhart, NSU professor of music. Tickets will be available at the door, at a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for NSU faculty and staff. Northern students are admitted free with student ID. The concert will also be livestreamed at the NSU Music Department Facebook page. For more information, visit, or contact the NSU School of Fine Arts at 605-626-2497.


Noon Forums

Fall 2022 Noon Forums will continue at noon Oct. 26 in the library, with “Town and Gown: Northern and the Aberdeen Community,” featuring Travis Schaunaman, Mike Bockorny and Zach Flakus. 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:

  • 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)


Halloween Sale at the NSU Wolf Shoppe

The NSU Wolf Shoppe will have a Halloween Sale Oct. 27-31. Pick a pumpkin to reveal your discount of 15, 20, 25 or 30 percent off clothing and giftware!


NSU Authors part of Aberdeen Library Author Fair

NSU authors will be among the 20 regional authors participating in the K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library Author Fair, which will take place 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Authors will be at their booths during this time to sell and talk about their work. Mini author talks will begin at 6 p.m. Each author will have 3-5 minutes to talk about their latest work. Participating from Northern are Dr. Ric Dias, Professor of History, whose latest book is titled, “Kaiser Steel of Fontana; Together we Build,” and Elissa Grossell Dickey, whose latest book is titled, “Iris in the Dark.” For more information about the event, please contact the K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library at 605-626-7097 or visit the library website.


Wolf Talk

Northern will hold fall 2022 Wolf Talks in conjunction with the 2022 Common Read Lecture, which are free and open to the public. The remaining Wolf Talks will take place 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.


SEM Enrollment Forum

The campus community is invited to a SEM Enrollment Forum at noon Friday, Oct. 28, in Krikac Auditorium. VP of Enrollment, Communications and Marketing Justin Fraase will outline recent updates to the strategic enrollment management (SEM) planning process, including five themes that received Executive Leadership support. Other topics include developing goals around SEM themes, and target market analysis from enrollment consultant EAB. There will also be time for questions.


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, Oct. 28


STEP 2: Finalists will have five minutes to give their pitch at The Shark Tank Competition in Lincoln Gallery on Thursday, Nov. 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.


Nov. 2: CETL Pedagogy Grant Awardees—CETL Pedagogy Grants

Join CETL's roundtable discussion with the 2021 CETL Pedagogy Grant Awardees Christian Pirlet, Erin Kaszynski, Wendy Wakefield, Christina Cavallaro and Lauren Pierce on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. in the CETL Pedagogy Lab (Library 141A). Attendees can learn about these faculty's pedagogical projects—which includes work with coding, simulation software and robotics—and get tips for how to successfully apply for the 2022 CETL Pedagogy Grants. If you are unable to join in person, please join via this zoom link.


AUCS Concert is Nov. 5

The Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony invites you to a concert inspired by colors of the rainbow at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. The concert, which will be held in the NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater, feature soloists from the Aberdeen area, including Northern faculty members and a side-by-side selection with Aberdeen Central High School Orchestra. A Pre-Concert Conversation is scheduled for 6:45-7:15 p.m. in JFAC Berggren Recital Hall. Live artists from the NSU Art Department will join the performers on stage to paint works inspired by the music the AUCS plays. 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 NSU School of Fine Arts at 605-626-2497. To learn more about the orchestra, visit the AUCS webpage


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,


Four-Points Film Project

Interested in learning movie cameras, sounds, make-up, props and video editing on the fly? Join our NSU Film Crew for the 2022 on-campus 4-Points Film Project! The team is open to all NSU students, faculty and staff, and Aberdeen community members. A team Strategy Meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. in the new Film/TV Studio (DH209).  The filmmaking challenge itself is Nov. 11-14. For more information, contact Jason Knowles:


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!


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!


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.