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NSU Football Blood Drive 
NSU football/ LifeServe Blood Center is putting on the annual blood drive on April 24, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Kessler’s Champion’s Club. This blood drive has been the largest blood drive on campus and in Aberdeen for many years, and we would really like to keep that streak going this year. It would be great if you could help by your participation and/or your help in promoting the drive to your teams or departments. The goal is to get to at least 39 units donated throughout the day on April 24. We understand not everyone is excited about the thought of needles or giving blood, but your donation could help save lives locally.
How can your blood donation help?
•    Burn victims can receive up to 20 plasma units
•    Automobile accident victims can receive up to 50 units or red blood cells
•    Cancer patients can receive up to eight platelet units a week
•    Premature infants can receive up to five units
•    Heart surgery patients can use up to six units of red blood cells + six platelet units
•    Organ transplant patients can use up to 25 units of plasma + 30 platelet units + 40 units of red blood cells

It would be great to see as many people as we can in the donation chair on April 24. We would like to thank you in advance for your help the NSU Football blood drive! You can sign up at this link, and this can be shared with anyone in the community. Go Wolves!


Plant Sale
A plant sale will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 25! The sale, which is open to the public, will be located in MJ 144B (the classroom attached to the MJ greenhouse). It will feature succulents, geraniums, bulbs and more! Cash or check only.  


Attention May Graduates – Welcome to the NSU Alumni Association
The NSU Alumni Association has put together a gift for all the graduates, and will be handing them out on Wednesday, April 26, from 9-11 a.m. in the Student Center Lobby. This gift will include an NSU alumni coffee mug, a certificate for a free coffee from Einstein’s, a certificate for 25 percent off one item at the NSU Team Store, 30 percent off one item at the Wolf Shoppe, an alumni pin and a few other NSU items. Please stop by the table on April 26 to get your gift!


Author Visit
Author Jon Lauck will visit NSU at noon Wednesday, April 26, to discuss his new book, “The Good Country: A History of the American Midwest 1800-1900.” Lauck’s visit, sponsored by the Center for Public History and Civic Engagement, will take place in the Beulah Williams Library Round Room. The event, part of the NSU Noon Forum series, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.


Jazz Swing Party 
The annual NSU Jazz Swing Party will be held 7-11:30 p.m. Friday, April 28. The public is invited to the event, which will feature live swing music at Engel’s Event Center, 209 S. Main St., Aberdeen. Performing will be Northern’s Two O’clock Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Grant Manhart, One O’clock Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Terry Beckler, and the Citrisity Band. Doors open at 6 p.m., with live swing music beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for NSU students. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, contact the NSU School of Fine Arts at 605-626-2497.


NSU Hosting American Legion Cording Ceremony
On May 3, 2023, from 6-7 p.m., Northern Military Veteran Affairs will host the American Legion Cording Ceremony for graduating Service Members and Veterans. The Aberdeen American Legion Post presents a red, white, and blue cord to graduates honoring and celebrating dedicated service to the U.S. and Aberdeen citizens. The ceremony will honor our past-present-future service members from Northern, Presentation College and several high schools in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas. Students wear the cords at commencement. The program is open to family, friends and the Aberdeen community. It is located in the lobby of Jewett Science Center, at the corner of 12th Avenue Southeast and South State Street.


NSU Spring Commencement 
The NSU Spring Commencement ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, in the Barnett Center. Alumna Nichole Bowman, a teacher at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre and winner of a 2022 Milken Educator Award, will deliver the commencement address. For more information about spring commencement, visit NSU Spring Graduation and Commencement.


‘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.