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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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It’s In-Service Week, with a Maroon Out on Friday!

Northern’s 2022 Faculty and Staff In-Service kicks off today on campus, with events taking place all week. The campus community is invited to an all-campus picnic on Tuesday, noon-1:30 p.m. on the campus green. Friday is move-in day, and there will be a city-wide Maroon Out, where campus and community members are encouraged to wear maroon to welcome students to campus. A New Student Convocation is set for 4 p.m. Friday in the Johnson Fine Arts Center, followed by the Wolf Pack Picnic at 5 p.m. on the campus green. The full in-service week schedule can be viewed here.


Welcome Back Faculty and Staff Sale at the NSU Wolf Shoppe

The NSU Wolf Shoppe will have a Welcome Back Faculty and Staff Sale on Monday, Aug. 15, and Tuesday, Aug 16. Take 20 percent off all clothing and giftware. Come see all the cool new stuff!


Parking Permits Available Starting Tuesday

Parking permits for the fall and spring semesters will be available to purchase starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. A permit is required to park in any parking lot on campus. Permits will be valid as explained below, except as outlined in the game-day parking rules paragraph below.

Northern’s two types of parking permits are as follows: 

Purple Permit: This permit costs $135 for the year and allows you to park in any lot except the visitor lot at the northwest corner of the Johnson Fine Arts Center and the visitor spots in the Washington Street lot. You can purchase this permit online here and pick it up at the Parking Office on the second floor of the Physical Plant the day after submitting your payment online. 

Gold Permit: This permit costs $81 for the year and allows you to park in any parking lot except the Washington Street lots, Steele Hall/Great Plains West lot and the visitor lot by the Johnson Fine Arts Center. You can purchase this permit online here and pick it up at the Parking Office on the second floor of the Physical Plant the day after submitting your payment online.

You are encouraged to purchase your permit online. Permits may also be purchased in person at the Physical Plant, though cash or check is required. When purchasing your permit either online or in person, your license plate number is required.

Residents of Wolves Memorial Suites and Great Plains West who have reserved their permits through the Residence Life office need to go there to pick them up and pay for them.

We will start ticketing the parking lots at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Game-Day Parking: Permit is not valid in the Herret Street, Barnett Center, and other lots as announced when a home football game is scheduled. Vehicles must be removed from those lots by 5:30 p.m. the day prior to a home football game. Vehicles will be towed at owner’s expense.



Auditions for the musical FIRST DATE are Friday, Aug. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Black Box. In FIRST DATE, a blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, and a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. All Northern undergrads are welcome! Please prepare a song from a Broadway musical. Bringing your sheet music will be helpful—though you may sing acapella. Sign up for an audition slot in front of the Theatre offices in the Johnson Fine Arts Center.


Silent Book Club

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:

  • August 30
  • October 4
  • November 1
  • December 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.


Pre-Health Club Blood Drive

The Pre-Health club will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, November 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


‘Send’ chosen as 2022 NSU Common Read          

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,


NSU Water Wolves Swim Lessons

Here are the fall 2022 swim lesson dates. All fall sessions (except November/December) run on a Monday-Thursday for two weeks and then a Monday and Tuesday to get in 10 sessions. (No Friday lessons.)

  • September session: Sept. 12-27
  • October session: Oct. 10-25
  • November/December: Nov. 28 - Dec. 8 (Nov./Dec. Only runs Monday- Thursday for two weeks.)

Cost: September and October session, $100 (10 lessons); November/December session, $90 (nine lessons). For questions or more information, please contact Mikaela Waiflein at


‘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.