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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.


Spring Break Sale 
There will be a Spring Break Sale at the NSU Wolf Shoppe March 6-10. Take 25 percent off all clothing!


GOLD Series events
Don’t miss out on these upcoming GOLD Series events sponsored by the Student Success Center:
•    Mock Interview Opportunities, March 6-March 10, 10am-4pm, MJ 102 | Virtual: Need to practice your interview skills? Meet with employers and community leaders to gain real-world interview experience before you actually have to start applying for jobs. Students can RSVP for a Mock Interview Sessions by logging into WolfWork and clicking “Upcoming Events” or email
•    The One About Motivation & Grit, Monday, Mar. 6, 7pm-8pm, MJ 146: No, we are not just talking about listening to pump up music or a side dish. The NSU Student Success Center invites students to this interactive workshop to learn about ways goal setting can be a foundation to staying motivated throughout the semester and to showing resiliency during the ups and downs of your classes.
•    The One About Graduate School, Tuesday, Mar. 7, 3:30pm-4pm, Maroon Room: Interested in graduate school? This workshop will discuss things to consider when searching for a graduate program that will best fit your career goals. Students will begin researching graduate and professional school programs using a grad school worksheet.  
•    The One About Motivation & Grit (RERUN), Wednesday, Mar. 8, 7pm-8pm, MJ 101 | Virtual: No, we are not just talking about listening to pump up music or a side dish. The NSU Student Success Center invites students to this interactive workshop to learn about ways goal setting can be a foundation to staying motivated throughout the semester and to showing resiliency during the ups and downs of your classes.

GOLD Series programs stand for “Great Opportunities for Learning and Development” and are Pack Point Certified! For a complete listing of GOLD events, see the online calendar. For more information, please contact the Student Success Center at


Use this link to sign up to participate in Assoxination! This is a campus-wide event where (with a clean pair of socks) you hunt down your target in hopes to be the last one standing! Prizes will be rewarded to the last one standing and person with the most outs!


Advising Open House
Visit the Advising Open House on Tuesday, March 7, or Wednesday, March 8, in the Avera Student Center (second floor) between 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. This is a great opportunity to identify registration time tickets, make Navigate appointments, register for classes in Self-Service Banner (SSB), review financial aid and connect with academic resources.  


Mobile Market and Pantry
The next Mobile Market and Pantry will be Tuesday, March 7, 2-4 p.m. in the Avera Student Center Mall. With only a PACK PASS (student ID), you may receive free pantry items, produce and pastries. Hosted in partnership with the Salvation Army of Aberdeen.


Prescription Medication Takeback
Prescription Medication Takeback, a partnership between Campus Safety and Aberdeen Police Department, will be Tuesday, March 7, 11 a.m.-noon, in the Avera Student Center Mall. More than half of the people who misuse prescription medications obtain them from a friend or family member. Safely disposing of prescriptions that you no longer need is the easiest way to keep others safe. This event will provide an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members who have accumulated unneeded prescription medications to dispose of them in a safe, confidential way. Officer Angela Senger will be present to receive and dispose of medications. Dispose RX packets will also be available for safe disposal of medications at home.


ChatCPT Panel Discussion; Wednesday, March 8, 2-3 p.m., LIB 141A - CETL Pedagogy Lab
The NSU CETL will sponsor a professional learning event. The topic will be ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence program that is poised to dramatically change teaching and learning. There will be time for Q&A and collaboration opportunities for those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to attend via zoom through this link.


National History Day 
Northern will host the annual National History Day regional competition on Wednesday, March 8. Over 200 middle and high school students from around northeastern South Dakota will be participating in the event, which will take place from 8 a.m. to noon. Northern hosts this event every spring, sponsored by the NSU Center for Public History and Civic Engagement. For more information, contact Dr. Ric Dias at


Noon Forums
The Spring 2023 Noon Forum series continues Wednesday, March 8, at noon in the Beulah Williams Library Room 117, featuring “Five Hidden but Essential Women Composers,” with Marla Fogderud. 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 the semester are:
•    March 29: Northern Innovation and Startup Center (Josh Latterell) 
•    April 5: Five Essential Things to Know about Ukraine (Steven Usitalo)
•    April 12: Chat GPT: You Ain’t ready for AI, but AI is Ready for You (Grant Manhart)
•    April 19: Bullying in the Ivory Tower: What Happens in Higher Education (Bixi Qiao)
•    April 26: The Good Country: A History of the Midwest (Jon Lauck)


Tools to Reduce Cheating; Thursday, March 9, 3 p.m., MJ 340
Join Instructional Technology Services and CETL for a discussion on technological and pedagogical tools that can help discourage cheating.


Spring Jazz Concert 
At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, the NSU Music Department will present its Spring Jazz Concert in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater. The concert will feature the 1 O’clock Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Terry Beckler, and the 2 O’clock Jazz Ensemble, Directed by Dr. Grant Manhart. Guest artists with the 2 O’clock Jazz Ensemble will be local pianist Ron Parker; visiting traveling nurse and jazz and pop singer “Izzy”; professor of woodwinds and jazz, Fritz Hemke; and Dr. Travis Netzer, professor of low brass and bands. Tickets for the event will cost $10 at the door or $5 for senior citizens. All students are admitted free. For more information, contact the School of Fine Arts at 605-626-2497.


ALICE Active Shooter Training 
ALICE Active Shooter Training will be Tuesday, March 21, 2-3 p.m., and Wednesday, March 22, 9-10 a.m., in the JFAC Berggren Recital Hall (181). The training provides tangible skills and techniques to help protect yourself, your students and colleagues in an active shooter situation. While violence on campus is rare, preparation improves response time, limits loss and improves overall campus safety. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. Hosted by the Aberdeen Police Department and Campus Safety, this informative and interactive training will improve your confidence responding in an active shooter situation.


AUCS Concert
The Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony concert featuring special guests, The Texas Tenors, is now set for Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater. The event will also feature the winners of the NSU Concerto/Aria Competition: Megan Dockter, a clarinetist from Watertown, and Eli Houdyshell, a tenor from Pierre. Previous ticket sales will be honored. Tickets are also available for purchase at the JFAC Box Office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon-2 p.m. Cost is $25 for adult general admission, $15 for seniors and NSU faculty/staff, and $10 for all students. Cash or check only will be accepted. For more information, contact the School of Fine Arts at 605-626-2497 or visit the AUCS webpage.


Bach’s Lunch
The NSU Department of Music will present the 12th Annual Bach’s Lunch Concert at noon Wednesday, March 22. The concert, titled “Psalms and Transformations,” will take place at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1620 Milwaukee Ave. N.E., Aberdeen. The event will feature performances by the NSU Chamber Singers, under the direction of Marla Fogderud and assisted by Christopher Stanichar, Fritz Hemke and Stuart Davidson. Also performing will be Allan Jacobson, pianist; Kenneth Boulton and JoAnne Barry, piano duet; and the NSU Clarinet Choir. A luncheon will follow the performance. The concert is free and open to the public.


Senior Art Show
“Form and Function,” the senior art show for NSU student Kai Brisk, will take place March 20-31. The opening reception will be 6:30-8 p.m. March 24 in the JFAC Gallery.


Northern Academy to host College Planning Event
The Northern Academy will host a College Planning Event on March 27 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The event, which will take place in the Johnson Fine Arts Center’s Berggren Recital Hall, is open to high school students and families, educators, and community members. Attendees will learn about U.S. Department of Education financial aid changes and about the Northern Academy, an on-campus early college experience for area high-school students taking dual credit courses. To learn more, contact Director Eric Kline at or call 605-626-2719.


NSU Summer Job and Post-Graduate Fair, Tuesday, March 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Centennial Rooms
Do you need a job for the summer? Still haven’t found a position for after you graduate? Or, maybe you want to attend graduate school or seek opportunities abroad? Check out the Summer Job and Post-Graduate Fair to explore all the potential career options that are there for you now and in the future!


National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) will be administered at Northern this March. Your support will be critical to collecting a representative student sample. First-year and senior students will receive prompts directly from NSSE ( beginning March 1. NSSE (pronounced "nessie") provides educators with an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. NSSE annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about first-year and senior students' participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. For more information, click here.


ACCESS Northern to Launch in April
Student Accessibility Services is excited to announce the launch of a new, fully ADA compliant platform called ACCESS Northern. This platform manages reasonable academic and non-academic accommodations and aims to improve the experience and access for both students and faculty. 
•    ACCESS Northern will allow students to seamlessly submit electronic accommodation documents and requests; connect with note-takers, schedule exams and more. 
•    ACCESS Northern will provide faculty a more efficient tool to assist in providing students their ADA mandated accommodations. Faculty will be able to receive (and look up) approved accommodations for their enrolled students and have a secure space to upload and receive exam information. The platform is scheduled for launch this April.


Spring 2023 Graduation Apparel 
Attention Spring 2023 Graduates: Graduation apparel will be available for purchase on the website listed below until April 2, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Click on these links to purchase:
•    Purchase graduation apparel here
•    Purchase graduation announcements here.


GiveNDay is Coming! April 5-6, 2023
The Northern State Foundation is excited to host our third annual day of giving, GiveNDay, on April 5, 2023! This 24-hour challenge is designed to inspire all supporters of Northern to come together as we work to provide funding across the university.

Last year was a huge success as our community raised $330,000 from over 1,800 donors. Also known as #OneDayOnePack, this year’s goal is to receive support from 2,500 donors in 24 hours.

We need your help! We are looking for students, faculty or alumni to represent their school, department, organization or team as Ambassadors. As Ambassadors, you have the opportunity to share your love of NSU with your family and friends via social media, and potentially earn rewards while doing it! Interested? Reach out to the Foundation at


Northern Fort Playhouse
The Northern Fort Playhouse is a collaboration between the Northern State University School of Fine Arts and Fort Sisseton Commission, giving Northern theatre students, alumni and guest professionals additional acting and theatre production experiences. The Playhouse is looking for someone to construct the sets for the 2023 season. If you or someone you know would be interested in set construction, please contact Stacy Bauer at or 605-626-2521. Auditions for the 2023 productions will be announced soon.


‘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.