NSU News

Faculty Snapshot: Kristi Bockorny

Dr. Kristi Bockorny is assistant professor of management in Northern’s School of Business.

Originally from Leola, S.D., Bockorny received her undergraduate degree from NSU nearly 20 years ago. She went on to receive her M.A. and Ph.D. from Bellevue University in Nebraska.

Bockorny knew she wanted to be a teacher from a very young age, but she never thought she would be teaching at a collegiate level.

Student Spotlight: Katie Olson

Katie Olson, a junior and art education major at NSU, is on the road to teaching others about art.

NSU NEWS UPDATE – June 18, 2018

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Student Spotlight: Lorisa Schoenbeck

Lorisa Schoenbeck, a senior at NSU and major in professional accounting, has a unique love for taxes.

Originally from Webster, S.D., Schoenbeck was a student at Augustana University majoring in political science before coming to Northern.

Lorisa Schoenbeck


Student Spotlight: Ann Schmitt

As a hardworking senior at Northern State University, Ann Schmitt is a professional accounting major with a minor in banking.

From Redfield, S.D., Schmitt originally attended Minnesota State University Moorhead for biology before transferring to Northern.

“I found that lab wasn’t for me,” said Schmitt. “I was unhappy. I was three hours away from home doing something that I wasn’t truly interested in.”


NSU NEWS UPDATE – June 11, 2018

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Bryan J. DeBates is the 2018 NSU Distinguished Alumnus for the Millicent Atkins School of Education.

Bryan Debates


‘You are best off being YOU’

Distinguished Alum Maunu encourages grads to be the best version of themselves

It might be tempting to try to imitate the methods of others who are accomplishing great things, but Chris Maunu has this advice for new Northern State University graduates: “be you.”

Dr. Rochelle Nolte is the 2018 NSU Distinguished Alumna for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Capt. Nolte has had a highly successful career with the U.S. Public Health Service, and she attributes that success to NSU and the top-notch professors who wouldn’t settle for anything less than her full potential.

“My experiences with the Public Health Service have been beyond anything I ever could have dreamed up for myself. I never could have imagined such a great career,” she said. “I have Northern to thank for that.”

When Carolyn Thompson faced a cancer diagnosis and was given eight weeks to live, she believed in one powerful truth.

“I believed I was going to survive and that God would have a great and mighty purpose,” said Thompson, a 1991 graduate of Northern State University.

That was 2015. Today, Thompson is in remission, has published a book, and is running a successful business.