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Usitalo Attends Seminar at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

In the study of history’s most horrific events, some people’s stories have been left largely untold.

These are the people Northern State University’s Dr. Steven Usitalo is interested in learning more about – and it’s the focus of a seminar he attended on his third trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Dr. Steven Usitalo in the classroom


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Dr. Patrick Whiteley, professor of English, will retire after 29 years of service to NSU in the Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication Studies. Dr. Whiteley has been an outstanding instructor, administrator, researcher, mentor and colleague. He has taught a wide variety of courses, from the gateway English course in literary criticism to the capstone English course in modern Irish literature. His teaching has always shown great personal dedication to individual students, a high degree of integrity and a keen regard for the highest academic standards.

Thirteen Northern State University students deepened their understanding of Islam thanks to a field trip to a Minnesota mosque. Students in the course “History and Geography of the Middle East,” co-taught by Drs. Erin Fouberg and Steven Usitalo, traveled to the Abu Bakar Islamic Center in Minneapolis in November. The field trip, which also included a stop at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, gave the students a unique experience they couldn’t get in the classroom, Fouberg said.

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Ashley Jenkins seems to do a little of everything—and to do it with an enthusiasm that is infectious, as all who have worked with her will attest. She is the PR representative for The Honors Club, keeping people updated on events through social media, and taking pictures. She is also currently working on her honors thesis, which applies Erik Erikson’s critical approach to the “Harry Potter” series.

Brandy J. DeCoteau is a senior from Sisseton, S.D., with a double major in political science and history. Stepping on to the Northern campus in fall 2014, she quickly established herself as one of the College of Arts and Sciences' top students.

Growing up in a small, rural community in South Dakota, Dr. Rochelle Nolte had big dreams. She also had an unparalleled sense of compassion and drive, and the desire to make a difference, which is what attracted her to Northern State University.

Today, Nolte is at the pinnacle of a highly successful career as a board certified physician. She attributes that life transformation to NSU and the top-notch professors who wouldn’t settle for anything less than her full potential.

Surveys of students and alumni, as well as academic research, clearly demonstrate that opportunities to engage in research, often in collaboration with faculty, are among the most impactful and meaningful parts of the college experience. Whether in the form of term papers, senior theses, independent studies or internships, research experiences challenge students to conceive, implement and report on topics that matter to them and their communities. These experiences are also invaluable in preparing students for the demands of the workforce or graduate school.

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