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ABERDEEN, S.D. – During medical school, Dr. William Hampton was known as “the trumpet player guy”—he would often set up in the lobby of the student center and play his horn during breaks from studying.

Music and medicine are both major parts of Hampton’s life, and thanks to an educational start at Northern State University, he got to pursue both.

Dad and daughter standing in front of a Christmas tree

ABERDEEN, S.D. – When Nicole and Coach Saul Phillips moved to Aberdeen, their search for a new home gained national attention – the family will be featured on an episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters.”

It’s an experience that will also bring national exposure for Aberdeen and Northern State University, as some footage was shot on campus.

“I was so excited to have House Hunters come to Aberdeen because we were immediately really taken with all of the growth on this campus,” Nicole said.

Family walking on campus being filmed by TV camera crew

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Around 250 students in grades 5-12 from around the region attended a football camp at Northern State University on July 9 featuring NFL tight end Dallas Goedert.

The camp, held at the NSU Athletic and Recreation Fields, was sponsored by Sanford Power, drawing kids from as far away as Minneapolis and Bismarck, N.D.

NFL player standing with kids at football practice field

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is looking forward to getting to know the campus community, working on academic program development and advocating for experiential learning.

Dr. Michael Wanous started last week at Northern and said his first goals include meeting people, learning how processes work and also learning more about the regental system.

NSU logo with new headshot of provost

Pictured: Huron educator and South Dakota Teacher of the Year Erica Boomsma (third row, second from right) along with the rest of her cohort graduating from NSU with a master’s degree through HCC.


ABERDEEN, S.D. – When it comes to successful partnerships, Huron Community Campus is a shining example of a collaboration that benefits the university, community and workforce.

Graduates standing together


NSU offers affordability, personal attention from dedicated faculty                                                                                                

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The future of human resources needs individuals to be curious, determined, innovative and disruptive – not satisfied with the status quo.

ABERDEEN, S.D. – After Chelsea Kerbaugh traveled to China on the Northern State University 2013 band tour, she knew she wanted to return to Asia someday.

“I fell in love with that area of the world,” said Kerbaugh, a recent NSU graduate.

In December 2013, Northern State University trumpeter Chris Massa walked across the Johnson Fine Arts Center stage with the rest of the winter graduates.  

Northern State University 2004 graduate Doug Woolverton, an international touring musician and composer, has joined the E.K. Blessing family of artists.


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