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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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NSU Jewett Regional Science Education Center has resulted in major technological advancements, attracted more students in biology and chemistry

Thirteen years ago when she first started at Northern State University, biology professor Dr. Alyssa Kiesow was still copying her notes onto clear transparencies to project to her students.

How things have changed.

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Rosa Paw’s parents didn’t have access to education back in their home country of Thailand, so Paw really wanted to get her degree and make them proud.

“I always wanted to go to college,” said Paw, now of Aberdeen. “But to be honest, it was not easy finding information about college.”

Female student smiling on NSU campus

ABERDEEN, S.D. – When ShyAnn Springer and Jennem Woolever became roommates as freshmen, the selection was made at random – but it worked out so well that the Northern State University seniors have chosen to live together every year since.

Each of those years, Springer and Woolever have opted to live on campus. The students say it’s both a convenience and a way to more easily be involved at Northern.

Two roommates standing together in their residence hall room

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


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