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Caption: The NSU Office of International Programs assists international students, such as those pictured above.


Staff members, student workers come from all over the country and world

ABERDEEN, S.D. – For Northern State University’s Dominika Blum, growing up around individuals from all over the world gave her a strong global outlook – which is very important when working in the field of international education.

A group of international students on the campus green

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Faculty member moves from California to S.D. to join NSU chemistry department


ABERDEEN, S.D. – Whether it’s in her personal life or professional life, Dr. Susan Citrak has never shied away from a challenge.

Picture of smiling parents and children

After graduating from Northern, Brian Schutt went to work building custom homes in Dallas but soon, concerns over the economy prompted him to seek a more steady job.

Schutt was also remodeling homes on the side with a Dallas County District Attorney Investigator, who suggested he hire on with a police department.

Male law enforcement officer photo

Around the world, spring 2020 was a season of change – rapid, unpredictable and unprecedented change.

Wolves Country is no exception. Students left for spring break thinking they would return in a week, but the spread of the COVID-19 virus led to uncertainty and upheaval. After a spring and summer of online courses, classes are scheduled to resume in-person this fall.

While spring 2020 will always be the season when people learned to navigate life during a pandemic, at Northern, it has also been a season of other lessons learned:

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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


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