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e-learning studio
November 24, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has approved a $468,850 grant from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to help the Northern State University Center for Statewide E-learning handle larger enrollments this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, 2,400 high school students from 104 South Dakota
Student wearing a decorated graduation cap
November 18, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will hold winter commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. The ceremony, which takes place in the Barnett Center, is open to all 2020 NSU graduates. After assessing the current increase in cases in Brown County with area health officials and government
Band playing on stage
November 17, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Symphonic Band and Concert Band will present their upcoming concert, “An Afternoon of Chamber Music.” The concert will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater. The event will feature performances by the NSU
Artwork of woman holding a child
November 12, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – An exhibition by a Northern State University Art Department alum is now on display in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Gallery. “Taking Root” by Becky Grismer will be up through Feb. 19. The exhibition addresses various themes involving the human condition. Grismer incorporates natural
Students at international event
November 9, 2020
The Office of International Programs is proud to announce it will host International Education Week with a variety of cultural events. This week is in celebration of the benefits of global diversity and academic exchange programs around the world. Come join us at Lincoln Gallery in Lincoln Hall and
Student playing instrument
November 9, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Fall Jazz Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater. The concert will include performances by the One O’Clock Jazz Combo, directed by Dr. Terry Beckler, and Two O’Clock Jazz Ensemble,
Choir singing on stage
November 3, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Choral Holiday Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater. The concert will include performances by the NSU Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Early Musick Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Timothy
Symphony performing on stage
October 30, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Come hear the great classics played by the Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Stanichar, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Northern State University Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater. Admission is free, and the performance is open
Students listening to lecture in classroom
October 26, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University is now offering priority admission into its counseling master’s program for eligible NSU psychology, sociology and criminal justice majors. That means students who qualify can gain early admission in to the counseling program, one of the region's highest
October 21, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will hold an in-person winter commencement ceremony, open to all 2020 Northern graduates. Due to the altered fall schedule – with face-to-face instruction ending after Thanksgiving – the ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in the
Feed sack fabrics from library exhibit
October 20, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A nationally touring exhibition opens this week in Williams Library on the campus of Northern State University.  “Thrift Style” explores the reuse of feed sacks to make clothing and other household objects and illuminates how the “upcycling” of these bags mutually benefitted 20th-
Students wearing masks walking on campus
October 20, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – High school students who weren’t able to take the ACT or SAT this year due to the pandemic are still eligible for admittance into Northern State University. Northern and its fellow South Dakota public universities are emphasizing test-optional academic pathways for prospective
Theater students on stage
October 19, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University School of Fine Arts will present the first ever Virtual Arts Day on Nov. 4. Open to all regional high school students in South Dakota and surrounding states, Virtual Arts Day will consist of art, music and theatre workshops throughout the day – all
Japan Outreach Coordinator with community members
October 14, 2020
Northern’s JOI coordinator holds outreach events around the state ABERDEEN, S.D. – As coordinator of the Japan Outreach Initiative at Northern State University, Kirika Shimmei has spent the past year teaching Japanese culture to people across campus, the community and the state. During that time of
Students using Braille machines
October 8, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A new master’s degree program approved for Northern State University will help fill a critical workforce need for special education teachers, especially those who educate students with visual impairments. Northern’s new Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Special Education
Graphic with NSU logo and Coca-Cola logo
October 8, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Starting in 2021, Northern State University will be a Coca-Cola campus. Northern has entered an agreement with Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country for a 10-year partnership, starting next year. Northern and Coca-Cola anticipates celebrating this new partnership in January 2021
Students wearing masks rehearsing on stage for a play
October 6, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Theatre Program will present the play "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theatre. Performances will run at 7:30 p.m. nightly Oct. 22-24, and at 3 p.m. Oct 25. William Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy of “A Midsummer Night
Teacher candidate speaking with avatar students
October 6, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A new learning tool offers Northern State University education students the chance to experience the classroom using virtual reality. The Mursion Virtual Reality Simulation offers an innovative approach for teacher candidates to acquire and practice new skills, said NSU Assistant
Portrait of man smiling in front of tree
October 5, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University is presenting Wolf Talks this fall in conjunction with the 2020 NSU Larry and Julie Poeppel Family Common Read Lecture. The next Wolf Talk will take place at 6:30 p.m. Oct 12 in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater. The talk, titled “Significance of
Headshots of four students
October 2, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – This week, four Northern State University students participated in a regional conference for TRIO professionals. Mckenzie Hassebroek of Westport, S.D.; Emma Pulfrey of Alcester, S.D.; Garret Thompson of Logan, Iowa; and Taren Tschetter of Hitchcock, S.D., took part in the virtual
Image of Ginny Lewis book cover next to her head shot
September 30, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A new memoir offers a first-hand account of a German man’s life under the Bolshevik Revolution – and it might never have been published without the work of Northern State University’s Dr. Ginny Lewis. Lewis, NSU professor of German and literary scholar, translated “Flight from the
Student practicing artwork
September 28, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has been unanimously selected as a provisional member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). Membership in COPLAC affirms the university’s commitment to a public, liberal arts education – and further confirms Northern, nationally, as a
Portrait of 2020 Common Read author
September 24, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s Larry and Julie Poeppel Family Common Read Lecture will now be a virtual event this fall. Author Chris Arnade’s presentation will be livestreamed on the NSU Facebook page at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Arnade, author of “Dignity: Seeking Respect in Backrow
Students walking on campus wearing masks
September 23, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University saw growth in overall headcount this fall, particularly in graduate students, and experienced its fifth consecutive year with a freshman to sophomore retention rate above 73 percent. Northern was the only South Dakota Board of Regents institution to see a
Historical display of past epidemics set up in the science center
September 22, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A new exhibit on display in Northern State University’s Jewett Regional Science Education Center gives a look at epidemics throughout history. “Epidemic!” contains information and artifacts related to pandemics/epidemics that affected the Aberdeen area from the 1830s through the

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