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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
Female and male performer sitting at piano
September 17, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A husband and wife musical duo will perform an upcoming concert at Northern State University. Dr. Kenneth Boulton and JoAnne Barry will present a recital of music for piano four-hands at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater.
Smiling male graduate standing in front of Dacotah Bank sign
September 17, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A new partnership between Northern State University and Dacotah Bank will guarantee a personal interview for graduates of the NSU Banking and Financial Services program. Starting this winter, all students graduating from Northern’s Banking and Financial Services program –
Statues from art gallery exhibition
September 16, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – An exhibition by a pair of Northern State University Art Department alums is currently on display in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Gallery. “This Is Us,” by Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby, will be on display through Oct. 27. Admission to the exhibition is free, and the gallery is
View of campus green with pillars
September 14, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has again been recognized among the top regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. Northern is 80th on the Best Regional Universities Midwest list of the 2021 Best Colleges rankings, released today. On the smaller Best Public
Students talking on Constitution Day
September 11, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will celebrate Constitution Day on Thursday, Sept. 17. Constitution Day is the federal observance of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. Around Aberdeen all day, hundreds of U.S. flags will be displayed, courtesy of the Exchange Club.
View of pillars and rock on campus green
September 8, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has ranked among the top colleges in South Dakota for affordability. That’s according to University HQ’s list of the Most Affordable Colleges and Universities by State, which recognized two of the most affordable colleges in each state in the U.S. For
Image of new Northern State University logo: "N" over "Northern"
September 8, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has officially unveiled a brand new institutional logo. The new logo, which includes a capital “N” and boldfaced “NORTHERN” can already be found on the NSU website, social media accounts and other marketing materials. In addition, Northern now officially
Female faculty member singing in front of piano
September 7, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s renowned music instructors will show off their talents at the annual NSU School of Fine Arts Faculty Showcase Recital on Thursday, Sept. 17. The showcase, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater, will
Marching Wolves marching with Thunder in parade
September 2, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s marching band has several community performances planned throughout the month of September. The NSU Marching Wolves will perform the following dates and locations: Sept. 3: March through campus, 3 p.m. Sept. 9: Play at Bethesda and Angelhaus Nursing
Thunder the Wolf waving during a past parade
August 27, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has decided to cancel the 105th annual NSU Gypsy Day Parade, as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 virus. The decision was made after careful consideration, involving discussions with state and local health care officials. In addition, Northern
Graphic with information about women's suffrage event at NSU
August 17, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote with a celebratory march through campus, a historical speech re-enactment and an exhibit of artifacts from the time period.  The festivities will take place on Aug. 26, honoring the
Image of NSU logo next to head shot of professor
August 17, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University Professor of History Dr. Steven Usitalo has participated in two recent international workshops, and also has a book chapter and article forthcoming in separate publications.  "Our Science has Surpassed the West: Lomonosov as a Soviet Newton, or Franklin,
Group of students smiling
August 13, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s TRIO Student Support Services program has been awarded a grant that will provide additional student services – including a new financial literacy curriculum and work-based opportunities in South Dakota's in-demand industries. The $1.675 million U.S.
Front of new S.D. School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
August 11, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will hold celebratory events this week for two Educational Impact Campaign projects. A dedication for the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will take place at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, in the parking lot of the new SDSBVI building
NSU logo next to smiling student photo
August 6, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University student William Ellwanger received national recognition at a virtual Phi Beta Lambda event this summer. Ellwanger earned eighth place in the “Contemporary Sports Issues” category at the PBL National Leadership Experience, which took place in June.
Wolf statue wearing mask
August 4, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – When Northern State University students return to the campus this fall, they’ll be entering a brand new educational environment focused on safety as well as learning. Though many classes will resume in person, others will be offered online – and, in some cases, through a hybrid
Outside view of the Student Center
August 3, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – On-campus COVID-19 testing will be one of the tools available at Northern State University this fall to help slow the spread of the virus. The testing will be available on an as-needed basis, at no cost to NSU students, through Student Health Services (Student Center 240) in
Photo of basketball coach talking to players
August 3, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A significant gift from Avera to Northern State University will strengthen the organizations’ ties – and honor a longtime NSU coach and athletic director. Thanks to Avera’s recent donation, the fitness space on the top floor of the NSU Barnett Center will now be named the Bob Olson
E-learning instructor smiling at camera
July 27, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University is offering a brand new scholarship to high school students taking dual credit courses through NSU. Starting in fall 2021, the NSU Dual Credit Scholarship will be available to any new freshman who has taken dual credit courses from Northern. In addition,
Wolf statue wearing mask
July 23, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Face coverings will be required in all public indoor spaces on the Northern State University campus starting this fall, as mandated by the South Dakota Board of Regents’ new tiered protocol. On Wednesday, the BOR approved adopting a tiered approach to face covering requirements for
Professor standing in front of building
July 22, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University Professor of Political Science Dr. Jon Schaff has published two recent pieces – a journal article and book chapter – regarding the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Schaff’s article, “Lincoln’s Domestic Policy: Toward a More Modest Conception of the

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