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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
Graphic with head shots of NSU alumni Hall of Fame inductees
July 17, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Five Northern State University alumni and a pair of longtime NSU Wolves coaches are being inducted into the NSU Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. The Hall of Fame Banquet will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen. The 2020 inductees are
Picture of male and female students in the Science Center
July 16, 2020
Recent NSU graduates headed to medical, physician’s assistant school ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University can take you anywhere, according to recent NSU graduate Zach Mohs. That includes medical school. Mohs, from Horace, N.D., will attend the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and
NSU student reading to elementary student
July 15, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. –  The Northern State University Reading Clinic will offer free tutoring services for children this fall to assist families dealing with the financial impact of the pandemic. “Some families are struggling from drops in income caused by COVID-19 economic disruption,” said Reading
Sean Blackburn
July 9, 2020
Northern State University has named Sean Blackburn its new Dean of Students. Blackburn comes to Northern with 18 years of experience in the field of Student Affairs, most recently at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. There, he served as Vice President for Student Affairs, previously holding the
View of campus green with pillars
July 1, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – This summer, Northern State University is merging two of its academic areas to create one larger administrative unit that blends business and education. Northern’s new College of Professional Studies will bring together the Millicent Atkins School of Education and NSU School of
Advisor helping student with paperwork
June 29, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University is helping students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic any way it can – including finding ways to provide financial assistance. One method of financial help was provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Northern received $329,
Huron Community Campus logo
June 25, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Starting this fall, Huron students can earn an associate degree in business administration from Northern State University without leaving their hometown. Northern will offer an Associate of Science in Business Administration at Huron Community Campus beginning fall semester. The
View of outside of library
June 24, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will allow the Northern State University Library to resume its work preserving and increasing access to oral history interviews. The $49,397 NEH CARES Grant will fund Williams Library’s work generating transcripts and making
Students listening to lecture in classroom
June 24, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Starting this fall, a brand new academic program at Northern State University will prepare students for a career in engineering. Northern’s Pre-Engineering Program, a collaboration with South Dakota State University, guarantees that students who complete their first two years at
Image of NSU logo and student headshot
June 22, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – ShyAnn Springer’s future career plans were solidified over a restaurant children’s menu – as a teen, Springer used the kids’ menu at a local Denny’s to teach English words to the Japanese exchange student staying with her family. “I knew from that moment that I wanted to teach in
View of campus green with pillars
June 17, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., has released the dean’s list for the spring 2020 semester. Students who have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester are eligible for the dean’s list. There are four categories: Full-time students with a GPA of 4.0.
Students walking on campus
June 11, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Starting next week, Northern State University will begin offering campus visits to prospective students and their families on a limited basis. Personalized, on-campus visits resume on Monday, June 15, with two visits offered each day. Visitors can get a first-hand look at life at
student studying in front of fireplace
June 9, 2020
Leadership and Administration program offers veteran faculty, online format ABERDEEN, S.D. – When South Dakota teacher Meghan Wounded Head wanted to pursue a master’s degree in leadership and administration, Northern State University was the obvious choice. She had already completed one master’s
NSU logo by image of employee headshot
June 5, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has named Dr. Stacie Varnson as the new Executive Director of Student Success. Varnson comes to Northern with extensive experience in the student success arena. She served as the director of the Academic Success Center at the University of Minnesota-
Science Center
June 5, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – In addition to quality courses ensuring they are well-prepared for their future after college, many Northern State University students have the opportunity to put what they learn in the classroom into practice via independent research projects. Northern’s Undergraduate Competitive
View of campus green with pillars
June 3, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will begin fall semester on Aug. 19 and conclude classroom instruction by Thanksgiving, as directed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Last month, the board announced its commitment to on-campus operations this fall. Today, the regents said all campuses
Jon Schaff_cropped
June 2, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University Professor of Political Science Dr. Jon Schaff has been awarded a competitive research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH grant will fund Schaff’s research project, tentatively titled, “A More Perfect Union: Jefferson, Hamilton,
Graphic for Native and Indigenous Studies Minor
May 27, 2020
ABERDEEN, S.D. – NSU Honors student and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal member Jaeden Shaving chose Northern State University because Lara Nelson, Director of the NSU American Indian Circle Program, had several conversations with him that made him “feel like someone actually cared about me and my

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