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NSU logo next to smiling staff photo
May 11, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Zach Flakus has been named the new President and CEO of the Northern State University Foundation. Flakus, a Northern alum and longtime NSU administrator, will start in his new position leading the Foundation in mid-June. Most recently, Flakus worked as General Manager of Jackrabbit
Two smiling female professors
May 8, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has named Drs. Kristi Bockorny and Anna Schwan winners of this year’s Outstanding Faculty Awards. Bockorny, associate professor of management and director of the NSU Honors Program, is the 2021 Foundation Faculty Excellence Award winner. Schwan, assistant
Students walking on campus
May 4, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – With spring semester coming to an end, the South Dakota Board of Regents has announced a first step toward normal operations for Northern State University and the five other regental institutions. Starting Monday, May 10, NSU and the other BOR universities will become “mask
Once a Wolf always a Wolf on a graduate cap
May 3, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – On Saturday, May 8, 227 students will graduate from Northern State University at its 2021 spring commencement. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the NSU Barnett Center. Delivering the commencement address will be 2021 Distinguished Alumnus Joe Senger, vice chairman of Dacotah Bank
Blonde woman in blue dress singing
April 27, 2021
 ABERDEEN, S.D. – On Friday night, April 30, the Northern State University Jazz Ensembles will perform a “Jazz Swing Concert” in the Johnson Fine Arts Center’s Jewett Theater.  This concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is in place of the 15-year tradition of ending the semester with a swing dance at
Student researchers presenting their research
April 27, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has awarded grant funding to three undergraduate research projects. Megan Dockter and Therese Haberman received a Northern Edge Award for their project, "Clarinet Trio Recording Project and Performances Around South Dakota." Dockter, a music education (
Photos of two men side by side
April 23, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Foundation will hold on-campus interviews for the finalists for the position of President and CEO. Robert J. Machovsky will visit the NSU campus on May 3, and Zach Flakus will visit Northern’s campus on May 4. Machovsky is currently Director of Alumni
Outside of campus building
April 21, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University Prevention Services is a new part of campus whose goal is to support the health and well-being of NSU campus community.  Created in March 2021 as part of the Student Affairs Strategic Action Plan, Prevention Services works to monitor, measure and improve
NSU logo next to smiling staff photo
April 21, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University faculty member Dr. Hannah Walters has been named Vice President of Marketing for the Marketing Management Association. Walters was voted unanimously into the role, which starts her on the officer’s track for the national academic organization. Her term
Man standing on campus green
April 16, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University President Timothy M. Downs has announced his resignation to pursue a new opportunity in higher education. In his five years on the Aberdeen campus, Downs presided over positive changes on campus and within the Aberdeen community, including freshman class
Women singing on stage
April 16, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Starting this fall, Northern State University will have a women’s choir for the very first time. Northern students and the greater Aberdeen community are invited to participate in the NSU/Aberdeen Women's Choir, which will be directed by NSU Associate Professor of Music Education
Close-up of choir singers
April 16, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Music Department will present a Choral Spring Concert featuring the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers at 3 p.m. April 25 in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater. The featured work for the Chamber Singers will be Johannes Brahms’ “Liebeslieder
School of Business building
April 15, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University Phi Beta Lambda students did very well in the recent virtual State Leadership Conference competition.  Each of the nine NSU PBL members placed in at least one competitive event. As a team, NSU PBL came away with 10 first-place awards, seven second-place
Day of Champions sign with students loading bus in background
April 14, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – On April 17, Northern State University student-athletes will team up with the United Way of Northeastern South Dakota in service to the Aberdeen area community. Saturday is the 19th annual Day of Champions, and the Wolves will spend the day volunteering at various community
Student presenting her research poster
April 14, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The 2021 Northern State University Research, Scholarship and Creativity Forum will take place April 21 in the Jewett Regional Science Education Center. This annual forum is a venue in which Northern undergraduates can present their research or scholarly activities. Oral
Photos of two women side by side
April 14, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – An article by Northern State University faculty members Drs. Kristi Bockorny and Hannah Walters has been accepted for publication in The Transnational Journal of Business. The article, titled “The Relevance of a Liberal Arts Education to Business School Graduates: An Assessment of
Musician playing instrument
April 13, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Music Department is proud to present the “Battle of the Brass” chamber recital this Thursday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center’s Jewett Theater.  This recital will feature two student brass ensembles. Northern’s student brass
Photos of five men
April 13, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s Distinguished Alumni will be honored at a luncheon at noon Friday, May 7, at the Dakota Event Center. This event is rescheduled from last spring and will honor the 2020 NSU Distinguished Alumni: William Deng, James Hess, James Klein, John Lopez and Joe
Man conducting band on stage
April 13, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Concert Band and Symphonic Band will present “Band Extravaganza” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 18. The concert will take place in the NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center’s Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater. The Concert Band is conducted by Dr. Audrey Miller, and
College student helping child at craft project
April 9, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – This semester, students in the Northern State University Business Leadership class have been working on projects that are making a difference in the community. Four groups of students are working on service learning projects with the following local organizations: Boys and Girls
Group of people standing on steps inside the state Capitol building
April 9, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – For more than 30 years, members of the Northern State University campus community have benefited from a unique program that offers leadership training and team-building skills. Forty NSU staff, faculty and students have graduated from the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce’s
NSU logo next to smiling student photo
April 7, 2021
RESTON, Va. – Northern State University’s Tava Berg will be honored by SHAPE America-Society of Health and Physical Educators as a Major of the Year during the organization’s 135th National Convention and Expo, which will be held virtually April 13-17. The award celebrates outstanding undergraduate
GiveNDay March 24, 2021, Northern State University, with photo of campus
April 6, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The results are in, and the outpouring of love and support that Wolves Nation showed to Northern State University on its first-ever GiveNDay is overwhelming.  As of April 1, GiveNDay reporting showed that 1,253 donors generously gave a total of more than $193,000 during this 24-
Spectators sitting in the stands at Wachs Arena
March 30, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Every spring, the Northern State University Barnett Center – and the entire Aberdeen community – is packed with athletes and fans from around the region. March is tournament time for NSU and Aberdeen, and this year it was even busier than usual. This year, Northern and the Aberdeen
Two smiling female student headshots
March 29, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Six Northern State University Honors Program students attended the virtual Upper Midwest Honors Conference on Friday, March 26. Two of those students, Emily Reiten and Molly Walter, presented their thesis research at the conference, titled, “Connections: Zooming in on Honors

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