NSU President to Depart Aberdeen Campus

Man standing on campus green

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 growth in four of the past five years, a freshman to sophomore retention rate above 73 percent, and major academic and sports facility enhancements. New facilities were funded by donations that amounted to more than $110 million.

Facilities include:

PBL students receive honors at State Leadership Conference

School of Business building

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 awards and one third-place award.

All of the students now qualify to compete at the upcoming virtual National Leadership Conference.

NSU Research, Scholarship and Creativity Forum set for April 21

Student presenting her research poster

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 presentations will be 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m., with the poster session 1-2 p.m.

NSU Spring Commencement Ceremony set for May 8

Decorated grad cap at commencement

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will hold an in-person spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 8, in the Barnett Center.

Guests will be welcome, with each participating graduate receiving four tickets to use for family and friends. Masks will be required per S.D. Board of Regents policy, and attendees will be appropriately spaced throughout the Barnett Center.

National History Day hosted March 18 by NSU

Students and professors at National History Day

ABERDEEN, S.D. – On Thursday, March 18, Northern State University again hosted the South Dakota Region 2 judging of National History Day 2021, held remotely this year as it was in 2020.

A total of 183 students from schools in Sioux Valley, Waverly South Shore, Britton-Hecla, Florence, Brookings, Summit and Wilmot presented 116 projects.

Projects were judged by a team of 20 Northern students, faculty and staff, plus Presentation College Professor Dr. Brad Tennant.

Educational Studies program provides path for non-education majors to earn teaching certification, master’s degree at same time

NSU logo next to photo of smiling female student

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Abby Woytassek Nelson always intended to pursue teaching, and Northern State University’s Educational Studies Secondary Education program provided the perfect opportunity.

The new program is specifically designed for students like Nelson – candidates who have completed a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue certification to teach in South Dakota while also earning a master’s degree.


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