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President Schnoor held two campus forums on Thursday in the JFAC Berggren Recital Hall, providing the campus community an update on the university strategic plan.

Various topics were discussed at the sessions, and faculty, staff and students had a chance to ask questions and offer feedback.

Schnoor discussed the university’s initial strategic priorities and actions:

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NSU Student Affairs adapts to challenging year of serving students during COVID-19

Northern State University Student Affairs launched an ambitious effort to do three things this year: protect the community’s health, keep campus open, and help students connect and engage at Northern. Each effort presented new challenges for the Student Affairs team and required creativity, adaptability and laser-like focus.

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NSU and United Way S.D. Team up for 19th Annual Day of Champions

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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 organizations, performing tasks from cleaning to painting to yard cleanup.

Students, Faculty and Staff,

I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Ben Harley is the recipient of the first Presidential Service Award of 2021. This award was established in 2018 to recognize contributions of faculty or staff members who go above and beyond in helping our students unleash their potential.

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NSU Millicent Atkins School of Education will host accreditation visit

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Millicent Atkins School of Education at Northern State University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on April 25-27, 2021.

Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

Faculty and staff attended the Campus Town Hall on Monday, where NSU President Dr. Tim Downs reviewed the results of the spring 2020 Campus Climate Survey.

The survey was conducted in April 2020 in accordance with HB 1087, a bill passed in 2019 with the purpose of promoting free speech and intellectual diversity at higher education institutions.

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Northern enters partnership with Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country

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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.

That means in 2021, students, employees and visitors to Northern will see vending machines with Coke products all around the NSU campus.

Education students practicing for the classroom through virtual reality

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – A new learning tool offers Northern State University education students the chance to experience the classroom using virtual reality.


NSU selected to join Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges

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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 premier university recognized for excellence in the liberal arts.


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