Alumni & Foundation

Northern keeps two-thirds of its graduates in South Dakota

Student interviewing for job

ABERDEEN, S.D. – When it comes to keeping graduates in South Dakota, Northern State University continues to lead the pack.

Two-thirds of Northern graduates, or 66 percent, stay in the state to work or further their education. That’s the same figure reported by the S.D. Board of Regents’ Graduate Placement Dashboard two years ago and it’s 13 percent more than the average among all regental institutions, which is 53 percent.

Northern Galleries to host Virtual Artist Talk on Feb. 4

Art exhibit on display in JFAC Gallery

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will hold a virtual artist talk for artist and NSU alumna Becky Grismer, whose exhibit, “Taking Root,” is currently on display in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery.

The virtual event, hosted by Northern Galleries, will take place on Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. Central Time. Grismer, of Spearfish, will discuss her artistic process and the various thematic elements of her exhibit. There will be also be a question and answer session.

While 2020 has been a year of challenges, there have also been many points of pride this year.

That includes enrollment growth, e-learning increases, and various times where members of our campus community stepped up to help others during this difficult year. These highlights were bright spots during an uncertain time, and we’re proud to share them.

Below are Northern’s top 12 highlights from 2020:


Students and teacher walking through gym

Northern partners with Red Rooster to offer Wolves Blend coffee

Bags of Wolves blend coffee

ABERDEEN, S.D. – A partnership between Northern State University and Red Rooster Coffee House will bring a tasty new brew to the region – and scholarship money to students.

NSU and the Red Rooster have teamed up to offer Wolves Blend fresh roasted coffee beans. The coffee – a Certified Fair Trade, organic medium roast – will be available starting in early January, though a few test bags are available for sale at the coffee house this week.

NSU alum creates ‘Hearts in the Park’ to assist homeless population

Female soldier singing in front of an American flag

ABERDEEN, S.D. – This fall, a Northern State University alumna helped create an event that brought much-needed care and assistance to more than 100 homeless individuals in Wisconsin.

Katie Cramer organized Hearts in the Park, held Sept. 1 in La Crosse, Wis. Cramer, a registered nurse, said the event came about due to the fact that this year has been difficult for everyone, but especially those without a home.


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