Arts & Sciences

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:


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

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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.

COVID-19 has affected all NSU community: students, faculty and staff. Below is a perspective of one member of the community: Brianna Geigle is a student in the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program. She was completing her internship when the pandemic broke out.

Q: In what ways did your internship experience change following the COVID-19 pandemic reaching the US?

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NSU German professor translates memoir, ‘Flight from the Red Hell’

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – A new memoir offers a first-hand account of a German man’s life under the Bolshevik Revolution – and it might never have been published without the work of Northern State University’s Dr. Ginny Lewis.

Lewis, NSU professor of German and literary scholar, translated “Flight from the Red Hell” into English. Now, the memoir – a tale of Heinrich Neuwirt’s survival amidst hardships such as famine and imprisonment – has been published by Peter Lang Publishing.

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.

‘Epidemic’ exhibit on display at Jewett Regional Science Education Center

Historical display of past epidemics set up in the science center

ABERDEEN, S.D. – A new exhibit on display in Northern State University’s Jewett Regional Science Education Center gives a look at epidemics throughout history.

“Epidemic!” contains information and artifacts related to pandemics/epidemics that affected the Aberdeen area from the 1830s through the 1950s, including diphtheria, typhoid fever, small pox, the flu of 1918 and polio. Items were provided by the Dacotah Prairie Museum, in coordination with NSU Assistant Professor of Biology and STEM Outreach Coordinator Dr. Amy Dolan and graduate assistant Emily Wheeler.

Northern to celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 17

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will celebrate Constitution Day on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Constitution Day is the federal observance of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. Around Aberdeen all day, hundreds of U.S. flags will be displayed, courtesy of the Exchange Club. Across the Northern campus, students, faculty and staff will wear patriotic clothing, with workspaces decorated with a patriotic theme.


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