Arts & Sciences

Three Northern students win Brown County Historical Society awards

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – All three winners in this year’s Brown County Historical Society annual Historical Research and Writing Awards are students from the Northern State University College of Arts and Sciences.

First place went to Ethan Delvo, a history education major from Watertown, for “A Recipe for Disaster: How Politics and the Greater Good Killed the Oahe Irrigation Project.”

Hannah Higdon, a history, communications and political science major from Dupree, received second place for “The Indian Reorganization Act: John Collier = Unsuccessful.”

NSU Spring Commencement set for Saturday, May 4

ABERDEEN, S.D. – On Saturday, May 4, 236 students will graduate from Northern State University at its 2019 spring commencement.

The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. in the NSU Barnett Center.

Delivering the commencement address will be 2019 Distinguished Alumna Dr. Becky Guffin, superintendent of the Aberdeen Public School District.

Saturday’s student speaker will be 2018-19 NSU Student Association President Shanae Doerr.

NSU Greenhouse to Hold Plant Sale April 25 and 26

ABERDEEN, S.D.—The NSU greenhouse will be holding a plant sale Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in MJ 144.

Stop by the greenhouse to see the new succulents, double daffodils, geraniums, aloe vera plants, and more. Proceeds benefit science scholarships and a science fair award.

For more information, contact Julie Schroer.

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NSU’s literary magazine ‘Northern Lights’ to hold launch party for new issue April 24

ABERDEEN, S.D. – A launch party to celebrate the release of the 2019 publication of Northern State University’s literary magazine “Northern Lights” will be held in the NSU Lincoln Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24.

The event will feature free food, a reading, as well as an awards ceremony for the best poem, short story and art piece. The new edition of “Northern Lights” will be available to purchase at the event.

For more information, please contact Pen Pearson, NSU professor of English, at

When surveyed, college graduates from American universities consistently report that direct interaction with faculty, especially on research projects, is one of the most impactful experiences of their undergraduate years. 

NSU Hosted SD Germans from Russia Exhibition Award of Excellence Celebration

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Heritage Center in the Northern State University Beulah Williams Library has received the Act of Excellence recognition from the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

In honor of this special recognition, Northern hosted an Act of Excellence celebration at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the Isaac Lincoln Gallery in Lincoln Hall.

NSU’s Dolan Receives S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Grant

Amy Dolan

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s Dr. Amy Dolan was recently awarded a grant from South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.  

The grant is titled “Population structure, efficacy of trapping techniques and hematological measures of stress” and the study will be carried out this summer near Clear Lake, S.D. Dolan was awarded the grant along with University of Minnesota Morris Dr. Heather Waye.


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