Arts & Sciences

NSU’s Benkert publishes book of poetry

Lysbeth Benkert book cover

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s Dr. Lysbeth Benkert has published a book of poetry.

The book, titled “#girl stuff,” is published by Dancing Girl Press. It contains poems that center around how women often define themselves or adapt their self-identities in positive–and sometimes not-so-positive—ways through their relationships: as mothers, daughters, wives or girlfriends.

Internships give NSU students first-hand look at EMT, paramedic professions

Asher and Hanna Wahl, EMT interns

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Asher Wahl wasn’t sure what kind of duties to expect at his internship with Aberdeen Fire and Rescue.

But his first day on the job, a call came in for a major vehicle accident – and his crew told him he was coming along.

“I thought I was just going to sit in here and clean stuff,” joked Wahl, a junior at Northern State University.

SDBOR approves NSU to offer two new programs

NSU campus green

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Regents have approved Northern State University to offer a new minor in legal studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in digital media.

A new minor in legal studies will provide Northern students with a stronger foundation for law school admissions. The minor also prepares graduates for careers as law enforcement officers, paralegals and other positions within the criminal justice system.

Schaff to present at TEDx event in Rapid City

ABERDEEN, S.D. -  Northern State University’s Dr. Jon Schaff, professor of political science, will speak at a TEDx event in Rapid City on June 20.

Schaff’s TEDx talk is titled “Why is American Politics So Screwed Up?”

"I hope to show that, contrary to what we might think, our politics would benefit from stronger political parties and a campaign finance system that made it easier, not harder, for candidates to raise money," said Schaff.

Schaff most recently gave a version of the talk last November as a part of NSU’s Primrose Arts and Lecture Series.

NSU’s Russell chosen as recipient of South Dakota Board of Regents Competitive Research Grant

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s Dr. Andrew Russell, assistant professor of biology, was recently chosen as a recipient of a South Dakota Board of Regents Competitive Research Grant.

Russell’s proposal is entitled “Analysis of Pseudomonas Syringae Virulence Factors Inducing Host DNA Damage.”

Russell’s project “aims to understand how pathogens damage host DNA and, thereby, could provide insight into mechanisms of virulence that should be of interest to various external funding entities,” according to his proposal.

Dr. Rochelle Nolte is the 2018 NSU Distinguished Alumna for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Capt. Nolte has had a highly successful career with the U.S. Public Health Service, and she attributes that success to NSU and the top-notch professors who wouldn’t settle for anything less than her full potential.

“My experiences with the Public Health Service have been beyond anything I ever could have dreamed up for myself. I never could have imagined such a great career,” she said. “I have Northern to thank for that.”

NSU’s Long publishes article about tornado seasonality

John Long

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s Dr. John Long has published an article in the scholarly journal, Weather and Climate Extremes.

“Tornado seasonality in the southeastern United States” examined whether any shifts in tornado seasonality have occurred in the region of the southeastern United States over the past seven decades. Long co-authored the article with Paul Stoy and Tobias Gerken, both of Montana State University.

NSU students win awards from Brown County Historical Society

ABERDEEN, S.D. - Northern State University students Pamela Gruba and Chase Sievers recently received honors at the Brown County Historical Society’s annual Historical Research and Writing Awards.

Gruba of Grenville received first place honors for her paper, titled “The Second Wounded Knee: An Effectual Response to Centuries of Injustices.”

Sievers of Gettysburg received third place honors for his paper, titled “The Allies of Joseph R. McCarthy.”

Both students received a certificate and a cash prize for their winning papers.

NSU Honors’ van Oosbree publishes senior thesis in Journal of Student Research

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University graduate Annika van Oosbree of Maple Grove, Minn., recently became the first NSU student to have an honors thesis published in a professional publication.

Van Oosbree’s thesis, entitled “Phenotypic effects of probiotics on Xenopus laevis development,” was coauthored by Dr. Alyssa Kiesow, NSU associate professor of biology, and was published in the sixth volume of the “Journal of Student Research.”


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