Arts & Sciences

‘The Hate U Give’ author to deliver 2018 NSU Common Read Lecture

Angie Thomas_2018 Common Read

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The author of a book that has spent more than 60 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list will deliver Northern State University’s 2018 Common Read Lecture.

Angie Thomas, author of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling book “The Hate U Give,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. The event—Northern’s eighth annual Common Read Lecture—is free and open to the public.

Ramey receives NSU’s 2017-18 Outstanding Faculty Award

Ramey web graphic

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Dr. Peter Ramey has received Northern State University’s 2017-18 Outstanding Faculty Award.

Ramey, associate professor of English, was announced as this year’s winner during NSU’s spring commencement ceremony on Saturday.

Ramey received several letters of nomination from faculty and students, including from NSU College of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Joshua Hagen. Hagen wrote that Ramey has “built and sustained an unequivocal record of excellence in teaching, research and service.”

Webster man to graduate from NSU 57 years after first enrolling

ABERDEEN, S.D. – When Jim Kurkowski first started as a student at Northern State, he never dreamed he’d one day finish his education entirely online – there weren’t even computers on campus back then.

Kurkowski, 74, of Webster, is graduating this weekend 57 years after he first enrolled at Northern. He has earned his bachelor’s degree in general education from NSU with a certificate in public history, taking all of his courses online.

NSU TRIO students graduating at even higher rate than institution average

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – When Jessica McClain started as a Northern State University student four years ago, she took advantage of NSU TRIO Student Support Services offerings such as tutoring, workshops and events.

Now as a TRIO peer mentor, she’s the one putting on financial literacy workshops – and the one helping other students just starting out in college.

McClain, a senior from Leola majoring in sociology, said she likes being able to give back.

NSU Greenhouse to have Plant Sale April 23-24

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will host a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 23, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in Mewaldt-Jensen 144B, the NSU greenhouse classroom.

Plants for sale will include geraniums, small snake plants and a large number of succulents.

Proceeds will fund the NSU Environmental Club.

For more information, contact Julie Schroer at, or call 605-626-3430.

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Winners of 2018 NSU Undergraduate Research Forum Announced

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Several Northern State University students received honors at the 2018 NSU Undergraduate Research Forum on April 12.

Oral Presentation Winners:

Tyler Bowen of Robbinsville, N.J.; Lindsay Aman of Aberdeen; Kenneth Hix of Aberdeen; and Dakota Feller of Blunt, received first place for their presentation on “Diversity of American Music,” with Dr. Kristi Bockorny as their mentor.

NSU will honor Distinguished Alumni at May 4 banquet

2018 Distinguished Alumni

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Four Northern State University alumni will be honored at NSU’s first-ever spring Distinguished Alumni Banquet.

The event will take place on May 4 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Aberdeen’s Ramkota Convention Center. One graduate from each of Northern’s four schools will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award, which are given to individuals who have distinguished themselves through personal successes and civic contributions, while bringing a sense of pride to the college community.

NSU to host Noon Forums throughout the month of April

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will continue to host lectures as a part of its spring 2018 series of Noon Forums throughout the month of April.

Noon Forums planned throughout April include:

April 4: “Ezra Pound and Classical Chinese Poetry,” presented by Haixia Zhang, NSU instructor for the Confucius Institute.

April 11: “Visualizing Crime and Justice: A Collaborative Learning Project,” presented by Gratia Brown, NSU assistant professor of art, and Dr. Courtney Waid-Lindberg, NSU associate professor of sociology.


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