Arts & Sciences

National History Day hosted March 18 by NSU

Students and professors at National History Day

ABERDEEN, S.D. – On Thursday, March 18, Northern State University again hosted the South Dakota Region 2 judging of National History Day 2021, held remotely this year as it was in 2020.

A total of 183 students from schools in Sioux Valley, Waverly South Shore, Britton-Hecla, Florence, Brookings, Summit and Wilmot presented 116 projects.

Projects were judged by a team of 20 Northern students, faculty and staff, plus Presentation College Professor Dr. Brad Tennant.

NSU student’s undergraduate research project to be published in journal


Northern State University student Caitline Blinder, of Aberdeen, will have her undergraduate research project published in the fall 2021 edition of THEJUMP+, or The Journal of Undergraduate Multimedia Projects. Listen to it here this fall, THEJUMP+

Smiling female student sitting at computer

Students, Faculty and Staff,

I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Ben Harley is the recipient of the first Presidential Service Award of 2021. This award was established in 2018 to recognize contributions of faculty or staff members who go above and beyond in helping our students unleash their potential.

Professor shaking hands with president

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

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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