Faculty & Staff

Education students practicing for the classroom through virtual reality

Teacher candidate speaking with avatar students

ABERDEEN, S.D. – A new learning tool offers Northern State University education students the chance to experience the classroom using virtual reality.

The Mursion Virtual Reality Simulation offers an innovative approach for teacher candidates to acquire and practice new skills, said NSU Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Anna Schwan. Schwan brought the technology to Northern after trying it out at a conference in Maryland.

NSU TRIO SSS Peer Mentors present on virtual conference panel

Headshots of four students

ABERDEEN, S.D. – This week, four Northern State University students participated in a regional conference for TRIO professionals.

Mckenzie Hassebroek of Westport, S.D.; Emma Pulfrey of Alcester, S.D.; Garret Thompson of Logan, Iowa; and Taren Tschetter of Hitchcock, S.D., took part in the virtual Aspire Conference. The conference offered professional development for TRIO representatives from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.

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

Image of Ginny Lewis book cover next to her head shot

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

Student practicing artwork

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.

Boulton and Barry to present recital of music for piano four-hands

Female and male performer sitting at piano

ABERDEEN, S.D. – A husband and wife musical duo will perform an upcoming concert at Northern State University.

Dr. Kenneth Boulton and JoAnne Barry will present a recital of music for piano four-hands at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater.

Featured on the program will be music by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Leó Weiner and Johannes Brahms.

Northern to celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 17

Students talking on Constitution Day

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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