NSU NEWS UPDATE – Week of April 14, 2020

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Welcome to the NSU News Update - providing information on events happening on campus or involving NSU students, staff and faculty. 

To submit a news item, send it via email to NSUNews@northern.edu by 5 p.m. Thursday of the week before the announcement should run.

Check COVID-19 Webpages for Updates

For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 virus, as well as resources and information on Northern’s transition to online learning, please visit the NSU COVID-19 Resource Page or NSU COVID-19 Continuity Page.

Research with a Librarian 

The library is hosting a Research with a Librarian event via Zoom on Thursday, April 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is come and go, where librarians will be available to help students with all aspects of the research process – from focusing their topic, to conducting research, and even helping to correctly format citations.  Join the library at this Zoom link.

Request Materials from the Library

You can now request physical materials from the Williams Library. If you are unable to locate an electronic version of an item you need, you can request the physical item to be pulled from the library’s collection. The item must be something the library owns, and NO interlibrary loans will be requested for physical materials. To request an item, email the title, author, your name and your mailing address to the library at reference@northern.edu. The librarians will pull items on Tuesdays and Thursdays, check them out to you, and mail to the address you provided in the email. To return the items, simply mail all items back with the return address label provided in the package.

Post Office, Wolf Shoppe Hours in April

Starting April 7, these will be the posted hours for the next two weeks:

Post Office:

  • April 7-April 9: 9-11:30 a.m.
  • April 10: Closed
  • April 13: Closed
  • April 14-April 17: 9-11:30 a.m.

Wolf Shoppe:

  • Beginning April 7, closed until further notice to in-store traffic.
  • Web orders will be processed daily.
  • Freight will be accepted daily from carriers and routed to post office or campus truck for delivery.

SBAC Zoom Hearings

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, hearings for SBAC have been moved to April 20-21 from 5 to 9 p.m., via Zoom. Any organizations or groups that are interested in receiving a Budget Request form or have any questions can contact SGA President Harrison Bruns, Vice President Patrick Minihan or CFO Molly Kueter. Request forms, other additional forms needed for presenting, and sign-ups for hearings are due by Thursday, April 9, before an organization plans on presenting.

Faculty Connect D2L

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is excited to support NSU faculty through the Faculty Connect D2L course sandbox. Faculty Connect is a D2L sandbox shell dedicated to providing a place where NSU faculty can engage in collegial conversations, share resources and provide/receive support as they navigate the new semester situation of teaching remotely in the online medium. You can find the sandbox by searching for “Faculty Connect” under “View all Courses” on your D2L homepage, or in the nine-square waffle at the top center of your D2L screen.

Counseling Program Zoom Discussions

During this time of uncertainty and transition, the NSU Counseling Program plans to host discussions in the coming weeks to help us support each other and our students through the remainder of the semester. Specific topics will be announced at a later time and will rotate by the week. Please join one of our Thursday 11 a.m. sessions via this link.

Online Tutoring Sessions Available

With Northern’s transition to online learning due to the COVID-19 virus, the NSU Tutoring Center is now offering online tutoring sessions for NSU students. Tutoring is available to any Northern student free of charge for all general education classes and most upper-level classes. The sessions are conducted through Zoom videoconferencing, which allows real-time interaction between students and tutors. For more information or to set up an online tutoring session, students can email nsututoringcenter@northern.edu

Undergraduate Forum Canceled

In light of the campus closure for the remainder of the semester, this year’s Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Forum scheduled for April 22 has been canceled. Thank you to all who helped plan this year’s event and prepare student presentations. We hope to see you participate in next year’s forum, which is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Virtual Events for Students

NSU Student Involvement and Leadership has started offering virtual events. During the month of April, SIL plans to host live Zoom videoconference events for students, such as virtual charades. Ideas for virtual events that students can hold themselves have been added to the SIL Webpage. To stay up to date on all of these offerings, follow the NSU SIL Facebook Page.

Career Services Update

Career Services staff are working remotely during this time. Staff are connecting with students using Zoom or phone for appointments, or via email for general questions. Students can either schedule an appointment by accessing their Wolf Work account, or by emailing careerservices@northern.edu or britt.lorenz@northern.edu.

TRIO Success Series Online Workshop – Posting Effective and Appropriate Online Videos

NSU’s TRIO Student Support Services program offers workshops throughout the semester that are open to all NSU students. Gain confidence in posting online videos and engaging in online discussion by viewing this video hosted by NSU’s English and Reading Instructor, Erica Bobby.

Recycling Program Suspended

The recycling program on campus has been suspended until further notice to protect the health of the workers who rinse the bottles.

Library Book Drop

The library wants you to know that even though the building is closed, you can still return your books! There is a book drop (book depository) located in the library’s outer lobby. To keep handling to a minimum, all items will be returned in the library system by staff once-per-week. If you are off campus and need to return your books, you can mail them to:

Beulah Williams Library


1200 S Jay Street

Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198

Any new library fines that might accrue during COVID-19 closure will be waived. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the library at reference@northern.edu.

Password Expiration Reminders

NSU Net Services is implementing password expiration reminders. Beginning four days prior to your password expiration date (which happens every six months), you will receive a daily email with instructions on how to change your password. You must be registered with Northern’s self-service password reset service in order to reset your password without contacting the Support Desk. If you are not registered, and your password expires after Support Desk hours, you may lose access to many services including D2L, Banner, Zoom, Microsoft O365, Library databases and campus WiFi until the next business day. If you have not registered for the self-service password reset service, please visit the Password Reset Page and select the Register or Change Info option.

Upcoming Wolves Events

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