NSU NEWS UPDATE – Week of April 27, 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.

TRIO SSS Workshop

TRIO SSS is hosting “Preparing for Online Final Exams,” a workshop hosted by the TRIO SSS peer mentors. All students are welcome to join the workshop on Wednesday, April 29, at 8 p.m. by clicking this link.  

Student Involvement Awards

Happy spring! It is that time to nominate groups and individuals for the Student Involvement Awards. Let’s celebrate our great students and their contributions to our campus and community! There are a total of 10 awards; descriptions of each award can be found here, and the nomination form here. All nominations are due on April 29 by email to Janie.Borkowski@northern.edu. Invitations to the Awards Ceremony on May 3 will follow shortly after. This year, the ceremony will be held via Zoom. All of the campus is invited to attend this celebratory moment.

NSU Intramurals Workout Video

NSU Intramurals is creating a four-week recreation home workout program for students! Download the first video here.

Campus Hours Update

Campus is closed to the public and most buildings are locked.

  • The Student Center is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and is closed on weekends.
  • The Wolf Shoppe is closed to the public, but web orders and freight will be processed daily. 
  • The post office is open 9-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.
  • The Johnson Fine Arts Center is open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Post Office, Wolf Shoppe Hours

Starting April 20, these will be the posted hours for the next two weeks:

Post Office:

  • April 20-24: 9-11:30 a.m.
  • April 27-May 1: 9-11:30 a.m.

Wolf Shoppe:

  • Closed until further notice to in-store traffic; website available: https://bookstore.northern.edu/
  • Web orders will be processed daily.
  • Freight will be accepted daily from carriers and routed to post office or campus truck for delivery.

Dining Services Hours

Dining service availability for on-campus students has changed. Dining services will be available the following times:

  • The POD Market will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, offering to-go comfort meals and its usual for-sale items.
  • All meals will be served in the POD Market.
  • Weekend service is not provided at this time.

Papa John’s, Einstein's Bagels and the Wolves' Den are closed.

NSU Counseling Update

While Northern has moved to online learning due to the COVID-19 virus, the NSU Counseling Center is still available for virtual consultations and/or sessions with students. The sessions and consultations are available via phone or via a HIPAA-compliant Zoom videoconferencing platform. For more information, please call 605-626-2371. Also, for tips and updates, follow the NSU Counseling Center on Facebook.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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