NSU NEWS UPDATE – Week of Jan. 4, 2021

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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.

COVID-19 News

  • Current Self-Reported Case Count: Total active cases: 4 (2 students; 2 faculty/staff). Total quarantined or isolated: 2 (0 on campus; 2 off campus). (Numbers as of Dec. 22, 2020; please note: those in quarantine/isolation aren’t necessarily confirmed or symptomatic cases)
  • Mask Level: NSU is at Level 3, which requires face coverings in all public indoor spaces on campus. Learn more about the SDBOR Face Covering Protocol here.
  • Webpage Updates: Northern has updated its COVID-19 Webpage, now including various FAQs for students, faculty and staff.
  • Requesting Supplies: To request COVID-19 supplies from NSU Facilities, please work with your supervisor to determine the proposed needs for your entire department and submit an order using this online form.

Engaging Online Learners

Faculty members are invite to join colleagues from fellow public liberal arts college Truman State University, a COPLAC (Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges) institution located in northeastern Missouri, for an interactive and engaging session on “Communicating in an Online Environment: Engaging Online Learners.” The event, featuring Dr. Marcia Dixson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at Purdue Fort Wayne University, will take place Thursday, Jan. 7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom (Passcode 3U0w+C). After Dr. Dixson’s interactive presentation, faculty from Northern State and Truman State will break into discussion groups to meet, discuss Dr. Dixson’s ideas, and talk through how they might work in courses in our respective disciplines. Please RSVP by noon Monday, Jan. 4, so we can plan ahead with Truman State. To RSVP, point your phone camera to the QR code in the attached flier, or click on this link. This event is sponsored by NSU Online and Continuing Education (OCE) and Truman State with support from NSU CETL.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Please note that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act expired Dec. 31. Anyone who is ill with the virus or has a need to care for a dependent after that date will need to use his/her own sick leave and/or annual leave.

Employee Assistance Plan

Benefits eligible staff: Please keep in mind that your benefits plans include free use of our Employee Assistance Plan. Every eligible staff member has five free visits available with a counselor. If you need assistance, please utilize this wonderful benefit, found at this link; the password is southdakota.

Wolves Athletics

Stay up to date with NSU Wolves news on the athletics webpage.