NSU NEWS UPDATE – Week of June 28, 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

The COVID-19 vaccine is now widely available in South Dakota, and Northern State University encourages all members of the campus community to get vaccinated if they are able. For up-to-date vaccine information, visit S.D. Department of Health. The NSU campus is now a mask-optional environment. Learn more: NSU COVID-19.

Northern Fort Playhouse Free Previews

The Northern Fort Playhouse is offering a behind-the-scenes look at our upcoming shows! Our open rehearsals, which take place at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. June 29 in the NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre, are a chance to see how the productions are coming together. Get a sneak peek at the actors developing their roles before we move out to Fort Sisseton to add the lights, sets and costumes. After each run, we’ll also offer a brief talkback where you can ask questions of the actors and director. If you’ve never a seen a show in rehearsal, this is a great chance to learn about the process of bringing theatre to life. At 11 a.m., see a preview of “Don’t Hug Me” by Phil Olson (book and lyrics) and Paul Olson (music); at 3 p.m., see a preview of “The Oregon Trail” by Bekah Brunstetter.

Northern Fort Playhouse Presents 15th Season

The 15th season of Northern Fort Playhouse will be presented in the south barracks building of Fort Sisseton Historic State Park, with performances beginning July 9. “The Oregon Trail,” featuring the iconic game as it sends a middle-schooler into her rocky future as well as to her pioneering family’s past, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 9, 17 and 24, and 2 p.m. July 11. “Don’t Hug Me,” a musical comedy set in Minnesota, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 10, 16 and 23, and 2 p.m. July 18. Friday evening receptions will be held prior to performances. This will be a time for hors d’oeuvres and drinks for a freewill donation. A Saturday dinner option will also be available on July 10, 17 and 24, and Sunday lunch will be available on July 11 and 18. All seats are reserved, and tickets can be purchased by calling 605-467-3247 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, please visit Northern Fort Playhouse online.

Registrar/Financial Aid Move

The NSU Financial Aid and Registrar’s offices have moved from Dacotah Hall 103 to the Jewett Science Center 209A through the end of September. Financial Aid can be reached at 605-626-2640 or finaid@northern.edu, and the Registrar’s Office can be reached at 605-626-2012 or records@northern.edu.

Parade registration now open

Gypsy Day 2021 is Saturday, Oct. 2, with the 105th annual parade that morning in downtown Aberdeen. Parade registration is now open, as of 8 a.m. June 1, at this link. Entrants will decorate their float based on the theme, and a panel of judges comprised of Northern and community leaders will present awards in various categories. Homecoming week takes place Sept. 27-Oct. 2, with the theme of “Wolves of the Galaxy.” The week’s festivities will also include coronation of a queen and marshal. This year, the annual Gypsy Day football game will be played in the brand new Dacotah Bank Stadium, part of the Regional Sports Complex opening this fall on the NSU campus. For ticket information, visit nsuwolves.com. For more information, visit the NSU homecoming webpage or contact the NSU Student Affairs office at 605-626-3007.

2021 Common Read

Northern State University’s fall 2021 Common Read book will be Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century,” by Alice Wong. Wong will deliver the 2021 NSU Larry and Julie Poeppel Family Common Read Lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Attendees are invited to gather in the Johnson Fine Arts Center’s Jewett Theater to listen to Wong, who will present live via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public. Wong is a disabled activist and founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project. Akademos will be providing copies of the book for students as they order their fall textbooks. For anyone else, the book is available for purchase on the NSU Wolf Shoppe for $12.95 (plus tax). Read more here!

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.

Name Tag Orders

NSU Communications and Marketing orders name tags for employees once a month. To request a name tag for the next campus-wide order, fill out this online form.

Wolves Athletics

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

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