NSU NEWS UPDATE – Week of March 15, 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: 7 (5 students; 2 faculty/staff). Total students quarantined or isolated: 12 (0 on campus; 12 off campus). (Numbers as of March 12, 2021; 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.

Majors Madness Fair

Learn about majors, minors and all the extras at the Majors Madness Fair, which will take place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, March 15-Thursday, March 18, in the Student Center Mezzanine and Mall. Check out academic programs; connect with faculty and academic advisors; review minors, emphasis areas and credentials; and determine the right field of study to help you reach your careers goals and interests. Monday will feature the College of Arts and Sciences, Tuesday will feature the School of Business, Wednesday will feature the School of Fine Arts and Thursday will feature the School of Education. For more information, please contact NSU Career Services

Instructional Technology Training

Instructional Technology is offering the following trainings in-person and via Zoom. The intended audience for these trainings is faculty. 

·       Tuesday, March 16, at 12:30 p.m. – Google Apps for Education (MJ-201)

·       Monday, March 22, at 1 p.m. – Classroom Engagement with Solstice (MJ-203)

For more information on upcoming trainings, please see our training schedule. To register, please see our registration form.

Plan Your Summer with Eide Bailly

Calling all accounting students! Take time to networking virtually with representatives from Eide Bailly. Learn about their summer leadership program, and current and future internship opportunities. The virtual networking event will take place on Tuesday, March 16 at 2 p.m. To join the event, please log in here. Please contact Scott Peterson or NSU Career Services to learn more.

Student Webinar

Through the Healthy Homes Partnership, students are invited to participate in a free, one-hour webinar that focuses on actions students can take in their residence to maintain or improve indoor air quality for optimum respiratory health. The webinar will be offered on the following dates and times (Central Time): March 16 at noon; March 18 at 6 p.m.; March 29 at noon and 6 p.m.; April 1 at 6 p.m.; April 5 at noon; April 9 at noon; April 12 at 6 p.m.; April 20 at noon; and April 22 at 6 p.m. Students are asked to register for the webinar at this link

NSU Bach’s Lunch  

The NSU Music Department will present the 10th and Almost Annual Bach’s Lunch, honoring the 336th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, at noon on Wednesday, March 17. The performance will take place in the Jewett Theater in the NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center. Performers will include: Kenneth Boulton and JoAnne Barry performing piano four-hands and eight-hands; Allan Jacobson, piano and piano eight-hands; Stuart Davidson, piano eight-hands and cello; Christopher Stanichar, violin; Leandro Fernandez Moutin, violin; Josh Opp, viola; William Wieland, harpsichord; members of the NSU Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Terry Beckler; the NSU Chamber Singers under the direction of Timothy Woods. Due to COVID-19, admission is free to all 2020-21 NSU School of Fine Arts events. Limited seating is available. Masks are required for all patrons, and attendees are asked to follow appropriate social-distancing protocols. The concert will also be livestreamed on the NSU Music Department Facebook page.

Upcoming CETL Programs

  • Thursday, March 18, at 4:30 p.m., CETL, NSU counseling faculty and NSU counseling graduate students will virtually host a Feel Good Thursday eventDrs. Shalini Mathew and Shuhui Fan will lead a discussion on burnout and compassion fatigue that focuses on the difference between the two concepts, the symptoms of each, and how to help those who may be feeling this way. We highly encourage everyone to attend! Please consider joining us via Zoom. (Password: 4xqbx1) 
  • Thursday, March 25, at 2 p.m., visiting scholar, Dr. Stephanie Kerschbaum, will lead an interactive discussion on disability in the classroom in LIB 117, where attendees will enjoy a free nacho bar. Dr. Kerschbaum is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware; her work focuses on theories of difference and disability. If you plan to attend the event in person, please send your RSVP to CETL@northern.edu. You can also attend via Zoom (Passcode 236eLBP). 

NSU Spring Jazz Concert   

The Northern State University Spring Jazz Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater. Performing will be the NSU 1 O’clock Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Terry Beckler, and the NSU 2 O’clock Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Grant Manhart. The 1 O’clock Jazz Ensemble features Camille Koenig on drum set, Hope Patton on alto saxophone, Ceylie Gergen on trumpet, and Bryson Muirhead on bass. The group will play combo tunes by Jamey Aebersold, Herbie Hancock and Lee Morgan. The 2 O’clock Jazz Ensemble will perform the Stan Kenton saxophone feature “Opus in Pastels.” Senior baritone saxophonist Dylan Unruh will be featured on a tune by Too Many Zoos called “Pink Yesterday.” Due to COVID-19, admission is free to all 2020-21 NSU School of Fine Arts events. Limited seating is available. Masks are required for all patrons, and attendees are asked to follow appropriate social-distancing protocols. The concert will also be livestreamed on the NSU Music Department Facebook page.

GiveNDay is March 24

Northern State University’s first-ever GiveNDay will take place on Wednesday, March 24, beginning at 9 a.m.! This 24-hour giving day event is designed to inspire all supporters of Northern to come together to provide essential funding to all areas across the university. Also known as #OneDayOnePack, the event’s goal is to receive support from 200 donors in 24 hours. As more people give, the impact increases – unlocking challenges that provide additional funds once milestones are met. Become an Ambassador: Are YOU one of NSU’s most passionate supporters? We need your help spreading the word about GiveNDay. Take part in the excitement - sign up to become a GiveNDay Ambassador here! For more information, please visit this GiveNDay webpage.

Two Virtual Fairs

Students:  Register now for the B.I.G. Career and Internship Fair and the South Dakota Teacher Career Fair. These two career fairs will take place virtually on Thursday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Candidates can register for free HERE! For more information or to prepare, please contact NSU Career Services

Aberdeen Area and NSU Job Fair                                                  

The 2021 Aberdeen Area and NSU Job Fair will take place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the Barnett Center. NSU Career Services is partnering with Hub City Radio, SD Job Services/Department of Labor, and the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce on the event to bring a comprehensive career fair to Aberdeen. This fair is a way for employers to promote their organization, professional internships, and part-time, full-time and temporary employment opportunities available in the region to both students and community job seekers. Employers are encouraged to register through this online form by Monday, April 5. For more information, email careerservices@northern.edu or call 605-626-3007.  

Annual Enrollment Reminder

Just a reminder for all benefits eligible staff: Annual enrollment for your insurance is right around the corner – May 3-17. You should be receiving regular emails and mailings at home from the South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources regarding the changes to the plans this year. All staff will be required to log into the annual enrollment site in May to enroll in your benefits as your current elections will not roll over due to the significant changes to the plans. Please log into the benefits website here for further information and updates. 

NSU W.A.V.E. Student Organization

NSU Students: NSU W.A.V.E., or Wolves for Advocacy, Volunteerism and Engagement, is in the process of becoming NSU's newest student organization, and we are looking for students interested in becoming members and helping us with various volunteer opportunities on campus and in Aberdeen, as well as hosting programs and events on campus. Membership is open to all NSU students. If you are interested, please enter your name in the Google Form linked here and you will receive more information in your NSU email.

American Indian Circle Program Cultural Education Time

NSU is dedicated to the recognition of tribal traditions and ceremonies that complement the holistic well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native students. The first Tuesday of every month from 12:15-12:30 p.m., we come together and have cultural education time to talk about what smudging is, the importance it symbolizes in Indigenous culture and a time of reflection. For the spring 2021 semester we ask that you mask up and meet on the campus green in front of Spafford so that there can be social distancing. The American Indian Circle Program would like to invite the campus community to come and participate in our monthly Smudge. Everyone is welcome!

Online Tutoring Sessions

The NSU Tutoring Center offers free online sessions to any Northern student for all general education courses and most upper-level courses. The sessions are conducted via Zoom, 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

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.

Staff Member’s Book at Wolf Shoppe

NSU staff member Elissa Dickey has written a novel, “The Speed of Light,” which releases Monday, March 1, from Lake Union Publishing. The book is now available at the NSU Wolf Shoppe at a 20 percent discount, for a cost of $11.96 plus tax.

Wolves Athletics

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

Nominations for Outstanding Faculty

Northern State University is committed to excellence in teaching and learning. To recognize our faculty’s commitment to excellence, we are pleased to announce nominations are open for two outstanding faculty awards:

  1. NSU Foundation Faculty Excellence Award
  2. NSU Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award

We invite you to nominate faculty members for these awards. Nominations are welcome from any member of the Northern community, and letters may be written by an individual person or a group of individuals. Nominations from students are always welcome. All nominations are due by 5 p.m. (CDT) Friday, March 19, 2021.

To nominate a full-time teaching faculty member for the NSU Foundation Faculty Excellence Award or the NSU Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award, please send a compelling letter of nomination to Judy Lapka in Academic Affairs (judy.lapka@northern.edu).

In the letter, please indicate the specific award for which you are nominating the person and the specific reasons for the nomination.

  • Please save the file name in this format:

Award[Excellence or EarlyCareer]_FacultlastnameFacultyfirstname_Nominatorlastname

For example, a nomination for faculty member Katherine Watson for the NSU Foundation Faculty Excellence award written by nominator John Keating would be: Excellence_WatsonKatherine_Keating

  • Email the nomination letter as a file attachment (PDF or Word) to Judy Lapka (judy.lapka@northern.edu).
  • Nominations must be received from the Northern State University email address of the nominator. Nominations from email addresses other than the nominator’s will not be accepted.
  • The deadline for the receipt of nomination letters for both awards is 5 p.m. (CDT) Friday, March 19, 2021.
  • The Provost’s office will notify faculty who are nominated for either award by Monday, March 22, 2021. The letter(s) of nomination and name(s) of the nominator(s) will not be shared with them unless they are selected as 2021 recipients of one of the two awards. Nominated faculty will be asked to provide the provost’s office with an updated CV in support of their nomination by 5 p.m. (CDT) Friday, March 26, 2021.

Award Criteria:

The NSU Foundation Faculty Excellence Award recognizes faculty for excellence in teaching and learning, a sustained commitment to faculty service, and achievements in research and creativity within their discipline.

  • Nominees may be at the rank of professor, associate professor, instructor, or lecturer and must have served a minimum of six (6) years as a member of the Northern State University teaching faculty. Someone who is in their seventh (7th) year is eligible; someone who has completed fewer than six (6) years of teaching service at Northern is not.
  • Nominees must have a stellar record of teaching and advising, must have been significantly and consistently involved in a variety of service roles through department, college/school, university, and/or community service activities; and need to be meaningfully engaged in research and creativity in their discipline.
  • Any full-time faculty member who has not received this award (or the formerly named outstanding faculty member award) previously and who meets the number of years of service requirement is eligible for this award.
  • In addition to a monetary award ($1,000), the recipient receives a commemorative award from the NSU Foundation.
  • Current NSU faculty who already won the Outstanding Faculty Member award (see list below) are not eligible to win the NSU Foundation Faculty Excellence Award.

The NSU Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award is presented to an early career full-time faculty member who demonstrates a strong record and commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service.

  • Nominees must be at the rank of assistant professor, associate professor, instructor, or lecturer who has between two and six (2 and 6) years of full-time teaching service at Northern State University. Someone who is in their sixth year is eligible; someone who has already completed six years of service is not. Please make sure the individual you are nominating for the NSU Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award is eligible.
  • Nominees must have a strong record of teaching and advising, begun contributing to the research and creative activity in their discipline, and will have demonstrated a commitment to service in the department, college/school, or university.
  • In addition to the monetary award ($1,000), the recipient receives 2 Wolves Club tickets to NSU athletic events for the next academic year (Wolves Club tickets cannot be resold and are not transferrable).

Selection Process:

A committee of 9, including: three (3) deans (or their designees), the four (4) most recent NSU Foundation Faculty Excellence Award winners (or Outstanding Faculty Member award winners) who are still actively teaching at Northern State University, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, will review all nominations and select the recipients of both awards as a committee.

Winners of both awards will be recognized at the Northern State University spring commencement. By tradition, the winner of the NSU Foundation Faculty Excellence Award will deliver the commencement address at the Northern State University winter commencement. The winner of the NSU Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award will deliver the Wolf Talk during new student orientation in August. If either recipient is not available to deliver said address, the other recipient will be invited to do so.

Questions? Please direct questions to Dr. Erin Fouberg, erin.fouberg@northern.edu, 605-626-3456.

Recent NSU Outstanding Faculty Member Award Recipients

2020    Jon Mitchell

2019    Greg Blair

2018    Peter Ramey

2017    Courtney Waid-Lindberg

2016    Anthony Wachs

2015    Sara Schmidt

2014    Sara Christensen Blair

2013    Alyssa Kiesow

2012    Daniel Yurgaitis

2011    Erin Fouberg

2010    Robin Rosenthal

2009    Peter Kilian

2008    Gayle Bortnem

2007    Paul Everson

2006    William Wieland

2005    Jon Schaff

2004    Jon Lim

2003    Jeff Jay

2002    Grant Manhart

2001    Lysbeth Benkert-Rasmussen

2000    Ken Blanchard

1999    Connie Geier

1998    Ric Dias

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1996    David Grettler

NSU Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award

2020    Kristi Brownfield

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