NSU NEWS UPDATE: Week of Aug. 23, 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

Northern, in partnership with Avera Health, will sponsor an on-campus vaccination clinic:

  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27
  • Avera Student Center Centennial Rooms
  • Both Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccinations will be available
  • Friday, Sept. 17 is the follow-up clinic for Pfizer recipients
  • Event is open to all NSU faculty, staff, students (along with members of the public who are S.D. residents)
  • Each student who elects to get vaccinated will receive $25 in Thunderbucks.

You may also visit the S.D. Department of Health vaccine provider map to schedule a vaccine appointment at an off-campus location such as Avera or Sanford at a time that works for you.

COVID-19 resources can also be found at northern.edu/coronavirus, covid.sd.gov or cdc.gov.


Welcome Back Sale

Welcome back, Wolves! The NSU Wolf Shoppe is having a Welcome Back Sale through Aug. 27. Get 20 off clothing; giftware; backpacks; and NSU-imprinted notebooks, folders and binders!


Thunder Wanted

NSU is looking for high-energy, outgoing students to play Thunder the Wolf for this year’s campus and sporting events. Students are paid $20 per hour. Interested? To set up an interview, email steve.a.mcKee@northern.edu.


Greenhouse and Recycling

Dr. Jodie Ramsay is now the manager of the MJ and JSC greenhouses. Please contact her at 605-626-3384 or Jodie.Ramsay@northern.edu with any questions related to the greenhouses or the plant sale (held once or twice per year). For questions related to plastic recycling or to report bins that are full, please contact Kelly Pulis, biology lab manager, at 605-626-3437 or Kelly.Pulis@northern.edu. Please note: aluminum cans can be placed into the same bins as plastic bottles. Student workers sort and process all recycling from the bins, so please make their job easier by dumping out any remaining liquid before placing items into the bins.


Intramurals Update

Fill out a waiver to gain access to Dacotah Hall and for other activities on campus. Give two-three days after completing the waiver to get full access.

  • Find the waiver here
  • Registration for fall Intramural sports are open; sign up on IMLeagues.com
  • All e-sports will be on Battlefy.com and registration is open for some of the events now.


Welcome to the Silent Book Club!

This isn’t your regular book club. No set books to read (that's the "silent" part), no pressure to share or discuss. Never worry if you haven't finished the book. No judgment.

The Silent Book Club model means we are not all reading the same book at the same pace. There is no homework and no pressure to lead or contribute to a discussion. We introduce our books and ourselves at the start of the meeting and then we dive into reading for an hour.

Simply bring yourself and whatever you're currently reading. (We don't care about genres or formats, anything goes!) All readers are welcome—even e-readers.

While some silent reading parties have a strict ‘No Talking!’ rule, no one will be shushed or shamed at Silent Book Club. The Silent Book Club is about community. Everyone is welcome, and anyone can join. Please consider joining if you are unable to find time and space to just enjoy a book. That's it! No pressure whatsoever.

The Silent Book Club meets the first Tuesday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. First meeting is on the Campus Green Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. Inclement weather? Meet in the library Round Room. For additional information, contact Nicole.Christiansen@northern.edu. Hosted by Williams Library.


25Live schedulers: How can you more effectively promote your events?

  1. When creating events, include the Public Calendar!

If your event is open to the public, please include the Public Calendar to show the community and prospective students all the amazing things happening on campus - and more effectively promote your event. The public calendar is displayed on the northern.edu homepage.

Schedulers can add this calendar as a resource, just as with tables or tech. (Event publication will be approved by Communications/Marketing.)

  1. Create a great event description!

Every scheduled event needs a description that will:

  • Provide information event attendees are looking for
  • Promote participation, thereby enriching campus and community life
  • Potentially bring more people to Northern for an great experience that they'll share with others

Find tips on writing a great event description at this link!


Tech Services Request System

Northern Technology Services utilizes an online work request system to assign and track requests for technical assistance. If you need assistance, please visit https://support.northern.edu and log on using your Northern credentials. Based on the ticket type, the request will automatically be routed to the appropriate department and staff member. This system will allow us to manage our workload in an efficient and effective manner and provide us valuable data related to the services we provide and guide us in future decision making. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to providing you support! 


HCC Student Orientation

Huron Community Campus will hold student orientation on Monday, Aug. 23, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. New and returning students will be able to visit with NSU Admissions, Academic Advising, Disability Services and Tech Services. All HCC students are strongly recommended to attend this event at the Huron campus, located at 939 Ohio Ave. S.W. New students are encouraged to apply before Aug. 23, and can complete their applications at northern.edu/apply. To learn more, visit Huron Community Campus or contact NSU advisor Madia Droppers


NSU Women’s Choir

Rehearsals for the NSU/Aberdeen’s Women's Choir will take place Tuesdays from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. starting Aug. 24. The choir, directed by Dr. Wendy van Gent, will rehearse in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Choir Room. For more information, email wendy.vangent@northern.edu.


Fall 2021 Auditions

  • Wind Ensemble, AUCS Winds/Percussion: Auditions for the NSU Wind Ensemble and AUCS Winds/Percussion will be held on stage in the Jewett Theater:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 25: Noon-3 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 26: Noon-3 p.m.
    • The audition will consist of:
      • Chromatic scale – full range of your instrument to the extent you are able
      • One of the following Major scales in your key of: A, D, Ab, Eb 
      • Prepared piece/solo or etude of your choosing (maximum of 3 minutes in length).
      • Brief sight reading
      • Sign up for a 5-minute audition time here.
  • String auditions for the AUCS: AUCS string auditions will be held on stage in JFAC 120 (Dr. Stanichar’s office) for ALL current NSU students who wish to play strings in the AUCS:
    • Monday, Aug. 23: Noon-3 p.m.
    • OR by appointment with Dr. Stanichar. 
    • The audition will consist of:
      • You will be asked to play TWO of the following scales (2-3 octaves): G major, Bb major, C melodic minor or A major. 
      • Prepared piece/solo or etude of your choosing (maximum of 2 minutes in length).
      • Brief sight reading.
      • Sign up for a 5-minute audition time on Dr. Stanichar’s (JFAC 120) office or email your preferred time to c.stanichar@northern.edu.
  • Wind Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 3-4 p.m., starting Oct. 4; (Monday-only rehearsals Aug.30-Sept. 27). Wind Ensemble first rehearsal is Monday, Aug. 30, at 3 p.m. in Jewett Theater. Questions? Contact Rolf.Olson@northern.edu.
  • AUCS Rehearsal Schedule: Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 in Jewett Theater. AUCS first rehearsal is Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. in Jewett Theater. Questions? Contact C.Stanichar@northern.edu.
  • NSU Concert Band: If you would like to play in the non-auditioned NSU Concert Band, please contact Audrey.miller@northern.edu. Concert band rehearsal schedule: Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in Jewett Theater. First Concert Band rehearsal is Monday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. in Jewett Theater.


Cheer Team Open Practice

In lieu of a tryout, the NSU Cheer Team will hold an open practice for anyone interested in joining the team. The open practice will take place in the Barnett Center 5-7 p.m. Aug. 26. Wear practice attire, and be ready to work!



The annual COLLEGEpalooza event will be held Friday, Aug. 27, in downtown Aberdeen at Fifth Avenue and Main Street. The annual event, which welcomes back NSU and PC students, will include at business walk from 5 to 7 p.m., with scholarship drawings at 6:45 p.m.


NSU Involvement Fair

The NSU Involvement Fair will take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, on the Campus Green. The event, open to the campus community, invites all NSU recognized student organizations, Aberdeen area employers, organizations and nonprofits to join to promote their services and opportunities to NSU students. Students can learn more about which organizations will be at the Involvement Fair on Wolf Work. Organizations may register online at this link. To learn more, contact NSU Career Services or Student Involvement and Leadership


Friendship Family Picnic

The Office of International Programs will be hosting the annual Friendship Family picnic in Melgaard Park on Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All international students are invited to join us for some great food and games, and meet with our Friendship Families from Aberdeen. If you are interested in coming to the event, becoming a Friendship Family or learning more, please email Stephen Deduck at stephen.deduck@northern.edu.


Theatre Interest Meeting

Do you have an interested in doing theatre? The Northern Theatre Program is hosting a Theatre Interest Meeting in the JFAC Black Box Theater on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. This meeting will feature information about our season, introductions for new and returning Theatre students, and discussion about the opportunities available to throughout the school year. Email kane.anderson@northern.edu with questions.


Parking Permits Now Available

Parking permits for the fall and spring semesters are now available to purchase. Ticketing will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 7.

A permit is required to park in any parking lot on campus. Permits will be valid as explained below, except as outlined in the game-day parking rules paragraph below.

Northern’s two types of parking permits are as follows:

Gray Permit: This permit costs $135 for the year and allows you to park in any lot except the visitor lot at the northwest corner of the Johnson Fine Arts Center and the visitor spots in the Washington Street lot. You can purchase this permit online here and pick it up at the Parking Office on the second floor of the Physical Plant the day after submitting your payment online. 

Orange Permit: This permit costs $81 for the year and allows you to park in any parking lot except the Washington Street lots, Steele Hall/Great Plains West lot and the visitor lot by the Johnson Fine Arts Center. You can purchase this permit online here and pick it up at the Parking Office on the second floor of the Physical Plant the day after submitting your payment online.

You are encouraged to purchase your permit online. Permits may also be purchased in person at the Physical Plant, though cash or check is required. When purchasing your permit either online or in person, your license plate number is required.

Residents of Wolves Memorial Suites and Great Plains West who have reserved their permits through the Residence Life office need to go there to pick them up and pay for them.

Corrected Game-Day Parking Rules: Neither parking permit will be valid in campus parking lots around the stadium during home football games. Vehicles must be removed from these lots as follows:

  • Herret Street parking lot: by noon the Friday before a Saturday game.
  • Barnett Center, JFAC lots: by 5:15 p.m. the Friday before a Saturday game.

Violators will be towed at the owner’s expense. The football games are Sept. 11 and 25, Oct. 2 and 16, and Nov. 6.


Regional Sports Complex Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for the NSU Regional Sports Complex, which includes Dacotah Bank Stadium and Koehler Hall of Fame Softball Field. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. Attendees should use the northwest entrance of Dacotah Bank Stadium.


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’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. Students may order copies of the book through Akademos when they order their fall textbooks. The book is also available for purchase at the NSU Wolf Shoppe for $12.95 (plus tax). Read more here!


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.