NSU NEWS UPDATE: Week of Dec. 6, 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 encourages all members of the campus community to get vaccinated if they are able. COVID-19 vaccines can be scheduled at the following links:

For additional COVID-19 information, visit northern.edu/coronavirus, covid.sd.gov or cdc.gov.


JFAC Gallery Exhibition

Starting Dec. 6, artist Aaron C. Packard will have an exhibition, “Hyper-Photomontage,” on display in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Gallery through Feb. 4, 2022. A closing reception, free and open to the public, will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4. Packard is an experienced commercial and editorial photographer, working in southeast South Dakota since 2002. “Hyper-Photomontage” features vibrant and abstract, almost kaleidoscope-like photographs that encourage the viewer to linger in observation. For more information, visit aaronpackard.com.


Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Senator Bob Dole

Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise until sundown, effective immediately through Dec. 9, in honor of Senator Robert (Bob) Dole. “Senator Dole exemplified statesmanship,” said Governor Noem. “He was a great American and a dedicated patriot. He will be missed.” This order is in response to a proclamation by President Joseph R. Biden, which can be found here.


Last Silent Book Club Meeting of the Semester!

This isn’t your regular book club!

The Silent Book Club model means we are not all reading the same book at the same pace.

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.

Next meeting in the Library Round Room Dec. 7, 2021, at 4 p.m.

The book club will pick up again next semester, meeting on the first Tuesday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. Look for future advertisements about the start date!

For additional information, contact Nicole.Christiansen@northern.edu. Hosted by Williams Library.


Late Night Breakfast

Take a break from studying and finals and enjoy some breakfast, karaoke, coloring and relaxation on Dec. 8 from 9 to 11 p.m. in the Wolves Den— sponsored by Campus Actives Board and Residence Life!


SDBOR meets Dec. 8-9

The South Dakota Board of Regents will meet in Brookings and via Zoom on Dec. 8-9. Northern is impacted by various items on the BOR agenda, listed here. View the complete agenda here.


Winter Commencement

On Saturday, Dec. 11, 94 students will graduate from Northern State University at its 2021 winter commencement. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. in the NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center. The ceremony will be live streamed through the Northern State University Facebook page, the NSU Graduation and Commencement page, and locally through cable channel 12.


Dakota Prairie Youth Orchestra Concert 

The Dakota Prairie Youth Orchestra will present their first ever concert on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. in Krikac Auditorium on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. The concert is free and open to the public. Under the direction of Dr. Christopher Stanichar, NSU Assistant Professor, DPYO will perform Kabalevsky’s “Dance and Toccatina, Orange Blossom Special,” and a charming arrangement of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”  Also on the program is “Escapade for Strings” by Aberdeen composer, John Cacavas. The orchestra will conclude with holiday favorites for the audience to sing along. Northern’s Beginning Violin Class will open the concert with popular tunes as well. In their inaugural season, DPYO is an auditioned group that consists of some of the most talented string students in middle school and high school from the surrounding area. Rehearsals are held at Northern on Saturday mornings leading up to concerts in December and April. For audition and membership information, please contact the Dakota Prairie Youth Orchestra at 605-626-2591 or dpyo@northern.edu.


Virtual Cheer Tryouts

Students: Join the NSU Basketball Cheer Team for the spring 2022 semester with a virtual tryout! Tryout requirements include:

  • Why you want to be part of the NSU Cheer Team
  • Experience stunting
  • Chant
  • Two jumps
  • Band dance

Tryouts must be submitted by Dec. 15. To submit your virtual tryout or ask questions, contact Coach Erin Drew-Evenson at erin.drew@northern.edu.


Salvation Army Angel Tree

The Millicent Atkins School of Education invites the NSU campus to support children in our community this holiday season through the Salvation Army Angel Tree. A tree full of tags with children's wish lists are located directly across from the main office in the School of Education. Tags and gifts are due back Dec. 13, 2021.


Duvall Senior Art Exhibition

Dylan Duvall will have his Senior Art Exhibition on display through Dec. 13 in the NSU Avera Student Center Art Gallery. His exhibition will consist of a range of artwork, including video, posters and photography. 


Brandner Senior Art Exhibition

Madeline Brandner will have her Senior Art Exhibition on display through Dec. 14 in the NSU Lincoln Gallery. Digital photography and paintings will be displayed in this exhibition, titled “Ephemera.”


Schleich Senior Art Exhibition

Angela Schleich will have her Senior Art Exhibition on display through Dec. 14 in the NSU Lincoln Gallery. Her exhibition will include her digital photography, digital paintings and oil paintings.


Northern Lights Submissions

Northern Lights is now taking submissions for the 2022 issue of Northern Lights. Students can submit their stories, poetry, art, creative nonfiction, photography, original essays and songs to northernlights@northern.edu or message us on Facebook! Accepted submissions will be included in our literary magazine that is released in March 2022. Please submit all written works as a Word document (.docx) or a PDF (.pdf), and any artworks as a JPEG (.jpeg) or JPG (.jpg) file. Submissions are open until Dec. 31, 2021. If you have any questions, including how to submit, contact Lead President Madi Filber, madi.filber@wolves.northern.edu.