NSU NEWS UPDATE: Week of Nov. 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

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.


This week is Mental Health Week at Northern:

Monday, Nov. 15:

  • Get your Yoga On, Lincoln Gallery, 4-5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 16:

  • Safe Zones Training, Understanding the unique mental health needs of the LGBTQI+ Community, Maroon Room, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 17:

  • Mental Health Resource Fair, Avera Student Center Mall, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • WOLFtalk Speaker: Archie Messersmith-Bunting, “If Everyone is ‘Fine’ – What’s Wrong with Me?”; Jewett Theater, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 18:

  • Mindfulness Workshop, Avera Student Center, Centennial Rooms C&D, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Counseling Center Open House, 222 Avera Student Center, 1–3 p.m.
  • Unearthing Their Voices Panel, Reflecting on the Impact of the American Indian Boarding School Policy on Indigenous Communities, Centennial Rooms, 3-4 p.m.
  • Question, Persuade, & Refer Suicide Prevention Training, Avera Student Center, Centennial Rooms C&D, 5pm, Limited space, RSVP to 605-626-3007 or Jerilyn.Mielke@northern.edu.

Northern Mental Health Week Support:

  • Thank you for attending Northern Mental Health Week events. Please know there are mental health resources on and off campus to support you. The Counseling Center is available for students at 222 Avera Student Center or by calling 605-626-3007, M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • You can also call 2-1-1 for help 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. This service is free and confidential. 2-1-1 offers support for the following: substance use, suicidal thoughts, depression, relationship conflicts, stress, mental health, concerns for a loved one, isolation and trauma.
  • Northeastern Mental Health Center offers a 24-hour crisis line at 605-229-1000.
  • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1.


International Education Week

The Office of International Programs is proud to announce it will host International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 15-19, 2021, with a variety of cultural events. This week is in celebration of the benefits of global diversity and academic exchange programs around the world. Come join us at Lincoln Gallery in Lincoln Hall and beyond for fun and educational events and snacks.

Schedule of Events:

Monday, Nov. 15

All events and activities are held in Lincoln Hall Gallery

Tea Time: British tea and British cookies

1 – 5 p.m. (ongoing)

International Greetings Class

1 - 1:30 p.m. International Greetings Class, Lincoln Hall Gallery

2 - 2:30 p.m. International Greetings Class, Lincoln Hall Gallery

Learn how to say greetings in many languages from international students and the OIP staff

Study Abroad 101

3 - 4 p.m. Meet Michael Abu-Sirriya and Dominika Blum to learn how studying abroad can affect your life and create a profound impact on your future. Both Michael and Dominika studied and lived abroad and share a passion for international education that is second to none.

Get your Yoga On

4 – 5 p.m. Join Dr. Shalini Mathew for the Beginners Yoga Class

Tuesday, Nov. 16

All events are held in Lincoln Hall Gallery

Affogato Time: Italian coffee and ice cream

1 - 3 p.m. (ongoing)

Italian Language Class

1 - 2 p.m. Join Giovanni Arieta and Riccardo Done in an engaging Italian class and learn about Italian culture and customs. Giovanni and Ricardo are Italy native and are pursuing their master degrees at NSU.

International Myth Busters

2 – 3 p.m. Join our panel of international students and staff as they discuss and “bust” some of the myths and misconceptions about their home countries.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

All events are held in Lincoln Hall Gallery

Tea Time: Chinese Tea and Chinese cookies

1 - 4 p.m. (ongoing)

Cultural Differences and Observations

1 - 2 p.m. Join international students and OIP staff for a fun conversation about the cultural differences, customs, do’s and don’ts around the world.

Native American Topics and Debunking the Stereotypes

2 – 3 p.m. Join American Indian Circle Program Director, Lara Nelson, and Sociology Professor, Dr. Pamela Monaghan-Geernaert as they share their perspectives on Native American topics.

Chinese Character Craft

3 - 4 p.m. Becky Nelson will teach us how to make a Chinese paper craft. Becky is a South Dakota native who spent almost nine years in China before joining NSU and will share her experience and knowledge with us in her sessions.

Thursday, Nov 18

All events are held in Lincoln Hall Gallery

Tea Time: Black Tea and Cookies

1 - 3 p.m. (ongoing)

Around the World Cookie and Ornaments Decorating

1 - 2 p.m. Make ornaments, decorate cookies and get to know the people at the Office of International Programs

Mandarin Chinese Language Intro Class

2 – 2:50 p.m. Learn some basic phrases and Chinese characters with Becky Nelson, and the fun behind this complex and beautiful language.

Friday, Nov. 19

All events are held in Lincoln Hall Gallery

Tea Time: Black Tea with Polish Sweets

1 - 3 p.m. (ongoing)

Sharing Experiences Living, Studying and Working Abroad

1 - 2 p.m. Join Maggie Pence, Becky Nelson, Dominika Blum and Michael Abu-Sirriya in a conversation on their experiences working, studying and living abroad in South Korea, China, Middle East, Scotland and Poland. Be a part of the exciting discussion of global education, connection and learn how you can do it too.


Phi Beta Lambda Meeting

The next Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) meeting is Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Hall Room 224. Our guest speaker, Dr. John Peterson, will present on the topics of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain. NSU PBL welcomes all students!


Campus Forum on Budget and Finance

Faculty and staff are invited to a campus forum on Monday, Nov. 22, in Room 117 of the Johnson Fine Arts Center. NSU Vice President for Finance and Administration Veronica Paulson will provide the campus community with an update on budget and finance issues. Two sessions will be offered: noon-1:30 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m. The same topics will be covered at each session; two options are being offered in order to give more people an opportunity to attend.


Food Drive

The Honors Program and the Pre-Health Club are teaming up to host a Food Drive just in time for the holiday season! Lend a helping hand and donate nonperishable food items to our local Salvation Army. You can drop off your food items outside Dr. Bockorny’s office in Lincoln 118. We will be collecting food items now through Nov. 23.


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.


Fall Plant Sale

Fall sale at the NSU greenhouse! A variety of succulents and spring-flowering bulbs (tulips, daffodils, etc.) will be available. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, and 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Nov. 17. Cash or check only. Location in the MJ greenhouse (MJ 144B). 


Alumni Career Day Panel

Join NSU Career Services and the NSU Foundation for the first Alumni Career Day Panel on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the JFAC Jewett Theatre. Alumni Kim Bowman (Banking and Financial Services/Economics, 2008), Taylor Hanson (Music Plan II-Vocal, 2017), Amanda Twete (English, 2006), Rebecca Christiansen (Psychology, 2001; Masters Guidance and Counseling, 2006), and Carlos Camacho (International Business, 2010) will share their experiences at Northern and provide students with firsthand accounts of how their NSU degree has helped them on their career journey. Refreshments will be served at 5:45 p.m.


Staff Council Meeting

Northern is creating a new group called a “Staff Council.” This council will be run by NFE and CSE staff representatives; not upper administration. We are excited to invite you to the inaugural meeting of the Staff Council on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. in Krikac Auditorium. The hope is that we can improve social connections, communications, connect departments throughout campus, and create a better working environment.


WAVE Podcast

WAVE, or Wolves for Advocacy, Volunteerism, and Engagement, has launched a podcast titled The WAVE, a podcast that promotes positive conversation leading to positive societal growth. The conversation is centered around difficult topics and issues plaguing Northern’s campus and the community. Do you have a voice that you want heard? Do you care about this campus and this community? If yes, please follow this link and ride The WAVE. The tide is coming in, and you need to be prepared to sink or swim. We are Wolves, and this community will hear our HOWL. Current episodes released:

E1: “Ride the WAVE” with Jake Swanson, President Neal Schnoor, and Dean of Students, Sean Blackburn

E2: “The Most Important Four Letter Word” with Dr. Ric Dias, Dr. Jon Schaff, and student Kahden Mooney

E3: “Students have rights?” with South Dakota Board of Regents General Counsel Nathan Lukkes

E4: “Ope, my bad!” with Dr. Liz Sills; students Emma Murdock, Taren Tschetter and John Jacklin; and community member Joei Fiegler


Noon Forums

Noon Forums, which are free and open to the public, will continue throughout the semester at noon most Wednesdays in the library. Remaining topics are as follows:

  • Nov. 17: Our Eroding Democracy (Brian Bengs)
  • Dec. 1: The Last Lecture I’d Ever Give (Jeff Bartel)


SnackChat: Fail Faster w/Noah Files    

CETL's last SnackChat of the semester features Noah Files discussing how embracing our errors just might lead to positive outcomes. This event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 2:30 p.m. in MJ 203 or via this Zoom link. For those who attend in person, a FREE chips and Salsa bar will be provided.    


Faculty Training for Online Teaching

Danette Long, Northern’s Instructional Designer, will run the Faculty Training for Online Teaching course multiple times in October and November in an effort to provide faculty in need of this training time to complete all three sessions.  Please note, per NSU Policy 2.1.8 Faculty Training for Online Teaching, “Any current faculty who have not completed Northern’s Faculty Training for Online Teaching course have until Dec. 15, 2021 to complete the training course.” Danette is trying to make the course available at a variety of days and times this semester to accommodate varied schedules. Course completion includes live attendance for each of the three one-hour sessions. Sessions are not recorded. You may attend any of the session dates/times as long as you attend an instance of all three sessions. See the table below for available times:    

Zoom Link is the same for all Sessions  

Meeting ID: 980 0954 3909   PasscCAT1e  

Date       Time  

Session 1 - Online Teaching Overview & SDBOR/Northern Documents  

Mon Nov 15 2:00 - 3:00  

Session 2 - Instructor Presence & Community of Inquiry  

Mon Nov 22 2:00 - 3:00  

Session 3 - LMS Implementation for Online  

Mon Nov 29 2:00 - 3:00  

At the conclusion of this training, you will receive a certificate indicating you have completed the Faculty Training for Online Teaching course and your name will be forwarded to OCE and other NSU leadership. Please feel free to reach out to danette.long@northern.edu with any questions you might have.  


Northern Theatre Presents ‘An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein’

FREE Performances will run at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 and 20 as well as at 3 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Black Box Theater. "An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein" features a collection of short plays by the famed poet and writer. Each darkly comedic play revels in Silverstein’s witty—and at times shocking—sense of humor. This is a mature audiences production.


Andrews Senior Art Exhibition

Sasha Andrews will have her Senior Art Exhibition on display Nov. 15-Dec. 3 in the NSU President’s Gallery. Andrews will hold a public reception at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the President’s Gallery, located on the second floor of Spafford Hall.


Davis, Quinn Recital

Naomi Jean Davis and Abbigayle Quinn will hold their senior recital at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater. Davis, who plays saxophone, will perform “Fantasia” by Heitor Villa-Lobos; “Blue Caprice” by Victor Morosco; “Second Prelude” by George Gershwin, arr. Sigurd Rascher; and “Rumba” by Maurice Whitney. She will be accompanied by Aldous Ulvog. Quinn, a mezzo-soprano, will perform selections from the following song cycles: “La Regata Veneziana” by Gioachino Rossini; “Mélodies, Op. 21” by Georges Bizet; “Myrthen, Op. 25” by Robert Schumann; and “Five Elizabethan Songs” by Ivor Gurney. She will be accompanied by Tierra Cassens.


NSU Bands Concert

NSU Bands will present a concert, “Local Colors,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater. The event will include performances by the NSU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Rolf Olson, and NSU Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Audrey Miller. Featured at the concert will be “Pink Ribbon” by Christopher Stanichar and “Hymn to a Blue Hour” by John Mackey. All tickets to the NSU Bands Concert are general admission and will be available at the door. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and NSU faculty/staff. Students will be admitted for free. Payment will be cash or check only; debit or credit cards will not be accepted. There will be no advance or online ticket sales. For more information, contact the NSU School of Fine Arts at 605-626-2497. The concert will also be livestreamed at the NSU Music Department Facebook page.


Attention Fall Graduates

Graduation is Dec. 11, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Barnett Center. Fall graduates may order apparel using this link. Please note: Orders received after Nov. 21 are not guaranteed to arrive by graduation.


Artist Display in JFAC Gallery

The work of artist Dwayne Wilcox will be on display in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Gallery through Nov. 30. Wilcox currently resides in Rapid City and is a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe. He is best known and celebrated for his Ledger Art, a term for predominately Plains Indian narrative drawing or painting on paper or cloth. Wilcox uses humor and recognizable aspects of contemporary culture to convey a message or narrative. Each is reflective, personal, and tells a story. Paintings by Wilcox will also be featured in this exhibition. Wilcox’s paintings are dynamic, with striking colors and engaging imagery.


Duvall Senior Art Exhibition

Dylan Duvall will have his Senior Art Exhibition on display Nov. 29-Dec. 13 in the NSU Avera Student Center Art Gallery. Duvall will hold public receptions on Dec. 2 and 3 in the Student Center Art Gallery, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. both days. His exhibition will consist of a range of artwork, including video, posters and photography. 


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.


This Week in Wolves Athletics:

For tickets to these or other games, please visit HERE

Students, don’t forget to swipe your student ID to be entered in the Howling Wolves monthly contest. This month’s prize is 32” TV from LANG’S

  • Men’s Basketball
    • Friday Nov. 19 @ 7 p.m. vs South Dakota Mines
    • Saturday Nov. 20 @ 4 p.m. vs Black Hills State



This month’s prize is a 32” TV from LANG’S TV!!!


All regular season home competitions are worth 10 points. Some games are worth 20 points and are promoted as “Double Howling Wolves Points” games. If you attend two or more separate athletic events in the same day (i.e. football and volleyball) then you will receive an additional 5 points for that day. Double-header events (i.e. basketball, baseball, and softball) are worth 10 points throughout the entirety of the doubleheader. 

All points reset each month allowing for a new opportunity each month to win the monthly prize. 

All home athletic events are FREE for NSU Students who have a valid student ticket so there is no required cost to be a part of the Howling Wolves.

All Howling Wolves members are highly encouraged to sit in the designated Student Section at all home athletic events. Become an active member of the Howling Wolves Student Fan Club and help us defend our territory! GO WOLVES!!

**Points earned while working Wolves athletic events are excluded

**Points and events are subject to change without notice

**Playoff games and exhibitions are excluded unless noted otherwise


Have your student ticket at games to earn points

Stand together in the Howling Wolves Student Section

Cheer loud and make noise

Stand up, clap, and sing along with the NSU Fight Song

Stay for the entirety of the game


Get your tickets and check out upcoming events for this month by creating an account and snagging your tickets by clicking HERE


For questions or more information please email howlingwolves@northern.edu.

LAST MONTH’S WINNER- Chase Domier - $50 Gift Card to Zoo/Lagers!


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