NSU NEWS UPDATE: Week of Nov. 29, 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.


Food Service Vendor Presentations

The South Dakota Board of Regents recently released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for contracted food services for all six campuses. Proposals were due on Nov. 12. Aramark Educational Services and Sodexo were selected as finalists and will present their proposals to the evaluation committee on Nov. 30. Aramark will present 9-11 a.m. Nov. 30, and Sodexo will present 1-3 p.m.

The evaluation committee invites all faculty, staff and students to view the presentations via Zoom and provide feedback through this Qualtrics site. The Qualtrics site will remain open until 6 p.m. CST Dec. 1. Any contract awards as a result of this RFP will become effective after the 2021-22 academic year concludes.

Those who would like to listen to the presentations are invited to the Gold Room in the Avera Student Center to participate as a group. The sessions will be hosted by Marty Sabolo. If you are unable to meet in the Gold Room, the links to the presentations are as follows:

  • Aramark Presentation 9-11 a.m. Nov. 20: Join Zoom Meeting; Meeting ID: 963 1146 5842; Passcode: 614433; One tap mobile: +16699009128, 96311465842# US (San Jose); +12532158782, 96311465842# US +(Tacoma)
  • Sodexo Presentation 1-3 p.m.: Join Zoom Meeting; Meeting ID: 984 3203 1381; Passcode: 822793; One tap mobile: +12532158782, 98432031381# US (Tacoma); +13462487799,,98432031381# US (Houston)


Finance/Purchasing Training

We have scheduled two dates for our Finance/Purchasing training: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1-3 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 1, 9-11 a.m. Location is in TC 15. Dave Knigge, Kay Fredrick, Carol Schumacher, Lynnsey Briese and Crystal Joseph will have scheduled time to present and allow for Q&A on all topics pertaining to travel, purchasing and budget. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend all or part of the discussions. We will begin with travel first and then move on to purchasing and then budget. If you have suggestions for discussion, please send them to me so we can make sure they are on the list to be addressed.


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   Pass: cCAT1e  

Date       Time  

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.  


Noon Forums

Noon Forums, which are free and open to the public, will continue throughout the semester at noon most Wednesdays in the library. The final remaining topic is as follows: Dec. 1: The Last Lecture I’d Ever Give (Jeff Bartel).


Research Poster Sessions

You are invited to two poster sessions on Thursday, Dec. 2, that will showcase the research projects that our freshman science majors have been working on in General Biology lab. This semester, students have been contributing to an international, crowd-sourced research project for Small World Initiative

  • The first lab section will be displaying their posters 9-10 a.m. in the Jewett Science Center lobby.
  • The second lab section will be displaying their posters 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Jewett Science Center lobby.

Come mingle with the students and ask them about their projects. They would appreciate your support for undergraduate research on campus. 


NSU Winter Choral Concert

The NSU Winter Choral Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Aberdeen’s First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Kline St. The event will feature the NSU Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Early Musick Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Timothy Woods with the assistance of pianist Dr. Allan Jacobson. The concert will also feature the inaugural performance of the NSU/Aberdeen Women’s Choir, directed by Dr. Wendy van Gent, with pianist Dr. Marcela Faflak. The Women’s Choir is a treble ensemble comprised of students, faculty, staff and community members. There is no cost to attend the concert, but attendees are asked for a freewill donation. For more information, contact the NSU School of Fine Arts at 605-626-2497.


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. 


Brandner Senior Art Exhibition

Madeline Brandner will have her Senior Art Exhibition on display Dec. 1-14 in the NSU Lincoln Gallery. Brandner will hold a public reception at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in the 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 Dec. 1-14 on the NSU campus. Schleich will hold a public reception at 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Her exhibition will include her digital photography, digital paintings and oil paintings.


Attention Fall Graduates

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


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.


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.