NSU NEWS UPDATE: Week of Oct. 25, 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

Our next on-campus vaccination clinic will be Monday, Nov. 1:

  • COVID-19 boosters, COVID-19 vaccinations and flu shots will be available.
  • When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Where: Avera Student Center Centennial Rooms
  • How: Walk in or call 605-622-5273 to schedule an appointment
  • Per Avera Health, face coverings must be worn within the Centennial Rooms during the vaccination clinic.

Additional information will be made available this week. COVID-19 vaccines can also be scheduled at the following links:

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


Come Vote for the Best Pumpkin!

The Financial Aid and Registrar’s offices are holding their annual (very competitive) pumpkin decorating contest. Staff from both offices will decorate pumpkins and then they will be on display in Dacotah Hall 103. Come by and vote for your favorite starting Monday, Oct. 25. Voting is open all week and the votes will be counted on Friday afternoon to determine the winner.


Honors Research Poster Session 

The twelve Honors students participating in the National Collegiate Honors Conference Oct. 27- 31 will have their research posters on display in the Beulah Williams Library on Monday, Oct. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. Please stop by and talk with them about their research. This will be great practice for them as they prepare for the national conference.


Halloween Sale at the NSU Wolf Shoppe

The NSU Wolf Shoppe will hold a Halloween Sale on Oct. 27, 28 and 29. Pick a pumpkin to reveal your discount of 15, 20, 25 or 30 percent off clothing and giftware.


Casper Joins TRIO SSS

Kerry Casper has joined Northern State University as TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Director, part of the Student Success Center. Most recently, Casper was employed at the University of Wyoming as Manager for Academic Advising, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Casper has also served as an advising coordinator, recruitment coordinator and enrollment advisor. Casper can be reached at Kerry.Casper@Northern.edu or 605-626-7677.


Varin joins Communications and Marketing

Elizabeth Varin has joined NSU Communications and Marketing as Multimedia Coordinator, working on social media and video content. Varin’s background includes previously working at the Aberdeen American News. She can be reached at 605-626-2517 or elizabeth.varin@northern.edu.


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.


Summoning Spirits

Come join us in the Black Box Theater in JFAC at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 and watch a mystifying show perfect for the Halloween season!


Spook Skate

A night full of skating and costumes to get you into the Halloween spirit — so join us at SkateAway on Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.!


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:

  • Oct. 27: COVID and the Irrational (Ken Blanchard)
  • Nov. 3: Lessons from a Military Veteran and Veteran Students (Ron Brownie)
  • Nov. 10: Frodo Lives! (Peter Ramey)
  • Nov. 17: Our Eroding Democracy (Brian Bengs)
  • Dec. 1: The Last Lecture I’d Ever Give (Jeff Bartel)


Boulton and Barry Recital

Dr. Kenneth Boulton and JoAnne Barry will present a recital of music for two pianos four-hands at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater. Featured on the program will be music by Modest Musorgsky, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Emmanuel Chabrier and Richard Rodney Bennett. The recital is free and open to the public, and will also be live-streamed over the NSU Music Department Facebook page.


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

Date       Time

Date       Time

Session 1 - Online Teaching Overview & SDBOR/Northern Documents



Mon Nov 15 2:00 - 3:00

Session 2 - Instructor Presence & Community of Inquiry


Fri Oct 29


Mon Nov 22 2:00 - 3:00

Session 3 - LMS Implementation for Online

Thu Oct 28

3:00 - 4:00

Fri Nov 05


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.


Idea Pitch Competition

This competition is open all Northern undergraduate students who have creative new ideas. You don’t need to have a full business plan, and no entrepreneurial or business experience is necessary! Applicants (either individuals or teams) will receive valuable insight from successful business people and have the opportunity to win up to $1,000 in cash prizes. At least three (and up to six) individuals or teams will walk away with a cash prize based on our judges’ rulings and the voting of audience members at the Shark Tank competition!

  • STEP 1: Submit your idea using the registration form. Ideas can be submitted in written or video format! Deadline: Friday, Oct. 29
  • STEP 2: Finalists will have five minutes to give their pitch at The Shark Tank Competition in Lincoln Gallery on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. The five-minute presentation will be followed by five minutes of Q and A from our judges. Judges will be local business people, including business owners, potential investors and representatives from development centers. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded following the Shark Tank Competition in the Lincoln Gallery.
  • STEP 3: Walk away with $1,000 in cash prizes!

For more information visit NSU Idea Pitch Competition.


Phi Beta Lambda Meeting

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) has their next meeting on Monday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Hall 224. Haley Grandpre, Dacotah Bank Talent Management Administrator, will join us as a guest speaker. Students from all majors are welcome to attend!


Fall Festival

On Nov. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m., join CAB and a load of other organizations to show support and get into the fall season with crafts and snacks!


Blood Drive

The Pre-Health club will be hosting a blood drive on Friday November 5 from 9am to 1:30pm in the Centennial rooms of the Student Center. Sign up online at this link or contact George Nora by email at George.nora@northern.edu.


Senior Recital

Dylan Unruh will hold his senior recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater. Unruh, who plays saxophone, will perform “Suite Hellenique” by Pedro Iturralde; “Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major K 191” by Mozart; “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss” by David R. Holsing Arr. Dylan Unruh; and “Diametrically the Same” by Nick Heilborn. He’ll be accompanied by Aldous Ulvog, piano; Tabitha Schmidt, piano, marimba and vibraphone; Eduardo Mendoza, alto sax; Charles Urevig, tenor sax; and Matt Bockorny, bari sax.


NSU WAVE Podcast

NSU WAVE, or Wolves for Advocacy, Volunteerism and Engagement, is starting a podcast called The WAVE, a podcast that promotes positive conversation about difficult topics that facilitate positive societal growth. We hope to encourage student voices and the impact we can have on campus and in the community. All students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend our Podcast Launch Party on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Kessler’s Champions Club in the Barnett Center. At this event, attendees will hear the first episode and learn about the purpose of the podcast, as well as enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and other refreshments. If you would like to be featured on this podcast and have an interesting topic that you feel would be influential to students, please contact Kayla.Jensen@wolves.northern.edu or Mariah.William@wolves.northern.edu.


Dr. Tiffany Wang: Cultivating Healthy Interpersonal Relationships with Students   

Dr. Tiffany Wang, Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Montevallo, a COPLAC school, will discuss how to cultivate healthy interpersonal relationships with students. Stop by Friday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. in MJ 201 for rich conversation and a FREE ice cream social. If you are unable to attend in person, please join via this zoom linkTo see the full flyer, click here. 


Black Market Trust Concert

The Aberdeen Community Concert Association will present The Black Market Trust in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12. This American pop/vocal/swing/jazz band will perform in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater, co-sponsored by NSU Fine Arts. Northern students are admitted free with student ID!


Northern Edge Award

The Northern Edge Award is a new funding opportunity that started in spring 2020. This award was designed to augment existing funding sources for undergraduate scholarship at NSU. It is especially intended to aid student projects in under-represented disciplines and/or projects that may not be eligible/competitive for other funding opportunities on campus (i.e. student travel grants, or the Competitive Research Grant). Faculty-mentored projects may receive up to $1,000 that can be used for traditional research expenses or discipline-specific costs such as travel for performances/exhibits. The application process is more streamlined, but still requires a budget detail and narrative. The application deadline this semester is 5 p.m. Nov. 12. For more information on how students can apply for this award, please visit www.northern.edu/undergraduate-research. For questions, contact NSU’s Undergraduate Research Coordinator at andrew.russell@northern.edu.


CETL Pedagogy Grants

CETL is excited to offer its annual Pedagogy Grants once again. We will be awarding three grants of up to $1,000 to faculty and staff who are improving instruction at Northern through active learning, high-impact pedagogies and community-oriented projects! Applications are due Friday, Nov. 12. See the attached document here for more details. If you have any questions, feel free to email CETL, Ben Harley, or Danette Long. We can't wait to see what ideas you have for innovating learning at Northern.


Wolf Talks

TRIO Student Support Services is holding the Wolf Talks speaker series in conjunction with the fall 2021 Common Read selection, “Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century,” edited by Alice Wong. The dates and topics are:

  • Nov. 17: Join Archie Messersmith-Bunting and his “If Everyone is ‘Fine’ – What’s Wrong with Me?” talk as he discusses the science behind your feelings, discover new ways to express what you are feeling, and learn important questions to ask when you are worried someone in your life might not be “fine.”

All Wolf Talks will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. For more information, email Victoria.Garrett@northern.edu.


Artist Reception 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.


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.


Notice for all State Vehicle Users

If you use state vehicles or plan to use one in the future, please be sure to read the “Vehicle Policies and Procedures” handbook prior to driving. It can be found online at this link on the right side of the page, or copies are available in Becky Gilbert’s office in Facilities Management. After you read it, you need to sign the “Vehicle Rules and Regulation Form” and turn it in to Gilbert. This is also online under the policies and procedures handbook. If you have questions, contact Gilbert. Also, when you use state vehicles, please remember they need to be returned full of gas and clean, both inside and outside. The Voyager card that is with the keys can be used for a car wash. Of course, in the winter if the vehicle is parked outside, please don’t wash it.


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 $50 Gift Card to Lager’s Inn!

  • Volleyball – Volloween! (wear costumes!)
    • Oct. 30 @ 6 p.m. vs. Minot State
  • Soccer – Senior Night & Kick-or-Treat! (wear costumes!)
    • Oct. 31 @ 1 p.m. vs Minnesota Duluth


Howling Wolves - October

This month’s prize is a $50 Gift Card to Lager’s Inn!

How to Earn Points

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

Expectations of Howling Wolves Members

  1. Have your student ticket at games to earn points
  2. Stand together in the Howling Wolves Student Section
  3. Cheer loud and make noise
  4. Stand up, clap and sing along with the NSU Fight Song
  5. Stay for the entirety of the game

Where to Get Points

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

Contact Information

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

Last Month’s Winner: Brittany Delzer – Amazon Fire Stick