NSU NEWS UPDATE: Week of Sept. 27, 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

The COVID-19 vaccine is now widely available in South Dakota, and Northern State University encourages all members of the campus community to get vaccinated if they are able.

Vaccines can be scheduled at the following links:

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


Gypsy Days Sale at the NSU Wolf Shoppe

The NSU Wolf Shoppe will have a Gypsy Days Sale Monday, Sept. 27-Saturday, Oct. 2. Get 20 percent off clothing and giftware all week! Open Saturday, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Gypsy Days 2021

Gypsy Days 2021 takes place Sept. 27-Oct. 2, with the theme of “Wolves of the Galaxy.”

  • The Steps for Shep 5k will take place Saturday, Oct. 2. Students can sign up for free on the day of the race. Sign up and find more information at this link.
  • The Gypsy Day Parade starts at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 in downtown Aberdeen. Register by 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at this link.
  • International Programs: Do you have a connection to your heritage and its culture? Do you want to represent it in the homecoming parade on Oct. 2? Join the Office of International Programs as we march through Aberdeen representing the great diversity of our international students and community. You may carry a flag or represent your culture in some other way. If you are interested, please complete this survey. Contact Stephen Deduck with any questions.

Event Listing:

Sunday, Sept. 26:

  • Stargazing with WAVE
    • 9:30 p.m. Campus Green
    • Gaze at the stars and learn about the impacts of light pollution

Monday, Sept. 27:

  • Royalty Meet and Greet Trivia
    • 7 p.m., Centennial Rooms
    • Come meet the 2021 homecoming royalty candidates.
    • Enjoy trivia and FREE wings!

Tuesday, Sept. 28:

  • Masterpieces and Mocktails with AWAREWolves
    • 7 p.m., Centennial Rooms
    • Enjoy mocktails and guided painting with Professor Alexis Doerr

Wednesday, Sept. 29:

  • Lunch for a Buck
    • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Student Center Mall
    • Walking tacos for $1.
    • First 50 students get a free walking taco on Dean Blackburn!
  • Movie at the Pool: “Guardians of The Galaxy”
  • 7 p.m., Barnett Center pool
  • Pool games, snacks, and a showing of “Guardians of The Galaxy”

Thursday, Sept. 30:

  • Coronation
    • 7 p.m., JFAC
    • Crowning of the 2021 Queen and Marshal
  • Bonfire Bash
  • Following coronation in the BC parking lot
  • Pep rally, DJ and color dance

Friday, Oct. 1:

  • Space Carnival
    • 4.-7 p.m., campus green
    • Northern student organizations celebrate with snacks, games and prizes
  • Women’s Swimming Tri @ 3 p.m.
  • vs. UMary
  • vs. Concordia-St. Paul
  • vs. Sioux Falls
  • vs. Concordia-St. Paul
  • Volleyball @ 6 p.m.
  • Women’s Soccer @ 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 2:

  • Parade
    • Enjoy the largest parade in South Dakota!
    • Marching bands and floats will parade down Main Street starting at Seventh Avenue North
    • Parade starts at 9 a.m.
  • Football game @ 2 p.m.
  • vs. UMary
  • vs. Minnesota State
  • Volleyball @ 6 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 3:

  • Women’s Soccer @ 1 p.m.
    • vs. Minnesota State


Sept. 28: CETL SnackChat - Undergraduate Research with Jon Mitchell 

We are excited to present Dr. Jon Mitchell as CETL's first Snackchat host of the semester. Join Dr. Mitchell for a discussion on working with students in undergraduate research. Don't forget: we provide FREE snacks. Event date: Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in MJ 203. If you are unable to attend in person, please join us asynchronously through this zoom link. 


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. 


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:

  • Sept. 29: Dueling Ink II (Pen Pearson, Lysbeth Benkert-Rasmussen)
  • Oct. 6: Remembering the Roma (Steven Usitalo)
  • Oct. 13: Lessons from my 90-year-old Grandfather (Grant Manhart)
  • Oct. 20: Wolves Roaming the World (Dominika Blum, Becky Nelson, and Stephen Deduck)
  • 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)


3D Printer Informational Session

A 3D Printer Informational Session will take place at 4 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Library Creation Lab. The session is a general introduction to 3D printing and is open to all NSU students, faculty and staff. The event will highlight some uses for 3D printing, how to go about 3D printing something in the library, and a demo of the 3D printer in use.


PBL Meeting

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) will have their next meeting on Monday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Hall 224. Students from all majors are welcome to attend!


Faculty Training for Online Teaching

The Faculty Training for Online Teaching course will run multiple times in October and November in an effort to provide faculty in need of this training time to complete all three sessions.  Danette Long, Instructional Designer and Program Lead for Quality Assurance, 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. You may attend any of the session dates/times as long as you attend an instance of all three sessions. Sessions are not recorded. 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

Date       Time

Session 1 - Online Teaching Overview & SDBOR/Northern Documents

Wed Oct 6 10:00 - 11:00

Thu Oct 14

3:00 - 4:00

Fri Oct 22


Mon Nov 15 2:00 - 3:00

Session 2 - Instructor Presence & Community of Inquiry

Wed Oct 13 10:00 - 11:00

Thu Oct 21

3:00 - 4:00

Fri Oct 29


Mon Nov 22 2:00 - 3:00

Session 3 - LMS Implementation for Online

Wed Oct 20 10:00 - 11:00

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.


Faculty Exhibition on display in JFAC Gallery

The NSU Art Department Faculty Exhibition is on display this fall in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Gallery through Oct. 6, featuring work by Derek Decker, Alexis Doerr, Jay Hopkins, Peter Kilian, Jason Knowles and Nadya Preszler. The exhibition features a variety of artwork, such as paintings, ceramics, photography, mixed media and digital media. A reception will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the JFAC Gallery. This event is free and open to the public. A virtual exhibition will also be available to view on the Northern Galleries webpage.


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:

  • Oct. 6: Kendra Gottsleben will discuss her personal story of self-advocacy and her ambition to be a helpful resource to support individuals who have severe or life-threatening illnesses or disabilities.
  • 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.


SDBOR Outreach Session

The South Dakota Board of Regents will hold outreach sessions to update campus communities and local legislators about the Senate Bill 55 Task Force process and recommendations. The meeting on the NSU campus will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Johnson Fine Arts Center Room 117. Representatives of the Board of Regents, its staff, and public university presidents will be on hand to visit with area residents. The public is invited to attend. The task force takes its name from a bill approved by the 2020 South Dakota Legislature, which directed the Board of Regents to create a task force to study the operations and functions of higher education institutions under the regents’ control.


What?! A Party for Research?

The library is hosting a Research Party on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Join the librarians for assistance with upcoming research papers or projects. All students are welcome. Get assistance with primary sources, citations, topic development, research and more! Bring your questions to library room 117 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13. For additional information, contact reference@northern.edu. The event is hosted by Williams Library.


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!


Aberdeen Area and NSU Job Fair                                                  

The Aberdeen Area and NSU Job Fair will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20, on the Northern campus. The event, which is open to the public, will take place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the NSU Barnett Center. Employers may register online at this link. Registration cost is $175, and the deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 15. For more information, contact Pence at maggie.pence@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 $50 Gift Card to Lager’s Inn!

  • Volleyball
    • Oct. 1 @ 6 p.m. vs. Sioux Falls
    • Oct. 2 @ 6 p.m. vs. Southwest Minnesota State
  • Soccer
    • Oct. 1 @ 7 p.m. vs. Concordia St. Paul
    • Oct. 3 @ 1 p.m. vs. Minnesota St
  • Football
    • Oct. 2 @ 2 p.m. vs. UMary



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


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

  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


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.