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When Carolyn Thompson faced a cancer diagnosis and was given eight weeks to live, she believed in one powerful truth.

“I believed I was going to survive and that God would have a great and mighty purpose,” said Thompson, a 1991 graduate of Northern State University.

That was 2015. Today, Thompson is in remission, has published a book, and is running a successful business.

A creative force of mass proportions, the Northern State University Art Department has left its mark, or brushstroke, nearly everywhere you look on campus, in the community and even on a global scale. From the brilliant exhibitions displayed throughout the Northern Galleries to the masses of yarn that can be found around campus when the Art Club “yarnifies” NSU, there is certainly no shortage of creativity flowing into and out of the NSU Art Department.

NSU men’s basketball team makes historic national championship appearance in home state


For Northern State University, 2018 will be remembered as the year the men’s basketball team united the state of South Dakota with an electrifying national championship appearance at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

The Wolves made history with a record-breaking season that drew an unprecedented level of hometown support – and “hometown” extended far beyond the borders of the NSU campus.

Student Spotlight: Carley Kueter

Carley Kueter, an elementary education major at Northern State University, is truly passionate about teaching.

Originally from Brandon, Kueter came to NSU for the school’s reputation of being the best university to inspire young educators.


Faculty Snapshot: David Grettler

Dr. David Grettler is a history professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at NSU. Originally from Erie, Pa., Grettler was a historical archaeologist at the University of Delaware for 15 years before he became a professor at Northern.

NSU NEWS UPDATE – June 4, 2018

Welcome to the NSU News Update - providing information on events happening on campus or involving NSU students, staff and faculty. 

NSU NEWS UPDATE – May 29, 2018

Welcome to the NSU News Update - providing information on events happening on campus or involving NSU students, staff and faculty.

NSU students, professor part of research that could lead to cure for Huntington’s

While her friends are working typical summer jobs, Northern State University student Cindy Venegas is spending her summer conducting research for a project that could lead to a cure for Huntington’s disease.

“It’s very cool,” said Venegas, an Aberdeen native pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology and an associate’s in biotechnology. “It’s amazing to be able to do research as a sophomore in college.”


Originally from Huron, South Dakota, NSU psychology major Matthew Mayfield was a quiet high schooler, participating in Boy Scouts and soccer, but mostly keeping to himself and rarely speaking out in class. 

Albeit his shy demeanor, Mayfield quickly found himself coming out of his shell when he enrolled at Northern State University's School of Education for psychology..

Time management: A skill required by most individuals to ensure their day goes as planned. Even so, few can compare to the time management skills of recent Northern State University spring graduate Lindsey Brooks. 

As a full-time student at NSU, Research Analyst for Hartlend Capitol and regional market manager for CBO, business owner of “ModernMama Design Co.” and mother of one, Brooks often finds herself with a full schedule.