NSU NEWS UPDATE – Week of Oct. 29, 2018

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NSU NEWS UPDATE – Oct. 29, 2018

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. 

Event Posters

Want your campus event promoted on NSU Snapchat? Email your event posters to communications@northern.edu, and it might be featured on Northern’s social media!

Library Media Literacy Forum

NSU’s Beulah Williams Library will host a forum to discuss how individuals in smaller communities consume news – and how they protect themselves from misinformation. The forum will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in the Williams Library Round Room. The event includes a panel of local communications professionals:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Haller, NSU associate professor of English/department chair
  • Megan Rosendahl and Scott Waltman, Aberdeen American News
  • Heidi Marttila-Losure, Dakotafire Media

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the NSU library at 605-626-3018.

2018 NSU Undergraduate Competitive Research Grants

Students: 2018 Undergraduate Competitive Research Grant proposals are due Monday, Oct. 29! Eligible undergraduate students are welcome to submit a proposal for a grant of up to $2,500 in support of an independent research project. Proposals for Calendar Year 2019 (Cycle 2) are due Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. Research Project Advisor approval is required for grant-funded research conducted during the summer. Instructions are available on myNSU. Learn more about NSU Undergraduate Research on the website.

Pick a Pumpkin Sale

The NSU Wolf Shoppe is having a Pick a Pumpkin Sale on Oct. 30 and 31. Get 15, 20, 25 or 30 percent off!

Chinese Brush Painting Workshops

Chinese brush painting workshops will be held Tuesdays at 2 p.m. in the Student Center through Oct 30. The workshops are free to NSU students, faculty and staff.  All levels are welcome.

Biology and Chemistry Senior Seminar Presentations

Fall 2018 Biology and Chemistry Senior Seminar Presentations continue at 10-10:50 a.m. Tuesdays in MJ 201 with the following topics:

Oct. 30:  Makyl Ziegler, Bethany Greiner, Jessica Leyva; “Prevalence of Diabetes in the United States”

Nov. 13: Emma Friesel, Lauren Aman, Kylee Pospisil; “Red Tides”:  Environmental and Biological Effects”

Nov. 20: Riley Frantzen, Josh Coyle, Kyle Yeargain; “Overuse of Antibiotics”

Nov. 27: Tanner Peltier, Hanneke Oosterwegel, Alexis Opitz; “The Importance of Yeast to Regional Brewing”

Dec. 4: Meganne Engebretson, Marissa Clark, McCamey Kimbler; “Crispr:  The New Tomorrow”

Noon Forum

At noon on Wednesday, Oct. 31, the NSU Noon Forum will be "Tricks and Treats: What I Predict for Next Tuesday, and Why I’m Probably Wrong," presented by Drs. Steve Usitalo, Jon Schaff and Ken Blanchard. Noon Forums take place in the Williams Library Rotunda and are open to all who are interested – students, staff and the public. For more information, contact Dr. Art Marmorstein at 605-626-2608 or marmorsa@northern.edu.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Stop by the Financial Aid and Registrar’s Office in Dacotah Hall 103 to view the entries in their pumpkin decorating contest, and drop your vote for best pumpkin into the cauldron! Voting continues through Oct. 31.

InterVarsity and CICS Halloween Events

InterVarsity and CICS are sponsoring Halloween events, Wednesday, Oct. 31:

  • Can can food drive, 7-8 p.m.; meet at the first level of the Student Center; counts as volunteer hours.
  • Minute to Win It games; 8-9 p.m.; Student Center Centennial Rooms.

All are welcome to these free events.

Environmental Club Meeting

The next Environmental Club meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in MJ 201. Free pizza will be provided! Please email John.bortnem@wolves.northern.edu for any questions.

No Plastic November

The Environmental Club is hosting a no plastic movement, No Plastic November! Post a picture on Instagram of how you are contributing to the No Plastic movement. Link your photo with #NSUNoPlasticNovember, and tag @nsu_environmental_club. The picture with the most likes by Nov. 30 will win Environmental Club gear and a $25 gift card to the Wolf Shoppe! The contest runs Nov. 1-30.

Newman Center News

Sunday Masses are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Thursday Mass for All Saints Day (Nov. 1), a Holy Day of Obligation, is at 8 p.m., followed by Community Night and Saint Party! 

NSU Culturefest is Nov. 1

Organizers of Culturefest are seeking entertainment and community groups to participate in the event this fall on the Northern campus. Culturefest, a celebration of cultures from around the nation and the world, will be held 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Barnett Center. Culturefest is free and open to the public. Read more here. For more information, contact the NSU Office of International Programs at 605-626-7802 or international@northern.edu.

Traveling Bake Sale

The Business Club/PBL will be hosting a traveling bake sale on Friday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


NSU Professor of Art and Department Chair Sara Christensen Blair’s new exhibit “LEFTOVERS – PIECING IT TOGETHER” will be open through Nov. 30 in the JFAC art gallery. A reception for the artist and “LEFTOVERS” is planned for Nov. 3 from 6:30-8 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

AUCS Concert: ‘Festive Opening’

The Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony opens the 2018-19 season with “Festive Opening" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center’s Jewett Theater. Featured guest artist is Ms. Sonja Bundy, an extraordinary violinist who performs with orchestras throughout the Upper Midwest. Read more about the concert here. Tickets cost $18. Northern students are admitted free with their ID. Tickets may be purchased online or at the JFAC Box Office. Box office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, noon-4 p.m. The box office opens two hours prior to performances. For more information, contact Stanichar at C.Stanichar@northern.edu.

NSU Wolf Talks Continue Nov. 7

The themes for the fall Wolf Talks series are: community, courage, responsibility and creating change. The schedule appears below:

Nov. 7: Dr. Amber Mathern; “Dueling Identities;” 6:30 p.m.; JFAC Blue Room

Wolf Talks, which are free and open to the public, are held in conjunction with the NSU Common Read and are sponsored by TRIO Student Support Services.

Aberdeen Recreational Trails Meeting

Representatives from Aberdeen’s higher education institutions are invited to a meeting about the Aberdeen Recreational Trails Plan 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Alumni Room at the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center. Administrators, athletics staff, student-athletes and student leaders, among others, are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts regarding how trails should be developed throughout the community. Also, a community open house will be held 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Eagle’s Nest at the ARCC. To learn more about the trails project, visit: www.aberdeentrailplan.com.

Northern Lights Festival

The “Northern Lights: Celebrating Grieg, Vinje and Krerulf” festival of Norwegian music and poetry will be held Nov. 8-9 at NSU. The schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, Nov. 8: opening concert, 7:30 p.m., Krikac Auditorium
  • Friday, Nov. 9: brown bag luncheon and Q&A with the performing artists, noon,  Williams Library rotunda; lecture on the life and work of poet Aasmund O. Vinje, 1 p.m., library rotunda; closing concert, 7:30 p.m., Krikac Auditorium

All events are free and open to the public.

Primrose Arts and Lecture Series

The 2018-19 NSU-Primrose Arts and Lecture Series will take place throughout the academic school year at Aberdeen's Primrose Retirement Community, located at 1701 Third Avenue S.E.

Presenters and topics are as follows:

Nov. 13: "James King, Indian Scout"; presented by Dr. David Grettler, professor of history.

Feb. 12: "Hub City History: Preserving and Presenting the Past in the NSU Archives"; presented by Mr. Robert Russell, director of Beulah Williams Library.

March 12: "Ceramic Form and Fragment: Artwork of Gratia Brown"; presented by Ms. Gratia Brown, Assistant Professor of Art.

April 9: "NSU:  At Home in the World - An Overview of NSU's International Programs"; presented by Dr. Leigh Neys, director of International Programs.

Wage Negotiation - Start Smart Workshop

AAUW is hosting a Start Smart workshop led by Dr. Audrey Miller (certified Start Smart Facilitator). This workshop will give you the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate your salary and benefits. You will also learn how to quantify the market value of your education, skills and experience; how to conduct objective market research and determine a fair target salary; and how to create a strategic pitch and respond to salary offers. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13, from noon-1 p.m. in the Library Round Room. To pre-register, please email Audrey.Miller@northern.edu.

2018 Common Read Lecture is Nov. 14

Angie Thomas, author of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling book “The Hate U Give,” will deliver NSU’s 2018 Common Read Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. The event—Northern’s eighth annual Common Read Lecture—is free and open to the public. The award-winning “The Hate U Give” has received starred reviews from eight literary journals and has been optioned by Fox 2000 and Temple Hill Production. It is available for purchase at the NSU Wolf Shoppe. Click here to learn more.

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteers are needed at the Aberdeen Area Senior Center Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, set for 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Senior Center, 1303 Seventh Ave S.E. Volunteers are needed from 8 to 10 a.m. or 10 a.m. to noon. Duties include:

  • Serve coffee/juice
  • Refill syrup
  • Wipe tables
  • Flip pancakes
  • And of course…clean up!

Interested volunteers can contact Lara Latt at laura.latt@aberdeen.sd.us or 605-626-3330.

Great Russian Nutcracker will return to NSU on Nov. 26

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will return to the Northern State University Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater on Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Click here to read more. For ticket information, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.nutcracker.com.

Friends of the Arts/NSU Young Artist Competition

The Northern State University School of Fine Arts has announced that it will launch the first annual Friends of the Arts/NSU Young Artist Competition on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. The music performance competition will be open to juniors and seniors from high schools throughout South Dakota and surrounding states. Generous prizes will be offered for first, second and third place winners in four categories including piano, strings, voice and wind/percussion. Click here to read more information about the competition.

Wolves Helping the Community

Don’t forget: If you’re volunteering in the community or elsewhere, click here to submit your volunteer hours!

Upcoming Wolves Athletics Events

Friday, Nov. 2

Swimming vs. U-Mary, 5:30 p.m., Aberdeen YMCA

Saturday, Nov. 3

Football vs. Minnesota Crookston (Senior Game), 1 p.m., Swisher Field

Thursday, Nov. 8

Wrestling vs. Concordia-Moorhead, 7 p.m., Barnett Center

Friday, Nov. 9

Swimming vs. Minnesota Morris, 5:30 p.m., Aberdeen YMCA

Thursday, Nov. 15

Women’s basketball vs. Presentation College, 6 p.m., Wachs Arena