CAMPUS NEWS UPDATE: Week of March 28, 2022

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 by 5 p.m. Thursday of the week before the announcement should run.


COVID-19 News

Through the S.D. Department of Health, Northern has secured BinaxNOW/Quidel over the counter COVID tests. These test kits are free to NSU faculty, staff and students. Students can pick up their kits at Student Affairs (Avera Student Center 222). Faculty and staff should check with their direct supervisors. Complimentary COVID testing for all South Dakotans are still available through Vault Health’s website as well. These are available for both symptomatic/asymptomatic and vaccinated/unvaccinated individuals. For additional COVID-19 information, visit or


Dr. Joseph Bottum Speaking at NSU

Dr. Joseph Bottum, professor and director of the CLASSICS Institute at Dakota State University, will speak at Northern State University on March 28. Bottum will present “The Church of Christ Without Christ: The Religious Origins of Identity Politics” at 7 p.m. in Johnson Fine Arts Center Room 181, also known as the “Blue Room.” The public is welcome to the event, which is sponsored by the NSU Center for Public History and Civic Engagement. Drawing on his book, An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America, Bottum will discuss the manner in which contemporary political debates regarding identity politics find their origins in certain religious ideas, with identity politics being essentially a religious phenomenon.


SDBOR to meet March 29-30

The South Dakota Board of Regents will meet March 29-30 at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. More information can be found here, or view the full BOR agenda here. The meeting will also be webcast through, or join via Zoom at this link (dial-in option, 1 253 215 8782; webinar ID: 942 6714 1358).


Hygiene Drive

The Pre-Health Club is hosting a hygiene drive for Safe Harbor. They are in need of the following items: oral care products, conditioner and other hair care products, toilet paper, feminine products, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, diapers (all sizes), and baby wipes. Donations can be dropped off in Graham 114 or Science Center 217 until April 1.


‘Be Northern’ Nominations

Do you know someone in the NSU campus community who should be featured on Northern social media? Nominate a student, faculty, staff or alum to be featured as a Be Northern on NSU Instagram and Facebook! Nominated are accepted through this online form.


Spring 2022 Job Fair

The Spring 2022 Aberdeen Area and NSU Job Fair will take place take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in Northern’s Avera Student Center. The event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by NSU Career Services, Hub City Radio, Aberdeen Area Department of Labor/Job Service and the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce. NSU students will have the opportunity to not only find employment, but also meet with potential graduate and professional schools, and academic advisors to discuss majors and minors that will help students succeed in their future career. Interested employers and graduate schools can register for the fair with this link. For more information, contact NSU Career Services at or 605-626-2416.


Inaugural Softball Game

March 29 marks the inaugural game for the NSU Softball Team at Koehler Hall of Fame Field. The Wolves will be facing off against the Dragons of MSU Moorhead at noon and 2 p.m. There will be a student tailgate before the first game starting at 10:30 a.m. with food and inflatables along with multiple prizes to be given out throughout the games, including an Apple watch and Apple airpods. What’s more fun than food, fun and softball? We hope to see you there!


Noon Forums

This week’s NSU Noon Forum, “Five Essential Women’s History Month Films” with Dr. Kristi Brownfield, will take place at noon Wednesday, March 30, in the Williams Library Rotunda. Forums, which are free and open to the public, continue throughout the semester as follows:

  • April 6: “How to Run and Why,” Logan Manhart, Brian Bengs and others
  • April 13: “Do Comics Rot Your Brain? Using Sequential Art in the Classroom,” Dr. Kane Anderson
  • April 20: “Five Essential Songs and Mantras,” Dr. Pam Monaghan-Geernaert and others
  • April 27: “The Last Lecture I’d Ever Give,” Dr. Andrew Russell

For more information, contact Dr. Art Marmorstein at 605-626-2608 or


Cultural Jubilee is March 31          

Northern State University student groups will hold a Cultural Jubilee on Thursday, March 31. The event, open to all students, faculty, staff and community members, will take place 7-9 p.m. in the Kessler’s Champions Club in the NSU Barnett Center Addition. The jubilee is sponsored by Northern’s Campus Activities Board, Native American Student Association, Impact Dance Club and International Student Organization.


Science and Math Fair

Thursday, March 31, 2022, will be the 39th year of NSU sponsoring the Northern South Dakota Science and Mathematics Fair. The day starts out with approximately 60 judges from surrounding areas judging projects and interviewing students. Projects will be judged in the morning and will be open for public viewing 1-7 p.m. only. The science fair awards ceremony, open to the public and free of charge, will begin at 6 p.m. in Johnson Fine Arts Center Room 181. Twenty schools from the surrounding area and about 300 junior and senior high school students participate in the fair annually. The students come from Brown, Campbell, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Hyde, Marshall, McPherson, Roberts, Spink and Walworth counties. Junior and senior high science bowls, held in conjunction with the fair, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. The public is invited to attend.


Research, Scholarship and Creativity Forum

The annual NSU Research, Scholarship and Creativity Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, in the Beulah Williams Library. All students participating in scholarly activity are invited to participate. Submissions of abstracts are due April 1. For more information about presenting your scholarly activity and submitting abstracts, visit this webpage or email Dr. Andrew Russell.


Welcome to the Silent Book Club!

This isn’t your regular book club. No set books to read (that's the "silent" part), no pressure to share or discuss. Never worry if you haven't finished the book. No judgment.

Simply bring yourself and whatever you're currently reading (we don't care about genres or formats, anything goes!) All readers are welcome—even e-readers. The Silent Book Club is about community. Everyone is welcome, and anyone can join.

Please consider joining if you are unable to find time and space to just enjoy a book. That's it! No pressure whatsoever.

The Silent Book Club meets the first Tuesday of every month from 4-5 p.m.

Last meeting of the semester in the Library Round Room April 5, 2022, at 4 p.m.

For additional information, contact Hosted by Williams Library


Honors Program Speaker

The Honors Program will host speaker, author and former “Survivor” contestant Holly Hoffman at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. The event, which is free and open to campus and the community, will take place in the Kessler’s Champions Club Room in the NSU Barnett Center addition. 


GiveNDay is Coming! April 6-7, 2022: The Northern State Foundation is excited to host our second annual day of giving, GiveNDay, on April 6, 2022! This 24-hour challenge is designed to inspire all supporters of Northern to come together as we work to provide funding across the university. Last year was a huge success as our community raised $193,000 from over 1,200 donors. Also known as #OneDayOnePack, this year’s goal is to receive support from 1,800 donors in 24 hours.


GiveNDay Ambassadors wanted! We need your help! We are looking for students, faculty or alumni to represent their school, department, organization or team as Ambassadors. As Ambassadors, you have the opportunity to share your love of NSU with your family and friends via social media, and earn rewards for yourself as well as for your team/school, program or organization. The top Ambassador will earn $500 towards the organization they are advocating for. The top student Ambassador will earn $250 in Nike Team Store Gear, and the top non-student Ambassador will win a tailgating spot for an NSU Wolves football game during the 2022 season (date to be agreed upon by purchaser and recipient). Sign up to become an ambassador for GiveNDay here.


Northern Lights Launch Party Rescheduled

The annual Northern Lights launch party has been rescheduled for April 6, 2022, at 6 p.m. in the Lincoln Art Gallery (LH 115). Print issues will be available for purchase (cash or check accepted) at the launch party and afterward by contacting current President Madi Filber via email at, who can also answer any questions via email. All students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome! 


Presidential Investiture

The campus community is invited to the Investiture Ceremony of Dr. Neal Schnoor, 18th President of Northern State University, at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8. The ceremony will take place in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater, with a reception immediately following in the JFAC lobby. Faculty and staff are invited to be part of the procession. For more information, call Stacy Bauer at 605-626-2521, or visit



CETL is excited to oversee the OLC RFP, which provides funding for two Online Teaching Certificate programs conducted by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC).  Deadline to apply is April 8, 2022.  Please read the full details in the OLC RFP.  Contact Danette,, with any questions. 


ACCA Concert

The Aberdeen Community Concert Association will present The Diamonds: Let’s Rock Broadway, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2022, in the NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center. Students can attend the concert free with their student ID! Tickets for the general public are available at Interior Design Concepts, 21 N. Main St., Aberdeen, or online at the ACCA website.


April 20: Snackchat – How Not to be Boring with PP: Fostering Curiosity in our Students with David Grettler and Erin Fouberg 

Join CETL hosts, Erin Fouberg and Dave Gretter, for a collegial conversation about engaging students with interesting instructional strategies. Please attend Wednesday, April 20, at 3 p.m. in MJ 201 or via this zoom linkAdd this event to your calendar.  


Employee Recognition Lunch

Make sure to RSVP to if you will be attending the Employee Recognition lunch on April 25 starting at noon in the Centennial Rooms. Also, be sure to nominate your co-workers for the Employee Performance Awards my logging into the MyNSU site, clicking on Employee Resources, clicking on Human Resources, then clicking on Employee Performance Award Nomination form under HR Links! 


Military Veterans Affairs News:

  • National Medal of Honor Day on March 25 recognized all Medal of Honor recipients. The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest medal for valor in combat awarded to military members. The President of the United States awards the Medal of Honor for acts of bravery above and beyond the call of duty. On this day, we recognized all 3,525 soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coastguard and Mary Edwards Walker (the only woman) awarded a Medal of Honor.
  • Vietnam Veterans Day is put in place to recognize and thank those who served. Vietnam Veterans Day recognizes the veterans who served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. The last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam on March 29, 1973, which is now known as the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. Today, Americans are encouraged to display the U.S. flag in honor of the men and women who served, were wounded or never made it back home.
  • NSU Hosting American Legion Cording Ceremony: On May 4, 2022, from 1800-1900, Northern Military Veteran Affairs will host the American Legion Cording Ceremony for graduating service members and veterans. The Aberdeen American Legion Post presents a red, white and blue cord to graduates honoring and celebrating dedicated service to the U.S. and Aberdeen citizens. Students wear the cords at commencement. The program is open to family, friends and the Aberdeen community. (Location to be determined.)
  • Enrollment Certifications: Each semester the NSU Military Veteran Affairs staff certify enrollments for students receiving Military Tuition Assistance, South Dakota State Tuition Assistance or Veteran Education Benefits. The staff submits certifications after the census date for each term.
    • 202250 Summer 1 (5 weeks) May 31-July 1 – Census Date: July 10
    • 202250 Summer 2 (5 weeks) July 5- Aug. 5 – Census Date: July 15
    • 202250 Summer 3 (10 weeks) May 31-Aug. 5 – Census Date: July 10


Attention Spring Graduates

  • Purchase Graduation Apparel at this link.
  • Purchase Graduation Announcements at this link.


American Indian Circle Program

NSU is dedicated to the recognition of tribal traditions and ceremonies that complement the holistic well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native students. The American Indian Circle Program would like to invite the NSU campus community to participate in our monthly Smudge the first Tuesday of every month from 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. This is a time where we come together and have cultural education time to talk about what smudging is, the importance it symbolizes in Indigenous culture and a time of reflection. For the spring 2022 semester, we will smudge in the courtyard outside MJ 112, which is the new Circle Program student space under the Student Success Center. Everyone is welcome! 


Study Abroad Updates

World travelers: It is not too late to study abroad this summer or fall. Many opportunities are waiting just for you! 

To see the latest on global learning opportunities and other exciting study abroad updates check out the Study Abroad webpage here or the Study Abroad blog here, and follow us on:

  • Instagram: WolvesAbroad
  • Facebook: NSU Study Abroad
  • Twitter: NSU_StudyAbroad
  • Snapchat: Wolvesabroad

To meet with a study abroad advisor or to get your questions answered about anything study abroad-related, email

We are looking forward to making your study abroad dream a reality!


This Week in Wolves Athletics:

For digital tickets to these or other games/matches, please visit HERE

Students, don’t forget to download and scan your digital tickets to be entered in the Howling Wolves monthly contest. This month’s prize is a 32” LED Smart TV from Lang’s Audio & TV

  • Women’s Softball
    • March 29 @ noon and 2 p.m.
    • Home opener and Koehler Hall of Fame Field Grand Opening
    • Tailgate, food and prizes!

Come out and support your Women’s Softball team as they open up Koehler Hall of Fame Field for the first time. First 300 fans will get a souvenir commemorative mini-bat to mark the occasion. Other prizes will be given away throughout the days games as well so get there early and cheer loud!


This month’s prize is a 32” LED Smart TV from LANG’s Audio, TV, & Appliance


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


Have your student ticket at games to earn points

Stand together in the Howling Wolves Student Section

Cheer loud and make noise

Stand up, clap, and sing along with the NSU Fight Song

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

LAST MONTH’S WINNER- Brynne Larvie – Echo Dot with Clock