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Students and faculty attending a research poster session
June 3, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A record 14 Northern State University Honors Program students have been accepted to present their Honors undergraduate research at the National Collegiate Honors Conference in fall 2021. That’s a 100 percent acceptance rate for Northern this year; the typical NCHC acceptance rate
View of campus green
June 1, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., has released the dean’s list for the spring 2021 semester. Students who have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester are eligible for the dean’s list. Students who achieved dean’s list status and requested that their
Wolves of the Galaxy Homecoming 2021 graphic
June 1, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – After two years with festivities either reduced or canceled due to a winter storm and COVID-19, Northern State University is excited to once again celebrate its homecoming this fall. Gypsy Day 2021 is Saturday, Oct. 2, with the 105th annual parade that morning in downtown Aberdeen
Female students sitting in class listening to a speaker
May 26, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – This fall, Northern State University will offer a brand new Bachelor of Arts in Global Language and Culture. This unique program, available in person or online, will provide students the skills and experiences to communicate effectively in global contexts across cultural settings.
Graphic for theatre production, The Oregon Trail
May 25, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Theatre returns to historic Fort Sisseton this summer for the 15th season of Northern Fort Playhouse.  Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Northern Fort Playhouse's 2020 season was canceled, but this year, two productions will be presented in the south barracks building of Fort
Man sitting at table holding his book
May 24, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – In his more than 50 years of teaching, Dr. John Stone has accomplished a lot. Originally from Pierre, S.D., Stone graduated Northern in 1965, when Northern was called Northern Normal and Industrial School. Since then, Stone has taught at universities all over the world: Tokyo,
Children working on a STEM project
May 20, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has created an exciting opportunity for third-through fifth-grade teachers who are interested in bringing more STEM lessons into their classrooms. The NSU College of Arts and Sciences has developed a new STEM Kit program that will provide “experiments in a
Science students in white coats working in a lab
May 17, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Starting in fall 2021, Northern State University will offer a new Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, which combines components of the biology and chemistry programs. The degree will provide a strong background for health-related professional schools and careers, and will help
Book cover and a photo of an Asian American woman in a power chair wearing a blue shirt and mask.
May 17, 2021
Photo of Alice Wong courtesy of Eddie Hernandez Photography ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’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
Three male college students, all smiling
May 14, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – All three winners in the 2021 Brown County Historical Society research and writing contest are Northern State University students. First place went to Greg Lux for his paper “Striking Out: Why the Homestead Strike was a Success for No One.” Lux, from Eden Valley, Minn., is a
NSU logo next to smiling staff photo
May 11, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Zach Flakus has been named the new President and CEO of the Northern State University Foundation. Flakus, a Northern alum and longtime NSU administrator, will start in his new position leading the Foundation in mid-June. Most recently, Flakus worked as General Manager of Jackrabbit
Two smiling female professors
May 8, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has named Drs. Kristi Bockorny and Anna Schwan winners of this year’s Outstanding Faculty Awards. Bockorny, associate professor of management and director of the NSU Honors Program, is the 2021 Foundation Faculty Excellence Award winner. Schwan, assistant
Students walking on campus
May 4, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – With spring semester coming to an end, the South Dakota Board of Regents has announced a first step toward normal operations for Northern State University and the five other regental institutions. Starting Monday, May 10, NSU and the other BOR universities will become “mask
Once a Wolf always a Wolf on a graduate cap
May 3, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – On Saturday, May 8, 227 students will graduate from Northern State University at its 2021 spring commencement. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the NSU Barnett Center. Delivering the commencement address will be 2021 Distinguished Alumnus Joe Senger, vice chairman of Dacotah Bank
Blonde woman in blue dress singing
April 27, 2021
 ABERDEEN, S.D. – On Friday night, April 30, the Northern State University Jazz Ensembles will perform a “Jazz Swing Concert” in the Johnson Fine Arts Center’s Jewett Theater.  This concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is in place of the 15-year tradition of ending the semester with a swing dance at
Student researchers presenting their research
April 27, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has awarded grant funding to three undergraduate research projects. Megan Dockter and Therese Haberman received a Northern Edge Award for their project, "Clarinet Trio Recording Project and Performances Around South Dakota." Dockter, a music education (
Photos of two men side by side
April 23, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Foundation will hold on-campus interviews for the finalists for the position of President and CEO. Robert J. Machovsky will visit the NSU campus on May 3, and Zach Flakus will visit Northern’s campus on May 4. Machovsky is currently Director of Alumni
Outside of campus building
April 21, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University Prevention Services is a new part of campus whose goal is to support the health and well-being of NSU campus community.  Created in March 2021 as part of the Student Affairs Strategic Action Plan, Prevention Services works to monitor, measure and improve
NSU logo next to smiling staff photo
April 21, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University faculty member Dr. Hannah Walters has been named Vice President of Marketing for the Marketing Management Association. Walters was voted unanimously into the role, which starts her on the officer’s track for the national academic organization. Her term
Man standing on campus green
April 16, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University President Timothy M. Downs has announced his resignation to pursue a new opportunity in higher education. In his five years on the Aberdeen campus, Downs presided over positive changes on campus and within the Aberdeen community, including freshman class
Women singing on stage
April 16, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Starting this fall, Northern State University will have a women’s choir for the very first time. Northern students and the greater Aberdeen community are invited to participate in the NSU/Aberdeen Women's Choir, which will be directed by NSU Associate Professor of Music Education
Close-up of choir singers
April 16, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Music Department will present a Choral Spring Concert featuring the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers at 3 p.m. April 25 in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater. The featured work for the Chamber Singers will be Johannes Brahms’ “Liebeslieder
School of Business building
April 15, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University Phi Beta Lambda students did very well in the recent virtual State Leadership Conference competition.  Each of the nine NSU PBL members placed in at least one competitive event. As a team, NSU PBL came away with 10 first-place awards, seven second-place
Day of Champions sign with students loading bus in background
April 14, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – On April 17, Northern State University student-athletes will team up with the United Way of Northeastern South Dakota in service to the Aberdeen area community. Saturday is the 19th annual Day of Champions, and the Wolves will spend the day volunteering at various community
Student presenting her research poster
April 14, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The 2021 Northern State University Research, Scholarship and Creativity Forum will take place April 21 in the Jewett Regional Science Education Center. This annual forum is a venue in which Northern undergraduates can present their research or scholarly activities. Oral

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