Lamont-Rhodes Lecture set for March 21 at NSU

Lamont Rhodes 2018 speaker Eric Snodgrass graphic

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The fourth annual Lamont-Rhodes Lecture will be held in the Northern State University Johnson Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, March 21.

The event begins with a breakfast buffet at 7:30 a.m., with the presentation at 8:30 a.m. This year’s speaker is Eric Snodgrass, director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who will deliver the talk, “Weather Risk - Predicting Chaos.”

Snodgrass has been a featured speaker at numerous state bankers associations, as well as the American Bankers Association. He has served as a keynote speaker at the South Dakota Governor's Ag Summit as well as the Association of Agricultural Production Executives InfoAg. He has also been the keynote speaker at several national conventions, such as the MILK Business Conference in Las Vegas, and both the Potato Annual Convention and Sweet Potato Annual Convention.

About the Lecture Series

The Lamont-Rhodes Lecture Series is sponsored by the NSU School of Business and Dacotah Bank, and hosted by the NSU Foundation. It is made possible thanks to contributions from descendants of longtime Aberdeen residents Ernest and Louise Rhodes, William and Frances (Peg) Lamont, and Robert and Ruth Lamont. The families have a long history of providing financial services to South Dakota farms, ranches and small business. In an effort to preserve that history, Rhodes and Lamont family descendants made gifts to the NSU Foundation to establish the annual speaker series.

The series also promotes NSU’s banking and financial services program, which was created in response to the region's growing demand for financial services professionals. The program prepares NSU students for careers in all facets of the financial services industry, including the development of skills needed by community banks.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the March 21 event are $20 per person or $125 for a group of eight. Register online (, or RSVP to the NSU Foundation at 605-626-2550 or

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a regional university that offers outstanding academics and exceptional extracurricular activities at an affordable price on a safe, welcoming campus. Northern State recently announced its Educational Impact Campaign, with a goal of raising $45 million for a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, new athletic and recreation fields, and an on-campus regional sports complex. Once the campaign is complete, NSU will be the recipient of more than $100 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.