NSU NEWS UPDATE – Week of Oct. 21, 2019

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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.

Update on Temporary Closure of 15th and State Street

The City of Aberdeen began the temporary closure of the intersection of 15th Avenue and South State Street on Wednesday, Oct. 2. This is to allow for work on the storm sewer, which is expected to last about two weeks.

Northern employees and students who typically park on the streets around the Barnett Center have the option to purchase a one-time temporary parking pass for $20. The temporary passes are only valid for the Barnett Center lot and are effective through Oct. 31, 2019. You can purchase these temporary passes at the NSU Physical Plant.

In order to prioritize the safety of our students, staff and faculty, along with the well-being of May Overby Elementary students and staff, pickup and drop-off routes for the school are being temporarily altered. May Overby has provided parents with further instructions.

May Overby staff will be allowed to temporarily park in the NSU Foundation lot.

Thank you for your patience as these construction projects continue.

Employee Flu Shots

There will be a flu shot clinic for benefits eligible faculty and staff on Oct. 22 from noon to 6 p.m. in the Centennial rooms of the Student Center. Spouses and children of staff are also welcome. Please bring your Dakota Care insurance card with you.

NSU Annual Free Student Flu Shots

Northern will provide free flu shots for students on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Student Center Centennial Rooms A and B. ALL students are encouraged to attend! (Sponsored by: Aberdeen Area POD and NSU Student Rights and Responsibilities.)

Fall 2019 Noon Forums

NSU’s fall 2019 Noon Forums continue on Wednesdays at noon in the NSU Williams Library Round Room. This week’s topic is “Where do they Go from Here?” on Oct. 23, led by Brit Lorenz/Brenda Mammenga. Future topics are:

  • Oct. 30: Resounding Pedagogies: Building Classroom Community through Sound (Ben Harley)
  • Nov. 6: Complementing Cultures (Anna Schwan/Kirika Shimmei)
  • Nov. 13: White Nationalism on Trial (Department of History and Social Sciences)
  • Nov. 21: Teaching with Business Cases in Chinese Classrooms: Pains and Gains (Jiang Changsheng)
  • Dec. 4: The State of the State Budget (Julie Johnson)

Noon forums are open to all who are interested – students, staff and the public. For more information, contact Dr. Art Marmorstein at 605-626-2608 or Art.Marmorstein@northern.edu.

College of Arts and Sciences Speaker

Dr. Alexander C. Diener, an associate professor of geography at the University of Kansas, will give three presentations on Oct. 24 and 25. They are:

  • “New Roads Across the Mongolian Plains: Consequences of Axial Development”; 3:30-4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24; Harvey C. Jewett IV Regional Science Education Center room 231.
  • “Five Keys to Success in Graduate School”; 4:30-5:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24; Harvey C. Jewett IV Regional Science Education Center room 231.
  • “Identity Landscapes of Central Asia: Kazakhstan or Kazakhstani-stan”; noon-12:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25; Technology Center room 368.

All three of his presentations at Northern are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hagen at Joshua.Hagen@northern.edu.

NSU Theatre’s ‘Brain from Planet X’

The NSU Theatre Department’s "The Brain from Planet X" will continue this weekend in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre. Performances will run at 7:30 p.m. nightly Oct. 25 and 26; at 3 p.m. Oct. 27; and include a special 11 p.m. showing for mature audiences on Oct. 26. Tickets for the production can be purchased online here or at the JFAC Box Office. Tickets are $18, with a Northern faculty/staff discount of $9 and a $2 discount per ticket for groups of 12 or more. NSU students are admitted free with ID. Box office hours are noon-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The box office opens two hours prior to performances. The JFAC box office phone number is 605-626-2900. Read more about the performance here!

Community Spotlight: Live2Lead

NSU students receive a significantly discounted rate for tickets to Live2Lead, a leader and personal growth development experience designed to equip you with new perspectives, practical tools, and key takeaways. The event is this Friday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Aberdeen’s Dakota Event Center, 720 S. Lamont St. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Volunteer Opportunity: Haunted Forest

We are looking for volunteers who would like to spend a night or two with us at Haunted Forest on Oct. 25 and 26 out at Wylie Park. You must commit to an entire evening, from 5 p.m. to approximately 11:30 p.m. Come on out and have a blast scaring people! We will feed you pizza when you are done and you will get a T-shirt to show your friends that you were part of a great haunt. Haunted Forest is put on by the Aberdeen Optimist Club, a service club dedicated to activities for the youth of our community. This is our only fundraising event of the year. It provides funding for all the activities we do throughout the year. We provide the costume and make up for you. You will need to dress appropriately for the weather. To sign up or if you have any questions or need more information, please call Janet Wanttie at 605-216-8972.

Senior Recital

Tabitha Schmidt will have her senior recital at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater. Schmidt, a percussionist, will perform “Suite for Timpani” by David Mancini, “Chakalaka” by Francisco Perez, “Prelude and Blues” by Ney Rosauro and “2+1” by Ivan Trevino. Also performing will be Sara Krebsbach; Matej Cip and Dylan Unruh (duet); Adam Henning, Aldous Ulvog, and Dr. Travis Netzer (trio); and NSU alum Luke Bergjord.

Sanford Health on Campus

Sanford Health will be on campus Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. in the Jewett Regional Science Education Center to discuss medical lab science job opportunities within Sanford Health. If you are interested in learning more about the medical lab science program on campus, please join us on second floor in classroom 230.

NSU accepting fall 2019 Undergraduate Competitive Research Grant applications

Northern is pleased to announce we are accepting applications for the fall 2019 Undergraduate Competitive Research Grant. One student will be chosen to receive up to $2,500 toward their own independent research project. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must design a formal research project under the mentorship of a faculty member. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Oct. 28, 2019.  For details on how to apply, please download the “Request for Proposal” by visiting myNSU -> Academics -> Undergraduate Research.

Basic 3D Modeling Program

The NSU library is hosting a basic 3D modeling program in the library’s Creation Lab on Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. The workshop will help attendees learn the basics of 3D modeling and how it applies to 3D printing. The event is free to NSU students, staff and faculty. For more information, contact Lynn Klundt at Lynn.Klundt@northern.edu.

Update from NSU Recreation

Yoga is offered every Tuesday and Thursday in Dacotah Gym lower studio at 5:30 p.m. Taekwondo is offered to students every Wednesday in Dacotah Gym upper studio at 5:30. Zumba is offered every Monday and Wednesday in Dacotah Gym lower studio at 5:30. Open swim hours at the pool in the Barnett Center are noon-1pm Monday through Thursday, 7:30-9 a.m. and 8:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Update from NSU Intramurals

Three on three basketball is coming up on Nov 4-7. Sign your team up now on IMLeagues or email your team and information to nsuim@northern.edu. Winners of the 3 on 3 league will receive Amazon Echoes. Co-ed volleyball league starts Nov. 10 and will run into December; sign your team up on IMLeagues or email your information to nsuim@northern.edu. Winner of the co-ed volleyball league will receive Northern beanies. E-gaming is also coming up with FIFA on Nov. 6 and Fortnite on Nov. 23. Winner of the FIFA tournament will walk away with their own copy of the game. 

NSU Wolf Talks

Wolf Talks are being held this fall in conjunction with the 2019 NSU Larry and Julie Poeppel Family Common Read Lecture. They are free and open to the public. The remaining Wolf Talk is as follows:

  • Nov. 6: Managing Distractions with Dr. Erin Haugen, 6:30 p.m., Krikac Auditorium

Volunteer Opportunity: Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, 1003 Sixth Ave. S.W., is seeking volunteers for Holiday Application Assistants. Available shifts include 9-11 a.m. or 2-4 p.m. Oct. 21-25. For questions or if interested, please contact Salvation Army Director of Volunteers Tony Jones at 605-225-7410 or tonyk.jones@usc.salvationarmy.org.

NSU-Primrose Arts and Lecture Series

The 2019-20 NSU-Primrose Arts and Lecture Series will take place Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. throughout the academic year at Aberdeen's Primrose Retirement Community, located at 1701 Third Avenue S.E. Presenters and topics are as follows:

Nov. 12: "Turning Pages, Changing Minds: 10 Years of the NSU Common Read"; presented by Dr. Erin Fouberg, Professor of Geography.

Feb. 11: "The Worst Hard Times: The 1930s Depression in South Dakota"; presented by Dr. Ric Dias, Professor of History.

March 10: "Jazz through the Decades"; presented by Mr. Fritz Hemke, Assistant Professor of Music.

April 14: "Talkin’ like the Bard:  Demystifying Shakespeare’s Language"; presented by Dr. Kane Anderson, Assistant Professor of Theatre.

NSU Larry and Julie Poeppel Family Common Read Lecture

Author Manoush Zomorodi will discuss “Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self” at the Northern State University Larry and Julie Poeppel Family Common Read Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Zomorodi will speak for about 50 minutes, take questions from the audience, and then sign copies of her book. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. “Bored and Brilliant” explores the connection between boredom and original thinking and considers how we can harness boredom’s hidden benefits to become our most productive and creative selves without totally abandoning our gadgets in the process. The book is available at the NSU Wolf Shoppe for $12.25. Summer hours for the Wolf Shoppe are: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed Friday, June 28, for inventory). 

Northern Night

Northern Night will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Dakota Event Center. This annual gala benefits NSU and its deserving students and all faculty and staff are invited to attend and join in those efforts. Please contact the NSU Foundation for additional information by calling 605-626-2550 or emailing nsualumni@northern.edu.

Split-Pot Tickets Will Raise Money for Scholarships

Tickets for the $30,000 split-pot are available at the NSU Foundation. Only 300 tickets are being sold. The winner will receive $15,000 and $15,000 will go toward Northern student scholarships. Need not be present to win – the drawing will take place at Northern Night on Nov. 16. To purchase a ticket, contact the Foundation at 605-626-2550.

Community Chinese Classes

The NSU Confucius Institute is offering community Chinese courses through Nov. 19. Youth classes take place 3:15-4:15 p.m. Tuesdays, and adult classes take place 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. All classes are held in NSU’s Lincoln Hall, room 330. Cost is $20 per student. For more information or to register, call 605-626-3293 or email confucius@northern.edu.

Moscow Ballet Brings ‘Gift of Christmas Tour’ to NSU this November     

Tickets are on sale now for the fourth annual performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at Northern State University. Moscow Ballet will bring the “Gift of Christmas Tour” to Aberdeen at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater. The performance will bring holiday magic to life, creating unforgettable memories for all ages. Tickets may be purchased online at the NSU Fine Arts Department webpage.

Save the Date: Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Forum

The annual NSU Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2020. All students participating in scholarly activity are invited to participate. Registration details to be announced in January. 

American Indian Circle Program Cultural Education is First Tuesday of the Month

Northern is dedicated to the recognition of tribal traditions and ceremonies that complement the holistic well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native students. The first Tuesday of every month from 12:15-12:30 p.m. we come together in Spafford 106 and have cultural education time to talk about what smudging is, the importance it symbolizes in Indigenous culture and a time of reflection. The American Indian Circle Program would like to invite the NSU campus community to come and participate in our monthly Smudge. Everyone is welcome!

Faculty/Staff Ticket Pricing:

NSU Athletics offers the following ticket pricing for Northern faculty and staff:

  • 50 percent off single-game general admission ticket (price varies with each event)
  • Buy one at regular price, get one free general admission season ticket (soccer, volleyball, football, wrestling, men’s and women’s basketball are all ticketed)             
    • Regular price: $300
  • 50 percent off reserved season tickets (section A only – chair back seats for basketball)
    • Regular price: $400
    • Faculty/staff price: $200
    • You will receive a Wolves Club season ticket book with individual tickets for each game!
    • Faculty with children can have adjacent chair back seats (in section A) reserved for their kids upon signing them up for Wolves Buddies - $40 per child, $99 for three or more kids.

Contact Austin Hieb at 605-228-9514 or wolvesclub@northern.edu, or stop by the Barnett Center to sign up and select your seats – automatic payroll deduction is available!

Name Tag Orders

NSU Communications and Marketing orders name tags for employees once a month. To request a name tag for the next campus-wide order, fill out this online form.

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 Events

Check out upcoming Wolves events at the NSU Wolves Game Day webpage or athletics calendar.