NSU NEWS UPDATE – Week of Oct. 7, 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.

Gypsy Days Events at NSU

It’s Gypsy Days! Start off the week with the Gypsy Days Sale at the NSU Wolf Shoppe: The sale runs today, Monday, Oct. 7, through Saturday, Oct. 12. Take 20 percent off all clothing and giftware!

On Friday: Five NSU alumni and one Wolves Athletics team will be honored at the 2019 NSU Hall of Fame Banquet, set for 5 p.m. at Aberdeen’s Dakota Event Center. This year’s inductees are Micah Arnold, Todd Ford, Matt Hammer, Carolin (Becker) Magstadt, Kira (Wannebo) Swenson and the 1993-94 women’s basketball team. For more information about the Hall of Fame Banquet, click here or contact the NSU Foundation at 605-626-2550.

The Steps for Shep Race is Saturday, Oct. 12, at 8 a.m. from the Barnett Center. This is free for faculty and students. If you would like your participate, please fill out a registration form and return to lynne.dingman@northern.edu or drop off at the Barnett Center – main office. Please note that T-shirts are not included for students or faculty, unless they would like to purchase one.

The 105th annual Northern State University Gypsy Day Parade is Saturday, Oct. 12, with a start time of 9 a.m. on Main Street. This year’s parade marshals are Joe and Cindy Senger. The parade theme is “Wolves Live Happily Ever After.”

Don’t forget: The NSU Swim Team is partnering with Safe Harbor to collect items they are in need of, including: razors; deodorant; shaving cream; tampons; brushes; sunscreen; bug spray; kids bug spray; kids/baby body wash; shuttle passes; laundry baskets; sensitive baby formula; pull-ups; queen-sized bed sheets; new bath towels; canned tuna; canned chicken; canned fruit or fruit cups; granola bars; and gas gift cards. Donations will be collected until Gypsy Days. Please drop off items in Coach Monanian's office in the Barnett Center.

Find the full list of Gypsy Day events here!

Native American Day Event Set for Oct. 7

In honor of Native American Day (observed Oct. 14, 2019), the Native American Student Association (NASA) presents the Oceti Sakowin Celebration. Enjoy an educational and fun family time as we honor the rich heritage of the Native American people. Come and experience vibrant history and heritage at our Native American celebration and participate in storytelling, beading, regalia, traditional hand games and foot races, food sovereignty; and spend time with special guest Tabor White Buffalo, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal member, who will also share his talents in traditional Lakota language. This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place today, Monday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the NSU Student Center. It is sponsored by: Indian Education Office, Aberdeen School District; Cangleska Waste (Good Circle) Program, NSU; Multicultural & Student Involvement and Leadership Departments, NSU; Native American Student Association (NASA), CHS and NSU members.

NSU-Primrose Arts and Lecture Series

The 2019-20 NSU-Primrose Arts and Lecture Series will start Oct. 8, and 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:

Oct. 8: "Go Ahead, I’m Listening: Tips for Engaging with Others"; presented by Dr. Elizabeth Sills, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies.

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 Study Abroad News

An information session for the faculty-led study abroad program, “Historical Anatomists of Italy,” will take place noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Missouri River Room. For more information, contact Drs. Alyssa Kiesow and Amy Dolan.

The next steps for the Guatemala info session will take place 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Student Center Gold Room. For more information, contact Dominika Blum and Megan Frewaldt.

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 “Lest we Forget—Memories of Past Teachers” on Oct. 9. Future topics are:

  • Oct. 16: What in the World? (Leigh Neys/ Ioana Hojda)
  • Oct. 23: Where do they Go from Here? (Brit Lorenz/Brenda Mammenga)
  • 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.

Science Center Open House

The public will get a chance to tour Northern’s new Harvey C. Jewett IV Regional Science Education Center during Gypsy Days. An open house will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the science center, located at the corner of Twelfth Avenue Southeast and South State Street. Self-led tours are encouraged, with students and faculty stationed throughout the building to show off each feature.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Exhibit 

The Opening Reception for the new Traditional Chinese Medicine Exhibit at the China Explorum in the NSU library will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 11. Summer in China program alum, Shayla Steinley, put together the explanatory texts on the sample materials provided by the Confucius Institute and will be doing a poster presentation.

Sports Complex Groundbreaking Ceremony

A groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the new Regional Sports Complex will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, outside the south entrance of the Barnett Center. Numerous officials related to the project will speak, including NSU President Dr. Tim Downs, Athletic Director Josh Moon and Jim Thares of the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Sanford Health on Campus

Sanford Health will be on campus Tuesday, Oct. 15, 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.

Professional Development Opportunities

Professional development opportunities for NSU faculty and staff will be hosted by members of the instructional design team. Zoom Collaboration Platform Training: Let Jace Brownlee show you how to connect with students and hold virtual office hours using Northern’s official video conferencing tool, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in TC 15 lab. Small Teaching Strategy of Retrieval: Danette Long will share information on how to implement the retrieval strategy* aimed at boosting student understandings and retention of course material at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in TC 15 lab. (*Strategy taken from James Lang’s book on Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning.)

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 schedule is as follows:

  • Oct. 16: Overcoming Barriers to Productivity with Petr Ludwig, 6:30 p.m., JFAC Jewett Theater
  • Nov. 6: Managing Distractions with Dr. Erin Haugen, 6:30 p.m., Krikac Auditorium

NSU Theatre’s ‘Brain from Planet X’

The NSU Theatre Department will present the musical "The Brain from Planet X" in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre. Performances will run at 7:30 p.m. nightly Oct. 17-19, 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!

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.)

NSU accepting fall 2019 Undergraduate Competitive Research Grant applications

Northern State University 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.

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.