During the pandemic, several NSU alums have made a big difference in the fight against COVID-19:


Andrew Rehder, 3M Plant Manager 

Andrew Rehder, manager of 3M Co. in Aberdeen, S.D., got the call from headquarters on Tuesday, Jan. 21. He gathered about 20 managers and supervisors into a conference room, where they sat, unworried, less than 6 feet apart. Rehder told them that a new virus was spreading rapidly from China and that 3M was expecting demand for protective gear to jump.

Around the world, spring 2020 was a season of change – rapid, unpredictable and unprecedented change.

Wolves Country is no exception. Students left for spring break thinking they would return in a week, but the spread of the COVID-19 virus led to uncertainty and upheaval. After a spring and summer of online courses, classes are scheduled to resume in-person this fall.

While spring 2020 will always be the season when people learned to navigate life during a pandemic, at Northern, it has also been a season of other lessons learned:

The South Dakota Department of Health has confirmed that several NSU students have tested positive for COVID-19.

At least one person who has tested positive for COVID-19 attended these youth girls' athletic camps:

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Faculty, staff and students:

As we near the end of summer, I know many of you are approaching fall excited to return to in-person learning – but also curious to learn what changes await on campus for the coming semester. Though things remain fluid as they have throughout the pandemic, I am able to share some certainties with you today.

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Regents adopt tiered face covering protocol for NSU, other universities

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Face coverings will be required in all public indoor spaces on the Northern State University campus starting this fall, as mandated by the South Dakota Board of Regents’ new tiered protocol.

On Wednesday, the BOR approved adopting a tiered approach to face covering requirements for Northern and the other five public universities when fall semester begins Aug. 19.

NSU Reading Clinic will waive tutoring fees this fall

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ABERDEEN, S.D. –  The Northern State University Reading Clinic will offer free tutoring services for children this fall to assist families dealing with the financial impact of the pandemic.

“Some families are struggling from drops in income caused by COVID-19 economic disruption,” said Reading Clinic Director Dr. Timothy Houge. “Therefore, I have decided to suspend the reading clinic tuition this coming fall.”

Northern distributes CARES Act grants, creates Student Emergency Relief Fund

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University is helping students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic any way it can including finding ways to provide financial assistance.

One method of financial help was provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Northern received $329,889 in CARES Act funding to be awarded to students, said NSU Director of Financial Aid Sharon Kienow. Nearly all of the funds have been disbursed to 274 students, Kienow said.

Fall semester schedule adjusted for Northern, other S.D. public universities

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will begin fall semester on Aug. 19 and conclude classroom instruction by Thanksgiving, as directed by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Last month, the board announced its commitment to on-campus operations this fall. Today, the regents said all campuses will begin instruction on Wednesday, Aug. 19, three days earlier than originally scheduled. Instead of returning to campus after the Thanksgiving recess Nov. 25-29, students will complete final exams remotely.

The NSU library has made considerable changes to some important links on its webpage.

They have changed links on:

International student stays safe at Northern during pandemic

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Globally, a number of countries have tightened their borders and implemented travel bans due to COVID-19, forcing many students who were studying abroad this semester to end their travels prematurely. Some international students, however, have made the choice to stay abroad in the hopes of continuing their education. One such student at Northern State University is Matej Cip.


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