7 NSU STUDENT HANDBOOK 2023-24 THE INSTITUTION AND CAMPUS Since 1901, Northern State University has been dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education. Northern’s roots are in teacher education, but the university has since grown into a comprehensive, multi-purpose institution made up of the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Fine Arts and s School of Professional Studies. Northern serves approximately 3,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate level online, on its main Aberdeen campus and at the Huron Community Campus. Northern’s picturesque main campus includes a blend of historic and modern buildings surrounding the park-like campus green. The university continues to grow and expand, with numerous building projects finished in recent years, and some ongoing – all within easy walking distance of downtown Aberdeen. THE BEULAH WILLIAMS LIBRARY is home to a variety of individual and group study spaces, a computer lab, a smart classroom, and a DDN room. Williams Library also houses the Reading Clinic; the campus music collection and listening room; NSU Archives and Special Collections; and the Round Room, an intimate event space. Print holdings include over 175,000 books and 35,000 federal and state documents. Access to the online catalog and electronic collections is provided to students and faculty 24 hours a day, seven days a week online. THE AVERA STUDENT CENTER is the core of social life on campus, housing the Wolves Den dining facility; Einstein Bros. Bagels/Caribou Coffee; and student organization offices for Student Association, the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and the Honors Program. It’s also home to the offices of Residence Life, Student Involvement and Leadership, Admissions, Health Services, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Student Accessibility Services, Career Services, Veterans and Military Services, and Campus Security; as well as the Counseling Center, Multicultural Center, the NSU Wolf Shoppe (campus bookstore) and the Post Office. THE JOHNSON FINE ARTS CENTER, Northern’s primary performing arts space, includes a Black Box Theatre; Berggren Recital Hall; state-of-the-art practice rooms for music students; an art gallery; and the main Jewett Theater, which hosts an array of university and community performances. The building also serves the campus as a major classroom facility. THE JOSEPH H. BARNETT PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND CONVOCATION CENTER is home to NSU Athletics. This multipurpose facility includes a swimming pool, wrestling room, weight room, training room, auxiliary gym, locker rooms, classrooms and offices. The main arena, Wachs Arena, contains a 160-meter indoor track and a basketball court. The facility seats 8,000 people and is utilized for state tournaments and community events. Wachs Arena is home to the NSU volleyball; wrestling; indoor track and field; and basketball teams, which consistently lead the nation in attendance for NCAA Division II. The women’s swim team practices in the Barnett Center, but competes at the Aberdeen Family YMCA. Northern’s beautiful turf ATHLETIC AND RECREATION FIELDS include a new women’s soccer field and football practice field, with a pavilion between the two. The Athletic and Rec Fields are also used by NSU Intramurals, which offers numerous sports and recreational activities for Northern students. THE HARVEY C. JEWETT IV REGIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION CENTER is home to the NSU biology and chemistry departments. With state-of-the-art labs and equipment, this two-story facility is enhancing science education and undergraduate research on the Northern campus while offering community outreach opportunities to K-12 students around the area. With its prominent placement at the corner of Twelfth Avenue Southeast and South State Street, it also serves as a gateway to campus, with a wolf statue standing in front of the building.