NORTHERN TODAY 2 FALL 2020 SENIOR CABINET Dr. Timothy M. Downs, President Dr. Michael Wanous, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Mr. Justin Fraase, Vice President of Enrollment, Communications and Marketing Dr. Debbi Bumpous, Vice President for Technology/CIO Mr. Todd Jordre, Foundation President and CEO Mr. Joshua Moon, Athletic Director, University Athletics Ms. Veronica Paulson, Vice President for Finance and Administration Mr. Sean Blackburn, Dean of Student Affairs DESIGNED AND PRODUCED BY NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING FOR THE NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION WRITTEN BY Elissa Dickey Ashley Gauer ABOUT NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY Northern State University is a premier residential, regional, liberal arts institution characterized by outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations and unparalleled co-curricular opportunities. In August 2020, NSU was again named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best regional undergraduate public schools in the Midwest. For more information, visit our website at . Northern Today is published biannually by Northern State University, 1200 S. Jay St., Aberdeen, SD 57401, for Northern alumni and friends. Recipients receive the publication after completion of a degree or by requesting a subscription. SUBSCRIBE | GIVE A GIFT CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS CONTACT US TWITTER AlumniNSU FACEBOOK NSU Alumni Association EMAIL 4 COVID-19: NSU campus rises to challenges of fall semester Fall 2020 was a long, tiring semester of dealing with the COVID-19 virus, but the Northern State University campus community rose to the challenge. 6 Northern sees growth in student enrollment, retention 6 Northern State unveils new institutional logo This fall, Northern State University officially unveiled a brand new institutional logo. 7 Northern distributes CARES Act grants, creates Student Emergency Relief Fund 8 Homecoming 2020 9 NSU to offer M.S.Ed. in Special Education starting fall 2021 10 NSU holds in-person winter commencement ceremony with limited attendance 12 Two new NSU buildings are recipients of South Dakota Design Awards. 14 Letter from the Director of Athletics 15 NSU Athletics to resume competitions in January 15 NSU Student-Athletes hit the books, producing record breaking semester 16 NSU Hall of Fame Five alumni, two coaches inducted 18 Alumni News See class notes, celebrations and memorials. Contents ON THE COVER Northern State University presentation of Midsummer Night’s Dream p. Homecoming 2020 8 p. Winter Commencement 10 p. COVID-19: NSU campus rises to challenges 4