SENIOR CABINET Dr. Timothy M. Downs, President Dr. Alan LaFave, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Mr. Justin Fraase, Communications and Marketing Director 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 Dr. Jeremy Reed, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs DESIGNED AND PRODUCED BY NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING FOR THE NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION WRITTEN by Elissa Dickey Ashley Gauer Tyler Harris 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 2017, 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.edu . 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 nsualumni@northern.edu 4 Campus Growth Check out our progress and all of our upcoming improvement projects at Northern State University. 7 NSU retention rate climbs to 77 percent as enrollment rises Student retention continues to increase at Northern State University, with the university’s freshmen to sophomore retention rate climbing to 77 percent this fall after a significant increase last year. 8 Houge takes students, Reading Clinic to infinity and beyond The Northern State University Millicent Atkins School of Education Reading Clinic is doing amazing things in Aberdeen. 10 Between the lab coats and the suit coats NSU alum works to bring new technology to the marketplace. 11 NSU alum has career that’s changing lives School of Business graduate begins financial career close to home. 12 Making a difference in children’s lives NSU student spent summer conducting pediatric leukemia research. 14 Athletics recap The Northern State University Wolves kicked off the 2017-18 academic year with highlights for all four of the fall athletic teams. 16 NSU Gypsy Days Wolves go adventuring. 16 First international student named NSU Gypsy Days marshal Northern State University crowned its first international student as marshal. 16 Queen passionate about traveling the world 18 Alumni News Class notes, celebrations and memorials. PAGE 14 4 Campus Growth CONTENTS ON OUR COVER ANNIKA VAN OOSBREE Courtesy of Sanford Health© Milanovich Lab, Sanford Research Center, Sioux Falls NSU alumnus works to bring new technology to the marketplace 10 Athletics recap 12 Growing science education 12