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 2016, NSU was again named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best 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 S.D. Supreme Court Chief Justice speaks at NSU spring commencement South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson delivered the spring commencement address at Northern State University. 4 NSU holds groundbreaking ceremony for new residence halls Northern State University held a groundbreaking ceremony for its two new residence halls on April 20. 5 NSU Regional Science Education Center approved When students begin classes in fall 2019, they will be the first of many to study in the new Northern State University Regional Science Education Center. 6 Growing science education A faculty member was the catalyst behind a plan that led to the NSU Regional Science Education Center 8 Grewe leads the Wolf pack in a greener direction What started out as an idea in an honors thesis class for NSU senior Maris Grewe became a reality when she received the Undergraduate Competitive Research Grant in 2015. 9 Time’s up Tom Butch steps down after 50 years as clock runner at NSU basketball games 10 Home run career Enrolling in a theater course led an NSU alum to position with the L.A. Dodgers. 12 Athletics recap The Northern State University Wolves kicked off the 2016-17 academic year with highlights for all 11 of the fall and winter athletic teams. 14 2017 inductees Hall of Fame Award inductees 16 Alumni News Class notes, celebrations and memorials PAGE 14 4 Spring Commencement ceremony Athletics recap 12 CONTENTS ON OUR COVER CHAD GUNDERSON Courtesy of Jon SooHoo. © Los Angeles Dodgers LLC. Growing science education Enrolling in theater course led NSU alum to position with L.A. Dodgers. 6 10