PI GAMMA MU
    There are two main organizations for history students to join here at Northern.  History majors who meet the necessary acedemic standards are eligible to join Pi Gamma Mu, the International Honor Society in Social Science.  The History Club, formed in January 1997, won the South Dakota Board of Regents Award for Academic Excellence in 1998 and 1999.  The History Club was formed to promote interest in history on the Northern State University campus and in the surrounding community. All Northern students, staff, faculty, and alumni are welcome to join.  This active group sponsors speakers, visits academic conferences and history events, participates in National History Day, and tours museums and archives.

Dr. Grettler and students as we began our tour of the
South DakotaCultural and HertiageCenter in Pierre.  Left to Right:
Dr. Dave, Dan, Kris, Rachel, Mikie (in front), Will, Liz, Dan,
Matt (NSU History Student Intern at the Center), and Delton.
 Dr. Dias always the wallflower took the photo.
 We were just giddy with anticipation of the History that awaited us
--Can't you tell?
Making History!

The Powers that Be:

The club has chosen the 2000-01 History Club officers.  The new movers and shakers in the History
Club are:
  •   Dan Brosz - President
  •   Will DeLine - Vice President
  •   Scott Olson - Secretary/Treasurer

  • NSU History Students Lay Siege on Pierre

    Here, Dr. Grettler and students check out an 
    instrument of torture previously used by historians 
    on students who cheated on exams.  Ah, the good 
    old days, before all those bothersome government regulations.
    On October 19, 2000, Dr. Dave Gretter and Dr. Ric Dias took eight NSU history students to our state capital to tour the South Dakota Cultural and Hertiage Center.  It was not only a day to see great history, but also to learn about how items are identified as being historically significant, how antiques are saved, and how they are displayed.  We also learned how a degree in history can prepare a person for a job in this diverse and interesting field.
    NSU student, Matt better tells us what his duties consist 
    of at the Center.  Matt's internship has turned out to be
    a terrific learning experience for him and has changed his career plans.

    Bristol: Bright Lights, Big History


    Mr. Loren Lutz, Regional
    Directorand Social Studies
    teacher at Bristol School
    with our one and only Mike Radke.
    On April 1, 1999, the NSU History Club sponsored our first-ever participation in judging projects for the National History Day competition.  The state's regional judging was held in Bristol, South Dakota, and coordinated by Bristol School social studies teacher (and NSU alum) Loren Lutz.  Six NSU students (along with History guru Ric Dias) judged written, media, and performance projects created by area students. Winners at Bristol went on to the state judging at Pierre, and from there, on to the nationals.  NSU History Club member Greg Parmeter gorged himself with tater-tots at the free lunch provided for us at  the school cafeteria and had to leave before the trophies were distributed, but he still had a great time.  We'll be back next year, and we can only hope there will be more tater-tots.

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