Downs delivers State of NSU speech at chamber luncheon

ABERDEEN, S.D. ( – Northern State is in the middle of a transformation with new buildings and athletics fields being built left and right. However, NSU President Tim Downs there is a lot more to the school than just degrees and facilities.

Downs highlighted the school’s involvement in the community during his State of NSU speech at the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce’s Monthly Community Affairs Luncheon Thursday.

He said that college students do more than just get a diploma.

Downs said the current transformation of the campus is building on the school’s rich tradition.

The school president pointed out all of the new additions to campus including the renovation of the Johnson Fine Arts Center, new residence halls, and the Harvey C. Jewett IV Regional Science Education Center, which will open in the fall.

He also talked about the new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired which is currently under construction as well as new athletic fields and the upcoming regional sports complex which will include Dacotah Bank Stadium and the Koehler Hall of Fame Softball Field.

Downs said wants the new football stadium to be a multi-purpose facility.

While the Northern campus will feature a variety of state of the art structures by the time everything is completed, Downs said there is more to that.