Justin Fraase

South Dakota Board of Regents

None of South Dakota’s public universities are planning to require masks in the fall semester. Instead, they’re strongly encouraging masks by setting an example through social media and other platforms. 

College Admissions During COVID-19

May 19, 2020
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Going back to school is all part of getting back to normal. How are South Dakota colleges preparing for the return of students? How have they uniquely maintained contact with students, especially incoming freshmen during the pandemic? And how much different will the on-campus experience be this fall? Justin Fraase is the director of enrollment, communications and marketing at Northern State University in Aberdeen, and Aimee VanderFeen is the vice president for enrollment at the University of Sioux Falls.

NSU Adds Online Option for Freshman Orientation

Apr 23, 2020

Northern State University in Aberdeen will take some of its freshman orientation program online. Virtual events will begin in May to prepare new students for college life. 

NSU usually holds five or six orientation days – or HOWL Days, which stands for Helping Our Wolves Learn. Justin Fraase is director of communications and marketing for the school. He says each one attracts up to 80 incoming freshman students. Typically they visit campus, register for classes and get acclimated. 

Fraase says there are still a few in-person HOWL days scheduled for later this summer.