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Alumni Profiles

In honor of our 125th anniversary, we’re featuring Northland alumni throughout the year to showcase the rich and diverse lives they lead. We hope you find their stories and the work they do as inspiring as we do.


SA: Why Are White Men Stockpiling Guns?

By Jeremy Adam Smith, Scientific American Since the 2008 election of President Obama, the number of firearms manufactured in the U.S. has tripled, while imports have doubled. This doesn’t mean more households have guns than ever before—that percentage has stayed fairly steady for decades. Rather, more guns are being stockpiled by a small number of…

Students studying at fire ring


Northland College is a private liberal arts college with a progressive focus on the environment and sustainability. Our innovative curriculum and distinguished faculty draw students from across the country who come to be a part of a powerful educational community. Every Northland student has access to unique courses, quality internships, hands-on experiences, and dedicated mentors.


Alumnus Karl ’04 oversees outdoor therapeutic program

Healing Through a Lense

Give a teen a camera, lead her or him into nature, and you could change a life—and maybe help save the planet at the same time. At least that’s been the experience of Northland College alumnus Ian Karl ’04, experiential programming coordinator at Northwest Passage. Karl oversees outdoor and experiential program design and execution—from gardening…

Film class and wild rice parching

Filmmaker, Students Document Harvest

students to show shorts at film festival As an educator, filmmaker and member of the Six Nations Mohawk tribe Northland College’s 2015 William P. Van Evera lecturer-in-residence Paulette Moore is eager to bring her relationship to the Great Lakes full circle. She’s planning to do this by collaborating with Northland College students to create a…

Northland Collge graduate Anthony Procik

Social Change and Nonprofit Work

Profile: Anthony Procik Graduation: 2015 Major: mathematical science Minors: physics and environmental law and policy Hometown: Algonquin, Illinois For Anthony Procik, every class and experience at Northland College was literally life changing. During his time at Northland, Procik’s dreams about his future fluctuated with each new interest he uncovered. But the experience that most influenced…

Northland College student standing on rock at Lake Superior

Globalization on Rural Fisheries Communities

Profile: Stephanie Muise Graduated: 2015 Major: natural resources—fisheries and wildlife conservation Minor: biology Hometown: Haverhill, Massachusetts Stephanie Muise is a scholar, public speaker, and natural leader. So much so that she was selected as the 2015 student commencement speaker and as the recipient of the Indelible Mark Award, a Northland College award that recognizes students…

Northland College teaching student in classroom

Greening the Face of Public Education

profile: Katrina Nichols Graduated: 2015 Major: elementary education Minor: science teaching and environmental education Hometown: Shakopee, Minnesota Katrina Nichols says she will always remember her defining collegiate moment—the Everybody Party, held at the start of her freshman year. “It was warm and comfortable and I was barefoot and so alive,” she says. “I closed my…

Student looking through geology loop

A Future in Geologic Time

Profile: Julianne “Annie” Daw Graduated: 2015 Major: environmental geosciences—geology and mathematical sciences Minor: physics Hometown: Costa Mesa, California Annie Daw decided to come to Northland College because she wanted a big change in her life. She’d never lived in the Midwest and was looking for a college with an environmental focus. “I loved the fact…

Student on Kiyi boat holding fish

Climate Change Impacts on Wildlife

Profile: Ryan C. Menebroeker Graduated: 2015 Major: biology and natural resources—fisheries and wildlife ecology Hometown: Tomahawk, Wisconsin Two weeks before graduation day, Ryan Menebroeker started his first day as a fisheries technician with the U.S. Geological Service, working a coveted position aboard the Kiyi Research Vessel on Lake Superior. Ryan says he chose Northland for…