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Aerial shot of campus and surrounding region

Six individuals named to Board of Trustees

…member in 2011 to help preserve for posterity what he and his family have been so fortunate to have enjoyed. Hancock has been visiting Madeline Island with his wife and four children for twenty-five years. Ben Shepherd Ben Shepherd is a LEED-accredited professional and the associate director for Atelier Ten,…


Alumnus Karl ’04 oversees outdoor therapeutic program

Healing Through a Lense

…time between western Norway and the Apostle Islands, guiding kayaking, mountain trips, and whitewater rafting, teaching environmental education, and spending the winters as a carpenter, ski instructor, and ski patroller. In 2010, he started his job at Northwest Passage. In a New Light Northwest Passage Program Development Coordinator Ben Thwaits…

Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, an example of sustainable design by Northland College alum and trustee.

Elevating Sustainable Design

Ben Shepherd ’00 taking design to new levels

Ben Shepherd ’00 is taking design to new levels: integrating sustainability, functionality, beauty, and community planning. He’s been working in the green building and sustainable design field since his Northland graduation, first at the non-profit, research think tank, Rocky Mountain Institute, then overseas to gain an international green perspective. For…

Sigurd F. Olson Journal Entries

Sigurd F. Olson Journal Entries Preserving the legacy. This is Sigurd’s earliest discovered journal entry. He had found an abandoned cabin on Grassy Lake, not far from town, and had begun regularly traveling out to it and spending the evening or night. In this handwritten entry (as usual, on looseleaf…

Northern lights

About Northland

…Hackmann, Trustee Ned Hancock, Trustee Carole Larson, Trustee Linda Mack, Trustee Michael Masterson, Trustee Jaime Moquin ’98, Trustee, Alumni Board Chair Craig Mullenbrock ’77, Trustee, Lowell Noteboom, Trustee Craig Ponzio ’72, Trustee Kristin Rasmussen, Trustee Ben Shepherd ’00, Trustee John Stollenwerk, Trustee Judy Titcomb, Trustee Dave Ullrich, Trustee Jim Williamson…


REFund Turns 20

In 2000, the Board of Trustees approved a proposal from the Northland College Student Association for a student-led, student-financed, student-run fund for campus sustainability. And REF, later re-named REFund, was born. “We wanted to see results, to put our money where our mouth is,” said Trustee Ben Shepherd who was…