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Everybody Means Everybody

Come One, Come All

When I moved to Ashland, I arrived full of experiences and memories of growing up in the big city and working at large institutions of higher education. Yet, here I was, open-minded and open-hearted, in the smallest town I’d ever lived (by far) and employed at the smallest college for which I’d ever worked  (by…

The Northland College Class of 2021 sits with President Miller for a class photo

The Class of 2021

Welcoming 232 New Students

Northland College welcomed 232 new students—the largest freshman class in sixteen years—September 8, with a ceremonial walk across Fenenga Bridge, convocation address, the revival of the Northland College pep song, and Everybody party, sponsored by the Northland College Student Association.  

Northland College convocation

Class of 2020

Welcoming 222 New Students

Northland College officially welcomed more than two-hundred new students Friday, September 9 with a ceremonial walk, convocation address, and Everybody Party, sponsored by the Northland College Student Association. Drummer Stevie Matier led the Class of 2020, pounding a Lambeg drum from northern Ireland, over Bay City Creek, across the Fenenga bridge, to the campus mall, where students,…  Read More

Students sit outside with plates of food.

Confluence: One Last Chance to Dance


The Northland College student experience begins with the Everybody Party—an inclusive tradition that is listed as a favorite memory among students. Students have now added a fitting ending with a semi-formal event they’ve named the Confluence, the coming together of two streams, or the bringing together of people. The Confluence will feature northern Wisconsin’s premier…  Read More

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…  Read More

SONWA winning books

SONWA Winners 1991-Present

Nature Books for Adults and Children

Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Winners • 1991. Open Spaces, Jim Dale Vickery. Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) gave its inaugural award to Minnesota author Jim Dale Vickery for Open Spaces , a book that takes the reader to the unpopulated spaces in North America. Vickery, who died in June 2014, continued to write about…  Read More

Northland College student tries skijoring.

Reading, Writing, and Adventuring

Writing and Inquiry Experiences the Outdoors

Instructor Gina Kirsten‘s Writing and Inquiry class have been taking Thursday adventures tied into their reading and writing. Last week, students read a chapter from Gary Paulsen’s Winterdance and took a tour of the developing ski trail on campus via dog power—with assistance from Director of Communications Julie Buckles who brought her small team to…

Outdoor Orientation gear

10 Things You Need to Know for Outdoor Orientation

Outdoor Orientation is a classic Northland College experience. Almost every student who walks through the Ponzio Student Center has gone hiking, biking, canoeing, or exploring in the Wisconsin north woods at the beginning of their Northland career. While we can wax prophetic about the friendships made, shooting stars seen, and s’mores eaten, read on for…  Read More

Student leaning on a tree

Agreement Eases Transfer from Technical Colleges

More than a dozen intro courses included in this comprehensive agreement.

Students seeking to transfer credits from any of Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges to Northland College will have a much easier time in the future thanks to a comprehensive agreement between the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and Wisconsin Technical Colleges and the Wisconsin Technical College System. Under this arrangement, specified technical college credits…

Dragonflies: Canaries in the Coal Mine

Dragonflies Help Researchers Determine Mercury

The adult dragonflies that we often see flitting about near any lake or stream, are quite the common sight. But did you know that just below the water’s surface, hunting in the shallows, there are also dragonflies? Well, baby dragonflies. The larval stage of this insect—which is about the size of your thumb—is a very…