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One Grad’s Advice to Students

Jaclynn Findlay '21 hired to manage Ashland’s Main Street Program.

Sustainable Community Development major Jaclynn Findlay ’21 has been hired to manage Ashland’s Main Street Program, a downtown revitalization initiative administered through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. She will be coordinating downtown projects related to economic development, historic preservation, placemaking, and other initiatives that advance Ashland’s downtown goals and objectives. “My internships with the City…

Northland student Danielle Hewitt

Hewitt Finds Meaning in Remote Internship

To say Danielle Hewitt is a go-getter is an understatement. With two majors, one minor, multiple roles on campus, and most recently, an internship with the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse, she keeps busy. Hewitt, who has hopes of owning her own counseling services one day, is taking all the steps to get where…


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 NCSA president when the effort…

Northland College Health Services

COVID-19 Updates

Read the CARES ACT Notification. Read the Clery COVID-19 Compliance Notification. Resources It is natural to experience a wide range of thoughts, feelings, and reactions in regards to the current global health crisis. Please visit our COVID-19 resource page for tips on how to take care of yourself and manage stress and anxiety. If you’re…

ponzio campus center northland college

Celebration of Graduates

Class of 2020

Congratulations graduates! These three virtual events celebrate your time and accomplishments at Northland College. This is not a replacement for your commencement ceremony, but rather a way for us to gather, demonstrate our pride in your achievements, and to acknowledge commencement weekend. Enjoy the videos.

Northland alumna Jenise Swartley at her computer.

Northland Alum, Faculty Coordinate Community Response

Chequamegon Bay Community Care Network Identifies Needs and Services

As coronavirus moved closer to home, people in the Chequamegon Bay region began to express a desire to do something to help one another. A Facebook group was created and alumna Jenise Swartley ’19 and Assistant Professor of Education Dani O’Brien along with two other people started organizing a network of volunteers. Called the Chequamegon…

Graduate Jenise Swartley gives commencement address.

The Power of Action

2019 Commencement Address

Have you ever dreamt of a world beyond what we currently know to be possible? Not of a dystopian future where the soil is bare, and the water is spoiled; and not of a utopia where we all live in harmony free from suffering. But have you dreamt of a world where we fully embrace…

A collage of climate initiatives

17 Ways We’re Tackling Climate Change

Leading a Food Revolution in Higher Ed The world’s food system is responsible for about one-quarter of the planet-warming greenhouse gases that humans generate each year—the clearing of forests, animal manure, and fossil fuels for fertilizer and shipping food around the globe. The Hulings Rice Food Center is creating a climate-sensitive food systems model with field-to-campus dining…

Eau Claire solar garden, photo taken by PJ Nelson

In a Bold Step Forward, Students Purchase Solar Shares

Solar will provide power to CSE

Xcel Energy is expanding solar options in Wisconsin through their Solar Connect Community project. They already have more than forty community “solar gardens” nationwide, making Xcel’s community solar garden program the largest in the nation. The company has built or is building three “solar gardens” in Eau Claire, La Crosse, and now Ashland. The three…  Read More

Northland College alum Kinsey Neal standing in Lake Superior

Be Bold, Be Radical, Be Respectful

Kinsey Neal '18 on Leadership and Pushing for Change

Major: Sustainable Community Development Employment: Research Assistant, Center for Rural Communities Last Act: Senior Class Commencement Address Hometown: Arlington, Virginia Q. What have you learned about leadership during your time at Northland? A. The most important aspect of leadership is compassion. It’s the only way to understand differences in a meaningful way. When difficult decisions have to…  Read More