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The Penn family

My Northland Women

Three Generations of Penn Women

…was ever a question that Bunny and I would attend Northland College. Northland is in my blood, in the blood of the women of my family. In fact, I was #38 and Bunny was #39 in our extended family to attend Northland College. Grandma Elizabeth Hubbard was the first. She…

Glass of beer sitting next to Cabbie's Tap logo.

Ten-cent Taps, Lasting Romance & Ida's Special Sauce

…Also, an added bonus, I met my husband there. He was not a student at Northland. That was in 1955. We have now been married for fifty-seven years and when we come home for Northland reunions, we also spent time at Cabbie’s. Tom Chvala 1958 As a student from 1955…

Todd Rothe standing in kitchen

Northland Announces Food Systems Center

…future of Northland College,” Miller said. Mitigating Climate Change with Compost Northland College currently composts 28,000 pounds of food scraps per year. Impressive, but with a new composting unit, it’s about to get better. The new unit has an input capacity of up to 1.1 tons of material per day—one-third…

Liz White in cap and gown

Liz White: Student Commencement Address

…was uncomfortable. I started to doubt my decision to come to Northland and I even thought about leaving. But over time things got better. Obviously, I did not leave. And here I am now as a senior, and I can say that I truly love Northland College. I love the…

Northland College student in class

Scholarships

…awarded to applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to the environment and conservation through academic achievements or extracurricular experiences. Sigurd Olson (1899-1982) was a wilderness advocate, teacher, best-selling nature writer, and Northland College student. To qualify for this scholarship, a scholarship interview is required after admission. Northland Legacy Scholarship $1,000…

Collage of historical photos of the Bro Family at Northland College

The Bro Family

A Century at Northland College 

The Bro family at Northland College spans more than a century. The Bros have a rich history of adventure, lifelong friendships, love, connections, philanthropy, service, and finding one’s true calling. It is a story worthy of a book. Their Northland connection begins with Albin Carl Bro, the son of Swedish…

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Q&A with Helen Pent Jenkins, class of 2008

Northland, and the fall out of the 2008 financial crisis. TRAVIS: How did you decide to attend Northland College? What factors influenced your decision? HELEN: I chose Northland for a few different reasons. I really loved the small college population, the student-to-staff ratio, and the rural character of Ashland. I…

Northland alum fish geneticist holds up fish

Ackerman Brothers Pursue Fish Biology, Genetics

…in his decision to attend Northland, but everyone agrees that it was the right choice. Mike graduated from Northland in 2004 with a degree in natural resources with an emphasis in fish and wildlife ecology. “Northland put them where they belong—and now they both love their jobs,” Barb said, her…

Sunset at Forest Lodge

Changing Climate, Changing Culture

Student-Led Conference at Forest Lodge

…and Northland College courses. “This conference was a great opportunity for us as Northland students to learn from each other. Our experiences are vastly different and we can bring so many alternative perspectives to the table as we talk about climate change,” Fisher said. Northland College senior Sarah Szymaniak said…

Photo from Standing Rock

Advocacy & Public Discourse

Our purposes as a college are to foster rigorous and independent scholarship by our faculty and their students, encourage free inquiry in the pursuit of truth, and offer our objective findings to the larger community. Northland College fulfills these purposes by safeguarding scientific inquiry and intellectual discourse so all voices…