Northland’s Alumni Association is the organization for all Northland alumni. You are eligible to be a member of the Alumni Association if you attended Northland for one year or more. Occasionally, the alumni board of directors confers honorary alumni status upon non-alumni to express appreciation for work they have done on behalf of the College.
The Northland College Alumni Association is dedicated to advancing the goals of Northland College by providing connection, cooperation, and collaboration between alumni, students, faculty, and the Northland community.
The Alumni Office works to keep you informed about the College and to help you stay in touch with other alumni. Office services include planning alumni events and reunions, publishing alumni class notes, maintaining records of alumni addresses and occupations, and coordinating volunteer opportunities.
Membership in the Alumni Association entitles you to certain benefits. If you live in the Chequamegon Bay area, you can use the library, receive discounts on campus events, and participate in Chequamegon Bay alumni activities.
If you live elsewhere, you will receive mailings about college events in your area. You can also connect by attending or planning a Northland Near You event.
The Alumni Association is governed by the alumni board of directors. The alumni board is Northland’s volunteer policy-setting board of directors whose purpose is to direct the alumni association’s goals, programs, and services. The full board meets three times annually and functions through a number of committees. The committees work on communication programs, reunion planning, sustainability, fundraising, student/alumni programs, and developing new programs for alumni involvement. The board of directors welcomes comments and suggestions for their activities.
The board is governed by a constitution and bylaws, and its members include the president, vice president, and general members. Alumni may make nominations to the alumni board of directors on an ongoing basis.
Through leadership, active participation, and commitment to Northland College, each Director promotes the mission of the Northland College Alumni Association. Acceptance of the three-year appointment indicates an individual agrees to fulfill the expectations and meet the responsibilities associated with board membership.
Alumni Association Board of Directors
- K.Scott Abrams ’77
- Richard Ackley ’71
- Bobbi Blazkowski ’71
- Gail Fridlund ’15
- Maryjo Gingras ’00
- Stu Goldman ’69
- Mark Gross ’83
- Beverly Harris ’72
- Tam Hoffman ’80
- Grace Krysinski ’16
- Laurel Fischer ’72
- Max Metz ’10
- Jaime Moquin ’98
- Craig Mullenbrock ’77
- Peter Millett ’69
- Sam Polonetzky ’70
- Jim Quinn ’73
- Patti Skoraczewski ’74
- Kelly Westlund ’07
- Leanne Wilke Shamszad ’04
- Kelly Zacharda ’05
The Northland College Alumni Association Awards Program celebrates alumni and friends of the college who have made significant professional and/or personal accomplishments in a number of categories. Anyone can nominate and some award categories are open to friends, faculty, and staff. The Alumni Board of Directors approves the nominations and awards are given at the annual Alumni Banquet during Fall Festival.
Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award is a prestigious award honoring alumni who have made significant professional and personal accomplishments that have directly or indirectly brought recognition to Northland College. The award is confined to living alumni, and is not determined by service rendered to the College, but instead achievement in the alumnus’ chosen field. Alumni must have ten years since Northland attendance. No more than two awards will be presented in a given year, but the award does not have to be made each year. This award is restricted to Northland alumni.
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award honors friends, alumni, staff, and faculty for their outstanding professional and/or exceptional service to Northland College. Several awards may be presented in a given year, but the award does not have to be made each year. This award is confined to living alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.
Eternal Flame Award
The Eternal Flame Award is presented in memory of deceased alumni, faculty, or staff who have made outstanding contributions to Northland directly or indirectly through personal or professional accomplishments, which bring recognition to the College. No more than one award will be presented in a given year, but the award does not have to be made each year.
Northland Young Alumni Achievement Award
The Northland College Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes an alumnus/a who have attained a high level of achievement in his/her chosen profession, demonstrated outstanding service to his/her community or has made significant contributions to Northland College through service. This award honors alumni who have attained their high level of achievement within ten years of graduating from Northland College, or completing their education. Recipients demonstrate distinction and leadership, as well as service to others. Not more than two awards will be presented in a given year.
Environmental Achievement Award
The Environmental Achievement Award honors the professional and/or volunteer contributions and outstanding achievements by Northland alumni, faculty, and staff in the environmental field. This award includes accomplishments in science, education, law, public policy, etc. No more than four awards will be presented in a given year. Alumni must have ten years since Northland attendance. Current staff and faculty must have ten years or more of service, and former staff and faculty must have five or more years since association with Northland College.
Northern Lights Music and Arts Award
The Northern Lights Music and Arts Award honors alumni, staff, and faculty for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the fields of art and music. This award includes such disciplines as stage performer, radio announcer, sculptor, painter, graphic designer, pianist, dancer, choreographer, conductor, writer, etc. Recognition is confined to living alumni, staff and faculty, and is not determined by service rendered to the College, but achievement in the recipient’s chosen field. No more than four awards will be presented in a given year, but the award does not have to be made each year. Alumni must have ten years since Northland attendance. Current staff and faculty must have ten or more years of service, and former staff and faculty must have five or more years since association with Northland College.