Northland College diversity and inclusion coordinator

Diversity Every Day, All Day

Q&A with Ruth deJesus

Ruth de Jesus was hired last year as the first diversity and inclusion coordinator at Northland College. De Jesus has spent her adult life working with nonprofits, earned her master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and has served students of color and advancing equity in higher education.  Buckles: What’s on the minds of students…

Northland College graduate Karlyn Holman poses in front of Karlyn's Gallery.

Karlyn’s Gallery Turns 50

Karlyn Holman '62

Karlyn Holman ‘62 opened Karlyn’s Gallery in 1968 in Washburn as a place for potters to hone their trade and sell their wares. In the early days, she taught part-time at Northland College, raised three children, mentored budding potters, and worked at her paintings and business. Fifty years later she’s still going strong, starting her…

Northland College alum Kayte Meola in warrior pose on mountain top.

Empowering Women in Developing Countries

Shout Louder, Try Harder, Never Give Up

Kayte Meola ‘90 is a sociologist, researcher, and educator focused on gender, agriculture, and natural resource management in international development.  At Northland, she studied outdoor education with a focus on naturalist studies, then worked as a forest ranger, raft guide, wilderness and international community service trip leader, and environmental educator.  Because of her interest in…

aerial view of trees

Sit Simply, Get a New Perspective

Mentoring Urban Youth for Conservation Leadership

Evan Coulson, Bro professor of sustainable regional development, tells a story worth remembering.  He was managing the rock climbing and rappelling site at Bob’s Rock in the Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest this past summer for a group of Chicago teens. This outing was part of a collaboration between the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute and The Center for…

Northland College Professor Erik Olson standing on a fallen white pine tree.

Second Life of a White Pine

Maxwell Property Provides Off-Campus Learning Opportunities

On a parcel of land known as the Maxwell property, a dozen Northland students follow Jon Martin, associate professor of forestry, down a narrow footpath near the winding banks of the White River.  These students are in the Sustainable Forest Management May Term course and are using the Maxwell property, located ten miles south of…

Northland College alum Jenn Wood

Wood Crusades for Climate Policy

Jenn Wood '00 Focuses on Energy Conservation

As an environmental and social justice solutions strategist in Vermont, Jenn Wood ’00 is focused on energy conservation and supporting low-income communities that will be hardest hit by the impacts of climate change.  Her consulting practice focuses on realistic, yet timely solutions for individuals, companies, communities, or organizations that can be easily implemented and successful. …

Northland College student installing hoop house

Food Is Everything

Danny Simpson '18, Assistant Manager of the Hulings Rice Food Center

Danny Simpson ’18 worked on his aunt’s organic farm for six years before coming to Northland College, where he has played a major role in the food scene on campus—from managing the gardens to leading food and sustainability initiatives to catering art shows and parties.  In April, he was awarded the Student Affairs Division Outstanding…

Northland College alum Audra (Jung) Willing installing solar panels on top of a roof.

Outdoor Ed to Solar Design

Audra (Jung) Willing '05

After college, Audra (Jung) Willing ‘ 05 moved to Seattle to work for the National Outdoor Leadership School as a wilderness field instructor and later as a program supervisor for the mountaineering program. Without Northland, she says she would have likely lived a different life. “I didn’t even know what outdoor education was before Northland,…

The Chequamegon Food Coop at night.

The Language of Local Foods

Meagan (Wilson) Van Beest ’97 manager at CFC

Meagan (Wilson) Van Beest ’97 grew up in the apple capital of New York state, near orchards and dairy farms. As a child and a teen, she bagged food alongside her parents at their local food cooperative and spent time with her grandfather who was the president of his dairy cooperative. Van Beest chose Northland…

Northland College students and alum prepare rain garden

Rain Gardens Provide Stormwater Storage

This past summer Nile Merton ’15 returned to campus to finish a project he started as a student, updating the rain garden at the Larson-Juhl Center for Science and the Environment. At the same time, across campus, junior Shelly Ray started plans for a rain garden for the new Hulings Rice Food Center. In 2018,…