Two Northland College students and dogs

Finding Home on a New Campus

Transfer Students Michaela Jurewicz and Katie Tapper

Her first year after high school graduation, Katie Tapper remained in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, to complete basic college courses. She transferred to Northland College this past fall and promptly met Michaela Jurewicz, a transfer from Hope College in Michigan. Needless to say, they became fast friends. How did the two of you

photo of Newton Bobb's plant specimens

Digitizing the Past for the Future

Hours in the Herbarium

On a Thursday night in the CSE, you will likely see students pacing around a room full of plant specimens as they mutter Latin names under their breath. These BIO 328 students are studying for professor Sarah Johnson’s weekly plant identification quiz, and the specimens they are memorizing represent many of the major species found

Kids at Stockton

SOEI Receives $500K for Stewardship and Land Conservation

A retired orthodontist with a strong conservation ethic donated $500,000 to the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute to expand youth outdoor programs and forest ecosystem research and restoration. Donald Nelson of Northfield, Minnesota, had a twenty-five-year career as an orthodontist at the Mayo Clinic before moving to Northfield, Minnesota. Although he has no direct

Zebra mussel

Surveying Mussels in the Apostle Islands

Discovery of First Invasives

Research Associate Dr. Toben Lafrancois was shooting underwater photographs during a National Park Service resource inspection near Sand Island on Lake Superior in the summer of 2015 when the team noticed something attached to the bottom of a sunken steamboat. As Lafrancois picked it up, he and the team suspected they had found the first

carp jumping out of a lake

What’s With All the Carping?

Marvin Pertzik World Water Day Lecture

Molly Flanagan, vice president for policy at the Alliance for the Great Lakes in Chicago, will talk about the latest efforts to keep Asian carp and other exotic species from invading the Great Lakes.  Flanagan is the featured speaker of the annual Marvin Pertzik World Water Day Lecture which will take place on Thursday, March 21

Mountain biking on the trails

Northland Ranks High for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Great Values Colleges Names Northland as Affordable Option

Great Value Colleges organization has named Northland College fourteenth on its list of 50 Great Affordable Colleges for Outdoor Enthusiasts.The reasons for the ranking are plentiful. Northland College has a vibrant outdoor education major, a thirty-eight-year-old outdoor orientation program for incoming students, a gear rental shop, bike shop, and student clubs for paddle boarding, biking,

WPR to Air WritersRead

First Segment Airs Friday

Wisconsin Public Radio will begin broadcasting the 9th Annual Writers Read: Encounters. Two one-hour programs will begin airing on Friday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on WPR stations. The program features original works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from writers living in northern Wisconsin and the Twin Ports. Visit WPR to listen now.

Northland College Frank Wroblewski presenting to the Venus Exploration Analysis Group, a NASA-sponsored working group

Geology Student Presents Planetary Research to NASA Working Group

Parsonage Fund Provides Backing for Conference

Senior Frank Wroblewski is a geology senior interested in planetary science, with specific interests in surface processes. He was the first Northland College student selected last summer for an international NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Internship at the Lunar Planetary Institute where he researched the geologic processes on the surface of Venus and the

Northland College student Abby Keller and National Park Service mentor Caroline Twombly stand outside the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Fund the Change You Want to See

Nancy Franz '81 Created the Women in Leadership Internship

Nancy Franz ’81 is a woman with a philanthropy plan. “I will only fund outcomes,” she said. “I have to look at the things I value in life and from that, think about what I want to see happen in the world.” Franz graduated from Northland with a degree in outdoor education and environmental studies;


Creating a Special Musical Instrument in Madison

Jenny Robinson '07 owns Isthmus Instruments

Though Jenny Robinson is only 31, her resume has a long list of former jobs: invasive species control with the National Park Service, package handler at UPS, engraver at a sign shop, a stint as a machinist and work as a quality auditor and production supervisor for Kraft Foods. And now, handpan builder. Robinson, who