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Northland College student Danon Briggs coaching kids on the basketball court.

From Big City to Small Town

Senior Danon Briggs Head Coach for AHS Boys C Team

Danon Briggs wasn’t sure how long he might stay at Northland College when he first arrived as a junior transfer student three years ago. “Right away, I didn’t want to when I first got up to Northland,” Briggs said. “I didn’t like it at all. Being a big city kid, it was a hard transition

Northland College student Jane Kittaka teaching in Scotland.

Student Teaching in Scotland

Study Abroad Opportunity at the University of Glasgow Dumfries

Jane Kittaka ’18 was a self-described homebody before she decided to student teach in a foreign country. She had never adventured on her own and had never traveled outside of the United States. She had set a goal for herself to travel during college and at the start of her senior year with a full

Northland College alum Roxanne Johnson at work at Blue Green Alliance

Uniting Labor and Environment

Roxanne Johnson '03 on the BlueGreen Alliance

Roxanne Johnson ‘03 is a senior research analyst at the BlueGreen Alliance, an organization working to unite labor unions and environmental organizations. At Northland, she majored in mathematics and environmental studies with an emphasis in natural sciences and later completed a master’s degree in science, technology, and environmental policy at the University of Minnesota Humphrey…

Plastic bottles with quote from Northland College Chemistry Professor Nick Robertson

Nick Robertson Thinks We Need to Rethink Plastic

4 Things Individuals Can Do to Reduce Plastic

Nick Robertson, associate professor of chemistry, received $364,361 from the National Science Foundation for his student-intensive research on the synthesis and chemical recycling of plastics. Buckles: Global use of plastic has increased twenty-fold over the past fifty years and is expected to double again in the next twenty years. Research shows there will be more plastic…

Ojibwe Coloring Books

Northland Grad Pens, Illustrates Ojibwe Coloring Books

WHSP Publishes Ojibwe Traditions

This winter, the Wisconsin Historical Society Press published its first children’s coloring book series, Ojibwe Traditions. The four books in the series contain pictures to color, stories, vocabulary, and often also include activities like word scrambles and mazes, to help kids learn more about Wisconsin’s American Indian — and specifically Ojibwe — culture and traditions….

Travis Proctor

Fake News, Forgeries, & Frauds

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Travis Proctor's New Course

Buckles: You created Fake News, Forgeries, & Frauds. Why? Proctor: Forged texts and fraudulent documents have long been a major issue for historians, and especially for those who study ancient religion. There have been long-standing debates, for example, regarding whether certain books in the Bible (e.g., 1 Timothy, 2 Thessalonians) were really written by the people…

Northland College Food Systems Manager Todd Rothe

Todd Rothe ’10 Says Farmers Need a Plan

Todd Rothe ’10 is the food systems manager of the Hulings Rice Food Center and will be teaching Sustainable Food Production in the fall as part of the newly-created sustainable agriculture minor.  Buckles: How have attitudes around food changed in the last two decades? Rothe: I remember sitting at the old Ashland Farmers Market back in…

books on shelf

Madeline Jarvis Is Creating the Friendliest Library in the World.

Madeline Jarvis ’13 manages the Marion Public Library’s adult and outreach services as part of their mission to be the friendliest library in the world. When she’s not working she’s volunteering, gardening, or canning endless salsa. In the remaining slivers of time, she wedding plans. career: Adult and Outreach services for the Marion Public Library. “I majored in Sustainable…

Northland College staff David and Teege Mettille

Home Before the Holidays

Teege and David Mettille Host the Annual Rainbow Dinner

Holidays for LGBTQ youth can be tense and intense, filled with family confrontations, awkwardness, and outright hostility. “It’s awful,” says David Mettille, coordinator for student affairs and advisor for the Alliance, a student organization for the campus LGBTQ community.  And while some write off the holidays forever, David decided to go in another direction. He…

Setting the table at the Farmers Union Dinner

Room for More at the Table

Reflections on the Universal Power of a Shared Meal

I truly believe that in this politically polarized world, food retains a universal power that can, at least for a time, transcend perceived divisions and bring people together. And so, as we gather this weekend with family and friends for a traditional meal, we should celebrate and offer gratitude to everyone within our food system…