Northland College alum Dan Norris at the Bridgeton Landfill site in St. Louis

Monitoring Atomic City

Environmental Specialist Dan Norris '05 on Bridgeton Landfill

As an environmental specialist with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources 2007 to 2014, Dan Norris ’05 directed over $1 million of long-term air sampling of the Bridgeton Landfill in St. Louis, Missouri—a long, complicated, and continuing environmental story outlined in the 2018 HBO documentary, “Atomic Homefront.” Filmmakers interviewed Norris, as someone who evaluated the…

Northland College alum Terry Daulton's painting of Crystal Bog

How One Class Changed My Life

On Merging Art and Science

In ninth grade, we were assigned a career research project. I picked wildlife biologist. When Northland College sent a brochure with students paddling a wild river, I was hooked. At Northland, I found great friends and mentors. Dr. Lee Stadnyk guided my path through environmental studies. Spring courses paddled the Boundary Waters. A friend encouraged…

Northland College alum Mitzi Peine paddling a canoe

From the Yukon to Cuba and Back

Mitzi Peine '14

Calling themselves the Paddlin Madelines, high school camp friends Mitzi Peine ‘14 and Emma Burgeson made up the first all-women canoe team in 2014 to attempt the Yukon 1000, the world’s longest paddling race on the Yukon River in Alaska. Five hundred miles in, they made the decision to withdraw from the race due to a rotator…

Northland College alum Jon McLaughlin whitewater rafting for Team USA

Whitewater Rafting for the USA

John McLaughlin '01

Jon McLaughlin ‘01 joined the USA Men’s Whitewater Raft Team-Masters Division in July 2017 and in October placed eighth in the 2017 IRF World Whitewater Rafting Championships in Japan. The team is currently training for the US National Championships that will be held on the Gauley and new rivers in West Virginia in September—a qualifying…

Northland College alum Kinsey Neal standing in Lake Superior

Be Bold, Be Radical, Be Respectful

Kinsey Neal '18 on Leadership and Pushing for Change

Major: Sustainable Community Development Employment: Research Assistant, Center for Rural Communities Last Act: Senior Class Commencement Address Hometown: Arlington, Virginia Q. What have you learned about leadership during your time at Northland? A. The most important aspect of leadership is compassion. It’s the only way to understand differences in a meaningful way. When difficult decisions have to…

Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, an example of sustainable design by Northland College alum and trustee.

Elevating Sustainable Design

Ben Shepherd ’00 taking design to new levels

Ben Shepherd ’00 is taking design to new levels: integrating sustainability, functionality, beauty, and community planning. He’s been working in the green building and sustainable design field since his Northland graduation, first at the non-profit, research think tank, Rocky Mountain Institute, then overseas to gain an international green perspective. For the last ten years, he’s been…

Northland College alum Jason Luthy on a climb

Empowering Communities, Individuals

Outdoor Ed Alum Started Longleaf Wilderness Medicine

After Hurricane Katrina, the medical director of the Alabama Outward Bound School approached Jason Luthy ’06, who was working at the school, about developing a wilderness medicine training program to prepare coastal communities in how to respond during natural disasters, when emergency medical personnel are delayed. The two started Longleaf Wilderness Medicine as a way…

Northland College alum Julie Anderson poses with sculptures.

Exploring the Natural World through Sculpture

Julie Anderson '00 Owns and Operates Studio in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Julie Anderson ’00 explores climate change, genetic modification, and the excessive use of natural resources in her stunning and unusual sculptures.  Her artwork is influenced by her mountain environment in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where she co-owns and operates a small studio art space with husband, Gregory Grasso, and even more so by her undergraduate studies…

Northland College student Andy Kasun stands with his winning academic poster

Burke Center Student Researchers Take Top Prizes

Kasun and Ulman Showcase Freshwater Research at AGU

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) awarded Northland College senior Andy Kasun first place and senior Marisa Ulman honorable mention in the undergraduate category at the Spring 2018 Virtual Poster Showcase. The event featured sixty-seven presenters from countries around the world showcasing their research and contributions to the fields of earth and space science. Kasun presented…

Northland College graduate Matthew Koszuta

Koszuta ’18 Heads to OSU

Researching Orographic Precipitation

Name: Matthew V. Koszuta Major: Meteorology & Mathematical Sciences Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Q. How did you find Northland? A. My introduction to Northland College was through my friends/coworkers at a Milwaukee County Council Boy Scout Camp—LeFeber Northwoods Camps. This occurred the summer prior to my Senior year of high school. The program director, climbing wall director,…