Alumni News

Northland College alums Derek Ogle and Tam Hofman

Alumni Association Recognizes Hofman and Ogle

The Northland College Alumni Association honored Tam Hofman ‘80 and Derek Ogle ’89 at the alumni dinner during its annual Fall Festival September 28-29. Hofman is a park ranger with the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, where she has been recognized for her interpretive work, receiving the National Park Service Freeman Tilden Award, the highest honor…

Northland College alum Abby Rose and her sister Yana Dee at Yana Dee Ethical Apparel

Thread of Hope

Making Fashion Ecological, Sustainable, and Just

Abby Rose Weglarz ’08 will be the first to tell you that the fashion industry is the second most destructive industry in the world, next to big oil. Fashion designer Eileen Fisher has said the same over and again. She’ll also be the first to tell you that the industry can do better by delivering…

Sigurd Olson leaning on tree

12 Personal Items of Sigurd Olson

At the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

On October 21, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act. Sigurd Olson, who attended Northland College from 1916-18, had a lifelong relationship with the Boundary Waters, celebrating his honeymoon there in 1921, guiding numerous trips on its waters, living and raising his family near its borders in Ely, writing…

Northland College alumnus Tiffany Kirsten stands with fellow activists along the border of Texas and Mexico

11 SOEI Interns: Where are they now?

Careers in Social Justice, Conservation, and Public Service

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute has been a part of the Northland College student experience for the last forty-six years—from speakers, conferences, and campus events in the physical building to research and internships with one of the many outreach programs. Sigurd’s wife, Elizabeth, contributed $50,000 to the Sigurd F. Olson Endowment, a program to offer…

Northland College Graphic of Lake Superior

7 Lake Superior Circumnavigations

Around the Largest Lake in the World by Kayak, Bike, and Foot

Circumnavigating Lake Superior is such a uniquely Northland College student experience. In addition to the Superior Connections program that includes a May trip around the lake, there are Northlanders who go on their own by kayak, bike, and even on foot. There’s no official ledger of Northlanders who have traveled around the lake under their…

Northland College Alumni Matt Draeger

From Intern to Financial Advisor

Matt Draeger '18

Matt Draeger graduated in May with a degree in business management. He recently took a job as a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual. We caught up with him and asked him about . . . . His new job. During the last semester of my senior year, I started an internship with Northwestern Mutual which…

Snowballfight

10 Most Memorable Blizzards

1969-2018

January 1969 No school but skiing was fabulous! And a huge mountain of snow at McMillan and lunch trays made for great sledding! —Jackie Davies Anderson ‘71 “And yes, Cabbies was open.” —Stuart Goldman ‘69 November 9-10, 1975 “The first blizzard I encountered at Northland was the same that sank the Lake Superior freighter Edmund…

Northland College alums, Mark and Bronte Gross sail on Lake Superior

Smooth Sailing

First Person

Life is full of chance meetings and events, coupled with very conscious decisions. The proximity to Lake Superior, and Northland understanding that the variability of my high school grades showed engaged passion essential for my success, brought me to Northland College. My stepmother suggested getting a job in Bayfield in the sailboat charter service, partly…

Weather graphic of clouds, snow, and lightning

7 Weather Watchers

Meterological Careers

The dramatic shifts in weather in northern Wisconsin and around Lake Superior have inspired more than one career at Northland College. Wayne Feltz ’91 studied earth science at Northland College then went onto earn an MS in atmospheric science in 1994 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked as a scientist ever since. In…

Northland College women's soccer team celebrates victory

5 Great Moments in Northland Athletics

Wrestling, Football, Volleyball, and Soccer

1. As a sophomore from Mamaroneck, New York, Barry Casper ‘74 captured the national wrestling win at 118 pounds in the 1972 NAIA mat championship. Casper faced some of the toughest competition in the history of the College and lost only once the entire season. Casper currently lives in Studio City, California with his wife and…