Alumni News

Northland College graduation cap decorated with solar panels

A Future in Solar

Loucks '18 to hold first sustainability internship for City of Ashland

Name: Laura Loucks ‘18 Major: Sustainable Community Development Hometown: Eagle, Wisconsin Q. How did you find Northland? A. My path to Northland started in middle school, where I learned about the Conserve School, a semester school in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin. During high school, I spent a semester of my junior year at Conserve, during…

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 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 alumnus Matt Claybaugh directs Merimed in Hawaii

Ocean Wilderness Model Transforms Lives

Matt Claybaugh ‘87 (above center) is the co-author of a chapter in Stories from the Field: A History of Wilderness Therapy, and the president and CEO of Marimed Foundations, an organization that has changed the lives of at-risk Hawai`i youth, the majority of whom are native Hawaiian, through ocean wilderness therapy for the last twenty-four…

Northland College alum Rocky Barker's photo of the house that sunk on Lake Superior

The House that Kicked Off a Career

As a cub reporter at the County Journal in Washburn, Rocky Barker ’75 found himself at the right place at the right time on March 2, 1977. There were plans to move a seven-room, fully furnished house using a thirty-ton truck, across the ice from Port Superior to LaPointe on Madeline Island. They were moving…