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Shannon Franks: NASA Senior Scientist

Home state: New Jersey Major: Environmental Studies ‘01 NC Highlight: Internship with NASA Current location: Greenbelt, Maryland Employer: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center Occupation: Senior Scientist What I do: Study and improve metrics for monitoring forest disturbance and recovery When I…  Read More

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2017 Alumni Awards Announced

The Northland College Alumni Association Awards Program is proud to announce the alumni and friends of the College who have made significant professional and/or personal accomplishments in a number of categories. A lifetime of love for the arts and history fuel Ori-Anne’s passion for the Northland…  Read More

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Q&A with Helen Pent Jenkins, class of 2008

Helen Pent Jenkins ’08, associate director of philanthropy at The Nature Conservancy, is responsible for raising major gifts for conservation projects around the world. Helen currently lives in Missoula, Montana. Travis Moore `11 talked to her about her time at Northland, how she is still…  Read More

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Memories of a Fallen Soldier

Tom Dean first seized my attention when I watched him race about the athletic field—he having joined our intramural football team “The Animals”—with a reckless abandon that I later came to understand characterized his play for the “Siwash” of Knox College, from which school he…  Read More

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Six individuals named to Board of Trustees

Six individuals have been named to serve on the Northland College Board of Trustees. In April, Reverend Carla J. Bailey of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Mike Fiorio of Ashland, Wisconsin; Ned Hancock of Edina, Minnesota; and Ben Shepherd of Brooklyn, New York joined the board. In July,…  Read More

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My Northland Women

BY JULIE PENN COY ’78 Northland College, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, was far ahead of its time in its commitment to educating and providing jobs for women. Founded in 1892, twenty-four years before women won the right to vote, the College wished…  Read More

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Northland Announces Food Systems Center

Three years ago, Northland College set a goal to have its cafeteria serve 80 percent local food by 2020. The College did not want to start a farm or to compete with farmers. “We wanted to work with growers to expand the regional food economy,”…  Read More

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Wustner Brings Beekeeping to Larger Audience

Jacob Wustner ’08, who majored in environmental studies at Northland, is taking his natural, organic beekeeping skills to a larger audience, teaching a popular online beekeeping course through Organic Life Guru. In Bee Keeping 101: Organic, Natural, Traditional, Wustner instructs on topics ranging from honey…  Read More

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Stolid Wheeler Hall

Wheeler Hall’s solid—even stolid—exterior speaks to its status as the oldest building on campus, Northland’s “Old Main.” But when I stepped inside, I found a fresh feel and unexpected layout with a central atrium on each floor acting as welcome social space for classrooms and…  Read More

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Alum Inspires Students with Science

Every year, dozens of rural high school students from all over Wisconsin converge on the UW-Madison campus for a hands-on scientific research experience. Northland College alumnus Scott Canfield ’06, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in the Shusta and Palecek Laboratories at UW-Madison, serves as program faculty,…  Read More

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