Alumni News

Northland College Food Center Director Todd Rothe stands in front of the composting machine.

Northland College Wants Your Leftovers

Community Compost Program

Northland College has a big problem: not enough leftovers. Students at the school have been combining food waste and organic materials like leaves, wood chips, lawn trimmings and cardboard since 1993 and converting what could have become a stinking mess into rich, black, earthy compost. SIGN UP NOW. A state-of-the-art composting machine, installed in 2017…

Northland College alum Gabriela Boscio Santos canvassing for climate resiliency

Fighting for Climate Justice

Gabriela Boscio Santos '09

East Boston is situated on the front line of climate change. Made up of five islands joined by landfill, East Boston is a peninsula that connects to Boston proper by two underwater automobile tunnels and an underwater transit tunnel. Located within a recognized flood zone, the people there have had regular reminders of their climate…

Northland College graduate Aaron Schreiber-Stainthorp standing in a California vineyard where he directs sustainability.

From Grape to Glass

Making Wine Country More Sustainable

Aaron Schreiber-Stainthorp ’05 has helped twenty-plus wineries implement water conservation and zero waste programs, improve winery energy efficiency, and he led the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in winning the 2017 California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Award. He is currently the sustainability specialist at Jackson Family Wines (e.g. Kendell-Jackson wines) and operates his own consulting business, Sustainability…

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 Evan Flom

Food with Intention

Evan Flom '14

Evan Flom ‘14 was hired in December to manage the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for the Bayfield Foods Producers, a cooperative of twenty-two different producers. He manages logistics, marketing, and bookkeeping. “With so many producers, there are a lot of moving parts,” he said. Flom studied sustainable community development and sociology and social justice. He…

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

Careers in Social Justice, Conservation, and Public Service

SOEI Interns

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…