Category: Meet Our Students

Northland College student Lauren Sloyer

Finding a Deep Personal Connection to Place

The first time I visited Wisconsin, it was to tour Northland College shortly after I graduated high school. After a few hours spent walking around campus in the cold, gray May rain, I decided to officially enroll. After a few hours spent driving the monotonous interstate back to Kansas, I felt intense buyer’s remorse, tempered

Northland College student Mya Simon

Stolen Sisters on Lake Superior

10,000 Native American Women Reported Missing

When I stepped on the campus of Northland College in the fall of 2018, I walked softly. Leaving my homeland in New Mexico was a drastic change, but like many students, I made the journey for an education. Entering college for the first time, I expected labs, lectures, and libraries. I didn’t expect that so

Everybody Party

Northland Welcomes the Class of 2023

Convocation and the Everybody Party

Northland College welcomed one of the largest classes of students in celebratory fashion. Under blue skies and sunshine, Drummer Stevie Matier led 215 or more new students across Fenenga Bridge to the campus mall. Students each carried a stone embossed with their name in their hand—many gathered during their Outdoor Orientation trips in previous weeks—to

Northland student Emma Holtan conducts research

A Chance to Speak for Lake Superior

Burke Center to Host IJC Public Listening Session Sept 25

Three years ago, I arrived at Northland College’s campus, largely because Lake Superior’s magic had long attracted me to its shores. By my first week living along Chequamegon Bay, I realized how much the lake had not only drawn me in but how being a part of this community means having a connection to the

Tara Padovan

Tara Devotes Semester to Helping Refugees

National Geographic posted a photo in June of a seven-year-old Syrian refugee named Rama, who lives with her family in a camp in Athens. The photo was posted as part of series for World Refugee Day as a way to raise awareness about the plight of refugees around the world. Student Tara Padovan, who just

Northland College student outside.

Studying Freshwater, Rating Curves

Reane Loiselle of Dousman, Wisconsin, was first introduced to Northland College during a backpacking trip in the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan her sophomore year of high school. She had been traveling with her family to the north woods already so to find a college in that setting was appealing. She was

Graduate Jenise Swartley gives commencement address.

The Power of Action

2019 Commencement Address

Have you ever dreamt of a world beyond what we currently know to be possible? Not of a dystopian future where the soil is bare, and the water is spoiled; and not of a utopia where we all live in harmony free from suffering. But have you dreamt of a world where we fully embrace

Jen Franke in a Costa Rican national park.

Tracking Peccaries, Primates

Northland College-Costa Rican Wildlife Project

For five weeks, Jennifer Franke hiked the pathways of a Costa Rican park, checking trail cams and looking for signs of wildlife. She slept at ranger stations, awoken each morning by the noisy chorus of howler monkey troupes. “Alpha males making their roaring vocal displays,” she said. This usually started at 3 a.m. but Franke

Northland College student Liandra Skenandore portrait

Why Indigenous Literatures Matter

How Liandra Skenandore Incorporates Academics into Her Personal Life

Liandra Skenandore has always known the power and complexity of language. She grew up in DePere, Wisconsin, listening to family and friends tell stories around her kitchen table. She is a member of the Oneida Nation and is also Prairie Band Potawatomi, Seminole, and Creek. She transferred to Northland College in 2017 to study English