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Four Northland College students sit in a boat with survey equipment

The Life Aquatic of the Penokee Hills

Students Survey Fish Populations

Northland College senior Megan Mader inches a jon boat into the vegetation near shore at Galilee Lake, a shallow, 212-acre lake with a handful of cabins dotting the shoreline. Mader is conducting research on fish communities to learn more about the lakes of the Penokee Hills, located an hour southeast of Ashland. A research associate…

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…

Northland College student Andy Kasun stands with his winning academic poster

Burke Center Student Researchers Take Top Prizes

Kasun and Ulman Showcase Freshwater Research at AGU

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) awarded Northland College senior Andy Kasun first place and senior Marisa Ulman honorable mention in the undergraduate category at the Spring 2018 Virtual Poster Showcase. The event featured sixty-seven presenters from countries around the world showcasing their research and contributions to the fields of earth and space science. Kasun presented…

Northland College student Isa Meyer works with a display in the Native American Museum

Combining Forestry and Native American Studies

Isa Meyer grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, but her family spends a week every summer in northern Wisconsin. When she started her search for colleges, she knew two things: she wanted to study forestry and she wanted to stay in Wisconsin. She discovered Northland College during family day trips to Ashland. Drawn to Northland for…

Northland College Japanese exchange students

Windett ’10: Why Japan Rocks

The Northland-KGU Connection

Liz Windett, class of ’10 studied at Kansai Gaidai University (KGU) in Hirakata, Japan, for a semester as part of a sister school agreement between Northland College and KGU. Now the Gift Coordinator at Northland College, she has had a front-row seat to greeting Japanese exchange students Hikari Komatsu and Ruri Nishino and introducing them…

Northland College students help build a section of the Ice Age Trail.

Students, Faculty Add Muscle to Ice Age Trail

Northland College Assistant Professor of Geoscience Dave Ullman and four students worked alongside other volunteers for a weekend in October to help continue the 1200-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail. “Northland students have a passion for their study of the natural world, while also seeking out ways to have a positive impact on the broader…

Northland College engineering student working on 3D printer

Enterprising Student Turns 3D Hobby into Business

Thomas Whiting attended Ashland High School, where he played basketball. The 6’8” Northland College senior had not considered Northland College in his hometown of Ashland until Coach Scott Sorensen approached him. “I’m glad he did,” Thomas said. “The academics are top-notch and the cost is cut down due to scholarships.” Thomas qualified for and received…

Design board of Northland College graphic design student Victoria Schell

Summer of Coffee Love

Graphic design student Victoria Schell interned thirty miles from campus at Big Water Coffee Roasters in Bayfield. With a daily downtown view of Lake Superior, she learned the coffee business, graphic design, photography, social media, and project management. “I loved having the chance to work with, collaborate and get direction from a professional while creating work…

Northland College teaching students talk with Washburn fifth graders

For Lucas, Elementary Ed Provides Pathway to Greater Good

Harrison Lucas ’17 Major: Elementary Education with a focus on Social Studies Q. Why elementary education? How did you get on this path? A. Well, my dad is a teacher and so, I saw how he influences a lot of kids’ lives back home where I come from and I see how big of an impact…

Hal Welch and Patrick Shea bio outside Ashland

May Term: Biking Ashland to New Orleans

Northland College sophomores Hal Welch and Patrick Shea departed Friday, April 28 on a 34-day, 1,800-mile bike trip from Ashland to New Orleans. As part of their May term semester, they will be biking along the Mississippi incorporating observations, interviews, and photographs of the people who live along the route. “It’s an American pilgrimage through…