Category: Meet our Alumni

Two Northland College students walking downtown

The Art and Design of Walkable Cities

For my work at the Center for Rural Communities I have traveled all over the north woods. In between oversized plaster animals and a surprising number of bigfoot’s hometowns, CRC staff and I take the time to inventory the historic downtowns of rural communities across our region. We take note of the kinds of businesses,

Danny Simpson in the campus gardens

The Future of Food is Here

This weekend I picked up environmental journalist Amanda Little’s new book, The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World. She details the difficult decisions we in the food world are grappling with regarding food access and sustainability in the face of climate change. Little traveled the world meeting people at

Jenise Swartley with newspaper

Local Papers and the Stories That Shape Us

Rural Communities Grapple with News Deserts

The stories we tell about who we are—and who others are—inform our most foundational understandings of the world and our place in it. When we turn on the morning news, scroll through our Facebook newsfeed, or pick up our local newspaper, what stories are being told about the places we live? Nationwide, one-fifth of all

Milwaukee Schlitz Center skyline graphic

Northland and the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Jessica (Biswell) Knox '98, Spring and Nick Holz Houston '15

Once a farm for the Schlitz Brewery draft horses, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is Milwaukee’s comprehensive nature center. Three alumni work at the Schlitz Audubon Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We caught up with them to find out more. Jessica (Biswell) Knox ’98 School Programs Manager One of your favorite things? Great Lake Michigan! It’s only

Northland College Kate Miler stands in a wetland

On the Path of Plants

Plant Ecologist Kate Miller '02

Kate Miller ’02 grew up in Indiana and is a bit fuzzy now on how she landed at Northland College. But, she clearly remembers her freshman year with professors Jim Meeker and Dorothy Lagerroos—a life-changing block semester of outdoor labs, long-term monitoring, and plant identification. “I didn’t know people who knew plants before that,” she

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

Northland College alumni Patrick and Audrey Guilfoile hiking the Pacific Coast Trail

Patrick Guilfoile ’82 Appointed Interim Chancellor

The University of Wisconsin announced Patrick Guilfoile ’82 will serve as UW-Stout’s interim chancellor starting this August. He has been serving as UW-Stout’s provost and vice chancellor since July 2015. Guilfoile studied biology and outdoor education at Northland, then went on to earn a master of art in teaching in biology from UW-Eau Claire, a

Northland College student Jane Kittaka teaching in Scotland.

Student Teaching in Scotland

Study Abroad Opportunity at the University of Glasgow Dumfries

Jane Kittaka ’18 was a self-described homebody before she decided to student teach in a foreign country. She had never adventured on her own and had never traveled outside of the United States. She had set a goal for herself to travel during college and at the start of her senior year with a full

Northland College alum Roxanne Johnson at work at Blue Green Alliance

Uniting Labor and Environment

Roxanne Johnson '03 on the BlueGreen Alliance

Roxanne Johnson ‘03 is a senior research analyst at the BlueGreen Alliance, an organization working to unite labor unions and environmental organizations. At Northland, she majored in mathematics and environmental studies with an emphasis in natural sciences and later completed a master’s degree in science, technology, and environmental policy at the University of Minnesota Humphrey…  Read More