Category: Meet our Alumni

Northland College Food Systems Manager Todd Rothe

Todd Rothe ’10 Says Farmers Need a Plan

Todd Rothe ’10 is the food systems manager of the Hulings Rice Food Center and will be teaching Sustainable Food Production in the fall as part of the newly-created sustainable agriculture minor.  Buckles: How have attitudes around food changed in the last two decades? Rothe: I remember sitting at the old Ashland Farmers Market back in…  Read More

books on shelf

Madeline Jarvis Is Creating the Friendliest Library in the World.

Madeline Jarvis ’13 manages the Marion Public Library’s adult and outreach services as part of their mission to be the friendliest library in the world. When she’s not working she’s volunteering, gardening, or canning endless salsa. In the remaining slivers of time, she wedding plans. career: Adult and Outreach services for the Marion Public Library. “I majored in Sustainable…  Read More

Northland College alum Kayte Meola in warrior pose on mountain top.

Empowering Women in Developing Countries

Shout Louder, Try Harder, Never Give Up

Kayte Meola ‘90 is a sociologist, researcher, and educator focused on gender, agriculture, and natural resource management in international development.  At Northland, she studied outdoor education with a focus on naturalist studies, then worked as a forest ranger, raft guide, wilderness and international community service trip leader, and environmental educator.  Because of her interest in…  Read More

Northland College alum Jenn Wood

Wood Crusades for Climate Policy

Jenn Wood '00 Focuses on Energy Conservation

As an environmental and social justice solutions strategist in Vermont, Jenn Wood ’00 is focused on energy conservation and supporting low-income communities that will be hardest hit by the impacts of climate change.  Her consulting practice focuses on realistic, yet timely solutions for individuals, companies, communities, or organizations that can be easily implemented and successful. …  Read More

Northland College student installing hoop house

Food Is Everything

Danny Simpson '18, Assistant Manager of the Hulings Rice Food Center

Danny Simpson ’18 worked on his aunt’s organic farm for six years before coming to Northland College, where he has played a major role in the food scene on campus—from managing the gardens to leading food and sustainability initiatives to catering art shows and parties.  In April, he was awarded the Student Affairs Division Outstanding…  Read More

Northland College alum Audra (Jung) Willing installing solar panels on top of a roof.

Climbing roofs? No problem.

Audra (Jung) Willing '05 uses outdoor ed skills for solar design

After college, Audra (Jung) Willing ‘ 05 moved to Seattle to work for the National Outdoor Leadership School as a wilderness field instructor and later as a program supervisor for the mountaineering program. Without Northland, she says she would have likely lived a different life. “I didn’t even know what outdoor education was before Northland,…  Read More

The Chequamegon Food Coop at night.

The Language of Local Foods

Meagan (Wilson) Van Beest ’97 manager at CFC

Meagan (Wilson) Van Beest ’97 grew up in the apple capital of New York state, near orchards and dairy farms. As a child and a teen, she bagged food alongside her parents at their local food cooperative and spent time with her grandfather who was the president of his dairy cooperative. Van Beest chose Northland…  Read More

Northland College students and alum prepare rain garden

Rain Gardens Provide Stormwater Storage

This past summer Nile Merton ’15 returned to campus to finish a project he started as a student, updating the rain garden at the Larson-Juhl Center for Science and the Environment. At the same time, across campus, junior Shelly Ray started plans for a rain garden for the new Hulings Rice Food Center. In 2018,…  Read More

Northland College alum Abe Lloyd harvesting wild rice

Wild Foods

Sustainable Solution to Big Ag

Abe Lloyd’s ’02 interest in wild foods dates back to childhood campouts in a vacant lot next to his house in Washington state and his childhood fantasy of never needing to go inside. “When I was at Northland, I began to think much more deeply about the environmental and social impacts of industrial food production,…  Read More

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…  Read More