Meet Our Alumni

Whole Foods Market

Pushing Sustainability at Whole Foods Market

Matthew Toavs '98

Matthew Toavs ’98 has played many roles at Whole Foods Market since he got his first position in 2001 as a bulk buyer for the Lake Calhoun store in Minneapolis. At Northland College, he studied outdoor education-natural history with minors in earth science and environmental education and worked for two summers on Lee and Judy…  Read More

Northland College alum Carl Sacks looks at GIS with students

Mapping for a Better World

Created "The Black Snake in Sioux Country" Map

Carl Sack ’06 has always loved maps. As a teenager, he got into orienteering, which uses detailed topographic maps, and he was hooked for life. “I loved picturing the landscapes they showed to find the fastest way across wild country.” At Northland College, Sack would stare for hours at DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer, planning what…  Read More

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…  Read More

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…  Read More

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…  Read More

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…  Read More

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…  Read More

Weather graphic of clouds, snow, and lightning

7 Weather Watchers

Meterological Careers

The dramatic shifts in weather in northern Wisconsin and around Lake Superior have inspired more than one career at Northland College. Wayne Feltz ’91 studied earth science at Northland College then went onto earn an MS in atmospheric science in 1994 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked as a scientist ever since. In…  Read More

Northland College alumnus Ed Morales goofs around with kids

Collaborative Problem Solving for Kids

Ed Morales '10

Since graduating, Ed Morales ’10 has worked with more than one-thousand kids and a dozen schools in the Minneapolis, Minnesota-area as a school social worker, school-based therapist, community advocate and trainer. In 2017, he founded Socorro Consulting to address gaps in quality mental and behavioral health support for young people, collaborating with school systems and…  Read More

Exploring Interactions Between Humans and Wildlife

Andrew East `10 Uses Northland Lessons for Science & Teaching

Then:  Andrew East graduated in 2010 with a degree in natural resources. For his capstone, he surveyed small mammals to determine the prey availability and dynamics for northern shrikes in Ashland County. Through that project and several others in the natural resources department, he and others explored physiology, behavior, and land cover influence, and overall…  Read More