Meet Our Alumni

Northland College student Emma Holtan

The Chequamegon Bay Region Spoke and the IJC Listened

In September of 2019, the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation hosted a conference with the International Joint Commission (IJC). The purpose was to give local experts and the public an opportunity to share their water quality concerns for Lake Superior and the larger Great Lakes basin. The public hearing portion of the event…


Rethinking Plantation Tourism 

 Time to Get Real About Our History

I remember the first time I was invited to visit a plantation. I was in the fourth grade and our teachers had planned a field trip to Chretien Point, a former plantation in Sunset, Louisiana. At the time I couldn’t understand why my three white teachers thought it was a great idea to take us…

Northland College Anne Kriskovich

Teaching In and Out of the Classroom

Anne Kriskovich ’08 knows her stuff. Just ask any Ashland High School parent about the new head coach of the men’s soccer team and they’ll tell you so. They’ll also tell you she’s passionate and competitive, and that her knowledge of the game is showing on the young team as they near the end of…

AdventureUs Owners and Northland College Alumni Amy and Jared Trimbo at their shop.

Ethical Design for Our Time

Alumni Launch AdventureUs in Washburn

After winning an entrepreneurial competition in May 2019, Amy Fazio Trimbo ’07 established her dream business, AdventureUs, in downtown Washburn. She studied psychology at Northland where she met her husband and business co-conspirator, Jared Trimbo ’06. They have three children who provided the inspiration for Amy’s first product line—Snow Sleeves, a stretchy wrist gaiter that…

Northland College alumnus Luis Victoria

Victoria Joins Oakland A’s

Luis Victoria '17 Coordinates educational and cultural programming for Latin American players.

Luis Victoria ’17 studied business and sports management and sustainable entrepreneurship, minored in psychology, played baseball, and earned an internship with the Kansas City Royals in the Dominican Republic while he was a student at Northland. He went on to earn his master’s degree in sports management from Concordia University in St. Paul. In January,…

Ori-Anne Pagel

Note from the Northland Archivist

Do you cherish memories of your Northland days? I do. I still remember how it felt to live on campus, separate dorms, and girls in by 10 p.m. Listening to Northland stories makes me feel like part of the bigger family. I think of these moments often as I learn more about our Northland history…

Northland College alum Sarah Smyzniak

Lessons from Forest Lodge

Life is about learning and oh, is there so much to learn. During my time as the site manager at Forest Lodge, Northland College’s satellite campus, I facilitated environmental based programs at the Lodge, nestled in the deep heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Owned by the U.S. Forest Service and operated by Northland, Forest…

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…