Danny Simpson walks with Governor Tony Evers

Governor Evers Visits Northland For Sustainable Food Program

Tour includes Hulings Rice Food Center, Larson Food Lab and High Tunnel and Composting program.

Hulings Rice Food Center Assistant Manager Danny Simpson led Governor Tony Evers on a tour of the processing center, compost, and high tunnel garden this afternoon. This was the Governor’s first visit to Northland College. Simpson, who is a passionate advocate for local foods, talked about the College’s efforts in creating a sustainable campus food…

One Grad’s Advice to Students

Jaclynn Findlay '21 hired to manage Ashland’s Main Street Program.

Sustainable Community Development major Jaclynn Findlay ’21 has been hired to manage Ashland’s Main Street Program, a downtown revitalization initiative administered through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. She will be coordinating downtown projects related to economic development, historic preservation, placemaking, and other initiatives that advance Ashland’s downtown goals and objectives. “My internships with the City…

Commencement 2021

Congratulations, Graduates

Class of 2021

Congratulations graduates! Some 102 students of our 2021 graduating class were honored in Ponzio Stadium Saturday, May 29, marking the end of their academic career at Northland College. The in-person celebration was limited to the members of the Class of 2021, however, the ceremony was recorded, as was the last lecture and the reading of…

Northland student Danielle Hewitt

Hewitt Finds Meaning in Remote Internship

To say Danielle Hewitt is a go-getter is an understatement. With two majors, one minor, multiple roles on campus, and most recently, an internship with the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse, she keeps busy. Hewitt, who has hopes of owning her own counseling services one day, is taking all the steps to get where…

Sigurd Olson Scholars

Northland Awards Four Sigurd Olson Scholarships

Four high school seniors have been awarded full-tuition scholarships as part of the Sigurd Olson Scholars program at Northland College. Sigurd F. Olson was a pioneering figure in the American environmental movement and an important figure to a generation of activists and trailblazers. An alumnus of Northland College, Olson drew on his liberal arts education…

Professor Dick Verch recorded plant taxonomy samples on Stockton Island in the early 1970s.

The Beauty and Fury of Lake Superior

Notes from the Field

Employed by the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute under a contract from the National Park Service, I was part of a team of students who conducted an ecological inventory of the Apostle Islands in the summer of 1975. I believe there were five teams composed of five members each that were to conduct an ecological inventory…

graphic for pandemic issue of Northland College magazine

Northland College Spring 2021 Issue

Grit is a firmness of character and indomitable spirit, an understated quality that shows itself in the face of challenge and adversity. There are many words we use to describe ourselves—scrappy, nimble, resilient, gutsy. We chose grit for the cover because it carries the weight to describe the Northland community this past year, and always.…


Shining a Light on Curiosity

Once upon a time, in the cool, dark air of his own backyard, a forestry professor swept the beam of a UV flashlight through the trees. He wanted to know if gray tree frogs fluoresce. They don’t. But when a furry shape found its way into the beam and glowed hot pink, Jon Martin discovered…


REFund Turns 20

In 2000, the Board of Trustees approved a proposal from the Northland College Student Association for a student-led, student-financed, student-run fund for campus sustainability. And REF, later re-named REFund, was born. “We wanted to see results, to put our money where our mouth is,” said Trustee Ben Shepherd who was NCSA president when the effort…

Sarah Szymaniak

Hitting the Ground Running

Sarah Szymaniak '17

In November 2019, Sarah Szymaniak ’17 began her new job as the City of Ashland deputy clerk. Responsible for executing elections, she had read reams of election law guidelines, made it through her first election in February 2020—and then in mid-March, the city locked down. “Elections can’t just stop,” she said. “There’s no way to…