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Yearbook photo of Don Chase

2019 Alumni Awards Announced

The Northland College Alumni Awards Program has announced the 2019 alumni awards plus the addition of one honorary alumnae. Don Chase ‘62, Lifetime Achievement Award This award was created to fit the incredible dedication and persistence of Don Chase ’62. Don has served Northland College for more than sixty years in a variety of roles.

Hazelnuts being poured into processing machine

Wisconsin, Upper Midwest Look To Crack Into Commercial Hazelnut Production

Researchers Tout Hazelnuts For Economic, Environmental Benefits

Some nuts might be tough to crack, but Ariadna Chediack has the right tools at her disposal. Chediack, an agricultural research assistant with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, pours a container full of hazelnuts into a machine called “the cracker.” The nuts fall through a funnel from above down to a drill Chediack uses to crack

A collage of climate initiatives

17 Ways We’re Tackling Climate Change

Leading a Food Revolution in Higher Ed The world’s food system is responsible for about one-quarter of the planet-warming greenhouse gases that humans generate each year—the clearing of forests, animal manure, and fossil fuels for fertilizer and shipping food around the globe. The Hulings Rice Food Center is creating a climate-sensitive food systems model with field-to-campus dining

Northland College business students demonstrate their hazelnut protein balls.

Nuts for Hazelnuts

A Farming Solution to Climate Change

Northland College is experiencing a hazelnut invasion. There are three-hundred seedlings in the CSE Greenhouse, a hazelnut processor and cracker in the Hulings Rice Food Center, and last semester business students tackled hazelnut product development and marketing in the classroom and in the Larson Food Lab. What gives? “Hazelnuts are the next cranberry,” said Jason

Kids at Stockton

SOEI Receives $500K for Stewardship and Land Conservation

A retired orthodontist with a strong conservation ethic donated $500,000 to the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute to expand youth outdoor programs and forest ecosystem research and restoration. Donald Nelson of Northfield, Minnesota, had a twenty-five-year career as an orthodontist at the Mayo Clinic before moving to Northfield, Minnesota. Although he has no direct

Zebra mussel

Surveying Mussels in the Apostle Islands

Discovery of First Invasives

Research Associate Dr. Toben Lafrancois was shooting underwater photographs during a National Park Service resource inspection near Sand Island on Lake Superior in the summer of 2015 when the team noticed something attached to the bottom of a sunken steamboat. As Lafrancois picked it up, he and the team suspected they had found the first

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 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

Journal Entries Singing Wilderness

Sigurd F. Olson Journal Entries The Singing Wilderness. The Singing Wilderness, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1956, was Sigurd Olson’s first book, and it was immensely successful, becoming a classic of American nature writing. For Sigurd himself, it was the culmination of a long and hard-fought dream. The journal entries and letters below, along with