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Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Turns 50

Large Trees from Small Acorns Grow!

…by Northland College. The presentation by Sigurd Olson proved to be especially compelling, and Bob Matteson explains in The Origin and Early History of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, that it inspired him to propose the idea of establishing an environmental institute to the College’s new president, Malcolm McLean. Many…

Melissa Damaschke ’03 on a swing outside of the former Gaia’s Cradle, now the Diversity Center.

The Company You Keep

…the warm and welcoming smile of Northland College Trustee, Hannibal Bolton, who worked for the National Fish and Wildlife Service. We met while I was a student trustee at Northland. I remember recognizing each other at the event and immediately chatting about Northland. He also introduced me to experts and…

Tara Padovan

Tara Devotes Semester to Helping Refugees

…heard about in Lebanon. And so she sat up late one night filling out an application to the endowed Robert Rue Parsonage Fund for Student Opportunities, a fund created to support student-initiated leadership projects, started by former Northland College President Bob Parsonage. “Being in Greece has given me valuable insight…

Wolf Awareness Week 2020 Winning Poster Art by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

Wolves and Water

2020 Wolf Awareness Week Posters Available

…lines up really nicely with new research that highlights wolves eating aquatic species. “In many past artwork selections we focused on wolves in the woods, but I think it was important to show them in another setting that is still accurate to their ecology and behavior.” Wolf Awareness Week, held…

Alum Bob Schopp ’69 stands on the field at Ponzio Stadium

For the Love of Learning

…pledged to Sig Tau fraternity and was even the president of the student government. But the best gift that Northland helped me find was my deep love of learning. My passion for critical analysis grew and soon I was considering graduate school. Although I thought pursuing a master’s degree in…

Northland College Kate Miler stands in a wetland

On the Path of Plants

Plant Ecologist Kate Miller '02

Plant Ecologist Kate Miller ’02 Kate Miller ’02 grew up in Indiana and is a bit fuzzy now on how she landed at Northland College. But, she clearly remembers her freshman year with professors Jim Meeker and Dorothy Lagerroos—a life-changing block semester of outdoor labs, long-term monitoring, and plant identification….

Hoover Dam

Opinion: The Southwest’s water problems are about to get much worse

For the Washington Post

…more than 140 feet since 2000, leaving the reservoir only 36 percent full. Today, Mead is rimmed by a broad white bathtub ring marking how far water levels have fallen during the Colorado River’s 22-year megadrought. The Bureau of Reclamation says the new low record will be set on Thursday,…

Northland College alum Bryan Rawlings and his son Northland College student Ryan Rawlings

Rawlings 2.0

Two Generations of Rawlings Play Basketball

…huge surprise considering his dad Bryan Rawlings ‘79 played basketball at Northland College in the 1970s. In fact, Bryan Rawlings’ photo hangs in Kendrigan Center, an inductee in the Hall of Fame. “Basketball has definitely made us close,” Ryan said. “He’s my number one mentor, idol, role model, everything you…

Northland College alum Scott Griffiths runs the SPARK program in Ashland, Wisconsin.

Fanning the Flame

Scott Griffiths '97 takes everything he's done in life and wraps into a package for teens.

…trying to do with these kids—we help them discover what lights them up,” Scott said. Scott graduated from Northland College with a degree in outdoor education. For his first job out of college, he led troubled teens into the wilderness for thirty days at a time. Two years later, a…

Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College

Estate Gift Funds SOEI Facelift

The 1981 building receives necessary repairs.

…of fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 1954 and was an instructor of drawing and painting at the University of Minnesota from 1957-1959. His paintings are in the collections of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City,…