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Carol and Monroe Sprague

A Family Tradition of Knowledge and Self-Discovery

The Spragues continue to support scholarship.

…and moved to Madison to earn a graduate degree in agronomy; his sister Prudence was in her final year at Northland. “Dad earned a liberal arts degree, yet he was a scientist,” Monroe said. “He felt the liberal arts were important parts of a good education.” After Northland, Milton—like his…

Northland College student Abby Keller and National Park Service mentor Caroline Twombly stand outside the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Fund the Change You Want to See

Nancy Franz '81 Created the Women in Leadership Internship

…park service,” Franz said. “I want half of that leadership to be women.” Franz pitched the idea to Northland College and then announced it to her friends on Facebook. Together Franz and six others raised $32,825 to fund an endowment for the Women in Leadership Internship, a partnership between Northland

Northland College student Lauren Sloyer

Finding a Deep Personal Connection to Place

Lauren Sloyer Ashland Daily Press Column The first time I visited Wisconsin, it was to tour Northland College shortly after I graduated high school. After a few hours spent walking around campus in the cold, gray May rain, I decided to officially enroll. After a few hours spent driving the…

Northland College biology faculty Andy

Second Goyke Joins Biology Team

For the past twenty-seven years, Andy Goyke has been a staple figure at Northland College. The science professor is notorious for wearing funky sweaters and no shoes; teaching a plethora of classes from biology, ichthyology, fisheries, and limnology; and being influential in Northland academics as the lead instructor of biology…

A collage of climate initiatives

17 Ways We’re Tackling Climate Change

…embrace our environmental mission, it is incumbent upon us to mindfully remove fossil fuel companies from our endowment portfolio,” said Trustee Mike Fiorio, a Northland College alumnus, a 32-year veteran of the financial services industry and a partner of Fiorio Wealth Advisors. Investing in Solar Northland relies partially on solar,…

Big Lake Organics owners Jamie Tucker and Todd Rothe stand near compost pile.

Rebuilding the Health of Our Planet

Todd Rothe ’10 and Jamie Tucker ’16 launch a Big Lake Organics.

…to fly the coop—and Northland signed on as their first client. The campus compost program will continue as it has for the last twenty-eight years, but with Big Lake Organics hauling it away for processing. “This is an opportunity to take the values that Northland has given us and make…

How I Met My Husband, Our Illegal Wedding, and Other Adventures

Alex Johnson ’08 I first met my husband at a Sunshine bike build. It was a warm September evening during my first week as a Northland freshman. A dozen or so students were beginning to assemble bikes from piles of parts laid out in the garage. In the yard, a…

Mary Johnson

The Search for Non-Toxic Materials

Chemistry Prof and Students Publish Results

Chemistry Prof and Students Publish Results After nearly five years, over 1,500 experiments, and more than $100,000 in funding, Professor of Chemistry Nick Robertson and twelve Northland College students* published a paper last month in the Journal of Applied Polymer Science. Additional authors include Professor Michael Carney at the University…

Two Northland College students and dogs

Finding Home on a New Campus

Transfer Students Michaela Jurewicz and Katie Tapper

…did you decide to transfer? And why Northland? Katie: I transferred to Northland for the field experience that most classes have as well as access to many environmental science courses and the small class sizes. The idea of not being just another name in a 200+ people class was very…