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Commencement 2021

Congratulations, Graduates 2021

Class of 2021

…of Ojibwe Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings, and new alumna Ella Janiece Shively ‘21. Student Address Saturday, May 29 Northland College student commencement speaker Ella Janiece Shively ‘21 delivers her address to the Class of 2021. Reading of Names Saturday, May 29 Our faculty and staff sent in videos of themselves…


What the Climate’s ‘New Normal’ Is Doing to Lake Superior

…“500-year storm” that struck Duluth in June 2012; fewer may connect the dots between that monster and the “1,000-year” event of July 2016 that was roughly centered on Ashland, followed by another “1,000-year” storm in June 2018 that caused havoc from Ashland to Houghton, Michigan. Matt Hudson, a Northland faculty

Michele Small

Defining CliFi

Prof Michele Small talks about her new course.

Will Anderson, For Drifts Prof Michele Small talks about her new course. What inspired you to teach this new class? All my life, I have read Science Fiction—the literature of change—and have taught it at Northland for decades in one of my favorite courses: The Science Fiction Seminar. Can you…

Jenise Swartley with newspaper

Local Papers and the Stories That Shape Us

Rural Communities Grapple with News Deserts

…a degree in sustainable community development from Northland College in 2019. She lives in Ashland and works as a research assistant at the Center for Rural Communities and wrote this column for Northland Connections, a weekly column written by Northland College staff, faculty, and students for the Ashland Daily Press….

Northland College Trustee Mary H. Rice on her porch in Bayfield.

Wisdom, Work, Wallop, and Wealth

Mary Rice’s Enduring Legacy

…giving, by opening the doors to her home and restaurant for staff and faculty parties and donor dinners, and by funding things small and large—everything from St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concerts on campus to student ski trips to repairs on the president’s house to the creation of the Hulings Rice…

Northland College student collects water sample.

Researchers Tracing Bacteria to Source

Burke Center and City of Ashland team up to solve the case.

…director of biology and affiliate faculty of the Burke Center, said. “What we are doing is bringing those ideas together and looking at the sources of potential bacterial contamination at the Ashland beaches.” Burke Center staff will be collecting water samples from beaches they currently monitor for the city—Maslowski, 6th…

Northland College student Erick Marchessault

Student Researches Tick-Borne Illnesses

Erick Marchessault Preps for Med School

…small school to finish his undergraduate degree—and found Northland College. “I like the individual attention, being able to ask questions and interact with faculty,” he said. Now twenty-six, Marchessault is studying natural resources and pre-healthcare with the goal of becoming a physician. He’s currently collaborating with Assistant Professor Geoffrey Vincent…

Northland College business students demonstrate their hazelnut protein balls.

Nuts for Hazelnuts

A Farming Solution to Climate Change

…dough, and a low-sugar chocolate hazelnut spread. They tested their products with students, staff, and faculty, who filled out forms rating taste, texture, and preferences then presented their proposals at the end of the semester. The HealthNut cookies, created by Taylor Ann Jensen, Itzel Rios Soto, and Zach Ditzenberger, scored…

Two paddle boarders on Lake Superior

International Joint Commission Coming to Northland

…governments are making to improve and protect the health of Lake Superior and the Great Lakes. The evening public meeting caps off the International Joint Commission’s day-long visit at Northland College. The Burke Center is facilitating a series of interactive issue briefs for commissioners to learn from faculty, staff, students,…

Birch bark

Alum Sets Out to Solve Birch Bark Mystery

faculty and members of the local community, to hear their thoughts on the origin and original purpose of this object. A common suggestion was that it may have been a fur trade artifact of some type, and specifically, based on comparisons made with photographs and knowledge of surviving birch bark…