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Robert Rue Parsonage and Ruth Lull with sons at Northland College 1980s

Embracing the North

A cross country move, thirty-three years in the making.

…“When Bob told me, he had got a call from Northland, I grabbed my map,” Ruth said. “I didn’t want to be in the middle of the middle of the middle. But, then, there was Lake Superior. Yes, I can do that. It’s a major body of water. I had…

A shelf of Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award winners

From the Archives: An Award for Nature Writers

…to wild beauty, and to open those hearts which, for too many years, have been closed.” In 1994, the reading committee also cited three books for “excellence in achievement” including A Place on the Water by Jerry Dennis, who would later win the 2004 award for his book The Living…

Northland College alum Sarah Smyzniak

Lessons from Forest Lodge

…Forest. Owned by the U.S. Forest Service and operated by Northland, Forest Lodge is a historic private estate donated to the American public in 1999. Visitors can explore twelve historic buildings, 872 acres of property, and attend a myriad of environmental programming, from studying lichens, tracking wolves, or stretching their…


Caribou, Snapchat, and Avocado Graphs

Ogle offers May term statistical computing.

…of bleaching on coral reefs, forest fires, traffic arrests by sex, race, and year, Snapchat advertisements, weather for Green Bay, water currents in Chequamegon Bay, and fish growth. Erick Marchessault, who is studying natural resources and pre-health care, created graphs using data from research he’s conducting looking at the prevalence…

Graduate Jenise Swartley gives commencement address.

The Power of Action

2019 Commencement Address

Jenise Swartley ’19, NCSA President 2019 Commencement Address Have you ever dreamt of a world beyond what we currently know to be possible? Not of a dystopian future where the soil is bare, and the water is spoiled; and not of a utopia where we all live in harmony free…

2019 SONWA Winning books, To Speak for the Trees and The Boy Who Grew a Forest

Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Awards Announced

…readers on a journey from the underground mazes of the Yucatan Peninsula to the frigid waters of Antarctica. Along the way, Heinerth must ensure her survival while fighting sexism and coping with the psychological trauma of losing friends and colleagues. Fear—addressing it and moving past it—becomes a key theme of…

Northland College Men's Hockey Team Photo 2016-2017

Nurturing Miggy’s Legacy

Christopher T. Morgan Scholarship

…battles down low, just what we needed,” Gregory said. Caroline says Chris had found his people and his place at Northland. “He was really connecting there, enjoying his time being on the water, being by the bay, getting more exposure to the outdoors. He really appreciated what he had there,”…

Sigurd Olson Scholars

Northland Awards Four Sigurd Olson Scholarships

…South Milwaukee High School South Milwaukee, Wisconsin Interested in studying natural resources, water science, and engineering. High school highlights: ✔️ Recipient of the Calmer L. Johnson/John W. Leslie ITW Scholarship, affiliated with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. ✔️ Team captain for the “Cudahy Packer Trap Team” for two years, and…

Northland College students search for orchids as part of research project.

The Orchid Hunters

…publishing a paper with this data. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ Jena “Shoe” Miles ’18 has worked at the Apostle Islands National Park Service, on a farm in Hawaii, and at Blacktail Mountain Ski Area in Montana’s Flathead Valley. She’ll be back with the Apostle Islands National Park Service this…

Northland alum fish geneticist holds up fish

Ackerman Brothers Pursue Fish Biology, Genetics

Nick ’00 and Mike ’04 Ackerman grew up on a small dairy farm six miles away from their hometown of Pecatonica, Illinois. With panoramic views of fields, neither of them ever expected they would wind up dedicating their lives to the rivers and fish of the west. However, once Nick…