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Northland College professor Brian Tochterman's book, The Dying City

The Cultural Origins of the Urban Crisis

An Interview with Brian L. Tochterman

…Minnesota, one on the “urban crisis” and another on cold war culture, taught by Professors Kevin P. Murphy and Elaine Tyler May respectively. I arrived intending to study early twentieth-century urban development, but the course material really got me excited about the post-World War II period. May’s Homeward Bound made…

Northland College alum Shannon Franks

Using Science to Monitor Earth’s Changes

Shannon Franks '01, NASA Senior Scientist

…Goddard Space Flight Center is, after all, the largest congregation of land remote sensing scientists in the world. I am still at NASA working with the same folks that gave me the opportunity so long ago. With a graduate degree in geography and more focused experience in global forest cover…

Students working on handcycle

Students Help Ready Cycle for Six-Year-Old

…“Adaptive Bike Team.” The team struck gold at the start when Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Duluth donated an older, adult-sized handcycle. The team then met with the physical and occupational therapists from Roy’s school to figure out what kind of modifications would have to be made in order to…

Northland College alum Kayte Meola in warrior pose on mountain top.

Empowering Women in Developing Countries

Shout Louder, Try Harder, Never Give Up

…development loans for environmental projects throughout Latin America. In addition to her research and consulting work, she’s discovering new ways to empower women, while recapturing the physicality that brought her so much joy in her twenties. She returned to raft guiding last summer after having been away from it for…

Northland Collge graduate Anthony Procik

Social Change and Nonprofit Work

Profile: Anthony Procik Graduation: 2015 Major: mathematical science Minors: physics and environmental law and policy Hometown: Algonquin, Illinois For Anthony Procik, every class and experience at Northland College was literally life changing. During his time at Northland, Procik’s dreams about his future fluctuated with each new interest he uncovered. But…

SONWA winning books

SONWA Winners 1991-Present

Nature Books for Adults and Children

…by communal wolf howls; the inevitability of losing our children to their own lives; and many more. Moore is the distinguished professor of philosophy at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where she teaches environmental ethics, philosophy of nature, and a variety of courses for OSU’s new MA in Environmental Leadership….


Alumnus Karl ’04 oversees outdoor therapeutic program

Healing Through a Lense

…program design and execution—from gardening to canoeing to nature photography. Northwest Passage is a northern Wisconsin residential mental health treatment program for youth ages twelve-to-seventeen. The organization offers a diverse set of programs and comprehensive treatment led by a full team of professionals from direct care counselors to pediatric neuropsychologists….

Northland College alumnus Tiffany Kirsten stands with fellow activists along the border of Texas and Mexico

Careers in Social Justice, Conservation, and Public Service

SOEI Interns

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute has been a part of the Northland College student experience for the last forty-six years—from speakers, conferences, and campus events in the physical building to research and internships with one of the many outreach programs. Sigurd’s wife, Elizabeth, contributed $50,000 to the Sigurd F. Olson…

Northland student playing lacrosse

Lacrosse 101

…in three sentences or less? A. Lacrosse is a fast-paced, team sport. It involves thinking on the fly, quick decision-making, mental and physical toughness, along with a desire to compete just like every other sport. It is currently one of the fastest growing sports in the Midwestern United States. Q….

Student looking through geology loop

A Future in Geologic Time

Profile: Julianne “Annie” Daw Graduated: 2015 Major: environmental geosciences—geology and mathematical sciences Minor: physics Hometown: Costa Mesa, California Annie Daw decided to come to Northland College because she wanted a big change in her life. She’d never lived in the Midwest and was looking for a college with an environmental…