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Northland College Students, on-farm learning.

8 Great Sustainable Student Initiatives

For the last fifteen years, REFund, a student-administered grant program, has funded a long list of pretty cool projects designed to enhance sustainability and increase energy efficiency on campus. Northland College students contribute to this program through student fees—$40 per semester—and with their ideas and hard work. Composting Buckets in…

aerial view of campus

Conventional & Unconventional Best Lists

…240 colleges and universities contributing to the site, Her Campus rated Northland College in the top ten, along with Berkeley, Oberlin, Warren Wilson and Lewis & Clark as that promote “growing their own organic food, social responsibility and environmental sustainability“. Writes Her Campus: “The typical student is described as being…

Northland College student participates in Eco League exchange program with Alaska Pacific University.

Off-campus Learning

Whatever your interest, you can deepen and expand your education by studying off campus. This includes intensive, in-depth courses during May term, a semester at an EcoLeague school, or special courses at a partner organization. There is something right for you. Related Off-Campus Learning Adventure starts here. Whatever your interest,…

Students around a camp fire

Outdoor Orientation

…and an on-campus orientation. First-year students are required to participate in both. Transfer students (those arriving with more than 24 credits) are required to participate in either the one-day on-campus orientation or take an orientation trip designed specifically for transfer students. The OO trip is designed to introduce you to…

Wheeler Hall 2016

Stolid Wheeler Hall

By Linda J. Mack, trustee Wheeler Hall’s solid—even stolid—exterior speaks to its status as the oldest building on campus, Northland’s “Old Main.” But when I stepped inside, I found a fresh feel and unexpected layout with a central atrium on each floor acting as welcome social space for classrooms and…

Eau Claire solar garden, photo taken by PJ Nelson

In a Bold Step Forward, Students Purchase Solar Shares

Solar will provide power to CSE

…funded a long list of projects designed to enhance sustainability and increase energy efficiency on campus. Northland College students contribute to the fund through student fees. “REFund continues to allow students to invest our money where we determine it will have the greatest positive impact in our community and in…

Glass of beer sitting next to Cabbie's Tap logo.

Ten-cent Taps, Lasting Romance & Ida's Special Sauce

…name a few that eventually became wedded couples. On my twenty-first birthday, we had a horrible snowstorm and campus was closed. When my mother tried calling to wish me “Happy Birthday,” she eventually reached me at Cabbie’s–celebrating. Judy and Jim Francois 1959 Both Jim and I have memories of Cabbie’s….

pp wagner

49th Annual Folk Fest

Sustainability, Community, and Music The annual Folk Festival was originally organized by John Everatt, Tom Perry, Chuck Perry, and Pop Wagner (above) in 1968. They were students at Northland College at the time and little did they know that the event would continue for so long. Now organized by the…

Northland College students and alum prepare rain garden

Rain Gardens Provide Stormwater Storage

This past summer Nile Merton ’15 returned to campus to finish a project he started as a student, updating the rain garden at the Larson-Juhl Center for Science and the Environment. At the same time, across campus, junior Shelly Ray started plans for a rain garden for the new Hulings…

Northland College student with journal

296 miles on the Superior Hiking Trail

Jane Dahlgren Hikes Solo for May Term

…thinking off-campus and independent study. She wanted to hike the Superior Hiking Trail that follows the ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior in northern Minnesota. The south end of the trail is located just an hour from campus. Dahlgren had these goals in mind: to walk alone, reflect, write, learn the flora…