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This building houses our science focused curriculum: biology, chemistry, environmental geosciences, meteorology, natural resources, mathematical sciences, and graphic information systems. It’s designed for more lab directed spaces than classroom or lecture. The largest lecture space seats forty students. This building offers flexibility for professors and creates a great learning atmosphere for students.
The green house is on one end of the building, with two separate rooms that can be separately controlled.
Fenenga is our largest residence hall, housing approximately 130 residents. This co-educational facility is located on the north edge of campus, right next to the Center for Science and the Environment and across the Fenenga Bridge is the Ponzio Campus Center. Fenenga houses a good mix of first-year students and returning students. Due to its size and number of occupants, Fenenga is a very active and lively building with lots of activities and energy present at all times. Its ravine-facing rooms are popular options for students who want a great view.
Girls rule here! This single gender hall houses approximately thirty residents. Mead is centrally located near the Ponzio Campus Center and overlooks the Academic Mall. It is home to a mix of both first-year students and returning students. Due to its small size, Mead is a unique and close-knit residence hall community. The Indigenous Cultures Center and the Diversity and Multicultural Student Center is also in Mead.
The MELLC has been lauded nation-wide for its environmental design. Featuring sustainable architecture, a 120-foot wind turbine, photovoltaic arrays, and a greenhouse, this co-educational residence hall is a campus favorite. It also overlooks the Mino Aki garden.
There are a wide variety of room styles, including double rooms, suites with a shared bath, and apartments, and is home to approximately 110 students yearly, many of whom are returning students. The residence hall provides ample social space with four kitchens, four lounges, and five study/meeting rooms.
Most of the student services are located here: student affairs, residential life, registrar, financial aid, outdoor orientation, career education, and the campus nurse and campus counselor. It is also home to student organizations such as the Northland College Student Association.
The cafeteria boasts they are half way to our goal of having eighty percent of the food served on campus supplied from local sources. The campus store is an alternative to the cafeteria and also sells a variety of Northland apparel.
In the lower level is the Outpost which rents and sells outdoor gear. From tents to trowels, canoes to camping stoves, and backpacks to bear ropes, they have outdoor gear options for every season and most group sizes.
Also here is a full-service post office; a multi-purpose Alvord Theatre, and an outdoor amphitheater.
The Dexter librarians is here to assist you with resources and services that further your studies and research. The library serves students, faculty, staff, and the broader Chequamegon Bay community. In addition to books, periodicals, microfilms, and microfiche, there are a variety of electronic resources and we are a member in the Wisconsin Interlibrary Loan Service, which gives you access to many other libraries.
When the library was renovated, it was one of the first LEED Gold certified buildings in Wisconsin. To receive a Gold level certification, the project had to control not just what was built but what was thrown away, with seventy-five percent of the construction and demolition waste diverted from landfills. These materials were either recycled or reused, reducing the burden on landfills and the demand for virgin resources.
The Art Center is home to the fine arts and graphic design programs. Students explore ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, and graphic design Drawing and painting studios are well lit and include plenty of easels and drawing horses. The ceramics studio has throwing wheels, extruder, slab roller, and electric and gas kilns. The printmaking studio includes equipment for stone and plate lithography, intaglio, relief, and screenprinting. The studio also includes an exposure unit for a variety of photographic printmaking applications.
Two design labs have computers, laser and large format color inkjet printers. Both labs have large screen iMac computers and include the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud.
This building’s historic charm, fireplace lounge, and uniquely shaped rooms contribute to its popularity. Built in 1926, this co-educational facility houses approximately eighty students. Standing three-story tall, it is centrally located adjacent to both the Dexter Library and Wheeler Hall. Memorial Hall also overlooks Memorial Garden.
The Northland College fitness and recreation center has open floor space for recreation, conditioning, physical training, and wellness programs. Recently renovated, the facility is open to students, faculty, and staff. Features include a bouldering wall, strength machines, spin bikes, treadmills, elliptical trainers, free weights and core equipment, exercise studio for yoga, dance, and group fitness classes, building-wide wi-fi access, television monitors, and stereo system.
Northland College is located at the tip of Wisconsin, on the south shore of Lake Superior. Adjacent to the Apostle Islands and nearly a million acres of national forest, Northland has an unparalleled living laboratory and natural playground just beyond our doors.
Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes of North America. Our students, faculty, and staff take advantage of this great asset. Whether you’re into kayaking, sailing, or fishing on the lake or hiking, biking, skiing, hunting, or even dog sledding in the surrounding forests, Northland is in a prime location.
This academic building houses the social science and humanities programs: English, writing, history, business, teacher education, outdoor education, sociology and social justice, gender studies, philosophy, religious studies, psychology, humanity and nature studies, etc.
Built in 1892, when the school was first established as the North Wisconsin Academy, and later became Northland College in 1906. As a tradition, each graduating class has their year carved into the stone facade.
The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute provides leadership in citizen science, outreach, and education on regional conservation issues while fostering the next generation of environmental leaders.
The Institute is home to two important programs: LoonWatch and Timber Wolf Alliance. The LoonWatch program aims to protect common loons and their aquatic habitats through education, monitoring, and research. The Timber Wolf Alliance relies on research to provide training in wolf biology and ecology, develops and disseminates educational materials on wolves, and supports volunteers to help with wolf monitoring efforts. Its namesake, Sigurd Olson (1899-1982), was acknowledged during his lifetime as a leader of the American environmental movement, an emblematic figure for a generation of activists.
Olson was a writer, teacher, and activist who was a harbinger of the raising of America’s ecological consciousness
Come cheer on the LumberJack and LumberJills in the new, multi-million- dollar stadium that seats one thousand in the grandstand. The men’s and women’s soccer teams play in the fall and the lacrosse teams play in the spring. The stadium also holds student intramural activities and community events. Artificial turf incorporates features that fit with the College’s mission of sustainability, with zero storm water discharge.
The Townhouses provide an on-campus housing option for returning and nontraditional students who are looking for more space and independence. These two-bedroom, two-bath, fully-furnished apartments enhance an independent lifestyle and are conveniently located on campus. There are seven, two-story apartments that each house four residents.
The ReUse Room, located in the basement of the Townhouses, is a thrift shop staffed by students and volunteers. Have an item you no longer use? Keep it out of the landfill and donate to the ReUse Room. It just may be what someone was looking for. Items include used clothes, CDs, books, household items, and more. All items are free.
This co-educational residence hall houses approximately 115 students. McMillan’s location, adjacent to the Kendrigan Gymnasium, Dexter Library, and Ponzio Campus Center appeals to many of its residents. Like Fenenga, McMillan maintains a high level of activity and energy in the building. McMillan Hall also contains the primary facilities for small game cleaning on campus to accommodate hunting and fishing enthusiasts.
Northland College is a member to NCAA Division III and competes in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). The gymnasium serves men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball. Athletic events free to all students. Intramural sports use the gym for basketball, volleyball, midnight dodgeball, and more. The adjoining fitness center makes easy access for our students.
Our new food facility provides the space and equipment needed to aggressively move towards our campus’s eighty percent local food goal while providing educational space for students. This facility will allow Northland to receive large shipments of local fruits and vegetables; freeze, dry, and can these products; and store them for off-season use.
Also in this facility is a community scale organic waste collection and processing composting center with the capacity to process up to one ton of material per day. Finished compost product will be used as a soil amendment, creating a closed-loop process.
This facility is part of the Food Systems Center, a multi-disciplinary group of programs and facilities designed to teach people about food sustainability. We involve local and regional food producers in dialogue about sustainable agriculture and economic vitality.
Since the mid-1990s, our Sunshine Community Bike Shoppe has served as a hub for bike enthusiasts. The shoppe has tools, parts, and plenty of advice to offer to anyone who wants to repair their bike or build one from scratch. If you are interested in learning the ABC’s of bike repair, you are welcome and encouraged to volunteer alongside our work-study students who manage the shoppe. Thinking about not bringing your own bike to campus this year? Consider adopting one of our thirty rental bikes for a semester or two!
The shoppe is located in a sustainable, unique building. During May Term 1999, several students built the structure to model a building constructed entirely of locally produced materials—wood, straw, and earthen plaster. Straw bales provide great insulation, the ceiling is insulated with cellulose from recycled newspapers, and south-facing windows capture passive solar heating.
Students manage multiple garden spaces on campus: an agro-ecological permaculture garden behind the McLean Environmental Living and Learning Center; a community garden with plots available to rent to students, faculty, and staff; and a new edible perennial garden at Memorial Hall. The gardens provide fresh produce to our cafeteria, food that is sold to the campus community, and is also used out on the trails during Northland’s outdoor orientation trips each August.
Along with the gardens, students manage every aspect of the campus composting program including daily food scrap collection, monitoring the biological process, and final distribution. Our finished compost is used in campus gardens. This initiative has kept hundreds of thousands of pounds of food waste out of the landfill.
The fire ring is used as an informal gathering place for classes or other student groups and activities. You often find students gathering here in the evenings in the fall and enjoying a fire. There is a constant supply of wood available and students are able to use whenever they would like.