OE in the News

Rob Warner’s Tactile-graphic Topographic Map Project

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ODL1_MkCwZg

Dan Hoffman, 2010: Canoeists make quick work of Lake Michigan

Read the full article: http://academics.northland.edu/outdoor-ed/graduates/featured-graduate/

Museum educator changes classrooms
(Sue Thurn, née Benson)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
By Susan Amundson, Staff Writer
The County Journal, Washburn, WI

Eighteen fourth graders mill about the classroom, chatting and giggling. When it’s time to take their seats, the call of an owl directs the children’s attention to their new teacher. It’s a skill Sue Thurn brings to her new job as fourth-grade teacher at Drummond Elementary School.

As the former director of education at the Cable Natural History Museum, Thurn isn’t new to working with youngsters, or to teaching.

“Even though I am a first-year teacher, I have had 20 years of informal experience in the classroom,” Thurn said.

Thurn is a 1990 graduate of Northland College with a bachelor of science degree in biology with emphasis in outdoor education. She began her career as a naturalist at the museum, over time moving up to director of education.

Read the full article, here-pdf: MuseumEducatorChangesClassrooms_10-5-10

The Princeton Review named Northland to “2011 Green Rating Honor Roll,” Posted: 8/3/10

The Princeton Review has named Northland one of 18 colleges and universities on its Green Rating Honor Roll!  We are the only college in the Midwest to be recognized in this way, and only one of two EcoLeague schools in the top 18.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Northland College, Ashland, WI, has received the highest score possible in a new survey of environmentally friendly colleges.  The Princeton Review gathered information from 703 colleges and universities and assigned scores on a scale from 60 – 99.  Eighteen colleges, including Northland, received perfect scores and were named to the 2011 Green Rating Honor Roll.

“This is remarkable recognition for a lot of hard work by faculty, students, and staff,” said Northland College President Michael A. Miller.  “We adopted an environmental mission in 1971 because we could see a growing need for a school that could successfully integrate the liberal arts with an environmental emphasis.  Recognition by an outside group is gratifying, and we are honored to find ourselves on this list with some very well-known, larger institutions.”

Read the Full Article-pdf: PrincetonReviewNamedNorthland_8-3-101

One-Arm Freedom Canoe Paddle, Posted: 4/1/10

Canoeists demonstrate the One-Arm-Freedom paddle for use with one arm.

I want to let you know the adapted canoe paddle for one-arm use—recently named the One-Arm Freedom—will be available beginning June 2010.  This morning there is an on-line article (also in print) in the Wisconsin State Journal.


Cindy Dillenschneider
Professor of Outdoor Education
Northland College
1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI 54806

Northland College Outdoor Education Student to Perform at the 2010, Vancouver, Winter Games

Northland College Student, Noel-Leigh Cockney prepares to compete in the traditional Northern Games.

Noel-Leigh Cockney is a Sophomore Outdoor Education major, from Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada.

He has been a lifelong participant in the Inuit Northern Games http://www.northerngames.org/, which will be featured as a demonstration sport during the Winter Olympics, this coming February. Noel has been chosen to represent his people, and his country, in this event. They will do a dress rehearsal/demonstration in the stadium of the B. C. Lions Pro Football team, and then head off to the Olympic Village, where the group will perform, daily.

Northland College Outdoor Education Graduates, Alissa Weitz and Brian Castillo, Circumnavigate Lake Superior by Sea Kayak.

Northland College Outdoor Education Graduates, Alissa Weitz and Brian Castillo, Circumnavigate Lake Superior by Sea Kayak.

Not biting hard into the previous dish? Good, neither did we. That menacing Monday morning we departed from an additional undisclosed location headed off towards the Wisconsin break wall. Sweet Mother Superior forecasted some unrelenting winds from the Northwest as we began our journey on the south shore. The winds around time of departure foreshadowed a ‘not so fun’ potential, but once we reached the lake and paddled beyond the break wall . . .” Follow this link to their Weblog, to keep reading