Staff Spotlight – Kate Hovda

Kate Hovda joins us for her first summer at North Star. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest, living in Washington State. She moved to the midwest to attend  Knox College in Galesburg, IL. She’s majoring in Visual Communication with minors in French and Gender & Women’s Studies. 

Kate recently because president of her school chapter of her sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha. A few weeks ago she found out I was accepted for a study abroad program in Copenhagen for part of next year. As a visual communications major, she’s a pretty artistic person.She’s got a wide variety of artistic skills, from crafts to photography and we know that she’ll do a great job this summer as our Arts and Crafts Director.

More About Kate


Your three favorite movies of all time: Skyfall, Love Actually, The Avengers

What is your dream job: Photojournalist for National Geographic working all over the world. 

Best place you’ve ever traveled to: Rome

Favorite cartoon character: Kim Possible

If you could have lunch with any two people, dead or alive, who would they be?: Robert Downey Jr. and Bell Hooks.

How did you learn about North Star and why did you apply?: Dan came to my college as part of a summer camp job fair and he told me about the Arts & Crafts Coordinator position. After looking at the website, I knew NSC would be a fantastic place to work over the summer because of the strength of the community. I’m determined to make the Arm & Hammer a very popular choice this summer. 

What noteworthy/random/menial jobs have you held: – I work in the Archives of my college library, which means I get to handle all the really old books and artifacts. 
What did you do last summer?: I worked at a framing shop/art gallery by building new frames for anything from amazing pieces of art to children’s finger painting and restoring old frames. I also traveled down to Portland to help out my Aunt and went to Manzanita, OR with friends from high school. 
What, if any previous camp experiences have you had?: I spent a few summers at Camp Spalding in Washington State, including one year when I attended their Pioneer camp and spent a whole week sleeping in a tepee.