News for NMU Employees


Heidi Voigt (Athletics), pictured, was recently appointed to the board of directors for the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). She will serve as the primary representative for men's swimming and diving at the NCAA Division II level. Voigt enters her sixth season at the helm of the Wildcat swim and dive program and will have the task this upcoming season of restarting the men's program, which will compete for the first time since 1980.

Mike Harrington and Greg Warchol (Criminal Justice) and Alan McEvoy (Sociology and Anthropology) conducted a field research project in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The professors completed the first phase of a multi-part study of the experiences of former IRA prisoners incarcerated for political crimes in the notorious Kesh Prison's H-Block. They also were able to photograph dozens of the political murals in Belfast and Derry created by Republican and Loyalist supporters and activists. These images will be used for a content analysis in a future publication.

A creative non-fiction essay by April Lindala (Center for Native American Studies) titled "For the Healing of All Women" was published in the anthology, HERE: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from MSU Press and edited by Ronald Riekki. Spanning 18 years, the essay is a cyclical narrative celebrating the making of and caring for a jingle dress.

The Academy of Certified Archivists announced its newly elected officers for 2015-16. Marcus Robyns (Archives) was re-elected as regent for exam administration. The new officers will officially assume office at the close of the academy’s business meeting, which will be held Aug. 20 during the Society of American Archivists’ annual meeting in Cleveland.

NMU Art and Design alumnus Nate Dicken created an app, harŸŸŸŸ•mo•Ÿny 2, which was selected as a Starbucks App Pick of the Week in June. The gameplay experience is billed as “a mélange of sound and stimulus” featuring the artist Hammock. It was highlighted in Apple’s Best New Games and Best of May (2014), along with Amazing Puzzle Games (August 2014). Dicken graduated from NMU in 1999 with a BFA in interactive media/electronic imaging. According to his LinkedIn profile, he is the founder of BorderLeap in Blacksburg, Va., where he has created three versions of harŸ•moŸ•ny, Alpha Omega, Blendamaze and the weather/productivity app, Foresee.