Northern Magazine

Happy Anniversary

On the 120th anniversary of the founding of Northern State Normal School, we celebrate significant milestones of academic and athletic programs and student endeavors that help make Northern what it is today. We’ve come a long way since the first class was held in Marquette’s Old City Hall on September 19, 1899, with 32 students enrolled, yet we continue to draw from our deep roots.

A Helpful Life: 80 years of nursing

The World Health Organization has designated the year 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife to honor the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. For the 50th anniversary of the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program at NMU, which will be celebrated during homecoming this year, Northern nurses will honor the mother of nursing by displaying her signature lamp as centerpieces at a reunion dinner. NMU nursing as a whole goes back 80 years. As early as 1939, nursing courses were offered at Northern as a pre-professional program designed to prepare future nurses for additional schooling.


A More Level Playing Field: Celebrating a half century of women's athletics


Fifty years after NMU officially endorsed women’s intercollegiate athletics, the program has grown substantially and successfully. From field hockey, basketball, Alpine and Nordic skiing as the first sports to the current roster of 10 women’s sports, with 190 student-athletes, read about the long journey toward equality.


WBKX/WUPX, Radio X, whatever you knew it by, "not your average radio station" has been surprising listeners for nearly 50 years, and keeps doing so. Plus, take our music quiz! The longtime Forest Roberts Theatre director continues a legacy of excellence and philanthropy with a $1 million bequest.The NMU Athletic Department held the inaugural Wildcat Awards, honoring everything from Team of the Year to Best Moment to Fan of the Year.