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.
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.