WMU News

Culhane among new citizens sworn in at WMU

June 8, 2004

KALAMAZOO--WMU alumnus and coach of the Bronco hockey team Jim Culhane was among the 750 new American citizens sworn in at Western Michigan University today when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services held a naturalization ceremony in Miller Auditorium.

A native of Haileybury, Ontario, Culhane was a four-year standout as a defenseman for the hockey Broncos in the 1980s, played briefly in the National Hockey League and returned to WMU as an assistant coach in 1992. He was elevated to head coach in 1999.

Immigrants from 89 nations were sworn in by U.S. District Court Judge David W. McTeague, including an 84-year-old man who was born in Germany and a 77-year-old woman who is a native of Vietnam.

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, WMU President Judith I. Bailey and Kalamazoo Mayor Robert Jones were among the officials who spoke during the ceremony to welcome the new citizens. The national anthem was sung by WMU sophomore Elise Althaus, a music education major from Saline, Mich. The presentation of colors was made by the U.S. Naval Seal Cadet Corps--Windward Division from Battle Creek, Mich.

The ceremony was coordinated by the Detroit office of the USCIS, which serves the entire state. Rep. Upton and WMU's Office of the President served as hosts.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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