Northwood University Texas Launches the Inaugural Alumni Give Back Day

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Northwood Alumni and Students Volunteer at the North Texas Food Bank
Northwood volunteers at the North Texas Food Bank

Northwood volunteers at the North Texas Food Bank

December 6, 2012

CEDAR HILL, Texas- “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth,” said Shirley Chisholm, an American politician, educator, and author.  

The EXCEL program at Northwood University offers students different opportunities to volunteer and give back to the community. These often include assisting with Adopt-A-Highway clean up, helping out at a local nursing home, and a variety of other service projects. In an effort to “keep EXCEL-ing,” alumni in the DFW area participated in Alumni Give Back Day at the North Texas Food Bank.

Thinking back on her involvement with EXCEL as a student, Natasha Elder, Director of Alumni Relations for Northwood University Texas, remembered feeling compelled to give back to the community following her graduation from Northwood. Hoping that others felt the same, she worked with the DeVos Alumni Society to launch the inaugural Alumni Give Back Day. Luckily, she was right. On December 1st, about 20 alumni and friends gathered at the North Texas Food Bank to do their part in feeding hungry families in North Texas.

All clad in Northwood t-shirts or sweatshirts, the university was well represented and was accompanied with smiling faces and positive can-do attitudes. Spirits were high as volunteers sorted through food and put meals together, all the while listening to fun music and sharing their Northwood Experience with one another. At the end of the volunteer period, the group had put together 6,666 meals, equaling 8,000 lbs. of food. Alumna Shanna Grant, who graduated in 2011, shared, “Volunteering at the North Texas Food Bank was not only an opportunity to make a difference, but also a chance to hang out with good friends. How can someone not have fun while making a difference?”

In addition to DeVos and BBA Alumni, current traditional students also participated in the event. Miranda Cauthen, a sophomore majoring in Business Management, described the event as an eye opener: “Participating in this event was an amazing experience. Not only was I able to be with a wonderful group of alumni, I also learned that all of the work I was going to do was going to help someone in need. I will be volunteering more at NTFB more often and plan on talking to everyone I meet about the experience. Hopefully I can open their eyes to the current hunger situation in North Texas.”

After such a successful event, many alumni and students have expressed their interest in returning to the NTFB in order to volunteer again. Plans for a similar event this spring are in progress and the second annual Alumni Give Back Day will take place during the holiday season again next year. For more information about upcoming alumni events, please contact Natasha Elder at or 972-293-5425.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.