MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University will hold a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 6 p.m. in the Thrune courtyard on Northwood’s Midland campus located at 4000 Whiting Drive. The dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony will showcase the Carl A. Gerstacker Academic Center and the Helen Gerace Auditorium. Keith A. Pretty, president of Northwood University, will address the audience for the ribbon cutting and short program followed by a video presentation in the new auditorium.
The Carl A. Gerstacker Academic Center is a facility that connects the E.W. Bennett Sports Center to the new Pamella and Daniel DeVos Student Development Center. It features the Helen Gerace Auditorium, a 150-seat auditorium/classroom which will be used during the day for academic classes and in the late afternoons and evenings for athletic team meetings, study tables and tutoring sessions. Additionally, this auditorium will be used for guest lecturers on campus and different campus organizations, such as the Mock Trial Team and the Competitive Speech Team. The spacious and comfortable lobby area in the Carl A. Gerstacker Academic Center will be available for student and alumni receptions plus leisure space for students and varsity athletes.
The Pamella and Daniel DeVos Student Development Center, which was dedicated on May 1, is a 55,000-square-foot building which houses an AstroTurf practice field and a Beynon running track for use by all outdoor sports teams that need to condition and practice indoors due to inclement weather. Athletes involved in baseball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball and track & field will use the facility regularly as well as some students who participate in intramural sports.
Pat Riepma, athletic director of Northwood University, said, “We want to give our students every opportunity to be successful. That’s why facilities are important. We want them to dream big and these facilities will allow them to do it.”
ABOUT NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY
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 and evening 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.