February 7, 2013
CEDAR HILL, Texas – Barbara Bush once stated, “Cherish your human connections – your relationships with friends and family.” Such connections among friends are often made during one’s college years, as classmates and teammates maintain friendships long after graduation. Both in college and out, there are also opportunities to make new connections and form relationships. One way in which Northwood University helps foster this philosophy is through its alumni association.
On Sunday, February 3rd, Northwood alumni living in Houston, TX proudly wore their NU apparel and came together at the Toyota Center to enjoy a hockey game featuring the Houston Aeros vs. the Rockford Icehogs. In a private suite, alumni were presented with the opportunity to enjoy the exciting game, snack on a complimentary nacho bar, and network with alumni in their area. Graduates of the Michigan campus, Texas campus, and Distance Education programs were present, creating a diverse atmosphere where fond memories of their college years and career success stories were shared. In between the game periods, door prizes of Northwood goodies were won and commonalities with one another and unique Northwood experiencers were shared.
With the Aeros’ win and the connections made, the event overall scored a goal with Houston alumni. 2006 automotive marketing graduate, Joshua Bashor, was in attendance and shared his thoughts on the experience, “It was a lot of fun to mix different graduating years, different campus alumni, and different - what's the right phrase - ways of graduating (i.e. online, traditional, etc...). It is also amazing how Texas seems to draw people from all over the U.S. and the world. The opportunity to meet new friends and make connections with fellow alumni is priceless.” This event also proved helpful to alumni new to the Houston area. McKenzie Rowley, a 2012 fashion marketing graduate of the Michigan campus, moved to Houston with fellow alumnus Adam Campbell last fall and was excited to meet other members of the Northwood family. “It was a blast meeting other alumni and getting the chance to make new friends and new connections after just moving to Houston and not knowing many people!”
The early game still allowed alumni plenty of time to enjoy the annual extravaganza of the Super Bowl. Following the event, a survey was sent to those in attendance to help determine the type of event, preferred day of the week and time, and frequency for future get-togethers and activities. This information is quite helpful for Natasha Elder, the Director of Alumni Relations for the Southwest Region. “My goal is to provide Northwood graduates with opportunities to network with one another and reengage with the university. In order to do that effectively, alumni feedback is very important. Suggestions and ideas are always welcomed! I look forward to hearing from Houston alumni and am already generating ideas for their next event.”
Invitations and notifications for Houston activities are typically sent via email, mailed postcard, and are often posted on the Houston Alumni Facebook Group Page and LinkedIn Page. For more information regarding upcoming events in the Houston area, please contact Natasha Elder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-293-5425.