Northwood Stafford Dinner Hosts Hospitality Industry Leader

Bookmark and Share
Featuring Michael P. Schenk as Keynote Speaker
Michael P. Schenk

Michael P. Schenk

February 8, 2013

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University’s Hospitality Management program will welcome Michael P. Schenk as keynote speaker for the 38th Annual Stafford Memorial Dinner to be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Bay City. Schenk is the general manager of the Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton, Ohio, and an in-demand speaker with a realm of knowledge from around the world with years of hands-on experience.

The dinner is planned by an executive board comprised of Northwood students enrolled in the Hospitality Management program who work an entire year on this project. The scholarship fundraiser will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by an interactive style dinner at 6:00 p.m. with a silent auction proceeding until 8:00 p.m.

The dinner event honors the Hospitality Management department founder, William D. Stafford. Stafford was the first chairman of the program at Northwood Institute, which became a university in 1993. He used his experience from years in the hospitality industry and incorporated his experience into the Northwood curriculum. Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Stafford Memorial Scholarship Fund and will directly benefit the students’ education.

Schenk graduated with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Michigan State University and has 38 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He is a certified club manager and a certified wine professional scoring in the 99th percentile.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Karla Spaeth at or 989.837.4264. You can also visit the website at


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 and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.