May 2, 2013
CEDAR HILL, Texas – As the 2012-2013 academic year comes to a close, it’s a perfect time to look back and reflect on the many activities our students and alumni participated in this past year. With a rejuvenated desire for engagement and involvement with Northwood University, our alumni continue to provide added value to current students by helping to cultivate their college experience.
A variety of programs were initiated over the last year, one of which was the launch of the “Alumni of the Month” program, which proved an inspirational tool for both fellow alumni and current students. It allowed graduates to think back on their time at Northwood and in a sense, continue their Northwood experience; alumni readers could celebrate in the success of a former classmate; and students could catch a glimpse into the future of what it’s like to be a graduate of Northwood. The annual Crossing Over Ceremony proved to be another great opportunity to enhance the uniqueness of the Texas campus, as well as connect students with alumni and partake in this very unique rite of passage.
Professional development opportunities this past year included a Resume Workshop presented by alumna Bianca Gutierrez, alumna Tracy Dodd’s Interview Workshop, and a networking seminar, “The Power of Who,” was given by Mr. J. Christopher Noonan of AXA-Advisors. To help balance these professional activities, a night out at the Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and happy hours at Chuy’s, World of Beer and the Hard Rock Café allowed for a more relaxed atmosphere for alumni to connect or reconnect with one another and build their professional network.
Northwood alumni and students were also very giving this past year and volunteered for a variety of community service projects. December 1, 2012 launched the 1st Annual Alumni Give Back Day, where alumni and students volunteered at the North Texas Food Bank. The event was so successful and enjoyable that the group returned to the Food Bank in April and compiled 12,100 meals in two hours. In addition to these activities, alumni, students, faculty, and staff all joined together to help Big Brothers Big Sisters by participating in their annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake event. This year was record-breaking, as the school raised over $5,000, leading the event overall to total over $17,000.
It is through these avenues and more that Northwood alumni give back to their community and to their alma mater. In more recent events, two Texas Alumni Leadership Council members, Benita Manning-Ibrahim and Jeremy Hargrave, joined Alumni Director, Natasha Elder at the 2nd Annual Senior Breakfast. This activity invites senior students to enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast while they learn about the alumni program and provide feedback as far as their student experience and what they expect as new alumni. Both Benita and Jeremy shared their memories from their time as students at Northwood, as well as how their education and involvement in the alumni association has impacted them today.
Alumni activities are far from over for the year. In the coming months, Northwood graduates will be attending a Rangers baseball game together, tuning up their resumes at the Resume Workshop, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Crossing Over, and much more. To stay up-to-date on the latest alumni events, visit www.northwood.edu/alumni.