January 27, 2012

Weekly Message - January 28, 2012

HIM Commencement

Tomorrow, Saturday January 28, 110 students in our Hotel Institute Montreux (HIM) program in Montreux, Switzerland will graduate with their bachelor of business administration (BBA) degree and join over 45,000 Northwood alumni, 39,000 of whom are active throughout the world today.

2012 marks the 10th year of this unique partnership between Northwood University and HIM to offer a BBA degree with a dual major in management and Hotel, Restaurant & Resort Management in Switzerland. Our vision to connect the strength of Swiss hospitality education with that of an American business degree has been very fruitful for everyone involved - especially our students and NU-HIM alumni. 

One such student is Christopher Tsang who was crowned the Global Business Simulation (GLO-BUS) Grand Champion and inducted into the GLO-BUS Hall of Fame following the organization’s Best-Strategy Invitational (BSI) this past December. Christopher was commended by the judges “…for his display of pride, dedication, and professionalism in competing with business school students from around the world.” As one GLO-BUS official noted, Christopher “went the extra mile in entering the competition and testing his strategizing skills against talented participants.” Participants came from a number of noteworthy colleges and universities such as University of Massachusetts and City University of New York. 

Finally, this year’s graduating class is symbolic of Northwood’s global mark representing 37 different countries, including:

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Libya
  • Malaysia
  • Moldova
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korean
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • The People’s Republic of China
  • United States
  • Ukraine
  • Vietnam
  • Zimbabwe

Please join me in congratulating our graduates, including Christopher Tsang on his GLO-BUS Championship and Hall of Fame status, and welcoming them into the ranks of Northwood University alumni. 

Crisis Committee Update 

The security and safety of our students, faculty, and staff has always been a major focus at Northwood University. Given the many changes within our culture, and tragic events such as those that took place at Virginia Tech University in April 2007 and again in December 2011, the priority status of campus safety has taken on a whole new level of significance. 

Here at Northwood, our Crisis Oversight Committee has been, and remains, very busy working to ensure we are doing everything we should and can to secure the safety and well-being of everyone in our community. The committee members are: 

ADP & DeVos

  • Lake Hamilton 

Florida Campus

  • Robert Cabello
  • Gary Hoskins
  • Daniel O’Connor 

Michigan Campus

  • Larry Lindsey
  • Jason vonReichbauer 

Texas Campus

  • Michael Anguiano
  • Angela McGill 

Central Administration

  • Michael Curry
  • Lori Weckesser
  • Robert Wisler

Over the last year they have achieved a number of important accomplishments including: 

  • Review of individual campus crisis plans and teams
  • Adoption of a System Wide Active Shooter Policy
  • Local police and SWAT teams have visited and/or trained at some of our locations.
  • Security and/or Deans can now alert all classrooms using the new phone systems.
  • Combined Security and Safety capital requests for the whole system, resulted in:
    • New lighting installed in women’s dorm parking lot in Michigan.
    • New door locks have been approved in Florida.

Further, they are currently at work on finalizing a number of other important efforts including:

  • Active Shooter Tip Sheets posted system wide
  • Delivery of crisis policy educational materials to all faculty and staff
  • Work on a Desktop Alert system that will coincide with NU NOW messages
  • Development of automated NOAA tornado warnings through NU NOW.
  • Review of fire and safety systems on all campuses.

These and efforts like them are prime examples of The Northwood Idea at work. In addition to the immediate mission of safety, security, and crisis-readiness, the Crisis Oversight Committee is a model for executing strategies and tactics across campuses and divisions.

We look forward to sharing more about this with you in the future.

Have a great weekend.


Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
President and CEO
Northwood University
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640
989.837.4203 (phone)
989.832.9590 (fax)