January 17, 2014

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Creativity Requires Action

The spring 2014 semester is off to a great start as returning Northwood students and faculty are busy doing what we do best - everything from classroom education and experiential learning opportunities such as the North American International Auto Show to team competitions, athletic matches, student organization activities, and planning for events through this academic year into the next.

Among the many important activities on which our students and staff were busily working this week were final preparations for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. On Monday, January 20, our University will join with the rest of the nation, and people around the world, to celebrate one of history’s most courageous and creative voices in the causes of peace, justice, and opportunity for all. Activities include:

Florida

“Commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Living Legacy”

  • Monday, January 20, 6 PM - Turner Auditorium

Michigan

Motown Dance – Food & Dancing

  • Saturday, January 18, 8 PM - Student Union 

24 Hours of Service

  • Sunday, January 19, Begins at Midnight - Sign-up at the Student Life Office

MLK/Diversity Reading Program

  • Monday, January 20, 8-11 AM - Sign-up at the Student Life Office

MLK Luncheon

Texas

“Playing My Part in the Dream: Making the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a Reality”

  • Guest Speaker: Rachel L. Parker, DeSoto, TX City Council
  • Monday, January 20, 10:30 AM - Patterson Memorial Chapel

As highlighted in last week’s message, creativity takes courage, and there are few better examples of this in our age than Dr. King himself. But as his life also demonstrates, creativity requires action and hard work. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability,” observed Dr. King, “but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.”

As we move forward in what is already an exciting and promise-filled year, we celebrate a timeless leader who exemplified the values which define The Northwood Idea.

Have a great weekend.

Keith

Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
President and CEO
Northwood University
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640
989.837.4203

pretty@northwood.edu