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Gearing up for 2022 Homecoming

August 23, 2022

Northwood University is gearing up for next month’s Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 16-17.

The following includes some of this year’s Homecoming activities. If you’re planning on attending, make sure to check out our online book store to update your Northwood gear before the big game!

Outstanding Alumni to be honored Friday, Sept. 16

Friday evening will feature the Outstanding Alumni Awards.

The honorees include:

• John Duckworth (1990) — A senior pastor at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Westland, who credits the “grand learning experience” he experienced at Northwood as shaping his approach for the world.

• Trisha Habucke (1985) — Digital retail director for Ford Motor Co., where she has worked for 37 years.

• Pam Nash (1986) — Contact center manager, Americas, for DuPont, the Delaware-based chemical company that resulted from a merge-and-split arrangement with Dow, Inc.

• Christina Salmon (2015, 2016) — Owner of Clink and Co. Designs, a wedding planning and design business.

• Arthur White (1990) — Owner of AW Auto Group, which operates four automobile dealerships in the Detroit area.

• Michael Witt (2006) — Vice president of environment, health and safety/chief sustainability officer for Northrop Grumman Corp., a multinational aerospace and defense technology company with 90,000 employees and annual revenue in excess of $30 billion.

The 2022 Outstanding Alumni will be honored Sept. 16 at Bennett Sports Center — Riepma Arena. A reception will be held at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7. Tickets can be obtained online.

Saturday sports action

On Saturday, Sept. 17, Timberwolves Tailgate kicks off at 10 a.m. at Village Grove.

At noon, Men’s Soccer will take on Ohio Dominican.

At 1 p.m., our Timberwolves Football team will take on Saginaw Valley State University. You can get tickets here.

Also at 1 p.m., Tavern 59 will be open.

At 2:30 p.m., Women’s Soccer will take on Ohio Dominican.

Notice of parking fees for home football games

Starting this year, we will be charging for parking at all home football games. This applies to the general public, students and staff. Village Grove (P11), Plaster (P8), and Bennett (P1, P2A) will be the parking areas that will be charging $5 to park. Exception: Students with parking passes on their vehicles should not be charged to park in Village Grove. The Church lot (P10) will be used for VIP parking (pass list only). Season parking passes will be available for purchase at the participating lots. This year’s season parking passes will be $25 for all six games (a $5 savings). For more information, email Athletics Director Jeff Curtis at .

FRESH AIR Ambassador nominations sought

Northwood University is excited about this year’s FRESH AIR Ambassador program! Homecoming Ambassadors are student leaders who exemplify Northwood’s values, principles, and Code of Ethics (FRESH AIR – Freedom, Responsibility, Ethics, Spirituality, Honesty, Achievement, Integrity, Respect). We invite students to nominate themselves, or their peers, to participate in this prestigious program. Our top Homecoming FRESH AIR Ambassador of the Year will be determined by a combination of points, including a vote among their student peers and an interview with several NU administrators. Applications are due by midnight, Tuesday, Sept. 6. The application is online here. Nominee interviews will be scheduled for Sept. 7-12. Student Voting will take place from Sept. 13-15, on Blackboard. All Homecoming FRESH AIR Ambassadors will be recognized at halftime of the Homecoming Football Game (Saturday, Sept. 17). Our Homecoming FRESH AIR Ambassador of the Year will be announced during half-time. Since the Homecoming FRESH AIR Ambassador program seeks to recognize the accomplishments of upperclassmen students, students must be at least a junior to apply (minimum 48 credits completed). If you would like to nominate a student, please email their name to .

Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony set for Saturday, Sept. 17

That evening, we will host our Northwood Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony. Honorees include:

• Kylen Cieslak (a Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field athlete)

• John Cooper (a Lacrosse athlete)

• Fred Kelly (a long-time sports reporter from the Midland Daily News who has been a huge Northwood contributor over the past 16 years)

• Stacey Klonowski (a Softball athlete) and

• Ivan Lowe (a Men’s Track & Field athlete)

The inductees were selected based on their athletic prowess; contributions to the athletic programs; success and character; and their positive representation of Northwood University.

The 16th annual Hall of Fame ceremony will take place at 6:30 Sept. 17 in the Hach Student Life Center. Admission is $40, and proceeds will fund a Northwood Athletic Hall of Fame scholarship in the name of the inductees.

Tickets can be purchased here.

We can’t wait to see everyone at this year’s Homecoming!

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