Northwood University students, faculty and staff engage in community service day
It is one of the most anticipated days of the year for many Northwood University students, staff, and faculty: Go MAD Day.
Every year on Go MAD Day, or “Go Make A Difference Day,” Northwood University engages as many student, staff and faculty volunteers as possible in a single day. Hundreds of individuals and dozens of community organizations are beneficiaries of their hard work. Projects range from raking yards, compiling food packages, and so much more.
The Go MAD theme was inspired by the late Pat Riepma, Northwood University’s football coach and athletic director. Riepma was known for encouraging his players and others to “Go MAD” – to go make a difference. That sense of responsibility to help others is part of his legacy for his family, friends, players, and the Northwood and Midland communities after his death from cancer in 2015.
“Go MAD Day is one of the outstanding days of the year at Northwood as the entire student body, faculty, and staff come together to make a difference in our community,” stated Dean of Student Affairs Andy Cripe. “It has now become a tradition, whether we had the privilege of knowing and working with coach Riepma or not. But Go MAD is not just about one day. We encourage our students and others to challenge themselves to make a difference every day. Pat Riepma left an incredible legacy, and we are grateful for the way the Northwood family continues to honor him through their service to the community and beyond.”
With its roots in Northwood sports, it’s not surprising many athletes get involved. In all, most of its students, including representatives from every sports team, along with faculty and staff, are participating in this year’s activities on Nov. 4 to support individuals and organizations throughout Midland County.
“At Northwood, we believe in liberty and business for all. We are guided by a unique philosophy called The Northwood Idea, which teaches us to give back to our communities, whether through time or treasure,” stated Northwood President Kent MacDonald. “Our faculty, staff and students are all proud to be part of Midland’s University, and to give back to our beloved community.”