November 8, 2013

NU Faculty & Staff Bring “Dedication” to Life

The term “dedicate,” according to Merriam Webster, means among other things “to commit to a goal or way of life <ready to dedicate his life to public service>.”

This definition captures the essence of our mission here at Northwood University, most especially the daily work of our faculty and staff system wide. By working together in a dedicated fashion, we are not only ensuring excellence in the classroom and in hands-on learning experiences, but in all the services and solutions we provide for our students and their parents, and guardians: from their first encounter with Northwood—through the web, at an educational fair, or a classroom visit—all the way through graduation and the ensuing alumni experience.

As Nelson Mandela reminds us, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Thanks to the dedication our faculty and staff bring to life each day, the changing power of a Northwood education is at work throughout the world each day as well.

NU Dedicates Rollie Massimino Court

Speaking of dedication, on Thursday, November 7, Northwood dedicated the basketball court in the Countess Henrietta de Hoernle Student Life Center on our Florida campus in honor of Rollie Massimino, our longtime director of basketball operations for the Florida Seahawks.

Eight years after accepting the invitation to come to Northwood, the success of our Seahawk basketball program, and Rollie’s men’s teams in particular, is no secret, especially to teams competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. But as anyone who knows Rollie also understands, basketball success is only part of his story. Beyond the Xs and Os, wins and losses, the conference and tournament championships, and all the records along the way, is the account of a leader who shaped and formed the lives of so many other leaders at work today. Because of Rollie’s dedication,  Northwood not only counts among our alumni former student-athletes who excelled on the court and in the classroom, who filled our trophy cases and record books, it also includes leaders who are making a real and lasting difference literally around the world.

But maybe the greatest testament to the difference Rollie has made is to be found in the lasting relationships he has with so many of his past and present players and coaches, well after their college playing and coaching days are over. A practitioner of “family first” in both his personal and professional life, Rollie has left a deep and abiding impact on all those who have known and worked with him—especially on all of us during his eight-plus years here at Northwood—and we are honored to have our basketball court dedicated in his name. 

Rollie will also be recognized for his many contributions to the sport of basketball as he is inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, November 24.  His career spans over 30 years of coaching at the NCAA level, including at Villanova (his alma mater), where his teams recorded 357 wins in his 19 years of coaching.  We’re proud of his record at Northwood, and we’re honored he and Mary Jane have been such a positive influence on not only our Seahawks but on our entire University.

Have a great weekend!


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