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An Important Legacy

An Important Legacy

Last Friday the students, staff and faculty of Northwood participated in the University's annual Go M.A.D., Go Make A Difference day of service. We celebrate this day in memory of late football coach Pat Riepma, who coined the phrase during his time at Northwood. Pat came to Northwood University in 1993 and was the head football coach until 2007, earning four GLIAC Coach of the Year honors and becoming one of Northwood’s leading coaches with 95 football victories.

When coach Riepma passed away in 2015, he left a significant mark on the university and its students with his passion for life and his desire to make an impact on people every day. His motto, “Go M.A.D.,” meaning Go Make A Difference, became a mantra for service in the community.

This year Northwood students, staff and faculty completed 2,087 hours of volunteer work to better the surrounding community by raking leaves, distributing food, packing meals, donating books, mentoring children, and much more. Throughout the day, our Timberwolf family allocated 37,866 pounds of food, serving 320 families. In addition, there were 15,000 meals packed through Kids Against Hunger, 676 books donated, 50 yards raked, one shed built, and one sidewalk constructed throughout the day. Northwood also hosted 209 fifth-graders at the Timberwolves LEAD Program.

Through student, staff and faculty volunteer hours, we were able to make an incredible impact on the Midland community.

Have a great weekend!


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

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