Even though the calendar says it’s almost spring, it certainly hasn't seemed that way in the last few weeks, particularly on our Michigan and Texas campuses, and even on our Florida campus. The bitter cold, snow and ice have reminded us Mother Nature is still in control of the weather! One of the first indicators of spring across the United States is the annual Spring Break for most college students. But these days, this annual tradition for students is anything but typical. Some choose to work. Some take advantage of one of the many alternative Spring Break mission and volunteer opportunities available worldwide, while others keep active with sports and athletics. While Spring Break does not raise this connotation, it is very consistent with, and supports the Northwood Idea in that human beings can make a difference in the world in which they live. A case in point is a specific “act of kindness” that happened this past week near our Michigan campus. The roads were very icy and a car had slid off the road into the ditch near the intersection of our campus and the main road into downtown Midland. One of our students happened to be passing the area and stopped to assist the motorist as he waited for police and assistance to arrive. Our student offered the motorist the warmth and safety of his vehicle, not having any idea the motorist was a very prominent community leader, who then called our office to express his gratitude for our student’s help. We’re very proud of not just this particular student, but all our Northwood University students who are making a difference in the world today and into the future.
Before we know it, our 2015 graduating class will be walking across the stage to accept the diploma that ushers in the next phase of their lives. The rush of activity leading up to that time will take all their dedication and energy. We wish all our students an excellent and safe mini-vacation as we look forward to the weeks leading up to graduation.
Have a great week.
Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203