Last month, Northwood University alumni and friends gathered to review three business presentations submitted by 19 of our school’s student organizations and departments. The initiative, Alumni Project 100, puts the decision of which group will be funded in the hands of the donors. Each semester for the next three years, Project 100 will ensure one submission $10,000 for their initiative. Alumni support of our programs is not new, but this is the first time a small group has made such a significant impact on a single initiative. Project 100 embodies who we are at Northwood, by nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit found here in so many of our students. We show our support of one another by giving back to each other and to our great school.
For the inaugural meeting, 62 Northwood alumni and friends met—some in person, and some online—to vote for the program they believed needed funding the most. Our Fashion Marketing and Management department took home the prize in this semester’s inaugural event. The money will be used to purchase visual merchandising and computer aided design software, which is intended to help students design professional-level portfolios and better prepare them for jobs in a competitive field.
We are excited to see what the future holds for this initiative. The next Project 100 meeting to award monies will be at the North American International Auto Show alumni weekend on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Friends and alumni of Northwood University can learn more about joining the initiative at: https://connect.northwood.edu/pages/alumni100.
Have a great weekend!
Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203 email@example.com