Summer Events Welcome New Graduates to the Alumni Network
One of the many unique features of Northwood University is its three distinct residential campuses in Michigan, Texas, and Florida. While most alumni attend alumni gatherings at or around their campus of attendance, it is rare that alumni all come together at one time and at one place. To work toward the opportunity of a “continental connection,” the Alumni Office hosted three alumni events in the surrounding areas of each campus on Thursday, June 6. Each event had a specific focus of welcoming and including recent Northwood graduates in an effort to help them connect with fellow alumni in their communities and/or professions.
In Michigan, The Northwood University Alumni Network hosted its first annual Young Alumni Networking After hours in Birmingham, Mich. The event was a simple meet-and-greet cocktail happy hour that brought recent graduates together with other young alumni in Metro Detroit. Participants were able to meet with the executive director of Alumni Relations, Julie Felske, win bags of Northwood alumni accessories, and mix and mingle with others who are living in the area. With over 6,000 graduates in the Metro Detroit area, networking opportunities like these are invaluable, especially for those who only recently graduated.
“Aloha Knight” was the Texas campus’s event and was hosted at a popular lakeside restaurant and patio bar, The Oasis on Joe Pool Lake. New graduates and experienced alumni from the traditional, ADP, and MBA programs attended, providing a great mix of business professionals. The theme of the evening was chosen in an effort to welcome recent graduates to the alumni network. Attendees were greeted with a Hawaiian lei, enjoyed tasty appetizers, and took advantage of the pleasant Texas evening weather all while reflecting on their Northwood experience and its place and impact on their future plans for success.
The Florida Alumni Network’s 3rd Annual NU Alumni Bowling Bash was rescheduled for June 18 due to a tropical storm and luckily, the rain did not keep alumni away on this new date. Roughly 50 Northwood graduates joined Campus President Tom Duncan to bowl a few games and try to earn the titles of King and Queen of the Pin! Awards were also given to the participant with the most Northwood spirit as well as the gutter ball winner.
“The purpose of the event was to welcome new graduates into the Northwood Alumni family and to introduce them to seasoned alumni. It was a great opportunity for our new members to network, gain career opportunities and to connect with successful alumni mentors. And the atmosphere was perfect, as it allowed for a relaxed yet engaging evening—just one reason why the occasion is one of our most popular events,” shared Stephanie Lanza, director of Alumni and Community Relations for the Florida Campus.
Throughout the year, the Northwood University Alumni Network strives to provide events and services to alumni that foster camaraderie, professional growth, and encourage The Northwood Idea of free-enterprise. To learn more about upcoming events, services offered, and how you can be involved, we encourage you to visit us at www.northwood.edu/alumni. In addition, please visit our Facebook pages, LinkedIn Groups, and follow our Twitter feeds to further build your alumni network! – Natasha Elder (Class of 2011)