The Alumni Magazine of Northwood University
Rina Harun knew a Northwood education would help her build a career in finance, but she had no idea that someday it would help her to build her country.
After two years in Midland that culminated with a bachelor’s degree in 1997, Rina returned to her native Malaysia and began working for a bank. After two decades in the private sector, Rina’s career took a dramatic turn this spring when she won a seat in parliament during an election that saw her party earn enough seats to form a new government. To the surprise of many people – including Rina herself – she was named Minister of Rural Development.
Two people make a marriage. To make a wedding, though? Well, that takes two – plus a whole bunch of wedding professionals. As part of the estimated $72 billion U.S. wedding industry, Northwood alumni are saying yes to success by helping couples say their “I dos.” Four Northwood alums are using their business educations to parlay romance into revenue and satisfaction. But they didn’t find their happy career match right out of school.
The Northwood University Board of Trustees recently added two new members, both alums, which means alumni now make up a majority of the Board’ membership for the first time ever.
“The Board of Trustees leverages tremendous vision and understanding of the modern business world to set a course for Northwood University that leads to excellence.”
– Keith Pretty, Northwood President and CEO
“Fashion in the Headlights,” Northwood’s 17th annual style show held in April, focused runway lights on the savvy art of trend forecasting in the fashion and automotive industries. The student-curated ensembles highlighted in the 2018 Style Show gave shape to the challenge of predicting the next hot colors, materials, and more in fashion and automotive.
Northwood students and alumni have a powerful new tool to help them find jobs. It’s called Handshake, and it’s a sophisticated online platform that matches employers and qualified students.
Don Foss is a true legend in the automotive industry. Growing up working in his father’s dealership, Don learned about cars and entrepreneurship early. His first foray into business was in high school when he used the money he earned washing cars at his dad’s business to buy a tow truck.
Chloe Allen is the kind of student that’s attracted to the Northwood Idea.She’s bright, hardworking, has a nose for business, and succeeds in a variety of competitive environments.
Allen was one of 34 high school students who attended the Learn About Business (LAB) Camp for a week this summer on Northwood’s Midland campus.
Mock Trial, DECA, Business Professionals of America (BPA). For a relatively small university, Northwood has a lot of great opportunities for students to gain experience through academic competitions. These events help students develop skills they can use inside the classroom, outside the classroom, and long after they graduate. During the 2017-2018 school year, these Northwood competitors had some big-time national success.