Every year, a select group of alumni are recognized during the Outstanding Alumni Award ceremony for their remarkable achievement, impact, service, and success in their careers since graduating from Northwood.
On April 12, President Keith Pretty and executive director of Alumni Relations, Julie Adamczyk, presented the awards to six alumni during a gala at the Midland Country Club in Midland, Michigan.
Making this award ceremony especially unique is student involvement. Current students presented and introduced each honoree with their award. They worked closely with the alumni to learn their story and prepare introductions. The alumni also brought their career and life experiences full circle for the students by engaging in experiential learning opportunities in the days leading up to the ceremony. They spoke in classes, participated in lunch and learns, and interacted with students throughout the day.
“The hours spent answering students’ questions and sharing their experiences served as a source of inspiration for these eager and capable learners,” said President Pretty during the event. “Every year, our global learners soak in everything free-enterprise has to offer, then take that knowledge into the world. There is no better example of this than our outstanding alumni who continue to exemplify ‘The Northwood Idea.’”
Outstanding Alumni are nominated and selected for an award based on the following criteria. The class of 2019 Outstanding Alumni joined a group of more than 200 peers who are examples of the University’s mission to develop future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society.
Alumni Leadership Award: Nominee’s degree impacted their success in their business and community, and they’ve demonstrated their support to Northwood through various opportunities.
Alumni Achievement Award: Nominees demonstrated outstanding achievement in their chosen career and support “The Northwood Idea.”
Young Alumni Award: Nominee is a consistent active alumni participant and supports Northwood University through various opportunities.
Alumni Service Award: Nominee must currently serve the military or served with honorable discharge. This award may also be given to an alumnus who has served our country by choosing a career in public service.
Alumni Leadership Award: Amanda Grafilo (B.B.A. ’08) - Student Presenter: Briana Ford (’20)
Alumni Achievement Award: Brett Sutherlin (B.B.A. ’95) - Student Presenter: Kaitlyn Pung- Gottschalk (’18 and ’19)
Alumni Achievement Award: Alan Wildstein (B.B.A. ’89) - Student Presenter: Meigan Sian (’19 and ’20)
Young Alumni Award: Garrett Boursaw (B.B.A. ’11 and M.B.A. ’15) - Student Presenter: Angela Lindow (’20)
Alumni Leadership Award: Craig Smith (B.B.A. ’81) - Student Presenter (and son!): Alex Smith (’21)
Alumni Service Award: Christopher Fletcher (B.B.A. ’03) - Student Presenter: Madelyn McLavy (’19)