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Northwood University again wins honor for well-rounded athletic program, named Champions of Character Institution

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CEDAR HILL – The Northwood University athletic program has been honored with the Red River Athletic Conference’s All-Sports Award for the second consecutive year.

The Red River recognized Northwood’s athlete leaders after Northwood took conference championships in women’s soccer, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, baseball, women’s golf and was named runners-up in men’s golf and women’s track and field.

Additionally, student athletes on Northwood’s women’s cross country, softball, and women’s soccer teams were nationally recognized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as Scholar Teams for the 2008-2009 academic year.

They had a 3.0 grade point average.

These student athletes also have volunteered about 500 hours with Habitat for Humanity, at food banks and highway and campus clean-up days, among other ways they gave their time during the year.

Pat Malcheski, Northwood’s athletic director, attributes this success to the excellent recruiting and leadership of the coaches. He also noted that Northwood has been established as an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Champions of Character Institution, after each Northwood athletic team signed a pledge with a list of character values that will be developed by coaches. There also is a commitment of community service and an announcement at each game that encourages good sportsmanship toward each team, as well as the officials.

"These recognitions are an example of setting healthy priorities so we can maximize Northwood’s ability to compete and help our student athletes develop," Malcheski said. "It’s added value to the entire college athletic experience."

Tony Stigliano, commissioner of the Red River Athletic Conference, said the fact that Northwood has won this award two years in a row speaks very highly of the athletic program, as well as the entire university. He credited this success to leadership in both the athletic department and the university overall.

"Our league is not easy. Two years in a row is very challenging for any conference, especially in the Red River," Stig-liano said. "I’m sure they’ve recruited some very good folks athletically and academically."

Dr. Kevin Fegan, provost of Northwood’s Texas campus, said North-wood’s athletes are as much scholars as they are philanthropists. He also underscored the way Northwood’s core values of integrity and responsibility build character in its students, which led to the "Champions of Character" designation.

"Northwood gives its students an outstanding education, and the chance to excel in sports and develop character," Dr. Fegan said. "We have student athletes who win conference titles with their accomplishments in the classroom and on the field."

The Red River Athletic Conference is an association of colleges and universities within the NAIA. The conference’s 12 members, including Northwood University, Texas Wesleyan University and University of the Southwest, are in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Northwood University is committed to providing the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities. It promotes critical thinking skills and personal effectiveness and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan, and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers full-time and evening master’s degree programs for entrepreneurs and executives in Michigan, Texas and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Creativity Center on the Midland, Michigan campus specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through terms abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Northwood University also operates the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Maine.

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