Rhonda Walker: I’ve had the honor to meet this lovely woman socially around town at charity fundraisers and social gatherings with mutual friends. Susanne Forbes Dicker always stands out in the crowd, her smile lights up the room, you always notice her fabulous accessories and hats and admire her philanthropy to make our community better. But what I didn’t know is she was watching me too, so much so that she nominated me for a prestigious honor at her beloved Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.
I received the Northwood University Distinguished Women Award during the 50th anniversary of the Distinguished Women Awards Gala on Saturday, November 2nd. On that day I was officially added to this group of distinguished women dating back to 1970.
The award was given to me by the Northwood University President Dr. Kent MacDonald and comes in the form of a unique bronze medallion of the Northwood University logo on a long gold chain, I will wear proudly. Susanne received the award in 1984 and has been an ardent supporter of Northwood University ever since. As a Michigan State grad, I immediately fell in love with this beautiful Michigan college as well, from the campus to its history, values and mission and am so honored to be among this powerful legacy of highly accomplished women who also are dedicated to mentoring the next generation and giving back to their communities.
The Distinguished Women Award was created 50 years ago to honor the enormous contributions of women. The award is a recognition of excellence and the recipients represent the values Northwood espouses for its students. The honorees serve as role models for the students and each of us are paired with students during the awards weekend to answer questions, share knowledge and provide guidance to our future leaders. I was honored to spend time with Alexis Rabidue a bright senior at Northwood.
My class of honorees are women from across the state of Michigan and the country, entrepreneurial and mentoring professionals making significant impacts on other businesses and driving charitable change to elevate youth, women and communities. We see a lot of efforts to empower women today, but long before it became more common, I was proud to learn Northwood has been doing it for decades with its students.
And of course thankful my husband Jason was there to support me 😊
Here’s what’s coming up on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 on Local 4 News Today
All Morning -- Slightly Warmer
Brandon Roux: Wednesday will be a little warmer, but we’ll struggle with morning fog again and slightly warmer morning lows in the low to mid 30s early tomorrow. We should see a little sunshine battle through our mostly cloudy skies and highs should land in the mid 40s. There is a rain maker heading our way but it has stalled a little bit and should arrive midday Thursday. Wednesday will be a dry day for all of SE Lower Michigan and Southern Ontario.
- Get the full forecast here
Our Kim DeGiulio is will also be watching the roads all morning.
- Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here
All Morning -- Rhonda’s Brag Book
Do you know a young person who is really making a difference in our community? A standout student, volunteer, star athlete - or all around incredible person?
We want you to submit their information on ClickOnDetroit and they could land in Rhonda Walker's brag book! She'll show off two incredible students Wednesday.
6:40 a.m. -- Wellness Wednesday
Students learn math, science and reading, but can schools also teach kids to be kind? Dr. Frank McGeorge will show you what researchers found when schools adopted a "kindness curriculum" and the simple trick you can teach your kids right away.
6:45 a.m. -- The Grinch!
It's not Christmas yet, but the Grinch is already on the prowl in Detroit. The infamous green creature will join us live in studio for a preview of the upcoming "Grinch Who Stole Christmas" musical coming to the Fox Theatre.
- WDIV-Local 4, Graham Media Group Announce ‘Shattered: Hoffa’ Podcast
❓ Today’s Trivia Retake ❓
Every weekday morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.
- Tuesday Question: What Grammy was Milli Vanilli stripped of in 1990?
- Answer: Best New Artist
- Be sure to watch daily at 6 a.m. and click this link to enter for a chance to win.
National Days: November 20th
- National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
- National Absurdity Day
- National Educational Support Professionals Day
History Highlights: November 20th
- In 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
- In 1947, Britain’s future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey.
- In 1967, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Clock at the Commerce Department ticked past 200 million.
- In 1976, the boxing drama “Rocky,” starring Sylvester Stallone, premiered in New York.
- In 1985, the first version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, Windows 1.0, was officially released.
- In 1998, forty-six states embraced a $206 billion settlement with cigarette makers over health costs for treating sick smokers.
- In 2000, lawyers for Al Gore and George W. Bush battled before the Florida Supreme Court over whether the presidential election recount should be allowed to continue.
- In 2003, Michael Jackson was booked on suspicion of child molestation in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Jackson was later acquitted at trial.)
Celebrity Birthdays: November 20th
Celebrating a birthday Wednesday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 6 a.m. show.
Here's who you're sharing a birthday with --
- Actress Estelle Parsons is 92.
- Comedian Dick Smothers is 81.
- Actress Veronica Hamel is 76.
- Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is 73.
- Actor Samuel E. Wright (Sebastian in “Little Mermaid”) is 73.
- Actress Bo Derek is 63.
- Rapper Mike D of the Beastie Boys is 54.
- Rapper Sen Dog of Cypress Hill is 54.
- Actor Joel McHale (”Community”) is 48.
- Country singer Dierks Bentley is 44.
- Country singer Josh Turner is 42.