Northwood Texas DECA Tours and Competes in New York City

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Northwood University Collegiate DECA attends conference in New York, New York
Northwood DECA Students outside of Hotel Pennsylvania

Northwood DECA Students outside of Hotel Pennsylvania

November 21, 2012

CEDAR HILL, Texas – In addition to the Thanksgiving holiday, the month of November causes excitement on the Texas Campus for the highly anticipated DECA Collegiate Leadership Academy conference in New York City. The Collegiate DECA conferences provide a variety of opportunities for professional and personal growth through competitive events, leadership development and community involvement. Members are also provided with unique access to scholarships, internships and professional networking opportunities.

On Wednesday, November 14, Northwood University Texas Campus’ Collegiate DECA chapter took 19 students to the conference. They were led by Chapter Advisor/Admissions Counselor, Josh Shankle, and Director of Alumni Relations, Natasha Elder, both of whom competed in DECA as undergraduate students. When asked to describe the event further, Josh Shankle shared, “The students chose one of five industry tracks to follow, which allowed for ‘behind-the-scenes’ tours and presentations. These included Yankee Stadium, the Bloomingdale’s department store and the Bloomberg Corporation. Each student participated in a role play event surrounding the sites in which they visited, all while networking with Collegiate DECA members from over 30 colleges and universities across North America.” Shankle continued by stating that he was “proud to see the excitement on the students’ faces and that ‘a-ha moment’ for many of them as they worked through real-world scenarios.”

Sirenia Cebrero, a freshman accounting major, stated, “While at the conference, I was able to network with three successful participants who recently returned to college to receive higher degrees. They shared their insight and I learned how to work with people of all ages and backgrounds.” Crystal Dixon, a freshman accounting major, remarked, “I learned that the key to the role plays is persuasion… and I learned to be on the lookout for the cheapest hot dogs!”

The industry tracks that students participated in were: Fashion Marketing & Retail Management, International Business & Finance, Hospitality & Culinary Arts, Sports & Entertainment Marketingand Madison Avenue Advertising.

Overall, the students enjoyed the opportunity to take part in this leadership conference, all while taking a bite of the Big Apple.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, 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 an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.