Northwood University to Host Inaugural Honors Symposium

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The Honors Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 2.

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University will host its inaugural Honors Symposium on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. This Honors Symposium, sponsored by the Honors Program, will be held in the Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies on Northwood’s Campus located at 4000 Whiting Drive. There will be a reception beginning at 6:15 p.m. with the program starting promptly at 7:00 p.m. This event is free of charge and open to the public.

The symposium will consist of four formal presentations developed by six students from three different honors courses during the 2012-2013 fall semester. The purpose of this event is to showcase Northwood’s brightest students who have gone above and beyond in the classroom. The Honors Program continuously strives to create an intellectual environment within the classroom by promoting original thinking and attention to detail. At the conclusion of each presentation, there will be a short question and answer session during which time the audience can further explore the thought processes of the students and conclusions they reached. Members of the Student Honors Association will serve as ushers.

Harry Flotemersch, a freshman from Goodrich, will present his paper on how the Internet can create irrational thinkers. His project was completed in the honors composition course and was mentored by Professor Jeffrey Phillips. The second group was mentored by Dr. Mia Dvornic during her cultural anthropology course. This group will give a presentation on the impact of Alden B. Dow on the architecture of Northwood University. These students are Aaron Grace, a sophomore from Flushing; Nicholas Timko, a senior from Caro; Megan Montgomery, a sophomore from Lowell; Eric Bischer, a senior from Harbor Beach; and Olivia Matz, a senior from St. Joseph. The third presentation will be given by McKenzie Terwillegar, a freshman from Highland, who was mentored by Dr. Chandran Mylvaganam in his honors management course. Her topic is Amazon’s market strategy and how this company strives to become the best. Courtney Scott, a freshman from West Bloomfield and also mentored by Dr. Chandran Mylvaganam, will give the final presentation on Starbucks Corporation. Her research involves the company’s use of specific management strategies and theories to make it the leader in the beverage industry.

The presentations given at the symposium will be collected and bound yearly to make them available to those who were unable to attend the event. These projects have been nominated by the honors faculty and professors who have mentored the presenting students have taken extra time and consideration to ensure quality and comprehensive understanding.

Dr. Lance Lewis, academic dean, comments, “I’m delighted to see our best students be able to highlight their work in honors courses and am confident it will become an annual showcase for academic excellence. I think it speaks very highly of the quality of the students, the instructors and the Honors Program.”

For more information about the Honors Symposium or Northwood University’s Honors Program, please contact Professor Jeffrey Phillips, director of the Honors Program, at or 989.837.4286.


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 and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.