News: Alumni

Nick Twork Photo Source: Infiniti News

Northwood University Alumnus, Nick Twork, will be overall in charge of developing and implementing Infiniti's communications strategy in the Americas. His responsibilities include corporate, brand and product, internal and lifestyle communications, aiming to further strengthen the brand's presence in the premium car segment. In addition to the responsibilities in the U.S., Twork and his team will also provide guidance and support to the rest of the Americas region, including Canada,...

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Camper Paul Atkinson receives one on one attention from Brandon Strassburger.

As dozens of boys visit Northwood University Florida to learn additional techniques to score hoops, many are also discovering the importance of integrity and the value of a college education. Welcoming over 70 campers in its inaugural year, the Big Time Basketball Summer Skills Camp, which was founded by Brandon Strassburger, a 2012 alumnus who now serves as Northwood University’s Director of Student Life, is designed to impart life lessons in addition to jump...

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Dr. Ebeling in the classroom

Libertarian Richard Ebeling Examines the Significance of the Declaration of Independence and the State of Today’s Government Involvement In honor of Independence Day celebrations across the United States, Northwood University economist and noted libertarian thought leader Richard Ebeling has penned a new position paper, A Declaration of Independence from Big Government. The whitepaper is the latest addition to Northwood University’s Free Market...

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Kevin Petrovsky

Northwood University’s Florida Campus honors convocation and commencement ceremonies recently held special surprises for two faculty members as they were recognized for their contributions. Kevin Petrovsky, Associate Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Sustainability Management was recognized for his dedication and expertise by being awarded the Faculty Excellence Award.  Established over 30 years ago, the Northwood University Award of Faculty...

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(L-R) Zach Lieberman, Michelle Ray, Juan Guerrero,Taron Beckford, Nicholas Cooper, Daniel Tellez 

Northwood University Florida Campus’ Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) students recently earned a variety of awards and medals from this year’s Florida state and international competitions held in Orlando, Florida and Washington DC. Placing internationally in the top ten were Taron Beckford and Nicholas Cooper in the Financial Statement Analysis category and Michelle Ray in the Fashion Merchandising and Marketing category, and placing in the top three was Juan...

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Dr. David Fry shares NU experiences.

Northwood University President Emeritus Dr. David E. Fry and Florida campus President Dr. Tom Duncan recently sat down to reflect on Northwood University’s history and to celebrate the vision of founders Dr. Arthur Turner and Dr. Gary Stauffer.  Northwood first opened its doors in Alma, Michigan on March 23, 1959, and the Florida campus began offering courses on March 6, 1984. The event, titled “A Conversation with Dr. David E. Fry,” which also...

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OBL Class of 2014 (L-R) Richard DeVos, Jr., J Ferron, David Gilmour, Lisa Copeland, Daniel Langdon, Jonathan Hage, Richard Garber and Thomas O'Hare

Northwood University students, faculty, staff and friends recently enjoyed a variety of inspirational Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) events designed to provide the opportunity to gain from experiences of the honorees. While sharing anecdotes relating to the obstacles and challenges they encountered while on their personal road to business success, as well as remedies relating to how they overcame them, the  prestigious visitors attended a variety of university events designed to...

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Midge Reichert

Midge Reichert, Northwood University Florida's Director of Career Services recently shared top tips for job seekers with all South Florida television affiliates as the campus hosted the Palm Beach Outlet Mall Career Fair.   With retailers on hand to interview candidates seeking positions ranging from sales associates to managers, Reichert advised job seekers to: Prepare well in advance by researching participating companies and familiarize themselves with each...

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Kyle Batta

Kyle Batta, Northwood University Florida’s 2014 Auto Show Captain is a three-year veteran of the event who plans on revitalizing the show by incorporating the international flavor of the university and by showcasing technological breakthroughs in the industry that will change global travel. Having climbed the ladder from Nissan/Kia Team Captain, to Asian Brand Manager, to Chairman, Batta’s passion for the automotive industry runs much deeper than most, and it shows. An...

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On January 9, 2014 Northwood University Florida will host the Palm Beach Outlet Mall Career Fair. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the university's Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center located at 2600 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, 33409. Expected to draw over 5000 job seekers vying for approximately 1500 full and part-time jobs, retailers will be on hand to interview candidates who are seeking positions ranging from sales associates to...

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Northwood University students Alex Hartley, Livia Toth, Tola-Isaac Mayowa, Julia Cusumano, Ross Schwinger, Alberto St. Juste and Garrett Foster volunteer at the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic.

About 20 Northwood Florida Entertainment, Sport and Promotion (ESPM) students recently spent the holidays working at the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic and the National Field Hockey Festival. A requirement of their ESPM curriculum, the internships are valued by the community and were even written into the county’s venue bid proposal for the field hockey event for the past two years. “Your team is a major part of this event selecting Palm Beach...

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Mark your calendars! As Northwood University Florida students gear up to hold their 2014 Auto Show of the Palm Beaches, their “Dine, Dream, Drive” theme promises family fun for everyone. The international affair is part of Florida’s 30th Anniversary Welcome Weekend activities which will greet alumni and friends from across the globe. Between the international food trucks, the family oriented activities, Seahawk women’s and men’s basketball...

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Entrepreneur Freddie Laker shares story as Adjunct Professor Stamas looks on.  

Freddie Laker, CEO and founder of Guide, a text-to-video software company and several other start-up companies, was the featured speaker at Northwood University Florida’s recent Entrepreneurship Roundtable Luncheon. Described as an entrepreneur who’s helped to develop companies since he was ‘in short pants,’ Laker first established Laker.net, an internet service provider and web design studio in 1996 before selling it...

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Over 200 Northwood University Florida students recently gathered to learn more about the inspirations behind Presidential Medal of Freedom and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman’s book Thinking, Fast and Slow. In the 2011 volume, Kahneman, an Israeli-American psychologist and winner of the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, reveals the results of years of research relating to the contrast between an instinctive, emotional and...

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Dr. Georgia Abbott shares expertise with Start-Up leaders.

Northwood Florida‘s Damien Kelly recently experienced one of those ‘ahaa’ moments when he participated as part of team Northwood University (NU) Florida as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week’s (GEW) Start-Up West Palm Beach, a three-day ‘incubator’ designed to bring ideas to life through mentorship and assistance from industry leaders and volunteers. As a team member whose goal was to assist a local inventor in bringing their...

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Dianna (Clark) Akers poses with her Sparkle Screen SPF 30+ Sunscreen.

While many inventors share that opportunity is born of necessity, a Northwood University Florida alumna will happily add that what glitters can sometimes turn to gold. "If you've ever tried to get an unwilling child to put on sunscreen, you can feel my pain," laughed Dianna (Clark) Akers, a 1990 graduate. "Our family is outside and in the sun a lot, so ensuring that we're able to protect our skin can be a constant challenge," said the Fort Lauderdale, Florida...

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Kevin Petrovsky

As Northwood University Florida begins its Sustainability Management program, leaders from across the globe are discovering the value of sustainable business practices and the key role they play in increasing the bottom line.  From cutting costs, to cultivating sales, to finding ways to increase shareholder interests, companies are finding that creative systems and processes designed to protect the environment and society end up increasing shareholder returns, cutting costs and...

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Alumna Allison Hancock's "Ask Ally" column serves as a valuable resource to consumers.

Well aware of the uncomfortable occurrences many women face while searching for and maintaining a car, Florida alumna Allison Hancock is now teaming with family members to ensure that the experience is a pleasant one. Hancock shared that she’s always had a passion for the business, and now equipped with her Northwood master of business degree and her bachelor’s degree in automotive marketing and management, she’s thankful for the opportunity to apply her passion...

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Dr. Tom Duncan interviews live with WPTV's Mike Williams.

As a last minute deal ended the partial federal government shutdown, many are saying it’s not over. Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan recently caught up with WPTV anchor Mike Williams for a live, in-studio interview. When asked by the popular NBC anchor if this agreement would end the crisis over the U.S. debt, Duncan responded, “We’re going to be right back where we are tonight in about three or four months, when this temporary debt limit...

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Rollie Massimino

Rollie Massimino, Northwood University Florida’s head men’s basketball coach will be among a group of inductees into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2013, in Kansas City on November 24th. “The Class of 2013 includes some of the smartest and strongest players of the game, loyal coaches and influential contributors, many of whom are still integrally involved in the college game,” said Reggie Minton, Deputy Executive Director of...

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Professor Timothy Gilbert is Interviewed by WPEC's Ben Becker

As the government shutdown continues and the possibility of a debt default looms, a recent report of the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) paying $98,670 for the purchase and installation of an outhouse doesn’t sit well with many. WPEC Anchor Ben Becker recently caught up with Northwood University Florida Professor Timothy Gilbert to get his take. “By way of overview, this is just one more example of wasteful expenditures by our government. For them it does not...

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Doug Doran

Northwood University is pleased to announce the selection of Doug Doran as the Director of Admissions for traditional students at its Florida campus. Having gained solid experience in field recruiting for Florida since March 2011, the Comstock Park, Michigan native has served as an Admissions Representative, Transfer Student Coordinator, and most recently, as a Regional Admissions Representative. Having completed his Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Management from Northwood...

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Michigan Campus Entranceway

Northwood University will host a special dedication of its new entranceway on Tuesday, September 3, at 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Main Street and University Drive. Parking will be available at the Herbert D. Doan Midland County History Center. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.  Northwood University is proud to be a part of the Midland community. The construction of this new entrance will enable Northwood to be distinguishable to all who...

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Kristy First enjoys boating while in college.

Having advanced to the top of Walmart's "Get on the Shelf" competition with her patent pending gift wrap invention, Florida alumna Kristy First exemplifies the Northwood Idea as she overcomes incredible challenges to pursue her dreams. Northwood University Florida graduate Kristy First is now living the dream of many entrepreneurs, and the winding road which has led to this point has deepened her belief in the healing power of family and prayer. As a Northwood University...

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Gregory StifflerDirector of Career ServicesMichigan Campus

He will begin his new position September 1. MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University recently named Gregory Stiffler director of career services of the Michigan campus. Stiffler is currently director of admissions for Michigan traditional students and will begin his new position September 1.Stiffler’s responsibilities as director of career services will include career planning assistance for traditional students on the Michigan campus. He will be responsible for increasing...

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Saginaw Program Center

Participants will have the opportunity to socialize with local business partners. MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University will host the Saginaw Chamber Business After Hours on Thursday, August 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the University’s Saginaw Program Center located at 5815 Bay Road, Suite 500, in Saginaw. The event is co-sponsored by WNEM TV-5 and Buffalo Wild Wings of Saginaw. WNEM will be conducting a live remote at the event.Participants will have the opportunity to...

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NU Gallery

Activities commence on Thursday, August 8, from 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. MIDLAND, MI - The Northwood University Gallery will participate in the Taste of Downtown event. Activities commence on Thursday, August 8, from 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. The Gallery is located at 102 East Main Street and will showcase Northwood University's NADA Hotel & Conference Center chefs.This event is held by Midland’s Downtown Development Authority to highlight all of the various restaurants, retailers,...

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Alumnus Scott Smoliak with his dog Bailey.

After enduring a harrowing experience while trying to save a four-legged family member, Northwood University alumnus Scott Smoliak turned to both his business management expertise and to a Northwood University DeVos Graduate School of Management Field Work Team with the goal of creating a nonprofit to help ease the burden for others. It all began when Smoliak had to rush Bailey, the family dog to an emergency veterinary hospital because he wasn't acting himself. There, he learned that...

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Michigan employers and citizens concerned about America’s sluggish economy and the impact of health care reform will have an opportunity to hear what leading economists believe health care reform will do to the economic recovery at a Northwood University-sponsored symposium titled “The U.S. Economy and the Impact of Health Care Reform.”This free of charge, public event is set for Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m.–11 a.m. at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club located...

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