Florida Campus News

College Freshman Overcomes Childhood Deportation, Earns Full College Tuition Scholarship

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Guererro graduated high school with honors.
Guererro graduated high school with honors.

Juan Guerrero was forced to move to Mexico when his parents were deported in 2002 and he was just eight-years-old. After returning to America in 2005 to live with his aunt at the age of 11, he's now 18, and has earned a full-tuition scholarship to Northwood University.

Now one step closer to his dream of entering the hospitality industry and transforming the way consumers see resorts, Guerrero is attending Northwood University's four-year BBA/MBA program.

"After being deported, I returned to the U.S. in 2005 with my aunt who saw potential in me as a student," said Guerrero. "I still remember when I left both of my parents in Mexico. My mother was crying because I was the first son she had to let go and she wished me the best of luck. Dad was also in tears, and I remember his words each day. 'Work as hard as you can, make me proud do everything you need to do to be someone in life,'" he said.

While attending South Tech Academy High School in Boynton Beach, Guererro served as President of it. Diversified Educational Clubs of America (DECA) program and excelled academically, receiving a variety of awards and honors.


Alumni Soccer Game Reunites Seahawks of all Ages

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Nick Davidson, Diana Hue, Allesandra Montoya, Sandra Montoya, Ty Brewer, Dara Ryan, Jennifer Wilson, Geneva Sinclair and Matt Dunn
Nick Davidson, Diana Hue, Allesandra Montoya, Sandra Montoya, Ty Brewer, Dara Ryan, Jennifer Wilson, Geneva Sinclair and Matt Dunn

Kawa Foad, Adrian Davis, Nick Badasse and Sam Jackson
Kawa Foad, Adrian Davis, Nick Badasse and Sam Jackson

Seahawk alumni of all ages recently visited Northwood University Florida Campus to participate in their 3rd Annual Soccer Game.

The reunion welcomed alumni from across the country, and began with a continental breakfast prior to the spirited competitions.

"Every year this event gets bigger and better," said Coach Ty Brewer, "I always look forward to reminiscing with the incredible athletes I've have the opportunity to coach over the past decade," he said.

Although the alumni teams were not victorious this year, everyone had a great time reconnecting and seeing Coach Brewer.

"I was amazed at how well the current Northwood Florida ladies played as they beat us 8-3," said Diana Hue. I'm really looking forward to the official start of the season, so I can come back to campus to cheer them on," she said.

With the mission of fostering a lifelong network amongst alumni and encouraging a continued connection to Northwood University, the Northwood Alumni Networks goals are to:
• Be the first resource regarding free enterprise and its application in today's society
• Provide relevant benefits to Northwood alumni
• Provide lifelong career assistance to our graduates
• Facilitate interaction of the Northwood alumni network of business professionals
• Encourage alumni to support Northwood to ensure the future success of the institution and our future alumni


Northwood University Florida Appoints Director of Career Services

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Midge Reichert
Midge Reichert

Northwood University Florida is pleased to announce that it has appointed Midge Reichert as Director of Career Services.

Reicherts's interest in human relations and business led to a career change from director of a family crisis prevention program in Suffolk County, New York, to human resources recruiter for a leading staffing agency in New York City's financial district.

Now, with over 15 years of Human Resources experience, and 10 years of teaching at the university level, she focuses on career development for students and employees.

Reichert earned her Master of Science degree in Human Resources Development at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. Upon graduation, she was offered an adjunct position teaching at Northwood University. Her reputation as a trainer and consultant has led to assignments to create and facilitate workshops in HR Management Essentials, Workplace Diversity, Sales Training, Career Planning, Systems Thinking Integration, Writing Job Descriptions and the use of the MBTI and DISC personality assessments for career advisement, team building, and performance management. She has also been a guest speaker for numerous professional organizations, including the Business and Professional Women's Association on the state and local level, and the Human Resources Association of Palm Beach County.

Reichert has held positions as Human Resources Director in the fields of marine technology, aviation, and health care where she developed and implemented HR policies and processes to meet compliance standards in alignment with organizational objectives. She is an active member of Jupiter-Tequesta Junior Women's Club, on the Board of Directors of the South Florida Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development's Palm Beach County GIG, serving as VP of Community Outreach, and Director of Membership.


Dr. Dennis Bechtol is Promoted to Professor

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Dennis Bechtol
Dennis Bechtol

Northwood University is pleased to announce that Dr. Dennis Bechtol Department Chair of Entertainment, Sport and Promotion Management (ESPM) has been promoted to Professor.

Bechtol's recent contributions include collaborating with Elite Coaching Consultants to create the NU Community Outreach Partnership. The partnership provides Youth Sport Coach Education Workshops to key Palm Beach County sport executives. As a NU Florida Assessment Mentor, he also helped develop an assessment rubric and analysis process.

Bechtol joined Northwood University as a professor and Department Chair in 2001. He came to Northwood University from The University of Texas at Austin where he held full-time faculty status teaching graduate courses in sport management, advising interns, and conducting sport business research. Prior to the University of Texas Dr. Bechtol taught graduate school at The University of Maryland College Park, and George Mason University.

Bechtol not only has experience in higher education, but in all aspects of the sport and entertainment industry. He has held positions in the field of recreation management, public high school teaching and coaching, sales and marketing in the sporting goods industry, college athletic sponsorship sales and marketing, professional football administration, and the ESPN Sport Network. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in education from Florida State University, a Masters of Arts degree (MA) in education and administration from the University of South Florida, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in sport management from the University of New Mexico.


Political Expert Duncan Shares Insight Regarding Presidential Race Hot Buttons

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

CBS Reporter Chuck Webber interviews Dr. Duncan
CBS Reporter Chuck Webber interviews Dr. Duncan

When a downtown West Palm Beach anti-abortion rally was held as part of an effort to raise the profile of the issue as a major campaign concern in battleground states such as Florida, WPBF, South Florida's ABC affiliate, turned to Northwood Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan to get perspective.

"As the presidential election draws near, voters on both sides will become more vocal regarding strong political issues, and the issue of abortion is very important to many," said Duncan who shared his belief that a majority of voters will be concerned about multiple issues that will influence their vote.

Duncan noted that many voters still view the economy, jobs, the national debt, and budget deficits as major concerns, but other issues may come to the forefront – such as gay marriage, government imposed contraceptive availability, and abortion. Duncan also referenced the recent controversy surrounding remarks made by Senate candidate Todd Akin in Missouri as evidence of the volatility that moral and ethical issues can create in campaigns.

Recently appointed Northwood Florida President in July, President Duncan served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management as well as Director of the Division of Professional Registration from 1985-1992. Prior to his government employment, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) in Springfield, Missouri from 1980-1984. He later served colleges and universities in California, Arizona, and Ohio.

Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and a course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination with the Anglican Mission in the Americas in South Carolina. For the past 12 years he has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in religious communities in Missouri and Wisconsin.


Northwood University Florida Appoints New Athletic Director

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Nick Davidson
Nick Davidson

Northwood University (NU) Florida is pleased to welcome Nick Davidson as Athletic Director.

Prior to joining NU Davidson served as Assistant Director of Athletics for Internal Operations at Davenport University. His responsibilities included oversight of non-varsity programs, assistance in overall budget and process development, and administration of all game day operations, customer relations, and marketing and ticket sales. He also served as Assistant Men's Basketball Coach for five years and Assistant Director of the student center where he was in charge of game day operations, event management, and development of intramurals.

A graduate of Northwood University Michigan, Davidson earned his associate degree in Banking and Finance and bachelor's degree in Marketing and Management. He then coached two years at Northwood while obtaining his master of business administration (MBA) degree in Integrated Management.

"It is great to be back at Northwood University," said Davidson. "I appreciate very much Dr. Tom Duncan and Dr. Kristin Stehouwer's trust in me to move athletics forward. This is an exciting time to be a part of NU Florida and I share Dr. Duncan's vision to grow this campus and I look forward to athletics being an integral part of that growth. We plan to ensure that our student athletes will continue to have a positive experience that they will remember for a lifetime. Our energy will be focused on growth and development of current and new athletic programs and facilities so that we will be competitive in all areas of athletics," he said.

During his playing time at Northwood, Davidson was a three-point specialist on the basketball team, graduating second all-time in three-pointers and was a member of the school's first ever national tournament team.

Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, he graduated from Catholic Central High School. He and his wife Stephanie have two children, Gianna and Jonathan (Jack).


Duncan Shares Insight Regarding Romney's Pick of Running Mate Ryan

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Dr. Tom Duncan
Dr. Tom Duncan

As Saturday's announcement revealed that Mitt Romney had selected Wisconsin's Paul Ryan as his running mate, Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan sat down with a reporter from WPBF, South Florida's ABC affiliate, to discuss the choice.

While sharing that Romney's choice of Ryan was a bold move that would bring momentum to the race and sharpen the campaign's focus on debt, deficits, and government spending, Duncan, a recent Wisconsin resident, pointed out that Ryan, a Wisconsin native, could help Romney win the battleground state and also boost the ticket in other Midwestern states such as Iowa, Minnesota, and Ohio.

A rising Republican star and the party's leader on fiscal and budget issues, Ryan, a former altar boy and fitness buff, was chosen ahead of Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. And in a recent FOX interview he pointed out that we are experiencing the worst economy recovery in 70 years with unemployment reaching above eight percent for more than three years. "Families are hurting. We have the largest deficits and the biggest federal government since World War II. Whatever the explanations, whatever the excuse is, this is a record of failure," said Ryan.

Recently appointed Northwood University Florida President, Dr. Tom Duncan worked for the state of Missouri as an assistant to Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management as well as for the department of economic development as a division director of professional registration from 1985-1992. Prior to his government employment, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) from 1980-1984.

Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and a course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination with the Anglican Mission in the Americas in South Carolina. For the past 12 years he has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in several religious communities.

Born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan earned a B.A. degree from Miami University in Ohio. Following his studies, he worked as an aide to United States Senator Bob Kasten of Wisconsin, as legislative director for Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, and as a speechwriter for former U.S. Representative and 1996 Republican vice presidential nominee Jack Kemp of New York. In 1998, Ryan won election to the United States House of Representatives, succeeding Republican Mark Neumann. He is now in his seventh term.

As chair of the House Budget Committee, Ryan has focused on fiscal policy and has proposed privatizing Social Security and replacing Medicare with a voucher program for seniors. Ryan introduced a plan, The Path to Prosperity, in April 2011 which included significant changes to Medicare. He then helped introduce the similar The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal in March 2012.


Florida Professor, Alumnus Offer Insight on How to Spend, Invest, Powerball Winnings

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Professor Gary Mazza shares Powerball investment strategy with class.
Professor Gary Mazza shares Powerball investment strategy with class.

Alumnus Ryan Moore unveils exotic cars.
Alumnus Ryan Moore unveils exotic cars.

As the Florida Powerball jackpot reached over $320 million, NBC television reporter Ashleigh Walters turned to Northwood University to gain insight on what a lucky winner could do with the funds.

Associate math professor Gary Mazza and other staff members shared that while a weekly $80,000 payout for 50-years could provide the opportunity to buy a small island, be one of the first to go to the moon, or own a submarine, the immediate cash payout of over 213 million dollars, invested at four-percent, would earn over 8 million a year in interest without the winner ever having to touch the principle. While offering a variety of scenarios, that amount, Mazza added, would provide one the opportunity to raise 350 needy American children a year at $12,000 each.

After interviewing professor Mazza and students, reporter Ashleigh Walters then visited NU alumnus Ryan Moore who now serves as Brand Manager at the nearby Palm Beach Motor Cars. Moore unveiled his Aston Martin which was featured in several recent James Bond films and then introduced the new Fisker Karma to Walters. "It's an all-electric luxury sedan, that's able to go about fifty miles on a single charge from plugging it in, after which you can go another 240 miles with the assistance of a fuel engine," said Moore, who added that it would set a lottery winner back between $104,850 and $112,000.

"Thanks to professor Mazza, alumnus Ryan Moore and other faculty, staff and students for so quickly sharing their knowledge and expertise," said Suzi McCreery, Director of Public Relations. "We all had fun envisioning the best way to invest such a jackpot," she laughed.

The odds of winning the jackpot, according to the Powerball website, are 1 in 175 million. Since POWERBALL launched in Florida in January 2009, Florida has had the strongest POWERBALL and Power Play sales of any U.S. lottery, exceeding more than $1.4 billion and yielding $557 million in education funding to date. Additionally, the Florida Lottery has had the most winners in the nation, winning more than $570 million in prizes, including four jackpot winners.
To view the story please visit: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/math-prof-what-320-million-powerball-can-do#ixzz23iHOFPry


Professor Lends Insight Regarding Benefits of Home Ownership, Renting

Thursday, 09 August 2012

George Stamas and Impact 5 Producer Matthew Harris
George Stamas and Impact 5 Producer Matthew Harris

Northwood Florida professor George Stamas recently reminded South Florida WPTV (NBC) viewers the formula to determine whether or not they should purchase a home.

"For the housing market to make sense from a financial point of view, to get a return of investment on your down payment, the rate of increase of the home has to be greater than the rate of inflation over time," he said.

The interview was part of a story in which the benefits of buying versus renting were carefully weighed. In a recent report obtained by WPTV (NBC) Impact 5 producer Matthew Harris, Zillow.com information indicates that one will need to own a home in Palm Beach County only 1.6 years before they break even and start to make a profit. The device called the 'breakeven horizon,' has become a popular tool for those debating home ownership.

Stamas shared that a variety of factors need to be considered when deciding the purchase of home including a lack of mobility and flexibility one may encounter in an uncertain job market, high debt ratios, interest rates and fees which could be included with bad credit, additional costs of home ownership such as private mortgage insurance, monthly maintenance fees, property taxes, and more.

Stamas serves as Adjunct Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Northwood University Florida. For 17 years he was a banker in New York City and Chicago working in the corporate and merchant banking departments of large international banks with focus on developing and maintaining relationships with large multinational companies. His last position was with Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) where he was VP-Department Head in charge of relationships with large high tech companies on the East Coast of the U.S.

He then moved on to an entrepreneurial career when he and a partner bought a small, struggling software training company in New Jersey and successfully turned it around. He and his partner sold the company to the employees after three years. His next venture, with another partner, was to start up a branch of a day trading company in New Jersey. After several years, the trading environment changed dramatically due to 9/11, changes in trading rules implemented by the SEC and the stock market crash, all of which resulted in the closing of the operation in 2002.

Presently, Stamas is Adjunct Professor of Economics and Management at Northwood University in West Palm Beach. He is also a Managing Director of Nova Associates, Ltd., a Florida-based financial advisory firm that provides management with corporate finance advice and assists in raising debt and equity.


Dr. Duncan Shares Insight Regarding Defense Spending Cuts

Thursday, 09 August 2012

Dr. Duncan comments to WPTV (NBC) reporter Alex Sanz.
Dr. Duncan comments to WPTV (NBC) reporter Alex Sanz.

As additional defense spending cut protests were announced this week, WPTV reporter Alex Sanz reached out to Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan to learn why the issue is of importance.

While quickly breaking down the numbers, Duncan shared that the cuts would threaten both jobs and national security. He then pointed out the increasingly dangerous world in which live, while highlighting the current threats in the Middle East (Syria), Iran, and the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

Duncan said that there are approximately one trillion dollars in automatic cuts scheduled over the course of ten years beginning January, 2013, and reminded NBC viewers that the associated job loss could affect several area industries. He shared that the cuts include $500 billion in defense spending or $50 billion per year, while highlighting their impact on national security and industry.

The rally, which was the third of its kind in the state of Florida, included Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin and Aerospace Industries Association members who are concerned that the $487 billion in reductions from the 2011 Budget Control Act would slam the Defense Department in the next decade.

With The Wall Street Journal reporting that sequestration cuts would leave the defense budget some 30% smaller in 10 years, Floridians are watching closely as the House of Representatives begins debating and deliberating on what programs would be cut under the spending reductions due to go into effect January 2, 2013.

Recently appointed Northwood University Florida President, Dr. Tom Duncan worked for the state of Missouri as an assistant to Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management as well as for the department of economic development as a division director of professional registration from 1985-1992. Prior to his government employment, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) for several years.

Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination at the Anglican Mission in the Americas in South Carolina. For the past 12 years he has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in several religious communities.


Florida President Tom Duncan, Congressman Allen West Join to Promote Small Business, Free Trade

Thursday, 02 August 2012

Dr. Tom Duncan
Dr. Tom Duncan

Northwood University Florida President Tom Duncan recently hosted Congressman Allen West along with small business owners, international trade specialists, media members and experienced exporters at an event titled: Export University 201 - Understanding the Free Trade Agreements & Opportunities in Panama and Colombia.

"As a university which is home to students from approximately 31 states and 44 countries, we believe that free markets and commercial enterprise serve not only as foundations for the American Dream, but also as the engines of global progress," said Duncan. "In addition to creating many jobs for small business, the free exchange of goods, services, and people directly benefits families in our own back yard here in West Palm Beach," he said.

West provided a Washington update relating to current issues facing the House Committee and small business at the event which is presented by Orbis Strategy Group and the US Department of Commerce Commercial Service.

International business opportunities for both small and large organizations included information relating to:

• Constructing international business development strategies
• Supporting expansion initiatives, distribution, and logistics
• Foreign Diplomatic Protocol Services
• Facilitating foreign relationships via introductions and business matchmaking
• Resolving foreign market issues
• Creating customized databases
• Organizing outbound and inbound trade missions, familiarization tours, and business location site visits
• A comprehensive overview of Panama and Colombia and opportunities that may exist for firms.
• Executing Event Planning: receptions for dignitaries, international educational workshops, seminars, and trade conferences - domestic and abroad

Recently appointed Northwood University Florida President, Dr. Tom Duncan worked for the state of Missouri as an assistant to Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management as well as for the department of economic development as a division director of professional registration from 1985-1992. Prior to his government employment, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) for several years.

Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination at the Anglican Mission in the Americas in South Carolina. For the past 12 years he has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in several religious communities.


Basinski and McCurdy Named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars

Thursday, 02 August 2012

Michael Basinski
Michael Basinski

Brett McCurdy
Brett McCurdy

Northwood University Florida is pleased to announce that alumnus Michael Basinski and returning senior 1st Team All-American Brett McCurdy have been selected as Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars.

Basinski and McCurdy are two of only fourteen NAIA golfers to attain this honor with only five schools having multiple players garnering the recognition. They includ. #16 Northwood FL, #18 SCAD, #13 Lee, #1 Oklahoma Christian, and #27 Southwestern (Kan.)

"Mike and Brett are both outstanding examples of student athletes. They work hard every day at practice and in the classroom. It's great to see them earn recognition not only for their golf, but for their academic performances as well," said Florida Men's and Women's Golf Coach Brandon Miller.

A total of 148 players in Division I, 54 in Division II and 14 in the NAIA earned the honor. Additionally, 26 honorees were added to the previously released Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars. To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70-percent of his team's competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 77.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.


Faculty Share Expertise Regarding Politics, Healthcare Reform To Local ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX Affiliates

Friday, 27 July 2012

Cathy Bush comments to ABC
Cathy Bush comments to ABC

Mark Bush comments to CBS.
Mark Bush comments to CBS.

In a campaign year full of political and economic discussion, demand for expert comment from Northwood University faculty and staff has increased dramatically.

Several interviews were recently taped by South Florida CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates in a three-day span highlighting the expertise of Florida President Tom Duncan along with professors Timothy Gilbert, Dr. Cathy Bush and Mark Bush.

"It's great to see that our friends in the media are getting a chance to know Northwood University leaders and faculty first-hand," said Susan McCreery, Director of Public Relations. "Our students have long gained from our faculty's expertise, hands-on experience, and anecdotal stories, and now the general public is enjoying the opportunity as well," she said.

While Dr. Tom Duncan shared insight with ABC, NBC and FOX relating to the current administration's mortgage refinancing plan and the recent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report, Tim Gilbert commented to CBS regarding Mitt Romney's message to small business owners who were put off by President Obama's recent comments. And in a first-ever coincidence, interviews from husband and wife professors Dr. Cathy Bush and Mark Bush aired simultaneously on different networks. Cathy Bush shared insight with ABC relating to whether campaign signs are of value as a marketing tool, and Mark Bush commented to CBS regarding President Obama's health care overhaul.

To view some of the complete interviews please visit:
Mark Bush: Non-partisan group says Obama's health care overhaul will shrink the deficit http://www.cbs12.com/news/features/healthcare/stories/vid_15.shtml
Cathy Bush and Tim Gilbert: Campaign Signs Saturate Community
http://www.wpbf.com/news/politics/Campaign-signs-saturate-community/-/8788770/15709958/-/13r4qwyz/-/index.html
Tim Gilbert: Romney takes on Obama's small business comment in battleground state. http://cbs12.com/news/features/vote/local/#
(Links to Dr. Tom Duncan's interviews are scheduled to be posted after the publication deadline of this story. Detailed information relating to his interviews will be forthcoming.)


DeVos Graduate Students Provide Valuable Business Analysis to Local Businesses

Friday, 20 July 2012

Onesole Shoe Inventor Dominique McClain Barteet with her DeVos Graduate School Field Work Team.
Onesole Shoe Inventor Dominique McClain Barteet with her DeVos Graduate School Field Work Team.

DeVos Graduate School of Management students recently completed extensive consulting projects for local area businesses, providing in-depth analysis of competitive marketing strategies and offering recommendations to support growth in various lines of business. These "fieldwork projects" provided the students with the opportunity to apply knowledge acquired in the classroom toward real-world business problems, while offering valuable information and ideas for their fieldwork "clients."

Florida based organizations that worked with DeVos MBA students included the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, The Tropical Fruit Company, Atlas Healthcare, Palm Beach Headshots, and Onesole. The scope of the projects covered a wide range of business challenges, including the development of public relations and social media plans, exploring opportunities to penetrate new markets, analysis of operational effectiveness issues, introduction of new products and services, and expansion from an entrepreneurial start-up to a large-scale business operation.

The fieldwork projects spanned several months, beginning with identifying a project scope with the business owner, conducting a thorough analysis of the strategies for each line of business, and applying marketing expertise based on the research from leading strategic consultants, to consider a range of alternatives toward accomplishing the goals of the business. In addition to providing the fieldwork clients with a comprehensive report of their findings, the students developed strategic and operational recommendations that inspired the businesses to consider new directions and actions.

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The MBA program at the DeVos Graduate School of Management exceeds traditional curriculum standards by integrating technical business knowledge with the skills necessary to assume leadership roles in a changing global economy. All coursework is driven by key student outcomes focused on the development of business acumen, critical thinking, and personal effectiveness, including emotional intelligence.

Globally recognized for their innovative efforts in applied business education, DeVos faculty have left their mark on virtually every industry, and have fostered, developed, and prepared hundreds of MBA students to be the business leaders of tomorrow.

Even though each faculty member brings a unique perspective and outlook to the interactive classroom, they all share several common attributes: they work closely with and take a personal interest in DeVos students, are deeply committed to making the learning environment at DeVos meaningful and stimulating, and are dedicated to building a curriculum that reflects the latest trends and time-tested principles.


Florida President Tom Duncan Shares Insight Regarding Defense Spending Cuts

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Dr. Tom Duncan shares insight with CBS anchor Ben Becker.
Dr. Tom Duncan shares insight with CBS anchor Ben Becker.

In his first ever South Florida television interview with CBS (WPEC) anchor Ben Becker, Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan shared the staggering numbers relating to billions of dollars in defense cuts which could cost the state of Florida thousands of jobs.

"Congress couldn't agree on how to trim the federal deficit, so one trillion dollars in automatic cuts over the course of ten-years are due to go into effect in January, and the amount includes $500 billion in defense spending or $50 billion per year," said Duncan of the process called sequestration.

While commenting on a variety of political headlines, Duncan stated that the perception of the government spending 'other people's money' can often lead one to the mistaken mindset of complacency. He shared that negative effects of sequestration include consumers losing confidence and holding back spending, and businesses hesitating to make investments and to hire new employees.

With The Wall Street Journal reporting that sequestration cuts would leave the defense budget some 30% smaller in 10 years, Floridians are watching closely as the House of Representatives begins debating and deliberating on what programs would be cut under the spending reductions due to go into effect January 2, 2013.

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Northwood University faculty experts serve as a valuable community resource in times of economic and political uncertainty by readily sharing their expertise with local and national news media.

Recently appointed Northwood University Florida President, Dr. Tom Duncan worked for the state of Missouri as an assistant to Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management as well as for the department of economic development as a division director of professional registration from 1985-1992. Prior to his government employment, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) for several years.

Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination at the Anglican Mission in the Americas in South Carolina. For the past 12 years he has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in several religious communities.

Duncan served as president of Bethany College (later Bethany University) in Santa Cruz, California, for five years. Duncan assumed his duties at this private, church-related institution in a time of financial uncertainty and declining enrollments. During his tenure, student enrollment grew from fewer than 495 students to over 720 students and the college began its first master's program and enlarged its innovative programs to reach non-traditional students. Duncan successfully balanced budgets by working closely with the board of trustees, fellow administrators, and faculty resulting in a surplus to the college.

Duncan voluntarily left this position in 1997 to pursue his PhD. in higher education administration at the University of Arizona. One year later his wife, Carol, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She passed away in 2001 which left him with two young children to raise. The following year he married his current wife, Rita, whose husband had passed away with cancer in 2000, leaving her with a young child. Now with the responsibilities of having a new wife and three young children, Duncan decided it was best for his new family if he remained closer to home while completing his PhD. dissertation, studying for Anglican ordination, and working in pastoral ministry for several years in the Saint Louis area. As his older children are moving into adulthood, he felt now was a better time to return to a campus leadership position.

He became a visiting professor at Ohio University in 2007 teaching courses which focused on higher education. Duncan also served on PhD. dissertation committees, advised master's students on their M.Ed papers and conducted independent and collaborative research. While at Ohio University he published two papers for the Center of Higher Education.


Gallery Promotes Exposure to Creativity, Arts

Friday, 13 July 2012


"Light 2" by Artist Fermin Presno

In addition to serving as a valuable community resource, Northwood University Florida's Jeannette Hare Art Gallery regularly inspires students to visualize their dreams and to translate them into reality.

Faculty, staff, students and friends are encouraged to mark their calendars for this year's artist's receptions:

In addition to sound business curriculum delivered from industry leaders, exposure to creativity and the arts helps students to discover opportunities for growth and to turn their ideas into action. Therefore, resources such as Northwood's Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and the Arts, the Jeannette Hare Art Gallery, and other artistic outlets play a key role in promoting inspiration and invention.

A native of Antwerp, Belgium, Jeannette Hare studied under Stirling Calder, father of American sculptor Alexander Calder. Her works include Northwood's bronze 'Mother and Child' sculpture as well as bronze portrait busts of newscaster Lowell Thomas, Irish poet and economist George Russell, Dale Carnegie and others.


Seahawk Basketball Reaches Out to Community

Friday, 13 July 2012

Ty Davis and Brandon Strassburger
Ty Davis and Brandon Strassburger

After an intense 2011-2012 season which yielded a 34-4 record, one might think Northwood Florida Seahawk basketball players would be lying low this summer. But team captain Ty Davis and graduate assistant Brandon Strassburger are proving that's not the case.

Under the direction of Head Coach Rollie Massimino, the two are reaching out to area athletic organizations and local fitness festivals to promote leadership, perseverance and sportsmanship, all while introducing the community to Northwood University's athletic programs.

"As a graduate assistant for the basketball team, my job is to reach out to the public to develop relationships and to establish awareness of our athletic teams and programs," said Strassburger. "It's all about networking, so I was thankful for the opportunity to connect two directors of area basketball organizations."

The effort led to a win-win situation for both the Step it Up Basketball Camp and the Christian Athletic Travel Squad (CATS) basketball team who quickly scheduled scrimmages and a chance to see the fancy footwork of Northwood players. It was from that opportunity that Chris Edden, Director of the CATS basketball team saw Ty Davis, Northwood's Seahawk Basketball Captain and a 3rd Team All-American work his magic on the court. He soon invited Davis and Strassburger to share tips with his group regarding how they've made it so far, so fast.

Davis spoke about the importance of 'playing with a sense of urgency' as well as the value of discipline, and revealed that after a championship game he'd still get up at 6 am to pay his dues at the gym. When asked how one bounces back after the continual bumps and bruises that life can throw out, he shared that he'd lost a championship on every level since middle school, but it was the perseverance and the awareness that there is always room for improvement that's enabled him to enjoy his success thus far. "If I didn't keep pushing forward I wouldn't have met the people I've met or be in the position I am in now," he said.

The two, shared that Seahawk basketball is the best it's ever been thanks to Coach Mass and the camaraderie of the group, while highlighting the importance of prioritizing goals. "Be good people, good students and good basketball players, in that order," they shared.

In six seasons the Northwood University Seahawks have won 171 games while losing only 37. For the past two seasons they have spent much time as a top-ranked Division II National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) team. This past 2011-2012 Season yielded a 34-4 won-lost record which led them all the way to the NAIA national championship game against Oregon Tech.


Professor Shares Insight Regarding Healthcare Ruling

Thursday, 05 July 2012

Timothy Gilbert
Timothy Gilbert

As a recent 5-4 Supreme Court ruling upheld the main part of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul known as Obamacare, Northwood University Florida Professor Timothy Gilbert shared perspective with South Florida's CBS television affiliate.

Surprised that tax and other provisions were upheld, Gilbert stressed that although the Supreme Court said they are not going to rule the taxability of it, the mandate would have impactful long-term effects on Americans due to the open door it had created for taxation. While sharing that immediate effects of the ruling would not be as dramatic Gilert said, "A lot of the provisions are already underway as doctors and insurance companies are already beginning the conversion process."

Chief Justice John Roberts was joined by the court's four liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor in the decision. They rejected two of the administration's three arguments in support of the insurance requirement but said the court mandate can be construed as a tax. "Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness," said Roberts.

The decision caused stocks of hospital companies to rise while those of insurance companies fell. The verdict is expected to proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care.

To view the entire story, please visit: http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_1014.shtml


Admissions and Alumni Team to Welcome New and Returning Seahawks

Thursday, 05 July 2012

Future Seahawks await the game.
Future Seahawks await the game.

The Northwood University admissions and alumni offices recently partnered to welcome both new students and alumni at an orientation session held at Roger Dean Stadium.

The event was designed to informally acquaint the groups while enjoying an evening of baseball and networking.

"When asked to partner with the traditional admissions department to welcome new students to Northwood Florida, the alumni office jumped at the opportunity," said Stephanie Lanza Director of Alumni and Community Relations. "As soon as a Seahawk enters the nest they become part of the alumni family, and those that connect with the office early receive many benefits including an alumni mentor and support system," she added.

Among the group were incoming students who were joining Northwood to study Automotive Management and Entertainment, Sport and Promotion Management. "This was a great opportunity for new students and their families to connect with existing Seahawk students and alumni while sharing their dreams for the future," said Doug Doran, a Northwood University Admissions Representative and Transfer Coordinator.

The event was supported by Northwood University Florida's Student Alumni Network (SAN). Brandon Strassburger, president of SAN shared why he believes the organization is so important. "I believe strongly in the Student Alumni Network because it provides students like me the best opportunity to associate with local Northwood graduates and for them to help guide us through our college experience. Developing these relationships is very important because Northwood alumni often seek to hire Northwood graduates due to the competencies we develop while attending Northwood," he said.

The mission of the SAN is to create interaction between the student body and Northwood University alumni. The SAN's focus is to build a student and alumni alliance through community service, volunteerism, fundraising and networking. SAN members promote and uphold the principles of the University and The Northwood Idea.


Alumna shares how NU played role in success as motivational and career coach

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Beth Kloesener 
Photo Credit: Nicole Bixby
Beth Kloesener Photo Credit: Nicole Bixby

When asked how one transitions from an accountant to a successful motivational and career coach, Beth Kloesener, a 1993 graduate of Northwood University Florida, shared how she discovered her inner passion while on her professional journey.

"Leadership and exceeding expectations were strongly instilled in me at Northwood," smiled the Saginaw, Michigan native who has transitioned from a controller to a motivational career coach, writer, speaker and founder of Girls2Women Coaching.

"Over the years I've learned that to become a transformational leader, one must build trust and create a safe culture. It's about setting people up for success, instilling a deep sense of belief in people that they can accomplish anything and truly valuing their individual talents and opinions. . When you create a genuine caring culture, people will exhibit extreme loyalty and strive to exceed every expectation. Even better, communication between your staff, departments and your entire organization will improve significantly," said Kloesener who is sought out by Fortune 500 companies as an agent of motivational change.

And it was an early sense of adventure and determination which first led her to Northwood. After first attending a local community college for two years, Kloesener entered the workforce and soon came to respect the value of sound accounting principles. She then learned of Northwood University Florida after receiving a brochure in the mail, and the rest, as they say, is history.

"I wanted the best experience and education my money could buy. The prestige of Northwood University and the small class sizes were especially appealing to me," said the adventurous young woman who drove straight to Northwood University Florida the weekend after receiving her acceptance letter and student loan approval. "I gave my employer my two week notice, packed up all my belongings and never looked back. It was by far, one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Here I was a small town Midwestern girl experiencing a new culture surrounded by the ocean, fresh opportunities and people of many different nationalities. I was living my dream," she laughed.

Within less than a year upon graduating from Northwood, Kloesener was promoted from a Junior Accountant position to Accounting Operations Manager. She then spent the next 18 years in a variety of capacities which included managing teams of people for Fortune 500 companies. It was in this role that she discovered that positioning people for success was her true passion. "There is nothing more rewarding for me than developing their talents and stretching them to a higher level," shared Kloesener who's spent years studying effective methods to make a difference while educating and inspiring youth and women in her community. "Establishing a career coaching company was a vehicle to positively impact more people outside of the office, expanding my reach to schools and non-profits. On a deep personal level, using my talents and skills to mentor people feels like my responsibility to the world and ultimately, my purpose," she said.

And it's that sense of principle which so closely relates to Northwood's mission of developing the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society.

"At the core of my purpose is to develop women leaders by helping students and professional women define a rewarding career to obtain personal growth, whole-hearted success and financial independence. I believe mentoring our youth to become leaders in their own lives by equipping them with job and life readiness skills and the self-confidence to make positive decisions will ensure a lifetime of success. Northwood instilled in me that I have certain freedoms and responsibilities to give back to society. As a strong woman leader what better way is there to give back than to become an entrepreneur focusing on improving the lives of others," asked Kloesener who also went on to earn her Master of Science degree in Leadership.

Noting that Dr. Cheryl Pridgeon made a tremendous impact on her journey, Kloesener still remembers that first philosophy class. "It wasn't until I was 21 years-old that someone actually asked me for my opinion. In addition, she expected me to justify and debate it. I can still recall how shocked I was to receive a D grade on my first paper because I considered myself an excellent student. But through the class, Dr. Pridgeon taught me how to frame my position, weigh alternatives and support my opinion. To this day, I attribute my problem solving skills, my ability to consider different views, confidently speak my ideas and gain consensus to her class; all characteristics required of a transformational leader," she said while also sharing that she had tried out for CBS' Survivor. "CBS didn't choose me, but boy, did they ever miss out on an opportunity to have a fabulous woman win on their show. That's right, I said win," she laughed.

As someone who exhumes enthusiasm, Kloesener was asked how she maintains her fun sense of spirit, even thru the rough spots.

"Life is challenging, period. But I believe having a positive attitude and being optimistic makes things so much easier. A leader's attitude sets the tone for the entire team. Who would rather follow an "Eeyore" (negative, dragging, no energy) than a 'Tigger' (bouncy, upbeat, fun and ferocious)? I will always choose 'Tigger'," she reflected. "I enjoy pointing out the lesson and the silver lining in the toughest of situations to people to remind them that life really isn't that deep. Celebrating people's successes of any magnitude is seriously fun. Celebrate overcoming obstacles, celebrate your strength, and celebrate your life."


Alumna Credits Mother, NU Experience for Love of Volunteerism

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Raquel Case
Raquel Case

Upon being acknowledged for outstanding volunteer and philanthropic efforts as well as support of business and commerce, a Northwood University Florida alumna recently credited her mother along with her Northwood experience.

Raquel Case, a 2006 graduate, was recently honored as one of 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America at their 4th Annual Awards Ceremony. The accolade was due to the countless hours she has spent assisting with fundraisers and charity events to benefit the children at the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County as well as her support of local business.

When asked what the honor meant to her, the automotive marketing graduate first credited her mother Rita Case, a Northwood University Distinguished Woman (05') and Outstanding Business Leader (11'). "My mother Rita received this same recognition a few years ago so following in her footsteps means everything to me. She is my hero, my idol and my best friend. If one day I can say that I have accomplished half as much as her, then to me I have succeeded. This award puts me one step closer to that goal," shared the 2006 alumna.

While reflecting on the other influences in life that have encouraged her to reach out to others, Raquel added, "While attending Northwood University I had the privilege of meeting Dr. David Fry, who was the president at the time. I witnessed how much Northwood grew under his leadership, and I got to learn about the Northwood Idea under his direction. His accomplishments have taught me that if you love what you do every day and are passionate about making your dreams a reality, then success will follow," she said.

"Volunteer your time for an organization that focuses on providing a better life for children today, they are our future. Don't measure success by your accomplishments or wealth. Measure success by the people you have impacted along the way, and know that if even one life has breathed easier because of you, then you have succeeded," she stated.

In her role as Studio Director at Rick Case FIAT, Raquel also believes strongly in supporting her coworkers and offers this advice to leaders in business. "Provide exceptional customer service; people buy from people they like. Set goals for yourself and your team. Lead by example; make more sales calls than your sales people, be enthusiastic and give 100% every day. Your team is your most important asset; training is an everyday process and if they respect you they will work hard for you. Do what you love and it will never feel like work."

Raquel opened Rick Case FIAT on July 1st 2011 and it became the nation's largest FIAT dealer during its first month in business.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs is to assure and to enhance the quality of life for children as participating members of a diverse urban society. Criteria for the prestigious 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County Award included generosity of time, energy, talent and resources to the community, and support to family, friends and co-workers. Proceeds from awards gala supported the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County.

Northwood's quality academic experience is just one part of fulfilling its mission to develop the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society. Volunteer opportunities through its EXCEL program help students realize the relationship between involvement and professional growth, and prepare its graduates to enter the workforce ready to lead.


Alumnus Applies Business Savvy, Creativity towards Successful Film Career

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Roger Moran
Roger Moran

When Northwood University Florida Alumnus Roger Moran first embraced his love of story-telling through film production while back at his home town of Paterson, New Jersey, he knew he needed to learn the business end of the art.

So when he learned of the Northwood University (NU) Entertainment, Sport and Promotion Management (ESPM) and Marketing curriculums, he knew he was one step closer to gaining the skills necessary to launch a movie production business. Born with the desire to make a difference via the silver screen, the budding producer practiced his craft along with his childhood friend and now business partner Andres Sivori.

He recently reflected why he is drawn to the art. "If you can make your audience feel and think, then you're doing your job. This goes for any type of genre, whether it's a comedy or a drama. I love working on projects that push boundaries and tell unique stories. There are many films being produced each year and if you're not original, you will never stand out."

And so far Moran's plan has paid off. After graduating from NU in 2008, he and Sivori founded Mind/View Films and have already released five short films.

Already well recognized in New York and Los Angeles, the two have become widely known for their 2011 release of The Confession which premiered at the Tulsa International Film Festival and received nominations for best short film at many festivals across the United States. "The Idea for The Confession came from Andres who wrote and directed the dramatic comedy shot back in 2009. It is about a young Catholic Spanish boy from the heart of New Jersey who goes through life every single day holding on to a secret he cannot reveal to anyone. Finally wanting to reveal it, he goes to confession to ask a priest the best way of going about it. The film tackles important themes like faith and innocence. The boy questions love, religion, and what's right from wrong. ""This was a special story and I'm glad many viewers enjoyed it. We felt really lucky to have the film screened at major festivals in New York, Tulsa, Orlando, and many other cities," said Moran.

Now using his business management, finance and negotiating skills on a daily basis, Moran credits NU for providing him with the tools necessary to make his artistic visions become a reality. "Northwood University has always stressed the importance of healthy partnerships, sponsorships and investments, so I was fortunate to gain experience in these areas. For our new film Electric City, we decided to create an online campaign and partnered up with SmallCanBeBig, a non-profit organization based out of Boston which helps families that are on the brink of foreclosure and eviction. "This campaign helped us create awareness for the film but most importantly helped a family in need. We felt it was just the right thing to do because of the subject matter," said Moran of the piece which takes place in 1993 in Schenectady, NY and is about a thirteen-year-old boy fighting to keep his family intact, when they receive a final eviction notice.

"As an independent producer, I have to be able to communicate and pitch ideas. I have to be confident and passionate about the product and the idea. Northwood provided me with the experience of communicating to both large groups and individuals, and it also helped me to gain assurance. All of those countless class presentations allowed me to work on building my confidence level which is another big reason why I am where I am today," he laughed.

"As a modern entrepreneur who understands that he is the head marketer of his own brand, Roger has utilized and put into action all of the tools he gained while at Northwood University. By putting his business and marketing competencies into action and combining them with his passion for story-telling, he has gained success in a most competitive industry," said Dr. Dennis Bechtol, Chair of Northwood's ESPM program.

And Palm Beach County was once again recently on Moran's location list, as he and Sivori's latest release, Croquembouche premiered at the Palm Beach County Film Festival this past Spring. "The film takes place in 1948 and it's about Marion, who is stuck in a lifeless marriage and is hosting a private dinner for four with her husband. In the story we find out that one of the guests turns out to be a woman she had an affair with during the Second World War. Andres and I co-produced this film with the American Film Institute, which is now ranked #1 film school in the world. I became involved with this film because of the powerful story it entails and it's relevancy to today's society. We definitely had a great time on this production and felt really lucky to have been mentored by Kevin Jones (former VP of Production for Columbia Pictures and Paramount). The film is currently on its festival run, it premiered at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, then played at the Boston LGBT Film Festival and will be playing next at the Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles," said Moran.

Soon to assist with the Northwood University Los Angeles Alumni Chapter, Moran graduated from Northwood University Florida with a BBA in Marketing/Management and an AA in Sports and Entertainment Management. He teamed up with childhood friend Sivori, to create Mind/View Films in 2008 to develop Independent Feature Films and work with many creative filmmakers in the New York area. Since the inception of the company, he has produced five short films and is currently in pre-production for the feature film Electric City, which will be directed by Nick DeRuve. Also serving as the Project Coordinator at D&E Entertainment, Moran is overseeing distribution for documentaries regarding the Re:Generation Music Project (sponsored by the Grammys), the highly controversial film about Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, I am Bruce Lee (Spike TV), and the rerelease of the 1968 animated film The Beatles: Yellow Submarine (Apple Corps, EMI).

Based in Los Angeles and New York, Mind/View Films is dedicated to creating a strong impact in the ever-evolving American film-making industry, by ultimately providing feature and documentary films that will gain commercial and artistic attention to distributors and audiences across the world


Alumnus Thanks Coaching Greats for Career Growth

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Jay Wright, Jay Duncan and Billy Lange
Jay Wright, Jay Duncan and Billy Lange

In a February, 2010 game, Massimino, his coaching team and Duncan listen to a call by the referee.
In a February, 2010 game, Massimino, his coaching team and Duncan listen to a call by the referee.

Many at Northwood University fondly recall Jay Duncan as the Florida Seahawk 2008-2010 starter and team captain from Australia who, under Coach Rollie Massimino, helped guide the men's basketball team to consecutive NAIA national tournaments and a 2009 Sun Conference title. However, it's Duncan's postgraduate success that also makes one take note.

After graduating in 2010, Duncan landed a graduate assistant position at Villanova University under Coach Jay Wright thanks to Coach Massimino. Duncan was able to earn his Master's in Education maintaining a 3.8 GPA while working at Villanova, and recently moved onto a position at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas working as a Video Coordinator under legendary coach Larry Brown.

"Coach Massimino was instrumental in helping me move into the coaching profession. Without him, I wouldn't be where I am today. Coach Wright was an assistant for Coach Mass at 'Nova, so when Coach Mass called him for me shortly before I graduated from NU, it was a done deal. I had the job. Now at SMU working for Coach Brown, I have the opportunity to learn from a hall of fame coach who is the only coach to ever win both an NBA and NCAA Championship. Having won the NBA title with the Detroit Pistons and an NCAA Championship with the Kansas Jayhawks, the opportunities to learn from his experiences are endless," he said.

With the ultimate goal of one day becoming an NCAA Division One Head Coach, Duncan doesn't take for granted the opportunities that have shaped his path to career growth. "Coach Massimino and Coach Wright over the past four years have taught me more about basketball than I learned in my entire playing career. Their basketball IQs are off the charts. I really try to pay close attention to how and why they do certain things as a coach to help their teams be successful, in the hope that one day I can pass these same lessons onto my teams," he smiled.

"We knew Jay would be a tremendous success not only as a student but also as an athletic leader. His ability to communicate with his fellow teammates has put him in a position to be an outstanding coach," said Massimino.

Still fondly recalling his time at Northwood Florida and the people who played a role in his current success, Duncan will never forget his Seahawk family.

"The time I had at NU was special. I was able to be a part of a great school and a great basketball program. Coach Massimino has developed Northwood into one of the very best basketball programs in the entire NAIA. I am proud to have played for the Seahawks, and still remain very close with Coach Mass, Ken Gabelman, Ken Sullivan, and the entire basketball team," he said. "I would tell anyone who wants to get involved in coaching basketball, to work extremely hard and to be a student of the game. Study great coaches and apply the tools that they used to be successful. When I had to get back surgery following my senior season at Northwood and was not able to sign and play professionally back home in Australia, I was extremely thankful for my professors, advisors and coaches for their help and advice academically. Without them, I may not have been accepted to Villanova grad school, and would not have had the same opportunities to coach," he added.

Prior to Villanova, Duncan spent two seasons (2008-10) as a starter and team captain for Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla. His teams went 54-13, made consecutive NAIA national tournaments and won the 2009 Sun Conference title. Duncan was selected the 2009-10 Northwood Student-Athlete of the Year and was a two-time NAIA Champion of Character honoree.

Duncan played his first two collegiate seasons at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he was a two-year starter. Duncan was selected All-Region IX first team and was named an NJCAA Academic All-American. He earned a bachelor's degree in business at Northwood in 2010 and a master's in education from Villanova in 2012.


Revival of Auto Sales Increases Demand for NU Graduates

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Professor Tim Gilbert
Professor Tim Gilbert

As headlines focus on a struggling economy and record jobless figures, many dedicated professionals find themselves without employment. Fortunately that's not the case for several Northwood University's Automotive Marketing and Automotive Aftermarket Management graduates.

"We have more companies coming to us looking for students to hire than we have students available to fill the jobs," said Tim Gilbert, Northwood Florida's Automotive Marketing professor in a recent interview with Sun-Sentinel reporter Rich Pollack. "My students have an automotive background, so companies find them desirable," he said.

With some of last year's graduates already earning close to six-figure salaries at large auto dealerships, Gilbert shared that several factors are contributing to the opportunities, including a revival of auto sales and dealership recruitment which is focused on pinpointing the managers of tomorrow. "They're now looking for career-oriented people," Gilbert told Pollack. "They're hoping to build a cadre of people they can place in positions throughout their organization."

The Northwood University Automotive Marketing & Management major focuses on the various aspects of the automotive marketing function including dealership advertising, finance and insurance, budgeting and forecasting, parts and service, and used car management. A computer simulation in which class members are challenged to rescue a troubled dealership is completed during the final term.

In 1963, the National Automobile Dealers Association (N.A.D.A.) selected Northwood University as the college to develop the only collegiate degree program in Automotive Marketing & Management. In active cooperation with automobile firms, Northwood continues to prepare students for interesting and challenging careers in all aspects of automobile distribution, sales, and service. Northwood University is dedicated to preparing students for careers in the 18,000 new car dealerships that emerge each year. In addition to approximately 550,000 auto dealership jobs, there are numerous positions in the distribution and marketing departments of auto manufacturers and distributors.


Environmental science professor shares advantages of green initiatives

Wednesday, 06 June 2012

Professor Kevin Petrovsky
Professor Kevin Petrovsky

Northwood University environmental science professor Kevin Petrovsky recently shared with WPTV television reporter Rikki Klaus that the key to going green successfully is for families to identify their needs and to do their homework regarding technology.

As Port St. Lucie Florida receives a National Association of Counties Award for its Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF), Klaus of WPTV, South Florida's NBC affiliate, recently met up with Petrovsky to see if the energy efficient initiative really meant long term cost savings.

Petrovsky shared that solar energy has come a long way. "This third generation of photovoltaics that we're in is much more efficient, much more cost-effective, has a longer life span and is certainly making this a much more attractive investment," he said.

St. Lucie County's SELF program is empowering its residents and businesses to save money and to reduce energy consumption through the program, a conservation initiative that has drawn national and international attention for its innovative approach to fostering a Green Economy. As a Port St. Lucie family replaced 30-year-old windows with double-paned, argon-filled, tinted ones at a cost of $12,000, the monthly electricity savings of $50 or so was offset by a loan through SELF which will ensure savings in the long run.

The Clean Energy Loan Program is a low interest rate (4) loan program, created through partnerships among the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), St. Lucie County, Solar and Energy Loan Fund(SELF), and local community leaders and organizations. This program was established to help reduce energy bills in the communities and provide access to various clean energy solutions such as energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy production. The Clean Energy Loan Program makes it affordable for homeowners and businesses to take advantage of these newest clean energy technologies.

Photovoltaics (PV) is a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity using semiconductors that exhibit the photovoltaic effect. Photovoltaic power generation employs solar panels composed of a number of solar cells containing a photovoltaic material.

To view the television segment please visit: http://ww.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_st_lucie_county/fort_pierce/self-lends-green-to-help-st-lucie-county-residents-go-green-which-can-be-an-expensive-endeavor#ixzz1wwNdVskbb


Florida professor lends insight regarding housing crisis

Wednesday, 06 June 2012

Professor George Stamas
Professor George Stamas

Northwood Florida economic professor George Stamas recently commented to NBC television producer Matthew Harris, that he saw increased sales to international buyers a positive short term trend.

The topsy turvy forecast for Florida's housing market offers foreign investors the rare opportunity to capitalize on flat or declining real estate prices while their own currencies are rising in comparison to the United States dollar, and south Florida homeowners seem to see the value in that. "I think at the moment, international investors are helping to stabilize the market," Stamas said. "So if you own a home, you appreciate the foreign investor."

Current conditions are especially attractive to investors who have seen prices rise sharply in their native countries to levels that now well exceed comparable properties in Florida.

As housing prices peaked in early 2006, and started to decline in 2006 and 2007, increased foreclosure rates in 2006–2007 among U.S. homeowners led to a crisis in August 2008 for the subprime and foreign bank markets. The crisis reached new lows in 2012.

Despite opportunities, foreign investors should ensure they do due diligence reminds Harris. "Buying a bargain is not that simple. Real estate agents must guide foreign buyers through a complex maze of visas, real estate regulations and currency rules," he cautions.

Those interested can view the full WPTV NBC story at:
http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/west_palm_beach/impact-5-international-buyers-boosting-home-prices#ixzz1wwDsn9NP


Northwood University Appoints Dr. Tom Duncan as President of Florida Area

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Dr. Tom L. Duncan
Dr. Tom L. Duncan

Northwood University has appointed Dr. Tom L. Duncan as president of the Florida area. Dr. Keith A. Pretty, president and CEO, said, "Dr. Duncan possesses both excellent academic credentials and broad-based community leadership experience. Both students and faculty are looking forward to his leadership of Florida."

Dr. Duncan served as president of Bethany College (later Bethany University) in Santa Cruz, California, for five years. Duncan assumed his duties at this private, church-related institution in a time of financial uncertainty and declining enrollments. During his tenure, student enrollment grew from fewer than 495 students to over 720 students and the college began its first master's program and enlarged its innovative programs to reach non-traditional students. Duncan successfully balanced budgets by working closely with the board of trustees, fellow administrators, and faculty -- resulting in a surplus to the college.

Duncan voluntarily left this position in 1997 to pursue his PhD. in higher education administration at the University of Arizona. One year later his wife, Carol, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She passed away in 2001 which left him with two young children to raise. The following year he married his current wife, Rita, whose husband had passed away with cancer in 2000, leaving her with a young child. Now with the responsibilities of having a new wife and three young children, Duncan decided it was best for his new family if he remained closer to home while completing his PhD. dissertation, studying for Anglican ordination, and working in pastoral ministry for several years in the Saint Louis area. As his older children are moving into adulthood, he felt now was a better time to return to a campus leadership position.

He became a visiting professor at Ohio University in 2007 teaching courses which focused on higher education. Duncan also served on PhD. dissertation committees, advised master's students on their M.Ed papers and conducted independent and collaborative research. While at Ohio University he published two papers for the Center of Higher Education.

From 1985-1992 Duncan worked for the state of Missouri as an assistant to Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management as well as for the department of economic development as a division director of professional registration. Prior to his government employment, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) for several years.

Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination at the Anglican Mission in the Americas in South Carolina. For the past 12 years he has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in several religious communities.

"The reason that I support The Northwood Idea enthusiastically is that these values are my own. The major themes of The Idea are very familiar to me and are part of my own political, economic and personal philosophies," states Dr. Duncan. He continues, "I believe in competition, human effort and the rewards and failures that human effort brings. Also, I believe in eliminating all artificial barriers to human participation in competitive enterprise so that all individuals have an equal opportunity to participate, contribute, succeed and fail."


Alumna applies business expertise toward educating art lovers

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Talya Lerman
Talya Lerman

Alumna Talya Lerman has accomplished her goal of applying business acumen toward a successful career in the world of art.

Now serving as Director of Education at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Lerman grew up in a creative family always knowing that she wanted to walk in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, gifted pastel and acrylic artists, so she attended high school at West Palm Beach's renowned Dreyfoos School of the Arts and then went on to study her craft in college.

"After attending two semesters at an arts college I quickly realized that if I became a professional artist I wasn't going to have the autonomy that I desired, and also that I wasn't going to be the next Picasso," she smiled. "I realized that although I really wanted to be a professional involved with the arts, that did not necessarily mean that I would be a full-time professional artist, so I moved to Miami to work for an art gallery," said Lerman. And it was that ability that first enabled Lerman to experience the business side of art and to appreciate her capability.

"After moving back to West Palm Beach I decided to enroll at Northwood as an Adult Degree Program student, and I couldn't have made a better choice thanks to all of the instructors who went out of their way to apply their lessons to everyday real-world experiences. I loved the brain storming involved," remembered Lerman, who joined the Armory Art Center last October. At the Armory, she quickly improved efficiency by further updating their catalogue, modernizing curriculum guides and restructuring classes. "I've already applied much of what I've learned in class toward streamlining systems and processes that support the goals and objectives of the organization. From orchestrating various families of data into a strategic data-centric architecture, to fine tuning data-mining techniques that support customer relationship management, to hosting workshops and art shows, I've done it all," said the South Florida native.

And outside organizations are enjoying her talents as well, as several area businesses have benefited from her workshops designed to ignite creativity within leadership teams.

"On an everyday basis thinking creatively should not be a foreign concept. Integrating the business into arts is all about thinking holistically. It's very easy for us to get bogged down in the individual details but sometimes it's important to look at the whole picture. Using the arts is a great way to do that," she said.


Entrepreneurship Society Pitch Contest Unveils Unique Proposals

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Winner Jordan Rawlyk with judges Cy Rosen, Julia Hansen and Jennifer McFarland and George Stamas.
Winner Jordan Rawlyk with judges Cy Rosen, Julia Hansen and Jennifer McFarland and George Stamas.

Emiliano Gonzalez, Jake Lockhart, Jordan Rawlyk, Brian Shingler and Entrepreneurship Society President Chris Buddee
Emiliano Gonzalez, Jake Lockhart, Jordan Rawlyk, Brian Shingler and Entrepreneurship Society President Chris Buddee

Northwood University Florida's Entrepreneurship Society recently hosted a Pitch Competition which allowed students the opportunity to competitively present business proposals to a panel of judges who posed as venture capitalists.

The program, designed to prepare students for real-world presentations, allowed the group ideas which ranged from a gift basket 'welcome home' business, to a corporate investment company, to pitches for technological concepts relating to improved centralized sports websites and free online media playlists, and more.

The judges included Jennifer McFarland, Julia Hansen and Cy Rosen. After deliberating at length following the presentations, they awarded first place honors to contestant Jordan Rawlyk, whose pitch related to a web based gift card exchange concept. His prize was the choice of an iPad or, ironically, a $500 cash gift card.

"Part of the value proposition of the Pitch Competition is that students learn to prepare proper presentations, and they then received constructive comments from the judges relating to business model improvement," said Adjunct Professor George Stamas who spearheaded the event. Annual Entrepreneurship Society programs include roundtables, pitch competitions, and more.

Group photos:

Emiliano Gonzalez, Jake Lockhart, Jordan Rawlyk, Brian Shingler and Entrepreneurship Society President Chris Buddee

Winner Jordan Rawlyk with judges Cy Rosen, Julia Hansen and Jennifer McFarland and George Stamas.


Northwood University Recognizes Outstanding Alumni

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Dr. Kristin Stehouwer, Wilson Enriquez, Cory McJimson, Brian Fisher and President Keith Pretty, JD.jpg
Dr. Kristin Stehouwer, Wilson Enriquez, Cory McJimson, Brian Fisher and President Keith Pretty, JD.jpg

Northwood University Florida recently honored four outstanding alumni for their contributions to industry and the communities in which they live and work. The honorees included:

Alumni Service Award - Louis Carducci, Jr. (1996)
While working closely with members of the various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Chief Louis Carducci, Jr. leads a team of 55 officers while overseeing an annual budget designed to mechanize one of the most vital wheels related to international security and the economic wellbeing of the United States of America.

A 1996 graduate, Carducci currently serves as the Chief CBP Officer overseeing the Counter-Terrorism Response Rover Team (CTRRT) at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York City. As one of the youngest officers ever selected for the position, Carducci is responsible for overseeing all enforcement actions related to passenger processing. His team has intercepted 490 pounds of heroin, 694 pounds of cocaine, 100 pounds of marijuana and over one million dollars of counterfeit U.S. currency over the past year, while ensuring the safety of U.S. citizens, visiting dignitaries and foreign nationals from across the globe.

A varsity baseball player at Northwood for four years, Carducci still applies the acronym he learned from Wally Amos, a 1994 Outstanding Business Leader, toward his professional and personal endeavors.

The Alumni Service Award recognizes an alumnus who has served in the military or public service industry and exemplifies the Northwood University code of ethics.

Alumni Achievement Award - Brian Fisher (1991)
As Vice President of Operations for Kwik Shop, Incorporated, a Division of The Kroger Company, Brian Fisher is responsible for providing leadership, structure and vision toward ensuring the company accomplishes its operational and financial goals.

Now gaining great satisfaction from watching his associates excel professionally, the 1991 alumnus is thankful for lesson's learned as a Seahawk student, and said he readily applies his Northwood experience toward his current role in ensuring that customers of the 130 Kwik Shop stores receive the best experience possible.

Responsible for dramatically increasing merchandise and gas sales while decreasing overall operating costs, Fisher and his team were awarded the Kroger Division of the Year. Customer Experience, Highest Mystery Shop Average, and To. Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) to Plan Awards for 2010.

While reflecting on the Northwood University experiences and faculty that have touched him most, Fisher said he often uses skills gained in his Northwood business report writing and marketing courses, and he believes that his success was prompted by the tremendous influence of key faculty members including Eleanor Madigan, Gail Ross, Joan Jones, Fred Jordan, Alexander Watts, and Malvin Cutler.

The Alumni Achievement Award is the highest honor awarded. The nominee must have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their chosen career and support the Northwood Idea.

Young Alumni Volunteer Award - Cory McJimson (2007)
A 2007 graduate, Cory McJimson has applied his Northwood University business management, accounting, and finance lessons towards the collection of over 2 million in 2010 unpaid taxes as a Tax Compliance Officer for the State of California.

By working closely with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to support United States fiscal responsibility, McJimson conducts and strategizes investigations to determine if businesses and individuals are paying their required taxes. His focus relates to ensuring the accuracy of claimed credits and deductions for federal state and local taxes while notifying tax payers of discrepancies.

As McJimson applies Northwood University academic lessons toward career success, he credits professors Mazza and Harmon for stressing the importance of research and preparation, and Coach Rollie Massimino for inspiring him to serve as a coach himself.

The Young Alumni Volunteer Award recognizes volunteerism in the nominee's work or community as well as being an active alumni participant and supporter of Northwood University.

Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award - Wilson Enriquez (2002)
Wilson Enriquez reminds visitors to his company website that the American Dream is alive and well and within one's reach, and he should know. As president and founder of Ideal Lending Solutions, Enriquez, a 2002 Northwood University Florida graduate exemplifies the principles of free-enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Always aware that he'd someday own his own business, Enriquez was actively involved in student organizations while a student at Northwood. In his freshman year, he began to apply his new found business knowledge toward working his way up in the popular Diversified Educational Clubs of America (DECA) Delta Epsilon Chi program to become national president and a first place winner in its national competition.

After graduating from Northwood he joined Team One Lending Mortgage to learn the ropes as an Operation's Manager, and soon decided to apply his Northwood academic and professional experiences towards opening his own lending firm.

Now as President of Ideal Lending, Enriquez finds time to give back to the community and currently sponsors the Northwood University Florida Wilson and Shana Enriquez Annual Scholarship while serving as an active member of the Alumni Leadership Council. In addition, he serves as a board member on a variety of civic organizations.
Candidates are selected based on various criteria with emphasis on those who have shown dedication and achievement in their professions, community involvement, and their support and commitment to Northwood University.

The Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award is given to a nominee whose Northwood degree has impacted their current success in their business and community and supports Northwood and the Northwood Idea.


Florida Campus Employees Recognized at Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Lisa Prue, Kelly Blaggie and Janice Scarinci
Lisa Prue, Kelly Blaggie and Janice Scarinci

Northwood University's Florida Campus honors convocation and commencement ceremonies recently held special surprises for faculty members as they were recognized for their contributions.

Lisa Prue, Chair of the Accounting Department was selected by members of the senior class to receive The Samuel R. Marotta Ethics Award. The award criteria is based on selecting the faculty member who has most challenged student perspectives regarding the kind of moral issues they may face in their careers and how they might respond to those challenges.

Kelly Blaggie, Associate Dean of Students & Director of Career Services received the Innovation Award for her efforts in serving as one of the developers of Northwood's Virtual Career Fair. Instituted in 2002, the Innovation Award can be given to as many as five Northwood employees, university-wide, who have demonstrated special attention to the university and its students by innovating or creating special programs or processes or initiatives which move the university ahead.

Dr. Janice Scarinci, Chair of Northwood University Florida's Hotel, Restaurant and Resort Management (HRRM) program was recognized for her dedication to the program by being awarded the Faculty Excellence Award. Established 30 years ago, the Northwood University Award of Faculty Excellence recognizes a faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to the university. It is the highest professional award given by the University.


Triplets Achieve Goal of Graduating College Together

Tuesday, 08 May 2012

The Hancock triplets celebrate with family members on graduation day.
The Hancock triplets celebrate with family members on graduation day.

It wasn't long ago that Allison, Lindsay and Casper (Pete) Hancock narrowed their list of prospective colleges to just a few. In 2008 the three decided that Penn State and West Virginia enrollments of 15,000 - 20,000 wouldn't provide the personalized attention Northwood University had to offer. And that wasn't all. Northwood's automotive management and marketing program could help them achieve their goal of carrying on the family business.

After being accepted to Northwood of Florida, the three were all awarded Future Business Leader of America (FBLA) scholarships and soon became very involved in campus life, taking active roles in a variety of activities including NU's student run auto show.

Now just four short years later and one step closer to their dream, the trio has earned degrees in Automotive Marketing and Management, with Lindsay earning an additional degree in finance.

The group, who credits Automotive Management and Marketing Professor Tim Gilbert as being one of their strongest mentors, will remain at Northwood to achieve their Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees.


Sleeves Up for Students Day Ignites Fun in the Sun

Thursday, 03 May 2012

Back Row (L-R) Bob Cabello, Patricia Sheehan, Phil Shipley, Linda Mohr, Terri Calhoun, Mary Lattimore, Jade Leitao, Sheila Clarke, Hollie Crotts, Joe Zedonavich, Beka Mejava. Matt Stevens, MK Kok, Felix Moyeno, Adair Kaestner Front Row (L-R): Gregory Wright, Brandon Miller, Marla King, Manny Cebollero
Back Row (L-R) Bob Cabello, Patricia Sheehan, Phil Shipley, Linda Mohr, Terri Calhoun, Mary Lattimore, Jade Leitao, Sheila Clarke, Hollie Crotts, Joe Zedonavich, Beka Mejava. Matt Stevens, MK Kok, Felix Moyeno, Adair Kaestner Front Row (L-R): Gregory Wright, Brandon Miller, Marla King, Manny Cebollero

Northwood University Florida students now have one more reason to enjoy fun in the sun, as faculty and staff recently donned painters gear and outdoor wear to brighten up the sand volleyball courts adjacent to the pool area.

With the goal of enriching the lives of Northwood students, the group worked with Northwood's maintenance crew to paint walls, plant tropical foliage and hang a new volleyball net.

Under direction of Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer and Interim Florida Provost Dr. Kristin Stehouwer, the effort, known at the fourth annual "Sleeves Up for Students Day" was introduced to provide Northwood faculty and staff the opportunity to reach out to the students in ways that would enhance their Northwood Experience.

No strangers to campus renewal, the group adds this year's project to a list of campus refurbishment ventures including building a thatched roof relaxation area, beautification of the Smith Recreation Center, revitalization of the Alumni Pavilion and more.

Pictured in the photo are:
Back Row (L-R) Bob Cabello, Patricia Sheehan, Phil Shipley, Linda Mohr, Terri Calhoun, Mary Lattimore, Jade Leitao, Sheila Clarke, Hollie Crotts, Joe Zedonavich, Beka Mejava. Matt Stevens, MK Kok, Felix Moyeno, Adair Kaestner Front Row (L-R): Gregory Wright, Brandon Miller, Marla King, Manny Cebollero


Alumnus Credits Northwood Experience for Automotive Aftermarket Success

Wednesday, 02 May 2012

Josh Shindle
Josh Shindle

As regional sales manager for Delphi Product and Service solutions, Northwood University Florida alumnus Joshua Shindle credits his Northwood University experiences for helping him to understand the importance of professionalism, communication skills and punctuality while relaying the value of original equipment (OE) parts.

Now traveling the Southeastern United States talking about autos and the parts that comprise them while stressing the importance of original equipment (OE) parts, Shindle enjoys sharing his longtime love of everything on wheels.

It was this innate fondness that made childhood business trips with his dad even more interesting. "Growing up I always had a great interest in cars and talking to people about cars, so luckily my father's commercial insurance career tied into both," said Shindle who would ride along with his dad to insurance presentations. "Commercial insurance is not exactly the automotive aftermarket, but I still liked talking to people who owned garages, just not necessarily about their liability policies," he laughed.

It wasn't long before Shindle, a Vero Beach, Florida native was accepted to Northwood University Florida's Automotive Aftermarket Management (AMM) program. "I wasn't sure what career I would choose, but I knew I wanted it to be in the automotive industry, and I chose Northwood because it was the only school that had a program specific to that area," he said.

After familiarizing himself with the West Palm Beach area, he obtained a few jobs in car dealership parts departments and began to understand the value of OE parts. "Day after day I saw cars being towed in from other shops which had not been repaired correctly due to use of low quality, value line parts. We'd often substitute an OE part to immediately solve the problem, and I've been a believer ever since," he said

And it was professor Bob Sundwick's part distribution channel lessons combined with internship experience at Grote Industries and participation in a variety of automotive events which helped to prepare him for his chosen career.

"People always have choices. Whether they are buying anything from food to fuel pumps, most consumers won't think twice about using a 'value brand' or low cost automotive replacement part, at least not until they end up stuck on the side of the road with the same problem they had initially. That is why when I visit a parts store or a shop I always look at the shelf which holds their defective or returned items. There is almost always a value line part on that shelf, and that builds value for me and for my company," he said.

Grote Industries is a world leader in vehicle safety systems, providing a wide range of components for original equipment manufacturers and the vehicle aftermarket. Its products are used as original equipment on semi-tractors and trailers, passenger cars, buses, industrial vehicles, recreational vehicles and agricultural machinery.

Delphi is a leading global supplier of electronics and technologies for automotive, commercial vehicle and other market segments. Operating major technical centers, manufacturing sites and customer support facilities in 30 countries, Delphi delivers real-world innovations that make products smarter and safer as well as more powerful and efficient.


Florida Faculty and Staff Surprise Dr. Stehouwer with Appreciation Party

Wednesday, 02 May 2012

Patricia Sheehan presents Dr. Stehouwer with a Hermes scarf.
Patricia Sheehan presents Dr. Stehouwer with a Hermes scarf.

Northwood University Florida faculty and staff recently hosted a surprise party to show their appreciation, admiration and respect for Dr. Kristin Stehouwer and her role in serving as Interim Florida Provost.

Stehouwer, who serves as Northwood's Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer took on the additional role in July 2011, and has made a great impact on Northwood of Florida with her ability to unite, animate, inspire and empower those around her.

"While considering the ideal candidate to serve in this role, I had no doubt that Dr. Stehouwer was the best choice," said Northwood University President Keith Pretty. "Her leadership abilities serve Northwood University well in a number of capacities, and the opportunity for her to serve this temporary responsibility provides her the advantage of experiencing the position of campus provost first-hand," he said.

Known for her ability to free up the creative genius in employees by offering them undivided attention toward the achievement of future growth in their areas, Stehouwer reminded the Northwood Florida family of its exciting potential.

"It is difficult to express our deep appreciation to Dr. Stehouwer for the tireless effort and time she so graciously gave to our campus and to each one of us this past year. She truly is an amazing professional who is the best example of a true servant leader," said Patricia Sheehan, Executive Assistant to the Provost. She has quietly taught us many valuable lessons about leadership, dedication and professionalism. It has truly been my privilege to work as her Florida executive assistant this past short year," she said.

As a token of their appreciation, the group presented Dr. Stehouwer with a Hermes scarf and a gift certificate to the St. John Clothing Company.

Dr. Stehouwer earned her doctorate from Northwestern University in Political Science and International Relations. Her graduate studies included International Law at the University of Strasbourg as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. Her scholarly work has focused on political and economic cooperation. She also earned a B.A. and M.A. from Northwestern University. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at a number of colleges and universities.

Photo: Patricia Sheehan presents Kristin Stehouwer with Hermes scarf.


Professor Shares Expertise Regarding Cyber Security

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Patricia McDermott-Wells comments to CBS news.
Patricia McDermott-Wells comments to CBS news.

Demand continues to increase for Northwood University media commentators as their expertise relates to a wide variety of local and international issues of interest.

With a new government report exposing cyber security problems, threats to public, private and government computer networks are getting attention on Capitol Hill, so it wasn't long before television reporters contacted Susan McCreery, Director of Public Relations at Northwood University Florida to be quickly connected with an industry expert who could shed light on the concern.

"In this instance Adjunct Professor Patricia McDermott-Wells was able to shed light on what's becoming a monumental security issue. With the expertise of our university leaders and faculty members being one of our most valuable resources, we are pleased to provide this service to the community," said McCreery.

While pointing out that some foreign governments 'are rumored to have entire army battalions that sit at computers and do nothing but try to hack anything and everything,' McDermott-Wells shared with CBS anchor Ben Becker that while looking at the issue from the standpoint of loss of human life, being able to bring another government to its knees without sending manned soldiers over, is certainly going to look very attractive."

McDermott-Wells, has over 30 years of computer experience which covers all aspects of data processing and management. Her previous experience includes consulting positions with the Florida cities of Miami, Jacksonville and Tallahassee, and serving as a top technical software specialist for Unisys mainframes on an international "fly & fix" support team. In addition, she has lended her expertise to assist many international banks and insurance corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

McDermott-Wells holds a Bachelor in Mathematics and a Masters in Management Science/Operations Research from the University of Miami, and is a doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University. She is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), and holds additional MCP certifications in Visual Basic Programming, Access Development, Windows, Active Directory Services, Networking, Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), Internet Information Server and Internet Explorer Administration. Published articles and papers include "how-to" pieces for Unisphere magazine, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Explorer magazine.


Florida Standouts Honored with WOW YOU Awards

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Dr. Kristin Stehouwer and Adair Kaestner
Dr. Kristin Stehouwer and Adair Kaestner

Dr. Kristin Stehouwer and Dr. Edwin Moore
Dr. Kristin Stehouwer and Dr. Edwin Moore

Two Northwood University employees were recently honored as part of Northwood University Florida's WOW YOU recognition program.

The program highlights faculty and staff who have gone above and beyond in raising the profile and reputation of the campus in areas such as community service, service to students, volunteerism, and recognition for their scholarly and professional accomplishments.

Northwood University Florida's Chair of Management and International Business Dr. Edwin Moore was recognized due to his exemplification of Northwood's core value of promoting and leveraging the global, diverse and multi-cultural nature of enterprise, as his published research and presentations relate to institutions that allow a developing or transitional economy to develop a capitalist form.

Because developing markets account for about 86% of the world's population, the evolution of institutions in these developing and transitional markets has great significance for an international university campus such as Northwood.

Moore has a Doctorate of International Business specializing in economic development, International Management, and international government corruption.

Adair Kaestner, Senior Director of Student Life was recognized for having dedicated countless hours to ensuring that Northwood students receive the support they need in good times and in times of need.

Kaestner has developed innovative and engaging programming to enhance student life at Northwood University Florida and also has contributed to the support network for it. student's in difficult times such as when students have passed away. As a campus that has seen its share of tragedy this year, Northwood University Florida is blessed to have employees who exemplify our code of ethics.


Student Services Award Ceremony Recognizes Best and Brightest

Thursday, 26 April 2012



SGA Executive Board (L to R)
Robert Carlisle, President; Kelsey Heckman, Public Relations Chair; Andre Barrett, Activities Chair; Manual Gonzalez, Treasurer; Chelsea Lamb, Vice President
SGA Executive Board (L to R) Robert Carlisle, President; Kelsey Heckman, Public Relations Chair; Andre Barrett, Activities Chair; Manual Gonzalez, Treasurer; Chelsea Lamb, Vice President

Northwood University Florida's annual Student Services Award Ceremony recently recognized those students and organizations which have served to make a difference both inside and outside the classroom.

In addition to the recognition and induction of former and new Student Government Association (SGA) members, a variety of students were recognized for their involvement in the EXCEL volunteer program as well as several additional campus programs and organizations.

Awards were presented to students, faculty and staff who have excelled academically and to those who have gone above and beyond while serving Northwood University students and those in the surrounding community.

Among the categories included were the EXCEL volunteer program, and a variety of additional campus programs and organizations.

Those recognized included:
20-30 EXCEL Hours
Brittany Orlando, Regina Volta, Lindsay Hancock, Katharine Blackburn, Caitlin Barsumian, Ashley Casal, Andrea Sucre, Robert Carlisle, Chelsea Lamb, Radojka, Nikodinovic, Cierra O'Neal, Ashlee Sanford, and George Wellmer.

30-40 EXCEL Hours
Lancelot Darville, Brandon Strassburger, and Samantha Frausto

40-50 EXCEL Hours
Jessica Valencia, Kelly McCaughey, Adalberto Trujillo, Danelle Girard

2011-2012 SGA Board
Lynn Hernandez: Secretary
Sedric Simon: Treasurer
Jessica Valencia: Public Relations Chair
Jordan Altman: Activities Chair
Christopher Buddee: Vice President
Lancelot Darville, Jr.: President

2012-2013 SGA Board
Kelsey Heckman: Public Relation Chair
Andre Barrett: Events Chair
Manuel Gonzalez: Treasurer
Chelsea Lamb: Vice President
Robert Carlisle: President

Residential Assistant of the Year: Chris Buddee

Campus Program of the Year: Athlete Auction (SEA)

Organization of the Year: Seahawks in the community (Brittany Boothe, Samantha Frausto, Cierra O'Neal, Adalberto Trujillo, Jessica Valencia)
Organization President of the Year : Brandon Harwood

Organization Advisor of the Year: Harry Kuhr, Auto Show of the Palm Beaches

Innovation Award: Student Government Association for Florida introduction to the UHaulCarShare Program

Student Employee of the Year: Julia Hassel, Career Services Department

Newcomer of the Year: Adalberto Trujillo

Student Leader of the Year: Lancelot Darville, Jr.

Exceptional Contribution to Campus Life: Brandon Strassburger

Employee Wow You Recognition Awards: Dr. Edwin Moore and Adair Kaestner


Seahawk Students Join to Support Cancer Research

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Cristina Ostergaard and Elizabeth Cabello
Cristina Ostergaard and Elizabeth Cabello



Seahawk students recently joined to support cancer research as they hosted the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event.

A variety of student organizations and athletic teams joined to develop Northwood Florida's "Club Relay" which hosted a non-stop all night party to assist the American Cancer Society in helping the world celebrate more birthdays.

The ceremony opened with a sunset candlelight Luminary Ceremony which celebrated the lives of survivors and caregivers, while remembering those who lost their lives to the disease by sharing stories of hope and courage.

The night was filled with relays, games, food, dance, karaoke, movies on the lawn and it culminated with a breakfast at sunrise. More than $4,000 was raised by students through the support of friends and family.

Carol Wagmeister, Advisor to the Northwood University Florida Seahawks in the Community (SITC) Club and Director of the Northwood University Florida EXCEL program expressed how proud she was to be a part of the student event. "It was heartwarming to see our students work so diligently to bring together fellow students, faculty, staff and community residents both young and old, and the commemorative handprint banner they designed was very meaningful, as it impacted all those participating in the fight against cancer," she said.

Relay for Life is the main volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Originating in the United States, the Relay for Life event has spread to 21 countries. Relay events are held in local communities, campus universities, military bases, and in cyberspace. Although the main objective of Relay is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, the event is held to spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community in the fight against cancer. It is estimated that Relay for Life events have raised over $3 billion to date.


Graduate student highlight's the business of law enforcement

Friday, 13 April 2012

Rafael Padilla-Rodriquez
Rafael Padilla-Rodriquez

While it's common knowledge that protection of human life and crime prevention are crucial components of law enforcement, a Northwood University Florida student recently shed light on how sound business principles play a key role in the accomplishment of strategic goals.

Rafael Padilla-Rodriguez, a Northwood University Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree student and a Palm Beach County Sheriff's (PBSO) Deputy credits Northwood University for providing strong core business values and academic programs which have allowed him to identify and improve his own leadership strengths while developing skillsets that have expanded his career choices.

With the strong belief that there is value in advanced education for both the PBSO officer and the organization as a whole, Padilla-Rodriguez views taxpayers as valuable shareholders who have a right to expect and to realize a return on their investment. "A business management education plays a vital role in the better understanding of an organization's needs, and it places emphasis on why a law enforcement presence built on the foundation of strong business ethics, standards and training is so important," said Padilla-Rodriguez who has worked in a number of areas within PBSO over the course of his 17 year career.

Because the PBSO is allotted a certain amount of money by the County Commission each budget year, it meticulously strategizes how the annual funding should be distributed to maximize performance. "Our leader Sheriff Ric Bradshaw often solicits feedback, so he's able to appreciate the varying needs of his staff. From the patrol officer, who interacts directly with citizens, to midmanagement and executive staff, Sheriff Bradshaw understands that there is not just one answer to everyone's needs, which is one reason why we've been successful at saving tax payer money," said Padilla-Rodriguez-Rodriguez, who also earned his BBA at Northwood.

And it's the Northwood case studies and conceptual problem solving instruments which provide students like Padilla-Rodriguez with the tools to maximize efficiency. He shared that the interactive assignments and visual thinking tools he learned at Northwood have reinforced and provided a better understanding of PBSO's overall operations. "A lot of the initiatives the agency is currently implementing directly mirror the lessons we've learned in class. I can't tell you the number of times I've used these concepts to dissect my own approaches at work, providing profound self-reflection," he said, while explaining their value in creating a more efficient and responsive level of customer service.

Joyce Stelling, the PBSO Labor Division Manager, first met Rafael when he was temporarily assigned to assist The Human Resources Department. She said that he was asked to join the department full-time because she could see that he 'understood the bottom line,' and the power of branding PBSO as an organization that represents integrity, honor and pride. Padilla-Rodriguez regards Stelling as one of his mentors and an innovative leader who challenges, inspires and is not afraid to empower those around her. "She taught me that effective leaders are not afraid to share what they know, and even when challenging the status-quo, one should always remember to 'play nice in the sand,' he said.

Like many students, Padilla-Rodriguez juggles a variety of work and educational responsibilities, and he credits his wife and children for their continuous support. "It has been more of a sacrifice on their part, then mine," he smiled while also recognizing his district command colleagues and fellow Northwood students. Throughout the journey we all have been there for one another and managed to prevail through both the triumphs and the tribulations. Being the first Florida graduates, my classmates are not only the pioneers of the Northwood Florida MBA program, but exceptional leaders and role models in their own right," he smiled.


Northwood University Florida announces 2012 Outstanding Alumni

Thursday, 05 April 2012

Outstanding Alumni Achievement Awards honor the best and the brightest.
Outstanding Alumni Achievement Awards honor the best and the brightest.

Northwood University Florida is pleased to announce that it will hold its 2012 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony on Friday, April 27th at 11:30 am at its Jeannette Hare Art Gallery.

Awards will be presented to:

Louis Carducci, Jr.
Seaford, New York
1997 BBA

Wilson Enriquez
West Palm Beach, Florida
2002 BBA

Brian Fisher
Hutchinson, Kansas
1991 BBA

Cory McJimson
Fontana, California
2007 BBA

Outstanding Alumni will be recognized for their career achievements as well as for the contributions to the communities in which they live and work. Specific awards include:

Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award: The honoree's degree must have impacted their current career success in their business and community. Nominee must have demonstrated support to Northwood and to the Northwood Idea.

Alumni Achievement Award: This award is the highest that can be bestowed upon an alumni member. The honoree must demonstrate outstanding achievement in their chosen career and support the Northwood Idea.

Young Alumni Volunteer Award: The honoree must be an active alumni participant and supporter of Northwood University.

Alumni Service Award: The honoree must be a present or past military member who has received an honorable discharge and exemplify the Northwood University code of ethics. This award may also be given to an alumni member who has served our country by choosing a career in public service.

For additional information or to confirm your attendance please contact Stephanie Lanza, Northwood University Florida Director of Alumni Relations at (561) 681-7983.


You are what you think workshop stresses importance of personal choice, responsibility

Thursday, 05 April 2012

Adair Kaestner
Adair Kaestner

As part of Northwood's focus on individual effort, choice and responsibility, Northwood University student leaders recently held a workshop which focused on the top choices college students continually face, and the profound impact that their daily decisions can have on their lives.

Florida's Adair Kaestner and Phil Shipley who serve as the Directors of Student and Residential Life worked with students to identify the top 15 choices they encounter on a weekly basis.

Alternatives included common choices such as whether or not to do homework, and escalated to more profound decisions relating to the consumption of alcohol, cigarette smoking and sexual relations. The group then discussed the decision-making process and whether or not positive or negative influences such as peer pressure, excitement and comfort came into play. They then discussed personal values and how an individual's personal code of ethics influences their decisions.

The program was highly interactive and students were encouraged to think resourcefully. Program leaders emphasized the fact that large or small, a student's decisions reflect upon their character and define their personal values.

"This was a meaningful program for Northwood University's Values Emphasis Week," said Kaestner. "Students were able to share the successes and challenges of standing by their personal values and code of ethics in a fast-paced, global society. The program gave students a chance to identify what matters most to them. It was great to see them working together and sharing their life experiences," she said.


Advertising and marketing students enjoy record breaking awards season

Thursday, 05 April 2012

Ricky Zamora, Katharine Blackburn, Megan Jackson, Jennifer McFarland, Amber England and Kevin Sides
Ricky Zamora, Katharine Blackburn, Megan Jackson, Jennifer McFarland, Amber England and Kevin Sides

John Savor, Megan Jackson and Katharine Blackburn
John Savor, Megan Jackson and Katharine Blackburn

Northwood University Florida advertising and marketing students recently demonstrated their abilities in a variety of competitions as part of the American Advertising Federation's annual ADDY Awards program. The group took home a record breaking number of awards, including a first time Best of Show award which qualifies then to compete nationally along with the Gold Award they earned.

"It is so exciting to see their hard work, blood, sweat, and tears pay off in the end," said Jennifer McFarland, associate professor and department chair for the advertising and marketing majors at Northwood University Florida. "Winning an ADDY Award provides a student instant credibility in the industry, as it is confirmation from industry professionals that their ideas and work are not only noteworthy but can help solve a client's marketing issue. It also tells me as an academic that we are preparing our students for 'real life' and that they are hireable and ready for the next chapter of their lives. I am very proud of all our ADDY Awards winners and of our program," said McFarland of the group who has also gained interest from potential employers as a result of the awards.

The winners include:

Katharine Blackburn and Megan Jackson
Student Gold ADDY Award
You Know You Want Some
S11 Mixed Media

Lee Reemsnyder
Student Silver ADDY Award
Control Corrective Viral Video
S08 D Interactive Media

Nathan P. Shirely
Student Silver ADDY Award
Brownie Points Inc Corporate Press Kit
S02 B Collateral Material

Megan Jackson
Student Silver ADDY Award
JCPenney Flaunt Your Shade
S11 Mixed Media

Amber England
Student Silver ADDY Award
Nothing To Hide
S06 B Consumer or Trade Publication

Alison N. Thomsen
Student Silver ADDY Award
This is where it's AT
S02 E Collateral Material

Melanie Clapp
Student Silver ADDY Award
There's a Better Way
S02 D Collateral Material

Ricardo Zamora
Student Silver ADDY Award
Northwood University
S02 C Collateral Material

Kevin Sides
Student Silver ADDY Award
"Bieber Fever"
S02 C Collateral Material

"I love competing in the Fort Lauderdale district for the ADDY Awards because we are up against students who specialize in graphic design and that makes winning even sweeter. For me, winning an ADDY makes all the sleepless nights spent in the maclab trying not to pull my hair out worth more than just an idea in my portfolio," said Megan Jackson, a Northwood Florida senior who won gold and silver ADDY awards. "I agree with Megan. Winning not only a Gold Addy but also the Judges Award for this campaign made all of the blood sweat and tears that went into this project completely worth it. When telling potential employers or just those in the industry that I have won three Addy awards so far, they cannot believe that someone my age has such a great accomplishment on their resume," added Katharine Blackburn, a Northwood Florida senior.

The ADDY Awards is the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting over 50,000 entries ever year in local ADDY competitions. The mission of the ADDY competition is to recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of marketing and advertising. Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the local ADDY Awards program is the first of a three-tier, National Competition. Concurrently, all across the country, local entrants vie for recognition as the very best in their markets.


Career Services Director offers Top 7 Tips for job seekers

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Kelly Blaggie
Kelly Blaggie



As Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke states that without faster economic growth, it could take "a few more years" for U.S. unemployment to decline to a normal rate, unemployment has declined from 9 percent in September to the current 8.3 percent. A healthy level is roughly between 5 percent and 6 percent, Bernanke noted.

So to help job seekers compete in this tough economic climate, Northwood University Florida's Career Services Director Kelly Blaggie shared top tips for those seeking employment as part of Northwood's career fair.

Blaggie's tips included:
Research the organization in advance: Nothing say's "prepared" more than a job seeker who's done their homework by thoroughly researching the history, mission and goals of the potential employer.
Dress for Success: Job seekers should be dressed in business attire as first impressions are always crucial.
Introductions are crucial: Job seekers should walk up to the recruiter and shake their hand firmly.
Thirty second commercial:  Job seekers should be prepared to provide recruiters with a short, concise, and poised 30 second commercial relating to their experience and potential.
Time Management: Job seekers should arrive early at a career fair so they can take advantage of meeting as many recruiters as possible. There will be a wide variety of employers, and many of them will provide great opportunities that the job seeker may not have considered previously, so they should keep an open mind.
Organization: Job seekers should bring a portfolio to organize their many resumes, cover letters, a pad of paper and business cards.
Sum it up: Job seekers must present themselves in a professional manor by conveying maturity, being respectful and arriving prepared.

The career fair included over 30 companies with full-time and part-time jobs as well as internships. Job seekers had the opportunity to speak with over 60 recruiters, giving them the ability to job search and to network. The event was open to the public and designed for all NU students regardless of class year.


Massimino inducted into the 2012 Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame

Wednesday, 28 March 2012



Group Photo (L-R)
Front Row: Honorable Senator Patrick Sweeney, Dr. Ken Rappaport, Dr. Kristin Stehouwer, Dr. Keith Pretty, Dan Holbrook, Ken Sullivan, Connor Donelon and J Ferron

Back Row: Bob Sundwick, Mary Jo Sundwick, Marietta Rappaport, Mary Jane Massimino, Rollie Massimino, Beth Ward, Karen Sullivan and Lynn Ferron
Group Photo (L-R) Front Row: Honorable Senator Patrick Sweeney, Dr. Ken Rappaport, Dr. Kristin Stehouwer, Dr. Keith Pretty, Dan Holbrook, Ken Sullivan, Connor Donelon and J Ferron Back Row: Bob Sundwick, Mary Jo Sundwick, Marietta Rappaport, Mary Jane Massimino, Rollie Massimino, Beth Ward, Karen Sullivan and Lynn Ferron

Responsible for the inception of the basketball program at Northwood University Florida in 2005, Rollie Massimino, Director of Basketball Operations and Head Men's Basketball Coach was recently inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame.

Best known for leading Villanova to the 1985 NCAA National Championship, Massimino brings with him over 50 years of coaching experience at the high school and collegiate levels to the Seahawk program.

Now in his sixth season as head basketball coach at Northwood, Massimino has a resume that puts him on par with some of the greatest coaches in the game. In 2006-07, he worked his magic, leading Northwood to a 23-9 record and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament in their inaugural season. In 2007-08, the Seahawks improved to 27-8, and reached the NAIA National Tournament Quarterfinals. During the 2008-2009 season, the Seahawks had their best record yet with a 27-6 mark and again reached the NAIA National tournament, finishing in the top 16. The 2009-2010 season yielded 27-6 and advanced the team to the first round of the NAIA national tournament. Massimino registered his 100th win as head coach of Northwood with a 74-72 win over Warner. 2010-2011 was Massimino's most successful season at Northwood. The Seahawks finished with a 33-4 overall record and posted a perfect 16-0 record in Sun Conference play. The run included the first ever NAIA Final Four appearance. Massimino earned his 150th win when the Seahawk's beat Xavier University 102-78.

In 36 seasons as a collegiate coach, Coach Mass has posted a remarkable 652-424 record, ranking him 51st all-time in wins among coaches with at least 10 years of experience at the NCAA division I level. His 515 career wins also make him one of only 17 coaches in NCAA history with more than 500 career victories and a national championship to his credit. In addition, Coach Massimino has the fifth most wins out of active coaches.

The ten inductees will join a legendary list, dating back to 1977 of those who have achieved excellence in the world of sports. The other 2012v inductees include: Anquan Boldin, Kevin Butler, Willie Goldsmith, Sr., Jessie Hester, Eric Kresser, Cauley Patrick, Mark Richt, Fred Ross and Jimmy Spencer.

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Awards program, the Sports Hall of Fame, the Kids Fitness Festival and awards the annual Sam Budnyk Student-Athlete Scholarship.

Group Photo (L-R)
Front Row: Honorable Senator Patrick Sweeney, Dr. Ken Rappaport, Dr. Kristin Stehouwer, Dr. Keith Pretty, Dan Holbrook, Ken Sullivan, Connor Donelon and J Ferron

Back Row: Bob Sundwick, Mary Jo Sundwick, Marietta Rappaport, Mary Jane Massimino, Rollie Massimino, Beth Ward, Karen Sullivan and Lynn Ferron


Value of Character, Individual Liberty, Free-Markets Highlighted During Values Emphasis Week

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Alumnus Ted Schloz, Larry Reed and Dr. Kristin Stehouwer
Alumnus Ted Schloz, Larry Reed and Dr. Kristin Stehouwer

With free-enterprise, capitalism, ethics and integrity integral components of Northwood University's core values, it's no surprise a recent presentation by Dr. Larry Reed, president of the Foundation for Economic Excellence (FEE) hit a cord with many in the audience.

While sharing personal examples which highlight the importance of the sanctity of private property, individual liberty, the rule of law, the free market, and the moral superiority of individual choice and responsibility over coercion, Reed defined character as personality traits consisting of honesty, humility, responsibility, self-discipline, courage, self-reliance, and more. He relayed that character is defined by the choices one makes, and shared that its strength determines how free one will be. When character strength dissipates, "one can become putty in the hands of demigods," he said.

Likening American concerns to a forest, Reed a former economics professor and chair of Northwood Michigan's Department of Economics, equated the national debt, the size of government growth and spending, the credit crunch and housing crisis to trees. He then stemmed the cause of the 'blighted forest of trees' to a dissipation of character. To support his belief, he stated that when leaders become self-absorbed, don't exert self-control, or fail to be of service to others, their deficient character will lead to flawed economics which results in a lack of liberty.

Larry Reed became president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in 2008. Prior to that, he was the founder and president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught Economics full-time and chaired the Department of Economics at Northwood University in Michigan from 1977 to 1984.

He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in History from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Central Michigan University (Public Administration—1993) and Northwood University (Laws—2008). A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles, dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the U. S. and abroad.

His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. He has authored or co-authored five books, the most recent ones being "A Republic—If We Can Keep It" and "Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty." He is frequently interviewed on radio talk shows and has appeared as a guest on numerous television programs, including those anchored by Judge Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel on FOX Business News.

The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), one of the oldest free-market organizations in the United States, was founded in 1946 by Leonard E. Read to study and advance the freedom philosophy. FEE's mission is to offer the most consistent case for the "first principles" of freedom: the sanctity of private property, individual liberty, the rule of law, the free market, and the moral superiority of individual choice and responsibility over coercion. Its vital task is to help people rediscover how essential freedom is to human existence and to demonstrate how dangerous it is to move toward any form of collectivism.


Ethics Expert: "If it were easy to be good, we'd all have wings."

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Dr. Cheryl Pridgeon
Dr. Cheryl Pridgeon

While focusing on ethics in business and in advancement, Dr. Cheryl Pridgeon Northwood Florida's chair of english, humanities, philosophy and the social sciences recently addressed area fundraising professionals and stressed the importance of the many personal, moral, and decision-making factors that influence and shape decisions.

Pridgeon highlighted the behavioral and psychological patterns reflected in individual character that influence actions and result in specific outcomes and used real-life examples, such as the Challenger Explosion and the Chernobyl Disaster, to illustrate how even experts can make costly decisions based on tunnel vision or outside influences. She challenged the attendees to remember to think globally when talking to donors and corporations, and praised the Association of Fundraising Executives for their strong emphasis on ethics and for the comprehensive, clear and concise resources available on their international website.

AFP Chapter President Cecelia De Filippis added that it was important for all fundraising professionals to review AFP International's Code of Ethics and Donor Bill of Rights, both of which can be found on the AFP website. "Having Dr. Pridgeon speak to our group raises the bar for all of our educational sessions," she said. "She really brought the topic of ethics to a new level for our attendees."

"Like other professions, fundraising is based on trust. The trust between an organization, fundraiser, and donor takes years to develop but only moments to destroy. Fundraisers must be acutely sensitive not only to the ways in which trust can be betrayed by obvious wrongdoing, such as using donated funds for purposes other than those intended by the donor, but also more subtle issues such as the blurring of the relationship between fundraiser and donor that can happen precisely because of the strength of the trust that is built up between them," said Pridgeon.

The lecture, titled "If It Were Easy to be Good, We'd All Have Wings," was part of the 2012 Treasure Coast chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as part of their educational program on ethics.

According to Dr. Rushworth Kidder, founder of the Institute for Global Ethics and author of Moral Courage, the toughest moral decisions are not around choices between right and wrong; instead, the real moral dilemmas arise because of choices that must be made between right and right.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) exists to foster the development and growth of fundraising professionals and the profession, to promote high ethical behavior in the fundraising profession and to preserve and enhance philanthropy and volunteerism. Members agree to adhere to a Code of Ethics, and many also have the "Donor Bill of Rights" hanging in their offices.


American Government Students Gain Insight Regarding Power of Media

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Andrew Abramson
Andrew Abramson



While delving into the role of how media can shape public debate and democracy, Northwood University Florida American Government students had the opportunity to listen to guest speaker Andrew Abramson, a well-known investigative reporter for the Palm Beach Post.

Abramson relayed the role that media plays in disseminating information of relevance regarding a variety of meaningful issues which affect Americans, and its influence on government, politics and business, while entertainingly explaining the form and content of different kinds of media. He addressed the question of media bias and how public policy can be influenced by information and access, and shared resourceful ways investigative experts gain information.

"I was delighted to arrange for the students to have this opportunity to gain insight from a major newspaper investigative reporter as he explains how the media influences government and political policy and public opinion," said American Government Professor Ira Raab, a retired New York State Supreme Court Justice. "The media has a huge impact on the American Governmental system, and nothing can replace the experience of students learning this information from the experts themselves."

Northwood American Government students also benefit by visits to the local legislature and classroom guest appearances by members of the Executive and Legislative Branches of government.


Northwood's Distributive Education Club of America Excels at State Competitions

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

L-R Back row: Michelle Ray, Eric Williams, George Wellmer
L-R Front row: Samantha Frausto, Adarius Bryant, Danielle Stewart, Ashley Etienne
L-R Back row: Michelle Ray, Eric Williams, George Wellmer L-R Front row: Samantha Frausto, Adarius Bryant, Danielle Stewart, Ashley Etienne

Daniel Tellez, Jordan Altman, Danielle Stewart, Robert Sundwick
Daniel Tellez, Jordan Altman, Danielle Stewart, Robert Sundwick

Northwood's Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) recently enjoyed successful Florida state competitions in Orlando.

Members participated and placed in variety of categories including Business Law, Marketing Management, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Entrepreneurship and more.

"Attendance at the 2012 DECA conference was valuable to our group for many reasons. It provided real-world experience and allowed us to show our skills, but most importantly it provided the opportunity for us to create lifelong friendships," said Jordan Altman, a Northwood University junior who is majoring in Marketing and Management and serving as the 2011-2012 DECA President.

With over a 60 year history, DECA has touched the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. Their strong connection with our organization has resonated into a brand that people identify as a remarkable experience in the preparation of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.

"I couldn't be more proud of our students, as they've represented Northwood University in a manner which has made us very proud. Through hard work and dedication, all of our students have qualified to compete at the national competition. This has been an amazing experience, and I know the students are looking forward to next year's competition as well," said Robert Sundwick, Associate Professor of Management, and Chair of Northwood of Florida's Aftermarket Management Department.

All of the students are eligible for the national competitions which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah in April. Representing the group will be George Wellmer, Danielle Stewart, Eric Williams and Jordan Altman. Those who placed in the Florida State DECA Competition included:

Advertising Campaign
Danielle Stewart & George Wellmer - 1st place

Business Law
Samantha Frausto and Nicholas Cooper - Top 10

Entrepreneurship
Danielle Stewart and Jordan Altman - Top 10

Marketing Management
Eric Williams - 1st place
George Wellmer - 2nd place
Samantha Frausto - Top 10
Nicholas Cooper - Top 10
Michelle Ray - Top 10

Professional Sales
Addarius Bryant - 3rd place

Sales Management Meeting
Eric Williams - 3rd place

Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Brandon Plinto and Andrew Danner - Top 10
Margarita Rodriguez and Addarius Bryant - Top 10

Accounting
Cierra O'Neil - 2nd place
Ashley Etienne - 3rd place

Fashion Merchandising & Marketing
Michelle Ray - 3rd place

Hotel & Lodging
Daniel Tellez - Top 10

Restaurant & Food Service Management
Jordan Altman - Top 10


Dr. Mark Taylor Explains Generational Differences Between College Students

Wednesday, 07 March 2012

Dr. Mark Taylor
Dr. Mark Taylor

Northwood University Florida faculty and staff were recently treated to a thought provoking presentation which cleverly highlighted the dramatic generational differences between the college students of today and those of years past.

The seminar presented by Dr. Mark Taylor, an educator, expert speaker and consultant, shared the striking dissimilarities between today's Generation NeXt, and the past generations of X, Baby Boomer and Traditional, while placing emphasis on individual effort, choice and responsibility.

Taylor led the audience through a mental journey back to their childhoods, while humorously pointing out that the early 'bumps and bruises of life' experienced through traditional parenting may be of worth, as they play a key role in the formation of one's value system. He pointed out that today's youth may not have experienced those lessons due to the popular 'reactionary parenting' technique and the self-importance and sensitivity it can create in a child while promoting a lack of responsibility.

"For most students there is a serious mismatch between what they want and expect from a school, and what we offer," said Taylor. "Many students expect academic success with little effort, and this is distressing and confusing to faculty and staff as they attempt to help students persist to meaningful learning outcomes, and to graduation," he added.

Reactionary parenting, said Taylor, defines the parent as a friend who delivers limited consequences for the child's actions, while offering unearned accolades which tend to overrate the child's skills and abilities. Taylor relayed that this type of parenting promotes unrealistic self-importance in the child, and can create an impracticable view relating to their vision of the future and their role in realizing their goals. While devoid of promoting work ethic, loyalty and honesty, reactionary parenting is often a key component in the unrealistic expectations that many college graduates possess – that of high salaries, quick promotions and moderate work hours, he stressed.

In order to ensure today's students excel academically and professionally, university faculty and staff must embrace students lovingly while helping them to realize their own value and strength through hard work, determination, ethics, and loyalty, emphasized Taylor. In addition he shared that today's students excel best with experiential learning as opposed to study of the text in the classroom, and that new sources of technology play an important role in the dissemination of information, so it's important that professional staff at colleges and universities provide today's Generation NeXt with a 'technology rich, consumer drive culture' in order for them to excel academically.

Dr. Mark Taylor is recognized in the USA and Canada as an educator, expert, speaker and consultant dedicated to helping colleges and universities better understand and serve our students for learning, development, persistence and successful integration into the "after college" world and helping businesses and organizations to better manage the multigenerational workplace, and to successfully bring younger workers into productive roles.

Building on over 25 years of experience in higher education, management and the helping professions, Dr. Taylor's has worked with over 350 schools in 42 states and provinces, made presentations at state, regional, and national events, and consulted with business clients like 20th Century Fox, Wal-Mart, the University of Tennessee Hospital and the U.S. Army.

Dr. Taylor holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Biology, a Master's degree in Social Work and a Doctorate in Counseling, all from the University of Arkansas. He was most recently the Director of Guidance Services at Arkansas State University at Beebe where he was responsible for counseling, disability, career, testing, academic advising, orientation, housing/ residence life, student activities/ leadership, student success programming and other student services. He left that position in January 2006 to continue his research and programs to improve educational services to Generation NeXt, and the other students we serve, and to assist managers in the workplace. Dr. Taylor has been licensed as a psychotherapist in Arkansas since 1981. He has also worked as a college professor and academic administrator, medical administrator and clinical psychotherapist. His eye-opening perspectives grounded in data and the literature, practical suggestions and humorous presentation style has made him a popular training consultant with numerous schools, colleges and professional organizations.


Faculty Serve as Valuable Commentators for Local & National Media

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Dr. Kristin Stehouwer is interviewed by the WPBF ABC news affiliate.
Dr. Kristin Stehouwer is interviewed by the WPBF ABC news affiliate.

Professor Kevin Petrovsky is interviewed by WPTV NBC affiliate.
Professor Kevin Petrovsky is interviewed by WPTV NBC affiliate.

In addition to offering valuable educational services to its students, Northwood University has become a leading resource of expertise to the community, as it's become the "go to" source for media members who seek expert comment relating to economic and political issues.

Northwood faculty members and university leaders have commented on hundreds of stories within the past few years, serving as valuable community resources in times of economic uncertainty. Some of the most recent interviews relate to the United Nations and uncertainty in the mideast, as well as Republican presidential debates, and concern relating to the United States debt ceiling, credit rating, and their effects on Medicare, Medicaid, retirement funds, and more. "The fact that Northwood University faculty provides expert commentary to the media during times of economic challenge reinforces their expertise. It reassures me that I am getting the best education available, which will make my degree much more valuable," said Danielle Miller, a Northwood University Sophomore who is majoring in Accounting.

In response to the demand, John Young, Vice President, Marketing & Enrollment Management, led the development of an online directory in which media members could easily access biographies of university experts. "We're pleased to serve as a resource to the public as we encounter these challenging economic times, and have discovered the faculty expert database to be a great tool for media to quickly review Northwood's wide range of faculty credentials," said Young.

To view recent interviews, please visit the Northwood University Friends Newsletter and click on any of the interviews in the In the News section: http://www.northwood.edu/newsletter/fl/?newsletter=flfriends

To view the faculty expert data base, please visit: https://www.northwood.edu/media/experts/default.aspx.



Seahawk Athletics

Memorial Soccer Match honors the memory of Senior Houston Lillo

Friday, 13 April 2012



Northwood University Florida recently hosted a special event to remember Houston Lillo, a Northwood University senior who passed away on Friday, March 9th.

Lillo's life was celebrated at a Memorial Soccer Match held on Northwood University Florida's Arrigo-Vecellio Soccer Filed.

The opportunity provided the Northwood University Florida Family to join Houston's family and friends in reflecting upon the amazing person that he was. It included reflections from those who knew and loved him, and it highlighted his love of soccer by including scrimmages from his Northwood University, Palm Beach Central High School, and Wellington soccer teams.



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