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Restoring the American Dream Launch Party to Reveal Exciting Plans for Growth

Thursday, 29 November 2012



Northwood University will announce exciting plans for growth as part of the public phase of its capital campaign on Thursday, December 6th, 2012 beginning at 12:30 PM.

The community is invited to join University President & CEO Dr. Keith Pretty, and Campus President Dr. Tom Duncan, along with university faculty, staff, students, and supporters for the public launch of Northwood's Restoring the American Dream Capital Campaign to be held at its Edwards Bell Tower & Plaza. The Northwood Florida campus is located at 2600 N. Military Trail – one block north of Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach. Please call 561 478-5539 to RSVP.

The public phase of Northwood's comprehensive capital campaign will continue over the next two years. Funds raised will support campus facilities improvement, new graduate school facilities, ongoing scholarship funding, and endowed academic chairs and professors. "In this era of unfunded projects and rampant deficits, we believe one must have funding in place before moving forward on any major initiative," states Pretty. "We practice what we teach our students - the important combination of fiscal responsibility and entrepreneurship."

The University has reached nearly 65 percent of the system-wide $80 million goal during the campaign's "quiet phase." This phase included outreach to large donors -- which is a testament to the school's recognition and respect in the regions and industries that it serves. Northwood now turns to the greater community to help fund its campaign goals. "We now are moving beyond the traditional network, foundations and private donors to the wider community. The University is now seeking support from alumni businesses, friends of the university and others," continues Pretty. "We are optimistic that our benefactors will step forward to help us in our continuing mission to make Northwood University a truly unique place for students to live and learn."

A private, not-for-profit university, Northwood University follows its guiding principle of fiscal responsibility when it comes to implementing a comprehensive capital campaign and achieving financial sustainability across its three campuses in Midland, Michigan, West Palm Beach, Florida, and Cedar Hill, Texas.


Florida Professor Awarded Fellowship Scholarship

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Susan Dennett
Susan Dennett

Northwood University Florida adjunct faculty member Susan Dennett was recently awarded a Florida Atlantic University (FAU) College of Education Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Dennett, who is pursuing a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with Florida Atlantic University, was awarded the Ernest O. Melby Fellowship Scholarship in the amount of $10,000.

The Ernest O. Melby Fellowship Endowment honors Dr. Ernest O. Melby who was a pioneer philosopher and advocate of community education. In 1976, he accepted a distinguished position at FAU where he served as a special consultant and lecturer for the Center for Community Education since 1965. The gift was established in 1987, and is awarded annually to graduate students in the Department of Educational Leadership. It is allocated for Dennett's use during the current academic year.

Dennett has been employed at Northwood University for four years. Also a frequent guest speaker with Palm Beach State College, she has over 15 years of international human resource management experience with major organizations including Lionel Trains, QVC, the Marriott Corporation and more. Her areas of expertize include union negotiations, recruitment and selection, strategic planning, training and development, employment law, employee relations, management and leadership
With a passion for travel and culture, Dennett has travelled extensively in the Far East, Asia, Europe and East Africa. She followed Dian Fossey's journey in exploring the lives of the Silver Back Gorillas in the mountain forests of Rwanda.

Dennett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Oakland University, Rochester Hills. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Florida State University with a Master's of Science degree in Human Resource Development/Education. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Florida Atlantic University in Educational Leadership. After recently passing her comprehensive exams, Dennett is on her way to conducting research on the influence of culture on critical thinking skills.

Dennett is also a certified member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and coaches both juniors and adults in her spare time. She is married with a 9 year old daughter, and resides in Palm City, Florida.


Florida's Jeannette Hare Art Gallery Showcases Art Teacher Exhibit

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Not so still life by Sandy Lerman
Not so still life by Sandy Lerman

Northwood University Florida's Jeannette Hare Art Gallery is currently showcasing works from the Palm Beach County Art Teacher's Association (PBCATA) and will host their opening exhibit on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 from 4:00pm – 6:30pm.

The collection, titled "Informal Meeting of the Creative Minds," is a mixed media showcase and will highlight a variety of works from local artists.

The exhibit will be held November 19, 2012- February 14, 2013 and the opening reception is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9-6 Monday – Friday; and 12-6 Saturday and Sunday. For further information relating to the exhibit, please call Northwood University's Cultural Arts office at (561) 478-5539.

It is the mission of the Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association to support art education and to promote art as a means of communication for each individual. It is the right of each individual to develop his own creativity and aesthetic potential. It is our purpose to strengthen the position of art education in Palm Beach County. We support programs in art which meet the needs, interests and abilities of each individual student. We will promote and maintain the highest quality of art education in Palm Beach County.


Florida President Shares Insight Relating to Israeli Unrest, Fiscal Cliff, More

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Dr. Duncan makes a guest appearance on WPTV’s To the Point. He and Dr. Watson share expertise with Anchor Mike Williams.
Dr. Duncan makes a guest appearance on WPTV’s To the Point. He and Dr. Watson share expertise with Anchor Mike Williams.

Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan recently teamed with South Florida ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX affiliates to analyze both local and national headlines relating to the Middle East conflict, a hotly contested Congressional race in Palm Beach, and the importance of preventing financial disaster as the United States approaches the "fiscal cliff," and more.

As President Duncan notes, "The race between incumbent Congressman Allen West (R) and challenger Patrick Murphy (D) went into overtime, as the race wasn't settled for two weeks after Election Day, with a narrow Murphy victory following several partial recounts in the district.. Duncan continued, "South Florida news outlets are very interested in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations taking place in Washington, D.C., as area citizens focus on both spending cuts and the possibility of higher taxes. Also, with a large Jewish population in South Florida, any news about the Middle East quickly becomes a major news story in our region. The Hamas rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip, and Israel's firm response to them, has garnered wide attention in news coverage in South Florida," says Duncan.

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 Florida President in July, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration, from 1985-1992. Prior to his government service, 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 in faculty and administrative capacities.

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. In addition to his higher education service, Duncan has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in religious communities in Arizona, Missouri and Wisconsin.

To view one of Dr. Duncan's recent interviews, please visit WPTV's To The Point segment where he shares insight relating to the contentious Florida race between Congressmen Murphy and West.
http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/political/elections_local/to-the-point-sunday-november-18-2012-patrick-murphy-allen-west-recount


Professor Co-Authors Papers, Presents at International Conference

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Dr. Edwin Moore
Dr. Edwin Moore

Dr. Edwin Moore, Chair of Management and International Business at Northwood University Florida co-authored two papers which were accepted and presented at the Academy of International Business Southeast Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The first paper, authored along with Dr. Gordana Pesakovic, was titled Demographic Imperative: A Comparative Study of the European Union and the United States, and it analyzed the impacts of the aging population in the United States and the European Union (EU).

The second paper, authored along with Dr. Pesi Amaria and presented by Dr. Moore, was titled The Continuing Backwardness of Eastern Europe: A Search for Institutional Explanations, and it focused on the application of institutional economic variables to explain the slow development of new EU countries.

Dr. Moore also served as a reviewer and session chair at the conference and is a frequent reviewer for a number of other association conferences and publications. Approximately 300 guests from over 30 countries attended the conference which was October 31 through November 2, 2012.

Dr. Moore has over 20 years teaching experience at both the under graduate and graduate levels. He holds a Masters of Business Administration Specializing in Management degree, and a Doctorate In Business Administration in International Business with special emphasis on International Economics and Finance. He has completed many additional Doctorial courses in Management, Research, and Marketing. Dr Moore has presented a number of papers at international conferences and has been published internationally.

Dr. Moore's primary research interests include culture and economic development in developing and transitional economies, political corruption, and he has developed an International MBA with an emphasis in Cross Cultural Awareness.


Alumna Realizes Dream of Playing Pro Basketball in Europe

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Taylor Wencis plays for the Visby Ladies. (Photo taken by Camilla Munthe.)
Taylor Wencis plays for the Visby Ladies. (Photo taken by Camilla Munthe.)

Predicted as her new coach's 'extended arm and executor on the court,' Northwood University Florida alumna Taylor Wencis is realizing her dream of playing professional basketball on the Swedish Island of Gotland by serving as point guard and 'team organizer' for the Visby Ladies, a team in "Damligan" which is the top league in Sweden.

Having traveled a winding path to Sweden, the Northwood Florida valedictorian had been close to playing professionally in Europe before. She had a two-week tryout in Sicily in December 2011 for Priolo, a first division Italian team, and was offered a contract, but shared that it wasn't the right contract or time for her. "I had a few setbacks in finding teams because there were times when I thought I was leaving for Europe and then a few days before I was supposed to fly out, the teams pulled out of the contracts due to monetary issues. This road has been a long one for me but I told myself I would never give up and I'm so glad I didn't," she reflected.

And part of that journey included returning to Dallas, Texas the town in which she first moved when she was 11 and attended high school. Happy to be near her boyfriend Jay Duncan, a Northwood alumnus who works for Coach Larry Brown at Southern Methodist University (SMU), she quickly tried out for the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL) team Dallas Diesel and made the roster.

And it was connections she made on that team that put her one step closer to her dream of playing in Europe.

"Our team was ranked top 10 in the nation and we went to Nationals in Miami, Florida in August. I played well there and was able to get updated game film. My Coach then got me in contact with my current teammate Michele Miller's coach, Lucius Jones of the Columbus Hidden Gems, and Lucius sent my film and stats to the Visby Ladies. The rest is history. I cried tears of joy when I was offered the role on the team," said Wencis who is of Italian and Polish descent. "This is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. It's not just about playing basketball, I want to enjoy the whole experience of living abroad," she said.

Wencis graduated from Northwood University Florida as the 2010 Valedictorian and was invited to address the crowd as the University's featured graduate. Born in Norton, Massachusetts, and having majored in Hotel, Restaurant and Resort Management, she credits her parents with her academic and athletic success. "My parents, Denise and Steven Wencis, are credited with more than just giving birth to me. They have inspired me to become the person I am today. They are the most positive people in my life and have motivated me to want to succeed in everything I do. Regardless of the situation, my parents will always believe in me and support me, and for that I am eternally grateful.

She earned an outstanding academic record at Northwood University being named to the Dean's List or President's List every term, while serving on the Student Government Association (SGA), as a student mentor, and in numerous campus community service projects. In addition, she was a very successful athlete, being named the Lady Seahawks Basketball Team's starting point guard and team co-captain in her junior and senior years, and accumulating many athletic honors including Academic All-Conference, Team MVP, First Team All-Conference and Sun Conference Player of the Week.

Wencis left her mark on the Northwood Women's Basketball program, achieving various career and season records. She is Northwood's Women's Basketball (maybe say she is the Lady Seahawks') second leading scorer, all-time, with 916 points in 123 games, and she owns women's basketball school records for career assists and steals, with 483 and 254, respectively. Taylor was one of the best shooters to come through the doors of Northwood, netting a women's basketball record 305 field goals over four seasons, shooting a record 79.8 percent from the floor. She also owns the women's basketball season-highs in field goals made (103), assists (176), and steals (78), all achieved during her efforts in the 2008-2009 season.


Acts of Kindness, Veterans Remembrance Highlight Fall Events

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Retired Army Staff Sargent Robert Hunter delivers the keynote speech as Dr. Tom Duncan, Felix Moyeno and Dawn Musgrave-Demarest look on.
Retired Army Staff Sargent Robert Hunter delivers the keynote speech as Dr. Tom Duncan, Felix Moyeno and Dawn Musgrave-Demarest look on.



As academic and athletic events swung into full season, Northwood University Florida saluted America's veterans while highlighting the week with volunteer activities.

Faculty, staff, students and friends paid tribute at the annual ceremony by writing over 200 veteran notes of thanks as part of the university's Acts of Kindness Week led by Student Services EXCEL Program Director Carol Wagmeister.

The salute to veterans, spearheaded by registrar and veteran certifier Dawn Musgrave-Demarest, was highlighted by moving reflections from keynote speaker Retired Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Robert Hunter, the recitation of the national anthem by Northwood employee Felix Moyeno and profound thoughts from Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan as he delivered the invocation.

"Today, as we honor those who have served our Nation in all branches of the Armed Forces, we remember especially those who, even Today, stand guard around the world – those who fight today for the cause of Freedom in Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, and on ships and planes and air bases in distant lands. Protect them, guide them, give them victory and success in their work of Defending Freedom, and bring them safely home to all those who love them. For the families of those who serve today – for parents, spouses, children, sisters and brothers – we ask for a special measure of comfort, peace, and blessing. Guard their hearts, as their sons and daughters guard our Liberty," shared Duncan as part of the prayer.

Additional Acts of Kindness activities included answering calls to Sandy storm victims, donating clothing to the needy, participating in fundraisers for medical maladies and more.


University Leaders, Faculty Share Political Insight

Friday, 09 November 2012

Dr. Duncan shares insight with WPTV viewers.
Dr. Duncan shares insight with WPTV viewers.

As the U.S. presidential election came to a close, Northwood University leaders and faculty members stayed busy providing valuable insight regarding the importance of swing state votes, as well as post-election tallying glitches and the significance of proposed constitutional amendments.

"Northwood University Florida takes seriously its responsibilities as a higher education institution to participate in issues of major importance to the South Florida community," said Dr. Tom Duncan who this week provided television commentary to ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates, in addition to commentary by Dr. Kristin Stehouwer and Professor Timothy Gilbert.

Duncan added, "As those across the nation have noticed, Florida continues to have difficulties in its voting procedures, long lines at polling stations, and controversies about the length of early voting options. Such difficulties provide ample opportunity for expert political commentary before the election date, on election night, and in the days following.. President Duncan noted that, as of the Friday following the election on Tuesday, Florida is yet to declare a winner in the Presidential race. "Had the national race been closer, and the Electoral College tally much tighter, these delays in counting Florida votes and the closeness of the race between President Obama and Governor Romney in the state would have produced another electoral crisis, similar to the 2000 election," said Duncan.

Appointed Northwood Florida President in July 2012, Tom Duncan has become recognized as a valued political commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration, from 1985-1992. Prior to his government service, 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 in faculty and administrative capacities. 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. In addition to his higher education service, Duncan has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in religious communities in California, Arizona, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Dr. Kristin Stehouwer serves as Northwood University's Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Academic Officer. She 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 published numerous articles and made many national presentations. She has worked with organizations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa and speaks six languages. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at a number of colleges and universities. Professor Timothy Gilbert brings over thirty years of business management and professional experience to the classroom. He teaches a wide range of classes relating to business management, philosophy of American life and business, marketing, automotive marketing, history, economics, and finance and is the faculty coordinator for the highly successful Auto Show of the Palm Beaches, Presented by Northwood University.

To view recent expert views and learn more about Northwood University Florida's students, programs, and news of note, please visit: http://www.northwood.edu/newsletter/fl/?newsletter=flfriends


Northwood Honors Veterans with Heartfelt Remembrance

Wednesday, 07 November 2012



Northwood University Florida campus faculty, staff, students and friends will share solemn remembrance and pay tribute to our nation's veterans while attending a Veteran's Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, November 10th.

Retired Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Robert Hunter will serve as the keynote speaker, and the Palm Beach Sheriff Office (PBSO) color guard will present our nation's colors.

The event will be held at Northwood's Edwards Bell Tower and Plaza at 3:30 pm and take place prior to the Florida Seahawk basketball team's 5 pm second home game of the year against Trinity College. Pre-game activities will begin at 2:30pm and include candle and postcard tributes to veterans, trivia, face painting, balloon artistry, and more. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

According to the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs, an Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation's history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation" which stated: "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible."


Excitement Builds for President's Cup

Friday, 02 November 2012

Fans are still talking about the 1st Annual 2010 President’s Cup.
Fans are still talking about the 1st Annual 2010 President’s Cup.

Northwood University fans are gearing up for the 3rd Annual President's Cup, one of the most anticipated games of the season, to be held Sunday, November 4th, 2012 at Northwood Florida's Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center.

After going on the road to play the reigning University of Kentucky NCAA national champions and #14 Michigan State, Coach Rollie Massimino and the Northwood University Florida Seahawks return home to take on Coach Jeff Rekeweg and the Timberwolves to determine which team will earn the President's Cup trophy and bragging rights.

The teams have split the two meetings, with the home team winning each year. The Seahawks won the inaugural contest, 75-69, while the Timberwolves took the Cup last year with a 70-69 win.

With the expectation of a packed house, there will be tailgate barbeque and activities beginning at 5:30pm, and the game will begin at 7 pm. Admission is $8.00 per person and includes the barbeque and ticket to the game.

For more information please contact the Northwood University Florida Campus Alumni Office at (561) 681-7937 or alumni@northwood.edu .


Massimino to serve as Grand Marshall of Italian Fest

Friday, 02 November 2012

Rollie Massimino
Rollie Massimino

Northwood University Florida Head Men's Basketball Coach Rollie Massimino will serve as Grand Marshall for Feast of Italy, the Palm Beaches 10th Annual Italian Fest November 2 – 4th, 2012 at Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter, Florida.

Massimino, who is fulfilling a heavy schedule as Northwood Florida's Director of Basketball Operations will take time out to join the festival and help to promote Italian-American pride, traditions, music, food, family and good old fashion fun.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to cheer him on as he welcomes guests on Friday, November 2nd at 6:15pm and participates in a celebrity cheese building contest on Sunday at 1:15pm.

"The Feast of Little Italy began 10 years ago with a vision to create an experience rich in Italian culture. It is now the largest Italian festival in the state of Florida. The Feast hosts national entertainment, cooking demonstrations, Banfi wine seminars, the Sorrento Cheese Building for Charity contest, art pavilions, bocce courts, street painting, and more. With something for everyone, it is a great time to get the entire family together to enjoy: the best Italian food, music, art, tradition and family fun that Feastgoers have come to love," said Jerry Soma, President of the Feast.

The event will feature an amazing line-up of Italian singers from all over the country. Entertainers will celebrate their accomplishments, as well as the accomplishments of Italian-American artists. Over a decade ago Feast of Little Italy organizers started with a vision to create an experience rich in Italian culture and to celebrate the contributions of great Italians through food, music, art and tradition. Today they remain dedicated to encouraging the importance of family and community in an effort to stay mindful of the hardships that their ancestors endured in migrating to America.


Northwood Gears Up for Third Annual President's Cup

Thursday, 25 October 2012

President Keith Pretty with team mascots.
President Keith Pretty with team mascots.



Northwood University Florida Coach Rollie Massimino and the Seahawks will take on Coach Jeff Rekeweg and the Timberwolves to determine which team will earn the President's Cup trophy and bragging rights on Sunday, November 4th, 2012 at the Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center on the Florida Campus.

The teams have split the two meetings, with the home team winning each year. The Seahawks won the inaugural contest, 75-69, while the Timberwolves took the Cup last year with a 70-69 win.

Northwood Florida campus President, Dr. Tom Duncan, notes. "We welcome the Northwood Timberwolves to our Florida campus, and look forward to competing successfully for the President's Cup. "It is exciting to compete against our sister-campus from Michigan on the basketball court, and Coach Massimino promises me that his squad is ready for this annual match-up," stated Duncan.

With the expectation of a packed house, there will be tailgate barbeque and activities beginning at 5:30pm, and the game will begin at 7 pm. Admission is $8.00 per person and includes the barbeque and ticket to the game.

For more information please contact the Northwood University Florida Campus Alumni Office at (561) 681-7937 or alumni@northwood.edu .


Florida President Weighs in on State Attorney Race, Florida Senate Contest, Presidential Debate, More

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Dr. Duncan interviews live with WPTV’s Mike Williams.
Dr. Duncan interviews live with WPTV’s Mike Williams.

Dina Keever, Dr. Tom Duncan and Robert Gershman
Dina Keever, Dr. Tom Duncan and Robert Gershman

Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan continues to serve as a valuable political commentator by sharing expertise with a variety of media outlets.

At a State Attorney debate hosted by Northwood Florida, the former senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft was recently interviewed by NBC, CBS and ABC affiliates to share his take on that race, on the Florida U.S. Senate contest. and his thoughts regarding the upcoming "town hall" style Presidential debate.

"Northwood University Florida takes seriously its responsibilities as a higher education institution to participate in issues of major importance to the Palm Beach community," Duncan stated at the beginning of the State Attorney debate. "It was a positive experience for the Northwood Florida students, staff, and faculty to host this important debate between contestants in what is, perhaps, the most closely watched local election in 2012," he continued. "The U.S. Senate contest between incumbent Senator Bill Nelson (D) and Congressman Connie Mack IV (R) has narrowed considerably in the last two weeks," Duncan noted when asked about this crucial statewide election in Florida. "Congressman Mack is now within striking distance of Senator Nelson, and how strong Mitt Romney's coattails are in Florida may be the difference maker for Mack's challenge of the popular Nelson."

In a live, in-studio interview on NBC television just prior to the 2nd Presidential Debate, President Duncan – a political scientist by training – noted that "President Obama will need to show more energy and passion than he did in the first debate, while Governor Romney must prov. that he can connect with the town hall audience and demonstrate both sincerity and empathy.. Duncan continued, "I expect the President to weave into his answers to audience questions some pointed criticisms of Governor Romney's positions on changing Medicare an. Social Security, on Romney's "47% comment, and the Republican'. tax and budget proposals. As for Romney, he will continue to emphasize the economy, jobs, the budget deficit, and the growing national debt, and try to find ways to bring up the Obama Administration's recent contradictory statements about what happened in Libya, and Middle East policy overall."

"With the election only three weeks away," Duncan concluded, "both President Obama and Governor Romney want to seize any opportunity to influence wavering and undecided voters. The last two debates give both candidates the greatest opportunities to take control of the campaign's final stretch."

Recently appointed Northwood Florida President in July, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration, from 1985-1992. Prior to his government service, 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 in faculty and administrative capacities.

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. In addition to his higher education service, Duncan has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in religious communities in California, Arizona, Missouri and Wisconsin.
To view recent expert views and learn more about Northwood University Florida's students, programs, and news of note, please visit:http://www.northwood.edu/newsletter/fl/?newsletter=flfriends


Florida President Shares Expertise Regarding Presidential Debates, More

Friday, 05 October 2012

Duncan shares what both candidates will need to relay in the debate.
Duncan shares what both candidates will need to relay in the debate.

In Florida for just three short months, Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan has participated in over twenty-five interviews with local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX television affiliates regarding key political and economic areas of interest.

The former senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft was recently asked by CBS and ABC affiliates to relay what both President Obama and Governor Romney would need to do in the first of three presidential debates, and then to provide post-debate recaps. Duncan visited the studios to share his thoughts live. "I am pleased that the Palm Beach media look to Northwood University for political commentary and analysis," stated President Duncan. "The opportunity to comment live, in-studio before, during, and after the Presidential debates is a great forum to get Northwood's name before the South Florida viewers. By sharing our knowledge we share Northwood's values and vision," continued Duncan. "I look forward to providing my insights for all three Presidential debates this fall."

Recently appointed Northwood Florida President in July, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration, from 1985-1992. Prior to his government service, 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 in faculty and administrative capacities.

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. In addition to his higher education service, Duncan has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in religious communities in California, Arizona, Missouri and Wisconsin.


Florida Students Participate in Healthcare Reform Town Hall

Friday, 05 October 2012

NU Florida students Marina Shtutman and Josh Matthews at the CBS12 studio.
NU Florida students Marina Shtutman and Josh Matthews at the CBS12 studio.

Florida students were recently invited to participate in a CBS WPEC Town Hall event which focused on healthcare and the coming election.

Provided the opportunity to interact with the moderator Mark Hyman and panelists who represented all political affiliations, the group researched and developed well prepared questions relating to healthcare reform options presented by both President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Selected by Northwood University professor Timothy Gilbert to attend, student Marina Shtutman said, "Little did I know, the experience was nothing short of entertaining. The stories, comments and questions the guests had and the responses from the panel were very interesting and resourceful. As a newly registered voter it was nice to hear the different views on each party. One of the guests had told a story about how their son passed away due to the health care laws we have in effect now. Another college student asked about how 'Obama care' would affect college students - something I could relate to. All in all it was a great experience one that shouldn't be missed if it becomes available again," she said.

The event was streamed live on CBS12.com, and portions of the segments will be highlighted in its newscasts.

Panelists included:
Dr. Roderick K. King M.D., current Executive Director for the Florida Public Health Institute and holds faculty appointments at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. He currently serves on the US Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health. His academic work/teaching and key consulting roles focus on improving the health of underserved populations and building healthy communities. Prior to his current work, Dr. King was the New England Regional Director for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service and former Senior Advisor to the Bureau of Primary Health Care, HRSA. King holds adjunct faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital Disparities Solutions Center and the Department of Health Policy and Management, Center for Public Health Leadership at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Lawrence Gorfine, M.D., a Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Board Certified in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is also Board Certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine. He was Director of Pain Medicine and Associate Professor and Fellowship Director of Pain Management at the Medical College of Virginia. He is Past-President of the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, and is Past-President of the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine and Past-President of the Palm Beach County Medical Society. He has over 25 years of experience in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He has lectured and taught residents and fellows at university medical centers and has lectured at annual meetings of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He was the Anesthesiology representative to the Florida Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee for seven years.

John J. Sottilare, a Desert Storm veteran who served as a Petty Officer in the United States Navy performing the duties of an Electronics Technician specializing in Computerized Satellite Communications Systems, for which he held a Top Secret security clearance. After attending DeVry University, Mr. Sottilare began a 20-year career in the Telecommunications Industry holding several senior engineering positions with BellSouth, Cingular, MetroPCS, Verizon and AT&T. Sottilare is currently Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County and a former Regional Representative for South Florida and the Treasure Coast. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Second Amendment Coalition of Florida.

Laura Goodhue, Executive Director of Florida CHAIN, has served as Executive Director of Florida CHAIN for five years organizing for better health care for Floridians. Prior to Florida CHAIN, she worked as a community organizer, and political and policy strategist with the community organization ACORN in Florida and New York City. Prior to her organizing work she worked with Legal Aid of North Carolina on issues related to employment law and immigration. A graduate of American University with two Masters degrees in Political Science and Latin American Studies, she has travelled extensively through the southern hemisphere. In Florida, Laura developed a grassroots Civic School bringing low income families to the state capitol to train in effective lobbying. She is an appointed member of the Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultzs Healthcare Working Group. She also serves on the Policy Committee of the Health Council of South Florida, the Board of FIRE (Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment) and the Florida Covering Kids and Families Board.


Presidential Campaign Advertising, Funding, Voter Fraud, Subjects of Interest

Friday, 28 September 2012



Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan, shared expertise with both South Florida and national CBS and NBC television affiliates this past week in four separate interviews in which he shed light on Governor Mitt Romney's "Dear Daughter" ad, the influence of "Super Pac" money in the political process, the ramifications of voter fraud and how it can be prevented, and more.

"I am pleased that the greater Palm Beach media look to Northwood University for expertise on political, business, economic, and other topics of interest in our region," noted President Duncan. "We want Northwood University-Florida to be the "go to" place in our region for faculty and staff expertise on news features that are critical to Florida and the nation." Duncan continued, "Thankfully, the Palm Beach television media look to Northwood-Florida first when they want prompt, informed opinion and analysis on important news events."

"Thanks so much to Dr. Duncan and other staff and faculty members for so readily agreeing to share their expertise," said Susan McCreery Florida's Director of Public Relations. "Thanks to them, we are serving as a valuable community resource," she said.

Recently appointed Northwood Florida President in July, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration, from 1985-1992. Prior to his government service, 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 in faculty and administrative capacities.

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. In addition to his higher education service, Duncan has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in religious communities in California, Arizona, Missouri and Wisconsin.

To view recent expert views and learn more about Northwood University Florida's students, programs, and news of note, please visit. http://www.northwood.edu/newsletter/fl/?newsletter=flfriends


Election Year, Economic Crisis Increase Demand for Faculty Experts

Friday, 21 September 2012

Dr. Duncan is interviewed by CBS reporter Chuck Webber.
Dr. Duncan is interviewed by CBS reporter Chuck Webber.

Dr. Duncan again comments to ABC’s Cathleen O’Toole
Dr. Duncan again comments to ABC’s Cathleen O’Toole

As the presidential election nears, political and economic headlines abound, and demand increases for Northwood University leaders to share insight relating to an assortment of issues.

"It's been a productive week, as Northwood University Florida President Tom Duncan and faculty members have participated in over ten ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX television interviews," said Susan McCreery Florida's Director of Public Relations. "Their ability and willingness to comment on a variety of meaningful subjects ranging from political to environmental issues serves as a valuable public service," she said.

Dr. Tom Duncan has highlighted many of the interviews, while commenting on subjects ranging from the Mideast turmoil, the importance of Hispanic voters in Florida, and what both Obama and Romney need to do to win the state's 29 electoral votes. "Because Florida is so crucial to the electoral calculations of both President Obama and Governor Romney, the two candidates and their vice-presidential nominees will be in our state frequently from now through election day in November," Duncan noted. "My background in political science and government service gives me credibility with the Palm Beach media when they look for expert analysis on the presidential race, and on international topics."

"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.

Recently appointed Northwood Florida President in July, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration, from 1985-1992. Prior to his government service, 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 in faculty and administrative capacities.

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. In addition to his higher education service, Duncan has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in religious communities in Arizona, Missouri and Wisconsin.

To view recent expert views and learn more about Northwood University Florida's students, programs, and news of note, please visit:

http://www.northwood.edu/newsletter/fl/?newsletter=flfriends


Ribbon Cutting Unveils Plans for Future Growth

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Alumnus James Hansen shares MBA success story.
Alumnus James Hansen shares MBA success story.

Northwood University Florida President Tom Duncan unveiled details regarding the university's new MBA programs for working professionals while highlighting plans for future growth at a recent Northwood University & Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting which was held at Northwood University Florida's Jeannette Hare Art Gallery.

The event welcomed community leaders, as well as faculty, staff and future Northwood University students.

Now accepting applications, Northwood's 24-month consolidated alternate weekend (Friday evening and Saturday morning) program will begin January, 2013. It is designed for working professionals who can make the time commitment for four weekends per eight week term, plus additional time to accommodate study group activities and contribution in and to the virtual classroom environment.

Northwood also offers a 12-Month Daytime MBA Program designed for students with varying levels of professional work experience and from an array of undergraduate disciplines and a 24-Month Evening MBA Program which offers a part-time MBA option with a unique cohort based curriculum to meet the needs of individuals with significant professional work experience.


Constitution Day Events Include Interactive Discussions, Lectures

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Dr. Duncan welcomes the crowd.
Dr. Duncan welcomes the crowd.



Northwood University Florida commemorated the finalization, formation and signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 by hosting several events designed to enliven discussion and highlight varying interpretations of the document.

The events were highlighted by a standing room only Faculty Forum in the Turner Education Center Auditorium. Led by Associate Professor Justin Harmon, the Forum addressed the issue of gun ownership and the 2nd Amendment, and the influence of corporations in the electoral process related to freedom of speech in the Citizens United case.

"Our professors picked these two issues because of the intensity of opinion about them within the American electorate. Students heard their professors argue several sides of each issue, and then gave students the opportunity to interact on the topics by asking questions and stating their own personal beliefs about how the Constitution addresses these controversial issues," stated President Tom Duncan. A former political science professor himself, Dr. Duncan introduced the Faculty Forum and welcomed students, staff, and faculty members to the packed hall to celebrate Constitution Day. "It is vital to our Northwood students to engage them in exercises in critical thinking about important societal issues," continued Duncan. "Constitution Day gives the Florida campus a perfect opportunity to discuss crucial issues of importance related to fundamental political issues."

Additional lectures and exercises on the Florida campus included:
* A discussion on the making of the U.S. Constitution with a writing assignment on why the Constitution means different things to different people by Adjunct Faculty member Glenn Swift
* Week long lectures on the development of the Constitution, its origination, its existence as a living document, and its application and interpretation in both Colonial times and in modern America by Adjunct Faculty member Faye Rosenberg
* A discussion about the Constitution as a codification of the meanings and values developed during colonization and their representation in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, as well as changes in those meanings and values over the years by Adjunct faculty member Sherry Penn-Crawford
* A class project to develop a constitution for a fictitious country, and then comparing that product with the U.S. Constitution by Associate Professor Justin Harmon


Duncan Weighs in on Importance of Capturing Florida's Electoral Votes, More

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Dr. Tom Duncan and CBS anchor Ben Becker.
Dr. Tom Duncan and CBS anchor Ben Becker.

Duncan shares insight with ABC’s Angela Rozier.
Duncan shares insight with ABC’s Angela Rozier.

WPEC anchor Ben Becker turns to Duncan for insight.
WPEC anchor Ben Becker turns to Duncan for insight.

Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan recently weighed in on the importance for President Obama and Governor Romney of capturing Florida's 29 electoral votes, even as the President paid another visit to Palm Beach County.

Duncan shared that the candidate who wins Florida will likely win the Presidency. Seniors, who represent about 17 percent of the state's 18.8 million residents, could hold the key for both Governor Romney and President Obama – depending on who gets their votes.

With possible revisions of Medicare, Social Security and other entitlement programs on the table, Obama, targeting seniors, independents and Latinos, cited a report that showed costs for the programs would rise dramatically as a result of the Republicans' proposals. Romney's representatives countered, saying the report was not neutral and called Obama's attacks untrue.. (Obama) has done nothing to reform Medicare for the long haul and prevent it from going bankrupt, and on his watch family health care premiums have increased by nearly $2,500," said Romney spokesman Ryan Williams in a statement.

President Duncan also responded to reporters' questions about the Jewish vote in Florida, and referred to the decision by the Democratic National Convention delegates, under pressure from critics, to insert Jerusalem as Israel's capital back into the party platform. In other interviews this week, Duncan noted Governor Romney's successful trip to Israel, at which he gave a major address outlining his positions on U.S. – Israel relations in the context of overall Mideast tensions. When asked whether Romney could peel off significant Jewish support in Florida from President Obama, Duncan stated, "Governor Romney doesn't have to win the Jewish vote in Florida; he just has to siphon off a significant percentage of it to change the electoral dynamics in the state."

Reporters also interviewed Duncan about the disturbing events in Libya, where several Americans were killed including the Ambassador. President Duncan noted that across the Middle East, nations appear to be in serious turmoil, citing events in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, and the ongoing war in Afghanistan. "On top of these state crises, the threat of war between Israel and Iran over the nuclear intentions of the Iranian government could change the dynamic of the U.S. election over the next two months, Duncan stated. "Just when we thought the election would only be about the economy, jobs, and Medicare, now we have the real possibility of foreign policy issues becoming important in the national discussions."

Recently appointed Northwood Florida President in July, Duncan serves as a valued political commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates. From 1985-1992, he 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. Prior to his government service, 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 as a faculty member and administrator.

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.


Sport Coach Leadership, Training Programs Gain Momentum

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Dr. Dennis Bechtol
Dr. Dennis Bechtol

In continued efforts to promote sport coach leadership and training, Northwood University Florida again teamed up with the Elite Coaching Consultants (ECC) to present a series of youth sport coaching workshops.

Hosted by the Seminole Tribe Reservation of South Florida and held at Northwood Florida, the events were presented with the goal of strengthening performance levels of coaching staff in an effort to better assist young athletes.

"We are becoming known as the 'go to' place for sport coach leadership and education training, and our community service is the key to being recognized as a university that meets the area's needs," said Dr. Dennis Bechtol, Entertainment, Sport and Promotion Management (ESPM) professor.

The programs implemented a series of coaching workshop. and introduced the Coach Smart Performance curriculum to all four of the Seminole Tribe reservations including Brighton, Immokalee, Hollywood, and Big Cypress.

Elite Coaching Consultants has developed the Coach Smart Performance program to educate coaches of youth sport participants with the latest techniques and models providing kids with a relevant, positive, and inclusive experience.

"Statistics relate that 70% of all kids participating in youth sports typically drop out of sports programs by the age of 14. Many of the reasons for this attrition are due to bad experiences by the kids and parents. Coaches are the key connection to keeping kids involved in sports, giving them the opportunity to build the life skills that makes balanced and competent young adults," said ECC president Robert Kubin.


Professor Shares Insight Regarding Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Dr. Edwin Moore shares insight.
Dr. Edwin Moore shares insight.

As WPTV, South Florida's NBC affiliate investigated possible elimination of the popular mortgage interest deduction, Project Economy Producer Matthew Harris turned to Northwood University Florida's Dr. Ed Moore to learn more.

Moore shared that elimination of the tax would save the country $100 billion in lost revenue each year, but added that it would be a temporary fix, as it targets just one group of tax payers, and could have a long a term impact on home sales and spur additional foreclosures.

One of the most popular benefits to homeowners, the benefit permits elimination of mortgage interest as taxable income.

With its preservation lobbied by the National Association of Realtors and other local associations which promote homeownership, neither presidential candidate has completely rejected the possibility of either eliminating or reducing the deduction. There are also proposals to phase it out which include limiting the deduction to first homes, and mortgages up to $500,000, instead of the current $1 million.

Recognized as a valuable community resource, Northwood University faculty and staff regularly lend insight relating to a wide variety political, economic, and environmental topics.

Moore has over 20 years teaching experience at both the under graduate and graduate levels. He holds a Masters of Business Administration Specializing in Management degree, and a Doctorate In Business Administration in International Business with special emphasis on International Economics and Finance. He has completed many additional Doctorial courses in Management, Research, and Marketing. Dr Moore has presented a number of papers at international conferences and has been published internationally. Dr. Moore's primary research interests include culture and economic development in developing and transitional economies, political corruption, and he has developed an International MBA with an emphasis in Cross Cultural Awareness.

To view the story please visit:
http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_n_palm_beach_county/palm_beach_gardens/impact-5-tax-break-for-homeowners-at-risk#ixzz2665FsvxO


Posthumous Degree Awarded to Houston Lillo

Friday, 07 September 2012

Seahawk Soccer Teams attend the ceremony.
Seahawk Soccer Teams attend the ceremony.

Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan recently hosted a ceremony in which Houston Lillo, a well-loved student and athlete, was awarded a posthumous degree.

The academic honor, which followed a moving memorial and tribute to Lillo this past spring, provided the opportunity for Northwood Florida faculty, staff, students and alumni to celebrate Lillo's academic accomplishments.

In moving tributes, Professor Justin Harmon, Head Soccer Coach Ty Brewer, and former teammate and alumnus Alvaro Romo all shared memories of the Northwood senior and how he managed to successfully juggle academic and athletic responsibilities while caring for family and friends.

While reminding the crowd that Northwood is a small community, Entertainment, Sport and Promotion Management (ESPM) professor Harmon said, "When one of our members is no longer with us, that impact reverberates through us all. Houston was a student that I never had to worry about. As a focused, driven, capable, and charismatic leader he was someone with a clear vision of what he wanted to do in the future. That's why I think we all took his passing so hard. We know that he was going to succeed and he never really got that chance to do the things that we knew he was capable of doing."

While reminding the audience that the posthumous degree ceremony was "not about Houston the athlete, but about Houston the scholar," Coach Ty Brewer relayed that Houston understood the balance needed between athletics and academics, sharing that the Florida Seahawk Soccer teams, donned with Lillo's number eleven on their sleeves, have dedicated the season to him and created the Houston Lillo Award, which will forever acknowledge soccer players who demonstrate themselves as "most improved players." "We think of him every day," he said.

Brewer's remarks were followed by a Prayer of Remembrance from Carol Wagmeister, EXCEL Program Coordinator and Assistant to the Dean of Students. Dr. Tom Duncan and Linda Mohr, Interim Academic Dean then invited all Seahawk Soccer Team members to the stage and presented Houston's father the degree.

President Tom Duncan, when reflecting on the campus ceremony, noted the deep affection that Northwood faculty, staff, and students felt for Houston Lillo. "Today was both a celebration of Houston's academic accomplishments, and a memorial tribute to Houston as a person, a friend, and a member of the Seahawk community." Duncan continued, "Houston's family will never doubt the love and friendship that the Northwood family had for Houston Lillo. We will continue to honor his memory annually with the Houston Lillo Award for "most improved" soccer player. Houston leaves a strong legacy of accomplishment in both academics and athletics."


Duncan Lends Insight Regarding Impact of Democratic National Convention, More

Friday, 07 September 2012

Dr. Tom Duncan
Dr. Tom Duncan

South Florida ABC, NBC and CBS reporters visited Northwood University Florida President and political expert Tom Duncan this week to ask about the impact of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and how recent unemployment figures could affect the presidential race.

While sharing that President Obama is asking for more time for his policies to work, and that the small drop in unemployment figures (down .2% from 8.3%) may somewhat support his case, Duncan reminded viewers that -- with the exception of Franklin Roosevelt in the middle of the Great Depression -- no U.S. president has ever been reelected with an unemployment rate above 8%. Duncan reminded viewers that the United States is now experiencing its 43rd month with unemployment above eight percent.

Duncan said that Obama's DNC message was intended to solidify his base, as he emphasized his support for abortion rights, gay marriage and ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the military, and his opposition to any major structural changes in Medicare or Social Security. For President Duncan, Obama's speech did not directly address many of the concerns of independent or disaffected Republican voters.

In response to controversial comments delivered by Mark Alan Siegel, the chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic party, to the Patriot Update stating, ''The Christians just want us to be there so we can all be slaughtered and converted and bring on the second coming of Jesus Christ,' Duncan lent insight. "I don't know any Christians who believe what [Siegel] said about Christians wanting to slaughter Jews. Those kind of volatile statements just have a life of their own," he said. "You try to manage the message as best you can. Every politician tries to do that. It's just interesting, isn't it, that in the real world, things happen. And people say things that take on a life of their own," he said. Siegel has since taken an infinite leave of absence, but has refused demands that he resign his position.

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.

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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.


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.


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."


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 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


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.



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