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Duncan Shares Perspective Regarding Sequestration

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Dr. Duncan discusses the upcoming budget deadline and possible sequestration with CBS Anchor Ben Becker.
Dr. Duncan discusses the upcoming budget deadline and possible sequestration with CBS Anchor Ben Becker.

As the deadline for automatic budget cuts (the "sequester") draws near, and with Congress and the President failing to agree on a budget deal to avoid these cuts, Americans could be affected in a variety of areas.

In recent days, President Obama has traveled to various states telling audiences that automatic budget cuts will cause such things as increased flight delays due to closures of air traffic control towers, to elimination of food programs for the poor, and reduced ability to control the border. Some Republicans in the Congress are saying that the President's words are merely "scare tactics" meant to frighten the American people into supporting higher taxes on the wealthy, and that the automatic budget cuts need not impact the average American so severely.

WPEC Reporter Ben Becker recently caught up with Northwood Florida President Tom Duncan to learn more.

"These exchanges between the President and Republicans in Congress are part of the 'public negotiations' that often take place when important policy decisions are about to be made," said Duncan, a former political science professor and political commentator. "Both Republicans in the Congress and members of the Obama Administration are trying to shape the context of the debate over the choice between raising taxes to reduce the budget deficit, or reducing spending to bring the federal budget under control. Duncan continued, "Republicans are more interested in the spending cut approach than in more tax increases, but Democrats generally are reluctant to touch 'entitlement' spending – such as Social Security and Medicare – and, thus, prefer increasing taxes on wealthier Americans to close the budget gap."

Duncan noted that defense spending is slated to take a disproportionate chunk of automatic budget cuts – which may cause Republicans to find some way to avoid, or at least delay, such reductions. "I expect Congress and the President will find some way to reduce the impact of the sequester, or kick the can down the road for a few more weeks or months," said President Duncan. "Neither the Democrats or the Republicans want to take the blame for hurting the economy, or pushing the country into another recession. Ultimately, that reality will force the sides together into some sort of compromise," he concluded.

Appointed Northwood Florida President in July, 2012, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political, economic, and social commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. From 2007-2009, Duncan was Visiting Professor of Higher Education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management from 1985-1989, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration from 1989-1992. 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. He is an ordained minister with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). 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.


Auto Show of the Palm Beaches to Feature Ford Mustang Boss

Wednesday, 27 February 2013



Among Northwood University Florida's Auto Show of the Palm Beaches featured models will be the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca.

The event will be held at Northwood University Florida Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 3, 2013. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 5:30pm on February 28th, 2013. Show hours are Saturday from 10am - 6pm and Sunday from 11am - 5pm. For additional information please call (561) 681-7972.

Available in street and racing versions, The Boss is labeled the pinnacle of Mustang performance and powered by a 444-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 with a .73:1 rear axle ratio and a Torsen limited-slip rear differential.

In a recent Car and Driver article, Andrew Wendler cleverly shared his take. "Ford has dutifully honed the Mustang's anachronistic suspension setup, powertrain lineup, and aesthetics for the past few years. The Boss 302 Laguna Seca wraps you in a big, fuzzy bear hug of stupidly capable acceleration, cornering, and braking ability; in comparison, the cross-town-rival Chevrolet Camaro SS1LE comes across as cool and clinical, although it, too, is a capable machine. If there's one knock on the Laguna Seca, it's that it isn't exactly cheap, with the MSRP just nudging in under the $50,000 mark—the regular Boss is some seven grand cheaper, and the Camaro 1LE comes in at $37,035—although we'd still call it a tremendous performance value. Frankly, the car as a whole is tremendous, and one of the best available today. All hail the bossiest of Bosses," he said.

The Auto Show of the Palm Beaches provides the opportunity for car enthusiasts everywhere to enjoy browsing without sales pressure, and will feature a variety of exotic, domestic and international cars, and classic models. The Auto Show Student Executive Board works with more than 150 students to create a show which attracts more than more 20,000 visitors.


Northwood University Florida's Office of Admissions Embraces Exciting Strategic Plan

Friday, 22 February 2013

Fernanda Gazmuri
Fernanda Gazmuri

Maria Pumarejo
Maria Pumarejo

Shannon Wightman
Shannon Wightman

As Northwood University incorporates strategic initiatives designed to welcome the best and brightest students from across the globe, they are increasing the number of their admissions staff. Northwood University Florida is pleased to announce the following appointments:

       . Fernanda Gazmuri - Admissions Representative

       . Maria Pumarejo - New Student Coordinator

       . Shannon Wightman - Admissions Representative

“I am excited to now have all admissions representatives deployed in their specific territories. Fernanda Gazmuri will focus her attention on Florida’s southern counties, while Shannon Wightman will concentrate on its west coast.  In addition Maria Pumarejo, a Northwood graduate and current member of the admissions staff has moved into the demanding and much needed position of New Student Coordinator,” said Emily Mass, Director of Admissions.

Gazmuri previously served as a Registry Coach at Palm Beach State College, a Fiscal and Academic Coordinator at Florida Atlantic University and an Operations Manager at Nova Southeastern University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Minor in Psychology and her Master of Science in International Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Pumarejo previously served as an Independent Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics and an Intelligent Assistant at Intelligent Office Palm Beach Gardens before coming back to her Alma Mater to serve as a an Admissions Representative in April 2010. Pumarejo was promoted in May 2012 to Assistant Director of Admission and Enrollment Management before taking the role of New Student Enrollment Coordinator. She earned an Associate's Degree in Entertainment and Sports Promotional Management and a Bachelor's of Business Administration from Northwood University.

Wightman previously served as an Admissions Counselor at Florida Southern College, located in Lakeland, Florida and an Admissions Advisor at SUNY Cortland, in Upstate New York. She received her Bachelor in Humanities degree with a concentration in English and Communications from Florida Southern College, and is excited to bring her passion for working with students and her previous admission experience to her new role as Admission Representative for Northwood!


What Your Workspace Reveals About You

Friday, 22 February 2013

Dr. Cathy Bush with Perry McLelland
Dr. Cathy Bush with Perry McLelland

Dr. Cathy Bush with Frank McKinney
Dr. Cathy Bush with Frank McKinney

Reporter Ashleigh Walters recently included Florida professor Dr. Cathy Bush, Board of Governor Frank McKinney and the parent of a Northwood alumnus in her WPTV television story which delved into the subject of work spaces and what they say about their inhabitants.

The story highlighted three very different work environments including Florida Board of Governor Frank McKinney's Delray Beach tree house which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, a Lake Worth family-owned Saddlery, and a Palm Beach internet technology workspace located at the Society of The Four Arts.

"When Ashleigh called to request a professor to comment regarding workspaces and what they say about us Dr. Cathy Bush came to mind immediately," said Suzi McCreery, Northwood Florida's Director of Public Relations. "As an expert who has worked with and consulted for businesses on a variety of measures to improve team effectiveness, I knew she could share insight."

"The personality characteristic of conscientiousness is the number-one characteristic of what predicts whether or not we think somebody is awesome at their job," said Bush, while carefully evaluating each space.

As she highlighted specific personalities of each workstation, and detailed what they say about the personality of their occupant, Bush pointed out that a shared environment (as in the case of Elvio Salazar's efficient Society of the Four Arts internet technology office) is best for extroverted personalities. The fine craftsmanship and efficient organization of Perry McLelland's work area at McLelland's Saddlery in Lake Worth seemed to indicate creative and introverted personality traits, a common mix according to Bush. And the innovative tree house office of Frank McKinney offered a great example of how a very organized and pragmatic person can surround himself with a wide range of stimuli to inspire creativity, which has helped him in his architectural work as well as in writing five books from the site, Bush shared.


Dr. Cathy Bush holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University. For the past two decades she has studied and invested in the development of leadership in individuals and groups as a professor, a researcher, a consultant, and an executive coach. Her consulting experiences include working with a number of organizations in a wide variety of industries while providing workshops and consulting with leaders on organizational issues such as team effectiveness, process improvement, employee retention, performance management, employee satisfaction, employee assessment and selection, and change management. Dr. Bush has taught Northwood University MBA program leadership and marketing classes since 2001, and recently served as the Academic Dean of the DeVos Graduate School of Management for all Northwood University campuses.

Ashleigh Walters is an award-winning journalist who joined WPTV in July, 2011. Prior to working in West Palm Beach, she worked as an anchor and multi-media journalist at WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina. As a reporter, she covered the Education and Legislative beats and was named Reporter of the Year by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association in 2009. In 2010, competing in both North and South Carolina, she won a Silver Award from RTNDA for political reporting. In the Associated Press Awards, she won a 2nd place in 2009 and a 3rd place in 2010, both for Education. At KUSA-TV in Denver, CO, Walters was the producer, fill-in host and interviewer on the magazine-style show "Colorado & Company.. Some memorable interviewees include Jamie Foxx, Sylvester Stallone, Jessica Biel, Dakota Fanning, Jim Lehrer, Kevin Bacon, Beth Holloway and L. Paul Bremer, the Ambassador to Iraq. On her segment, "Art with Ashleigh," she presented some of her own original art projects.

To view the television story please visit: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/what-your-workspace-or-desk-says-about-you


Auto Show of the Palm Beaches to Feature Ford's First Plug-In Electric Hybrid

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Ford C-Max Energi
Ford C-Max Energi

Northwood University Florida's Auto Show of the Palm Beaches will feature Ford's first plug-in electric hybrid, the C-MAX Energi.

Equipped with a lithium ion battery pack that allows it to operate in pure electric mode for up to 21 miles, it has an EPA rating of 100 miles per gallon equivalent for combined city and highway driving versus 95 MPGe for the Prius Plug-In.

And thanks to Ford engineers Ken Frederick and Matt Smith the innovation is equipped with a written a set of algorithms called EV+ that tap its GPS to learn more about its driver's habits. This cutting edge technology enables it to modify battery usage so the vehicle stays in electric mode as long as possible. Qualifying for a $3,750 federal tax credit, the C-Max Energi has an overall range of 620 miles and begins at $32,950 and as a standard hybrid at $25,200.

The Auto Show of the Palm Beaches will be held at Northwood University Florida Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 3, 2013. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 5:30pm on February 28th, 2013. Show hours are Saturday from 10am - 6pm and Sunday from 11am - 5pm. For additional information please call (561) 681-7972.

The show provides the opportunity for car enthusiasts everywhere to enjoy browsing without sales pressure, and will feature a variety of exotic, domestic and international cars, and classic models. The Auto Show Student Executive Board works with more than 150 students to create a show which attracts more than more 20,000 visitors.


Supervisor of Elections Shares Importance of Voting Procedures, Processes

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher shares insight with American Government students.
Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher shares insight with American Government students.

Northwood University Florida students recently had the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge regarding the election process as Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher shared insight.

While detailing the Palm Beach County voting process and sharing specifics relating to the confusion of the famous butterfly ballot debacle of 2000, Bucher candidly stressed the importance of a fair and impartial election while emphasizing the value of integrity and precision in the midst of mounting media pressure.

"Ms. Bucher was so dynamic that several students remained in the classroom for 45 minutes after the class ended just to continue to dialog with her," said Justice Ira J. Raab (Retired), Adjunct Professor of American Government.

With various class speakers and field trips included as part of its curriculum, Northwood University's American Government classes examine the structure, philosophy, accomplishments and failings of the American government system, enabling students to examine and analyze why the American political system operates as it does, who wins and who loses in the process and why the system endures.

Susan Bucher was first elected to the Florida House in 2000 and was term limited out in 2008. She ran successfully for Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections in 2008 and has been re-elected subsequently.

Ballot design can aid or inhibit clarity in an election. Poor designs lead to confusion and potential chaos if large numbers of voters spoil or mismark a ballot. The butterfly ballot used in the Florida U.S. presidential election, 2000 (a ballot paper that has names down both sides, with a single column of punch holes in the center), has been likened to a maze led to widespread allegations of mismarked ballots.


Northwood Florida to Celebrate Silver Anniversary Auto Show

Friday, 08 February 2013



Northwood University Florida students are in the final stages of preparation to display more than 300 new domestic and imported cars and recreational vehicles ranging from $10,000 - $400,000 at the university's 25th Annual Auto Show of the Palm Beaches.

The show will be held:

Date: Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 3, 2013
Event: Northwood University Auto Show of the Palm Beaches
Location: Northwood University Florida Campus
Show hours:
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
For further information please call (561) 681-7972

"Northwood University is proud to share this rich heritage with our visitors. While much has changed over the last twenty five years, one thing has not changed – the enthusiasm of the students to bring the very latest and most exciting vehicles to our area for display. The Auto Show of the Palm Beaches, Presented by Northwood University is celebrating its silver spectacular, showcasing the automotive industries finest achievements in technology and engineering. The driving force for the show is the student body of our Automotive Marketing and Management Department, the future leaders of the automotive industry," said Timothy Gilbert, Chairman, Automotive Marketing and Management Department.

The show provides the opportunity for car enthusiasts everywhere to enjoy browsing without sales pressure, and will feature a variety of exotic, domestic and international cars, and classic models. The Auto Show Student Executive Board works with more than 150 students to create a show which attracts more than more 20,000 visitors.

With Automotive Marketing and Management being one of Northwood University's unique programs, the university has educated several thousand automobile dealers and managers over the last forty plus years. Its link to the automotive industry is strong and getting stronger, not just in the United States but throughout the world, and the program attracts students from many parts of the world.

"The auto show experience creates a pivotal link for our students with both the dealers they will be serving and the public they must satisfy. It is an amazing experience for students to plan, organize and execute an event of this magnitude," added Gilbert.


Florida President, Students Discuss Proposed Immigration Reform

Friday, 01 February 2013

Dr. Tom Duncan shares insight regarding immigration reform with Alex Sanz of WPTV.
Dr. Tom Duncan shares insight regarding immigration reform with Alex Sanz of WPTV.

Mahesha Jawardana comments to reporter Alex Sanz.
Mahesha Jawardana comments to reporter Alex Sanz.

Esteban Enriquez comments to WPTV reporter Alex Sanz.
Esteban Enriquez comments to WPTV reporter Alex Sanz.

As a bipartisan group of senators agreed on basic principles that could eventually reform America's immigration laws, WPTV's Alex Sanz turned to Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan and international students to get their perspectives.

Mahesha Jayawardana, a Sri Lankan native and hospitality major at Northwood, offered heartfelt thoughts regarding her learning experience. "The opportunities that you get with this education I can't even explain. An American education is always regarded very highly around the world and I know I speak for a lot of my friends when I say this," she said. "[The proposed immigration reform] would actually make it easier for people who are willing to stay and are willing to pay their dues and taxes. It will make it so much easier for them."

And many believe that the end result of proposed reform would lead to additional employment opportunities.

Esteban Benitez, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree student from Paraguay offered his take on the changes which could expedite citizenship for as many as 11 million people. "If you look at some of the most successful companies in the United States right now, they were started by immigrants. So, immigrants don't necessarily take away jobs from people. They add jobs," said Benitez, who like most international students faces restrictions on how long to stay in the country. "I really believe in the American dream and this idea that capitalism and free-enterprise can make the world a better place and bring global peace and just have a more sustainable distribution of the world's resources," he added.

Northwood University President Dr. Tom Duncan agreed that proposed reform could help promote the American Dream. "Giving people the opportunity to work, to be productive, to pay taxes, to contribute to society -- in a legal way -- is a good thing," said Dr. Tom Duncan. He noted that key segments in both the Democratic and Republican parties want to see significant reform in the nation's immigration laws, although there also are strong opponents to reform in both parties. About 40 percent of the students who attend Northwood Florida, Duncan added, are from other countries. "Most of our international students desire to earn their Northwood degrees then return to their home countries to start businesses, expand their family businesses, and to put The Northwood Idea into practice to make the economies of their nations stronger," Duncan concluded.

Appointed Northwood Florida President in July, 2012, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political, economic, and social commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. From 2007-2009, Duncan was Visiting Professor of Higher Education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management from 1985-1989, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration from 1989-1992. 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. He is an ordained minister with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). 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 the WPTV interview please visit:
http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/political/foreign-born-college-students-say-sweeping-reforms-of-immigration-laws-would-open-new-doors-for-them


Outstanding Business Leaders Leave Lasting Impression

Thursday, 24 January 2013

The OBL Student Forum is one of Northwood’s most popular events.
The OBL Student Forum is one of Northwood’s most popular events.

When asked what they remember the most regarding their Northwood experience, many alumni, faculty and staff recall that it was the personal interactions with mentors which profoundly impacted their learning. And the university's Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) forum and gala stand out as being some of the most impactful.

We're here to become business leaders, so the opportunity to learn from the challenges this impressive group has overcome offers hope and encouragement to keep shooting for the stars," said Allison Hancock a Northwood University MBA student. "Gaining practical information from a textbook can be helpful, but hearing it first-hand from trail blazers of their caliber makes it unforgettable," she added.

As a standing room only group of students listened to the Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) Class of 2013 share their stories at Northwood's Florida Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center, the value of the Northwood Idea resonated loudly.

Dressed as successful business professionals, Northwood University students, business cards and research in hand, gathered together to attend the Outstanding Business leader forum in which prestigious honorees shared the experiences and life lessons which had led to their success. The group included:

Brian Black
President, Hatch Restaurant Management Group
Owner, Mi Piaci Ristorante and Ocho Kitchen and Cocktails
Dallas, Texas

John A. Boll, Sr.
Retired CEO & Chairman of the Board
Chateau Communities, Inc.
Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan

Robert L. Forbes
Vice President, Forbes, Inc. President, ForbesLife
New York, New York and
Palm Beach, Florida

John A. Hohman
Vice President, Retired
Monroe Auto Equipment Company
Sand Point, Michigan and Stuart, Florida

Jim Koons (MI '73)
Chief Executive Officer, Jim Koons Automotive Companies, Inc.
Tyson's Corner, Virginia

John Krafcik
President and CEO, Hyundai Motor America
Costa Mesa, California

Anthony Lomangino
Chairman & Founder
Southern Waste Systems and Sun Recycling
Lantana, Florida

Jack Miller
Founder and Former President/CEO
Quill Corporation
Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Northwood University annually recognizes a select group of men and women for their business achievements and for their support and exemplary leadership of the communities in which they live and work. These individuals serve as role models for Northwood University students, all of whom are engaged in the study of business management and who aspire to successful careers. In the 33 years since the program's founding, more than 300 business leaders from more than 30 states and several countries, representing dozens of industries and fields of business expertise, have received the Outstanding Business Leader Award.

On Friday, January, 25th, the day of the gala presentations, Northwood University students asked questions of the OBL Class of 2013 at an afternoon forum held at Northwood University Florida. The forum provided the opportunity for honorees to share anecdotes relating to the obstacles and challenges they encountered while on their personal road to business success, as well as remedies relating to how they overcame them. Biographies for each honoree may be found at: http://www.northwood.edu/aboutus/honorees/obl/default.aspx


Northwood Florida Welcomes Slovak Ambassador

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Ambassador Kmec and NU Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan envision opportunities.
Ambassador Kmec and NU Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan envision opportunities.

Northwood University Florida was pleased to welcome the Honorable Peter Kmec, Ambassador to the United States from the Slovak Republic, as part of his South Florida speaking tour.

Kmec shared an economic overview and forecast for the Slovak Republic, as well as opportunities for collaborative work with U.S. businesses and educational institutions.

"The presence of a live participant from the world of international decision-making of the caliber of Mr. Kmec was invaluable to our students. He shined a bright light on issues that many times remain as dark shadows or just lifeless entries in a textbook for students. Indeed, Mr. Kmec brought home the fact that collaborative education starts with the exchange of real individuals, and we are thankful to him for that," said Dr. Ed Howell, Associate Professor and Chair of Florida's Economics and Finance Department.

President Tom Duncan of Northwood University Florida noted that students and faculty "very much appreciated Ambassador Kmec's focus on forging strong economic ties between the United States and the Slovak Republic. Specifically, the Northwood community was intrigued by the Slovak Republic's 'flat tax' system, and how Ambassador Kmec emphasized it as a driving force in bringing investment capital to his nation."

Duncan also noted the friendship of Dr. Cecilia Rokusek, Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic for Florida, who accompanied the Ambassador to the Northwood campus. "Dr. Rokusek and I have met several times over the past few months to discuss how Northwood University could work with businesses and educational institutions in the Slovak Republic to spur investment in the skills and knowledge base necessary to see continued economic development in this important Eastern European nation.. President Duncan noted how Ambassador Kmec emphasized the growth of the auto industry in his country, and made the connection of that industry to Northwood's longstanding relationship to the U.S. automobile marketplace.

Kmec graduated from an international relations program in Moscow, and later worked for the federal Czechoslovak Foreign Ministry. Between 2000 and 2003, he was deputy ambassador in Israel, and between 2003 and 2005 held the same post in the USA. Later, he worked as head of the Office of the Foreign Minister and as the Slovak Ambassador to Sweden.


Florida President Weighs in on Possible Gun Control Executive Orders

Friday, 18 January 2013

Dr. Duncan shares insight regarding gun control executive orders.
Dr. Duncan shares insight regarding gun control executive orders.

Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan recently sat down with NBC anchor Ashleigh Walters to discuss the prospects of President Obama handing down executive orders on the controversial domestic policy issue of gun control.

Duncan shared that some in Congress may accuse President Obama of exceeding his authority to act, depending on what he proposes, and that selected executive orders may require funding by Congress, which likely would be denied.

"The Republicans in the House probably won't support such funding, so a Presidential proposal that requires additional funding might be an 'empty' executive order in some ways," said Duncan. He added that President Obama faces opposition not only from Republicans who oppose his suggestions, but also from a number of Senate and House Democrats who in 2014 will be up for re-election in conservative states and districts.

President Duncan also noted Vice President Biden's leadership on the gun control issue for the Obama Administration, and the statements and actions of other high-profile Democrats who are expected to challenge Biden in 2016 for the presidential nomination – such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

"In some ways, the jockeying that is going on with the current gun control debate is more about which potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2016 can secure the loyalty of gun control supporters for the next election," said Duncan. "Since Congressional action on gun control is extremely unlikely, all the 'sound and fury' currently around the issue probably has more to do with future electoral politics than it does with present domestic policy."

Appointed Northwood Florida President in July, 2012, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political, economic, and social commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. From 2007-2009, Duncan was Visiting Professor of Higher Education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management from 1985-1989, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration from 1989-1992. 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. He is an ordained minister with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). 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 the WPTV interview please visit: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/national/obamas-gun-control-announcement-may-be-controversial#ixzz2IFMVU89y


Over 400 Local High School Students Compete in Business Competitions at Northwood Florida

Friday, 18 January 2013

Emily Mass
Emily Mass

DECA students gather at Florida’s Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center prior to their presentations.
DECA students gather at Florida’s Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center prior to their presentations.

More than 400 high school students recently visited Northwood University Florida to compete in a series of competitions for the Distributive Educators Club of America (DECA).

The students and their advisors from several area high schools participated in business-themed competitions such as Advertising Campaigns, Professional Selling, Business Law & Ethics, Marketing & Communications, and more. Volunteer judges came from both private and public sector businesses, as well as several local colleges and universities.

"DECA programs offer such wonderful and unique opportunities for students to experience real-world situations, and to receive immediate feedback on their work. We are excited to continue to host such a great event for these future professionals, and enjoy sharing the Northwood Idea with them as we assist them in their future endeavors," said Emily Mass, Director of Admissions.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. With over a 60 year history, it has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. The program enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition. Its student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.


Duncan Shares Perspective Regarding Fiscal Cliff Agreement

Thursday, 03 January 2013



As the Congress reached a last-minute, bipartisan agreement that allows income tax rates to rise for the first time in twenty years, Northwood Florida President Tom Duncan in a live NBC-TV interview weighed in on the top three things Americans can take away from the agreement that, for now, helped avoid the "fiscal cliff."

"First, both Republicans and Democrats got something from the deal," said Duncan of the agreement. "Democrats got higher taxes on couples making $450,000 and higher per year; Republicans got permanent status for the Bush tax cuts for couples making less than $450,000/year, and also won concessions on inheritance taxes for family farms and related firms," said Duncan.

Second, Duncan noted that "Election results matter. He pointed out that President Obama was "in a stronger position to get tax increases on upper-income taxpayers since winning the election."

Finally, Duncan reminded viewers on WPTV that important issues are still to be decided, and that House Republicans "will be in a stronger position on upcoming votes on the debt ceiling and spending cuts."

Appointed Northwood Florida President in July, 2012, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political, economic, and social commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. From 2007-2009, Duncan was Visiting Professor of Higher Education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management from 1985-1989, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration from 1989-1992. 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. He is an ordained minister with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). 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 President Shares Insight Regarding Renewed Push for ERA

Friday, 21 December 2012



As a Florida State Representative proposes legislation to ratify the long-dormant Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan weighed-in on the reasons for this renewed push to ratify a Constitutional amendment that failed back in 1982, and what such an amendment would mean for America.

"Passed by the Congress in 1972, the ERA to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by the state legislatures of 35 states, but it needed approval by 38 states to become national law," said Duncan, whose Master's degree is in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. "Now there is a renewed effort to pass the ERA, but to do so would require Congress to pass another version of the amendment that would, in effect, eliminate the original deadline of 1982." Duncan noted that a U.S. Senator from Maryland, Sen. Ben Cardin, has proposed a Joint Resolution to do just that.

"Even if Congress passed a new ERA amendment that also retroactively eliminated the 1982 deadline for state ratification, the new proposal still would require ratification by three additional states. Since Florida is one of the states that did not ratify the original ERA amendment by 1982, this explains the reasons for a renewed push in the Florida legislature for ERA approval," explained Duncan.

"Many observers of the equal rights movement in the United States have noted that, even though the original ERA amendment failed to be ratified, most if not all of the purposes in passing the amendment have since been achieved through federal and state legislation, and by numerous court decisions.. But as Duncan noted, "There are many who believe that full equality of persons cannot be guaranteed without enshrining such language in the U.S. Constitution.. Speaking to the reasons why this issue has re-emerged after thirty years, President Duncan expressed his belief that issues somewhat related to the equal treatment of women – such as same-sex marriage and equal treatment of gay, lesbian, and trans-gendered persons – may be influencing the current ERA movement.

Appointed Northwood Florida President in July, 2012, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political, economic, and social 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 from 1985-1989, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration, from 1989-1992. 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. He is an ordained minister with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). 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


Professor Shares Insight Regarding Parenting, Grief Process

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Dr. Cathy Bush shares insight with WPTV anchor Michael Williams.
Dr. Cathy Bush shares insight with WPTV anchor Michael Williams.

As the world tried to make sense of the horrific Newtown, Connecticut rampage in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed twenty-six people, many of them children, Associate Professor Cathy Bush shared insight with South Florida's NBC affiliate regarding how to talk to children about the tragic news.

In the live interview with WPTV anchor Michael Williams, Bush advised parents to support, love and assure their children while minimizing the amount of exposure they have to graphic media coverage. "Our natural instinct is to protect our children," she reflected, while reminding viewers that it's important for them to vocalize and to work through their emotions.

"This is a random act and no one knows why it happened, but we can tell our children that we love them and remind them that the majority of people in their lives are good people who are not trying to harm them," she said.

Police say Lanza, 20, went on a rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 six and seven-year-olds and six adults before taking his own life. Lanza also shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, to death in the nearby home they shared before heading to the school, authorities say.

To view the interview please visit: http://shar.es/h35vD

Dr. Cathy Bush holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University. For the past two decades she has studied and invested in the development of leadership in individuals and groups as a professor, a researcher, a consultant, and an executive coach. Her consulting experiences include working with a number of organizations in a wide variety of industries while providing workshops and consulting with leaders on organizational issues such as team effectiveness, process improvement, employee retention, performance management, employee satisfaction, employee assessment and selection, and change management. Dr. Bush has taught Northwood University MBA program leadership and marketing classes since 2001, and recently served as the Academic Dean of the DeVos Graduate School of Management for all Northwood University campuses.


Florida Hosts Hospitality Career Fair

Thursday, 06 December 2012

Included in the photo are (L-R): Alumna Nicolle Nie, Dan Tellez, Claudio Angelini, Nicole Lewis, Adalberto Trujillo, Raca Nikodinovic, Mahesha Jayawardana, Andrea Santizo, Brittany Gagne, Tessa Tom, Christina Ruggeri, Taylor Smith, Sedrick Bernard, Alumna Danielle Skorski, Alumnus Steve Christ
Included in the photo are (L-R): Alumna Nicolle Nie, Dan Tellez, Claudio Angelini, Nicole Lewis, Adalberto Trujillo, Raca Nikodinovic, Mahesha Jayawardana, Andrea Santizo, Brittany Gagne, Tessa Tom, Christina Ruggeri, Taylor Smith, Sedrick Bernard, Alumna Danielle Skorski, Alumnus Steve Christ

The group had the opportunity to tour Florida's 90-acre campus and to learn more about its Hospitality Management program while also connecting with local job seekers.

"It was great to have the opportunity to introduce Northwood University students and local high school students to potential employers. The experience provided them the opportunity to prepare for first impressions by brushing up on interview tips, dressing professionally, and sharing their potential with brief introductions." said Midge Reichert, Director of Career Services who hosted the event along with Dr. Janice Scarinci, Chair of Florida's Hospitality Management Program, and Emily Mass, Director of Admissions.

To help job seekers compete in this tough economic climate, Reichert offers a variety of tips. They include:

1. Research the organization in advance. Nothing say's "prepared" and indicates initiative more than a job seeker who's done their homework by thoroughly researching the history, mission and goals of the potential employer.

2. Dress for success. Job seekers should be dressed in business attire as first impressions are always crucial.

3. Introductions are key. Job seekers should introduce themselves by looking directly at the recruiter, with a firm handshake and a warm smile.

4. Present a 30-second commercial. Job seekers should be prepared to provide recruiters with a short, concise, and poised 30 second commercial relating to their experience and potential.

5. Time management speaks volumes. Job seekers should arrive early at a career fair so they can take advantage of meeting as many recruiters as possible.

6. There will be a wide variety of employers, and many of them will provide great opportunities that the job seeker may not have considered previously, so they should keep an open mind.

7. Organization relays professionalism. Job seekers should bring a portfolio to organize their many resumes, cover letters, a pad of paper and business cards. If collecting business cards, jobseekers must remember to keep their own cards separate from those they are collecting.

8. Sum it up. Job seekers must present themselves in a professional manner by conveying maturity, being respectful and arriving prepared.

9. Relay respect and confidence. Listen to what the recruiter is saying for cues to ask questions or to relate to any information being given. Nothing says confidence like a job seeker who appears enthusiastic about what the recruiter is saying and asks questions to learn more about the company or job!

10. Follow-up with a handwritten note and an email. Never underestimate the value of follow-up! Your willingness to send a handwritten thank you note and an email the day after the interview will remind the interviewer of your potential and set you apart from the rest.

The event, which was open to the public and designed for all NU students regardless of class year, included companies offering both full-time and part-time jobs as well as internships.


Northwood University Florida Reveals Exciting Plans for Growth

Thursday, 06 December 2012

President Keith Pretty shares campaign focus, details.
President Keith Pretty shares campaign focus, details.





Northwood University Florida President & CEO Dr. Keith Pretty and Campus President Dr. Tom Duncan recently announced exciting plans for growth as part of the public phase of the university's Restoring the American Dream Capital Campaign.

The campaign, an 80 million dollar system-wide effort, and the largest ever in Northwood's history, will transform the university from a respected business school into a globally acclaimed leader in free-market thought and leadership and in the development of executives and entrepreneurs ready to lead and guide organizations from day one.

Highlight's of the Florida announcement included:

A New Village Boulevard Gateway
Village Boulevard is a main thoroughfare that borders the east side of Northwood's Florida campus. The well-travelled road serves as a connector to residential and commercial properties in a well-respected area of West Palm Beach. A new entrance to the campus will provide increased visibility and access in an area that is safe and convenient for students, faculty, and staff.

The approximate projected cost of $2,000,000 includes construction of a new gatehouse, entry road and bridge, landscaping and lighting. An additional parking lot will be constructed to replace spaces, and to add convenience for students and faculty accessing the DeVos-Cook Academic Building.

A New Academic Center
The new academic facility will house Northwood University Florida's Richard M. DeVos Graduate School of Management and future graduate programs, and will create a learning environment that fosters student discussions and collaborations. The Academic Center will provide the local community with arts and culture opportunities, lectures, and meeting space. The approximate projected cost of $6,000,000 reflects the construction of a new facility to house the DeVos MBA Program and provide adequate classroom, office, meeting and event facilities. The two story building concept includes an auditorium, conference rooms, classrooms, computer lab, offices, and a student lounge.

The Addition of New Academic Programs
A variety of bachelor and master degree level programs are in various phases of research and approval for Northwood University Florida which relate to environmental sustainability, organizational leadership, and more.

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 68 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.


American Government Students Experience Democracy in Action

Tuesday, 04 December 2012

Included in photo are (L- R): Justice Ira J. Raab, Cheryl Bland, Christian Londono, Circuit Court Judge Karen Miller, Amy Martinez, Philip Bayless, Juan Arenas Cordoba and Alisha Campbell.
Included in photo are (L- R): Justice Ira J. Raab, Cheryl Bland, Christian Londono, Circuit Court Judge Karen Miller, Amy Martinez, Philip Bayless, Juan Arenas Cordoba and Alisha Campbell.

American Government students were able to gain first-hand experience of democracy in action by participating in a recent field trip to the Palm Beach County Courthouse.

Led by American Government professor Ira Raab, the group first witnessed the Judicial Branch of government in action as they visited the Courtroom of County Court Judge Peter Evans. Seated in the jury box, they observed arraignments, assignment of counsel for indigent defendants, the presentation of written charges to defendants, pleas, sentences, assignments to programs, motions and more.

They then visited the courtroom of Circuit Court Judge Charles Burton where they witnessed the jury selection (voir dire) process of a felony case. Continuing to Court Judge Marni Bryson's chambers they had the opportunity to witness a case involving an assault and battery in which they heard the entire testimony of the defendant and her witness, the judge's charge to the jury, and summations by the State Attorney and the Public Defender. After the jury was sent out to deliberate, the group conferred with the Public Defender and expressed their impression of his case and how they would have ruled, had they served on the jury.

The trip culminated with a visit to the 100 year-old County Courthouse.

Included in photo are (L- R): Justice Ira J. Raab, Cheryl Bland, Christian Londono, Circuit Court Judge Karen Miller, Amy Martinez, Philip Bayless, Juan Arenas Cordoba and Alisha Campbell.


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


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.


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


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.

Here are the currently available links:
http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/mark-alan-siegel-palm-beach-democratic-party-chairman-says-christians-want-jews-slaughtered

http://www.wpbf.com/news/politics/Siegel-s-comments-add-to-Democrats-distractions/-/8788770/16510532/-/nsqk61z/-/index.html


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.



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