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Students Experience Judicial Process First-Hand

Monday, 29 April 2013

Plaintiff’s attorney,Philip Mawamba, Judge Jesse Alves, Christopher Soltren, Jake Lockhart
Plaintiff’s attorney,Philip Mawamba, Judge Jesse Alves, Christopher Soltren, Jake Lockhart

Florida Introduction to American Government students recently witnessed a variety of activities including a triple murder trial and a wrongful death civil suit against 10 tobacco companies as part of their visit to the Palm Beach County Court House.

The group, led by Northwood adjunct professor Justice Ira J. Raab, a retired Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, also observed arraignments, assignment of counsel, motions, pleas and sentences.

The students gained a wide range of examples relating to how the Judicial Branch of government functions," said Raab. This type of first-hand lesson provides a much greater learning impact than classroom lectures or textbooks," he said.

In addition to the triple murder jury trial's direct and cross examination of an eye witness and of a detective who arrested the defendant. The students also heard direct and cross examination testimony of an expert witness on how tobacco smoking is addictive and could cause death. Several supporting activities including services for interpreters, probation meetings, jury empanelling, inmate transportation procedures, and case mediations were also studied.

The Northwood University Introduction to American Government Class (PSC 2010) focuses on the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of American government while studying the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, federalism, political parties, the federal bureaucracy, elections, interest groups, and more.

Photo: Students stage a trial of their own in the 100 year old Palm Beach County Courthouse (L-R): Philip Mawamba, Judge Jesse Alves, Christopher Soltren, Jake Lockhart


Etiquette Lessons Help Students Gain Competitive Advantage

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Bob Cabello, Rita Duncan, Midge Reichert and Dr. Tom Duncan
Bob Cabello, Rita Duncan, Midge Reichert and Dr. Tom Duncan

Students Erland Van Reet and Julie Englhart enjoy the introductions exercise.
Students Erland Van Reet and Julie Englhart enjoy the introductions exercise.

As commencement approaches and students finalize steps to join the professional world, Northwood University Florida scholars participated in role playing events designed to help them identify and avoid common etiquette pitfalls and to present themselves in the best possible light.

The interactive exercises, held in conjunction with a reception and four-course meal at a nearby country club, provided opportunities to create meaningful first impressions, provide proper follow-up, and more.

"The Career Services Business Etiquette Dinner has long been a much anticipated event by students, and the enthusiasm they showed for it directly added to its success," said Midge Reichert, Director of Career Services. "The purpose of the event was for students to learn to be comfortable in professional dining and networking situations and I think that was accomplished as everyone was toasting each other in their native tongues as the event concluded," smiled Reichert of the affair which was led by etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore.

Jacqueline Whitmore is a leading international etiquette expert and the founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach. She is the author of Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work (St. Martin's Press, 2005), and Poised for Success (St. Martin's Press, November 2011). Jacqueline travels all over the world presenting seminars ranging from techno-etiquette and professional presence to business etiquette and cross-cultural protocol. She also offers train-the-trainer courses to men and women who want to start their own etiquette business.


Earth Day Events Highlight Environmental Conservation

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Kevin Petrovsky
Kevin Petrovsky





Over 100 Florida students participated in Earth Day events designed to raise awareness relating to a variety of environmental issues.

Under the direction of Associate Professor Kevin Petrovsky, the group prepared displays, takeaways and presentations on environmental issues relating to food, transportation, energy use, e-waste disposal, endangered species, water conservation, environmental activism, and recycling.

After exploring the student displays at the Earth Day fair, seniors in the Climate Change class presented business models they created for sustainable businesses. Audience members had a chance to ask questions and then rate the business plans based on practicality and innovation. Finally, an Earth Day Jeopardy game was played based on information presented in the Earth Day displays.

Students focused on providing action-oriented activities that individuals could incorporate into their daily lives to help reduce the negative impacts on the environment. "It is amazing how just a small change in everyday behavior can add up to significant reductions in environmental harm. Adding compact fluorescent or LED lighting, shortening showers by just a minute or two, adding one organic product to your shopping list and many other small changes add up to significant economic savings and environmental benefits. I try to instill these ideas of sustainability within all of my environmental classes so that as students graduate and begin their families and professions, they can carry forward these ideas in a practical way," said Petrovsky.

Providing a sound foundation for decisions regarding environ¬mental issues, Northwood University's Environmental Science (NSC 2100) class presents concepts central to the biological and physical sciences to provide a background for understanding the environment. The basic environmental issues of human population growth, biodiversity, natural resources and energy use, and their role in the well-being of the environment are highlighted. Ethical, social, economic, and political inter-relationships are also discussed.

The university's Climate Change class (NSC 3100) examines the current scientific knowledge of climate change and its implications for society as a whole. Specific topics Include energy balance, components of climate, measuring climate, and modeling climate. The consequences of climate change from biological, social, and economic perspectives are also examined, as well as political, corporate, and indi¬vidual responses to the issue.

Celebrated on April 22, Earth Day is now 43 years old. Events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection and are coordinated globally and celebrated in more than 192 countries.


Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition Spurs Creativity

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Student Florian Wagner presents his winning dress shirt idea.
Student Florian Wagner presents his winning dress shirt idea.

Northwood University Florida students recently flexed their entrepreneurial muscles while participating in a contest designed to spur innovative ideas.

Led by adjunct professor George Stamas, The Entrepreneurship Society competition included a web-based credit card that would prevent one from having to carry a wallet, a chain of nutrition stores that cater to sporty and weight conscious people, a hot/cold patch for the body that is driven by brain waves, US importation of an existing pill that prevents cold sores, a machine that makes pure water by combining hydrogen and oxygen, and more.

The winner, pitched by senior Florian Wagner, was a limited line of men's quality non-iron dress shirts sourced from Austria and Poland which would be marketed initially in Florida.

"All of the pitches were exceptionally good presentations of new business ideas. The panel of judges, made up of three experienced business people, concluded that the competitive advantage of Florian's pitch was the extensive knowledge of his market and of the delivery of his product, as compared to the other contestants."

The Northwood University Entrepreneurship Society was created to bring individuals together to network in an environment where their entrepreneurial ideas and concepts for enterprise can be supported and accelerated. With the help of one another, the society fosters the future leaders of a free enterprise system, growing both knowledge and character to enable entrepreneurial dreams to become a reality.


Dr. Stehouwer Shares Insight Relating to Boston Marathon Tragedy

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Dr. Kristin Stehouwer shares insight with CBS 12 viewers.
Dr. Kristin Stehouwer shares insight with CBS 12 viewers.

As the world learned of the tragic Boston Marathon bombing and the possibility of international terrorism was investigated, South Florida's CBS affiliate turned to Northwood political scientist Dr. Kristin Stehouwer for insight.

While stressing the importance of keeping an open mind while a thorough investigation is accomplished, Dr. Stehouwer, a political scientist who serves as Northwood's Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, shared several key points with viewers. "An attack like this takes on a symbolic nature. While no individual or group has yet claimed responsibility, they have consumed the world stage by targeting such a prestigious sporting event on a holiday so important to the city of Boston. There's a global overtone to this as well as we see the images again and again of the blasts with the multitude of international flags in the background," said Stehouwer of the Patriot's Day event which has left at least 3 dead and close to 100 injured.

President Obama vowed justice for the victims of the Boston bombing. "We will find out who did this, we will find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice," he said.

Patriot's Day is a state holiday in Massachusetts and Maine marking the anniversary of the opening battles of the American Revolutionary War. The American uprising against British authority in Lexington, Massachusetts, was on April 19, 1775, but Patriots Day is celebrated on the third Monday in April, falling this year on April 15. For many New Englanders, it is a day of pride that comes with historical re-enactments, the Boston Marathon, baseball and a day off for schools and government employees.

Dr. Stehouwer joined Northwood in 2009 as executive vice president and chief academic officer coming from vice provost at Macomb Community College. She earned her doctorate from Northwestern University in political science and international relations. She earned a B.A. and M.A. from Northwestern University and has published numerous articles and made many national presentations. Dr. Stehouwer has extensive experience in facilitating and deploying strategy in many types of organizations including in the financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, education, and service sectors.


Professor Advises Procrastinators Regarding U.S. Tax Deadline

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Judith Schwartz
Judith Schwartz

As the United States income tax deadline approached, South Florida CBS affiliate WPEC anchor Ben Becker turned to Northwood University Florida to investigate options for those who have not filed.

Associate Professor Judith Schwartz shared that some have not filed due to the fact that they haven't received all of their investment 1099's that report income/loss. "Although all 1099's are supposed to be sent earlier in the year, many are sent later," said Schwartz. "There are many reasons why they may be sent late. This causes investors to hold off filing their returns," she said.

To ease the deadline, Schwartz shared that the IRS allows an 'automatic extension' to all who ask for it. A very short form 4868 is submitted instead of a return. The taxpayer receives a 6 month extension to file their return. No money is required to be sent with the 4868. However, if money is owed when the return is finally filed, penalties and interest will be assessed. "Some will send in an estimated payment of what they think they owe to avoid these fees," said Schwartz.

Judith Schwartz possesses over 35 years of automotive industry experience as an controller, forensic accountant and consultant. After beginning her career in New York, she then relocated to Florida, to represent a large automobile dealership group.

Schwartz earned her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in 1999, her Certified Fraud Examiner Designation (CFE) in 2000, and her Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) license in 2011. She first joined Northwood University Florida as an adjunct instructor in 2004 and attained faculty status in 2005. In addition to teaching, she is CEO of a private accounting and consulting practice.

This culmination of experience provides her the opportunity to bring practical experience into the classroom that demonstrates the importance of accounting knowledge.

In the United States, Tax Day has typically fallen on April 15. For those filing a U.S. tax return but, living outside the United States and Puerto Rico, Tax Day has typically fallen on June 15, due to the two-month automatic extension granted to filers by IRS Publication 54.

Federal income tax was introduced with the Revenue Act of 1861 to help fund the Civil War, and subsequently repealed, re-adopted, and held unconstitutional. The early taxes were based on assessments, not voluntary tax returns. Tax payment dates varied by act.


Working with Indians Globally: Expert Devendranath Chowdary to Share Insight

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Devendranath Chowdary
Devendranath Chowdary

Northwood University Florida is pleased to host Devendranath Chowdary as he shares expertise relating to Working with Indians Globally.

Those interested in attending this free event should register at http://indusforum.org/rsvp-for-may-9th-northwood-university/ to reserve their seats.

An anchor in leadership development efforts in the areas of Sustainable Learning and Action, and Compliance Actionizing of Policies and Values, Devendranath "Dev" Chowdary is a Principal Consultant with Infosys Limited, India's bellwether internet technology company which has long been held as a model of how an Indian company can be become a global leader in its industry. In addition, he has anchored the Infosys Campus Connect Initiative, one of the company's most significant and cutting edge programs to train faculty and staff in over 500 engineering colleges around India in order to increase India's competitiveness in the knowledge economy. Campus Connect serves as a model for Industry-Academia partnerships.

Event details include:

Where: Northwood University Florida Jeannette Hare Art Gallery and Turner Education Center Auditorium
When: Thursday, May 9th, 2013; 5:45pm - 8pm
Free Registration: http://indusforum.org/rsvp-for-may-9th-northwood-university/
Additional Information: 818-57-IndUS (46387)
The networking reception with hors d'oeuvres will be held from 5:45pm - 6:30pm

The IndUS Forum is a private initiative, not funded in any form by any government or political party, which brings together the citizens of the US and India, as well as Americans and People of Indian Origin from around the world, for information sharing, educational activities, lectures, discussion, debate, fun, cultural exchange and celebration, and other forms of meaningful exchange beneficial to citizens of both countries.

Listed among the top training companies in the world, Infosys, with annual revenues in excess of US$7 billion, provides business consulting, technology, engineering and outsourcing services to many of the world's most successful organizations.

Infosys Limited pioneered the Global Delivery Model (GDM), based on the principle of taking work to the location where the best talent is available, where it makes the best economic sense, with the least amount of acceptable risk. Continued leadership around GDM enables Infosys to drive extraordinary efficiencies and free up clients' resources for strategic transformation or innovation initiatives.

Infosys has a global footprint with 69 offices and 87 development centers in US, India, China, Australia, Japan, Middle East, UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Poland, Canada and many other countries. Infosys and its subsidiaries have 156,688 employees as on March 31, 2013.


Florida President Reflects on Thatcher's Impact, Legacy

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Dr. Tom Duncan
Dr. Tom Duncan

As news quickly spread regarding the death of Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Northwood University President Tom Duncan shared thoughts with South Florida media.

Characterized by the United Kingdom's The Guardian as "the most dominant British prime minister since Winston Churchill in 1940 and a global champion of the late 20th century free market economic revival," Duncan agreed.

"Margaret Thatcher was one of the great political figures of the 20th Century," said President Duncan. "She brought her nation back from economic downturn and national despair," he continued. "Her decision to defend the Falkland Islands brought out the latent patriotism of the British people, and elevated her stature among her countrymen and gave her the political capital to move forward her larger political and economic agenda," noted Duncan.

Born in Grantham, England, a small market town on October 13, 1925, Thatcher, a grocer's daughter, rose to become the first woman to lead a major Western democracy. Known as the Iron Lady because of her uncompromising political beliefs and leadership style, she won three successive general elections and served as British Prime Minister for more than eleven years, a record unmatched in the twentieth century. Thatcher passed away at the age of 87.

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 Graduates Prepare for Careers in a Variety of Fields

Tuesday, 02 April 2013

Midge Reichert, Northwood University Florida Director of Career Services
Midge Reichert, Northwood University Florida Director of Career Services



As commencement approaches and Northwood University Florida graduates prepare for the professional world, Director of Career Services Midge Reichert shares that they are entering a variety of fields including Marketing, Financial Management, Automotive Management, Hospitality and Resort Management, and more.

"Northwood University students have an enviable reputation with employers, both locally and nationally. While contacting me to post a variety of internship, full and part-time positions, employers often explain that they're so impressed with Northwood graduates they've previously hired that they often consider us before publically posting positions,. said Reichert who recently hosted a career fair which included over thirty companies.

To help job seekers compete in this tough economic climate, Reichert offers these tips.

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 and then tailoring their social media profiles, and their resume and cover letter to highlight their strengths in the area.

2. Dress for Interview Success. Job seekers should be dressed in professional attire at their interview as first impressions are always crucial.

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

4. Prepare a Short 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. Budget Career Fair Time Wisely: Job seekers should arrive early at a career fair so they can take advantage of meeting as many recruiters as possible. There will be a wide variety of employers, and many of them will provide great opportunities that the job seeker may not have considered previously, so they should keep an open mind.

6. Present Organized Digital and Hard Copy Resumes, and Cover Letters: In addition to being able to digitally provide a resume and cover letter, job seekers should organize their hard copy resumes and cover letters in a portfolio with a pad of paper and business cards.

7. Relay respect and confidence: Job seekers should intently listen to what the recruiter is saying for cues to ask questions and to relate the value that they will be able to offer the position. 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.

8. 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.


Advisor and Learning Specialist Help Students Jump-Start Educational Goals

Monday, 01 April 2013

Aylim de Chazal
Aylim de Chazal

Elise Harding
Elise Harding

Northwood University Florida's recent appointments of Aylim de Chazal as Director of Academic Advising and International Advisor and Elise Harding as Learning Specialist will further assist students with their educational goals.

Prior to joining Northwood, de Chazal applied her substantial advising and study abroad knowledge toward her positions as Assistant Dean for the School of Business and Economics at Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile, from November, 2010 to April, 2012, and Senior Academic Advisor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2006 - 2010. Additionally, she has taught Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for various community colleges, institutes, and universities. Born and raised in Cuba, de Chazal enjoys sharing her expertise and love of culture with students from near and far.

As a Learning Specialist at Florida's Learning Resource Center, Harding will apply special focus toward the development of motivation, time management, and test-taking skills as well as providing accommodations for students with disabilities. Having achieved her Specialist of Education Leadership and Masters of Education degrees at Florida Atlantic University, she will also utilize extensive knowledge gained as a Developmental Education Department instructor at a local state college.


Government Spends More on Disability than Food Stamps, Welfare Combined

Thursday, 28 March 2013

CBS Anchor Ben Becker interview Dr. Tom Duncan regarding mounting disability claims.
CBS Anchor Ben Becker interview Dr. Tom Duncan regarding mounting disability claims.

When Planet Money reporter Chana Joffe-Walt uncovered a 'disability industrial complex' in which the government was spending more on the program than food stamps and welfare combined, CBS anchor Ben Becker turned to Northwood University Florida President Tom Duncan for insight.

"This is one of the 'dirty little secrets' about the U.S. economy and the labor market," said Duncan about the study, which highlighted the fact that 14 million checks are sent every month to citizens the government has deemed disabled.

"Since the economy began its slow, slow recovery in late 2009, we've been averaging about 150,000 jobs created per month," said Joffe-Walt in an Public Radio International (PRI) "This American Life" interview. "In that same period every month, almost 250,000 people have been applying for disability."

Duncan noted in his interview that U.S. taxpayers are carrying the load for this astonishing increase in the number of individuals on disability – along with the impacts on annual federal budget deficits and the long-term U.S. debt.

Among Joffe-Walt's findings are the following facts:
• The federal government spends more money each year on cash payments for disabled former workers than it does on food stamps and welfare combined; America's two largest disability programs, including health care for disabled workers, costs taxpayers $260 billion a year.
• In some parts of the country, such as Hale County, Alabama, one out of every four working-age adults collects a disability check.
• As of 2011, 33.8% of newly diagnosed disabled workers cited "back pain and other musculoskeletal problems" as their reason for being unable to work. In 1961, the top reason for being disabled was "heart disease, stroke"
• Disabled workers do not get counted in the unemployment figures. If they did, the numbers would be far higher
• Fewer than 1% of people who went on disability at the beginning of 2011 have returned to the workforce
• The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program—which covers children and adults—has exploded. SSI is now seven times larger than it was 30 years ago.

To learn more about Joffe-Walt's research please visit: http://apps.npr.org/unfit-for-work/

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 Reflects on History, Values at Founders' Day Celebration

Friday, 22 March 2013

Dr. Tom Duncan, Natalie and Malcolm Pray and Rita Duncan
Dr. Tom Duncan, Natalie and Malcolm Pray and Rita Duncan



Guests of Northwood Florida's Founders' Day Celebration had the opportunity to reminisce about the university's early years and were reminded of its values at its May 21st Founders' Day Celebration.

President Emeritus Dr. David E. Fry led the standing room only through a historical walk as he shared the vision of Northwood's founders, and entrepreneur Malcolm Pray relayed how he inspires young people to succeed in life through encouragement and his motivational collection of vintage and sport cars.

As the Soviets launched historic Sputnik, Dr. Fry shared that Northwood's 'young and brash' founders Dr.'s Arthur Turner and Gary Stauffer noticed that many colleges were developing science and engineering programs to compete. Therefore, the demand for an institution which would provide sound business management principles with an entrepreneurial focus was even stronger. He relayed that our founders asked themselves, 'Could we, design new programs with intense focus on both management skill and entrepreneurial risk-taking to fill the hole in the market.' After hearing further complaints that no universities taught 'vital skills in undergraduate school, or ever,' they decided that the answer was "yes," and decided to move forward with four more ideals:

1. Daughters were as important as sons, and because the US was only using the male half of our capacity in business, they were going to focus on both, and especially welcome females to prepare for a new world of gender equality in ownership and management.
2. They would offer undergraduate programs, and start with associate degrees composed of, mainly, the usual junior and senior level classes taught in bachelor degree programs but taught right up front, in the first two years, at Northwood.
3. They would build faculty borrowed from, or retired from, active successful business enterprises.
4. From the advice, it was clear that a US advantage in education was particularly intense overseas, where interest in an American enterprise education was particularly high, so they thought global.

"By the time they retired in 1982 they had built an institution from scratch in just twenty-three years, and a team to take over. It did…for twenty-four years. When President Pretty joined to carry on the tradition seven years ago we had more campuses, an MBA program and were teaching free enterprise in the "home" of free economics (Switzerland), on three U.S. campuses and, in the People's Republic of China where they had borrowed market understanding added to Communism to build their country…a trifecta if there ever was one," said Dr. Fry. "President Duncan here, and his colleagues elsewhere at Northwood, are determined that you will become the builders of enterprise around the world and live the code of ethics our founders left us," he said.

Mr. Malcolm Pray, one of the founding members of the American International Auto Dealers Association (AIADA) then shared how he has incorporated Northwood values in his own professional and philanthropic works while inspiring others.

Malcolm Pray was born in New York City and moved to Greenwich in 1939 - the same year that he attended the New York World's Fair and fell in love with the car that started his passion for automobiles - the Delahaye. In 1955 he went to work for Morlee Motors on the Post Road in Greenwich, a small imported car dealership only a few feet away from the eventual complex of dealerships that he created and ran for forty-five years. Malcolm Pray believed that service, which was unknown to foreign car owners in the 1960's, was the most important element to customer satisfaction and therefore building a successful business. With these ideal, he built Pray Audi (the first dealer to sign up for a new Audi franchise) to become the number one Audi dealer in the country for six straight years.

Having always taken the lead in promoting the Audi product, Pray Audi became the number one selling dealer in the country in the 1990s.

Pray is very active in many civic, charitable and political affairs. He has been a Vice President of the Greenwich Boy Scouts for over twenty years, is an active board member of the Boys and Girls Club, and the Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich, amongst others. He is an ardent supporter of many worthy local civic causes. Malcolm Pray is a collector of vintage automobiles, and has over eighty classics in his collection at his home on Round Hill Road, and at the Pray Achievement Center in Banksville, New York. He uses his collection and his love of the automobile to mentor young people.


Northwood Florida to Recognize Outstanding Alumni

Thursday, 21 March 2013

David DeRita
David DeRita

Jennifer Suzuki
Jennifer Suzuki

Raquel Case
Raquel Case

Marisa Mills
Marisa Mills

Northwood University Florida will recognize four outstanding alumni for their contributions to industry and the communities in which they live and work on Friday, April 5th at Northwood University Florida's Jeannette Hare Art Gallery beginning at 11:30am.

To RSVP and to learn more, please call (561) 681-7983. The honorees include:

David DeRita (1999) - Alumni Service Award
Recently promoted to Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue Deputy Chief & Fire Marshall, David DeRita, a 1999 graduate of Northwood University Florida, credits his Northwood experience for helping to develop his business mindset.

In addition to applying his expertise to public service, the former Northwood honor student has been instrumental in growing one of the largest holiday outreach endeavors in the country. "Having spent twenty-years helping to develop the Big Heart Brigade by assisting those in need with food or finances has been very rewarding," said DeRita. "My father started the 501c3 organization back in 1992 after feeding a few homeless people behind his automotive dealership, and the effort has grown dramatically. This past Thanksgiving we delivered over 105,000 meals from one main location. I'd never have thought that it was possible to feed so many people," he said.

DeRita credits his professors and the experiences learned in several of the Northwood University ethics forums for providing real-life perspectives that he could apply directly to his career. "I remember the weekend seminar classes the most. The chance to interact with such a diverse group of students and working professionals has made a huge impact. Working full-time and going to school in the evening provided little time for extra credit activities but special professors definitely made my time at Northwood memorable. Tim Gilbert provided real-world and practical business sense to all his students. Linda Mohr was very motivating and her classes were rewarding, and Dr. Cheryl Pridgeon provided me with the support to realize my goals," said DeRita.

The Big Heart Brigade began in 1992 when two businessmen along with local residents decided to enhance their community and truly make a difference. Formed on a promise, a goal, and a seemingly impossibly mission, it is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and its mission is to enrich the lives of those in need by providing a holiday meal and much needed support to the community.

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

Marisa Mills (1997) - Alumni Achievement Award
As Group General Manager of Mills Automotive Group, Marisa Mills, a 1997 alumna, is living her dream of playing a leadership role in the family business.

Having worked with family-owned companies since she was 15 years-old, Mills now joins her relatives in carrying on the tradition established by her grandfather in 1922 of establishing trustworthy, long-term customer and employee relationships by interacting with integrity, honesty, and trust.

"These honorable qualities have carried over from everything my grandfather has done, to all that my father, uncle, brothers, cousins, and I do," said Mills. "We will continue to conduct all of our business interactions in this manner to ensure that we are exceeding our customer's expectations," she said while adding that Northwood University was the perfect fit, reinforcing her beliefs. "At Northwood I felt a sense of belonging as I embraced curriculum that cultivated my natural, innate gifts, talents and abilities while emphasizing leadership, teamwork, communication and self-responsibility," said the summa cum laude graduate.

And it's this strong moral code, combined with a passion for physical and emotional holistic healthcare and continued development, which inspired Mills to become a Certified Hendricks Conscious Living and Loving Coach, enabling her to further visualize and achieve both personal and professional goals.

As a Conscious Living and Loving Coach, Mills specializes in working with both business leaders and individuals by assisting them as they transform their visions into alignment, expand their leadership depth, and fulfill their purpose and profitability. Her experience as a business leader assists in these efforts, as she is able to share management insight while helping others maximize profitability and effectiveness as they engage their teams and embrace creativity. In addition, she coaches individuals who seek relief from resistant energy and emotional pain, and who wish to unleash their locked up potential.

The Alumni Achievement Award is awarded to an alumni who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in their chosen career and who supports the Northwood Idea.

Raquel Case (2006) - Young Alumni Volunteer Award
When young Raquel Case moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her family in 1985 she knew that it wasn't just the beautiful weather that drove them to the sunshine state, but rather the opportunity to open the first Acura and Hyundai franchises in the country.

Now General Manager of Rick Case Fiat, Case credits her understanding of the business to the nightly dinner table discussions her parents had at home as well as to her Northwood experience.

While working to achieve her Northwood University bachelor of business degree in Automotive Marketing and Management, Case worked at the nearby Braman BMW dealership as a cashier, appointment operator, and customer service representative. Upon graduation in 2006, she started selling Acura's at Rick Case Acura earning the number two ranking in sales her first month. A year later she joined the Rick Case Smart Center in Weston as a Finance and Insurance Manager.

It was this combination of education and hands-on experiences which provided the young 25-year old the opportunity to acquire her first position as general manager of the Rick Case Automotive Smart Center in December, 2009. There, she led her team to achieve record numbers in both sales and positive feedback, positioning herself to acquire her first FIAT franchise in 2011 when Mercedes Benz bought out Smart USA and eliminated independent smart centers.

After quickly acquiring the FIAT dealership and completely remodeling it, Case gained status as the number one FIAT dealer in the country their first month in business, and has maintained status of number one in the region.

Known for her support of community causes, Case has been selected as a recipient of the 2012 & 2013 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County, and regularly helps organize Boys and Girls Club charity events that her parents have founded.

"Don't measure success by your accomplishments or wealth. Measure success by the people you have impacted along the way," said Case.

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

Jennifer Suzuki (1998) - Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award
After graduating from Northwood University in 1998, Jennifer Suzuki recognized the demand for detailed curriculum to assist automotive dealerships with internet marketing while employed at a company which offered web-based marketing resources to car dealers and manufacturers. Capitalizing on the necessity, she founded e-Dealer Solutions, Incorporated in January, 2002.

An award-winning training company, E-Dealer Solutions focuses on improving the communication processes of automotive salespeople as well as fine-tuning the operating processes of dealerships. It accomplishes this by teaching others its 21st century process of mastering the creation of more prospects in the business, and then converting them to profit producing sales, thus improving closing ratios.

Suzuki's collective 18 years-experience encompasses a wide gamut of valuable industry know-how which includes sales training, the installation of Dealership Management Systems, converting internet leads, managing an internet sales division comprised of 28 dealerships, and more.

In addition to her proprietary training materials and educational content, Suzuki is a sought out seminar facilitator thanks to her reputation for delivering significant success in increasing the bottom line.

"We provide a modern approach to automotive sales training by focusing on increasing internet appointments that show on time, as today's consumer has completed extensive internet research and prefers to contact the dealership through email or by phone versus the traditional method of visiting the dealership in person," said Suzuki.

Suzuki is utilizing her entrepreneurial success to touch those beyond the automotive industry. As a recent SCORE Entrepreneur of the Year Awardee and National Business Woman Finalist, she has educated and inspired many. "There is nothing more rewarding than being contacted by a student or client elaborating on their financial success because of the encouragement I've lent and the systems, processes and business models that I've developed," she said.

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


Reporter Shares Impact of Media on Government

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Political reporter George Bennett
Political reporter George Bennett

Northwood University Introduction to American Government students recently enjoyed a presentation from George Bennett, a political reporter and columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

Bennett shared that his role as a political reporter has an impact on political parties, candidates, elections and the operation of government.

"Hearing about the media's impact on society directly from the source is a greater learning experience for students than merely reading about it in a textbook or listening to a lecture," said Justice Ira J. Raab (Retired), Adjunct Professor of American Government, Northwood University.

Students asked a variety of questions relating to how media acquire leads, verify sources, and more.

Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. In addition to his reporting duties, he writes a Monday politics column in the local news section and is a frequent contributor to the Post On Politics blog. He's a graduate of The George Washington University.


Students to Highlight Traffic Safety Campaign with Interactive Games for Kids

Friday, 08 March 2013

Houston Lillo
Houston Lillo

Northwood University advertising and marketing students will highlight Brake for Yellow, a public service campaign supporting safe driving, to bring awareness to motorists throughout Palm Beach County relating to the dangers of speeding through yellow traffic signals.

The event will be held this Sunday, March 10th beginning at 1:30PM as part of City Place's Fun Fest, and include an interactive revised "Red Light – Green Light" game for kids which will emphasize the importance of braking for a yellow light.

Officially launched almost a year to the date of the traffic related death of Houston Lillo, a former classmate, the Brake for Yellow campaign was created by students of Northwood University who were inspired by Lillo, a 22-year-old Northwood University student. According to the vehicle homicide investigation report, as the traffic signal cycled to yellow, Lillo changed lanes to avoid cars slowing to stop at the intersection. Lillo was attempting to make it through the yellow traffic light when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The debut of Brake for Yellow campaign comes almost a year to the date of a fatal auto accident involving Lillo.

The campaign had its first-ever booth at the Northwood University Auto Show of the Palm Beaches sporting a bright yellow Porsche sponsored by Braman Motors and students answered questions about the campaign. Additionally, interactive games with auto show participants were held and complementary Break for Yellow airbrush tattoos and lemon Italian ices were handed out for free to all auto show participants to debut the public service campaign and generate awareness.

"The decision is not an uncommon one," said Garret Forrester, a Northwood University sophomore. "It is one we all make almost every day. However, on March 9, 2012, it was a decision that cost a fellow classmate his life. Our purpose is to bring awareness to the importance of stopping at a yellow light when possible."

The Lillo family supports the Brake for Yellow campaign.

Brahman Motorcars is a sponsor of the Brake for Yellow campaign.

About Houston Lillo
Houston Lillo, 22, of Wellington, Fla., was a fun-loving typical college student before passing away in a fatal motorcycle accident on Friday, March 9, 2012. Houston graduated from Palm Beach Central High School in 2008 and was a senior at Northwood University, where he was a member on the men's varsity soccer team. Lillo was also an eight year member of the Wellington Soccer Club and a three year member of the Wellington Travel Baseball team. Lillo was survived by his parents, Karen and Peter Lillo; grandparents, Sylvia Reis and Isabel Lillo; aunt, Maria Crucilla and uncle, Andrew Lias.

About Northwood University
Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

About Braman Motorcars – Palm Beach - Jupiter
For 30 years, Braman Motorcars has been providing South Florida's leading luxury automotive experience. Founded by Norman Braman in 1983, Braman Motorcars began as an authorized BMW and Rolls-Royce location in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since its inception Braman Motorcars has offered the area an unsurpassed luxury auto experience and with five luxury vehicle brands under its flagship – Audi, BMW, Bentley, Mini, Rolls-Royce and Porsche.


Northwood Florida's DECA Students Earn Record Awards

Wednesday, 06 March 2013

Pictured in the photo are Back Row (L-R):  Danielle Miller, Ashley Etienne, Daniel Tellez, Adam Chester, Carlos Fourzan, George Wellmer, Margie Rodriquez, Michelle Ray
Front Row (L-R): Jordan Altman, Robert Sundwick, Danielle Stewart
Pictured in the photo are Back Row (L-R): Danielle Miller, Ashley Etienne, Daniel Tellez, Adam Chester, Carlos Fourzan, George Wellmer, Margie Rodriquez, Michelle Ray Front Row (L-R): Jordan Altman, Robert Sundwick, Danielle Stewart

Northwood's Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) students earned a record number of awards at this year's Florida State competitions in Orlando, Florida and are now looking forward to competing nationally.

"I'm thankful for the efforts of President Jordan Altman and the other officers, as the Northwood University Florida DECA group represented the largest population increase of club membership, and I couldn't be more proud of their efforts as they've utilized their competition experiences to represent Northwood University in a manner which has made us very proud," said Professor Robert Sundwick, Associate Professor of Management, and Chair of Northwood of Florida's Aftermarket Management and Entrepreneurship departments. "Through hard work and dedication, all of our students have qualified to compete at the international competition. This has been an amazing experience, and I know the students are looking forward to further demonstrating their knowledge and presentation skills," he said.

The group included Jordan Altman, Margie Rodriguez, Danielle Miller, Danielle Stewart, Michelle Ray, George Wellmer, Ashley Etienne, Daniel Tellez, Carlos Fourzan, and Adam Chester. They competed in a variety of categories such as Marketing Management, Accounting Principles, Business Ethics, International Business, Retail Marketing, Fashion Merchandising, and more.

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

Professor Sundwick will travel to Anaheim, California in April with Danielle Miller, Danielle Stewart, Margie Rodriguez, and George Wellmer, the four first place winners, and President Jordan Altman and Vice President Daniel Tellez, also a second place winner. Double second place winner in Marketing Management and Fashion Merchandising, Michelle Ray, will also be competing in Anaheim.

Florida state competition winners include:

Danielle Stewart
First Place: Advertising Campaign
Top Ten: Restaurant and Food Service Management

Jordan Altman
Top Ten: Retail Management
Top Ten: Marketing/Management

Margie Rodriguez
First Place: Marketing/Management
First: International Marketing (Team event with George Wellmer)

George Wellmer
First Place: International Marketing (Team event with Margie Rodriguez)
Top Ten: Marketing/Management

Michelle Ray
Second Place: Fashion Merchandising and Marketing
Second Place: Marketing/Management

Daniel Tellez
Second Place: Hotel and Lodging
Top Ten: Human Resource Management

Carlos Fourzan
Top Ten: Accounting
Top Ten: Business Ethics (Team event with Danielle Miller)

Danielle Miller
First Place: Accounting
Top Ten: Business Ethics (Team event with Carlos Fourzan)

Ashley Etienne
Third Place: Accounting

Adam Chester
Top Ten: Retail Management
Top Ten: Sales Management Meeting

Pictured in the photo are Back Row (L-R). Danielle Miller, Ashley Etienne, Daniel Tellez, Adam Chester, Carlos Fourzan, George Wellmer, Margie Rodriquez, Michelle Ray
Front Row (L-R): Jordan Altman, Robert Sundwick, Danielle Stewart


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.


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.


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.



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