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Florida Appoints Adult Degree Program Center Manager

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Regina Ricketts
Regina Ricketts

Northwood University Florida is pleased to announce that it has appointed Regina Ricketts as its Adult Degree Program (ADP) Center Manager.

Having joined Northwood University with a wealth of higher education experience, Ricketts will apply her knowledge in enrollment management and retention, academic advising, records management, and more, toward her new role of managing and overseeing the ADP department.

Ricketts previously served as the Associate Registrar of South University and the Senior Recruiting Counselor of Palm Beach Atlantic University, both located in West Palm Beach. She earned her Master of Arts (MA) degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University located in Phoenix Arizona in June, 2011, and her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Applied Finance and Accounting from Palm Beach Atlantic University located in West Palm Beach, Florida in May, 2004.

Northwood University Adult Degree Programs provide working adults with the opportunity to achieve their degrees by attending online, evening and weekend classes in a variety of formats, and to achieve college credit for their work-life learning experiences.


Florida Salutatorian Thankful for Northwood's Professors, Focus on Cultural Awareness, Diversity

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Dr. Kristin Stehouwer, Jessica Valencia and Dr. Keith Pretty
Dr. Kristin Stehouwer, Jessica Valencia and Dr. Keith Pretty

Drawn to Northwood University Florida because of its small class sizes and personalized attention, salutatorian Jessica Valencia credits her professors and the university's emphasis on cultural awareness and diversity as being integral factors in both her academic and personal success.

The Marketing and Management major, who also obtained a minor in International Business, paid special thanks to professors Jennifer McFarland and Christina Ostergaard while reflecting on her Northwood experience.

"Professor McFarland helped me discover my passion for my major. She taught me lessons not only for a successful career, but also for a happy life and profession. She taught me to think out of the box and provided me with skills that let me express myself creatively. Her support and dedication were beyond the requirements for a college professor, as she became a friend - a friend that is always willing to help her students succeed," said Valencia while adding that the classes she took with Christina Ostergaard also provided her with skills she'll use in the professional world.

"Professor Ostergaard is not the type of professor that goes 'by the book' or whose lectures are based on PowerPoint presentations," she smiled. "With her I studied the gamut - from resume optimization lessons, mock interviews, and learning how to continually 'sell' myself, to efficiently analyzing and understanding the target market and customer, we learned it all," said the Hollywood, Florida resident.

And it was the chance to become immersed in other cultures which provided a greater appreciation for diversity.

"Northwood provided me with the opportunity to not only study with many international students but also to travel. During my four years as a Seahawk, I was able to travel domestically to California, Texas, and Orlando and through the semester abroad program to The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria," said Valencia, who was also active as a cheerleader, in Student Government and in Northwood's Seahawks for Change program.

Northwood University Florida's Seahawks for Change Program is designed to help students give back to the community by hosting events such as Light the Night Walk. Relay for Life, and more.


Alumna's Success Exemplifies Value of Academic Dedication, Internships

Monday, 20 May 2013

Kristi Andrews (right) with Outstanding Business Leader Peter Georgescu and his wife Barbara.
Kristi Andrews (right) with Outstanding Business Leader Peter Georgescu and his wife Barbara.

While interviewing with Palm Beach Post Reporter Emily Roach, Florida cum laude graduate Kristi Andrews recently credited Northwood University internship and networking opportunities along with her choice of major for being instrumental in landing a prosperous full-time position as a staff accountant at Fuoco Group, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida accounting and business advisory firm

Andrews, the recipient of Florida's Outstanding Academic Achievement award in Accounting and Management shared her experience with Roach who was delving into the job market and what today's college graduates must do to land on top. "Meeting people face to face is much better than sending out resumes," said Roach while sharing the value of her networking opportunities at events such as Northwood's Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) awards gala and as an intern and a college work study student.

Having just moved into her new role, Andrews said that her Northwood introduction and internship opportunities made the transition from college life to busy professional a smooth one.

"Kristi is a very talented accounting student and achieved academic success by doing excellent work," said Lisa Prue, Northwood University Florida's Accounting Chair. "In addition, I'm sure that her soft skills – graciousness and ability to teamwork – also helped her to advance at Fuoco Associates," she smiled.

According to the most recent US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor and Statistics summary, Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for thorough financial documentation is expected to increase in response to recent financial crises and subsequent financial regulations. Median pay for accountants is $61,690 per year (or $29.66 per hour) with an estimated 1,216,900 jobs.

To view the Palm Beach Post article and photos please visit: http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/business/employment/job-market-picks-upfor-top-of-class-grads/nXns6/


Florida to Host India's Leading Technological Scientist

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Dr. Sundar Manoharan
Dr. Sundar Manoharan

Northwood University Florida is pleased to host Dr. Sundar Manoharan as he describes the current and future landscape of technology in a seminar titled "The Future of Indian Technology." The event is presented by Indus Forum and will be held Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 at Northwood's Turner Education Center with the networking session beginning at 5:45pm and the presentation at 6:30pm. Those interested in attending the free event should RSVP by Clicking Here or calling: 818-57-IndUS (46387).

While addressing the impact of changing technology in the world, Dr. Manoharan will explore how existing technologies have changed the face of India and how future technologies will transform it even further.

Born and educated in India, Dr. Manoharan is one of India's top scientists having made significant contributions in his field both in India and in the global scientific community. Dr. Manoharan currently serves as the Director of the UGC National Center for NanoScience and Nanotechnology at the University of Mumbai and is responsible for setting up a state of the art facility that will enable a revolution in Nano-sciences and Nano-technology in India, to serve as a leading research center in the field.

The event, held in conjunction with a prior event at Max Planck located in Jupiter, Florida, is designed to bring together the citizens of the United States and India.

Regularly speaking to audiences at major universities such as Harvard, MIT, and George Washington University, Dr. Manoharan has served as Professor at one of India's premier institutions, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur for fifteen-years while also serving as visiting faculty at institutions including Nano Science Center (Singapore), the University of Maryland, The Institute for Solid State Research (Germany), Imperial College (London), Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (California), and the Max Planck Institut fur Mikrostrkturphysik (Germany).

Dr. Manoharan has won multiple awards including the Innovation Gold Medal (Department of Science and Technology, India – Lockheed Martin Innovation), Global Indus Tecno-Innovators Award (MIT, Boston) and the Invention Award (Intellectual Venture, USA). He holds multiple patents and is widely published in the fields of magnetoelectronics, organic light emitting diodes and biomedical devices


Palm Beach Resident Stephen A. Levin Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Dr. Keith Pretty, Dr. Stephen Levin, Dr. Kristin Stehouwer and Dr. Tom Duncan
Dr. Keith Pretty, Dr. Stephen Levin, Dr. Kristin Stehouwer and Dr. Tom Duncan

Petra and Dr. Stephen Levin
Petra and Dr. Stephen Levin

Palm Beach resident Stephen A. Levin recently had Northwood University students, faculty, and staff sitting on the edge of their seats as he shared an inspirational recount of his entrepreneurial journey after being bestowed an honorary doctorate degree at the university's Florida commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 7th.

Encouraging Northwood University graduates to recognize the opportunities in life that are sometimes borne out of obstacles, Levin reminded the group that tenacity, persistence and dogged determination pay-off in the long run.

"It is entrepreneurs like Dr. Levin who exemplify the Northwood Idea, and the importance of free-enterprise and capitalism," said Northwood University President Keith A. Pretty, JD. "Stephen's career success, foresight and ability to visualize and develop a variety of successful businesses serve as a motivation to us all," he said.

A Palm Beach business, civic, and community leader, Levin is chairman of the board of The Erin Corporation and Erin Investments, Inc. Among the holdings of these companies is Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Inc. Gold Coast is the largest wholesale beer distributor in Florida, having distribution centers in Miami, Pompano Beach, Homestead and Rockland Key, and one of the largest beer distributors in the country. Dr. Levin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and attended Temple University Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Levin is former chairman of the board of the Quantum Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in Palm Beach County. Dr. Levin serves on the board of trustees of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles, California, and was presented with their National Community Service Award in 1999. He is a former vice chairman of the Palm Beach County Anti-Defamation League, and in 2004 Dr. Levin was awarded the Haym Solomon Award, the highest honor offered by the Anti-Defamation League. Dr. Levin is former vice president of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, a former member of the Board of Directors for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Palm Beach County, and has served on the Vanderbilt University Law School Advisory Board. Dr. Levin was vice-chairman of the board of JFK Hospital, Atlantis and also served as president of Temple Emanu-El, Palm Beach. Dr. Levin is a director of the Palm Beach Police Foundation, and vice chairman of the board of the MorseLife Foundation. In 2011 Dr. Levin was honored by the Northwood University Board of Trustees with the Outstanding Business Leader award, and currently serves as a member of the Outstanding Leaders Association Executive Committee. Dr. Levin has previously owned and operated a number of other businesses, including a large chain of Pizza Hut restaurants, Reading Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Pennsylvania, Quality Roofing Supply Company, Berkshire News, various self-storage facilities and Madison Leasing Company.

Dr. Levin is married to Petra Levin and has three children, two stepchildren, and five grandchildren.

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 online. 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 (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.


Florida Valedictorian Lancelot Darville Credits Faith, Parents, Professors for Success

Friday, 10 May 2013

Lancelot Darville delivers commencement address.
Lancelot Darville delivers commencement address.

Freeport, Grand Bahama native Lancelot Darville graduated from Northwood University's Florida Campus as Valedictorian at its 2013 commencement ceremony held Tuesday, May 7th, 2013, and was invited to address the crowd as the University's featured graduate.

The finance major encouraged the crowd to "press on, whatever the problem, circumstance or situation." While quoting Abe Lincoln and pointing out that he was a man who failed in a business venture at the age of 21; lost his girlfriend at the age of 26; had a nervous breakdown at age 27; and was defeated in 8 elections – all before becoming the sixteenth president of the United States, he stressed the power of persistence.

Darville also paid tribute to his parents, Northwood University professors, and to his faith. "Above all, we must not forget to thank Almighty God for his unceasing grace and guidance. Because He is the true omnipotent, even with persistence and determination, without him, we would not be this far. So, we thank you Almighty God," he said.

An academic title conferred upon the student who delivers the closing or farewell statement at a graduation ceremony (called a valedictory), valedictorians are usually the student with the highest ranking among his or her graduating class. The term is an anglicized derivation of the Latin vale dicere ("to say farewell"), historically rooted in the valedictorian's traditional role as the final speaker at the graduation ceremony.


Clyde Lear is Awarded Northwood University's Honorary Doctorate Degree, Serves as Commencement Speaker

Friday, 10 May 2013

Dr. Keith Pretty, Dr. Clyde Lear, Dr. Kristin Stehouwer, and Dr. Tom Duncan
Dr. Keith Pretty, Dr. Clyde Lear, Dr. Kristin Stehouwer, and Dr. Tom Duncan

Sue and Dr. Clyde Lear
Sue and Dr. Clyde Lear

Northwood University Florida recently bestowed Jefferson City, Missouri resident Clyde Lear with an honorary doctorate degree at its 2013 commencement ceremony held on May 7th, 2013.

Also serving as the keynote speaker for the event, Lear shared a touching recount of his entrepreneurial journey and for the life-experiences which fueled his motivations to support today's youth.

While recommending authors such as Earl Nightingale, Lear encouraged audience members to visualize themselves as the honorable business people they'd like to become, and stressed the importance of writing one's personal and professional goals on a sheet of paper with the heading of a bible verse in order to envision their goals daily.

"Our graduates are still talking about Dr. Lear's message, as his higher education leadership experience and involvement, and outstanding success in the field of sports marketing, serve as inspiration to all of us, and are of special interest to our Entertainment, Sport and Promotion Management (ESPM) majors," said Northwood President Keith A. Pretty, JD.

The retired Chairman and CEO of Learfield Communications, Inc., Lear started the company in 1972 as an outgrowth of his master's project at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Now the preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketing arena boasting a rich history dating back to 1975, Learfield Sports is the exclusive provider of marketing services for athletic departments at 49 major institutions, including the likes of Missouri, Alabama, UNC, Stanford, Indiana, Wisconsin, OU, Miami, and Clemson. It also markets for and spearheads corporate partner platforms for the Big Ten Conference, Missouri Valley Conference, Rupp Arena and KFC Yum! Center.

Annually the Company awards the athletic programs that achieve high performance with the coveted Learfield Sports Directors Cup in partnership with USA Today and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The Jefferson City-based organization has offices in 75 cities around the nation, and owns the nation's largest agricultural radio network, the Brownfield Network; five state news networks: the Missourinet, Radio Iowa, the Wisconsin Radio Network, South Carolina News Network and the Nebraska News Network.

"I grew up in Jefferson City and was fascinated by the news that came out of the Capital—state agencies, courts, the governor's office and the legislature. But because of its relatively small size, only the wire services covered these sources. The voices of the news-makers weren't covered by radio or television." Lear says. "So that was the impetus for starting the Missourinet," he continues, "and through its 70 affiliate radio stations, the network keeps all corners of Missouri connected; It's truly the only state-wide media.. He won an honor medal in Journalism from Missouri for his Missourinet; the award describing it as a strong, valuable, source of information for all Missourians. And the Missourinet continues to win accolades, including the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for distinguished broadcast journalism.

"In those years the programs were distributed to the affiliate radio stations by 24-hour leased telephone circuits," Lear explains as to how he got involved in college sports: "so I concocted a business deal with the University of Missouri to sub-lease my circuits to them on Saturday afternoons and that's how I backed into this sports business."

For competitive reasons, the company changed from a radio company to a marketing company in the mid-1980s. It now exclusively handles stadium and arena signage, game day activities with advertisers, game program printing and sales, corporate hospitality and—in many venues—food and beverage sales.

Lear received a Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1968 and an AB degree in 1966 from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. He attended high school in Jefferson City where he was born in 1944.

Lear is a leader in higher education. For 13 years he served on the Board of Curators of CMU and for five years was its Chair. He is a member of the 1992 Class of Distinguished Alumni from the University of Missouri, an award that highlighted his significant contribution to media in the state.

He was enshrined into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in January, 2012.

Lear, along with his wife, Sue, has worked tirelessly for young people across Missouri. In Jefferson City they helped other volunteers in bringing the faith-based organization Young Life to three local high schools and then to Columbia area high schools. Having served as chair for many years, they continue as committee members today. As a contribution to the state, he has been central to the annual Governor's Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values—now in its 26th year, beginning in 1987. That three-day event scheduled around the Missouri Governor's Prayer Breakfast each January, brings college juniors from each of Missouri's four-year colleges and universities to Jefferson City to consider leadership from a different perspective: servant leadership, using the person of Jesus as an example. Each Governor since 1987 has thrown himself into this ecumenical, non-dogmatic effort that has had significant impact in these young lives.

The couple has three grown children and five grandchildren.

Dr.Lear's greatest love is mentoring. He and Sue use the company and other opportunities as platforms to develop outstanding executives and leaders. He gives significant time to helping college age—and post college age -- men and women grow personally and professionally.


Dad First of Three Family Members to Graduate from Northwood

Tuesday, 07 May 2013

James Thompkins with his wife Monica and daughter Alexandria.
James Thompkins with his wife Monica and daughter Alexandria.

Now attending Northwood University Florida along with his wife Monica and his daughter Alexandria, James Thompkins is scheduled to graduate with a dual degree in Business Management, and Accounting and is thankful for the opportunity which he believes is the answer to a prayer.

After the passing of his mother in 2009, Thompkins moved from Winder, Georgia to West Palm Beach, Florida along with his family, while also relocating their family-owned commercial cleaning business.

After praying to God about the direction he should take in his new South Florida life, he said that God directed him to pursue a business degree and led him to Northwood University Florida.

Upon being very close to achievement of the degree, he again received direction from The Lord to pursue his accounting degree.

Soon joined at Northwood by his wife Monica who is now pursuing a business management degree through Northwood's adult degree program and his daughter Alexandria, a Royal Palm Beach High School graduate who is pursuing an international business degree, Thompkins is on track to fulfill what he believes to be his calling in life of owning an accounting firm.

Thompkins was awarded a dual business management and accounting degree at Northwood Florida's commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 7th.


Triplets Graduate College Together, Earn MBA Degrees

Friday, 03 May 2013

Pictured are the Hancock family including Casper Sr., Casper, Allison, Lindsay, Lynette and Bryan Sr.
Pictured are the Hancock family including Casper Sr., Casper, Allison, Lindsay, Lynette and Bryan Sr.

Allison, Lindsay and Casper Hancock will be graduating from Northwood University, MBA degrees in hand on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 4pm. The trio, who also earned their Bachelor of Business Management degrees at Northwood look forward to managing AmeriCar Automotive Solutions, their parents Bel Air Family Business beginning in August.

The three decided on Northwood after narrowing their list and visiting a few prospective colleges, and discovered that the Penn State and West Virginia enrollments of 15-20,000 students didn't offer the personalized attention of Northwood University. But that wasn't all. They were all awarded Future Business Leader of America (FBLA) scholarships and all graduated with Northwood University's Automotive Marketing and Management bachelor of business administration degree prior to achieving their MBA's.

Northwood offers the only bachelor's degree in the nation that related to their family dealer consulting company, so enrolling at Northwood made perfect sense.

For the last 10 years, AmeriCar Automotive Solutions has provided reliable, comprehensive and innovative automotive financial products to its automotive retail customers. With a focus on dealership profitability, compliance and customer retention, AmeriCar has and will always provide products and training designed specifically for dealer clients. AmeriCar is uniquely positioned to provide dealer clients with limitless product variations along with cutting edge technology solutions.


Florida Junior Places 2nd in International DECA Competition

Friday, 03 May 2013

Junior Michelle Ray with DECA Award.
Junior Michelle Ray with DECA Award.

Michelle Ray, a Northwood University junior who has been very active in DECA since high school, placed second in the International DECA Competition held in Anaheim, California.

"It is every competitor's goal to get on stage to receive an award at either the state or International competition, and this year I can say I have done both! DECA has been very influential in my life, and is the reason I discovered Northwood University, and become the person I am now," said the Marketing major of the collegiate division (formerly known as Delta Epsilon Chi) which includes over 15,000 members in 200 colleges and universities.

Ray was one of seven Northwood University Florida students to compete in the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC), the highlight of the DECA year. Fourteen thousand high school students, advisors, business persons and alumni gather for several days of DECA excitement. Most participants at ICDC compete in one of DECA's competitive events. The top competitors in each event are recognized for their outstanding achievements. In addition to the competitive events, many students and advisors participate in a variety of leadership and career advancing academies.

With the mission of preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe, DECA 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. Student members leverage their DECA experiences to become academically prepared, community oriented, and professionally responsible experienced leaders.


Florida's Commencement Ceremony to Feature Speaker Clyde Lear, Award Honorary Doctor of Laws Degrees

Wednesday, 01 May 2013

Clyde Lear
Clyde Lear

Stephen A. Levin
Stephen A. Levin

Guests at Northwood University Florida's commencement ceremony will have the opportunity to gain wisdom from the professional and personal experiences of Clyde Lear, the retired Chairman and CEO of Learfield Communications, Inc., and a tireless advocate for today's youth.

Among six national leaders whose sphere of experience and influence spans global industries including automotive, communications, realty, politics, television and the arts, Lear and Palm Beach resident Stephen A. Levin will be awarded honorary doctor of laws degrees from Northwood University and will become members of its Gallery of Distinction

The Florida commencement ceremony will be held May 7th, 2013 beginning at 4:00 pm at Northwood University Florida's Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center.

"One of the many things which makes us unique is our global footprint. With campuses throughout the world, including three residential campuses here in the U.S., commencement is a year-round reality for us," said Pretty. "When you see the joy and pride expressed on the faces of our graduates it is always a reminder that our mission is a transformative one. The students who graduate from Northwood leave here different than when they first arrived. And that is an incredible process we are privileged to be a part of," he explained.

Lear founded Learfield Communications, Inc. in 1972 as an outgrowth of his master's project at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Now the preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketing arena boasting a rich history dating back to 1975, Learfield Sports is the exclusive provider of marketing services for athletic departments at 49 major institutions, including the likes of Missouri, Alabama, UNC, Stanford, Indiana, Wisconsin, OU, Miami, and Clemson. It also markets for the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) and spearheads corporate partner platforms for the Big Ten Conference and the Western Athletic Conference.

The Jefferson City-based organization has offices in 75 cities around the nation, and owns the nation's largest agricultural radio network, the Brownfield Network; five state news networks: the Missourinet, Radio Iowa, the Wisconsin Radio Network, South Carolina News Network and the Nebraska News Network.

Lear received a Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1968 and an AB degree in 1966 from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. He attended high school in Jefferson City where he was born in 1944. Lear is a leader in higher education. For 13 years he served on the Board of Curators of CMU and for five years was its Chair. He is a member of the 1992 Class of Distinguished Alumni from the University of Missouri, an award that highlighted his significant contribution to media in the state. He was enshrined into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in January, 2012.

Palm Beach business, civic, and community leader, Stephen A. Levin is chairman of the board of The Erin Corporation and Erin Investments, Inc. Among the holdings of these companies is Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Inc. Gold Coast is the largest wholesale beer distributor in Florida, having distribution centers in Miami, Pompano Beach, Homestead and Rockland Key, and one of the largest beer distributors in the country. Mr. Levin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and attended Temple University Graduate School of Business.

Levin is former chairman of the board of the Quantum Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in Palm Beach County. Mr. Levin serves on the board of trustees of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles, California, and was presented with their National Community Service Award in 1999. He is a former vice chairman of the Palm Beach County Anti-Defamation League, and in 2004 Mr. Levin was awarded the Haym Solomon Award, the highest honor offered by the Anti-Defamation League. Mr. Levin is former vice president of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, a former member of the Board of Directors for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Palm Beach County, and has served on the Vanderbilt University Law School Advisory Board. Mr. Levin was vice-chairman of the board of JFK Hospital, Atlantis and also served as president of Temple Emanu-El, Palm Beach. Mr. Levin is a director of the Palm Beach Police Foundation, and vice chairman of the board of the MorseLife Foundation. In 2011 Mr. Levin was honored by the Northwood University Board of Trustees with the Outstanding Business Leader award, and currently serves as a member of the Outstanding Leaders Association Executive Committee. Mr. Levin has previously owned and operated a number of other businesses, including a large chain of Pizza Hut restaurants, Reading Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Pennsylvania, Quality Roofing Supply Company, Berkshire News, various self-storage facilities and Madison Leasing Company.


Florida Experts Share Insight Relating to Food Stamp Fraud, Corporate Downsizing, More

Wednesday, 01 May 2013

Dr. Ed Moore shares expertise relating to corporate downsizing and outsourcing.
Dr. Ed Moore shares expertise relating to corporate downsizing and outsourcing.

Tim Gilbert is interviewed about the issue of government waste and how it can be rectified.
Tim Gilbert is interviewed about the issue of government waste and how it can be rectified.

Northwood University Florida faculty recently shared insight with South Florida television viewers by commenting on a variety of issues relating to government waste, corporate downsizing and outsourcing, real estate sales, the possibility of additional benefits for same-sex couples, the proposed sales tax for online retailers, and more.

The seven interviews, conducted within a five-day span with South Florida CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates highlighted the expertise of professors Timothy Gilbert, Dr. Ed Moore, and Mark Bush.

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

While Dr. Ed Moore shared insight relating to corporate downsizing and outsourcing to WPTV's Dan Corcorran, Mark Bush commented about the increase in South Florida home sales to WPEC anchor Ben Becker and Timothy Gilbert shared advice relating to government waste as it relates to food stamp fraud, bogus 911 calls, and more.

Northwood University faculty experts serve as a valuable community resource by sharing their expertise with local and national news media relating to a variety of economic, political, educational and environmental issues.


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.


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.


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


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


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



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