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Crossing Over Ceremony Symbolizes Positive Transitions

Thursday, 29 August 2013

New students ’cross over’ to become members of the Northwood University Family.
New students ’cross over’ to become members of the Northwood University Family.

Dr. Tom Duncan assists students as they sign the Northwood University Code of Ethics.
Dr. Tom Duncan assists students as they sign the Northwood University Code of Ethics.

Northwood University Florida's Crossing Over Ceremony held special significance for its student body, as it signified a variety of meaningful transitions.

The observance, designed to reflect the many positive changes that students are experiencing, highlighted the fact that students are 'crossing over' to a new life as they are each transitioning to a new educational environment, a new academic year, a new group of friends, a new home, and in many cases, a new country or continent.

The symbolic orientation event was opened as Northwood University students, flanked by each of their 48 country flags, processed over the DeVos Cook Academic Center bridge towards the Edwards Bell Tower and Plaza area.

Northwood University President Dr. Tom Duncan welcomed the group as faculty and staff members looked on. Duncan asked the crowd, "What, exactly, are you crossing over to?. He answered the question by focusing on three key points: 1) Crossing Over to New Places and New Friends; 2) Crossing Over to a New Learning Community, and 3) Crossing Over to Northwood Values.
"We are giving you the opportunity," Duncan said to the hundreds of students who attended the event, "to be the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society – which is Northwood's mission. He emphasized the importance of acquiring knowledge and learning skills, but also the importance of developing their characters, in order to be prepared for the world of business. "At Northwood, we believe in functioning from a foundation of ethics and integrity in all we do," the president continued. He then recited the Northwood University Code of Ethics, and invited all students to sign Northwood University's Code of Ethics.

To view the Northwood University Florida Crossing Over Ceremony video produced by Northwood University Florida Multimedia Producer and Public Relations Associate Gregory Wright, please visit: http://youtu.be/3wuuTROaJXw .


Alumna's Invention a Result of Faith, Tenacity, More

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Kristy First enjoys boating while in college.
Kristy First enjoys boating while in college.

Kristy First, assisted by sisters Courtney and Samara.
Kristy First, assisted by sisters Courtney and Samara.

First’s partner Steve Scorgie demonstrates the invention in the Walmart contest video.
First’s partner Steve Scorgie demonstrates the invention in the Walmart contest video.

Northwood University Florida graduate Kristy First is now living the dream of many entrepreneurs, and the winding road which has led to this point has deepened her belief in the healing power of family and prayer.

As a Northwood University freshman in the late 1980's, First was excited to pursue her dreams in the Sunshine State. "I was thrilled about attending college at Northwood Florida because I knew I wanted to earn a degree in business, and the sunny South Florida beaches and golf courses, were also calling my name," smiled the bubbly blonde.

Once officially a Northwood student, the Clare, Michigan native began to establish lifelong friendships while embracing campus life and enjoying fun in the sun going to the beach, playing volleyball, and boating. "The bonds you establish in college can be some of the most rewarding, and I still count my Northwood friends among the best. Now with families of our own, we enjoy reminiscing about the old days," said First, who was also an avid skier, sailor and equestrian.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Business Management in 1992, the young professional was soon enjoying a cushy position as a membership director at an upscale Palm Beach County country club. But her life was about to take a crazy turn. In the summer of 2000 she was near fatally injured in a horrific auto accident on Florida's 1-95 interstate. "I can't describe the experience," said First of the event which left her unable to walk. "It felt as if it was a bad dream, and I just thank God for my amazing family who left their businesses to be by my side every step of the way for over a year, making the best choices for me in that crucial time."

While undergoing 14-months of therapy, the young patient was confined to a wheelchair, and decided to make another dramatic move. "I was inspired by a book that a friend gave me titled 'Miracle Man,' and wanted to surround myself with others who were experiencing and overcoming similar challenges, so I packed my belongings and headed to Brazil on a quest for healing," said First, who still visits the region today after a five-year stay.

"While residing at a small village called, Abadiania in Brazil, I was blessed to meet amazing people from all over the world, including some of the best doctors from Harvard Medical, having everything I needed and living life in a simple way focusing on my healing. I lived in a little pousada called Dom Ingrid where they took good care of me by providing three meals a day and regularly cleaning my room. It took me about five years to get my head straight and to feel strong, but all along I knew I wanted to eventually return to America to rebuild my life and to start my own business, so I returned to West Palm Beach in 2006, and my world eventually took on a new form and shape," shared First who'd reconnected with Steve Scorgie, an old love upon her return. "Steve and I got to know each other again, and realized that we were meant to be. All of a sudden I went from being a single young woman, to buying a house and becoming the mother of two daughters. It's the most rewarding role I've played to date," she said.

And it was the desire to flex her entrepreneurial muscle while remaining a stay-at-home mom that led the budding entrepreneur to draw from her Northwood experience. "Northwood gave me all the tools and knowledge I needed to start my own business, which I have used every step of the way in developing my invention.

"Have you ever watched someone struggle with wrapping a present or been in a rush with no time to wrap?" giggled First. It really isn't a pretty picture, so I wanted to develop a product that would make it easy and fast for everyone." Enter First's patent pending invention the Wrap Bag – one of the top contenders in Walmart's "Get on the Shelf" contest.

"When my dad told me about the contest, I thought it was a great opportunity to launch the product," said First, who is currently manufacturing the product overseas and plans to have it manufactured in the United States when order numbers increase.

Having advanced to the top 8% of the contests original 4,000 contenders, the do-it-yourself idea makes it easier for even the novice wrapper to hide surprises. "Steve deserves an Oscar for his performance in the contest video, and it's been an exciting roller coaster so far. Now we just need people to keep voting so we can advance to the grand prize of selling at both Walmart.com and in stores with marketing support," said First, now the official President and CEO of Gift Innovations, Inc.

Please visit https://getontheshelf.walmart.com/product/1659/Wrapbags to cast your vote. Wal-Mart's "Get on the Shelf" multi-stage contest uses public voting to determine finalist entrants in an original web series. The first place winner will receive the opportunity to sell their product through Walmart.com and the grand champion will have the chance to sell in Walmart stores and Walmart.com and to receive valuable marketing support. All contestants will get some free visibility to help launch their product as well.


Florida Governor's Latest Ranking: Professor Shares Expertise

Thursday, 08 August 2013

Professor Timothy Gilbert shares insight with WPEC Anchor Ben Becker.
Professor Timothy Gilbert shares insight with WPEC Anchor Ben Becker.

Florida professor Timothy Gilbert recently spoke with WPEC anchor Ben Becker to shed light relating to a report naming Florida Governor Rick Scott one of the worst governors in the country.

Published by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Governor Scott, (along with seventeen other governors, overwhelmingly republican) has been identified as one of the worst governors in America. Their criteria are centered mostly around his performance in addressing social issues such as voter fraud, welfare and Medicaid, ignoring other significant concerns to Floridians.

Gilbert shared that during his term in office Governor Scott has reduced unemployment, balanced the state budget, helped to buoy the housing market, and provided additional funding for education. In addition, Florida remains the number one tourist destination in the world, pouring millions of dollars into our economy. "The fact that Governor Scott has shown great concern for voter integrity here in Florida should be a positive statement rather than a negative indictment, especially based on the past few national elections and the problems encountered here in voting procedures. Governor Scott's inability to articulate his accomplishments remains a difficulty for him to overcome," said Gilbert.

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 economics, politics, education, environmental sustainability, and more.

A sought after commentator, Timothy Gilbert brings over thirty years of business management and professional experience to the classroom. He teaches a wide range of classes relating to business management, philosophy of American life and business, marketing, automotive marketing, history, economics, and finance and is the faculty coordinator for the highly successful Auto Show of the Palm Beaches, Presented by Northwood University. A sought after speaker and presenter both here and abroad, Gilbert is also a recognized expert in the area of automobile franchise operations and management.

Gilbert has served as a guest lecturer at several international institutions including Fundacao Armando Alveres Penteado (FAAP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Fenebrave Annual Convention, Groupe ESSCA in France, the Canadian Automotive Institute at Georgian College, and the International Summer University in Wolfsburg Germany. He is the international coordinator for NUCARS (Northwood University Computer Aided Retail Simulation), given throughout Europe and North America; the author of three textbooks and the co-author of another in the field of automotive marketing, as well as a past contributor to AutoSuccess Magazine. Mr. Gilbert has been awarded the Outstanding Faculty Excellence Award and is listed in Who's Who of Americas Teachers, and Who's Who of American Business.


Professor Applies Hands-On Experience Toward Program Leadership

Friday, 02 August 2013

Professor Petrovsky shares insight relating to the BP oil spill with ABC reporter Terri Parker.
Professor Petrovsky shares insight relating to the BP oil spill with ABC reporter Terri Parker.

Northwood University Florida professor Kevin Petrovsky knows a lot about environmental conservation, oceanography, natural resource exploration and extraction, coastal management and human impacts on the environment. And it's his unique capability to blend his hands-on experience and education toward teaching environmental sustainability and its necessity for long term business success that creates compelling class discussions.

"It is important for people to understand their role and place in the global environment. Everything we do has an impact on the environment, and the environment has an impact on everything we do or want to do," said Petrovsky who spent several months on a seismic research vessel conducting geologic surveys for oil deposits on the ocean floor for a Houston based oil exploration company.

Designed to develop leaders who understand the relationship between the global ecology and economic progress, Northwood's Sustainability Management program is of interest to those who appreciate the symbiotic relationship between science and technology and want to advance sustainable business practices. The program prepares students to develop, implement, and assess businesses solutions that balance the bottom line with the needs of the environment and communities, facilitate internal and external changes in sustainability practices, and more.

Petrovsky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanographic Technology from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University. He has also worked as a coastal engineer, surveyor and a maritime instructor.


Florida Expert Shares Insight Regarding Public Perception of Affordable Care Act

Friday, 26 July 2013

WPEC’s Chuck Weber interviews Timothy Gilbert.
WPEC’s Chuck Weber interviews Timothy Gilbert.

South Florida WPEC anchor Chuck Weber recently turned to Northwood University Florida professor Timothy Gilbert to gain insight relating to public perception of the Affordable Care Act which is popularly referred to as Obamacare.

While pointing out that healthy individuals and business entities could be required to contribute to the government insurance plan, Gilbert shared that because it is not fully implemented and has been rolled-out incrementally without clear distinction between benefits, provisions of the law, and costs, the act is difficult to understand and causing growing anxiety among many Americans.

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 economics, politics, education, environmental sustainability, and more.

A sought after commentator, Mr. Timothy Gilbert brings over thirty years of business management and professional experience to the classroom. He teaches a wide range of classes relating to business management, philosophy of American life and business, marketing, automotive marketing, history, economics, and finance and is the faculty coordinator for the highly successful Auto Show of the Palm Beaches, Presented by Northwood University. A sought after speaker and presenter both here and abroad, Gilbert is also a recognized expert in the area of automobile franchise operations and management.

Gilbert has served as a guest lecturer at several international institutions including Fundacao Armando Alveres Penteado (FAAP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Fenebrave Annual Convention, Groupe ESSCA in France, the Canadian Automotive Institute at Georgian College, and the International Summer University in Wolfsburg Germany. He is the international coordinator for NUCARS (Northwood University Computer Aided Retail Simulation), given throughout Europe and North America; the author of three textbooks and the co-author of another in the field of automotive marketing, as well as a past contributor to AutoSuccess Magazine. Mr. Gilbert has been awarded the Outstanding Faculty Excellence Award and is listed in Who's Who of Americas Teachers, and Who's Who of American Business.


Alumnus Forms Non-Profit Thanks to Management Expertise, Graduate Student Field Work Team

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Alumnus Scott Smoliak with this dog Bailey.
Alumnus Scott Smoliak with this dog Bailey.

Tracy Parks, Porawee (Paul) Thongkiew, Scott Smoliak, Jing Shang, Barbara Smoliak and Kristina Valentinasa
Tracy Parks, Porawee (Paul) Thongkiew, Scott Smoliak, Jing Shang, Barbara Smoliak and Kristina Valentinasa

After enduring a harrowing experience while trying to save a four-legged family member, Northwood University alumnus Scott Smoliak turned to both his business management expertise and to a Northwood University DeVos Graduate School of Management Field Work Team with the goal of creating a nonprofit to help ease the burden for others.

It all began when Smoliak had to rush Bailey, the family dog to an emergency veterinary hospital because he wasn't acting himself. There, he learned that their beloved Bernese mountain dog had swallowed a large corn cob which was causing deadly blockage and creating severe toxicity and damage to his insides.

"My heart was in my stomach," said Smoliak, a 2010 Florida graduate, and the son of long-time Florida baseball coach Rick Smoliak. "We knew we had to act quick, and were beside ourselves when we learned that there was a good chance that he wasn't going to make it."

During the nearly two week hospital stay, Smoliak along with his dad, his mother Barbara and sisters Ashley and Brittany, spent much time at the hospital and met many pet owners who were thankful that their animals were able to receive lifesaving care.

Fortunately for Bailey, they were able to afford costs totaling several thousand dollars for numerous procedures which made it possible for him to go home healthy. But the experience made Smoliak recognize that there were also many animals who never had a chance, due to exhaustive costs. Therefore, he decided to found The Bailey Project to provide financial assistance to family pets in need of critical care.

Designed specifically to help those pets who belong to families who have exhausted any and all financial resources, Smoliak drew from his experience as a Northwood business management major to form the corporation and to begin applying for their non-profit status. He also took advantage of a suggestion to coordinate with a Northwood University DeVos Graduate School Field Work Team to gain additional insight. The team, which included students Tracy Parks, Kristina Valentinasa, Porawee (Paul) Thongkiew and Jing Shang, provided valuable strategies relating to management, marketing, prioritization and organizational data statistics.

"The graduate team at Northwood invested much time and energy providing The Bailey Project with many helpful marketing and management suggestions. Scott and I enjoyed our monthly meetings with the team and together we built a wonderful foundation for the future of The Bailey Project," said Scott's mother Barbara Smoliak who serves as the Executive Director of the organization.

Having developed a solid foundation with a strategic business plan in place, the organization is now looking forward to receiving confirmation of its nonprofit status and has several major donors lined up. Already receiving weekly website donations, it is working closely with community groups and veterinary hospitals and is in the process of planning monthly events.

According to Dr. Cathy Bush, Associate Professor and Lead MBA Faculty Member of the DeVos Graduate School of Management, many local businesses benefit from the strategic consulting services provided by the graduate students. "It is exciting to see the value that our students are able to provide to business owners through their analysis and recommendations, and the students get a great opportunity to apply business concepts that they are studying to real companies. It is truly a win-win for all parties who participate in the fieldwork experience," said Bush who works closely with the students.

Having serviced over ten Southeast Florida fieldwork clients within the past two years, Northwood University DeVos Graduate School of Management field work student groups are guided by senior Northwood MBA faculty with decades of industry experience. Projects consist of consulting teams of up to six Northwood MBA students who work with small to medium-sized businesses, entrepreneurs, inventors and non-profit organizations. They provide insight relating to business unit strategy and marketing analysis by developing action-oriented recommendations to guide your future decision making. The projects present businesses with valuable research results, while enabling student consultants to reinforce their understanding of business fundamentals and to apply cutting-edge management practices to strategic business issues.

To learn more about Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management field work opportunities please contact Georgia Abbott at abbottg@northwood.edu or (989) 837-4479.


Florida Appoints Susan Dennett as Academic Dean

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Susan Dennett
Susan Dennett

Northwood University Florida is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Dennett as academic dean.

Northwood's Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Kristin Stehouwer commented, "We are delighted that Susan is joining our team in this capacity. She is the key academic leader for the campus and will have responsibility for supporting our learner-centered environment through a focus on excellence in teaching and learning, curriculum development and delivery, assessment, and overall program quality." Dennett will work collaboratively with colleagues on the campus as well as across the Northwood system.

Having first joined Northwood University as an adjunct professor of Human Resource Management in August, 2009, Dennett looks forward to applying her extensive experience and strong organizational skills toward her new role.

Northwood Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan remarked, "We value Susan's academic expertise coupled with her extensive professional experience which is the hallmark of the Northwood approach to business education."

Dennett served as the Human Resource and Training Manager for Lionel Trains, Chesterfield, Michigan where she provided leadership through organizational and cultural change. She then served as the Associate Human Resource Manager and Consultant for QVC for ten years while residing in Palm City, Florida. Dennett has consulted to the hospitality industry and also has been a successful entrepreneur who created a successful start-up in the national corporate gift arena.

Dennett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Oakland University, Rochester Hills, Michigan, a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development/Adult Education from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and is completing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. A resident of Palm City, Florida and former college athlete, Dennett coaches middle and high school boys and girls tennis teams in her spare time.

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.


Early Orientation Activities Popular with Students, Parents

Wednesday, 03 July 2013

Orientation guests enjoyed academic and extracurricular sessions.
Orientation guests enjoyed academic and extracurricular sessions.



As the new academic year approaches, many Northwood University students and parents are taking advantage of early orientation activities.

Florida students and parents recently enjoyed both informative and entertaining events designed to provide a strong foundation for both academic and extracurricular success.

Featuring a meet and greet session and an amphibious tour of the Palm Beaches on the famous 'Diva Duck,' the occasions included opportunities to meet with academic and financial aid counselors, register for classes, secure student identification cards, tour the housing facilities, and more.

"Every orientation provides additional reminders of why I love to work for Northwood University. We have a great group of students joining us this year, and it was inspiring to meet many of their parents as well," said Carol Wagmeister, EXCEL Program Coordinator and Assistant to the Dean of Students, who added that the land and water tour provided a memorable opportunity for visitors to view the Palm Beaches.

Diva Duck Amphibious Tours have provided a one-of-a-kind way to experience the best of West Palm Beach by land and on water since 2002. Housed in a large warehouse space (or 'duck nest'), the vehicle is a second home to several tour guides who memorize music cues and a 14 page script for the tours.

The next Northwood University Florida Early Orientation will be held on July 26th, 2013. To RSVP and to gain additional information please contact Carol Wagmeister at wagmeist@northwood.edu or 561-478-5559. Information relating to medical forms and housing may be obtained from Phil Shipley, Director of Housing at: shipleyp@northwood.edu or 561-681-7959.


Florida President Shares Insight Relating to Bogus Tax Refunds

Thursday, 27 June 2013

CBS reporter Chuck Weber interviews Dr. Tom Duncan.
CBS reporter Chuck Weber interviews Dr. Tom Duncan.

As Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reports surfaced that the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued tens of thousands of bogus tax refunds totaling millions of dollars to a variety of 'unauthorized' alien workers, South Florida WPEC television reporter Chuck Weber turned to Northwood University President and political expert Dr. Tom Duncan for insight.

"These are the kinds of stories that drive average taxpayers crazy," said Duncan of the recent CNSNews.com report, which found that the IRS sent tens of thousands of tax refunds worth over 50 milion dollars to 'unauthorized' alien workers all using the same address. "People who own small businesses, and average folks who sit down at the kitchen table to pay their bills on a monthly basis, would never send a check to ten or fifteen 'companies' at the same address –let alone to thousands. Hard working Americans don't understand how the federal government, with access to the best technology in the world, can send thousands of purported tax 'refunds' to the same address.. Duncan added, "It appears totally fraudulent, but most of all it appears totally incompetent on the part of the IRS, which doesn't help their image among the American people given all the recent revelations about the agency 'targeting' conservative political groups and individuals."

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.


Professor "HAM's" It Up for Health, Fitness

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Mike Tuttle
Mike Tuttle

Northwood University Florida Associate Professor Michael Tuttle recently completed the 2013 "Hike Across Maryland."

Known as HAM, the one day 40-mile walk/run along the Appalachian Trail spans the Pennsylvania / Maryland state line and crosses Maryland to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.

"The HAM event in which I participate every other year requires continuous training to be ready for the challenge of that full day of walking and running," said Tuttle, a Florida professor of Management, who is also a 1984 "through hiker" of the complete 2,100 + mile Appalachian Trail, and logs his fastest HAM time of 11 hours and 20 minutes.

The bi-annual event sponsored by the Maryland Mountain Club is limited to 110 documented experienced entrants. The mountainous trail crosses western Maryland and includes various terrain conditions. About 20 percent of the participants drop out when they do not make the six check points in time.

Northwood University supports and embraces health and wellness initiatives with the goal of providing a fun and unique wellness program to motivate employees toward a healthier lifestyle by reducing stress and other health risks.

Recognizing the value of a fit and healthy workplace Northwood University strives to provide all employees with information to help lead a healthy lifestyle and to foster a healthy workplace culture. Tapping into employee expertise and partnering with multiple campus health services, its Human Resource Department offers a variety of tools and programs to support employees seeking a healthy balance in their professional and personal lives.


Alumni Activities Encourage Networking, Foster Camaraderie

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Esteban Benitez, Dave Doty, Dr. Tom Duncan, Heather Gray and Willem Van Noten
Esteban Benitez, Dave Doty, Dr. Tom Duncan, Heather Gray and Willem Van Noten

As part of its mission to promote alumni and student networking opportunities while encouraging a continued connection to Northwood University, Florida recently hosted its 3rd Annual Summer Bowling Tournament in which alumni Dave Doty and Heather Gray were crowned annual 'King and Queen of the Pin.

"The purpose of the event was to welcome new graduates into the alumni family and to introduce them to seasoned alumni. It was a great opportunity for our new alumni to network, gain career opportunities and to connect with successful alumni mentors. And the atmosphere was perfect, as it allowed for a relaxed yet engaging evening – just one reason why the occasion is one of our most popular events," said Stephanie Lanza, Director of Alumni and Community Relations.

Northwood University Alumni Network goals include serving as the first resource regarding free-enterprise and its application in today's society, providing career assistance and relevant benefits. encouraging alumni to support Northwood to ensure the future success of the institution and its future alumni, and more.

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.


Incoming Students, Parents Benefit from Professional College Advisory Sessions, More

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Dr. Brian Sandusky
Dr. Brian Sandusky

As Northwood University welcomes future growth, its Office of Admissions has refined processes and systems to ensure that prospective students and their parents continue to receive personalized attention along with technological innovation.

While high-tech tools such as QR codes, virtual college fairs and social networking engines help to ensure that the transmission of higher education information becomes seamless, nothing can replace the personal touch – and it's the home visits to prospective students and parents that provide valuable opportunities to interact.

"Combining the technical components with the personal services that we offer enhances communications between the student, parent and admissions representative. We are known for our personalized attention, and this new model enhances it, and is unique in higher education. This is just one component of our overall strategic growth plan. It's a great time to be at Northwood University," said Dr. Brian Sandusky, Vice President of Enrollment Management while referring to the visits known as Professional College Advisory Sessions (PCAS).

Dr. Sandusky served as vice president of Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, for four years. Sandusky assumed his duties at this private, multi-campus nonprofit institution in 2008 during a difficult and challenging time. He led a significant change to the institutional enrollment model resulting in considerable new student growth that contributed to the most improved financial turnaround in the institution's history.

Revenues increased from $27 million in 2008 to $44 million in 2011; net tuition revenues improved 40% during this span. Most importantly, the student experience and outcomes improved noticeably as demonstrated in the front-end yield ratios, academic measures, student surveys and retention rates at both the freshman residential campus and in the adult centers throughout the United States and online. Sandusky has also led a new strategic unit titled Enterprise Division that serves nonprofit organizations and corporations in unique ways by partnering and listening to their needs. Services include executive consulting programs and developing customized learning initiatives to enhance clients' organizational effectiveness and bottom line. He also served as associate professor with faculty status in the School of Business.

From 2005-2008, Sandusky served as vice president at Bellevue University in Nebraska where he led strategic initiatives and the Human Capital lab along with enrollment management. He was also an adjunct faculty member in the College of Professional Studies at the private, nonprofit, multi-campus institution.

Sandusky earned his doctor of philosophy in business administration from Northcentral University, his master of arts in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and his bachelor of business administration in marketing from Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is married to Jennifer and has two children, Addison and Jakob. Sandusky enjoys reading, teaching, golfing, bicycling and spending time with family and friends. He is a Grand Rapids, Michigan, native.


Florida President & Faculty Serve as Valued Media Experts

Friday, 07 June 2013

Dr. Duncan shares insight relating to government waste and more.
Dr. Duncan shares insight relating to government waste and more.

Timothy Gilbert shares expertise with South Florida’s CBS affiliate.
Timothy Gilbert shares expertise with South Florida’s CBS affiliate.

As the United States government continues to rack up trillion dollar deficits, media focus on inappropriate federal spending continues – and ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX media members continue to turn to Northwood University experts for insight.

"With headlines focusing on exorbitant taxes being spent on initiatives such as poetry grants for prisoners and telephone reminders to depressed citizens, there's a variety of material for comment, and we're thankful to have experts that can share their insight," stated Suzi McCreery, Florida's Director of Public Relations. "Our experts clearly and succinctly get to the root of why the prioritization of government spending is so important, and that underscores Northwood's mission and values," she said.

In addition to commenting on examples of controversial federal spending, Northwood University President Tom Duncan also has served as an expert source on topics such as an initiative by the US Department of health to further curtail the work hours of government employees, and the claim that Apple, Inc. attempts to evade paying its "fair share" of taxes by setting up overseas shell companies.

"When studies show that the pay and benefits of government employees now exceeds that of workers in the private sector, the federal government has to proceed cautiously when making proposals to shorten the federal workweek, increase benefits, and make it easier to work from home," said Duncan. "Private sector workers who do not enjoy such benefits are being asked to foot the bill for government workers, and that doesn't play well," Duncan added.

When asked by the media to comment on charges that Apple, Inc., among other U.S. businesses, intentionally set up sister corporations abroad in order to evade U.S. taxes, Duncan replied that "the federal government needs to take a hard look at the corporate tax rate, which is among the highest in the industrialized world. He added that "companies, like individuals, are going to act rationally. If moving assets abroad saves money and brings a stronger return to investors, why would we be surprised that companies do just that," Duncan added. "We need to look at what motivates companies to invest in America and keep their money working here at home. Perhaps a high corporate taxation rate is not the best incentive."

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 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/


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 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.


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.


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.



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