June 17, 2011

Summer Activities at Northwood University

Congratulations Dr. Bellanca

Change, especially when it involves saying “fare well” is never easy. And yet, without change there can be no growth. Thus, it is with mixed feelings that we offer Dr. Rose Bellanca our hearty and sincere congratulations on her appointment as the new President of Washtenaw Community College (WCC). She will assume her new responsibilities on August 15.

Rose joined Northwood in 2008 following her tenure as President at St. Clair Community College. Prior to that, she served as provost of Macomb Community College (MCC) from 1996 to 2002 and vice president for planning and development preceding that. She has taught at MCC and Wayne State University during her career.

And while we will miss her, we are also excited about the opportunity to continue to work with her and Washtenaw Community College in serving as a transfer destination of choice.

Dr. Bellanca, we wish you the very best in your new role. Northwood’s loss is WCC’s gain. Godspeed.

Summer Activities at Northwood University

In many ways Northwood University can be thought of in terms of a symphony, “...a composition of different elements,” as the Oxford Dictionaries Online defines it.

We kicked off the summer semester with an overview of seasonal activities system-wide. This week we take a moment to see what various members of our university community are working on this summer as well as to review some key events and visitors to our different campuses.

Faculty & Staff Activity and Development

Professor Tom Alexander will teach four different upper-level finance classes, each of which is fully asynchronous online, this summer. While far from being the first such offering at Northwood, Tom’s courses are the first to have students from all three campuses enrolled.  The first two six-week courses are currently underway and two others will follow their completion.  Not only are the classes doing well, as Tom observed, they are “…a benefit to our students and a cost effectiveness tool for Northwood.”

Jeanna Cronk, instructional designer and associate professor for our Adult Degree Program, is busy on several fronts including: Working one-on-one with ADP faculty to further incorporate Blackboard features into their courses; leading ADP Teaching Non-Traditional (TNT!) Workshops at our Louisville, Kentucky and Fort Worth, Texas program centers; and, hosting Orientation Webinars for our new ADP adjunct faculty. In addition, she is also prepping this summer for her role as a guest speaker this fall for a faculty development day on our Texas Campus on the topic of online instruction.

Adair Kaestner, senior director of Student Life for our Florida Campus, is busy planning and preparing for the coming academic year while she is also making a positive difference in her community: Adair is in her second year of mentoring a Palm Beach County youth through the MODEL Mentoring Program, a program sponsored by the Children’s Home Society of Florida.

“It is one of the most rewarding experiences I had,” she writes. “My ‘mentee’ is a 12-year old female who LOVES Northwood University. I often bring her to campus where she has become familiar with many of our students, athletes, and members of the NU administration. She proudly supports the University by cheering on Seahawks athletics teams or sporting a NU t-shirt in the community.”

Professor Joseph Lescota, department chair, Automotive Marketing Management, will conduct three workshops for the National Independent Auto Dealers Association national convention in Las Vegas, June 20-23. Workshops include: “Automotive Dealers’ Best Practices in Marketing,” “Controlling Expenses Leading to More Profitability,” and “How to Minimize Fraud within the Dealership.”

In July, he will conduct a workshop - designed to assist Texas independent retail auto dealers to be more profitable in a down economy - for the Texas Independent Dealers Association Conference.  In August, he will conduct workshops on “Marketing for Effectiveness” and “How to be More Profitable in a Down Economy” for the Oregon Auto Dealers Association Conference and will serve as a key-note speaker for this year's event. In addition, Joseph is working on designing a two-day course for Honda of Canada covering "Certified Pre Owned Used Vehicles" and "Effective Marketing and Financial Strategies" for Honda and Acura dealers of Canada. 

Dr. Glenn Moots, professor of philosophy and political science is busy working on two fronts. As part of his ongoing education and study, Glenn attended the Aspen Institute's Aspen Seminar (formerly the Aspen Executive Seminar) in late May and led a workshop for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute at Princeton University in June.

In his role as director of Northwood’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise, he is working on fall 2011 and spring 2012 programming. Faculty will be reading Gordon Wood's The Idea of America as a foundational book for the Forum’s programming discussions and presentations. The latter will also serve as a preview to Mr. Wood’s visit to campus in March 2012. In addition, Glenn is exploring the option of a fall mini-conference on business education, organizing Constitution Day related programming, and, as always, finding more innovative and impactful ways that Northwood can partner with likeminded organizations in the future.

Susie Polito, adjunct professor, Speech, and Barbara Sumi, professor and chair, Accounting, will attend ACCTfest11 in Rochester N.Y. June 20-26 with The Midland Center for the Arts. ACCTfest11 is a national theatre event that will bring the best twelve community theatre productions from across the country and U.S. Services abroad together. After winning both the state and regional competition, The Midland Center for the Arts will be performing “Urinetown, The Musical” representing Region III. Susie is a cast member in this production.

Mamiko Reeves, director of international education, may very well be our “road warrior” this summer. From June 12th through July 11th she will lead Northwood’s Award Winning YPO China Abroad program; from July 16th to July 30th she will complete her summer residency in Boston as part of her Doctorate program at Northeastern University; and from August 22nd to September 1st she will make a    program site visit to India for a YPO program that will include stops to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pune and Mumbai.

David Sanford, assistant professor of Management Information Systems is taking a full load of doctoral classes and as part of Northwood's involvement in the SAP University Alliance, will attend a workshop at the University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin aimed at increasing the integration of the level of SAP (Standards, Applications and Products in data processing) into more of his MIS courses.

Beyond that David is teaching himself a new programming language - used to create mobile business apps for use on iPads and the like - that will also be implemented into our courses this coming year.

Professor Diana Webb, Finance, is another of our faculty members who has a busy summer. On June 3rd, NAIFA Saginaw, she volunteered her time and talent for the NAIFA Saginaw annual Golf Outing to raise money for the Saginaw Community Foundation. On the 9th, she hosted the Gliddon Chrome Tour Luncheon, welcoming cars from across the USA, to her farm for lunch followed by a road trip to the Mackinaw Ice Cutter for a tour. Approximately 155 people and 80 automobiles from the 1960’s-1980’s were on hand. On July 20, Diana will deliver a four-hour continuing education course on “Life Insurance & The Health Reform Act 2010” in Corpus Christi, Texas. Finally, pending approval of her final dissertation, Diana will celebrate an August graduation for her Ph., D.  Her topic, "Internships Bridging the Learning Gap Between the Classroom and the Insurance, Risk Management, and Financial Planning industry," will qualify as the first qualitative study on the insurance industry.

Campus Sponsored and Hosted Events

Our Florida, Michigan and Texas Campuses will serve as host for several Northwood and community related gatherings. Events, some of which you will hear more about as the summer months pass, include:

  • Florida Campus
    • Woman’s Chamber - June meeting.
    • Palm Beach Hispanic Chamber - June meeting.
    • A youth basketball camp led by Seahawk’s Men’s Head Basketball Coach Rollie Massimino June 19-23.
    • The West Palm Beach Florida chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) - June meeting.
    • Approximately 600 students from The Boys & Girls Club of Broward County will visit in July.
    • Palm Beach Business Leadership Event to be held on campus August 24.
  • Michigan Campus
    • Northwood University alumni chapters in Lansing, Troy and Midland, MI hosted book clubs on June 14 and 15 discussing our current Omniquest selection, Make it in America by Andrew Liveris.
    • From July 24 - 29, 184 students from 10 different DeVos Graduate School of Management cohorts will gather for the 2011 MBA simulation, an intense and demanding experience that always delivers very powerful learning outcomes.
  • Texas Campus
    • 30 women from Afghanistan and Rwanda respectively will assemble on our Texas Campus July 11-15 as part of the Peace Through Business initiative.
  • Our residential, ADP and MBA programs in Florida, Michigan and Texas will host ongoing information sessions and student orientations throughout the summer months.

Several groups will host their meetings on our campuses system-wide and we will also welcome youth and high school camps of all sorts. Events include:

  • Adoption Option Camp
  • Band camp
  • Boy's State
  • Camp Furthest Out
  • Cheer Michigan
  • Cross country camp
  • Educational Success Program (ESP)
  • Farm Bureau
  • Football camp - youth and high school
  • Global Language Institute
  • International Herb Association Conference
  • Kick USA International
  • Lacrosse camp
  • Leadership Michigan
  • NU-sponsored basketball team camps - men’s and women’s
  • NU-sponsored Little League baseball camp
  • NU-sponsored soccer camp and women’s youth soccer day camps
  • NU-sponsored volleyball camp
  • NU-sponsored women's basketball elite camp
  • Palm Beach County Business Leadership Network
  • Pompon camp
  • Seven-on-Seven football day camp
  • Student orientation
  • The “No Child Left Inside” Summit
  • Upward Bound
  • Youth basketball tournament
  • Youth Policy Summit - day and overnight camp

As the above individuals and activities Internships Bridging the Learning Gap Between the Classroom and the Insurance, Risk Management, and Financial Planning industry,indicate Northwood University remains actively engaged in growth and leadership activities on a multitude of fronts.

Have a great weekend.

Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
President and CEO
Northwood University
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640
989.837.4203 (phone)
989.832.9590 (fax)

pretty@northwood.edu