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Northwood’s 2021 Honors Awards Recipients

May 8, 2021

The Arthur E. Turner Award           

The Arthur E. Turner Award is named in honor of one of Northwood University’s cofounders. The award is presented to a four year graduate who is creative, articulate, dynamic, and who will strive to perpetuate the Free Enterprise philosophy as espoused by Northwood University.

Recipient: Sydney Moots, Advertising and Marketing Management major


The R. Gary Stauffer Business Administration Award     

The R. Gary Stauffer Business Administration Award is named in honor one of Northwood University’s cofounders. The award is presented to a graduate whose academic excellence and campus leadership has brought honor to Northwood University.

Recipient: Tara Gross, Operations and Supply Chain Management major

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The Dr. Charles F. DuBois Award   

The Dr. Charles F. Dubois Award is named for a physician in Alma, Michigan who provided support when Northwood University opened its doors there. He and his wife continued their strong support with the campus move to Midland, Michigan. The faculty of Northwood University select the recipient of the DuBois award, which is presented to a graduate, who has demonstrated all-around achievement in personal character, leadership, scholarship, and activities.

Recipient: Brett Dezelah, Finance major


The Valedictorian     

The Valedictorian of the Bachelor’s degree program shall be that student who has maintained the highest cumulative GPA in the graduating class, and has earned a minimum of 61 credits at Northwood University.

Recipient: Andrea Everett, Finance major


The Salutatorian      

The Salutatorian of the Bachelor’s degree program shall be that student who has maintained the second highest cumulative GPA in the graduating class, and has earned a minimum of 61 credits at Northwood University.

Recipient: Mikayla Philp, Accounting major


The Town and Campus Leadership Award

Town and Campus takes pride in presenting the Town and Campus Leadership Award for outstanding leadership in voluntary efforts or special projects which have contributed to the campus community and to Northwood’s ongoing efforts to respond to the needs of its students and friends.

Recipient: Tyler Pashak, Management major


The Outstanding International Student Award    

The Outstanding International Student Award is presented to a student from another country, who by participation in campus and other activities, and by leadership, has contributed to the progress of international goodwill.

Recipient: Ben Brandherm, Finance major


The Jeffrey A. Bennett Accounting Award

The Jeffrey A. Bennett Accounting Award is presented to a four year graduate who has demonstrated excellence in academic ability and leadership potential in Accounting.

Recipient: Mikayla Philp, Accounting major


The Edward N. Cole Award 

The Edward N. Cole Award is named in memory of Mr. Edward N. Cole, who was a giant in the automotive industry and a strong supporter of the Northwood University Automotive program. The award is granted to a BBA graduate in Automotive Marketing & Management with a high academic average upon recommendation by the Automotive Marketing and Management Department.

Recipient: Chelsea Mallams, Automotive Marketing and Management major


The G. D. Crain, Jr. Foundation Award      

The Crain Foundation presents the G. D. Crain, Jr. Foundation Award to an outstanding Automotive Marketing & Management student, including a monetary award to be used as the recipient chooses. The criteria for selecting the winner of the award include academic excellence, automotive career potential, and campus and community involvement.

Recipients: Will Govan, Automotive Marketing and Management major; and Parker Fairbairn, Automotive Marketing and Management major

Will Govan, Automotive Marketing and Management

Will Govan, Automotive Marketing and Management

Parker Fairbairn, Automotive Marketing and Management

Parker Fairbairn, Automotive Marketing and Management


The I.W. Thompson Automotive Award   

The I.W. Thompson Automotive Award is named for I.W. Thompson, who was influential in planning the Automotive Marketing program at Northwood University. The award is granted to a graduate who has exhibited scholarship, has demonstrated leadership ability, and who possesses the potential to receive significant recognition in the Automotive Marketing field.

Recipient: Noah Weber, Automotive Marketing and Management major


The National Automobile Dealers Association Award     

The National Automobile Dealers Association is pleased to award The National Automobile Dealers Association Award to a four-year graduate, chosen upon recommendation by the Northwood Automotive Marketing & Management Department. The award is based on academic scholarship, organizational ability, leadership potential, overall participation in campus activities, and the potential to succeed in the automotive field.

Recipient: Casey McDowell, Automotive Marketing and Management and Marketing dual major


The Automotive Aftermarket Management Award        

The Automotive Aftermarket Management Award is presented to a 4 year Aftermarket Management graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence and enthusiasm to excel in the Aftermarket industry.

Recipient: Tyler Bowling, Automotive Aftermarket Management major


The Ludwig Von Mises Award        

The Ludwig Von Mises Award is named for an economist, and is presented to a four year graduate who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship in the science of Economics, and has shown special abilities in articulating the principle of the market economy.

Recipients: Zane Aldrich, Economics major; and Kristin Tokarev, Economics major

Zane Aldrich, Economics

Zane Aldrich, Economics

Kristin Tokarev, Economics

Kristin Tokarev, Economics


The Entrepreneurship Award         

The Entrepreneurship Management Award is presented to a senior Entrepreneurship student who has demonstrated high academic, leadership and entrepreneurial ability.

Recipient: Cameron Siler, Entrepreneurship major


The Finance Award  

The Finance Award is presented to the four-year graduate with the most potential for success in the Banking and Finance field. This candidate should show scholastic leadership, including GPA in the top 25% of their curriculum’s graduating class, campus activities and leadership, off campus activities and leadership, career potential, and other unique, positive attributes.

Recipient: Jared La Rue, Finance and Management dual major


The Fashion Marketing and Management Award

The Fashion Marketing and Management Award is presented to a senior graduating with a Bba in Fashion Marketing and Management. The winner of this award has demonstrated overall academic excellence, and shows great potential to excel in the Fashion Marketing industry.

Recipient: Daniela Ioco, Fashion Marketing and Management major


The Health Care Management Award       

The Health Care Management Award is presented to the four-year graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence in the Health Care Management program at Northwood University, is an active volunteer and shows great potential as a leader in the health care industry.

Recipient: Kaitlyn Scott, Health Care Management major


The Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth Hospitality Award         

The Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth Hospitality Award is named for Mr. Eddie Zehnder, of Zehnder’ s of Frankenmuth, who was a generous contributor in time, energy, and money to the Hotel and Restaurant Management program. The award is presented to a 4-year Hospitality Management graduate who has shown academic excellence and leadership skills in the hospitality industry and activities on and off campus.

Recipient: Hannah Frawley, Hospitality Management major


The Stelian Grigoras Innovation Management and Marketing Award  

The Stelian Grigoras Innovation Management and Marketing Award is presented to a senior in the Innovation Management and Marketing program who has demonstrated high academic, leadership, high work ethic and innovative ability. It is awarded to an Upper Division student who has demonstrated academic excellence and promise of career potential in the innovation marketing area.

Recipients: Joshua Vlisides, Innovation Marketing and Management major; and Carissa Wilcox, Innovation Marketing and Management major


The International Business Award 

The International Business Award is given to a 4-year graduate in International Business who has demonstrated high academic and leadership achievement and has future potential for success in this field.

Recipient: Mason Belasco, International Business major


The Management Award    

The Management Award is presented to a 4-year graduate in the field of management who has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and management ability.

Recipient: Kaehla Manly, Management major


The Robert M. Ellis Award  

The Robert M. Ellis Award is granted to a four year graduate for demonstrated executive leadership and outstanding performance in the group dynamics of Northwood University’s American Advertising Federation chapter.

Recipient: Alexander Marashai, Marketing Communications major


The Willo Anker Award       

The Willo Anker Award is a scholarship awarded in honor of former faculty member, Willo Anker, to a deserving student enrolled in the Management/Marketing curriculum on the Michigan campus with demonstrated academic achievement and career interest in the marketing management field.

Recipient: Sydney Byrd, Marketing major


The Marketing Award         

The Marketing Award is presented to a senior Marketing student who has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership skills, strong work ethic, and proficiency for marketing.

Recipient: Tristan Korzelius, Marketing major


The Frederick T. Keeler Marketing Scholarship Award   

The Frederick T. Keeler Marketing Scholarship is an endowed scholarship, named for Frederick T. Keeler, a former Northwood Faculty member. The recipient will receive financial support from the alumni of Northwood University. The scholarship is intended to recognize a Michigan campus student in his or her junior year at Northwood University. It is awarded to an Upper Division student who has achieved academic excellence and shows promise of career potential in the marketing area.

Recipient: Chloe Allen, Marketing major


The Sport Management Award      

The Sport Management Award is presented to a four-year graduate of the Sport Management program with academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, and potential for success in the field.

Recipients: Caleb Cavendish, Sport Management major; and Kelly Klebba, Sport Management major

Caleb Cavendish, Sport Management

Caleb Cavendish, Sport Management

Kelly Klebba, Sport Management


The David and Daniel Goetz Academic Female Athlete Award  

The David and Daniel Goetz Academic Athlete Award is named in memory of David and Daniel Goetz, who were student athletes at Northwood University. This award is presented to a male and a female four-year graduate who:

  • Was a starter on a Varsity team

  • Earned over a 3.00 cumulative GPA

  • Was selected by the Athletic Committee

Recipients: Tara Gross, Operations and Supply Chain Management major; and MacKenzie Seeley, Operations and Supply Chain Management major

Tara Gross, Operations and Supply Chain Management

Tara Gross, Operations and Supply Chain Management


The David and Daniel Goetz Academic Male Athlete Award     

The David and Daniel Goetz Academic Athlete Award is named in memory of David and Daniel Goetz, who were student athletes at Northwood University. This award is presented to a male and a female four-year graduate who:

  • Was a starter on a Varsity team

  • Earned over a 3.00 cumulative GPA

  • Was selected by the Athletic Committee

Recipient: Ben Brandherm, Finance major


The Vada Bennett Dow Humanitarian Award      

The Vada Bennett Dow Humanitarian Award is presented in the name of Vada Bennett Dow, who was significant as a benefactor in the development of Northwood University and the community of Midland. Her devotion to helping people was a hallmark of her life. The Vada Bennett Dow Humanitarian Award is presented by the Student/Alumni Board to a senior student of Northwood University. The award is presented based on community involvement, campus involvement and a genuine devotion to helping others.

Recipient: Abigail Machin, Management major


The Arts and Business Award         

The Arts and Business Award is presented to a Northwood student who has shown a personal motivation to excel in an arts area, has taken an active leadership role in promoting arts activities on campus and/or in the community, and who has displayed an understanding of the arts and business partnership in his/her educational and professional careers.

Recipient: Annaleisa Bergeson, Fashion Marketing and Management major


The Pi Kappa Delta Omicron Chapter Distinguished Competitive Speaker of the Year Award          

The Pi Kappa Delta Omicron Chapter Distinguished Competitive Speaker of the Year Award is given to a member or members of the Competitive Speech Team who demonstrate ability, leadership skills, sportsmanship, class etiquette and dedication to the team.

Recipient: Lance Johnson, Marketing major


The Timberwolf Learning Center Tutor of the Year Award

The Timberwolf Learning Center Tutor of the Year Award recognizes a graduating student who exemplifies the four top qualities of a TLC Tutor, which are compassion, intelligence, maturity and patience. The selection is based on the number of hours worked for the fiscal year, cumulative GPA, and most votes from their peer tutors.

Recipient: Kassidy Embrey, Operations and Supply Chain Management major


The Edgar A. Madden Writing Award       

The Edgar A. Madden Writing Award is named in honor of Edgar A. Madden who served Northwood University in a variety of capacities for almost 40 years, both beginning and ending in the classroom teaching the art and skill of writing at which he excelled. He served as Academic Dean and Provost of the Michigan campus, and Chancellor of the University. This award seeks to promote excellence in writing among the traditional students on the Michigan campus of Northwood University and is awarded annually to a student nominated and chosen by the English faculty. The award goes to that student whose ability personifies clarity, quality of expression and precision in writing. Annually, a scholarship of $1,500.00 is awarded to the recipient or recipients at the Honors Awards and is to be used toward the cost of a Northwood education for a term following the Honors Awards.

Recipient: Molly Dickinson, Entrepreneurship major


The Dr. Catherine W. Chen Endowed Scholarship          

The Dr. Catherine W. Chen Endowed Scholarship was established in 2004 to commemorate Dr. Catherine W. Chen’s retirement from Northwood University. She served as Head Librarian, Academic Dean, and Provost of the Michigan campus. This scholarship is to be awarded to an international student studying on the Michigan Campus who must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

Recipient: Nguyen “Nelson” Huynh, Finance major


The Dale Haywood Faculty Excellence Award      

Dale Haywood Faculty Excellence Award is presented by the Senior Class to show its appreciation to an outstanding faculty member who personifies excellence in teaching. In the opinion of the senior class, this faculty member is a top professional who produces lasting results in students through teaching and personal example of the highest level.

Recipient: Dr. Christin Greiman


The Otis Wilson Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award     

This award was developed to recognize an outstanding adjunct faculty member who personifies excellence in teaching. This award has been named after Otis Wilson, a well-respected and beloved adjunct faculty member of Northwood University for many years. Prior to teaching at Northwood, Otis spent over 28 years in the United States Army and served as Midland County Commissioner. This award is given to an adjunct faculty member who has taught a minimum of six credits during the past academic year and who has taught consecutive semesters for at least one full academic year.

Recipient: Dr. David Bazzetta

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