News: Florida Campus

Coach Rick Smoliak

Northwood University Florida Campus faculty, staff, students and alumni recently joined to remember Coach Rick Smoliak as they gathered at the Gustave G. Broberg Athletic Complex to retire his number ten, enjoy a baseball game and a postgame barbecue with his family. Well remembered for the lessons he’s taught both on and off the field, Smoliak was a talented athlete with a passion for sports.  Drafted to play baseball for the New York Mets in 1964, he...

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Student Contestants (L-R): Nicholas Cooper, Joavane Prince, Lars Nys, Jake Lockhart, Edward Lomax and Chase Dittmer

The Northwood University Florida Entrepreneurship Society pitch competition recently unveiled a variety of creative ideas for startup companies, including a removable wallpaper invention, software applications designed to improve shopping and night life experiences, and the winning entry - software tailored to assist legal marijuana dispensaries by utilizing an e-commerce platform.  “Part of what motivated me to develop my software was...

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Dr. Tom Duncan

Northwood University Florida Campus President Dr. Tom Duncan recently served as a panelist and keynote speaker at two Palm Beach County leadership events designed to support the healthy growth of business and industry in the region, and the role of higher education in fostering that growth. While serving as a panelist as part of the Palm Beach County Business Development Board’s Education Breakfast, Duncan highlighted to the crowd of 300 how the University’s curriculum and...

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Freshman Julia Cusumano manages her portfolio.  

About 80 Northwood University Florida Campus students recently delved into the financial markets by participating in a 30-Day Stock Market Challenge using an on-line educational program.  Assigned by Adjunct Professor Dr. Michael Olsher as part of their macroeconomics class curriculum, the project was designed to provide students practical knowledge relating to the history of stock and bond markets while implementing the use of the metrics necessary to evaluate a purchase of a...

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Dr. Tom Duncan

Northwood University Florida Campus President Dr. Tom Duncan will serve as a panelist at the Palm Beach County Business Development Board’s Education Breakfast to be held Wednesday, April 9th, 2014. Duncan will share information relating to how Northwood University curriculum and programs are serving business and industry at the panel which will focus on how area institutions fulfill workforce needs, and specifically serve Palm Beach County industries (such as business...

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Dr. Brian Sandusky

As Northwood University continues to embrace its Academic Quality Improvement Program’s (AQIP) strategic theme of Cultivating Student Growth, its Florida Office of Admissions has recently added several new team members to assist in sharing the University’s philosophy, curriculum and programs with potential students. The group, led locally by Doug Doran, Florida’s Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, is concentrating on the conduction of informative...

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Alumnus Wilson Enriquez (far left) and alumna Amber Johnson (far right) join Professor Bob Sundwick (center) to support students (L-R) Gisele Dormeus, Philip Mawamba, Daniel Tellez, Jevoane Prince, Taron Beckford, Nicholas Cooper, Zachary Lieberman, Juan Guerrero, and Michelle Ray.

Northwood University Florida Campus’ Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) students recently earned a variety of awards and medals from this year’s Florida State competitions in Orlando, Florida, and now look forward to representing the University on the international level.   “I am always pleased to oversee Northwood University students as they compete at events such as this,” said Chair of the University’s Florida...

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Dr. David Fry shares NU experiences.

Northwood University President Emeritus Dr. David E. Fry and Florida campus President Dr. Tom Duncan recently sat down to reflect on Northwood University’s history and to celebrate the vision of founders Dr. Arthur Turner and Dr. Gary Stauffer.  Northwood first opened its doors in Alma, Michigan on March 23, 1959, and the Florida campus began offering courses on March 6, 1984. The event, titled “A Conversation with Dr. David E. Fry,” which also...

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Nate Newman

Former Northwood University Florida Campus student Nathan Newman recently turned to his alma mater for interns while preparing to launch his new nonprofit social media website. “It was a no brainer,” laughed the former Management Information Systems major. “An intern from Northwood University offers me a person who I feel confident will one day become a leader in their industry, and the university’s teaching style provides me...

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Mayor Muoio presents to Ira Raab's Class

Introduction to American Government students on the Northwood University-Florida Campus recently learned first-hand how the legislative and executive branches of city government work when West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Mouio visited their classroom to share details. Muoio, who is the Chief Executive Officer for the City of West Palm Beach, shared information relating to her background on the City Commission, her election as Mayor, the “strong mayor” form of government...

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Northwood University Florida Campus President Dr. Tom Duncan and President Emeritus Dr. David E. Fry will celebrate the vision of founders Dr. Arthur Turner and Dr. Gary Stauffer in observance of the founding of Northwood University in Alma, Michigan on March 23, 1959 while reflecting on the Northwood University Florida Campus’ rich 30-year history. The presentation, titled “A Conversation with Dr. David E. Fry” will be held Thursday, March 20th from 3:30 pm -...

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Justice Ira J. Raab

Several Introduction to American Government students have publicly voiced their opinions in letters to the Palm Beach Post editor.  The group, under the direction of Northwood adjunct professor Justice Ira J. Raab, a retired Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, is participating in a project which focuses on the media and how it impacts public opinion, politics and elections. “With the assignment being that they write a Letter to the Editor on a current...

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Coach Rick Smoliak

As the Northwood University Family learned of the sudden passing of Rick Smoliak, hundreds of students, alumni, faculty and staff gathered to pay homage to the much loved coach, and to acknowledge the lessons he’d taught both on and off of the baseball field. Northwood University Florida Campus President, Dr. Tom Duncan noted that “Coach Smoliak had a special way of connecting with his players.  His influence in their lives, and on their lives, grew over...

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Pictured in the photo left to right are Maria Tornquist, Jake Lockhart, Fred Mattison, Hanna Lindstrom, DJ Quinterro Hernandez, Genny Nugent, Tiffany Larsen and Chris Lee.  

Northwood University Florida’s Seahawk basketball game recently held special meaning for eight students as they were inducted into the Northwood Florida 2014 Seahawk Homecoming Court. “Highly anticipated by students, the announcements generated a lot of requests that I release the information early,” laughed Brandon Strassburger, Northwood University Florida’s Student Life Coordinator of the proclamation which took place as part of half-time activities...

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Ryan Heuther, Akeem Saunders, Dr. Tom Duncan, John Kazanjian and David Menten  

Northwood University Florida recently recognized four graduates for their contributions to industry and to the communities in which they live and work at its Outstanding Alumni Awards (OAA) Dinner. Held as part of Northwood Florida’s 30th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend, the event recognized alumni for leadership, volunteerism, service, and more. Among those honored were: Alumni Achievement Award David Menten 91’ (BBA) Weston, Florida President, Sawgrass Ford After...

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Kyle Batta

As Kyle Batta, the captain of Northwood University’s Auto Show of the Palm Beaches gears up for this weekend’s event, he is now releasing his list of TOP 5 CHICK MAGNET RIDES which will appear in the show.   Northwood University Florida Auto Show Hours: Saturday, February 22nd 10am - 6pm Sunday, February 23rd 11am - 5pm For further information please call (561) 681-7972 or visit www.northwood.edu/pbautoshow Completely subjective, Batta’s...

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Ken Czubay, Timothy Gilbert, Richard Earl and Howard Polirer

Northwood University Florida welcomed three well known industry experts to its panel discussion as part of the official opening to its Auto Show of the Palm Beaches. Richard Earl, Howard Polirer and Ken Czubay shared knowledge and a variety of experiences while discussing current automotive marketing and management industry trends. Richard Earl shared how his grandfather Harley Earl, the pioneer of automotive design, revolutionized the art by creating innovative models from clay, a technique...

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Dr. Tom Duncan

Northwood’s University’s most diverse residential campus looks forward to a bright future as it embraces its rich history.              By Dr. Tom Duncan, Northwood University Florida President Although the Northwood Idea was alive and well when the university’s Florida campus first opened for classes in March, 1984, the institution’s dense swamp land wasn’t the...

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Northwood University Florida’s Auto Show of the Palm Beaches panel discussion will feature three well known industry experts who will share their experiences while discussing current automotive marketing and management industry trends. The event will be held Friday, February 21st from 1:30pm – 3:00pm at Northwood University Florida’s DeVos-Cook Academic Center Room 100. Dress is business casual. Northwood University Florida Auto Show Hours: Saturday, February...

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Northwood University Florida’s 2014 “Dine – Dream – Drive” themed Auto Show of the Palm Beaches, has added a Modified and Classic Car Exhibit to the mix, promising family fun for everyone. To be held on Sunday, February 23rd, the specialized exhibit joins Florida’s 30th Anniversary Welcome Weekend activities which will greet alumni and friends from across the globe. The Auto Show of the Palm Beaches will include...

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OBL Class of 2014 (L-R) Richard DeVos, Jr., J Ferron, David Gilmour, Lisa Copeland, Daniel Langdon, Jonathan Hage, Richard Garber and Thomas O'Hare

Northwood University students, faculty, staff and friends recently enjoyed a variety of inspirational Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) events designed to provide the opportunity to gain from experiences of the honorees. While sharing anecdotes relating to the obstacles and challenges they encountered while on their personal road to business success, as well as remedies relating to how they overcame them, the  prestigious visitors attended a variety of university events designed to...

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Northwood University students were recently provided the opportunity to ask questions of the Outstanding Business Leader Class of 2014 at an afternoon forum held Friday, January 31st at Northwood University Florida. The event provided the opportunity for honorees to share anecdotes relating to the obstacles and challenges they encountered while on their personal road to business success, as well as remedies relating to how they overcame them. The eight nationally known business leaders will...

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David Menten

Northwood University Florida will recognize four graduates for their contributions to industry and to the communities in which they live and work at its Outstanding Alumni Awards (OAA) Dinner on Friday, February 21st, 2014 beginning at 5pm at Northwood’s Jeannette Hare Art Gallery. Tickets are $25 and a table of eight is $160. To RSVP please call (561) 681-7983. Held as part of Northwood Florida’s 30th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend, the event will be held in conjunction...

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Northwood University Florida’s recent Martin Luther King remembrance ceremony held special meaning for students, faculty and staff. The event opened with a discussion led by New York State Supreme Court Justice Ira J. Raab, an Adjunct Professor of American Government who discussed pivotal civil rights clauses in the United States constitution and its amendments. Students were then invited to share the impact that Dr. King has had on their lives and on the future of civil rights...

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Thomas O'Hare

Northwood University will honor retired President and CEO of Worldpac Thomas O’Hare, and President of East Penn Manufacturing Daniel Langdon as two of eight nationally known business men and women at its 34th Annual Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) Awards Gala at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday, February 1st 7:00 pm. Tickets are $375 per person. For high resolution photos, biographies, and individual press releases for all of the honorees, please visit the:...

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Kyle Batta

Northwood University Florida is preparing to unveil the latest makes and models at its 2014 Auto Show of the Palm Beaches. The event will be held Saturday, February 22nd - Sunday, February 23rd as part of the University’s 30th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend activities. To learn more about the details of the show, please visit: www.northwood.edu/pbautoshow . As the university prepares to unveil the latest in automotive technology, show chairman Kyle Batta predicts that safety will...

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Jonathan Hage

Educational pioneer Jonathan Hage and automotive leaders Lisa Copeland, Richard Garber and J Ferron are among the group of eight business leaders who will be honored at Northwood University’s 34th Annual Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) Awards Gala at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday, February 1st 7:00 p.m.. Tickets are $375 per person. For high resolution photos, biographies, and individual press releases relating to all of the honorees, please visit the: Outstanding...

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Dr. Tom Duncan comments regarding the importance of community partnerships as Northwood Florida hosts the Palm Beach Outlet Mall Career Fair.

Northwood University Florida recently hosted the Palm Beach Outlet Mall Career Fair, which drew over 6000 job seekers vying for approximately 1500 full and part-time jobs. The event, made possible through a collaboration with New England Development Company, generated Northwood University media coverage on all South Florida CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX television stations, radio programs, and newspapers while  providing the opportunity to introduce thousands of local residents to the...

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Midge Reichert

Midge Reichert, Northwood University Florida's Director of Career Services recently shared top tips for job seekers with all South Florida television affiliates as the campus hosted the Palm Beach Outlet Mall Career Fair.   With retailers on hand to interview candidates seeking positions ranging from sales associates to managers, Reichert advised job seekers to: Prepare well in advance by researching participating companies and familiarize themselves with each...

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Richard DeVos, Jr.

Northwood University will honor Richard DeVos Jr. and David Gilmour as two of eight nationally known business men and women at its 34th Annual Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) Awards Gala at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday, February 1st 7:00 p.m.. Tickets are $375 per person. For high resolution photos, biographies, and individual press releases for all of the honorees, please visit the: Outstanding Business Leader Online Newsroom As a proud graduate of Northwood University...

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Kyle Batta

Kyle Batta, Northwood University Florida’s 2014 Auto Show Captain is a three-year veteran of the event who plans on revitalizing the show by incorporating the international flavor of the university and by showcasing technological breakthroughs in the industry that will change global travel. Having climbed the ladder from Nissan/Kia Team Captain, to Asian Brand Manager, to Chairman, Batta’s passion for the automotive industry runs much deeper than most, and it shows. An...

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Dr. Tom Duncan shares expertise with WPTV anchor Michael Williams.

Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan was recently the featured guest on South Florida NBC affiliate WPTV’s “To the Point” morning show.  While interviewing with anchor Michael Williams, Duncan shared information relating to Northwood’s mission and programs, while also highlighting a variety of trends in higher education.   Reflecting on the interview, President Duncan stated, “Northwood...

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On January 9, 2014 Northwood University Florida will host the Palm Beach Outlet Mall Career Fair. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the university's Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center located at 2600 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, 33409. Expected to draw over 5000 job seekers vying for approximately 1500 full and part-time jobs, retailers will be on hand to interview candidates who are seeking positions ranging from sales associates to...

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Kevin Petrovsky

Several students, faculty and community members were recently reminded of ways to reduce their carbon footprints as they attended a Northwood University event which focused on global climate change.   The event, sponsored by Northwood University’s Sustainability Management Department, the Palm Beach County League of Women Voters and the Coalition for Action of Palm Beach County began with a viewing of the National Geographic documentary “Chasing Ice,”...

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Northwood University will recognize eight nationally known business leaders at its 34th Annual Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) Awards Gala at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, February 1st, 2014, at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida. The gala is open to the public. Tickets are $375 per person. The eight honorees in the Class of 2014 are: Lisa Copeland  Managing Partner, Fiat of Austin Austin, Tx Richard DeVos, Jr. (’81) President, The Windquest Group/ Retired President,...

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Northwood University students Alex Hartley, Livia Toth, Tola-Isaac Mayowa, Julia Cusumano, Ross Schwinger, Alberto St. Juste and Garrett Foster volunteer at the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic.

About 20 Northwood Florida Entertainment, Sport and Promotion (ESPM) students recently spent the holidays working at the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic and the National Field Hockey Festival. A requirement of their ESPM curriculum, the internships are valued by the community and were even written into the county’s venue bid proposal for the field hockey event for the past two years. “Your team is a major part of this event selecting Palm Beach...

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Jacob Alplund, Brenda Beasley and Dewhitney Farrington enjoy Etiquette Dinner Introductions.

Northwood University Florida students recently gained both personal and professional protocol tips while enjoying their annual Career Services Etiquette Dinner. Designed to help students identify and avoid common etiquette pitfalls while presenting themselves in the best possible light, the reception and four course meal provided opportunities to create meaningful first impressions, provide proper follow-up, and more. “It was great to see the students learn how to direct their...

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Mark your calendars! As Northwood University Florida students gear up to hold their 2014 Auto Show of the Palm Beaches, their “Dine, Dream, Drive” theme promises family fun for everyone. The international affair is part of Florida’s 30th Anniversary Welcome Weekend activities which will greet alumni and friends from across the globe. Between the international food trucks, the family oriented activities, Seahawk women’s and men’s basketball...

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Entrepreneur Freddie Laker shares story as Adjunct Professor Stamas looks on.  

Freddie Laker, CEO and founder of Guide, a text-to-video software company and several other start-up companies, was the featured speaker at Northwood University Florida’s recent Entrepreneurship Roundtable Luncheon. Described as an entrepreneur who’s helped to develop companies since he was ‘in short pants,’ Laker first established Laker.net, an internet service provider and web design studio in 1996 before selling it...

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Over 200 Northwood University Florida students recently gathered to learn more about the inspirations behind Presidential Medal of Freedom and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman’s book Thinking, Fast and Slow. In the 2011 volume, Kahneman, an Israeli-American psychologist and winner of the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, reveals the results of years of research relating to the contrast between an instinctive, emotional and...

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Dr. Georgia Abbott shares expertise with Start-Up leaders.

Northwood Florida‘s Damien Kelly recently experienced one of those ‘ahaa’ moments when he participated as part of team Northwood University (NU) Florida as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week’s (GEW) Start-Up West Palm Beach, a three-day ‘incubator’ designed to bring ideas to life through mentorship and assistance from industry leaders and volunteers. As a team member whose goal was to assist a local inventor in bringing their...

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Dianna (Clark) Akers poses with her Sparkle Screen SPF 30+ Sunscreen.

While many inventors share that opportunity is born of necessity, a Northwood University Florida alumna will happily add that what glitters can sometimes turn to gold. "If you've ever tried to get an unwilling child to put on sunscreen, you can feel my pain," laughed Dianna (Clark) Akers, a 1990 graduate. "Our family is outside and in the sun a lot, so ensuring that we're able to protect our skin can be a constant challenge," said the Fort Lauderdale, Florida...

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Drew Dedo with Kasey Lowry and Brantley Gilbert

While first dipping his feet into the entertainment management field as a sophomore at Northwood University Florida back in 2002, Drew Dedo likely had no idea that he’d be responsible for conceptualizing and developing one of the largest music festivals in the country. But today the Entertainment, Sport and Promotion Management (ESPM) graduate who recently produced and managed a two-day country music festival known as...

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Kevin Petrovsky

As Northwood University Florida begins its Sustainability Management program, leaders from across the globe are discovering the value of sustainable business practices and the key role they play in increasing the bottom line.  From cutting costs, to cultivating sales, to finding ways to increase shareholder interests, companies are finding that creative systems and processes designed to protect the environment and society end up increasing shareholder returns, cutting costs and...

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Alumna Allison Hancock's "Ask Ally" column serves as a valuable resource to consumers.

Well aware of the uncomfortable occurrences many women face while searching for and maintaining a car, Florida alumna Allison Hancock is now teaming with family members to ensure that the experience is a pleasant one. Hancock shared that she’s always had a passion for the business, and now equipped with her Northwood master of business degree and her bachelor’s degree in automotive marketing and management, she’s thankful for the opportunity to apply her passion...

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Picture L-R are: Back row standing - Karen Mozes, Dana Gildea, Radojka Nikodinovic, Quanetra Standfield, Alexandria Jackson, Acacia Simms, Anthony Irby, Jasmine Mention, Carolos Fernandez, and Carol Wagmeister. Middle row squatting - Sharnele Brown, Allison Hardiman, Emily May and Erin Riley. Front row - Atavia Blake, Adalberto Trujillo and Joshua Silverman

Northwood University Florida students began the academic year by reaching out to assist community neighbors with a variety of events. Volunteers joined together to participate in activities such as the Solid Waste Authority’s Paint Your Heart Out program which uses recycled paint to refurbish the homes of elderly and disabled residents, cleaning up area lake fronts and beaches in conjunction with “Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful” a local and...

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Dr. Tom Duncan interviews live with WPTV's Mike Williams.

As a last minute deal ended the partial federal government shutdown, many are saying it’s not over. Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan recently caught up with WPTV anchor Mike Williams for a live, in-studio interview. When asked by the popular NBC anchor if this agreement would end the crisis over the U.S. debt, Duncan responded, “We’re going to be right back where we are tonight in about three or four months, when this temporary debt limit...

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Rollie Massimino

Rollie Massimino, Northwood University Florida’s head men’s basketball coach will be among a group of inductees into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2013, in Kansas City on November 24th. “The Class of 2013 includes some of the smartest and strongest players of the game, loyal coaches and influential contributors, many of whom are still integrally involved in the college game,” said Reggie Minton, Deputy Executive Director of...

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Dr. Tom Duncan shares insight with WPTV reporter Alex Sanz.

As the U.S. federal government neared the date when its ability to borrow additional money to fund the debt would run up against pre-set limits, South Florida NBC reporter Alex Sanz turned to Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan for insight. “House and Senate Republicans only have so many levers they can pull to get President Obama and the Democrats to reduce federal spending and reform entitlements,” said Duncan. “With Republicans controlling...

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Greta Henglein

Friends and staff members held a celebration of life and tree planting ceremony to honor Greta Henglein, former Dean of Students (2000-2008) while initiating The Greta Henglein Memorial Fund in her name.  Henglein passed away on October 3, 2013 after a courageous fight with Stage IV breast cancer, a disease that was originally diagnosed during her time at Northwood Florida.  “During Greta’s tenure, her devotion to her students was clearly evident and...

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Dr. Sherry Penn-Crawford and Andrea Santizo

Lessons of a Northwood University Florida humanities class recently held special significance for junior Andrea Santizo when she was told that her professor and classmates would like to host a Quinceanera (or celebration of a young woman's coming of age) celebration in her honor. With the first class assignment requiring that students share the story behind an object that holds special meaning or significance, Santizo’s presentation focused on a beautiful...

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How does a Northwood University basketball player go from leading Florida Seahawk rebounds and scores to playing for one of the most successful teams in the history of British basketball? For Patrick Horstmann the road to joining the 2013-2014 season roster of the British Basketball League’s One Health Sharks Sheffield Sharks (fondly referred to as the Sheffield Sharks) was a winding one. “I left Germany five years ago upon receiving a...

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Professor Timothy Gilbert is Interviewed by WPEC's Ben Becker

As the government shutdown continues and the possibility of a debt default looms, a recent report of the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) paying $98,670 for the purchase and installation of an outhouse doesn’t sit well with many. WPEC Anchor Ben Becker recently caught up with Northwood University Florida Professor Timothy Gilbert to get his take. “By way of overview, this is just one more example of wasteful expenditures by our government. For them it does not...

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Alberto Saint Juste

As a high school student at G-Star School School of the Arts, Alberto Saint Juste enjoyed acting, television production and 3D animation, but the business world was also calling the Boynton Beach, Florida native’s name.    “Ever since I was a child I knew that I wanted to work in the business world, but the showbiz industry was a draw as well. That’s why Northwood University Florida is such a good fit,” smiled the sophomore who first...

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Michael Sawney

Northwood University Florida is pleased to welcome Michael Sawney as Academic Advisor and International Student Specialist. In his new role, Sawney will advise students, faculty, and administrators relating to the many scholastic opportunities available to international students. In addition, he will guide them as to the requirements set forth by the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Customs Enforcement (USICE) in relation to Optional Practical Training (OPT),...

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Doug Doran

Northwood University is pleased to announce the selection of Doug Doran as the Director of Admissions for traditional students at its Florida campus. Having gained solid experience in field recruiting for Florida since March 2011, the Comstock Park, Michigan native has served as an Admissions Representative, Transfer Student Coordinator, and most recently, as a Regional Admissions Representative. Having completed his Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Management from Northwood...

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Bottom: (L-R) Tara Coletti, Yasmene Harris, Damaly Brown, Glenique Knowles Top: (L-R) Alberto Saint Juste, Jacob Alplund, Diego Ortega

Northwood University Florida students recently enjoyed a presentation and a fashion show designed to highlight the benefits of professional demeanor and dress at their fall career services and student life event, titled “Dressing for Success.” Eric Lewis, a manager at Men’s Wearhouse, highlighted business dress options as he narrated the show along with Pamela Toussaint, a personal branding and image expert. While stressing that most individuals reveal far less...

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Alumnus Gary Pierce

When Gary Peirce first learned of Northwood University Florida he was working the business side of Peirce Graphic Services, a South Florida organization he’d founded in 1989 along with his wife Linda to provide type setting services to publishers. “I discovered that I needed to learn more about accounting, economics and marketing, so when I first learned of Northwood University Florida, it sounded like a good fit,” said Peirce, who added that his first impression...

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Dara Ryan, Lynette Nadal, and Jen Wilson

As Northwood University freshman, Florida alumnae Dara Ryan and Jennifer Wilson had their sights set on winning careers in business and athletics. The two first met in the fall of 2000 while at Seahawk soccer practice, and quickly became friends as they embraced academic and athletic life.  Soon enrolling in English and Spanish classes taught by Dr. Lynette Nadal, the duo learned first-hand about accountability, as their professor, well known for demanding quality academic work,...

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Heather Gray

Northwood University recently welcomed alumna Heather Gray ‘home,’ as it selected the 1998 graduate for the position of Florida Adult Degree Program Admissions Representative.  In her new role Gray will apply her marketing and customer service experience toward promoting the program, which is designed to provide working adults with the opportunity to earn a bachelor of business administration degree in a variety of academic formats. After having earned an...

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Susan Dennett Participates in WPEC Education Town Hall

Susan Dennett, Northwood University Florida’s Academic Dean recently served as one of four lead panelists as part of WPEC CBS12’s Educational town hall meeting titled Your Voice, Your Future 2013. While sharing expertise relating to the importance of equipping students with sound critical thinking skills and proactively researching career interests while still in high school, Dennett played a valuable role in the televised forum which highlighted issues affecting...

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Professor Gilbert is interviewed by WPBF reporter Angela Rozier.

Florida professor Timothy Gilbert recently spoke with South Florida CBS and ABC affiliate reporters to share insight relating to both the Syrian crisis and reasons for the possible influx of illegal immigrants who are landing on South Florida shores. 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. Gilbert...

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

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...

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Dr. Tom Duncan, NU Florida President welcomes conference guests.

Northwood University Florida recently hosted over 400 Palm Beach County educators as they attended their annual Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pre School Workshop. Offering a variety of workshops relating to career pathways and readiness, the event held special meaning for Northwood University Student Life Coordinator Brandon Strassburger, a graduate of Olympic Heights High School as he reconnected with Peter Licata, his former principal. Having served as a mentor to Strassburger,...

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Kristy First enjoys boating while in college.

Having advanced to the top of Walmart's "Get on the Shelf" competition with her patent pending gift wrap invention, Florida alumna Kristy First exemplifies the Northwood Idea as she overcomes incredible challenges to pursue her dreams. 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...

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Professor Timothy Gilbert shares insight with WPEC Anchor Ben Becker.

The WPEC television interview centered around a report stating that Florida's Rick Scott is among the country's worst governors. 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...

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Professor Petrovsky is interviewed by ABC reporter Terri Parker for an environmental story.

Once deployed on a seismic research vessel, Florida professor Kevin Petrovsky has conducted geologic surveys on the ocean floor. 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...

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WPEC's Chuck Weber interviews Timothy Gilbert.

Professor Timothy Gilbert shared that the plan is difficult to understand and causing anxiety among many Americans. 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, 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...

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Alumnus Scott Smoliak with his dog Bailey.

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...

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Thanks to Northwood University’s (NU) new degree program in Sustainability Management eco-conscious business students will be able to combine their passion for the environment with a proven business curriculum. Scheduled to start fall 2013, Northwood’s major in Sustainability Management positions graduates to meet the demand for business leaders and entrepreneurs who understand the economics of sustainability.“There is an increasing need for business managers and...

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Susan Dennett Academic Dean Florida Campus

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Patricia A. Riley

Patricia A. Riley was elected to Northwood University’s Board of Trustees on May 17 during its annual meeting.In 2009, Northwood University honored Riley with the Outstanding Business Leader Award and in 2010 she received an honorary doctorate of laws degree at Northwood Florida’s graduation ceremony. She previously was a member of the Northwood University Florida Board of Governors.Riley is the founder and CEO of MDR Fitness/Clientele Beauty of Palm Gardens, FL, and...

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Albert (Al) Zehnder

Albert (Al) Zehnder was elected as vice chair of Northwood University’s Board of Trustees during its annual meeting on May 17. Prior to his election as vice chair, Zehnder has served as a member of Northwood’s Board of Trustees since 2005.Albert F. Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth and chairman of its board of directors, directs all strategic planning of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth; Zehnder’s 18-hole golf course, The Fortress; and...

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Daniel (Dan) DeVos

Northwood University’s Board of Trustees elected Grand Rapids native and entrepreneur Daniel (Dan) G. DeVos as board chair at its annual meeting on May 17. DeVos, who served as vice chair during the previous term, is a 1980 Northwood alumnus and national co-chair with his wife, Pamella, of Northwood’s capital campaign.DeVos is chairman, president and chief executive officer of DP Fox Ventures, LLC, a diversified management company with interests in real estate,...

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Robert J. Grubb

On May 17, Robert Grubb was elected to Northwood University’s Board of Trustees during its annual meeting. Grubb also serves as national co-chair of Northwood’s capital campaign along with his wife, Julie, and is a member of Northwood’s Board of Governors.Grubb earned an associate’s degree in banking and finance, an associate’s degree in automotive marketing and a bachelor’s degree in management from Northwood University in 1980. He...

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