Faculty Briefs - Summer 2015

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Dr. Mohammad AlQudah, Chair Dept of Mathematics, Michigan campus, published three peer-reviewed journal articles during the spring semester, titled: “Construction of Tchebyshev-II Weighted Orthogonal Polynomials on Triangular”, at  Int. J. Pure Applied Math., “Constrained Ultraspherical-weighted orthogonal polynomials on triangle”, Int. J. Math. Analysis, and “Generalized Tschebyscheff-II weighted polynomials on simplicial domains“ at Journal of Mathematical and Computational Science. Also, Dr AlQudah presented a paper titled “Chebyshev and Bernstein polynomials change of bases” at American Mathematical Society Central Spring Sectional Meeting, Michigan State University, East Lansing, on March, 2015.

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Alisha Beckrow, adjunct professor, Michigan campus, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, an examination of the social bonds and engagement of young professional social media users. She earned her PhD at Wayne State University from the school of fine, performing, and communication arts communication department with a focus on media, society and culture and cognate in marketing.

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Dr. Stelian Grigoras, Associate Professor and Chair of the Innovation Marketing and Management Program received a Certificate of Appreciation from NASA (Advanced Information Systems Technology Program and NASA Earth Science Technology Office) for peer reviewing three Grant proposal requests addressed to NASA.

 

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John Gustincic, assistant professor, Accounting, Michigan campus, the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar of Michigan have appointed professor Gustincic to serve on the State Bar Character and Fitness Committee. The Character and Fitness Committee investigates the character and fitness of candidates for admission to the State Bar, pursuant to Rule 15, Section 1, of the Supreme Court Rules Concerning the State Bar of Michigan. On February 18, 2015 professor Gustincic attended the Learning About Business Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Breakfast which featured as keynote speaker Jeff Hoffman, Founder and Past CEO, Priceline.com. Professor Gustincic also addressed the audience at the request of the event organizers. Professor Gustincic spoke to the audience about the great success of the Learning About Business high school workshops that have been held on the Michigan campus during the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.

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Jim Hop, associate professor, Department Chair - Entrepreneurship, Department Chair – Franchising Management, Michigan campus, attended the IFA’s 55th Annual Convention, February 15-18, 2015.  Northwood offers the only undergraduate program in Franchising Management in North America and we are a Supplier member of the IFA (International Franchise Association).  With over 3,800 attendees this is the largest convention held by the IFA on an annual basis.  In addition to attending several workshops and seminars from the top leaders in the industry I was able to act as a moderator during a NextGen (A New Generation in Franchising Summit) roundtable event.  The NetxGen Summit invited fifty winners of the Young Entrepreneurs in Franchising Competition from around the world to the annual IFA convention.  They participated in several program events including the roundtable event.  As moderator we worked through the franchise ideas with regard to the topic of “Flushing out new Business Concepts”.

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Lewis Kuhl, adjunct faculty, Automotive Marketing & Management Department, Florida campus has been named the Director of Regulatory Compliance for GSFS Group.  GSFSGroup is a nationwide provider and administrator of F&I products for the automotive industry.

 

 

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Professor DeLois T. Leapheart became a member of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Board of Directors at the annual board meeting for AMTA in 2014. She is a member of the AMTA Executive Committee and Chair of the Academic Committee that is working on producing a New Trial Handbook for use by schools new to mock trial.  DeLois is also the Director of the Northwood University Mock Trial program, a program that has qualified for the Mock Trial National Championship Tournament 7 of the 11 years that this program has been in existence.  Northwood University won the national championship in 2009 and placed second in its division in 2008, 2010 and 2014.

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Dr. Glenn Moots, Professor and Chair, Philosophy and Political Science, Michigan Campus, had an article received for publication by American Political Thought, submitted review essays to the Journal of Religious History, Anglican and Episcopal History, the Christians in Political Science Newsletter, and had review essays published in Liberty Fund’s online Library of Law and Liberty and the online edition of the journal Anamnesis. He served as guest editor and introduced a special symposium for the Journal of Military Ethics on the question “Was the American Revolution a Just War?” He also delivered a lecture at Louisiana State University titled “God and Constitutionalism” and received the Order of Merit Medal from the Eric Voegelin Society for the defense of civilization.

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Amanda Swafford, associate academic dean, Michigan Campus, was selected to represent NACADA’s Advising Students With Disabilities Commission as a evaluator of proposals for the 2015 National Academic Advising Association Conference.

 

 

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Marisa Toschkoff, Associate Director of Academic Records/Registrar, Michigan campus, successfully completed a Doctor in Education degree from Central Michigan University on December 31, 2014.  Her dissertation topic was “The Relationship Between the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Choice of College Major.”

 

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Dr. Alex Tokarev, assistant professor, Economics, attended multiple free market events including the Free Market Road Show in EU and the Free Market Forum in US, gave lectures at the Freedom Seminar, MASAL and Alma College, organized an internship for NU students at EKIP and the Atlas Institute in Bulgaria, appeared on 2 free market TV shows (The Seen and the Unseen, Boom and Bust), published an essay at In Defense of Capitalism, organized Freedom Week at NU with speakers from 45 of the world’s leading conservative and libertarian institutions and is kindly asking for advice and help from all his colleagues to make the second Freedom Week in mid-September this year an even better experience for our students and the local community.

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Donna Wagner, Aftermarket Management chair and assistant professor, Michigan campus, presented the Aftermarket Management degree at the Car Care Council Women’s Board to leading aftermarket women executives and at the Automotive Communications Council to top industry marketing professionals. She participated in the Auto Care Association Education Committee meeting and Leadership Days. Donna worked with industry associations to coordinate the attendance of aftermarket students at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week and Mid-America Truck Show.

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Weikang “Ken” Wang, Associate professor, Michigan Campus has received a formal invitation from China’s Dongbei University of Finance and Economics to be its visiting scholar this summer.   He will teach both graduate and undergraduate courses in marketing, international marketing and management. Dongbei University of Finance and Economics is one of the top three universities in business education in China. It  is located at Dalian, a well-known beautiful beach city in the northeastern part of China.   The university has 25 different colleges with over  12,000 undergraduate  and 6,000 graduate students, including colleges of management, public administration, MBA, accounting, finance, tax, international trade, international business, economics, mathematics, tourism & hospitality, statistics, and journalism.