Faculty Briefs

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Leeza Bacon, Health Care Management department chair, Midland, studied the Swedish Health Care System through a study abroad program. While in Sweden, she made healthcare visits to primary care facilities, elderly care homes, hospitals, the government system, and Red Cross refugee care. She studied numerous topics that affect healthcare in Sweden and compared these issues to those affecting healthcare in the United States. This information will be incorporated into her Health Care Management courses this fall.  

 

Melodie Davis- Bundrage, Ph.D., Fashion Marketing and Management department chair and assistant professor, Midland, completed her dissertation, "Merchandising Health Interventions: Black Women's Beliefs and Intentions Toward Natural and Organic Beauty Products." She has several other projects in the works, including a book chapter in the Costume Society of America Head Hair Issue, “Black Women's Hair Politics Impact on Bodily Health” under review. Her work appeared in the International Textile and Apparel Association conference paper, "Health Disparities, Environmental Racism and Natural Beauty Products: Examining Beliefs and Health-Promoting Behaviors of Black Women.” She participated in a seminar session at the conference titled, "Inequalities Around Fashioned Bodies, Style, and Beauty: A Seminar Examining Social Injustices Related to the Apparel Industry, Discipline, and/ or Personal Aesthetics.” Dr. Davis- Bundrage also submitted a study to the Journal of Black Studies, titled “Race and Eco-Cosmetics: An Analysis of Black Women's Health Beliefs Influence on Purchase Intentions of Natural Products.”

 

Stephanie VonFintel, CPA, brings familiarity with Northwood and the Midland community to her new position as Assistant Professor of Accounting. As a student at Northwood, Stephanie (’03) interned in the finance departments at Arnold Center and the Midland Center for the Arts while pursuing her undergraduate degrees. She earned a Master of Science in Accountancy from Walsh College while working in the Midland office of Andrews, Hooper, Pavlik. After finishing her degree at Walsh College, Stephanie returned to the Finance Department at the Midland Center for the Arts as Assistant Controller and served as an adjunct faculty member in the Accounting Department at Northwood.

Stephanie is proud to be a part of Northwood’s faculty and looks forward to serving as Assistant Professor of Accounting. She says, “The quality of the faculty here is what initially inspired me toward a career in teaching, and it is an honor and a priviledge to serve the University that has contributed so greatly to my career success.”

 

Dennis R. Witherspoon, Finance department chair and associate professor, Midland, recently completed the study abroad component for his doctorate program of study in finance curriculum at Kansas State University. Dennis, along with six others, traveled to Beijing, China, for 10 days where he participated in practitioner discussions and presentations from Chinese MBA students. Dennis also presented his research titled “The Financial Domain of Life Satisfaction” to his cohort, Chinese MBA students, and faculty. While in Beijing Dennis also visited the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.

Faculty Briefs

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Faculty_CronkJeanna Cronk, adjunct professor, Michigan campus and Distance Education, published a book review of “Integrating Pedagogy and Technology: Improving Teaching and Learning in Higher Education” in Open Praxis. Cronk is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Technology at Boise State University.  

Faculty_Keiper Dr. Margaret C. Keiper, assistant professor, Entertainment, Sport, & Promotion Management, Michigan campus, published multiple peer reviewed article in 2015-2016. She presented at the SportsMarketing Association (SMA) National Conference and the Sport Recreation Law Association (SRLA) Conference in 2015-2016. She was awarded the Sport Recreation Law Association President’s Award in 2016 for outstanding service to the organization. She is also on the board of directors for SRLA and for the Michigan Statewide Sport Management Association Conference.

Faculty_MootsDr. Glenn Moots, professor and chair, Philosophy and Political Science, Michigan campus, delivered public lectures at Westmont College and Biola University on Protestant constitutionalism and American politics. He also organized and directed a conference in Philadelphia on the question “Was the American Revolution a Just War?” Papers from the conference will be published in a co-edited volume by a university press in 2017.

Faculty_SumiBarbara E. Sumi, professor, Accounting, Michigan campus, is a volunteer with Keryx, a lay ministry bringing Christian denominations together to introduce Jesus Christ to those incarcerated by spreading His Word inside prisons during a three-day weekend. Sumi will give a talk to the prisoners about what it means to be a Christian.

 

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Dr. Alex Tokarev, assistant professor, Economics, Michigan campus, led an NU student internship at the Institute for Radical Capitalism Atlas and the Experts Club for Politics and Economics in Bulgaria. He helped seven NU students publish their research, edited the Bulgarian translation of  Hoppe’s “Democracy: The God that Failed,” and was interviewed by Bulgarian National Television, Bulgarian National Radio, and Bulgaria On Air. Tokarev also debated the merits of limited government for the Bulgarian Libertarian Society in Sofia and gave a lecture during the Day of the Austrian Economics at the New Bulgarian University. He attended the Free Market Forum in Omaha, gave a lecture on “Democracy or Liberty” at MASAL in March, and debated another professor on the topic of sweatshops in April. Also in April, he lectured on racist public policies in America for NU’s Freedom Seminar. Tokarev is currently organizing the third annual Northwood University Freedom Week.

Faculty_WagnerDonna Wagner, chair and professor,  Aftermarket Management, contributed a chapter to “A Woman’s Perspective on Leading.” She attended the following trade  events: AAPEX/SEMA trade shows with 28 students; Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Technology Conference, Auto Care Association Leadership Days, Car Care Council Women’s Board Conference, presented at the Michigan Auto Parts Association conference, and was a contributor to the Category Management Conference. Wagner worked with AASA and its members to sponsor 20 Aftermarket Management students at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW). She also attended the Lilly Conference on College Teaching.

Faculty_WangWeikang “Ken”  Wang, associate  professor, Marketing, was  selected as one  of the 2016 NCAA  Division II Faculty  Athletics Representative (FAR)  Fellows. He will attend the NCAA  Division II FAR Fellows Institute in  late September in Indianapolis, Ind.  The FAR Fellows Institute provides  an intense developmental  opportunity for a core group of  experienced faculty athletics  representatives to enhance their  ability to perform the critical  functions as a Faculty Athletics  Representative. Through  networking with other Division II  FAR leaders, enhancing skills as  leaders. and engaging in case  studies, FARs are both inspired and  challenged to enrich the Division  II student-athlete intercollegiate  athletics experience.

Faculty Briefs - Fall 2015

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Dr. Mamiko Reeves, Ed. D.; Dean of International Programs, presented at Michigan American Council of Education Women’s Network Annual Conference, “Make a Difference: Leadership, Inclusion, Connections” on June 9th, 2015.  Her presentation title was “Leadership Journeys of Asian Women in US Higher Education” based on her doctorate dissertation.  Dr. Reeves also served as the committee member for planning the “ACE Women of Color Collaborate” conference.

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Dennis Witherspoon, Associate Professor and Finance Department Chair, Michigan Campus, recently completed his second year residency requirement at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas in pursuit of a Ph.D. in personal financial planning. During his residency he voluntarily developed and participated in a poster presentation entitled “What Factors Impact Financial Knowledge?” Research conducted beforehand for his presentation explored financial literacy, theoretical framework, hypotheses, methodology and framework.

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Dr. Alex Tokarev, Assistant Professor, Economics, Michigan Campus, gave a lecture on “Democracy or Liberty” at NU’s Freedom Seminar, gave lectures on the Northwood Idea at MASAL and Alma College, led an internship for NU students at the Institute for Radical Capitalism Atlas and the Experts Club for Politics and Economics in Bulgaria, helped five students publish articles, edited the Bulgarian translation of Hoppe’s Democracy: The God That Failed, was interviewed by the Bulgarian National TV, Bulgarian National Radio, and Bulgaria On Air TV, debated the merits of limited government for the Bulgarian Libertarian Society in Sofia, won a full scholarship to attend the Free Market Forum in Omaha, gave a lecture during the Day of the Austrian Economics at the New Bulgarian University, and organized the second annual Northwood University Freedom Week.

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Jeanna Cronk, Learning Management System Coordinator, Instructional Technology, presented a session titled: “Teaching and Training and Advising…Oh My! Let’s Work Smarter, Not Harder,” on October 17, 2015. This session was offered during the Lilly Conference for College and University Teaching and Learning in Traverse City, Michigan.  Jeanna is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Technology at Boise State University.

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Shauna Hanisch-Kirkbride, Assistant Professor, Michigan Campus, attended the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning in Traverse City, Michigan, October 15-17, 2015.

 

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Dr. Glenn Moots, Professor and Chair, Philosophy and Political Science, Michigan Campus, delivered the plenary address at the Davenant Trust’s annual conference, the Convivium Irenicum. He submitted review essays for publication to Modern Age, First Things, Religious Studies Review, Modern Reformation, the web journal The Gospel Coalition and the newsletter of the professional organization Christians in Political Science. He was also published in the web journal Public Discourse. He received institutional grants from the Friedman Foundation, Institute for Humane Studies, and the Jack Miller Center. He also served as a faculty mentor for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute summer program “Debating Conservatism” at the Russell Kirk Center in Mecosta, Michigan, and delivered a lecture titled “Education and its Counterfeits” at Midland Christian School’s Fall Forum.

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Dr. Patricia Timm, Associate Professor and Interim Academic Dean, received her Ph.D. in Accounting from Walden University in August 2015.  Her dissertation “Perceptions of Value-stream Costing and the Effect on Lean Accounting Implementations” was recognized at the 2015 Lean Accounting Summit.  Dr. Timm received the Outstanding Accounting Professor award from the Lean Enterprises Institute at the Summit for her research.

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Thomas J. Alexander, Associate Professor, Finance, Michigan Campus, attended a workshop titled: Option Monster – Trading Options, March 12- 15, 2015. This workshop was facilitated by OptionsMonster, Inc., a major stock options trading service. He is looking to develop a new stock options trading course in the Finance curriculum.

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Donna Wagner, Aftermarket Management chair and Assistant Professor, Michigan Campus, presented the Aftermarket Management degree and how to work with Northwood University to marketing and sales professionals during the HDMA (Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association) spring meeting. Attended the NACE/CARS trade show for collision and service repair professionals. Presented “Aftermarket Experience Required” to MAPA (Michigan Auto Parts Association). The presentation highlighted skills learned in the Aftermarket Management degree and tips for recruiting and retaining employees. Participated in the category management and education committees during Auto Care Association’s Leadership Days. Attended AASA (Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association) Technology Conference. Provided content for the Category Management Association’s Higher Education Council presentation to category management professionals during their annual conference. The presentation was facilitated by Dan Strunk, Managing Director, Center for Sales Leadership, DePaul University.

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Jiwoo Park, Assistant Professor, Michigan Campus, presented two papers, “Bad Seed or Good Seed? A Content Analysis of Main Antagonists in Walt Disney and Studio Ghibli Animated Films” to the annual convention of the International Communication Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico in May, 2015 and “Taste and Nutrition: The Uses and Effectiveness of Different Advertising Claims in Women’s Magazine Food Advertisements” to the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, San Francisco, CA in August, 2015. One of those two papers, which is “Bad Seed or Good Seed? A Content Analysis of the Main Antagonists in Walt Disney and Studio Ghibli Animated Films,” was also published in Journal of Children and Media in 2015 (DOI:10.1080/17482798.2015.1058279). Furthermore, she attended the MI Social Media Conference, Social Mitten, Grand Rapids, MI in September and the Lilly Conference, Traverse City, MI in October.

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.

Faculty Briefs - Winter 2014

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Diana Webb, PhD Judged antique and classic automobiles at Old Car Festival Greenfield Village, Dearborn Michigan, September 6-7 2014 with judges from across the United States.

Attended and participated in the Michigan Credit Union League Fall conference, Traverse City Michigan. Accepted an award for Financial Plus Credit Union Flint Michigan, for business performance over the past 12 months. September 19-21 2014. Passed 2 certification exams (Enterprise Risk Management for Directors and Credit Committee Duties and Responsibilities).

Attended Lilly conference in Traverse City Michigan discussing education and higher learning. October 16-18 2014.

Elected to the board of directors of Financial Plus Credit Union in Flint Michigan.

 

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Donna M Wagner, Aftermarket Management chair and assistant professor, Michigan campus, attended the AAPEX and SEMA aftermarket trade shows with 34 students; presented the NU AMM program to the Automotive Sales Council with Senior sales/marketing executives from 70 auto parts manufacturing firms attending ; presented an NU AMM (Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Management) program update at the Category Management Association annual conference with aftermarket, retailers and CPG company executives in attendance; participated and provided an NU AMM update to aftermarket executives during the Auto Care Association marketing and category management meetings during the association’s Leadership Days; attended the Car Care Council Women’s Board meeting with leading aftermarket women executives; wrote articles for AftermarketNews.com and AASA (Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association) publications.

 

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Dr. Alex Tokarev, assistant professor, Economics, Michigan campus, attended multiple free market events including the Free Market Road Show in EU and the Free Market Forum in US, gave a lecture at the Freedom Seminar in Detroit and a lecture at a Liberty 420 forum in Sofia, organized an internship for NU students at the Institute for Market Economics in Bulgaria and a study abroad program in Turkey, 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.

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Dr. Margaret Colarelli, professor, Social Sciences and Humanities, Midland campus, presented a paper titled, “Failed Creations: Science Done in Secret in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, November 8, 2014 in Florence, Italy, at the Florence University of the Arts/Stony Brook (SUNY) conference in celebration of Galileo’s 450th anniversary.

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Lorie Ermak, Director of Tutoring at Northwood University Michigan recently co-chaired the Michigan Tutorial Association’s 32nd Connections Conference on Friday, October 24 at the Delta College Planetarium in downtown Bay City, Michigan.  In addition, Ms. Ermak led a break-out session titled “100 Bright Ideas:  Hints & Helps for Directors.”  At Northwood’s Michigan campus, Ermak supervises a staff of 17 student tutors and in 2012 served as the MTA’s President.

 

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Jeanna Cronk, adjunct faculty, Management Information Systems, Michigan campus and Distance Education, presented, “Lessons from Our First Faculty Technology Boot Camp” at the Fall 2014 Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning in Traverse City, Michigan.

 

 

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Jiwoo Park, assistant professor, Michigan campus, presented her paper, Young Korean Americans’ digital media practices as self-expression of their ethnic identity, to the annual convention of the International Communication Association, Seattle, WA. in May, 2014. She also published two papers, “Publicity as covert marketing? The role of persuasion knowledge and ethical perceptions on beliefs and credibility in a video news release story”, to Journal of Business Ethnics and “Time, place, technology: Twitter as an information source in the Wisconsin labor protests” to Computers in Human Behavior in 2014. Resubmitted her paper, “Bad Seed or Good Seed? A Content Analysis of Main Antagonists in Walt Disney and Studio Ghibli Animated Films” in Journal of Children and Media. She is currently ABD in Mass Communication and will be defending her doctoral dissertation in Spring, 2015.

 

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Dr. Glenn Moots, Professor and Chair, Philosophy and Political Science, Michigan Campus, completed a ten month fellowship in the James Madison Program at Princeton University, published essays in Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Anglican and Episcopal History, and Choice, served as an external examiner for an LLD dissertation at the University of the Free State (South Africa), and received a research grant from the Earhart Foundation and an institutional grant from the Institute for Humane Studies.

Faculty Briefs – Summer ’14

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Nicholas Bergan, adjunct faculty, Business, Florida Campus, published: “The Mindset for Successful Independent Consulting and Marketing Yourself: The Importance of Specialization” for an online blog. He has also attended University of Phoenix’s Content Area Meeting in Economics.

 

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Dr. Susan Dennett, academic dean, Florida Campus, recently co-authored the following four chapters in the Handbook of Research on Education and Technology in a Changing Society: “Pedagogy versus Andragogy Organizations,” “Leadership in the Third Wave,” “Addressing Work Ethic in the New Century” and “What is Your Teaching style.”

 

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Dr. Otto F. von Feigenblatt, adjunct professor, Florida Campus, was invited to join the Maestranza de Caballeria of Castilla (Kingdom of Spain), an official association of nobles recognized by the Government of Spain. In addition to that he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute in the United Kingdom. He is currently conducting research in Thailand and Southern China for a new book.

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Mr. John Gustincic, JD, CFE, adjunct faculty, Accounting and Law, Michigan Campus, was appointed to serve on the Higher Education Committee of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). He attended two continuing legal education seminars sponsored by the University of Michigan, Institute of Continuing Education (ICLE); Federal Tax Law Update 2014, and the 23rd Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents. He was asked to serve as a host at an upcoming event titled “MSU Law: Past, Present and Future.” The event will be held at the private Tiger Club at Comerica Park. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Accounting with a research emphasis on forensic accounting.

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Dr. Shauna Hanisch-Kirkbride, professor, Environmental Science, Michigan Campus, published: “What Are They Thinking? Exploring Layperson Conceptualizations of Wildlife Health and Disease” in the journal Human Dimensions of Wildlife.

 

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Dr. Linda Henderson, academic dean, ADP and Kerry Hannah, Instructional Designer, presented at the ETOM (Educational Technology of Michigan) conference in May. The presentation describes the ADP course review process developed to ensure high-quality course development and delivery. These efforts are in place to support faculty in developing and delivering courses in line with the mission of instructional excellence.

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Dr. Daniel Holloway, adjunct professor, DeVos School of Management, Michigan Campus, Dr. Holloway presented his study “Practitioner Perspectives of Leadership in Small Business” on May 21, 2014 at the Academic Business World International Conference in Nashville, TN.

 

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Dr. Edward Howell, associate professor, Florida Campus, successfully marched with his newly minted Doctoral degree in Education just prior to the new school year. His dissertation built on Geert Hofstede seminal work “Cultures Consequences” and produced a model aimed at increasing international students’ language and academic proficiency by implementing an Introduction to American Culture Model (IACM) and is ready for replication as a Faculty Cultural Development program. Dr. Howell single-handedly led the Semester in Europe program last fall with 13 students travelling in 12 countries for two and a half months.

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William Newman, adjunct professor, ADP, recently accepted a position with SAP America as a Senior Principal in the Business Transformation Services group.  In his new role, Mr. Newman will provide executive leadership and consulting expertise to help clients implement strategies and new operating models in the manufacturing sector.  He recently led an interactive panel discussion on big data and cloud technologies, and was interviewed on the topic of strategic transformation at the America’s SAP User Group (ASUG) Annual Meeting held in early June in Orlando, FL.

 

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Dr. Tara Peters, associate professor, Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management, Texas Campus, consulted with Promotional Products Association International and the City of Plano to provide leadership training as part of the DeVos Organizational Development Series. Additionally, she attended the BESTEX Summer Academy at the University of North Texas at Dallas for professional development related to curriculum and instruction for English Language Learners.

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Jeffrey G. Phillips, professor and director of Honors Program, Michigan Campus, recently addressed the Delta College Administrative Professionals Forum on “Exceptionally Realistic Self-Images.”  He presented a similar address to Leadership Midland 2014 (his eighth annual presentation to this group) and an address on “Peak Performance” to Youth Leadership Midland 2014 (his eighteenth time). Additionally, he has co-written and illustrated a full-color eight-page comic which will be published in Volume I of the Michigan Comics Collective Anthology on sale this summer, as well as providing proofreading and editing guidance for the new edition of When We Are Free.  He is also presently illustrating a proposed children’s book with a Northwood counselor for future publication.

 

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Martha Rader, adjunct professor, DeVos Graduate School, Florida Campus, is working on her dissertation: “Effects of Authentic Leadership on Follower Job Satisfaction and Turnover Intentions” through The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

 

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E. Wesley Reynolds, adjunct professor, Michigan Campus, submitted: “Difficulties in the Life of a Pastoral Progressive Imperialist: Sir Edward Elgar the Edwardian” to 19th-Century Music, and under review, submitted: “Interpretations of Adam Smith through the Austrian School of Economics” to MISES: Revista Interdisciplinar de Filosofia, Direito e Economia (Brazilian ed.) and will appear in the Fall 2014 edition.

 

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Keith G. Tatarelli, JD, adjunct professor, ADP Michigan Campus, Business Law and Political Science, will be presenting his proposal, “Massive Open Online Courses: Confronting How Future Students Will Learn,” at the Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning in Traverse City, Michigan in October of this year.

 

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Patricia Timm, assistant professor, Accounting, Michigan Campus, attended a workshop titled: Bridging the Gap between Traditional Accounting and Lean Operations, January 23- 24, 2014. This workshop was facilitated by Jerry Soloman, author of two books on Lean Accounting and a pioneer in the industry. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Accounting with a research emphasis on Lean Accounting.

 

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Dr. Alex Tokarev, assistant professor, Economics, Michigan Campus, gave a lecture on the morality of capitalism at Northwood University’s Freedom Seminar in Detroit, led an internship for NU students at the Institute for Market Economics in Bulgaria, and was interviewed four times at Bulgaria on Air TV. He also won a full scholarship to attend the Free Market Forum.

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Donna M Wagner, assistant professor and chair, Aftermarket Management, attended the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium and participated in the Education and Category Management meetings during the Auto Care Association’s Leadership Days. She also completed the ETOM Online Teaching Certification Course.

 

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Weikang “Ken” Wang, associate professor, Michigan Campus, was recently invited as a visiting professor by China’s Beifang University of Nationalities in Yinchuang. He conducted a series of lectures on international marketing, trends, and issues in management and case pedagogy. He also conquered the historical challenging mountain of 3800-meter Helanshan near the city.

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Diana Webb, professor, Finance, Michigan Campus, promoted a new Insurance Risk Management Program to three insurance companies, and is working with Northwood University to secure scholarships for the new program. She also attended the Great Lakes Learning Conference in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, as well as attended the Central Michigan University’s Global Campus for online/distance education.

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Dr. Cynthia Weeks, adjunct professor, Distance Education, was featured in HP’s celebration of International Women’s Day as one of fourteen “women who make a difference” in Technology Services. Professor Weeks was recently named Business Planning Manager for HP’s global remote services operations.

 

Faculty Briefs - Spring '14

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[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.33.11 PM[/symple_column]Mr. Nicholas Bergan, adjunct faculty, Business, Florida campus, published, “The Mindset for Successful Independent Consulting and Marketing Yourself: The Importance of Specialization” for an online blog.  He has also attended University of Phoenix’s Content Area Meeting in Economics.  

[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.33.16 PM[/symple_column]Melvin Billik, professor, Mathematics, Michigan campus, published, “Is the Whole Always the Sum of its Parts” discussing anomalies in graphing piece-wise functions with the Ti-83/84 graphing calculator in Mathematics in Michigan (Fall ’13).

 

[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.33.20 PM[/symple_column]Jeanna Cronk, adjunct professor, ADP Michigan, presented at the January luncheon for Northwood University’s MindPrime organization.  Her session on Microsoft Outlook Tips & Tricks was targeted at assisting the women of the Michigan campus utilize email features and tools more effectively.

 

[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.33.26 PM[/symple_column]Susan Dennett, academic dean, Florida campus, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in examining the critical thinking dispositions of undergraduate and graduate students in a Southeast Florida university.

 

 

[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.33.33 PM[/symple_column]Dr. Lynda Folts, professor, Sustainability, Texas campus, participated in a Texas Law Conference on Hydraulic Fracturing and Natural Resources. She also led a team on the Texas campus to attaining a Firewise Community and an Arbor Foundation Tree Campus Certification for 2013. In October 2013, she presented at the conference for Water Resources & Tax Credits on Private Lands Society of Wetland Sciences, Phoenix, Arizona.

[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.33.39 PM[/symple_column]Lewis Kuhl, adjunct professor, Automotive Marketing & Management, Florida campus, attended the AutoCPA Group Fall Conference in Santa Fe, N.Mex. He spoke on legal and regulatory issues facing the automotive industry at the Southern Automotive Trade Association Executives (SATAE) Fall Conference in Palm Coast, Fla., and is scheduled to speak at the Florida Independent Automobile Dealers Association (FIADA) Convention.

[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.33.43 PM[/symple_column]Karen L. McGuire, adjunct faculty, Accounting, ADP Michigan, attended the Fall 2013 MI Occupational Trends Conference and the January 2014 two-day Moodle Moot conference through The Regional Educational Media Center Association of Michigan. She is also enrolled in “Foundations of Virtual Instruction,” as part of the “Virtual Teacher Program” specialization offered through Coursera by University of California, Irvine.

[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.33.49 PM[/symple_column]Lee Murray, adjunct professor, Automotive Marketing & Management, ADP, attended the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium in Chicago May, 2013. In addition he attended the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, Specialty Equipment & Manufacturers Association, and Automotive Rebuilders Association meetings in Las Vegas November, 2013.

 

[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.33.54 PM[/symple_column]Dr. Tara Peters, associate professor, DeVos Texas, attended the ACBSP Region 6 Conference in November 2012 in Oklahoma City and led a session entitled, “The Classroom As Cinema: Using Movies to Teach Sustainability.” During the launch of the Texas Capital Campaign in December 2012, she was selected as the faculty representative for media events to highlight key elements of the Northwood experience and the accomplishments of DeVos graduates.

[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.34.00 PM[/symple_column]E. Wesley Reynolds, adjunct professor, Michigan Campus, submitted, “Difficulties in the Life of a Pastoral Progressive Imperialist: Sir Edward Elgar the Edwardian” to 19th-Century Music, and under review, submitted, “Interpretations of Adam Smith through the Austrian School of Economics” to MISES: Revista Interdisciplinar de Filosofia, Direito e Economia (Brazilian ed.) and will appear in the Fall 2014 edition.

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[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.34.10 PM[/symple_column]David Sanford, associate professor and chair, Management Information Systems, Michigan Campus, has finished all Ph.D coursework, as well as passed his comprehensive examination, and will shortly be starting his dissertation.

 

[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.34.15 PM[/symple_column]Kent Snyder, adjunct professor, Economics, ADP Flint, has started a Keynote Speaking Business called “Economic Edutainment”.  His website (economicslite.com) illustrates the need to educate, yet also entertain the audience. “Our goal is to educate the audience without them realizing it.  We do this by making them laugh, making them cry and making them think.”

 

[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.34.19 PM[/symple_column]Patricia Timm, assistant professor, Accounting, Michigan campus, attended a workshop titled: Bridging the Gap between Traditional Accounting and Lean Operations, January 23- 24, 2014. This workshop was facilitated by Jerry Soloman, author of two books on Lean Accounting and a pioneer in the industry. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Accounting with a research emphasis on Lean Accounting.

[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.34.25 PM[/symple_column]Dr. Alex Tokarev, assistant professor, Economics, Michigan campus, participated in the Free Market Forum. He arranged internships for NU students with the Institute for Market Economics in May 2014; organizes events dedicated to Friedman and Hayek; and writes on philosophical, political, economic, education, and cultural issues for the Institute for Radical Capitalism Atlas.

[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.34.34 PM[/symple_column]Weikang “Ken” Wang, professor, Marketing, Michigan campus, has been invited by China’s Beifang University of Nationalities in Yinchuang to be its visiting professor. He will conduct a series of lectures on international marketing, trends and issues in management, and case pedagogy to the local students and faculty members.

 

[symple_column size="one-sixth" position="first"]Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.34.39 PM[/symple_column]Dr. Cynthia Weeks, adjunct professor, Distance Education, was featured in HP’s celebration of International Women’s Day as one of fourteen “women who make a difference” in Technology Services. Professor Weeks was recently named Business Planning Manager for HP’s global remote services operations.

Family Assets, Capitol Gains

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Michelle Perri is a mom with all the responsibilities that come along with being a parent: driving her girls Hannah, 11, and Abigail, 5, to and from school, attending cheerleading practice, being active in her church, and working full-time. She also has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and so does her husband, Joe. However, she hasn’t let this define her or stop her from being an active role model and volunteer in the community of Lansing, Michigan.  Perri has been the assistant at the Lansing Adult Degree Program (ADP) site with Northwood for about five years. She enjoys working alongside Program Center Manager Julie Hanna, and Admissions Advisor Todd Lake, who have become a great support group to Perri. According to Hanna, “Michelle is an integral part of the Lansing team. She supports two people, handles all incoming applications and is a data entry whiz. It was a real blow when she, too, was diagnosed with MS, but Michelle put up a fight and came back to work as quickly as possible. She gives us everything she’s got every day.”

Perri also loves the student interaction that comes with her job, adding she likes seeing Northwood students when she is out in the community. Perri is a student in the undergraduate program as well. Joia Collins, BBA graduate and current MBA student, said Perri helped make her transition from Lansing Community College to Northwood an easy one. Collins added Perri was able to quickly respond to her questions and they even had a class together, “Michelle provided exceptional service to me as a student at Northwood. I will be forever grateful.”

As a daughter of missionaries, Perri grew up in Japan and lived in Georgia as a young adult. When she was 18, her mother died of breast cancer and her father died in an accident about a year later. Before her father passed away, she reunited with cousins in Lansing, and ultimately made the decision to make the move to Michigan. At the age of 20, Perri (formerly McElroy) married Joe Perri, who had been diagnosed with a disease of the central nervous system while the couple was dating.

Michelle Perri was not diagnosed with the disease until 2010. Her main concern was their children. Knowing their girls may have an increased susceptibility to MS, she started them on a vitamin regimen to reduce their risk.

According to her doctor, Perri has a very unique situation: being both a patient and a caregiver. Joe Perri is in a wheelchair with limited use of his legs and takes medication daily, while Michelle Perri has “bad days now and then.”

“Do you think I’ll have a good, long life?” Perri asked her doctor, who assured her this would be possible with an early diagnosis and treatments to reduce the progress and severity of MS. She visits a local hospital monthly for an infusion treatment and has bi-annual check-ups at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“There’s always someone worse off than you,” said Perri, while sharing that one of her daughter’s cheerleading coaches is in a wheelchair. She is thankful she is still very strong. Perri has followed her daughter, Hannah’s, cheerleading team as a “Cheer Mom” for the past four years. It is important to her to be supportive of a sport her daughter loves and which helps her develop self-esteem. The team will be traveling to Virginia Beach for a national competition this year, so Hannah Perri will be busy raising funds for the trip through a bake sale, car wash, can drive, and other fund raising activities. “It’s important she works for her money,” said Perri, whose parents instilled a strong work ethic in her. She also learned it is important to give back to the community.

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For the past two years, Perri and her older daughter have spent their Saturdays serving breakfast at Recovery Place Ministries in Lansing. This ministry and homeless shelter offers free meals to the homeless, lost, and hungry.

“We always need smiling faces to help. It’s been a blessing to have them,” shared Joe Staten, one of Recovery Place’s founding members, adding the Perris will stay after the meal to “hang out” and talk with their guests.

On Sundays, the Perri family plays an important role at Oasis East Lansing Church. According to Pastor Scott Hayes, “Joe and Michelle have been an amazing addition to our work at Oasis. They consistently push through their own personal challenges in hopes of helping others.”

Michelle Perri coordinates the childrens’ programs, while Joe Perri oversees curriculum development for some of the programs and has helped with the church’s marketing efforts by building relationships in the community. Hannah Perri helps with Hayes’ own children in the two to four-year-old room working with toddlers. “Abbie is hilarious!” Hayes commented on Abigail Perri. “She has one of those smiles that make you feel happy inside.”

Hayes described Michelle Perri as, “incredibly servant-hearted and loyal,” adding she has become someone he and his wife, Ericka, rely on both organizationally and personally. “Joe is the kind of guy who comes in and wheels around and talks to everyone. The entire Perri family has been a big part of the work at Oasis Church – it would be hard to envision it without them in it,” Hayes continued.

The Perri family has also participated in Lansing’s Walk MS for the past three years. This annual event raises awareness and funds for MS research, which makes the family feel less alone in their fight against the disease. Support from friends and family at the walk helps encourage them to never give up.

Others are taking a more direct approach to help support the Perri family. Family friend, Caryn Freed, started an online fundraiser via GoFundMe.com after Joe Perri spent three weeks in the hospital early in 2013. The fundraiser, Help Joe Walk, was developed to help the Perri family purchase Bioness®, electronic leg braces, which will enable Joe Perri to walk again. Freed also keeps the Help Joe Perri Walk Facebook page up to date by including other opportunities to help the family raise funds for the leg braces, provides updates on Joe, shares links on Lansing area MS events, and promotes the resources on National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s webpage.

“You can still do anything you want to do. You just have to learn how to overcome the situation,” said Perri. “It’s important to surround yourself with positive people who say, ’You can get through this.’” Perri feels blessed to have many people like this in her life, so no matter how down she may be one moment, she manages to still see the good side of things.

Perri added she and her husband have a great sense of humor, which helps them get through the challenges they face every day. She hopes to be a future spokesperson for MS, and said her girls give her strength. “Every day, we get up, and hope again,” Perri added.

I followed-up with Michelle Perri just before finishing her story. When I asked her about her weekend, at first her response was brief, “Lots of stress, falls and I thought about calling you and saying forget the story. I’m not that great of a person.”

As we continued the conversation, Michelle gave me a full update on how busy and stressful her weekend had been. Friday night, she cleaned her hair stylist’s house – in the middle of summer, with no air conditioning, in the exchange of getting her hair done the next day. While at the salon, she got a call Joe had fallen out of his wheelchair, so she rushed home to help out. Next, she picked Hannah up from a bake sale, and then helped get the family ready for a wedding and reception, which lasted until late evening. Joe woke up in the night not feeling well, so he stayed home from church the next morning.

“By the time I made it to church I was in tears, again, like every Sunday,” Perri said. Even with all the chaos in her life, she has an amazing ability to see the positive side of things, “I was able to close my weekend out on a good note by going out to dinner with some friends. They are the type of people who will let me have a pity party, but then tell me I can’t give up.”

- Nikki Gonzalez

Faculty Briefs (Summer 2013)

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Jeffrey L. Bennett, director, Automotive Technology Management, Michigan campus, recently contributed to the Automotive News Finance and Insurance Week webinar. Jeffrey is a graduate of Kenyon College and received his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Administration from Saginaw Valley State University. He has written two textbooks for Northwood University, Fixed Operations Management and Introduction to the Retail Automobile Business and is currently working on a textbook for Cengage Learning. Jeff enjoys photography and has had some of his photographs exhibited in different art shows, as well as illustrations in his textbooks.

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Dr. Jay Chandran, professor and chair, International Business Department, attended the 14th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture & Change in Organizations held June 13-15 at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He presented a paper titled “The Ambiguity of Vision”. The paper will be published in the forthcoming issue of Management Education: An International Journal. Dr. Chandran has also been made an Associate Editor of the journal for the year 2013-14.

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Rebecca Chakraborty, associate professor, Economics, Michigan campus, made a poster presentation entitled “Use of WIKI through Blackboard” at Lily Conference, held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in October 2012. The Poster presentation focused on how Wiki can be used in Blackboard to encourage group projects both for face to face and online classes in economics. She also presented a paper, entitled “Human Capital and the state of the Indian BPO industry,” at the 20th annual conference of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences held in Las Vegas in February 2013. The paper was written based on her experience working as a consultant for Tata Consultancy Services during the summer of 2012 in Mumbai, India.

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Stelian Grigoras and Alice Parsons, delivered a paper entitled “Streaming films in distance education: Copyright Law,” at the ETOM Fall Conference held on NU’s campus in Midland, Michigan in November 2012.

 

 

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Adam A. Guerrero, associate professor and lead faculty, DeVos Graduate School of Management, Michigan campus, co-authored the Michigan Chamber Foundation’s 2012 Michigan Economic Competitiveness Study. The study analyzed Michigan’s performance against the other 50 states on over 200 variables and also examined the significance of right-to-work legislation on state competitiveness. More recently, he has been involved in modeling persistence decisions for Northwood University’s full-time freshmen, transfer students at all levels, international students, and students enrolled in classes at the DeVos Graduate School of Management. Over 200,000 student-term decisions over the past 15 years are being examined relative to over 100 variables in an analysis of the factors that affect student enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates—models are being replicated for Northwood’s Michigan, Florida, and Texas campuses. Finally, after completing a certification education program at Rice University in financial planning, Adam expects to sit for the CFP examination this fall, after which he will tackle ASQ’s certification program in lean-six sigma continuous process improvement.

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Linda A. Mohr, adjunct professor, ADP Florida, was the Grand Marshal for Northwood University’s Florida commencement.

 

 

 

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Dr. Glenn Moots, chair and professor, Philosophy and Political Science, Michigan campus, completed a research fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and published an essay on the American Revolution in an edited collection titled, “Revolutions Finished and Unfinished: From ‘Primal’ to ‘Final.’” and published review essays in American Historical Review and Journal of Religious History. He also attended conferences at the Huntington Library and Princeton University. As director of the Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise, he secured a grant to celebrate the legacy of Milton Friedman as part of a joint program with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, MI.

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William Newman, adjunct professor, ADP Michigan, recently led an online workshop “Sustaining Networks” for the University of Oregon, Sustainability Leadership Program. The workshop focused on Triple Bottom-Line (TBL) business practices in the area of sustainable supply chain and value chain management. In addition, Mr. Newman also recently presented “Enterprise Risk Management: Align to Your Goals and Actions” at the SAP Inside Track and user group meeting in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Newman is a member of the business influencer program with SAP and volunteers as the local Michigan chapter communications chair (Northwood University is a member of the SAP University Alliance program).

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Lisa A. Prue, associate professor and chair, Accounting, Florida campus, has completed 120 hours of continuing education in auditing and global accounting topics during 2012-2013 as part of her requirements as a Licensed Certified Public Accountant.

 

 

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Martha Milan Rader, adjunct faculty, DeVos Graduate School of Management, Florida campus, retired from the financial services and banking industries with over 33 years experience (GMAC & SunTrust Bank) and is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Organizational Leadership and anticipates conducting her dissertation on the controversial Millennial Generation relating to organizational challenges and opportunities. She also received her ETOM certification for teaching online courses.

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Ed Rosebach, adjunct professor, ADP Michigan, worked with Wounded Warriors and its Michigan area leader, Don Heeringa, Chairman of Trendway Corporation, to promote “Wounded Warriors Come to Speed Week!” held in July. The special week-long event hosted by Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah welcomes wounded veterans as its special guests. Attendees will participate in a variety of social events, a fashion show, and enjoy track-side time with people who come from all over in the never ending quest to be the fastest vehicle on the course and set a new land speed record.

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George Stamas, adjunct professor, Finance and Entrepreneurship, Florida campus, delivered a presentation about Northwood University, including its business programs and the Entrepreneurship Society, during a dinner meeting to the Angel Investor Forum of Florida (AIFFL). NU is the first collegiate member of this active group of investors and intermediaries. The goal of the program is to enhance the experience of NU students through interaction with professionals in a real life environment. The AIFFL dinners feature a guest speaker plus a minimum of two business plan presentations by active companies looking for additional capital or by start-up companies with well-conceived business plans. Starting in August 2013, two Northwood students will be invited to join Mr. Stamas at each dinner. Students do not have to be entrepreneurship majors to attend, but they must demonstrate a keen interest in the subject.

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Grace Shore, adjunct professor, ADP Michigan, has worked for the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce as the CEO for the past 34 years. The Chamber was named Outstanding Chamber of the Year in 2012 by the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals and is a well- respected organization known for its impact on Macomb County. Grace earned her undergraduate degree at Northwood University and teaches classes in the entrepreneurship program. She has also been involved in two business start-ups.

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Weikang “Ken”  Wang, professor, Marketing, Michigan campus, was recently selected to the NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee and will begin his term of service September 1, 2013. The purpose of the Olympic Sports Liaison Committee is to provide education, as well as facilitate communication and understanding between the NCAA, the USOC (United States Olympic Committee), and the national governing bodies regarding NCAA rules and regulations as they apply to world-class athletes.

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Shelley Wells, adjunct professor, ADP Michigan, is a proud Northwood University graduate who currently works at Michigan State University (MSU), as an Assistant Director in the Human Resources Department. She is Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certified. Over the past four years she has played a key role in an initiative to successfully implement campus-wide human resource information system (HRIS) at MSU. Also, she is working on a project to improve the delivery of customer service utilizing new technologies in the department.

 

 

Faculty Briefs

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Dr. Mia Dvornic, director of the NU Gallery, professor of Cultural Anthropology, Michigan, presented a paper entitled, “In Between: Culture of Dress  between the East and the West,” at the 64th Annual Conference of the International Council of Museums held at the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade, Serbia in October 2012.

 

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Dr. Otto F. von Feigenblatt, adjunct professor, Florida campus, has authored a monograph dealing with International Development and Security in Southeast Asia titled “The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): Conflict and Development” which was published by New Century Publications in 2012. His two most recent articles “The Parable of the Tribes: Identity and Conflict” and “Japanese Animation as a Global Product: The Lingering Traces of Nijonjinron and the Rise of Globalism and Hybridity” were published in the Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences and in the History & Social Sciences respectively. Dr. von Feigenblatt is currently co-editing a volume dealing with Popular Culture to be published in 2013 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in the United Kingdom. In order to complement his background in Sociology and Political Science, Dr. von Feigenblatt is currently pursuing an M.S. in Psychology at Lynn University. 

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Dr. André Lee, DPA, FACHE, adjunct professor, ADP Michigan, was named the 2012 MHEGA (Midwest Healthcare Executives Group & Associates) Award of Chapter Merit Recipient in recognition of his delivery of high-quality services to ACHE (the American College of Health Care Executives) affiliates on November 29. He was also invited to serve as the commencement speaker Webster College in Louisville, Kentucky on December 15. 

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Brent L. Lloyd, adjunct professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, Florida campus, was interviewed by the local CBS News affiliate on Channel 12 concerning the attack on the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi in Libya where U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed and ten others were injured. He condemned the attack and the extremists who are the suspected perpetrators. He attended the Outstanding Business Leader Awards Forum at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, January 25 where one of the honorees was Jim Koons, Northwood University Alumni ‘73.  Mr. Koons and his family were clients of Mr. Lloyd when he was VP of Investments at Winthrop Securities earlier in his career in Washington, DC. Mr. Lloyd was awarded an M.A. in the History of Ideas from The Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he is a graduate of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville holding a Master of Education in Social Studies.

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Karen L. McGuire, adjunct instructor, Accounting, ADP Michigan, continues work in the educational development and teaching of the ACC 2410 and ACC 2415 courses. She maintains temporary full-time teaching status at Mid Michigan Community College and holds the distinction of Professor Emerita, Accounting. Ms. McGuire attended the Trends in Occupational Education in Traverse City, Mich. in the fall of 2012, as well as the Educational Technology Organization of Michigan conference at Northwood University. In the recent past she also served as the ADP representative of the NU Accounting Program Review Committee along with representatives from the NU Traditional campuses in Texas, Florida, and Michigan. 

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Phillip Palajac, adjunct professor, ADP Michigan, works for Chrysler LLC in the Network Development & Fleet Organization.  Over the past five years, he has helped optimize Chrysler’s dealer network by performing a multitude of tasks, including calculating the dealer planning potential and dealer Minimum Sales Responsibility (MSR). Moreover, he also has global responsibilities, where he is a senior specialist overseeing Chrysler’s International Dealer Agreement Systems & Processes.

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Dr. Ed Moore, chair of International Business and Management, Florida campus, presented a paper written by him and Dr. Pesi Amaria, “The Continuing Backwardness of Eastern Europe and Ongoing Search for Institutional Answers,” at The Finance, Economics, and Global Research Conference held in Miami, Fla. Dr. Moore co-chaired the afternoon conference session. This is a continuation of Dr. Moore’s research into the institutional causes of the sallow economic growth of the old communist countries of Eastern Europe. Future research will attempt to link the existing institutions with neo-classical economic growth variables. In addition, Dr. Moore has been internationally published and has presented academic works in the United States and Europe. His primary research interests are institutional economics and economic development of developing and transitional economies, especially in the Eastern European economies.

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Dr. Tara Peters, associate professor, DeVos Graduate School, Texas campus, attended the Region 6 Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs Conference (ACBSP) in November 2012 in Oklahoma City and led a session entitled, “The Classroom As Cinema:  Using Movies to Teach Sustainability.”  In addition, she facilitated Corporate Leadership Series Presentations on change management and effectual leadership behaviors for Allstate Insurance and TXU Electric during the fall semester. During the launch of the Texas Capital Campaign in December 2012, she was selected as the faculty representative for media events to highlight key elements of the Northwood experience and the accomplishments of DeVos graduates.  She was interviewed by Southwest Now Magazine for the January 2013 edition to share her perspective on the benefits of a DeVos MBA and the unique program features that help to distinguish our graduates.

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Dr. Janice Scarinci, professor and chair, Hospitality Management, Florida campus, partnered with Admissions and Career Services departments last fall to develop the Florida campus’s Annual Hospitality Career and College Day.  There were 230 high school students in attendance from three local Hospitality Magnet Programs in Palm Beach County. Additionally, Dr. Scarinci was invited to present to over 250 high school students at the 7th Annual Hospitality Student Tourism & Hospitality Conference at PGA National.  Her Hospitality Management students were awarded scholarships at the Palm Beach County Hotel & Lodging Association Presidents Luncheon.

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Robin Alderman Zide, adjunct professor, Mathematics, Florida campus, is completing a doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University with a dissertation entitled, Positive Psychology and Algebraic Applications:  An Evaluation of Mathematical Achievements in College Algebra.  She is a published author of three books titled Frontier Love:  A Poet’s Private Journal, Kaleidoscope Focus: A Happiness Workbook, and Algebra 160 Course Companion Packet.  Her next book will be published June 2013 titled Authentic Life.  All books are mathematically based except the book of poems which is rhythmic in nature.