Ignite Your Engines - 54th Auto Show Revs Up Midland


Header caption: Chuck Elledge, a senior from Coal City, Illinois, served as general chair of the auto show. Allison Brown didn’t mind making a monkey of herself to call attention to the Jaguar and Land Rover automobiles she was tasked with promoting.

“Any opportunity to dress up and be crazy, I love it,” said the senior from Battle Creek, Mich., wearing a monkey costume as she prowled the walkway of this fall’s Northwood International Auto Show. Music from the “Tarzan” movie soundtrack played in the background, faux foliage sprouted up around the vehicles, and a hidden special effects machine sprayed out a cloud of primordial mist.

Now in its 54th year, the Northwood University International Auto Show (NUIAS) continues to be a signature event for the university and the Midland community. This year more than 65 manufacturers and 500 vehicles were on display the weekend of Oct. 6, 2017.

With the theme “Ignite,” the 2017 show attracted more than 60,000 visitors. An entirely student-run event, the teams manage everything from planning to logistics to booth design to visitor interaction.

This year’s general chair was Chuck Elledge, a senior from Coal City, Ill., studying automotive marketing and management.

“I got the awesome privilege of overseeing the operation of the auto show,” Elledge said. “You have to think of everything, and then you have to deal with anything. And it’s never the things you think that will go wrong that go wrong.”

Nick Dubs was captain of the BMW team. He and the other 14 team members went with a dignified look for their display. Students wore suits as they greeted visitors, and Sinatra songs played in the background. The main attraction was a high-tech BMW i8 hybrid, on loan from a dealer in Iowa.

“This is perfect training for the real world,” said Dubs, a sophomore from from Owendale, Mich., studying automotive marketing and management. “It’s like being a manager of a dealership. We’re not allowed to sell a vehicle, but if people are interested we can give them a dealer’s information.”

Two-thirds of this year’s Northwood students took part in the auto show in one way or another, Elledge said, further proof that the impact of the auto show extends far beyond the event itself or the thousands of people it touches.


Auto Show, China Style


Header caption: About 70 vehicles are displayed around the athletic field on the campus of Jilin University – Lambton College in Changchun, China, for the 2017 auto show.

What happens when you take one of the most successful outdoor auto shows in North America and replicate it on another continent? A second, wildly successful event in China that mimics all the best of the Northwood University International Auto Show (NUIAS).

Northwood University International Program Center at Jilin University – Lambton College (JLU) recently hosted its eighth Changchun Auto Show Sept., 25, 2017, at the campus athletic field.

“It’s smaller in scale than the auto show in Midland, but the sprit is the same,” said Mamiko Reeves, Northwood assistant vice president and dean of International Programs. “It is run by students. Students contact the dealers, work on the displays, and work with faculty members who are there to support them.”

The show, which featured about 70 vehicles, was in keeping with the character of the JLU program, kicking off with a performance of Chinese drumming. It also included a fashion show, as well as a talent show that served as a welcome event for the year’s incoming class of new students.

“The students’ hope is to make the auto show bigger and more well known, and get even more support and collaboration from the auto industry,” Reeves said. “Northwood students in JLU are hired very quickly by the industry. The auto show is a great way for them to demonstrate their learning.

Led by Spirit, Lessons by Northwood


Jon Krawczyk (’04) dived into the family business before he even graduated, working between semesters. Today, Jon, a native Michigander, is the owner of Superior Pools of Southwest Florida, a pool installation and design company. Jon says Northwood’s focus on leadership, team effort, and individual commitment prepared him for his role today, “I learned a lot about business at Northwood, but the single most rewarding lesson is how to create a brand image,” said Jon. “Marketing and advertising are vital, but without good reviews and a strong brand image, a company gets nowhere.”

Recently named a “40 Under 40” by Business Insider, Jon says his recognition is only meaningful as long as he’s honest and truthful in his work, a valuable trait he learned at Northwood.

From Northwood Homecoming Queen to the queen of tech. For Mindie Kaplan, founder and CEO of Rated VR, a virtual and augmented reality company in New York, the transition has been a learning experience. Mindie has developed her marketing career thoughtfully, doing her time in the industry for over a decade – learning the ropes in media and branding at Microsoft, Nissan, and Ford.

“After being on the corporate side for the majority of my career, I was finally prepared to go out on my own,” she said. “I’ve always had the entrepreneurial spirit, but I wanted to wait for the perfect time and the right industry to leave my mark. I got off to a great start at Northwood, learning the value of networking. This has become and continues to be the biggest part of growing my business’ success.”

Jacqueline Brooks had big dreams. So after graduating from Northwood in 2006, she moved to New York City with $500 in her pocket and a dream of making it in the fashion industry. She paid her dues - living in a cramped, two-bedroom apartment with four roommates and working in low-paying internships, sometimes even for free. Inspired by her father’s success as an entrepreneur, Jackie eventually partnered with her sister to purchase the family business.

Jackie says, “I learned so much from attending Northwood, even in sports. Being a student-athlete taught me business basics - how to balance my time, how to be a good leader, how to work with others - and that’s where I developed my work ethic.”

In Memoriam - Thomas Stephen Luptowski


Thomas Stephen Luptowski, former Northwood University Professor Emeritus, passed away on May 17, 2017 in Bay City, Mich., at the age of 80. Thomas officially retired from Northwood University as Professor Emeritus in 2007, teaching part-time until his recent death. He was an advisor to Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and Northwood University's number one fan. In his free time, he enjoyed going golfing, civil war history, and sports. Tom graduated from Bay City’s St. Stanislaus in 1955 and went on to serve in the Air Force. He graduated from Delta College and Central Michigan University (CMU), receiving master’s degrees from CMU and Western Michigan University. Tom is survived by his wife Ruth and two daughters.

Athletes in Action


The greatest season in Northwood baseball history culminated with the Timberwolves winning the 2017 conference championship and finishing the year ranked No. 8 in the nation.

In all, 41 team and player records were broken, and several individuals earned regional and national honors. Head coach Jordan Bischel was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Coach of the Year and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Midwest Coach of the Year. Bischel is the first coach in program history to earn either award.

On the field, three Northwood players were named All-Americans. David Vinsky, a freshman outfielder from Farmington Hills, Mich., became the first Northwood baseball player to earn first team All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). He also earned second team honors from the Conference Commissioners Baseball Team Surges to National Prominence Association (CCA), first team All- Midwest Region honors, was a finalist for the Tino Martinez Division II Player of the Year award and was the GLIAC Freshman of the Year. Vinsky led the country in hits and doubles, and set new school records in hits, batting average, runs batted in, doubles, extra base hits, and total bases.

Tyler Jandron, a junior pitcher from Negaunee, Mich., earned second team All-America honors from both the ABCA and CCA and was named the Pitcher of the Year in both the GLIAC and the Midwest Region. Jandron was also a finalist for the Brett Tomko Division II Pitcher of the Year award and was a first team All- Midwest Region selection. Jandron broke school records for wins, strikeouts, winning percentage, and shutouts.

Connor Foley, a senior outfielder from Bay City, Mich., earned third team ABCA All-America honors and became the first Northwood baseball player to earn Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America. Foley was first team All-GLIAC, first team All-Midwest Region, and a recipient of the 2017 GLIAC Commissioner’s Award.

It was Northwood’s first GLIAC regular season championship, first GLIAC Tournament championship, and first top 25 national ranking. And by earning the No. 1 ranking in the Midwest Region for the first time, Northwood was the host of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament

Northwood University Education Leaders Memorial Scholarship

Northwood is fortunate to have many professors who ignite interest and enthusiasm in their students. The Northwood University Education Leaders Memorial Scholarship was established in 2017 in memory of two such amazing professors, Jim John and Bob Sundwick. Both educators helped shape the Automotive Aftermarket Management program, contributed to its success, and led many students to their own successful careers in the industry. Created by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, the scholarship is available to students who choose to pursue a degree in the Automotive Aftermarket Management program. Sadly, scholarship recipients won’t have the privilege of meeting professors John and Sundwick, who passed away in 2015 and 2016 respectively, but they will benefit from the many years of knowledge, commitment, and passion that they brought to the University.

“We are proud to establish the scholarship in the memory of Bob and Jim. It is a fitting tribute to two dedicated professors who well prepared their students to join the industry workforce,” said President Keith Pretty.

Interested in contributing to the Education Leaders Memorial Scholarship? Contact Justin Marshall, vice president of Advancement and Alumni Relations, at 989-837-4279 or marshall@northwood.edu. Contact Justin Marshall, Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations, 989-837-4279 or marshall@northwood.edu. Are you interested in including Northwood University as part of your estate plan?

Faculty Briefs


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Nicholas Hamilton (’02) is assistant professor and department chair of Hospitality Management, Michigan campus. When he began his teaching career at Northwood in 2015, he built on what he liked most about working as a hotel manager for 11 years: teaching and training. He recently highlighted Northwood’s many HM education opportunities as he hosted Bay Arenac ISD high school students who were interested in the culinary arts. In addition to teaching, he is an advisor for the annual Stafford Memorial Dinner that will be held in February. The evening is completely planned and run by students, giving them the opportunity to put their classroom learning to work at an important University event.

“I hope I can inspire students to create their own vision of success and pursue their dreams. I also want them to understand that this huge global industry requires hard work and dedication, as well as education. Many people don’t realize that the HM industry fits Northwood’s philosophy perfectly because it encourages and grows stronger with free enterprise and entrepreneurship


Margaret “Peggy” Keiper, Ph.D., assistant professor and Entertainment, Sport & Promotion Management department chair, started at the Michigan campus in 2015. She is extremely active in the Sport and Entertainment industries, including publishing more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and receiving several professional and academic awards. In addition, she has earned a Ph.D., an MBA, and three undergraduate degrees. But she is most proud of the fact that a majority of Northwood’s ESPM students get jobs in the industry after they graduate.

“I truly love teaching and working with college students. Seeing students figure out what they are passionate about and then witnessing them turning their passion into a career is a marvelous process. I believe that individual responsibility and integrity are important foundations for our students as they venture into the highly competitive sport and entertainment industries. I definitely hold them to a high standard but that is because I care about them as individuals and want to see their outstanding talents and spectacular ideas come to life.”


faculty_photo3David Sanford, associate professor and department chair of Management Information Systems, is working on his doctoral degree in Information Technology at Capella University. As an A.B.D. (all but dissertation) graduate student, he is researching and writing his dissertation on the correlation between employer expectations of smartphone usage during off-hours and the stress levels of information technology workers. He also holds an MA degree in Organization Leadership and Administration and one in Communication and Multimedia.

“I take a vested interest in my students’ learning. I want them to leave my class with valuable information and skills. I love the ‘aha moments’ when students’ faces light up as they begin to understand a difficult problem or concept. As department chair, I want to provide Northwood MIS majors with a relevant curriculum so they have the most current knowledge that employers want.”

Scholarship Spotlight


David J. and Daniel J. Goetz Student Memorial Scholarship The David J. and Daniel J. Goetz Student Memorial Scholarship was created to honor two Northwood students, twin brothers David and Daniel (’92) Goetz. When David died in 1991 at age 21, several people in his hometown of Bay City, Mich., and Northwood communities worked to establish the scholarship at NU as a way to recognize the significant impact of his life. Seven years later when Daniel died (at age 28), it was fitting to add his name. The scholarship has helped their parents and four siblings find positive purpose in overwhelming loss. The legacies of these young men are carried forward in the education and success of each scholarship recipient.

For the Donors The goal of the Goetz scholarship is to fuel students’ futures. Yet, as youngest brother Eric Goetz stated, it’s the young people themselves who best define the reason for investment.

“The best part of the scholarship for my family is meeting the recipients in person. All of the students, like Amelia Jaskiewicz, are spectacular people. Getting to know these outstanding individuals, learning about their lives, and supporting their education have helped my family heal.

“It’s really much, much more to us than a scholarship. It’s a connection to many people who shared my brothers’ lives as well as a tie to the NU coaches and administrators who cared about them along the way. Each time I visit the Northwood campus in honor of my brothers, I am reminded of that community of friends and their incredible generosity and support.”


For the Recipients

Amelia Jaskiewicz, a Bay City, Mich., junior majoring in Hospitality Management, has a goal to continue building her cookie business. She knew Northwood was the university of choice as she worked to achieve her dream, yet she was unsure how she and her family could afford it. The Goetz Scholarship helped make her Northwood education possible, and is the foundation of a future that she is excited to start after she graduates.


“This scholarship makes a difference in my life because it allows me to focus on my studies rather than having to work more hours. I don’t have to wonder where I’m going to get money to pay off my next college bill. And more opportunities at the University are open to me, like joining clubs, pursuing internships, and participating in organizations that strengthen my leadership and communication skills,” she said.

For Northwood Private donor scholarships make a difference for donors, recipients, and the University as well. Exceptional students, like the 54 Goetz scholars, fulfill Northwood’s mission to develop the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society.

“Northwood is grateful for the support it receives from alumni and friends of the University. Growing the tradition of private donor scholarships enhances our proud heritage of teaching enterprise and liberty and enables us to further the ‘Northwood Idea,’” said Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations Justin Marshall. “These scholarships are critical to attracting and recruiting students who benefit from Northwood’s commitment to experiential learning.”

Private Donor Scholarships 101 Private donor scholarships are a vote of confidence in Northwood’s educational philosophy because they help meet the financial needs of qualified and motivated students. ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIPS are an opportunity to sustain Northwood’s private donor scholarship program on a yearly basis and assist deserving students. The minimum gift required to establish an annual scholarship is $500. ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS are a permanent fund where the principal remains invested and a scholarship is awarded based on the interest earned on that principal. A minimum fund balance of $20,000 is required. The donor may name the scholarship and help establish appropriate applicant criteria.

Interested in funding a private donor scholarship at Northwood University?

Contact Justin Marshall, Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations, 989-837-4279 or marshall@northwood.edu.



2015 Northwood University Auto Show Gala


On October 1, 2015, over 250 Northwood alumni and friends gathered at the Midland Country Club for the 5th Anniversary Northwood University Auto Show Gala.  This annual event is a favorite and brings our guests back year after year! 


This year the event netted over $110,000 for the Northwood Town & Campus Endowed Scholarship and the Northwood Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship. 


Northwood is extremely thankful for all of the hard work of the event committee and to our event sponsors and attendees. We could not do this without all of you! Save the date for the 6th Annual Northwood University Auto Show Gala to be held on Friday, September 30th, 2016!

Distinguished Women 2013


Distinguished Women Class of 2013 The Distinguished Women (DW) Awards acknowledge women who embody the values that Northwood instills in its students: commitment to free-enterprise, partnership of arts and businesses, and management in a global society. 

This year marks the 44th year of recognizing the enormous contribution women make to communities, businesses, volunteer agencies, and public and private sector services world-wide. 

The DW Class of 2013 is made up of successful and influential women serving as role models, and will join the 449 DWs, to lead future generations. 


[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Patricia Chambers[/symple_column]Patricia Chambers Fort Worth, Texas Ms. Chambers and her husband, Tom, built a large lime business and became leaders in the mineral industry. No stranger to the oil industry, she also manages her family oil business in Van, Texas. Ms. Chambers is a very philanthropic person offering financial support and spiritual mentoring to women in Dallas and Fort Worth.


[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Kay Granger (1)[/symple_column]Kay Granger Fort Worth, Texas Ms. Granger began her political career as Mayor of Fort Worth and in 1997 was elected Congresswoman for the 12th District of Texas. Recognized as one of the leaders on national security and foreign policy, she oversees 70% of all discretionary spending, chairs the Anti-Terrorism Caucus and serves as a Major Deputy Whip.


[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Harriet Miers (1)[/symple_column]Harriet Miers Dallas, Texas Ms. Miers is a lawyer and former White House Counsel with the Bush Administration. She was the first female to head the State Bar of Texas. In 1995 George W. Bush appointed Ms. Miers to chair the Texas Lottery Commission. Then in 2007, Locke Lord Bissel & Liddell announced her new role as a registered agent with the US Dept. of Justice for Pakistan People’s Party and the Embassy of Pakistan.


[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Margaret Peale Everett[/symple_column]Margaret Peale Everett Sherman, Connecticut Mrs. Everett has served in many volunteer leadership positions in philanthropic and service organizations. She has served on the Board of Trustees of Guidepost since 2003, currently chairing the Governance Committee and the Foundation Board. Mrs. Everett is also President of the Peale Family Foundation, and serves on the Board of the Mizzentop Day School in Pawling, New York.


[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Linda Orlans[/symple_column]Linda Orlans Troy, Michigan A native of Michigan, Ms. Orlans has established five businesses in the state, and currently employs more than 500 individuals. She serves as Managing Partner of Orlans Associates, P.C., named one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to work for in Metro Detroit. A graduate of Michigan State University College of Law, she is on the Donor Hall of Fame and has received the George N. Bashara, Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award.

[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Mary Roche (1)[/symple_column]Mary Rouche Indian Wells, California Prior to becoming Mayor, Ms. Roche served on the Indian Wells City Council and several other local commissions. She is a visionary leader with a 40-year career that spans education, business, elected offices, and philanthropy in Coachella Valley, Los Angeles, and Orange counties. She has served 11 years as Indian Wells Mayor and Councilwoman and 21 years as professor in the Los Angeles Community College District.

[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Lorraine Schultz[/symple_column]Lorraine Schultz Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Ms. Schultz is the founder and CEO of Women’s Automobile Association International (WAAI). This non-profit organization of 350+ members throughout US and Canada has established a scholarship fund for women seeking careers in the automotive industry. Ms. Schultz has received 18+ awards from 1991-2012 for her business and community service leadership and served as a board member for 11 other organizations.

[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk[/symple_column]Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk Dallas, Texas Ms. Thompson-Frenk is an artist and philanthropist. She was born in Mexico and raised in Dallas after being adopted by Debra and the late John Thompson, CEO of 7-Eleven Corporation. Ms. Thompson-Frenk co-founded and serves as President for both Memnosyne Foundation and the John Philip Thompson Foundation for Non-Chemotherapy/Radiation Brain Cancer Research.