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BPA at Northwood University

Meet Jon Perrault, he is part of BPA here at Northwood. We met up with Jon and asked him a few questions, here is what he had to say.

What is your name, major, and year at NU?

My name is Jon Perrault. I am a freshman here at Northwood and I am studying management in the four-year BBA & MBA program.

How has your first month been at Northwood?

After my first full day at Northwood, I knew it was the right choice. The professors and staff truly care about your education and your success in your career. The campus is the perfect size. The class sizes are small, giving more direct attention from my professors and getting to know them on a more personal level.

Have you joined any on campus groups?

Yes, I have joined several Registered Student Organizations. These include Student Government, Timby Student News, Emerging Leaders (A freshmen only leadership group) and of course, Business Professionals of America. It is so unique to be surrounded by such great leaders who take any challenge given and turn it into an opportunity.

Do you have any recommendations to future students searching for a college?

Make sure to visit as many colleges as you can. The more types of colleges you visit, the more you will know what you like. Don’t go to a certain college because you know someone who is also going there. Choose a college that matches your values and will provide you with future career exploration opportunities.

What has been your favorite part of college at Northwood?

I have had an absolute blast making friends while enjoying the many on-campus events. I never thought that a university of this size would have much to do, but there is always some fun activity to partake in. And when there isn’t anything going on, there is always plenty to do in Midland. In fact, my friends and I recently rented bikes from on-campus and rode along the rail trail to get ice cream.

 

Students interested in joining BPA may contact exh@northwood.edu for more information on the organization and meeting times. 

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Outstanding Business Leader Presenter Application

The Outstanding Business Leader Awards will be held March 16th-17th in West Palm Beach, Florida. Applications to be an Outstanding Business Leader Presenter applications are due this month!

Northwood firmly believes that American business leaders deserve the highest forms of personal recognition for their contributions to this great nation and the world.

OBL Student Presenters

The Outstanding Business Leader Awards are presented by the Northwood University Board of Trustees. Each awardee is selected on the basis of personal achievements which typify the unique philosophy of Northwood University. Criteria used in the selection of awardees include contribution to the philosophy of private enterprise, support of the integration of business and the arts, contribution to education, economic innovation, creative marketing ideas, community involvement, religious leadership, philanthropic contributions, as well as business success. During the Awards Gala select students are selected to represent Northwood University to interview and give an introductory speech on their assigned Outstanding Business Leader Honoree.

If you are interested in being considered as a Student Presenter for the 2018 Outstanding Business Leaders Awards Gala please fill out and submit the application by December 15, 2017.

Student Presenters will be expected to do the following:

Pre-Event:

Interview your Outstanding Business Leader Honoree, write your Honoree’s introductory speech and attend speech rehearsals and informational session.

During Outstanding Business Leader Award Weekend:

  • Attend the Welcome Reception on Friday, March 16, 2018 private residence
  • Attend the Student Roundtables on Saturday, March 17 2018 dressed in business attire at The Palm Beach Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Attend the evening Awards Gala on Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • Take photos with your Outstanding Business Leader Honoree during reception
  • Give your prepared 2-minute introductory speech on your Outstanding Business Leader Honoree
  • Write hand-written thank you note to your Honoree

Other event assistance as needed, will be directed by Ashleigh Summers, Director of Signature Programs & Special Gifts

Questions? Please contact: Ashleigh Summers, Director of Signature Programs & Special Gifts at 989.837.4465 / summersa@northwood.edu; or Ali Nasrallah, OBL Chair at 313.443.5434 / nasralla@northwood.edu.

Student Presenters will be notified by January 4, 2018.

 

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“The Forty”- The Whiting Forest Cafe, Build-a-Business Competition

On Monday our students competed in the first round of the Whiting Forest Café Build-a-Business Competition. This competition was open to any student currently enrolled at Northwood University and in-good standing. Students are competing for $5000.  Draft of the Canopy

Those who wished to compete, were required to attend 5 coaching sessions. These coaching sessions consisted of learning the history of The Whiting Forest and the inspiration for the Canopy Walk. Special Guest: Mr. Kyle Bagnall provided information that was vitally important to understanding the mission and purpose of the project. 

During the preliminary round, that was closed to the public, the students had 5-minutes to present their business plan to a panel of Northwood faculty and staff. From the preliminary round, 5 finalist were chosen to continue with the Build-a-Business competition. 

The Top 5 from the preliminary round, will compete Wednesday, November 29th from 6PM-8PM in Doan Lecture Hall (NU Admissions Building- Historical Building). Within this final round, each student will have 15 minutes to present their business plan, students can also provide a written business plan to support their presentation as well. These presentations will be recorded and provided to the judges to review. The winner of the competitionwill be revealed the week of December 11, 2017. 

Below are the Top 5 (in no particular order):

  • Akash Bengani
  • Taylor Berndt
  • Jon Perrault, Nate Bauer & Tristan Korzelius
  • Kaitlyn Cole
  • Jessica McNeal

The final competition is open to the public on Wednesday, November 29th at 6PM.

Congratulations to all participants!

 
 
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Cultivating Leaders- On and Off the Field

Thirty-five Northwood University student-athletes took part in a one-day leadership retreat at Eagle Village Retreat Center in Hersey, Michigan, Representatives from each team were present. We met up with Paul Evans, a student athlete, who attended and asked them a few questions. This is what they had to say!

What is your major?

Operations and Supply Chain Management, currently I am attending the Devos Graduate School of Management.

What teams and organizations are you involved with on campus?

I am part of the Track and field team and I am also involved with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

How did you get involved with this opportunity?

To be involved with the leadership camp you were recognized as a leader on your sports team.

What were some of the most important things you learned during this experience?

The biggest take away for me from leadership camp is probably the concept E+R=O. The E stands for event, the R stands for response and the O stands for outcome. What the equation tell us is that an event can happen good or bad and what matters is how we respond to it. How we respond to that event is what our outcome will be. Other takeaways is being more positive, recognizing my weaknesses as a leader and how to make those my strengths.

How will you apply this experience to your sport, education and career?

I will apply the ERO equation in all three aspects of my life. After the leadership camp I have the metal tools necessary to tackle any event that may happen to me in my life. In my sport if I am having a big practice or a meet I won’t let that effect my outcome, because I know can recognize that and respond in a positive way. In my education if I get a bad grade or if I am stressing out with my school work I can respond in the correct manner in order to have an outcome that is positive. In my career I can also use the equation and lessons learned to benefit the organization that I will be a part of. Being positive, bringing in results and helping my coworkers achieve their goals is the benefit and the outcome that the leadership camp would help me achieve.

Why do you think it is important for student athletes to have this type of experience while they are in school?

As a student athlete you can get caught up in your practice and sometimes not realize how much you effect your teammates and other student athletes. Learning these skills when you are a young student athlete will help you use them toward your personal and professional career. As a student athlete these skills are important to have, however we learned that you have to separate your athlete life, from your personal life. In the future you can relate this to separate your work life from your personal life. Having these skills on hand to use will make us better student athletes and business professionals.

What was the highlight of the experience for you?

The highlight of the experience for me was definitely the high ropes course. Not only did the course test our composure, but it also showed us all our mental toughness in stressful situations.

Anything else we should know about this experience?

The camp itself helps you as a student athlete, however continuing to recognize how you can be a better leader every day is what will make all of our teams better. Recognizing our own strengths and weaknesses is just one step in the right direction. As student athletes we have to work continuously every day at our own mental battles while also assisting others. This experience has opened up my eyes to a new approach to lead others, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of something so beneficial.

To learn more about this opportunity check out, http://www.gonorthwood.com/general/2017-18/releases/20171002ni2g1a         

 

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Meet TLC Tutor

Meet TLC Tutor Lydia

 Name: Lydia Deicla

How long have you been a TLC tutor?

First Year

Major:

Entrepreneurship

Home town:

Midland, Michigan

Year in School:

Junior

Dream Job:

To own my own business!

 

TLC: Other than a student, and a tutor, are you involved in anything else on campus?

You: No, but off campus I play on a co-ed softball team and I also work as a trainer at the Grand Traverse Pie Company.

 

TLC: Do you feel your experience as a tutor has been beneficial to you?

You: I feel like this experience will be extremely beneficial and rewarding. I know what it’s is like to struggle in a particular area, so I love to help in any way I can!

 

TLC: Would you recommend working at the TLC to your friends?

You: Yes of course! Not only will you be helping others, but you will also strengthen you own skills in the process.

 

TLC: Our hometown girl, Lydia, is an absolute sweetheart and she puts her heart into everything she does! It’s obvious once you meet her, that she genuinely wants to help and make a difference.   She is a great tutor and another great reason to visit the TLC.

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Meet DECA Michigan Collegiate President

 

We caught up with Michigan Collegiate President, Allison Brown and asked her what she like most about DECA. This is what she had to say.

What is your class year?

Class of 2018

What is your major?

International Management and Management with an Entrepreneurship Minor

How many years have you been in DECA?

Seven

What campus organizations are you involved in apart from DECA

Tau Kappa Epsilon, President for Alpha Gamma Delta

What do you hope to accomplish in DECA during the 2017-18 school year?

This next year I hope to promote growth within our chapter as well as encourage our members to get out of their comfort zone and expand their individual networks.

Why do you think it is important to be involved in groups like DECA at Northwood?

I think it is very important to join these organizations on campus and get involved in leadership because it helps you to gain experience and expand your personal network.

What has been the highlight of your DECA career so far?

The highlight of my DECA career was becoming the MI Collegiate DECA State President. I love working with the different chapters and the other state officers.

What is your favorite part about DECA?

My favorite part about DECA is meeting people from all over the globe and using the competitions to challenge myself in the business setting. I am looking forward to a limitless year in DECA!

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Meet DECA E-Board Student Government Association Representative

We met up with DECA E-Board Student Government Association Representative, Nicholas Freeman and here is what he had to say:

What is your class year?

Class of 2019, Junior

What is your major?

Advertising and Marketing

How many years have you been in DECA?

This is my 5th Year in DECA

What campus organizations are you involved in apart from DECA and your leadership positions in them if any?

I am the Auto Show Gala Chair apart of Northwood Signature Events Team, I am a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, and Mock Trial.

What do you hope to accomplish in DECA during the 2017-18 school year?

This year during DECA I plan on taking 1st in my Role play event and traveling to internationals and coming home with some hardware.

Why do you think it is important to be involved in groups like DECA at Northwood?

It’s important to be active and involved with organizations like DECA at Northwood because of all the connection and people you get to meet. In the Business world the most important thing is who you know not what you know. Going to competition and meeting students from other universities and expanding your network base is why it’s so important to be involved with groups like DECA at Northwood University.

What has been the highlight of your DECA career so far?

When hearing Northwood University name being called at the award ceremony knowing that we bring some of the most well-educated and outspoken business talent to these competitions.

What us your favorite part about DECA?

Going to different high schools setting up Mock competitions and improving their DECA chapters, and then when the students are texting me and letting me know how they did after their competition at States.

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Meet DECA E-Board Vice President of Professional Development

We met up with DECA E-Board Vice President of Professional Development, Michael Shaddock and here is what he had to say:

What is your major?

I am Marketing/Advertising major in the BBA/MBA program.

How many years have you been in DECA? 

I’ve been doing DECA for 4 years

What other organizations are you involved in on campus apart from DECA?

Auto Show

What do you hope to accomplish in DECA during the 2017-18 school year?

This year I plan to go to internationals and reach the final rounds of my competition. I also plan on opening more job opportunities DECA students once they graduate. It’s important to get involved in group like DECA because of networking. We live in a world where knowing the right people is very important and having something like DECA on you resume can help you get interviews.

 

What has been the highlight of your DECA career so far?

The highlight of my DECA career was going on stage during internationals.

What is your favorite part about DECA? 

My favorite part of DECA is the competitions. I get to meet new people and generate new connections with people. Also, the competitions are really fun, especially when you win, and Northwood DECA is really good at winning.

Lastly if anyone needs any help with anything I am always available to help.

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Meet DECA E-Board Vice President of Finance

 

We met up with DECA E-Board Vice President of Communication, De’Andrea Kemp-Jordan and here is what he had to say:

What is your class year?

Class of 2020

What is your major?

Accounting and Finance

How many years have you been in DECA?

Four

What campus organizations are you involved in apart from DEC

None

What do you hope to accomplish in DECA during the 2017-18 school year?

To place first place in my competitive event to be number one in the world

Why do you think it is important to be involved in groups like DECA at Northwood?

It’s great networking and helps you to be involved on campus.

What has been the highlight of your DECA career so far?

Last year at the State Career Development Conference I got to meet a member that at Delta College.         I was able to promote Northwood University and our Collegiate DECA Chapter to him and afterwards he transferred to Northwood University and is currently participating as a Diamond Member.

What is your favorite part about DECA?

My favorite part about DECA is getting to know my fellow executive board members and building life-long relationships with them.

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Meet DECA E-Board Vice President of Communication

We met up with DECA E-Board Vice President of Communication, Taryn Cornman and here is what she had to say:

What year are you?

Senior

What is your major?

Healthcare Management and Management

How many years have you been in DECA?

8 years

What campus organizations are you involved in apart from DECA?

Delta Mu Delta; Order of Omega; Alpha Gamma Delta (Vice President Operations, Membership Coordinator, Website Coordinator); Healthcare Occupation Students of America (President); St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn

What do you hope to accomplish in DECA during the 2017-18 school year?

To continue to grow the organization and the amount of members that will compete at the state and international competition. Last year we had a 100 members and we are working to hit 150 members this year!

Why do you think it is important to be involved in groups like DECA at Northwood?

Professional business organizations like DECA allow you to not only put what you have learned in school to use but teach you soft skills that are necessary for the business world. DECA focuses on the marketing, finance and accounting, business administration and management, and entrepreneurship career tracks by giving members the chance to learn more about these industries and the opportunities available. For example, if someone is interesting in going into hotel and lodging, one of our national advisory board members is Marriott International and they are always working with members to teach them about the industry and career opportunities within their company.

What has been the highlight of your DECA career so far?

My proudest moment in DECA was last year when we brought 25 members to compete at the State Career Development Conference when the year prior we only brought three. Collegiate DECA’s executive board works hands on with the members and has been able to inspire them to be more involved and compete. Collegiate DECA has allowed me to be a true student leader and learn what it means to lead a team and be flexible This organization has truly changed by life and I would not be where I am today without DECA.

 

My favorite part about DECA is that it has allowed me to find life long friends and network with people that I otherwise may have never met.  DECA has also provided me with mentors that inspire me and have helped