Meet Your TLC Tutor


Name: Aubree BakerTLC TUTOR AUBREE

How long have you been a TLC tutor: First Year

Major: Innovative Marketing and Management

Home town: Trenton, Michigan

Year in School: Sophomore Year

Dream Job: CEO of a non-profit


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

You: Of course! On campus, I am involved in two Executive Boards. I am the PR for NU’s Honors Association and the PR for National Society of Leadership and Success. I am also involved in Signature Events Team (SET), and Student Alumni Network, as well as Rotary Club and Golden Z. I also plan to be on the Executive Board of a new club on campus that involves philanthropy! Lastly, I am also an employee of Springhill Suites over on Joe Mann Blvd.

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

You: By far, yes! Throughout my previous years, I have loved being a tutor for children that are growing up in or near my hometown. I enjoyed knowing that I could help further a student’s education just by explaining /expanding on a topic, like math, that I grew up loving to learn.

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

You: Duh!! All of my friends that have already been to the TLC have loved the atmosphere, so I can’t imagine that anyone wouldn’t enjoy coming in, speaking with a few of us, and leaving with some candy!

TLC: Are you looking for a tutor who is easy going, super friendly and fun to be around? Look no further than Aubree! As you read above, she is full of energy and very invested in life at Northwood University and helping students be successful. Her happy disposition is contagious and a wonderful reason to come to the TLC to study.



Mock Trial Earns Bid to the Opening Round Championship Series

Northwood’s Mock Trial Team Earns Bid to the Opening Round Championship Series

A Regional Mock Trial Tournament hosted by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) was held in Joliet, Illinois where 26 teams competed last Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday following the completion of four rounds (two trials representing the prosecution and two representing the defense), a Northwood University team finished at the top by winning every round and earning the Spirit of AMTA Award for exemplifying the ideals of honesty, civility, and fair play. Northwood along with 6 other teams earned the right to compete in the Opening Round of Championships in March:

Outstanding Trial Teams–(Earning bids to the Opening Round Championship Series held March 23-25, 2018, Hamilton, Ohio) Northwood University 7.5 Wins (Combined Strength: 17.5, Opponents Combined Strength: 74.5, Point Differential: 45) Elmhurst College 7 Wins (CS: 11, OCS: 72, PD: 63) Northwestern University 7 Wins (CS: 9.5, OCS: 81, PD: 56) University of Michigan 6 Wins (CS: 16.5, OCS: 71.5, PD: 71) University of Illinois at Chicago 6 Wins (CS: 14.5, OCS: 64.5, PD: 48) Northern Illinois University 6 Wins (CS: 13.5, OCS: 75, PD: 18) Hillsdale College 5.5 Wins (CS: 19.5, OCS: 67.5, PD: 42)

Northwood's Mock trial team at regionals

The Northwood team consisting of Chris Grant, Kris Murphy, Devon Peasley, Ricky Ascherl, Simeon Lawrence, Zach Messner and Karli Zubek earned those awards by winning their rounds against:

— The University of Michigan,
— Hillsdale College
— Northern Illinois University and
— St. Norbert College.

In addition to the team awards, two of the students earned individual awards. Simeon Lawrence earned one of the eleven Outstanding Witness Awards given out at this tournament. Christopher Grant was the only student in the tournament to earn enough ranking points to qualify for an Outstanding Attorney Award on both the prosecution and the defense side of the case.

Northwood had two teams competing at Joliet. The team of Parker Lukenbill, Chris Whitburn, Alexis Thornton, Josh Weckesser, Victoria Bell, Nick Freeman, Lexi Rabidue, Steven Redder, Kara Sogge and Jacob Walters defeated Saint Xavier University, split ballots with one Northwestern team, narrowly lost to a different Northwestern team and was narrowly edged out by the University of Illinois. This young talented team has a bring future ahead. Special thanks to Ashton Brooks, a Champion-In-Training who assisted both teams in multiple ways.

For more details on the awards earned at the 2018 Joliet, IL AMTA Regional Tournament results, see pages 3 and 4:

The awards earned yesterday are celebrated this week only. When the seven teams listed above (who have already earned bids to the 2018 March AMTA ORCS Tournament in Hamilton, OH) are joined by 17 additional teams who also qualify through one of AMTA’s other February regional tournaments, the competition will begin anew. Each team’s slate will have been wiped completely clean when all 24 teams assemble next month in Hamilton, Ohio with a revised case packet and a clear understanding that only 6 teams from that very competitive field will be invited to compete at the final tournament of the year. Efforts to earn one of those coveted spots will require practice during Northwood’s spring break. Since no food service is offered during that week, we will graciously accept any lunch or dinner invitations extended!

Congratulations on a job well done, Mock Trial!


Results of the 2018 DECA State Competition

2018 DECA State Competition Results

I am very excited to share the results of the 2018 DECA State Competition. These results are significant when you keep in mind that 12 colleges had teams at the competition, and to place, we must overcome schools such as the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Oakland University. It is no easy task. DECA state attendees from Northwood University

Further, we compete in more difficult areas (prepared events). Our students must complete a proctored 100-question exam, submit a perfect 15-page paper (penalty points are assessed for each error) and present their case to subject matter experts.


We had nearly our entire team of 24 qualify as finalists at the event (a significant achievement in itself).

1st Place: Corporate Finance

1st Place: Entrepreneurship

1st Place: Emerging Technologies and Strategies

1st Place: Business to Business Marketing

1st Place: Fashion Merchandising and Marketing

2nd Place: Financial Statement Analysis

2nd Place: Business Research

2nd Place: Advertising Campaign

2nd Place: Fashion Merchandising and Marketing

2nd Place: Marketing Management

3rd Place: Marketing Management


We also have the honor of having all three Michigan Collegiate DECA Officer’s on our campus this fall.

Elections for State Office were held, and we won all three offices:

2018-19 Michigan Collegiate DECA President, Annelise Norton (Junior)

2018-19 Michigan Collegiate DECA Vice President, Michael Wills (Delta Community College 3+1 student that will begin his studies at Northwood this fall)

 2018-19 Michigan Collegiate DECA Secretary, Richard Ascherl (Freshman)   

Members of Competition Team that Competed at the DECA State Competition:

Schmidt, Amanda R‎; Cornman, Taryn J‎; Paul, Samantha M‎; Walsh, Joseph P‎; Shaddock, Michael J‎; Geneseo, Anna L‎; Brown, Allison F‎; Kemp-Jordan, De’Andre N‎; Ascherl, Richard R‎; Bauer, Nathan C‎; Comar, Erik B‎; Hendley, Ashley M‎; Hinton, Todd‎; Holmes, Clay R‎; Johnson, Lance‎; Kapp, Angelo E‎; Mansfield, Damian‎; Norton, Annelise M‎; Snable, Alexandra N‎; Vaillancourt, Matthew M‎; Weber, Noah W‎; Weihl, Alaina‎; Walters, Jacob‎; Kajdasz, Sarah A

NU DECA Advisor: John Gustincic, Director, Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise


Meet Your TLC Tutor

Meet TLC Tutor Lanie

TLC tutor Lanie

Name: Lanie Frazier

How long have you been a TLC tutor: First Year

Major: Accounting

Home town: Midland, Michigan

Year in School: Sophomore

Dream Job: Forensic Accountant


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

You: Yes, I am an active member of Alpha Gamma Delta and involved in Students for Sustainability.

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

You: Absolutely! Helping others reach their academic goals is so inspiring and motivates me to work harder on my own.

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

You: I would definitely recommend working in the TLC. Lots of free food, flexible hours, and friends!

TLC: Lanie has been a fantastic addition to our TLC Tutoring Team. Need help in a class? Here are some really good reasons to go to the TLC: Dean’s List, 4.0 GPA, kind, patient, and brilliant! You couldn’t ask for a better tutor, coworker, classmate, or friend. Drop in to the TLC and ask for Lanie.


Meet Your TLC Tutor


Meet TLC Tutor Parker

Name: Parker Tillman          Picture of TLC Tutor

How long have you been a TLC tutor: Second Year

Major: Business Administration

Home town: Ada, Michigan

Year in School: Senior

Dream Job: Detective, Entrepreneur, and or Business Consultant



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

You: Yes, I have been a football player for NU since the fall of 2014.

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

You: Yes, because it has really boosted my communication skills.

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

You: Yes, for those that qualify, being a TLC tutor is very rewarding when you are able to help fellow students comprehend concepts from a class.

TLC: As an offensive linemen on our Football team, Parker was placed on the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence team. In addition, he is a two-time wrestling state High School champion and also a two-time Rugby state champion. When he is not getting it done on the athletic field, he is hard at work maintaining his impressive 3.75 GPA!


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 for more information on the organization and meeting times. 


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:


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 /; or Ali Nasrallah, OBL Chair at 313.443.5434 /

Student Presenters will be notified by January 4, 2018.



“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!


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,         



Meet TLC Tutor

Meet TLC Tutor Lydia

 Name: Lydia Deicla

How long have you been a TLC tutor?

First Year



Home town:

Midland, Michigan

Year in School:


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.