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Campus Rides- Cody Davidson

Name: Cody Davidson

Year: Senior

Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Major: Advertising & Marketing/Automotive Aftermarket Management

Year, Make, Model: 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 

Engine, (Natural Aspirated/Turbo): 2.5 Naturally Aspirated Inline 5  

Transmission, AWD/RWD/FWD: Manual 5 speed, FWD

Mileage: 52,000

Why this particular car?

I chose this car to replace my Dodge Challenger, I bought it because it would have a higher resale value in Michigan than in Wisconsin where I bought it. However, that all changed when my Jetta got rear ended. That’s when I began to modify it.

What Mods have been done to this car?

Exterior: RGT wide body kit, Vader spoiler, euro aftermarket headlights

Engine: AFE air intake, Borla cat-back exhaust

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Jordan Baus

CPL Jordan Baus

CPL Jordan Baus

Active Duty Marine; 6046 Aviation Maintenance Data Specialist
Years of Service: 7 years
Stationed: NAS Fort Worth JRB
Northwood Major: Management

Tell Us About You: “In many ways I’m a free spirited individual. I love to be active in sports and extra-curricular activities. Ever since I joined the Marines, I’ve fallen in love with traveling. Recently, I ran my first marathon in Washington D.C. and I just received my Privates Pilots License. I really enjoy good conversations and meeting new people from diverse back grounds. Life is good.”

What Prompted You  to go to School on base? “I’m a driven individual that seeks to better myself on a daily basis. My parents instilled an inherent desire in me at a young age to continually educate myself. Once I had completed my first year in the Military, I realized that without a formal education I would never reach my true potential in the Marines. The benefits of having an education far out way the drawbacks of not having one!”

Why Did You Choose Northwood? “The Northwood Idea has always captured my attention. I truly want to be a leader in a future global, free enterprise society. The faculty at Northwood has been more than helpful with my transition into the Adult Degree Program.”

What Military Education Benefits, such as the G.I. Bill®, Did You Use? “Since I am still active duty, I am eligible for the Tuition Assistance program in the Marines. Funding for that program has been intermittent in the past few years. Once when funding was unavailable, the staff at the Northwood Fort Worth campus quickly helped me utilize my other benefits so that my education could continue uninterrupted.”

What Has Your Experience Been Like as a Student? “I live by the motto, ‘Nothing worth having in life is ever easy’. Working full time and going to school full time hasn’t been easy, but it has been extremely rewarding. My co-workers and peers within the military always show me a sense of respect and admiration when they find out about my weekly college attendance. Overall, I’ve wholly enjoyed my experience as a student at Northwood.”

What Challenges Did You Have Adjusting to Campus Culture During Military Life? “The campus staff is very understanding of military lifestyles and demanding work schedules. Many of my fellow students are either currently in the military or are former military. I do enjoy the fact that not everyone in my classes have a military background. This makes class discussions and interactions well balanced and diverse.”

Do You Believe Your Military Experience Has Made You a Better Student? “My parents instilled an understanding and appreciation for education in me, but the Marines taught me the value of hard work. I think that this set of experiences has made me a better student.”

What Advice Do You Have for Veterans Returning to School? “I always encourage anyone to educate themselves. It’s more than just receiving a piece of paper to place on the wall. Returning Veteran students need not be intimidated by college. It’s a great experience that you won’t regret in the future. Beginning on day one, Northwood University will set you up for success. With hard work, dedication and a desire to better yourself, anyone can succeed at Northwood University.”

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Meet the Professor- Jay Chandran

Professor Jay Chandran grew up and did his undergrad studies in India. Coming to the United States for graduate school at the University of South Florida he received his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Management there, later becoming certified in International Business at the University of South Carolina. He worked for an international bank specializing in foreign exchange and industry loans for 12 years. While at the bank he would teach other employees about foreign exchange which is where his affinity for academia and teaching first began.

He taught at the University of South Florida for a couple of years before hearing of a teaching position opening up at Northwood University. Although he did not have much teaching experience he decided to apply for the graduate school position and evidently the administration liked him because he has been at Northwood for 21 years now! After teaching in the MBA program, he eventually moved to teaching in the undergrad program. His focus areas are International Business (he is the Chair of International Business) and management. He teaches Intro to International Business, Principles of Management, and Strategic Management.

Chandran says he cannot pick a favorite class to teach because the international business class is very different from the management class and the freshman classes are on a different scale then the upperclassmen class of Strategic Management. The emphasis in the different classes are unique as the international business class has a focus on laws and cultural differences amongst countries whereas the management classes are mostly focused on strategy.

Professor Chandran says that bringing industry experience that was had 30 years ago is something he tries not to do as he believes it is not relevant and is out of date in this quickly developing business world. Instead, he tries to do research, travel and interact with faculty from around the world to stay up to date on current trends in business to relay the information to his students. He believes that the best part of teaching at Northwood is being able to “hopefully have a good influence and help them find their paths for a career and in life.” Challenging students to grow and broaden their perspectives on the world is what he loves the most about being a professor. Chandran believes the students here are respectful of their professors and serious about learning and are typically well-rounded students who make the most of every opportunity that comes their way.

A little personal fact? Professor Chandran is not all business! He has a keen interest in English literature and the arts, even dabbling a bit in writing, although he says he hasn’t published anything. He also loves sports; his favorite three being basketball, tennis and ping pong. He keeps his ping pong paddles in his office so if you’re ever feeling up for the challenge, ask him to play!

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Campus Rides-Ryan Thurston

Name: Ryan Thurston

Year: Senior

Hometown: Midland, Michigan

Major: Automotive Aftermarket Management

Year, Make, Model: 2002 Subaru WRX

Engine, (Natural Aspirated/Turbo): 2.0 EJ20 Turbo (Stage 2+)

Transmission, AWD/RWD/FWD: Manual 5 speed, AWD

Mileage: 177,000

 

Why this particular car?

I chose this car because I like to go fast and occasionally take it off road.

 

What Mods have been done to this car?

Engine: JDM turbo, Cobb tune, downpipe, top mount intercooler, Mishimoto rally radiator

Suspension & Wheels: KYB coil springs

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Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz

CS2 Victor Cruz Junior Sailor of the Year

Active Duty Navy; CS2 Culinary Specialist

Years of Military Service: 5 years

Stationed: NAS Fort Worth JRB

Northwood Major: Management, Soph

 

Tell Us About You:  “I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and have been in the United States Navy for almost 6 years.  I am a “CS” (culinary specialist), so I enjoy cooking, working out, and playing sports.  I’ve been attending Northwood University for 1 year.  I’m an extreme Green Bay Packers fan.”

What Prompted You to go to School on base? “I plan to enter the officers program so I knew that I needed a degree.  Everyone in my command was always talking about Northwood so I looked into it and enrolled.  I also came to a point that regardless in life; you’re going to need a degree to advance in life.”

 Why Did You Choose Northwood? “After I retire from the military, I plan to franchise a business or possibly open a business.  I felt that having a business degree would be very important to have so my best friend referred me to Northwood.  It’s also very convenient that it’s on the base.”

What Military Education Benefits, such as the G.I. Bill®, Did You Use? “I have utilized my TA for the year and used some of my G.I. Bill.  I’m also using my free class certificates for being Junior Sailor of the 4th Quarter and Junior Sailor of the Year.”

What Has Your Experience Been Like as a Student?   “My experience as a student has been awesome.  The staff truly cares and helps me hand pick all of my classes.  They are always available to assist me in everything I need and the instructors are always there to make sure I understand the lesson.”

What Challenges Did You Have Adjusting to School Culture During Military Life? “Being in the military, I’m always told to “stay flexible.”  There are always events coming up, duty responsibilities in my department, or being on watch.  There are many times in which I have to complete assignments weeks before they are due to cover myself in case something comes up.”

Do You Believe Your Military Experience Has Made You a Better Student?  “The military has made me a better student because when I attended college before, I wasn’t disciplined and wasn’t ready for the college lifestyle.  When I joined the military, I gained a sense of direction and learned how to become a leader.  With the values that I’ve gained in the military, I’m now a completely different student now than I was before.”

What Advice Do You Have for Veterans or Service Members Returning to School?  “Don’t hold off on it and once you start school, don’t quit.  Getting your degree will help you out in the long run and it will open many doors for you.”

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Campus Rides-Zachariah Weingartz

Name: Zachariah Weingartz

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Major: Automotive Aftermarket Management

Year, Make, Model: 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR

Engine, (Natural Aspirated/Turbo): 2.0 4G63 Turbo

Transmission, AWD/RWD/FWD: Manual 6 speed, AWD

Mileage: 55,000

Why this particular car?

I chose this car because it’s all wheel drive, a manual and it’s a highly modifiable platform.

What Mods have been done to this car?

Engine: AMS front mount intercooler, AMS fuel rail, AMS downpipe, Apexi cold air intake, Tial blow off valve, Grimmspeed boost control solenoid, Megan Racing o2 housing & exhaust o2 sensor spacer, Injector Dynamics 1000cc injectors, GSC stage 1 camshafts, ARP head studs, Tial blow off valve and a Wahlbro fuel pump

Interior/Exterior: Leather Recaro interior, Alpine head unit, APR front/rear carbon fiber splitters

Suspension & Wheels: Eibach springs, 18” BBS Wheels, Hawk track brake pads, stainless steel braided brake lines,

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Nick McWilliams

Nick McWilliams (or better known as “Alternative Nick” to his friends) is a freshman here at Northwood University and is majoring in Marketing. Nick grew up the small town of Niles, Michigan but never had trouble finding things to AltNick_3do. High school was a troubling time for McWilliams but he found solitude performing at local record shops during their “open mic nights”. He’s been playing guitar since his freshman year of high school and can’t imagine playing any other instrument.  He also has quite the thing for comic books, with a collection of a few hundred we can definitely call Nick a dedicated fan. He’s here at Northwood today because he can get his masters in four years, and claims that “you can’t make money by writing bad poetry”. Luckily when poetry didn’t work out Nick realized his interest in customers and learning more about “why they buy the things they buy”. He hopes to study focus groups and learn more about consumer decisions. Nick is very happy to be part of our Northwood family and we can’t wait to see where his aspirations in marketing take him!

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Meet the Professor

Getting to know your professors is an important part of being a student and your Social Media Ambassador team is here to help!

Professor Barry Huckeby: Math Professor. Basketball Coach. Business Owner.

Professor Huckeby

 

Professor Huckeby is in his 6th year as a Northwood University faculty member and is in the mathematics education department where he teaches College Algebra 1150 and Finite Math 1100. He got his own education at Miami U in Oxford, Ohio where he got his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics Education and he went on to receive his Master’s of Education from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.

He previously taught high school math for 12 years in Indiana and then taught at Saginaw Valley State University for 3 years and coached basketball there as well. Professor Huckeby came to Northwood to coach basketball and became a professor here. When asked, he will tell you that he doesn’t have a favorite class to teach because he truly loves all of his students here. He says the best thing about teaching here at the Wood is being able to teach young people who truly value their education and are focused on their future; he loves being able to be a part of their experience here! The number one difference he sees that sets Northwood students apart from other university kids? He’s found that, “Northwood students, while very diverse in terms of backgrounds and such, all seem to have a common goal.  When a young person chooses to come to Northwood U., the decision to get involved in a unique learning environment allows them to prosper and grow right from the start of their college student career.

One of the things that students repeatedly will say when asked what they like the most about the professors here is that they all have industry experience and bring that real-world knowledge to the classroom, enhancing the educational experience here at Northwood. Professor Huckeby is no different! He and his wife have run an antiques and collectibles business for almost 20 years; they recently opened the Freeland Antique Mall which they aim to make a must-see destination for Michigan natives and travelers. Check it out at www.FreelandAntiqueMall.com! Professor Huckeby brings his personal business experience into the classroom when teaching the application of topics to his students. Take it from someone who has him as a professor, he really does know what he is talking about and takes the time to ensure that his students truly understand the lessons before leaving his classroom. He is a professor that very obviously cares about advancing his students educational experiences as much as possible!

Just a little fun fact about Professor Huckeby: other than being a math professor and the basketball coach here at the university, he and his wife have 3 sons, Jackson (16), Bryson (12), and Wilson (8) and the everyone in the family are HUGE Colts fans!!

 

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Campus Rides-Cody Baum

Name: Cody Baum

Year: Senior

Hometown: Au Gres, Michigan

Major: Automotive Aftermarket Management

Year, Make, Model: 2004.5 Volkswagen GLI

Engine, (Natural Aspirated/Turbo): 1.8 4-Cylinder Turbo (Stage 2)

Transmission, AWD/RWD/FWD: 6-speed Manual, FWD

Mileage: 115,000

 

Why this particular car?

I chose this car because of its performance capabilities, it’s quick and has reasonable fuel economy. This car is extremely rare and I only know of one other one in Michigan.

 

What Mods have been done to this car?

Engine: Unitronic Stage 2 Tune, 42 Draft Design turbo back exhaust, Hyperboost diverter valve, Carbonio intake cone, powder coated intake manifold, intake manifold spacer, 3 inch turbo back exhaust

Suspension & Wheels: ISC Race Suspension Coilovers, 18×8.5 Miro 111 wheels with Hankook Evo V2 tires, Adams slotted rotors with Hawk pads

Body and Interior: Full Recaro interior, euro tail lights, stubby antenna

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The Perfect Fall Weekend

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In Michigan, apple orchard and cider mill trips are a fall tradition for many people. We Michiganders love these places as much as we love Mackinaw Store frontIsland fudge and Vernors ginger ale. So of course when I went home this past weekend, it was a necessity for me to head to the local cider mill back in my hometown of Hartland. Spicer Orchards has been around since IMG_3828 1967 and started out with a few rows of apple trees and blueberries and a small donut shop in a barn by Alan and Wanda Spicer. Today Spicer’s has over 15 varieties of apples, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, pumpkins and fresh produce and makes thousands of donuts on any given fall day. The entire Spicer family comes together to work at the orchard with three generations working side by side, however they do employ numerous local high school kids.

Spicer’s is one of the largest orchards in the state and when my family and I went right around 12:30 in the afternoon, business was really starting to pick up. Pumpkins were lined up outside the store for people who did not want to or have the time to pick their own and the aroma of hot cinnamon donuts and apple cider floated through the air. My family made our way to the pick-your-own barn to grab a bag to pick apples, hopped on a hayride out to the apple orchard; along with about 30 other people (it was a full ride)! Although apples have been in season since the end of August, the tree branchesIMG_3857 were still bent with the weight of the abundance of apples they were supporting. After filling our bag full of my favorite apples for me to bring back to school, we started making our way back up from the orchard to the store and along the way found an apple that was almost bigger than my face!

As we walked back up to the store, we passed a play area with zip lines, bikes, slides, a sandbox, and a petting farm. IMG_3848The new winery building (with wines made from Spicer fruits) was bustling and people were pouring out of every door in the store. We made our way to the back of the store to get apple cider and hot cinnamon donuts and then went and sat outside on the hillside to enjoy our treats and the amazing view over the entire orchard. We also went to the back of the building where you can watch employees make the apple cider.

 

All in all, just like every Michigan native, I loved my visit to the cider mill. If any of you Timberwolves, Michiganders or otherwise, want to take a little trip to an orchard sometime I suggest checking out Bayne’s Apple Valley Farm and Leaman’s Green Applebarn! Get directions and hours of business at these websites: http://www.greenapplebarn.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Baynes-Apple-Valley-Farm Do not forget to share your fun fall photos with us on Instagram and Twitter, tag us with @NorthwoodU!