Northwood BPA Students Qualify for Nationals

Last week, Northwood had 44 students compete at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) state completion in Grand Rapids. Eighteen NU students placed in the top 3 at the state competition and qualified to compete at Nationals.   The following are students who qualified to attend the national competition being held in Florida in May 2017.  Northwood competed against the following schools: CMU, EMU, Davenport, Baker College, Bay College, and Montcalm CC. Congratulations to all!

Northwood Students at BPA Competition1st Place Winners
Kennedy Shea – Advanced Interview Skills
Kristy Godley – Banking and Finance
Jordan McCallister – College Payroll Accounting
Katie Keith – Fundamental Desktop Publishing
Holly Rachel – Graphic Design Promotion
Kennedy Shea  – Intermediate Word Processing
Scott Loughlin – Managerial Accounting
Matt Schnurr – Presentation Management Individual
Morgan Stoewsand‐Kryscio, Renee Thompson, Scott Loughlin and Matt Schnurr – Small Business Management Team

2nd Place Winners
Kristy Godley – College Payroll Accounting
Kennedy Shea – Ethics and Professionalism
Morgan Stoewsand-Kryscio – Fundamental Desktop Publishing
Taylor Bovee – Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications
Paige Podskalny – Graphic Design Promotion
Hannah Ex – Medical Office Procedures
Renee Thompson – Personal Financial Management

3rd Place Winners
Renee Thompson – Advanced College Accounting
Taylor Bovee – Advanced Word Processing
Brianne Suggs – Basic Office Systems & Procedures
Kristy Godley – Federal Income Tax Accounting
Gabriella McKee-Lewis – Fundamental Desktop Publishing
Natisha Phophayly – Graphic Design Promotion
Jacob Taylor – Legal Office Procedures
Sara Brown – Medical Office Procedures


February is Financial Aid Awareness Month

FAFSA Website ScreenshotHave you completed your FAFSA?

If not, visit

  • State deadlines are right around the corner. Some state deadlines for grant and scholarship aid have already passed and others are quickly approaching.  Some states award aid on a first-come, first-served basis. All state deadlines are listed at
  • Families must use 2015 tax information. This should help simplify the application process, as families will no longer need to estimate their taxes for the FAFSA, or put off completing the form until they file their 2016 taxes. By using 2015 tax returns, more families will be able to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which can help save valuable time by importing tax information directly into the FAFSA.
  • Award letters may be issued earlier. Some colleges have already begun sending financial aid award letters to students who have completed the FAFSA. Award letters provide important information, including the school’s estimated Cost of Attendance and the financial aid package — including scholarships, grants, and loans — offered to the student.

If you have questions about the financial aid process, please call the Northwood University Financial Aid Office at 989-837-4230 or email us at


Meet TLC Tutor Daniella

Picture of DaniellaName: Daniella Gama-Diaz

How long have you been a TLC tutor?: First year

Major: Advertising & Marketing

Minor: Management

Hometown: West Bloomfield, Michigan


Year in School: Second year BBA/MBA student

Dream Job: Creative Director for an advertising firm in a big city like New York!

Other than a student, and a tutor, are you involved in anything else on campus? Yes, I am in the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and the Honors Program. I wish I could be more involved, but my schedule is very busy!

Do you feel your experience as a tutor has been beneficial to you? Yes! It gives me a chance to meet new people, and do math which I love! It also has allowed me to practice my interpersonal skills, and I love having a job on campus.

Would you recommend working at the TLC to your friends? Absolutely! It’s a very flexible job, good schedule, and you get to practice skills you haven’t used in a while.


Daniella has been a wonderful addition to our TLC Tutor Staff! She does a fabulous job at running both our Math 980 and Econ 2210 study groups, in addition to the numerous students she works with during our drop in hours and on her own time. Daniella carries a 3.98 GPA and is certainly another very smart reason to come to the TLC!


Aftermarket Major Austin Shares Experiences from Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week

Austin JeremiasLast month, 25 Northwood University Aftermarket students had the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas to participate in Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week. One of those students, Austin Jeremias, shared what his experience was like!

What is your major?

Automotive Aftermarket Management

What student organizations are you involved with on campus?

The Aftermarket Club

How did you get involved with this opportunity?

I got involved through the Aftermarket program itself. In our classes were introduced to the opportunity during spring semester of my sophomore year. After applying to go to HDAW each person had to go through an interviewing process as well.

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

One of the most important things I learned while attending both this past year and the year before, was that there are many opportunities available within the Heavy Duty Aftermarket industry that I hadn’t been exposed to before attending. I also learned about many of the important trends that are influencing the Heavy Duty industry today.

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

I will apply this experience to my future career in that I plan to go into some area the Heavy Duty Industry after graduation. Before attending HDAW both at the beginning of this year as well as last, I felt I was confined to only the traditional channels of the aftermarket, however, through attending HDAW, many other options have become apparent within the Heavy Duty industry.

Why do you think it is important for students to have these types of experiences while they are in school?

I think it is very important for students to attend these sorts of events because they not only allow students to get exposure to different facets of the industries and network with many potential employers, but it also allows students the opportunity to work directly with different companies throughout the industry.

What was the highlight of the experience for you?

The highlight of my experience at HDAW was being able to work with my sponsor company during the show, which was Dorman Products. I have worked with Dorman in the past both as an intern the past two summers as well as at such events as AAPEX/SEMA and HDAW in the past. I also very much enjoyed sitting in on the industry educational sessions throughout the week which helped me gain more insight into many of the trends that are influencing the Heavy Duty aftermarket industry as a whole today.

Anything else we should know about this experience?

HDAW is such a great experience for all of the students that attend, and everyone at the show wants each intern to experience the immense amount of camaraderie throughout the industry, and show their support for the many Northwood Students attending.



Spring 2017 Tour Guides Needed

Northwood Students

Job Title: 

Tour Student Ambassador

Job Description:

  1. Responsible for giving campus tours to prospective students and their families during campus visits i.e. Faculty Visits, Classroom Visits, Athletic Visits, Financial Aid Appointments, Academic Advising Appointments, and/or Lunch.
  2. Responsible for escorting the prospective student and their guests to set appointments while also giving a guided tour describing campus and student life along the way.
  3. Assist with student panels and/or group campus tours during Bus Trips, Open Houses and other Admissions events as assigned.


  • Have an outgoing personality
  • Be able to hold a conversation with integrity.
  • Have good academic standing must act in a professional manner.
  • Be reliable and timely to show-up to all assigned campus tours and/or events.

How to Apply:
Visit the Admissions Office located in the Herbert D. Doan Center, Welcome Center – Office of Admissions located near the Main Street entrance to campus and speak with Katie Bischel or request an application to be sent electronically at

If your application is selected, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. The position will not begin until the Spring 2017 semester.

Sounds like too much responsibility? Well, fret not!
This is an as-available position; thus, you sign-up for what you are available for.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for the dynamic admissions team today!


Meet Your Timberwolf Learning Center Tutor, Marlon!

Marlon Hairston in football uniformName: Marlon Hairston

TLC tutor: 4 years

Major: MBA Management

Home town: Southfield, Michigan

Year in School: First year graduate student

Dream Job: Nascar Driver or Pro Rubik’s Cuber

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

I am a proud member of the NU Football team!

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

I believe it has!  Helping people learn has been so fulfilling.  The look someone gives when they finally understand something they’ve struggled with is amazing.

Would you recommend working at the TLC to your friends?

Of course! The TLC has flexible hours and great pay!

“Marlon is a first class young man, an outstanding citizen, man, and person.  He is very team oriented.  I see him as more of a serving leader… always willing to help others.”
-Head Football Coach Leonard Haynes

In addition to excelling on the football field, he is also a standout in the classroom.  Marlon received GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Honors in 2014 and 2015.  He wears number 89 on the gridiron, but he is number one in the TLC!

Follow Team Strosacker on Twitter with the hashtag #strosacker!


A Taste of Culture Fall 2016

Taste of Culture PlatesThe A Taste of Culture dinners has finally come to an end this Fall. This semester was the first time A Taste of Culture was introduced and we have successfully brought in the local taste from countries like China, Malaysia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

These food has opened our horizons to the different cultural practices and styles by other countries.  Students and faculties sent in recipes from their home countries and the adventurous Sodexo team prepared the food. While the process of preparation was tough, the team managed to whip up a wonderful meal. Indeed, it was a great time for the domestic students to learn about the cultures of other countries by filling up their stomach; it was also a time for the international students to reunite with a little taste of home.

Here at Northwood where cultural diversity is strongly valued, we love when different ideas come together and create many great ideas. Together, let us create a community through our food. After all, food is the tool which helps us express and connect with others. If you are an international student who would love to spread your culture and its food, do email your recipes to 

Missing your grandma’s food? Send us the recipe and we will try whipping it up.

A Taste of Culture will resume in the Spring Semester on the third Wednesday of every month. Don’t forget to join A Taste of Culture next semester and learn more about the different cultures and values.


Meet Your Timberwolf Learning Center Tutor, Krystal!

KrystalName: Krystal Kohlman

TLC tutor: For 1 year

Major: Accounting

Home town: Howell, Michigan

Year in School: Senior

Dream Job: CFO or start my own business

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

Yes! I am on the Honor’s E-Board, part of BPA and Team Jeep for the Auto Show.  In addition, I am the HASNU President.

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

Yes, it has taught me how to better explain problems and concepts in different ways for students.  It has also improved my understanding of other people. It really feels great to help other people!

Would you recommend working at the TLC to your friends?

Absolutely! It is a flexible and rewarding job.  It benefits you as well as others.  This position helps you gain confidence, teaches you how to work with different personalities, and is a great way to meet new people.

Krystal will finish her bachelor degree in three years flat and is considering either the University of Michigan or the University of Texas for her graduate studies.  She was awarded both The Edgar A. Madden Award for writing as well as The Institute of Management Accountant Award! She may be leaving us soon for the Lone Star State, so come on down to the TLC and learn from one of our best!

Follow Team Strosacker on Twitter with the hashtag #strosacker!


Go M.A.D. Thank You Selfies

iPad Thank You SelfieNorthwood University donors “GO M.A.D.” every day by contributing financially to your on-campus experience! They provide the support necessary for new buildings, campus enhancements, and scholarships. We want them to see and hear directly from you! So go ahead, take a selfie on your own or with friends, and write a message letting them know how much you care and appreciate their support! Just follow the instructions below!

Selfie Instructions:

  1. Use the iPad’s provided to take your photo! We’ve already downloaded the app for you!
  2. If you want, use the Northwood props located in the blue bin! Have fun with this!
  3. Locate the “Instant” app icon. It looks like this
  4. Be sure to hold the Ipad in the horizontal position, with the “home button” located on the right.
  5. Choose “Camera” located on the top of the screen.
  6. Remember, the donors want to see you!
  7. Shake your digital Polaroid!
  8. Double tap the Polaroid picture. Write a message using the in-app tool. Be creative, succinct, yet respectful.
  9. Once the picture and text are to your satisfaction, click on the arrow next to the trash can in the upper right corner to save your picture.
  10. Click on the arrow in the upper left corner, swipe your photo away, and hit the camera button in the lower right corner. That’s it!
  11. Each night all appropriate photos will be enlarged, printed, and posted the following day!

The first 50 individuals to submit a respectful, appropriate and creative “thank you” photo will receive a Northwood University selfie stick that can be picked up from the scholarship office located on the first floor of the Church Family Administration Building. We will contact you the moment it is available!

At the end a video will be created from footage caught throughout the week that will be shared with all of our Northwood University donors.




I’m a Student, Do I Need to Attend Networking Events?

Hands exchanging business cardNetworking! Everyone seems to be telling you that is just so important! Your teachers are telling you to meet more people from the industry, seniors are telling you to start building your own network, even your dad gives you lectures on the importance of networking. It sounds easy. Right? Yet, when you attend social networking events, the pressure builds up on what you can say or how you should act.

If you are still wondering what are the benefits of joining a social networking event as a college/university student, here are some good reasons why you should just go for it:

  1. It is free!

Most college networking sessions are free of charge and are a platform for you to practice talking to people from the industry. It is a free workshop for you to practice how you should present yourself. Free food, free lessons… sounds good to me.

  1. You meet people

Sure, you meet a lot of people on a daily basis, but networking events are a great avenue for you to meet people from different industries and understand how business works from varying perspectives of experienced individuals.

  1. You discover yourself

You probably already know that by networking, you get to know and understand more people. What you may not realize is that you also get to know yourself better. You start to understand which aspects of the economy or industry you lack knowledge in. In addition, you also get to know what really interest you and you can use that information to craft your future job choices.

  1. You can brand yourself

As students, branding yourself in the market cannot be further emphasized. At social networking events, you position yourself to create an impression for your future employers. Start by introducing yourself and be proud of who you are. Don’t forget to mention your name. It is your biggest brand asset! Remember, you are your very own brand.

  1. It increases your visibility

Going for social networking events as a student shouts, “Hey, I am about to graduate and I’m ready to join the workforce! Hire me!” Of course, this doesn’t mean that once you attend a social networking event you will immediately secure that dream job. However, you are proving to your future employers that you are interested and keen. That itself speaks volume.


Let’s face it: what you learn in class or the experiences you write on your résumé are not sufficient to teach you how to present yourself well in front of employers. It requires practice, practice, practice! So, what are you waiting, RSVP today for the upcoming Michigan Connection Networking Event on October 20th from 6 – 8p.m. at Dow Diamond, The Great Lakes Reserve. What is great about this networking event is that many of the employers attending are Northwood alumni who are willing to teach you the ropes on how to socialize and network.