Meet the DECA E-Board Vice President and Michigan Collegiate DECA Secretary

We met up with the DECA E-Board and asked them a few questions. Here is what Vice President and Michigan Collegiate DECA Secretary, Joseph Walsh had to say:

DECA Vice President

What is your class year? 

3rd year- Junior

What is your major? 

Innovation Marketing Management and Business Analytics

How many years have you been in DECA? 

Since I was a sophomore in high school so this is my 6th year.

What campus organizations are you involved in apart from DECA? 

Signature Events Team, Rotary, Alpha Sigma Phi

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

Excelling Northwoods chapter as a more dominant and winning school at Collegiate DECA’s career development conferences.

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

With DECA you essentially get out of it what you put into it. The preparation and critical thinking skills gained from being involved in this program is arguably better then every external club this campus offers. DECA has helped me grow my leadership abilities and into a young business professional.

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

Last spring, I was given the opportunity to run for state office and was elected to serve on the Michigan Collegiate DECA State Board as their secretary. I was also able to place top 10 in my event, Emerging Technology, at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California.


Networking with young motivated individuals at the conferences.


Meet Your Tutor

Meet your TLC Tutor Mitch

Picture of TLC tutor


How long have you been a TLC tutor:

First Year


International Business

Home town:

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Year in School:


 Dream Job:

Lawyer or high position in a bank



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

You: Yes, I am very also involved with the Auto Show and really love participating in the Go MAD Day on campus!


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

You: It already has been beneficial to me as it has helped to improve my communication skills. Furthermore, the appreciation you receive after helping a fellow student is a great feeling.


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

You: Yes! I would highly recommend it because the tutors I work with are fun to be around and like I said above, it feels great to help others.


TLC: Mitchell is a true team player. He is always willing to cover shifts and help out wherever needed. He genuinely wants to help every student he works with which is just one of the many reasons why he is so successful!




Meet the DECA E-Board President

We met up with the DECA E-Board and asked them a few questions. Here is what President Amanda Schmidt had to say:

Picture of DECA President

What is your class year?


What is your major? 

Operations and Supply Chain Management

How many years have you been in DECA?

5 years

What campus organizations are you involved in apart from DECA?

Delta Zeta (Vice President Recruitment), Order of Omega, Student Alumni Network, NUIAS

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

Personally, my goal is to place top three at the State Leadership Development Conference as well as the International Career Development Conference in Washington D.C. for my competitive event. For the chapter, I would like to see us excel in volunteering and giving back to the community. I also would like for the number of students who attend the state and international competition to double. Northwood DECA is full or very smart, competitive students who will succeed in competition.

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

I think that it is very important to be involved in groups like DECA because there are so many lifelong skills that you are learning. During my time in DECA, I’ve become a better leader and presenter. I also am able to think on my feet to problem solve during real world business situations. Groups such as DECA truly prepare students for the business world.

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

So far the highlight of my DECA career was the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference last year in Anaheim, California. Northwood DECA was able to take 13 students to the competition. My partner Anna and I placed top 10 in our event, Business Research!

What us your favorite part about DECA? 

My favorite part about DECA is the lifelong connections that you make through competitions, workshops, and event.


Apply for The Patricia and Robert Naegele Competitive Scholarship

Could you use $40,000 towards your education? The Patricia and Robert Naegele annual scholarship is available to qualified incoming freshmen and transfer students for the 2018-2019 academic year.


  • The scholarship is available for full-time BBA and four-year BBA/MBA students.
  • It is awarded to qualified students for up to a total of eight semesters as long as renewal standards are met.
  • The recipient may receive a Northwood University Academic Merit Scholarship in addition to this award.


  • Apply for admission and be accepted by Northwood University for the 2018-19 academic year. Apply for admission at
  • Write a 300 to 500- word essay describing the American Dream and its impact on a global free-enterprise society. If applicable examples of personal entrepreneurial experience are encouraged. Submit your essay along with a completed scholarship application at


  • Application and essay
    • The submission of your scholarship application and essay are due by Monday, January 15, 2018 (5 p.m. EST).
  • Academic Merit
  • Competitive presentation
    • On Saturday, February 17, 2018 on the Midland campus, finalists will participate in a competitive presentation about the American Dream and its impact on a global free-enterprise society.
      • Examples of personal entrepreneurial experience are encouraged.
      • Presentations should be up to five minutes long and will be followed by a question and answer period with the selection panel.
  • Your NU Admission commitment deposit must be received prior to the Naegele Competitive Scholarship competition date.

Please contact the admissions office at 989.837.4273 for additional information.


Meet TLC Tutor Noah

Name: Noah Jankowski

How long have you been a TLC tutor: First Year

Major: Business Management

Home town: Flint, Michigan

Year in School: Sophomore

Dream Job: Upper management, CEO, Business Owner


What did Nathan have to say when asked a few questions? 


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

You: Yes, I am very active member the NU Investing Club and participated in the Emerging Leaders program my freshmen year.


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

You: It will definitely be beneficial to me because it will keep what I have learned fresh in my memory and more importantly it gives me the opportunity to help others.


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

You: Yes! It allows you to grow your leadership, communication, and teaching abilities.


TLC: Noah has been a great addition to our TLC Tutor team. He embodies all we strive to be here at the TLC. He is intelligent, patient, friendly and really good at teaching others!



What to Expect at the 2017 Northwood University International Auto Show

It is hard to miss students preparing for the upcoming week. Between the optimal show route signs and the giant white tents crowding the mall walk, there is no mistaking that Auto Show is upon us. Auto Show to Northwood Students brings the same amount of joy, fulfillment, and fun that Christmas might bring to many others.

Being the largest student ran Auto Show in North America, this is an event that you don’t want to miss! The Northwood University International Auto Show allows students the opportunity to network and lead a team of their own, and gain knowledge in event management. And we can’t forget all of the hard work the student ran executive board puts into the Auto Show to make it a great success.

I received the inside scoop on some great displays you will not want to miss when walking the Auto Show.

The Oscar Meyer Weinermobile will be at the show on Sunday! Take a picture with the iconic Weinermobile to boost your followers on social media. Also on Sunday, the #18 Nascar of Kyle Busch will be at the show, so you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see the #18 car up close and personal! Subaru will have a rally car at the show this weekend. There are also rumors that Porsche and Jeep have some fantastic, interactive displays you won’t want to miss.


Tag all your pictures from the show with the #NorthwoodU hashtag.

Admission is FREE and the show times are as follows for the weekend.

Friday, October 6, 2017,
 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 8, 2017,
 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check out all the events at and

We hope to see you there!



Meet Your Tutor

Meet TLC Tutor Nathan


Name: Nathan Guza

How long have you been a TLC tutor: Second Year

Major: Accounting

Home town: Harbor Beach, Michigan

Year in School: DeVos Graduate School

Dream Job: Professional Bullfighter



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

You: School keeps me pretty busy. However, in addition to being a tutor, I am also heavily involved in HASNU. I also enjoy sports and am a multi-sport Intermural athlete.


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

You: Yes, because it has helped me to improve my communication skills. I get to meet a variety of people on a day-to-day basis and I find helping others with their studies very rewarding.


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

You: YES! Free smarties candies, great boss lady, casual dress, and optional weekends.

TLC: Nathan is a huge asset to our TLC tutor team. He is really easy to work with, very patient and friendly not to mention extremely intelligent (he carries a 3.9 GPA!). Nathan is just another fantastic reason to come to the TLC!



Move In Tips and Tricks

Moving is stressful and moving away from home for the first time can be a lot to take in. That is why we want to give you some tips & tricks to make this transition easier!

First things first, dress appropriately.

Move in is an exciting time and it’s easy to forget that you will be lifting objects and unpacking. You will have a more enjoyable experience if you dress for the weather and dress comfortably.

If you are bringing clothes that hang in the closet, keep them on the hangers and tie a garbage bag around them.

This will save time packing and unpacking. You will be able to place your clothes in the closet when you walk in the door to your dorm and they will be wrinkle free!

Storage Bins are a lifesaver!

It’s much easier to pack a car with storage bins, like Rubbermaid totes. Totes are much easier to carry to your dorm, stack to save space and you are able to use them for extra storage under the bed. Talk about multi-purpose.

If you are bringing portable dressers make sure to tape the drawers shut before move in.

The last thing you want on the first day you meet new people is for them to see what is in your portable drawers. Tape the drawers shut so the drawers don’t fall out while you are carrying them through the dorms.

Use a wheeled suitcase for heavy items!

A suitcase is easy to push or pull and is perfect for items like shoes, bedding and decorations. Suitcases don’t take up much space and stack easily.

Lastly, come prepared and bring scissors and a screwdriver.

Bringing a basic tool kit will save time on move-in day. Not having to go to the store and buy a screwdriver or pair of scissors will make for a less stressful day.

We hope these simple tips will help make moving on your own more enjoyable.



Connections Last A Lifetime

Meet Zach Rizo, he is a Automotive Aftermarket Management major at Northwood. Zach landed an internship with Delphi after networking with management at AASA (Automotive Aftermarket Supplier’s Association) Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Zach answered a couple questions in regards to his internship and what Northwood has done to help him grow into a young business professional.

What’s your major?

My major is Automotive Aftermarket Management with a minor in Marketing.

What student organizations are you involved with on campus?

I try to get involved as much as possible throughout the school year. I’m involved with Delta Mu Delta Honor Society, AMA (American Marketing Association) and was a teammate as well as a captain for Auto Show teams. My favorite involvement was having the great opportunity of going on Northwood’s Semester in Europe program in the fall. Where we traveled to 12 countries and 16 cities, it was a trip I’ll never forget.

How did you get involved with this opportunity?

I got involved with this opportunity while attending AASA (Automotive Aftermarket Supplier’s Association) Conference in Chicago, Illinois. While attending the event I got to network with many professionals working in the automotive aftermarket field and learn about the future of this great industry. From those connections I made, I received an email saying that Delphi’s Category management department was looking for a summer intern. I got the job within 2 weeks, it was a great feeling finally landing an internship late in the school year!!

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

Overall, this summer has been a great learning experience that I couldn’t thank Delphi enough for all they have done for us interns. I was assigned three main projects to work on over the duration of the summer. Those projects included product interchanges, where we compare Delphi’s products to our competitors. An active and passive safety product portfolio was researched to find if there is an aftermarket opportunity to pursue. Lastly, I worked on a CR process documentation using Microsoft Visio to document and streamline department processes for when our product has a change/improvement. Working on these projects I was able to see first- hand how important quality, price and loyalty you have with your customer is in the aftermarket.

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

Having internship experience is a big part of building your knowledge and skills to prepare for the real world before your final graduation date. You get a different style of learning from the class room that sets you apart from other students. I want to apply my product knowledge of steering & suspension products and fuel pumps in my pursue of becoming an aftermarket field sales rep.


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

I have learned so much throughout my courses at Northwood University but I truly believe I have learned the most while having internship experiences. I had an internship last year at ZF TRW and now having one at Delphi has helped me so much as a student. You get a professional experience that teaches you how to be in a corporate setting as well as learning about the automotive industry. While having these experiences you build a professional network with employees that are always willing to help you out. By providing you with advice and recommendations for future job opportunities.

What was the highlight of the experience for you?

The highlight of the experience was participating in Delphi events including a golf outing, Intern Forum, Excellence Week and volunteering at a Detroit Clean Up event. During all these events I got to meet so many great people. I met other students from Indiana University and other employees around the entire corporation of Delphi.


Anything else we should know about this experience?

I was lucky enough to work closely with two graduates from Northwood University, Lisa Kisil and Colleen McCarthy. They helped me and other interns with anything we needed throughout the summer .


Getting The Best Of Both Worlds

My name is Molly Head and I am a senior at Northwood University, majoring in Operations and Supply Chain Management with a minor in Health Care Management. This summer I worked as a supply chain intern for Henry Ford Health Systems (HFHS) in Detroit, MI.

Part of my time at HFHS was with the Cath Lab Supply Chain team, consisting of directors, analysts, consultants, managers, and clinical staff. The Cath Lab is a fast-paced environment in which medical supplies are quickly needed. As we implemented a nomenclature tracking system to address locating inventory quickly, our team encountered recurring products that were expiring before they could be used. These products totaled around 2 million dollars creating a lot of waste that the hospital was taking on. To reduce this we worked closely with the Director of Cardiology to discuss what products his department truly needs. Although many products had no usage within 6 months to two years, and are very costly, the Director explained the necessity of keeping those products in stock at all times. This is what sets hospitals apart from other supply chain industries. In a hospital, not having a certain product can make a difference between life and death for a patient. Even though this creates a necessary waste for the hospital our department was able to implement a process I designed for handling short dated (expiring soon) supplies. This process included working with suppliers and other HFHS departments to reduce par levels, a more careful examination and tracking of ordered inventory, and transferring or returning inventory before it has expired.

My biggest role at HFH was in the OR. In 2016, an employee accidently over-ordered 2.8M in surgical inventory. Over a year later there was still almost $800K in unused inventory, $30K of which was now expired, creating excessive waste, not only monetarily, but also in valuable storage space. I took the initiative to manage these products and had a goal to reduce the overstock by 30%. By the end of my internship I had not only achieved that goal, but surpassed it and was able to reduce the inventory by roughly $300K. I did this by collaborating with vendors, and other departments, hospitals and clinics within the HFHS, to either return low usage products or by transferring them to other departments.

I found that even though HFHS is a well-run hospital it still has inefficiencies, inadequate processes, and waste within their supply chain department. Nevertheless I saw a lot of brilliant and hard-working people who were coming together to make tremendous changes in the health care industry. Henry Ford Hospital allowed me to sharpen my communication skills, to build my confidence, and expand my network by giving me opportunities to work various levels of department staff and vendors.

When it comes to the healthcare industry technology and clinical practices are ever-changing, quickly making current supplies and processes obsolete. I was able to learn how to handle these changes by helping manage conversions, trials, and product changes. This internship also taught me how to coordinate the needs of one department with the needs of another and that the doctor is always right (even when they are not). Doctors and nurses may have the knowledge but without the right tools they cannot do what they do best; make people better. The success of the clinical staff is dependent on the supply chain staff and their skill and knowledge to get what the staff needs, when they need it. I was able to meet and discuss department challenges with the VP of Supply Chain, and to participate in daily OR huddles, multi-disciplinary meetings, luncheons, and the hospital’s daily safety huddle.

During my time at Henry Ford I was able to have hands on experience as well as given the opportunity to develop and implement my own system and process for controlling excess and outdated inventory, thereby lowering overall costs for the hospital. By working side by side with other managers I got to see what it takes to successfully run a vital hospital department. I do not think I could have had a better intern experience anywhere else.