Nic P. Neumann
Special recognition: March 2017 Student of the Month
Semester of anticipated graduation:
I will probably continue as a “serial business entrepreneur,” but now with the addition of the credentials I always sought throughout my adult life.
Tell us a little about yourself and your life:
I was born in Romania at the start of WWII. At 5 years old, my family and I escaped in a covered wagon, drawn by two horses and a cow tied to the back of our wagon. Enemies pursued us across several countries and for hundreds of miles, over a six and one-half week period. We were shot at, strafed by air and in fear of our lives throughout the entire trip. I attended grade school in Austria until my father, mother and I boarded an American troop transport ship, the “SS General Stewart,” at Bremerhaven, Germany, in the third quarter of 1951. About one week later, we disembarked at Ellis Island, New York, and after two weeks living with relatives, traveled to Chicago where my parents secured a home and employment.
After completing high school, I joined the U.S. Marines Corps prior to my 19thbirthday. While on active duty, I received training in electronics. After my tour and honorable discharge, I began my business career at Allstate Insurance Company as a computer repair technician. I started college while working a full-time job. My education was partially financed by way of the GI Bill, and I received my A.A.S degree in accounting (1974) while continuing to earn credits, accumulating 111 toward a BSBA degree.
Once my business career took off, I stopped my college education with nine credits short of getting my bachelor’s degree more than 35 years ago. I eventually became a “serial entrepreneur,” forming and selling several information technology consulting companies. I am now retired; however, I have since become busier than ever, overseeing my oldest son’s business career and supporting my youngest son’s extracurricular academic activities. I am also a licensed general amateur radio operator as well as a licensed Florida realtor.
What are your hobbies/extracurricular activities?
In my free time, I enjoy amateur radio, reading technical books, experimenting with software, going to the theater and traveling with my wife and son.
What has been your favorite class at Hodges University?
My most memorable class was “Diversity.” This class was very challenging and provided a “soul-searching” experience for me. The topics covered were thought provoking and the discussion boards provided many scintillating discussions.
Who are some of your favorite professors and why?
Dr. Dolores “Dee” Batiato stands out as my favorite professor. Her classes were always informative and interesting, and her innate ability to bring out the best in her students is truly an asset. She has made a lasting impression on me. It was through her encouragement and support that I am about to complete this program, and for that, I will be forever grateful.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
Getting into the groove of reading and studying once more was a great challenge for me. I had to remind myself daily this was something I had always hoped to do and now had a path laid out for me to attain “that,” which had eluded me for so long, a bachelor’s degree.
What does receiving a degree at Hodges mean to you?
Realizing I was able to persevere and maintain an ‘A’ average in all nine of my classes at Hodges gives me great pleasure. I will finally be able to check off a box on my “bucket list,” by attaining my bachelor’s degree. Another reason this became important to me was to set an example for my 16-year-old son. Education is an important asset that no one can take away from you, and it should not be taken for granted.
What is one piece of advice you would give to students who are considering Hodges University?
Hodges University is a great institution where achieving one’s formal education goals are eminently possible in a “can do” environment.