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Friday Factoid: International students

Davenport currently has international students from 31 countries.  The countries with the most students are Canada, the United Kingdom, China and India.   For a complete list of countries and number of students, check out this website!

Back to School Special – Dell Laptop only $274.99

Gear up for fall with a new laptop and accessories from the Davenport University Bookstore! We are now offering a Dell Inspiron 15 laptop as a back to school special for only $274.99.

There is no better time to purchase than now! Shop in store or online at DUspirit.com for your new Dell. Many other laptop and tablet options are also available, including brands such as Samsung, Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba, and Acer.

The Dell Inspiron 15 is about 1″ thin, so it slips easily into a travel bag for when you’re on the move. Its textured lid and palm rest help you get a grip on things. With a quick, efficient Intel® Celeron® processor and Windows 8.1 apps, Bing Smart Search and more, you can turn around tasks easily, whether you’re online or offline. A 10-key numeric keypad makes managing spreadsheets and balancing budgets a breeze.

Features Include:

  • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • 4GB RAM
  • Windows 8.1
  • 15.6″ LED Screen (1366 x 768)
  • Intel Celeron Dual Core Processor
  • WiFi Enabled
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty

Start shopping today at DUspirit.com.

Contact Information and Hours:

Bookstore hours and contact information can be found at DUspirit.com.

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High school students learn from texting and driving simulation

Earlier this week, the W.A. Lettinga campus  hosted a group of high school students from the Academy of Health Science and Technology. Dr. Karen Daley, Dean of the College of Health Professions, sits on the Academy’s board which is based at Innovation Central High School in Grand Rapids.

The students participated in a car accident simulation where the driver was texting and caused an accident. The victims were taken to a simulated emergency room and treated for their injuries. Staff from the nursing and occupational programs at the W.A. Lettinga campus were willing to share their time and skills with the students.

“Many, many thanks to each and everyone involved for your time, creativity and willingness to assist with this important simulation,” said Dr. Daley. “The feedback was immensely positive and the students were impressed and better informed of the dangers of texting while driving.  All of you contributed to make this a very effective teaching simulation and someday the knowledge they heard today will save a life.  The nursing students who participated did an excellent job displaying their professionalism as well as a surprising adeptness at acting!”

Employment Guarantee program launch

Davenport University announced it is launching the first phase of an Employment Guarantee program that eventually will apply to all bachelor degree-seeking students at DU.  This fall, a pilot is being launched to offer the guarantee to accounting students in bachelor degree programs.

The employment guarantee was promised as part of Davenport’s Vision 2015.  Details of the guarantee – including student and University responsibilities – can be found online at here.

Eligible graduates who have earned a 3.0 GPA in their major, and overall, who completed work experience requirements and demonstrated completion of a thorough job search may apply for additional semesters of tuition-free study if they have not landed a job in their field of study within six months of graduating.

The pilot will test internal capabilities to support the needs of eligible students and also measure student outcomes resulting from the guarantee.  The University will add degree programs each year until all bachelor degree programs are covered by the Davenport University Employment Guarantee.

Career Services and Accounting faculty are contacting all eligible students to let them know the actions steps they must take to be part of the program.

Two Lettinga Advisors win the July INNYs!

The Office of Performance Excellence proudly announces the July recipients of the 2014 INNY awards.  INNY Awards acknowledge the contributions to INsite, the informal learning community of Develop U.

  • Congratulations to Susan Goetz for her active viewing and learning which placed her as the top INsite participant in the Inquisitive category.  Susan explored much content during the month of July!
  • Amy Kline is a top contributor to INsite and is being recognized in two of the three INNY award categories for the month of July!  Congratulations on being the most Interesting and Influential contributor to INsite for her Student Payment Process tutorial postings.

Each month, OPE  recognizes participants based upon their engagement in INsite.    Criteria for recognition includes:

  • INquisitive Award for the most active learner.  Candidates for this category view and enjoy INsite content and are selected for the number of questions asked, Hi-Fives given, follows and views.
  • INfluential Award for the most prolific contributor.  Candidates for this category contribute a volume of content via posts and comments.
  • INteresting Award for the most popular content.  Candidates for this category are selected based on the number of views, follows and Hi-Fives received.

If you or your department is interested in learning more about INsite, please contact the Office of Performance Excellence. We are committed to providing quality learning opportunities to all employees through this informal learning community.  Learn more about how quickly and easily you and your team can share your expertise with the entire DU community!


Saginaw: Blackboard Workshop

The Student Government at the Saginaw Campus will be hosting a Blackboard Workshop on Monday, September 8 and Tuesday, September 9 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Saginaw Campus.  If you would like to learn how to use Blackboard, this is the workshop for you.  Please email Student Government President Cecelia Harrold if you need additional information (charrold@email.davenport.edu).

Employer internship workshop

For faculty, staff and students that are employers, or know of employers that would benefit from learning about successful internship programs, please help invite employers to our event!  Faculty and staff are welcome to attend and see how our presentation has grown and changed over the past two years.

Password requirements for staff/faculty accounts

FOR STAFF/FACULTY ACCOUNTS ONLY – This information does not pertain to student accounts unless the student is a DU employee or workstudy.

You may be noticing prompts or warnings regarding password expiration when logging onto a DU-owned PC.

As a result of the Staff and Faculty Password Policy implemented in August 2013, employees that have not changed their password in the previous twelve months will need to do so at this time.

This policy currently does not affect student accounts.

There are two main methods to change your DU network password:

  1. On a DU-owned computer, select CTRL+ALT+DEL and choose “Change a Password.” Note: This will only work on a DU-owned machine that is on our network.
  2. From the Internet, you can change your password using Password Self Service. The web address for this is: password.davenport.edu. When using Password Self Service, YOU MUST ENROLL prior to using the password reset function.

Please note the password requirements for staff/faculty:

TIAA-CREF fall visit dates

Wondering if your portfolio is steadily positioned to weather the inevitable ups and downs of the financial markets? Now more than ever is the time to take advantage of TIAA-CREF Advice and

Planning Services, where they can help evaluate your investments to help you stay on track toward your financial goals now and into the future.

As a non-commissioned TIAA-CREF Individual Consultant, Brian Fors or Steven Thomas will meet with you to answer these 3 questions:

  • Am I on the right track for reaching my retirement goals?
  • What asset allocation mix and investment strategy is best for me?
  • What is the best retirement income strategy for me?

TIAA-CREF Individual Consultants are compensated on how well they serve you, not what they sell you. The advice you receive won’t cost you anything, and is always in your best interest.

To schedule an appointment, please call TIAA-CREF at (800)732-8353, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (ET).

Below are the available dates and times for individual counseling sessions. 

  • Wed., 9/17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – W.A. Lettinga, Sneden Center Meeting Hall 2
  • Tues., 10/28, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Saginaw,  Room 166
  • Tues., 11/25, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – W.A. Lettinga, 2nd floor Admin Conf. Rm

Employees who would like to meet with a TIAA CREF representative but aren’t able to attend one of the available sessions may call 1-800-842-2776 to have a phone consultation with a representative.

Please contact Human Resources with any questions or concerns at benefitsu@davenport.edu

Complete your Spring/Summer Course Evaluations

It is time to complete your evaluation for your spring/summer course(s). Please click here to begin.

Course evaluations are extremely important. They help Davenport faculty and staff review course workload, materials and outcomes to assess needed revisions. Evaluation feedback is also used to evaluate course instructors and assist in improving skills and teaching methods.

Instructors cannot see evaluations until after all grades have been turned in for the semester. Once grades are submitted, the evaluation data is released to each instructor as a summary, meaning they cannot see individual evaluations. The comments are grouped together so instructors cannot connect ratings and comments.

Please complete your course evaluation so we have this valuable information.

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