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Interim Dean appointed for Maine College of Business

Dr. Irene Bembenista has been appointed as Interim Dean for the Donald W. Maine College of Business and the College of Technology. Dr. Bembenista will continue in her role as Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Assessment as she reprises her role with the College of Business, for which she previously served as Interim Dean in 2005 and again in 2011-2012. For 10 years she served as Associate Dean for Accounting and Finance at Davenport. Previous higher education experience was obtained at Prairie State College, where she was Director of the Writing Lab and an instructor. A Certified Public Accountant who previously worked with Westinghouse and as a sole proprietor of her own accounting firm, Dr. Bembenista continues to work closely with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to ensure current knowledge is brought to the classrooms in which she still serves as an instructor.

We are extremely fortunate to have a leader of Dr. Bembenista’s quality and familiarity with Davenport, able to step in and provide leadership for the faculty of our business and technology colleges. We will begin the national search process for new Dean candidates for these colleges immediately. Thank you in advance for your support for Dr. Bembenista as she assumes responsibility for these colleges in addition to her ongoing work as Vice Provost.

Lansing: Study breaks during finals week

Lansing Student Government to offer Study Breaks during exam week!
Student Government at the Lansing Campus will be offering Study Breaks for students during the week of exams.

On Tuesday, April 22 from 4:30 p.m.- 6 p.m.,
pizza will be provided for students in the lounge (food is limited).
On Thursday, April 24 from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.,
ice cream and cookies will be provided for student in the lounge (food is limited).

DU student competes in Tough Mudder for Wounded warrior project

Miriam Raymond, Lansing campus Student Government Governor, will be raising money for Wounded Warrior Project. Miriam will be completing her second Tough Mudder on September 20th, and in preparation for the challenge will be raising money for W.W.P. For more information about Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder, or how to donate you can go to the links provided below.

More about Wounded Warrior Project: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/mission.aspx
More about Tough Mudder:
To Donate to WWP:

Baseball to Welcome Miracle League Players Saturday Against Siena Heights

The Davenport baseball team is proud to announce that it will be welcoming members of the West Michigan Miracle League to the Farmers Athletic Complex to raise funds Saturday when they take on Siena Heights in a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference doubleheader.

A pregame tailgate will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. at DU’s Tennis Courts next door to the ballpark. In addition to free food, activities include face painting and bead bracelet craft and pictures with Pounce. For a dollar, fans can spin a wheel for a prize or test your pitch speed. Raffle is also part of the festivities and prizes include tickets to a Detroit Tigers game, an autographed Davenport baseball jersey and a DU gift basket.

All proceeds go to benefit the West Michigan Miracle League, which is a non-profit organization for children with physical and mental disabilities.

Livonia Campus hosts ‘Dress for Success’

On Wednesday, April 9, Davenport’s AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer, Trés Fuller and DU Career Services Coordinator Paul Jones, hosted a ‘Dress For Success’ event at the Livonia campus.  Nine students and one faculty member spent the hour talking about professional attire, the job interview process and the various experiences attendees have in the workplace.  Attendees also discussed thrift stores and garage sales as cheaper alternatives for job interview outfits.  Davenport handed out gift cards to five random attendees to assist them in preparing for a job interview.

If you missed the event and would like to learn more about the topics discussed, contact Paul Jones at Paul.Jones@davenport.edu and check out the many resources at the Career Services website.

Alpha Sigma Lambda inducts new members

The Davenport University College of Arts and Sciences Phi Kappa Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda honored 39 new members at an induction ceremony held on April 9 at the W.A. Lettinga campus. Alpha Sigma Lambda is the premier national adult student honor society recognizing the achievements of adult students. The new members represent students from the College of Health Professions, Donald. W. Maine College of Business and College of Technology and every Davenport University Campus.  Society members who are graduating on April 27 will wear the Gold and Burgundy Honor Cords representing membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda.

Applications for the next membership class will open in early 2015.  For details, click here.


Lettinga: Ever thought about traveling? Listen to an expert

Thinking about Summer and opportunities to travel? Come listen and learn from Dave VandeWaa about his International travel in Europe this Winter. Join us on Wednesday – April 16 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) is hosting this event at the W.A. Lettinga campus but opportunities through Google hangout are also available. Please drop a note at cte@davenport.edu for questions or an invitation to join this exciting event.

Lettinga: Library hours during semester break

The W.A. Lettinga Campus’s Margaret D. Sneden Library semester break hours are:

April 28 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
April 29 & 30 – 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
May 1 & 2 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 3 & 4 – Closed
May 5 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 6 & 7 – 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
May 8 & 9 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 10 & 11 – Closed

Jim Turner: Honored Veteran at Disneyland

Let’s congratulate Maine College of Business Faculty, Jim Turner, was honored as “Veteran of the Day” at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Jim was honored with the American flag that flies at Disney World, a military appreciation pin, a parade in his honor, a ceremony with a choir singing the National Anthem and a certificate of appreciation. Jim says, “It was one of the most memorable moments of my life and made me prouder to be an American”. Jim served in the United States Air Force for 27 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Happy National Library Week!

It’s National Library Week! Visit your Davenport University library. Lives change @ your library.

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