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News @ DU, the university-wide events calendar and communication policies

News @ DU and the university-wide events calendar

This week, the Communications team launched News @ DU —  a new website that replaces the DU Hub and will be the primary source for news and information about Davenport University. The site will bring you timely stories about life at DU, learning and career success — whether it’s a feature about student accomplishments, a faculty expert piece or news about a business partnership.

The website also features a new university-wide events calendar where you can discover what’s happening at all of our campuses.

Communication policies effective January 2018

To better communicate and engage with all of DU’s audiences, the Communications team is evolving it requirements and processes for emails, articles and stories, social media and other channels. Review the new Communications Policies.

DU welcomed five new employees in December

Davenport University welcomed five new employees in December:

Mental health resources available 24-7 to students

As students prepare for final exams and face the stresses of everyday life, Davenport University offers mental health services and interactive events to help them find balance and manage their stress in a healthy way.

Casey Spencer recognized for aiding in success of Blackboard SaaS migration

Early on it was determined that the migration to Blackboard SaaS was going to be a challenging project — not only for the Project Team, but for all of Davenport, said Katherine Fay, ITS Project Manager. The project required Blackboard, a critical student system, to be offline for 10 days.

Holland students consult with local nonprofit for field experience course

A group of students enrolled in BUSN 489: Field Experience in Business at the Holland Campus spent this semester providing consulting guidance to Neighbors Plus, part of Harderwyk Ministries in Holland, Michigan.

Under the direction of faculty member Dr. Frank Novakowski, the senior students presented how Neighbors Plus could increase their community awareness, donations and affinity for the Neighbors Plus brand through website modifications, marketing and food voucher programs.

“This experiential learning experience provided an excellent opportunity for the team members to apply their business management knowledge while they were learning about the challenges of a nonprofit environment,” Novakowski said. ”Their research, analysis and recommendations were well received by their client. Nothing beats learning by doing. It confirms what one knows and can do!

The group included Lauren Buckman, Jose Angel Dominguez, Chad Glupker, Kevin Noorman, Savorn Or, Jesus Rodriguez, Dale Siegers and Alissa Vanderploeg.

“This experiential learning opportunity was an example how DU connects the classroom principles, to real-world situations,” said Greg Foster, campus director at the Holland Campus.

MKTG322: Digital Marketing receives Quality Matters (QM) certification

MKTG322: Digital Marketing has become the second online course at Davenport University to receive QM certification, the national standard of quality in online courses. The course was given a high score and “Met Standards” on the first review as the Global Campus Instructional Design team worked in conjunction with Laura Kyriakopoulos, a Teaching and Learning Coordinator for Marketing.

QM is a nationally-recognized process that undergoes a systematic and exhaustive peer-review process conducted by a team of three certified QM peer reviewers who evaluate the alignment of the course’s learning objectives to the module-level objectives, the course’s assessment process, and the quality and technological sophistication of the learning activities in the course.

“Not only does the certification validate the high quality and the commitment to continuous improvement of our online courses, that go through our process, it speaks to the vast knowledge and effort put into the recently redeveloped Marketing Program by our Online Marketing Department Faculty,” said Lacey Daniel, an Instructional Designer for DU’s Global Campus.

Factors such as how learners are introduced to the course, the articulation between learning objectives and the process of learner assessment, the quality of support provided for learners, the meaningfulness of learners’ interactions throughout the course, and the accessibility and usability of the course weigh heavily in the final review score. To pass the review, a course has to meet more than 85 percent of the standards, which MKTG322 received 99 out of 99.

Congratulations to both Laura Kyriakopoulos and Lacey Daniel for their exceptional contribution to the student experience for the Global Campus!

Students plan hockey fundraiser for Helen Devos Children’s Hospital for Saturday

Achieving Career and Educational Success: It’s a mandatory course for first-year students at Davenport University and a key focus at the university.

Derek Boillat is one faculty member who teaches this course — commonly referred to as ACES. In his course this semester, he assigned a service project.

“My goal for this project was to make the textbook come alive and to give students hands-on experience working with actual budgets, solving problems, collaborating on real issues and working with the community,” Boillat said.

hockeyHis class planned the Black and Blue Hockey Game, a fundraiser with the DU hockey team and Helen Devos Children’s Hospital. The event — in which the DU Panthers play the Western Michigan Broncos — will begin at 3:35 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Patterson Ice Arena in Grand Rapids. The event features a 50-50 raffle, silent auction and a ceremonial puck drop to help raise money to support the children’s hospital.

DU student Jake Pobur said the cause is one he holds close to his heart after having a friend and teammate who lost his own battle with cancer.

“The experience itself has been satisfying,” Pobur said. “Everyone in our class has really brought their best effort to the table in every aspect.”

DU student Amber Park’s group focused on sponsorships.

“What surprised me was the amount of work and detail that had to be taken care of every step of the way,” Park said. “It was a reality check and a good teaching experience for myself.”

Boillat said the experience has strengthened his students’ skills and helped them step out of their comfort zone.

“Ideally, this project teaches them that they have the potential to impact the lives of people who need help,” Boillat said. “It is easy to lose focus of that while balancing school, jobs and life.”

Boillat said he thanks Jodi Hicks, Wayne Sneath, Jason Madden, Ronda Varnesdeel, Alec Riemersma, Devin Pierson, Paul Lowden and Phil Sweeney for helping make the project come to life.


November GREAT Report

Congratulations to those who were recognized in November for their GREAT customer service!

Empower U streamlines human resources at DU

In December 2016, Davenport University implemented the first few modules of Empower U — a new Human Resources System that provides a fully integrated solution to host HR information in one automated system.

Win a $1,000 scholarship through the MLK Day Essay Contest

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 15, all Davenport students enrolled for the Winter 2018 semester are eligible to submit an essay of up to 500 words for a chance at a $1,000 scholarship!

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