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R.A.D. returns! Is R.A.D. for me?

Are you interested in becoming confident in effectively responding to a threat of aggression or sexual assault?  Would you benefit from learning realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques to increase your awareness of potential risks?

The Rape Aggression Defense Systems program (R.A.D.) is a self-defense program available to all female DU employees; the program will be offered this spring at the Lansing, Livonia and Lettinga campuses.

Completion of the program requires a significant time commitment of TWO 8 hour; space in each session is limited to provide a safe learning environment.  Please register only if you will be able to attend and complete both days.

To register for R.A.D or for more details: R.A.D. Details.


  • Lansing, April 10 and April 17  9 a.m. – 5 p.m., registration deadline is April 6
  • Livonia, May 15 and May 22   9 a.m. – 5 p.m., registration deadline is May 11
  • Lettinga, May 29 and June 5     9 a.m. – 5 p.m., registration deadline is May 25

Click here to watch testimonials from recent participants.


Student employees and part time employees are eligible to participate in the RAD training classes.  Part-time employees should discuss schedule needs with their supervisor.  Student employees must partner with their supervisor to ensure the following:

  • The training fits within the allotted 20 hours per week for the student (schedule can be flexed during the week)
  • Department coverage is available and/or not needed for the day of training

For additional information about R.A.D., contact Shallan Spielmaker or Mark Ewing.

Announcing the 2015 – 2016 Resident Assistants

Housing and Residence Life is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Resident Assistants who will serve the residential students in Cook, Meijer, and South Hall.  The student leaders are:  Tyler Triemstra, Sammy Miedema, Brandon Dekker, Courtenay Tafel, Cameron Burns, Chance VanHuis, Carter Heminger, Hannah Soules, Jake Waldron, Samantha Rogers, Juan-Philip van Antwerpen, Heather Howard, Anthony Martinez, Kimberly Cole, Michael Bradford and Kara Overway.

Panther Woods, the apartment complex located next to the Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex on 68th Avenue, will also be operated by Housing and Residence Life in the coming year.  Sarah Schneidenbach, Margie Travnik, and Eric Bradford will help build community and serve as Senior Apartment Advisors at that location.

We are extremely proud of all applicants who went through the interview process this year, as HRL set a record for the most applicants ever!  Next year we will work together to create even more involvement and spirit on campus! 

Volunteers Needed for Commencement 2015!

The Davenport University 2015 Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Van Andel Arena on Sunday, April 26th at 2 p.m.

An event of this magnitude does not happen without the dedication of our wonderful staff at DU, and so the Registrar’s Office is asking for your help on that day! With nearly 1000 students expected to participate there will be a need for approximately 70 volunteers this year.

Those who are interested in volunteering will be asked to be at the arena at approximately 11:30 a.m. and stay until all the graduates have processed onto the floor of the arena. Car pooling is expected where possible and mileage and parking will be paid.

If you would like to be apart of making this day one to remember for our 2014-2015 graduating class, please send an email to Central.Registrar@davenport.edu. Details will be sent to the volunteers one week prior to commencement.

If you have any questions please contact Jessica Powers at extension 1707.

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New hires for March!

Please join us in welcoming the following new employees that joined the University in March 2015:

Susan Klappa

We are pleased that Susan has joined us in the role of Department Chair Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the Lettinga campus. Dr. Sue Klappa earned her Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction: Family, Youth, and Community at the University of Minnesota. Her supporting program involved community health education and building sustainable collaborative approaches for community engagement and social justice. Dr. Klappa earned her Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree from St. Catherine University in Minneapolis, MN. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in cardiac rehabilitation from the University of Minnesota.

Katherine Vukovich

It is our pleasure to announce that Katherine has joined us in the role of Financial Aid Counselor – Lansing Campus. Katherine earned her doctorate from Western Michigan Cooley Law School.

DEI: The Glass Ceiling and its Impact on Women’s Pay

“The seen, yet unreachable barrier that keeps minorities and women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications or achievements.”

Glass ceiling is the phrase used to describe the quote above, according to the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission. There are many people in the United States who have numerous bumps on their heads from hitting this glass ceiling, a majority of those being women.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research states that in 2013, female full-time workers made only 78 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 22 percent. That can mean the difference of $500,000 to $2,000,000 over the life-time of a professional, degree-holding woman.

Emotional Intelligence Training: IPEx teams up with Hope Nework

Recently, DU’s corporate education and professional development team partnered with Hope Network to offer three Emotional Intelligence training sessions to their staff.

What is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional Intelligence refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. Although the concept is not new, the topic is becoming more and more important in business culture.

Perceiving others emotions and controlling our own is a key component when collaborating with our colleagues and clients, and is crucial for teams and companies to be successful.

Success in Saginaw: DU Cares Fair

On March 11th, the Saginaw campus hosted a DU Cares Fair to celebrate the success of all Davenport students. Along with a variety of snacks and a light dinner, students were given the opportunity to talk to financial institutions, social service agencies and more! Vendors were invited as well to offer students discounts on services.

The highlight of the night was when Davenport’s very own Medical Assistant Club was giving blood pressure checks to all the participants for free!

Great Decisions Series: Privacy – Is It a Thing of the Past?

The idea of “privacy” has undergone significant changes in the digital age, as has the idea of privacy “harm.” Legislation, both at home and abroad, hasn’t kept pace with technological developments (e.g. North Korea hacking of Sony) leaving some wondering if privacy as we know it is long dead.  Join Aarti Shahani, Technology Correspondent for National Public Radio, San Francisco, as she discusses the latest developments in regards to digital privacy and the implications of it as we move forward in the 21st Century.

The presentation will be Monday, March 30, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center.

The panel is part of the 2015 World Affairs Council of Western Michigan Great Decisions Discussion Series. All Davenport students, faculty and staff may attend for FREE by signing in at the College Desk in the Lobby at Aquinas College.

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