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  • Learn about a career serving others

    March 3, 2015

    Through a partnership between Davenport University and Kuyper College, students can earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). Stop …

  • New DU housing option at Panther Woods

    February 20, 2015

    We are pleased to announce a new housing option for W.A Letttinga Campus students. Panther Woods (previously known as University South), located on 68th Street …

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Great Decisions Series: Africa Transforms – Wealth, Technology, Democracy

Africa is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation. The continent is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and it’s become a draw for foreign investors from across the globe. After the “Obamamania” of 2008 died down, though, the realization that Obama wasn’t going to overturn, or even prioritize, U.S. Africa policy kicked in. Still, the U.S. has promised to promote “strong institutions, not strong men,” and to favor good governance and healthy economies over profit. How can U.S. policy live up to its promise and values while securing its interests in the region?

Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa (retired), will speak.

The presentation will be Monday, March 9, 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.

GREAT customer service recipients for February

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

Jackie Andrade-Davila
Laura Ayotte
Mary Berg
Rachel Buckner
Sarah Cencer
Jessica Cheriez
Douglas Colby
Meade Conwell
Anne Cramer
Kriss Ferluga
Stefanie Fortier
Greg Foster
Susan Goetz
Damon Gonzales
Rachel Hahn
Jocelyn Hall
Teri Hect
Aphrodite Jones
Shari Jones
Linda Lamorandier
Melissa Layer
Randy Mack
Joe Marino
Kandy McKeown
Gina Mezzano
Sarah Murphy
John Niedzielski
Angela Orlando
Amy Ostrand
Cassie Patton
Becky Pavka
Eric Pung
Dawn Rentfrow
Jennifer Salloum
Deborah Steiner
Wendy Stephens
Marylee Thiry
Marjolijn van der Velde
Cari Weymouth
Kristi Zimmerman

GREAT feedback from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People pilot participants!

Thirty-seven faculty and staff from various functions and campuses participated in Stephen A. Covey’s program titled The 7 Habit of Highly Effective People in February. This 2-day leadership development program was offered in Livonia and Holland and facilitated by Lynda Cribari and Jean Wolfe from the Office of Performance Excellence.  The objectives of the program include:

  • Learn to take initiative and leverage creative collaboration
  • Acquire effective habits to get the results you want in life, time and time again
  • Apply principles for achieving a balanced life

What do participants have to say about the program?

LETTINGA: Student Government Town Hall

Student Government is hosting a town hall for students to share thoughts and concerns on Tuesday, March 17, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Sneden Meeting Rooms at the W.A. Lettinga campus.

Free pizza will be provided and a prize will be given for the best St. Patrick’s Day outfit. All students are encouraged to attend. RSVP via OrgSync.

Tunnel of Oppression

As part of Davenport University’s continued commitment to diversity and social justice issues, Student Life is partnering with members of the DU community to present the “Tunnel of Oppression” on campus for a sixth straight year. As a class, student organization or department, we hope you’ll consider how to engage your group with this opportunity.

The Tunnel of Oppression is a multi-media experience that will expose the DU community to various types of discrimination, power, privilege and oppression in a safe environment. It is intended to be eye-opening, powerful and increase awareness. There will be an opportunity to debrief and reflect at the end of the event.

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 10 – 12:00-6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 11  - 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Sneden Meeting Rooms 1/2/3.

If there are any questions, please contact Natalie Wagner or Kassy Clark in Student Life.

Center for Campus Life presented at GVSU Leadership Summit

On Saturday, February 21, Grand Valley State University held their 18th annual Leadership Summit at the Allendale campus. Approximately 350 participants representing eight institutions participated in the event. 

Residence Life Coordinator, Brittney Roden and Director of Student Life, Natalie Wagner presented one of the professional development sessions entitled You’re Hired: Strategies and Tips for Acing the Job Interview. The 40 participants in the session had the opportunity to develop an elevator speech, gain helpful tips and strategies to successfully prepare for a job interview, and build their confidence level. 

In addition, 10 DU students representing multiple student organizations and leadership roles participated and were able to select from over 30 educational sessions covering areas such as social justice, general leadership development, Greek Life, student organizations, personal development, and professional development. 

The keynote speaker for the event featured Bridget Clark Whitney, Executive Director of Kids’ Food Basket. For more information about the event, visit this website.  

Year End Casino Extravaganza

On Saturday, March 28, the DU community is invited to participate in a Casino Night, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Sneden Meeting Rooms at the W.A. Lettinga Campus.The event is FREE and includes three hours of play, photo booth, appetizers, and a chance to win prizes. Students must register online via the OrgSync event by March 23

Transportation assistance will be provided to students carpooling from DU campuses outside of Grand Rapids. Visit the OrgSync event for additional information. 

This event is sponsored by Student Government. Please contact Amberlee Hicks with any questions.

Welcome Dr. Sue Klappa!

Dean Karen Daley welcomes Dr. Klappa to the CoHP Team

A reception was held on Tuesday, March 3, at the W.A. Lettinga Campus to welcome Dr. Sue Klappa to Davenport University. Dr. Klappa is a new faculty  member in the College of Health Professions hired to begin the process of seeking development of a physical therapy program.

Excellence in Business Dinner Gala – Discounted employee tickets through payroll deduction

Join us for the 2015 Excellence in Business Dinner Gala held on Friday, May 8 at 6:00 p.m. at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.  The Excellence in Business Dinner Gala is Davenport’s premier black-tie event and has raised over $2.2 million in scholarships for deserving and talented students to earn their degrees and make a lasting difference in our workplaces and communities.

This year we will be honoring Ralph W. Hauenstein with the Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business Award and our special guest speaker for the evening will be Mitch Albom.

MIDLAND: Meet the President Reminder March 10

Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend the Meet the President to talk to Davenport University President, Rick Pappas and his Leadership Team. It is Dr. Pappas’ goal to meet with students, staff and faculty each year, answering questions and listening to concerns. Dr. Pappas would like your input as he focuses on the academic quality at Davenport.

Davenport University Midland Campus
Where: Room 100 B & C
When: Tuesday, March 10
4:00 p.m. (Staff & Faculty)
6:00 p.m. (Students) 

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