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New housing database to launch

The Center for Campus Life is launching a new housing database system on March 1, 2015. The new user friendly online system, Simple Campus Housing, will allow students to easily navigate the housing assignment process while utilizing their preferences more effectively.

The current system, Odyssey HMS, will remain in place until that time. Some new students will encounter the overlap of both systems during our transition however, the Housing and Residence Life office is working to ensure the transition is smooth. Please be assured, if new students sign up for housing before March 1, their applications will be updated accordingly in Simple Campus Housing. Student login information will remain the same after the transition occurs.

Returning housing students will pick their rooms beginning March 29, 2015 using the new system.

If you have any questions, please contact Housing at 616-871-6754.

Kzoo annual Salvation Army Tree project results

Congratulations to  Kalamazoo Campus students from Tony Plants’ HRMG213 and Shubhada Sagdeo’s MATH125 classes who won pizza parties provided by Student Government for donating the most toys to the annual Salvation Army Tree project!

Ugly Sweater Contest results

Thank you for all who participated in our first annual Ugly Sweater Contest! We had many outstanding sweaters to choose from and are happy to announce the winner of the UGLIEST UGLY SWEATER CONTEST: W.A. Lettinga student, Brendan Ferguson. His handcrafted sweater included fur and jingle bells which followed him around all day!

Please congratulate our top 12 finalists:

  • Jennifer Craven (Financial Aid, W.A. Lettinga)
  • Dawn Rentfrow (Financial Aid, W.A. Lettinga)
  • Carna Brown (Financial Aid, W.A. Lettinga)
  • Melanie Ryles (W.A. Lettinga Student)
  • Andrew Workman (W.A. Lettinga Student)
  • Katie Bunnell (W.A. Lettinga Student)
  • Amanda Marie (W.A. Lettinga Student)
  • Lisa Young (Financial Aid, Lansing)
  • Johanna Kyger (W.A. Lettinga Student)
  • Katelyn Henveld (W.A. Lettinga Student)
  • Heather Raymond (W.A. Lettinga Student)
  • Danielle Dion (W.A. Lettinga Student)

Visit our facebook page, Student Life at Davenport University, to check out other ugly sweaters AND our holiday photo fun pictures!

Looking for a good read?

Stop by the library and pick up a book to read over the holidays.

Faculty members needed to host Odyssey screenings

Chaffee Planetarium at the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) will be screening ‘Cosmos – A Spacetime Odyssey’ at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday  from January 20 until April 14. All faculty members are invited  to host each episode. After each  show the professor will entertain comments and questions from the audience and/or give a short presentation on a related topic of their choice. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity please contact Jim Foerch, Programmer/Presenter of the GRPM.

All volunteers are able to choose which episodes they would like to host. Take a look at the dates and brief descriptions of all upcoming screenings.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Davenport will host its annual Silent March and MLK, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, January 19, at the W.A. Lettinga Campus. The Silent March will depart at 12:30 p.m. from the Wilbur & Sharon Lettinga Auditorium. Following the march, at 1:00 p.m. in the Wilbur & Sharon Lettinga Auditorium, there will be a celebration that will include reflections from Davenport’s students, faculty and staff.  Bridget Clark Whitney, Executive Director of Kids’ Food Basket will serve as the keynote speaker. Winners of the MLK, Jr. Day Essay contest will also be shared. In addition, there will be a service project at the David D. Hunting YMCA in downtown Grand Rapids from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Please visit OrgSync or studentlife.davenport.edu to register. There will be an article featuring all opportunities around the state available on the HUB in January.

Holland Campus hosts ‘Holidays Around the World’

The Holland Campus celebrated diversity in a big way with a ‘Holidays Around the World’ scavenger hunt. There were 10 different countries and religions showcased around campus. Each station had information on how that country/religion celebrated the holidays, along with pictures and special treats. Students were instructed to visit each station, answer questions about the country or religion, and collect the treats. When the students were done with the scavenger hunt, they received a Davenport University t-shirt and a giant candy bar.

Mileage rate increase

The IRS has announced an increase in the allowable mileage rate for 2015. The rate has increased from 56 cents per mile to 57.5 cents per mile. The updated 2015 employee Expense Reimbursement Form can be found here. All business miles driven after Dec. 31, 2014 must be reported on this new form.

Nominate a faculty member for DU Excellence in Teaching Award

Did you have an outstanding faculty member this year? Do you know of a faculty member who deserves recognition for their excellence in teaching?

The Office of Performance Excellence is seeking nominations for the annual DU Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes outstanding adjunct and full-time faculty who:

  • Show enthusiasm for teaching and subject matter
  • Connect with students, demonstrating a genuine concern and caring for student’s learning and success
  • Exceed expectations in helping students learn
  • Consistently achieve student learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate mastery of current knowledge of subject and effective learning delivery methods

Submit your nomination here before March 5, 2015

Winners will be honored at Davenfest 2015, DU’s all employee meeting.

Did you know that DU has a University Archives?

Potsy Clark and Jerry Ford from The Grand Rapids Lancer, January 29, 1942. Former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford was a professor of commerical law and an assistant football coach at DU. George "Potsy" Clark, former coach of the Detroit Lions, was the head football coach at DU.

Did you know that DU has a University Archives? You can visit it in person at the Margaret D. Sneden Library on the W. A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids, or check it out online here.

You can view virtual exhibits, yearbooks from 1961 – 1972 and get some tips on genealogy.

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