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New Hires for November

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

Felix Anderson - We are pleased that Felix has joined us in the role of Shuttle/Multi-Passenger Driver at the W. A. Lettinga Campus. Felix has his bachelor’s degree from National University of Rwanda. Prior to DU Felix worked at Amway and Booking.com as a French Bilingual Customer Service Representative. Outside of work Felix enjoys music.

Daniel Wait - Please join us in welcoming Daniel who started at the GR – Broadmoor location as Director of Financial Aid Systems. Daniel is a graduate of Cornerstone University where he earned his master’s degree. In his professional experience his greatest satisfaction has been seeing students succeed. He and his wife Robin have been married for 10 years and are looking forward to returning to Michigan. Daniel also enjoys backpacking and hunting and helping family make maple syrup.

Tracy Socia - We are pleased that Tracy has joined us in the role of Payroll Manager at the GR – Broadmoor location. Tracy earned her bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University. Tracy comes from Grand Rapids Public Schools where she was Payroll Coordinator for the past 15 years. Tracy is a member of the American Payroll Association and the West Michigan Chapter of APA. She enjoys golfing and is an animal lover.

Brandon Byrd –  It is our pleasure to announce that Brandon has joined DU in the role of Public Safety Officer at the Warren Campus. Brandon received his associate degree from Wayne County Community. He comes to us from Laguarda Security where he worked as a Security Guard for 2 years.

Monica Leverette - Please join us in welcoming Monica who started at the Warren Campus as a Nursing Veteran Coordinator & Faculty. Monica comes to us from DaVita Dialysis where she worked for 10 years as a Clinical Coordinator/Staff Nurse. Monica earned her Doctoral degree from Brandman University as a mental health nurse practitioner. Monica is a member of the U.S. Reserves Nurse Corp with 20 years of service.

Mike Meulenberg - We’d like to introduce our newest employee in the Transportation department, Mike Meulenberg, Bus Driver. Mike comes to us from Fleet, Bus, RV sales and service where he was a Service Manager for 25 years. In his spare time, Mike enjoys golf and fishing.

Visit the Human Resources webpage for information on employees who have had changes in name, title, responsibilities or location as well as those who have left DU.

Sport Management Open House

Student Worker Position Open at IPEx

Davenport University’s Institute for Professional Excellence (IPEx) is hiring students to work part time (20 hrs/week) at their downtown Grand Rapids campus location. IPEx is the corporate training and professional development arm of Davenport University and work with local, regional, and national companies and businesses to deliver training to their employees.

WARREN: Student Nurse Association Food Drive

Davenport on list of most affordable online finance master’s degrees

Davenport University has been identified as one of the most affordable online Master’s in Finance degree programs by The Best Masters’ Degrees. The Best Master’s Degrees’ mission is to help prospective graduate students make informed decisions about what kind of degree to pursue and where to study. Their editors noted that, “The highly affordable online master’s in finance degree program at Davenport is available to students who want to combine studies in business and finance.”

Study Abroad Opportunities

Preparation for success in today’s global workforce means acquiring the combination of knowledge, skills and attitudes often referred to as “global competencies.” Students must become knowledgeable about other countries, develop cross-cultural communication skills and acquire the sensitivity that enables them to appreciate and work with diverse cultures. One of the best ways to become more globally competent is to experience day-to-day life in another country with the preparation and guidance that enables insights and understanding.

College of Business Building Construction Update

Construction has begun on the site of the new Donald W. Maine College of Business building with the construction fencing being installed this week. The south entrance will be the main construction entrance and while it will be open, it will no longer continue straight toward South Hall. Drivers will be forced to turn at the first right. It is recommended that you use the north entrance when possible as there could be occasional backups due to heavy equipment coming and going from the site.

Alumni Success Story: Annie Olds

We are proud to feature Annie Olds as our Alumni Success Story this week. Annie serves as the Northwest Regional Director and Certified Small Business Consultant at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). She has been with the SBDC for four years and an even larger part with Networks Northwest since 2006.

Black Friday starts today! 30% off and FREE shipping at the bookstore.

Etiquette Dinner Review

This year’s Etiquette Dinner was a resounding success. Eighty-eight guests attended,  including students, employers, faculty and staff, and special guests from Grand Rapids Community College. The hallmark of the evening was the captivating presentation by Cindy Brown from Hello West Michigan.

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