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  • W.A. Lettinga Campus Summer Events!

    May 13, 2015

    Please mark your calendars for these upcoming summer events! More information can be found by visiting OrgSync.com/home! June Wednesday, June 3: *Blood Drive, Sneden Meeting …

  • Students Shatter All-Time Records at National BPA Competition

    May 13, 2015

    Davenport University students broke their own national record by earning 21 first-place awards at the Business Professionals of America’s (BPA) annual National Leadership Conference, held …

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LETTINGA: Blood Drive June 3

IPEx: Providing Corporate Training Locally, Regionally, Nationally, and Globally

While many of Davenport’s students are enjoying their summer break, Davenport’s corporate education branch, the Institute for Professional Excellence (IPEx), has a busy month ahead. Professional development courses open to any business professional continue to be offered at the Peter C. Cook Center, Davenport’s downtown Grand Rapids Campus.

Not only does IPEx train professionals here at Davenport, but corporate clients are bringing IPEx into their workplaces to provide customized training.  This month alone, training sessions are taking place in Grand Rapids, Hastings, Farmington Hills, and Flint. Outside our home state, courses are being conducted in Kentucky, Minnesota, and Mexico. The reach of IPEx training extends globally through online courses with participants from many countries including China, India, Poland, and Brazil.

The connections and relationships between IPEx and corporate clients are growing our business into wider and more versatile markets. By developing and growing the corporate education offerings here at IPEx, Davenport is better equipped to recognize where the world is going and fulfill the mission to help our students get there!

LETTINGA: Bring Your Kiddos To Work Day!

June 24 is bring your kid to work day! Fun activities happening from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m:

9 am : Light Breakfast & Crafts
10 am : Movie showing of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
11:30 am – 1 pm : Campus BBQ ($6 per meal includes brats, burgers, and hot dogs)
11:30 am – 2 pm : Outdoor Activities

Register on OrgSync starting June 1

DEI: Internationals – Who Are They and Why Should We Care?

The rapid internationalization and globalization of world economies has led to a push towards internationalization of higher education to meet the demands of the changing world.  As a result, international student cross-border mobility has increased significantly, with the numbers of international students seeking higher education opportunities in the United States increasing over the years.  The Open Doors 2014 Data by the Institute of International Education notes that the number of international students coming to the U.S. has increased by 72 percent in 15 years, from 514,723 in 1999/2000 to 866,052 in 2013/2014, maintaining U.S. leadership position as the top higher education destination in the world (Institute of International Education, 2014a).  Who are international students, where do they come from, and why should we even care?

International students come to the U.S. for various levels of training and from all corners of the globe.  Data from 2013-14 reports show that many of them come to pursue an undergraduate degree (42%) while others come for graduate education (37%), optional practical training (12%) and non-degree training (9%) (Institute of International Education, 2014b).  It is noteworthy that a majority (64%) of all international students hail from Asia, with countries like China, South Korea, and India having the highest numbers. Below are the world regions from which U.S. international students come (Note: the Infographic below is compiled with data from Institute of International Education’s International Students: All Places of Origin report).

The numbers and origins of international students may not seem consequential at first glance but become significant when considering the impact international students have on the U.S. economy and higher education overall.  In the 2013/14 academic year, for instance, international students supported 340,000 jobs and contributed $26.8 billion to the overall U.S. economy (NAFSA, n.d.).  Further, at the institutional level, international students enrich the academic and social landscape by contributing to diverse thought and perspectives, to scientific and technical research, and to increasing local students’ awareness and appreciation of cultures from around the world, and thereby preparing them for global careers, interactions, and relations (Charles-Toussaint & Crowson, 2010; Wu, Garza & Guzman, 2015; NAFSA, n.d.).

On the flip side, international students who return to their countries of origin may foster favorable relationships between the U.S. and their home countries that are important for trade and other exchanges (Charles-Toussaint & Crowson, 2010). In light of this, it is not only strategic for U.S. colleges and universities to attract and recruit international students but also important to develop and maintain policies, programs, and practices that create conducive environments that foster their success.  As the world’s nations continue to be more connected, and as cross-border mobility increases, colleges and universities that stand to gain the most from these trends are those that pay attention to international students.

DU Employees Get 50% Discount on Volleyball Camp

Davenport University Volleyball Youth Camp for 1st – 6th grade boys will be held July 6 – 8. The camp will run from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $100 and DU employees get a 50% discount through June 15!

Click here for more information and email kmiedema2@davenport.edu to get signed up!

Looking for APA Help?

Looking for help with APA? You’ll find a template formatted in APA, an overview created by the Department of English & Communication, and other great resources. Our APA Library Guide is another place to go for APA help

Free Shipping at DUspirit.com this weekend only!

May 22 – 25 receive FREE SHIPPING at DUspirit.com.

Enter promo code Memorial15 at checkout to receive shipping discount.

*Not valid with any other promotion or discount.



R.A.D. returns to Lettinga! 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 at the W.A. Lettinga campus this spring.

Completion of the program requires a significant time commitment of TWO 8 hour sessions; 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.

  • Lettinga                May 29 and June 5           9 a.m. – 5 p.m.                  Registration deadline is May 26

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.

Paw Prints Wireless Printing

Need to quickly print something on the go right before class? Now you can with Paw Prints. Paw Prints is a way for students with print credits to wirelessly print PDFs to a designated printer from laptops, Android phones and tablets.

Over the summer and fall, every campus should have available wireless printing through Paw Prints in the library or other designated area. There will be one designated multi-functional printer per location that will print PDFs wirelessly.

The system uses the free print credits allotted to you based upon the number of classes you take. If no more print credits exist, Paw Prints will begin charging your Panther Dollars account. If additional Panther Dollars are needed, please visit DU-posit. Cost per printed page is $0.10.

National Be a Millionaire Day

Today is Be a Millionaire Day! The library has plenty of resources like ProQuest EntrepreneurWall Street Journal,and Accounting & Finance Subject Guide, to name just a few.

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