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Register for the “Road to Success” IT Mentor Program!



Attention College of Technology students! IT managers from some of Southeast Michigan’s largest companies will be at the Livonia Campus to provide mentoring and insight into working in IT on October 15 from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.!

September New Hires

Please join us in welcoming the following new employees that joined the University in September 2016:

W.A. Lettinga Campus Active Shooter Training

What would I do? What should I do? How do I protect students? How do I protect myself? How can I help?

These questions surface immediately when we hear of acts of violence in the workplace or when faced with an emergency situation. Responding to those questions with confidence and preparedness can mean the difference between safety and tragedy. Active Shooter training will help you be prepared.

Davenport University Risk Management team is committed to supporting you in creating a safe, secure workplace and educational environment and ensuring you and your colleagues are prepared to answer those questions and move to action if faced with a threatening or emergency situation.

2016 Michigan Voter Registration Information

As citizens of the United States, one of our most basic rights – and responsibilities – is to vote.

Some of you may wonder what difference your vote will make.  Consider these facts:

  • Richard Nixon lost the presidential election to John F. Kennedy in 1960 by less than one vote per precinct.
  • The contested 2000 Presidential Election came down to just 537 votes in Florida, a state of 16 million people.

With the approaching presidential, state, and local elections on November 8, 2016, now is the time to register to vote.  The deadline to register to vote is October 11, 2016.

Free 1/2 Day Conference – Enrollment, Retention and Graduation of Students of Color in Higher Education

The Enrollment, Retention and Graduation of Students of Color in Higher Education to be held Wednesday, 10/19, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus in the Kirkhof Center.

This annual day of learning is sponsored by the West Michigan Presidents’ Compact Committee. In WMPCC,  college and university presidents together commit to promoting full respect and support for every individual, regardless of race or ethnicity, since only a full embrace of the many cultures and backgrounds among us will ensure a united community moving forward together.

See Why Mental Health is Important to You on September 27!

On September 27 from 12 – 1:20 p.m., the DEI Council and the Lettinga Campus will host speaker Kevin Fischer, the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in the Sneden Auditorium for a speech will focus on the importance of mental health, information about different mental health issues, and how to help reject the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Congratulations to Colleen Thoman for Receiving the Patriot Award!

Colleen Thoman, Director of Admissions at Davenport University’s Lansing Campus, was honored with a Patriot Award from the Michigan Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on September 2 for her outstanding support for the Guard and Reserve. First Lieutenant Ben Larson nominated Colleen for continuously supporting his military duties and for her support for all the service members and veterans on campus.

DU to welcome its first Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow in October

Through a program of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), Davenport University will welcome its first Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Anil Singh-Molares, the week of Oct. 17, with a number of events for students, faculty and staff, alumni and members of the larger community.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows (WWVF) program, operating for more than 40 years, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the U.S. for substantive dialog with students and faculty members. This WWVF visit was made possible by grant funding from the M.E. Davenport Foundation.

Alumni Success Story: Carl Eschels ’39

In celebration of our 150th Anniversary, we sat down with Carl Eschels ‘39, one of the oldest living Davenport graduates. Walk down memory lane with Carl as he recalls all of his great experiences he had as a student of Davenport into his long career and retirement. Check out his story on page 45 of the latest issue of the DU Review.

LETTINGA: Self-Defense Training for Female Students

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 students; the program will be offered this fall at the W.A. Lettinga Campus.

Completion of the program requires a significant time commitment of THREE 4-hour sessions or FOUR 3-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 all training dates.

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

Option One
W.A. Lettinga Campus
October 10, October 17 & October 24
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration deadline is October 3!


Option Two
W.A. Lettinga Campus
October 19, October 26, November 2 & November 9
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Registration deadline is October 12!


Click here to watch testimonials from recent participants.

For additional information about R.A.D., please contact Mark Ewing.

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