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Broadmoor Campus employees continue transition to W.A. Lettinga Campus

The W.A. Lettinga Campus is welcoming Davenport University employees from the Broadmoor Campus during the next several weeks. The Facilities Department and IT are working diligently with departments and groups at Broadmoor to ensure a smooth transition.

As previously communicated, the long-term goal is to build a new facility within walking distance of the W.A. Lettinga Campus for departments based at Broadmoor. In the short-term, DU is relocating most of those currently working at the Broadmoor location temporarily to new locations at the W.A. Lettinga Campus. The Broadmoor Campus lease is set to expire on Dec. 31.

Adoption Stories at DU

Student Life will host a lunch-and-learn event that will allow DU employees to learn about the adoption experiences of fellow employees from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in Room 215 in the Donald W. Maine College of Business Building. Employees interested are encouraged to bring a lunch if they wish to attend.

Servant leadership — in life, the military and the classroom

Anything worthwhile is worth working for and nothing’s free. That’s the mantra of Dr. James Turner, a faculty member in the Donald W. Maine College of Business at Davenport University.

James TurnerTurner will speak at the 19th annual International Leadership Association’s global conference in Brussels, Belgium, this month about “Military Servant Leadership in Turbulent Times.”

The session culminates his lifetime of experience as a servant leader and retired United States Air Force Officer with nearly three decades of active duty military service. It also summarizes his dissertation for his doctoral degree in management, which he defended this summer.

“I applied all that I learned as a child growing up, taking care of my siblings, and taking care of my troops when I was a commander. I always put their needs above my own,” he said.

Discovering opportunity

The Discovery Issue

Republished from DU Review – Summer 2017

Porntida (Mai) Yansomboon ’14, brings a wealth of personal knowledge and experience to her job at the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington D.C.

“I grew up in a business savvy family,” says Yansomboon, a Thai citizen who lived in Grand Rapids before attending Davenport. “My family imported tractors and equipment from Thailand.

Entrepreneurial Center Speaker Series Starts Sept. 20

The Entrepreneurial Center at Davenport University is launching a fall speaking series on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 5-6 p.m., when Jim Gort, Ph.D., Associate Department Chair for Management, presents “The Entrepreneurial Edge: Leading Your Venture.”

The Hub and Panther Den Hours

As the new academic year kicks into gear, it’s important to know where you can go to get your beverages, snacks and light meals between classes!

Introducing the 2017 Alumni Award Recipients

We are pleased to announce our 2017 Alumni Award recipients. We received a record number of exceptional alumni award nominations, thanks to you! We appreciate the time you took to honor your fellow classmates, friends and colleagues.

Academic Promotions

The “Interim” has been removed from titles held by Patty Brechbiel and Chris Marx, making Patty Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and Chris the University Registrar. Both have served admirably in these roles on an interim basis and are well deserving of these permanent appointments.

IPEx Success Story: Nichole Konyndyk

Nichole Konyndyk is clearly a firm believer in education.  In 2014, she completed not just one, but two bachelor’s degrees at Calvin College: a BS in Psychology and a BA in Business, Human Resources.  Nichole participated in a semester study abroad at York St. John College in York, England and spent 10 months as an intern at HR Collaborative, a position that led to a full-time role upon graduation.

She has worked as an HR Associate for HR Collaborative for the past three years.  Nichole’s participation in the winter 2017 session of the SHRM Certification Exam Preparation course at Davenport University’s Institute for Professional Excellence (IPEx) has led to her most recent success of earning her SHRM-CP credential!  

Davenport Students Excel at the 2017 BPA National Conference!

Business Professionals of America held its 51st National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida from May 9 - 14, 2017.  Students from Davenport’s Lettinga and Lansing campuses represented the University and earned 12 national championships, 8 runner-up finishes, and 8 third-place finishes! Overall, the University placed 69 finalists in the Top Ten.  Over the last nine years, Davenport students’ have earned 112 national titles!

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