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FLINT: Successes in Walk Against Breast Cancer and Pink Out Day

Thank you to everyone who participated and supported the Flint Campus during Pink Out Day and the Walk Against Breast Cancer event. Several students participated in the walk and raised over $400 to donate to the cause. A special thank you goes to  Aurelio Velasquez, staff member in the Maintenance Department, and student, Leon Mize, for dressing up during Pink Out Day.

IT professor, Vanessa Munn speaks at the ‘Girls Only’ event

On October 17 more than 100 fifth-grade girls spent their day at the “Girls Only” event which aimed to help young female students explore career paths in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Students from the district’s Discovery, Endeavor, and Explorer elementary schools attended four breakout sessions featuring women in STEM careers and participated in hands-on activities that helped showcase their work.

The event was held at Discovery Elementary School. IT professor of Davenport University, Vanessa Munn was one  of the many women speakers from area businesses, organizations, and colleges and universities to present. The event featured hands-on activities with the students, including extracting DNA from fruit, making chocolate “asphalt,” computer program coding, and creating their own app. Overall the fifth-grade girls enjoyed their time at the ‘Girls Only’ event and the the district hopes to put on more activities in the future that encourage STEM careers for women. Thank you Vanessa Munn for not only being a positive example to IT students at DU, but also a positive role model to young woman seeking STEM careers.

IT Problems? GO SPIN!

Join us for spin classes every Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. SPIN classes are located in the Student Center lower level. All classes are FREE for students, staff, and faculty. SPIN class is a great opportunity that Davenport offers and ensures a fun, active, and healthy lifestyle. We look forward to having all returners and newbies join us for another exciting year!

DU HUB CHALLENGE- Day 3 Trivia Question

Check out today’s DU Hub Challenge Question for your chance to win tickets to the Real Pirates Exhibit at the GRPM, or other cool door prizes! All students are open to this contest. We’re picking a random winner every day, with the Grand Prize being drawn on October 29.

The GRAND PRIZE includes two free tickets to the Real Pirates exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, two free carousel rides and free parking! Contest is open to all DU students. The more questions you answer correctly, the more times you’ll be entered to win the Grand Prize.

DU Hub Challenge – Day 3 Trivia Question.

Random Daily Winners so far:

Day 1- Lita Aney from Holland

Day 2- Joel Wenk from W.A. Lettinga

Dodgeball tryouts held for BGSU tournament

The BGSU Dodgeball tournament is Saturday, October 25, from 11:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Davenport Panthers are 1-2 this season. Teams attending the conference include: Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, Sienna Heights, & Ohio State University. Open tryouts for the tournament will be held Tuesday from 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m, and will include up to 20 students for the roster.  The tournament is played by NCDA Dodgeball rule set.

If you have any questions, please contact

LANSING: Student Government hosts campus-wide Food Drive Competition

This October, Lansing Campus Student Government is hosting a campus-wide food drive competition. We are also hosting an inter-campus competition. Classes are encouraged to bring in as many non-perishable food and/or pet food items as possible in order to win a pizza party! This is a great opportunity to help bring in food for people and animals in our community as well as feed your students dinner for a night.

Click here to view the form.

Below are simple instructions on how to participate in this competition:


1. Fill out the sign-up form above for your class and turn it into the front desk or e-mail the form to

2. Encourage your students to bring in non-perishable food items to the collection box located in the Lansing Campus Atrium.

2. With the attached tracking sheet, keep track of how many food items each student brings in during the October 1 – October 31 time period. The honor system will be used for the competition.

3. Turn in the tracking sheet on or before October 31 to the front desk or e-mail the form.

4. The winners will be announced on November 2.

If you have any questions, please contact

LANSING: Get your flu shot on October 29

Davenport University will be offering all full time faculty and full/part time staff the opportunity to receive a flu vaccination at no cost! The Lansing Campus will be hosting an onsite clinic on Wednesday, October 29, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The clinic will take place in Room 305. To sign-up please visit and indicate the Lansing location.

DU Receives 2014 Hispanic Advocate Award

Davenport University has received the Hispanic Advocate Award from the Committee to Honor César E. Chávez for its continued work on evolving diversity initiatives.  Davenport University was recognized at the 10th Annual César E. Chávez Hispanic Excellence Awards on Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Cultural Center.

Davenport received the award due to the University’s demonstrated commitment to the ideals of César E. Chávez and our continued support of the local committee, which includes incorporating its initiatives into Davenport’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion programs.

Also, Dave Veneklase, EVP for Organizational Development, and Rhae-Ann Booker, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, were involved in the formation of the Unity Committee, composed of area colleges, universities, schools and community leaders to advance the interests of Hispanic communities.  For the third consecutive year, DU is awarding a four-year Si Se Puede Scholarship.

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Student Nursing Association raises $1,168 to fight Type 1 Diabetes

The Student Nursing Association of Midland raised $1168 to fight Type 1 Diabetes by participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. This walk was held in October at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Bay City. Thank you to all who participated and/or donated to this event. Your help is greatly appreciated as we strive to find a cure for Diabetes.

Holli Blohm is pictured with Ian Nelson (Son of Campus Director Kristy Nelson). Ian is a Type I diabetic and appreciates all the support that SNA contributes to the Walk for a Cure.