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Nursing education comes to life

During a nursing lab class, Associate Chair of Nursing for the DU Veteran BSN program Renita Elder-Robinson was conducting her NURS 101 BSN students in a lesson on low and high blood sugar, including teaching them how to check blood sugars with the monitors. Renita soon became suspicious of a student who did not look well, and without pause, kicked her nursing skills into action as she quickly ensured the safety of the student while engaging her lab students into active roles of care-giving, such as calling 911, securing the students airway, checking the students blood sugar, and retrieving nursing staff for help. The student was stabilized and transferred to a local hospital for care and is doing well. The lesson for the day did not stop there though, and students were then debriefed by Renita on what transpired, the patients response and nursing interventions.

The students were in total amazement of Renita’s knowledge, skill, compassion,and calm disposition throughout the event. Renita reassured the students, who did a phenomenal job themselves she stated, by staying calm, following directions, and working as a team. On behalf of the nursing department, Renita’s demonstration of leadership, skill, and professionalism is truly appreciated and know the students glean a wealth of information from you daily! Congratulations to both students and instructor!

DU HUB CHALLENGE- Day 5 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 5 Trivia Question.

Random Daily Winners so far:

Day 1- Lita Aney from Holland Campus

Day 2- Joel Wenk from W.A. Lettinga Campus

Day 3- Brittany Van Camp from W.A. Lettinga Campus

Day 4- Jon Bruinsma from Online Campus

CEO announces winners of the Pitch Competition

Davenport University’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) conducted its 5th Annual Idea Pitch Competition on Tuesday evening, October 21. This was an opportunity for students to present their business ideas to a panel of judges with the opportunity to win cash rewards. The judges included Dr. Frank Novakowski, Dr. Marjolijn vandervelde, Dr. Linda Crosby, Professor Grant Lee, and Alum and entrepreneur, Tyler Essenberg.

14 participants were given just 90 seconds to present their “idea pitch” to five judges, with no visual aids, and 3 minutes of questions and answers. First place was awarded $500, second place $300, and third place $200.

The following winners for the 5th Annual Idea Pitch Competition are:

1st Prize $500 – Matt Witte – his business is Wheel Around, a bicycle tire wheel that can spin freely and is used as a toy or tool for people with special needs.

2nd Prize $300 – Joel Bonstell – his business is KER Solutions, offers a hands free shampoo and soap dispenser for the hospitality industry, to keep the world free of plastic bottles in our trash.

3rd Prize $200 – Andrew Weiss – his business is Kerri’s Kids, a staffing company that provides nanny services to busy families.

Participants of The Idea Pitch competition were encouraged to move on to compete against budding entrepreneurs from other West Michigan Colleges & Universities Group (WMCUG) in the Regional Business Plan Competition held in April, 2015 with $40,000 in prize money.

W.A. LETTINGA: 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. DU Risk Management will work with you to ensure you and your colleagues are prepared to answer those questions and move to action if faced with a threatening or emergency situation. As part of the training plan for the 2014-15 academic year, Matt Miller will be conducting workshops designed to prepare employees to respond to potential violent threats. Two sessions are now scheduled at the Lettinga campus; additional dates will be added based on interest.

While statistics prove that the likelihood of shootings on campus is minimal, the impact of an actual threat demands a prepared community that can minimize injuries and impact. Participation in the Active Shooter sessions ensures faculty and staff are knowledgeable about how to respond to violence and threats of violence.

Please fill out the Active Shooter Registration by October 24 as seats are limited. To be fully prepared for the training session, employees who plan to participate will be expected to complete a pre-assignment.

W.A. Lettinga Campus

October 27, 9:30 a.m. – Noon

November 5, 9:30 a.m. – Noon

DU HUB CHALLENGE- Day 4 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 4 Trivia Question.

Random Daily Winners so far:

Day 1- Lita Aney from Holland

Day 2- Joel Wenk from W.A. Lettinga

Day 3- Brittany Van Camp from W.A. Lettinga

Marketing/Social Media Internship available at the Bookstore!

Are you a business major or someone who loves social media? Why not gain valuable experience while doing what you love. The bookstore has a need for a marketing and social media intern starting this winter. This internship will allow you to gain course credit for the work you are doing. Must be at a junior or senior status level to be eligible.

To view the current student postings and apply, CLICK HERE and select student positions.

Contact Information and Hours:

Bookstore hours and contact information can be found at DUspirit.com.

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FLINT: Success 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 Kentwood ‘Girls Only’ event

On October 17 more than 100 fifth-grade girls spent their day at “Girls Only” event which aimed to help young female students explore career paths in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields (STEM). 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!

Computer 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!