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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Davenport will host its annual Silent March and MLK, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, January 19, at the W.A. Lettinga Campus. The Silent March will depart at 12:30 p.m. from the Wilbur & Sharon Lettinga Auditorium. Following the march, at 1:00 p.m. in the Wilbur & Sharon Lettinga Auditorium, there will be a celebration that will include reflections from Davenport’s students, faculty and staff.  Bridget Clark Whitney, Executive Director of Kids’ Food Basket will serve as the keynote speaker. Winners of the MLK, Jr. Day Essay contest will also be shared. In addition, there will be a service project at the David D. Hunting YMCA in downtown Grand Rapids from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Please visit OrgSync or to register. There will be an article featuring all opportunities around the state available on the HUB in January.

Holland Campus hosts ‘Holidays Around the World’

The Holland Campus celebrated diversity in a big way with a ‘Holidays Around the World’ scavenger hunt. There were 10 different countries and religions showcased around campus. Each station had information on how that country/religion celebrated the holidays, along with pictures and special treats. Students were instructed to visit each station, answer questions about the country or religion, and collect the treats. When the students were done with the scavenger hunt, they received a Davenport University t-shirt and a giant candy bar.

Nominate a faculty member in DU Excellence in Teaching Award

Did you have an outstanding faculty member this year? Do you know of a faculty member who deserves recognition for their excellence in teaching?

The Office of Performance Excellence is seeking nominations for the annual DU Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes outstanding adjunct and full-time faculty who:

  • Show enthusiasm for teaching and subject matter
  • Connect with students, demonstrating a genuine concern and caring for student’s learning and success
  • Exceed expectations in helping students learn
  • Consistently achieve student learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate mastery of current knowledge of subject and effective learning delivery methods

Winners will be honored at Davenfest 2015, DU’s all employee meeting. Submit your nomination online before March 5, 2015

Did you know that DU has a University Archives?

Did you know that DU has a University Archives? You can visit it in person at the Margaret D. Sneden Library on the W. A. Lettinga campus in Grand Rapids, or check it out online here. You can view virtual exhibits, yearbooks from 1961 – 1972, and get some tips on genealogy. Note: I’ve attached a photo from the archives – Potsy Clark and Jerry Ford from The Grand Rapids Lancer, January 29, 1942. Former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford was a professor of commerical law and an assistant football coach at DU. George “Potsy” Clark, former coach of the Detroit Lions, was the head football coach at DU.

Understanding Title IX and SaVE Act

Davenport University prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking and reaffirms its commitment to maintain a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the university community.  As a result, we have an obligation to help all of us in the Davenport community understand how these terms are defined, what each individual can do to help prevent them from occurring, and our process for receiving complaints of sexual and relationship violence.

Davenport University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and sexual harassment and sexual violence are types of sex discrimination. We issue this statement of policy to inform the community of our comprehensive plan addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, whether the incident occurs on or off campus and when it is reported to a University official. If you or someone that you know has been the victim of one of the offenses defined above while at Davenport University please contact a university staff member or a designated Title IX coordinator.

Davenport University Title IX coordinators are:

LANSING: Student Government & Student Life sponsors Finals Week Stressbusters

Please join us for all of the fun events that will be taking place on the Lansing Campus during exam week. All of these events are sponsored by Lansing Student Government and Campus Life.

Free Hot Cocoa

Come pick up a delicious cup of hot cocoa. Student Government will be there to give you a pick me up during your first day of exams.

Monday, December 15

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Lansing Student Lounge

Free Cookies

Free Cookies are a great treat to get you ready for Round II of exams.

Tuesday, December 16
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Lansing Student Lounge

Free Pizza

Yummy pizza to give you fuel for your Thursday exams.

Thursday, December 18

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Lansing Student Lounge

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LIVONA & WARREN: AAUW hosts short film on women empowerment

The local branch of the AAUW (formerly American Association of University Women) is hosting the event for the public on Sunday afternoon, January 11 in Trenton. The film deals with how marketing the beauty, youth, and sexuality of women ultimately affects the ability of women to attain leadership positions, affecting society as a whole. It was featured at the Sundance film festival in 2011.

All students, staff, and students are encouraged to attend this event. Both males and females, especially those involved with marketing, leadership and communications fields will find it interesting and relevant. A donation of $5 covers the movie followed by snacks in the lobby.

About AAUW

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day educational, social, economic, and political.

KALMAZOO: Go Bald for Cancer raises over $400 for Gilda’s Club

The Kalamazoo Campus held their 4th Annual Go Bald for Cancer event on Thursday, December 4th. Sponsored this year by Student Government, the event brought students, faculty & staff together to support Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids. Several students and one employee raised donations and then participated in having their head (and beard) shaved to show support for those who lose their hair to cancer treatment. An auction of donated items was also held which helped raise additional funds at the event. Jerry Snoeyink, a volunteer and mentor for Gilda’s Club shared his moving testimony as well as educated the assembled group regarding Gilda’s Club outreach. Total collected for Gilda’s Club was $438.15!

Kalamazoo student Joshua Johnson “Before & After” the Go Bald for Cancer event!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a huge success.