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New hires for March!

Please join us in welcoming the following new employees that joined the University in March 2015:

Susan Klappa

We are pleased that Susan has joined us in the role of Department Chair Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the Lettinga campus. Dr. Sue Klappa earned her Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction: Family, Youth, and Community at the University of Minnesota. Her supporting program involved community health education and building sustainable collaborative approaches for community engagement and social justice. Dr. Klappa earned her Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree from St. Catherine University in Minneapolis, MN. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in cardiac rehabilitation from the University of Minnesota.

Katherine Vukovich

It is our pleasure to announce that Katherine has joined us in the role of Financial Aid Counselor – Lansing Campus. Katherine earned her Doctorates from Western Michigan Cooley Law School.

Josh Marko

Please join us in welcoming Joshua as our new Admissions Representative. Joshua earned his Bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College. He recently worked for GingerMan Raceway for four years. Joshua has a three year old son which doesn’t allow him much time for interest and hobbies; however, he likes to read, cook and travel when time allows.

Kristine Powers

We are pleased to announce that Kristine Powers has joined us as a Customer Service Specialist on our Kalamazoo campus. Kristine earned her Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University.

Barbara Ellis

Please join us in welcoming Barbara Ellis in her role as Administrative Assistant –Lettinga Campus. She is currently working on her MBA degree at Davenport University. She earned her Bachelor’s from Kendall College of Art and Design. Barbara has been married for 28 years and has five children! In her spare time she enjoys camping with her family and playing video games with her children.

Stephanie Hoeve

It is our pleasure to announce Stephanie our Corporate Project Specialist – Downtown Campus. Stephanie earned her Bachelor’s from Grand Valley State University. Before joining our team she worked as a Project Manager at BTS Consulting & Training for three and a half years. In her spare time, Stephanie is a hospice volunteer, violinist and martial artist.

Jacob Vachon

We are pleased that Jacob has joined us in the role of Customer Support – Broadmoor. Jacob has his diploma from Sparta High School and worked previously at Davenport University as Student Support for one and a half years. Jacob enjoys baseball, basketball, football, and bowling in his spare time. While in high school, Jacob was also in National Honors Society and while at Davenport he has made the Presidents List.

Jordan Miliusis

Please join us in welcoming Jordan as our Call Center Admissions Specialist – Broadmoor Campus. Previously, Jordan worked at Cabela’s as a sale associate for two years. He is very outgoing and enjoys the outdoors. In his spare time he likes to hunt and fish.

DEI: The Glass Ceiling and its Impact on Women’s Pay

“The seen, yet unreachable barrier that keeps minorities and women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications or achievements.”

Glass ceiling is the phrase used to describe the quote above, according to the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission. There are many people in the United States who have numerous bumps on their heads from hitting this glass ceiling, a majority of those being women.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research states that in 2013, female full-time workers made only 78 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 22 percent. That can mean the difference of $500,000 to $2,000,000 over the life-time of a professional, degree-holding woman.

And it is worse for women of color. Hispanic/Latino women earn 53% of what a white male earns and African American women earn 64% of what a white male earns, as reported by the US Census Bureau. This pay disparity is linked to levels of education. Hispanic/Latino and African American women often enter the work place with less education their white female colleagues.

And worse yet, is the prediction of The Institute for Women’s Policy Research that it will take 44 years, until 2059, for the wage gap between men and women to close. So, what can women do today? Ask their employers or potential employers about their pay equity policies and if necessary, take legal steps to require employers practice pay equity.

Success in Saginaw: DU Cares Fair

On March 11th, the Saginaw campus hosted a DU Cares Fair to celebrate the success of all Davenport students. Along with a variety of snacks and a light dinner, students were given the opportunity to talk to financial institutions, social service agencies and more! Vendors were invited as well to offer students discounts on services.

The highlight of the night was when Davenport’s very own Medical Assistant Club was giving blood pressure checks to all the participants for free!

Great Decisions Series: Privacy – Is It a Thing of the Past?

The idea of “privacy” has undergone significant changes in the digital age, as has the idea of privacy “harm.” Legislation, both at home and abroad, hasn’t kept pace with technological developments (e.g. North Korea hacking of Sony) leaving some wondering if privacy as we know it is long dead.  Join Aarti Shahani, Technology Correspondent for National Public Radio, San Francisco, as she discusses the latest developments in regards to digital privacy and the implications of it as we move forward in the 21st Century.

The presentation will be Monday, March 30, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center.

The panel is part of the 2015 World Affairs Council of Western Michigan Great Decisions Discussion Series. All Davenport students, faculty and staff may attend for FREE by signing in at the College Desk in the Lobby at Aquinas College.

Check out the Marketing Subject Guide

Looking for resources on demographics, market segments, company information or other marketing topics? Check out our Marketing Subject Guide

Let’s sing gospel!

Come explore the exciting realm of gospel music by contributing your voice and/or instrumental music skills. Led by Dr. Susan Gunn and Dr. Rhae-Ann Booker, we will meet 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Academic Building Room 005 on Monday,  March 30, April 6, and April 13. No auditions or previous background is necessary—just an interest in singing inspirational music and building community.

2015 Spring Formal

Who are you asking to the dance? This is your chance to show off those moves and impress that special someone!  Located at The Cheney Place, $10 per person, that includes dancing, mocktails, appetizers,desserts, photo booth & parking.

6:30 – 10 p.m. Thursday, March 26th

Semi-formal Dress Code

Transportation is NOT provided

Sign up in the Center For Campus Life today!



Inclusive Technology: Encouraging Diversity and Inclusion in the Technology Workforce

The Women in Technology at Davenport University are sponsoring the Inclusive Technology: Encouraging Diversity and Inclusion in the Technology Workforce on April 10, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m in Sneden Center Meeting Rooms 1, 2, and 3. Diversity in technology discussions and professional development breakouts will be provided by industry professionals such as Herman Miller, GreenleafTrust, Cisco Systems, Spectrum Health and the State of Michigan. The conference will include professional speakers from IT fields. All students welcome, register here. Seats are limited.

Need help in English?

Check out the Library guides! Library guides for ENGL 109 and ENGL 110 are good places to start.