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Engage@DU features campus events, student organizations and volunteer opportunities

OrgSync has migrated to a new platform called Engage@DU.

The Engage@DU platform will provide the tools and resources that OrgSync offered, in addition to a new layout with additional functionality. Engage@DU will provide a campus events calendar, student organization information and volunteer opportunities (including the VTO form for employees).

Trick or treat in South Hall

CandyStudent Life will host a trick or treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at South Hall at the W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids.

Etiquette dinner builds soft skills needed to succeed

Students can gain an edge in their future careers by attending the etiquette dinner hosted by Career Services from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in the Sneden Center at the W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids.

The event will provide networking opportunities and a three-course meal where attendees will learn about professional dining etiquette through the hilarious antics of Cindy Brown, Executive Director at Hello West Michigan. Students should attend in professional dress.

High schoolers learn nursing skills at Warren Campus

Students learn skills at nursing campStudents from 12 high schools participated in the inaugural Nursing Camp at the Warren Campus in July.

“We involved senior nursing students into the curriculum as active leaders and educators,” said Andrea Shaw, the Associate Department Chair of Nursing at Davenport University’s Warren Campus.

“The students learned skills from critical thinking to hands-on tasks such as assessment of vital signs, injections and bedside procedures,” Shaw said.

DU’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council named to Top 10 for ERG & Council Honors Award

Students in classDavenport University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council was named 10th in the Nation’s Top 25 Employee Resource Groups at the annual ERG & Council Conference.

“Having made it to the Top 10 for two consecutive years is very exciting,” said Rhae-Ann Booker,  Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The ERG & Council Honors Award is the only annual national award that recognizes, honors and celebrates the contributions and achievements of Employee Resource Groups and Diversity Councils that lead the diversity and inclusion process in their organizations and demonstrate results in their workforce, workplace and marketplace.

Nursing entrance exam required for admission to program

Students interested in enrolling in Davenport University’s Nursing Program are required to take the TEAS® nursing entrance exam for BSN and LPN programs. The cost of the exam at the Testing Center is $70.

Grad says “Ni Hao” to Shanghai business

The Discovery IssueHockey friends of Eric Rupert, ’06, speak of him in tones of awe usually reserved for local legends, and with good reason.

In a few short years after graduating, he became a specialist in eco-building materials, created a vast network of business contacts and co-founded a company that specializes in providing sustainable building products in Shanghai, China.

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.

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.

Walking a mile in combat boots: Simulation enhances understanding of veteran student experiences

Military membersAs part of the Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) program’s ongoing commitment to Davenport University’s veteran students, a military simulation will be offered to faculty and staff at the Great Lakes Bay Region campus in Midland on Friday, Oct. 27.

“Intended to provide an educational insight into the lives of military students, this experiential learning opportunity is highly recommended for any faculty or staff members who may have contact with these students,” said Jessica Fasburg, a College of Health Professions staff member. ”The simulation will provide an eye-opening experience for participants that will foster an inclusive university campus.”

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