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2015 Commencement – Graduation apps due Feb. 2!

The 2015 Davenport University Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids at 2:00 p.m. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in this ceremony celebrating your achievements!

Students completing their academic program during Fall 2014, Winter 2015 or Spring/Summer 2015 semesters are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. Check your progress toward graduation on DegreePlan!

All students are required to complete a graduation application. However, if you plan on participating in the commencement ceremony, you must submit your graduation application by February 2, 2015. Please contact your advisor if you have questions.

Men’s Basketball beats Cornerstone with a record crowd

Davenport Panthers Guard Braima Hai dribbles the ball during the game against Cornerstone Golden Eagles at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich., Saturday, January 24, 2015. (Hugh Carey |

On January 24, the Panthers beat rival Cornerstone University 78-72 in a Battle of the Beltline. Not only did they beat their rivals, but they brought in the win with a record home crowd of 1,539. Davenport retains its lead in the WHAC with a 13-1 record and 19-3 overall. Junior Forward, Dominez Burnett had a high game of 24 points. The Davenport players wore purple t-shirts while on the bench that said “Beltline Battle Against Cancer.” The schools were promoting prostate cancer awareness and all proceeds of the game went to the Van Andel Cancer Research Center.

“Anytime you play someone who has a chance to tie you in the conference, there’s a little bit more incentive to beat them,” Davenport coach Burt Paddock said. “They’ve got a really competitive group and a great program. But it’s nice to beat them on our home court.”

Congrats to DU Men’s Basketball on your win and thank you to all who participated in the stands. Keep showing that Panther Pride!

DEI: Project Implicit (Implicit Association Tests)

The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling to report (purposely hiding something from someone) or unable to report (unknowingly hiding something from yourself). An implicit stereotype occurs outside of conscious awareness and control. Even if you say that men and women are equally good at math, it is possible that you associate math with men without knowing it. In this case we would say that you have an implicit math-men stereotype. Are we influenced by biases that we are not even aware of? Could implicit biases have been a factor in the recent killing of black men by white policemen? The following link will take you to several interactive tests that measure implicit attitudes and ask you to reflect on your own attitudes and the unconscious roots of thoughts and feelings.

LETTINGA: Meet the President Jan. 29

Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend the W.A. Lettinga Meet the President to talk to Davenport University President, Rick Pappas and his Leadership Team. It is Dr. Pappas’ goal to meet with students, staff and faculty each year, answering questions and listening to concerns. Dr. Pappas would like your input as he focuses on the academic quality at Davenport.

Davenport University Lettinga Campus
Where: Sneden Center Auditorium
When: Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • 2:00 p.m. Students
  • 3:00 p.m. Staff

Attend an internship workshop ahead of Career Fair season

Thinking about an internship? Know you want an internship? Required internship for your program? Take a little time out to learn about it – Employers are recruiting NOW! It takes time and preparation to make your best impression with employers and to get through the paperwork/approval process for academic credit. Spring/Summer deadline is April 1. Let’s get you started! Considering a-not-for credit internship? This event is for you too.

Student internship workshops on our west side campuses: 

  • Grand Rapids on Tuesday 2/3 @ 9 – 10:30 a.m., in room 237c
  • Kalamazoo on Wednesday 2/4 @ 4 – 5:30, room p.m. in room 1
  • Grand Rapids on Tuesday 2/10 @ 4 – 5:30 p.m., in room 227
  • Holland on Thursday 2/12 @ 4 – 5:30 p.m., room 101
  • Battle Creek on Tuesday 2/17 @ 4 – 5:30 p.m., room 106
  • Traverse City on Thursday 2/19 @ 4 – 5:30 p.m., in Campus Office

Please register on DUCareerNET today! Access via the Career Services website @

Jasper helps nursing students

L to R: Tasha Cunningham, Lynette Fryling, Carla Johnston, Lindsey Kamphuis & Ashley Dysktra

Meet Jasper. He helps DU’s nursing students learn about how to insert a tube into a person’s stomach for feedings and testing. It is a very important skill that all nursing students must learn before practicing in a healthcare setting. Professor Janine Blakeslee removed the “skin” on his head so the students could visualize the  mouth and throat and see the tube as it is inserted.

Jasper is always a good sport and patient during these lab procedures! And he loves working with DU’s amazing nursing students!


HELP: Internships and jobs on DUCareerNET going unfilled!

About once a week Career Services gets a call or an e mail from an employer asking how they can get more applicants to the role(s) they have posted on our system.  At times, there are zero applicants for internships or jobs posted on our system!Here is a reminder of all of the ways we work hard, and try to work smart, to communicate with you about the open roles on our DUCAreerNET system:

  • Up to date postings added daily
  • Facebook posts
  • LinkedIn posts
  • Announcements to Faculty via e mail, so they can let you know
  • Physical job boards on campuses
  • Direct notices to your student e mail
  • Talking to you about the system and roles when we visit your classes
  • Referring you when you come in for appointment with Career Services
  • Having employers at our events on campus

Please log in, update or build your profile, and search today if you want to add experience to your resume and find the career path right for you.  If you have a suggestion for how we can better communicate opportunities to you – please stop in to Career Services today and let us know.

Access opportunities via our website or click this button wherever you see it!

You can also access DUCareerNET on Blackboard by clicking this icon:


Ask a Librarian! We’re here to help

Ask a Librarian! We’re here to help!

SAGINAW/MIDLAND: Scholarship opportunity

For more information contact Kelly Reed at 989.450.5060, 

Year-long scheduling opens Feb. 9

It’s almost here! Year-long scheduling opens in just a few short weeks (Feb. 9)! Students should contact their advisor now to make an appointment. Classes will fill up fast!

Making an appointment is easy. Here’s how:

  • Call 866-383-3548
  • Visit the front desk
  • Contact your advisory directly