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Faculty Spotlight: Diane Salinas

Diane SalinasDiane Salinas, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, helps her students survive and thrive in math classes.

Salinas has made an impact on the local Kentwood community through her facilitation of the STEM day events. Students participate in interactive and engaging activities that show how math and science can be fun and interesting. Through these events, Salinas has probably reached over 1,500 students in the years this project has run. She also has involved many of our DU math and science faculty to assist with these events, giving them a chance to show off their wide range of talents and interests.

Davenport professor takes top spot in digital forensics competition

computer codeMark McKinnon, a Professor in the College of Technology at Davenport University, earned the top spot in the Autopsy Python plugin competition at the 8th Annual Open Source Digital Forensics Conference.

“This competition allows me to give back to the forensic community by providing programs that help forensic examiners perform their jobs more efficiently,” he said.

Rehmann Career Night provides opportunities for DU students

Davenport University students, staff and alumnis attended the Rehmann Career Night at the Grand Rapids Office in mid-September.

“Employer career nights are a growing trend, along with summer experience days,” said Brandi Melkild, regional internship manager for the Experiential Learning department. ”To some extent, a summer experience day is a tryout day. Think of it as a volunteer day or job shadow day that you apply to as a very preliminary step in the recruiting process.”

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).

REMINDER: Town Hall scheduled for Nov. 15

As a reminder, a Town Hall meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15, for all Davenport University faculty and staff. This event will be held in the Wilbur & Sharon Lettinga Auditorium 2:30 to 4 p.m. and streamed live to other DU campuses.

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.

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