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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.

Adoption Stories at DU

Student Life will host a lunch-and-learn event that will allow DU employees to learn about the adoption experiences of fellow employees from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in Room 215 in the Donald W. Maine College of Business Building. Employees interested are encouraged to bring a lunch if they wish to attend.

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.”

Volunteer Center to host Junior Achievement information session

The Davenport University Volunteer Center will host an information session about volunteering with Junior Achievement at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Sneden Center in rooms 2 and 3.

Mental health event raises more than $60,000

Pounce Panther holds a sign at NAMIWalksMore than $60,000 was raised at the annual NAMIWalks Grand Rapids event hosted at Davenport University on Saturday. More than 400 people attended the event.

“The Davenport family came out in force,” said Karen Daley, Dean of the College of Health Professions. “According to NAMI, one in five college students face a mental health condition. In addition, 75 percent of mental illnesses emerge before age 24, making college age students especially vulnerable to stress, depression and anxiety.”

DU alumna recognized as one of Metro Detroit’s emerging leaders

Randi OlsonDavenport University alumna Randi Olson has been recognized with a Vanguard Award by Detroit Young Professionals. She is one of 11 emerging leaders in Metro Detroit who will be recognized at the 7th annual Vanguard Awards event on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

“I feel honored and privileged to be recognized among such inspiring young leaders,” Olson, a forensic accounting manager at Rehmann Corporate Investigative Services, said. “I’m simply a person who is progressing well through my career and participating in two volunteer organizations that bring me great joy. It is truly an honor and a privilege to be recognized this year.”

Olson earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting Fraud Investigation at Davenport University, taking classes at the campuses in Livonia and Warren to complete her degree.

Decorate a T-shirt for Homecoming

Homecoming T-shirtStudents can stop by the main foyer of the Academic Building from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, for T-shirt decorating.

Sport management alumnus returns to campus

Jim Van Dam poses with a classJim Van Dam — the 2016 Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient — returned to Davenport University this week to speak in sport management classes. Van Dam is putting his sport management degree to use as the Manager of Corporate Sales at Tampa Bay Lightning, a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from DU in 2010.

“We love when alumni come back to share their insight with students!” said Sara Mooney, Assistant Director of Alumni Communications and Development. ”If you’re looking for an alumnus to speak in your class, the Alumni Office has a list of alumni who are eager to volunteer to speak in classes.”

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