On Sunday, nearly 1,800 Davenport graduates from across Michigan celebrated their new degrees in a ceremony that featured student speaker LaTarsha Holmes and Chairman & CEO of DP Fox Ventures Dan DeVos, who also received an Honorary Doctorate.
Congratulations to all the new grads and thank you to all the staff and volunteers who helped make the event an overwhelming success! Check out all the photos from the Honors Breakfast here and Commencement here.
Ask Why by David DeBoer
The conversation started with a normal question: “What are you reading on your Kindle?”
The response: “Three books right now. Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism by Carl McColman, and My Spiritual Journey by the Dalai Lama.”
The look on the face of the person posing the question indicated that she expected me to say, “the Federal Student Aid Handbook” or something along those lines. What followed the initial question and reply was a conversation focused on concepts of diversity and what motivates people to do what they do.
The Business Professionals of America (BPA) National competition is next week, May 10 – 14, in Orlando, Florida. Thirty-four Davenport students will compete and faculty advisors Ron Draayer, Brian Kowalczk, Scott Gumieny and Deb Kiss will attend along with Dean Imperato.
The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and will be streamed live here. Be sure to watch and cheer on as DU student participate and are recognized for their hard work!
2017/2018 Benefit Information Sessions to include
Retirement Plan Changes and Tuition Policy Updates
This year at our Benefit Information Sessions, we will review some additional items on the agenda in addition to healthcare related information that affects all Davenport employees. We highly encourage all employees attend one of these meetings or watch the recorded session.
This month’s faculty spotlight focuses on Pete Anderson, Assistant Professor in the College of Technology.
Positive impact on classroom: Pete not only teaches upper level courses, he serves as a mentor to students as they pursue their networking degrees and move into their careers. He inspires students to achieve their best work through classroom projects, student groups, and leading by example. Pete sums up his teaching philosophy as, “My intent is to provide each student with both knowledge and hands-on skills.”
Last Saturday, more than 160 people attended the dedication of the new Donald W. Maine College of Business Building and honor Chancellor Emeritus Don Maine. President Pappas opened the ceremony and was followed by inspiring and heartfelt words from DU Board Chair Frank Merlotti, Dean Pamella Imperato, Faculty members Dr. Jack Cichy & Dr. Margaret Mwenda, DU student Tyler Triemstra and Shane Napper from Rockford Construction.
Thank you to all who attended the 20th Anniversary Excellence in Business Dinner Gala to help raise money for student scholarships, honor Dan DeVos and hear legendary NFL quarterback Joe Montana. Attended by more than 600 guests, the Gala has raised approximately $2.3 million dollars. Check out photos from the event here.
Gerald R. Ford Scholarship winner Kelsey Kuiper spent the last few months studying abroad in Ireland at the University of Limerick. An experience like no other, Kelsey writes how it has changed her life:
… I’ve been studying abroad in Limerick, Ireland for the past three months. It has been an overwhelmingly good experience, and I’m so thankful for the chance to have it. I’m coming home in three weeks, and I cannot believe how quickly time has flown! I’m equally excited to come home and dreading leaving this wonderful place.
On Sunday, April 23, 140 students were recognized by Davenport’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership & Success (NSLS). An induction ceremony was held at the W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids. Dr. Jim Turner, DU faculty member at the Lansing and Lettinga campuses, served as the keynote speaker. Davenport students Stan White (Lansing), Kait Theisen (Lettinga), and Guadalupe Gonzalez (Holland) also shared their experiencs being in the program.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day.
The Clean Hands Count Campaign will offer a new education course and promotional video for healthcare providers. The Clean Hands Count campaign aims to:
- Improve healthcare provider adherence to CDC hand hygiene recommendations
- Address the myths and misperceptions about hand hygiene
- Empower patients to play a role in their care by asking or reminding healthcare providers to clean their hands