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Women’s Lacrosse are National Champs!

Junior attacker Jessica Lemckesent the Davenport University women’s lacrosse team to its first-ever National Championship as she tallied the game-winning goal in overtime from Hanna Bush. The Panthers had to battle in a thrilling game against conference foe Lawrence Tech. Lemcke and Bush was also the combination that sent the Panthers to overtime with the Blue Devils as DU needed a goal with 48 seconds remaining to force the extra period. The Panthers kept this momentum alive as they won the draw to begin overtime and turned their offensive possession into the game-winning goal as they won 9-8 and earned the 2016 National Women’s Lacrosse League (NWLL) National Championship.

Softball Secures Fourth-Straight WHAC Tournament Title

The DU softball team clinched their fourth-straight Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament title Monday afternoon with a convincing 6-1 win over Lourdes University. The Panthers went a perfect 4-0 in the tournament and outscored their opponents 23-1 to advance their overall record in 2016 to 39-10.

Dr. Epstein Honored as 2016 recipient of the Pacesetter Award

Scott Epstein, Ed.D., EVP for Quality and Effectiveness, will be honored by the Michigan Academic Advising Association this year at their annual state conference. Dr. Epstein is the 2016 recipient of the Pacesetter Award  which recognizes Executive Officers, Provosts and Academic or Student Affairs Officers (i.e., Vice Provosts, Vice Presidents, Deans, etc.) who exemplify a commitment to academic advising and are true advocates for advising, students, and advisors across their institution. This award is designed for individuals that do not have direct oversight of academic advising at their institution but supports the overall mission and vision of academic advising as a whole. Congratulations Dr. Epstein!

Davenport Football 2016 Schedule

Davenport University head football coach Lou Esposito has announced the inaugural 2016 schedule with 11 dates including six home and five road games. The Panthers will begin the season at Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex on Saturday, August 27 against Lyon College at 11:00 a.m. Lyon featured the third-leading rusher in NAIA last year in junior Michael Bowles. He rushed for 1,431 yards (4.9 YPR) and eight touchdowns. Lyon College is ranked 16th nationally in pass defense per game (182.2).

DEI: Change the Conversation about Mental Health

DEI: Change the Conversation about Mental Health

“It’s so bizarre how in this world, if you have asthma, you take asthma medicine; if you have diabetes, you take diabetes medicine. But, as soon as you have to take medicine for your mind, there’s such a stigma behind it.” Jennifer Lawrence, 2013 Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook.

National Society of Leadership & Success Ceremony

On Sunday, April 24, 110 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. Peg Luy, Executive Vice President for Alumni & Development, served as the keynote speaker. Davenport students Maria Habba (Lansing), Karly Hillman (Midland), Demetries Luckett (Warren), and Syneira Matthew (Grand Rapids) also shared about their experience being in the program.

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Water and Electricity Shut Off at W.A. Lettinga Campus on May 14

On Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 am, both the water and electricity at the W.A. Lettinga Campus will be shut off for several hours. The water will be shut off to permit connection of the new Donald W. Maine College of Business building to the campus water main; the water is expected to be off completely for approximately 8 to 10 hours (between 3:00-5:00 pm). The electricity will be shut off to permit repairs to be made to the transformers that serve the W.A. Lettinga Campus; the electricity is expected to be off completely for approximately 4 hours (until about 11:00 am). Apologies in advance for any inconvenience these activities may cause.

Please contact Nathan McCormick at nmccormick@davenport.edu or 1128 with any questions.

Seeking Nominations for Tyrus R. Wessell Award

Considered Davenport’s most prestigious honor, the Tyrus R. Wessell Award recognizes exemplary commitment to the University’s Cultural Values as well as contributions positively impacting the DU community, especially our students.  Recipients of this award reflect the values and service demonstrated by Tyrus R. Wessell, longtime faculty member and university administrator.

The Tyrus R. Wessell Award is open to all employees who meet the following criteria:

·         A  current employee who provides exceptional service and make a positive impact on students

·         An individual who consistently demonstrates DU Cultural Values (STAIR)

o   Serving with Quality

o   Trustworthiness

o   Accountability

o   Innovation and creativity

o   Respect for people

An individual who has made a notable achievement in his/her field or profession

Faculty and staff are invited to to submit a nomination.  Click here to submit a Tyrus R. Wessell nomination.  Nominations must be received by June 3, 2016.

Previous winners include:

2015 – Donna Milham – Registrar

2014 – Janet Mascke – Director of Academic Information Systems

2013 -  Barb Huston, Assistant Director of Academic Services Online and Jenny Thurber Advisor

2012    Shubhada Sagdeo, Director of Academic Services and Marie Hojeij, Administrative Assistant

2011    Tom Woods, Executive Director of  Student and Advising Services and Patty Brechbiel, Director of Academic Services

2010    Mark Griffin, Faculty and Linda Haberaecker, Faculty

2009    Barbara Mieras, Sr. Vice President for Major Gifts and Susan Crkovski, ED for Student Services

2008    Tim Mulder, Associate Professor

2007    Terri Tomaszek, Professor

2006    Michelle Georgevich, Vice President for Financial Management

2005    Jacqueline D. Taylor, Vice President for Development (former)

2004    Allen Wetherell, Executive Vice President of Operations (former)

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