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Alumni Success Story: Ellen Garrison ’00 & ’05

As the CFO of Accroseal, Ellen Garrison ‘05 is responsible for all aspects of accounting, human resources and operations. Ellen credits her human resources certificate from DU as the foundation for her success. “More doors have been opened for me thanks to the technical skills and knowledge I received while earning my HR certificate at DU.” Learn more about Ellen and her success in the manufacturing industry on the alumni blog.

LETTINGA: Adopt a Family for the Holidays

Help to make the holidays special this year for a local family in need. Students, faculty, and staff at the Lettinga Campus are encouraged to stop by the Center for Campus Life to select a gift request tag from their giving wall. Donations should be turned in by December 16th. If you don’t have the time to purchase a gift, you can also support the cause by donating money towards a Meijer gift card for the family.

Let’s #DUgood! If you have any questions or are looking for more information, please contact Alexa Girouard in the Center for Campus life at agirouard@davenport.edu.

MLK Day Essay Contest

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, all Davenport students enrolled for the winter 2017 semester are eligible to submit an essay of up to 500 words for a chance at a $1,500 scholarship! The essay should respond to the following:

LANSING: Meet the President is Thursday, Dec. 8

Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend the 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 Lansing Campus
When: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
4:00 p.m. Staff in Rm. 505-507
6:00 p.m. Students in Rm. 305

Save the Date: Town Hall March 14, 2017

Please save the date for March 14, 2017, when we will hold our next Town Hall for all Davenport University faculty and staff.  This event will be held in the Wilbur & Sharon Lettinga Auditorium 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. and will be streamed live to other DU campuses. Details will be shared closer to the date.

WARREN: Nursing Program Open House on Dec. 8

IPEx Offers Blanchard Situational Leadership® Course

IPEx is pleased to announce that it has become a Channel Partner with The Ken Blanchard Companies® to offer Situational Leadership to clients and to the public. The workshop will help leaders apply the most comprehensive, tangible and useful model of leadership available. This two-day program introduces participants to the Situational Leadership® II model and equips them with the tools to apply the most effective leadership style in any given situation based on the needs of the team member.

Lettinga Library Holiday Break Hours

The W.A. Lettinga Campus Library will have the following hours over the Holiday Break:

New Hires for November!

Please join us in welcoming the following new employees that joined the University in November 2016:

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Needs 50 More Volunteers

The IRS partners with community groups like the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (V.I.T.A) to offer free tax preparation services to low to moderate income taxpayers.  As part of a collegiate partnership, Davenport serves over 6,000 West Michigan families helping them receive tax credits and refunds so they can keep their heat on, pay property tax bills or buy a costly appliance.  We have been preparing taxes for over a decade and are looking for volunteers to greet clients, prepare taxes and help schedule tax appointments. You do not need to know how to prepare taxes, we’ll teach you.  We are looking for students, alumni, staff and community volunteers.  If interested, please contact Judy Knapp at jknapp10@davenport.edu.

Beyond providing a community service, students have found the experience a great resume enhancer and VITA it is widely recognized in the accounting profession. There are 16 tax sites located in Kent, Barry and Ottawa counties, open from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. M-F, and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  We can accommodate any volunteer’s schedule, but do have a suggested minimum commitment of 3 hrs per week so as to consolidate what you’ve learned from week to week.

Last year we had 60 student volunteers and 20 alumni and staff from DU. Our efforts served over 6.500 families providing them $7.2 million in refunds and credits!

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