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NALS of West Michigan Awards Gala

Legal Assistants @ DU or LA@DU was well represented at the NALS of West Michigan Awards Gala recently. Maggie Plummer, Andrea Schumacher, and Wallace Gaunichaux were all recognized for passing the NALS Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) certification as part of the LEGL496 class (also recognized, but unable to attend were Julia Mayer, Sarah Herwick, Danielle Nickelson, and Kayleigh Rose). All of these students can now use the ALP designation. Paralegal student Kathleen Struck was honored for receiving the NALS of West Michigan scholarship. Also present were Davenport University Legal Studies Department Chair Barbara Craft, JD; Associate Department Chair Misty Davis, JD; and LEGL496 instructor Diana Lamphiere, JD. Paralegal alumni Wil Antonides, ALP was recently elected as President of NALS of Michigan (after having served in multiple positions for NALS at both the regional and state level) and Luke Grzybowski finished his two terms as Secretary for NALS of West Michigan.

Alumni Break the Glass Ceiling with Groundwork from DU

“As the first woman in the VP of Finance role at The Stow Company, I quickly realized that my hard work had paid off. I broke the mold of the “typical” VP which was so empowering.” Wendy Morrow ’93 credits Davenport University for helping her lay the foundation to rise to the pinnacle of her career. Read more about Wendy and her journey to the top on the alumni blog.

Alumni Helping New Graduates Transition from College to Career

Last Monday, the Davenport University Young Alumni Council hosted an event called Life 101 in 60-ish Minutes. With help from current students, the Young Alumni Council developed a one hour curriculum to assist graduating seniors with the transition from campus to career. The speakers discussed relevant topics that will prepare them for this transition.

VITA Program a Success in Holland

April 15, 2016, concluded another successful tax season at our Holland Campus. The VITA program is a non-profit organization that provides free tax preparation by IRS certified tax preparers. With a total of 284 tax returns completed, the Holland VITA group was able to secure families on the lakeshore $428,615 in refunds. Student and non-student volunteers were patient, helpful, and willing to give up time for help those who need it. Volunteers came in every Saturday from February 6 to April 9, to offer free tax preparation for low-income families.

DEI Council Membership Openings

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council is looking to fill membership openings in the following areas: Student Council, USA student, International Student, Veteran, Institute for Professional Excellence, and Facilities.

If you or one of your colleagues represent one of these areas and are interested in serving as a Council member, please email Rhae-Ann Booker the name(s) and a brief explanation of how you would like to contribute to the work of the Council. Find out more about what the DEI Council does here.

Representative Jon Hoadley Visits Kalamazoo Class

On April 5, 2016, State Representative Jon Hoadley visited Mary Etter’s COMM120 class in Kalamazoo. Representative Hoadley spoke to the class about his background and political career as well as current issues facing the State of Michigan. His engaging and motivational talk was well received by both students and staff.

Class Start Dates

As graduation nears, please make note that spring classes begin Monday, May 9, summer classes begin Friday, July 1, and fall classes will begin on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. For additional information refer to the academic calendar.

Spring Clearance Sale – Going on Now!

Take an additional 25% off already reduced clearance prices. Shop in-store or online 24/7 at www.DUspirit.com to see the clearance items that are available. Items are being added daily so shop early and often for best selection.

Dr. Imperato Appointed to the Board of Directors of the IACBE

Dr. Pamela Imperato, Dean of the Donald W. Maine College of Business and the College of Technology at Davenport University, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education is an educational accreditation agency for college and university business programs. The IACBE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and is member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education – (INQAAHE).

IACBE Accreditation for the Donald W. Maine College of Business

The Board of Commissioners of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) recently announced that Davenport University was granted reaffirmation of accreditation of the business and management programs offered through the Donald W. Maine College of Business.

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