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Reconstructing a warrior’s experience: Local artist to present at DU during Veterans Week


When Grand Rapids artist Matthew Provoast was cleaning out his grandfather’s home after he passed away, he came across boxes deep in the basement cupboards labeled “Viet Nam.” His grandfather, Thomas Zimmer, was a Metro Detroit native who served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972.

Showing appreciation for veterans

Veteran and his familyDavenport University strives to help veterans achieve their academic goals and has allocated staff resources to military admissions and advising.

From Monday, Nov. 6 through Saturday, Nov. 11, DU will celebrate Veterans Week with the following events:

DU associate chair named Outstanding Educator of the Year

Angela Smith, an MDEC officer and Gina Mezzano-Ostien

Angela Smith (left), associate department chair (Lansing) and an MDEC officer; Gina Mezzano-Ostien, associate department chair (Lettinga) and winner of the Outstanding Educator of the Year award from the Michigan Developmental Education Consortium; and Charmayne Mulligan, chair of the Department of English and Communications.

Gina Mezzano-Ostien, Associate Department Chair for English and Communications at the W.A. Lettinga Campus, has been named Outstanding Educator of the Year for 2017 by the Michigan Developmental Education Consortium. The award was presented at MDEC’s annual conference in Bay City on Friday, Oct. 13.

Faculty Spotlight: Diane Salinas

Diane SalinasDiane Salinas, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, helps her students survive and thrive in math classes.

Salinas has made an impact on the local Kentwood community through her facilitation of the STEM day events. Students participate in interactive and engaging activities that show how math and science can be fun and interesting. Through these events, Salinas has probably reached over 1,500 students in the years this project has run. She also has involved many of our DU math and science faculty to assist with these events, giving them a chance to show off their wide range of talents and interests.

Engage@DU features campus events, student organizations and volunteer opportunities

OrgSync has migrated to a new platform called Engage@DU.

The Engage@DU platform will provide the tools and resources that OrgSync offered, in addition to a new layout with additional functionality. Engage@DU will provide a campus events calendar, student organization information and volunteer opportunities (including the VTO form for employees).

Trick or treat in South Hall

CandyStudent Life will host a trick or treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at South Hall at the W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids.

Etiquette dinner builds soft skills needed to succeed

Students can gain an edge in their future careers by attending the etiquette dinner hosted by Career Services from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in the Sneden Center at the W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids.

The event will provide networking opportunities and a three-course meal where attendees will learn about professional dining etiquette through the hilarious antics of Cindy Brown, Executive Director at Hello West Michigan. Students should attend in professional dress.

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.

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.”