Briefs and Highlights is a new feature on News @ DU. It shares news, presentations, achievements and other highlights of Davenport University faculty, staff and students.
Davenport professor hosts radio show
Steve Prawdzik, associate department chair in DU’s Sport Management program, is hosting a new sports-focused radio show on GR 94.9 FM and WYGR 94.9 FM, as well as at WYGR.net. The Pulse of Sports show is aired on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. His show was recently featured on MLive.
Great Lakes Bay Campus students support local family
Allie Marsh, the vice president of the Student Nurses Association at the Great Lakes Bay Campus in Midland, led the effort to support a family during the holiday season. Marsh coordinated the effort to create a list of needs from the family, communicate the needs internally within the campus, and wrap and deliver the presents. Approximately 30 faculty, staff and students participated by providing gifts and every need of the family was fulfilled. Marsh is a senior nursing student who is role modeling our values and will be a great nurse, leader and community advocate, according to Bill Gagliardi, executive director of the campus in Midland.
Occupational Therapy faculty member presents at conference in Seattle
Dr. Theresa Leto, at DU faculty member, presented a paper on her scholarship entitled The Occupational Development on Instrumental Activities of Living Related to Food Resource Management of Individuals Living in Poverty at the 2017 Research Conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation in Seattle, Washington.
Great Lakes Bay Campus faculty member presents on teaching and student engagement
Associate Department Chair Melissa Haswell presented a poster at the 2017 Case Study Teaching in Science Conference at the University of Buffalo in September. The presentation topic was “Converting Written Cases into Interactive Assessments: What I have Learned While Creating Case-Based Classes.” She also did an oral presentation at the Association of College and University Biology Educators Conference at Columbia College in South Carolina in October. The topic for this presentation was Creating a Reflexive Practice – Applying Your Scientific Skills to Increase Student Engagement. Haswell teaches at the Great Lakes Bay Campus.
Faculty member leads students and alumni in scientific research
Laura Harris, science lab coordinator at the Lansing Campus, led Davenport students and alumni in presenting two posters: “Evaluating Codon Usage in Lactobacilli Species” with Jacob Lopez and “Computational Evidence of Colorectal Cancer Promoting Mechanisms from Streptococcal Infection” with Kuana School and Heidi Stevens. Laura and the students presented these posters at the Van Andel Research Institute Undergraduate Research Conference on Nov. 4. Harris’ participation in the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis Online Faculty Mentoring Network for Computational Genomics led to the creation of 10 videos that were posted on the YouTube channel.
Three faculty members co-present at Michigan Developmental Education Consortium
Gina Mezzano-Ostien, Charmayne Mulligan and Angela Smith co-presented “From Start to Finish: Promoting a Writing Model of Trial and Error” at the Michigan Developmental Education Consortium conference in October at the Delta College Planetarium in Bay City. Mulligan is the department chair of Communications and English at the W.A. Lettinga Campus, Smith is associate department chair of Communications and English at the Lansing Campus and Mezzano-Ostien is the associate department chair of Communications and English at the W.A. Lettinga Campus.
College of Urban Education faculty member receives award for paper
College of Urban Education Department Chair Roque Neto’s paper presentation, “Exploring the Relationship Between Entrepreneurial Behavior and Teacher Job Satisfaction,” won the Eastern Educational Research Association’s Best Professional Paper Award for 2017. He will receive the award in February at the EERA Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The EERA is an organization for educational professionals interested in conducting and disseminating research that improves education for all in both formal and non-formal settings. Neto also had two papers accepted for presentation at the AERA conference scheduled for April 2018 in New York City. These papers are entitled “The influence of self-efficacy on entrepreneurial behavior among K-12 teachers” and “Career adaptability and entrepreneurial behavior in the K-12 classroom.”
Faculty member asked to be keynote speaker at state conference
In the Allied Health Department, Midland Allied Associate Department Chair Becky Ventura presented “Using Simulation in Education and Training” at the American Technologist Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Following this presentation, she was asked to be one of the keynote speakers at next year’s Michigan state conference.
Faculty member presents at international conference on sport literature
Dr. Charmayne Mulligan, the department chair of Communications and English at the W.A. Lettinga Campus, presented “Girls Lacrosse: A Search for Young Adult Literature” at the 34th annual Sport Literature Association’s international conference hosted at West Liberty University in Wheeling, West Virginia in June.
Faculty accompany students to Tennessee for presentations and service learning
Dr. Tammy Stachowicz, associate department chair of Social Science at the Holland Campus, and Marina Pavletic, adjunct faculty, accompanied a group of Davenport University students to Morristown, Tennessee in June, where they presented posters and research findings about Appalachian art, culture, and diversity. Students studied the impact of mining in the region and how people and societies adapt to environmental and historical circumstances. Students also participated in service learning projects to help document, record and archive data on these sites.
Librarian and faculty member present in Wisconsin
Emily Hayes, Global Campus Librarian, attended the Distance Teaching and Learning Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Hayes and Dr. Tammy Stachowicz, associate department chair of Social Science at the Holland Campus, gave a presentation entitled “Organizing Resources for Better Alignment and Assessment of Learning.”