Briefs & Highlights at DU – Winter 2018

Briefs & Highlights at DU – Winter 2018

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. Email to submit your highlights for future editions. 

Faculty Research & Achievements

College of Technology faculty member publishes article in Nature Scientific Reports
Samer Hanoudi, a faculty member from the College of Technology’s Computer Science department, has co-authored “Detection of Cystic Fibrosis Serological Biomarkers Using a T7 Phage Display Library,” an article published in the Nature Scientific Reports in December. The goal of this paper is to identify biomarkers in cystic fibrosis patients and is part of Hanoudi’s doctoral research.

DU faculty member among first in country to become CCNA Cyper Ops Instructor Trainer
Lonnie Decker, department chair for Networking and Information Assurance/Cybersecurity, has completed the requirements to be a CCNA Cyber Ops Instructor Trainer. By participating in the Phase 1 course and completing the final assessment and hands-on skills based assessment, Decker is among the first instructors in the country with the credentials to deliver this curriculum to other Networking Academy instructors for use in their schools. The CCNA Cyber Ops curriculum was recently developed by the Cisco Networking Academy. The goal of the CCNA Cyber Ops curriculum and certification is to prepare someone to work in a Security Operations Center as an associate-level security analyst.

College of Arts and Sciences faculty member authors book
Tammy Stachowicz, associate department chair of social science in the College of Arts and Sciences, has authored the book “Melungeon Portraits: Exploring Kinship and Identify.” The book is scheduled for release this spring.

College of Arts and Sciences faculty member featured as reviewer
David Gillespie, associate department chair of social science in the College of Arts and Sciences, was featured in The Twentieth Mental Measurements Yearbook (2017) as a reviewer of The Transferable Skills Scale, an assessment used to help individuals identify learned skills that are transferable to the workplace as they enter the workforce or change careers.

College of Arts and Sciences faculty member presents at symposium
Chris Hamstra, associate department chair of communications and English in the College of Arts and Sciences, presented “Flying Faculty: Unpacking a Case for Autonomous Learning” at the International Symposium on Self-Directed Learning in Cocoa Beach, Florida, in February. His presentation was a case study based on his summer 2017 teaching experience in Iceland.

Faculty member presents at biology teacher conference
Melissa Haswell, campus associate department chair and College of Arts and Sciences faculty member, presented “Got Lactase? Blood Glucose Data Analysis Adapted for a Physiology Course” at the National Association of Biology Teachers annual conference in St. Louis in November.

Urban Education faculty member presents at conference
Roque Neto, department chair for the Master of Urban Education program, attended the 2018 Eastern Educational Research Association conference in Clearwater, Florida, in February and presented “Creative thinking and entrepreneurial behavior among K-12 teachers” and chaired a session focused on teacher education.

College of Urban Education dean speaks to Leadership Grand Rapids
College of Urban Education Dean Susan Gunn was a guest speaker and panelist for Leadership Grand Rapids in February. The focus of her presentation was “Education and the Talent Pipeline.” The Leadership Grand Rapids program is sponsored by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

Research on experiential learning presented
Wayne Sneath, director of Experiential Learning, and Tammy Stachowicz, associate department chair, presented “Reflective Practices and Assessment Strategies in Humanities-Based Experiential Learning” at the 2018 Humanities Education Research Association Conference in Chicago in March. Their research examines the practical matters of evaluating the effectiveness of experiential learning assessment approaches and the process of improving these assessments to create better learning experiences for students.

Faculty present at Humanities Education Research Association Conference
Karen Nelson, DU research and instruction librarian, and Colleen Coughlin, faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences, presented at the 2018 Humanities Education Research Association Conference in Chicago in March. Their research was entitled: “Mission, Vision, Intention: Arts & Sciences Partnering with University Libraries to Promote Diversity,”

Student Development & Achievements

Sports Management students attend networking event
In February, 30 DU students attended the Grand Rapids Drive Sports Management Night with the guidance of faculty members Don Luy and Steve Prawdzik. This event included a career panel and networking event with business professionals from Detroit Lions, West Michigan Whitecaps, Detroit Pistons and Grand Rapids Griffins just to name a few. Panelists provided insights on job responsibilities in sport business, recommended experiences to enhance job prospects, and offered tips for an effective internship/ job search. This session was followed by the NBA G League game.

Student selected to represent DU at summit
DU student Mohameddeq Haji has been selected Pathways to Healthcare Careers, a Kellogg Foundation-funded program that seeks to increase the number of students of color in the health care professions. The project is offered rough the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute.

Warren Campus nursing students gain mental health knowledge
At the Warren Campus, all sophomore nursing students participated in mental health first aid training. This training will increase these students’ readiness for assisting during a mental health crisis on campus and in their communities.

Women in Sport Panel attended by 50+ students and alumni
The Sport Management Student Organization presented the Women in Sport Panel in March. The panel discussed the opportunities and challenges for women and sport organizations as more women enter sport business careers. Conversation also included the panelist’s respective work responsibilities, trends in sport business, and job search hints. Panelists included Jessica Boyer, season ticket sales account executive for the Grand Rapids Griffins; Angie Cena, events coordinator for the West Michigan Sports Commission; Cathy Cooper, senior director for community partnerships and giving at Meijer Corporation; Beth Herman, human resources manager for the West Michigan Whitecaps; and Marissa Malson, director of digital marketing for the Grand Rapids Griffins. More than 50 students and alumni attended alongside DU faculty members Don Luy, Steve Prawdzik and Tim Selgo.

DU basketball players recognized
Eight DU basketball seniors were honored at the 12th annual ADDIX Champions College All Star Games in March. The students and their majors included: Hannah Wilkerson/Accounting, Emily Severn/Medical Case Management, Kelsey Crockett/Medical Case Management, Braima Hai/MBA Management, John McCloud/MBA Management, Wes Webbert/Sport Management, Cameron Burns/Sport Management/Human Resources, and CJ Van Timmeren/Sport Management.


DU hosts American Society for Microbiology Conference

On March 23 and 24, DU hosted  the American Society for Microbiology- Michigan Branch Spring Conference bringing in universities from across the state including Central Michigan, Grand Valley, Eastern Michigan, Ferris State, Wayne State and Michigan State. The conference spotlighted three nationally recognized speakers — Erin Snitkin,  Yanni Sun and ASM distinguished lecturer Christine White-Ziegler. This event was coordinated by Susan Gunn, dean for the College of Urban Education, and Laura Harris, science lab coordinator. DU student Kuana School was recognized for giving DU’s Bioinformatics lab’s first student talk. Additionally, students Ronna Le Rummer and Kristine Spitzer presented posters at the conference. Spitzer won best undergraduate poster and won DU’s Bioinformatics lab’s first conference award.

Middle school students from across Michigan compete in BPA at DU
At the end of February, more than 100 Middle Level students and advisers from across Michigan participated in BPA competition at the W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids. Middle school students from Ludington, Hillsdale, Swan Valley, Pinckney, Gibraltar, Burton Middle in Grand Rapids, and other schools competed in BPA events including Financial Literacy, Web Site Design Team, Prepared Speech, Business Communication Skills and many others. Davenport University sponsors the BPA Middle Level competition in Michigan.


Marketing team wins Best of Show
DU’s Marketing team was awarded Best of Show, five Gold, three Silver, three Bronze and eight Merit awards in the annual Educational Advertising Awards Show. DU has won Best of Show for six of the past seven years. View all award winners.

Giving Back

Drive benefits local veterans
The Veterans Donations Drive benefiting homeless veterans gathered more than $550 worth of food, toiletries, new clothing, backpacks, yoga mats, and books/DVDs in December. The donations benefited the Wyoming VA. Items were donated by students, faculty and staff at the W.A. Lettinga, Great Lakes Bay, Warren and Lansing Campuses.

Warren Campus employees use VTO
Employees at the Warren Campus volunteered at FOCUS: Hope in March, working with DU students to package boxes of food for seniors. They packaged 1,430 boxes of food.

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