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Davenport University measures and certifies the soft skills and competencies sought by employers
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Davenport University measures and certifies the soft skills and competencies sought by employers

Employers across the nation often lament about college graduates and the soft skills they lack — such as critical thinking and problem solving, leadership and teamwork, and creativity and communication. For the past five years, Davenport University’s Excellence System has proactively ensured each student graduates with both the soft and hard skills needed for career...

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Davenport recognizes students and student organizations

Last month Davenport University recognized students and student organizations at the annual Student Recognition Awards banquet. The following faculty and staff members served as judges and carefully reviewed nominations: Angela Smith, Charmayne Mulligan, Gabriella Ziegler, Grant Lee, Greg Foster, John Jaksa, Karen McLaughlin, Kelly McCarron, Rebecca Hartel and Vivianne Moore. Below are the finalists and...

How DavenFund will support employees this year
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How DavenFund will support employees this year

Eleven Davenport University employees received professional development, software, equipment or other resources through DavenFund last week. The program, in its second year, was designed to help staff and faculty increase productivity and efficiency by funding requests ranging from $100 to $2,000. This year’s recipients include Barb Gering, Laura Baillod, Sarah Brooks, Lynda Cribari, Michael Stodola,...

Kjarkur, leadership and life stories
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Kjarkur, leadership and life stories

Surrounded by lava fields, mountains and glaciers, Davenport University Professor Chris Hamstra spent a few chilly weeks at Bifröst University in Iceland last summer. As a guest instructor, Hamstra shared his perspectives on leadership life stories and servant leadership with students from around the globe as part of “Connecting Across Borders,” a pilot program at...

Servant leadership — in life, the military and the classroom
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Servant leadership — in life, the military and the classroom

Anything worthwhile is worth working for and nothing’s free. That’s the mantra of Dr. James Turner, a faculty member in the Donald W. Maine College of Business at Davenport University. Turner spoke at the 19th annual International Leadership Association’s global conference in Brussels, Belgium, in October about “Military Servant Leadership in Turbulent Times.” The session...

Briefs & Highlights at DU – Winter 2018
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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 ducomm@davenport.edu 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...

Helping military veterans excel in the classroom and into nursing careers
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Helping military veterans excel in the classroom and into nursing careers

Davenport University is helping military students move from combat boots to scrubs through its Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing pathway, the military simulation and research on how to support veteran student success. DU’s VBSN pathway is designed to help service members with military medical experience. It helps fast-track many military personnel by granting advanced standing for...

A Caribbean adventure in service, sport and sights
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A Caribbean adventure in service, sport and sights

More than 2,000 miles from Michigan, the Women’s Volleyball team explored life in what seemed like another world — surrounded by volcanoes, jungles and Caribbean beaches — last August. The players traveled to Nicaragua for a week to serve communities, experience adventures and play against the country’s national team. “Seeing the way the people of...

The changing DU student profile
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The changing DU student profile

Compared to 2008, Davenport University’s student profile has evolved. “We have noticed some interesting changes in our student profile. More Davenport students are seeking bachelor’s degrees, living on campus, and taking online courses.  They are also more likely to be traditional-aged and have a higher GPA,” said Kathy Aboufadel, vice president of Institutional Research and...

Alumnus shares stormy Hurricane Harvey experience
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Alumnus shares stormy Hurricane Harvey experience

After Hurricane Harvey made landfall and Texans were climbing to their rooftops for rescue, Davenport University alumnus Eric Dykema, ’13, worked endless hours to ensure the U.S. Coast Guard’s helicopters were ready to take flight and save lives. The Grand Rapids native enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard months after graduating in May 2013 with...

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