Category: People

Alumni Success Story: Calvin Beard, ’15
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Alumni Success Story: Calvin Beard, ’15

Calvin Beard, ‘15 will never forget the day that he realized he was in the wrong profession. Learn how his Davenport degree helped him land his dream job as an administrator for the Lansing Public Schools. 1. Tell us about yourself. I was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. Growing up, I loved being surrounded...

Faculty Spotlight: Marjolijn van der Velde
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Faculty Spotlight: Marjolijn van der Velde

Marjolijn van der Velde started out at DU as a resident director at Davenport University at the former Fulton Street Campus in downtown Grand Rapids in 1975. After completing her doctoral degree, returned as an adjunct instructor and joined as a full-time faculty member in 2007. “It has been fascinating to watch the organization change...

DU professor’s biometrics research has implications for security and databases
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DU professor’s biometrics research has implications for security and databases

Biometric systems are used to recognize the identities of people, often based on their face, fingerprint or even their iris (the colored portion of the eye). Denton Bobeldyk, a Computer Science professor at Davenport University, researches and teaches biometrics. His recent research examines the prediction of eye color and sex using Near Infrared Ocular images....

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...

Faculty Spotlight: Saleela Hollingsworth
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Faculty Spotlight: Saleela Hollingsworth

A little over a year ago, Saleela Hollingsworth joined Davenport University as an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. She teaches classes for the Biological Laboratory Sciences and Nursing programs, including general and organic chemistry laboratory and lecture. “It takes a lot of work to develop these courses and design curriculum to...

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