Category: Faculty

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...

Briefs & Highlights at DU – December 2017
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Briefs & Highlights at DU – December 2017

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...

Faculty Spotlight: Melissa Haswell
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Faculty Spotlight: Melissa Haswell

Melissa Haswell, who teaches at the Great Lakes Bay Campus in Midland, is an asset to the science and nursing department at Davenport University. Haswell has a bachelor’s degree in biology, master’s degrees in both health education and biology, and a doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis in biology education. “Melissa is an unsung...

Faculty Spotlight: Misty Davis
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Faculty Spotlight: Misty Davis

Misty Davis wears many hats at Davenport University. Within the Donald W. Maine College of Business, she serves as the department chair of both Legal Studies and Human Resource Management. With both legal practice and academic experience, she excels in these roles. Davis’ recent efforts surround curriculum improvements, where she has systematized data collection and...

DU associate chair named Outstanding Educator of the Year
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DU associate chair named Outstanding Educator of the Year

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. The consortium presents the award “to an outstanding individual for...

Davenport professor takes top spot in digital forensics competition
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Davenport professor takes top spot in digital forensics competition

Mark McKinnon, a professor in the College of Technology at Davenport University, earned the top spot in the Autopsy Python plugin competition at the 8th Annual Open Source Digital Forensics Conference. McKinnon teaches within Davenport’s digital forensics program, which prepares students to collect, process, preserve, analyze and present computer-related evidence. “This competition allows me to give...

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