Category: Faculty

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...

Faculty Spotlight: Diane Salinas
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Faculty Spotlight: Diane Salinas

Diane Salinas, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, helps her students survive and thrive in math classes. Salinas has made an impact on the local Kentwood community through her facilitation of the STEM day events. Students participate in interactive and engaging activities that show how math and science can be fun and interesting. Through these events, Salinas...

DU Does MathFest
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DU Does MathFest

DU faculty Steve Bacinski and Tim Pennings accompanied students Joshua Estrada, Zac Lingen, Tyler Palmer and Stefana Rusu to Chicago on Friday, July 28, for the annual Mathematical Association of America MathFest, which drew more than a thousand participants. Steve gave an inspired talk titled “How to Win at Tenzi” to an appreciative audience of...

Iceland 2017: What’s the Point?
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Iceland 2017: What’s the Point?

During the past few weeks, Associate Professor Chris Hamstra taught several sessions on leadership and communication at Bifröst University in Iceland. Chris documented his time in Iceland in a series of articles to be featured on his LinkedIn page. This is the final article in the series. Iceland 2017: What’s the Point? I appreciate those...

Academic Promotions
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Academic Promotions

The “Interim” has been removed from titles held by Patty Brechbiel and Chris Marx, making Patty Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and Chris the University Registrar. Both have served admirably in these roles on an interim basis and are well deserving of these permanent appointments. Patty joined Davenport in October 1985 as...

Iceland 2017: We Could be in Hoboken
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Iceland 2017: We Could be in Hoboken

During the next few weeks, Associate Professor Chris Hamstra is teaching several sessions on leadership and communication (Authentic and Servant-leadership, leadership life-stories, etc.) at Bifröst University in Iceland. Chris is documenting his time in Iceland in a series of articles to be featured on his LinkedIn page. This is the fifth article in the series....

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