Alumni Success Story: Nicole Cook ’09

When Davenport University offered Nicole Cook a scholarship to attend the W.A. Lettinga Campus, she had no idea the doors that would open up. By 2nd semester of her first year, she was actively involved in Student Life and was offered a job to help plan Panther Prowl and other student events.  When she graduated in 2009 with her Marketing Degree, she was eager to find a job in her field and that would incorporate her event planning experience.  After a few months as the Fund Development/Marketing Assistant at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial in Fremont, she decided to venture back to Grand Rapids again and was hired as the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM).  In this role, Nicole handled all Public Relations, Marketing and Event Planning responsibilities for the organization.  She helped create the organization’s two signature fundraising events, Paws, Claws & Corks Gala and Bark in the Dark 5K run, and established HSWM’s large social media following.  Nicole has taken her education and experience into her current role as the Marketing Manager at BIFMA (Business + Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association).  At BIFMA, Nicole handles all event planning, marketing, public relations and social media management for the Association. “I never would have guessed that my time at DU would ignite the passion that I have for marketing and event planning,” states Nicole. ” The opportunities I was given at DU paved my career path and I am so grateful for the experience.”  Nicole has made a tremendous impact in the community and we are very proud to call her a DU alum! Connect with Nicole on LinkedIn!

Do you know someone that has made DU proud? Submit their story to the alumni office at – we would love to hear from you!

Scholarship Golf Classic Raffle

Would you like to win $1,000? Well, you still have time! Purchase a Grab a Grand raffle ticket for $20 to enter yourself in the Davenport University Scholarship Golf Classic raffle! 100% of all funds raised from the Grab a Grand raffle benefit student scholarships at DU.

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Alumni Success Stories

The Alumni Association is so proud of all the Davenport University alums. As a token of our admiration and appreciation, we would like to showcase your success! Starting next week, we will be featuring successful alums on the DU Alumni social media accounts and monthly e-newsletter. We are looking for all types of alums from different years, degrees, and campuses.  Let us know who we should feature and don’t be afraid to share your personal success story too! Join the alumni success story movement today and contact the alumni office at today!

Look for our first alumni success story on the Davenport University Alumni Association Facebook page on July 30th!

Call for Alumni Award Nominations

It’s that time of year again!  Do you know a fellow DU alum who continues to strive for excellence?  You can nominate them for one of the following awards.  Simply complete and submit the online application located here.  This year, the Alumni Awards Ceremony will be held at the W.A. Lettinga Campus on Friday, October 2, 2015.

  • Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Hy Berkowitz Professional Excellence Award
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • Donald W. Maine College of Business Alumni Award
  • College of Technology Alumni Award
  • College of Health Professions Alumni Award


DU Soccer Star Drafted by Philadelphia of MLS at #31 Overall

Davenport University’s Dzenan Catic was selected by the Philadelphia Union as the 31st overall pick of MLS SuperDraft in January.  Catic is only the seventh player to represent the NAIA Conference in the MLS SuperDraft since 2008, and is the first Panther to be drafted by any top tier professional sports league.

In only two years with DU, Catic set the school record in goals and points, and played a significant role in helping Davenport win the program’s first NAIA National Championship, recording a hat trick in the semifinal and the match-tying goal in the championship. Click here for more regarding this incredible accomplishment.


Texas Elementary School Displays its Panther Pride – Exhibits Panther Nation’s National Reach!

Not too long ago, the DU Alumni Association received an email from Ashley Jones, a 2nd Grade teacher at Jack Frost Elementary School in Georgetown, Texas (near Austin) with a simple request: “Will Davenport be willing to be in my lineup of colleges that will be promoted weekly as part of ‘Project 2025 (P2025)’?”  ‘P2025′ (the year the 2nd Grade class heads off to college) was developed to promote colleges and universities nationwide at Jack Frost to expand the horizons of students who aren’t able to travel often outside of Georgetown, TX.  The project entails researching the school on the internet and mapping its geographic location, researching famous alumni, checking out out the mascot, and more!

The DU Alumni Association was pleased to send a big package of Panther pride goodies to share with all 22 scholars from Ms. Jones’ 2nd Grade class.  In return, DU was sent a class photo showing all of Ms. Jones’ students displaying DU gear in appreciation of its participation.  This clearly indicates the impact that Davenport University can have on individuals over 1,200 miles away and reminds us all of the national reach Davenport has.  The Alumni Association was honored to participate in this outstanding and educational project, and hopes it was able to make a positive impact and lasting impression on all students participating in the innovative ‘P2025′ program!


DU Career Fair Coming Soon to Grand Rapids!

Davenport’s 2015 Annual Career Fair will be taking place on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. at the W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids (map). You may attend as an alumni or student of DU, or as an employer who would like to set up a recruitment table. The Career Services Department anticipates that there will be over 100 employers on-site eager to speak with students and alumni.

If you are looking for employment, considering making a career change, or simply interested in casually chatting with prospective employers, this is an event you will not want to miss.

Professional dress is required, and no pre-registration is necessary. You may view a list of registered employers and sponsors by clicking here. If you are an alumni employer seeking to hire, click here to register online.


Employer Internship Training Seminars Offered Through DU

Intrigued by internships? DU can be your resource for program start up, expansion and success best practices!

Learn from local experts and gain university perspective on the “do’s” and “do not’s” of getting leadership buy-in, recruiting, and managing interns to impact your bottom line. No organization is too big or too small to contribute to and gain something from this conversation. If you are interested or know of employers that would benefit from learning about successful internship programs, please keep invite employers (more…)

Nominate a Davenport Faculty Member for the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award!

The 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award is now open for nominations.  We invite you to nominate a faculty member who has made a difference in your life.  Do you know of a DU faculty member who deserves recognition for their excellence in teaching?  This award recognizes outstanding adjunct and full-time faculty who:

-Show enthusiasm for teaching and subject matter;
-Connect with students, demonstrating a genuine concern and caring for the student’s learning and success;
-Exceed expectations in helping students learn;
-Consistently achieve student learning outcomes;
-Demonstrate mastery of current knowledge of subject and effective learning delivery methods

Winners will be honored at keep reading…