Monthly Archive for October, 2009

Alumni survey deadline is November 9

We are working to develop new programs and benefits for you and we would like your help! As a Davenport University alumnus, you are a vital link to our history.

You recently received the Alumni Survey either in the mail or via email. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and suggestions with us. Your input will help the Alumni Association develop benefits and programs fitting your needs.

As an incentive, all surveys submitted by November 9, 2009 will be entered into a drawing to win one of five $100 gift certificates to Meijer. Meijer has multiple locations throughout Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky as well as a wide variety of items that can be purchased online at

7th Annual Homecoming tailgate and hockey game the biggest one yet!


Dr. Joe Parr, Monique Colizzi, '91 and her niece and nephews

More than 500 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends attended DU’s Homecoming hockey game on Friday, October 2 against Grand Valley State University. Many enjoyed the tailgate party prior to the game, where highlights included live music, a visit from Pounce Panther, dinner catered by Brann’s Steakhouse and giveaways from the Alumni Association. Congratulations to DU’s Division II hockey team, who beat cross town rivals GVSU by a score of 3-0. Visit the DU athletics website for a complete recap of the game and upcoming hockey schedule.

Flickr Slideshow of the 7th Annual Homecoming tailgate and hockey game!

Homecoming Ambassadors receive Alumni Association Scholarship


2009 Panther Ambassadors Mitch Reatini and Adam Isley

At this year’s Homecoming tailgate event two students were chosen as 2009 Homecoming Panther Ambassadors: Mitch Reatini, a junior studying strategic management in the BBA/MBA program, and Adam Isley, a junior in the accounting honors program. Each ambassador received a $1,000 scholarship from the Alumni Association.

Finalists were chosen based on meeting the requirements of being enrolled as a full-time student of junior standing or above and maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or above. Since the Panther Ambassadors are role models for the entire university, candidates must exhibit such qualities as leadership, good citizenship, community service involvement, and strong communication skills.

Panther Ambassadors will be active participants in alumni and student life events and programs throughout the year, including the planning for next year’s Spirit Week activities and Homecoming tailgate. In addition, this year’s Ambassadors have been asked to attend next year’s Homecoming game to pass on their honor to the next recipients.

The Alumni Association congratulates both Mitch and Adam and thanks them for their outstanding accomplishments and positive influence within our university.

Check out DU’s Student Center and home field

student-center-exteriorNow just over a year old, this 87,000-square-foot facility is the permanent home for DU’s student life activities and athletic programs. The student center features a 1,500-seat field house for men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball games, and an auxiliary gym. It also includes recreational facilities featuring a climbing tower, fitness center, and a café open to alumni.
View this campus gem or, better yet, experience the facility in person by attending one of DU’s home games during the month of November.

Men’s Soccer
11/04/09 vs. Madonna University 4 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
11/06/09 vs. Kuyper College 6 p.m.
11/07/09 Tournament 3 p.m.
11/23/09 vs. Holy Cross 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball
11/21/09 vs. Daeman 3 p.m.

Ticket prices for home games:
Adults: $5
Children: $3

Opt-In resume book now available for alumni on DUCareerNET

One more way Davenport University supports the lifelong professional goals of our alumni is with the use of the Opt-In resume book. Alumni who post their resumes in DUCareerNET* can choose to include their resumes in a number of targeted resume books that employers search when seeking qualified candidates.

Please contact Career Services if you have questions about posting your resume into DU’s job search board (DUCareerNET), opting in to any of our current resume books, or if you would like to have your resume reviewed and approved for submission to the resume books.

All resume books expire in June and are newly created annually for each upcoming academic year.

*If you do not have access to the Davenportal or DUCareerNET, complete this form online to begin the process.

Liberty Mutual saves you money and gives back to DU!

lm-2color2The Davenport University Alumni Association has partnered with Liberty Mutual to offer our members Group Savings Plus®. This unique program allows you to purchase high-quality auto, home and renters insurance at low group rates and also offers the convenience of automatic checking account deductions.

Did you know that for every new or renewed policy from a Davenport alumnus, Liberty Mutual gives money back to support student scholarships at DU!

To see how much you could save, call 1-800-524-9400, email, or visit the Liberty Mutual site to request a free, no-obligation quote.

There’s still time to register for Homecoming

Homecoming 2009

This Friday, October 2, marks the 2009 Homecoming celebration and hockey game, to be held at Patterson Ice Arena (Map).

* 6 p.m. Indoor Tailgate with complimentary food and chances to win prizes

* 8 p.m. Pre-game ceremony and Homecoming Hockey Game

If you have not registered for the tailgate, please email with the number of people attending in your party or you can register at the door.

Tickets for the game are available at the arena on the day of the game

Adults – $5
Seniors (62 and better) – $3
Children (12 and under) are free

See you there!

Davenport Golf Classic a hit!

Denise Hodges, Bonnie Zerrenner, DU Foundation Board Trustee, Mike VanGessel, and Norm Noordeloos

A beautiful late August day was the setting for this year’s Davenport Scholarship Golf Classic, held at Egypt Valley Country Club. With a record 260 golfers this was the most successful year recorded in the 23-year history of the event. Thank you to everyone who came out to play and to those of you who joined us for dinner and the auction.

XXX, Janice Volk, XXX and Davenport CFO; Mike Volk

Kyle Rousseau, Janice Volk, Bo Rousseau and Davenport EVP for Finance/CFO, Mike Volk

We also are sincerely grateful to all of our sponsors for their generous contributions. All funds raised will support Davenport University student scholarships.

If you were unable to participate this year and would like to make a donation to student scholarships, please visit our donation page.

Position yourself for a brighter future

The Davenport MBA, MSIA and EMBA

As a Davenport alumnus, you already realize the value of higher education. But did you know, the average annual salary for people with a master’s degree is more than $75,000*?

Davenport offers an MBA with concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Strategic Management and an Executive MBA (EMBA). MBA classes are offered at several campuses, or completely online to meet your busy schedule. EMBA classes meet as a cohort in Grand Rapids and Livonia.

DU also offers a Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA); a program that is highly relevant as need grows for data integrity and data security. Classes are available in Livonia, Grand Rapids or completely online.

DU alumni can take advantage of these special offers:

  • Apply now for admission to a graduate program and we’ll waive the $25 application fee.
  • In addition, upon acceptance, you’ll receive a $500 scholarship if you enroll for our Fall 2 session that begins October 28. The $500 will be split between Fall and Winter sessions.
  • If your Davenport undergraduate CGPA was 3.40 or above, we’ll waive the GMAT or GRE.
  • Depending on your undergraduate CGPA, you may be eligible for up to $2,000 in additional scholarships annually toward a master’s program.

Call us today at 1-800-686-1600, or apply online and be sure to use code 09M2 to waive your application fee.

Already have an MBA?

Position yourself for new opportunities by completing a post-graduate certificate in a new concentration. A post-grad certificate consists of only six classes; easily completed in less than a year.

Davenport offers post-graduate certificates in Accounting, Finance, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management and Strategic Management. Classes are offered in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Livonia, Warren and Traverse City, or completely online to meet your busy schedule.

We have several special offers for you:

  • Apply now for admission to a graduate program and we’ll waive the $25 application fee.
  • You will receive a $500 scholarship if you enroll for our Fall 2 session that begins October 28. The $500 will be split between Fall and Winter sessions.

We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity; these special offers end October 23.

Call us today at 1-800-686-1600, or apply online and be sure to use code 09M2 to waive your application fee.

*U.S. Census Bureau