Monthly Archive for May, 2010

Why I supported the 1 Million Penny Challenge

Yolanda Williams-Davis, 1990 graduate of Detroit College of Business and 2003 graduate of Davenport.

Yolanda Williams-Davis, 1990 graduate of Detroit College of Business and 2003 graduate of Davenport.

Yolanda Williams-Davis, 1990 graduate of Detroit College of Business and 2003 graduate of Davenport, recently contributed to the 1 Million Penny challenge and had this to say about her support:

“I chose to give back because others have and that has made a lasting impression on me. My DU professors gave back. My high school counselor and teachers gave back. My parents gave back. My neighbors (villagers) gave back. I am a product of those who generously gave back so that I (and others) can greatly contribute to our community. My giving back truly does make a difference and provides a DU student the opportunity to give back down the road and join the ranks of those that generously give to our communities.”

Now is your chance to contribute and make a difference for the students who will someday follow in your footsteps. Whatever you are able to give, we hope you know that every penny can help make big things possible!


Click here to easily make a secure gift online now or mail your donation to:

Davenport University
Office of Advancement
6191 Kraft Ave.

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Young Alumni Kick-Off event


The DU Alumni Association invites you to our Young Alumni Kick-Off event. Come spend a couple of hours with your DU friends while you taste a selection of wines, enjoy appetizers and listen to live music by Brian Vander Ark, front man for The Verve Pipe. Catering provided by local celebrity chef, Tommy Fitzgerald, of Stella Cafe.

What: Young Alumni Kick-Off
When: Thursday, June 24, 2010

  • 6 p.m. – Meet Brian Vander Ark, network with fellow alums
  • 6:30 p.m. – Live Music
  • 7:30 p.m. – Autographs and photos with Brian

Where: 654 Croswell, East Grand Rapids, MI (Map)

Price: $15. Space is limited – only 25 tickets left!

Register online here by June 22 to reserve your spot.

Summer Alumni events

Join fellow DU alums this summer for great networking and fun-filled events!

Tri-Cities Alumni Bowling Night Registration
Friday, June 4, 2010

* 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
* Valley Lanes Family Entertainment Center
* Cost is $10 per person
* For more information and to register online, click here
* 5021 Bay City Road, Midland, MI (Map)

Young Alumni Club Kick-off Social with Brian Vander Ark
Thursday, June 24, 2010

* 6 p.m. – Meet Brian Vander Ark, network with fellow alums
* 6:30 p.m. – Live Music!
* 7:30 p.m. – Autographs and photos with Brian
* Cost is $15 per person
* 25 tickets left – register online here
* 654 Croswell, East Grand Rapids, MI (Map)

DU at the Zoo
Saturday, June 26, 2010

* 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
* Alumni gathing at the Detroit Zoo
* Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 3 – 12, Free for children 2 and under
* Parking (on-site): $5
* The Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak, MI (Map)
* For more information and how to register online, click here

West Michigan Whitecaps Game & Fireworks
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

* 7 p.m.
* Whitecaps vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps
* Fifth Third Ball Park, Comstock Park, MI (Map)
* More information and online registration coming soon!

Davenport Scholarship Golf Classic
Monday, August 23, 2010

* 11 a.m. – Registration and Lunch
* 12:30 p.m. – Shot gun start
* 5 p.m. – Dinner and Auction
* Price is $250 per golfer or $75 for dinner ticket only
* Egypt Valley Country Club, 7333 Knapp St. NE, Ada, MI (Map)
* For more information and to register online, click here

Tuesday Evening Music Club – Delilah DeWydle and the Lost Boys
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

* 6 p.m.
* Cost is $10 which includes entry into the concert and gardens, appetizers and one drink ticket
* Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI (Map)
* More information and online registration coming soon

Discount on summer sports camps for DU Alumni

lacroseeSummer sports camps are available to boys and girls of all ages, and DU alumni receive a 20% discount on the camps of their choice.

From young beginners to advanced high school players, all camps are run by Davenport coaches dedicated to inspiring and challenging players to reach their full potential. All camps will be held at the W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids with both day and overnight options.

2010 Summer Camp Schedule Keep Reading…

Congratulations to the Class of 2010

2010 Commencement

Smiling grads at the 2010 Commencement

On May 2, DU was proud to honor the class of 2010 during a University-wide commencement ceremony at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. More than 1,200 graduates walked across the stage with nearly 8,000 people in attendance.

David Brandon, athletic director at the University of Michigan, gave the commencement address. Brandon spoke of life experiences and what one ordinary person can accomplish when he or she is willing to take advantage of the doors that open throughout life. Brandon’s upbeat leadership style, innovation and accomplishments were acknowledged with an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Davenport University.
Congratulations to all our students who completed this important milestone! Welcome to the Davenport University Alumni Association. To learn more about the Alumni Association, ways to stay connected and benefits offered, please visit us online.

View commencement photos online here.

2010 Excellence in Business Dinner Gala


Davenport President, Dr. Richard J. Pappas; Amway President, Doug DeVos; Amway Chairman, Steve Van Andel

Approximately 800 guests attended the 2010 Excellence in Business (EIB) Dinner Gala on Friday, May 7. The Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business Award was presented to Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel and Amway President Doug DeVos. The black-tie fund-raiser for student scholarships also featured as keynote speaker Olympic athlete and world champion boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard.

The annual EIB Dinner Gala raises funds for student scholarships. Since the inception of the event in 1998, more than $1 million has been raised for much-needed student scholarships. As of May 7, fundraising from the event was up 32% over last year.

Click here to see photos from this year’s event.

BPA students have a record-setting year at the national championship


2010 BPA National Championship

Forty-six students from the W.A. Lettinga Campus qualified and represented DU recently at the Business Professionals of America’s (BPA) 44th National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. DU students received five first-place awards and also accounted for 66 of the finalists in the top 10 – a new record for BPA! Combined with the 2009 results, DU students earned first-place place awards in 15 national events in the last two years, which is another BPA record.

More than 5,500 students from 27 states participated in this national conference, and students from Michigan won more awards than students from any other state.

Congratulations to the following Davenport BPA Students: Keep Reading…

New programs for Fall 2010

Sustainable Business Development

Management is the most versatile degree in business. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, general management jobs consistently have the most job openings. At Davenport University, the management curriculum is focused on industry needs which have led to the development of a new specialty – Sustainable Business Development.

Sustainable Business Development involves the creation of social and shareholder value while simultaneously decreasing negative impacts on the environment. This specialty prepares students for management careers based on sustainable business practices and focuses on the financial, environmental and social capital of an organization. The program includes an international perspective on topics such as operating standards, leadership and social responsibility. This specialty is offered at the Grand Rapids Campus and online.

For more information and to apply online, visit our new programs for Fall 2010 online.

Technology Management

Did you know that employment for computer and information systems managers is expected to grow 17 percent between 2008 and 2018 – faster than the average for all occupations?* In addition, job growth is expected to be the fastest in computer systems design establishments; software publishing firms; data processing and hosting companies; management, scientific and technical consulting services; and healthcare organizations.

To meet this growing demand, Davenport University has developed a new Bachelor’s of Science in Technology Management degree. This program offers a major in Global IT Project Management with three options for specialties including Computer Information Systems, Information Security and Networking. A degree in Technology Management from Davenport prepares students for a variety of management positions related to information technology. The program integrates in-depth project management concepts with foundational instruction in mathematics, science, business and technology. Many classes are available in a traditional classroom setting or online.

For more information and to apply online, visit our new programs for Fall 2010 online.