Monthly Archive for March, 2011

Holland student profile

Susan Monger, Class of 2013

Susan Monger, Class of 2013

Susan Monger, Holland students says “Davenport has stood behind me and given me the push to move forward. I was unemployed for two years and lost my husband in November. Davenport welcomed me with open arms. They are my cheerleaders. I have been on the Dean’s list every term. This is a personal challenge that I am truly enjoying.”

Name: Sue Monger

Program: Health Information Technology and Medical Assisting

Class Year: Spring 2013

How did you choose Davenport?
My son, Joe, is an alumnus and he believed Davenport would provide me with a great education.

What do you like about Davenport?
Every day that I come to Davenport, I feel comfortable. I am inspired to accomplish my goals. I enjoy working in student services which has made Davenport feel “like it’s the place to be!”

Who is your favorite Professor, and why?
I like every professor I’ve had. I am especially partial to the advisors and admissions staff members who are my colleagues and support.

What is your dream job?
To work in a Medical Office with administrative responsibilities that allow me to have direct contact with people.

What character traits would your friends use to describe you?
Strong, independent, outgoing, caring, dedicated and hard worker.

Hobbies My grandchildren, reading romance novels and walking.

Favorite Food Mexican

Favorite TV Show American Idol

Favorite Movie When a Man Loves a Woman with Andy Garcia and Meg Ryan. “It’s a ‘feel good’ movie!”

Describe your personal mission statement
To leave a legacy to my children that they can do anything they want to do. To adapt and overcome. To persevere. To be happy.

If you won the lottery what would you do? Take my entire family on a cruise.

What is your biggest pet peeve? Dishonesty

A season to remember

2011 ACHA DI National Champions

2011 ACHA DI National Champions

The 2010-2011 winter sports season will go down in history for DU Athletics with a national championship, two conference championships and two conference tournament championships. The ACHA D1 hockey team, led by coach Paul Lowden, claimed its fourth national title in a row, with its first at the division one level.


Kallie Benike & Kristi Boehm

The Lady Panthers basketball team, led by head coach Mark Youngs, was ranked number-one for the majority of the season. DU made its first-ever appearance at the NAIA national championship game, and although they didn’t win, they finished with a 37-1 record, with Kallie Benike and Kristi Boehm each earning First Team All-American honors.

In addition, the D3 Ice Hockey team, coached by Chris Green, claimed its first-ever MCHC Tournament crown, and the women’s bowling team repeating as American Heartland champions. DU’s Amy VanEns, high jump, became the first-ever student-athlete at Davenport to earn All-American honors in track and field.

2011 Alumni Summer Events Schedule

Alumni from all areas are invited to join fellow alumni and friends as the Alumni Association hosts several events throughout the spring and summer.

Bodies Revealed | Tuesday, April 19, 5 – 8 p.m.
Health Sciences students, alumni and faculty
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Register online

DU at Binder Park Zoo | Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Area alumni and their families
Battle Creek
Online registration coming soon

Alumni Outing at the Great Lake Loons
July 10, 2011
Online registration coming soon

Young Alumni Summer Celebration | Thursday, July 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Young Alumni and DU Alumni Board
Davenport University Downtown Center
Online registration coming soon

2nd Annual Hockey Alumni Golf Outing | Saturday, July, 31, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Online registration coming soon

Detroit College of Business Alumni Golf Outing | Friday, August 12
SE Michigan Alumni & Friends
Dearborn Hills Golf Course
Online registration coming soon

25th Annual Davenport Scholarship Golf Classic | Monday, August 22, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Egypt Valley Country Club
Online registration coming soon

One Class, One A


Tina Pietrangelo, '07

Tina Pietrangelo, ’07, was determined to complete her Bachelor’s degree against all odds and she did it “One Class, One A” at a time. These were the words that motivated her to further her education while she raised her family and worked full-time to facilitate the opportunity.

Tina says the Davenport experience in Holland was a wonderful one. When she started her education, she was able to do it with scholarships and grants, but when the funding ran out, she stopped school and secured a position in manufacturing. Tuition reimbursement benefits provided her with the opportunity she desired, to finish her degree.

Tina was the first in her family to pursue a higher education. Her father was so committed to his children, he relocated them to Holland in their high school years to provide them with a better education and community experience than what they had growing up. Her mother worked very hard operating her own business, but More

Discussions at Davenport is off to a great start

Bill Van Steenis, Detroit College of Business ’83

Bill Van Steenis, Detroit College of Business ’83

Discussions at Davenport, our new speaker program, launched on Monday, March 21, premiered with alumnus Bill Van Steenis, DCB ’83, presenting to a full Wilbur A. and Sharon Lettinga Auditorium in the new Robert W. Sneden Center in Grand Rapids. Alumni, faculty, students and staff were treated to practical, honest and direct advice by Bill, author and executive recruiter. His presentation was based primarily on his book, In Demand-How to Get Hired, Develop a Career and Always be Successful. New graduates were given a copy of his book as a gift from the Alumni Association and Career Services at all recent More

New Alumni Benefit – Snap Fitness

Snap Fitness is the fast, convenient, affordable alternative to big-box health clubs, providing members with a high-quality workout experience in a clean, comfortable, non-threatening environment. Snap offers members 24/7 access to all 1,200 locations worldwide, allowing them to workout whenever they want, wherever they want. In addition, Snap Fitness members have access to a host of value-added services designed to give members better results and more for their money.

For Davenport Alumni and Students, Snap Fitness has put together a very special offer to help members save more on their membership: Join now and get 100% off the enrollment fee and10% off the monthly dues. All you have to do is go to, type in your zip code and click “Go.” Then, select a club and click the “Join Now” button for details on your membership.

Hurry, offer ends on 5/31/2011!

*Global Access Security Fee is applied to all memberships.

*Must show proof – Alumni Association Membership Card or Student ID. – to your local club to receive the discounts if you enroll at the club.

BPA and DECA alumni & family outing

On Saturday, March 12 alumni and students from the BPA and DECA (DEX) programs gathered in the Student Center to reconnect with former classmates and faculty advisors. Joining the Alumni Relations staff were Deb Kiss (BPA), Ron Draayer (BPA) and Suzanne Gut (DECA).

Guests and children were entertained by a local magician with a wide variety of magic tricks who also made balloon animals.   In addition to the magician, there was a private viewing of the Lady Panthers NAIA quarterfinal match against Cedarville steaming live from Sioux City, Iowa and the home men’s lacrosse game against Indiana Tech. Both teams posted a victory!

For information on upcoming events visit or contact the Alumni Relations Office.

Important update from Davenport University

With the creation of Vision 2015 more than a year ago, a new path was outlined for Davenport University to achieve an unprecedented level of excellence and leadership in higher education.  That Vision relies upon the University knowing the marketplace better than anyone and making data-driven decisions based on that expertise.

Based on extensive market research and analysis of trends and data, Davenport University is announcing strategic changes today to position us for continued growth within the markets we serve in Michigan.  In addition to the previously announced downtown center in Grand Rapids offering MBA programs and corporate training, the University is planning to renovate or construct new campus facilities in Lansing, expand nursing labs in Midland and Saginaw, launch new academic programs and consolidate some of its campus locations. Also, based on limited market potential, Davenport campuses in Alma, Caro and Gaylord will be closed in May of 2012.

We worked with external consultants to conduct extensive market research and review internal data, looking at each of our campuses across Michigan to ensure we are offering the right programs in the right markets. A cross-functional team and University leadership also looked at regional demographic data, employment potential, enrollment trending, student retention and our facilities as criteria in making decisions about where we need to be.

These decisions are about increasing our ability to grow within the markets we serve, not about reducing expenses or downsizing. Our efforts will be focused on assisting our students to secure DU degrees and launch successful careers in business, technology and health. Unfortunately, Alma, Caro and Gaylord exist in the smallest markets for potential employment of DU alumni.

New students will continue to be enrolled at these three campuses through December of this year. Next May, Alma students will be served by the Midland or Lansing campuses and online; Caro students by the Saginaw or Midland campuses and online; and Gaylord students by the Traverse City campus and online. We also will be offering tuition discounts to help with these students’ transition.

After graduations and accounting for online students, about 250 students – less than 2% of Davenport’s 13,000 students statewide – will be affected by campus closures. Each of these students, however, is very important to us.

Advisors will work with each of these students individually to create personalized degree plans, starting tonight and continuing over the next days, weeks and months. We remain committed to seeing all of these students through to graduation.

We also will work closely with 26 full- and part-time employees based in Alma, Caro and Gaylord. We will encourage them to work with us at other campuses and we will assist in the transition of those who do not wish to relocate or for whom there is not an appropriate position elsewhere within the University.  Adjunct faculty serving these campuses will be encouraged to explore teaching for Davenport University at another campus or through our online programs.

All student and alumni records will continue to be maintained through the University’s central database.  We value students and alumni from all Davenport campuses and will continue to communicate and stay connected with you through a variety of mediums.

For more information, see the full news release regarding this announcement.

We appreciate your commitment to Davenport University. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Cathie Rogg, Director of Alumni Relations, at or 616-732-3419.  

BPA & DECA Alumni & Family Reception


BPA & DECA alumni and their families are invited to a reception and Men’s Lacrosse Game on Saturday March 12, 2011 for food, fun and a chance to catch up with former classmates.

Where: Victory Café – DU Student Center | W.A. Lettinga Campus

Time: 1 – 5 p.m. Reception with various attractions for kids
3 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse vs. Indiana Tech

Register online

Contact Jason Madden with any questions.