Monthly Archive for November, 2011

NetPlus Connections Book Launch Presentation and Reception

Be The One Who Makes Everyone Else’s World Bigger and Better

How much value do you really add to those around you? The reality is, Facebook friends aren’t your friends, Twitter followers aren’t your followers and you aren’t really connected to anyone through LinkedIn.

So…what then? How can you become an asset on the balance sheet of life? How do you add value?

The answer is to learn how to be a “NetPlus Connection”.

Ken Fortier and NetPlus Connections can help you transform your professional and personal life forever. Being a NetPlus Asset will give you the ability to positively affect those around you, making everyone else’s world bigger and better!

Join us for an evening with Davenport alumnus and author Ken Fortier. Ken is the CEO of Quantum Leap Communications and serves as Vice-chair of the Davenport Alumni Association Board of Directors.

When: Thursday, January 26

7:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Presentation by Ken Fortier
7:30 – 7:55 p.m. – Q & A
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Book signing and After-glow reception

Where: Wilbur A. & Sharon L. Lettinga Auditorium (Map)

Register Online

2011 Alumni Awards Banquet

President Pappas, Randy Goodyke, Dennis Washington

Three alumni were honored at the 2011 Annual Alumni Awards Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Student Center at the W.A. Lettinga Campus. The Auxiliary Gym was transformed to a banquet space for over 90 guests, and the John Shea Trio’s smooth jazz tunes entertained during dinner.

The Distinguished Alumni Award went to David Slikkers, ’70, CEO of S2 Yachts, Inc. in Holland; while the Hy Berkowtiz Professional Excellence Award went to Randall L. Goodyke, ’90, Partner at Deboer, Goodyke, Kahler & Tuttle, PC in Hudsonville. A new award this year, the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, went to Ryan Lougheed, ’04, Retail and Investment Development for PNC Bank in Chicago.

Also recognized was keep reading…

9th Annual Homecoming Tailgate and Hockey Game

Friday, November 11 marked DU’s 9th Annual Homecoming Tailgate. This year students enjoyed food catered By Brann’s Sizzling Steakhouse in a heated tent outside while alumni, families and friends gathered in the ice rink for food and fun.

Athletic Director and past head hockey coach, Paul Lowden, was recognized for his contributions to the hockey program and leadership in the last four national championships seasons with the dedication of the Panther’s locker room in the ice rink with his name. Lowden was presented a custom plaque that will be placed outside of the room.

View photos from this year’s event here.

Serving those who serve our country

Captain Trish Barker (left); Director of Admissions and Partnerships, Scott Lemmon (inside left); Specialist Andrew Weiss (outside right)

In October, the United States reached two momentous milestones in the war against terror. Oct. 7, 2011, marked the 10-year anniversary of the war while on Oct. 21, 2011, President Obama announced all remaining U.S. troops would leave Iraq by the end of the year.

When these soldiers return home, many turn their attentions to higher education. Service members can attend any college of their choosing as part of the G.I. Bill. Davenport University goes above and beyond to meet the specific needs of the military by having dedicated admissions and advisor teams in place while also offering additional tuition discounts.  For the past two years, Davenport’s efforts to assist military students have earned it a spot on the Military Friendly Schools list, created by G.I. Jobs. The list recognizes the top keep reading

Flint Alumni Visit

A group of Flint alumni met recently with Alumni Ambassadors Betty DeLoach and Wilma Mitchell and Director of Alumni Relations Cathie Rogg to discuss the creation of a Flint Alumni Council. There was conversation about alumni programming and outreach, and the attendees provided ideas on how they can serve the University, create a staff award program, provide professional development opportunities for alumni with CEUs and host networking events. The ideas and enthusiasm were contagious and the group will soon be under way.

 Meetings such as this will be hosted at each campus so that a local alumni council can be created to specifically serve the community in which that DU campus resides. If you are interested in serving on your DU’s local alumni council and for more information, please call Cathie Rogg, Director of Alumni Relations, at 616-233-3419.

You Make the Difference

As 2011 draws to a close we would like to thank our donors for the impact they have made in the lives of our students. Because of you the Davenport Fund was able to award nearly $800,000 in scholarship support for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.  Receiving a scholarship from the Davenport Fund is often the deciding factor in one’s choice to pursue their educational dreams. 

As we look forward toward to 2012, we have the opportunity to make an even greater impact.  Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution by December 31st.  As always, you can choose a specific scholarship or program to support or give to the general fund. One hundred percent of your gift goes toward scholarship or program support – no administrative costs are ever deducted.  

Make an online contribution today or call 616-233-3417.

Are you a published author?

Are you a Davenport University alum who has published a book?  The Alumni Association is compiling a list of published authors and would like to help you promote your success to the DU community by creating a special section in the bookstore for books published by alumni.  We would like to hear from you!

Contact Cathie Rogg in Alumni Relations by email or call 616-233-3419 to share your success!

Homecoming Weekend is Nov. 11-12


2010 Homecoming Crowd

9th Annual Homecoming Tailgate & Hockey Game
Friday, November 11 | 6 p.m. | Patterson Ice Center (Map)
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Family Fun Day at the W.A. Lettinga Campus
Saturday, November 12 | 1-3 p.m.
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Alumni Awards Banquet
Saturday, November 12 | 6:30 p.m. | DU Student Center (Map)
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Veteran’s Day special celebration at W.A. Lettinga Campus

jh-vet-dayOn Friday, Nov. 11, DU will be celebrating Veteran’s Day in a very special way. The event will include a display of a variety of emergency vehicles, letter writing to deployed soldiers and lunch. Also, depending on weather, a Michigan National Guard Blackhawk helicopter, piloted by a DU student, is scheduled to arrive in the morning and will depart sometime around noon.

Location: W.A. Lettinga Campus parking lot

Date: Friday, Nov. 11

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • All Day – Write letters to deployed soldiers, slideshow of DU’s military students on campus plasma screens
  • Arrival of EMS, Fire, Law enforcement vehicles for display
  • Blackhawk helicopter arrival
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch

All times are subject to change depending on weather. Click here to see what’s happening on other DU campuses throughout the State.