Monthly Archive for January, 2012

NetPlus Connections book launch a success!

Ken Fortier '01

On January 26 nearly 250 alumni, students, friends and family of Ken Fortier, ’01 celebrated the launch of Ken’s first book, “NetPlus Connections”, at Davenport University. The evening began with an animated presentation by Ken followed by an after-glow reception and book signing.

With the premise of making everyone else’s world bigger and better in mind, Ken engaged the audience by outlining what he described as the nine qualities of NetPlus people which include:


  • Being genuinely grateful
  • Raising someone else’s energy level
  • Understanding someone else’s needs
  • Being a problem solver
  • Not being a complainer
  • Connecting people to other NetPlus people
  • Not dividing or driving away others
  • Being connected in other fields/professions
  • Knowing where to go for solutions, ideas and opportunities

View event photos here.

Ken is the CEO of Quantum Leap Communications, Inc. and Vice-Chair of the DU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

If you were unable to attend and wish to learn more about “NetPlus Connections,” you are invited to join us on Thursday, February 16 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Peter C. Cook Center (Map) where Ken will be discussing the secrets of networking in the first of Davenport’s new “Secrets of Success” speaker series.  


New internship program at DU

Davenport University has launched a new internship program to encourage our students to get experience prior to graduation.  Internship participation greatly increases a student’s chances of being hired into their chosen field earlier and at better salaries.  We’d love for you to become mentors of today’s student through internships!

How can you become involved?  Contact Career Services today!

Undergraduate – Battle Creek, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Traverse City
Amy Pierce – Regional Employment & Internship Manager
(616) 871-6728 |

Undergraduate – Flint, Livonia, Midland, Saginaw, Warren
Jennifer England – Regional Employment & Internship Manager
(586) 620-4036 |

MBA – All Campuses
Brandi Lydy – Career Services Coordinator
(616) 554-5502 |

Are you curious about hosting an intern?  Career Services would love to let you know about upcoming Employer Internship Development workshops and provide information on how to formulate an integrated hosting program.  Call today!

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DU’s Marketing & Communications win big at annual AVA Awards

The University’s Marketing and Communications teams were recently honored with three Platinum and six Gold AVA Awards for videos produced in 2011 for the DU website. The top-level Platinum Awards were earned for Career Services Quiz, Meet our Military Admissions Team and The Davenport University Library.

Gold Awards were received for Adult Students at Davenport University, Ann Swanson – Davenport University Grad, Davenport University Campuses, Meet Dr. Linda Rinker, Meet our Military Admissions Team, and The Davenport University Library. Davenport also was awarded three Honorable Mention awards.

Through the AVA awards, the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals recognizes outstanding work by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of media that is part of the evolution of digital communication.

More than 1,700 entries from throughout the United States and several other countries were submitted for the 2011 competition. Other platinum winners include the U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Time Warner and the Red Cross. Universities winning AVA Awards included Princeton University, West Virginia University, GVSU and Ball State University.

Special thanks and congratulations to Richard Crispo, Creative Director, Sasha VanderLugt, Communications Coordinator, and Steve Landrum, Executive Director of Marketing, for their tremendous work on our videos in the past year.

Tickets available for The Vagina Monologues

Tickets are available in Student Life at the W.A. Lettinga Campus for Davenport University’s production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. Tickets are also available at Broadmoor from Charity Dishon-Fischer.

There will be three performances by DU students, faculty, and staff.

  • Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m.

Sneden Center Auditorium, W.A. Lettinga (Grand Rapids) Campus (Map)

$5 for Students, $10 General Admission

V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. Proceeds of these performances of The Vagina Monologues will benefit Sacred Beginnings, a local women’s transitional program in Grand Rapids, and the V-Day Spotlight, the women and girls of Haiti.

Visit for more information and contact Student Life at 616-554-5095 or with any questions.

If you are unable to make it to the office, please call and we can hold tickets for you at will call.

Click here for a FAQ document about the Vagina Monologues.

Battle Creek alumni profile

Tina Vaughan '11 and her three children

In May of 2011, I was honored to be a part of the 2011 Davenport University Commencement Ceremony. I would like to focus on perseverance, inspiration and success. Without these traits, I would have never made it to where I am today.

Due to an injury I received in 2007, my job of 10 years ended. I was a mother of three in my 30’s and unemployed with no real job skills. I had a decision to make. I could just give up and let life kick me to the curb or I could stand up and do something about it. I made the decision to go back to school. I sought advice from an advisor at Davenport University. I remember sitting across the desk from him, looking at the education plan I had received for my Associate Degrees and thinking “I will NEVER be able to accomplish all of this!” However, I made the decision that I had to try.  

One of my first classes was Career and Education Seminar where we were assigned to research three career paths within our major. I had not thought about specific career paths; in fact, I was not really aware of the paths available with an Accounting degree. Upon finishing this project, I  became very interested in Fraud Investigation. We were also asked to set goals for ourselves. I decided to set my long term goal to become a fraud investigator with job security, so I wanted to work for read…