Monthly Archive for August, 2013

2013 Alumni Award recipients announced!

President Pappas; Peg Luy; Sheila Bowlds, 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient; and Keith Klingenberg, Alumni Board Chair

We are proud to announce the 2013 Alumni Award Recipients who will be honored on Thursday, September 26, at the annual Alumni Award Celebration held at the Grand Rapids campus in the Robert W. Sneden Center.  This year’s award recipients were selected from several nominees for each category by a committee of the Davenport Alumni Association Board of Directors. Their accomplishments, contributions and success exemplify the mission and vision of Davenport and its predecessor institutions.

Selection criteria for each referenced award can be found online here. Please consider making a nomination for the 2014 slate of awardees by completing the form found at the site. To attend the Alumni Awards Celebration, please click here for online registration.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Gerilyn May, Managing Director, Ele’s Place (Grand Rapids, MI)
BBA, Management, 1998

Hy Berkowitz Professional Excellence Award

Lisa Mininni, Author, Speaker and Business Systems Expert
Excellerate Associates (Canton Township, MI)
ABA, Administrative Technology/Legal, 1986 (DCB)
BBA, Management, 1990 (DCB)

Donald W. Maine College of Business Alumni Achievement Award

Colleen Maire, Loan Consultant, AmeriFirst Home Mortgage (Battle Creek, MI)
AS in Sales and Marketing, 1990
BBA, Marketing, 1991

College of Health Professions Alumni Achievement Award

Barbara Meconis, CEO and Co-Owner, Holistic Care Approach (Grand Rapids, MI)
BAS, Health Care Administration, 2000

College of Technology Alumni Achievement Award

Joe Lascari, Network Consulting Engineer, Cisco Systems (North Carolina)
BAS, Computer Networking Technology, 2008
MS, Information Assurance, 2012

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Bradley Bultman, Sr. Finance Manager, Kellogg Company (Pennsylvania)
ABA, Management, 2005
BBA, Marketing/Advertising Promotion, 2007

Calling all alumni: SE Michigan Career Fair!

Alumni Only: Land Your Dream Job at Recruit Detroit on Thursday, September 26, 2013

As a DU graduate, you are cordially invited to attend the RECRUIT DETROIT ALUMNI ONLY Career Fair. It is being held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at:

Cobo Center
Old Ballroom
1 Washington Boulevard  #401  Detroit, MI 48226

There are currently 12 universities and colleges participating and we expect over 70 top companies from the Detroit area with 100’s of open positions. They are looking to recruit graduates from a multitude of colleges and universities to their companies.

To REGISTER and review all employers who have registered and their current open positions, please click here.

Meet, greet and network with these top companies and land your dream job.

We look forward to seeing you there!

“Meet Your Future” comes to DU for Homecoming Week…

Meet Your Future – 9/27/13

Davenport University’s Alumni Association is hosting a special 3-hour program for students titled “Meet Your Future.”  As part of the Homecoming celebration the event will showcase this year’s Alumni Award recipients along with other notable DU alumni.  They will be representing their various professions and be available to any students interested in speaking with: 1) a graduate of DU and 2) someone in the profession/industry that they are studying.

Some of the professions and industries that will be represented include the following:





Health Care

Logistics and Insurance



Network Consulting

Network Management

Non-Profit Leadership

The event will take place in the Welcome Center at the W.A. Lettinga Campus.  Students and alumni are welcome to stop by!

Thursday, September 27 | “Meet Your Future”

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Lettinga Welcome Center

Summer alumni baseball games draw crowds…

Great Lakes Loons Baseball Game A Smashing Success!

On Saturday, July 13 the DU Alumni Association and the Great Lakes Alumni Council held an Alumni & Friends “meet and greet” at Dow Diamond for the Great Lakes Loons vs. the Peoria Chiefs baseball game.  The Davenport event was held at Lasorda’s Landing. Please see the attached photos for a glimpse of the night’s festivities, and be on the lookout for next year’s DU Alumni Association Great Lakes Loons’ outing!  View additional event photos here.


Lansing Lugnuts Baseball Game Records Record Attendance!

On Friday, July 26 the DU Alumni Association and the Mid-Michigan Alumni Council held an Alumni & Friends “meet and greet” at Cooley Law School Stadium for the Lansing Lugnuts vs. the Dayton Dragons baseball game.  The Davenport event was held at the Tailgate Terrace, which proved well to serve a record Lansing alumni crowd in attendance.  Please see the attached photos for insight into the night’s events, and stay tuned for future Lansing-area alumni programming! View additional event photos here.


Young Alumni Whitecaps Game

Take me out to the ballgame; take me out to the crowd!

The crack of the baseball bat was the perfect setting for catching up with fellow Young Alumni at the July 25 Whitecaps game.  Over two dozen Panthers gathered at Vitale’s to take part in a pre-game networking reception.  After great pizza and a few laughs, alumni and guests headed to the ballpark to watch the 4-3 victory against Fort Wayne.  It was a great summer evening catching up with familiar friends and making new alumni connections. View additional event photos here.


Meijer Gardens alumni event a huge success

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park dinner & summer concert  

The warm summer breeze was accompanied by an international mix of indie-pop music during the Alumni Summer Concert event.  Alumni took advantage of a perfect summer night starting off with a tour of the gardens and ending the night listening to the jazzy multilingual vocals of Monica da Silva. Click here for additional photos.


Calling all GR Chamber of Commerce members…

Receive a 20% Discount!

Thanks to a unique partnership between Davenport University and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, you can further your education at a 20% reduced tuition rate.

If you work for a company that is a Chamber member, you and your Dependents can receive the 20% discount! This discount applies to undergraduate and graduate programs.  To learn more about this opportunity please contact Laura Ayotte at 616-554-5392 or Rachel Buckner at 616-554-5318.

Upcoming events…








September 2013

Wednesday, Sept. 11 (5-7p)– Watermark Business Connection/Identity Theft (Grand Rapids)
The evening’s speaker will be Heidi Hilton, a Finance and Management Professor at Davenport University. Heidi also is a Financial Advisor with thirteen years’ experience in retirement planning for business owners as well as individuals. She graduated from Aquinas College, with a Bachelor’s in Education in 2002. She then completed an Executive Master of Business Administration in 2012 with Honors. Heidi is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society, The International Business Professionals Association, and Leadership Society of America.  She is an expert on Identity Theft, and is looking forward to sharing her valuable knowledge on the topic with all who attend.

Friday, September 13 – DCB Alumni Reunion Golf Outing (Dearborn)
More information | Register online

Tuesday, September 17 – Summer Wine Down (Traverse City)
More information | Register online

Thursday, September 26 –Alumni Awards Celebration (Grand Rapids)
Click here for more information and to register

Friday, September 27 – Homecoming, Tailgate and DU vs. MSU Rugby (Grand Rapids)
More information | Register online

Saturday, September 28 – Fall Crawl and Pancake Breakfast (Grand Rapids)
More information | Register online


October 2013

Wednesday, October 9 (5-7p)– Watermark Business Connection/Have Them At Hello! (Grand Rapids)
The evening’s speaker will be Lisa Mininni, 2013  Hy Berkowitz Professional Excellence Award winner, and Davenport University alumna.  Lisa is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, business systems expert and owner of Excellerate Associates in Canton Township, MI.  She received her ABA in Administrative Technology/Legal from the Detroit College of Business in 1986, as well as her BBA in Management in 1990.  The topic will be Have Them At Hello!, a networking strategy that will have people fall in love with you-on the spot!  This interactive presentation is designed to help you spot how to deliver information the way the other person wants to receive it to grow your influence and your business.

Tuesday, October 15- Ultimate Success Summit (Grand Rapids)
Join Lisa Mininni at the Ultimate Success Summit, hosted by Davenport University, where she will provide an accelerated full-day intensive that provides high-level expert guidance and personal instruction to:
-Close on more sales;
-Bring in more leads; and
-Save you thousands of dollars in cutting-edge solutions so you get where you want to go in 2013.

As a Davenport graduate, you are eligible for a 50% discount on the registration fee for this event. Secure your spot for this outstanding event by clicking here and enter DUUSS as your coupon code.