Monthly Archive for October, 2013

Alumni celebrated at DU

2013 Alumni Award recipients (from L to R): Barbara Meconis, Bradley Bultman, Lisa Mininni, Alumni Board Chair Keith Klingenberg, Gerilyn May, DU President Rick Pappas, Colleen Maire, President Emeritus Don Maine, Joe Lascari

The 2013 Alumni Awards Celebration was held on Thursday, September 26, in the Robert W. Sneden Center. Over 120 alumni, faculty, staff, friends and students were in attendance to honor six graduates for their professional and personal accomplishments. The awards ceremony featured a brief synopsis of accomplishments and an opportunity for each awardee to speak about their experiences since graduation. Chancellor Emeritus Donald W. Maine was in attendance and a part of the ceremony when the Donald W. Maine College of Business Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Colleen Maire, ’91.

The awardees shared stories that were powerful, inspiring and emotional. They also expressed their gratitude for the education they received at Davenport University and one of its predecessor institutions, the Detroit College of Business. This year’s alumni award recipients are as follows:

Distinguished Alumni Award
Gerilyn May, Managing Director, Ele’s Place
BBA, Management, 1998

Hy Berkowitz Professional Excellence Award
Lisa Mininni, Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker and Business Systems Expert, Excellerate Associates
ABA, Administrative Technology/Legal, 1986 (DCB)
BBA, Management, 1990 (DCB)

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Bradley Bultman, Sr. Finance Manager, Kellogg’s Company
ABA, Management, 2005
BBA, Marketing/Advertising Promotion, 2007

Donald W. Maine College of Business Alumni Achievement Award
Colleen Maire, Loan Consultant, AmeriFirst Home Mortgage
AS in Sales and Marketing, 1990
BBA, Marketing, 1991

College of Health Professions Alumni Achievement Award
Barbara Meconis, Founder/Holistic Care Approach
BAS, Health Care Administration, 2000

College of Technology Alumni Achievement Award
Joe Lascari, Network Consulting Engineer, Cisco Systems
BAS, Computer Networking Technology, 2008
MS, Information Assurance, 2012

You may nominate a graduate at any time at  Click here for photos of the event.

Totally Happenin’ Homecoming!

A DeLorean made a special appearance during Homecoming. It was not programmed to return to 1955...yet.

Totally Happenin’ Homecoming was indeed “totally happenin’!” The University campuses all celebrated the 1980′s in their own way. There were banner competitions with resurrected ’80′s Davenport College slogans like “Dream it, Do it!” Pounce the Panther became DU’s version of Mr. T, we mean Mr. P, so named by the “A” Team (Advising). Arcade games from the 1980′s were available to students, and on Friday evening of Homecoming Week, over 500 students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Davenport enjoyed a rousing game of Rugby on the turf field between the Panthers and the MSU Spartans. The game was preceded by a delicious tailgate dinner of barbecued chicken and ribs and followed by a “nifty” concert by the Square Pegz, a Michigan ’80′s band. There was even a very special appearance by a vintage 1980′s DeLorean! Click here for photos!

Rugby game action vs. MSU!

Benefits for you!

Recently, the Davenport University Alumni Association’s Benefits page received a slight overhaul in format and content.  Please be sure to visit the site often to view important services offered to you through your Alumni Association membership, located here.  Current offerings/savings include:

  •  Lifetime use of Career Services assistance
  • Liberty Mutual Auto and Home Insurance
  • SimpliSafe Home Security System
  • Rental car discounts
  • Choice Hotel discounts
  • UPS savings
  • SNAP Fitness discounts
  • WOW! Cable
  • Working Advantage Corporation (multiple savings opportunities)
  • Brookstone
  • Red Envelope
  • Brooks Brothers
  • DU Spirit Store discounts
  • DU Fitness Center discounts

Young Alumni Council makes an impact

Members of the Young Alumni Council assist with Freshmen Move-In!

The Davenport University Young Alumni Council has been growing and attending more events in support and recognition of the institution.  This fall, the Council assisted new Freshmen with moving their belongings into the dorms on-campus, and many members attended events associated with Homecoming, including the Alumni Awards Celebration and the DU vs. MSU rugby match.  We are encouraged by the interest and enthusiasm of the Council and plan for membership in this important DU organization to grow!  Please email David Tyler at for additional information.

Let us help you with your job search!

If you are currently looking for a new employment opportunity, please remember to check out CareerNet through Davenport University Career Services.  A recent technology posting includes a Web Designer/Developer position with Foremost Insurance Group.  Familiarity with Visual Studio 2010 as well as the .NET platform and the ability to create attractive web pages are important.  For more information, email Chad Gibbs at, and let your Alumni Association or DU Career Services know if you have any questions.  Click here to be sent to the Career Services website.

Davenport awarded $1.2 million to launch veteran’s BSN degree

Davenport University has been selected to receive $1.2 million in funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration to launch a Veteran’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) degree.  DU is the only institution in Michigan and only one of nine in the country to receive this grant, to be distributed over a four-year period. The grant will cover 100-percent of program costs.

Many returning military service members and veterans have medical training coupled with combat military experience, which would translate well into a nursing career if given the opportunity to enhance and grow their knowledge-base and skillsets. The VBSN is designed to help these individuals successfully pursue and obtain a nursing degree and a position in the healthcare field. For many veterans and military medically-trained persons, this program could fast-track them into the middle of their sophomore year.

We expect to begin the first 15-student cohort in the Fall 2014 semester at our W.A. Lettinga, Warren and Midland Campuses and potentially our Lansing Campus.  This grant solidifies DU’s status as a leader in providing veterans and military members with innovative, proactive resources and services tailored to meet their needs and utilize their unique skillsets and experiences.  Interested veterans and military members can begin the admission process immediately by contacting Adam Betz or Jonathan Highman.

We need your help!

Davenport University and its predecessor college grads change emails, jobs and locations so often that it is hard to keep up with them. The Alumni Association is working with Harris Connect to produce Davenport University Alumni Today—a print directory scheduled for publication in 2014.

The easiest and fastest way to track down an old school friend is through the Alumni Today publication as it will include up-to-date contact information. You will be able to reconnect with classmates, and the publication will feature an introduction with full color pictures and a history of the University. The publication will also include a section for photos and memories from your days at Davenport.

Over the next several months, you will receive postcards, emails or phone calls from Harris asking for updated contact information. We would appreciate your cooperation in updating your contact information. All updates are returned to the University so that our database remains current.

Harris Connect is only collecting information for purposes of the directory. Your information will not be released to any third parties. You decide whether or not your personal information is published in the directory–make your wishes clear to the representative with whom you speak. It is a great way to stay connected to the Daveport Family!

Alumni have the OPTION of adding information to two sections of the directory:

1) Through the Years - This section allows alumni to upload a photo to include in the publication.

2) Class Year/Biographical Section - This section allows alumni to upload a “What’s Been Happening” personal essay of up to 300 words or 1600 characters

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Attention Business Professionals of America (BPA) Alumni!

Attention Business Professionals of America Alumni!

You are invited to join the 2013-14 BPA student team for a Family Fun Night including volleyball, basketball, board games, pizza, pop and great company!

When: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Where: Davenport University Student Center on the W. A. Lettinga Campus, Grand Rapids

RSVP to Ron Draayer or Deb Kiss by Friday, October 18

Questions?  Contact Ron at or Deb at

Traverse City “Wine Down” alumni event a great success!

On Tuesday, September 17, the Davenport University Alumni Association met with graduates, friends and staff of the Traverse City campus at Chateau Chantal, a winery located north of Traverse City on the Old Mission Peninsula.  The aesthetically stunning year-round winery and Bed & Breakfast provided guests from Davenport the opportunity to embark upon a tour of the facility and enjoy a pre- and post-event reception on the outdoor patio.

The reception featured delicious appetizers, drinks and immaculate views of the peninsula, which can be seen from the hill on which the winery rests.  Networking and mingling commenced throughout the evening, and the Alumni Association was very pleased to have the opportunity to re-engage its Traverse City alumni on a beautiful evening.  If you live near the Traverse City area, or are interested in joining us for future events up north, stay connected at  Please click here to see photos from the event!