Monthly Archive for January, 2014

DU Dean Awarded “Book of the Year” by the American Journal of Nursing!

Dr. Karen M. Daley, Dean of the College of Health Professions, has co-written the book “Simulation Scenarios for Nursing Educators, 2nd Edition,” which was honored with the Book of the Year Award by The American Journal of Nursing – one of the oldest and most prestigious broad-based nursing journals in the world. Her book was regarded as exceptional because it creates scenarios with outstanding structure and consistency and addresses many of the challenges in nursing education.  Please click here for additional information on this great honor.

Receive a yellow postcard in the mail lately?

We have been actively engaged with Harris Connect on a 2014 Alumni Today directory project. We have heard from many of you about this initiative. Some have been concerned about the outreach while others are excited for the opportunity to update their records and to learn about the news of classmates and friends.

Please know that the Harris Connect initiative is done with all the best intent. We can’t serve alumni who we can’t reach, so we contracted with a premiere alumni directory organization to help us find our graduates whose records have not been updated in several years. We want to be able to send you our great DU Review magazine, share with you the growth of the University’s programs, give you opportunities to learn about current students, and hear about their success; and, yes, give you the opportunity to invest in the future of this great institution when you’re ready to do so.

If you have any questions regarding this initiative, please don’t hesitate to give our office a call.  We can be reached at: 616-233-3416.

New Alumni Association website is live! is about to get a MAJOR facelift, and you won’t believe how nice the new layout will be on the eyes! will now become, and it will come complete with new features and options for alumni that the old site simply did not offer.  Please continue to check either domain frequently as the site is still currently undergoing its final stages of completion!

Davenport Young Alumni Council (YAC) Leadership Team announced…


The Davenport University Young Alumni Council has recently elected a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary to lead the group for the remainder of the 2014 calendar year.  The elected officials are as follows:

CHAIR: Jaime VanEssen ‘08

VICE-CHAIR: Leandra Williams ‘12

SECRETARY: Emily Rosenzweig ‘10

The YAC meets on the 1st Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at a rotating location in the West Michigan-area.  Please email David Tyler at: for additional information, and check out the Young Alumni Council feature in our new website at:

Also, please see the “Events” section of this newsletter to check out the Young Alumni Council’s upcoming events that are available to all DU alumni who have graduated within the past ten years or are 40 & under.

Excellence in Teaching Award nominations now being accepted!

Click here to view the Excellence In Teaching Poster

Davenport alumni – Nominations are now being accepted online for the Excellence in Teaching Award.

To access the nomination form, click here.

The form is available to all users.

Click here to see an additional Excellence In Teaching advertisement

Davenport’s College of Health Professions launches Occupational Therapy Program

Davenport University’s College of Health Professions is launching a new Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at its W.A. Lettinga Campus. The program has earned its Candidacy Status from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education and plans to enroll the first class of occupational therapy students in September 2014.

The OT curriculum will build professional competencies necessary for graduates to be successful in the field. Learning in the classroom will be reinforced and expanded upon through participation in clinical and practicum experiences that will provide students with real-world professional experience.

Applications are currently being accepted for Fall, 2014. For more information about DU’s new entry-level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, please call the College of Health Professions at: 1-616-871-6150, or DU Admissions at: 1-800-686-1600.


Davenport participates in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) once again this year. Volunteer or utilize the service!


The West Michigan VITA Collegiate Partnership provides free income tax preparation for low to middle income households. The IRS-sponsored VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program partners with community groups to help families, seniors and the disabled e-file their tax returns. Every year millions of dollars in tax refunds and credits go unclaimed by those who need them the most. Davenport University wishes to help West Michigan families receive the tax refunds and credits that enable them to stay in their homes, feed their families, keep the lights on, and save for the future.

Taxes are usually prepared by a local college student who has taken the courses and received the IRS certifications required to complete your return. They will be working in and around the Kent County area as well as preparing taxes in Coopersville, Hastings and Holland, Michigan. Check out our list of site locations and hours of operation below or use our map to find the location nearest you.

Please visit the official DU VITA page by clicking here.

Additional information on the DU program can be found by clicking here.


Davenport hosted Joint Committee Hearing on January 9

Alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students attended a Joint Senate and House Committee Hearing of the Michigan State Legislature on Thursday, January 9, at the Wilbur and Sharon Lettinga Auditorium at the Lettinga Campus.  The event featured DU President Rick Pappas and Dr. Andre Perry, Founding Dean of DU’s College of Urban Education, who provided testimony about the University’s plans to transform how teachers are prepared for service in urban K-12 school districts.  The first cohort for the Master of Urban Education program will be assembled to begin classes in Spring-Summer 2014.

Many legislators attended the unique event, representing the Senate and House Appropriations Sub-Committees on Higher Education and the Senate and House Education Standing Committees.   Stay tuned for the next edition of the DU Review magazine, which is sure to include additional information recapping this exclusive event.  Click here to see a few photos from the evening.

Great Skate and Griffins game recap


The Davenport University Alumni Association had a great group of alumni and friends stop by to take part in the Great Skate Winterfest Event on January 18 in downtown Grand Rapids.  As the Zamboni made its way onto the ice, everyone headed over to The Cook Center (DU’s downtown classroom facility) to warm up and have a few laughs with fellow alumni and friends over hot chocolate.  After a great day of outdoor winter activities in the park, many then proceeded to watch professional ice skaters and take in a Griffins game that very same evening. The first 2500 in the building even received a special gift, a Joakim Andersson bobblehead!  Thanks to all who supported these events and who joined in on the festivities!  Click here to access a few event photos!