Monthly Archive for February, 2015

Call for Alumni Award Nominations

It’s that time of year again!  Do you know a fellow DU alum who continues to strive for excellence?  You can nominate them for one of the following awards.  Simply complete and submit the online application located here.  This year, the Alumni Awards Ceremony will be held at the W.A. Lettinga Campus on Friday, October 2, 2015.

  • Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Hy Berkowitz Professional Excellence Award
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • Donald W. Maine College of Business Alumni Award
  • College of Technology Alumni Award
  • College of Health Professions Alumni Award


DU Soccer Star Drafted by Philadelphia of MLS at #31 Overall

Davenport University’s Dzenan Catic was selected by the Philadelphia Union as the 31st overall pick of MLS SuperDraft in January.  Catic is only the seventh player to represent the NAIA Conference in the MLS SuperDraft since 2008, and is the first Panther to be drafted by any top tier professional sports league.

In only two years with DU, Catic set the school record in goals and points, and played a significant role in helping Davenport win the program’s first NAIA National Championship, recording a hat trick in the semifinal and the match-tying goal in the championship. Click here for more regarding this incredible accomplishment.


Texas Elementary School Displays its Panther Pride – Exhibits Panther Nation’s National Reach!

Not too long ago, the DU Alumni Association received an email from Ashley Jones, a 2nd Grade teacher at Jack Frost Elementary School in Georgetown, Texas (near Austin) with a simple request: “Will Davenport be willing to be in my lineup of colleges that will be promoted weekly as part of ‘Project 2025 (P2025)’?”  ‘P2025′ (the year the 2nd Grade class heads off to college) was developed to promote colleges and universities nationwide at Jack Frost to expand the horizons of students who aren’t able to travel often outside of Georgetown, TX.  The project entails researching the school on the internet and mapping its geographic location, researching famous alumni, checking out out the mascot, and more!

The DU Alumni Association was pleased to send a big package of Panther pride goodies to share with all 22 scholars from Ms. Jones’ 2nd Grade class.  In return, DU was sent a class photo showing all of Ms. Jones’ students displaying DU gear in appreciation of its participation.  This clearly indicates the impact that Davenport University can have on individuals over 1,200 miles away and reminds us all of the national reach Davenport has.  The Alumni Association was honored to participate in this outstanding and educational project, and hopes it was able to make a positive impact and lasting impression on all students participating in the innovative ‘P2025′ program!


DU Career Fair Coming Soon to Grand Rapids!

Davenport’s 2015 Annual Career Fair will be taking place on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. at the W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids (map). You may attend as an alumni or student of DU, or as an employer who would like to set up a recruitment table. The Career Services Department anticipates that there will be over 100 employers on-site eager to speak with students and alumni.

If you are looking for employment, considering making a career change, or simply interested in casually chatting with prospective employers, this is an event you will not want to miss.

Professional dress is required, and no pre-registration is necessary. You may view a list of registered employers and sponsors by clicking here. If you are an alumni employer seeking to hire, click here to register online.


Employer Internship Training Seminars Offered Through DU

Intrigued by internships? DU can be your resource for program start up, expansion and success best practices!

Learn from local experts and gain university perspective on the “do’s” and “do not’s” of getting leadership buy-in, recruiting, and managing interns to impact your bottom line. No organization is too big or too small to contribute to and gain something from this conversation. If you are interested or know of employers that would benefit from learning about successful internship programs, please keep invite employers Continue reading ‘Employer Internship Training Seminars Offered Through DU’

Nominate a Davenport Faculty Member for the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award!

The 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award is now open for nominations.  We invite you to nominate a faculty member who has made a difference in your life.  Do you know of a DU faculty member who deserves recognition for their excellence in teaching?  This award recognizes outstanding adjunct and full-time faculty who:

-Show enthusiasm for teaching and subject matter;
-Connect with students, demonstrating a genuine concern and caring for the student’s learning and success;
-Exceed expectations in helping students learn;
-Consistently achieve student learning outcomes;
-Demonstrate mastery of current knowledge of subject and effective learning delivery methods

Winners will be honored at keep reading…

1st “Comfort Zone Challenge” a Smashing Success!

On February 11, the Office of Alumni & Development’s FANS program (Future Alumni Network of Students) partnered with DU Career Services to sponsor the inaugural Comfort Zone Challenge.

The day consisted of three separate educational sessions for students, with the first emphasizing the importance of networking and featured a presentation from Cindy Brown, Executive Director of  Hello! West Michigan.

The second session offered a panel of DU alumni to talk about their experiences as students and how Davenport positioned them for success in their careers.  The panel consisted of the following alumni:

Beverly Wall (’77) Languages International, Sara Brondsema (’07) Farmers Insurance, James Czerew (’07) TechConnect, Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon (’01) Appletree Learning Centers, Ann Vidro (’96) Creative Studio Promotions, Sara Hop (’09) Van Andel Institute, and Katelyn Heavener (’14) Verizon Wireless.

The third session offered students a chance to participate in “Swim with the Sharks” and make an on-the-spot business sales pitch to area employers who volunteered to serve as potential investors.

Attendance at all three events was impressive by students/alumni/employers alike, and feedback on the sessions has been fantastic.  Look for additional opportunities to be paired with current DU students to help facilitate career readiness at any point in the near future, as new sessions are likely. Click here for event photos.


Upcoming Events

Saturday Night Flint Alumni Bowling – February 21                    

Register quickly as this one’s almost here!  The Davenport University Flint Alumni Council invites you to join them for a night of bowling and fun-raising! Pick up a few strikes and help support the brand-new Flint Alumni Council Scholarship Fund as proceeds benefit scholarships for DU-Flint students.

Click here for additional information and to register.


Friday Night Grand Rapids Drive (NBDL) Game – February 27

Plan to catch inaugural season action as the Grand Rapids Drive (Pistons’ farm team) take on the Delaware 87’ers.  Reserve your seat and head to the Coors Light Party Deck and get ready for the tip off!  Hang out with DU Alumni Association staff and fellow alumni on the party deck and enjoy the pre-game BBQ, available 1 hour before tip-off.

Click here for additional information and to register.



Alumni Ski Weekend – February 28


The Davenport University Alumni Association has partnered with the Homestead Resort to bring you a great deal on a fantastic winter adventure!  Join fellow alumni for a day on the slopes or cross country trails at one of northern Michigan’s premier winter resorts.  After the final run of the day, head to Nonna’s Loft for an alumni reception, where you can warm up and make new connections!

To check out rates and additional information, please click here.



Friday Night Detroit Red Wings “Hat Trick” Event! – March 6

This event is currently sold out.  Thank you to all of you who have already registered to attend the Detroit Red Wings DU Alumni Night on Friday March 6, 2015.  Look for future Red Wings game opportunities with your Alumni Association!




Cinderella-In a private theater just for you! – March 27

On Friday, March 27, the Alumni Association will again be renting a theater at Celebration Cinema North (Grand Rapids) for a private screening of the much-anticipated Disney classic, Cinderella. Registration coming soon; check for updated information. Space will be limited.


SE Michigan Alumni Golf Outing is back! – May 29

Get your clubs ready SE Michigan alumni!  The Alumni Association is heading your way on May 29 for the SE Michigan Alumni & Friends Golf Outing at Fellows Creek Golf Club  in Canton.

Online registration and sponsorship opportunities coming soon. Visit for updates.


Join us on Linkedin & Facebook, and Don’t Forget Your Alumni Benefits!

You are cordially invited to join us in the ever-expanding world of social media!  We would enjoy connecting with you through our Facebook page or Linkedin group account. Please search for “Davenport University Alumni Association” the next time you are on either social media platform!

Also, please do not forget to utilize your Alumni Association discounts and apply online for a membership card.  If you have any questions, please email