Monthly Archive for October, 2015

Alumni Success Story: Christine Welton, ’00

When Christine was asked if she had any advice for incoming DU students she said, “Don’t give up!” As a lifelong learner, Christine is an excellent example of not giving up!

Since the age of 11, Christine dreamed of going to law school. She started her education career at UofM after high school, but took some time off to pursue non-educational goals. She later returned to academia enrolling at Northwestern Michigan College where she worked toward a two-year legal assistance degree, but decided to aim higher ultimately earning her BAS in Business from Davenport in 2000. Christine was working in the legal profession and loved it, but couldn’t stay away from school. She completed her MA in Organizational Management at Spring Arbor University in 2009. In 2013, through her continued hard work, effort, and determination, she earned her Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Magna Cum Laude.

Christine sites her time at DU’s Traverse City location as the turning point for her education career. “Davenport’s flexible class schedule, relevant degree programs, and proximity appealed to me.” But it was the encouragement from supportive and invested instructors that made a lasting impact, such that when she decided ten years later to make her dream of law school a reality, she knew she had the foundation and ability to succeed. “My education at Davenport helped me springboard into the career I had always wanted,” stated Christine.

Now, Christine is an Associate Attorney at Bolhouse, Baar & Hofstee, P. C. in Grandville, MI. Her practice focuses in the areas of Family Law, General Litigation, Real Estate, Employment Law, Collections/Creditors’ Rights and Civil Rights/Disability. She also has broad prior legal experience which has given her a solid, well-rounded skill set in many other practice areas including Probate Administration, Landlord/Tenant, Personal Injury, Mediation and Special Education/Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. As a cancer survivor, Christine enjoys volunteering her time at Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and grandson, cook paleo, reading, and traveling.

New DU Healthcare Partnership for Veteran Students

Davenport University is proud to announce a partnership with the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC), based in San Antonio, Texas. METC is a state-of-the-art Department of Defense healthcare education campus with over 50 medical programs and 21,000 graduates annually.

The METC sought a partnership with Davenport because of its pioneering Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, designed to help veterans and inactive military service members successfully pursue and attain a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN), pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), and obtain a nursing position in the healthcare field. For many veterans and military medically-trained persons, this program will fast-track them into the middle of their sophomore year of the nursing program.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UH1HP26488 and title “Veterans to BSN Program” for $1,217,446, with 0% financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

View the Grand Rapids Business Journal article about the partnership.

Click here to learn more about the veteran’s programs.



Alumni Success Story featuring 40 under 40 Honoree: Jenelle Marie Davis, ‘10

In celebration of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 under 40 event next week, we are excited to spotlight our own DU alum honoree, Jenelle Marie Davis, as this week’s Alumni Success Story. Since graduating from DU, Jenelle has used her education and skills to successfully build a business that falls outside of the normal corporate realm.

Growing up in Caledonia, Jenelle initially attended GRCC but was unable to find her niche. She inherently stumbled upon an accounting role that she grew to love. With this new found passion she enrolled at DU in the Fall of 2008 and prepared for the challenge of the accountancy program. Jenelle strived in the program and earned her BBA and MBA in accounting with honors in 2010. She had multiple job offers prior to graduation, some of which included positions in the “Top 4” firms in accounting. She worked as an auditor for a few years, until she decided that she wanted to focus her energy on a project that was closer to her heart.

Jenelle used her business acumen backed by her personal passion to put into action a movement known as The STD Project. The project is a multi-award-winning independent website and progressive movement eradicating STI stigma by facilitating and encouraging awareness, education, and acceptance through storytelling Continue reading ‘Alumni Success Story featuring 40 under 40 Honoree: Jenelle Marie Davis, ‘10′

Exclusive Donald W. Maine College of Business Groundbreaking Event

You are invited to an exclusive Donald W. Maine College of Business event!

Davenport University alumni are invited to join Chancellor Emeritus Donald W. Maine, President Richard J. Pappas, Dean of the Donald W. Maine College of Business and College of Technology, Dr. Pamela Imperato and others as they break ground on the new Donald W. Maine College of Business Building on the W.A. Lettinga campus. The ceremony will be held in a heated tent east of South Hall, with a reception with snacks and drinks to follow in the Donald W. Maine meeting room in the Robert W. Sneden Center.

Date: Wednesday, November 4

Time: 1:00 p.m.

We hope you can join us for this special day of celebration at Davenport University. Please RSVP to Erik Dane at or by calling 616-233-3420 by Friday, October 30.

Alumni Success Story: Sande Gross ’10

We are proud to feature Sande Gross as our Alumni Success Spotlight this week. As a determined, part time student, Sande earned her BBA in Management from DU in 2010. Between working full time, raising a family, sending her children off to college, and planning her daughters’ weddings, Sande had a lot on her plate. Sande knew going back to school would help her get a better job and move up in her company. She had tried different colleges and universities, but they didn’t have the flexibility like DU did. “I liked the structure at Davenport. I enjoyed taking one online seven week course at a time. It helped me get through my program faster while allowing me to focus on the course content, and still have balance in my personal life,” stated Sande.

Her  hard  work  and  dedication  paid  off!    Sande  was  promoted  from an  Office Manager role in 2013 to Firm Administrative Manager at Plante Moran based in the Grand Rapids office. Her new role has expanded with more responsibility and oversight. She is currently responsible for managing more than 19 office and facility managers in 3 states in 17 different offices. She also assists with managing and developing the training and continual professional development for new and existing office managers and administrative staff firm wide.  When Sande is not at work or traveling, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially with her four grandsons. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling with friends.

Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex Dedication

On Saturday, October 3, the Davenport University community gathered to celebrate the expansion of the new Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex. To mark the occasion, Steve Boshoven, President of Foremost Brand, Farmers Insurance, along with Jack Meyering and his family gathered for a ceremony and lunch.

Farmers Insurance gifted the land for the expanded complex, in addition to the land they donated in 2012 for the baseball, softball and tennis complex. In total, they have donated 62 acres to DU.

Jack Meyering, a ’56 DU graduate and founder of Atlas Truck Rental & Leasing, and his wife, Char, made a generous commitment to the University to name the new scoreboard and turf. Meyering Field appears on the scoreboard as a tribute to this gift.

The Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex will help meet the needs of the growing athletic programs. The field will be home to football, soccer, track and field, and men’s rugby.

This complex is an excellent reminder that life-changing experiences take place in and out of the classroom. Athletics are just one of the many ways Davenport students gain meaningful experiences to Make a Living, Make a Life, and Make a Contribution.

Opportunities are still available to support the Farmer Insurance Athletic Complex. For information on making a gift or supporting Davenport University’s mission, please visit our website or call Jason Madden in the Alumni and Development Office at 616-233-2593.

Trick-or-Treat in the Residence Halls

Alumni and friends are invited to Trick-or-Treat in the DU Residence Halls on Friday, October 30th from 6 pm – 9pm. This family fun event is open to the public. And don’t worry, we will have plenty of candy and treats for everyone! 

Alumni Success Story: Patrick Hatch ’84

“As a paramedic, you become a law enforcement officer, pastor, and counselor all in one day.”

Patrick Hatch started the EMT program at DU to get ahead in his Criminal Justice program, but after he started, he fell in love with the field. He quickly changed his mind and pursued his EMT degree full-time. Pat knew Davenport’s program would prepare him for success. Pat earned his degree from Davenport University in 1984. After obtaining his State of Michigan licensure, he began his 31 year occupation as a paramedic at Life EMS. He has held multiple roles at Life EMS including a field supervisor, training instructor, as well as an adjunct lab instructor at DU.

“Davenport’s training that I received more than 30 years ago is still relevant. We have advancements in equipment, technology and medications today. But, looking back I still use the same “grassroot” techniques and trainings with the new associates today that I learned at DU.” Patrick loves acting as a mentor to guide and lead new associates with his belief that “presentation creates perception.”

Patrick has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career for his heroic acts, including delivering more than ten babies. “The most important thing that I can do as an emergency responder, is treat people with respect. Everyone’s emergency is their emergency.  I act as a law enforcement officer, pastor and a counselor all in one day.” After responding to emergencies and working 24 hour shifts nearly 9 to10 times a month, Patrick enjoys relaxing and playing guitar, golf and hockey. He is also the vocalist for a local band called “Signal Point.” Patrick is also eagerly awaiting the start of Davenport Football.

We are extremely proud to honor Patrick with the 2015 College of Health Professions Alumni Award. With his commitment to patient care, detail, and overall patient satisfaction, he has become a proven teacher and leader in the field of EMS.

Livonia Campus Open House

Do you live in SE Michigan? Join us for an open house on the DU Livonia Campus on Halloween!

Date: Saturday, October 31

Time: 10am – 12pm

Where: Davenport University Livonia Campus, 19499 Victor Pkwy, Livonia, MI 48152

Activities: Truck-or-treat, DU women’s soccer game, free food and prizes!

Questions? Contact Gretchen!