Monthly Archive for January, 2016

Today is the day! #DU150

The #DU150 Challenge starts today and we have exciting news: a generous group of friends has agreed to match the first $5,000 raised. This means if you give $25 your gift becomes $50 for student scholarships. Take advantage and double your gift now!

To celebrate Davenport University’s 150th anniversary, we’re holding our first-ever giving week and inviting you and all of our friends to join us.

The Challenge will run 150 hours, starting today. We have set a participation goal, which means that each and every gift counts towards our goal of 150 people. All money raised supports the Founder’s Endowed Scholarship.

Ways to give include calling our office at (616) 233-3416, emailing courtney.sorrell@davenport.edu or using our secure online giving platform by clicking here.

Your help is critical to reaching our goal of providing student scholarships.

If you have already made a gift to Davenport University this year, thank you! We appreciate your support. If you would like to make an additional gift for #DU150 or help us reach our goal by sharing Davenport University Alumni’s Facebook message your own wall, we will appreciate it.

P.S. Double your gift for students at Davenport University today! Every gift, large or small, counts towards our goal.

#DU150 is just 3 days away!

This year marks Davenport University’s 150th anniversary. To celebrate, we’re holding our first-ever giving week and inviting you and all of our friends to join us!

The #DU150 Challenge will run 150 hours, starting at 8:00am January 25th and ending on Sunday, January 31st. We have set a participation goal, which means that each and every gift counts towards our goal of 150 people. All money raised supports the Founder’s Endowed Scholarship.

Anyone, anywhere can get involved in #DU150 and give back in meaningful ways. You can give by calling our office at (616) 233-3416, emailing courtney.sorrell@davenport.edu or using our secure online giving platform by clicking here.

Your help is critical to reaching our goal of providing student scholarships.

If you have already made a gift to Davenport University this year, thank you! We appreciate your support. If you would like to make an additional gift for #DU150 or help us reach our goal by sharing Davenport University Alumni’s Facebook message on your own wall, we are grateful!

We are only 3 days away! We know we can count on you to help us make a difference in the lives of students!

Alumni Success Story: James Nelson ’12

DU Basketball star turned healthcare advocate for Spectrum Health

James Nelson ’12, is not a stranger to wearing multiple hats.  As a DU student, he was a star basketball player, volunteer and leader. His current role as a Physician Liaison at Spectrum Health is no different. Motivated by the loss of his mother at a young age and the support of his family, James puts his passion for healthcare and business education from DU to work at Spectrum Health. He is responsible for supporting relationships with primary care physicians throughout the greater Grand Rapids area, helping to develop post acute care services, and emergency medicine within the United and Kelsey Hospital systems. His goal is to provide excellent health care options for our community. Read James’ full Alumni Success Story interview below.

Q & A with James Nelson

Tell me about yourself, James!

I was born and raised in New Haven, MI.  My mom passed away when I was a kid and it changed my life forever. My sister raised me and my other two brothers. After high school, I originally went to Grand Valley to play ball and become a dentist. But, quickly learned it was not for me.  I transferred to DU to continue my career and earn my BBA.  I had a few different healthcare jobs after college on the east side of the state. I live in Grand Rapids now and work as a Physician Liaison at Spectrum Health.

What was your experience like at DU?

I loved my experience at DU. I had a great group of friends on and off the basketball court. The staff and professors were great. I can still remember talking international business with Frank Novakowski, organizational management with Marjolijn van der Velde, and sports marketing with Steve Project. The lessons I learned in the classroom were not just from the book, but real-life examples and hands-on experiences.

What was a favorite memory of your experience at DU?

Some of my favorite memories are from experiences with Campus Life.  In my junior and senior years, I became really involved.  I helped with Panther Prowl as a Panther Prowl Pack Leader, cleaned up the Grand River with the volunteer center and assisted with freshman move-in.  It was a great learning experience.

What do you do now?

Healthcare has always been a big interest of mine.  Between that and BBA in business, my role at Spectrum is a perfect fit. As a Physician Liaison, I am a link between Spectrum Health and the physicians in our community. My focus is on continuing care services and emergency medicine within the United and Kelsey Hospital systems. My overall goal is to be an advocate for patients by developing relationships and offering services to ensure excellent health care options for our community. I wear many hats, but it is a very challenging and rewarding job.

Define success.

My definition of success has changed every year. I believe success is when you do something that you love. As I grew older, I learned that is not about the money, but more about the happiness I had while doing the job.

What motivates you?

My family motivates me.  They cared for me when my mom passed away and I cannot thank them enough for always being there for me.  It means a lot to know that people care about me in every step of my life.

What is your dream job?

I would love to own a company that focuses on positively impacting the community.

What advice do you have for DU recent grads?

It takes time to define what success means to you. Your definition of “success” may not happen overnight. Be patient and do not give up!

What do you do when you are not working?

I still love to play basketball. I play 4-5 days a week.  I love spending time with my fiance, Lily, and our new dog, Ralph. We spend a lot of time planning our wedding and fixing up our house.

Student Scholarship Success Profile featuring Thomas Evans

Hometown: Grand Rapids
Graduation Year: 2019
Program: Network Design & Management
Student Groups: Pep Band & DU Gamers Club
Dream Job: Network Administrator

Thomas Evans is a first-year Networking Design and Management major at Davenport University. He is a first generation college student and was extremely honored to receive the Initech Global Scholarship this year. He loves DU for many reasons but says, “I feel like I belong here….Davenport chose me.”

Q & A with Thomas Evans

Tell us a little about yourself, Thomas!

I am native to Grand Rapids. I am a musician and started playing instruments and singing in the fourth grade. I play the drums, guitar, viola and violin. I also enjoy competitive gaming and designing new programs. Since I like engaging with customers and meeting new people, I also work part-time at McDonalds.

Why did you choose to attend DU?

I was adopted at two weeks old and raised by my aunt and two older sisters. When I was 15, my aunt passed away. My legal father, who was 77 at the time, adopted me. I grew up in Wyoming, so I knew I wanted to stay close to home.

I feel like Davenport chose me. Davenport had everything I was looking for in a college—the perfect program, pep band, and generous scholarships.

What is your favorite part about attending DU?

I feel like I belong here. The people are so welcoming and inviting. There are so many activities and things to get involved with on campus. So far, I have been involved with the athletic Pep Band and DU Gamers Club, and I hope to get involved with more things soon.

How has the Initech Global Scholarship helped you succeed?

When I found out I received the scholarship, I freaked out with excitement. I was so overwhelmed with happiness. It felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I am thankful and happy that I can spend my time as a college student, focusing on my studies and being social and not worry about working as much.

Without this scholarship, I would have to work a lot more. I would not be able to take a full semester of classes and my grades would suffer. The scholarship has allowed me to work part-time, while taking classes full-time and participating in campus life activities.

What is your dream job?

I would love to be a network engineer at a local company. I think that DU will help me accomplish my goals because my instructors know where I want to go and will lead me in the right direction.