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Hungerford Nichols Creating Synergy for Students and Alumni

When Heather Halligan, ’03, pictured the perfect job, she envisioned one that put people first.
Heather Halligan, who began working at Hungerford Nichols nearly five years ago as a Marketing Specialist, said that is why she loves her position. “Hungerford believes in helping people. We have a family-like culture where people enjoy going to work.”
Many of her colleagues, 13 to be exact, feel Davenport prepared them to be savvy-solution seekers to fit in the highly collaborative culture at Hungerford.
“Hungerford Nichols has uncovered a fruitful pipeline of resources in Davenport University students and alumni,” claimed Human Resources Specialist and current MBA student Hillary Mullennix ’18. “Davenport’s business-focused instruction fits our culture.”
Mullennix applied to Davenport because of her experience working with professors and staff. “Both the professors and career services staff are extremely invested in the success of the student. They are passionate about helping students find jobs and building their networks. I wanted to go to a place where people cared about the students.”
Davenport has become a path to recruit successful employees for all three Hungerford businesses spanning accounting, IT and financial services. Between the three divisions, nine alumni and students work for Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors, three graduates work for Hungerford Technology and one finance instructor works at Hungerford Financial.
“Hungerford has an innovative strategy to recruit Davenport students,” exclaimed Mullennix. “We build relationships with students before they graduate. We meet with them over coffee, in a comfortable environment, and share all of Hungerford’s opportunities, including interning, job shadowing or completing office visits. Then we give them information about the types of accounting options including tax, corporate and auditing.”
Additionally, Mullennix noted that Davenport makes it easy to hire students by offering flexible course options. She said this aligns with Hungerford’s mission of work-life balance. “We allow our employees to set a schedule that works best to meet our client’s needs, allowing our employees to take classes when it is most convenient.” She said the relationship they’ve built with DU is mutually beneficial—it provides meaningful work to great employees.
(l to r) Spencer DeYoung ‘14 MIA, Network Administrator; Cris Sanchez ’13 BS, Network Administrator; Seth Winchester ’11 BAS, Network Administrator; Jenny VanderBoon ‘ 11 BBA, MBA, Manager; Jenn Rogell ’10 BBA, MBA, Manager; Diane Brownell ’88 BBA, Senior Accountant; Elizabeth Jacobsson, current student, Accountant; Jessica Giddings, current student, Accountant, Heather Halligan ’03 MBA, Marketing Specialist; Hillary Mullennix, current MBA student, Human Resource Specialist; not pictured: Sherrin Burnette, Administrative Professional; Matt Warner ‘14 BS, Network Engineer; Tom Price, Finance Instructor since 2010

6 ways to get involved in your Alumni Association in 2017

Stay connect by getting involved in your active alumni network!

Social Media - Follow us on Facebook and Instagram! Connecting on our social media outlets is one of the fastest ways to get the most updated information on what is happening with DU alumni. Plus, who doesn’t like fun pictures of alumni and snowy campus photos!

Events - Attend an event! Our 2017 schedule of events will include alumni tailgates, professional development opportunities and special days on the golf course! We have something for everyone!  View our upcoming events on our website.

Volunteer – Volunteer your time and talents to speak to a class, join at a regional alumni club, or offer advice on an alumni panel. Are you a recent grad in West Michigan? Join our Young Alumni Council!

Athletics – Cheer on your Panthers alongside our mascot, Pounce, at an athletics event. Not located in Grand Rapids? Many of our teams play games all over the country! Visit the athletics website for the full schedule of events.

Sign up to receive Davenport University e-mail updates to connect with fellow alumni and stay informed about DU’s latest initiatives, events and professional development opportunities.

Make a Gift – Invest in future DU students by contributing to the general fund, scholarships or a specific department. Learn more about giving back to DU.


Contact Information

To get involved in alumni activities or to learn more about benefits and services, contact:

Jason Madden ‘08
Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Development
616-233-2593
Jason.Madden@davenport.edu

Erik Dane ‘07
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Events
616-233-3420
Erik.Dane@davenport.edu

Sara Mooney ‘09
Assistant Director of Alumni Communications and Development
616-233-3419
Sara.Mooney@davenport.edu

Perfect Night for Lansing Lugnuts Alumni Outing

It was a perfect night for baseball, as nearly 40 alumni and friends gathered for a Lansing Lugnuts ballgame last week Friday.  Alumni were greeted with front row seats on the Pepsi Porch and an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet! The night ended with a bang as fireworks lit up the summer night sky over center field. View photos from the event on the Alumni Association Facebook page.

Live2Lead Conference

Davenport University has partnered with Live2Lead, a half-day, leader development experience designed to equip attendees with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways.  Learn from world-class leadership experts and begin to lead with renewed passion and commitment.  You will not want to miss this dynamic leadership event hosted by Rebecca Ward on October 7, 2016 in Kentwood.

This year’s conference focuses on intentionality. The talks will give students, alumni and community members an opportunity to take a step back and analyze how intentional they are about their connections with others, with their time and with their energy. This event is meant to help people in their journey through living a life of leadership even after the event concludes. Online seminars will take place each month after the event to continue looking into the principles of leadership.

Your registration for this event will send a DU student to the simulcast for free! It is a buy-one-get-one offer so YOU, an alum, can send a DU college student and attend the conference for only $59.99. Register in July for a discounted price.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/live2lead-kentwood-tickets-22284356109 to register or gather more information. Kassy Clark is also available to answer questions at kclark53@davenport.edu.

Open Summer Young Alumni Meeting

Interested in building your resume and your professional network?  The Davenport University Young Alumni Council is looking for new members to help create meaningful professional, social and volunteering experiences to develop stronger connections with their community, fellow alumni and Davenport University.

Join us on Wednesday, June 8 at Gippers on Kraft at 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to meet fellow young alumni, and members of the Young Alumni Council.  You’ll experience quick and interactive lesson in Design Thinking methodologies, which will be used to brainstorm events for the rest of 2016.  Questions? Email the alumni office at alumni@davenport.edu.

Alumni Success Story: Roger Victory ’87

A Farming Wunderkind, Turned State Representative

As an undergraduate student at DU, Roger Victory ’87 created a business plan that would help him cultivate a career in farming, and later, a successful bid for public service. “The same principals in the business plan I created many decades ago have carried me through decades of success in the root vegetable farming industry.” Learn more about Roger’s journey on the farm and as a State Representative below.

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Tell me about yourself, Roger!

While I was in high school, I decided I wanted to be a farmer. I did not grow up on a farm, but the area I was born and raised, Hudsonville, was a perfect geographic location to start a farm. The synergy between the climate, soil and topography – being close to Lake Michigan – was perfect for growing. I saw a need for a niche produce market.

While in college at DU, I created a business plan for turnip production. That business plan helped me create Victory Farms while in college. After graduating from Davenport in 1987, with a BBA in logistics and business management, Victory Farms blossomed. Now, nearly 30 years later, I employ more than 30 employees who operate 800 acres of farmland.  We supply root vegetables such as turnips, rutabaga, parsnips, winter squash, and other niche crops to the Midwest and beyond.

While growing my farm business, I became involved in the community. I wanted the voice of the agricultural community to be heard, so I ran for the 88th State Representative’s Office. I am in my second term as a State Representative, representing the residents of Allendale, Georgetown, Tallmadge, Wright, Chester, Coopersville and Polkton townships in Ottawa County.

What was your experience like at Davenport?

I was initially drawn to Davenport because of their reputation of an entrepreneurial business school and the practicality of the course material. As I mentioned, I was in full swing of creating my farming business, but needed the business skills to run it. I wanted to take what I learned and marry it with the work I was doing at the farm. I learned from experienced professors who were developing business of their own. Also, I was working full-time running the farm, so I needed a college where I could still work all day.

I can still remember my favorite professor, Roy Hamlin. He was a WWII veteran who was a member on the Liberty Ship. It was an honor and privilege to learn about logistics from someone who lived it every day while serving our country.

Tell us about your role as a State Representative?

People ask, ‘What do you as the 88th District State Representative?’ I simply say, ‘You name it, it is included.’ I represent 90,000 residents in Ottawa County. I am a member of the House Appropriations Committee where I assist in managing a 54 billion dollar budget – which is bigger than most budgets in small countries.

My practical education at Davenport taught me the “soft skills” to help with real-life issues that I am dealing with every day as a State Representative. Everything from state highways to correctional facilities to veteran assistance programs; I am able to see and hear firsthand what the community is dealing with to help solve the issues. Not only do I represent the 88th District, I represent all the residents in the State of Michigan.

Why do you do what you do?

My answer is twofold. I love agriculture. The land, community it serves and the relationships that I build through agriculture are extremely heartfelt and meaningful to me. I also feel honored and privileged to serve the residents of Michigan as a State Representative. As I continue on my journey of life, I learned from Davenport that you have to step out of your comfort zone. Running for office is my way of continuing to challenge myself by stepping out of my comfort zone to help people.

What advice do you have for DU recent grads?

The biggest piece of advice I have is to keep your options open. Don’t put yourself in a box. Even though Davenport did not have a political science program it doesn’t mean that you can’t go into politics to serve your community. Davenport has a unique way of teaching students the soft skills that they need to succeed in and out of the classroom. Leverage those opportunities to do what you enjoy.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

Victory Farms is the largest rhubarb grower in America.

What do you do when you are not working?

I enjoy recreational activities, traveling and learning.

Five ways for you to get involved!

Be part of an active alumni network!

Follow the DU Alumni Association on Facebook, Linkedin or our blog. Connecting on our social media outlets is one of the fastest ways to get the most updated information on what is happening with the DU alumni.

Sign up to receive Davenport University e-mail updates to connect with fellow alumni and stay informed about DU’s latest initiatives, events and professional development opportunities.

Attend a DU Alumni Association event. View our upcoming events on our website.

Volunteer your time and talents to speak to a class, join at a regional alumni council, or offer advice on an alumni panel. Are you a recent grad in West Michigan? Join our Young Alumni Council!

Invest in future of DU students by contributing to the general fund, scholarships or a specific department. Learn more about giving back to DU.

 

Contact Information

To get involved in alumni activities or to learn more about benefits and services, contact:

Jason Madden ‘08
Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Development
616-233-2593
Jason.Madden@davenport.edu

Erik Dane ‘07
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Events
616-233-3420
Erik.Dane@davenport.edu

Sara Mooney ‘09
Assistant Director of Alumni Communications and Development
616-233-3419
Sara.Mooney@davenport.edu

We are thankful for you! What are you thankful for?

What are you thankful for at DU?

In the month of November, let’s take time to reflect on what we are thankful for at Davenport University. What did DU give you that you are thankful for? Submit your answer here to be entered to win a DU customized Mitten State t-shirt. A winner will be selected randomly and be announced on our Facebook page on November 30. Update your class notes for an extra entry to the contest.

Volunteers Needed for the New Alpha League Global Leadership Program at DU

 

Empowerment, change, and leadership are all words that come to mind when the new Alpha League Global Leadership Program was created in the Fall at Davenport University.  Director and founder, Terry Rostic, ’13, wanted to make positive change in the African American community in Grand Rapids. He knew developing a group to help young African American males at DU would not only help the students, but help the university as a whole. “The Alpha League has become much more than a student group. It is mindset and a way of life,” stated Rostic.

The goal of the program is to foster an environment that values honesty, integrity, and respect for one another, while accepting each person’s unique personality and talent. Alpha League promotes brotherhood among men of diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds through philanthropy, scholarship, leadership, and, social/emotional workshops. “Our mission is to develop good citizens, who will make an impact on their community that they live with their personal and professional accomplishments,” said Rostic, who is volunteering his time to grow and develop the program.

“This new program is not leveling the playing field, but giving everyone the same equipment for success,” stated Rostic. “We are able to connect with young men on a personal level and help them realize their potential. We offer tutors, mentorship, career building skills, community engagement, and a success coach. The program is already working! We have 25 students currently in the program with about 11 more on the waiting list.” The group holds bi-weekly meetings called Global Leader Summits where they have professional and personal workshops, guest speakers, and brotherhood fellowship. The topics covered during the workshops this semester are commitment, personal vision, positive self-identity, life skills, social and emotional skills, moral character, and work ethic.

The Alpha League is solely run on volunteer support and donations. Join alums, like Christopher Sanders, Javonte Ford, Corey Brown, and many others to volunteer your time to speak to their group and become a success coach. Visit the Alpha League facebook page to learn more!