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6 ways to get involved in 2018

Let us help you with your 2018 New Year’s resolutions! Whether you are looking to expand your network, experience something new, volunteer to help students or land a new job, DU is here to help!


- Experience the new Little Caesars Arena by attending the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Game on Thursday, Jan. 25. Buy your tickets today!

- Sign up to volunteer to speak in classes or to student groups. Email your resume to get on the volunteer list.

- Donate your new or gently-used business attire to the Panther Resource Closet on campus. Learn more here.

- Looking for a new job or to expand your staff? Connect with the DU Career Services Office to learn about jobs or hiring a DU grad.

- Expand your network by following the alumni Facebook page or joining the LinkedIn page.

- Learn something new with the Institute for Professional Excellence (IPEx) program. View class offerings and schedules today.

More Than a Class Assignment

The Annual Career Fair is an exciting time at Davenport University for many students as they dress to impress recruiters from more than 70 employers and hope to land a great job. However, for students who do not have access to professional clothing, the Career Fair can be an intimidating and uncertain time.

From past experience, staff members knew that on average a dozen students are turned away from the Career Fair each year because of their lack of professional attire. They suspected that there was more to this problem than the students’ lack of awareness or unwillingness to comply with the dress code. That’s when a Davenport University staff member saw a student need that needed to be addressed and stepped in. Brandi Melkild, Regional Internship Manager, created the Panther PRC (Professional Resource Closet) to help.

“I started collecting clothing from staff and faculty, personally purchasing and donating second-hand clothing to have available to students to have before the Career Fair,” said Brandi. To help launch the project, Brandi turned to the Career Services Program Fund, which is largely supported by staff and faculty donors. With this backing, she was able to fund the items that were needed immediately before the 2017 Career Fair.

With tears in her eyes, Brandi said, “Every student who didn’t meet dress code was given the opportunity to immediately upgrade his or her outfit by visiting the closet. Every student had professional attire options.”

After the success in early 2017, Brandi wanted to expand the closet and ensure its sustainability. She presented the project as a business case to Professor Steve Bayus, Distinguished Adjunct in International Business, Marketing and Management and the facilitator for the business experiential learning class. BUSN 489 is a field experience class that students may take in place of an internship for programs like accounting, marketing and business management.

In the spring of 2017, the students were tasked with the role of consultants, developing a specific plan of operations and business design for a DU resource program located on the W.A. Lettinga Campus.

The project was expanded to include the case for carrying personal hygiene products and non-perishable food goods. Over the semester, the students researched similar offerings at other colleges, conducted an on-campus need survey and developed recommendations for staffing, generating student awareness, procuring inventory and budgeting.

The students and faculty involved in this project were personally invested and it became more than just a class assignment. Their needs assessment results highlighted the importance of a resource to address professional clothing needs as well as other resources on campus. Of 51 Davenport students interviewed, 36 percent wished they had a better fitting or more appropriate business clothes and 66 percent did not own a business jacket. In relation to the need for non-perishable food items, 24 percent of students interviewed reported skipping a meal because they couldn’t afford food and 47 percent reported spending the largest portion of their budget on food.

We need to be proactive to help our students battle hunger and clothing needs on campus,” said Jenny Hendricks, one of the undergraduate student consultants. “This service helps meet the short-term needs of students until they reach long-term independence.”

The next semester, after implementing the business plan the undergraduate class created for the resource closet, Brandi presented the idea to a master- level Project Management in an Operations Environment class taught by Justin Littlefield-Lawwill. The master’s level class sought a purposeful final project for the class and decided to build upon the undergraduate-level students’ work. They developed a project plan with a goal of operating the Panther PRC throughout the 2017–2018 academic year.

Thanks to guidance from the student projects, funding from the Career Services Resource Fund and many other generous donors and supporters, the Panther Professional Resource Closet is now available for students to utilize via Center for Campus Life or Career Services referral. The PRC is currently accepting donations of non-perishable food and business attire.

 

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

Road Map for your Personal Development

I’m a huge fan of GPS. Before that, I was a constant user of websites like MapQuest and Google Maps. Before that, I possessed a 50-state road atlas, State of Michigan map with detailed inset maps of various cities and two county map books that included every street within the county. When I’m driving, I definitely want to know where I’m going.

When I first started in my professional career, I was driving to a conference in Atlanta, Georgia. To this day, I remember working my way through the various pages of the atlas, comparing routes and then eventually highlighting which expressways I would take that would be the quickest option. Doing this type of planning can seem tedious, or worse, pointless. However, I believe planning your trips saves enormous time in the long-run, keeps you out of trouble areas and allows you to remain focused on your long-range destination.

Planning Your Life

You see, I don’t know anyone who ventures out on a trip – whether for business or pleasure – and operates with the mentality that they don’t know where they’re going, nor do they care. I don’t know anyone who gets in their car and says, “Let’s drive south for a while, and where we end up, that’s our vacation destination!” I don’t know anyone who travels for business and does not know exactly where they are headed. Unfortunately, I know a lot of people who treat their lives that way. Each new day that they wake up is unplanned, unfocused, and very accidental with respect to direction.

In March of 2012, I was reflecting on the importance of having purpose in life, and tweeted what proved to be a profound statement that I use quite frequently now in trainings and consultative services: “You will never drift into purposefulness.” So, if you can’t drift into purposefulness, then it has to be intentional.

How to Create a Personal Development Plan

A friend of mine always tells people that his favorite leadership quote is from the movie, “Alice in Wonderland.” An odd place to find leadership principles, but a quality statement, nonetheless: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” Now, to be clear, this isn’t advocating multiple options to the same destination, this is talking about the end destination not mattering, so your options are all equally valid (or to be fair, invalid!). This is like getting in the car and saying, “Let’s drive south to our vacation!” This type of attitude about our lives is unacceptable to me, and I’m hoping it is unacceptable to you as well. To keep yourself from falling into the trap that you can drift into purposeful, I’m proposing something different – a Personal Development Plan. So, what does a Personal Development Plan look like? Here are some ideas to get started:

  • Where do you want to go? What do you want your life to look like in about five years? Having too long of a timeframe (over five years) can make the end seem unrealistic. Having too short of a time frame can make the progress seem too incremental. My suggestion is to look at all areas of your life: professional, educational, financial, personal, physical, etc., and determine what you want to look like at the end of five years. That becomes your “destination location” – you now know where you want to go.
  • Begin taking each of the categories and identifying what has to happen in your life to get there within the timeframe. For example, if you’re going to be pursuing an advanced degree, it isn’t enough to put on your plan that you want to graduate. You also have to think strategically about every step. You may have an entrance exam requirement to fulfill like a GMAT or GRE, the application process, etc. You need to include every aspect into your plan.
  • Determine what you need to do differently beginning today, to start reaching the goals that you have. If you want to be somewhere different in five years from where you are now, then you have to do things that are different. The layman’s definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over but to expect a different result. So, what do you need to do differently? Some examples include reading a certain number of books on your area of expertise within your industry; begin blogging; identify a mentor within your industry; or, attend conferences that will force you to expand your learning. 

The Benefit to You

Having a Personal Development Plan sets you apart from your peers. It will create options for you both personally and professionally. A recent study shows that 42% of college graduates do not read another book after graduation. If you’re not reading, you’re missing out learning best practices. The fact is, leaders are readers, and if you’re not reading, you won’t be leading.

By separating yourself from your colleagues, you begin to be the one who people go to for additional opportunities, for answers to questions and for input on strategic decisions. All of this helps to get you to your intended destination that you’ve targeted for yourself in your five-year plan.

Let the Institute for Professional Excellence Help…

With our professional development and/or executive coaching services, the Institute for Professional Excellence (IPEx) at Davenport University can assist you regardless of your level within your organization.  IPEx will help you reach your greatest potential by providing education and training opportunities to support your Personal Development Plan. We want to make sure that your future looks different from your present and you stay on track to achieve your goals. IPEx can help you identify and arrive at your desired destination.

© 2016 | Dan Rundhaug | Executive Director
Institute for Professional Excellence (IPEx) | Davenport University

Dan can be reached at:
drundhaug@davenport.edu or 616.233.2582

 

 

Thank You Comfort Zone Alumni Volunteers!

We would like to give a huge “thank you” shout-out to alumni leaders Chris Sanders ’10 ’12 ’14, Jason Russell ’13, Shannon Wiersma ’12, Carrie Moskal ’07, Benjamin Brewer ’14 ’15 (pictured in order above) and Brian Behler ’03 (not pictured) who volunteered at the Comfort Zone Challenges at the Alumni Power Hour and Shark Tank events. Without the generous support of alumni volunteers, this event would not have been possible. If you are interested in volunteering at Davenport events in the near future, email the alumni office.  

Davenport University Career Fair

100 Employers and only ONE YOU – Career Fair!

Meet with recruiters from more than 100 leading employers and network with area alumni at the Annual Davenport University Career Fair on Tuesday March 15, 2016.This free event will be at the DU W.A. Lettinga Campus in the

Student Activities Center and will run from 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Full-time and part-time opportunities will be available in various industries. If you aren’t looking for a job right now, the Career Fair is a great place to network and build your brand!

Who: YOU!

When: Tuesday, March 15

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: W. A. Lettinga Campus, Student Activities Center

Familiarize yourself with the employers attending, as well as the opportunities they are offering through Career Service’s Panther Jobs website.

Need more information? Contact Laura Ayotte at 616-554-5398 or email her at Laura.Ayotte@davenport.edu

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

Online Career Fair hosted by Hello West Michigan

Recently graduated and looking for a job? Don’t miss the Hello West Michigan Online Career Fair on Wednesday, September 16!

Connect with recruiters from companies who have current job openings at the Hello West Michigan Online Career Fair. This virtual event allows you to chat one-on-one with company representatives in West Michigan from the comfort of your home or office with a computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you are originally from West Michigan and want to return, or just heard that it is a great place to live, register for this online fair, happening September 16 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To register and view which companies will be participating, visit their website!

Calling all alumni: SE Michigan Career Fair!

Alumni Only: Land Your Dream Job at Recruit Detroit on Thursday, September 26, 2013

As a DU graduate, you are cordially invited to attend the RECRUIT DETROIT ALUMNI ONLY Career Fair. It is being held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at:

Cobo Center
Old Ballroom
1 Washington Boulevard  #401  Detroit, MI 48226

There are currently 12 universities and colleges participating and we expect over 70 top companies from the Detroit area with 100’s of open positions. They are looking to recruit graduates from a multitude of colleges and universities to their companies.

To REGISTER and review all employers who have registered and their current open positions, please click here.

Meet, greet and network with these top companies and land your dream job.

We look forward to seeing you there!