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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

Alumni Success Story: Deb Marshall ’06

Motivated by the desire to create a better life for her children, Deb Marshall ’06 is no stranger to hard work. She is a mother, wife, grandmother, employee, volunteer and adventure seeker! Deb spends her days as a systems engineer at Van Andel Institute, where she helps manage information technology hardware and software systems. Learn more about Deb and her role as a systems engineer below.

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Tell us about yourself, Deb!

I graduated from DeWitt High School. I got married in my junior year and I had my first child on my first day of my senior year. I had to grow up early. I had four kids before I was 24 years old. Our marriage didn’t work out, so I had to work to support my family. I knew I had to make a better life for myself and my family, so I decided to go to school. I started at Lansing Community College in the fall of 1984 with just two classes because I had a Pell grant, working full time and being a single mom. One night in the spring of 1985, my 11 year old son was doing homework at the kitchen table.  I was doing dishes and talking to someone on the phone, probably my dad. I was telling him I just couldn’t keep up and I was going to have to quit. It was just too much. My son stopped doing his homework and said “Mom you can’t quit now, you’ve come too far to quit!” That’s what drove me and it was that semester that I met my husband. So I’m glad I didn’t quit – my husband and I have been married for more than 30 years.

I graduated from LCC with my associates in applications programing in 1992. Then I took some time off from school to put my kids through college. After working for Auto Owners Insurance and Jackson National Life, I found a home at Steelcase for 12 years where I decided to return to school and enroll at DU. I earned my degree in 2006 in network engineering. Now, I work at Van Andel Institute as a systems engineer.

Tell us about your experience at DU.

Enrolling at Davenport was an easy decision. I loved how the curriculum was hands-on! The philosophy at Davenport wasn’t teaching to pass a test, but rather teaching so you knew the content. I remember one night taking a test – our instructor started the test at 7:00 p.m., I didn’t leave the building until 2:00 a.m. to make sure I knew the content. My last class was a study abroad trip to China – it was a phenomenal experience!

Tell us more about your trip to China!

My trip to China was a lot of “firsts.”  It was the first time I had been overseas.  It was the first time I had taken a long vacation – 3 weeks. The first time I was away from my family.

A key thing to make staying in a foreign country work, is that you have to adapt to their ways. Every meal I ate with chopsticks except one and that was pizza at Pizza Hut.  Meals were interesting unless we were in the school cafe. You have to “try” everything on the table even the big fish that still had it’s head with eyes still on it; no picky eating.  Presentation of the meal is very important to them.  And while I was taught that it was polite to “clean your plate,” in China you will be given more to eat because it’s a sign you need more food.

There were a few things that really stood out.  When we first had a round table discussion with the students about questions about the two countries, one of the first things they said was ‘we don’t eat cats.” The next was the political conversations we had in the dorm of the grad students. Also the other thing that I noticed that several of my fellow students in China had been accepted by multiple universities and when asked where they were going to go, the statements were I’d like to go “here”, but the final decision is up to my parents.

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I am a systems engineer at Van Andel Institute, a cancer and Parkinson’s disease research institute in Grand Rapids. At a large company, Continue reading ‘Alumni Success Story: Deb Marshall ’06′

Thank you Move-In Day Volunteers

Thank you to all the amazing alumni and friends who helped with New Student Move-in Day last week Friday! We couldn’t have asked for a better day to move in the new students. Without the generous support of alumni volunteers, this day would not have been possible. If you are interested in volunteering at Davenport events in the near future, email the alumni office.  

4 Reasons to Volunteer for DU Freshmen Move In Day 2016

Freshman move-in is right around the corner and we need your help! Learn more about the experience and why you should volunteer below!

  1. Share your own experiences and answer questions!

As an alumni, at one point or another, you had your own move in day as a freshman at DU! You can use your expertise and experience to answer questions for incoming students and help them feel much more at ease.

  1. You can lend a hand!

Moving in is hard work, but many hands can help make any workload a bit lighter! Volunteers who are willing and able to help in this area can make such a positive impact on a student’s move-in experience!

  1. It’s a great way to say “Welcome to Davenport!”

We want our incoming freshmen class to feel like they are a part of something so much bigger. Welcoming them to the DU community during their transition into living on campus will help them feel much more at home.

  1. A great opportunity to meet other DU alumni

Like any other DU event, this is a great opportunity to network and connect with fellow alumni! We hope to see you there!

Freshmen Move-In at the W.A. Lettinga Campus

When: Friday, September 2

Time: Shifts between 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Duties: registration, general questions, directing traffic & moving students in

Interested? Sign up today!

Volunteer for the Color Run

Looking for a fun way to give back to DU? Volunteer for the Color Run in Downtown GR!

The Women’s Lacrosse Team is looking for volunteers to help throw color at the 2016 Color Run in downtown Grand Rapids this Saturday, August 6. Each and very volunteer counts! That means if the Women’s Lacrosse Program recruits 20 volunteers they will get $800 from the Color Run. The more volunteers, the more money for their program! It is a fun way to give back. All employees, family and friends are welcome to volunteer. The commitment is minimal – Saturday morning from 8:00am-12:00pm. All volunteers get a t-shirt, special volunteer goodies and a chance to become more colorful than the runners!

Interested? E-mail Sara Mooney to sign up and more details.

Check out this video of The Color Run. If this video isn’t convincing, ask Women’s Lacrosse Coach Rob Harris why you should volunteer!

Volunteers Needed for BPA Conference

Volunteers are needed for the first annual BPA Middle Level State Leadership Conference. The conference  will be held on February 27, 2016 at Davenport University’s W.A. Lettinga Campus. Students will be required to demonstrate skill proficiency during demonstrations, oral presentations and/or interview simulations. Volunteers will be asked to judge competitions, help with registration, and  assist with hospitality.

WHO: YOU! Alumni & Friends!

WHAT: Volunteer at the middle school BPA conference

WHEN: Saturday, February 27 – Shifts between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Davenport University – W.A. Lettinga Campus

Visit the Michigan BPA website for more information or contact Michigan BPA Middle Level State Advisor Ron Draayer at rdraayer@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

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!

Thank you alumni!

Cassandra Hester wants to say “thank you” to donors like you who gave her the opportunity to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse. “Thanks to generous alumni and donors who have supported scholarships, I am able to attend nursing school full-time! I am able to excel in my courses while gaining hands-on experiences and attention from professors without worrying about money,” she says. The scholarship also helped alleviate financial burdens and allowed her more time to devote to her coursework. Cassandra plans to graduate in the Spring of 2016 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and hopes to work at local Grand Rapids area hospital.

You can make a difference in students lives at Davenport University too! Hire a DU student as an intern, attend alumni events, share your story with current students, or donate today!