Veteran and his familyDavenport University strives to help veterans achieve their academic goals and has allocated staff resources to military admissions and advising.

From Monday, Nov. 6 through Saturday, Nov. 11, DU will celebrate Veterans Week with the following events:

Veterans Lounge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6
Warren Campus – South Building
Join the campus community in Warren for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Veterans Lounge. The event includes several guests from Grand Rapids, student speakers and a special tribute provided by the State of Michigan by Senator Steve Bieda.

Artist Matthew Provoast displays “Dear Grampaw
Monday, Nov. 6 through Saturday, Nov. 11
W.A. Lettinga Campus – Academic Building Lower Foyer
Local artist Matthew Provoast will display “Dear Grampaw,” a series of photo encaustic (wax) collages that explore his grandfather Thomas Zimmer’s experience in the Vietnam War. These were created using thousands of photographs, journals, letters, maps and relics that Provoast found when cleaning out the home of Zimmer, a Metro Detroit native who served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972.

His art will be on display in the Academic Building Lower Foyer (across from the elevator near the Panther Den) from Monday, Nov. 6 to Friday, Nov. 10. He will be there to answer questions 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 8 and 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 10.

This display is open to the public.

Our Veterans: Their Business
Noon Tuesday, Nov. 7
W.A. Lettinga Campus – College of Business Entrepreneurial Center
This panel presentation features Autumn Hartpence, a DU student; Michele Mallery, ITS Manager in Lansing; Dale Prodzinski, Associate Department Chair of Accounting and Finance; Frank Novakowski, retired Professor of Management; and Jill Wolfe, co-owner of GR Scavenger Hunt.

Donations Drive to End Veteran Homelessness
Monday, Nov. 6 – Friday, Nov. 10
W.A. Lettinga Campus
In-kind donation items, such as body wash, postage stamps, bus passes, music CDs, backpacks, books/movies and individually-wrapped snacks are being collected for the Battle Creek VA Medical Center. Donations can be dropped off at the Center for Campus Life in the Academic Building or the nursing offices on the ground floor of the Academic Building.

“Share the Love” for Military Service Members
Monday, Nov. 6 – Wednesday, Nov. 8
W.A. Lettinga Campus
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share their words of thanks, their thoughts and words of encouragement for veterans. This activity will take place in the upper and lower Foyers in Academic Building and near the main Elevator in the Academic Building (outside of the library).

Matthew Provoast presents the legacy of “Dear Grampaw
Noon Friday, Nov. 10
W.A. Lettinga Campus – Sneden Center Meeting Room 1
Local artist Matthew Provoast will discuss “Dear Grampaw,” a series of photo encaustic (wax) collages created using thousands of photographs, journals, letters, maps and relics that belonged to his grandfather, a Vietnam War veteran. His grandfather, Thomas Zimmer, was a Metro Detroit native who served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972.

This event will take place in Sneden Meeting Room 1. This event is open to the public.

Annual Michigan Veterans Day Tribute
8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 11
Lansing Campus
DU’s Lansing Campus is sponsoring the Annual Michigan Veterans Day Tribute at Lansing Catholic High School at 501 Marshall Street. This event is open to the public.

DU vs. Wayne State Football Game
Noon Saturday, Nov. 11
W.A. Lettinga Campus’ Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex
Veterans and their families will receive free admission to game and free lunch, cider and donuts with their military ID. Register at https://www.davenport.edu/military.