Connect with Us!

Most Recent YouTube Videos

Video recordings from WMPCC available

Davenport University hosted the West Michigan President Compact Committee Development Day for college and university presidents and their direct reports, faculty, staff and students at WMPCC member institutions last month.

WMPCC Development Day at Davenport on Oct. 6

On Oct. 6, Davenport University will host the West Michigan Presidents’ Compact Committee (WMPCC) 2017 Development Day, with an afternoon session open to faculty, staff and students at the 10 higher education partners, including Davenport.

Free 1/2 Day Conference – Enrollment, Retention and Graduation of Students of Color in Higher Education

The Enrollment, Retention and Graduation of Students of Color in Higher Education to be held Wednesday, 10/19, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus in the Kirkhof Center.

This annual day of learning is sponsored by the West Michigan Presidents’ Compact Committee. In WMPCC,  college and university presidents together commit to promoting full respect and support for every individual, regardless of race or ethnicity, since only a full embrace of the many cultures and backgrounds among us will ensure a united community moving forward together.

2016 Student Recognition Awards Banquet

On Wednesday, April 13, members of the DU administration, students, staff, and faculty from across the state joined together at the W.A. Lettinga Campus to celebrate the contributions of students and organizations during the 2015-2016 academic year. The banquet is an exclusive event with mingling, hors d’oeuvres, and a special ceremony to honor the finalists.

Two DU Students Receive Commitment to Service Award from the Michigan Campus Compact

We would like to congratulate DU students Luke Grzybowski and Julie VanBommel for receiving the Commitment to Service Award from Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC)! Michigan Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education.

Student Recognition Award Winners

On Wednesday, April 15, members of the DU administration, students, staff, and faculty from across the state joined together at the W.A. Lettinga Campus to celebrate the contributions of students and organizations during the 2014-2015 academic year. The banquet is an exclusive event with mingling, hors d’oeuvres, and a special ceremony to honor the finalists.

Congratulations to the students and student organizations that were nominated for this year’s Student Recognition Awards. Thank you to those that took the time to nominate, as well as those that served as judges for the event.

We thank these students for their hard work and dedication to the student body, campuses and community!

Here is the full list of the finalists, winners for each category are bolded:

Student Leadership Award
Tennille Benedict (Lettinga)
Holli Blohm (Midland)
Amanda Denomme (Lettinga)
Keri Jo Papranec (Lansing)
Starr Prussner (Midland)
Faith Snyder (Midland)

Student Employee of the Year
Alexis Chelone (Lettinga)
Roshelle Harris (Warren)
Christian Henne (Lettinga)
Randi Koogler (Lettinga/Broadmoor)
Brenda Scott (Livonia)
Valerie Starrett (Holland)

Student Volunteer of the Year
Sumit Bose (Online)
Mitchell Haveman (Lettinga)
Ben Henig (Lettinga)
Syneira Matthew (Lettinga)
Rebecca Veneklase (Lettinga)
RaShard Wells (Lansing)

Campus Diversity Program of the Year
Holidays Around the World Scavenger Hunt
(Holland)
Selma Revisited: Honoring Black History Month (Lansing)

Service Program of the Year
Elves for Santa (DU Online)
Survival Bracelets – MLK Day of Service (Flint)

Social Program of the Year
Oktoberfest (Lettinga)
Panther Prowl: Capture the Flag (Lettinga)
Student Government Casino Extravaganza (All)
The Price Is Right (Lettinga)

Registered Student Organization of the Year
Alternative Spring Break (Lettinga) – Established RSO
Business Professionals of America (Lansing)
Global Student Organization (Lettinga)
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (Lettinga)
Student Nurses Association (Lansing) – New RSO
Student Nurses Association (Lettinga)

Michigan Campus Compact Heart & Soul Award
Tiffany Castro (Flint)
Casey Lawson (Lettinga)
Denys Lyubchenko (Lettinga)
Syneira Matthew (Lettinga)
Brittany Van Camp (Lettinga)
Rebecca Veneklase (Lettinga)
RaShard Wells (Lansing)

Michigan Campus Compact Commitment to Service Award
Tennille Benedict (Lettinga)
Wallace Gaunichaux (Lettinga)

Michigan Campus Compact Outstanding Student Service Award Recipients

Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC) awarded nine students from Davenport University for their dedication and commitment to community service during the 19th annual Outstanding Student Service Awards Celebration, April 18, 2015, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, MI.

Tennille Benedict and Wallace Gaunichaux received the Commitment to Service Award. This award recognizes up to two students per member campus in the state of Michigan for either the breadth or depth of their community involvement or service experiences.

Tiffany Castro, Casey Lawson, Denys Lyubchenko, Syneira Matthew, Brittany Van Camp, Rebecca Veneklase, and RaShard Wells received the Heart and Soul Award. This award is given to students to recognize their time, effort and personal commitment to their communities through service.

Congratulations to all of the award winners!

Outstanding Student Service Award Winners announced

On Saturday, April 12, Dr. Terri Tomaszek, Professor, and Natalie Wagner, Director of Student Life had the opportunity to join several Davenport students that were recognized at a banquet at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. Davenport is a member school of Michigan Campus Compact, a coalition of 38 college and university presidents who are committed to providing community service, service learning, and civic education to college students as part of their college experience. The purpose of the Outstanding Student Service Awards is to recognize higher education students statewide who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to community service and civic engagement in our communities. In doing so, it is the hope that students will be encouraged to continue their efforts through a lifetime commitment to service as responsible citizens to their communities, the state of Michigan, and the world.

The Heart and Soul Award recognizes undergraduate and graduate students for their time, effort and personal commitment to their community through service.

The Davenport students receiving this award include:

Holli Anne Blohm, Alison Bouman, Debra Burton, Corrina Campbell, Scott DeGraaf, Reinier Fontaine-Perez, Z’miece Gaines, Lloyd Haskin IV, Ben Henig, Daniel Hume, Heather Krueger, Mark Matuszewski, Violet Parmeter, Kaylani Rubley, Andreya Teuber, Michael Thomas, and Rebecca Veneklase.

The Commitment to Service Award recognizes two students per MICC member campus for either the breadth or the depth of his/her community involvement or service experience(s) and the demonstration of meaningful reflection.

Our recipients are Anjanette Day from the Flint campus and Suzanne Behrens from the W.A. Lettinga campus.

Visit Michigan Campus Compact  for additional details.

DU students to receive Michigan Campus Compact Award for dedication to community service

Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC) is pleased to announce eighteen students from Davenport University will be awarded for their dedication and commitment to community service during the Eighteenth Annual Outstanding Student Service Awards Celebration, April 12, 2014, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, MI.

Each year, MiCC awards students from member colleges and universities across the state for their outstanding commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Three types of awards are given: The Outstanding Community Impact Award, The Commitment to Service Award, and The Heart and Soul Award. This year, over 500 students from 34 member campuses will receive awards.

Holland: Faculty member earns Michigan Campus Compact Service Learning Award

Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC) is pleased to announce Melissa Lewis, Assistant Professor of English at Davenport University, was honored with a Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award at the Civic Engagement Institute 2014: Celebrating 25 Years of Connecting Campus & Community, on Monday, February 3, 2014. This prestigious biennial award is the highest MiCC bestows on faculty and staff in the state of Michigan.

Lewis was designated by peers as the faculty/staff person on campus who has made the most outstanding contributions in service-learning and community service. This award recognizes her influence on and the engagement of students to be involved in community service or service-learning through modeling, influencing or instruction. She was nominated by Dr. Wayne Sneath, Program Director Experiential Learning at Davenport University.

As an Assistant Professor of English at Davenport University’s Holland Campus, Melissa Lewis is a leader in the university’s development of multiple types of student civic engagement and has mentored faculty in engaged teaching. In her in-seat Professional Writing courses, her students serve local non-profits to analyze their communication needs and develop professional writing documents. She has also led Davenport’s efforts to design its first fully online academic service learning course. Finally, through DU’s MCC Pay It Forward Grant project, Melissa has partnered with the university’s College of Business to involve Marketing program and English students in this philanthropic effort.

She was formally honored during the Civic Engagement Institute 2014 Awards Ceremony & 25th Anniversary Celebration, held at the Richard M. DeVos Center on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.