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News @ DU, the university-wide events calendar and communication policies

News @ DU and the university-wide events calendar

This week, the Communications team launched News @ DU —  a new website that replaces the DU Hub and will be the primary source for news and information about Davenport University. The site will bring you timely stories about life at DU, learning and career success — whether it’s a feature about student accomplishments, a faculty expert piece or news about a business partnership.

The website also features a new university-wide events calendar where you can discover what’s happening at all of our campuses.

Communication policies effective January 2018

To better communicate and engage with all of DU’s audiences, the Communications team is evolving it requirements and processes for emails, articles and stories, social media and other channels. Review the new Communications Policies.

Mental health resources available 24-7 to students

As students prepare for final exams and face the stresses of everyday life, Davenport University offers mental health services and interactive events to help them find balance and manage their stress in a healthy way.

Holland students consult with local nonprofit for field experience course

A group of students enrolled in BUSN 489: Field Experience in Business at the Holland Campus spent this semester providing consulting guidance to Neighbors Plus, part of Harderwyk Ministries in Holland, Michigan.

Under the direction of faculty member Dr. Frank Novakowski, the senior students presented how Neighbors Plus could increase their community awareness, donations and affinity for the Neighbors Plus brand through website modifications, marketing and food voucher programs.

“This experiential learning experience provided an excellent opportunity for the team members to apply their business management knowledge while they were learning about the challenges of a nonprofit environment,” Novakowski said. ”Their research, analysis and recommendations were well received by their client. Nothing beats learning by doing. It confirms what one knows and can do!

The group included Lauren Buckman, Jose Angel Dominguez, Chad Glupker, Kevin Noorman, Savorn Or, Jesus Rodriguez, Dale Siegers and Alissa Vanderploeg.

“This experiential learning opportunity was an example how DU connects the classroom principles, to real-world situations,” said Greg Foster, campus director at the Holland Campus.

Students plan hockey fundraiser for Helen Devos Children’s Hospital for Saturday

Achieving Career and Educational Success: It’s a mandatory course for first-year students at Davenport University and a key focus at the university.

Derek Boillat is one faculty member who teaches this course — commonly referred to as ACES. In his course this semester, he assigned a service project.

“My goal for this project was to make the textbook come alive and to give students hands-on experience working with actual budgets, solving problems, collaborating on real issues and working with the community,” Boillat said.

hockeyHis class planned the Black and Blue Hockey Game, a fundraiser with the DU hockey team and Helen Devos Children’s Hospital. The event — in which the DU Panthers play the Western Michigan Broncos — will begin at 3:35 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Patterson Ice Arena in Grand Rapids. The event features a 50-50 raffle, silent auction and a ceremonial puck drop to help raise money to support the children’s hospital.

DU student Jake Pobur said the cause is one he holds close to his heart after having a friend and teammate who lost his own battle with cancer.

“The experience itself has been satisfying,” Pobur said. “Everyone in our class has really brought their best effort to the table in every aspect.”

DU student Amber Park’s group focused on sponsorships.

“What surprised me was the amount of work and detail that had to be taken care of every step of the way,” Park said. “It was a reality check and a good teaching experience for myself.”

Boillat said the experience has strengthened his students’ skills and helped them step out of their comfort zone.

“Ideally, this project teaches them that they have the potential to impact the lives of people who need help,” Boillat said. “It is easy to lose focus of that while balancing school, jobs and life.”

Boillat said he thanks Jodi Hicks, Wayne Sneath, Jason Madden, Ronda Varnesdeel, Alec Riemersma, Devin Pierson, Paul Lowden and Phil Sweeney for helping make the project come to life.


Win a $1,000 scholarship through the MLK Day Essay Contest

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 15, all Davenport students enrolled for the Winter 2018 semester are eligible to submit an essay of up to 500 words for a chance at a $1,000 scholarship!

Holland Campus collects donations for veterans

To celebrate Veterans Day, Davenport University’s Holland Campus collected more than $600 in clothing, toiletries and snacks for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

This annual collection is spearheaded by Advisor Frank Roder.

“It was a great success and is a small, yet tremendously impactful way for DU to say ‘thank you’ to all the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces,” said Greg Foster, campus director at DU’s Holland Campus.

How to help others during the holiday season

#DUgood by helping a refugee family

Help to make the holidays special this year for a local refugee family in need. Students, faculty and staff at the W.A. Lettinga Campus are encouraged to stop by the Center for Campus Life to select a gift request tag from the Christmas tree. Donations should be turned in by Dec. 15. If you don’t have the time to purchase a gift, you can also support the cause by donating money towards a Meijer gift card for the family. Contact Maddie Poindexter in the Center for Campus life at for more information.

Holiday donations drive to end veteran homelessness

Recently, Kent County made the news when it became the first county in Michigan to end veteran homelessness and achieve “Functional Zero Community” status, meaning that current and future homeless veterans are guaranteed a plan to secure housing. Several agencies have joined together in the effort to implement an action plan which quickly identifies and houses homeless veterans who desire assistance.

In light of this accomplishment, the VBSN team at Davenport University is asking each student to help by donating an item. Donations will benefit homeless and recently homed veterans by supporting outpatients, inpatients, residents and most services at the Battle Creek VAMC, Wyoming VA Health Care Center, and VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics around the state.

“Most students have at least an extra toothbrush or old music CD they could part with, so the hope is that every student at DU can contribute,” said Rachel Field, VBSN Research Associate.

Collection boxes will be in the Center for Campus Life in the Academic Building or the nursing offices on the ground floor of the Academic Building until Dec. 22.

In-kind donation items include

  • Individually wrapped cookies, granola bars and snack items (i.e. snack size chips, pretzels, or Cheez-its, single serve Crystal Light or other drink products)
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Ethnic hair products
  • Body wash
  • Shaving cream
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Magazines and books
  • DVD movies
  • Music CDs (all varieties of music)
  • Relaxation CDs
  • Composition notebooks
  • Decaffeinated coffee, sweetener and creamer
  • Forever postage stamps
  • New or gently used backpacks (drawstring or regular) or duffel bags
  • Gently-used or new musical instruments (hand held bells, banjos, guitars, small drums, electric keyboards with carts and new harmonicas)
  • Yoga mats (new)
  • Individual DVD players
  • New men’s T-shirts, boxers, briefs and socks (all sizes)
  • New coats/jackets
  • New sweats/sweat shirts (L-XL)
  • New men’s tennis shoes/boots (size 10-13)
  • Bus passes for Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and Lansing public transit systems
  • Gift cards for Wendy’s, Burger King, McDonald’s, Subway or Pizza Hut
  • Gas cards




DU student named Outstanding Student of the Year

Hannah RaschDavenport University student Hannah Rasch is a a coach at the Michigan Volleyball Academy, a volunteer at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and the 2017 Michigan Apple Queen. And now she can add 2017 Outstanding Student of the Year to her list of achievements.

The award was presented to Rasch at the Michigan Developmental Education Consortium’s annual conference in Bay City in October.

DU students receive nursing scholarships from the Hearst Foundation

Six Davenport University students were recently awarded scholarships from the Hearst Foundation.

The Hearst Foundation Nursing Scholar program awards students in high standing within their junior and senior years who need additional financial assistance to obtain their bachelor’s degree in nursing.

State senator helps commemorate new Student Veterans Lounge at Warren Campus

Veterans Lounge in Warren

State Senator Steve Bieda presented a special tribute to commemorate the opening of the Student Veterans Lounge at Davenport University’s campus in Warren, Michigan, on Nov. 6.

Ranked by Military Times as among the ‘Best for Vets Colleges,’ Davenport strives to support veteran students and families. DU provides specialized services in admissions and advising through its Military and Veteran Services Office and offers a 20 percent tuition discount for service members, veterans and their families.