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Great Decisions Series – Climate Change: Local Solutions to Global Problems

Speaker George Heartwell, former Mayor Of Grand Rapids. Moderation discussion with Dr. Deb Steketee of Aquinas College to follow the presentation.

“When it comes to climate change, the local can impact the global! Former Mayor Heartwell draws on his decades of work creating a more sustainable Grand Rapids and insights gained from the Paris Climate Conference. He discusses the role that local communities can play in addressing climate change.”

The presentation will be Monday, February 15, 2016, 6:00 p.m. at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center.

The panel is part of the 2016 World Affairs Council of Western Michigan Great Decisions Discussion Series. All Davenport students, faculty and staff may attend for FREE by signing in at the College Desk in the Lobby at Aquinas College.

All Discussions will be held at:

Aquinas College Performing Arts Center

1607 Robinson Road SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Lettinga DECA wins big again!

Students from Lettinga DECA’s team made a strong showing at the annual state conference on February 5-7, 2016 in Grand Rapids, MI.  Twenty team members brought home 15 first, second, and third place awards as well seven finalist medals! The team swept the accounting event bringing home a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and several students defended their first place titles!!

Three-peat! For the third year in a row, Lettinga DECA’s chapter won the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Challenge! Davenport’s team members collected the most supplies for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s week-long, MI summer camp.

At the conference, students from colleges and universities across MI, including Central, Delta College, GVSU, Kettering, Oakland, MSU, and U of M competed against each other in management and marketing scenarios.

Additionally, sixteen DU alumni and three DU employees served as judges for the day’s events.

Congratulations to all of our students on a job well done!

First Place Awards

  • Drew Boatright – Accounting
  • Tyler Triemstra – Travel & Tourism Marketing/Management
  • Hannah De Jong & Jessica Likins – Event Planning
  • Drew Boatright & James Brach – Financial Statement Analysis
  • Courtney Douma – Sales Management Meeting
  • Breanne Wallace – Business Research Prepared Plan


Second Place Awards

  • Alex Busman – Accounting
  • Hanna DeJong – Hotel & Lodging Marketing/Management
  • Tyler Elenbaas – Emerging Technologies Marketing/Management


Third Place Awards

  • James Brach – Accounting
  • Logan Poe – Travel & Tourism Marketing/Management
  • Tyler Triemstra – Marketing Management
  • Nolan Kinchusular – Sales Management Meeting


Top 8 Finalists

  1. Courtney Douma – Banking Financial Services
  2. Amina Beslagic – Hotel & Lodging Marketing/Management
  3. Amina Beslagic – Human Resources Marketing/Management
  4. Larissa Karimwabo – Hotel & Lodging Marketing/Management
  5. Tessa Weidenfeller – Marketing Management


Top 10 Finalists

  1. Courtney Douma –  Executive Job Interview
  2. Tyler Elenbaas –  Executive Job Interview

Alumni Success Story: Bill Smitley ’07

Since graduating with his MBA in Human Resources, Bill Smitley ’07 has quickly built a career as a corporate recruiter and human resources professional.  By packaging Bill’s energetic, service-driven personality and the MBA education he received at DU, he was able to obtain his dream job as an HR Generalist at DP Fox Ventures.

Comfort Zone Challenge Winners

Thank you everyone who participated in the Comfort Zone Challenges on February 4!  This event was a true success!  Please give a round of applause to the 215 students that attended throughout the day for the three sessions (Building Your Network, Power Hour & Swim with the Sharks).  We would like to give a special thank you to the following instructors that brought their entire classes down for one of the presentations: Gerald Nyambane, Micki Pitcher, Ron Draayer, Linda Crosby, Bethann Talsma, Susan Ostrum, Marjolijin Van der Velde, Tolunimi Adedeji, Terri Tomaszek, Todd Terry, Betty Nocera, Mike Carey & Nathan Mcgomery.  We would also like to thank the 26 employers that came out to support and mentor our students!

Bloop Fundraiser for DU Alternative Spring Break!

Treat yourself this Thursday, February 11 with some frozen yogurt from Bloop in Grand Rapids! Ten percent of all proceeds from the day will help to benefit Davenport University’s Alternative Spring Break program as they fund-raise for their trip to South Carolina to assist families with hurricane and flood relief!

Black Heritage Celebration Recap

Students, faculty and staff gathered at the W.A. Lettinga Campus in the Wilbur and Sharon Lettinga Auditorium on February 5 to celebrate Black History Month during the Black Heritage celebration sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), the DEI Council, and the DU Alpha League Global Leadership Program. This event highlighted the rich history of African American culture in America, as well as the contributions made to society in music, knowledge, art and more.

The event featured a variety of presenters, including guitar and blues artist Tom Cutts, Spoken Word Artist and DU Alum Christopher Sanders, keyboard and jazz artist Daniel Richardson, and an ending performance by Dr. Rhae-Ann Booker, the Executive Director of DEI, for which the entire audience was encouraged to sing the song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The passion exhibited by these artists was apparent in their performances, leaving the audience with a rich educational and cultural experience that emphasized unity and togetherness for people of all races, with an emphasis on the appreciation of African American culture and history. The Black Heritage Celebration also featured an inside look into the development of the new Grand Rapids African American Museum (GRAAMA), presented by George Bayard, the founder of the institution. Wilma Mitchell, the Flint Campus Director, was honored for her years of service at Davenport University and was congratulated on her retirement by the DEI Council.

Following the event was a reception in the Robert Sneden Meeting Rooms, which allowed students, faculty and staff to converse with the artists, as well as university executives in attendance. Dave Veneklase, the Executive Vice President for Organizational Development, stressed the importance of cultural events such as the Black Heritage Celebration stating, “We aim to embrace different perspectives…Cultural engagements help eliminate ignorance…Ignorance leads to racism.”


Register Today for the Certificate of Supervisory Management Program Sponsored by IPEx!

On February 17, Davenport University’s Institute for Professional Excellence (IPEx) is launching their first cohort of the redesigned Certificate of Supervisory Management. This six session program is designed for participants to gain the core competencies in management skills that will allow them to excel in their career while also equipping their team to increase productivity and performance. The sessions will focus on the topics of Essentials of Supervision, Conflict Resolution and Confrontation Management, Influencing Employee Motivation, Communication Strategies for Success, Improving Problem-Solving, Decision-Making and Delegation, and Building Cohesive Teams.

#DUSpreadTheLove Contest!

Show your love for DU through our #DUSpreadTheLove contest! Throughout the month of February, we want to know why you are proud to be a Panther!

To enter the contest, simply write a Facebook post, tweet, or post a picture on Instagram about your Panther Pride and why you love being a student at Davenport University using the hashtag #DUSpreadTheLove by midnight on March 5, 2016.

Medical Assistant Program showcased at Wake Up Midland

On February 5, Admissions Rep Amanda Irwin and the Medical Assistant Program Director Rebecca Ventura RN, MSN, spoke to over 300 business and community leaders at Wake Up Midland. Wake Up Midland is sponsored by the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce, which supports and strengthens Midland area businesses, and serves as a huge opportunity to network.

Association for Corporate Growth Cup Competition

The first round for the Association for Corporate Growth Cup Competition was held on on Saturday, January 23, 2016 in the Sneden Center Auditorium at Davenport University. In an effort to find the brightest minds for the future of corporate growth, and more specifically of Mergers and Acquisitions, ACG Western Michigan proudly hosts the ACG Cup. ACG Cup is an intercollegiate competition among students from colleges and universities in West Michigan. Student participants gain invaluable experience in a real-world context, receive feedback from leaders in the local business community, expand networks, and compete for a cash prize. During the competition, students analyze complex business cases and present strategies involving merger and acquisition alternatives, valuation, capital markets, finance options, and corporate strategy.

Three Davenport University student teams competed during the first round on January 23.  Daniel Dolan, April Feutz, and Diane Lijewski were chosen as the winning team. They will go on to compete at Grand Valley State University on February 20 against Michigan State, Central Michigan, Grand Valley State, Northwood, Cornerstone and Western Michigan.