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Congratulations to Colleen Thoman for Receiving the Patriot Award!

Colleen Thoman, Director of Admissions at Davenport University’s Lansing Campus, was honored with a Patriot Award from the Michigan Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on September 2 for her outstanding support for the Guard and Reserve. First Lieutenant Ben Larson nominated Colleen for continuously supporting his military duties and for her support for all the service members and veterans on campus.

DU to welcome its first Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow in October

Through a program of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), Davenport University will welcome its first Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Anil Singh-Molares, the week of Oct. 17, with a number of events for students, faculty and staff, alumni and members of the larger community.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows (WWVF) program, operating for more than 40 years, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the U.S. for substantive dialog with students and faculty members. This WWVF visit was made possible by grant funding from the M.E. Davenport Foundation.

Alumni Success Story: Carl Eschels ’39

In celebration of our 150th Anniversary, we sat down with Carl Eschels ‘39, one of the oldest living Davenport graduates. Walk down memory lane with Carl as he recalls all of his great experiences he had as a student of Davenport into his long career and retirement. Check out his story on page 45 of the latest issue of the DU Review.

LETTINGA: Self-Defense Training for Female Students

Are you interested in becoming confident in effectively responding to a threat of aggression or sexual assault? Would you benefit from learning realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques to increase your awareness of potential risks?

The Rape Aggression Defense Systems program (R.A.D.) is a self-defense program available to all female DU students; the program will be offered this fall at the W.A. Lettinga Campus.

Completion of the program requires a significant time commitment of THREE 4-hour sessions or FOUR 3-hour sessions. Space in each session is limited to provide a safe learning environment. Please register only if you will be able to attend and complete all training dates.

To register for R.A.D or for more details: R.A.D. Details.

Option One
W.A. Lettinga Campus
October 10, October 17 & October 24
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration deadline is October 3!


Option Two
W.A. Lettinga Campus
October 19, October 26, November 2 & November 9
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Registration deadline is October 12!


Click here to watch testimonials from recent participants.

For additional information about R.A.D., please contact Mark Ewing.

New Book Helps Davenport University Celebrate Its 150th Anniversary

The granddaughter of Davenport University’s namesake and a former provost for the institution have co-authored Davenport: Educating Across Three Centuries, helping the Grand Rapids-based university celebrate its 150th Anniversary.

The book tells the story of how a business school started in 1866 by a Civil War veteran grew into one of the largest private, non-profit universities in the state of Michigan.  It shares how the institution has demonstrated innovation time after time to not only survive, but thrive. It’s an inspirational story that provides the foundation for the quality initiatives Davenport pursues today that will continually improve outcomes that benefit the students, their future employers, and the communities they serve.

International Alumni Spotlight: Montserrat Elizondo de la Rosa

My name is Montserrat Elizondo de la Rosa; I am from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. I graduated with honors from Davenport University with a degree in marketing. Davenport University changed my life in so many ways. I was a part of the tennis team and this gave me many opportunities to travel, be a team member, and most importantly, represent DU in the NAIA . It was an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Alumni Success Story: Jack Finkelstein ’84

Jack Finkelstein ’84 developed an app that could save your life – SmartEMS. As a NYC paramedic, he saw the need to modernize the EMS system, creating a faster, safer way to connect and save patients. A Brooklyn, NY based company, SmartEMS allows smartphone users to contact an ambulance with state certified emergency EMT’s and paramedics at the touch of a screen. Learn more about Jack’s story and why he created the SmartEMS app on the alumni blog -

Acts of Courage Event featuring Cirilo Martinez

As part of our National Hispanic Heritage Month observance and celebration of civil rights activist César Estrada Chávez, attorney Cirilo Martinez will share his life and career journey that motivates him to lead a push for change. Martinez is a former migrant farm worker who has practiced law for more than 13 years and in over 15 Michigan counties. He is a practicing attorney and nonpartisan candidate for 7th District Court judge.  In Martinez’ words, “All will be treated with civility, respect, dignity and honor. Upholding the integrity of the justice system will be my duty.”

Internship Corner: Success in Management

Management can encompass many types of work.  Being accountable for the leading or design and directing of:
  • Processes
  • Programs
  • Bodies of Research
  • Events
  • Teams of People
  • Departments or Functional Business Units
Capturing and presenting outcomes and finding ways to improve performance, are vital parts of management as well.  See how one DU student, Marissa Beadle, found her footing and learned where her Management degree can take her!

Nursing Student Success Story – Youliana Piscopo

In the College of Health Professions Nursing Program, student success is not only a dream, but a passion. This student success inspires both other students, as well as faculty and staff, and every now and then we get students who want to share their success and thank Davenport for helping them get to where they are.