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Lettinga students win BIG at International DECA Competition

This past week, thirteen members of the Davenport’s DECA team competed against 2,000 other state finalists at the international competition in Orlando, FL.  Of DU’s 13 members, nine made it into the finalist round again proving Davenport’s academic excellence!

Admir Lugonjic set a team record by earning his second national championship in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising. Lugonjic took home a national championship in Marketing Management a few years ago.

James Brach and Graham Sniesak earned their first national championship for Financial Statement Analysis, a research-heavy competitive event which took months to prepare.

Larissa Karimwabo brought home a third place award and a cash prize for excellence in the International Sales Challenge beating out 150 others in the event!

Tyler Triemstra was recognized for outstanding achievement in the Travel and Tourism event, winning three medals for high test score and exceptional presentation in the case study rounds.

Finalist Round Participants

Sara Osantowski, Tyler Triemstra, and Breanna Wallace- Entrepreneurship Challenge

Caleb Adrianson and Ben Dean – Emerging Technologies Marketing Management

Sara Osantowski and Breanna Wallace- Business Research


Please join us in congratulating our national team for all of their efforts this year!




Peter C. Cook Center staffing changes

Beginning May 4, the Peter C. Cook Center in downtown Grand Rapids will no longer have a staff member present at the Welcome Desk during the day. The desk will be staffed from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on nights classes are held, but only for the first two weeks of each semester. Security will be present from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. through the entire semester on any night classes are scheduled. Additionally, Advisor Greg Foster will be on-site one night a week for the entire semester.

If you reserve rooms at the Cook Center, you will need to be present for the entire event to set up the meeting room reserved and to clean up after the event.  Access to the parking lot will need to be requested through Security.

If you are a faculty member who teaches at the Cook Center, you are responsible for bringing your own classroom supplies, i.e. markers, white board erasers, etc. You may also need to rearrange your room to the preferred format as no staff member will be available to do it. If you teach a VISL class, you will need to check out the computers needed for your class.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact Amy Kline.


DU student Andrew Weiss finds success at 2015 MWest Challenge

Davenport University senior business student and veteran, Andrew Weiss, competed in the 2015 MWest Challenge, a student business competition designed to create cross collaboration between students that span across several universities from West Michigan. Andrew won $2,500 in the Social Impact and Sustainability category and $2,000 in the Idea Pitch Competition category. Earlier this month, Andrew also won $500 from Davenport’s own Business Plan Competition, which in total has earned him $5,000 in seed money to continue forward with his new venture, Green Pumps. Congratulations Andrew!

Eight West Michigan colleges and universities participated including: Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, Kuyper College, Davenport University, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College and Hope College.

HIM Program hosted Etiquette & Networking Dinner

Student members of the Health Information Management Student Association (HIMSA) took part in the inaugural HIM Business Etiquette Dinner. Livonia, Warren, Flint and Saginaw HIMSA members and faculty joined corporate sponsors at Fire Mountain restaurant in Westland on March 12 .

Students took advantage of the networking opportunity to speak and learn from professionals from Arrow Strategies, Iron Mountain, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, SunWave Realty and Truven Health Analytics.

LETTINGA: Margaret Sneden Library semester break hours

April 26 (Sunday) – CLOSED

April 27 – May 1 (Monday – Friday) -  8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

May 2 & 3 (Saturday & Sunday) – CLOSED

May 4 – 8 (Monday – Friday) - 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

May 9 & 10 (Saturday & Sunday) – CLOSED


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
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)

National Society of Leadership & Success Induction Ceremony

On Sunday, April 19, seventy-three students were inducted into Davenport’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership & Success (NSLS). An induction ceremony was held at the W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids. Dr. Chris Hamstra, Associate Professor, College of Arts & Sciences, served as the keynote speaker. Davenport students Heather Cook (Lansing), Tyler Wilk (Lettinga), and Readella Jones (online) also shared about their experience being in the program.

Inducted members completed a number of requirements including an orientation, leadership training day, speaker broadcasts and success networking team meetings. Many students went above and beyond and also received the National Engaged Leader Award. Members are encouraged to view and submit photos from the events on the NSLS OrgSync page.

Click here to see the program from the event with the full list of students recognized.

The following students were recognized by their peers for being Outstanding SNT (Success Network Team) members: Keri Jo Papranec (Lansing), Tiffany Stachowiak (Midland), Starr Prussner, (Midland), and David Williams (Kalamazoo).

Students were also asked to recognize faculty and staff members that have made an impact on their experience at Davenport and demonstrated leadership. Joseph Bishop (Lettinga), Shawn Pewitt (Warren), and Shannon Witt (Midland) were recognized with the Excellence in Service to Students Award. Faculty members Hameed Salihu (Lettinga), Deborah Steiner (Midland), and Dr. James Young (Livonia). were recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award. Lastly, Paul Beasley (Livonia), Dr. Chris Hamstra (Lettinga), and Dr. Linda Rinker (Lettinga) were awarded Honorary Memberships.

The NSLS is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. Davenport students were invited to join the group based upon their GPA. Some DU students are also participating with a national online chapter. This is the fifth year that Davenport has worked with the NSLS. For more information, please contact Natalie Wagner in Student Life.

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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!

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