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Interested in a Winter or Summer ’17 Internship as a Baseball Camp and Individual Instructor?

Baseball Concepts can offer you a winter or summer 2017 internship!  They have worked to recruit with DU over the past few years and would love to see more candidates for their paid internship opportunities.  Here is an example of a successful intern with this employer:

Live2Lead Conference

Student Life has partnered with Live2Lead; a leadership conference coming this fall to Grand Rapids!

This leader development experience is happening October 7 at Kentwood Community Church  from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This event is designed to equip today’s leaders with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways as employees have the opportunity to breathe new life into their leadership.

Davenport University Accepted Into NCAA Division II Membership Process

We are proud to announce that Davenport’s application for National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) membership in Division II has been approved for the three-year membership process!

“As you know, Davenport is committed to quality and achievement of high standards,” stated President, Rick Pappas.  ”Acceptance of our application for membership into NCAA Division II affirms the great progress we have made as an institution, and we look forward to the opportunities this affiliation will provide to our students and community. We believe NCAA membership will enhance the quality of college life at Davenport and help us attract the best and brightest students interested in a career-focused education.”

For the 2016-2017 school year, we will continue as an active member of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) while we serve in what is called Provisional Year One with NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Beginning with Provisional Year Two (2017-18), we will join the GLIAC in all sports playing a full conference schedule. After completing Provisional Year Three (2018-19) of the membership process, we will gain full NCAA membership and become eligible to compete for NCAA Division II championships beginning as early as 2019-20. The Division II Membership Committee annually determines if an institution should be moved forward into the next year of the membership process.

This marks a new journey and a new challenge for our athletic program. Congratulations to Paul Lowden and his staff for all the hard work to get us here!

Volunteer for the Color Run in Grand Rapids

Looking for a fun way to give back to DU? Volunteer for the Color Run in Downtown GR!

EuroBiz 2016 Returns to the U.S.A.

The EuroBiz 2016 study abroad program recently returned to the U.S. During their final week abroad, the students, along with program directors Dr. Marjolijn van der Velde and Professor Todd Terry, were in Amsterdam. The group spent a day at Inholland University, one of DU’s partner universities. Inholland faculty member Tom Parry led a discussion on “Brexit: Pro’s and Con’s” while Albert Brouwers presented “Europe-US comparison, the content level; The best of two worlds?”

Blood Drive, Wednesday, August 10

Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 10 from 10am – 2pm in the Sneden Meeting Rooms.

Free pizza coupons for those who attempt to donate, so encourage a student or colleague to donate with you! The need for blood reserves increases in the summer because fewer people donate so we encourage you to join us if you are able!

Visit to make an appointment in advance or contact Kassy Clark ( Walk-ins also welcome.

Pantherpalooza 2016

Save the Date for Pantherpalooza 2016! This annual kickoff event will take place on September 9 from 1-4 p.m. in the Student Center Aux Gym.

Join other departments and local vendors as you get the opportunity to introduce your organization to the students of Davenport University. Tables are provided free of charge to registered participants and we anticipate that over 400 students, faculty and staff will attend! Deadline to apply for a booth is Friday, September 2, 2016. Click here to apply today!

Please contact our student coordinators at with any questions.

Alumni Success Story: Aldina Sejdovic ’11

Aldina Sejdovic ’11 grew up in Dresden, Germany and now leads a team at Lake Michigan Credit Union as a Branch Manager with her passion for helping people. She started as a Teller and took classes at Davenport to help advance her career. Aldina says, “The more DU classes I took, the more I realized what I wanted to do with my life – lead and work with people.” Read more about Aldina and her journey on the alumni blog.


Moment of Reflection

Davenport University will take a moment of reflection for all recent acts of violence and those impacted on Wednesday, July 13 at 5:00 p.m. near the Spirit Rock on the W.A. Lettinga Campus. Dr. Walter O’Neill, Executive Vice Present for Enrollment Management and Student Services, will address the community, staff will be on site for support, and a small program will be available.

We hope that students struggling with difficult emotions as a result of these events feel encouraged to take advantage of the supportive resources available from WellConnect. These services are available 24 hours a day at 1-866-640-4777. We also have a counselor on-site for students at the W.A. Lettinga Campus. The counselor can be reached for appointments at or (616) 871-6166

​Information regarding our Employee Assistance Program can be found here. The Center for Campus Life staff is also available during business to assist in the processing of these tragedies.

Nursing Students Co-Author DU’s First Student Scientific Paper Publication

(L to R): Kuana School and Jessica Marklevitz presenting at the MASM Conference.

Congratulations to Jessica Marklevitz and Kuana School, junior nursing students at DU’s Lansing Campus, for co-authoring DU’s first student authored scientific paper publication last month in Bioinformation!

These women took on a volunteer scientific research opportunity under faculty and science lab coordinator, Laura Harris.  Alongside Warren Campus faculty and science lab coordinator, Bill Schram, they characterized 35 hypothetical proteins in Staphylococcus aureus, a potentially deadly bacterium that has quickly becom resistant to all antibiotic treatments.  The students used free, publicly available computer programs to examine the structure of each protein, characterizing where it functions and predicting with what the protein would interact.  Thy also examined the protein’s stability, solubility, and location within the cell.

Their work was presented in poster format at the spring Michigan American Society of Microbiology conference at Davenport’s main campus prior to paper publication.  Jessica also celebrated a second scientific paper publication accepted for print  using similar programs to characterize hypothetical proteins related specifically to drug resistance through an efflux pathway.  These represent potential therapeutic targets if developed in vitro further.  Download their entire articles from Google Scholar soon!  A 2015 DU Faculty Research Grant supported these works.