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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.

Faculty Spotlight: Misty Davis

Misty Davis

Misty Davis wears many hats at Davenport University. Within the Donald W. Maine College of Business, she serves as the department chair of both Legal Studies and Human Resource Management. With both legal practice and academic experience, she excels in these roles.

Davis’ recent efforts surround curriculum improvements, where she has systematized data collection and assessment in the Donald W. Maine College of Business — a critical task for providing accrediting results to the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education. Davis, along with two other DU faculty members, presented their paper titled “Faculty Buy-in in Outcome Assessment and Reporting,” at the National IACBE Conference this past April.

Occupational Therapy students help homeless in Grand Rapids

Last month, Davenport University students in the Occupational Therapy graduate program volunteered with the Family Promise Organization, a nonprofit that assists homeless families in the Grand Rapids area.

“Volunteering is one of the best ways to expose yourself to how other people live, which in turn broadens your worldview,” said Allison Sparks, an OT student from Bartlett, Illinois. “Through experiential learning, you learn interpersonal skills as well as gain a real appreciation for the impact you can have on someone’s day by showing compassion.”

Video recordings from WMPCC available

Davenport University hosted the West Michigan President Compact Committee Development Day for college and university presidents and their direct reports, faculty, staff and students at WMPCC member institutions last month.

Reconstructing a warrior’s experience: Local artist to present at DU during Veterans Week


When Grand Rapids artist Matthew Provoast was cleaning out his grandfather’s home after he passed away, he came across boxes deep in the basement cupboards labeled “Viet Nam.” His grandfather, Thomas Zimmer, was a Metro Detroit native who served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972.

Showing appreciation for veterans

Veteran and his familyDavenport University strives to help veterans achieve their academic goals and has allocated staff resources to military admissions and advising.

From Monday, Nov. 6 through Saturday, Nov. 11, DU will celebrate Veterans Week with the following events:

Auto-Owners Insurance guests to visit the Lansing Campus on Nov. 9

Special guests Erin McLaughlin and Sara Franks from Auto-Owners Insurance will visit the Davenport University Lansing Campus at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Room 305/307.

DU associate chair named Outstanding Educator of the Year

Angela Smith, an MDEC officer and Gina Mezzano-Ostien

Angela Smith (left), associate department chair (Lansing) and an MDEC officer; Gina Mezzano-Ostien, associate department chair (Lettinga) and winner of the Outstanding Educator of the Year award from the Michigan Developmental Education Consortium; and Charmayne Mulligan, chair of the Department of English and Communications.

Gina Mezzano-Ostien, Associate Department Chair for English and Communications at the W.A. Lettinga Campus, has been named Outstanding Educator of the Year for 2017 by the Michigan Developmental Education Consortium. The award was presented at MDEC’s annual conference in Bay City on Friday, Oct. 13.