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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.

Engage@DU features campus events, student organizations and volunteer opportunities

OrgSync has migrated to a new platform called Engage@DU.

The Engage@DU platform will provide the tools and resources that OrgSync offered, in addition to a new layout with additional functionality. Engage@DU will provide a campus events calendar, student organization information and volunteer opportunities (including the VTO form for employees).

Join Davenport for its Homecoming weekend festivities

Football team runs onto the fieldDavenport University’s Homecoming festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, with the Alumni Awards Ceremony. The Alumni Association will honor six outstanding alumni for their professional and personal achievements.

Before the Homecoming Game on Saturday, Oct. 14, DU faculty and staff can join alumni at the Alumni Homecoming Tailgate. The event features lunch, giveaways and tailgate games. Tailgate opens at 11 a.m.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, the DU Panthers will face off against the McKendree University Bearcats.

Lansing students engage with DU’s resources at fair

Students interact with staffLansing Campus staff and faculty teamed up to present this year’s Student Services Fair in late September. The annual event, “Start, Stay, and Succeed,”  is an effort to help students learn about campus resources that can make the difference in their success at DU.

Students received a “passport” and “map” to various displays from 12 campus departments ranging from Admissions and Advising to Testing and Tutoring Services.

Rachel Esterline Perkins joins DU as new Director of Communications

Rachel Esterline Perkins has joined Davenport University as Director of Communications, responsible for media relations, internal communications and social media.

Veterans to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) Grant Extended

Grant funding for Davenport University’s Veterans to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) degree program has been extended for a fifth year to enable the work of the team to continue to progress. 

Herman Miller CEO Brian Walker to receive 2018 Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business Award

Brian Walker, President and CEO of Herman Miller, Inc., will be honored with the 2018 Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business Award at Davenport University’s 21st Annual Excellence in Business Dinner Gala, benefitting student scholarships.

Grandson of Civil Rights leader César E. Chávez to speak

As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Davenport University will host Andrés Chávez — the grandson of late Civil Rights leader César E. Chávez — at the 7th Annual Acts of Courage address at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Lettinga Auditorium in the Sneden Center.