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Becoming a hero to a child: Student-athletes volunteer in local schools
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Becoming a hero to a child: Student-athletes volunteer in local schools

Between balancing practice, classes, homework and jobs, Davenport University student-athletes are dedicating time to mentor children in Caledonia schools. The HEROES Mentoring Program, led by the DU Volunteer Center at the W.A Lettinga Campus, focuses on helping middle school students develop competence and character. “The DU volunteers get a lot out of being there for...

From government assistance to transforming the lives of others
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From government assistance to transforming the lives of others

Alumna improves the college process for students in the Great Lakes Bay Region Renee Courier-Aumock, a first generation high school and college graduate, is the first to admit that her path was statistically not in her favor. “My school counselor never suggested that I go to college,” she said. Right out of high school, Courier-Aumock...

Changing the face of beauty
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Changing the face of beauty

Scholarship recipient uses her YouTube channel to challenge today’s perception of beauty standards With more than 37,000 YouTube followers, Michaela Davert is redefining today’s perception of beauty standards. After gaining the attention of television’s Inside Edition and the POPSUGAR Beauty website, Davert is creating a platform to share her passion for fashion, beauty and lifestyle,...

A step ahead: Alumnus builds a tech career in St. Louis, Michigan
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A step ahead: Alumnus builds a tech career in St. Louis, Michigan

The buzz of machinery doesn’t drown Elijah Baltierra’s excitement when showcasing a component on the custom machinery used to make bleach at Powell Fabrication in St. Louis, Michigan. Bearing safety glasses and closed toed shoes, he spends his days in the machine shop deploying and configuring chemical skid machinery. “Our business model is really innovative,”...

Davenport University receives its first National Science Foundation grant
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Davenport University receives its first National Science Foundation grant

Bringing STEM to urban classrooms With its first-ever National Science Foundation grant, Davenport University will help shape the future of STEM education in urban schools. The Future Urban STEM Educator Preparation Program — known as FUSE — is designed to increase the pipeline of diverse students entering DU’s Computer Science and Biological Laboratory Science programs...

A career takes flight
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A career takes flight

Tori Gann started flying in high school. She’s now focused on landing a career as a business aviation pilot. Gann is enrolled in Davenport University’s Bachelor of Business Administration program with a specialty in Aviation Management. This program is offered as part of an exclusive partnership with Northwestern Michigan College. “I take a blend of...

The first-year journey for a new student
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The first-year journey for a new student

How Davenport helps map a path for first-year student success Jodi Hicks, director of First Year Experience, becomes a familiar face to most new Panthers at Davenport University. Her role is vital in coordinating a smooth transition into college for first-year students. “I connect students with each other, campus resources, staff and faculty, and sometimes...

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Employees share #MyDU5

Over the last several weeks employees have been asked to participate in the #MyDU5 campaign. This campaign was designed to tell their DU story in just five words. All entries received either before DavenFest or during the pre-event activities were entered into a drawing for six prizes. Nearly 50 employees participated in this campaign and...

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