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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,”...

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...

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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...

Writing the DU story
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Writing the DU story

Faculty and staff gathered last week to celebrate their role in shaping the stories of Davenport University’s students at the annual DavenFest. View the photo gallery on Facebook. Taking a role in DU’s story DU Trustee Michelle Van Dyke spoke, sharing how each person in the DU community shares a part of the university’s story. “We...

Paul Lowden recognized with the Tyrus R. Wessell Award
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Paul Lowden recognized with the Tyrus R. Wessell Award

Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Paul Lowden was recognized as this year’s Tyrus R. Wessell Award winner on Thursday at DavenFest. Considered Davenport’s most prestigious honor, the Tyrus R. Wessell Award recognizes exemplary commitment to the University’s Cultural Values as well as contributions positively impacting the DU community, especially our students. Recipients of this award...

Davenport partnership with Holland Early College puts students on path to careers
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Davenport partnership with Holland Early College puts students on path to careers

Davenport University and Holland Public Schools have established a partnership enabling students to earn an associate degree while in high school. The innovative, forward-thinking program engages students in rigorous college coursework as early as ninth grade. “Through Davenport’s dedicated courses of study, these students will have the ability to explore pathways leading to careers in...

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