Category: DU Review

An inspiring legacy continues through the Eileen DeVries Family Foundation at Davenport
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An inspiring legacy continues through the Eileen DeVries Family Foundation at Davenport

Eileen DeVries leaves a legacy that is inspiring! A nationally recognized leader in her profession as former senior vice president of investments at Merrill Lynch, Eileen built a prosperous career in Grand Rapids that spanned 40 years while also raising five children. She passed away on May 16, 2017 due to complications from cancer.  Eileen...

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...

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...

Leadership program empowers DU’s women of color
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Leadership program empowers DU’s women of color

Davenport University’s new ASPIRE program — Achieving Success through Positive Interaction, Reflection and Empowerment — helps women of color achieve academic success, develop as leaders, and foster strong interpersonal skills and relationships. Justine Shelton, assistant director of Student Life, recognized a need to support minority women in her first month at DU. “I met with...

Cooking up a passion for business: Labor of love
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Cooking up a passion for business: Labor of love

Owning Livonia Bakery & Café has been a labor of love for Franco Petrucci, ’91. “It is a seven-day-a-week business,” Petrucci said. “Originally, we started as a bakery and deli store. We have grown our services to include catering, gift baskets and even kids’ birthday parties.” Petrucci and his brother opened Livonia Bakery and Café...

Cooking up a passion for business: A family of entrepreneurs
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Cooking up a passion for business: A family of entrepreneurs

Michael Havemeier, ’10, began working at Herman’s Boy, Inc. in Rockford, Michigan, at the age of six. “My earliest memories are working the cash register under my dad’s supervision,” Havemeier said. “He would let me press the buttons and talk to customers. I remember ‘helping’ out my father and grandfather, learning from them even when...

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