Category: Alumni

Passionate about education and community health, DU alum supports Beaumont Hospital in achieving Magnet Recognition
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Passionate about education and community health, DU alum supports Beaumont Hospital in achieving Magnet Recognition

For Kenyatta Legette ’14, innovation is part of everyday life. Innovation surrounds her in her job as a nursing educator and inspires her in her volunteerism. Ask Legette about Grosse Pointe Beaumont’s newly awarded Magnet designation and her eyes light up. Legette has worked at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe for three years as a...

Transforming a passion for the outdoors into a thriving business
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Transforming a passion for the outdoors into a thriving business

Caleb Adrianson ‘17, owner of Great Lakes Outpost, is no stranger to retail marketing. He started working in his dad’s shop, Firehouse Guitars, when he was 12 years old. The business model that his father established – having a storefront and acting as a third-party online seller – had been successful. His father’s business was...

Alumni Success Story: Leandra Nisbet ’08, ’12
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Alumni Success Story: Leandra Nisbet ’08, ’12

Making meaningful connections with people is one of Leandra Nisbet’s ‘08, ‘12 special talents. This driving theme is what has found its way into her life as she collaborates with her team members and clients, serves on councils and instructs courses for Davenport University’s Institute for Professional Excellence. Tell us about yourself. Family, life, background,...

Alumni Success Story: Chris Tarkowski ’08
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Alumni Success Story: Chris Tarkowski ’08

Chris Tarkowski ‘08 realizes how fortunate he is in the choices he’s made throughout his life. He’s served in the Marines, partnered on two prosperous businesses and is working his way upward in his career. Yet, he is humbled by his success and draws from his experience to give back to his community. Tell us...

Alumni Success Story: Brittany Edwards ’18, MM
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Alumni Success Story: Brittany Edwards ’18, MM

Brittany Edwards ‘18 has worked for the State of Michigan since she was a high school student. Through hard work and education, she moved up in her department and found a passion for advocating on behalf of both employees and her employer as a labor relations specialist. Tell us about yourself. Family, life, background, interests…...

Alumni Success Story: Cheri Sharrard ’17, BS
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Alumni Success Story: Cheri Sharrard ’17, BS

Cheri Sharrard ’17 has taken on many roles in her life; a manager, data processor, an office clerk, a postal worker, a machinist and a stay-at-home mom. A self-described lifelong learner, she found another opportunity to explore when she enrolled at Davenport to get her Networking Management and Securities degree. Tell me about yourself. I’ve...

Alumni Success Story: Quinton Adkins ’16, MBA
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Alumni Success Story: Quinton Adkins ’16, MBA

When Quinton Adkins ‘16 graduated high school he didn’t see himself as a life-long learner. However, with a job at a furniture manufacturer, the support of co-workers and the advantages of an undergraduate degree, he began to see the value of a graduate degree. And Davenport University afforded him the opportunity to pursue one. Tell...

Advisor turned author
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Advisor turned author

For the past four years, George Watt has made an annual visit to Midland to take in a Great Lakes Loons game with family and reunite with his fellow students, alums and coworkers. Watt has many ties to Davenport University — as a student, an employee and an alum. He received his associate’s degree at...

A difficult path to career success
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A difficult path to career success

From teenage mom to partner in an accounting firm, Stephanie Blanco ‘99 has a triumphant story to inspire everyone. A rough start A father severely injured and unable to provide for the family, a mother dealing with her own demons and pregnant at the age of 14, Blanco faced significant challenges in her life. When...

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