Category: Alumni

Alumni Success Story: Emily Veneklase ’13 ’15
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Alumni Success Story: Emily Veneklase ’13 ’15

With a true passion to make a difference, alumna Emily Veneklase ’13 ’15 feels that her job is the perfect fit for her! As a nurse, Emily is excelling in her dual role as a Stroke Program Coordinator and Nurse Educator at Metro Health Hospital.  She said, “I found my niche in healthcare working as...

Alumni Success Story: Nick Kuncaitis ’10
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Alumni Success Story: Nick Kuncaitis ’10

Nick Kuncaitis ’10 is a network security graduate who is the third generation to work at K Group Companies, started by his grandpa in 1980. He was featured in the most recent issue of the DU Review. Missed it? Check it out below. Nick, who graduated in 2010 with a BAS in Network Security and Biometric...

Alumni Success Story: Kelly Rodrigues ‘14
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Alumni Success Story: Kelly Rodrigues ‘14

Kelly Rodrigues ‘14 has her dream job in Human Resources at Bell’s Brewery where she’s the person “behind the bar,” who helps hand pick employees to ensure they are the right fit for the Bell’s culture. She says that 10 years in the restaurant industry and the decision to further her education with Davenport University...

Alumni Success Story: Erik Schmidt ‘15
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Alumni Success Story: Erik Schmidt ‘15

Erik Schmidt ’15 knows a thing or two about insurance. As a Senior Claims Representative at Farmers Insurance, Erik handles residential homeowner’s claims throughout the United States.  After receiving his first promotion in less than a year of working at Farmers, Erik credits DU for the networking opportunities and hands-on experiences that has helped him...

Alumni Success Story: Andrea Crossman ’87
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Alumni Success Story: Andrea Crossman ’87

Trendsetter On and Off the Lake Beyond securing incredible homes for clients, Andrea Crossman ‘87 is a real estate entrepreneur who explores innovative ways to provide exclusive service. With more than 25 years of experience in the real estate market as a broker, business owner and trendsetter, Andrea has identified and excelled in her niche...

Alumni Success Story – The Brown Family Tradition
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Alumni Success Story – The Brown Family Tradition

Caren Meerman ‘14 & ‘16 may hold the record of most Davenport commencement ceremonies attended. “We have it down now,” says Caren, “We have reserved seat labels and everything.” Caren’s family has made quite the name for themselves at Davenport University. Caren’s mother, Carna Brown ‘08, is the Director of Financial Aid at DU; her...

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Alumni Success Story: Roger Victory ’87

A Farming Wunderkind, Turned State Representative As an undergraduate student at DU, Roger Victory ’87 created a business plan that would help him cultivate a career in farming, and later, a successful bid for public service. “The same principals in the business plan I created many decades ago have carried me through decades of success...

Alumni Success Story: Roger Victory ’87
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Alumni Success Story: Roger Victory ’87

A Farming Wunderkind, Turned State Representative As an undergraduate student at DU, Roger Victory ’87 created a business plan that would help him cultivate a career in farming, and later, a successful bid for public service. “The same principals in the business plan I created many decades ago have carried me through decades of success...

Alumni Success Story: Liza Snegireva ‘15
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Alumni Success Story: Liza Snegireva ‘15

On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean and nearly 4,000 miles from home, Liza Snegireva ‘15 earned her BBA in International Business at Davenport University. “Learning a new language comes natural to me”, says Liza. Born in Russia, raised in the Netherlands, and now living in the United States, Liza believes “some things are...

Alumni Success Story: Jack Hoedeman ’12
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Alumni Success Story: Jack Hoedeman ’12

An insurance professional by day and a ballroom dancer by night, alum Jack Hoedeman ’12 is leading the insurance industry in Grand Rapids. Following his dad’s footsteps who started an insurance agency in 1969, Jack founded Compass Insurance Agency in 2009 to provide customized solutions for clients. After work, Jack performs as a professional ballroom...

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