Category: People

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...

Davenport University occupational therapy students build sensory room to benefit children at Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center
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Davenport University occupational therapy students build sensory room to benefit children at Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center

Students at Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center (GRCDC) will now have a place to escape from sensory overload and experience something new. Filled with a lively variety of color and equipment like a pod swing, sound machine, resistance tunnel and fidget toys, the new sensory room at the school will provide a safe environment for...

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...

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...

Davenport University names new executive vice president of alumni and development
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Davenport University names new executive vice president of alumni and development

Davenport University announced on March 12, 2019 that it has named Rachel Render as its new executive vice president of alumni and development. Render will begin the new role in April, bringing extensive leadership experience in institutional advancement to Davenport University. She most recently served as the senior director of development for the University of...

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...

Alum takes his career around the world
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Alum takes his career around the world

Brad Bultman ’07 received Davenport’s Young Alumni Award in 2013. Since that time, the last five years have been filled with adventure. He’s played with elephants in a Thailand jungle, ridden a camel around the Pyramids in Egypt, hiked the Great Wall of China, toured the Taj Mahal in India, and skydived in New Zealand,...

Davenport Nursing Student Recognized for Serving Detroit Veterans
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Davenport Nursing Student Recognized for Serving Detroit Veterans

Compassion and care echoes in Edwina Lee’s voice as she talks about caring for veterans at the John D. Dingell Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Detroit. Lee, a nursing student at Davenport University’s Warren Campus, was recently recognized with a DAISY Award – a recognition bestowed on extraordinary nurses nationwide. “It was an honor to...

Davenport University names Dr. Gilda Gely as provost & executive vice president of academic affairs
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Davenport University names Dr. Gilda Gely as provost & executive vice president of academic affairs

Davenport University (DU) has named Dr. Gilda Gely as its new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Gely is replacing Dr. Linda Rinker, who is retiring in July after serving as the provost and executive vice president of academic affairs for the last eight years. Dr. Gely will begin the new role...

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Davenport Duos
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Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Davenport Duos

Throughout the week, the DU Alumni Association Facebook page has been sharing Davenport Duos stories in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Take a sneak peek at the love stories below and follow along on the alumni Facebook page. Matt ’00 and Helena DeYoung ‘00 (pictured above) “Matt and I met competing in the CEO Elevator Pitch Competition in 2009....

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