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Campus Traditions & Events

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Davenport University's Grand Rapids Lettinga campus is an active community, jammed with great programs, events and traditions. Some of our highlights are showcased below. For a full list of activities see the Campus Traditions webpage.

2020 Pack Leader Application - Click here to apply

Student Recognition Awards - Click for Nomination and Additional Details

 

 

Panther Prowl

Panther Prowl is a 3-day transitional experience which creates a comfortable and exciting space for students to make new friends, explore campus, learn how to be successful in college, and kickstart their journey at DU! Prowl will happen Sept 2-4, 2020. Click here for more details.   

Pantherpalooza

Pantherpalooza is the official kick off to the school year! This free event includes games, food, student organizations, university departments, local businesses, and much more.

30 Thursdays

Join us each Thursday for events to keep you engaged and active in the community including movie nights, paintball, a zombie run, Oktoberfest, and trips to downtown Grand Rapids. Click here to see what's happening. 

National Society of Leadership & Success

The NSLS develops leaders who make a better world. Members have access to engaging guest speakers, participate in leadership training activities, networking teams, and gain practical tools for leadership and success

Homecoming

Celebrate Homecoming @ DU! Join us for a bonfire and s'mores, dessert wars, movie night, jersey decorating, and other throwback events on October 5 - 10, 2020.

Sibs & Kids Weekend

Sibs & Kids events have included Snowman Building Contests, Bowling trips, Athletic events, Movie nights, Karaoke, Bears to Build Workshop, Caricatures and more. Late January/early February annually. Join us January 24-25, 2020. To register, click here

Tunnel of Oppression

The Tunnel of Oppression is a multi-media experience that will expose the Davenport community to various types of discrimination, power, privilege and oppression in a safe environment. This exhibit is intended to eye-opening, powerful and increase awareness. 

March Madness

Come out and enjoy some games on the big screens with the DU community. Enjoy food, rivalry, and fun at this annual event. Participate in Panther Rec's bracket challenge. 

Panther Resource Closet at Davenport
Panther Resource Closet

The Panther Resource Closet stocks unopened non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, and new or gently used professional clothing that is in style, clean, and in good condition. The closet is designed to provide these recourses free of charge to all enrolled students.

Registered Student Organizations

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RSO Effectiveness Guide 2020

RSO Forms:

Calendar Event Submission Form

Event Approval Form

Litter box Content Requests

Posting Approval Form

RSO Funding Requests

Student Recognition Award Nominations

Tabling Approval Form

There is a way for everyone to get involved at Davenport University!

Check out all of our sudent organizations today by clicking on the categories below.

 

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Social & Recreational
There are many fun and engaging clubs to choose from.

Get out and get involved! There are many social groups to choose from. Contact information listed for each organization.  

  • Campus Activities Board - CAB is an interdependent organization that seeks to build community through diverse, fun, and purposeful events. Contact: jford26@davenport.edu 
  • Collegiate Association For The Research Of Principles (CARP) - We are a faith-based organization of chapters on college campuses, created for students by students. We create programs, events, and activities promoting principles and raising leaders. Contact: jwiggins6@davenport.edu
  • Delight Ministries- The mission of Delight Ministries is to invite women into Christ-centered community that fosters vulnerability and transforms stories. Contact: delightdavenportuniversity@gmail.com

  • DU Bass Fishing Team - A Bass Fishing club/team focused on bass fishing all around the state and nation, creating an outlet for students to create friendships as well as giving students the opportunity to fish and visit places they would not have had the opportunity to do before.Contact: Matthew.Krevda@davenport.edu
  • DU Drop-In Soccer - a non-competitive soccer league designed to bring people together to play for fun and exercise. It is informal play organized by participants at the field. No set teams, scores, or standings. Contact: jschnurer@davenport.edu

  • DU Gamers - This club's purpose is to allow for the free expression of all types of gaming. This includes board game, table top, card games, and video games. Contact: fjasper@davenport.edu

  • DU Dungeons and Dragons - This is one of the most popular Tabletop RPGs in America and were looking to get a group of DU Students together once a week to roll the dice! Contact: tosmer@davenport.edu
  • DU Ultimate - We want to set up regular times and days for students to play friendly games of Ultimate Frisbee. Contact: dpipal@davenport.edu

  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship - A group where students can find Christian community on campus, study the Bible together, and learn to serve their campus. Contact: ghartfield@davenport.edu

  • Local Maxima Lansing - To develop a social community of students from all backgrounds exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) and foster a passion for these subjects in recreation, academic research, local communities, and various industries. Contact: jgeller@davenport.edu
  • Outdoor Enthusiasts - Roller blading, biking, long boarding, winter hikes, and cross country skiing are just a few of the things this group is into! If you love spending time outside this group is perfect for you! Contact: dpipal@davenport.edu
  • Panther Arts - This group seeks to bring creative, literary, and performing arts into students' lives via education, performance, and fun.  We also aim to showcase the local talent here at DU. Contact: mlewis@davenport.edu
  • Protect Life at Davenport University - Our goal is to create a campus culture that values all life, born or unborn. We do that by supporting women and families facing crisis pregnancy situations, educating students about the reality of abortion, and defending the value of life on our campus. Contact: karen.clark@davenport.edu
  • Student Veterans of America (SVA) - Davenport University Students who are either currently serving in the military, prior service military, dependents of such, or who are interested helping and being involved with Veteran initiatives. Contact: jbos4@davenport.edu
  • Young Life ­- Young Life’s goal is to introduce students to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. We do this through club hangouts, camp trips, and awesome parties! Contact: mfinlay@davenport.edu

Davenport students coloring with several nuns at a community event.
Service & Advocacy
Choose a club that makes a difference.

Looking for a way to give back? Check out these student RSOs.

  • Active Minds - Our mission is to bring awareness about the importance of mental health to all students and employees at Davenport University.
  • Alpha LeagueAlpha League works to promote brotherhood within men of diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds through philanthropy, scholarship, leadership, and, social/emotional workshops.
  • Alternative Spring Break - Alternative Spring Break is a service organization which spends their spring break week in an alternative community working for the greater good.Black Student Union
  • ASPIREASPIRE provides opportunities for women of color to better achieve academic success, foster strong interpersonal skills and relationships, and develop as leaders at Davenport University.
  • Black Student Union - BSU is for any student enrolled at Davenport University who is interested in improving human relations in general, and the quality of life for black students in particular, on the campus of Davenport University.
  • Diversify - Diversify provides a safe and supportive setting regardless of one's sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. 
  • Global Student Organization - GSO is a group of internationally minded members of the DU community. Through our programs and activities we strive to promote international education, global awareness, and cultural integration.
  • Latinx Student Union (LSU) - We will engage in Latinx communities and have our voices heard regarding social issues and community resources. We plan to educate Davenport students about Latino arts and culture.
  • Student Government of Davenport University - The mission of Student Government is to create and encourage a culture that embraces diversity, improves academic achievement, and drives student engagement throughout the Davenport community.
Davenport Business Professionals of America students accepting an award at the competition.
Academic & Professional
Have fun and learn valuable skills to help you in your chosen career.

There are many RSO groups that can help improve your skillset. See what Davenport has to offer.

  • Alpha Lambda Delta - Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is a National Honor Society for first-year students who achieve a 3.5 GPA or better. We offer leadership, service, and scholarship opportunities for our members. 
  • American Marketing Association - The mission of the AMA @ DU chapter is to cultivate and maintain a strong interest in marketing and better the educational value of marketing students at Davenport University.
  • Association for Computing Machinery - The chapter of the ACM at Davenport University operates to increase knowledge of and greater interest in the science, design, development, construction, languages, management and applications of modern computing.

  • Business Professionals of America - Business Professionals of American (BPA) is a competition where students compete either on an individual or team basis covering a wide variety of categories.
  • Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization - CEO’s mission is to inform, support, and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation.

  • Cyber Defense Organization - The CDO is a community of security-focused individuals pursuing knowledge in cyber security and threat mitigation throughout the private and public sectors.

  • Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) - provides leadership development and career opportunities to business students like you.

  • Allied Health/Health Information Student And Alumni Association - Student and alumni association of the Davenport University College of Health Professions. Celebrating the success of our students and alumni, and offer continuing education and networking opportunities to our members. 
  • Legal Students at DU - Legal Assistants at DU provides valuable information and updates for the paralegal students at Davenport University. Volunteer opportunities, scholarship opportunities, upcoming events, and more.
  • National Society of Leadership and Success - We are a leadership group that offers students tools to become leaders. Through our training videos, speaker broadcasts, success networking teams, and networking.
  • Sigma Beta Delta - Honor Society for students in business, management, and administration serves institutions which offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees in business, management, and administration where the institution holds accreditation from one of the six regional accrediting bodies but not specialized accreditation in business.
  • Society for Human Resource Management - The advantages of joining our SHRM chapter are many: interesting speakers, a chance to network with local HR professionals, job shadowing, mentoring, internships, potential job offers, and professional recognition.
  • Sport Management Student Organization - The purpose of this organization is to bring together students who share an interest in Sport Management and to educate the students about what it takes to be a Sport Management professional.
  • Student Nurses Association - LansingW.A. Lettinga, Midland, Warren - SNA is a group of student nurses serving the community.
  • Student Occupational Therapy Association - This is an organization to generate service, interest, and awareness of the field of Occupational Therapy to the Grand Rapids community.

  • Women in Technology - Women in Technology @ Davenport University is a community of technology-focused individuals who strive to empower women to succeed in the IT field.

Volunteer Opportunities
Davenport Pounce mascot giving a high five to a child.
HEROES Mentoring
HEROES mentors are partnered with local middle school students. Mentors are positive role models, encourage optimistic attitudes about school, promote positive self-esteem, and improved relationships with adults and peers. HEROES mentors will also experience leadership, character and professional growth.
Davenport students coloring with several nuns at a community event.
Days of Service
DU Days of Service offers a number of short-term volunteer opportunities during the academic year including Panther Prowl Service Project (August/September), Make a Difference Day (October), MLK Day of Service (January), and Into the Streets (April). Make a difference in just one day!
Volunteer Time Off (VTO)
To support employee volunteer efforts, the University offers a VTO program which encourages employees to volunteer their time and efforts to help our local and global communities thrive. All regular employees (faculty, FT and PT) in good standing are eligible to volunteer at a community organization of their choice in support of the University’s vision and mission.
Davenport students sitting around a table during alternative spring break.
Alternative Spring Break
Here's a chance to change other people's lives - and your own! Address important social issues through community service and education! ASB promotes community service and develops leadership skills while addressing issues such as environmental protection, affordable housing, health awareness, hunger and education.
DU Cares Partnership
Local Nonprofit Partnerships Since 1978, Davenport University has selected a community partner to give back through human and monetary resources. In addition, this partnership serves as a great resource for volunteer opportunities and service-learning projects for the Davenport community. Our current DU Cares Partner is Feeding America West Michigan.
Community Service Honor Roll
Every April, DU students are invited to report their community service volunteer hours completed during the academic year to become a part of our university’s highly-esteemed Community Service Honor Roll. Beginning in 2011, this program recognizes students who have committed 25 or more volunteer hours in their community, with special recognition for students who have completed more than 50 and 100 volunteer hours over the academic year.
Student Life Team

Visit us in the Center for Campus Life at the W.A. Lettinga Campus. You can also email or reach us at 616.554.5095. 

Natalie Wagner

Director of Student Life

natalie.wagner@davenport.edu
Justine Shelton

Assistant Director of Student Life

justine.shelton@davenport.edu
Javontae Ford

Student Life Coordinator

javontae.ford@davenport.edu
Sandra Anderson

Michigan Nonprofit Association Americorps VISTA

sandra.anderson@davenport.edu
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