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Alumni Awards

The Office of Alumni and Development presents six prestigious annual awards to honor deserving graduates of Davenport University. We are currently accepting nominations for 2017 the Alumni Awards. The deadline to submit a nomination is April 30. To review nomination criteria for an alumni award, please see below.

Davenport University Distinguished Alumni Award

The highest award that Davenport University bestows on its graduates is the Distinguished Alumni Award.  The award was first presented in 1978 to Tyrus R. Wessell, and since that time, a select group of outstanding individuals has been presented with this honor. The award was established to recognize exceptional graduates who represent the mission, vision and values of the University.

The award is presented each year to a Davenport University graduate who has made notable achievements in his or her field, given exemplary service to Davenport University, exemplified the mission and ideals of Davenport, and who is a distinguished person in public life, business or service to others. The University is proud of all award recipients, past and present, and we applaud them for their success.

The candidate:

  • must be a Davenport University graduate.
  • has achieved notable success in his or her professional field.
  • has given exemplary service to Davenport University
  • exemplifies the mission and ideals of the University.
  • is a distinguished person in public life, business or service to others.
  • promotes the value of higher education for society.

Hy Berkowitz Professional Excellence Award

The Hy Berkowitz Professional Excellence Award recognizes graduates of Davenport University who have persevered through challenges and achieved exceptional professional and personal accomplishments. Hy Berkowitz was a highly respected businessman and community advocate. Berkowitz was a trustee, generous supporter, and close friend of Davenport. He and his wife, Greta, co-founded Rogers Department Store in 1955 which grew to become one of Michigan’s largest family apparel stores. Berkowitz’s memory continues to live on, as does his generosity. The Hy and Greta Berkowitz Memorial Scholarship continues to provide much needed tuition assistance to Davenport students with disabilities.

It is an honor for the Davenport University Alumni Association to recognize the distinguished life of Hy Berkowitz and to acknowledge his outstanding success.

The candidate:

  • has achieved outstanding professional success.
  • has supported Davenport University through gifts of time, talent, and/or philanthropic support.
  • has made significant contributions to his or her community through volunteering and community service.
  • has overcome significant hardships to complete a degree and become established in his or her field.


College of Technology Alumni Award

The College of Technology Alumni Award honors a graduate of the College of Technology who has shown outstanding professional accomplishments in a related field and who has demonstrated leadership in and dedication to the profession. The recipient is engaged in the vision and advancement of the College of Technology at Davenport University and its respective alumni community while exhibiting a commitment to public service. 

College of Health Professions Alumni Award

The College of Health Professions Alumni Award honors a graduate of the College of Health Professions who has shown outstanding professional accomplishments in a related field and who has demonstrated leadership in and dedication to the profession. The recipient is engaged in the vision and advancement of the College of Health Professions at Davenport University and its respective alumni community while exhibiting a commitment to public service.

Donald W. Maine College of Business Alumni Award

The Donald W. Maine College of Business Alumni Award honors a graduate of the College of Business who has shown outstanding professional accomplishments in a related field and who has demonstrated leadership in and dedication to the profession. The recipient is engaged in the vision and advancement of the Donald W. Maine College of Business at Davenport University and its respective alumni community while exhibiting a commitment to public service.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes a young alumnus who has accomplished early achievements in his or her chosen field, has demonstrated innovative and responsible professional leadership and has successfully engaged in community service. *Davenport graduates 40 years old and under having completed a degree within the past ten years. 

 


Past Davenport University Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
First Name Last Name Year
Mike Ohlman 2016
Mark  Bugge 2015
F. Jack Meyering 2014
Gerilyn May 2013
Sheila Bowlds 2012
David Slikkers 2011
Mark  Peters 2010
Mark LaCroix 2009
Kimberly Hughes 2008
Fred Braun 2007
Gary Glaza 2006
Carol Greene 2005
Mary Boland 2004
P. Robert Vanderson 2004
Wallace Bronner 2003
Rudolfo Cifolelli 2003
James Rosloniec 2003
Amie Baugh 2002
Pam Kelm 2002
Michael Metz 2002
James Meyer 2002
Mark Morton 2002
Tasneem Osman 2002
Henry Bouma 2001
Nozer Buchia 2001
Ruth Hughbanks (Kammer) 2001
Linda Lamorandier 2001
John Schmidt 2001
Douglas Clark 2000
Donald Colizzi 2000
Sara Farris 2000
Arnetta Gates 2000
Gary Ten Harmsel 2000
Valeen Dalton 1999
Valerie Felder 1999
Robert Haddad, Jr. 1999
Amy Kooi-Day 1999
John Mulder 1999
Anthony Tocco 1999
Manuel Alfonso 1998
Starla Eastwood 1998
Gordon Elgersma 1998
Julie Hill 1998
Priscilla Hines 1998
Scott Hocevar 1998
Ursula Baker 1997
Ted Bertrand 1997
James Blankenship 1997
Sherry DeLisle 1997
Yoshiko Kubota (Nakamura) 1997
C.Dexter Rohm 1997
Keith Zaborski 1997
Donna Allen (Lewis) 1996
Valerie Gallagher 1996
Edward Gray 1996
James Kaylor 1996
Douglas Kiracofe 1996
Michael Zumbaugh 1996
Steve Garmo 1995
Jeffery Moolenaar 1995
Gianluca Pitetti 1995
Robert Schmiedicke 1995
Diane Waldo 1995
Carl Eschels 1994
Lynda Flood-Bidoczka 1994
Annette Hose 1994
Robert Houtman 1994
Ruth Mealy-Duquette 1994
Sandra Miller 1994
Irene Patterson 1994
Kellie Pisarski 1994
Joseph Chin, Jr. 1993
Robert Fiolek 1993
David King 1993
Judith Perrin 1993
Merle Prins 1993
Lenora Webster 1993
James Cubr 1992
Keith Klingenberg 1992
John Myaard 1991
Odean Riley 1991
Larry Fredricks 1990
Robert Griswold 1990
David Labeau 1990
Donald Strock 1990
Frank Johnson 1989
William Kingma 1989
William Saad 1989
P. Jane VanderHeide 1989
Michael Allie 1988
Glenn Steil 1988
Michael Talbert 1988
Randall Darnell 1987
Howard Hulsman 1987
Bradley Keller 1986
James Lanting 1986
Amelia Imala 1985
Betty LaCroix 1985
Fred Todd 1984
James Von Ins 1984
Paul Decker 1983
Wilbur Lettinga 1983
Perry Koslowski 1982
Peter Zondervan 1982
Peter Cook 1981
Maria Nielsen (Harris) 1981
Keith Miller 1981
Robert Sneden 1980
Walter Wozniak 1980
Barbara Ringe 1979
Albert Schrotenboer 1979
Brenda Farrington 1979
Mario Chiesa 1978
Clifford Wenner 1978
Tyrus Wessell 1978
Robert Eiskant 1977
Gerald Lamphere 1976
Woldemar Nikkel 1975
Agnes Cichocki 1974
Hy Berkowitz Professional Excellence Award   
Tina Pietrangelo 2016
Sam Ajwah 2015
Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon 2014
Lisa Minnni 2013
Lori Baker 2012
Randall Goodyke 2011
Brian J. Hogan 2010
Jeffrey R. Richter 2010
William B. Lettinga 2010
Steve Axdorff 2009
Sandra Knoll Zimmer 2008
Michael L. Door 2007
Cynthia Springer 2006
William J. Dolunt 2005
Jeffery A. Dykehouse 2005
Brad Van Dommelen 2004
Lu Ann Roberts 2004
James D. White 2003
Marguerite W. Sullivan 2003
Donald J. Steele 2003
Peggy J. Smith 2003
Robert S. Malkiewicz 2003
Sally J. Lake 2003
no recipient 2002
Vincent E. Norton 2001
Jerry G. Kreuze 2001
Calvin W. Kreuze 2001
Joanne M. Voorhees 2000
Stephen A. Stream 1999
Eugene Simmons 1999
Timothy C. Mulder 1998
Laurie L. Albrecht 1998
   
Outstanding Young Alumni Award  
Jim Van Dam 2016
David Zokoe 2015
Sara Mooney 2014
Bradley Bultman 2013
Jason Madden 2012
Ryan Lougheed 2011
   
Donald W. Maine College of Business Alumni Achievement Award  
Carlos Sanchez 2016
Laura Oblinger 2015
Brian Belher 2014
Colleen Maire 2013
Donna Rae Rendina 2012
   
College of Health Profession Alumni Achievement Award  
Monica Goodrich 2016
Pat Hatch 2015
Yvonne Alles 2014
Barbara Meconis 2013
Steve Huisman 2012
   
College of Technology Alumni Achievement Award  
Michelle Seneca 2016
Ron Strachan 2015
Michael DeJong 2014
Joe Lascari 2013
Joshua Ver Helset 2012

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