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W.A. Lettinga Campus Traditions

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Davenport University's Grand Rapids Lettinga campus is an active community, jammed with great programs, events and traditions

Panther Prowl

Panther Prowl is a three day transitional program full of fun activities to familiarize first year students with everything DU.

  • Get introduced to Davenport
  • Learn about the local community
  • Meet other students
  • Be involved in many fun activities!

When: September 2, 2016 - September 4, 2016


Pantherpalooza is the official kick off to the school year!  It’s an exciting, free event for all DU students, faculty and staff. It's a big welcome that includes:

  • FREE Food
  • Registered Student Organization (RSO) Booths
  • DU Department Representatives
  • Local Business & Community Contacts
  • Area restaurants and much more!

This is a great opportunity to:

  • Meet new people
  • Find out about involvement opportunities on campus
  • Connect with local employers and opportunities in the community

When: Pantherpalooza will take place on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Center Aux Gym.

Constitution Day

Student Life recognizes Constitution Day. The U.S. Congress set this as a national day of recognition to promote awareness about the U.S. Constitution, which was signed on September 17, 1787. You'll find:

  • Constitutional trivia
  • Campus constitution display

When: Generally, every September 17. (If September 17 falls on a weekend, an alternate date will be posted.) For 2015, the official date is September 17. Check OrgSync for more details.


Homecoming. A week jammed with DU spirit for students, alumni, faculty and community friends! The 2015 Homecoming blitz celebrates 10 years of official "homecoming" celebrations, since the Grand Rapids Lettinga campus opened in 2005. Homecoming has a lot to celebrate, including:

  • Davenport alumni support and success
  • Our community partnerships
  • DU's incredible athletic teams 
  • Davenport University as a community

Annual "don't-miss" homecoming events that include a Chili Cook-Off, Panther Ambassadors, and Student / Alumni Tailgate event, and a Zombie Run! 


Spring Fling

Spring Fling not only shakes off the chill of Michigan winter, it says "boo-yah!" to the end of the academic year. Student Life cooks up a random roster of ways to kick back! Check OrgSync for more details.

March Madness

Watch and party all day on campus with your favorite tailgate foods! Check OrgSync for more details!

DU Days of Service

Panther Prowl Service Project (Aug)  |  Make a Difference Day (Oct)  |  MLK Day  (Jan)  |  Into the Streets  (Apr)

Don't shy away from volunteering! It's a true "feel-good" opportunity and it gets noticed on your resume. Our four “DU Days of Service” events are just the beginning. Contact the Volunteer Center any time you'd like to donate your time to a good cause,  on your own or with a group!

Every hour you donate to DU Days of Service and other Volunteer Center projects qualifies for the Davenport University Community Service Honor Roll. For more information about DU Days of Service click here