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The Office of Alumni & Development serves to advance Davenport University’s students, faculty, facilities, programs and services. 


Meet the Alumni & Development Staff


Your best place to learn about DU happenings


Be a part of the success of DU students


 You have access to a wide range of benefits


Contact the Alumni & Development Office 

Young Alumni Whitecaps Baseball Outing
Join fellow Panthers for a great night of Whitecaps baseball, Thrifty Thursday hotdogs, beer/pop and hot pretzels!
West Michigan Alumni Golf Outing
Save the date for the newly revived West Michigan alumni golf outing on Monday, July 25.
Great Lakes Loons Baseball Game
Join Mid-Michigan alumni and friends for the Great Lakes Baseball Outing on Saturday, July 30th at 7:00 p.m.
Lansing Lugnuts Baseball Game
Join alumni and friends for the Lansing Lugnuts Baseball Outing on the Pepsi Porch on Friday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m.
DU at the Detroit Zoo
Join at the Detroit Zoo on Saturday, August 13. More details to come soon.
30th Annual Davenport Scholarship Golf Classic
Davenport University will hold its 30th Annual Scholarship Golf Classic on Monday, August 22 at the Egypt Valley Country Club in Grand Rapids, MI.
Homecoming 2016
Mark your calendars for September 24, 2016, as that day as been dedicated for the Homecoming Tailgate and first ever Homecoming Football Game! All DU alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends are welcome to attend!
Founder's 150th Anniversary Gala
Save the date for the Founder's 150th Anniversary Gala celebrating Davenport University's Sesquicentennial on Thursday, September 29 at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI.

The impact of Davenport University alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends affects communities worldwide. Their stories demonstrate how they are making a difference in the world. 

Successful alumni worldwide

Read about the work, accomplishments and impact of DU alumni in various professions and industries in alumni success story profiles. 

Total scholarship assistance dollars awarded last year

Last year, 642 students received a total of $940,114 in scholarship assistance through contributions to the Davenport University Foundation.

of your donation benefits student scholarships and programming

 Learn how your support provides lasting impact for current and future generations of DU students with the scholarship impact stories.

Davenport University Celebrates 150th Anniversary throughout 2016

Davenport University is commemorating its 150th Anniversary this year! Together we will honor Davenport's rich history while celebrating its ongoing quality transformation, resulting in innovative new programs, remarkable progress in student outcomes, and all-time highs for philanthropic support and the satisfaction of students, graduates and employers. 

Watch Davenport University's journey from a small school teaching the skills required for business sector jobs in the 1860s to a major university helping students Get Where the World is Going in the fastest growing career fields of the 21st Century.

Get Involved

There are many opportunities for you to engage and reconnect with your alma mater! Whether you are interested in a one-time volunteer opportunity or wish to serve on an alumni board we would love to hear from you! To learn more about how to get involved, contact the Alumni Office at



Volunteer at DU events, speak in classrooms or participate on alumni panels

Alumni Association Board

Meet the Davenport University Alumni Association Board members

Young Alumni Council

Get involved in young alumni events and activities 

Regional Alumni Chapters

Join a regional alumni chapters and learn about area events 

Class Notes

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Alumni News
Live2Lead Conference
Davenport University has partnered with Live2Lead, a half-day, leader development experience designed to equip attendees with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways.  Learn from world-class leadership experts and begin to lead with renewed passion and commitment.  You will not want to miss this dynamic leadership event hosted by Rebecca Ward on October 7, 2016 [...]
Alumni Success Story: Matt Wiedenhoeft ’13
Nearly two years ago, Matt Wiedenhoeft ’13 was approached by his friend about starting a business unlike any other business in Grand Rapids – a Roller Hockey League. As a former hockey player and risk taker, he jumped on board! Now, co-owner of the National Roller Hockey League (NRHL), Matt is leading the way in [...]
6 Reasons to Attend DU at the Detroit Zoo!
We love the Detroit Zoo and would love to see you there! Check out the list below for 6 reasons why you should attend the DU at the Detroit Zoo event on August 13! 1. The Polk Penguin Conservation Center The Polk Penguin Conservation Center “is the most extraordinary center for penguins in the world!” [...]
Q&A With Our Donors – Jerry and Suzanne Callahan
Jerry and Suzanne Callahan’s relationship with Davenport University spans more than two decades, which is fitting for people who describe themselves as lifelong learners. Their strong commitment to education and connection to Davenport led them to establish the Jerry and Suzanne Callahan Endowed Scholarship. Suzanne is a Davenport faculty member, teaching at the W.A. Lettinga [...]
Alumni Success Story: Brandie Heyboer ’16
As a Staff Accountant for Broadstone Accounting, Brandie Heyboer ’16 works behind-the-scenes as a bookkeeper and accountant for hotels and campgrounds around the Ludington area. Brandie values mentors and networking because of the connections she built growing up in a small town. She says, “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the great mentors [...]
Announcing the 2016 Alumni Award Honorees
2016 Alumni Award Recipients Distinguished Alumni Award Mike Ohlman, Class of 1988, Grand Rapids Fulton Street Campus Mike Ohlman, ’89, combined two of his favorite passions, cars and accounting, to create a path to his dream job as the CFO at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids. During college at Davenport, Mike worked in the parts [...]
DU Accepted Into NCAA Division II Membership Process
We are proud to announce that Davenport’s application for National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) membership in Division II has been approved for the three-year membership process. As you know, Davenport is committed to quality and achievement of high standards. Acceptance of our application for membership into NCAA Division II affirms the great progress we have made as [...]
Alumni Success Story: Aldina Sejdovic ’11
Aldina Sejdovic ’11 grew up in Dresden, Germany and now leads a team at Lake Michigan Credit Union as a Branch Manager with her passion for helping people. She started as a Teller and took classes at Davenport to help advance her career. Aldina says, “The more DU classes I took, the more I realized [...]
5 New Things Happening Around the W.A. Lettinga Campus this Summer!
With the growing enrollment of the W.A. Lettinga Campus, many  new things are popping up all over the campus this summer! Check out the list of new buildings, residence halls, clubs, and student organizations below! #1 Donald W. Maine College of Business Building The Donald W. Maine College of Business building is starting to look [...]
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