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Alumni and Development
Make a Living, Make a Life, Make a Contribution

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 

Alumni Awards Celebration
Join us to honor six outstanding alumni who have exemplified the vision and values of the University.
Homecoming 2016
Mark your calendars for Davenport’s Homecoming Celebration on September 19-24, 2016! This year our 150th Anniversary Celebration Homecoming Week will include numerous events on campus. All DU alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends are welcome to attend!
Founders' 150th Anniversary Gala
Save the date for the Founders' 150th Anniversary Gala celebrating Davenport University's Sesquicentennial on Thursday, September 29 at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI.
Fall Harvest at Robinette's
Save the date for a fun afternoon at Robinette's Apple Haus with Davenport alumni.

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
Alumni Success Story: Amanda Denomme ‘15
As a Digital Content Strategist for Dart Container, alumna Amanda Denomme ‘15 spends her days running around the Dart Container campus assisting in photo shoots and writing about foodservice products, foam recycling, and the iconic red Solo® party cup. Learn about the many hats Amanda wears as a social listener, content marketer, and creative influencer [...]
4 Reasons to Volunteer for DU Freshmen Move In Day 2016
Freshman move-in is right around the corner and we need your help! Learn more about the experience and why you should volunteer below! Share your own experiences and answer questions! As an alumni, at one point or another, you had your own move in day as a freshman at DU! You can use your expertise [...]
Alumni Success Story – Myrna Starr Brown ’14
“Davenport University helped me find my purpose,” said Myrna Starr Brown ’14. After nearly two decades as a hair stylist, Myrna turned in her clippers for a stethoscope as she earned her BSN at Davenport. Today, she is a RN Unit Manager at Sanctuary at McAuley in Muskegon, MI assisting senior residents in their rehabilitation [...]
Perfect Night for Lansing Lugnuts Alumni Outing
It was a perfect night for baseball, as nearly 40 alumni and friends gathered for a Lansing Lugnuts ballgame last week Friday.  Alumni were greeted with front row seats on the Pepsi Porch and an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet! The night ended with a bang as fireworks lit up the summer night sky over center field. [...]
Alumni Success Story – Tina Pietrangelo ’07
By day, Tina Pietrangelo ’07 leads a staff of more than 300 people as the Plant Manager of the Haworth LPP Plant. By night, Tina’s passion is serving as a board member at the Boys and Girls Club of Holland, mentoring the next generation of leaders. Learn more about Tina’s journey, her experience at Davenport [...]
Volunteer for the Color Run
Looking for a fun way to give back to DU? Volunteer for the Color Run in Downtown GR! The Women’s Lacrosse Team is looking for volunteers to help throw color at the 2016 Color Run in downtown Grand Rapids this Saturday, August 6. Each and very volunteer counts! That means if the Women’s Lacrosse Program [...]
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!” [...]
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