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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 

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
6 DU facts that will make you proud to be a Panther Forever!
Two nursing students co-authored DU’s first scientific student research paper. Read more here. DU is celebrating its 150th Anniversary milestone this year. Alumni are invited to the Founders’ 150th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, September 29th. Professor Terri Tomaszek celebrated her 48th year leading and teaching students at Davenport! In recognition of this accomplishment, a group [...]
Attention Chicago Area Alumni
Are you an alumnus living in the Chicago area? We want to hear from you! The Alumni Association is here to serve DU alumni living and/or working in the Chicago area. Our goal is to connect alumni by hosting events and networking opportunities. If you are interested in attending an event in Chicago or helping [...]
Alumni Success Story: Jack Finkelstein ‘84
Jack Finkelstein ’84 developed an app that could save your life – SmartEMS. As a NYC paramedic, he saw the need to modernize the EMS system, creating a faster, safer way to connect and save patients. A Brooklyn, NY based company,  SmartEMS allows smartphone users to contact an ambulance with state certified emergency EMT’s and [...]
You are invited to the Alumni Awards Ceremony
You are invited to the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony to honor six graduates who have exemplified the vision and values of the University through their professional and community service. Join the Alumni Association on Friday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. to honor the following alumni: Distinguished Alumni Award – Mike Ohlman, Class of 1988, Grand [...]
Alumni Success Story: Leslie Winkle ’11, ’16
“Work hard and be nice,” is the motto that runs deep in alumna’s Leslie Winkle’s company, Studio 415 Salon. “That is what differentiates us. Our culture is our number one priority, and everyone is kind and inviting. We go the extra mile with little things.” Her hard work has paid off! Studio 415 was recently [...]
Thank you Move-In Day Volunteers
Thank you to all the amazing alumni and friends who helped with New Student Move-in Day last week Friday! We couldn’t have asked for a better day to move in the new students. Without the generous support of alumni volunteers, this day would not have been possible. If you are interested in volunteering at Davenport [...]
You are invited to the Founders’ 150th Anniversary Gala
You are invited to Davenport University’s Founders’ 150th Gala on Thursday, September 29, 2016 DeVos Place in the Steelcase Ballrooms at 6:00 p.m. Please join presenting sponsor the Wilbur & Sharon Lettinga family as we celebrate Davenport University’s past 150 years. The evening will feature emcee Juliet Dragos, WZZM news anchor, and a performance by [...]
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 [...]
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