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Alumni and Development
Make a Living. Make a Life. Make a Contribution. - M.E. Davenport

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 Summer Kick-Off
Sign up today for the Alumni Summer Kick-Off at Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids on Friday, June 16.
DU at the John Ball Park Zoo
Join us for the Annual Alumni DU at the John Ball Zoo event in Grand Rapids on Saturday, June 24.
Young Alumni Whitecaps Outing
Join the Young Alumni Council for a day at the ballpark for the annual Young Alumni Whitecaps Outing on Thursday, July 13.
Traverse City Alumni Happy Hour
Save the date for the Traverse City Area Alumni Happy Hour at Right Brain Brewery on Thursday, July 20.
Grand Rapids Alumni Golf Outing
Grab your clubs for the annual Grand Rapids Alumni Golf Outing at Watermark Country Club on Monday, July 24.
Lansing Lugnuts Alumni Baseball Outing
Join the Mid-Michigan Alumni Club for the annual Lansing Lugnuts Baseball Outing on Friday, July 28.
Great Lakes Loons Alumni Baseball Outing
Join the Midland & Saginaw Alumni Clubs for the annual Midland Loons Baseball Outing on Saturday, August 5 at Dow Diamond.
Detroit Tigers Baseball Alumni Outing
Join us at Comerica Park for the Tigers Baseball Alumni Outing on Saturday, August 12.
Scholarship Golf Classic
Join us for the 31st Annual Scholarship Golf Classic on Monday, August 21 at the Egypt Valley Country Club 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, 737 students received a total of $939,071 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.

Learn how your support helps students...

Click the video below to hear how scholarships made a difference for Jared, Chynna, Abigail, Kuana, and Allison.

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 – Tom Hazen ’99
Today, you might find Tom Hazen ’99 loading a plane with product bound for Portugal, managing distributor relations or traveling to Milan to oversee operations, but his passion for traveling and adventures started at an early age. After college, Tom landed a job working for Materion Performance Alloys. Working his way up, Tom is now [...]
Alternative Spring Break Heads to New Orleans to #DUgood!
Davenport University’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Program recently sent 18 students to New Orleans from February 25 - March 3 to assist with flood prevention and recovery through ecosystem restoration. ASB offers students the opportunity to become active citizens in their home communities and communities across the nation. The group stayed in the historic Lower Ninth Ward, which [...]
Alumni Success Story – Dichondra Johnson ’06
When Dichondra Johnson ’06 goes to work, she changes Michigan’s economy. In her new role as Business Development Manager for Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), she is focused on retaining  businesses in Michigan by connecting them to talent resources, access to capital and resources for local investment opportunities. She also works with the “Pure Michigan” [...]
Alumni Success Story – Judy Williams ’62
Judy Williams ’62 drew inspiration from being the only woman in her accounting program. Never intimidated even now, nearly 53 years later Judy works in an accounting role at Saladin Shrines, a non-profit that provides support for Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. Learn how Judy is aligning her passions with her love of numbers below. Tell [...]
Alumni Success Story – Rachel Tuttleman ’10, ’11
Rachel Tuttleman BBA ’10, MBA ’11 believes working at Shefit, Inc. a Grand Rapids based startup company, is “the most rewarding, yet hardest job” she has ever had. Learn why below. Tell me about yourself, Rachel After growing up in Rockford, MI, I moved a few miles to Grand Rapids to attend Davenport University, where [...]
2017 Alumni Award Nominations are Open
Do you know someone from your class, network or company who you believe should be recognized for their accomplishments, service to others and contributions to the community? The Davenport University Alumni Association is currently seeking nominations for the 2017 Alumni Awards and we need your help identifying outstanding DU alumni. Honor someone you admire today by nominating [...]
Alumni Success Story – Andrew Cranmer ’15
Many of the details about Andrew Cranmer’s job at the Space and Naval Warfare Command System Center Atlantic Branch are classified, but his general role is scientist. He mainly works on projects relating to machine learning, computer vision and biometrics, similar to his courses of study at DU. Read more about Andrew’s journey to the [...]
Alumni Success Story – April Braman ’14
As a Case Manager at the University of Michigan, April Braman, CCM ‘14 manages short and long term disability cases for their employees, assists them with ADA accommodations, return to work concerns, and FMLA clarification. She says her experience at Davenport empowered her. “It allowed me to believe in myself and it has given me [...]
Following Grandpa’s Footsteps – Roger Luurtsema & Allison Luurtsema #TBT Story
“I chose Davenport because I wanted instruction that was practical and directly applicable to my career,” Roger Luurtsema explained.  Now, nearly 65 years later, his granddaughter Allison Luurtsema is following in his footsteps; eager to learn and grow at Davenport. Roger was born to Peter and Lillian Luurtsema in their Grand Rapids home in 1932 [...]
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