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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 

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
Kat Paye ’14 Alumni Success Story
This Saturday, the 91st Annual National Cherry Festival kicks off in Traverse City. We sat down with the festival’s biggest cheerleader, the executive director and alumna Kat Paye ‘14, to learn more about her nearly 25 year journey with the festival. Read her alumni success story below. Tell us about yourself! I have lived in [...]
Alumni Success Story: Randy Goodyke ‘85
True Success Is Trusting Your Team Randy spent 20 years building his dream business- one that he drafted business plans for at Davenport University. Today, it’s a successful company and he has team that he is proud to call family. Read more about Randy’s inspiring view of success below. Tell us about yourself, Randy! I [...]
Alumni Success Story – Sara Eschels ’84 ’97 ‘06
As a three-time alumna of Davenport, Sara Eschels ’84, ’97, ’06 believes in paying it forward, just as her former bosses and mentors have done for her. “Leading and helping others is my way of paying back the people who helped me get where I am today.” Learn more about Sara Eschels and her role [...]
DU Review Sneak Peek: Bonnie ’84, ’94 and Ron ’88 Kopp and Melanie (Kopp) Reilly ’13
For more than 25 years, Bonnie Kopp ’84, ’94 has worked to create legacies for others through her work as senior trust advisor at Northern Trust. Bonnie works with families to help build wealth, create estate plans and manage funds for those who have created trusts. About her philosophy, she says, “It isn’t the number [...]
DU Review Sneak Peek: Sue Nemmers ’85 and Rachel Payne ’10, ’12
For Susan (Kitzrow) Nemmers ‘85, Davenport University is a special place for two generations of her family. “Both my daughter, Rachel, and I started at Davenport in pursuit of a business education but gained so much more. Though we attended 25 years apart, we gained very similar experiences, friendships and a foundation for our success. [...]
DU Review Sneak Peek – Regina Moore ’83, ’90
Regina Moore was born in Boston into poverty, turbulence and uncertainty. Statistically, her odds of breaking out of the cycle of poverty were slim, but determination and grit were on her side. Regina found promise at Davenport University and changed not only her own life forever, but the lives of her entire family and the [...]
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” [...]
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