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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 

Annual Alumni Basketball Games
Grab your basketball shoes and sign up for a spot on the roster for the alumni basketball scrimmage. After the scrimmage, enjoy lunch provided by the DU Alumni Association. Afterwards, catch the action of the Panther Men's and Women's Basketball teams. Save the date for January 28!
Red Wings Alumni Hockey Game
Meet us in Detroit and enjoy a "hat trick" of the city's finest attractions on Friday, February 3. Start the night off at Atwater Brewery sampling beer from their amazing tap list. While at the brewery get ready for BBQ sliders from the famous Slows BBQ. From there head to the Joe for college alumni night and catch the action of the Detroit Red Wings.
Young Alumni "Get Your Finances Brewing" Event
Have questions about personal finance? Do you want to retire early? Stop by GR Brewing Company on Thursday, February 9 for a session on how to get your finances "brewing".
Lansing Alumni Hockey Tailgate
Join us for the Lansing area alumni DII Hockey Game Tailgate on February 10th in East Lansing and watch the Panthers take on the Spartans!
Alumni Wine and Food Event in Traverse City
Join us on Friday, February 24 for a wine and food event at Rove Estate, owned by alumna McKenzie Gallagher '11. RSVP today!
DU Foundation Scholarship Reception
Save the date for the Davenport University Foundation Scholarship Reception on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the W.A. Lettinga Campus.
Midland Graduation Celebration
Save the date for April 21, 2017 for the annual Midland Graduation Celebration.
Excellence in Business Gala
Save the date for the Excellence in Business Dinner Gala on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the DeVos Place. Visit the Excellence in Business Gala website for more information.

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.

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 – Stacie James ’98
After landing a co-op position at Kellogg Company as a student just over 22 years ago, alumna Stacie James ‘98 worked her way up earning the position of Plant Finance Controller. Stacie has balanced the books, managed international finance relationships and now manages the finances for one of the largest cereal plants in “Cereal City [...]
6 ways to get involved in your Alumni Association in 2017
Stay connect by getting involved in your active alumni network! Social Media - Follow us on Facebook and Instagram! Connecting on our social media outlets is one of the fastest ways to get the most updated information on what is happening with DU alumni. Plus, who doesn’t like fun pictures of alumni and snowy campus [...]
Road Map for your Personal Development
I’m a huge fan of GPS. Before that, I was a constant user of websites like MapQuest and Google Maps. Before that, I possessed a 50-state road atlas, State of Michigan map with detailed inset maps of various cities and two county map books that included every street within the county. When I’m driving, I [...]
Alumni Success Story: Ellen Garrison ’00 ‘05
As the CFO of Accroseal, Ellen Garrison ‘05 is responsible for all aspects of accounting, human resources and operations. Ellen credits her human resources certificate from DU as the foundation for her success. “More doors have been opened for me thanks to the technical skills and knowledge I received while earning my HR certificate at [...]
DU Football Inaugural Season A Success
The Davenport University football team concluded their inaugural season on Saturday, November 5 with a 6-5 record, which is very impressive for a first year program. Coach Lou Esposito said, “I am proud of the team. They had a winning season as the first team in school history and I am looking forward to next year.” He shares a few notable [...]
Alumni Success Story: Deb Marshall ’06
Motivated by the desire to create a better life for her children, Deb Marshall ’06 is no stranger to hard work. She is a mother, wife, grandmother, employee, volunteer and adventure seeker! Deb spends her days as a systems engineer at Van Andel Institute, where she helps manage information technology hardware and software systems. Learn [...]
Alumnus Wes Trimpe Honored With Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Congratulations to alumnus Wes Trimpe for being named Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Epic Awards. Wes graduated from Davenport University in 2013 with a BBA in Finance. His successful baseball career started locally at East Kentwood High School and then continued at DU where he specialized in first [...]
Alumni Success Story: Art Garner ’89 ’91 ’04
A Principal’s Message To Students “If I could meet Instructor Soper today,” Art Garner smiled slowly, “I would probably cry,” as he recalled his favorite professor who inspired him to go into education. Garner grew up near Ottawa Hills in Grand Rapids in the mid-70′s. Money was scarce for his parents, who had divorced when [...]
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Visited Campus
Last week, Davenport University was honored to have Anil Singh-Molares, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows (WWVF) visit campus. The WWVF program, operating for more than 40 years, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the U.S. for substantive dialog with students and faculty members. “This is a tremendous honor [...]
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