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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 Award Ceremony
View photos from the 2017 Alumni Award Ceremony on Facebook.
Homecoming 2017
View photos from the Homecoming 2017 on Facebook.
Alumni Holiday Party
Join fellow alumni and friends for a festive evening exploring "Christmas and Holiday Traditions from Around the World” at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park on December 5.
Career Services Comfort Zone Challenges
Volunteer at the Career Services Comfort Zone Challenges on Thursday, December 7 at the W.A. Lettinga Campus.
A Night at the Planetarium
Save the date for at Night at the Planetarium at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on December 14.
Get in the Holiday Spirits Young Alumni Event
Save the date for the Get in the Holiday Spirits Young Alumni Event on Friday, December 15 at Flat Lander's Barstillery.
Grand Rapids Alumni Movie Night Featuring
The DU Alumni Association invites you to Dinner and a Movie on Saturday, December 16. Be the first to see the latest installment in the Star Wars saga.
Red Wings Alumni Event
Save the date for the Red Wings Alumni Event on Thursday, January 25 at the new Little Caesars Arena.
K-Wings Alumni Event
Save the date for the K-Wings Alumni Event on Saturday, February 17 at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo.

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. 

Total number of alumni

Read about the work, accomplishments and impact of DU alumni in various professions and industries in alumni success stories

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
Hungerford Nichols Creating Synergy for Students and Alumni
When Heather Halligan, ’03, pictured the perfect job, she envisioned one that put people first. Heather Halligan, who began working at Hungerford Nichols nearly five years ago as a Marketing Specialist, said that is why she loves her position. “Hungerford believes in helping people. We have a family-like culture where people enjoy going to work.” [...]
Eric Rupert ’06 Says “Ni Hao” to Shanghai Business
Hockey friends of Eric Rupert, ’06, speak of him in tones of awe usually reserved for local legends, and with good reason. In a few short years after graduating, he became a specialist in eco-building materials, created a vast network of business contacts and co-founded a company that specializes in providing sustainable building products in [...]
Discovering Opportunity: Mai Yansomboon – DU Review Summer 2017 Feature Story
Porntida (Mai) Yansomboon ’14, brings a wealth of personal knowledge and experience to her job at the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington D.C. “I grew up in a business savvy family,” says Yansomboon, a Thai citizen who lived in Grand Rapids before attending Davenport. “My family imported tractors and equipment from Thailand. When I got the opportunity to work at the Royal Thai Embassy [...]
Alumni Success Story – Jeff Lumpp MBA ’13
Jeff Lumpp was on the fast track to landing his dream job when an opportunity he couldn’t turn down presented itself. Learn about how this opportunity led him to even bigger things below. Tell us about yourself! I grew up in Muskegon, Michigan and attended Mona Shores High School. After high school, I attended Muskegon [...]
Kuana Says Thank You…
Dear Davenport University Donors, Hello, my name is Kuana Marie School. I am a senior nursing student at Davenport University at the Lansing campus. I want to begin by saying “thank you” for supporting scholarships at all of our Davenport locations. Because of you, I received a scholarship that not only helped to fund my [...]
Alumni Success Story – Eric Killough ‘06
Retired Coast Guard Chief Eric Killough ‘06 has had several lifetimes of achievements already and is now setting his sights on a business platform he created in Slovenia to help young people reach their highest potential. Learn more about Eric’s story as a mentor, entrepreneur and coach below. Tell us about yourself! I am originally [...]
Introducing the 2017 Alumni Award Recipients
The Alumni Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2017 Alumni Award recipients. The following alumni have exemplified the vision and values of Davenport University through their professional and community service. Introducing the 2017 Alumni Award honorees, pictured above from L to R: Distinguished Alumni Award Mike Nelsen, Class of 1987 Mike earned his BBA in [...]
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 [...]
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