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Alumni and Development
Make a Living. Make a Life. Make a Contribution. - M.E. Davenport
THE OFFICE OF ALUMNI AND DEVELOPMENT

The Office of Alumni & Development serves to advance Davenport University’s students, faculty, facilities, programs and services. 

WHO WE ARE

Meet the Alumni & Development Staff

STAY CONNECTED

Your best place to learn about DU happenings

INVEST IN THE VISION

Be a part of the success of DU students

ALUMNI BENEFITS

 You have access to a wide range of benefits

CONTACT US

Contact the Alumni & Development Office 

Events
Davenport Day
Wherever you are on April 27, we encourage you to join the fun and be a part of the social-sharing, red and black-wearing, prize-winning Davenport online celebration.
Excellence in Business Dinner Gala
Join us for the Excellence in Business Dinner Gala is Davenport’s premier black-tie event. This year we will be honoring Brian Walker, President and CEO of Herman Miller, Inc. with the Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business Award. Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, will be the featured speaker.
Fifth Third River Bank Run
Join DU for the Fifth Third River Bank Fun on May 12. Join team "Davenport University" and use the password "RunDU2018" for $5 off your registration and a free t-shirt (discount applies to students, alumni & staff). Sign up by Apr. 30.
Summer Kick-Off at Founders Brewing Co.
Join alumni and friends for the 2018 Summer Kick-Off event at Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids on Friday, May 18.
Happy Hour at Hop Lot in Traverse City
Join us for a happy hour at Hop Lot in Suttons Bay! All alumni are welcome to attend this event on Friday, May 18.
Alumni Tigers Outing
Join us for an alumni outing at the Tigers game on Saturday, June 9 at Comerica Park.
West Michigan Alumni Golf Outing
The West Michigan Area Alumni Golf Outing is on Monday, July 16. Save the date!
Lansing Lugnuts Alumni Outing
Attend the 2018 Lansing Lugnut Alumni Outing on Friday, July 20. Buy your tickets today!
Great Lakes Loons Alumni Outing
Sign up for the 2018 Great Lakes Loons Alumni Outing on Saturday, August 4. Buy your tickets today!
Scholarship Golf Classic
Davenport University will hold its 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Classic on Monday, August 20 at the Egypt Valley Country Club in Grand Rapids, MI.
Your Impact

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. 

67,885
Total number of alumni

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

$939,071
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.

100%
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 alumni@davenport.edu.

 

Volunteer

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
A Day in the Life of National Cherry Festival Director Kat Paye, ’04

They say life is like a bowl of cherries. For Kat Paye, ’04, it really is. Paye is the executive director of the National Cherry Festival. Paye’s passion for the NCF began when she was a 6-year-old volunteer commissioned by her friend, Jeff — a quadriplegic whose charisma and love for life inspired her and...

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Making the jump from a ‘wantrepreneur’ to an entrepreneur

James Czerew, a 2007 College of Technology alumnus, started his first company, TechConnect, LLC, in 2011 after a period of working in the healthcare industry. “For most of my life, I had the idea I might one day start a company. I quickly learned that there is a big difference between the dream of starting...

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Infiltrating the Department of Defense: Davenport alumnus builds computer science career

You need national clearance to know what alumnus Andrew Cranmer, ’15, is working on for the Department of Defense in South Carolina. Many of his duties are classified due to national security. Cranmer mainly works on projects relating to XXXXXXXXX, machine learning, XXXXXXXX, computer vision, XXXXXXXX and biometrics — similar to the courses he completed...

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Alumnus shares stormy Hurricane Harvey experience

After Hurricane Harvey made landfall and Texans were climbing to their rooftops for rescue, Davenport University alumnus Eric Dykema, ’13, worked endless hours to ensure the U.S. Coast Guard’s helicopters were ready to take flight and save lives. The Grand Rapids native enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard months after graduating in May 2013 with...

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DU sport management alumnus puts his skills to work at the Super Bowl

While millions of viewers watched the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, Ryan Coleman — a Davenport University alumnus — was given the opportunity to put his skills and knowledge to work at the event. Coleman earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from DU in 2016 and is currently working on his graduate degree at Minot...

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Aaron House, ’16, establishes a new scholarship for underserved students interested in technology careers

Creating opportunities Aaron House, ’16, doesn’t take the generosity of others for granted. That is why after years of having amazing opportunities and supportive mentors in the IT field, he created a scholarship at Davenport University geared at helping underserved populations obtain jobs in technology. For House, investing in a scholarship means more than helping...

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Davenport Duos

Throughout the week, the DU Alumni Association Facebook page is sharing Davenport Duos stories in celebration of Valentine’s Day. View a sneak peek of the love stories below and follow along on the Facebook page. Admir, ’12, MBA ’15, and Brooke Lugonjic, MBA ’15 (pictured above) “Admir and I met in a marketing class during...

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Alumni Success Story: Guy Weeks, ‘86, ‘09

As a Chief Deputy of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana, Guy Weeks, ‘86, ‘09, is considered the trusted advisor and administrator of the court. Q&A with Guy Weeks Tell us about yourself! I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. My path is unique as I attended Davenport College right...

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New Alumni Mentor Network helps prepare Davenport University students for the real world

Marie Woodard, ‘94, is the kind of mentor students would want in their corner when navigating challenging educational and professional decisions. Disha Roddy, ’19, appreciates Marie’s first-hand guidance. Disha is a graduate student in Davenport University’s MBA program and was paired with Marie in the fall for the first-ever Alumni Mentor Network program commissioned and...

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Alumna catapults her global career with Steelcase
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