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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 

DU Day of Research
Alumni volunteers are needed for the fourth annual DU Day of Research. All levels of experience and backgrounds are welcome to volunteer.
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.
Life 101
Join the Young Alumni Council for the annual Life 101 event to talk about life after college. Topics will include budgeting, social life, buying a house, and many others.
Midland Graduation Celebration
Join us on 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.
Lansing Fun Financials Event
Learn from area experts how to manage your finances better!
Alumni Summer Kick-Off
Save the date for the Alumni Summer Kick-Off at Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids.
DU at the John Ball Park Zoo
Save the date for the Annual Alumni DU at the John Ball Zoo event in Grand Rapids.

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.

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 – 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 [...]
Alumni Success Story – Kate Gadbois ’12
As a child, Kate’s family repeatedly told her she should be an attorney due to her exceptional ability to argue. At first, the length of schooling required turned her off. But thanks to her incredible professors and experience in DU’s paralegal program, Kate graduated in 2012 and went on to pursue her law degree. Now, [...]
Alumni Success Story – Pat McPherson ’06
From stump grinding to mopping factory floors, Pat McPherson ’06 has had some dirty jobs. But, thanks to his interest in IT, Pat pursued education at Davenport University where he earned his BS in Computer Networking. Now, Pat leads a team at ITS Partners as a senior sales engineer solving IT problems for clients all [...]
Alumni Success Story – Mohamad Abdulkader Agha ‘03
Chancellor Emeritus Donald W. Maine called it fate. Mohamad Abdulkader Agha ‘03 called it meant to be. Their serendipitous relationship is heartwarming. Learn more about Mohamad’s path to Davenport and his success as he lives and works in Dubai, leading the strategy team at the International Humanitarian City (IHC), part of the Mohammad Bin Rashid [...]
Volunteer for BPA & DECA
Business Professionals of America (BPA) and DECA need your help! On February 4, 150+ DECA students will meet to network, learn business strategies and showcase their skills at the weekend-long Career Development Conference. We are in need of industry leaders and professionals to judge these events, specifically we need an accounting event judge on February 4, [...]
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 [...]
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