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Office of 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
Career Services Comfort Zones Challenges
Alumni are welcome to join Career Services for the Comfort Zones Challenges event at the W.A. Lettinga Campus on Thursday, December 1st. We are also looking for volunteers for this event.
Alumni Movie Night in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids area alumni - RSVP for a family friendly movie event at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids for the viewing of Disney's Moana on Friday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Alumni Movie Event in Lansing
Lansing area alumni - RSVP for a family friendly movie event at Celebration Cinema in Lansing for the viewing of Disney's Moana on Saturday, December 3 at 12:30 p.m.
Alumni Holiday Party
Join us for the annual Alumni Holiday Party at Frederik Meijer Gardens on Tuesday, December 6.
Young Alumni Holiday Spirits Event
Let the DU Young Alumni Council help you "Get into the Holiday Spirit" with our exclusive event on Thursday, December 15. at Flat Lander's Bar from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
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. 

66,000
Successful alumni worldwide

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

$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.

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 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
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 [...]
Alumni Success Story – Guy Davis ’92
Guy Davis ‘92 has spent his entire career in claims at Farmers Insurance. “Claims has given me the opportunity to help people all around our country. The work is extremely challenging but there is a great sense of accomplishment and service when you help someone begin to rebuild after a life altering event.” Guy will [...]
Alumni Success Story – Megan Collison ‘12
As a Family Medicine Physician Assistant at Metro Health Hospital, alumna Megan Collison ’12 is devoted to providing comprehensive care for people of all ages. “I care for patients who need anything from a basic check-up to taking out stitches to treatment of chronic health conditions.” Learn more about Megan and why she enjoys being [...]
W.A. Lettinga Charter Scholarship Club Alumni Reunion
Alumni who received the full tuition W.A. Lettinga Charter Scholarship in 2006 gathered on Monday, October 10 to thank Mr. Wilbur Lettinga ’55 for his generous contribution. Pictured L to R: Back Row: Jeremy Venlet, Nick Venlet, Katie Bravata, Megan Stiffler, Nick Kuncaitis, Rachel Payne, Beth Kosc, Vinny Baldiga, Sara Mooney; Second Row: Amy DeKievit, Devin [...]
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