Monthly Archive for December, 2010

“Please Take a Seat”


January 1st officially marks the opening for all alumni and DU friends to participate in our Wilbur and Sharon Lettinga Auditorium “Please Take a Seat” campaign. This campaign is intended to give alumni and DU friends an affordable and meaningful way to contribute to the Davenport Fund. For a contribution of $500, $300 or $150, you will have the opportunity to sponsor a seat, memorialize a loved one, or honor someone very special to you.

When you sponsor a seat, a brass nameplate bearing the inscription of your choice will be affixed to the arm of the seat. Each nameplate has space for 3 lines with a maximum of 18 characters per line.

Seats are going fast with only 12 left at the $150 level; 61 left at the $300 level; and 64 left at the $500 level. So won’t you “Please Take a Seat” before they’re all gone?

Purchase your seat online or download to print and mail the form.

For more information contact Kaylen Williams in the Office of Advancement at 616-233-3417.

Two DU alums working hard to bring $1 Million to help West Michigan’s hungry

Two Davenport University alums have joined forces to bring $1 Million to help West Michigan’s hungry. WalMart’s Fighting Hunger campaign has pledged to bring $1 Million to help fight hunger in the city that gains the most support by Dec. 31.

Paul Jendrasiak, CEO of, and Jennifer Phillips Wilson, Partner, with Grand Development Associates, have been influential in raising awareness for WalMart’s current “Fighting Hunger” campaign. This outstanding community involvement on behalf of two DU alums shows that our University instills strong values among its students and alumni. Grand Rapids was in first place for a short period of time, and is now in second place, but gaining momentum very quickly through the efforts of the group Jennifer and Paul have formed to create awareness for this cause.

Watch their video on Wood TV8′s eightWest.

How you can help!

Think about what an amazing difference $1 Million could do for the hungry in West Michigan. The process to support this initiative is very simple.
1. Visit
2. Click “like”
3. Leave a quick comment

2nd Annual Winterfest Alumni Basketball game and reception


Former DU basketball coach, Corey McNeal

The Davenport University Alumni Association and Athletics Department invites alumni basketball players from the men’s and women’s program to join us on January 15 for back-to-back alumni basketball games as part of WinterFest 2011.

Following is the schedule for the day:

Alumni Basketball GamesRegister to play here
• Women’s – 10 a.m.
• Men’s – 11 a.m.

Lady Panthers vs. Aquinas
• 1 p.m. at Aquinas
• Bus provided to take alumni basketball players to the game at 12:30 p.m.

Men’s B-ball vs. Aquinas
• 3 p.m. at DU Student Center

Alumni Dinner sponsored by Uccello’s
• 5 p.m. at DU Student Center

View photos from last year’s alumni game.

Young Alumni Winter Reception @ the GRAM


Join your DU colleagues at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) for cocktails, conversation, a chance to meet the members of the Alumni Board and a peek at the Princess Di exhibit.

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 – Reception & Museum Admission
$15 - Reception, Museum & Princess Di Exhibit

Where: Grand Rapids Art Museum (Map)

Register online

DU to Sponsor Huge New Year’s Eve Party


The Ball Drop

Davenport University is once again the main stage sponsor for the New Year’s Eve event in downtown Grand Rapids that draws more than 30,000 people. The annual Hot New Year’s Eve Party is held outdoors in Rosa Park Circle and features popular bands and the traditional midnight ball drop. Alumni, current students, faculty, staff and friends of Davenport are all invited to this exciting event.

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Chicago Alumni & Friends Reception a Success


On Friday, December 10 nearly 30 DU alums and friends gathered at Trump Towers in Chicago for the first Chicago Alumni Davenport reception in several years. While most guests were from the city and surrounding suburbs; one alumnus traveled up from Hilton Head Island to hear President Pappas talk about the University’s Vision,  meet the next Chairman of DU’s Governing Board of Trustees, Tracy Graham and to reconnect with other DU alums and friends.

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Upcoming athletic events

#1 Northwestern vs #2 Davenport

The Lady Panthers look to take over the #1 spot when they take on Northwestern College (Iowa) on Wednesday, December 29 at 5 p.m. in the DU Student Center (Map) Come out and cheer on the Panthers!

Watch the video preview!

Double-header basketball vs NW Ohio

“Code Red” games -- Special alumni ticket price. Bring your whole family for just $5! Normal ticket price is $5 per person -- this one time only deal gets your family in for just $5.

All fans are encouraged to wear red.

When: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Women’s -- 5:30 p.m.
Men’s - 7:30 p.m.
(Halftime -- wings eating contest sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings)

Where: DU Student Center (Map)