Monthly Archive for June, 2013

Check out photos from 2013 Commencement

About 1,000 graduates from across the state celebrated their new degrees last weekend during DU Commencement ceremonies in downtown Grand Rapids!  Richard C. Breon, President and CEO of Spectrum Health, was the 2013 Commencement Speaker and addressed the Class of 2013 during ceremony.

Click here to see the entire photo gallery, featuring many students, faculty and staff.

2013 Excellence in Business Dinner

On May 3, 2013, Mrs. Laura Bush, former First Lady, was the featured speak for the 2013 Excellence in Business Dinner Gala. It was a grand affair with over 850 in attendance. Michael J. Jandernoa, former Chairman and CEO of Perrigo Company, a leading global healthcare supplier, was honored with the 2013 Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business Award. Jandernoa supports entrepreneurship through Grand Angels, Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring and Bridge Street Capital Partners while serving on numerous boards. Several former award recipients were in attendance where all were served a Northern Italian dinner and entertained by the John Shea Trio.

Mrs. Bush’s comments were genuine and heartfelt. She shared her experiences as a First Lady, the responsibilities and opportunities that came with it for the terms President George W. Bush served. She also spoke of the September 11experience the shook the nation and the aftermath from her perspective in the White House.

The Excellence in Business Dinner Gala is a fundraiser for Davenport Scholarships. Over $130,000 was raised. Next year’s gala is scheduled for May 2, 2014, at the DeVos Place. Save the Date!

View photos from this year’s event.

Alumni Whitecaps Outing

On Thursday, April 4th, 2013, the Davenport University Alumni Association hosted DU alumni, friends and families at the opening day game of the West Michigan Whitecaps’ 2013 season as they defeated the Dayton Dragons in extra innings.

Guests enjoyed great food and hospitality in the new Super Suite, which consists of a “mega-suite” gathering-area and included views of the game from inside the suite as well as outside on the balcony.  A post-game fireworks show helped wrap up a fantastic evening in celebration of the Whitecap’s thrilling victory!

The Alumni Association received rave reviews from guests, and looks forward to hosting a multitude of similar social networking and alumni family events in the future.  Click here to view a few photos from the outing, and stay tuned for registration opportunities for upcoming university happenings! The Alumni Association sends a big “Thank You” to everyone who attended, and looks forward to seeing you at our next event.

Davenport Scholarship Golf Classic

Save the date! Monday, August 19 marks the 27th Annual Davenport Scholarship Golf Classic at the beautiful Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, Michigan.

The annual outing is a fundraising event to increase the much-needed student scholarship support, and has over raised over $1.2 million dollars in its’ 26 year history. Click here to view available sponsorship opportunities and to register online, or mail/fax/scan the downloadable form to the Office of Advancement.

Please share this opportunity with friends, family and professional colleagues. Your help is vital to our success!

Date: Monday, August 19
Egypt Valley Country Club (Map)

10:30-11:30 a.m. – Registration and Lunch
12:00 p.m. – Shotgun start
5:30 p.m. – Dinner, Auction and Raffle

If you have questions, please email Jason Madden or (616) 233-2593.

More Information | Register Online | Downloadable Form