Monthly Archive for July, 2013

Homecoming: A New Tradition Begins!

Homecoming conjures up memories of crisp, fall nights, football games under the lights and tailgate parties. We are excited to bring your memories to life. This year, our Homecoming weekend features Davenport Panthers vs. Michigan State Spartans in our first ever Homecoming Rugby event. It’s DU’s version of football and it’s good stuff! Coming off of a championship year, the Davenport Panthers will be ready to rumble.

Join us for an exciting weekend of Homecoming activity:

Thursday, September 26 | Alumni Awards Celebration

6:30 p.m. – Alumni Awards Celebration opening reception in the Robert W. Sneden Center
7-7:45 p.m. – Awards Ceremony in the Wilbur A. and Sharon L. Lettinga Auditorium
7:45 p.m. – Celebration reception and strolling dinner in the Robert W. Sneden Meeting Rooms

Registration coming soon!

Friday, September 27 | 11th Annual Homecoming

Alumni Career Day (activities in select classrooms)

5:30 p.m. - Homecoming Tailgate on Davenport grounds
7:30 p.m. – DU Panthers vs. MSU Spartans (Rugby)
Registration coming soon!

Saturday, September 28 | Fall Crawl Run/Walk

9 a.m. – Fall Crawl 5K  and 10K
11 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast in Dining Room, South Hall

Registration coming soon!



Let’s go clubbing!

DU Alumni & Friends Golf Outing
Grab some friends and join us at the 2nd Annual Golf Weave networking outing at Watermark Country Club. Come alone or bring a friend for the four-person scramble and post-golf appetizers.

Date: Monday, July 15
Time: 1 p.m.
Where: Watermark Country Club (Map)
Price: $50 per person – includes 18 holes and cart
$200 per foursome

Click here for more information.

4th Annual Hockey Alumni & Friends Golf Outing
Join DU Athletic Director, Paul Lowden; D-I Hockey Coach, Phil Sweeney; D-III Hockey Coach, Chris Green for a day of golf and fun. All former players, friends, parents, spouses and girlfriends are invited out to build on a new tradition!

Date: Saturday, July 27

Time: 12:30 p.m. – Registration & lunch
2 p.m. – Shotgun start
Where: The Highlands Golf Course (Map)
2715 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI
Price: Single golfer – $85 – includes 18 holes and cart
Foursome  - $340

Click here for more information.

27th Annual Davenport Scholarship Golf Classic
Your day includes lunch, golfing at Egypt Valley Country Club, followed by dinner and a chance to bid on and win great auction items. Dinner tickets may be purchased for those wishing to only participate in dinner and the auction.

Date: Monday, August 19, 2013
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m – Registration and Lunch
2:00 p.m. – Shotgun start
5:30 p.m. – Dinner, Auction and Raffle
Where: Egypt Valley Country Club (Map)

Click here for more information

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Great Lakes Loons Alumni Outing
Join Davenport’s Great Lakes Alumni Council, fellow alumni, friends and family on Lasorda’s Landing for a day of baseball with the Great Lakes Loons as they take on the Peoria Chiefs.

Date: Saturday, July 13
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Where: Dow Diamond (Map)
Tickets: $20/ person – Only 80 tickets available!
Registered DREAM Team Members – $16

Register online

DU Young Alumni Whitecaps Outing
Join the Davenport University Young Alumni Council for a night of brew, brats and baseball on Thursday, July 25. Wear your favorite Christmas sweater as this “Thrifty Thursday” game celebrates “Christmas in July!”

Date: Thursday, July 25
Time: 5:30 p.m. – Vitale’s Sports Bar
7 p.m. – Whitecaps vs. TinCaps at Fifth Third Ball Park (Map)
Tickets: Alumni – $10
Registered DREAM Team Members – $8

Register online

Lansing Lugnuts Alumni Outing
Join Davenport’s Mid-Michigan Alumni Council, fellow alumni, friends and family on the Tailgate Terrace for a day of baseball with the Lansing Lugnuts as they take on the Dayton Dragons.

Date: Friday, July 26, 2013
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Where: Cooley Stadium (Map)
Tickets: Adults: $20/person
Children 3-12: $15/person
Children under 3: Free
Registered DREAM Team Members: $16 

Register online

New Lansing campus opportunity

Linked here is a very exclusive opportunity to contribute to Lansing-specific scholarships for students who will be attending the new Lansing campus.  Donors at certain levels will be recognized in the building. This is a special campaign to assist those who have a direct affinity for Davenport-Lansing and those who learn within its walls.

Please remember your experience and help Lansing campus students as they work toward earning their degree. Just complete and return the pledge form to the Davenport University Office of Advancement as soon as possible, and don’t miss out on this chance to directly impact the education of DU students in Lansing.  What a wonderful opportunity to be a part of a new facility and to support colleagues and friends in Lansing who are pursuing a degree at your alma mater!

Completed forms can be sent to the Office of Advancement:

Mail: Davenport University
Attn: David Tyler
6191 Kraft Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Fax: (616) 233-3462


Meet the newest members of the Alumni Relations Team

David Tyler '12, Assistant Director of Alumni and Donor Relations

Assistant Director of Alumni and Donor Relations

David Tyler was recently appointed as DU’s Assistant Director of Alumni and Donor Relations.  David comes to the Office of Advancement from the Admissions Department in Lansing, where he served as a Senior Admissions Representative for nearly six years and was engaged in the progression of the new Lansing campus.  David received his MBA in Strategic Management from Davenport in 2012 and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University (’02).  He is extremely proud to call himself a member of the DU “DREAM Team,” which acknowledges those who are both employees and alumni of Davenport University.  David’s enthusiasm for Davenport and his desire for a robust, engaged and dynamic Alumni and Donor Relations enterprise translates into a welcoming invitation for all who share an affinity for DU.  David invites alumni and friends of Davenport to join him and the rest of the Advancement and Alumni Relations team in creating an ambitious and magnificent future for the institution and continuing to turn its vision into reality.

Advancement Events Manager

Erik Dane '07, Advancement Events Manager

It is with great pleasure that we announce the return of Erik Dane.  Erik is returning to Davenport University as the Advancement Events Manager.  He rejoins the Panthers after working with Grand Valley State University in the Conference and Event Planning Department.  A Davenport alumnus himself, Erik spent seven years with Davenport in various event planning capacities.  With over 11 years of event planning experience, he strives for events that consistently exceed the specified goals and create lasting positive guest experiences.  Erik holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management and graduated with his MBA in Strategic Management from Davenport University in 2007. He looks forward to working with fellow Davenport alumni throughout the state.

New Lansing Campus Alumni Tour

On Wednesday, June 19, the Davenport University Alumni Association hosted a “sneak peek” tour of the brand-new DU Lansing campus at 200 Grand Avenue.  The tour was open to Mid-Michigan alumni and friends and was well received and attended.  All those in attendance toured the campus (which is still under construction), and enjoyed a post-tour celebration at P-Squared, a local downtown Lansing wine bar and neighborhood gathering place.

The new building is scheduled to hold its Grand Opening Celebration and ribbon-cutting on August 22, and the first class of students to officially begin their Davenport journey in the new facility will be this coming Fall 2013 term.  The new building features nine floors and will host Davenport’s highly acclaimed nursing program for the first time in Lansing. Construction is scheduled to wrap up in late July.  Please click here to see photos of the event.

Upcoming Events for Alumni & Friends

Great Lakes Loons Outing | Midland, MI
Saturday, July 13

DU/Watermark Golf Outing
Monday, July 15

Meijer Gardens Summer Celebration Concert
Tuesday, July 23

Young Alumni Whitecaps Baseball Outing
Tuesday, July 25

Lansing Lugnuts Alumni Outing
Friday, July 26

4th Annual Hockey Alumni & Friends Golf Outing
Saturday, July 27

27th Annual Davenport Scholarship Golf Classic
Monday, August 19

Detroit College of Business Alumni Reunion Golf Outing*
Friday, September 13

2013 Alumni Awards Celebration*
Thursday, September 26

2013 Homecoming - DU vs. MSU Rugby Match *
Friday, September 27

* More information and registration coming soon!