Monthly Archive for November, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from DU!

Happy Thanksgivng

At this time of thanks we are especially grateful for you, our graduates, who represent Davenport and its predecessor institutions in your communities. Thank you for your investment in your Davenport education and best wishes for a wonderful holiday weekend!

Join us and fellow DU alumni at these upcoming events!

GR Drive Game Night

Plan to catch inaugural season action as the GR Drive take on the Delware 87′ers.  Reserve you seat and head to the Coors Light Party Deck and get ready for the tip off! Hang out with DU Alumni Association staff and fellow alumni on the party deck and enjoy the pre-game BBQ (available 1 hour before game time).

Date: February 27 | Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Coors Light Party Deck @ the DeltaPlex Arena (map)
Cost: $25.00, includes access to party deck, BBQ dinner and reserved game seat

Register online here.

Detroit “Hat Trick” Event!

Meet us in Detroit and enjoy a “hat trick” of the city’s finest attractions.  Start the night off at Atwater Brewery sampling beer from their amazing tap list. While at the brewery get ready for BBQ sliders from the famous Slows Bar -B-Q. From there head to the Joe for college alumni night and catch the action as the Detroit Red Wings take on the Calgary Flames.

Date: March 6, 2015 | Time: 5:00 pm – Reception | 7:30 pm – Game Time
Location: Atwater Brewery (map) | Joe Louis Arena (map)
Cost: $35.00 – Game Ticket | $40.00 – Game Ticket and Pre-Game Reception

Register online here.

Alumni honored at annual Awards Celebration

Award recipients

Back row (L to R): Brian Behler, Keith Klingenberg, Yvonne Alles, Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon, Michael DeJong. Front row (L to R): Chancellor Emeritus Donald Maine, F. Jack Meyering, Sara Hop, President Rick Pappas.

On a beautiful October evening, the 2014 Alumni Awards Celebration was held in the Robert W. Sneden Center on the W.A. Lettinga Campus. Nearly 200 alumni, faculty, staff, friends and family were in attendance to applaud the six graduates for their outstanding accomplishments. The evening featured the awardees’ triumphs and a chance for each graduate to speak about their experiences since graduation. Chancellor Emeritus Donald W. Maine attended and assisted in presenting the Donald W. Maine College of Business Alumni Achievement Award to Brian Behler, ’03.

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Nominate someone for next year’s awards here.

Welcome Back Red and Black Homecoming draws hundreds

DU Cheer Team

Half-time performance from the DU Cheer Team.

Homecoming 2014 welcomed back alumni along with faculty, staff and students to celebrate a week full of exciting activities. This year, Davenport University’s “Welcome Back Red and Black Homecoming” featured an outdoor movie, chili cook off, Zombie Run, Alumni Awards and the Panther Ambassador Campaign.

To cap off the week, the Women’s Rugby team defeated Calvin College 78-0 and the Men’s Rugby team played an intense game against Arkansas State, but fell to the Red Wolves 12-49.

In between the two exciting matches, DU’s Dining Services and Center for Campus Life hosted a complimentary tailgate, complete with a pig roast, for all in attendance.

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A quicker way to a Davenport MBA?

Increase your value faster, for less time and money. The new Competency-Based MBA program (CMBA) is an entirely different approach to graduate education, awarding credits for what you already know – not how long you go to class. In fact, this program can be completed in as little as one year. If you have an undergraduate degree and experience in a business-related position, this is an unparalleled opportunity to earn your MBA.

  • Awards credits for transfers, certifications, prior learning and experience
  • We develop a customized degree completion plan with you
  • Assigned faculty coach maximizes your success
  • The only program of its kind from a Michigan university
Click here for more information on the program, or contact Rebecca Hartel, Director of Graduate Program Recruitment, via email at: or by phone at: 616-233-2598.

Where we’ve been


“Wine About Winter” event in Traverse City a success

On Friday, November 21, the Davenport University Alumni Association hosted northern Michigan and Traverse City alumni at Chateau Chantal for an exquisite evening of wine tasting, touring and camaraderie between alumni and friends. Stay tuned for additional programming in northern Michigan.

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movie guests“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” Private Alumni Screening

On Friday, November 21, the Davenport University Flint and Great Lakes Alumni Councils teamed up to sponsor their first alumni movie night at Cinema Hollywood in Birch Run, Michigan.  The event was a huge success that attracted almost 70 alumni & friends as they joined the Alumni Association for a private screening of “Mockingjay” on opening night.  Included in the evening was alumni mingling, networking, popcorn and a chance to win fantastic DU prizes.  A special “thank you” to all of the guests who attended and the regional Alumni Ambassadors and their Alumni Councils for making this event possible.

Visit for news on additional regional programming for DU alumni.