Monthly Archive for December, 2014

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

On behalf of the DU Office of Alumni & Development, the Alumni Association would like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful holiday season, wherever your plans may take you.  Please remember to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate your mind and body as you spend time with friends and loved ones over the next few weeks.  2014 was a fantastic year for the Alumni Association, and we were so pleased to have had the opportunity to meet and interact with so many of you at our events and ceremonies throughout the state.  Thank you for staying in touch and for joining us out and about this past year.  We look forward to meeting those of you who we haven’t yet had the opportunity to enjoy an event with in 2015, and hope to see you and your friends/family at some of our upcoming events planned for the New Year, as can be seen by clicking here.

Help us start a new tradition at DU!

The Davenport University Alumni Association encourages you to help start a new and exciting alumni tradition, and it involves displaying your Davenport University pride at destinations throughout the United States and the world!

Wherever your travels may take you, consider sporting your DU apparel or displaying a Davenport University flag for all to see at an amazing location, and have a photo taken of you (or you and your fellow travelers) showing your school spirit. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro? Proposing on top of the Eiffel Tower? Exploring the Grand Canyon? Email a photo to and we’ll consider including it in our next edition of the DU Review magazine and offer a DU gift to some of the most magnificent and remarkable locations submitted with Davenport paraphernalia proudly displayed!

Need new DU gear for this opportunity or want to increase your stock of fantastic Davenport University items? Visit, and remember as an alumnus, you’re eligible to receive a 10% discount using the discount code: C03RJW6.

Nominate a Davenport faculty member for the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award!

Attention DU alumni!  The 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award is now open for nominations!  We invite you to nominate a faculty member who has made a difference in your life.  Do you know of a DU faculty member who deserves recognition for their excellence in teaching?  This award recognizes outstanding adjunct and full-time faculty who:

-Show enthusiasm for teaching and subject matter;
-Connect with students, demonstrating a genuine concern and caring for the student’s learning and success;
-Exceed expectations in helping students learn;
-Consistently achieve student learning outcomes;
-Demonstrate mastery of current knowledge of subject and effective learning delivery methods

Winners will be honored at Davenfest 2015, Davenport’s all-employee meeting. Please submit your nomination online before March 5, 2015 by clicking here.

Interested in serving on the Awards Committee?  This year, the meeting will be at the W.A. Lettinga Campus in May, and the committee is looking for alumni to serve on the nominations review team.  Send an email to

Check out event photos from 2014!

In case you missed an event we held in 2014, or you just want to take a look back at photos from an event(s) that you attended sponsored by the DU Alumni Association, click here to catch a glimpse of the fun we had all over Michigan via our flickr account.  From the Holiday Celebration at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, to the tour of Chateau Chantal winery in Traverse City, we had some great fun this year and had a chance to celebrate with you, our cherished alumni!

Upcoming Events

Sign up to attend one of these fantastic upcoming events sponsored by your own DU Alumni Association in 2015, and feel free to invite your family and friends to join you!


The Davenport University Flint Alumni Council invites you to join them for a day of bowling and “fun-raising!”  Pick up a few strikes and help support the Flint Alumni Council Scholarship Fund on Saturday night, February 21.  Pizza, pop, games and shoes are all included with your registration.  Click here to register and to see additional information on this exciting event!  It’s for a great cause.



Plan to catch inaugural season action as the Grand Rapids Drive take on the Delaware 87’ers.  Reserve your seat and head to the Coors Light Party Deck and get ready for the tip off on Friday night, February 27 in Grand Rapids.  There will be a pre-game BBQ one hour before game time as well.  Click here to register and see more great details on an awesome night of basketball!



The Alumni Association has partnered with THE HOMESTEAD RESORT to bring you a great deal on a winter adventure!  Join fellow alumni for a day on the slopes or cross country trails at one of northern Michigan’s premier winter resorts.  This event will be a blast that you will not want to miss.  Check the events section at often for upcoming registration opportunities.



Years in the making, this night is one you will absolutely not want to miss, especially if you’re in Southeast Michigan.  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 BBQ.  From there head to The Joe for college alumni night and catch the action as the Detroit Red Wings take on the Calgary Flames on March 6!  Click here for additional information and to register, but be quick as this event is already selling out fast.


*Stay tuned to for information on the upcoming DU-Lansing alumni & students DU hockey game and tailgate, scheduled for January 31!  This event is always a hit and is an annual tradition.