The Phoenix Network

It may be 100 degrees in the shade in the Valley of the Sun, but this does not stop the over 2,600 DU constituents from connecting throughout the year! The Phoenix Network hosts several events like the DU Night with the Diamondbacks, DU hockey watch parties, and annual service projects to better connect its community. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a recent graduate, this network is here to welcome you, but don't forget your sunglasses. The Phoenix Network is eager to connect with you and is open to alumni, parents, current students, and friends of DU. Connect with your Network Leaders below or reach out to your staff liaison to learn how to get more connected. We can’t wait to hear from you! 

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Featured Volunteer Leaders

Meet John Warner

Hi Arizona! I am a proud alumnus of the University of Denver and have called the Phoenix for several years. I look forward to meeting or seeing you at an upcoming event. I am happy to connect over coffee!

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Annual Events

Check out some of our annual events below!

  • Hockey Watch Parties, Phoenix Style
    • Join with DU fans at a watch party for the defending National Champion DU Hockey Team.
  • DU Night Out with The Diamondbacks
    • Annual tradition of a pregame networking reception followed by a family-friendly baseball game with the hometown team.
  • DU Night out with the Coyotes
    • Annual tradition of watching the Coyotes versus the Avs. 
View all events here
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Staff Leader

Meet Brent Thompson

Director of Regional Engagement

Brent helps guide strategy and execute engagement efforts of all alumni, families, parents and friends across the country and in select international networks as well as develops a programmatic portfolio for the regions in collaboration with Denver-based advancement team. Brent's goal is to create a culture of lifelong engagement and volunteerism among constituents in the regional markets and networks that builds our pipeline for campaign philanthropy and long-term engagement for the University's Global Network. 

Brent has served in a number of different roles throughout his 15-year career in higher education for the University of Oklahoma, University of Texas system and now with the University of Denver. He is also adjunct faculty for the Executive Education in Daniels. Brent has worked in several different capacities including employer relations, career development, accreditation, and alumni engagement. Brent is a proud University of Denver and University of Oklahoma graduate and his entire wardrobe is crimson!

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Meet Ross Williams

Director of Development, Western Region

Ross Williams joined the DU Advancement team as a Regional Director of Development in February of 2022, focusing on growing philanthropic partnerships with our partners in the western states. Ross looks forward to learning more about our alumni and friends from across the west in the coming months and years ahead.

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Connect With Us


If you want to share your time and talent in any way outside mentoring and networking, check out VolunteerDU at This portal is a menu of volunteer opportunities and your open door to engage with the DU community. Choose from a variety of one-off and ongoing projects that are meaningful to you.  

The DU Career Network allows you to connect with DU students and alumni for mentoring and career networking. Share your expertise with those pursuing similar professional interests by joining

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