Mark your calendars. Homecoming 2014 is Sept. 19-21. Make plans to return to campus. We will be celebrating milestone reunions for the classes of 1964, 1974, 1984, 2004, and 2009. If you are interested in helping with one of these reunions or have other questions, please contact Wendy Pondell in the Advancement & Alumni Engagement Office.
SAU Homecoming 2013 Recap
It was great to see so many of you back on campus for Homecoming 2013. We extended a warm welcome to the Mercy nursing classes of 1958 and 1963, as well as the St. Ambrose classes of 1963, 1973, 2003, and 2008. For pictures of the weekend's festivities, click here. It was a great time for reminiscing. Take a moment to read this memory submitted by Jim Ahrens '63.
Dear Miss Gannaway,
Thank you for sending me a very nice letter and the Emeritus Club Member certificate. Personal circumstances prevented me from attending the fifty year class reunion. I had prepared a couple of paragraphs for the "I remember..." project, but by the time I got around to it, the timeline had passed. I thought perhaps you might be interested in reading it. There is much more that I could write about my Ambrose experiences and all very positive.
I remember when I was a "churchie" at St. Ambrose and the atmosphere that surrounded that venture. One of my favorite teachers was the Rev. Sebastian Menke who taught Latin, Greek, and German. He later went on to become the President of the college, as it was known then. He had played football for the college and was a tough guy. I learned my Latin from him and still read classical Latin when the mood arises...Seminarians were all housed in Ambrose Hall and it was a boot camp experience; two sinks, two showers on each floor and no coffee to wake you up in the mornings. Just prayer, Mass, and meditation...
It was a great experience for me to be able to take classes with all kinds of students for we interwoven with the main body of students; a rare thing for a seminary curriculum in those days. I was fortunate enough to take a class in anatomy and physiology which was a pre-med class taught by Dr. Mary Vinjie. It was rumored that she was an atheist teaching at a Catholic college. She was demanding. Grades were posted on her office door. I was able to hold my own against those pre-med guys and gals. Yes, women attended St. Ambrose, even in those days, but it seemed on a limited basis.
Some interesting tidbits are that one of my "churchie" classmates graduated summa cum laude and one had a photographic memory that could almost match the memory of Fr. Ed Catich, a renowned artist and calligrapher. What a mind he had. In those days, the college required that attendance be taken for every class. Catich would do it from memory for every class he taught. My seatmate in Catich's art history class was a fellow who worked all night at John Deere and attended college in the day. One of my heroes.
With the assault on liberal arts education these days, I need to speak out in support of the liberal arts curriculum that St. Ambrose employed. The faculty and courses taught me how to think and make decisions by using a historical perspective... The background that I received at Ambrose allowed me to adjust to all of the techonology that we have today, even though we had virtually no technology in those days. I will never forget what St. Ambrose did for me, and if I were a rich man, I would endow a significant sum to the university. Since I am not rich, I can only heap funds of praise on the univeristy and be forever thankful for what St. Ambrose did for me.
And for those of you who might choose to read this, "Ad Multos Annos."
Interested in making your milestone reunion a success? Contact the Alumni Office at 800/SAU-ALUM or email@example.com.