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Advancement and alumni engagement

Krista Helling Eckert


Master of Speech-Language Pathology

Member of the first Master of Speech-Language Pathology graduating class
Grateful alum

"St. Ambrose is a very, very special place."

One of the reasons Krista decided to pursue a Masters of Speech-Language Pathology degree was the opportunity to positively impact the lives of others. In 2009, St. Ambrose enrolled its first Masters of Speech-Language Pathology class in a newly renovated building. Thanks to the generosity of the Scottish Rite, SCRA, and inividual donors, the former Sisters of Humility convent was repurposed to house the Speech-Language Pathology and Social Work programs. In this renovated space, which includes a 30-person computer lab and clinic rooms, Krista aquired the knowledge and developed the skills she needed to help others become effective communicators. 

In her own words

I have accepted a full-time position at Trinity Hospital as a speech-language pathologist. I will be working on the inpatient rehabilitation unit, while also helping to create a pediatric speech program. In essence, I have earned what I believe is my dream job, because I will be able to work with both the geriatric and pediatric populations at the same time. I cannot wait to begin and am excited to stay in the area that I have fondly started to call my home.

I cannot tell you how grateful I am for many opportunities I have had at St. Ambrose, including serving as the Alumni Office graduate assistant. To me, this job is one of the greatest blessings I have had as an SAU student over the past six years. I have learned how to make name tags look perfect for events; the importance of keeping good data; how to use Excel; the importance of networking at events; how to plan, execute, and enjoy the many wonderful events we host each year; the wonderful taste of leadership through SAA; and many, many other things.

The experiences I have of talking and interacting with many alums and sharing fond memories of SAU together will forever make me proud to be an alum. St. Ambrose University is a very, very special place, and it is a place that I am so very proud to be an alum of. Quite frankly, it is people like each of you that make it special.

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