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Wendy Pondell

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Associate Director

Alumni Engagement

Alumni House
1527 N. Brady
Davenport, IA 52803

(563) 333-6057

I handle many of the communication needs for the Alumni Office, including our website, social media accounts, and Alumni Ambassador program. I also oversee all alumni Homecoming events, including our reunion committees. I'm happy to help with any question you have for the Alumni Office.

My connection to St. Ambrose: I'm a proud 2005 graduate of the Communication department. I was Wendy Heithoff then and received my double major in Journalism and Public Relations & Marketing Communications. I'm so thankful for my St. Ambrose experience. It really is like a second home to me. In addition, I'm married to a 2008 grad (Sean) and my sister is a 2007 grad (Kristy). I began my career at St. Ambrose in December 2012.

What I like about my job: Almost everything! I get to plan events, connect with alumni, write stories about St. Ambrose, learn about our history, and do a lot of random things that keep my job interesting. It's everything I wanted out of my major. Plus, I work with an amazing group of people who make every day fun! 

My favorite event is Homecoming, especially the 50th reunion. It's so much fun to see the guys (I can say that right now because St. Ambrose wasn't co-ed until 1968) return to campus, see how much it's changed, and catch up with each other. They tell stories and reminisce about pranks they pulled. It's amazing to see how much St. Ambrose means to them, even after all these years.

Most commonly asked question: Do you work during the summer? The answer is yes. Even though students are gone, most offices are still open. The summers are a lot of fun at the Alumni House. We host the Bix Porch Party, plan for the fall, and enjoy a few lunchtime cookouts with others who work here at the corner of Brady and Kirkwood.