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First and Second Year Experience


Fall 2013 | Parent Newsletter


Fall is in the air at St. Ambrose University, and we hope that you feel just as much a part of the excitement and adventure as your student does. We look forward to welcoming you to campus events and sharing the latest about what's going on in our community. Welcome to the St. Ambrose community.

First Year Experience

The office of First Year Experience (FYE) is here to assist students and families in their transition to college. Follow FYE on Facebook to keep up-to-date on things going on at St. Ambrose.

How's It Going?

Each year, the First Year Experience Office surveys first-year students to see how they are doing with the personal, social, and academic transition to college. MAP-Works, or Making Achievement Possible, asks students a number of questions about their experiences in the first weeks of college. In our first survey over half of our students reported feeling homesick-they miss you! The good news is that over 60% were also already making strong peer connections on campus. Ask your student if he or she downloaded the student report that points out great resources for a successful first year!

68 things – Get Involved

There are a number of ways for your student to get involved at St. Ambrose, and FYE hosts an annual challenge to help first-year students learn about all of the personal, social, and academic opportunities available to them. "68 Things Every First Year Ambrosian Should Do" includes a cash prize! Ask your student how many of the 68 Things they've completed!

Changes on Campus

You may have noticed some scaffolding on Ambrose Hall when you were helping your student settle in at St. Ambrose. Ambrose Hall is under construction for a while longer to install new windows and replace some brick. The Beehive, a popular student hangout, also has been renovated and is now open with new spaces to study, relax, play games, and have a cup of coffee (in October).

First Book Author to Visit Campus

First-year students enrolled in a New Student Seminar are reading Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. Steingraber will visit SAU on Tuesday, Oct. 22 for a lecture and book signing at 7 p.m. in Galvin Fine Arts Center. This lecture is free and open to the public (parents and families, too!).

Family Weekend is November 8-10

Spend a weekend with your favorite Ambrosian! A fun-filled schedule has been planned, and there will still be time to take care of all of the necessities (groceries, dinner out, laundry)! So, join us on campus and enjoy time with your student. For more information and a schedule of events, visit

Get Connected

There are a number of ways to stay informed online. You can also show your own St. Ambrose pride by downloading Fighting Bee graphics for your computer or mobile device.

Important dates to remember:

September 2: Labor Day - no classes
October 11: Mid-term break - no classes
November 8-10: Family Weekend
November 25-29: Thanksgiving break - no classes
December 9-13: Final Exam Week

Check out the full event calendar