"This was a sign from our dad ... I believe my Dad is watching over us."
We like to think the bonds formed at SAU are strong enough to carry us halfway across the world. For nearly 20 alumni, and current and former staff, the Ambrosian spirit did just that shortly after the New Year.
Jeremy Koch '02 is the project director for the USAID-funded Teach English for Life Learning (TELL) Program in Ethiopia. Amid the current emergency response, however, a story of hope has emerged, one starkly at odds with the too-memorable images of the drought and famine in Ethiopia in the 1980s.
Scholarship puts student back on track
In early March, Wine at the Warehouse served as an introduction to this year's St. Ambrose University Wine Festival, the opening act of a trifecta that's proven its staying power since the festival debuted 10 years ago.
As the accidental director of this after-school and summer program for Davenport's inner city kids—Ann Schwickerath went from an intern to director overnight, when the previous director unexpectedly stepped down —she's has played Treat House mom since 1993. Accident or not, she says it's the only job for her now.
Pam can personally greet about half the students who eat in the caf (that's a whopping 400 to 500 names).
Adult learner John Fury served as an explosive ordinance disposal technician in Iraq.
The Yellow Ribbon GI education program was a provision in the Post-9/11 veterans educational act. With in-kind subsidies from participating schools like St. Ambrose, the program means some veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars won’t have to pay a dime out-of-pocket to obtain a degree.
Participating in an acting class is probably the last thing most people would expect of autistic children, yet they make believers of all who see them perform at the Curtainbox Theatre Company.