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St. Ambrose Anticipates an Inauguration Homecoming

July 2007

It will be a convergence of the past, present and future at St. Ambrose's Homecoming 2007 Oct. 4-7 as the university welcomes a new president for the first time in 20 years.

When Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, is installed as the university's 13th president on Oct. 5, she will become the first woman to lead St. Ambrose in its 125-year history. She steps into the shoes of retiring President Ed Rogalski at an auspicious time in the life of the university, as reflected in the inaugural theme of "Enriching Lives: Our Heritage, Our Future." Previously president of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana, the oldest Catholic liberal arts college for women in the country, Sister Lescinski brings proven executive leadership, a love of students and passion for higher education, and a commitment to honoring and growing Ambrose's Catholic heritage of peace and social justice initiatives.

Combining inauguration and homecoming events will allow the entire Ambrose community-students and parents, faculty and staff, and alumni and friends-to take part in the celebration. The installation ceremony in Galvin Fine Arts Center will be carried live on SAU's
TV-11 and can be viewed by anyone with Mediacom cable in the Quad Cities, and televisions will be set up at various sites around campus for viewing. Even Ambrosians outside the Quad Cities will be able to experience Sister Lescinski's inauguration via the Web.

Fittingly, one of Sister Lescinski's first events as president is Homecoming 2007. In addition to such favorites as the Taste of Ambrose and Fighting Bees football, a reception on Friday afternoon will give the campus community and alumni the opportunity to meet Sister Lescinski and welcome her to St. Ambrose.

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